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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly February 13, 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.

Creative Writing - Brooklyn Public Library, New Lots branch
February 13, 2013 - East New York

Kids flex their writing talents using whatever form they wish.

Chess Workshop - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek branch
February 13, 2013 - East New York

Everybody is invited to this chess workshop event. Learn, play, practice!

Charlie Burnham's Hidden City - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
February 13, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Charlie Burnham's Hidden City plays urban folk music drawn from various sources and united by the blues. Burnham is a master violinist who has worked with Cassandra Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, and many others. He also sings and plays mandolin.

Who Loves Ya? - Brooklyn Public Library, Dyker branch
February 14, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Make valentine's day arts and crafts for your special ones.

Preschool Fun Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
February 14, 2013 - Homecrest

Stories, singing, and arts and crafts for preschoolers

Growing Dollars and Sense for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
February 14, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Teens learn about banking and maintaining a portfolio through virtual investing.

Parkinson's Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
February 14, 2013 -

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

Freestyle Fridays - Brooklyn Public Library, Bushwick branch
February 15, 2013 - Bushwick

Teens can use computers, hang out, do their homework, read, write, hear music, and more.

Read, Play, Grow - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
February 15, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Parents and caregivers learn ways to promote and encourage literacy with their preschoolers through play.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
February 15, 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
February 15, 2013 - Staten Island

Make some Red Jello Trifle.

Create a Grand Central City - New York Transit Museum
February 16, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal a world unto itself: trains below, buildings above, set amidst the maze of midtown Manhattan. Kids of all ages will fashion a Terminal City of our own with trains, tunnels, skyscrapers, roadways, and more.

Playlab Workshop: 3, 2, 1...Happy Chinese New Year! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 16, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers celebrate Chinese New Year with age-appropriate activities.

The Night Sky (Astronomy) - Wolfe's Pond Park
February 16, 2013 - Staten Island

The Urban Park Rangers lead an astronomy program for all ages. Did you know that winter is the best season for viewing meteor showers, phases of the moon, and the planets of the milky way?

Birding: Winter Birds - Fort Greene Park
February 16, 2013 - Brooklyn

Observe the birds of winter at one of Brooklyn's most historic and beautiful parks.

Saturday Family Programs: Bop Goes the Weasel - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
February 16, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Children enjoy an introduction to jazz with vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her trio. They will be performing some standards in an accessible way that makes it easy for children to catch the melody, move with the rhythm, tap their feet, and snap their fingers.

The Not-Its! - Symphony Space
February 16, 2013 - Upper West Side

With an out-of-this-world sound evoking both The Go-Go's and 90s power-punk, Seattle's The Not-Its! mix crunchy guitars and smooth, four-part harmonies for a show full of perfectly crafted pop gems about every-day kid stuff from the first day of school to taking a bath. The concert celebrates the release of their latest CD, KidQuake! For more information, visit wearethenot-its.com.

Paul Pinto's Anyone's Story - Roulette
February 16, 2013 - Boerum Hill

Young singers will get the chance to create their own lyrics and harmonize with each other in this workshop and performance of Paul Pinto's music for amateur chorus and headphones. Participation requires downloading some music, so visit the Roulette website for details.

Nintendo Wii Night - The Moxie Spot
February 16, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Play a little Mario Kart, Wii Sports, or Just Dance.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
February 16, 2013 - Staten Island

Make a square to go on the Museum's quilt in honor of Black History Month.

The Curtis Fuller Quintet - Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall
February 16, 2013 - Park Slope

Fuller is one of modern jazz's most important trombonists, and his work as a leader and sideman (playing and recording with Coltrane and Blakey) have earned him the right to be considered a true giant of jazz.

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.

Winter Break Activities - New York Transit Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The Transit museum is open and offering activities during February vacation week: The Great Subway Search scavenger hunt at 11am, and Create a Grand Central City (see Feb. 16 and 17) at 1 and 3pm.

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 bfsadmissions@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Friday Singalong with Jarrod - Greenlight Booksstore
Through May 31, 2013 - Fort Greene

Greenlight offers a weekly singalong/story time event for babies and toddlers each Friday afternoon! Meet in the kids section for 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by Greenlight bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.

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.

Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through June 30, 2013 -

Discuss questions and concerns regarding breastfeeding and find support and encouragement with this group, which meets regularly.

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.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Tribeca Parenting
Through July 31, 2013 - Park Slope

These clinics are helpful for moms who need a little reassurance or encouragement with breastfeeding. While many simple issues can be resolved in these helpful group sessions, please be aware that certain more complex breastfeeding issues may require more individualized attention which can be provided in a home visit.

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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