Plain old piggy banks seem so last year, so we asked the folks at Citibabes for a cool way to teach our kids about saving in the new year. They gave us this clever snowman bank.
1 empty water or juice bottle (Pom Wonderful bottles work well)
Black, white, and orange felt
Pipe cleaners (or twigs)
Styrofoam ball with one flat side
Plastic spray can lid (spray starch, aerosol can, or similar size)
Ribbon (color of your choice)
1. Paint the empty bottle and Styrofoam ball white. Let dry.
2. Using the black felt, cut several 1-inch strips, a large felt circle (larger than the spray can lid), and little circles to be used for the eyes, mouth, and buttons.
3. Cover the spray can lid with glue and attach black felt strips. For the hat brim, glue the top to the black felt circle.
4. Glue snowman’s eyes, mouth, and buttons into place on white Styrofoam ball and body.
5. Cut an orange felt carrot for the nose and secure with glue.
6. Make arms using pipe cleaners or twigs. Cut a small hole in each side of the bottle and insert the pipe cleaners to desired length.
7. Glue the hat (spray can lid) onto the head (Styrofoam ball).
8. Attach the hat/head combo to the bottle by placing glue around the opening of the bottle.
9. Cut ribbon and tie around the snowman’s neck to make a scarf. Secure with a dab of glue.
10. Use a sharp knife (grown-ups only!) to cut a slit into the back of the bottle for quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies.
To find out more about Citibabes programming, go to citibabes.com.
Burning River Brass
What: The family Christmas concert, A Holiday Brass-tacular, covers everything from traditional carols to a big band Nutcracker.
Why: Really blow out the holiday season.
When: Thurs., 3 p.m.
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Tickets ($15-$30) at 212-570-3949 or online at metmuseum.org.
Hugo and the Dragon
What: This magical film follows the story of a mischievous dragon and a brave little boy.
Why: You’ve already seen Tangled — twice.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. Tickets at 212-864-5400 or online at symphonyspace.org. Adults, $11; children, $9.
Drawn in Brooklyn
What: Check out the work of 30+ Brooklyn-based children’s book illustrators.
Why: Who can resist a story about neighborhood kids done good?
When: Thru Jan. 23. Check online for hours.
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plz., at Flatbush Ave., Prospect Heights (718-230-2100). Admission is free.
Photo: Janelle Jones