Brrr, it’s cold out there! It’s been rainy and gloomy pretty much all week, which can put a damper on any mood, but luckily, this weekend Mother Nature will smile on us and give us a little bit of sunshine. We hope you’re as excited as we are because there are just so many awesome events taking place this weekend. Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi is in town with a show stopping performance that’ll give them bragging rights well into the year of the dragon. There will be performances all weekend long so be sure to pencil it in. Saturday is your chance to walk in a winter wonderland. Well, not really, but you’ll be able to experience the magic of the Brooklyn Waldorf School’s unique Winter Fest. The kids will love it. Pinky promise. And on Sunday, pop in to WORD’s Annual Open House or bounce on over to Jade’s ToyBox Pop-Up Store. Also, don’t forget to check out our dedicated posts on Christmas Tree Lightings,Where to See Santa, Brooklyn Holiday Markets, Hannukah Celebrations, and Holiday Shows and Performances. Don’t forget our new post: Where to see Christmas lights in Brooklyn too! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check our music listings and calendar for more events. Told ya we had a lot of things for you to do. Have a great weekend!
Friday December 9th — Sunday January 1st: various times
Cirque Shanghai’s Bai Xi at The New Victory Theatre
My son and I always like to take in a show at The New Victory Theater, the only full time performing arts theater for kids, and last weekend was no exception. I grabbed my metro card and my son and I headed to Times Square to see Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi. Translating as “100 Amazing Acts,” Bai Xi is just that — amazing! The contortionists, aerialists, and gymnasts had the entire audience sitting at the edge of our seats, grasping the handles of our chairs, and holding our breaths with their dramatic acts. Watching the performers balance en pointe on a man’s head, climb a three-story stack of wobbling chairs, and conquer the Wheel of Death will be sure to leave you speechless. Don’t miss the chance to catch this intensely fun and equally interactive show.
Details: New Victory Theatre, 209 West 42nd Street. Tickets start at $17.00 for general admission. Ages 4 and up.
Friday, December 9th – Sunday, January 15th at 3pm or 7pm
Company XIV’s Snow White at the Bond Street Theatre
Company XIV presents the critically acclaimed Snow White. Choreographed and directed by Austin McCormick, this performance blends opera, circus, dance, theater, projection and design that will surely delight the entire family. (Please note: the show will not run December 23rd – December 25th).
Details: The Bond Street Theatre. 303 Bond Street. $35 for adults; $30 for children 17 and younger.
Friday, December 9th – Saturday, December 17th: 2pm – 6pm
Winterfest at the Central Park Zoo
Now here are some reasons to go to the Zoo on the first three Fridays and Saturdays of this month: to visit cold-weather creatures, to experience the animals “opening” their presents, to enjoy crafts and wildlife theatre, and to take a stroll under the twinkling lights with some hot cocoa in tow. Need we say more?
Details: Southeast corner of Central Park. $18 for adults; $13 for children (online discounts available). Performances begins on the hour. 212. 439.6500.
Saturday December 10th at 11am until Sunday December 11th 9pm
WORD Third Annual Open House
It’s that time of year again! WORD Bookstore is hosting their Annual Open House replete with holiday movies, guest authors, and fundraising! Oh, and there will be prizes too. Both days you’ll be entered for a chance to win a prize packet, including the audiobook edition of Bossypants. As if that wasn’t enough, there will be authors on deck announcing their picks for this season. Here’s a rundown of the authors:
Saturday December 10th — 2pm: Book recommendations from Sarah MacLean, Michael Showalter, and Emma Straub. 3pm: Kids book recommendations from Michael Buckley and Fiona Robinson.
Sunday December 11th — 2pm: Book recommendations from Josh Ritter and Haley Tanner. 3pm: Kids book recommendations from Peter Brown, Michelle Knudsen, and John Bemelmans Marciano. Gift-wrapping will be available and all donations from gift-wrapping will benefit the Greenpoint Food Pantry. ‘Tis the season to be generous, after all.
