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    Free sample classes at NY Kids Club through Friday

    Wed Dec 16

    Brrr . It just turned cold again, so you're probably looking for something to do with your babe indoors. Here's a fun, free option: NY Kids Club is offering a bunch of trial classes this week, including gymnastics, martial arts, cooking and even hip-hop sessions at most of their Big Apple locations. Space is limited, and every outpost has different options, so check the website for availability and a full schedule.

    Wednesday's pick of the day: Holiday Storytime

    Wed Dec 16

    Kids learn all about the various December holidays—including Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Eid—at this multicultural story session , hosted by Barnes and Noble at the Gerald J. Lynch Theater. Familiar characters including the Berenstain Bears and the Rugrats share their family traditions, and best of all, it's free.

    Hansel and Gretel opens at the Met

    Tue Dec 15

    If your kid (or you) is an opera skeptic, prepare to change your tune...or is that aria? The Metropolitan Opera's holiday offering, Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel , which plays through Jan 2, is not only translated into English this season, it's transformed into a kid-friendly spectacle. The familiar Brothers Grimm fairy tale is enhanced by Humperdinck's gorgeous melodies, and Philip Langridge's outrageous performance as the witch—a role he's played to great acclaim in the past—will keep kids cackling. The sweeping set and costume design, especially those creepy oversize puppet bakers, are absolutely scrumptious, and will whet your appetite for any upcoming holiday feasts. Yes, it's a dark story, but as one overheard mom said, "I know this opera is technically violent, but anything to tear my kids away from Grand Theft Auto for a few hours is greatly welcomed."

    LuLu's for Baby opens up in Park Slope

    Tue Dec 15

    Eight years after opening LuLu's Cuts and Toys on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, local mom and owner Brigitte Prat is at it again. Located next door to the kiddie hair salon, the new LuLu's for Baby sells strollers, baby carriers, clothing, swaddle blankets, toys and baby-care products from companies such as Robeez , Phil & Teds and Svan for newborns to two-year-olds. When visiting the stroller-friendly (natch), 900-square-foot space, Prat says to keep an eye out for some of her favorite products: Japanese wood toys imported by Noted , hand-knitted angora socks by Roxies Two Moms and the Inglesina old-fashioned pram. 45 Fifth Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-399-2540, lulusforbaby.com).

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