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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.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Marcy branch
March 06, 2013 - Bedford Stuyvesant

Teens use computers for learning, researching, doing homework, and gaming.

Knitting Circle - Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford branch
March 06, 2013 - Crown Heights

An all-ages event knitters young and not young. Bring your own needles and yarn.

Wee Be Jamming! - Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill Branch
March 06, 2013 - Clinton Hill

Musician Brian Barrentine leads a jam session that will likely induce clapping, laughter, dancing, and speaking in different languages.

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
March 07, 2013 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers from birth to age 5 gather for stories, socializing, book exploring, and more.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
March 07, 2013 - Greenpoint

Children with and without special needs gather to hear stories, sing songs, play, and socialize. Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.

After School Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
March 07, 2013 - Midwood

Kids and tweens get help with their homework.

Healthy Digital Relationships: A Three-Week Course in Media for Young Adults - Brooklyn Public Library, Macon branch
March 07, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Teens explore the differences between in-person relationships and those formed on the internet, discuss aspects of positive and negative online relationships, and learn how to build healthy relationships through digital media.

Board Games for Kids and Tweens - Brooklyn Public Library, Arlington branch
March 08, 2013 - Brownsville

Kids and tweens play Monopoly, Battleship, Trouble, and other classic board games.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 08, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make Middle Eastern tabbouleh

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
March 08, 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.

Freylich Friday - Flatbush Jewish Center
March 08, 2013 - Flatbush

Bring in Shabbat with a joyous, song filled service conducted in the round. Transliterations will be provided; all are welcome.

New York University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program's 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run - Prospect Park: Bartel-Pritchard Square Entrance
March 09, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

This 5K walk/run benefits NYU's Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy. According to the sponsor, "Over the past 30 years the Foundation has provided $12 million in doctoral scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships and research grants to physical therapists. Research funded by the Foundation is then used by clinicians to guide their treatment strategies. Race registration includes a free t-shirt, special offers from sponsors and post-race food and beverages. This event will be accurately timed. Whether an athlete or first timer, we welcome your support, so get ready to lace up your shoes to run or walk for a good cause!"

Saturday Family Programs: Doodle-Bop-Wiggle and Dance - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
March 09, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Sing along to favorite songs, interact in skits, and perform like rock stars in this high energy, cabaret-style puppet show for families. Families will be given seating priority. Seating is Limited. First Come, first Served.

Astronomy - Salt Marsh Nature Center
March 09, 2013 - Marine Park

Astronomy is constantly rated as a favorite science topic for children and is the perfect gateway subject for science education. Learn about the effects of light pollution and discover the best places in NYC for amazing views of the sky. Fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, the phases of the moon, and many planets of the Milky Way. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Many programs feature astronomy experts and all equipments is provided. Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets. Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

32nd Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
March 09, 2013 - Crown Heights

Learn how to green your community at this daylong conference featuring workshops and exhibits.

Story Time: Author/illustrator You Byun presents Dream Friends - Greenlight Bookstore
March 09, 2013 - Fort Greene

Brooklyn-based, Korean-born author You Byun is an award-winning illustrator who will be reading from her debut picture book. Following is a live drawing demonstration.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 09, 2013 - Staten Island

Create Cartographic art, map your neighborhood from a bird's-eye view.

Sssecond Sssaturday Sssnakes - Staten Island Children's Museum
March 09, 2013 - Staten Island

Meet, greet, and touch live exotic snakes.

Family Disco Party - The Moxie Spot
March 09, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Junior Engineer: The Pneumatic Subway - New York Transit Museum
March 09, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

In 1870, inventor Alfred Beach caused a sensation when he opened his experimental subway powered by air. Kids will earn about his unique design and use air power to conduct experiments of their own.

Invent It! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 09, 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!

Block Party - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 09, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids let their imaginations soar to new heights while you explore a unique assortment of blocks to play with. They can build an imaginary castle with foam blocks, map out a new neighborhood with wooded ones, or use cardboard blocks to create whimsical patterns.

Imagination Station: Architects - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 09, 2013 - Crown Heights

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

Radical Tricks with Torro! Skateboards NYC - New York Hall of Science
March 09, 2013 - Corona

Skateboard enthusiasts can enjoy this program created by Professional Skateboarder and Queens native Rodney Torres, as he brings to life the skateboarding tricks featured in the Radical Tricks section of the Tony Hawk | Rad Science exhibition. Activities include: Screening of TORRO! NYC Skate Team videos and demos.

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.

Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through May 30, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Stories, games and surprises for our youngest transportation fans.

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 Bookstore
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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