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FEATURES 8 | Health Kids ages 5 to 11 can now get the COVID-19 vaccine, here’s what parents need to know 12 | Special Needs When the next step for your child is an IEP 18 | Education Changing your child’s preschool or daycare mid-year 26 | Westchester Holiday To Do’s Fun holiday events in and near Westchester 30 | Local Shops Discover and shop Armonk for holiday shopping

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32 | Giving Charities that support New York families 34 | Holiday Gift Guide Our family toy guide for kids up to tweens

Directories 14 | Special Needs Listings 20 | Preschool/Daycare Listings

42 | Cover - Phenomenal & Festive Our holiday bucket list

Stories & columns 6 | Editor’s Note November/December Magic 24 | Family Fun Family-friendly ski resorts for a winter getaway

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November/ December: Magic As this issue was going to print, the COVID-19 vaccine was approved for children ages 5 to 11. We are parents to kids in this age group and know that the decision can be easy for some families and not so for others. Hopefully, our piece on Kids & the COVID-19 Vaccine (page 8) will provide you with essential information on this vaccine. If you notice that your child is missing key milestones, our article on Missing Milestones (page 12) provides helpful tips on when your next step should be an IEP for your child. We also have an extensive guide on Special Need Resources (page 14) helpful to all parents.

We started scouring the toy front early as many parents are looking to order toys early this year. We have an excellent list, Gift Guide (page 34), for little kids to tweens. And for more guides (moms, dads, stocking stuffers, pets....), visit our Gift Guide 2021 at newyorkfamily.com. Parents know that having kids, other than their endless energy, is that how they see the world is eye-opening and invites back wonder into our lives. Head to the city for a NYC bucket list (page 42) is full of fun-to-do’s and, yes, phenomenal and festive joy.

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HEALTH

Kids & �he COVID-19 Vac�ine As shots become available, here’s what parents need to know

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The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for kids ages 5-11 “We have enough vaccine — Pfizer vaccine — for every child aged 5 through 11. So the whole distribution plan that we’ve been talking about – 20,000 sites, millions of doses being shipped as we speak – is all Pfizer vaccine. We do not have [approval], as you know, for this age group for Moderna. So, we have, already, plans and are in the process of shipping 15 million doses out nationwide, with millions of more doses available each and every week,” Jeffrey Zients, a Biden administration official, said on Monday. “States have chosen where, within their state, to send vaccine supply.”

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C.D.C panel met November 2nd morning into the early evening and overwhelmingly voted yes (14 yes, 0 no’s) to approve the COVID -19 Vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. And parents with kids in this age group are asking, now what? Like many substantial parenting issues, the decision to vaccinate your elementary school-age child is perhaps a quick “yes” and, for others, maybe it is a more complicated decision. So while the decision to vaccinate is the one for the parent to make, here is what we know so far in hopes it will provide you the information to help you decide what is best for your family. The government is ready to vaccinate kids ages 5-11 group

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With the FDA and now CDC approval for the vaccine for children between the ages of 5 to 11, all levels of government have rallied resources for families to receive the Pfizer jab. At a White House briefing on November 1st- they announced 15 million doses would be transferred from Pfizer to facilitate immunizations at pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers across the United States. What is the American Academy of Pediatrics saying regarding the COVID-19 shot for kids ages 5 -11? During the CDC panel, the AAP ( American Academy of Pediatrics ) stated that they recommend children of this age receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) also voiced that they strongly support

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October,” ‘For now, the COVID-19 vaccine, once approved for use in younger children, will be made available on a voluntary basis — with all parents strongly encouraged to get their children vaccinated. But Hochul did not rule out potentially mandating the use of the vaccine among children if usage is low and COVID-19 cases begin to spike. “As I’ve said all along, I want to empower parents and the schools to do the right thing first. But if we’re not seeing adequate compliance, or we’re seeing the numbers start going up … if I start seeing infection rates going up, hospitalizations going up, more children being affected, I will have no choice. But right now, the numbers are good, you can get the kids voluntarily vaccinated, parents will hopefully do the right thing, and I will keep an eye on that situation.”’ Meanwhile, Governor Kathy Hochul has a state program that will provide 120 additional sites geared toward children, known as #VaxtoSchool, via mobile vaccination units that will be posted across the state. “We saw too many narratives and

Learn about v-safe (cdc.gov), a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after your child receives a COVID-19 vaccination. To find a vaccine: Call your pediatrician to see if they are administering the shot for ages 5 to 11-year-olds (orange cap) Vaccines.gov. vaccinefinder.nyc.gov

pictures of children and other parts of the country struggling on ventilators in hospitals. It’s a scary spectrum for parents, and this is how we can protect them. We now have this available,” Hochul said last week. “We’ve been making preparations for weeks now. I had spoken to the New York Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to get all their pediatricians on board. We’ve been in regular communication with all the

providers. So it’s going to be various places that parents can go to, to have their children vaccinated as soon as it’s available.” What are doctors in the NYC community doing for this age group concerning the COVID-19 vaccine? As the CDC panel shared at the voting meeting, part of their Pediatric Vaccination Implenation Goals is to ensure access and availability to kids in schools and hospitals and establish programs in vulnerable and underserved populations. For New York, local community care sites are ready. Dr. Victor Peralta, SOMOS Community Care: “Over the last 11 months, SOMOS Community Care has administered more than 1.5 million doses of the Vaccine of Hope, meeting New Yorkers where they are, from subway stations to the community doctors’ offices they have been going to for years. With vaccines for children now within arm’s reach, we are mobilizing in the same way—focusing on education, busting myths, and building New Yorkers’ confidence in the vaccine.”

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Missing Milestones When the next step for your child is an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) By Emily lEvy

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ave you noticed your child struggling in school? Perhaps they are having a hard time learning to read, can’t grasp multistep math problems, or are having difficulty staying focused in class. Their self-esteem is plummeting as schoolwork becomes increasingly challenging, and their struggles seem insurmountable. Your child may have special needs and, if so, the sooner you can identify these needs and address them, the better it will be for their overall confidence and academic performance. So what can you do? For starters, if you see your child struggling, talk to their doctor and teacher. Discuss milestones they may or may not have met and determine if their teacher notices the same challenges you see at home. If you feel these struggles are getting worse or think they may benefit from additional accommodations at school, you might consider having them tested. This testing can be done for free either through your state’s early intervention program (if your child is under age three) or through your child’s school district. The evaluation and specific tests administered may range, but evaluators will typically test your child’s IQ and will likely also test language, motor, behavior, and achievement skills. IEP or 504 plan Depending on the evaluation results and your child’s needs, your child may qualify for either an IEP or a 504 plan. An IEP details your child’s specific goals and a plan for what your school will do to help meet those goals, including specific services, like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and academic support. A 504 plan helps provide accommodations for support within the classroom, such as additional time on tests, an aide in the classroom, preferential seating, and/or modified homework. Typically students who have a less severe disability (like anxiety, ADHD, etc.) and not a diag-

