Friday, December 2, 2011

Fw: Weekend Planner: Central Park Winterfest + New Victory Acrobats + Vote For Toy Of The Year


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*The next stop on the New York Family Camp Fair tour is next weekend! On Sunday, December 11, at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (33 Central Park West), families can start to find the right day camp or sleep-away camp for their children. Produced with the ACA of NY & NJ, the camp fairs are free, fun (children are welcome) and incredibly helpful--allowing parents to meet with directors from dozens of summer camps, all under one roof. RSVP now at

Weekend Plans & More   
NYC is the place to be at Christmastime, at least for the Christmas trees! From an origami tree at the Museum of Natural History to nearly 40 blocks of firs down Park Avenue, here are ten of the city's coolest trees with twinkling lights. 

Witness contortionists, aerialists and gymnasts
from Cirque Shanghai's Bai Xi

conquer the "Wheel of Death" (and other fun) during the troupe's opening weekend at the New Victory Theater. (Friday-Sunday)


Don't bite that poisoned apple but do attend the opening weekend of Company XIV's Snow White at the Bond Street Theatre. Kids will dig the elements of opera, circus performance and dance. (Friday-Sunday)


Support local Etsy artists during the first weekend of the Lil' New Yorker Booth at the Annual Columbus Circle Holiday Market. You'll swoon over all the cute handmade crafts! (Friday-Sunday)


Watch animals open their holiday presents during the first weekend of Central Park's Winterfest. Plus, enjoy the festive light display and sip on some hot cocoa. (Friday-Saturday)


Create pop-up and slider holiday cards for family and friends during the Family Art Project: Season's Greetings event at Wave Hill. Thanks to Target, you can attend the workshop for free on Saturday. (Saturday-Sunday)


Contribute some new or gently used books to the Children's Holiday Book Drive at Pink Olive in Park Slope while meeting with children's authors and snacking on milk and cookies. (Saturday)


Become a police officer for a day at the New York City Police Museum's Holiday Party, where kids will get to try on international uniforms and learn about the daily duties of officers around the world. (Saturday)  


Old St. Nick and Black Piet are getting ready to make their appearance at the Wyckoff Farmhouse in Brooklyn on St. Nicholas Day. They'll come bearing treats and a story to read! (Saturday)


Before Rudolph, there were Glossie and Flossie. Learn more about Santa's early life at the presentation of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. (Saturday)


The whole fam can enjoy a day of French-themed activities, such as a Ciné-concert about George Mélies and arts & crafts, during the French Institute Alliance's Française Family Day. (Saturday)


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of author Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth as he reads from his classic at the 92nd Street Y. (Saturday)

Get ready for a family sing-a-long with teachers from Music Together to benefit ArtStrides which implements creative educational programs in the community. (Saturday) 


Inspired by author Chris Van Allsburg's beloved picture book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, storytellers like Stephen King and Kate DiCamillo have written short stories to accompany the original illustrations. Join the Thalia Kids Book Club: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick at Symphony Space to hear Van Allsburg speak about the collection. (Sunday)


The Okee Dokee Brothers will perform at 92Y Tribeca, and the concert will feature original music reminiscent of their treehouse adventure days. (Sunday)


Talk about a sweet deal: For only $6, attend a screening of Willy Wonka at The Film Society of Lincoln Center. (Sunday)


Travel back in time to the days of Dickens at The Morgan's  Winter Family Day Celebration, which will feature interactive characters from A Christmas Carol, a costume photo shoot and excerpts from The Nutcracker. (Sunday)


Fantasia the Python gets loose at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Kids can pet the 20-foot-long albino Burmese python and pose for a photo with the slithery snake. (Sunday)

Comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Colin Quinn will perform to celebrate 10 years of giving with a night of comedy at Baby Buggy's 10th Anniversary Gala--held at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (Monday)  


For even more events and activities this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar.   
Contests & Giveaways 

This once fearsome herbivore, the Art invite 12/08eco-friendly Torosaurus, is awfully cute shrunk down to anamalz size. And we have three to give away! To enter, send an email to us with the subject line "Anamalz." Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 7.


Could your child be the next Bobby Flay or Rachael Ray? Encourage culinary creativity with the Green Toys Chef Set. Four readers will win Chef Sets as part of our Holiday Toy Guide giveaway series! To enter, email us with the subject line "Chef Set." Post on our Facebook Page telling us what you like to cook with your kids. Deadline is Friday, December 9.  

Award-winning author Melissa Sweet
brings us Balloons Over Broadway--the true story behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and its iconic helium-filled wonders. ToAzure Event share the magic, we're  giving away five copies!  Send us an email with the subject line "Melissa Sweet." Then, post on our Facebook Page telling us about your child's favorite balloon in the parade (or yours). Deadline is Wednesday, December 7. 

Bonus Tip   

Vote for your favorite toys! The Toy Industry Association wants to know what you think of this year's games, dolls, activities and toys for kids. It's a great opportunity for parents to find holiday shopping ideas. Help select the 2012 Toy Of The Year (TOTY) Awards by voting in categories like educational, innovative and outdoor toys. You can also register for the "America Loves TOTY Sweepstakes." For more information and to vote, visit 

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