Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Hip Tot Music Fest and Loads of Holiday and Chanukah Celebrations!

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Hip Tot Music Fest at Littlefield

Baby, it’s cold outside! And hopefully the cold and crisp temps have been getting you in the holiday spirit. To compliment the weather, there are awesome events happening around these parts.

On Saturday, head over to Bedstuy to enjoy the Winter Fair at The Brooklyn Waldorf School, which is amazingly magical and fun for children. There’s also the Holiday Shop at PS 321, which is filled with stuff you should buy. On Sunday, gather the family and head on over to Bija Kids for their day of giving. In this holiday season, it’s a great way to teach children the true meaning of the season — to share and give to others. Also, there will be mega fun at Littlefield with Bob from Sesame Street! Be sure to check out our events calendar and music listings for more fun!

One more thing: if you are looking for holiday theater, including all the Nutcrackers- head to our massive list of them here.
If you are looking for the Christmas tree lightings- check out our guide here.

Have a great weekend, Brooklyn!

ONGOING

December 7th – December 22nd, 2012
Annual Irish Arts Christmas Concert Series
Presented by the Irish Arts Center, this Annual Christmas Concert features eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary as well as holiday favorites.  Mick Moloney leads a cast of America’s top Irish and world musicians through a warm and celebratory journey of music, dance and storytelling accompanied by the strains of the banjo, fiddle, accordion and piano. Every night is a different experience as surprise guests drop in to each performance! Past visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Dan Barry, Colum McCann, Ellen McCourt, Isaiah Sheffer, Sebastian Junger and Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
Details
: Showtimes are Thursday– Sunday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Donaghy Theatre at the Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Tickets are $50 non- member, $40 for members.

December 7-16th
American Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker at BAM
With a cast of over 100 performers, American Ballet Theatre’s world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker features the classic Tchaikovsky score and sets and costumes by Richard Hudson (who won a Tony Award for his set designs for The Lion King). The sets are amazing, including a 1 ton Christmas tree that grows from 12-40 feet. ABT recommends that children should be at least four years old to attend The Nutcracker. Running time is 2 hours.
Details:
Prices range from $25—120. The Brooklyn Academy of Arts is located at: BAM Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn, NY 11217. For additional information, call BAM for tickets (718) 636-4100 or order online at abt.org or bam.org.

Saturdays and Sundays through December 16th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Hansel and Gretel at Puppetworks
Get ready for the classic 1857 Brothers Grimm story to come to life! Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola, this show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Please note: Reservations are strongly recommended (in advance or same day).
Details: 338 6th Ave (At 4th St), Brooklyn. Ages 10 and under. Cost: $9/adults; $8/children. Contact: 718.965.3391. Visit the website for more information.

December 1-16th
The Flying Latke

This tale of Chanukah celebrations, holiday dysfunction and the miracle of a certain soaring potato pancake should be a fun family event. Adapted by Yorinks from his classic children’s book, The Flying Latke tells the story of young Danny Silverstein and his “meshugge” family as they celebrate the first night of Chanukah. Their holiday food fight sends a latke sailing out the window and over the city, causing a UFO frenzy that traps the Silversteins in their home with their home with their extended family visiting and nothing but latkes to eat. Recommended for ages K- 6th grade.
Details:
This limited engagement runs Saturday & Sunday mornings 11am. The Flea is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door beginning 1 hour prior to each performance.

Through December 23
The Charlie Brown Christmas- LIVE at the Lyceum
We love the soundtrack with the Vince Guaraldi music that is on this classic animated film- so we think it’s so cool that this theater production has a live accompanying jazz trio! In this faithful presentation, Pig Brooch Inc. will perform verbatim the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. This performances are lauded  as one of the favorites of kids and families all over Brooklyn.
Details:
Show times are at 2:00pm or 8:00pm – depending on the day. All tickets are $11 each. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. For additional information, please call (718) 857- 4816.

