Holidayposter_lo2Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 29, 6:00 p.m. at the Belarusian Church (corner of Atlantic and Bond). Merriment
will include: Tree Lighting by Councilman David Yassky, Performances by
the Choirs of P.S. 38 and 261 & Dancers from P.S. 261 Holiday
Treats, Compliments of Local Restaurants & A Special Visit from
Santa. Co-sponsored by The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation & The Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association
(PHOTO: BTW, this is a poster from last year- so don’t pay attention to the date- it on Thursday, November 29.)

As a holiday treat, BAM presents a double bill of classic children’s films The Red Balloon and White Mane, both newly-restored for the big screen. The Red Balloon,
winner of the Palme d’Or, follows Pascal and his shiny, bright balloon
as they chase each other through the streets of Paris. The beloved White Mane,
winner of the Cannes Grand Prix, depicts the friendship between a young
fisherman and a wild stallion as they evade ranchers determined to
capture and tame the horse.
Classic Children’s Double Feature
Dec 1—16 at 1pm on Sat & Sun only
Dec 22—Jan 1 at 1pm daily

The Red Balloon (Le Ballon rouge) (1956) 34min
White Mane (Crin-blanc) (1952) 40min

Directed by Albert Lamorisse

HolidayflyerisbMimi’s Soup Spoon’s is having a Holiday Cooking Class on Saturday, December 1 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. It is appropriate for children ages 2 – 6 with an adult. You will be making and packaging holiday  gifts from the kitchen: Sugar
and Spice Popcorn, Cheesy Popcorn Party Mix and Hot Cocoa Mix.
The class includes hands-on cooking, decorating popcorn tins, and story time. This is a fundraiser for the International School of Brooklyn  at $50 per child/adult duo—Fundraiser for the International School of Brooklyn. Please contact Eliza Hartley at (646) 957-5439 or to register.  237 Park Place (at Vanderbilt) Brooklyn (Prospect Heights)

BirchsweetProfessional photographer Justine Cooper will be at artscetera creating images in a playful and relaxed studio environment. Photos will be uploaded to online gallery for viewing, professional prints, greeting cards, and framed prints offered. Visit her website for more information: Each session lasts 30 minutes. Contact to make a booking for either: Saturday December 1st between 12-6 Sunday December 2nd between 11-4. Current artscetera class takers receive a 10% discount. Add an extra 10% if you sign up for another series on the day. Basic package is $120 including a $30 gift certificate to be used on Pictage (great online printing service). Artscetera at 212 Smith Street at Butler. (PHOTO: This is the photo Justine took of Birch. I LOVE it and have it on my dresser)

Shop at PS 39’s Winterful Craft Fair on Saturday December 1st, 11AM-4PM at John Jay H.S., 7th ave and 5th St. There will be over 50 vendors with a wide range of crafts. There will also be food and desserts from local restaurants and bakeries. There will be children’s arts and crafts all day long, face painting, a free magic show from 11:30-12:15, plus kids can get their picture taken with Santa from 1-3PM and do Holiday Crafts.

Santa visits Fulton street on Saturday, December 1 from 1:00pm – 3:30pm. See him at Albee Square, DeKalb Ave. btwn Albee Square West & Flatbush Ave. Ext.
Music and tree Lighting and a holiday Raffle (12pm-3pm) and again repeated on Saturday Dec 8, 15 and 22.

Saturday, December 1
, from 9 am to 1 pm Santa and Mickey Mouse will be
taking pictures with kids and sending them home with a framed photo and a treat. Santa will be at Flatbush Federal Savings Bank and Mickey will be at Municipal Credit Union, both at the intersection (known as "The Junction") of Flatbush, Nostrand and Hillel Place. Who knew that Santa and Mickey would appear at a bank? I thought money didn’t exist in the North Pole or at Disneyland?!

Brooklyn Friends School’s 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair is taking
place Saturday, December 1st, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 375 Pearl Street, Downtown Brooklyn near the Marriott. The fair features hand-crafted items such as ceramics, sweaters, scarves and other wearables, musical instruments, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind items. This is shaping up to be the school’s biggest and best Craft Fair to date, with more than 40 vendors. Bring the kids – childcare will be provided, along with fun activities like a Moon Walk, Obstacle Course, face painting, carnival games and performance.
For more information, call 718-852-1029, or visit: (PHOTO: just some cool ceramics I liked on the website, NOT what will be sold at the Fair)


Still Hip Brooklyn (the fabulous resale shop in Clinton Hill) is having a holiday craft fair on Saturday December 1st and Sunday December 2nd from 10am-6pm. They have invited a few local people to set up tables in our class area to sell their handmade items. Vendors include maxi & tuffy [clothes], Helen Hats [hand knit hats], Claudia Pearson [gift items made from recycled materials], groundsel [fun stuff], shanna [handmade baby linens], CakeHouse [linens] and more!

