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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly February 27, 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.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
February 27, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids enjoy arts and crafts after school.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Fort Hamilton branch
February 27, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Babies are exposed to literature through a read aloud and hands-on perusal.

Black History Month: Movie - Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush branch
February 27, 2013 - East Flatbush

Kids take in a movie related to Black History Month.

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.

Comic Design for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill Branch
February 28, 2013 - Clinton Hill

Teens learn the various aspects of creating a comic book.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
February 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

Teens enjoy music, games, socializing, and more.

Game Space Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
February 28, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Kids and tweens enjoy board games and electronic games with their peers.

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.

Board Games for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Homecrest branch
March 01, 2013 - Homecrest

Clue, Life, Monopoly...board games are fun! For teens.

Re-opening of Fairway Market - Fairway Market
March 01, 2013 - Red Hook

Join Mayor Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and other NYC dignitaries to celebrate the re-opening of Fairway in Red Hook following its closure due to Sandy. There will be food demonstrations, music, raffles, and more leading up to the store's actual opening at 11am.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 01, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make Vietnamese lettuce rolls.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
March 01, 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.

Blooming Babies: Imagine-Nature - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies and toddlers look at the nature-inspired art of Georgia O'Keeffe, then try painting a flower, cloudscape, tree, or bird!

Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College - Kumble Theater at Long Island University
March 02, 2013 - Fort Greene

Young and older fans of dance will enjoy Dancewave's Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College. It's a national festival that showcases student choreography from top university dance departments, NYC's premiere high school dance groups, and Dancewave's four unique pre-professional dance companies.

Saturday Family Programs: Mil's Trills - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
March 02, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Mil's Trills presents an interactive concert of quirky original tunes led by Amelia Robinson on her electric ukulele and her troupe of musical guests. Families will be given seating priority. Seating is Limited. First Come, first Served.

Nature Photography: Winter Woods - Bloomingdale Park
March 02, 2013 - Staten Island

The Urban Park Ranger photography programs help participants interpret the natural would through artistic expression, while learning about the local environment. Cameras are NOT provided.

Story Time: Read Across America and Hats Off to Dr. Seuss - Greenlight Bookstore
March 02, 2013 - Fort Greene

Greenlight celebrates Read Across America Day with two of its favorite Dr. Seuss books: "The Cat in the Hat" and "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." A special craft activity where everybody makes their our own wild and silly Dr. Seuss-ian hats will follow.

The Paper Bag Players Present 'Saddles and Sunshine' - Kingsborough Community College Performing Arts Center
March 02, 2013 - Manhattan Beach

The Paper Bag Players, a favorite for more than 54 years, bring another wild display of comedy, theatrics, songs, dancing, and jokes in a brand new set of super-funny vignettes.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Staten Island

Create cartographic art. Draw a pirate's treasure map

Nintendo Wii Dance Night - The Moxie Spot
March 02, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids play Just Dance, that video game dance in which they stomp around like beheaded chickens to robust dance music.

Mixed Up Vehicles - New York Transit Museum
March 02, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids create and color their very own fantasy vehicles Amphibious buses? Trains with wings?

Blooming Babies: Imagine-Nature - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies and toddlers look at the nature-inspired art of Georgia O'Keeffe, then try painting a flower, cloudscape, tree, or bird!

Invent It! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Help us build a giant machine with levers, pulleys, ramps, and wheels inspired by wacky inventor Rube Goldberg. Start a chain reaction that's as wild as your imagination!

Imagination Station: Architects - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids design sustainable housing from Pueblo adobe houses to current day Earthships.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Children sing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss and spend a morning listening to some of his cherished tales before creating their own super, seuss-tastical party hat to take home.

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.

Spring Break - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through April 02, 2013 - Flatbush

Prospect Park offers a full week of activities for spring break. Visit the Audubon House, Lefferts Historic House, and the Prospect Park Zoo for a fun time during the break.

Morning Bird Walk: Early Migrants - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through April 02, 2013 - Flatbush

Spring into action and train to be a naturalist. Learn how to use tools of the trade and make your own nature journal. A great Spring Break activity.

2nd Floor Tours - Lefferts Historic House
Through April 02, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids can explore the unique architecture of Lefferts Historic House and learn about life on a colonial farm on this special tour.

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.

Story Time with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Emily, The Moxie Spot's resident storyteller, reads for the young and impressionable.

Sing-along with Andrew - The Moxie Spot
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Hear stories, sing, dance, then eat!

Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Nat, the Moxie Spot's proprietor, leads an hour of dancing and music.

Playspace - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through June 30, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Children age 6 and younger enjoy an indoor playground, rockers, blocks, play panel for theater, rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, musical instruments, and easel boards for drawing. Have fun with many more age appropriate toys that encourage creativity and develop children's imagination.

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.

Free Open Hours - Waterfront Museum
Through September 30, 2013 - Red Hook

Visit the Waterfront Museum during free open hours and learn about this historic Hudson River barge and the maritime history of New York harbor.

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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