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Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Santa, Antarctica, and Clara, Dec 5-9

After an eventful weekend of seeing José Mateo Ballet Theatre's magical performance of The Nutcracker, noshing our way through the Boston Public Market, and checking out the winter wonderland that has recently popped up in City Hall Plaza (pictured), we're not sure we want to go back to the weekday routine. But go back we must, so we've picked a few happenings this week that take us out of the doldrums and drop us into Antarctica, the North Pole, and the Land of Sweets. Our Event Calendar is also bursting with festive holiday events this time of year, so we highly recommend checking it out in addition to our picks below if you're looking for a mid-week escape.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Gingerbread Wonderland, Scuba Santa

If you look at December’s roster of events, it’s like Christmas every day. In this first full week of the month, you’ll spot Santa in some unusual places, like underwater at Adventure Aquarium’s Scuba Santa exhibition and at the Pro Bass Shop for free photos. Get immersed in the holiday scene at the 25th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland, Hoboken’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Lights.

Read on for our best children's events the week of Dec 5–9, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, December GoList, and Holiday Guide for even more holiday happenings. 

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Coding, STEM, Holiday Fun

You might expect a slew of holiday-related programs to dominate our top picks for the coming week, especially given the multitude of holiday activities taking place every weekend this month. And while this week's picks don't completely ignore the season, we have even more ideas for those seeking something a little different. Best of all: Most of them are FREE! 

STEM fans can learn what makes lights light and clocks tick at Electricity and Circuitry, while programming buffs can create games or stories at the Teen Coding Workshop. To introduce your kids to opera, snag a seat at the family-friendly—and holiday favorite—Amahl and the Night Visitors.

As always, there are additional details and more highlights below, plus a lot of other events to be found on our Event Calendar. And for a bigger fix of that holiday fun you might be craving, consult our Holiday Fun Guide to help you get the most out of the season with kids!

Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Sharks, Santa, and Storycraft, December 5-9, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (well, except in my house because we haven't made it out to pick out a tree yet, which makes me The Worst Mother Ever). Still, I'm making it up to my kids with all kinds of holiday fun including gingerbread house making, a Santa Claus who dives with the sharks, and a special sing-a-long with Santa.  For a complete run down on holiday fun, including where to cut your own Christmas trees (in case, like me, this is still on your holiday list), make sure to check out our CT Holiday Fun Guide! For even more suggestions take a peek at our frequently updated Event Calendar and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing!

Best High Tea Spots in NYC to Enjoy a Cup with Kids

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a memorable experience, afternoon tea—popularly called high tea in New York City—can be a fun outing with kids. It's an especially great winter outing and particularly fitting during the holidays.

Several places serve high tea in New York City, with varying degrees of appropriateness for children. From the fancy Eloise Tea at the Plaza Hotel to the funky vegan snacks served at Teany on the Lower East Side, there are teas—and the goodies that come along with them—for children of all ages and parents of all budgets. Here's our take on some of the best spots for a tea outing in NYC.

Giving Back: Holiday Toy Drives in Houston

The holidays are in full swing, and kids everywhere are dreaming of toys they want and are counting down the days until it's time to open presents. However, the holiday season is as much about giving as it is about receiving, and during this time parents have a unique window of opportunity to teach children the importance of volunteering and giving back to those in need. One way to do this is by donating toys to a local holiday toy drive, and we've rounded up several organizations in and around Houston that are dedicated to bringing holiday cheer to families unable to afford gifts this holiday season.

Weekday Picks: Santa and His Reindeer, Holiday Shows, and The Polar Express

It’s officially the holiday season around Long Island and this week, there are loads to do if you’re in the holiday spirit. Hicks Nurseries has several fun holiday-themed activities for the family, including meeting Santa and his reindeer and seeing their show, Christmas Animated Story.

But even if you aren’t yet in the holiday frame of mind, there’s no shortage of activities to keep big and little ones engaged, including theater performances, open play, and The Polar Express. 

To keep on top of all Long Island events happening this week, check out our full calendar guide. And don't miss any fun holiday festivities: bookmark our 2016 Holiday Fun Guide today!

Weekday Fun: Gingerbread Art, Tree Lightings, Broadway Deals

The week ahead in NYC promises lots of festive family fun starting with FREE mini performances by Broadway stars and continuing with festive tree lightings and two not-to-be-missed holiday productions: The Yorkville Nutcracker and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

As you ponder the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones, remember Kids Night on Broadway tickets go on sale this Tuesday! Mark your calendar for this fantastic deal—but one ticket and receive a FREE ticket for a child 18 and under. As you can image, participating shows sell out fast. Speaking of great deals, don't forget the upcoming Readers Night for Mother Africa: My Home at the New Victory Theater on Saturday, December 10. Score discounted tickets to this circus spectacular and enjoy pre-show activities with the Mommy Poppins squad.

Our top picks for the coming week are highlighted below. As always, keep our December GoList close, as well as our 25 FREE holiday events roundup and Events Calendar, all chock-full of happenings around town this holiday season, including Christmas lights and pictures with Santa.

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