Photography event at the Language and Laughter Studio. MG Vander Elst Photography is doing portraits on Sunday, December 2nd from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. The photo session is $125 which includes an online album to share and 1- 5×7 and 1- 8×10 custom print. Reservations are encouraged but drop-ins are welcome. Email or call Pascale at the Language and Laughter Studio (LLS) at 139 Nevins Street (at Bergen St). Call 718-852-2965 or 

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Gift Fair 2007 is this Saturday, December 1st from 10-4pm. They said they will have a "wonderful selection of handcrafted and original designer goods." This includes children’s clothing, pottery, fine art, handmade cards, jewelry and also a bake sale.  Brooklyn Heights Montessori
185 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Winter Greens is this Sunday, December 2 afternoon (between 1-4 pm) where you can create winter
crafts using winter’s bounty of natural objects. Create your own
seasonal display of winter wall hanging using plant materials collected
from the great the Education Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. 1000 Washington Ave. 718-623-7220

Family Holiday Portraits with Jerry Speier on Sunday December 2, 1 – 5 p.m. $150. Each professional half-hour session will provide approximately 30 – 36 shots and a 4×6 print of each shot, and may include both family and individual children. Enlargements of various sizes and additional prints of selected shots may be ordered from the photographer at standard rates. In addition, we will be offering special print packages. To register, call Gumbo at 718-855-7808

Children’s Portraits & December Sale – 6.00 per family for 4 hours of indoor play on Sunday December 2nd 8:30-11:30. Brooklyn based photographer Leah Michaelson is celebrating the holidays with Brooklyn "PLAY" Spot. Leah will be onsite offering mini-children’s portrait sessions at a special rate for Brooklyn "PLAY" Spot families. Sessions are scheduled in fifteen-minute blocks and include a password protected online gallery for easy ordering and sharing of pictures with family and friends. Sibling shoots are available and are scheduled as half-hour session. You can view Leah’s work at To register call Leah at (718) 437-6377 Or email Each session must be prescheduled and prepaid, at a cost of $25 per child. The session fee includes time, talent, and online gallery (no prints are included).
Brooklyn "PLAY" Spot
399 Atlantic Ave, Lower Level of the Marathon Bank Building
Brooklyn NY 11217

Friday, Saturday AND Sunday (and, really, until January 13),
the Crystal Winter Village at the New York Hall of Science- so why not
do this and the above-mentioned author activity while you are there?
The Village features a giant snow globe, a motions simulator ride
across Arctic glaciers, a train display that applies the principles of
steam power, a puppet show (see site for times)  and a craft workshop
complete with table-top activities for kids of all ages.  Every Friday
through Sunday. And, for those of you looking to make a holiday card,
they have photo packages for families who want their photo in front of
the giant snow globe!  NYHall of Science info listed for the event
above.  PHOTO: This is NOT the snow globe you will see- but another giant one
btw, the is a ballerina inside a snow globe- she performs- and yes, you
can rent the inflatable snow globe from $4500-5000. Doesn’t that sound
like a great party gag?)

Hl_headerThis weekend don’t forget the "Lighting Up Nights" at the Bronx Zoo.
It goes until Jan. 8th. (Don’t keep putting off going like I
did last year- I never actually went!) Besides the half a million
twinkling lights on animals, there is storytelling, ice carving demos,
costume characters, stilt dancers and choral group performances. Check the site for details and times.

Saturday and Sunday,
have breakfast with Santa and then a skate around the famous Rockefeller skating rink.
Advance reservations and payment are required. For ages 2-10 years.
Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas Eve. Times vary, so check the website.  Children  are $50(wow!) and  Adults are $55 (wow wow!). At 20 W. 50th Street.



December 3rd The Nutcracker (performed by the NYC ballet)
BIG Movies for Little Kids is the innovative, only-of-its-kind classic
film series for children. Created by 3 Brooklyn Moms, this unique
series is a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of cinema. Time: Monday at 4pm
Ages: 2-7 (all kids welcome)
Location: Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street @ Butler…Subway: F train to Bergen St.
Cost: $6.50/pp (for all walking humans) For more info: or 718.596.4995. As always, special guests, giveaways, and fun surprises!

Santa Claus will be visiting ModernTots on Thursday, December 6th from 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
Hanukkah gelt will also be passed out during this time.
53 Pearl St., Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
PH: 718-488-8293

GetpicaspxMon-Fri (and yes, even on Tgiving), you can see the Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal. Though I wouldn’t advise going there on Tgiving Day- I have done that- and "yuck!" is all I have to say. The
New York Transit Museum puts on this train show at the Museum’s annex
in the Shuttle Passage. It features "O" gauge trains running on
separate loop tracks through a holiday scene with authentic sights and
sounds (new this year). On view until Jan. 13

Daily (except Mondays) until Jan. 13th visit the Holiday Trains at the NY Botanical Gardens
in the Bronx. This is another event I have never managed to actually
do, but have always wanted to. It is free with garden admission. You
can watch the trains and trolleys chug beneath the boughs of a 30 foot
evergreen tree twinkling with lights, across bridges, through tunnels
and around NY landmark replicas and plant.  You can also participate in
the Gingerbread adventures- where kids use their senses to taste, smell
and touch the spices and other plant parts that make up a gingerbread
recipe. You can make spices, sachets, ornaments and decorate gingersnap