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nosed learning disability will receive a 504. Students who need more services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education teacher support services, etc., would receive an IEP. Know Your Rights Federal law indicates that every child is entitled to a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment possible. Three specific federal laws apply to children with special needs, including the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Ace, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws’ specifics can vary by state, so it’s important for you to understand the procedures and criteria specific to your state. IDEA stipulates that a child’s issues must fall into one of 13 categories to be eligible for special education services. Section 504 mandates that schools cannot discriminate again students who have disabilities and are required to provide appropriate accommodations to them. Students covered under Section 504 usually have less severe disabilities or do not fall into one of the categories stipulated under IDEA. The ADA indicates that children with special needs cannot be discriminated against and must be provided appropriate services and programs suitable to their needs. If your school district refuses to provide appropriate services to your child, you may initiate a due process

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hearing to challenge their decision. Focus on Your Child’s Strengths It is easy to go into a bit of negative space when dealing with your child’s educational support. Remember to focus on your child’s strengths; they may struggle with reading and writing but may excel with math computation. Or maybe your child is incredibly social, empathetic, and ‎kind. Perhaps they are a beautiful artist, a great storyteller, or a whiz at building Legos. Praise your child for small accomplishments, like sitting next to a friend at lunch who seemed sad, drawing a beautiful flower, or creating an elaborate Lego tower. As you help your child academically with areas where they may struggle, continue to build their self-esteem, and explain that no one is perfect. We all have strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas we need to work on improving. Your special needs child can still have dreams and aspirations that can be achieved with support and guidance. Dr. Emily Levy is the founder of EBL Coaching, a tutoring program that specializes in oneon-one home and on-site instruction for students in grades PreK-12 in NYC, NJ, and Westchester. She is also the author of Strategies for Study Success, a study skills workbooks series emphasizing test-taking, note-taking, reading comprehension, writing, and executive functioning strategies, and the Flags and Stars Orton Gillingham student workbook series.


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Biondi elementary school - Grades K–6 Biondi middle & High school - Grades 7–12 Our Schools provide: • Special Education for students classified with Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Learning Disability and Other Health Impairment • NYS Certified Teachers & Teaching Assistants • New York State Education Department Standards Based Curriculum: Reading, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Studies, Spanish (MS/HS), Art, Music, Physical Education • Technology Integrated Instruction – Google Classroom, Robotics • Young Men & Young Women Academies (MS/HS) • Career Development and Occupational Studies: Barbering, Cosmetology, Customer Service, HVAC, Plumbing, Security • Partnerships with Bronx County Community College and Bryant & Stratton College • PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports • Student Clubs and Activities: Student Council, LGBTQ+, My Brother’s Keeper • Section 1 – Class D – Basketball, Track and Field • Guidance Counselor, School Social Workers, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists and Physical Therapists • Individual & Group Counseling • Animal Assisted Therapy • Transportation (provided by home school district) • Residential Treatment Center available for Students in grades 7-12 • Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist available for residential students.

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Cardinal O’Connor School 16 North Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533 914-591-9330 jcoschool.org The John Cardinal O’Connor School is a Catholic school dedicated to providing an affordable, language-based, academic curriculum for children in grades 2-8 with mild Learning Disabilities (LD), Speech or Language Impairments (SPL), or other Health Impairments (OHI). Students at JCOS are taught by certified special education teachers in small classes. Teachers utilize multisensory instructional techniques to help children succeed both academically and socially. JCOS is dedicated to providing the benefits of a Catholic education to children who learn differently. Please contact JCOS for more information by emailing tara.freeman@ johncardinaloconnorschool. org.

Green Chimneys School Campuses in Brewster & Carmel 845-279-2995 Greenchimneys.org Green Chimneys School is an accredited special

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he Windward School is a coeducational, independent day school located in New York City and White Plains, New York, for children in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Windward’s mission is to remediate students’ dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment. Nationally recognized for its development of instructional programs designed specifically to help students achieve language proficiency. Windward’s academic curriculum is research-based and multisensory

in nature and is designed to give students the skills they need to succeed in educational settings. The Windward School’s vision is a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success. Visit: thewindwardschool.org Locations: • Manhattan Lower & Middle Schools - 212 East 93rd Street, New York, NY 10128 • Westchester Lower School 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York, 10605 • Westchester Middle School 40 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604

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Changing a Preschool or Daycare Mid-year How to make the decision to switch schools for your child BY DONNA DUARTE�LADD

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e’re nearly at the mid-term of the school year, and it’s time to take stock of how things might be going for your little one. While your child might be blissfully happy, it can also be the case that sometimes their school isn’t working and you may be considering a mid-year jump to a new school.

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Figure Out What Isn’t Working The first step is to check in on why you want to move to another pre-school or daycare. Listing what isn’t working will help you assess the kind of school that will work for your child. Whether you physically write it down or verbally work them out, list the pros and cons of staying or moving to a new school. There doesn’t have to be any finger-pointing or negativity; this is about what your family and child need in their schooling. No one or

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one thing has to be the bad guy; sometimes, it just isn’t working. In many ways, parents learn a lot in these early years of education on what type of school path their child needs. Talk to Your Child’s Teacher or School Principal Reach out to your child’s class teacher or school principal to schedule a meeting or a time for a phone call. Be honest that you’re considering a change of environment and bring up your concerns about the school. Keep in mind that you only see one side of the story as a parent and that they might have valuable insights to share about your child’s life at school. Once you’ve laid out your concerns, listen carefully to their response and ask them whether they have any suggestions for improving the situation. If you aren’t convinced that change will be possible and still have the same


desire to make a move, ask what the process for leaving mid-year might be. If you’re at a private school, understand your billing notice period and how you will retrieve school records. Research, Research, Research It’s time to spring into action. Talk to friends, contact a school’s expert, call schools’ admissions departments, and arrange visits whenever possible. Try to identify your options considering academics, travel time, curriculum, cost, and pastoral approach. Most importantly, have an honest discussion with parent coordinators, teachers, and directors about the probability that they will have a space for your child. Don’t necessarily take an initial “no” as a final answer but probe to understand whether there are circumstances in which spots might open up or perhaps get on a waiting list. Once a new school has beenchosen, mentally prepare your child for the move Alicia Sharpe, a New York City-based Education Consultant, says, “Mental

In many ways, parents learn a lot in these early years of education on what type of school path their child needs.

them to participate in activities that current friends take part in.” What sort of behaviors should you address that would lead you to make a move to a new daycare or pre- school? • Negative social and emotional behaviors • Academic challenges or academic boredom • If your child expresses they don’t feel safe • Lack of support with special needs • Overcrowded classrooms • Poor relationship with the teacher or discipline challenges

preparation starts at home. Speak with your child about this new coming transition; even if the child is too young to communicate with you verbally, they will understand. If possible, bring your child to visit the new school, meet the teachers, and introduce them to their new classroom before the start of the new school term. If you have an older child, help them understand that moving schools are not abnormal, but it will be an exciting fresh start. Reassure them that it’s possible to maintain friendships even when they’re at a new school, and consider how you can help

