Cheap and Cheerful Things to Do With Kids During the Holidays

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‘tis the season to be distracted. We’re not necessarily talking about spending the big bucks to take the whole family to the Nutcracker or taking out a second mortgage to skate at Rockefeller Center. There are lots of fun things to do with kids that are all about spending time together.

 Jamming at last year's Jingle Bell Jamboree

 

One of the very best things about the holidays is that they provide a magnificent excuse for breaking up the usual routine and doing things with the kids. In a perfect world we might not need an excuse but the reality is that the routine the helps us get everyone where they need to be every day, that puts bread on our tables can leave us a bit shell shocked by the weekend. Sometimes the weekday routine gives way to an even more grueling weekend routine with activities birthday parties and sports.

Fortunately, ‘tis the season to be distracted. We’re not necessarily talking about spending the big bucks to take the whole family to the Nutcracker or taking out a second mortgage to skate at Rockefeller Center. There are lots of fun things to do with kids that are all about spending time together.

Be sure to see our round up of Seasonal Events on the www.parkslopeparents.com homepage! Around the Holidays we update the website regularly with new and fun things to do.

Here’s our list:

 

Santa at Macy’s

Our Tip: Be there when the store opens and go early in the season) There’s usually a fun puppet show too.

 

Breakfast with Santa in the Brooklyn

This costs but it's for the Children's Service Project . Breakfast takes place, Saturday, December 11th - 9:30 and 10:30 at the First Presbyterian Church - 124 Henry St. betw Clark and Pierrepont. There are 2 seatings but seats are limited. Call the office to reserve your spot and then pay at the door: 718-624-3770. It costs: $10 per person or $30 per family

 

Department Store Windows

They’re spectacular and they’re free – as long as you have enough will power not to go inside!

 

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

This has to be the quintessential Brooklyn Christmas experience. Residents go all out to create the most over-the-top Christmas displays. Tacky? Maybe. Worth the trip? Absolutely. Take the D/M trains to 18th Ave or the R train to 86th Street. Go between 7 and 9 on the weekends for the best displays

 

Brooklyn Holiday Happenings

See our vetted list of the tree lightings, Santa visits, church services and more. 

 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Best combined with dinner - at a diner for the real NY experience

 

Jingle Bell Jamboree

Park Slope’s Traditional Holiday Concert at Old First Church

 

Caroling

Check back next week for our absolute beginners guide to caroling in the Slope

 

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