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.
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...
Friday's pick of the day: Brian Stokes Mitchell + TADA! Theater performance
Fri Nov 20
Parents may know Mitchell from his stage performances in the original Ragtime and the most recent revival of Kiss Me, Kate (for which he snagged a Tony) . If your kids haven't yet been introduced to the Broadway star (and New York City dad), today's the day to do it. Head over to Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Center, where Mitchell will read from Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z , a book about backstage for which he penned the foreword. After the reading, Mitchell will and kids from TADA! Youth Theater will treat the audience to a free mini concert.
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