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    Catch Thomas the Tank Engine at NYBG

    Wed Jan 6

    If the holidaze kept you from seeing New York Botanical Garden's Train Show this season, this is your last week to check it out before it chugs out of town. As an added incentive, lovable locomotive Thomas the Tank Engine will be hanging out at the Garden daily from 10am--5pm through Sunday January 10. Tots can shake hands with his pal, conductor Sir Topham Hatt, snag goodies and pose with their favorite choo-choo. What are you waiting for? All aboard!

    Celebrate Three Kings Day on Wednesday

    Tue Jan 5

    With Christmas trees and displays coming down—not to mention Mother Nature letting us know that it's definitely winter—it's easy to get into a post-holiday funk. That's why we're always thankful for Three Kings Day, that "twelfth day of Christmas" (a.k.a. January 6), which celebrates the Biblical Magi's visit to the baby Jesus. Although there are only a handful of festivities this year (early 2010 budget cuts, perhaps?), there are two fun events on Wednesday, both free. At 11am, Museo El Barrio kicks off its 33rd annual Three Kings Day Parade through the streets of East Harlem . The procession begins at 106th and Park Ave, proceeds to Third Ave, turns north to 112th St, then goes west to Lexington Ave and back down to 106th St. You can view camels, colorful costumes, lots of local kids and the parade's signature (if slightly creepy) king puppet heads from anywhere along the route. 106th Street tends to be the most popular vantage point, but this isn't the...

    Remember to recycle your Christmas tree at MulchFest this weekend

    Tue Jan 5

    The Department of Sanitation has been picking up trees left curbside since Monday for composting. But if your Christmas pine is still standing, this weekend is the perfect time to give it back to nature. On Saturday January 9 and Sunday January 10 from 10am to 2pm, parks around the city will host MulchFest 2010 . Depending on the location, you can either drop off your tree to be chipped later, or watch it get transformed into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city. (If you bring your own bag, you can take some for your own garden if you're lucky enough to have one.) No matter how you dispose of your tree, make sure you remove all decorations, even tinsel, otherwise it will be treated as non-recyclable trash. Only Oscar would like that. Find MulchFest locations in the Bronx , Brooklyn , Manhattan , Queens and Staten Island .

    Tuesday's event pick: Winter Celebration Party at MoonSoup

    Tue Jan 5

    Got the post-holiday blues? Cheer up at MoonSoup's New Year's party , where kids can dance and sing their way into 2010 (again). Besides plenty of chances to rock out and shake some booty, tots can get soaped up with "disco baby bubbles"—a clean start to the new decade.

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