Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Owls, Improv, Holiday Crafts

Westchester families have plenty of fun in store this week, with events covering the gamut from nature to entertainment and holiday head-starting.

Fans of improv comedy are in for a treat at the family-friendly Comedy Improv Show. Animal enthusiasts can learn all about the diet and nocturnal habits of Owls on the Prowl, while the holiday crafting season kicks off with Holiday DIY.

But wait, there’s more! These are just a few of our top weekday picks. The rest are below, and there are many more family events to choose from on our Event Calendar!

The Nutcracker in NYC: 18 Family Picks

The Nutcracker ballet is a classic holiday experience for kids and parents, and NYC offers dozens of wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show.

While many children love the energy and drama of a Nutcracker—from the sweet Sugar Plum fairy visit to the frantic battle with the Rat King—it can be long for some. So we've rounded up more than a dozen variations of The Nutcracker playing in Manhattan this season, plus a few in Brooklyn, including some just-for-kids versions. Many of our picks are abridged versions and inexpensive while still possessing the charm to keep kids wide-eyed.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Museums, Shows November 14-18

With holiday wish list catalogs piled in the mailbox and grocery store shelves stocked with candy canes, it is no wonder November seems to fly by. Take a moment to pause and enjoy some of the great fall activities that can be found in our events calendar this week.

Attend a free demonstration with The Music Class at Chestnut Hill United Church or Old Pine Community Center. Explore a museum such as Delaware Children's Museum and receive discounted admission during its $2 Nights event. Discover the beauty of nature during autumn at Briar Bush Nature Center's Magic Mornings, Tyler Arboretum's Garden Sprouts, Bucktoe Creek Preserve's Drop In On Nature, or Camden Children's Garden's Sprouts and Seedlings. Or, see a show such as Ambler Theater's Puss in Boots or Keswick Theatre's Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure.

However, if you are a huge fan of the winter holidays and just can't wait until they arrive, fear not! This week, Santa turns on the lights at Peddler's Village to start the season and The Nutcracker is on stage at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

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Weekday Fun: Train Shows, Magic Shows, Indian Heritage Month

The calm before the turkey? Not really. The holiday season already goes full throttle at Grand Central with its 14th annual model train show opening on Monday, as well as the opening of the station’s Holiday Fair on Tuesday (don't miss our complete guide to holiday train displays).

For the parent who likes to plan ahead, there’s a solid, commercial-free lowdown on the NYC public school system on Thursday at Brooklyn Free Space. If you seek dual-language immersion preschools, check our best-of guides to those schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Also, November is National Indian Heritage Month, so make sure to hit the National Museum of the American Indian's fun events like Buffalo Days or Taíno Music for Toddlers

Our best weekday bets are below. And just a reminder: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is only two weeks away. See our essential guide to parade navigation. Or peruse our November GoList, Holiday Fun Guide, and Event Calendar for upcoming events.

Fun Things to Do in Ansonia With Kids

This year, take a fresh look at your hometown and the surrounding areas and take your kids to one (or a few) of these great events. Packed with history, Ansonia, also known as the "Copper City," has some great annual traditions and tasty destinations to check out. A true small-town in New Haven County, Ansonia loves football and claims the very first American bicycle, patented by Pierre Lallemont.

Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a feast usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it is really lovely to take a break from the hot kitchen and let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and moving furniture around. Drop the day-long prep for Thanksgiving and head out to one to these Long Island restaurants that are serving up a turkey dinner. This way, you can maybe enjoy a Thanksgiving runvolunteer for those in need or (gasp!) relax a little.

Just be sure to call ahead for reservations and have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

10 Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets In and Around Boston

This time of year, holiday markets are springing up all around the greater Boston area, from church fairs to school bazaars to high-end artist markets. We’ve highlighted ten fun finds that feature the handiwork of artisans from both near and far. Many have extras like like food and live entertainment, and some even have Santa on hand for sharing holiday wishes!

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