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Tuesday, December 10
Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo and take in the musical light show. Also enjoy costumed carolers, ice sculpting demonstrations , train rides ($3), hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows and photo ops with favorite characters.
Wednesday, December 11
Experience Little Italy in the Bronx with a variety of food vendors, filled-to-order cannolis and old-school atmosphere. We love the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, eggplant parm and roasted peppers at Mike's Deli; order in advance by phone to skip the often long line. Eat at indoor tables next to elderly gentlemen hand-rolling (but not smoking) cigars or take a picnic to the nearby New York Botanical Garden or Bronx Zoo.
Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, and enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).
Join Budding Buddha's Yoga for Tots every Wednesday morning. Stay active with your little and have fun doing yoga exercises. No registration required.
Thursday, December 12
Enjoy performances by local music and dance groups while you shop.
Friday, December 13
Walk through 12 acres of spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns. Three theme parks include an ice Winter Fantasy, a globe-spanning, time-traveling Wild Adventure and candy wonderland Sweet Dream. * Everyone, even tickets holders, has to wait in a slow, outdoor security line before entering the attraction. Bundle up and bring snacks for a wait that can he over an hour. Go right at opening if you can. * Wear comfortable shoes that work in…
Ages 5 and up can skate in the courtyard of a mall with music, theme nights and other fun events. The synthetic 'ice' is easier to glide on for young and first time skaters. Skates are provided with admission or bring your own.
Outdoor holiday fun against the backdrop of the beautiful Kensico Dam unlimited ice skating (skate rental included), holiday rides, a ferris wheel, a 40 foot tall Chistmas tree, food trucks (usually with long lines), take-your-own-photo ops with Santa, a dancing light display and a holiday circus under a big tent.
Wear favorite pajamas and enjoy a screening of holiday favorite The Polar Express plus hot chocolate, treats and more.
Saturday, December 14
Enjoy storytime and nature-inspired art projects in a historic house among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Think about the tracks animals leave behind and use different materials to create your own self-portrait from the tracks that you leave behind, remembering all the places you’ve been and the memories you hold. Ages 8+ can create gifts and holiday decorations inspired by the gardens and galleries in Holiday Workshops, Note the parking lot is under construction, free shuttles from…
Take a photo with a classic mall Santa in a small Santaland in the center of the shops. Reserve a FastPass online to skip the line.
The Blue Door Art Center offers free art workshops for kids on most Saturdays. Different workshops cater to different ages and focus on a variety of artistic media, including ceramics, pottery, drawing, collage, and more. Pre-register to save your spot.
Join Bronx Zoo educators for free monthly sessions along the lovely River Walk that connect families to the local environment through unstructured free-play exploration and investigation. Online registration required. Includes free Zoo parking but not admission to the Zoo gates.
Create wonderful decorations for the holiday season. Children and families will make their own candles in an assortment of colors. $5/person for members, $8/person for non-members. Suggested for ages 5 and up.
See the touching 1946 holiday It's A Wonderful Life on the big screen classic. Frank Capra directs this beloved story of desperate bank manager George Bailey (James Stewart) who contemplates jumping off a bridge on Christmas Eve. Clarence, his bumbling guardian angel, intervenes—showing George the good he has done in the world—and sets him on the right path. Also features great supporting turns from legendary Hollywood figures such as Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed, and Gloria Grahame.
Experience the lovely historic mansion, decked out in designer trees, by candlelight with costumed docents highlighting 19th-century holiday traditions. Victorian carolers add to the festive atmosphere while you enjoy wassail and holiday snacks in the conservatory. Registration requested.
Sunday, December 15
Enjoy elegant music in the parlor of 19th-century mansion decorated for the season with designer trees.
his is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they are out searching for prey as they prepare for winter! Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves too. Pre-registration is required. Fees: $14 – Adults…
Tuesday, December 17
Make the holidays a little more magical with a story read by Mrs. Claus at an indoor mall.
Thursday, December 19
Celebrate the season with a child-approved, bright, colorful, and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu, story time with the Bartow snow queen, and a sing-along at a 19th-century mansion decorated for the season with designer trees. Perfect for 3- to 5-year-olds accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or favorite adult. Registration required.
Friday, December 20
Wear favorite pajamas and enjoy a screening of holiday favorite How the Grinch Stole Christmas plus hot chocolate, treats and more.
Saturday, December 21
Enjoy storytime and nature-inspired art projects in a historic house among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Use flower petals and other natural materials to create celestial scenes that capture light on the longest night of the year. Celebrate the balance of night and day by coming together to tell stories and create poetry to welcome winter and invite dormancy, rest and snowy nights. Create a three-dimensional light catcher infused with your own found poetry. Ages 8+ can…
Celebrate the holidays with the music of Diana, Gladys, Stevie, The Temptations and more in an interactive and educational live music experience at a historic venue. Also at 2 pm.
Sunday, December 22
Enjoy storytime and nature-inspired art projects in a historic house among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Use flower petals and other natural materials to create celestial scenes that capture light on the longest night of the year. Celebrate the balance of night and day by coming together to tell stories and create poetry to welcome winter and invite dormancy, rest and snowy nights. Create a three-dimensional light catcher infused with your own found poetry. Ages 8+ can create gifts…
Drop in to decorate some holiday cookies to take home after exploring a 19th-century mansion decked out for the season with designer trees. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.