Details: 126 Franklin Street. Brooklyn, NY 11222. Telephone: 718.383.0096
Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 18th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks
Set in 1932, this enchanting show features a misunderstood little girl and a smart creature that team up in an attempt to figure out who’s really been stealing the village’s sheep. This show has been adapted for Marionettes and is a charming classic! (Please note: the show will not run December 24th – 25th or December 31st – January 1st).
Details: Ages 3 and up. $8 for adults; $7 for children. 338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street). 718.965.3391
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
December 9th — December 24th
Continuous shows from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Puppet Show: A Miracle on 34th Street
While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see the holiday puppet classic A Miracle on 34th Street – a 30-minute musical version of the holiday classic as told by Marionettes from Puppetworks (featuring the voices of Brian Stokes Mitchell and Victoria Clark). The show is $5 per person (only in person). Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor. For more information, call (212) 494-1917. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, December 9th – Sunday, January 8th: various times
The Big Apple Circus: Dream Big
The Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center is back again and we loved it! Grandma Clown (the emcee) is hilarious as she guides you through the Big Apple’s acts and set changes. The thread of the show’s theme, “Dream Big,” begins with a little girl who appears to have been plucked from the audience. She proclaims her desires to be a trapeze performer, which by the end of the show, she does become. Apparently, dreaming big does work! Fabulous international circus artists perform under an intimate tent with varying acts from acrobats to clowns. People seemed to especially respond to the animals, which include horses, dogs, and a porcupine. The acrobats were particularly enthralling to watch as they were jumping around as a human pyramid. The kids were doing acrobatics in their seats during the intermission. This is probably because they could totally relate it to their own experiences on the monkeybars. The show is perfect for ages 2.5 years and up. Both our children were totally engaged by it, and honestly, we were too. Runs Oct 20 – Jan 8.
Details: Tickets start at $15, children under 3 years are free on the lap of a paid adult.
Friday, December 9th — Sunday, January 22, 2012
Math Midway at Liberty Science Center
This fabulous exhibit makes math fun for all ages from babies all the way up to adults. Try a square-wheeled bicycle, hang out with magnetic monkeys, or check out mind-bending mirrors. This show debuted at the World Science Festival Fair in Washington Square in 2009, and even in its smaller capacity there, it dazzled visitors. This interactive exhibit is fabulous fun worth a trip to New Jersey for – stay for an Imax show or one of the other permanent exhibits. The exhibit runs through January 22, 2012. It’s highly recommended.
Details: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard. Jersey City, NJ 07305
Friday, December 9th – Saturday March 31, 2012 from 10am – 5pm
Secrets of Circles Exhibit at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
There’s no doubt about it, circles are everywhere! The “Secrets of Circles” exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum features 18 different interactive activities that explore the nature of this simple, but amazing shape. From building mechanical contraptions to using a compass to draw awesome glow-in-the-dark circles, this fun exhibit provides a great way for math and science to come to life. This is going to be a crowd-pleaser, for sure, and will definitely give new meaning to “the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue
Friday, December 9th – Sunday, February 26, 2012: various times
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.
Now- Every weekend through December 17 & 18
Saturdays from 1 to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 6 pm
ArtsCetera’s Indie Artisan Market
You will find local artisans selling custom and handcrafted stationery, cards, party products, body care products, lotions, natural scrubs and much more.
Details: Smith Street between Baltic & Butler; Cobble Hill. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, December 9th – Tuesday, January 31, 2012: various times
Polar Express 4D at Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and New York Aquarium
The amazing Polar Express is making stops this Holiday Season at the Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. It is sure to be a great time and will play at the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium until January 2, 2012, and the Central Park Zoo through January 31, 2012.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 and Sunday, December 11th, 2011 from 11:00am-4:00pm
My Brooklyn Baby and Habana Outpost have teamed up to bring Santa to Fort Greene
$15 / per child includes; a photo session with Santa, 4 – 4″X6″ prints, an arts & crafts table with instructor and a free goodie bag. For more info please visit mybrooklynbaby.com or call 347 889 6026
Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street (corner of South Portland)
FRIDAY DECEMBER 9TH
Friday, December 9th 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
Friday, December 9th from 11am – 12pm
Transit Tots at the New York Transit Museum
Toddlers will be thrilled transportation fans in this weekly drop-in program as they engage in stories, songs, lots of hands-on activities, and surprises at Transit Tot! And who doesn’t love surprises?!
