A Child Grows Event Picks

December 10, 2008

art1PROSPECT HEIGHTS: FREE ART DEMO CLASSES

Thursday, December 11th: 10:30-11am
Saturday, December 13th: 3-3:45pm

Personally, I have been interested in trying one of Private Picassos for awhile.  I saw one of them going on at Still Hip in Clinton Hill and the kids were having so much fun, I asked what the class was. Plus, a reader just wrote in that it was one of her child’s favorite classes.  So, here is my chance, and your chance.  Private Picassos is offering FREE Demo Classes at Nairobi’s Knapsack in Prospect Heights. Try out the Mommy & Me Art Class for 18-24mos. and Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! for 2-3 years.   Mommy & Me Art Class:  Thursday, December 11th from 10:30-11am and Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! on Saturday, December 13th from 3-3:45pm. Pre-registration is recommended. Email Private Picasso at info@privatepicassos.com

mainhandmadegiftwrapWILLIAMSBURG: HOLIDAY GIFTMAKING

Various dates

Remember how proud you were to make gifts for your parents? Well, here is the chance for your children to do the same. The Painted Cloud in Williamsburg is offering workshops so that your little one can make those handmade gifts. For full details, please check their site.

Christmas ornaments: Saturday December 13th 10-12: $25 all ages

PON_A_THON: Saturday December 13th 2-5 pm: Ages 3 and up register or drop in, by donation

Hand painted and embellished tote bags: Sunday December 14th, 10-12: $30 all ages

Holiday cards and wrapping paper: Sunday December 14th, 3-5: $25 all ages

Handmade books: Saturday December 20th, 10-12: $25 ages 3 and up

Early Geography art-map making workshop:Saturday Dec 20th, 3-5: $25 all ages

BELL HOUSE

BELL HOUSE

GOWANUS: KIDS ROCK BANDS AT NEW ROCK CLUB

Sunday, December 14: 2-5 pm

How about bending your ears to some kid rock bands on Sunday? The Gowanus Music Club has put together an afternoon of bands that they have worked with…..Kings Highway, The Vote, Reverse Psychology. Check them out at the cool new Bell House in Gowanus- a rock club for Brownstone Brooklyn. It is an all ages show, $10 per person.

b121805aMANHATTAN: FIRE MUSEUM’S SANTA RESCUE

Sunday, December 14th at 12 noon

I can’t WAIT to take Birch to this! A FDNY ladder truck will rescue Santa from the top of the NYC Fire Museum. Whowee! That should be a blast- how will he come down? Ladder or trampoline? Once inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos. You can eat hot dogs and hot chocolate while you wait. There will also be a live band singing Christmas Carols. Adults are $5, children $1, students and seniors are $2.

FORT GREENE: WANT TO OWN A PART OF UTOPIA?

various dates

Did you read the real estate section of the NYTimes this weekend. If not, check this article out about this innovative cohousing situation in Fort Greene. They are holding meetings for interested investors/ families/singles. The site of this to-be housing community is beautiful and ideal. I walk by it many times on my way to and from Smooch Cafe in Fort Greene. It will be located at 233 Carlton Ave (the former St. Michael’s church property) on a landmarked historic block between DeKalb and Willoughby. The property will consist of three buildings surrounding a 7500sf inner courtyard of gardens, green space, and children’s play areas. Here are their upcoming meetings; (children are welcome at all meetings).
Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30pm, Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E 11th Street in Manhattan
Sunday, December 21st, noon, at the Park Slope Food Coop

Photo: Ruby Washington, NYTimes

PARK SLOPE: SLEEP SEMINAR

Monday, December 15: 12-2 pm

Last time, Baby Bites Brooklyn sold out of this seminar- so they are doing it again. Janeen Hayward, founder of Swellbeing will discuss everything you want to know to help your baby sleep. From eliminating night wakings to naps, this luncheon will cover it all — and includes time reserved for asking questions and receiving feedback about your specific sleep situation. One mom will take home a Halo SleepSack (wearable blanket) for baby. Takes place at: Barrio, corner of 7th Ave and 3rd Street, Park Slope. $35 in advance; $40 at the door RSVP: Chana@babybitesbrooklyn.com

Children’s Galleries for Jewish Culture is having a ton of workshops: on the 12, 14, 14, prep for Hanukkah by making lamps out of clay, decorate wrapping paper and design greeting cards.  Then celebrate Hannukah on the 21, 22, 24,28th by making Hanukkah lamps, dreydels, stained glass, a model temple and design a book. On Thursday, 12/25/08, 11am-5pm: will be the actual Hanukkahthon with interactive exhibitions; treasure hunt, music, prizes. Admission: $8.00 per person, includes admission to exhibition and arts and crafts projects. Check their site for full details.
Children’s Galleries for Jewish Culture
515 West 20th Street, Suite 4E
New York, NY 10011
212-924-4500

