A Bronx Christmas

If you’re looking to find that perfect gift for Bronx kid and really make them smile; think outside of the box. From gifts that fit in a box to gifts you just can’t wrap, Bronx Mama found some great ideas, with a Bronx twist of course.

$150-Fisher Price’s Portable DVD player

If the Bronx kid you know is a commuter like his mom and pop, this portable DVD player for kids will make you a Saint. From the 2 to the 5 train, this will keep all ages entertained.

Visit: Fisherprice.com

$135– A Semester of Dance Classes

For less than the amount of most gaming systems, give the gift of dance once a week (and an hour for mom and dad to catch a break!) with a semester of dance classes at the Bronx Dance Theatre.

Visit: BronxDanceTheatre.com

$65 – An Hour Riding Lesson at the Bronx Equestrian Center

For ages 6 to adult, let little Rebecca put down the stuffed horse and jump on a real one. Open year round, its the perfect excuse to be caught outside this winter.

Visit: www.bronxequestriancenter.com

$20 -$125 – Family or Youth Program Education Class at the Bronx Zoo

Bronx kids have been to the zoo a thousand times by the time they’re 10, but have they ever had the chance to skip the long lines and avoid sitting on dad’s shoulder to get a glimpse and actually get to get up close and personal with the animals? The Bronx Zoo offers programs where kids can learn about everything from mice to tigers, with or without their parents. Tickets can be purchased online, but do hurry because availability is limited.

Visit: WCS.org


Holiday Baking

Bronx Mama wants to have some fun and learn some new recipes from other Bronx Mamas. Each week until Christmas I will feature a new recipe chosen from the ones readers email us. The recipes can be anything holiday related (dinner, dessert, drinks, etc). Send a picture of you and your family and the recipe if you want and we will include it with the recipe. Happy Cooking!

Christmas Events You Can’t Miss

FREE! Family Affair Holiday Party at the Bronx Museum of The Arts

Saturday 13th 1-4 pm

1040 Grand Concourse at 165th st

(718) 681 6000


Join the Bronx Museum of the Arts for an afternoon of art-making workshops and more.


Christmas Extravaganza at The Kidz Disco

December 28th 1-4 pm

The Kidz Disco at Con Sazon

1854 Westchester Avenue

Children: 10$ Adults: 5$


Bronx featured in Time Out New York Kids

In the November 2008 issue of Time Out New York Kids magazine, the kid experts featured a list of “50 things a kids gotta do before he hits 5 feet,” and to Bronx Mama’s excitement, the Bronx was mentioned in the countdown.

Number 14 was of course, Wave Hill, Bronx’s public garden and cultural center. With fun family events to do almost every weekend all year long, its no wonder Time Out recognized the amazing place.

photo: Wavehill.org

Number 41 was our very own New York Botanical Garden. The largest botanical garden in the United States, the garden attracts even the most weary Bronx visitors.

Photo: www.nybg.org

Thanksgiving Events

Saturday, November 22

HARVEST THEMED HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE: Teens and adults can take this one-day workshop, where they will use natural materials of Autumn and a candle to design a harvest table arrangement for the holidays. Registration required. Call 718-885-1461 or e-mail info@bpmm.org. 12pm. Age: TE, AD. $45; including materials. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx. 718-885-1461 . www.bpmm.org.

From: http://www.parentsknow.com/newarticle.cfm?colid=12403

Feel free to email more Thanksgiving events to nicoleperrino@Hotmail.com

This Weekend

Lecture: The Original Bronx Natives

Saturday, November 15, 2008

1:00 p.m.

Pat Ernest, former Education Director of Bartow-Pell, will present a PowerPoint presentation

on the history of this area of the Bronx.  Mrs. Ernest will discuss the original natives the

Lenape as well as Jonas Bronck, the first European to settle in the Bronx (1638). 

FREE with admission to the Museum.

Registration requested. Location

Bartow-Pell Woods

Bartow-Pell Mansion (895 Shore Road) Bronx Contact Number (718) 885-1461 FROM: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php?id=144731

Rainy Day Project: Thanksgiving Centerpiece

What you’ll need:

  • 2 toilet paper tubes
  • Brown construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tempera or watercolor paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Stapler

How to make it:

  1. Trace around your child’s hand on a piece of white construction paper. Note: You may wish to trace a larger area around your child’s hand to make the turkey feathers bigger and also make it easier for your child to cut out.
  2. Cut out the pattern.
  3. Paint the hand pattern with different colors of paints.
  4. Let the paint dry.
  5. Cut one of the toilet paper tubes in half. (You will only need one piece)
  6. Cut out brown construction paper to fit around the two toilet paper tubes and staple the paper onto the tubes.
  7. Staple the two tubes together, the shorter one on top of the longer one.
  8. Cut out a beak and some feet out from the yellow construction paper, a gobbler out of red construction paper, and eyes out of the white and black construction paper.
  9. Attach the eyes, beak, feet, and gobbler to the tubes with glue. (See photo)
  10. Staple the feathers to the back of the tubes when the feathers are dry.

COPIED FROM: http://crafts.kaboose.com/construction-paper-turkey.html

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