Hi! I hope everyone is ready for another week of fun activities here in Brooklyn & NYC.


This week head out and enjoy Gelsey Kirkland Academy’s 2017 Nutcracker Sweets at GK ArtsCenter, Hoppy Holidays with Hopalong Andrew! at The Little People Party, Free Tinkergarten Trial in Prospect Park, DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Jeremy Plays Guitar at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at Barclays Center, Light Up the Holidays @ Metrotech, The Nutcracker at Kingsborough Community College, Sing & Move with The Buttons at Monkey Do! Yoga, The Mystery of the Twelve Curious Cousins at the Saratoga Brooklyn Public Library and Mad. Sq. Holiday 2017 in Madison Square Park.

Also check out the long running events like the NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides, Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, A Christmas Carol the Musical at The Players Theatre, 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, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden, ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk at Abrons Arts Center and Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Make sure you  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 wonderful week!

~Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday December 4th

Hoppy Holidays with Hopalong Andrew! at The Little People Party (Williamsburg)
Monday December 4th & 18th 1030-1115a. $20 per child, $10 per sibling, includes All Day Pass for Open Play at The Little People Party. ‘Tis the season for giving! As a special gift to our Little People, we invite you to join us to sing holiday songs with the Urban Cowboy himself, Hopalong Andrew on Monday, December 4 and Monday, December 18 at 10:30AM. Doors open at 10:00AM, please do not arrive before. Limited stroller parking. Usual pricing applies and ticket includes All Day pass plus the performance. Big people FREE! LPP membership and KidPass accepted. Happy holidays to you all, we appreciate you and your family. Please note this is two special performances, NOT a weekly residency.

Sing & Move with The Buttons at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Mondays 1030-1115a. Drop in $15 (per caregiver/child pair) Additional Family Member $8 and class packs also available. Sing and Move in this active sing-a-long. Live instruments, props, and fun! This 45 minute movement and music class will lead toddlers and parents through a series of simple poses accompanied by story songs and live music (kids love the ukulele!). We will also explore rhythm with clapping exercises and percussive toy instruments.

DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting
Monday December 4th 5-7p in the Pearl Street Triangle.  Free and open to all. Carols, Calypso and Cocoa! Join us to ignite some holiday cheer! The DUMBO Improvement District is thrilled to sponsor the 12th Annual DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. See the website for all the details on the festivities!

See all Monday events.


Tuesday December 5th

Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesday-Friday 10a-430p December-February. Free! Admission charged all day Saturday & Sunday. Closed Mondays (but open Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day). Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Jeremy Plays Guitar at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday December 5th 11a-12n. Free. Grab your kids for a sing-along dance party with the awesomely educational band Jeremy Plays Guitar! Rock out to award-winning music and find out what the critics are raving about – it’s the most fun your kids have while (shhh) learning!

Light Up the Holidays @ Metrotech (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday December 5th starting at 4p. Free. Join Forest City New York to light up the holidays, and Brooklyn’s tallest Christmas Tree, at MetroTech Commons. Celebrate with Santa, live reindeer, Bubble Dad, FDNY, Brooklyn Nets Hype Team, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Holiday performers include Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Music School, and Brooklyn Friends School. Other highlights include an interactive AR/VR demo by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, as well as treats from Korilla BBQ, Starbucks, and La Defense. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is also bringing hot cider from Red Jack Orchards, and good intentions to fill up your soul. Plan ahead to bring a gently used item of clothing or other donation, and 1 Hotel will deliver it to Housing Works on your behalf as part of their 1 Less Thing initiative.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday December 6th

Free Trial for Tinkergarten in Prospect Park
Wednesday December 6th 1030a. Free. Location: Boathouse. At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Kim Houston, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. Sign up here. Visit the website for more times and locations and additional free trials.

ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk [World Premiere] at Abrons Arts Center (Lower East Side)
Wednesday-Friday December 6th-8th 730p and various times through December 23rd. See website for schedule. Tickets: $25 general admission. This show is appropriate for ages 5 and up! This holiday season is the time to experience a radical, joyful, uproarious family extravaganza promoting equality in all forms, featuring a spectacular cast of 20 talented Lower East Siders. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed by feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk brings tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family. Now more than ever, New York City needs family theater that is inherently irreverent and lightly political—with good eventually triumphing over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you!

The Nutcracker at Kingsborough Community College
Wednesday December 6th 730p. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Ticket prices: $50, $40, $35, $30 $25, $20. Children & Senior* $20 (Children’s tickets: 12 and under; Senior Citizens tickets: 65 and over) *Tickets for Children & Seniors are available for advance purchase only at the BBT/School of Russian American Ballet office and not available for sale at the door or online. See the website for all the details. Brighton Ballet Theater / The School of Russian American Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Performance will be held at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College. Brighton Ballet Theater revives a holiday classic featuring lavish costumes, splendid scenery, and a junior company of 80+ young dancers.

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Thursday December 7th

The Mystery of the Twelve Curious Cousins at the Saratoga Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday December 7th 1030-1130a. Free. The Mystery of the Twelve Curious Cousins is an interactive show; a twist on a classic fairytale, complete with silly puppets, memorable characters, and rhythms you won’t be able to get out of your head! Ages 4-7. All programs have limited space, registration might be required.

Mad. Sq. Holiday 2017 in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Thursday December 7th 330-530p. Free. Gather around the Mad. Sq. Holiday Tree as we present free seasonal activities including festive performances from The Sweetback Sisters , the New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox, a seed packet activity with Gardener Steph, and much more! Tasty Holiday treats to be provided by wagamama and Eataly , and hot soup will be provided by Almond. Illumination of the Tree of Light will take place at 4:55 p.m.

Gelsey Kirkland Academy’s 2017 Nutcracker Sweets at GK ArtsCenter (DUMBO)
Thursday-Friday December 7th-8th 730p & Saturday-Sunday December 9th-10th 2p. General admission: $25, children 12 & under $10. Holiday Performance showcasing the Professional Training Program students of Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in Act 2 of The Nutcracker and other classical ballet excerpts including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris and many more! This is an exciting opportunity to see tomorrows principal dancers doing exciting roles in your favorite ballets. Performed by the students of Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Gelsey Kirkland Academy would like to offer a discount on adult tickets to our subscribers to our Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 performances. Adult tickets, originally $25 will be $15 with the discount and child tickets are $10. The link to purchase tickets here. Discount Code: GKAfriends2017

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides (Midtown)
Monday-Friday December 4th-22nd 9a-5p. $2.75. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet of buses in service on the M42 route (42nd Street).

Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at Barclays Center
Wednesday-Thursday December 6th-7th 8p. Tickets: $24-170 . Pumpkin King Danny Elfman is coming to Brooklyn on December 6 & 7 to perform his legendary role of Jack Skellington in a very special screening, with the music performed live by a full orchestra and choir, of Disney’s timeless holiday classic, “TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” Elfman will be joined by other original cast members, including Catherine O’Hara(Sally) and Ken Page (Oogie Boogie), who will all sing live during the movie. Danny Elfman, who wrote the film’s songs (music and lyrics), composed its original score and was the original singing voice of Jack Skellington says, “Being able to perform “Nightmare” live in synch to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill at the sold out Hollywood Bowl shows. Having Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring this special night to Brooklyn for the first time in December.” A cast of singers and special guest artists will be performing the film’s acclaimed songs live. The concert will also include featured violin soloist, Sandy Cameron. Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture.

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.

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.

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)
Daily 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.

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 December 4th-8th 1030a & 1130a and Saturday-Sunday December 9th-10th 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!