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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 11th-14th

Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 11th-14th

Hi!  I hope everyone enjoyed our first snow and is ready for Chanukah and another week for fun events here in Brooklyn & NYC!

Take the kids and enjoy the Kickoff Chanukah at The Largest Menorah with Moshav Band in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Heights Promenade Tree Lighting, The Brooklyn Nutcracker at Irondale Center, The Paper Bag Players presents: That’s Quite Absurd! at LIU Brooklyn Kumble Theater, Stomp Clap & Sing with Louie Miranda at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library,  Tinkergarten Free Trial Class in Fort Greene Park, Frito-Lay Dreamvention FREE Admission Day at NY Hall of Science, 90-Second Newbery Film Festival Workshop at Canarsie Brooklyn Public Library, Seaport District’s First Ever Hanukkah Party, Broadway Under The Stars at The Shops at Columbus Circle, Winter Carnival at Stone Avenue Brooklyn Public Library, Chanukah Family Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum and Grace-ful Ice: Sea Life at Grace Building.

Also check out the long running events like the Lighting at The Largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza, 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, theHoliday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden, ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk at Abrons Arts Center, Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides.

These are just some of this weeks evens so make sure you check the calendar to see everything. Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Happy Chanukah & have a great week!

~Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday December 11th

Stomp Clap & Sing with Louie Miranda at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library
Monday December 11th 1115a-12n. Free. Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! He has played with numerous ensembles performing music in a wide variety of venues. Come early to get a seat!

Grace-ful Ice: Sea Life at Grace Building (Midtown)
Monday December 11th 5-7p live carvings & Tuesday December 12th 12n-130p. Free. Sculptures will be on view from 9am on Tuesday, December 12 until they melt. The NYC-based Okamoto Studio returns for a seventh year of spectacular ice carvings, transforming blocks of ice into sea life. Visitors will be taken on a frozen journey through the depths of the sea, where they will see a variety of favorite creatures and have unforgettable photo opportunities.

Broadway Under The Stars at The Shops at Columbus Circle
Monday December 11th 5p (last one!). Free. Kick off the holiday season with Broadway Under the Stars! Enjoy free performances from Broadway’s most popular shows every Monday starting November 13th! The five week series concludes December 11th on the ground floor. December 11 – SpongeBob SquarePants, Once on This Island, A Bronx Tale

See all Monday events.

Tuesday December 12th

Winter Carnival at Stone Avenue Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday December 12th 10a-1p. Free. Celebrate the holidays at stone ave with fun activities for kids: Face painting, balloon art, Story time, and more! We hope to see you there! This program is intended for children and their accompanying parents or guardians.

Kickoff Chanukah at The Largest Menorah with Moshav Band in Grand Army Plaza
Tuesday December 12th 530p. Free. Concert at 530p & Menorah Lighting at 630p. Every night live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children. Menorah Lighting Times: weeknights 6p, Friday 330p, Saturday 7p & Sunday 5p.

Seaport District’s First Ever Hanukkah Party
Tuesday December 12tn 6-8p. Free & open to all. Location: Seaport District (Front & Beekman Streets). The Howard Hughes Corporation is sponsoring The Seaport District’s first ever Hanukkah party to celebrate the festival of lights and it’s sure to draw a large crowd with it’s festive line up! Please join us as we dance to live Klezmer music by Grammy winner Alicia Svigals, enjoy a candle lighting ceremony by Rabbi Katz of Chabad of Financial District, along with a warm welcome by Saul Scherl, Executive Vice President of The Howard Hughes Corporation, and brief thoughts by several other guest speakers like FiDi local and former cast member of The Real Housewives of NYC, Cindy Barshop. In the holiday spirit there will be plenty of latkes, jelly donuts and gelt for all our guests along with an indoor, heated room where plenty of Hanukkah themed arts and crafts tables will be set up for everyone to enjoy. During the party, our Seaport shops will be open for sales to help with last minute holiday shopping and warm drink options will be available for sale on the cobbles.

