Weekend Events: Holiday Fun and Lots More!

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The Galli Children's Theater presents "The Frog Prince"

Happy December everyone! As you’re gearing up to rock around the Christmas tree or Menorah, we’ve got tons of events to have you ho, ho, ho-ing all around town. The Galli Children’s Theater Company is coming to Brooklyn on Sunday with an interactive, fun, and free performance of “The Frog Prince.” Santa Claus is coming to town and may or may not be dressed in a skirt. Wine will be served in copious amounts at a Holiday Wine and Book party that’s suitable for kids… and adults. The Winter Festival at the Brooklyn Friend’s School will have you checking items off of your Holiday list and last, but certainly not least, the grand opening party at Kids Play will have you thinking that you just may never leave this delightful borough of Brooklyn, understandably so. Don’t forget to check our dedicated posts on Christmas Tree Lightings, Where to See Santa, Brooklyn Holiday Markets, Hannukah Celebrations, Holiday Shows and Performances. Don’t forget to check our music listings and calendar for more events. Have a fantastic first weekend in December!

ALL WEEKEND

Friday December 2nd through Sunday December 4th: various times
Cirque Shanghai’s Bai Xi at The New Victory Theatre
Grab your Metro cards and head on out to The New Victory Theatre for Cirque Shanghai’s Bai Xi! This show will feature contortionists, aerialists, and gymnasts who are surely defying the laws of gravity with their acts. You’ll sit at the edge of your seat as you see them balance en pointe on a man’s head, climb a three-story stack of wobbling chairs, and conquer the Wheel of Death. This is Cirque Shanghai’s Bai Xi New York City premiere weekend and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Details: New Victory Theatre, 209 West 42nd Street. Tickets start at $17.00 for general admission. Ages 4 and up.

Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, January 15th at 3pm or 7pm
Company XIV’s Snow White at the Bond Street Theatre
Company XIV presents the critically acclaimed Snow White. Choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick, this performance blends opera, circus, dance, theater, projection and design that will surely delight the entire family. (Please note: the show will not run December 23rd – December 25th).
Details: The Bond Street Theatre. 303 Bond Street. $35 for adults; $30 for children 17 and younger.

Friday, December 2nd – Saturday, December 17th: 2pm – 6pm
Winterfest at the Central Park Zoo
Now here are some reasons to go to the Zoo on the first three Fridays and Saturdays of this month: to visit cold-weather creatures, to experience the animals “opening” their presents, to enjoy crafts and wildlife theatre, and to take a stroll under the twinkling lights with some hot cocoa in tow. Need we say more?
Details: Southeast corner of Central Park. $18 for adults; $13 for children (online discounts available). Performances begins on the hour. 212. 439.6500.

Saturday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 18th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks
Set in 1932, this enchanting show features a misunderstood little girl and a smart creature that team up in an attempt to figure out who’s really been stealing the village’s sheep. This show has been adapted for Marionettes and is a charming classic! (Please note: the show will not run December 24th – 25th or December 31st – January 1st).
Details: Ages 3 and up. $8 for adults; $7 for children. 338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street). 718.965.3391

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
December 2nd through December 24, 2011
Continuous shows from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Puppet Show: A Miracle on 34th Street
While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see the holiday puppet classic A Miracle on 34th Street – a 30-minute musical version of the holiday classic as told by Marionettes from Puppetworks (featuring the voices of Brian Stokes Mitchell and Victoria Clark). The show is $5 per person (only in person). Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor. For more information, call (212) 494-1917. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 4th: various times
The Big Apple Circus: Dream Big
The Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center is back again and we loved it! Grandma Clown (the emcee) is hilarious as she guides you through the Big Apple’s acts and set changes. The thread of the show’s theme, “Dream Big,” begins with a little girl who appears to have been plucked from the audience. She proclaims her desires to be a trapeze performer, which by the end of the show, she does become. Apparently, dreaming big does work! Fabulous international circus artists perform under an intimate tent with varying acts from acrobats to clowns. People seemed to especially respond to the animals, which include horses, dogs, and a porcupine. The acrobats were particularly enthralling to watch as they were jumping around as a human pyramid. The kids were doing acrobatics in their seats during the intermission. This is probably because they could totally relate it to their own experiences on the monkeybars. The show is perfect for ages 2.5 years and up. Both our children were totally engaged by it, and honestly, we were too. Runs Oct 20 – Jan 8.
Details: Tickets start at $15, children under 3 years are free on the lap of a paid adult.

