‘Twas the night before Christmas… Well, not quite. But it is the weekend before Christmas and there are lots of jolly events to do. Many events are ending their runs this weekend and next, including our top pick for ages 5 years and up: the Circus Oz Holiday Show at The New Victory Theater. Though it’s not really a holiday show, it’s spectacular from start to finish. The acrobatic tricks are top-notch, but what makes this show genuinely entertaining is the plot line, character development and charm of the cast. Also, if you haven’t visited SantaLand at Macy’s, well, what are you waiting for?! Santa will be packing up promptly at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve to head back to the North Pole so he can load up his sleigh, so plan accordingly. There are two circuses in town: one of our classic favorites, The Big Apple Circus, and a new outfit in for their second year- the Holiday Circus – in Brighton Beach. Though we haven’t been to the latter, it’s holiday themed so you just might see Santa. If you are still looking for that unique gift, stop by the carefully curated Brooklyn Craft Central. Did you know that there’s a new museum in NYC? Yep! The Museum of Mathematics opened this week we are already hearing rave reviews about it! If you don’t make it this weekend, they are open Christmas Day.
Wait… there’s more:
- Looking for spectacular Christmas lights? See our Brooklyn guide here.
- If you are want a photo op with Santa, see our list of where to see Santa!
- Stumped for what to do on Christmas Day? We have a fun list of events here.
- There are some lovely family services for caroling, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Brooklyn. We found a ton for you here.
Have a great weekend, Brooklyn!
Through December 22nd, 2012
Annual Irish Arts Christmas Concert Series
Presented by the Irish Arts Center, this Annual Christmas Concert features eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary as well as holiday favorites. Mick Moloney leads a cast of America’s top Irish and world musicians through a warm and celebratory journey of music, dance and storytelling accompanied by the strains of the banjo, fiddle, accordion and piano. Every night is a different experience as surprise guests drop in to each performance! Past visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Dan Barry, Colum McCann, Ellen McCourt, Isaiah Sheffer, Sebastian Junger and Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
Details: Showtimes are Thursday– Sunday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Donaghy Theatre at the Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Tickets are $50 non- member, $40 for members.
Through December 23
The Charlie Brown Christmas- LIVE at the Lyceum
We love the soundtrack with the Vince Guaraldi music that is on this classic animated film- so we think it’s so cool that this theater production has a live accompanying jazz trio! In this faithful presentation, Pig Brooch Inc. will perform verbatim the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. This performances are lauded as one of the favorites of kids and families all over Brooklyn.
Details: Show times are at 2:00pm or 8:00pm – depending on the day. All tickets are $11 each. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. For additional information, please call (718) 857- 4816.
Through December 23rd
Seven in One Blow, Or The Brave Little Kid at Axis Theatre Company
Set just before the holidays on a snowy winter day, Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with “Seven in One Blow” to commemorate the event. The Kid travels through the snow and meets numerous colorful characters along the way, including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a Pea, December, a Witch, an Ogre and a Princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Over the course of the take, invaluable lessons are learned: an Ogre finds that you don’t always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone, you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the Kid discovers that a parent’s love and care has no limits.
Details: One Sheridan Square, West Village, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $12/adults; $6/children. Contact: 212.352.3101. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 23
Santa at Bloomingdales
I have a feeling this Santa won’t be as busy as the Macy’s Santa. So, head to Bloomindales to the Eighth Floor and get your picture taken, and tell him all of your holiday wishes. You’ll also get a chance to meet some of Santa’s elves.
Details: Hours are Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10am-6pm. Eighth Floor at Bloomingdales at 59th Street & Lexington Avenue and 1000 Third Avenue (two entrances) New York, NY 10022. For additional information, please visit: Bloomingdales.com
Through December 24th, 2011
Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center
This is the most expensive way to see Santa, but it is a special event that you might want to do once (or twice!) in your kid’s lifetime. Have a breakfast at Rock Center Cafe where Santa and his elves will stop by for a visit and photo. Afterward you and your family can skate on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
Details: Prices range from $55 to $65 for children and from $65 to $75 for adults (depending on which restaurant you choose), which includes breakfast, a visit from Santa and his elves, a VIP skating session and a small gift for each child. You can also ice skate at the famous Rockefeller Ice Rink after your meal. Some dates on the weekends are already sold out, so be sure to make reservations on their website or you can call (212) 332 – 7620. Rock Center Cafe is located at Rockefeller Center at 20 West 50th Street.
Through December 24
Continuous shows from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Puppet Show: Yes, Virginia
While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person). Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor.
