Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
South Cove, 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org
Holiday Lights Enjoy seasonal treats such as hot chocolate and hot cider. Listen to a special musical performance by The Biddies. Visit with Santa and watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. Thurs., Dec. 7. Gather at 5:45pm, tree lighting at 6:15pm. A Menorah will be lit starting at sundown on Dec. 15. Unwrapped toys or clothing will be collected for distribution to local shelters by Stockings With Care/Dreidels With Care.
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Community Center at Stuyvesant High School , 345 Chambers St . , 646-358-6880, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ccshs.org
American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Babysitters ages 11-15 will learn how to handle unexpected situations calmly and competently. Increase leadership skills, learn about safe play, get first aid tips and more. Two-session course, Sat., Dec. 2 & 9 from 2-8pm. $50 members, $60 non-members.
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training This 6-week course teaches all the skills needed by professional lifeguards to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies at swimming pools and open waterfront facilities. CPR and first aid skills included. Receive certification upon completion. Sat., Jan. 20 Feb. 24 from 1-8pm. $300 members, $350 non-members; $25 of which is due for the pre-test on Jan. 20 at 1pm. Must be 15 or older before Feb. 24.
Church Street School for Music and Art
74 Warren St., bet Greenwich & West Broadway, 212-571-7290, email@example.com, www.churchstreetschool.org
Gingerbread House Decorating Decorate your own yummy homemade gingerbread house with candy canes, gummy bears, smarties and more. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17; Saturdays at 2:15 & 4pm; Sundays at 11am, 1 & 3pm. $80 per house, $85 if you register after Dec. 3. All proceeds benefit the Church Street School for Music and Art.
Educational Alliance Art School
197 East Broadway bet Jefferson & Clinton Sts., 212-780-2300 x428
Art Out 07 Students in grades 6-12 are invited to an open house and free workshops in Comic Creations, Pottery or Photograms from 1:30-3pm and Printmaking or Drawing & Painting from 3:30-5pm. Learn about the after school and Saturday programs that begin in February. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 15 from 1-5pm. Free, $10 donation suggested to cover the cost of supplies. Pre-registration required.
Manhattan Children’s Theatre
52 White St., bet Broadway & Church, 212-352-3101, www.theatermania.com
A Christmas Carol The holiday favorite starring the miserly Scrooge is adapted with modern movement and traditional & original music. Ages 5+. Nov. 18 - Dec. 31, Sat. & Sun. at 12 & 2pm. $15.
The Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green, www.nmai.si.edu
Haudenosaunee Friendship Day Enjoy dance performances by the Kanata Native Dance Group. Explore the Haudenosaunee Discovery Room, learn about corn husk dolls, the Mohawk tradition of ironwork and more. Sat., Nov. 18 from 12-5pm. Rotunda.
The New York City Police Museum
100 Old Slip, bet Water & South Sts., 212-480-3100, www.nycpolicemuseum.org
Holiday Party Enjoy holiday goodies and art activities. Enroll in Operation SAFE CHILD and get an ID card with fingerprints and a high resolution photo of your child. Sat., Dec. 2 from 11am - 2pm. Free with museum admission. Donations will be accepted for Toys for Tots.
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place, www.skyscraper.org
Stack ‘Em High Using stacking blocks and kid-sized images, kids ages 3-8 will make shapes like the Empire State Building and the Woolworth Building. Then get your picture taken with your creation. Sat., Nov. 18 from 10:30-11:30am. Free.
Tall Tales Skyscraper storytelling for the very young. Come for an exciting read-aloud. Sat., Dec. 2 from 10:30-11:30am.
South Street Seaport Museum
Free Fridays A free evening of arts and cultural programming on the third Friday of every month. Visit the Museum galleries during special extended hours from 5-9pm. Admission is free during these hours. This month’s theme is New York Harvest. Fri., Nov. 17 from 5-9pm. From 5-8pm, celebrate Native American culture and explore the art form of “dream catchers” then make one to take home. At 6 & 8pm, take a guided tour of the exhibition “Soundings.” Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St., bet South & Front Sts.
Flipping out It’s Children’s Book Week (Nov 13-19) and what better way to celebrate than to create your own flipbook. Come for an afternoon of bookmaking and fun. Sat., Nov. 18 from 1-4pm. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758.
Give the Salts of the Sea Create an ocean inspired spa treatment for your favorite someone. Learn about the ancient and pure qualities of sea salt and design a beautiful sea-inspired sachet to fill with relaxing and scented bath salts. Sat., Nov. 25 and Sun., Nov. 26 from 1-4pm. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St., 212-220-1460, www.tribecapac.org
The Snow Dragon A new take on a classic fable with songs and dance routines. Sat., Dec. 9 at 1:30pm. $25, $15 students & seniors. Ages 3+.
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