Monday's pick of the day: Operation: Girl Power!
Mon Nov 16
If you've got a tween girl, unplug the telephone, turn off the Jo Bros album and pop over to the Helen Mills Theatre today, where the Arts Effect NYC is holding a free afternoon of acting and writing workshops tailored to adolescent gals. Kids will learn from local directors, producers and actors, and develop their interests in the arts. A live theatrical performance follows the workshops, along with a "Girl Power"-themed party. Reservations are required. Click here to snag your spot .
Enter to win a set of Paul Frank plush toys
Mon Nov 16
Paul Frank and his signature monkey Julius has always been one of our favorite stuffed characters. (We probably wouldn't have Ugly Dolls or Happy Tree Friends if it weren't for this eccentric little ape.) So we're really excited to be giving away a set of four adorable Paul Frank plush dolls perfect for your little monkey at home. Click here to enter, then visit the Paul Frank boutique at 195 Mulberry St. to peruse all of the different styles.
What to do this weekend: Nov 14-15 event picks
Fri Nov 13
It's not even Thanksgiving, but the December holiday season has (unofficial) arrived. If you're itching to get into the spirit, head to one of the seasonal shows ( Wintuk , White Christmas and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular all started this week), or click through our holiday section to see all the fun that lies ahead. Not quite ready to embrace Santa and his merry elves? There's plenty of great events happening this weekend, most of which are completely free—which means less spending, and thus more gift-giving next month. Stop by the Brooklyn Public Library for a party to kick off the commemorative Sesame Street 40th Anniversary exhibit ; a costumed Elmo will even greet little ones. If you find yourself on the Upper West Side on Saturday, pop into the JCC's open house , or take a listen to the Demolition String Band in Tribeca on Sunday. Looking for something a little more literary? Peek into the pop-up book party at Books of...
Free entry to the Staten Island Zoo for kids under 14
Fri Nov 13
The Staten Island Zoo is offering a wild winter deal: Starting in November and continuing through the end of February, kids under age 14 get in free with a paying adult. If you decide to take advantage of the promotion on a cold or rainy day, check out one of the indoor exhibits, including the 13,500 square foot Reptile Wing, which houses more than 200 critters. If your youngster isn't into North American rattlesnakes, Pythons or Anacondas, head to the African Savannah area (also indoors) to view rare Amur Leopards. Visit statenislandzoo.org for more info.
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