Through December 24 from 9:00am -5:30pm
Santa and Puppet Show at Macy’s
This is the most famous Santa in New York complete with gorgeous train displays, lights, trees, bags of toys and of course Jolly Old Saint Nick. Funny enough, Karen (founder of A Child Grows in Brooklyn) meet him one year on the subway. He told her that one weekend over 3,000 visitors came to visit and take pictures. Tips: Though this is a beautiful winter wonderland, the wait can be unpleasant. Those willing to brave the lines will have a festive backdrop and a beautiful photo with Santa but we suggest that you go early and try to visit Santa on a weekday so that you will be in and out in an hour. Make sure to bring your own camera as the photo options that Macy’s offers aren’t cheap with prices starting at $18.99 for a 6×8 picture. NEW this year; With Macys updated app, you have got a VIP ticket to bypass the crowds in Santaland and go right to Santas Village. Just download the app and select Herald Square from the “Stores” option. Then, book your time and use your Express Pass to meet Santa. iPhone and Android friendly.The puppet show is Yes, Virginia: While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet show, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person).
Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square. Santaland is open daily from 9:00am-9:00pm from November 27th through Saturday, December 24th, 2011. Macy’s notes: Santa will return to the North Pole promptly at 5:30 P.M. on December 24th so he can load up his sleigh. Admission is free and digital photographs of your child with Santa will be available for purchase. For additional information, please call (212) 494-4495 or visit: Macy’s.com.
Through December 24, 2012 (market)
Through February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 is celebrating my creating a brand new layout built by Lionel. In this free show at New York City Transit Museum Annex, the model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North. Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection will also be on display joined by New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central’s heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. This free train show is especially fun as it takes place in a real train station: Grand Central. View our entire review of the Train Show and Market HERE.
Through December 30th: various times
Circus Oz Holiday Show at The New Victory Theater
Truly a great holiday show! From the website: “Let’s shout the loudest “G’DAY!” ever for the awesome Aussies of CIRCUS OZ as they return to The New Victory for the fifth time with their bold, bodacious and brassy brand of big top zaniness. Starring jaunty jugglers, astounding acrobats, teasing trapeze artists and sassy ringleaders who manage the whole irreverent mob, this all new, saucy show delivers downright Down Under fun. A live rock band propels the already ecstatic energy into the stratosphere, and with one amazing and madcap act topping the next, you and your whole family will hoot, holler and hunger for more this holiday season.”
Details: 229 West 42nd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: starting from $17. Contact: 646.223.3010. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 30th at 3pm and 7pm
The Holiday Circus and Millennium Theatre
The Holiday Circus is an extravaganza that blends world renowned performers under one roof. This classical circus features performances by world famous jugglers, clowns, magicians, acrobats and animal acts from acclaimed circuses such as Big Apple Circus, Cirque Du Soleil, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, Circus and many more.
Details: 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $35-55; FREE/children under 3. Contact: 718-615-1500. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 30th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details: Tickets range from $55-$135. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or click here.
December 7th- December 22nd
The Nutcracker by NY Theatre Ballet (Abridged)
We loved this 1 hour ballet of the Nutcracker made especially for children. It is staged in an intimate theatre, the costumes are beautiful and the production is comprehendable for kids ages 4 years and older (in my experience). It’s a lovely production and a nice introduction to The Nutcracker.
Details: Tickets are $42.95 and up. Florence Gould Hall at FIAF, 55 East 59th St
Through December 30, 2012
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This show is quite simply dazzling complete with gorgeous trees, ornamental chandeliers and the friendliest staff you have ever met. The Rockettes are incredible to watch as they dance and move their magical gams. The costumes are also amazing as well as the festive music. This show also features an amazing digital backdrop where they switch from grand manor to the streets of New York City. We were totally entertained. Yes, the show is somewhat nostalgic and sentimental, and a bit kitschy at times, but it is rich in entertainment, excellent choreography (I always love that Tin Solider piece) and thrill.
Details: All children who have reached their second birthday require a ticket to gain admittance into Radio City Music Hall. Tickets range from $45 (non-peak – third mezz) to $110 (peak – orchestra). For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (888) 858- 0007 or visit: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/
Through December 30th
The Three Bears Holiday Bash at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
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! Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Details: $8/adults; $5/children. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 31
The Little Engine That Could Puppet Show
The classic tale of The Little Engine That Could ™ is brought to life in an exciting presentation by New York City puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain! The show is included when you buy tickets to the Holiday Train Show.
