SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 5 – 6

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Welcome to December, when holiday family activities abound. Check out these selections for December 5th and 6th. Enjoy your weekend, and please share SkipKid with your friends!

Sixth Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party, Powerhouse Arena, Dumbo.
On Sunday, December 6, illustrators Vin Vogel (The Thing About Yetis), Paul Zelinsky (Toys Meet Snow) and David Ercolini (The Night Before Christmas) will duel in a lively holiday themed drawing smack down based on suggestions from kids in the audience. Santa will also stop by for a photo op!

Dancewave’s Holiday Fiesta – Nutcracker Sweet, PS 133, Park Slope.
On Saturday, December 5, kids of all ages will enjoy a fun-filled family event celebrating School at Dancewave students and Dancewave Company and Ensemble students. There will be two exciting dance performances at 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. The event will be helt at PS 133, 610 Baltic Street (at 4th Avenue) Brooklyn, NY.

Songs for Unusual Creatures, Barbes, Park Slope.
On Saturday, December 5, author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. Imagine the Australian bilby, the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the microscopic tardigrade, and more brought to life with song. Note: Parents will love Songs for Unusual Creatures just as much as kids. All ages welcome. Performance starts at 4pm and costs $10 per family. (in the system)

Rabbit Days and Dumplings, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
On Saturday, December 5, join Elena Moon Park and friends as they perform music from Rabbit Days and Dumplings, a cross-cultural celebration of East Asian folk and children’s music, ranging from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-a-longs, and Taiwanese train songs. (in system)

SINTERKLAAS (ST. NICHOLAS DAY), Wycoff House Museum, East Flatbush
On Sunday, December 6, explore New York City’s oldest house and learn how the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus with traditional music, treats, stories, and crafts. This event is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10 and FREE for kids 2 and under.

Treasure trunk Theatre Fairytale Sundays, Dumbo.
On Sunday, December 6, discover a beloved fairytale in the treasure trunk. This class provides a great way for children to begin incorporating dramatic arts and movement skills into storytelling. Each class includes physical and vocal theatre warm ups that will get children ready for the day’s exploration.

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting, Park Slope/Prospect Heights
From December 6 – 13, Celebrate each night of Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah. Every night of Hanukkah, Grand Army Plaza showcases a 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound steel Menorah. Every evening, in addition to lighting the candles of the Menorah, you can enjoy some hot latkes, gifts for the children and live music. These events start at 6PM at Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn at the intersection of Vanderbilt and Flatbush Avenues and children of all ages are welcome.

2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Fort Greene Park, Ft. Greene.
On Sunday, December 6, the community tree lighting event will feature FREE cookies and hot chocolate, live holiday music, a toy drive and Santa Claus! Enjoy all of these fun happenings from 5-6pm, and see the lighting of the tree at 5:30pm. New, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to neighborhood holiday toy drives held by Fort Greene SNAP and the Whitman Resident Association. Holiday songs will be performed by the Dr. Susan McKinney Secondary School of the Arts choir. Refreshments are being served from Pushkin Creperie & Bakery, Brooklyn Sweet Spot and Castro’s. The event is presented by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and Fort Greene Park Conservancy.