Details: Free with Museum admission. Children ages 2-5 with an adult companion. Boerum Place and Schmerhorn Street. 718.694.1600.
Friday, December 9th at 2:30pm
Art Works at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Grad your little ones and visit the Totally Tots area to see what’s in store for your budding Picasso!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718. 735.4400. Ages 5 and under.
Friday, December 9th at 5 pm
Carroll Gardens Christmas Tree Lighting
Join the Carroll Gardens Association for their 5th annual Christmas Tree lighting! Come to the Human Compass Garden at the corner of Columbia and Sackett Streets.
Details: Human Compass Garden at the corner of Columbia and Sackett Streets. 201 Columbia St, Carroll Gardens.
Friday, December 9th- Sunday, December 11th 2011
Santa’s Winter Garden: Photos with Old Saint Nick
The Arts World Financial Center is creating a beautiful Winter Garden right in the heart of lower Manhattan. Families can also take pictures with Santa, his reindeer, and the Elves. This event is free to attend and photo packages start at $20 whose proceeds will benefit the Brooke Jackman Foundation. In addition to pictures, there will be a free reading of holiday stories. Details: Santa’s Winter Garden, 200 Liberty Street New York, NY, Friday & Saturday, 10am – 7pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm (Santa breaks between 1 – 2pm) and Holiday Story Time: Saturday & Sunday, 1pm – 2pm.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 10TH
Saturday, December 10th from 11am — 5pm
The Brooklyn Waldorf School’s Winter Fair
Baby, it’s cold outside. So why don’t you warm up with this truly magical and incredibly sweet event for children. There will be scrumptious food, live entertainment, a puppet show, games, crafts, raffles and tons more!
Details: 11 Jefferson Avenue (at Claver Pl); Brooklyn, NY 11238. Telephone: 718.783.3270.
Saturday, December 10th from 1:00pm-5:00pm
Clayfest Studio Tour and Craft Fair
This holiday fair is a part of the NYC Clayfest Studio Tour. There will be over 20 Brooklyn ceramic artists participating displaying their handmade ceramic gifts, functional pottery, sculpture, mobiles, jewelry and home décor. There will be also be hot cider, wine, cheese and sweets on-hand. Details: Clayworks on Columbia, a not-for-profit ceramic studio, gallery and education center, 195 Columbia Street (Sackett and Degraw), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, December 10th at 2pm
Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store
Not only will you be able to score great deals and enjoy fun holiday events with the kiddies, but you’ll also feel extra warm and fuzzy on the inside because you’ll have a chance to support local charities. The Holiday Cookie Swap with MiniMunchers & The Healthy Apple will present cookie making with an organic twist. They’ll teach children how to make healthy and yummy homemade cookies for a holiday cookie swap.
Details: Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store. 124 Hudson Street at N. Moore Street in Tribeca.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at 11:30am
Santa Parade/Holiday Extravaganza (& Greencycle Swap)
This annual Santa Parade is calling all “Santas” and Santa helpers (Mrs. Clauses, elves, reindeers, and good little girls & boys) to gather in front of the Greenpoint Y at 99 Meserole Ave (b/w Manhattan Ave and Lorimer St) to march down Manhattan Avenue and back again. After the parade there will also be a pancake brunch by Boy Scouts Troop 26, photos with Santa, arts/crafts for kids, a holiday concert by PS 34’s Chorus, our December Greencycle Swap, and more! It’ll be a marvelous way to kick off the holiday season! Details: Greenpoint Y at 99 Meserole Avenue (b/w Manhattan Avenue and Lorimer Street.
