Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Winter Festival at Brooklyn Friends School, Santa at Mini Jake, Channukah Puppet Party, and More!

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Happy Friday folks! We’ve rounded up great events — both holiday themed and not — that’ll have the entire family engaged and occupied. This is the final weekend to catch Jean-Michel Otheoniel at the Brooklyn Museum of Art as well as Spiders Alive! at The American Museum of Natural History. If you planned on checking it out, plan your activities accordingly. ‘Tis the season for… Holiday Markets and Fairs! There are several of them, including the always-awesome fair at the Brooklyn Friends School this Saturday. On Sunday, head over to powerHouse Arena for a Kids Holiday Party or to the Park Slope Jewish Center for a Channukah Puppet Party! Don’t forget to visit our events calendar for the details on more fun! Enjoy your weekend!

P.S.- 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.

ONGOING

Through December 2nd
Jean-Michel Othoniel at Brooklyn Museum of Art

This gorgeous survey of Jean-Michel Othoniel‘s 25 year career is worth a half-day visit. The colorful glass sculptures are mesmerizing and imaginative. All ages will enjoy the large scale glass sculptures like the conastaga wagon and bed frame and the smaller works of suspended beads.
Details: 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052.  Tickets are suggested contributions for adults $12, Children under 12 are free. Monday, Tuesday closed, Wed, Friday-Sunday open from 11 am- 6 pm and on Thursdays from 11 am- 10 pm.

Through December 2nd: various times
Spiders Alive! at The American Museum of Natural History
Among the live spiders visitors will encounter are the goliath bird eater; the western black widow; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders’ silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry. The exhibition will include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: Ticket includes museum admission and Spiders Alive exhibit: $25 adults; $14.50 children; $19 seniors/students. Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 11am — 6pm
Etsy’s Holiday Handmade Cavalcade at The Space
One great way to cross folks off of your holiday shopping list? Holiday Markets and Fairs! This fair will be showcasing the homemade, handmade, one-of-a-kind goods of over 40 local designers and crafters, with present possibilities ranging from clothing to housewares, and from stationary to shampoo. Plus, the first 100 guests on each day of the two-day DIY extravaganza get their own gift of a free bag filled with hand-crafted Etsy swag! Lovely!
Details: 50 North 3rd Street between Kent and Wythe, Brooklyn. 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.

Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 2pm — 6pm
Santa at Mini Jake
But, like, not just any Santa. It’s a lady Santa, which is like 10x more exciting! From the website, “This Santa is anything but your department store variety! Fifth-generation Brooklynite Erica Goepel (that’s right, Santa’s a girl) is full of joy, enrobed in a handmade costume based on traditional St. Nicholas images. Mini Jake has invited professional photographer and cameraman Patrick J. Walsh of the animation house Walsh Family Media, to capture your child’s holiday experience, tears and smiles alike! Plus the first 15 families go home with a FREE gift from Mini Jake and a goody bag from the Hip Tot Music Fest!”
Details: 178 North 9th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $20 for pictures and extra prints available. Visit the website to RSVP.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30TH

Friday, November 30th 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, November 30th 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, November 30th 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, November 30th 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, November 30th 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 1ST

Saturday, December 1st from 9am — 5pm
Family Portrait Fundraiser at PS 84
Professional working photographers are doing family portraits to raise money for the schools programs. All families in the community are welcomed to get their picture taken. You will receive an 8 x 10 print and digital access to the photo.
Details: Berry Street and South 1st Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: There’s a donation of $25 but you can also give the recommended donation of a little more $45 if you are able too.