What are some criteria to look for when deciding to move to another school in the mid-year? • School curriculum • Teacher certification • Staff turnover • Genuine and sincere staff • Children appear happy when you visit the school • Location • Cost • Likelihood of admittance

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Live Locally, Learn Globally Bilingual Program Nursery to Grade 12 International Program Grades 1-8 IB Diploma Program in Grades 11 & 12 ATTEND A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE November 29, 6pm Preschool & Lower School No Knowledge of French Required

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A Child’s Dream LLC 10 Mill Road, New Rochelle 914-633-4332 achildsdreamnursery.com A Child’s Dream Nursery and Preschool feature a small, personalized setting that creates a secure and structured environment. This encourages children to socialize and interact while learning. Offering 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds programs two to five days a week. We offer many fun and exciting programs such as: Movement, Lunch Bunch, Kindergarten Readiness as well as a partnership with Soccer Shots of Westchester. Celebrating 20 Years of loving, engaging and teaching the littlest students. Join our familylike community for the

2022-2023 school year! Registration is now open.

French American School of New York Manor Campus (NurseryGrade 3) 111 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, 914-250-0469 fasny.org Live Locally, Learn Globally at FASNY! Founded in 1980 as a one-classroom preschool, the French-American School of New York, FASNY is an international and bilingual N-12 day school educating more than 720 students on three campuses in Mamaroneck and Larchmont. FASNY’s bilingual preschool program begins at 3 years old and is play-based with an emphasis on language acquisition. The curriculum

is interconnected, between themes and languages and across age groups, following the same structure, adding skills, and increasing challenges as the students go between grade levels. No French is required at any level!

The curriculum is designed to empower students to become independent, creative thinkers and confident achievers. Private, co-educational school, toddlers (18 months) through 8th grade. Schedule a private tour today!

Hudson Country Montessori School

Liberty Montessori Schools

340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle 914-636-6202 hudsoncountry.org Hudson Country Montessori School inspires and promotes innate curiosity and a love of learning through their progressive Montessori pedagogy. HCMS also strives to help children grow into respectful, socially-adept and compassionate leaders.

155 Beechmont Dr., New Rochelle 914-636-3461 631 W. Boston Post Road,Mamaroneck 914-777-1382 Libertymontessorischools.com Offering programs up to Grade 3 a unique kindergarten enrichment curriculum that includes a special music program unique kindergarten enrichment curriculum that

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includes their special music program and the Challenger Program for advanced students. They also have special multilingual programs in Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Call now to make an appointment, meet the school director and tour their facility and learn more about Liberty.

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1415 Pelhamdale Avenue, Bronx, New York 914-738-1127 pelhammontessori@gmail. com montessorischoolpelhamny. com Upholding a “tradition of excellence” for almost 50 years, this school firmly holds to the principles of child development devised by Dr. Maria Montessori. Children ages 3 to 5 work with apparatus in a prepared environment progressing at their own rate, developing the confidence and love of

learning that is the hallmark of Montessori. Our small class sizes make it easy for our instructors to find out how to best cater to your child’s unique learning needs. Prepare your child for a lifetime of learning.

The Nurtury Montessori Schools 431 N. Ridge St., Rye Brook 2097 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 1144 North Ave., New Rochelle 1146 North Ave., New Rochelle 130 Flandreau Ave., New Rochelle 914- 632-6200 thenurtury-montessori.com The Nurtury is committed to promoting quality, full-time Montessori childcare for children ages six weeks to 6 years. The first six years of life are when intelligence and personality are formed. We significantly understand this concept, and as a result, The Nurtury has set the standard for full-time Montessori childcare. Call today at 914-632-6200!

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Family Fun

Family-Friendly

Ski Resorts Planning your winter getaway By Mia SalaS

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re you looking for a winter getaway? Take a ski trip with your family at these family-friendly ski resorts. There are a ton of ski resorts and ski slopes to choose from, so we rounded up our top 5 picks. Many resorts have gentle slopes and “ski school” for kids and adults, so no prior ski experience is necessary to have winter fun. Don’t forget to check the website of your ski pick for COVID-19 guidelines and pack your bags for your next weekend stay at a New York ski resort! Smugglers Notch 4323 VT-108, Jeffersonville, VT 05464 Smuggs.com

For your next family ski trip, head to Smugglers’ Notch, Ski Magazine’s #1 resort for families for the last 20 years! The 78 trails, eight lifts, and the highest vertical drop in Northern Vermont at 2,610 feet is not only a winter wonderland - it is designed to deliver the ultimate ski experience. There are multiple terrain parks and 1,000 acres of skiing and riding. For Fall, enjoy the beauty that is Vermont with outdoor activities and crisp air fun. Come winter; kids will love snowshoeing, tubing, cross country skiing, swimming, Fun Zone 2.0, ice skating. The Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s mission is to give families an experience that they will cherish for life, and it is no wonder many make visiting it a yearly ritual. Smugglers’ condominiums are located in wooden spots with mountain views or make your home in one of the condos closer to the village. The convenient, cozy, family-style lodgings with fully equipped kitchens and more are perfect for the entire family. If you don’t ski (some of us prefer to lounge and drink hot chocolate, no guilt in that!), the “Winter Experience Package” offers you a Cat Trax ride to the top of the mountain for a view of the fireworks on Thursday nights. We all know kids can go

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24/7 - there are activities for everyone such as Bingo, Family Feud, nightly hot chocolate by the bonfire, the fireworks we mentioned on Thursday night, and more. For those tweens who need extra, there is a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, nighttime tubing; a new Teen Center called The Alley with Virtual Reality quests and Xbox Live, Night School for Boarding, and Jibbing. Mount Peter 51 Old Mt. Peter Road Warwick, NY 10990 Mtpeter.com

Mount Peter may be the only ski and

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snowboarding destination initially started (in 1936) by Macy’s Department Stores as a ‘showroom’ to sell their ski fashion. Very très chic and New York. As one of the oldest operating familyowned ski spots in the country, it is a special place for families to visit or newly discover each winter. Located in Warwick, NY, it is about one hour from NYC — making for a convenient day trip and a great spot to learn to ski or get in a day of skiing, snowboarding or tubing. Known for their free beginner ski and snowboard lessons on weekends and holidays, this is the perfect spot when the kids are


ready to ski or for mom or dad to learn the art of skiing or snowboarding. Super familyfriendly, this spot consists of a combination of locals, city peeps, and tourists worldwide. There is a reason Mount Peter is called New York’s family mountain! Mount Peter features 14 trails for skiing or snowboarding and a 600-foot tubing run. Rates are affordable, which parents will appreciate if bringing a large group. If you don’t own skis, no problem, as there is a daily ski rental barn where you can rent skis, snowboards, poles, and helmets. Tip- we suggest heading to the rental shop as soon as you arrive as the line can get long, and we all know that kids have little patience when the fun is around the corner. For tasty food, the lodge serves food and Pete’s Pub offers adult beverages as well as a gift shop! Belleayre Mountain 181 Galli Curci Road, Highmount, NY 12441 Belleayre.com