Through December 23rd
Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid
The show is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, appealing to kids and adults alike. The audience follows the hero’s journey through the snow where he meets a chuckle-worthy cast of characters, including Princess Fartina, the Month of December, and an angry Pea. Parent reviews on this have been extremely positive.
Details:
Tickets are $6 for Kids, Students & Seniors and $12 Adults. Fridays 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm. Axis Theatre is located at One Sheridan Square (between West Fourth and Washington). For information and reservations, please call 212 807-9300. They are also available online

Through December 30th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details:
Tickets range from $55-$135. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or click here

Through January 1st
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
Angelina and her friends are back and planning a holiday dance pageant. True to Angelina form, this lively show also features dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season!
Details:
The musical is held on Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm with holiday shows Tickets are $29.50 per person or $49.50 for Premium Section. IMO, the regular seats are just fine at this theatre and you don’t need to purchase the premium seats. The Vital Theater is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street, New York, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleeker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 23rd
Seven in One Blow, Or The Brave Little Kid at Axis Theatre Company
Set just before the holidays on a snowy winter day, Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with “Seven in One Blow” to commemorate the event. The Kid travels through the snow and meets numerous colorful characters along the way, including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Over the course of the take, invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don’t always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone, you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid discovers that a parent’s love and care has no limits.
Details: One Sheridan Square, West Village, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $12/adults; $6/children. Contact: 212.352.3101. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 24
Continuous shows from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Puppet Show: Yes, Virginia
While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by  Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person). Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor.

Through December 30, 2012
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This show is quite simply dazzling complete with gorgeous trees, ornamental chandeliers and the friendliest staff you have ever met. The Rockettes are incredible to watch as they dance and move their magical gams. The costumes are also amazing as well as the festive music. This show also features an amazing digital backdrop where they switch from grand manor to the streets of New York City. We were totally entertained. Yes, the show is somewhat nostalgic and sentimental, and a bit kitschy at times, but it is rich in entertainment, excellent choreography (I always love that Tin Solider piece) and thrill.
Details:
All children who have reached their second birthday require a ticket to gain admittance into Radio City Music Hall. Tickets range from $45 (non-peak – third mezz) to $110 (peak – orchestra). For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (888) 858- 0007 or visit: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/

Through December 30th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details:
Tickets range from $55-$135. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or click here

Through December 30th
The Three Bears Holiday Bash at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance! Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Details: $8/adults; $5/children. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 24, 2012 (market)
Through February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 is celebrating my creating a brand new layout built by Lionel. In this free show at New York City Transit Museum Annex, the model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North.  Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection will also be on display joined by  New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central’s heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. This free train show is especially fun as it takes place in a real train station: Grand Central. View our entire review of the Train Show and Market HERE.

Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 6, 2013
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum at The Children’s Museum of Art
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents the most comprehensive collection of works to-date by visionary artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE. Entitled “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum,” the exhibition will reveal the inner workings of RAMMELLZEE’s artistic vision and trace his career trajectory which began in the 1970s as a pioneering “wild style” graffiti writer and hip-hop MC and evolved in manifesto and medium to the far reaches of the imagination. “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum” showcases a visual encyclopedia of RAMMELLZEE’s artworks including full-body life-sized costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, large scale paintings and video and audio recordings from some of his performances. Suspended from the gallery’s ceiling are RAMMELLZEE’s legendary letter racers, or car-like vehicles representing letters of the alphabet seeking to “break free.”
Details: 103 Charlton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York, NY. Cost: $10/person; FREE/seniors and members. Contact: (212) 274-0986. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m  headed back to see this for the second time because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 13, 2013: various times
Big Apple Circus: Legendarium at Damrosch Park
For its 35th season the Big Apple Circus presents “Legendarium,” an all-new show, where international circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a back as flexible as an archer’s bow. With an affable ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and a fearless finambulist astonishes the onlooker.
Details: West 62nd Street (Lincoln Center) between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. Cost: $25 — $175. Contact: (212) 875-5766. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 27th: various times
The Velveteen Rabbit at DR2 Kids Theatre
The Velveteen Rabbit is truly a favorite amongst kids and adults alike with it’s heartfelt plot and lovely theme! With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props become a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Details: 103 East 15th Street (at 20 Union Square East), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $39.00. Contact: 212.375.1110. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street). All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 31
The Little Engine That Could Puppet Show

The classic tale of The Little Engine That Could ™ is brought to life in an exciting presentation by New York City puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain! The show is included when you buy tickets to the Holiday Train Show.
Details: The New York Botanical Garden  Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) at Fordham Road Bronx, New York.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks: $3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays: various times
The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
The beloved Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 21st season where you can view this year’s display of model trains chugging by more than 140 New York landmarks such as Penn Station, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall – all of which are created from leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, pine cones, nuts, and pods.  A new structure will be added this year to the already expansive display: a replica of Macy’s flagship location. Check out our review of the train show HERE.