Saturday, December 1st from 10am — 5pm
Fort Greene Holiday Market at PS 20
It’s that time of year again — Holiday Markets! This is such a great way to cross off names on your holiday shopping list! There will be tons of local vendors as well as musicians, a DJ, crafts for kids, and professional photographer sittings at discounted rates.
Details: 225 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. All proceeds go towards funding the arts program at Arts&Letters, a public elementary and middle school. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 1st from 10:30am — 5pm
Winter Festival and Artisan Craft Fair at the Brooklyn Friends School
If you’re looking for a great event for the entire family, bring them to the Brooklyn Friends School’s annual Winter Festival benefiting Horizons, an academic summer enrichment program serving low-income children living in the Downtown Brooklyn area. This amazing Festival and Artisan Craft Fair is a great place to get in some early holiday shopping with over 40 local Artisans and fun activities for all ages including craft making, a gym full of bouncy castles, carnival games, obstacle courses, magic (shows at 11am and 1pm), face painting, balloon art, musical entertainment, a beauty salon and much more. he event also features delicious food, a holiday wreath and plant sale and a fantastic book fair.
Details: 375 Pearl Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: 718.852.1029. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 1st 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 1st at 11am
Mario the Magician at Lincoln Center
Mario is at it again! This time he’s bringing the magic and the fun to Lincoln Center. Head over to the David Rubenstein Atrium for a must-see magical performance filled with laughter and tricks.The performance will be accompanied by a jazz trio, the Sleight of Hand Band, led by platinum-selling songwriter Christopher Donohue, bassist for the likes of Emmylou Harris and Robert Plant. Super Cool!
Details: Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact: 212-875-5456. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 1st at 11am
Hohoho Ginger Bread Haus at Pomme
Anna Harrington will guide each child in building their fantasy modernist ginger bread houses. Each child will design, assemble, and decorate their own house to take home and enjoy through the Christmas season! Please note: This is a drop-off event and class will begin promptly at 11:05am so please arrive on time in order to wash hands and get settled in.
Details: 81 Washington Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4-8. Cost: $25/child. Contact: RSVP to anna@ouryummytime.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 1st at 12pm
Meet Sinterklaas and Santa at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
CRAFTS, FOOD, MUSIC, TREE LIGHTING & Visits from Sinterklaas and Santa Claus! Enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum with his horse (toting traditional Dutch holiday treats), followed by a theatrical reading of the Dutch-American Christmas tale, The Baker’s Dozen. Don’t miss a chance to meet St. Nicholas’s 19th century American counterpart, Santa Claus, first popularized in the 19th century by the writings of native New Yorker Washington Irving and the artwork of New York immigrant Thomas Nast.
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $5/adults; $3/children (10 and under); FREE for museum members. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 1st at 12pm
Make Art! at Extreme Kids and Crew
Come make glittering, sparkling collages inspired by Mickalene Thomas. Norma Grant, art teacher extraordinaire, will lead this family art workshop. All materials will be provided.
Details: 225 Cumebrland Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $10/children; $5/siblings; FREE for members. Please RSVP by emailing katemilford@extremekidsandcrew.org.

Saturday, December 1st from 12pm — 4pm
Origami Animals at The Staten Island Children’s Museum

Did you know that origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding is not just fun, but teaches math concepts like shapes, triangles, rectangles and squares, art lessons about sculpture and dimension as well as an art form from another country-Japan. Join artist Joseph Adia, as he teaches all about origami on Saturday December 1. Your kids will love creating their own origami animals and other creatures, real and imagined!
Details
: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: 718-273-2060. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, December 1st from 2pm — 4pm
Occupy Brooklyn Preschool at The Pacific Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library
This event is entitled Exploring How the Opportunity Gap becomes the Achievement Gap and is an interactive community forum to discuss the economic segregation that determines what early learning experiences are accessible to families of young children in Brooklyn; the long-term effects of this inequity at a crucial time of child development; and what we can do as an extended community to affect change. The forum will be hosted by Takiema Bunche-Smith and the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS). During the event, they will be collecting basic essentials for the families of Community and Family Head Start in Far Rockaway. The needed supplies include blankets, diapers and baby wipes, formula, water, cleaning supplies, first aid kits and children’s books and toys for ages 2-5. For a complete list please and an opportunity to donate money please visit this website.
Details: 25 Fourth Avenue at Pacific Street. All are welcomed. FREE for all.

