Hi!  I hope everyone had a fabulous long weekend and are excited for the holiday season now that it has officially started.


This week take the kids and enjoy the 85th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, Light Up Luminaries at Arts Brookfield , Cantando con un Libro/Singing with a Book at the Battery Park City NY Public Library, Annie’s Music for Kids! at Wild Was Mama, Kids Explore: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors at the Cortelyou Brooklyn Public Library, Sing along with Miss Katie at LARK, Bilingual Birdies Trio Band: Spanish at the Hamilton Fish Park NY Public Library, Lavender Blues at Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe, Kids Create: Bay Ridge Rocks at Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library and the 18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square.

Also check out the long running events like the A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre, The Hypocrites: Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center, 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Drop in Play at SPARK, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden.

These are just some of the events so check the calendar to see everything that is going on this week. Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Have a fantastic week!

~Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday November 27th

Kids Explore: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors at the Cortelyou Brooklyn Public Library
Monday November 27th 3-330p. Free. We will read about the legend behind the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors in this hilarious new read-aloud written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex. Take home a fun art activity and play a few rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors! We will also read Adam Rex’s very funny new picture book Nothing Rhymes with Orange!

Annie’s Music for Kids! at Wild Was Mama (Greenpoint)
Mondays 330p until December 18th. $25/drop in. Join Miss Annie of Annie’s Music of Kids! for an interactive singalong experience. Kiddos play and creatively explore with instruments and props Caregivers can learn familiar songs and practice with their little ones.

18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square (UWS)
Monday November 27th 530-9p. Free. Rain, Snow or Shine! The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor, Time Warner, Inc., will host the Eighteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York’s largest holiday festival! Join legendary artists, up-and-coming musicians, dancers, street performers and more as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone. Over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1-$4) at three separate outdoor locations from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Dozens of local stores and neighborhood institutions will host activities and holiday cheer throughout the evening. The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along and around Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday November 28th

Lavender Blues at Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Tuesdays 1230p. $20/drop-in. Babies Only! (0-12m) is a special 30 min infants only music class. A bit calmer and more intimate of a group! A lovely bonding experience for baby and you!

Kids Create: Bay Ridge Rocks at Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday November 28th 4-5p. Free. Come paint rocks with Rana of the fabulous Bay Ridge Rocks. Arts and crafts activities for children ages 5-10. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t throw away your rock!

Light Up Luminaries at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Tuesday November 28th 530-8p. Free to attend. Light Up Luminaries is a free community holiday event to kick off Luminaries, the spectacular light installation and new holiday tradition at Brookfield Place. Join us for fun performances, free ice skating on the waterfront, sweet treats and more! SCHEDULE: 5:30pm: New York Classical Theatre’s A {15-Min!} Christmas Carol, 5:45pm: First Luminaries wish of the season, 6:15pm: Ice Skating Exposition, 6:30pm: Free ice skating & All night: Original Dickens Carolers featuring MC Beats

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday November 29th

Cantando con un Libro/Singing with a Book at the Battery Park City NY Public Library
Wednesday November 29th 4p. Free. Best for ages 4 and older. This class is a creative, immersion Spanish class were children learn phrases through puppetry, songs and stories. This class, encourages children to take risks with the language and begin speaking. Presented by Mi Manzana

85th Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2017 (Midtown)
Wednesday November 29th 7-9p.  The annual tree lighting ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  The 2017 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29 at Rockefeller Plaza. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues until 9pm on January 7. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast. Daily visiting hours: 530a-1130p.

The Hypocrites: Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center (Greenwich Village)
Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays 730p, Saturdays 11a, 3p & 730p and Sundays 3p until December 10th. Tickets: $65. Performance time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to this raucous and utterly zany beach party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy Major General. It is a spunky model of a (post)modern major musical.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday November 30th

Bilingual Birdies Trio Band: Spanish at the Hamilton Fish Park NY Public Library (Lower East Side)
Thursday November 30th 10a. Free. For a fun time, the Bilingual Birdies Trio Band put on a 45-minute show with three musicians which will entertain families and teach new vocabulary words in a way that will have everyone singing and dancing!

