Winter Evening in Binghamton | #tbt

Today's throwback Thursday photograph shows a nighttime winter scene of downtown Binghamton, circa 1940. The photo was taken at the intersection of Court Street and Washington Street, and looks north up Washington Street towards where the Metro Center stands today. While this section of Binghamton looks much different today, a few features from the photo still remain like the Ellis Brothers' neon sign. Image Credit: Google Maps

 

Photograph Courtesy of the Broome County Historical Society.

New Year's Eve, Family Style

From PBS Parents:

New Year’s Eve celebrations are often adult-only events, but kids get excited about the big night as well. Because babysitters are scarce and restaurant prices are high on December 31, it makes more sense to celebrate with the kids. Many communities now host family-friendly First Night celebrations with fireworks, music and games (like this one in Windsor, NY), but you can also have lots of fun staying home. Whether you decide to host a neighborhood party or just cozy up with your family, make it a New Year’s Eve to remember with these tips for a kid-friendly celebration.  
Ring in the Noon Year
Many children can’t (or shouldn’t) stay up until midnight, so count down until the noon year.

No snow? No problem!

Winter has been anything but "white" so far this year and some little ones (and big ones!) are disappointed in the lack of snow. Take some time today to create your own snow-themed fun!  
LEARN
This multi-sensory writing activity from PBS Parents gets kids writing in the "snow" no matter the weather! In this activity, kids engage both their sense of touch (dragging their fingers through the salt) and sight (revealing color) to practice writing their letters. For older children, try writing math facts in the snow.

In the Defense of Food

In the Defense of Food airs on WSKG TV December 30th at 9pm. Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Busting myths and misconceptions, the two-hour film In Defense of Food reveals how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and at the same time reduce our risks of falling victim to diet related diseases."Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

Animal Misfits

A kakapo, the world’s heaviest and only flightless parrot. Photo credit: ©Shane McInnes

Nature's Animal Misfits airs on WSKG TV December 30th at 8pm. Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive. There is great diversity in the animal world, but it seems those species known for their speed, intelligence and strength are often singled out and celebrated, while creatures who may look or act differently are overlooked.

Preview 'Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016'

The Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Mariss Jansons performs favorite Strauss Family waltzes at the opulent Musikverein accompanied by the Vienna City Ballet. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host, touring the picturesque city. Learn more about Endicott-native Matthew Beach, who is performing with the Vienna Boys choir in this Great Performances episode! Watch Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2016 on January 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm on WSKG-TV. Photo Conductor Mariss Jansons. Credit: Courtesy of Terry Linke

Why Everybody Lies (Yes, Even You)

Photo from the new film, “(Dis)Honesty,” which is also the logo for the Dishonesty Project. (The Dishonesty Project)

On Point 'Why Everybody Lies' broadcasts December 29th at 11am on WSQX. "Lying liars lie.  That’s clear.  But does everyone else lie too? Are we all liars? A new documentary called '(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies' rounds up the research and lays out what we know.

Crafts for Kids | New Year's Eve Wreath

We couldn't think of a better way to encourage time together than through crafting!  And, it's always a good feeling to repurpose items.  Use some leftover holiday tinsel to craft this festive DIY New Year's Eve Wreath! Recycle a paper or plastic plate and wrap tinsel around it, add glittered numbers and celebrate the new year with a fun craft! This segment from Crafts for Kids demonstrates just how easy this DIY is:

So ring in 2016 as a family and with your very own handcrafted decor! Crafts for Kids is a weekly series that encourages parents and kids to spend time together making fun and simple projects with items you probably already have in your home!

Can You Build A Warp Drive (In A Garage)?

Looking for something exciting to do with the family before the new year? Need to impress the in-laws? Why not try your hand at building a warp drive? David Pares is doing just that, he is building a warp drive, in his garage. Using parts from Radio Shack and Home Depot.

Independent Lens: East of Salinas

East of Salinas takes us to the heart of California’s “Steinbeck Country,” the Salinas Valley, to meet a bright boy and his dedicated teacher — both sons of migrant farm workers. With parents who are busy working long hours in the fields, third grader Jose Ansaldo often turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, for guidance. But Jose is undocumented; he was born in Mexico,. Like many other migrant children, he is beginning to understand the situation— and the opportunities that may be lost to him through no fault of his own. East of Salinas follows Jose and Oscar over three years: the boy is full of energy, smarts, and potential, while his teacher is determined to give back to a new generation of migrant children.