The Best of the Last Week of 2016: from surviving school vacation to enjoying New Year’s Day with the littles!

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Of course we all agree that Brooklyn is the best borough, but if you’re feeling up for adventure here are some extra special holiday activities worth traveling for (and one right here close to home!).

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park.
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance!

Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx.
Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, an all-new Queensboro bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Macy’s Santaland, Macy’s, Herald Square.
Located on the eighth floor, Macy’s Santaland features a 13,000-square-foot North Pole village — complete with live elves, an enchanted forest, animatronic toys and a train display. Come prepared — lines can be long, but there’s plenty to look at while waiting. Macy’s Herald Square store is located on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Santaland is open daily from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and is a magical experience for kids of all ages!

The Origami Holiday Tree, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. The tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The theme of this year’s tree is Dinosaurs Among Us. This activity is for kids of all ages and free with museum admission.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
Dance performances, weaving workshops, creating rainsticks and enjoying story times: Brooklyn Children’s Museum has four days of Kwanzaa for kids to enjoy. From music to crafts to literature, you can’t miss the BCM this week.

Happy New Year to you, Brooklyn! We are so thankful for your support in helping SkipKid grow over this past year. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2017!

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Fireworks, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park.
Kick off the new year and the celebration of the Park’s 150th anniversary with fireworks fun, live music and more. Locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration, Coney Island.
This family friendly event features a fireworks spectacular, an 8,000 LED light show and Coney Island sideshow performers.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

New Year’s Day Family Bowl, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg.
This is a no-cover, all-ages, all-day bowling event. What better way to spend the day with your family than cozied up at the lanes with drink specials, music, and delicious food by Blue Ribbon? Happy 2017!

If you’re staying in this NYE check out these seven tips to make your celebration kid friendly!

Traveling with little ones can be quite an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be: Check out this ultimate guide to traveling with kids!