Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 2nd-4th
December has arrived and there are lots of fun events for kids and families this very busy month.
This weekend take the kids and enjoy Charlie Brown Christmas Live 2016 at ShapeShifter Lab, Mother Africa: My Home at The New Victory Theater, Tim Kubart’s Midwinter Celebration Concert at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Light in Winter First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Families First’s Winter Jamboree, Sinterklass at the Wyckoff House Museum, BAMkids: Soul Inscribed, Fifth Annual French Book Fair & Winter Festival at Science, Language & Arts International School, The Wizard of Oz at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library, Saturday Morning Cartoons at the Irish Arts Center, Christmas in the Garden and Tree Lighting in Queens Botanical Garden and the Third Annual Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting.
Also be sure to check out the long running events happening this month like Santa Hours at ABC Carpet & Home, Pip’s Island at Skylight Modern, Three Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square, Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Hansel & Gretel at Puppetworks and the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday December 2nd
Hopalong Andrew Singalong at Bruekelyn Berber (Cobble Hill)
Fridays 11a. $15/drop in per family. A new indoor singalong just in time for the cooler weather. See Hopalong Andrew’s facebook page for additional weekly drop in singalongs in Brooklyn. Hopalong Andrew plays music for all ages, singing the great folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites of the silver screen – though he’s rewritten many of these to reflect city life. He’s a 1-man band, with guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vintage Samsonite suitcase drum.
Family Movie: The Wizard of Oz at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Friday December 2nd 330-515p. Free. The charming film based on the popular L.Frank Baum novel, Dorothy and her dog Toto, are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she encounters some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. 102 minutes. Rated G.
Charlie Brown Christmas Live 2016 at ShapeShifter Lab (Gowanus)
Fridays 7p & Saturdays-Sundays 130p, 330p & 6p until December 11th. Tickkets: $12 + fee if bought online. *Tickets are also available at the door but we do recommend buying in advance. Purchase tickets here. Join the Peanuts gang again this year and help us celebrate our 8th anniversary in yet ANOTHER brand new venue-Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn!! From here on out, we’ll be known as the Charlie Brown Christmas Pop Up. We’ll still be performing the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special word for word and gesture for gesture and our jazz trio will play the iconic Vince Guaraldi score.
Mother Africa: My Home at The New Victory Theater
Friday December 2nd 7p, Saturday December 3rd 7p (2p sold out) and Sunday December 4th 12n & 5p. Ongoing at various times until January 1st. See website for schedule. For ages 5+. Tickets start at $20. Performance: 1 hour and 45 minutes including one intermission. AFRICA: MY HOME, a circus spectacular set in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Daring acrobats, jubilant dancers and mind-bending contortionists fill the New Victory stage when the sensational Drama Desk-nominated Circus der Sinne (Mother Africa, New Vic 2013) returns to NYC with electrifying live music and feats of extraordinary strength and dazzling skill. With performers representing African nations from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to South Africa and Ivory Coast, this radiantly rhythmic production exudes a palpable zest for life that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats—or, better yet, dancing in the aisles!
Saturday December 3rd
Families First’s Winter Jamboree (Cobble Hill)
Saturday December 3rd 930a-12n. Tickets are $25/family – $20/for Families First members. The 4th annual Winter Jamboree will be a winter-wonderland celebration of family and community for families of toddlers to kindergarten-aged children. The Winter Jamboree features all the kids’ favorites: face painting, tattoos, arts & crafts, a bake sale, snacks and balloons! Our amazing music teacher, Ms. Jeanine, will be performing a concert and Erin Silber, www.erinsilberphotography.com will be on-site to take holiday portraits of your child for only $20. Rumor has it that Santa will be showing up too!
BAMkids: Soul Inscribed (Fort Greene)
Saturday December 3rd 1030a & 2p. All tickets :$10. For ages 6-11y. Fusing poetic hip-hop lyrics and soulful vocals with funk and dub-influenced production, artists Baba Israel (emcee/production), Duv (vocalist), Sean Nowell (saxophone, flute) and Yako 440 (instrumentation/production) spin a dance party the whole family can enjoy. After participating in or judging dance competitions and events worldwide, hip-hop dancer Ken Fury will join to showcase his skills, while also giving volunteers from the audience the chance to explore theirs.