December 7th – December 9th
The Yorkville Nutcracker

Set in 1895, The Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Old New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Appropriate for all ages. The 17th Annual Yorkville Nutcracker stars NYCB principal dancers Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle.
Details:
Tickets: $85, $60, $45. The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse – Hunter College is located at East 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York, NY 10021. For additional information, please call: (212) 772-4448 or visit: http://kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu/

Friday, December 7th from 3:30pm — 7pm
Saturday, December 8th from 11am — 3pm
International School of Brooklyn 8th Annual French & Spanish Book Fair

There will be books, games, DVD’s and music for kids of all ages! Plus… there will be a literature selection for grownups! Oh wait. There’s more. Classic, award-winning, and recent publications as well in all genres! All attendees are welcomed to participate in the Poetry Slam as well.
Details: 477 Court Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: 718.369.3023. Visit the website for more information.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH

Friday, December 7th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 7th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details
: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 7th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 7th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, December 7th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Children’s Candlelight Tour of NYC’s Oldest House
Ever wonder what children did at night before TV and computers?! Head over to the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum to find out! Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult.
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. Ages 12 and under. Cost: $5/adults; $3/children. Contact: 718-629-5400. RSVP at education@wyckoffassociation.org.

Friday, December 7th at 6:00pm
Christmas Tree Lighting in Carroll Park
Come to the Court Street end of the Valentino Ball Field to gather for the annual holiday tree lighting.  Party at the park house to follow! Last year,  there was singing, elves, gifts for the children and free refreshments and munchies and a visit from Santa. TBD if that will happen again this year. I’ll update!
Details: Valentino Ballfield and the Robert Acito Park House, Court St., Smith St., between Carroll Street and President Street, Brooklyn.

Friday, December 7th from 6-7:30 pm
Carroll Gardens Christmas Tree Lighting
Join the Carroll Gardens Association for their 5th annual Christmas Tree lighting! Santa Claus comes to spread holiday cheer, as well as hand out toys to neighborhood children. The Less Magnetic Band will be playing its Christmas jazz music repertoire. Local businesses and restaurants will donate refreshments.
Details: Human Compass Garden at the corner of Columbia and Sackett Streets. 201 Columbia St, Carroll Gardens.

Friday, December 7th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH

December 8th
Babes in Toyland Presented by The Little Orchestra Society
Take a trip to Toyland for the holidays with this updated production of Victor Herbert’s extravaganza, Babes in Toyland. An array of beloved characters performs March of the Toys, Toyland and other favorite tunes.
Details: Tickets are $15.00, $20.00, $35.00 and $45.00. Show times are at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Call The Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500 or go to http://www.littleorchestra.org to buy single tickets and/or subscriptions and Avery Fisher Hall Box Office at 212-721-6500 for tickets. Performance is at: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th Street, New York City.

Saturday, December 8th at 9am
NYRR’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Jog Race
Put your running shoes on and GO! Or… get in the cheerleading spirit and get ready to cheer for those jingle bell joggers! Join Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, NYC schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, thousands of runners, adults, and kids — many from NYRR’s Yound Runners fitness program — reindeer, elves, and Santas galore! The proceeds from the race will help support 100,000 NYC schoolchildren who are in our youth running programs.  Also, Toys for Tots will be collecting new, unwrapped toys from runners and spectators which will provide a happy holiday to many needy and underprivileged children of New York City!
Details: Prospect Park, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 8th from 9am — 5pm
Professional Family Portraits at ArtsCetera Pop-Up Shop
It’s not too late to get beautiful family photos to warm the hearts of all the ones you love! Michael Cook has you covered! For this shoot, Michael is creating a red-and-white Winter Wonderland in the studio to frame you and/or the children within a festive and whimsical set.
Details: 212 Smith Street, Brooklyn. Half-hour sitting: $250, with your photos digitally delivered in two days. Weʼve got a limited number of sittings, so book now to get your preferred time. To reserve your spot, or for more info email: nanette@artscetera.com

Saturday, December 8th from 10am — 4pm
Book and Bake Sale at the Clinton Hill Library Branch
Help the Friends of Clinton Hill to raise money for programs and materials at the Clinton Hill branch. There will be books, DVS’s VHS’s, CD’s and current textbooks. There will also be free tattoos for kids!
Details: 380 Washington Avenue at Layfayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Contact: 718-398-8713.