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Wednesday December 13th

Frito-Lay Dreamvention FREE Admission Day at NY Hall of Science (Flushing)
Wednesday December 13th 930a-5p. Calling all inventors and problem-solvers! Come into NYSCI on December 13 and get inspired with FREE ADMISSION and special activities courtesy of Frito-Lay Variety Packs.

Chanukah Family Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Wednesday-Thursday December 13th-14th & Sunday-Wednesday December 17th-20th. Museum opens 10a daily and closes at various times. See website for details. Free with Museum admission. It’s a Chanukah family experience for children of all ages at the Jewish Children’s Museum! Get into the festive spirit with our fantastic array of workshops, activities, and more! Featuring Beading Studio, Grand Menorah Lighting, Donut Decorating and more!

Brooklyn Heights Promenade Tree Lighting
Wednesday December 13th 530p. Free. The annual lighting of the tree at the Montague Street entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade will be at 5:30 PM this coming Wednesday, December 13. Carolers from the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will be there to provide holiday spirit. Afterwards, the carolers will proceed to the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, at 55 Pierrepont Street (between Hicks and Henry), where the Exchange will stay open late and offer hot apple cider and cookies. They invite you to bring the whole family.

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Thursday December 14th

The Paper Bag Players presents: That’s Quite Absurd! at LIU Brooklyn Kumble Theater (Boerum Hill)
Thursday-Friday December 14th-15th 10a & 12n. Tickets: $8. The Paper Bag Players are welcoming their fifty-ninth year of performing great theater for children. Come on an adventure with The Paper Bag Players in our new show, “The Paper Bag Players That’s Quite Absurd!” Children ages 3 to 8 will delight in our classic blend of cardboard & paper sets; whimsical stories; lovable characters; and live music that will have them singing and dancing in the aisles. The show will have you laughing, singing, dancing–and sitting on the edge of your seat! This brand new show is packed with stories, songs, freewheeling dances, painting, audience participation, paper bag costumes and scenery — and lots of adventure! It’s a funny, friendly, and thrilling hour of theater — perfect for everyone!

Tinkergarten Free Trial Class in Fort Greene Park
Thursday-Friday December 14th-15th 1030-1145a. Free. At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Anna Ray, 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. This trial class is: Designed for children ages 18 months-5 years. Child/children are accompanied by an adult. Siblings of any other age are most welcome. Limited to the first 9 families who register. Kids may get a bit messy (Hurrah!), so please send them in clothing that can get dirty. We start the class at the specified location, but may end within a reasonable walk from that location. Register here for Dec 14th & here for Dec 15th. Additional Free trial Dec 16th. See website for details and to register.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival Workshop at Canarsie Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday December 14th 3-5p. Free. Calling young filmmakers, kids, and teens! Join us as we create a movie submission for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. We are creating a 90-second interpretation of the book Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White. For more information about the contest, visit

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Ongoing Events

Lighting at The Largest Menorah in Grand Army Plaza
Daily until Wednesday December 20th at various times. 1st night kickoff concert at 530p & Menorah Lighting at 630p Weekdays 6p Friday December 15th 330p Saturday December 16th 7p Sunday December 17th 5p Every night live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children.

The Brooklyn Nutcracker at Irondale Center (Fort Greene)
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday December 11-16th 730p (also at 3p on the 15th & 16th). Tickets start at $25. A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to our iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity— in essence, a Christmastime love letter to the borough we call home. The Brooklyn Nutcracker fulfills Brooklyn Ballet’s mission by providing the borough’s youth with opportunities to dance, by expanding the annual performance season for the professional artists in our company, by injecting contemporary ideas into a classic art form, and by working together with Brooklyn’s diverse communities on a Nutcracker we can call our own.

NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides (Midtown)
Mondays-Fridays 9a-5p until December 22nd. $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).

ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk [World Premiere] at Abrons Arts Center (Lower East Side)
Thursday-Friday December 14th-15th 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!

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.

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 11th-15th 1030a & 1130a and Saturday-Sunday December 16th-17th 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!