Saturday Morning Cartoons at the Irish Arts Center (Hells Kitchen)
Saturday December 3rd 11a-1p. $5 per person. For all ages! Snuggle up on the Irish Arts Center stage and enjoy free pancakes with our popular Saturday Morning Cartoons. Learn how to make your own flip book and the basics of how cartoons are made. Children and parents alike enjoy watching some of the most imaginative and entertaining animated feature films, cartoons, and shorts Ireland has to offer from leading Irish animation companies, including the Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon (Puffin Rock), Geronimo Productions (Planet Cosmo), Kavaleer Productions (Wildernuts), Giant Animation (Nelly and Nora), and more. Pajamas encouraged!
Sinterklass at the Wyckoff House Museum
Saturday December 3rd 1-3p. $5 adults/ $3 children under 10/Free for kids ages 2 and younger. Explore New York City’s oldest house and learn how the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus. Enjoy traditional music, treats, stories, and crafts.
Events for Youth & Families: Tim Kubart’s Midwinter Celebration Concert at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday December 3rd 1-2p. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Probably best known as the “Tambourine Guy” from the viral music collective Postmodern Jukebox, Kubart has performed with PMJ in sold out shows across the country and internationally. Along with his “Sunny Side Up” co-host Chica the Chicken, Tim sings songs, performs sketches, and celebrates everyday moments for a national audience of kids and their caregivers on the only live morning show for preschoolers each day. Favorite visitors to the show include OK GO, Lentil the Dog, Matt Lauer, Wrangler the Dog, William Shatner, and the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Sunday December 4th
Light in Winter First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sunday December 4th 10a-2p. Free with Garden admission. A series of pop-up programs inspired by water, in honor of the opening of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. There will be fun events like Craft a Paper Pond with Artist Huy Voun Lee, Make Your Own Rainstick, Pretend Petting Zoo for Toddlers, and Mermaids on Parade, read by author and illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg. See the website for all the details. Also mark your calendar! Join us at First Sunday programs on January 8, February 5, and March 5, 2017.
Santa Hours at ABC Carpet & Home (Union Square)
Sundays until December 18th 11a-3p. Free. We love the ABC Santa experience. Everyone joins a civil line that winds through the beautiful store. The kids AND you are totally occupied with all the delicate items that sparkle from all the shelves. Attendants hold your stroller for you as you descend to Santa’s room. You walk down a red carpet to Santa who welcomes you in open arms. His beautiful vintage wine red robe and rosy cheeks are so authentic – it will convince even the oldest. Tips: The line is said to be shortest around 2 pm because it’s near the end of his visiting hours. We went at 12:30 pm one weekend and waited for 20 minutes. Others report that they went the week before Christmas on a Saturday and had no wait. Bring your own camera that works well in low light! Details: ABC Carpet and Home is located at 888 Broadway (and 19th St), New York, NY. For additional information, please call (212) 473-3000.
Fifth Annual French Book Fair & Winter Festival at Science, Language & Arts International School (Fort Greene)
Sunday December 4th 12n-5p. The event will feature live story-telling performances by * Rock ‘n’ Roll Mother Goose * Plus bake sale, raffles, crafts, games, and the Snow Queen! Fun for children of all ages. Proceeds from the event and book sale are for the expansion of the school’s reference and science libraries, as well as its selection of French books.
Christmas in the Garden and Tree Lighting in Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday December 4th 1-530p. Free. Get into the holiday spirit with fun for the whole family! This event is free with an additional fee for photos with Santa. Also holiday ornament making for kids (while supplies last), Live musical performances by The Rough Dozen acapella group and a Tree lighting ceremony with Santa. Dress for the weather! Take advantage of special blowout sales throughout the day at the QBG Shop as part of our Green Holiday Sale!