Saturday, December 8th from 10am — 5pm
Holiday Shop at PS 321
Don’t miss the opportunity to cross names off of your holiday list! At PS 321′s Stuff You Should Buy Holiday Shop, there are tons of, well, stuff! From clothing to accessories to furniture to skin care, this is a holiday fair to remember!
Details: 180 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd streets, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 8th at 11am
Mama Doni Chanukah Concert at Temple Beth Emeth
Enjoy funky music with a Jewish twist! Rumor has it that “Mama Doni has the imagination of a 5-year-old and the energy to match it.” Sounds lovely to me! There will be a bake sale during the concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Details: 83 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $20/family; $15/temple members. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 8th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 8, 11 am- 2 pm
Santa Brunch, Parade and Caroling

Scrumptious pancakes, arts/crafts, music. Bring your camera for photos with Santa! Santa Parade will start in front of the school led by Santa and Hungry March Band, parade will march to McCarren Park and end near the Dog Run & Greenmarket. $10 pp for Santa Brunch, Kids under 1 year FREE. Parade FREE. Tickets can be purchased at www.townsquareinc.com
Details: John Ericsson MS 126 (424 Leonard St near Bayard St), transformed into Winter Wonderland.

Saturday, December 8th from 11am — 5pm
Winter Fair at The Brooklyn Waldorf School
This is one fair that is creative, innovative, and overall really, really sweet. Each room is designed to transport the child entering it into a different place (a crystal cave, an underwater adventure, a forest path, etc.). There are also rooms designed around fun things to do – a cakewalk, making terrariums, beeswax candle dipping, making crafts, playing games, etc. There is also a room full of people selling handmade crafts/gift items etc. There is also “King’s Arthur’s Food Court” and “The Mad Hatter’s Cafe”” – were homemade food is in abundance.
Details: 11 Jefferson at the corner of Jefferson Ave and Claver Place, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE to enter; attendees pay for activities and food.

Saturday December 8th from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm
Santa at Honey Dew Drop

Get your picture taken with Santa and then stay for craft time to make tree ornaments, do a sing-a-long and hear a story.
Details: Honeydew Playhouse at 1113 Church ave Brooklyn NY 11218 718-941-2177. RSVP @ honeydewdaycare@gmail.com

Saturday, December 8th at 1pm
Barnes and Nobles Court Street Book Fair
This fair will help to support enrichment programs at PS 38. There will be holiday storytime (1pm), face painting (2pm), a guitar show (3pm), Polar Express (4pm), and a NOOK raffle drawing and live band performance at 4:30pm. You can buy raffle tickets until Friday for your chance to win! Also, everything you purchase will benefit the school — just mention PS 38 at the register.
Details: For more information, email p.s.38ptabrooklyn@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 8th at 12pm
Second Saturday Snakes at Staten Island Children’s Museum
It’s that time again — ssSecond ssSaturday ssSnakes! Come meet and greet live exotic snakes and learn all about their habits and habitats from Warren Taylor, the resident reptile expert. As always, touching encouraged!
Details: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. All are welcomed. Contact: 718-273-2060. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 8th from 12pm — 3pm
Acopladitos! Instrument Workshop for BrunchCRAFT at ISA
Hey there little music makers, this is the place for you. Our friends are back and sharing their talent for making instruments out of recycled materials. This time there will be plenty of green and red and maybe a few extra jingling bells to compliment classic holiday songs for kids in Spanish and English. Participants can take their instrument home or maybe give the gift of their amazing handmade instrument to their favorite neighborhood buddy!
Details: 348 Wythe Street near S. 2nd Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. RSVP not required, but recommended for larger groups.

Saturday, December 8th at 2pm
Zorah’s Magic Carpet at Irondale
A very sweet children’s piece! As part of Irondale’s Play Project, Ensemble members will perform a reading of Stefan Czernecki’s book, Zorah’s Magic Carpet, adapted for the stage by Brooklynite Kimberly Shelby-Szyszko. Zorah is a young Moroccan woman who learns about other cultures and traditions with the help of a flying carpet. Enchanted by the magic, kids won’t even notice that they’re learning too!
Details: 85 South Oxford, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $5/person. Visit the website to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, December 8th from 3pm — 6pm
Holiday Celebration at Hank and JoJo
It’s time to pose and party! This is one holiday party that everyone in the family will enjoy. Including your pets! There will be a family photo booth with Santa, a podpix photo booth that fits 6-9 people, fun props, and a background that you get to choose on your own! Not only will you be able to shop, but you’ll be also enjoy cupcakes while doing so. PLUS… there will be a gift bag for the first 25 photo booth sessions.
Details: 218 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $20/session. 10% of proceeds go to Sandy relief. For more information, email info@hankandjojo.com.

