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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!

CHILL at the Queen Mary in Long Beach: An Icy Holiday Tradition

We're fortunate in the Southland to have a wonderful variety of traditional holiday events each season; LA families can take in Christmas lights, boat parades, Nutcracker performances, and even outdoor ice skating rinks. Add to that a holiday entertainment experience adjacent to the Southland's most famous cruise ship, The Queen Mary. For the past four years our warm blooded kids have been able to CHILL from Thanksgiving into the New Year, and we don't mean the kind you do with a board in hand. CHILL is a day's worth of holiday themed activities and photo ops—and a great reason for a family drive to Long Beach.

Annual Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum: Parent Review

It's that time of year when twinkling lights and shiny bulbs are everywhere.  But I'll bet you have never seen a unique bevy of Christmas trees like the ones you will see at the Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  This annual event has been going for 43 years (I know!), and was established by the Women's Committee of the Museum as a fundraiser.

Every year, my family and I make our trek into Hartford. It's a great opportunity for my boys to be exposed to some amazing artists and to see the beautiful decorated trees people have created.

Holiday Strolls and Tree Lighting Events in the Hartford Area

One of the best things about living in Connecticut is the small-town feel our communities work so hard to capture. This sentiment can especially be felt around the holidays when people come together. So even if you don't live in these towns in Hartford County, you are welcome and encouraged to celebrate the season at these events.  Check out our Holiday Guide and our list of Holiday Light Shows for even more tips on fun ways to celebrate the season.

Holiday Light Shows in Fairfield County

There is something magical about a holiday light display.  I have so many fun memories of bundling up in the backseat and driving around town searching for the best Christmas lights.  I am happy to say that this is a tradition that I have continued with my daughter.  

New Haven may have its Fantasy of Lights, but there's plenty to see in Fairfield County.  It's not clear whether billionaire Paul Tudor Jones will have his elaborate light display in Greenwich this year (watch this space for updates!), but there are many other local options, including a contestant on ABC's "Great Christmas Light Fight."

25 Things To Do with Westchester Kids During the Holidays

There are so many family activities in Westchester this time of year that it can be hard to decide which ones to choose. To help you out, we’ve collected our favorite 25 things to do during the holiday season.

Need even more inspiration? Check out our Holiday Fun Guide and Event Calendar to stay in the holiday loop, or follow us on Facebook to share some of your experiences! 

12 Days of Christmas Events on Long Island

The weather outside might be turning frightful but the amount of Christmas events and activities available on Long Island are just delightful. Check out our list of 12 Days of Christmas Events on Long Island -- starting on December 1 -- and perhaps you'll event find a partridge in a pear tree!

And don't forget to also check out some of the Long Island homes with awesome holiday lights displays, as well as our Long Island Holiday Fun Guide.

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