Details: The New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) at Fordham Road Bronx, New York.
Through January 1st
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
Angelina and her friends are back and planning a holiday dance pageant. True to Angelina form, this lively show also features dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season!
Details: The musical is held on Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm with holiday shows Tickets are $29.50 per person or $49.50 for Premium Section. IMO, the regular seats are just fine at this theatre and you don’t need to purchase the premium seats. The Vital Theater is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street, New York, NY. For additional information, please click here.
Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 6, 2013
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum at The Children’s Museum of Art
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents the most comprehensive collection of works to-date by visionary artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE. Entitled “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum,” the exhibition will reveal the inner workings of RAMMELLZEE’s artistic vision and trace his career trajectory which began in the 1970s as a pioneering “wild style” graffiti writer and hip-hop MC and evolved in manifesto and medium to the far reaches of the imagination. “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum” showcases a visual encyclopedia of RAMMELLZEE’s artworks including full-body life-sized costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, large scale paintings and video and audio recordings from some of his performances. Suspended from the gallery’s ceiling are RAMMELLZEE’s legendary letter racers, or car-like vehicles representing letters of the alphabet seeking to “break free.”
Details: 103 Charlton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York, NY. Cost: $10/person; FREE/seniors and members. Contact: (212) 274-0986. Visit the website for more information.
Ongoing — Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleeker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?! They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m been to this twice because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 13, 2013: various times
Big Apple Circus: Legendarium at Damrosch Park
For its 35th season the Big Apple Circus presents “Legendarium,” an all-new show, where international circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a back as flexible as an archer’s bow. With an affable ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and a fearless finambulist astonishes the onlooker.
Details: West 62nd Street (Lincoln Center) between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. Cost: $25 — $175. Contact: (212) 875-5766. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 27th: various times
The Velveteen Rabbit at DR2 Kids Theatre
The Velveteen Rabbit is truly a favorite amongst kids and adults alike with it’s heartfelt plot and lovely theme! With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props become a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Details: 103 East 15th Street (at 20 Union Square East), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $39.00. Contact: 212.375.1110. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street). All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.
Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks: $3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.
All Weekend from 10am — 5pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics
Welcome to NYC’s newest museum — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.
Saturdays and Sundays: various times
The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
The beloved Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 21st season where you can view this year’s display of model trains chugging by more than 140 New York landmarks such as Penn Station, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall – all of which are created from leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, pine cones, nuts, and pods. A new structure will be added this year to the already expansive display: a replica of Macy’s flagship location. Check out our review of the train show HERE.
Friday, December 21st: 10:30am
Big Annie, An American Tall Tale at PS 3
The Shadow Box Theatre presents Big Annie, a joyous Holiday Sing-Along celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. This story stars Big Annie, a Creole flatboat captain and larger-than-life American heroine! With her amazing strength, and the help of her animal friends, she pulls a boatload of toys through a terrible storm one Christmas Eve long ago. Our storyteller and guitarist capture the rhythm and power of the American work song as the kids join in singing to help Big Annie succeed.
Details: 50 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 7 and under. Cost: $10 in advance ($15 at the door), group rates available. Contact: 212.724.0677. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday and Sunday December 22nd and 23rd: 11am — 5pm
Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market 2012 at Littlefield
Curated carefully by native New Yorker and Brooklyn indie champion Deb Klein – once part of the long running and splendid Bazaar Bizarre and former owner of the well-loved record shop HI-FI (both in Boston) – Brooklyn Craft Central Markets bring together Klein’s design aesthetic with entrepreneurial smarts to appeal to a wide audience of shoppers. Deb founded the BKCC series at the Brooklyn Lyceum in 2008. Please note: To view a FULL list of vendors, click HERE.
Details: 622 Degraw Street (betw. 3rd and 4th Aves), Brooklyn. FREE admissions. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.
December 20th- December 22nd
David Parker and The Bang Group present Nut/Cracked
David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked is the contemporary dance world’s beloved version of The Nutcracker. With an enterprising mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap, Parker conjures a comic, subversive neo-vaudeville tinged with whimsy. Danced to novelty and popular arrangements of the score as well as the traditional orchestral suite, Nut/Cracked premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in 2004 and has been touring ever since.
Details: Tickets are $30. There is a pre-show talk on Dec 20 at 6:30pml. The Dance Theater Workshop is located at 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), New York, NY 10011. For additional information, please call (212) 691-6500 or click here.