Belleayre Mountain’s excellent skiing, reasonable pricing, and year-round activities

make it one of the best family-friendly ski resorts in Upstate New York. We love their heated gondola that keeps us nice and warm on the slopes. With a variety of downhill courses, a snowsports school offering classes for kids, teens, and adults, and summer activities like biking, hiking, and Belleayre Beach, this resort has something for everyone at almost any time of year. Located just north of Big Indian Wilderness, it is just over a two-hour drive from NYC. Plattekill Mountain 469 Plattekill Road, Roxbury, NY 12474 Plattekill.com

Located in the northwestern Catskills, Plattekill Mountain is a different breed of ski resort. This privately owned and operated resort, affectionately called “Platty” by the many ski enthusiasts who visit regularly each year, offers a unique family vibe that visitors love. Skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing fun can all be found on the mountain, but visitors will also find a welcoming atmosphere, plenty of smiles, and unique

experiences. At just about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from the city, it’s a great option for getting in some great skiing and feeling like you found a second home. Gore Mountain 793 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek, NY 12853 Goremountain.com

Located on the eastern edge of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Gore Mountain has something for everyone all year round. In the winter months, visitors can take advantage of 110 trails and 14 lifts on New York’s biggest mountain. The resort also offers classes and private lessons for kids, teens, and adults. With a variety of beautiful accommodation options and delicious dining choices, the mountain is an all-season resort destination that’s widely considered to be the best in all of New York and in the upper echelon of the northeastern US. It’s well worth the drive of just under four hours from NYC to get there

Grand Opening! Premier Music Studio announces the grand opening of our new Pelham location! Enjoy learning in our brand new studio or from the comfort of your own home. Currently accepting registrations for group classes and private piano and voice lessons.

Contact us now! Premier Music Studio Lauren Dunkelberger, Founding Owner 139 Wolfs Lane 914.224.4112 Pelham, NY 10803 www.premiermusicstudiony.com 914.224.4112 premiermusicstudiony@gmail.com premiermusicstudiony@gmail.com 139 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803

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Holiday

Happenings Fun things to do this November and December in Westchester By Serena Norr

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an you believe it’s already the end of the year? Gone in a blink of an eye, 2021 came and went in a flash as we all slowly went back to “normal.” With the holidays coming, we’re also excited that so many Westchester events are back, offering some great ways to celebrate the season while supporting our local arts organizations, merchants, and local merchants. Please note: Refer to each event website on their specific mask/COVID vaccine policies. November Katonah

Family Day: Connecting Communities November 6 | 11:30am, 1:00pm, or 2:30pm (Ticketed times)

Westchester. Various prices. 125 Westchester Ave, White Plains, NY 10601. Ossining Holiday Artisan Market at the Ossining Public Library November 20 | 10:00-4:00pm

Tis’ the season with a handmade, artisan made gift, featuring soaps, jewelry, pottery, accessories and more -- all made by the Northeast Etsy Artists Collective with a portion of the sales benefiting the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. Free admission. 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY. Scarsdale Holiday Market at Greenburgh Nature Center November 13 - November 14 | 10am-3pm

White Plains

Shop local this holiday season at the 14th annual Holiday Market! Held outside, the outdoor arts & crafts fair showcases local vendors and artists from Westchester, including Finch Land Beauty LLC, Fizzle Pop Puppet Shop, Jules Mindful Mixtures, Nicole Jurain Pottery, Picture Book, and many more. This is also the opening weekend of the holiday train show where the kids can soak in the magic as their favorite trains zip by. Note: All individuals must wear a mask. Free admission, RSVP to attend. 99 Dromore Road. Scarsdale, NY 10583

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Scarsdale

Kick off your holiday shopping and get your pictures taken with Santa early at The

Holiday Train Show Greenburgh Nature Center

Enjoy an afternoon of artistic expression with themes of family heritage and shared American experiences. This interactive event includes art-making led by artists Sara Rahbar and Thuan Vu as well as the opportunity to listen to immigration-centered picture books from guest readers, and enjoy several activities. Members are free. Non-members: Adults $10. Seniors, students and children (12 and under) $5. 134 Jay Street, Katonah, NY, 10536.

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Experience the wonder of the holiday season by watching the fun and mesmerizing model train displays. Kids will delight in the magic of the trains as the whoosh on by. Tickets can be purchased in person. 99 Dromore Road.


Scarsdale, NY 10583 Yonkers Santa Photos at Cross County Center November 19 - December 24 | Various hours

Capture the memories of your kids’ 1st — or 10th — picture with Santa at Cross County Center. Reservations are strongly

recommended and will feature a special sensory photo session on December 5 at 10am and Pet Photos every week on Mondays in December. Located in the former NY&CO store, across from Michael Kors, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY 10704. Yonkers Holiday Tree Lighting at Cross County

Center November 20 | 6-8pm

Enjoy the magic of holiday lights with the lighting of the largest holiday tree in Westchester at the Cross County Center! Standing over 40-feet tall, the tree includes over 20,000 LED lights that shoppers can walk-thru and take pictures in all season long. The kick-off date includes live musical

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HOliday happenings

and dance performances, along with ice skating special characters, strolling entertainers, and an electronic train ride. Free admission. 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY 10704. Yonkers Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center November 26 – January 2

Explore a Bricktacular Winter Wonderland at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO Playground this holiday season at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. Filled with bricktastic holiday-themed building activities, giant LEGO holiday big builds, MINILAND holiday scavenger hunt and holiday dance parties, there’s fun for the entire family! Children (3-12 years old) and adults, starting at $24.99. Ridge Hill Mall, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, NY 10710.

Take a magical drive through Westchester’s Winter Wonderland in Valhalla.

Valhalla, NY Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Holiday Light Extravaganza November 26 - January 2

ornaments and more. Free admission.

The magically drive-through from last holiday season is back and will be even bigger than ever this year! Families can enjoy a colorful world of lights, music, and holiday magic as they drive through 1.2 miles of holiday lights, holiday animations, and greetings from a live Santa. New additions that are sure to please kids of all ages this year, include Elf Disco, a Peace on Earth LED display, two 30-foot snowflakes, and a newly enhanced snowstorm central. Bring a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite cozy snacks as you enjoy the holiday joy from the safety (and warmth) of your car. Tickets per vehicle are $25 Off Peak, $35 Peak. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Pkwy Rd, Valhalla, NY 10595.