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at 5 pm
Nutcracker performance by Brighton Ballet Theater
Held at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, this performance of The Nutcracker features dancers from the School of Russian American Ballet and special surprise guests. This holiday tradition will also include Spanish, Russian, Arabian, French, Chinese and African dances along with a classic Sugar Plum Fairies variation. Details: All Ages and show times are 5:00pm. Tickets are $30 $25, $20 $15; Children & Senior* $15 (Children’s tickets: 12 and under; Senior Citizens tickets: 65 and over) Performance will be held at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235. For additional information, please visit: www.brightonballet.org
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Little Givers Free Trial
Little Givers is hosting a free 30 minute trial class at Pomme. As recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and on WCBS News, Little Givers introduces young children to the important and lasting concepts of charitable giving and social awareness, all in a fun, age-appropriate manner. The Little Givers’ experience illustrates to children how an individual’s actions, no matter what age, can impact the world around them. During this Little Givers special event, each child will participate in a hands-on project that will teach the importance of thinking about others along with respecting the environment. Little Givers’ excellent teachers will provide the classroom instruction and supplies for the children’s experience, and parents will leave with further discussion
materials and ideas to continue the Little Givers’ experience at home this holiday season.
Details: Pomme (81 Washington Street) in DUMBO. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 10th — Sunday December 18th] at 4pm
“A Verrrrry Brooklyn Night Before Christmas” at The Brooklyn Lyceum
This 45-minute performance is filled with live music, costumes and personal photos. It features three readers who will each recite a portion of the holiday classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, with a Brooklyn twist, or course.
Details: 227 4th Avenue. Pricing: $10/single; $30/four pack. Telephone: 718.857.4816
Saturday, December 10th [– Sunday December 18th: various times
A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Brooklyn Lyceum
This is the fourth year in a row that The Pig Brooch Theatre Company will return to the Brooklyn Lyceum to give a performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas. This will be a really good show and will be accompanied by a live jazz trio playing Vince Guaraldi’s originals. The performance will certainly bring you back to the first time you heard Linus say, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Ahh… memories!
Details: 227 4th Avenue. Pricing: tickets start at $10. Telephone: 718.857.4816
Saturday, December 10th from 12pm — 1:30pm
HIDE/SEEK Family Artist Encounter at The Brooklyn Museum
Learn and HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture while you decode the symbolism of Marsden Hartley’s paintings as a family. Participants will not only explore the works of a single artist, but also create a piece of art using that artist’s materials or concepts. WOW! Space is limited to 25 participants so get there early!
Details: FREE with Museum admission. 200 Eastern Parkway. Telephone: 718.638.5000.
Saturday, Dec. 10. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Santa Comes to Gumbo!
Jolly ole St. Nick will be at Gumbo…Bring your digital camera and snap away! Free and no reservations necessary! Followed by: A Holiday Jam with Rolie Polie Guacamole from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., Frank and Andrew will have you hopping with Holiday favorites and some of their favorite original tunes too! Bring your jingle bells and have some great fun!!! $18, siblings $2, adults free. Please call to reserve. Details: Gumbo 493 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Nevins & Third) Brooklyn 11217 718-855-7808
Saturday, December 10th, 2011 from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Santa is Coming to Flatbush Avenue
Santa will be visiting Flatbush avenue to meet and greet Prospect Heights and Park Slope children and families. Santa will be strolling along Flatbush Avenue from St. Marks Avenue to Sterling Place with his Elves. They will be handing out FREE candy canes and kids can also get a free picture with Santa on the corner of Park Place and Flatbush Avenue. Details: Flatbush Avenue from Park Place to Bergen Street. For more info: 718-783-1685 or visit www.nfbid.com
Saturday, December 10th from 1pm – 3pm
Art at the Audubon Center
Two hours of crafting?! Sign me up! Little ones can pretend to be bats or monkeys or whatever else tickles their fancy during indoor nature play while making their very own artistic creatures at Prospect Park.