Sing along with Miss Katie at LARK (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Thursdays 4-5p. $10 drop in, all are welcome! Singing a mix of classic kid favorites and rare folk gems, Miss Katie is known for bringing the sing along fun to Brooklyn families! As one parent put it, “Miss Katie knows how to connect with caregivers, parents and children to bring out the rhythm in all of us.”

A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre (Greenwich Village)
Thursdays & Fridays 7p, Saturdays 3p & 7p, Sundays 11a & 2p until December 30th. No performances on December 24th and additional weekday performances starting December 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $52 for Premium, $42 for Tier 2 & $32 for Tier 3. Nineth Smash Year of this lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge! **There is a free family workshop 1 hour prior to the Sunday 11am performances only.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Daily 10a-545p until January 7th (except 12/25). Free with Museum admission. Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.

Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. 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 on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.

16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.

Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018 (except 12/25). 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 creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.

Luminaries at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Wednesday November 29th 8a-10p and daily until January 5th. Free to attend. Luminaries is a mesmerizing holiday light installation designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, based on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community. Visitors are immersed in a canopy of glowing lanterns suspended within the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, each changing color and intensity. For every wish sent by the public during the holiday season, Brookfield will donate $1, up to $25,000, to the GRAMMY Museum and its music education programs. Note: Due to performances of The Nutcracker in the Winter Garden, Luminaries’ shows and wishing experience will be modified on the following dates: Friday, December 1: 8am – 3p & Saturday, December 2: No wishing experience or shows on this date

Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Ongoing Thursdays-Sundays until December 23rd. Hours are Thursdays-Fridays 3-11p & Saturdays-Sundays 11a-11p. Single Day Admissions are available for purchase by day for $10.00 per guest. Children under 5 years old are FREE. Winter Wonderland Staten Island is a 70,000-square foot fully immersive holiday experience. Laid out on the field of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, this event will take guests on a trip to a winter alpine village, featuring all the wonderful holiday themes and feelings that we all know and love. Attractions include ice skating, a 34-vendor holiday market, a nightly light show, Santa’s Workshop, a life sized working Gingerbread House bakery, an Igloo bar featuring holiday cocktails and nightly live entertainment, rides, games, and experiences for guests of all All Rides, Games, & Attractions cost extra. See website for information. Winter Wonderland SI is a 3 minute walk along the promenade from the Staten Island Ferry terminal.

The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Monday-Friday November 27th-December 1st 1030a & 1130a and Saturday-Sunday December 1st-2nd 1p. Additional performances ongoing until December 30th. See schedule here. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual Christmas Eve holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with sing-a-longs during the performance of holiday favorites the “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p until April 15th 2018. Fees: Temple Member $10/child, $15 with additional sibling. Non-member $12/child, $18 with additional sibling. Visit Passes available for purchase. See website for more information. The tots drop-in center is place for children ages 0-24 months and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn, and have fun! Drop in for play with age-appropriate toys and activities in our social hall (large indoor space). No advanced registration required – please do drop in!

Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily 8a-10p until March 4th. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!

Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 1-330p. $10/day. After a nap and lunch, but before bath and dinner, come to hang out and play with other 0-3 year olds at Edamama. Explore various award winning books or bring your own toy and play in a warm, safe, and enriching environment. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Adult participation.

Drop-in Playspace at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Friday 9a-5p & Saturday-Sundays 9-1130a. Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child. Memberships also available for purchase. See website for details. Hello! Welcome to Recess, where playtime is easy with our flexible drop-in model. Our custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore. Learning is fun at Recess too. Our talented staff and variety of programming will help your children learn what they like and have a great time doing it.

Playtime at Fairytale Island (Bay Ridge)
Monday-Sunday 10a-8p. $18/child. Group discount (3 or more kids): $15. Come away with your children for a moment in a place where memories are made and time stand still!

The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p. All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150. Recommended for ages 6m-3y. Open Play! Toys, music, fun & a really big space!

Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.

Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p (except 11/23, 11/25 & 11/26). Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!

To see all the events click here for the calendar!