Third Annual Fort Greene Park Holiday Tree Lighting
Sunday 430-6p. Free. Get in the holiday spirit with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy for our 3rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park. Take a picture with Santa Claus, listen to holiday music performed by the Susan McKinney choir, enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies, and watch the tree light up at 5:00 p.m. Please consider bringing new, unwrapped toys to benefit Fort Greene SNAP and Whitman Resident Association’s annual holiday toy drive.
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
On display until January 8th. Grand Gallery, near the 77th Street exit on the Museum’s first floor. Free with admission. An annual tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. The tree is decorated with handmade origami models inspired by items in the permanent halls, current exhibitions, and Museum collections. Volunteers began folding in March to complete the hundreds of creations displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, knowledgable volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.
Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square
Santaland open until December 24th at various times. Free to visit! Professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $20.99. Nothing will put you more in the Christmas spirit than a trip to Santaland! In this enchanted holiday wonderland, you can tell Santa what you’d like for Chirstmas, get your picture taken with him and enjoy all sorts of other wonderful holiday magic. See here for hours.
Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Tuesday-Sundays until Monday January 16th. Also open on Monday December 19th & 26th) Various times and prices. See website for information. Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out. Purchase tickets here. Celebrating 25 Years of Holiday Magic! Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, an all-new Queensboro bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions.
Three Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Monday-Friday 1030a & 12n and 230p on Wednesdays and Saturday-Sunday 1p until Friday December 30th (no performances 11/24 & 12/24-25). See the website for times. Cost: $7/children and $10/adults. 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! Written and directed by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s longtime Artistic Director, Bruce Cannon, The Three Bears Holiday Bash draws from the stories of Hanukkah, The Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, making it a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Pip’s Island at Skylight Modern (Midtown West)
Ongoing Tuesday-Sundays until January 8th at various times. See website for performance times. No performances December 25th or January 1st. Run time: 60 minutes. Tickets: $50/standard. It’s time to zip up your explorer vest and join the irrepressible Pip, Pebble and Finn on an hour-long, uniquely immersive experience. Children of ages 4-10 will unlock a mysterious tree portal and step through it onto the shores of a fantastic and magical island, where wild adventures await them! The whole family will journey together, alongside the characters, through an array of lush, multi-sensorial environments. They’ll get to explore crazy gadgets and gizmos, feed giant hungry puppets, interact with the Island’s fantastical creatures, and ultimately collect five powerful Sparks of energy in order to save the day! Now’s your chance. Pip’s Island welcomes your entire family! To make it easier to bring the entire family, use code FAMILY and receive a discount of 10% on your purchase of 4 or more full priced tickets to a regular performance! Note that this offer may not be redeemed for preview performances or combined with other discounts. FIND THE ISLAND. SEEK YOUR SPARK!
15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Ongoing until Sunday February 26th, 2017. Hours: Monday–Friday 8a-8p; Saturday–Sunday 10a-6p. Free. Come celebrate the holiday season with us! This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view. Transit gifts are available online at www.nytransitmuseumstore.com.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Daily until Sunday January 15th, 2017. Monday–Friday 930a–5p & Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 6 p. Free with Museum admission. Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Ice Skating at LeFrak Center at Lakeside (Prospect Park)
Mondays-Thursdays 9a-515p, Friday 9a-9p, Saturday 1130-9p and Sundays 1130a-515p. Entry to the LeFrak Center is free and open to the public. Weekday skate pricing $6, weekends & holidays $9 (weekend pricing begins Friday 4p). Skate rental: $6. An admission fee is associated with skating and skating-related services. Lakeside is the largest and most ambitious project in Prospect Park since the Park’s completion nearly 150 years ago. The LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides the public with: A skating pavilion with two rinks providing 32,000 square feet for seasonal ice skating, roller skating, and water play, 15,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped viewing terraces, year-round café with a seating area, public restrooms, public programs, seasonal sports, classes, and event space.
Hansel & Gretel at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 18th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Hansel & Gretel ~ Brothers Grimm story; Humperdinck songs & adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
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