Saturday, December 8th at 3:30pm
French and Spanish Beanstalk Hour at The Brooklyn Public Library (Grand Army Plaza)

Celebrate books and languages by reading and playing in French and Spanish. This is not only a great time to interact with other children, but also to learn about the language immersion program and philosophy.
Details
: FREE for all. Ages 8 and under. RSVP by emailing sophie@brooklynbeanstalk.com.

Saturday, December 8th from 4- 7 pm (Rain date: Sunday, December 9th at 4pm)
Transit Garden Holiday Tree Lighting
Enjoy the neighborhood Transit Garden Holiday tree lighting with snacks, warm refreshments and even drinks for the grown-ups. Please bring a snack (cookies, hors d’oeuvres, etc) to share with friends and neighbors. Santa will also make an appearance!
Details: 2nd place and Smith street–across fr south exit of Carroll st stop F/G.

Saturday, December 8th at 5 pm
The Nutcracker at The Symphony Space
The classic Christmas tale of a child’s dream brought to life features the young, talented dancers from the Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory.
Details:
Show time for The Nutcracker are at 5pm. Tickets are $25/children and seniors, $35/adults. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), New York, NY  10025. For additional information, please call (212) 864-5400 or visit: http://www.symphonyspace.org/.

Saturday, December 8th at 5 pm
Nutcracker performance by Brighton Ballet Theater and School of Russian American Ballet
This performance of The Nutcracker features dancers from the School of Russian American Ballet and Brighton Ballet Theatre. This holiday tradition will also include Spanish, Russian, Arabian, French, Chinese and African dances along with a classic Sugar Plum Fairies variation.
Details: All Ages and show times are 5:00pm. Tickets are $50 $35, $25 $20; Children & Senior* $15 (Children’s tickets: 12 and under; Senior Citizens tickets: 65 and over) Performance will be held at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235. For additional information, please visit: www.brightonballet.org

Saturday, December 8th at 5:30pm
World’s Largest Menorah at Grand Army Plaza and Pulitzer Fountain
The world’s largest menorah stands at a whopping 32 feet tall and and has been towering over Grand Army Plaza since 1977. A new candle will be lit at 5:30pm everyday of Hanukkah holiday.
Details: 5th Avenue at 59th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 8th at 7pm
Love Finegan Kruckemeyer at University Settlement
This is a play reading that will benefit kids and families affected by Hurricane Sandy. From the organization, The Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, “With a storm brewing, a small boy helps the people of his community save the things they love the most – their ‘love luggage’. Finegan Kruckemeyer’s lyrical and touching story of hope is brought to life by the Trusty Sidekick community to support the kids and families of our city.”
Details: 184 Eldridge Street, NYC. Ages 7 and up. Cost: $20/adults; $5/children. To reserve tickets, visit
lovebenefit.brownpapertickets.com.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9TH

Sunday, December 9th from 10am — 7pm
Grand Opening of The Playroom at EGG in DUMBO
In order to celebrate the grand opening, The Playroom at EGG will host a slew of activities, including registering for classes.
Details: 72 Jay Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: alisha@egg-baby.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 9th 10:30am — 12:30pm
Glow In The Dark Chanukah Party at The Windsor Terrace YMCA
What’s a Chanukah celebration without a drum circle, story telling, sing-a-longs, and a glow-in-the-dark party with a live DJ?! There will also be tons of giveaways and full usage of the indoor play space, which includes a jungle gym, a ball pit, and a climbing wall.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: 718.407.6377 or email nadira@ywindsorterrace.org. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 9th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss NinaJon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

December 9th at 11 am
Judy and the Maccabees with the Poppy Seed Players
In this re-imagining of the ancient Hanukkah story, Judy is a feisty young girl who leaves her father to help the Maccabees in their fight against King Antiochus. At first, Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Maccabees, dismisses Judy and assigns her menial tasks, but she ends up coming up with the plan that helps them win the war and return to Jerusalem! In the final scene, they experience the miracle of the Temple Menorah. Hanukkah begins Dec 8.
Details: Show is at 11:00am. All tickets are $20.00. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam).