December 22-23, 26-30
The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Nutcracker Sweets
Puppetworks performs these holiday classic at their Brooklyn space in Park Slope. The show is $5 per person (only in person). Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Details: 338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-965-3391
FRIDAY DECEMBER 21ST
Friday, December 21st at 5:45am
28th Annual Winter Solstice Ceremony at Grand Army Plaza (Near the Fountain)
Please be advised that this is an early morning event where participants will drum back the sun and re-ignite the light, and shine their spirit on the whole world! Today is as dark as it gets! The light will now begin its slow return to the Northern hemisphere. Kids and dogs are welcome. Bring a candle in a glass container, drums, or percussions. Event will take place rain or shine.
Details: Flatbush Ave., Eastern Pkwy., and Prospect Park, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-857-1343. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st at 12pm
Winter Wonderland Family Workshop at Sony Wonder Tech Lab
Tis’ the season to be jolly! Bring some holiday cheer home and make your own winter wonderland themed gift or decoration. Choose from a picture frame, a charming holiday bracelet, a glittering tree ornament and more!
Details: 56th Street and Madison Avenue, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (212) 833-8100. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridays at Klub4Kidz
It’s an all-you-can play buffet! Rock climbing, face painting, tattoos galore! And… access to all Klub4Kidz, including painting and drawing in the art studio, board games, video games, and dancing! Fun!
Details: 159 North 4th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15 per kid; $12 for 3 years and under; $10 for each additional kid; additional $5 if doing the holiday craft. Contact: 718.599.5900. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.
Friday, December 21st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Children’s Candlelight Tour of NYC’s Oldest House
Ever wonder what children did at night before TV and computers?! Head over to the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum to find out! Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult.
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. Ages 12 and under. Cost: $5/adults; $3/children. Contact: 718-629-5400. RSVP at email@example.com.
Friday, December 21st at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 22ND
Saturday, December 22nd at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, December 22nd at 11am and 3:30pm
Presents to the Animals at Prospect Park Zoo
The presents come early and often for the animals at the Prospect Park Zoo. Watch as Hamadryas baboons, Pallas’s cats, red pandas, mongoose, and other critters tear into treat-filled bags and boxes. Presents for the animals are a form of enrichment. Prospect Park Zoo provides these and other types of mental and physical stimulation to keep the animals’ minds and bodies healthy and active. Please note: This weekend, presents will be distributed to meerkats and dwarfs moongoose.
Details: 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with admissions. Contact: (718) 399-7339. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, December 22nd from 12pm — 3pm
Christmas Crafts and Cinema Classics at ISA
Revisit some of the most memorable Christmas movies ever made. ISA will have some entertaining craft tables set up while the projector plays the classics. You know, Burt Ives singing and the stop-motion animation of Rudolph, Frosty, Santa and even the Abominable Snowman. Our favorite spoil sport the Grinch will be on screen as well since wouldn’t be Christmas without him! You can even scoop up a hot cocktail to enjoy by the fire as you share these masterpieces with your munchkins!
Details: 348 Wythe Street near S. 2nd Street (2nd Floor), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all.
Saturday, December 22nd at 12:15pm
Arthur Christmas at Sony Wonder Tech Lab
With an army of one million combat-style field elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole, Santa is able to deliver billions of presents to the whole world in one night! But when one child’s present is accidentally not delivered, Santa’s young son, Arthur, realizes it could spell the end of the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta and a rebellious young elf at his side, Arthur sets out to deliver the last present!
Details: 56th Street and Madison Avenue, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (212) 833-8100. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, December 22nd at 2pm
East Meet West Christmas Parade
This festive parade is all about blending the two neighborhood cultures in downtown Brooklyn of Little Italy and Chinatown. Expect to see dragon dancers, floats, marching bands and national clothing. An extra incentive to bring your babes? Little Italy restaurants are offering a half-price kids menu all weekend. The parade starts at Canal and Mulberry Streets, heads north on Mulberry Street to Prince Street, and then returns South on Mott Street ending at Chatham Square.
Details: Canal & Mulberry Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 23RD
Sunday, December 23rd at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss Nina, Jon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, December 23rd from 11am — 11:45am
Santa and Other Friends Are Coming to Gumbo
A very special Brooklyn shopping mecca… a place to find unique and handcrafted gifts… a place to sing and dance, to learn a new skill, and most importantly, a place to have fun! Rolie Polie Guacamole Jingle Bell Jam! Santa joins the jam too!
Details: Cost — $20/person, $5/siblings, adults free. Call to reserve — 718.855.7808. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, December 23rd at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, December 23rd from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.