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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 23, 2013

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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.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek branch
January 23, 2013 - East New York

Kids enjoy playing traditional board games like monopoly, checkers, chess, and others.

Creative Writing for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
January 23, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Kids get to flex their creative writing desires in this writing workshop.

Teens Practice English - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
January 23, 2013 - Midwood

Native English speakers and ESL learners can practice learning the language through conversation, iPad apps, and board games.

Jewish Earth Day Celebration - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
January 23, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Celebrate Tu B'Shvat, Jewish Earth Day, at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Learn about the Jewish perspective on Earth Day.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 23, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

Tutoring - Brooklyn Public Library, Cypress Hills branch
January 24, 2013 - Cypress Hills

Kids get tutoring help from an NYC school teacher.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill Branch
January 24, 2013 - Clinton Hill

Kids let off post-school steam with arts and crafts.

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 24, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Kids can wear their pajamas to this fun, night-time reading of Keats' stories and other sleepytime favorites.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 24, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

Movies - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
January 25, 2013 - Midwood

The weekend's begun. Go watch a movie after school!

Games and Puzzles - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
January 25, 2013 - Williamsburg

Play games, solve puzzles, socialize with friends!

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
January 25, 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.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 25, 2013 - Staten Island

No description given, but expect something yummy.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 25, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

Winter Follies - Spoke the Hub
January 25, 2013 - Park Slope

Sort of a talent show for adults. Winners receive 50 hours of rehearsal time at Spoke the Hub. If you're a musician, actor, or dancer, register to perform by January 9.

Rolie Polie Guacamole - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
January 25, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

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

Breakfast with the Beasts - Staten Island Zoo
January 26, 2013 - Staten Island

Visit the zoo for a tour of its animal kitchen, help prepare some food for critters and watch them eat. Meet some animals close up and have a breakfast snack. Children 5 and older.

Biggest, Longest, Tallest - New York Transit Museum
January 26, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Watch a fun interactive film and play some clever games to uncover fun facts about NYC and its subway system!

MLK Day: Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 26, 2013 - Crown Heights

Children, age 4 and older, learn about Dr. King's famous quote, "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Injustice Everywhere and the meaning behind it before creating a personal art piece to commemorate MLK.

4th Saturday Wildcard Night - The Moxie Spot
January 26, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

What's happening at the Moxie Spot? Come down and yell for your favorite activity. Whatever the vast majority decides, wins (or whomever yells the loudest!).

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 26, 2013 - Staten Island

Make some fabulous art!

Tavern Concert: Julia and Kacey - Historic Richmond Town
January 26, 2013 - Staten Island

Julia Gorgano and Kacey Valazquez, both native Staten Islanders, perform their fusion of country, pop, and rock music.

Saturday Family Programs: A Fairy Tale Winter - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 26, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Witness life in a fairy tale world as princes, princesses, and magical creatures tell the adventure of a planned crystal ball that gets out of control.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Barclays Center
January 26, 2013 - Prospect Heights

From Peter Pan to Buzz Lightyear, all of Disney's best-known characters appear in this ice skating showcase. Excerpts from beloved Disney tales are performed as well. This show has been receiving excellent reviews.

'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.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - 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, Jan. 1-27.

Prenatal Yoga - ArtsCetera
Through January 29, 2013 - Cobble Hill

This program, conducted in a calm, peaceful environment, will help strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica.

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

Puppets present the melodramatic tale of a Prince who asks the Queen of the Night to remove the lock on the bird catcher'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 4-7 and their adult friends explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity, and make their own art in this 90-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.


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