Saturday, December 1st from 2pm — 6pm
December Shop-Ups at Pine Box Rock Shop
Every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll be able to take care of your holiday shopping lists while enjoying an amazing Bloody Mary at Pine Box Rock Shop! Peruse tables of locally made art, jewelry, apparel and snacks at our 2nd Annual Holiday Trunk Show! Now that’s my version of a glorious Saturday morning!
Details: 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: 718.366.6311. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND

Sunday, December 2nd from 10am — 2pm
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Preschool Annual Book Fair
Author readings and signing, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, a Bake Sale and of course – amazing selection of Books and Toys for purchase. This is great for Holiday Shopping!
Author Reading Schedule:
10:30 Caitlin Friedman, How do you Feed a Hungry Giant?
11:30 Brian Floca, The Racecar Alphabet
12:30 Oliver Jeffers, This Moose Belongs to Me
1:30 Steve Light, Zephyr Takes Flight
There will be raffle tickets available for purchase – prizes include iPad mini and Kindle Fire.
Details: 131 Remsen St. (bet Henry/Clinton). All are welcomed. FREE for all. Please Note: The organizers of the event have partnered with an elementary school in the Rockaways that was badly hit by Sandy. Book Fair attendees will be able to purchase books to be donated to their classrooms and library.

Sunday, December 2nd 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.

Sunday, December 2nd 11am — 1pm
Open Studio at The Noguchi Museum
During Open Studio, families are encouraged to explore the galleries and then make art in the Education Room in response to this experience. Educators are present to discuss gallery connections, introduce materials, and assist with art making. Each month features a different project that relates to both the permanent collection and special exhibitions. This month, participants will think about Tools and Textures in Noguchi’s work. How do different tools create different textures? Answer that question as you make your own textured clay sculptures using a variety of tools, both traditional and unexpected. Advanced registration is not required.
Details: 32-37 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City. All are welcomed. Cost: $10/family. Please email for more information at education@noguchi.org.

Sunday, December 2nd 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 2nd from 1pm — 3pm
Creative Felting at Pomme
Get your creative juices flowing and head to Pomme in order to make your very on felt holiday stocking from scratch with Sabine Slepoff!
Details: 81 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $50/child. Click the link to reserve your spot via email.

Sunday, December 2nd at 5 pm
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. People have loved this show in the past. It’s a great way to bring in the holiday season.
Details: The show is at 5:00pm and tickets are  $10/child $15/adult Advance, $15/child and $20/adult DOS.  Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St (between Kent and Wythe Aves).

Sunday, December 2nd from 2pm — 6pm
Winter Festival at the Science, Language, and Arts School
Are you looking for children’s books in French or Chinese? Are you interested in the benefits of bilingual education? Are you looking for a school based on a truly progressive educational philosophy that will also prepare your child to be a global citizen? Then check out the Winter Festival at the Science, Language, and Arts school! There will be crafts, story time, and fun activities for kids. There will also be a selection of French and Chinese children’s books and magazines to browse. And many enthusiastic parents & staff will be on hand to answer questions about the school and introduce you to our wonderful community.
Details: 126 Saint Felix Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: (347) 770-0205. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 2nd from 3pm — 5pm
Kids Holiday Party at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO
Partying and reading?! Sounds like fun! Pose for a glamour shot with Santa and listen to some holiday themed readings by Carin Berger (A Perfect Day), Melissa Gulon (Baby Penguins Everywhere!) and children’s book specialist Jordan Nielson.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 — 9. Contact: 718.666.3049. RSVP appreciated: Kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 2nd from 4pm — 6pm
Channukah Puppet Party at the Park Slope Jewish Center
The event will start by having a puppet-making workshop with the fabulous Wonderspark Puppets, eat some delicious Chanukah snacks, and then watch an amazing Chanukah puppet show.
Details: 1320 8th Avenue (at 14th Street), Brooklyn. Ages 8 and under. Cost: Kids tickets are $10 for PSJC members, $12 for non-members, and adults are free. Contact: 718-768-1453.. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, December 2nd 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 2nd at 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 tradition of lighting fir trees on Park Avenue each winter began in 1945 when a small group of Park Avenue families, led by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark, the wife of an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, lit trees to honor the men and women who died in WWII. Today the illuminated trees serve as a memorial to all who have lost their lives defending our country. The trees are lit following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street) that serves both as a reminder of the original meaning of the lights and a celebration of the holiday season. 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.

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