Friday, December 2nd through January 22nd
Math Midway at Liberty Science Center
This fabulous exhibit makes math fun for all ages from babies all the way up to adults. Try a square-wheeled bicycle, hang out with magnetic monkeys, or check out mind-bending mirrors. This show debuted at the World Science Festival Fair in Washington Square in 2009, and even in its smaller capacity there, it dazzled visitors. This interactive exhibit is fabulous fun worth a trip to New Jersey for – stay for an Imax show or one of the other permanent exhibits. The exhibit runs through January 22, 2012. It’s highly recommended.
Details: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard. Jersey City, NJ 07305

Friday, December 2nd – Saturday March 31, 2012 from 10am – 5pm
Secrets of Circles Exhibit at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
There’s no doubt about it, circles are everywhere! The “Secrets of Circles” exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum features 18 different interactive activities that explore the nature of this simple, but amazing shape. From building mechanical contraptions to using a compass to draw awesome glow-in-the-dark circles, this fun exhibit provides a great way for math and science to come to life. This is going to be a crowd-pleaser, for sure, and will definitely give new meaning to “the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue

Saturday, December 2nd – Sunday, February 26, 2012: various times
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing!
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.

Now- Every weekend through December 17 & 18
Saturdays from 1 to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 6 pm
ArtsCetera’s Indie Artisan Market
You will find local artisans selling custom and handcrafted stationery, cards, party products, body care products, lotions, natural scrubs and much more. Details: Smith Street between Baltic & Butler; Cobble Hill. For additional information, please click here.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 2ND

Friday, December 2nd from 6pm – 8pm
Wine and Books Holiday Party
Who says the kiddies are the only ones who can have all the fun?! Grab your mini(s) and head to this fabulous Holiday Party where you can meet Brooklyn children’s authors Jennifer Nails (Next to Mexico) and Judy Palaferro (Color Bears and Horace’s Big Hat). While the kiddies are receiving signed copies of the books and free balloon creations, you can indulge in a glass of wine. Or two. (Don’t worry, though. We won’t tell anyone.)
Details: All are welcomed. Mini Max Toys and Cuts. 152 Atlantic Avenue.

Friday, December, 2nd, 2011 at 7:00pm
Holiday Tree Lighting Party with Santa

At this fun local event in Carroll Park, there will be singing, Santa, elves, gifts for the children and free refreshments. Details: Carroll Park is located at President Street and Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

December 2nd at 6:00pm
Christmas Tree Lighting in Carroll Park
At this local Brooklyn event, there will be singing, elves, gifts for the children and free refreshments and munchies. There will also be music and a visit from Santa. Details: Valentino Ballfield and the Robert Acito Park House, Court St., Smith St., between Carroll Street and President Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, December 2nd 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

Friday, December 2nd – Tuesday, January 31, 2012: various times
Polar Express 4D at Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and New York Aquarium
The amazing Polar Express is making stops this Holiday Season at the Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. It is sure to be a great time and will play at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium until January 2, 2012, and the Central Park Zoo through January 31, 2012.
Details: 718.220.5100

Friday, December 2nd from 11am – 12pm
Transit Tots at the New York Transit Museum
Toddlers will be thrilled transportation fans in this weekly drop-in program as they engage in stories, songs, lots of hands-on activities, and surprises at Transit Tot! And who doesn’t love surprises?!
Details: Free with Museum admission. Children ages 2-5 with an adult companion. Boerum Place and Schmerhorn Street. 718.694.1600.

Friday, December 2nd at 2:30pm
Art Works at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Grad your little ones and visit the Totally Tots area to see what’s in store for your budding Picasso!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718. 735.4400. Ages 5 and under.

Friday, December 2nd (3pm – 7pm) and Saturday, December 3rd (1pm – 5pm)
International School of Brooklyn Book Fair
The International School of Brooklyn will be hosting their 7th Annual Book Fair this weekend where children’s books will be sold in Spanish and French. In addition, there will also be a poetry slam where students from ISB and other Brooklyn schools will recite poems in French, Spanish, and English. Talk about a trifecta! Their past book fairs have been awesome and this one promises to be just as great!
Details: International School of Brooklyn. 477 Court Street (at Nelson).

