The Word: Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Watts on holidays with their families

Watts and Parker on Wednesday night.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Watts not only juggle A-list acting careers as well as their families, but they also somehow find the time to take advantage of New York City’s many cultural opportunities (annoying, I know).

“We have incredible museums that are affordable and free; we have tons of wonderful ballet companies. I try to do all these things with my children. Simply walking up and down the streets of New York — there’s art everywhere, there’s things to talk about,” Parker  said Thursday night at the New 42 Gala, which honored the Australia Council for the Arts as well as supported the New Victory Education Program.

Naomi Watts — who was there with her children, Sasha, 5, and Samuel, 4,  and partner Liev Schreiber — agrees. “We’ve done a few shows with the kids]. It’s a treat,” she said.

But lest you think Parker and Watts are so perfect they only fill their childrens’ heads with intellectual goodness, rest assured both women have fallen prey to holiday craziness.

“We’re pretty conventional,” said Parker about her holidays with her family, which includes husband, actor Matthew Broderick, son James, 10, and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, 3.  “We like to be together, we like to eat, we play Yankee Trader.”

Meanwhile, it seems like the Schreiber/Watts household has fallen victim to the holiday terrorist that is Elf on the Shelf.  (For those of you lucky enough not to know what he is, the Elf on the Shelf is a doll who allegedly spies on your kids at Christmas time and has to be moved night after night by the parents. It’s great for about a hot minute.)

 ”I think they’re getting into the whole Santa Claus thing now,” Watts said about her little family. “They’ve got the Elf on the Shelf and every night he moves.”



–With reporting by Olivia Morrow


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