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The kiddies are out on holiday break and a mall during this time can be torture for a child. From long lines to hiding in clothes racks, parents can now save themselves from aggravation with proactive alternatives that will surely please the children and keep parents sane.

Saturday December, 21, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014
Dyker Heights Holiday Lights. Tour Brooklyn's neighborhood of lights. Dyker Heights has been lighting up for Christmas for decades. From giant Elmos, to animated lit holiday scenes, the yards of this Brooklyn area will surely "light" up your eyes. The best time to go is 5pm-10pm.

Saturday, December 21
Theater 2020′s
production of “A Radio Christmas Carol” starting at 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:30) at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 19 Sidney Place. This is “Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic performed as a radio play, complete with Foley artist sound effects.” Your correspondent attended last year’s performance, and attests that it was delightful. Admission is a suggested donation of $20, but no one will be turned away.

Saturday, December 21- Sunday, December 22
Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink
Open Ice Skating in Coney Island- West 19th Street and the Boardwalk 718.946.6536 Cost: $9 ($5 skate rental). 1pm–3:30 pm

Saturday, December 28
Brooklyn Children's Museum

Discover the principles of the Nguzo Saba in an exclusive presentation of holiday traditions. From crafts, an African dance workshop with dancer Iris Wilson, creating poems and rhythmic beats on drums, Kwanzaa festivities at the Brooklyn Children's Museum will keep your family occupied for a full day! 11:30-am-4pm Museum admission: $9 and free for children under 1 years of age. 145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213 718.735.4400

Saturday, December 28/ Sunday, December 29
New York Transit Museum
Miles of Tiles. Children 4 years and older discover the art of mosaics that decorate the subway stations throughout the system. Great for ages 4 and up. 1:30pm. Free with paid museum admission. 718.694.1792

Saturday, December 28
Create wearable art at the Salt Marsh Nature Center. Children can create fun wearable fashions with used recycled materials. 6pm. Free event. 3302 Ave U (Est 33rd St) Brooklyn, NY 11234 718.421.2021

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