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD

Saturday, December 3rd from 10:30am – 5pm
Winter Festival at Brooklyn Friend’s School
With a carnival, craft-making, face-painting, craft fair and a gift fair, this event will be loads of fun for the entire family! I go to this every year and love the selection of artists that show their wares and the fun-filled room of bouncy house, face painting and free for all fun.
Details: Brooklyn Friend’s School. 375 Pearl Street

December 3rd from 1:00pm-5:00pm
Clayfest Studio Tour and Craft Fair
This holiday fair is a part of the NYC Clayfest Studio Tour. There will be over 20 Brooklyn ceramic artists participating displaying their handmade ceramic gifts, functional pottery, sculpture, mobiles, jewelry and home décor. There will be also be hot cider, wine, cheese and sweets on-hand. Details: Clayworks on Columbia, a not-for-profit ceramic studio, gallery and education center, 195 Columbia Street (Sackett and Degraw), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at 5:00pm
Transit Garden Holiday Tree Lighting

At this fun event families can enjoy tasty snacks, warm refreshments and adult beverages. Santa is also expected to make an appearance. They are also looking for volunteers to decorate anytime between 3-5pm.
Details: Transit Garden is at 2nd place and Smith Street, across from the Carroll Street F/G subway entrance.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at 9:30 and 10:30 am
Annual Breakfast with Santa

First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn is holding their annual Breakfast with Santa event with seatings at 9:30AM and 10:30AM.
Details: Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family. Call 718.624.3770 to make a reservation. 124 Henry Street @ Clark Street.

Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 am–4:00 pm
Christmas Fair

This fun fair will include handmade ornaments, decorations raffles and pix with Santa.
Details: St. Mary’s Couri Hall, 8005 Ridge Blvd. at 81st Street. (718) 238-8008

Saturday, December 3rd from 1pm – 3pm
Art at the Audubon Center
Two hours of crafting?! Sign me up! Little ones can pretend to be bats or monkeys or whatever else tickles their fancy during indoor nature play while making their very own artistic creatures at Prospect Park.
Details: Free of charge. 718.287.6215 x104

Saturday, December 3rd from 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Handiwork: Crafts and Tasks from the Past at Lefferts Historic House
Children will witness how kids spent their weekend before there was television, iPad apps, and smartphones with this crafts and tasks from the past workshop.
Details: Free of charge. 718.287.6215×104

December 3rd, 2011
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 times for The Nutcracker are at 5pm. Tickets are $20/children and seniors, $30/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/.

Friday, December 2nd (3pm – 7pm) and Saturday, December 3rd (1pm – 5pm)
International School of Brooklyn Book Fair
The International School of Brooklyn will be hosting their 7th Annual Book Fair this weekend where children’s books will be sold in Spanish and French. In addition, there will also be a poetry slam where students from ISB and other Brooklyn schools will recite poems in French, Spanish, and English. Talk about a trifecta! Their past book fairs have been awesome and this one promises to be just as great!
Details: International School of Brooklyn. 477 Court Street (at Nelson).

SUNDAY DECEMBER 4TH

Sunday, December 4th at 3:30pm
“The Frog Prince” by the Galli Theater Company
The Coop School and Lego Foundation are presenting the interactive theater performance of “The Frog Prince” by the Galli Theater Company. This event is way too fun to miss so be sure to arrive early since the doors will open at 3pm. Don’t bring cash because the event is free, but do bring your sense of humor and energy!
Details: Free of charge. Brooklyn Music School Theater space. 126 Saint Felix Street (between Hanson Place and Lafayette).

Sunday, December 4th from 11am – 5pm
Kids Play Grand Opening Party
Prospect Lefferts Gardens just got a little better. The new toy and baby store, Kids Play, opened in November and now they are hosting a big grand opening party! After the Holiday season, Kids Play will be offering classes and workshops for children and adults. At the grand opening event, they will be offering free demo classes all day long. Family yoga, improv and acting, sing-alongs, Kookaburra crafts, baby wearing workshops, and lactation consultation… take your pick!
Details: 676 Flatbush Avenue (corner of Flatbush Avenue/Westbury Ct.). 347.715.9347

Sunday, December 4th from 4pm – 6pm
“Little Rock-its” by Frolic! at the Music Hall of Williamsburg
Get ready to rock it out! Frolic! presents a rockin’ Holiday show – Little Rock-its featuring Tim Kubart and friends. These classes are a new wave of children’s music programs with a blend of traditional child-friendly themes with original, hip tunes that fosters complete creativity.
Details: All ages. Advanced tickets — $10 for adults; $5 for children. Day of show tickets — $15 for adults; $5 for children. Music Hall of Williamsburg. 66 North 6th Street (between Wythe and Kent Avenue).