Menorah Lighting at Cross County Center November, 28 at 6pm

Greenwich, CT 13th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop Presented by Jenny Allen/Compass November 26 – December 24 Photos with Santa Monday - Friday, 12pm - 6pm. Saturday, 9am - 6pm

The magical wonder of Christmas is alive at the 13th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop. Held at Sam Bridge Nursery, families visit the “The North Pole on North Street” to take pictures with Santa, meet the reindeer, and experience Santa’s Workshop with letter writing and a reindeer coloring station. The nursery is also your one-stop shop for Christmas trees, lights,

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Yonkers

Celebrate the season of lights with a Chanukah Menorah Lighting with the Chabad of Yonkers at the Cross County Center. The Chabad Rabbi will light the menorah, along with music, dancing, and treats. The event will take place near Macy’s. Free admission. 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY 10704. December Chappaqua A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center December 3-19

A favorite for both kids and adults is anything Peanuts for the holidays. Head over to Chappaqua Performing Arts Center to enjoy this television classic live with all your favorites- Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and of course, Charlie Brown. Enjoy songs and melodies and more this season.songs and carols.

Musical Hall, this musical version is perfect for kids of all ages to experience Christmas through the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Tickets range from $39 – $61. 11 City Place, White Plains, NY. Mount Vernon African Artisan Market at Luangisa African Gallery December 4: 10am-7pm December 5: 12pm-6pm

Shop a collection of handmade, artisanmade goods curated from Africa. Sourced over the past 25 years, you can find jewelry, African art and artifacts, items for the home, bags, fashion, accessories, and more. Free admission. 374 Hawthrone Terrace, Mount Vernon, NY 10552. Pleasantville 914 Orchestra Concert December 5 at 3pm

Ring in the holiday season with live music, performed by the talented 914 Orchestra. They will be showcasing holiday favorites — making this a great event for kids of all ages. $30 per person. 8 Sunnyside Avenue, Pleasantville, NY.

White Plains

Tuckahoe

A Christmas Carol at White Plains Performing Arts Center December 3 - 30

Kwanzaa Celebration at the Community Center December 26th | 3:00pm-6:00pm

Enjoy this holiday classic right in Westchester at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. First performed at Radio City

Enjoy a celebration of Kwanzaa, family, and culture. Community Center, 71 Columbus Avenue (top floor), Tuckahoe, NY 10707.

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Shopping

Discover Armonk for Holiday Shopping

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ighlighting unique towns is our specialty, and Armonk is one of our favorites. Main street is the central hub where you’ll find shops and delicious eats on this and surrounding streets in Armonk. It’s perfect to shop when you live in Westchester or when looking for a day trip destination of a welcoming, close-knit town that feels like it is right out of a movie.

Cherylyn Salon 430 Bedford Road, Armonk 914- 273-7900

resort wear, and clothing is curated with care. Whether shopping for cozy wear or gifts for your best friend- or sending your partner screenshots(hint, hint) from Lilies & Lace Instagram- their selects are made of high-quality fabrics. They also include ethical sources and organic-made garments when possible. Locals and visitors love this gem of a store, for there is something for grandmothers, mothers, and kids. At Lilies and Lace, you are treated to a one-on-one experience with exceptional customer service, something we all can appreciate. FB and Instagram: @liliesandlacearmonk.

Eye Designs

We cherish shops like Cherylyn Salon. The salon has been serving Westchester County for 35 years, and as one of the longest female salon owners in this area, the team knows all the newest hair cutting and color techniques and styles. This salon is community at its finest; there is no need to trek to the city. The city clients come to this gorgeous salon that features a two-story spiral staircase with an upstairs dedicated to Color Artistry and a Day Spa. If unable to make it to the salon, there is also an At Home Service and is 100 percent at your service. Website: Cherylynsalon.com.

Sugar Hi Bakery 380 Main St, Armonk 914- 273-4777

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Eye Design Armonk 575 Main Street, Armonk 914 -273- 7337

When it comes to your eyes, you want to go to the experts. Eye Designs believe that the perfect pair of glasses can change the way people look at you and the way you look at the world. Their designs are curated from their travels worldwide- searching for unique, unknown, and hardworking eyeglass designers. Their selections, along with an expansive inventory of eyeglasses, help families select the perfect frame. Website: eyedesignsofwestchester.com. Hickory & Tweed 410 Main St. Armonk, NY 10504 914-273-3397

Not only is it the holidays- but it is also ski season, and at this family-owned awardwinning shop, you’ll find products and knowledgeable staff. A few of the many products the store carries include: • Black crow skis • Hand-made Northland ski brand • Cool selects like the Norwegian brand Amundsen • Outdoor activewear as well as Holden

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This sweet shop serves freshly baked goods, custom cakes, premium ice cream, trendy freak shakes, handcrafted chocolates, and a vast selection of bulk and novelty candy. Whether stocking up for yourself (yum!) or shopping for gifts, these bakery baked goods are made from the finest ingredients. Their baked delights are cool twists on classics like homemade Ring Dings, Pop-Tarts, Banana Pudding, S’mores, Snicker Bars, and Naughty Brownies. If looking for custom cakes- for your holiday shin-dig, definitely share your inspiration with the Sugar Hi team, as this is a bakery that is just the extra we need in our lives right now. Website: Sugarhi.com. Instagram: @sugarhiarmonk. Ali Weiss Jewelry Showroom & Piercing Bar 384 Main St, Armonk 914-430-3001

Hickory & Tweed

and Kjus skiwear. We also appreciate that this destination includes service technicians that will tune your skis and bikes. The store now features a new Winterseiger (of Austria )automated ski-tuning machine that provides the ultimate high-quality ski tune-up. Website: HickoryandTweed.com. Lilies & Lace 400 Main Street, Armonk 914- 273-2253

Shopping local has never been so trés chic as it is at Lilies & Lace. The store’s hand-picked accessible price point collection of lingerie,

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Born and raised in New York, Ali has been obsessed with jewelry for as long as she can remember. Ali frequently consulted with her jeweler to custom make her pieces on the hunt for cool and expressive jewelry. After a chance meeting with designer Helen Ficalora, Ali began working for her. This kickstarted Ali’s professional venture into the jewelry business. In 2005, Ali Weiss Jewelry was born. Ali has always been inspired by wearing words and jewelry with meaning. With her signature ear styling, she helps women to curate their unique looks creatively. Never the minimalist, Ali is all about layering, mixing, and wearing diamonds with sweats. As Ali says, “no rules, anything goes.” Follow her Instagram @AliWeissJewelry for upcoming events.


Shop Armonk for the Holidays Cherylyn Salon 430 Bedford Road, Armonk (914) 273-7900 Cherylynsalon.com Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-6pm, Thurs 10-7pm Closed Sun & Mon

Ali Weiss Jewelry 384 Main Street, Armonk 914-430-3001 Aliweissjewelry.com Open Tues-Fri 10-4pm, Sat 11-5pm

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Cherylyn Salon has been serving Westchester community for 35 years! Gift certificates are always available for holiday gifting!

