Download a free holiday song by the Sippy Cups
Mon Dec 21
If you're tired of hearing your kid's favorite holiday tunes on a loop, you can add a new track to that playlist...for free. One of our favorite kindie bands , the Sippy Cups, recorded a cover of the Velvet Underground classic "I'm Waiting for the Man," with a few ho-ho-ho-inspired changes (and none of the drug references). Retitled, "Waiting for My Man (The Santa Claus Mix)," it's about counting down the minutes until the big guy in red arrives. To mix things up during the recording session, the band members switched instruments. The resulting garage-band sound will have holiday-ed out parents singing, "Hallelujah!" Download the song at the Sippy Cups website .
Last-minute gift idea: video games!
Mon Dec 21
If you're still struggling to find the perfect gift for the kids in your life, may we remind you about the wonder of video games? Seriously, we just gave a few to a tween we know and received a truly ecstatic response. They're an ideal offering for a number of reasons: kids love them, they'll keep tykes entertained during the winter break, and finally, they are super easy to find. We suggest choosing one or two from our round-up of the year's top games ; the list includes pricey options such as The Beatles: Rock Band ($60--$250) as well as more reasonable diversions, including Where's Waldo: The Fantastic Journey ($20--$30) and Scribblenauts ($30) . You can find them all at your local Game Stop.
How to make the most of the snow in the city
Sun Dec 20
Good morning! We know what you're waking up to: about a foot of snow. If you haven't been outside yet, you're in for a treat (unless you have a car or a sidewalk to dig out). If your original plans have been canceled due to the weather, we've got a bunch of ways for you to make the most of this white (almost) Christmas. Check out our roundup of the best sledding hills in the city , including a little-known Upper East Side slope . It's also a great day to ice-skate . Remember, the Pond at Bryant Park may be the only free rink in the city, but most of the others have very reasonable entry fees, including the brand-new temporary rink in Battery Park . If you're planning to build a snowman, we've got expert tips (seriously!) on how to make your Frosty particularly fabulous. Lastly, if your kid's too little (or too cold) to dig the snow, we have a roundup of indoor play spaces , organized by neighborhood. Whatever you do today, enjoy the winter...
Save 50% on tickets to Sesame Street Live
Sat Dec 19
It's a February tradition...no not Valentine's Day, Sesame Street Live! The stage incarnation of preschoolers' favorite edutainment series plays the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden from February 4-15 and this time around, the subject is something all kids can relate to. Titled When Elmo Grows Up , the show features the furry red monster and his pals as they prepare for a job pageant. Trouble is, not all of them know what they want to be once they grow up. From now through December 24, you can save 50% on select performances. Just click here and use the code 4ELMO50 . It makes a great Christmas gift, and it doesn't take up any space!
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