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Things to do with kids in NYC this weekend

Looking for things to do in NYC with your brood? Hit up these fun weekend-long happenings

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November 28–29

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

The charistmatic youngster from Jane O'Connor's best-selling children's book series comes to life in this family musical from Vital Theatre Company. Fancy Nancy can't get enough of the wrapping paper, decorations and sweets that Christmas brings—after all, the holidays are the fanciest time of year! When things go awry while her family is busy decking the halls, Nancy learns that, with a little teamwork, Christmas can still be splendiferous. Ages 2–7.

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The Theater at St. Jean (at St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church) , Lenox Hill Saturday December 5 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015

Macy's Santaland

Head up to the eighth floor of the Herald Square behemoth for 13,000 square feet of holiday cheer, igloos, an enchanted forest, ice-skating penguins, a chorus of teddy bears and of course, Santa Claus' abode, where his elves will escort little ones up to the man in red. Though visiting this Christmas wonderland won't cost you much, the trip will be a time commitment. Families can expect to wait 90 minutes or more on a weekend afternoon to visit with old Saint Nick—just enough time for your little one to make his own list and check it twice (or a few more times). All ages.

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Macy's Herald Square , Midtown West Until Thursday December 24 2015

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Critics' pick

This enchanting production is the one people have in mind when they ask, "Have you been to The Nutcracker?" The New York City Ballet's full roster of ballerinas, danseurs and musicians—plus children from the School of American Ballet—perform Balanchine's classic choreography. Princess-smitten tots will fall for the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, but all kids will get a kick out of the one-ton Christmas tree that "grows" to 40 feet onstage, and Mother Ginger, who hides little dancers under her nine-foot-wide skirt. Before select matinees, kids ages 5 to 8 can try their toes at the craft during 45-minute workshops, featuring music from The Nutcracker (Dec 5, 19, 20, 29). Ages 5 and up.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Thursday December 3 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

GingerBread Lane

No matter how crafty you are, your at-home efforts will pale in comparison to this Guinness World Record–winning gingerbread metropolis made from more than 600 pounds of dough and 750 pounds of candy. The 500-square-foot village features sweet additions, like a double-decker carousel, two trains, a candy factory and S.C. Kingle & Co., an edible riff on the historic Gimbels department store.. Catch the opening celebration on November 14, then line up on January 11 (line opens at noon, giveaway starts at 1pm), the exhibit's last day, for a chance to take home a house. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ages 2 and up.

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Sunday January 10 2016

Baking Classes with Santa

Why bake cookies for Santa at home when you could whip up festive treats with the big guy, himself? Kids will flip for a chance to get in the kitchen with Santa during these fun-filled baking classes during the holiday season. Budding chefs will don aprons and toques and join Santa in the laboratory to make desserts, then everyone will enjoy a light brunch and have a chance to take photos with the man in red. Moms and dads who want to stick around can sip complimentary coffee during the workshop. Ages 2 and up.

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Crave.it Classes , Chelsea Saturday December 5 2015 - Sunday December 20 2015
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