SUGAR HI BAKERY 380 Main St, Armonk (914) 273-4777 sugar-hi.com Tues-Thurs 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-9, Sunday 10-4

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GIVING

Charities That Support NY Families How to donate & support, receive help this season BY DONNA DUARTE�LADD

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ast year at the height of the pandemic, New Yorkers needed help in record numbers. The reality is that there are New Yorkers, especially families who need help year-round; thankfully, there are amazing non-profits whose sole purpose is to help these families. Whether you are looking for a charity to donate money, give essential items to, or are yourself in need of support from one of these charities, we have five worth knowing. A charity that offers help for the early years: NYC MAMMAS GIVE BACK

(nycmammasgiveback.org)

When a NYC mother spotted a homeless pregnant woman on the streets, she reached out to other mothers for support. This call for assistance – was met with an outpouring of help. Soon relief was needed to store and itemize the donations that continued to come in as more moms continued to donate, and NYC Mammas Give Back was founded. Working as a non-profit organization, this charity provides pregnancy, postpartum, infant, and early childhood essentials to agencies and shelters in the NYC area. These agencies provide resources specifically to pregnant women, families, and children (ages 0–5) experiencing homelessness and poverty. Donate: Donations of cash are needed for NYC Mammas Giveback or send through Amazon. Helping moms mentally and financially: FRIENDS OF NEW YORK CITY NURSE-FAMILY PARTNERSHIP (friendsofnycnfp.org)

Co-founders Susan Orkin, an MSW & Christine Wasserstein, a psychotherapist, became familiar with NYC NFP (NYC Nurse-Family Partnership )through their philanthropy work. The NYC Nurse-Family Partnership program is run by the Dept of Health and Mental Health in NYC. It is open to anyone 28 weeks pregnant or less with their first baby that meets income

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requirements (Medicaid- or WIC-eligible). How it works is the program pairs first-time mothers with nurses that give them muchneeded support. In their charitable workSusan and Chris learned specific programs dramatically improved a mom’s chances to thrive, and NYC NFP had no mechanism to raise funds. They both believed NFP was the most incredible tool to fight poverty and help children succeed and founded Friends of NYC NFP ‘Friends.’ Through the Heart’s Desire Fund (HDF), mothers can pursue postsecondary education. Friends reviews essays

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from mothers and letters of recommendation from nurses. They then channel money that pays tuition and additional resources such as Metro Cards, laptops, books, and short-term child care. Friends also run the LEAP program, a small group program that provides workshops and mommy and baby support to NFP moms. Lastly, Friends supports nurse professional development. While NFP pays for certain courses for nurses, Friends of NYC NFP has funded nurses to expand their professional development to the benefit of


the moms, so they are up to date on the most current topics surrounding maternal and child health. Volunteer: Visit the websiite to learn ways to give through volunteering, offering of time or skills A non-profit that supports single moms: MoMs for MoMs (momsformomsnyc.org)

Danielle Krupa founded this non-profit that started as a pay it forward along with a group of moms who wanted to support single moms and their newborn babies- by providing them with the essentials all new families deserve. The organization sends care packages throughout New York City to single moms in need. The packages are filled with the essentials a new mother needs after childbirth, such as diapers, wipes, infant clothing, baby bottles, blankets, feminine care products, hygiene items, and more. While the moms are single, some are often going through a hardship such as abuse, homelessness. The packages are distributed through Moms for Moms via agencies they

partner with, such as the NYC Department of Homelessness and Covenant House of New York, and donated via shelters and programs throughout the city. Donate: Visit the Moms for Moms website to learn how to donate money or how to send needed items

Donate: Learn at littleessentials.org where to donate at as well as items that can be given to the organization Support for families in essential items and development: rooM to Grow (roomtogrow.org)

Helping families out with the most essential items: LittLe essentiaLs (littleessentials.org)

Founded in 2011 by mother Sandie Trombert, she noticed local parents in need and knew many parents who wanted to help were looking for ways to help. Working with 31 community partners and 13 emergency partners, Little Essentias helps low-income families throughout New York City. The agency accepts gently used and new donations such as Diapers, current season clothing up to 5 years, babycare essentials such as wipes, diaper cream, baby body wash (unopened). They also accept gear such as Pack’ n plays bassinets, car seats – infant, toddler, boosters, baby carriers and slings, strollers (no jogging strollers), and more.

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Holiday Gift Guide Toys that are perfect for the holidays and, most importantly, New York kids By Jana Beauchamp & Donna Duarte-LaDD

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FOR AGES 1�4 1. Fisher-Price® 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot A transforming playtime buddy featuring four ways to play and lots of fun music, lights, and hands-on activities. And with Smart Stages technology, you can switch up the learning content to best fit your child’s age and stage. Age: 6M+ $49.99, fisher-price. com

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2. Camille Neighborhood Kids Collectioon If looking for a gift like the dolls you grew up with- this 34” tall handcrafted from 100% cotton is a beauty and ready to added to the holiday gift list. $50, nathanandco.com 3. Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles This gift will keeps kids busy and learning through hand-eye coordination and motor skills all that help with problemsolving. The handy wooden box doubles as a puzzle board! Age 3+, $13.99, melissaanddoug.com

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4. Ada Twist, Scientist On-The-GoLab Set This set has everything curious kids need for a scientific playdate. Parents will love that this travel lab set includes an on-the-go lab case, goggles, beaker, flask, test tubes, removable ruler, six experiment cards, and more. Age 3+, $44.44, walmart.com

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5. Blue’s Clues & You! Kids will love using the play otoscope to check Blue’s ears and play thermometer to check her temperature, and using the play stethoscope to listen to Blue’s heart that makes real beating sounds! Age: 3+; $29.99,walmart.com 6. Squishmallow Food Squad This ‘Squad’ features the lovable Carmelita the S’more and her collectible, delectable friends. Families will also love the smaller, budget-friendly Squishville Mystery Mini Plush. Age: 0+; Starting at $4.99, squishmallows. com 7. Choppin’ Fun Learning Pot Kids’ will love to pretend to cook, following the five step-by-step recipes to encourage learning with play. Age: 12 months+ $19.99, target.com

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FOR AGES 4�8 1. KidiStar DJ Mixer Kids will love to mix and jam with this DJ turntable, with its 15 built-in songs and 2000+ sound combinations. They can create custom sound effects and vocal tags to lay onto tracks, then save samples and add light effects. Age: 5+; $54.99,Vtechkids.com 2. Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron The adorable Mixie makes sweet sounds, lights up, and interacts with the wand to help create endless spells and fun. Age: 5+ $69.99, Walmart.com

