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Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys and Childhood in the 19th-Century

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street

11-4 p.m., $8; $7 students; Free seniors and children under 12

View popular toys of the 19th century and explore what they can tell us about child development and play in America in the 1800s. Objects on display include classic wooden toys, early board games, china head dolls, and educational toys. Part I closes January 27; Part II opens February 5.


REgeneration Art Project at Columbus Circle

Columbus Circle

All day/night, Free

The eight foot snails are part of the REgeneration Art Project and are made of recyclable plastic obtained from landfills. The snails are a creation of the Cracking Art Group consisting of six international artists. The Group's intention is to change art history through both a strong social and environmental commitment, and a revolutionary and innovative use of different recyclable plastic materials.

Saturday, December 28

Barneys Holiday Windows

Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue at 61st Street

10- 7 p.m., Free

This holiday Barneys incorporates video, lights, and other special effects to make your holiday shopping bright for the coming year. Includes an interactive scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a "floating city" created with 3-D mapping and light projections.

212-826-8900; thewindow.barneys.com

Pirate School

Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street

11 a.m., $20 adults; $15 children

A one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. Pirate School has been entertaining families for 18 years with its mischievous blend of clown theatre, slapstick antics, magic and puppetry, zany music, rich special effects, and boisterous full-audience participation.


Sunday, December 29

Teddy Bear Tea

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street

1 p.m., $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12

Banish post-holiday boredom with a special event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the Hotel proprietor's wife. Follow her as she talks about a typical day at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. Along the way, try out her son's toys or help her daughter with the daily chores. Afterward, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Reservations recommended.


Monday. December 30

Metropolitan Museum Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

The Metropolitan Art Museum; 1000 Fifth Ave

10-5:30 p.m., Free

With more than 200 18th-century hand-sculpted Neapolitan crèche figures, which are wearing jeweled and embroidered costumes, the tree is an exhibit in itself. Many of the ornaments are arranged in pairs.


Wynton Marsalis Septet

Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 10 Columbus Circle, at 60th Street, 5th floor

7-9:30 p.m., $35

Led by nine-time Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the Wynton Marsalis Septet features pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goines, saxophonist Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Herlin Riley, and bassist Reginald Veal.

212-721-6500; jal.org

Tuesday, December 31

New Year's Eve Millennium Dance Party

92y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd street

8 p.m. ? 1 a.m.

$40 advance; $60 door

Start the night with the lovely and talented ballroom DJ and host, Irene Mou. At 10 pm, switch to the Hustle Club Mix by DJ Tony Felix, winner of the latest Battle of the DJs. Admission includes light hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening, complimentary champagne at midnight, hats, noisemakers, balloon drop, conga line and a live stream of the Times Square Ball Drop at midnight. Then 'party hardy' the rest of the night away with DJ Tony Felix.


New Year's Eve Concert For Peace,

St. John the Divine Cathedral, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 112th Street

7-9 p.m., $30-$150

Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year's Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. Handel's Organ Concerto in F Major; Mozart's 41st symphony; Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation and John Milton's Paradise Lost.

Wednesday, January 1

JCC Annual New Year's Day Fitness for EveryBODY Fair

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street

10-6 p.m., Free

Day of fitness classes, giveaways, and seminars designed to get your year off to a healthy start! Including: Zumba, yoga, family activities, talk-to-a-nutritionist healthy cooking demos, personal training consultations, meditation, and indoor cycling. Pre-registration recommended. Walk-ins welcome.

646-505-5708; Jccmanhattan.org/newyears

Thursday, January 2

Old-Time Cinema

96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

2-4 p.m., Free

Directed by Leo McCarey, 1944, 106 minutes, b and w. Starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart. A young priest comes to a New York slum parish and after initial friction charms the old pastor he is to succeed.


Book Discussion: Jane Eyre

96th Street Library, 112 East 96th Street

6-7 p.m., Free

Discuss the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte.


Cooking With Mike Colameco: Winter Stews

The Viking/Carl Schaedel and Co. showroom at 969 Third Avenue at 58th Street.

7 p.m., $45

Chef Mike Colameco presents monthly cooking demonstrations at the Viking/Carl Schaedel and Co. showroom (formerly the Delia/Viking showroom). In this class on Winter Stews, learn how to make wholesome and hearty one-pot winter stews with whole-grain sides.