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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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There's so much to do with your family in Brooklyn on the weekends! Interested in theater and museums? How about a festival or concert? Find it in our list of this weekend's best kids and family activities in Brooklyn. Or, check out NY Metro Parents' calendar for upcoming weekend family and children events.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 10, 2012 - Staten Island

Make some baked apples (which are filled with flavor, fiber, and flavonoids in case you didn't know).

Elektrik Youth After School - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg branch
January 09, 2013 - Brooklyn

Learn how to promote literacy and language development with your preschooler through play.

Wii Gaming for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Rugby Branch
January 09, 2013 - East Flatbush

Kids gather to play Wii video games.

Growing Dollars and Sense: Teen Virtual Investment Club - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 09, 2013 - Prospect Heights

A financial literacy club for teens. Members receive free training from experienced finance professionals while managing a virtual online portfolio.

Ridge Kids Write - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
January 10, 2013 - Bay Ridge

A workshop-style environment for kids to practice creative writing.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Paerdegat branch
January 10, 2013 - Mill Basin

Toddlers enjoy stories and playtime.

Game Space Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
January 10, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Kids and tweens gather for electronic and board games.

Parkinson's Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
January 10, 2013 -

A support group for those with Parkinson's disease. Meets every second Thursday of the month. Call for exact location.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Brighton Beach branch
January 11, 2013 - Brighton Beach

Kids enjoy an arts and crafts session.

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
January 11, 2013 - Midwood

Children, 3-5 years, plays with toys and hear stories.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
January 11, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The Moxie Spot combines its comfy food with a program of short movies and a family-friendly feature. Check website for movie titles.

Resources NYC Presents: What Special Ed Reform Means for You and Your Child - CEC 20
January 11, 2013 - Bay Ridge

There have been rumors about kids being moved to inclusion classes from special education classes, and the elimination of full time specail education classes altogether. Get the facts about the sweeping changes that is taking place to NYC public schools special education programs.

Rolie Polie Guacamole - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
January 11, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

The acclaimed kindie rock group holds residency every Friday at the Y.

Tavern Concert: Harbortown Review - Historic Richmond Town
January 12, 2013 - Staten Island

Bob Wright and his friends perform songs about Staten Island and its harbor environs.

Recycled Energy - New York Hall of Science
January 12, 2013 - Flushing

Learn about sustainability with hands-on workshops based on the people and projects featured in the ReGeneration exhibition. Make a USB solar charger that charges everyday electronic devices. Tamara Sabler and Zach Smart will explain how photovoltaic systems have been applied to Biomodd [NYC4], a ReGeneration installation. Space is limited, a small materials fee will be charged.

Junior Engineer; Terrific Transit Turbines - New York Transit Museum
January 12, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids investigate turbines used to generate electricity and how they will someday power the subways.

Story Book Movie Time - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Crown Heights

Tots! Camera! Action! Calling all pint-sized film enthusiasts to enjoy animated films. Watch cherished children stories come to life on the screen.

South Africa Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Crown Heights

From Johannesburg to Capetown, kids explore the country that is on the southern tip of the continent of Africa. They'll learn about Nelson Mandela, see artifacts from the Museum's collection, and learn a few words in Zulu before making their own South African-inspired craft to take home.

Spring Semester Kids & Teens Open House - Dancewave
January 12, 2013 - Brooklyn

The School at Dancewave offers dance classes for all ages. Learn more at this open house.

Family Disco Party - The Moxie Spot
January 12, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Eat dinner and dance away to classic '70s disco/funk.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Staten Island

Draw some soccer balls with hexagons and pentagons.

Brooklyn Beanstalk French and Spanish Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 12, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Story time in French and Spanish for children ages 12 months to 7 years.

Mulchfest - Prospect Park 3rd Street Entrance
January 12, 2013 - Park Slope

Put your holiday tree back where it came from--the earth! Bring your holiday tree to Prospect Park, where it will be turned into mulch for healthy ground cover. Plus, you can take some home for your own yard or garden. You can also drop off your tree at the Prospect Park Southwest and Parkside Ave. entrance.

ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science. Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

'The Velveteen Rabbit' - DR2 Theatre
Through January 27, 2013 - Union Square

Based on the book by Margery Williams and adapted for the stage by Kevin Del Aguila ("Click Clack Moo," "Altar Boyz"), this wonder-filled production is a testament to the power of a child's imagination. With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props transform into a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy, and of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.

Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Through January 31, 2013 - Canarsie

Affected by or confronting autism? You are not alone. Share your experiences and support each other. While the support group is in session, parents/caregivers can bring their children and their siblings.

Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing

View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover Tour - Audubon Center at Prospect Park
Through February 28, 2013 - Brooklyn

Learn how to look for birds, discover the source of the Lullwater, and find out what you can do to protect nature on a tour led by expert naturalists. Every Saturday and Sunday.

Meet and Greet: Creatures of the Sea - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover the diversity of sea life up close and personal!

Art Works - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

A different arts and crafts project at each session, usually tied to a theme such as a holiday or the seasons.

Indoor Play - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through March 01, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an indoor playground, rockers, blocks, play panel for theater, rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, musical instruments, and easel boards for drawing.

Global Shoes - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through March 10, 2013 - Crown Heights

Explore aspects of global cultures through a variety of hands-on, feet-in, multi-media activities within the context of a fantasy shoe store and factory

The Prince and the Magic Flute - Puppetworks
Through March 24, 2013 - Park Slope

An hour of melodrama as the Prince asks the Queen of the Night to remove the lock on the birdcatcher's mouth. You have to be there...

Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
Through March 31, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

An initiative of Extreme Kids and Crew, Space No. 1 offers a safe, sensory play space where special need children and their parents can play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and swing. An array of multi-sensory equipment provides for this.

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
Through March 31, 2013 - Sunset Park

This program accomodates all kinds of children inclusively for reading, story telling, and various kinds of play sessions. Parent workshops are also available. See Brooklyn Public Library for other locations throughout Brooklyn.

Fantasia's Feeding Frenzy - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through March 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Look for animal curators in the Science Inquiry Center and see what's on the menu for Fantasia, the museum's 21-foot-long albino Burmese python.

School Tour - Brooklyn Free School
Through March 31, 2013 - Clinton Hill

Learn about this K-12 independent school known for its student-centered and student-directed initiatives. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

Natural History - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Artist Patrick Dougherty and a team of volunteers constructed a monumental woven-wood sculpture in honor of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's centennial. The result, large-scale sculptures made from sticks and saplings, is an organic structure that changes over time as the materials settle and decay.

Wacky Tuesday - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids under 5 explore art, science, and culture in a wacky, fun, and exciting way.

Little Scientists - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids under 5 investigate the world of natural science with hands-on activities.

Tales for Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Travel to far away places in your imagination by listening to tales from around the world.

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through May 01, 2013 - Flatbush

Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds. Take a tour and learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Children ages four to seven and their adult friends explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity, and make their own art in this ninety-minute class, each one a variation on a monthly theme.

Art classes - The Painted Cloud
Through May 31, 2013 - Brooklyn

The Painted Cloud classes offer a nurturing, dynamic environment that introduces children to many new techniques and materials, and allows them the freedom to express themselves artistically. unique and creative art projects using a wide array of high quality art materials.

Art Classes - Chroma
Through May 31, 2013 - Brooklyn

Kids enjoy exploration, interpretation, and reflection through art-making. Activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, puppet-making, mixed media, collage, printmaking, clay, and much more!

Namaste Yoga Health and Wellness - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through May 31, 2013 - Kensington

Namaste offers a range of yoga classes for all ages, as well as Zumba fitness classes, kickboxing, pilates, belly dancing, and more.

Nature's Helpers - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Flatbush

Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it tidy along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.

Indoor Play - Powerplay
Through June 30, 2013 - Gowanus

Powerplay's play area is an environment that encourages physical and imaginative play. It's indoor play space is a warm embrace for the cold and frosty days. It provides amenities of a local playground in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Parents and caregivers must supervise their child.

Open Play - The Gym Park
Through June 30, 2013 - Greenpoint

Kids have fun, exercise, and enjoy alot of gymnastic-based sensory input. Use our 2,800-square-foot facility to explore, discover and help increase your child's awareness with positive play habits and a fun social environment. The Gym Park also offers a wide range of other programs including gymnastics and physical education for home-schooled children.

Kids' Yoga - Bend and Bloom Yoga
Through June 30, 2013 - Park Slope

Bend and Bloom Yoga offer children's yoga classes. Mondays are for 8-12 year olds. Tuesdays are for 3-5 year olds. Wednesdays are for 6-8 year olds. Kids are allowed to drop in ($18) or register for a series of classes. Family classes for moms and tots are also available.

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through June 30, 2013 - Canarsie

Fitness program helps build self-esteem and confidence, social skills, attention span and focus, gross motor development, and breathing and calming strategies for children with special needs.

Gymnastics - Aviator Sports Center
Through June 30, 2013 - Gravesend

Classes at Aviator's state of the art gymnastic facility is available for the home-schooling community.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 01, 2027 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, January 1-27.

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