Sunday December 9th at 11:30 am sharp!
Annual Santa Rescue

The New York City Fire Museum is hosting their Annual Santa Rescue on Sunday, December 12, 2010. After Firefighters demonstrate how they rescue Santa, he will be available for gift requests and pictures until 2:30pm. There will also be hot dogs and hot chocolate for purchase as well as live Christmas carols that will be performed live by John Clacher’s firehouse band.
Details:
Admission is $10/Adults and $2/ Children..For additional information, please visit: NYC Fire Museum. The Museum is located on Spring Street between Varick and Hudson streets, is easily accessible via public transportation. By subway, take the C or E train (8th Avenue Local) to Spring Street. Walk one and half blocks west. Alternatively, you can take the 1 or 9 train (7th Avenue local) to Houston Street. Walk south 4 blocks to Spring Street and west half a block. You can also reach the Museum via the M10 (7th and 8th Avenue routes) or M21 (Hudson Street cross-town route) bus. Take either to Spring Street.

Sunday, December 9th from 12pm — 5pm
Bija’s Day of Giving
‘Tis the season… for counting your blessings and giving to the less fortunate! Join Bija in a celebration of mindfulness and giving! The afternoon will include a Book and Toy drive to benefit Ganga Learning Centre in Varanasi, India, Preschool Open House, Family Yoga, and Mind Jar Meditation activity.
Schedule of Events:
12pm — Book and Toy Drive
2pm — Preschool Open House
3pm — Family Yoga
4pm — Mind Jar Making and Meditation (*Please bring a jar with a top if you would like to participate in this activity.)
Details: 900 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: 347-294-0653. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 9th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 9th, 2011 from 12:30-2:30 pm
Santa is Coming to Flatbush Avenue
Santa will be visiting Flatbush avenue to meet and greet Prospect Heights and Park Slope children and families. Santa will be on board the trolley that heads up and down North Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Atlantic Ave.  They will be handing out FREE candy canes, balloons and kids can also get a free picture with Santa.
Details:
Flatbush Avenue from Park Place to Bergen Street. For more info: 718-783-1685 or visit www.nfbid.com.

Sunday, December 9th at 1pm and 3pm
The Queen of Kindie at Bergen Performing Arts Center
THE QUEEN OF KINDIE IS ROCKIN’ BERGEN COUNTY Audra Rox, crowned by Time Out NY Kids as the “Queen of the NY Kids Rock Scene,” will be jammin NJ for two shows at the Bergen Performing arts Center. Audra Rox has been crafting catchy, smart rock music for cool kids for over 10 years. A favorite among hip parents, Audra has been spotlighted in Cookie magazine, NY1, The New York Times, and Noggin’s Jack’s Big Music Show. You can get a taste of Audra’s infectious energy on the Sesame Street DVD “Being Green”. Audra Rox’s high-energy kid-rock music provides insightful, original songs that tackle everything from lost shoes and broken toys to sugar highs and short attention spans with a wry wit that appeals equally to children and their parents. We invite you to rock out with the hottest kindie rocker and show her some NJ love!
Details: All are welcomed.

Sunday, December 9th at 2pm
Hip Tot Music Fest at Littlefield
Happy Family Brands presents… Bob from Sesame Street and Jeremy playing the guitar! There will be complimentary snacks, animation with the Cool Beans, a book reading of Aunt Lillie’s Laundromat by Melanie Hope Greenberg, a dance performance by Jete Dance Center, cardboard castle built by Mini Jake and Makedo, glitter tattoos, face painting, and FREE goody bags for each child. Need I say more?!
Details: 622 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $12/adults; $8/kids; $35/family pass (online only). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 9th at 4pm
72nd Annual Christmas Candlelight at Tompkins Congregational Church
This year the Chancel Choir is performing The Messiah Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel. In addition, The Silent Note choir is presenting a never before heard arrangement of Happy Christmas ˆ a new Christmas carol by local songwriter John Munnelly.
Details: 424 East 19th Street at the corner of Dorchester Road, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all.

Sunday, December 9th from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

Sunday, December 9th at 7pm
Windsor Terrace Chanukah Celebration and Grand Menorah Lighting
There will be an abundance of live music, hot latkes, and gifts for children. The lighting will be followed by dinner at the Rabbi’s home, which is located at 800 Greenwood Avenue #4H. At the Rabbi’s home, there will be a dairy dinner, fine wine, sufganiyot, and more latkes!
Details: In front of 1266 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Please RSVP to mushkytreitel@gmail.com.

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