Details: Free of charge. 718.287.6215 x104
Saturday, December 10th from 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Handiwork: Crafts and Tasks from the Past at Lefferts Historic House
Children will witness how kids spent their weekend before there was television, iPad apps, and smartphones with this crafts and tasks from the past workshop.
Details: Free of charge. 718.287.6215×104
SUNDAY DECEMBER 11TH
December 11, 18 & 25, 1pm
History Illuminated Family Program at the Museum at Eldridge Street
Hunt for history in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Find the oldest object, sit on the most expensive seat in the house ($1,100 back in 1887!), and investigate Eldridge Street’s Victorian lighting and stunning stained glass. Create a gift to share with others during the holiday season.
Details: $15 per family. For children ages 5 and up. Go online for more info or call 212-219-0302. 12 Eldridge Street (212) 219-0302
Sunday, December 11th from 11am — 1pm
Curious Jane Takes on The Sketchbook Project
Calling all creative and artistic girls! Curious Jane is submitting four sketchbooks to The Sketchbook Project and they are looking for budding artists to help with the design and creation of the books. Now’s your little girl’s chance to contribute to the lasting effort that is part of both her immediate community and her wider network of voices. Head to 61 Local, a new public house, and help get the party started!
Details: 61 Local is located on 61 Bergen Street (between Smith and Court St). Suggested age range: girls 5-11 years-old. Telephone: 718.369.6320. This event is FREE of charge.
Sunday, December 11th at 2pm
Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store
Not only will you be able to score great deals and enjoy fun holiday events with the kiddies, but you’ll also feel extra warm and fuzzy on the inside because you’ll have a chance to support local charities. The Sock Monkey Workshop will help kids create their letters to Santa and mail it to the North Pole. Papers, stickers, stamps, stencils, and all other eco-friendly materials will be provided.
Details: Jade’s ToyBox Holiday Pop-Up Store. 124 Hudson Street at N. Moore Street in Tribeca.
December 11th 2011
The Colonial Nutcracker
An annual holiday favorite at Brooklyn Center, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs an abridged, narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army and an enchanted nutcracker prince. Recommended for ages four and older. Details: Show times are at 2 pm. Tickets are $7.00. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Whitman Theater is located at 2900 Campus Road (at Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenues), Brooklyn, NY 11210. For additional information, please call (718) 951-4500 or click here.
Sunday, December 11th at 2pm
The Colonial Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts
The Colonial Nutcracker gives the Christmas classic a historical twist this holiday season by setting the ballet in wintry Yorktown during the Revoluntionary War. This is part of the Target FamilyFun Series event and features an enchanted nutcracker prince and an army of red-coated mice.
Details: 2900 Campus Road. Pricing: $7.00. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Sunday, December 11th – December 16th from 11:00am -7:00pm (weekdays) and 12:00pm – 5:00pm (weekends)
NY Creates Craft Fair
The NY Creates Holiday Craft Festival is free and features one-of-a-kind crafts like ceramics, jewelry, apparel, plush toys, organic cosmetics, glass works, photo art and home goods. Details: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Sunday December 11th, 2011 at 11:30am
Annual Santa Rescue
The New York City Fire Museum is hosting their Annual Santa Rescue on Sunday, December 12, 2010. After Firefighters demonstrate how they rescue Santa, he will be available for gift requests and pictures until 2:30pm. There will also be hot dogs and hot chocolate for purchase as well as live Christmas carols that will be performed live by John Clacher’s firehouse band. Details: Admission is $7/Adults and $1/ Children 12 & Under $1. December 12th at 11:30am – 2:30pm. For additional information, please visit: NYC Fire Museum. The Museum is located on Spring Street between Varick and Hudson streets, is easily accessible via public transportation. By subway, take the C or E train (8th Avenue Local) to Spring Street. Walk one and half blocks west. Alternatively, you can take the 1 or 9 train (7th Avenue local) to Houston Street. Walk south 4 blocks to Spring Street and west half a block. You can also reach the Museum via the M10 (7th and 8th Avenue routes) or M21 (Hudson Street cross-town route) bus. Take either to Spring Street.