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    Tuesday's pick of the day: The Three Bears Holiday Bash

    Tue Nov 24

    Mama, Papa and Baby Bear have set up camp in Central Park for the season, but this time, they're not bothered by Little Red Riding Hood, they're visited by a much bigger red guest. The premise of the show is simple: Mama and Papa are hosting a holiday TV special, celebrating a host of diverse traditions. The cub family sings and dances, and anxiously awaits Santa's arrival, but Kris Kringle runs into trouble, seemingly due to Wolfie's schemes. Of course, it's all one big misunderstanding and— surprise! —Wolfie ends up saving Christmas for Baby Bear. The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater's puppeteers do a nice job of bringing the characters to life and getting little ones gigging, even if their scattered attempts to incorporate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa seem a bit forced. Still, kids will be singing along until the curtain falls—and probably all the way home. For more holiday shows, check out our guide to seasonal theater in the city.

    52nd Street Project finally gets its own theater

    Tue Nov 24

    Sometimes, good things do happen to good people. We just learned that one of our favorite nonprofit theater companies, the 52nd Street Project , is moving into its own space. The organization, which invites industry pros to mentor Hells Kitchen kids, will now present all of its productions in the brand-new Five Angels Theater on the second floor of 789 Tenth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets. The official opening celebration will happen in 2010, but you can get a sneak peek at the beautiful 17,000-square foot venue by catching the group's production of All Good Things: The Patient Plays from December 11 to 13. All of the works being performed were written and developed by kids in the Project's semi-annual Playmaking series. Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by calling 212-642-5052.

    Monday's pick of the day: Tree lighting at AMNH

    Mon Nov 23

    It's the second big tree lighting of the season. Head to perennial kiddie fave the American Museum of Natural History to see its famous Origami Tree lit up for the season. Amaze your tots with these facts before you attend: The towering tree will hold over 500 paper ornaments, all of which follow an alphabet theme. Challenge them to find a "T" snuggled up to a parchment T-Rex among the thousands of needles. You can also check out the museum's Holiday Barosaurs , which will also be illuminated this evening. Find out about all of the Big Apple's tree lightings by checking out our guide , as well as a super-cool slide show of Gotham tannenbaums past and present.

    What to do this weekend: Nov 21-22 event picks

    Sat Nov 21

    Yes, Thanksgiving is less than a week away (where has November gone?), but we think you should skip the stress of planning the festivities and enjoy the weekend with your brood instead. Since holiday decor is already gracing the windows of stores and institutions around the city, make a checklist of the various spots and spend the afternoon peering at their lights and life-size panoramas; the weather is supposed to be perfect for a fall stroll. Our favorites so far are the brightly colored windows of Macy's and the traditional arrangements at Bloomingdale's. If you're looking for other no-cost activities, check out Super Sabado at El Museo del Barrio, which is hosting a bunch of family-friendly happenings and free admission to boot. Should you find yourself in Queens, stop by City Ice Pavilion's Opening Weekend Celebration , which includes free ice time and skates (Sat 7--9:30pm, Sun noon--2pm) and a performance by NY's Ice Theater. If you'd rather cozy up...

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