Sunday, December 4th, 2011 from 3:00-5:00pm
PowerHouse Kids Holiday Party
Join authors Masha D’yans, Oliver Jeffers and Emily Jenkins at the PowerHouse Kids annual kids holiday party! Kids can also pose with Santa and listen to some holiday themed readings.
Details: The Powerhouse Arena is located at 37 Main Street (corner of Water & Main St.). To RSVP, please email kids@powerHouseArena.com

Sunday, December 4th 6:30 pm
Park Avenue Memorial Trees
This lovely tree ceremony honors the brave men and women who have lost their lives defending their country. The trees line up along Park Avenue after a ceremony at the Brick Presbyterian Church. This is a beautiful ceremony, that when I attended it 10 years ago, included beautiful singing that was very meaningful. Details: Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 E. 92nd St., at Park Avenue. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, December 4th from 12pm – 1:30pm
Fantasia The Python Gets Loose! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Fantasia comes only once a year! This Sunday, the 20-foot-long albino Burmese python is coming out to play with Museum guests. Snake lovers can pose for pictures with her and feel her slithery skin. Make a donation to the museum’s Live Animal Collection Fantasia on the Loose! campaign and you’ll receive a private behind-the-scenes tour of the entire animal collection. Sweetness!
Details: Museum admission is $7.50 per person. 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718.735.4400.

Sunday, December 4th from 11am – 4pm
Eat, Pie, and Shop at P.S. 29
Join Half Pint Citizens at PS 29 for their annual Pie Social. There will be delicious home-baked and professional pies, pie contests featuring Top Chef celebrity judge panel, fun children’s activities, and wonderful Holiday shopping from local artists and vendors. What’s even more delicious? The money earned will be donated back to PS 29! Now that’s what I can sweet!
Details: PS 29. (425 Henry Street)

December 4, 11, 18 & 25, 1pm
History Illuminated Family Program at the Museum at Eldridge Street
Hunt for history in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Find the oldest object, sit on the most expensive seat in the house ($1,100 back in 1887!), and investigate Eldridge Street’s Victorian lighting and stunning stained glass. Create a gift to share with others during the holiday season.  Details: $15 per family.  For children ages 5 and up.Go online for more info or call 212-219-0302.  12 Eldridge Street (212) 219-0302

Sunday, December 4th from 10am – 2pm
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool Book Fair
Here’s your chance to warm up with yummy baked treats, connect with old and new friends, enjoy activities, and a diverse selection of books! There will also be Author book readings and signings, games, and… raffles! Yippie!
Details: All are welcome. Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool. 131 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Henry Streets).

December 4th from 4pm-8pm and December 5 from 10:30 to 5:00pm
Brooklyn Friends School Winter Craft Fair
This local event will include 40 local vendors as well as a book fair, carnival rides, games, cupcake decorating and craft making. There will also be delicious food and desserts. Details: 375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

December 4th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Holiday Gift Fair and Pie Social
This fun holiday fair will include local bakers – both amateurs and professionals – supplying a huge variety of pies. Kids and adults can also try some tasty treats from Shake Shack and grilled cheese sandwiches from Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. There will also be a pie competition with judges from Food and Wine magazine and Top Chef. The gift fair will include more than 20 local artisans, craftspeople and merchants selling handmade jewelry, clothing from Dumbo’s Half Pint Citizens and handmade toys from Fork + Pencil. Details: PS29, 425 Henry Street. For additional information, please click here.

December 4th, 2011
A Rockin’ Holiday Show: Little Rock-its By Frolic! Featuring Tim Kubart And Friends

Little Rock features a new wave in children’s music that will be celebrated with a rocking holiday music concert. Details: The show is at 5:00pm and tickets are $5 – $10 advance / $10 – $15 day of show. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St (between Kent and Wythe Aves). For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, December 4th
History Illuminated Family Program at the Museum at Eldridge Street
Hunt for history in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Find the oldest object, sit on the most expensive seat in the house ($1,100 back in 1887!), and investigate Eldridge Street’s Victorian lighting and stunning stained glass. Create a gift to share with others during the holiday season.  Details: $15 per family.  For children ages 5 and up.Go online for more info or call 212-219-0302.  12 Eldridge Street (212) 219-0302

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  2. What ages are your girls too?

  3. HI Mona,
    Oh, I am so so sorry! The Nutcracker at Winter Garden was listed correctly on our Holiday Performances as on Nov. 29th- and somehow it was listed for Dec. 2nd on our Weekend Picks. Alicia just started doing events (this is her 2nd weekend)- and the lists are incredibly long in December. It was a mistake- and obviously, an awful one for you and your family. I am so so sorry. I’ll try and make it up to you with tix to something else. How many in your family?

  4. Been loving you for a few years, but not so much today, when I hyped up nutcracker at the winter garden to 2 little girls all day, dragged them in rush hour subway w stroller and around the enormous construction detours, for a 45 min journey to find a dark stage-it wasn’t tonight at 6pm after all! Good thing the four other families I invited to come with us were scared off by the evening trek! That would have quadrupled the frustration and tears!

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