PARK SLOPE: A CHARLIE BROWN XMAS, PETER AND THE WOLF, A XMAS CAROL

Friday, Dec. 19th – Sunday, Dec. 21st

I honestly don’t know much about this theater company other than they have been in the Fringe Festival, but I am impressed that they are doing the Charlie Brown Christmas accompanied by a jazz trio performing all of the Vince Guaraldi favorites live! I love that music. So bundle up and head to the Brooklyn Lyceum where Pig Brooch will take you back to the very first time you heard Linus say “That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.” The Lyceum will alsofeature Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol performed by award-winning actor J.T. Turner at the Green-Wood Cemetery chapel. With the orchestra of the Brooklyn Repertory Opera, the Lyceum will also present Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, the classic children’s musical tale at its 4th Avenue building. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Ave, between Union and President St. ALL TICKETS for family events are $10. ONE Adult in each family comes FREE with a stamped receipt from the following Brooklyn restaurants: Tea Lounge or ‘SNice. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door the day of the show. ( I would be remiss in not telling you they are also doing productions of Peter and the Wolf by Brooklyn Repertory Opera Orchestra and A Christmas Carol at Green-wood Cemetery this December too). Hard to choose!

83653650_f517a2f803CLINTON HILL: MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

Saturday, December 20: 3pm

Make a gingerbread house at this workshop with all the candy you could want. All materials will be provided and you go home with your very own gingerbread house.  $10 deposit to reserve your spot in advance for a total of $20. To register call Still Hip at 718.398.0008

CLINTON HILL: HOMEOPATHY FOR THE FLU

Friday, December 19: 3 pm

I have heard about Rebekah, a homeopath, from 2 good friends now. They swear by her ability to treat their children and themselves for just about anything. She works with http://www.midwivesofbrooklyn.com/. Rebekah is doing a seminar on dealing with the flu homeopathically (if that’s a word?) This means shortening the duration of the flu, lessening and eradicating your symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic and FDA approved. The workshop is at Still Hip 283 Grand Ave. Clinton Hill Brooklyn Fee: $15. Check out her website: www.brooklynhomeopathy.com. Please RSVP by emailing Rebekah at brooklynhomeopathy@gmail.com or calling 347- 365-1547

Grand Central Light Show

Grand Central Light Show

MANHATTAN: KALEIDOSCOPE LIGHT SHOW AND HOLIDAY FAIR

December 1-January 1, 2009

Check out the light show at Grand Central Terminal. The interior shows take place in the Main Concourse every half hour from 11am-9pm daily. While you are there, you might chekc out their Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall a the Terminal. That runs Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm, up until Dec. 29th. The train show is

NY Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show

NY Transit Museum

BROOKLYN: NY TRANSIT MUSEUM HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

November 24-January 19: Mon-Fri: 8-8pm and Sat and Sun 10-6pm.

This annual holiday train show has models of Grand Central, North Pole, subway and bus stations and, finally, Santa’s workshop. FREE.

The New York Transit Museum
http://www.transitmuseumeducation.org/
130 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 694-4915

Welcome to the New York City Fire Department Museum
The New York City Fire Museum houses one of the nation’s most important collections of fire related art and artifacts from the late 18th century to the present. Among its holdings are painted leather buckets, helmets, parade hats and belts, lanterns and tools, pre Civil War hand pumped fire engines, horse drawn vehicles and early motorized apparatus.

MANHATTAN: SANTA PHOTOS

My friend and fellow blogger at www.mommypoppins.com has done a list of places to get your photo taken with Santa. They are the big name places, but she gives you hints on what, where, when.

christmas tree

NY and BROOKLYN: CHRISTMAS AND MENORAH LIGHTINGS

My friend and fellow blogger at www.mommypoppins.com has done an awesome list of Christmas Tree and Menorah Lightings better than Rockefeller Center. Check it out for the best of the best!

siblingsCOBBLE HILL: NEW SIBLINGS

Wednesday, January 14: 12-2 pm

Here is a workshop I wish had been offered when I was pregnant with Willow. However, I am going to go now.  It is called “Second Time Moms Luncheon”. Janeen Hayward from Swellbeing is talking about easing the transition for #2, primary discipline for your toddler (this is the main focus) and concerns about splitting your time between 2. One mom will win a baby carrier from Regal Lager.  The luncheon takes place at Lobo , 218 Court Street, Cobble Hill. The cost is $35 in advance, $40 day of luncheon. RSVP to: chana@babybitesbrooklyn.com . For full details, check out www.babybitesbrooklyn.com


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