Upcoming Weekend Activities

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed during the last few weeks of the year. Attend one of these fun and educational events to break from the holiday grind of shopping, decorating, eating, and drinking.

Astronomy: Attend an astronomy program at the Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park. Urban Rangers highlight the history and folklore of the solar system and feature the use of telescopes and binoculars. Saturday, December 3, 5 p.m.

Conference House Grand Illumination: Not into the crowds at Rockefeller Center? Watch the windows of the Conference House on Staten Island light up instead and get free cookies and apple cider. Friday, December 2, 7 p.m.

Fantasia Gets Loose: Once a year the albino Burmese python, Fantasia, emerges for close encounters with those brave enough to stop by for a visit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Sunday, December 4, noon-1:30.

Forum on Solid Waste Management: Though it’s not actually on the weekend, this event is important enough to make our list! Attend a free public forum on New York City’s solid waste challenges and be part of charting the course toward a more sustainable future. Tuesday, December 6, 8 a.m. to noon.

Holiday Party at the New York City Police Museum: Celebrate holidays from diverse cultures in New York. For all ages. Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Nicholas Day: Annual colonial music concert, seasonal goodies, and craft making at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Saturday, December 3, noon to 4 p.m.

TEDxBrooklyn: Hey Brooklynites! Got ideas for how to make your neighborhood (or society in general) better? Participate in this daylong event on Friday, December 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Volunteer: It’s the season for giving, but how about the gift of time? Find volunteer opportunities in the area, because “everybody’s got something to offer.”