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The Colonial Nutcracker at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has invited me to attend a performance of The Colonial Nutcracker, Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester, on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2pm.

Watching the Nutcracker performed is an inspiring and educational Christmas tradition.

There’s the music, the ballet, and the lovely message that faith and bravery are more important than appearances.

From Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts:

Created especially for families with children ages five to ten, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers’ understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes’ delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages. The running time is approximately 2 hours plus an intermission.

We have brought our children to one other local Nutcracker performance in the past and to be positive I will just say that I have high hopes that The Colonial Nutcracker will be more magical.

Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm). While you are there, check out their other performances. The Target Storybook Series, based on classic and contemporary children’s literature, has titles including The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon (Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2pm); The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 2pm); Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure (Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12pm and 3pm); and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2pm).

Disclosure: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts has provided tickets for me and a guest, our family is paying for our children’s tickets. As always, all opinions are my own.

Boo at the Zoo: Halloween at the Bronx Zoo

Halloween is one of our favorite celebrations and we fill our October with lots of traditions–haunted hay rides, parties, harvest festivals, crafts, parades, and, of course, dressing up and trick or treating!

 

This year we are excited to add to our traditions and check out Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs at the Bronx Zoo.

With my resident paleontologist, we’ll be checking out the Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed experience. Check back later this month for our photographs and tips!

“Boo at the Zoo: Dragons and Dinosaurs is presented by Canon and will begin on Saturday, Oct. 4 and will run for five full weekends including Columbus Day and Halloween. All attractions and activities will embrace the spirit of the season while highlighting wildlife and conservation. Annual favorites including the hay maze, pumpkin carving demos, costume parades, music, magic and more will return with some additional Halloween surprises.”

Visit www.bronxzoo.com for a complete schedule of dates, performances and activities.

Disclosure: We are receiving complementary press tickets to facilitate my reviews. As always, words and opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.

New York Renaissance Faire

The New York Renaissance Faire has two more festival weekends open in September. If you are looking for something to do and can make it to Sterling Forest in Tuxedo Park, New York, this is a fun family outing!

Plan to spend at least one full day at the New York Renaissance Faire to take in all the sites, scheduled events, rides, and shopping. This festival is huge and there is tons to explore.

Make sure you dress up! I would have gone in costume if I weren’t pregnant. Instead, I had the fun of dressing up my children.

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