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3. The Young Scientists Club Future Veterinarian kit Your animal lover kid will learn what it takes to become a veterinarian and the hands-on learning of how a vet takes care of animals through the use of a working stethoscope, creating a plaster cast, suturing a foam dog, and more. $16.99, Amazon.com 4. Spirograph Animator Kids will love creating endless spiral art designs and then bringing them to life in mesmerizing motion with a spin of the animator. Every design moves in a different way with each of the rotating light effects. Age: 8+; $26.95, Amazon.com 5. Akedo Ultimate Battle Arena A game that takes a retro gaming look and combines it with kids playing one-on-one battles with small ninja, wizards, and warrior action figures using skill, force, weapons, and shields. Age: 6; $29.99, Target.com

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6. Rainbow High House A fully furnished, 3-Story Wood Doll House playset that inspires creativity and endless play. Rainbow High dolls (sold separately). Age: 6+; Starting at $44.99, Target.com 7. We Wear Cute So Glittery Hand Spa A fun DIY manicure experience. Simply pour the Orbeez seeds into a bowl of water and watch as they grow and then add the Orbeez into the spa. Press the button and enjoy a soothing hand massage as the Orbeez swirl around. Next, design your manicure by using nail stickers and painting glitter. Age: 8+; $19.97, Walmart.com

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Meet with day & sleepaway camps in a safe environment to find a great camp for your child • New York Family and the ACA-NY and NJ will be hosting our Annual Camp Fair Series from January through April of 2022 • We will be hosting 10 camp fairs around NYC and in Westchester • This is an opportunity for you to meet one on one with Day & Sleepaway Camp Directors in a safe environment to learn about different opportunities next summer for your child • All events are indoors, to attend the camp fair you must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while inside at all times

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FOR AGES 8�TWEEN 1. YuMe Among Us Made of super-soft Velboa fabric, this plush is super soft, and yes, you can squeeze it. Sold separately . Age 3+, $24.98, Walmart.com 2. Beetle Taxonomy Paint By Number Banner Your artist will learn about each bug’s name, paint these cards, and have miniature art pieces to keep. Ages 13+, $44, Nathanandco. com 3. Ghosted Game Tweens love weird games and GHOSTED, a game of Boo-Dunnit definitely falls in this category. Ages 10+, $16, Target.com 4. Questions for Rebel Girls This book shares quotes and introduces extraordinary women throughout history, allowing the reader to answer questions and be inspired. Ages 6+, $9.99, Rebelgirls. com

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5. Pokemon 25th Anniversary Celebrations Elite Trainer Box This Elite Trainer Box includes 10 Pokémon TCG: Celebrations 4-card booster packs, five additional Pokémon TCG booster packs and more. Ages 6+, $93, Amazon.com 6. Artie Max The Coding Robot This robot directly connects to your child’s tablet, phone or home computer, where they can learn to code creatively. Ages 8-12, $109.99, Educationalinsights.com

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7. Sphere Dj-Style Headphones These headphones feature a builtin mic, comfy ear cushions, and an adjustable headband. Are compatible with iPhone®, iPad®, Samsung galaxy ®, android™ smartphones, tablets & other 3.5mm audio devices. $5, Fivebelow.com

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Phen�menal & Fes�ive NYC!

Our Holiday Bucket List BY DONNA DUARTE�LADD

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he holidays are here, and we are all about enjoying our city with a magical bucket list for this month’s double issue. Yeah, I said it, magical! For NYC with its pack subways (again) and gridlock traffic somehow always comes out shining during this time of the year. And perhaps it isn’t magic per se, but it’s the people that make this city so phenomenal during the holidays. So whether it’s heading to a favorite museum, enjoying Central Park, or checking out the holiday windows, we’re all in, and we have all the ways you and your family can enjoy this time of the year as well!

Free Ice Skating! The Rink, located at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park: Nov 16 March 2022

Get your skate on at the only free-admission ice skating rink in NYC. Go online to reserve your spot, and keep in mind that new reservations are open throughout the season. Skate rentals are $15 if you have you do not have skates. Located at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes: Nov 5 -Jan 2

The Christmas Spectacular is back. Staring the famous Radio City Rockettes, this show is iconic New York, and the entire family will enjoy gorgeous dance numbers and the unity of the Rockettes. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave. Visit rockettes.com/christmas for time and tickets. North Pole Express by Top View Nov 13 – Jan 2

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Visit this satellite Santa location (wink, wink) and take a journey with Top View for a holiday adventure on the North Pole Express. Dress warmly, sip on hot chocolate, eat delicious cookies all while enjoying the sights of New York. Meet the Express Conductor, an elf, and Santa! Located at 2 East 42nd Street, visit topviewnyc. com for tickets and details. Enjoy Central Park Zoo and Carousel

Surprisingly, when winter permits, the Central Park Carousel ($2.50 a ride and located mid-park at 65th street) and Zoo ( East Side between 63rd and 66th)) are both open. Visiting this park never gets old, and enjoying it during the holidays is extra—tickets for the zoo range from $14.95 to $19.95 with kids under three are free. Holiday Lights at Bronx Zoo: Nov 19 – Jan 9

A family fun favorite is this iconic light show of animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more! Visit Africa, Asia, Latin America, and more on a fun and safe tour of this seasonal celebration. The event is on select dates from November 20-January 10- and tickets must be reserved in advance. The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show: Nov 20 – Jan 23

Visit this popular model train show of 175 landmarks re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials. The train show is located at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, making for a lovely day with the kids. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. Visit nybg.org/visit/admission for price packages.


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Queens County Farm Museum Illuminate the Farm: Nov 25 – Jan 2

The Winter Lantern Festival located in Queens is a perfect family holiday activity where dazzling lanterns in fantastic shapes such as tractors, farm animals, and flowers illuminate the night. This year- kids can purchase (for $5) a wish lantern of their own to decorate and take home. Queens County Farm Museum7 3-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens, NY. Visit Queensfarm.org. Lighting Largest Hanukkah Menorahs: Nov 28 – Dec 25

Head over to this joyous (and free) lightning of The Largest Menorah lighting in Brooklyn. Every night of Chanukah- New Yorkers commemorate and celebrate this event with music, hot latkes to mark the Maccabean victory of right over might and light over darkness. Located at Grand Army Plaza. Visit Chabadparkslope.com. NYBG GLOW: Nov 24 – Jan 22

Explore the gardens after dark with a 1.5-mile colorful adventure—the GLOW show. Will light up the gardens on 25 designated nights—visit nybg.org/event/holidaytrain-show-2021/nybg-glow for dates and tickets. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov 25, 9 am-noon

Bring the family together to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which celebrates its 93rd year lining the streets of Manhattan. Central Park West, Columbus Circle, or Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street in Manhattan, macys.com. Holiday Windows

A fun and free holiday tradition is the unveiling of NYC holiday windows. Windows go up around the third week of November. Some of the must-check-out windows are Bloomingdale’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Macy’s: Herald Square, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, and American Girl (Midtown). Central Park Horse and Carriage Rides

