Trips to the park are so last playdate. Now Junior and his pals demand dim sum Sundays.
Translate his love for Far East cuisine into real-world language skills with the Let’s Go Guang! Chinese for Children learning kit. The brainchild of two Chinese-American moms, it teaches Mandarin Chinese through engaging multimedia.
An animated DVD follows the adventures of a brother-sister duo (Kai and Ling) and their dragon friend (Guang) while prompting sing-alongs and phrase repetition. Also included: a storybook, CD, and beautifully illustrated flashcards with vocabulary words and Chinese characters tied in to the DVD.
It’s perfect for your little dumpling.
Available at 192 Books, 192 Tenth Avenue, at 21st Street (212-255-4022); online at ahachinese.com.
The Polar Express
What: The New York Pops performs a musical version of the holiday train tale.
Why: Get your little conductor on track.
When: Sat., 2 p.m.
Where: Carnegie Hall, W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave., Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Tickets at 212-247-7800.
Babes in Toyland
What: Nursery rhyme characters and a huge marching band add spark to the family musical.
Why: A jack-in-the-box, monkey, and rag doll spring to life.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St., Avery Fisher Hall (212-721-6500). Tickets online at purchase.tickets.com.
ArtKids: Holidays and Family
What: A mom/art historian gives tours of The Met to kiddies ages 4-12.
Why: It culminates in a hands-on craft project.
When: Sat., 3:30 p.m.
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Aha! Chinese