If looking for indulgence this season, take a horse and carriage ride in Central Park. Visit well-known attractions like Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, and more. For more info visit centralpark.com/tours/horsecarriage-rides. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”: Nov 26 – Jan 2

A seasonal classic and a New York holiday tradition where beautiful costumes, a growing tree, and exceptional choreography by New York City Ballet entertain the family. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan, nycballet.com. Macy’s Santaland: Nov 26 – Dec 24

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Visit Santa in IRL! Reservations will open at 5:30 am five days before the date of your wish to visit to minimize wait times and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th Street, 8th floor(across from Au Bon Pain). Macys.com Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree: Dec 1, 6 am – 12 am

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is *Free* to view. If you are in town on Christmas Day, the tree will be lit for 24 hours. On New Year’s Eve, the tree shines from 6 am to 9 pm. 45 Rockefeller Plaza. ‘Twas the Night Before by Cirque du Soleil: Dec 9– Dec 27

The theatrical ‘Twas the Night Before by Cirque du Soleil features acrobats, dancing, and more at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Visit bit. ly/3GFH1V3 for times and tickets. 12th Annual Jackson Heights Winter Caroling Sing & Stroll: Dec 18

Layer up, gather the family and head over to this popular outdoor caroling event. Sing your heart out with winter and holiday songs of all faiths, languages, and cultures as you stroll through Jackson Heights. Meet in front of Cassidy’s Ale House, corner of 31st Ave & 75th St in Queens. 7 pm – 10 pm. Dyker Lights – Dyker Heights

A New York ritual is heading to Dyker Heights to enjoy the gorgeous neighborhood lights. This Brooklyn neighborhood goes all-out on its holiday decorations. Here, you can expect to see life-size Santas, stunning light displays, and possibly even hear Christmas carols. These light displays are between 11th to 13th Avenue or 83rd Avenue to 86th St. Kings Theatre Hip Hop Nutcracker: Dec 11

The Kings Theatre is like no other, meaning they often give a classic-a new spin, literally. The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, is pure joy. Bring the entire family for this show that features a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow (yes!), who opens the show with a short set. The theatre is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. Showtimes are at 2 pm and 7 pm. King Theatre The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical: Dec 26

If your family is obsessed with The Elf on the Shelf, then head to Brooklyn for this fun The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical spectacle of music and dance at the North Pole and check-in with Santa’s Scout Elves. Kings theatre brings the family an original story and score, beautiful sets and costumes on this dont miss production. 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. Showtimes are 2 pm & 7 pm.


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American Museum of Natural History New & Special Exhibitions The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter Opens Saturday, November 20

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter, an annual favorite, returns to the Museum. Celebrating its 23rd year at the Museum, this popular attraction transforms the coldest day into a summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. Origami Holiday Tree Opens Wednesday, November 24

The delightfully decorated 13-foot Origami Holiday Tree will welcome visitors to the Museum throughout the season. As a celebration of the Museum tradition that started in the early 1970s, the theme of the 13-foot tree is Gems of the Museum, featuring 50 specially created gold-colored models for the “golden anniversary” 50th Origami Holiday Tree. Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be models of dazzling specimens from the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, jaw-some pieces inspired by the new special exhibition Sharks, and those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale, Titanosaur, and T. rex. Sharks Opens Wednesday, December 15 with Member Preview Days Friday, December 10 – Sunday, December 12

Fixed in the public imagination as toothy, fearsome predators, sharks are far more fascinating, and more complex, than their depiction in popular culture. Sharks brings to life the incredible diversity of this

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ancient group of fishes and offers visitors a unique look at pre-historic and modern shark species, their habitats and hunting styles, and the conservation threats these magnificent animals are facing today. Featuring fossils, touch-free media, and a spectacular “parade” of sharks with 30 lifelike models ranging from 33 feet to 5 inched long – including the mega-predator megalodon that’s known as the “Tyrannosaurus rex of the seas,” – the exhibition brings visitors face to face with the

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incredible diversity of this ancient and misunderstood group of fishes. Ongoing Exhibitions Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals All-New Permanent Hall Now Open

The all-new Halls which opened this summer offer a brilliant showcase for one of the world’s most important collections of gems and minerals and an engaging guide to our dynamic planet. The exhibits tell the fascinating story of how the vast diversity of mineral species arose on Earth, how scientists classify and study them, and how we use them for personal adornment, tools, and technology. Thoroughly redesigned and reinstalled, the 11,000-square-foot galleries feature more than 5,000 specimens from 98 countries, including a pair of towering, sparkling amethyst geodes from Uruguay that are among the world’s largest on display and a wall-sized panel of fluorescent rock from Sterling Hill in New Jersey that glows in shades of orange and green. Worlds Beyond Earth Hayden Planetarium

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Hours The Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission Museum admission is free to all New York City school and camp groups. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents (with ID) have the option to pay what they wish for General Admission; the reservation must be made online and the transaction must be completed at a Museum ticket counter. General Admission, which includes admission to all permanent exhibition halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, or Space Show, is $23 (adults), $18 (students/seniors), and $13 (children ages 3–12). All prices are subject to change. General Admission Plus One includes general admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, or Space Show: $28 (adults), $22.50 (students/ seniors), $16.50 (children ages 3–12). General Admission Plus All includes general admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen 2D or 3D film, and Space Show:

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Space Show Now Open

The Museum’s most recent Space Show is currently screening in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Viewers can journey beyond our own blue planet to marvel at the latest discoveries from our cosmic neighbors. Narrated by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Worlds Beyond Earth takes viewers on an exhilarating journey that reveals the dynamic nature of the worlds that orbit our Sun and features immersive visualizations of space missions and breathtaking scenes depicting the evolution of our solar system. Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker Giant-Screen Film Now Open

The giant-screen film is now showing in the Museum’s LeFrak Theater, which features a 40-foot-high, 66-foot-wide screen with a state-of-the-art digital sound system. The film follows the journey of an endangered Australian sea lion pup named Otto as she learns to navigate her beautiful but harsh coastal environment with the help of her mother and others in her colony.

$33 (adults), $27 (students/seniors), $20 (children ages 3–12). Health Protocols The Museum maintains COVID-19 protocols to protect the health and safety of visitors and has taken steps to maintain a safe environment, including requiring facial coverings for visitors ages 2 and up and upgrading ventilation. As of August 25, 2021, in accordance with the New York City vaccination requirement, visitors ages 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the Museum and show proof of vaccination. Personal identification is required for visitors ages 18 and over. Visit amnh.org/plan-your-visit/covid-19-visitorsstaff for more information about these and other health and safety protocols. Public Information For additional information, the public may call 212-769-5100 or visit the Museum’s website at amnh.org. Follow Become a fan of the American Museum of Natural History on Facebook at facebook. com/naturalhistory and follow us on Instagram at @AMNH or Twitter at twitter. com/AMNH.



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