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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly April 3, 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.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, DeKalb branch
April 03, 2013 - Bushwick

Teens play computer games, get tech and homework help, and learn about cool websites.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Borough Park branch
April 03, 2013 - Borough Park

Kids get artsy and crafts after school.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
April 03, 2013 - Marine Park

Babies enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes.

Disco Time with Yoni the Puppet - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
April 03, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Yoni the puppet visits the Windsor Terrace Y from Israel each week for Disco Time.

Invent It! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 04, 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!

Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford branch
April 04, 2013 - Crown Heights

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers gather to hear books read aloud and explore books with their caregivers.

Ridge Kids Write - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
April 04, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Kids meet up at a nurturing and supportive creative writing workshop.

Hive Fashion Teen Time - Brooklyn Public LIbrary, Bushwick branch
April 04, 2013 - Bushwick

Teens interested in fashion learn about photography photography and document new styles.

Afternoon Fun - The Moxie Spot
April 04, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Come eat, drink, clap hands, sing songs, and dance. Baloonasaurus Rex balloon twisting follows.

Storyplay - Brooklyn Public Library, Rugby branch
April 05, 2013 - East Flatbush

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers hear stories, music, and play.

Arts and Crafts with Bobbi - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens branch
April 05, 2013 - Carroll Gardens

Kids, birth to age 5, enjoy an arts and crafts session led by an art teacher.

Blooming Babies: Adventures in the Jungle - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 05, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover animals that live in the world's jungles. Imagine being one of those animals and crawl, jump, flap, or hop from place to place while letting out your loudest roar! Meet an animal from the Museum's live collection and create a jungle-themed craft to take home.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
April 05, 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
April 05, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make yummy Beignets from New Orleans.

Family Shabbat Service and Dinner - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
April 05, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Family Shabbat Service and Dinner with an Itallian theme. Sing, socialize, hear stories, and make new friends. RSVP by April 2, 2013.

Subway Safari - New York Transit Museum
April 06, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Our favorite underground dwellers are back after hibernating all winter! Each week kids read and hear stories inspired by animals that make tunnels and travel under our feet, just like the subway, and make a craft.

Bill Cosby - Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
April 06, 2013 - Flushing

Bill Cosby is one of the most beloved and respected comedians of all time! His famous wit and hilarious outlook on life and family make him universally entertaining for every member of the audience. A true pioneer in comedy, Bill Cosby’s appeal transcends age, gender and cultural boundaries, for the perfect evening event for the entire family. Bill Cosby brought laughter into the homes of millions every week, as the creator of one of the longest running, critically acclaimed television programs in history, The Cosby Show. He is also the best-selling author of Fatherhood and I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was. And now, he is bringing his humor and warmth to the stage at Colden Auditorium for one memorable evening.

Poems from the Platform - New York Transit Museum
April 06, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

To celebrate National Poetry Month, let’s share favorite transportation and city-related poems in the greatest place of all: a vintage subway car! Learn to paint words in pictures, and write pictures in words in this fun workshop.

Elska - Symphony Space
April 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

Elska is modern pioneer who discovered a secret volcanic island off of the coast of Iceland. Blending music with engaging storytelling, she shares the adventures of her high-tech yet simple life among an eclectic group of characters, including Winter Bear, The Goobler, The Nunni, The Shooshi and a vast colony of Lost Socks. View Elska's "Don't Make Fun of the Goobler" video here: youtube.com/watch?v=yQiAtBQwaxc.

Opening Day Parade - Prospect Park Bandshell
April 06, 2013 - Park Slope

Celebrate the coming of Spring and the crack of the first bat as Brooklyn Little Leaguers and their parents march through Park Slope and into Prospect Park. The ceremonial first pitch of the season will be thrown at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The parade begins at 7th Avenue and Carroll Street.

Saturday Family Programs: Improv4kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Central branch
April 06, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Improv 4 Kids is a family-friendly improv show where the audience's suggestions create the show. The troupe of professional improvisers use the suggestions they receive to create whimsical, original songs and stories, as well as give willing audience members the chance to get up on stage and assist the performers.

15th Annual Eileen Dugan 5K Run - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
April 06, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

This 3.1-mile race remembers former NY State Assemblymember Eileen Dugan, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 51. All proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Register at 15thdugan.eventbrite.com.

Blooming Babies: Adventures in the Jungle - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 06, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover animals that live in the world's jungles. Imagine being one of those animals and crawl, jump, flap, or hop from place to place while letting out your loudest roar! Meet an animal from the Museum's live collection and create a jungle-themed craft to take home.

Jazz Dance Party - Staten Island Children's Museum
April 06, 2013 - Staten Island

Jazz dancer Walter Rutledge will teach you all the moves.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
April 06, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make jazz-inspired art while listening to Dave Brubeck.

Family Nature Crafts - Blue Heron Park
April 06, 2013 - Staten Island

Create some arts and crafts using materials found in the Park.

Cirque Du Solieil Presents 'Totem' - Citi Field Lot C.
Through April 21, 2013 - Flushing

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.

Make it Grand - New York Transit Museum
Through April 23, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Join the Museum during spring break for Make It Grand!, an original, interactive musical that celebrates 100 years of Grand Central Terminal. The program is free with Museum admission. Performance is approximately 30 minutes in length. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

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.

Sunday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn

Babies and toddlers enjoy stories as read by a different visiting author each week.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through June 30, 2013 - Brooklyn

Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well.

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.

Superhero Science - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids, 4 and older, can supercharge a magnetic compass with Magneto, explore optics with Cyclops, learn the forces of flight with Superman, or sling a web with Spidey. It's a new super science adventure every week!

Adventurous Appetites - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids will create a tasty dish and explore food from around the world.

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.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour: The Past, The Present, and The Future - Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
Through October 01, 2013 - Vinegar Hill

It's hard not to notice the hulking structures of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here's an opportunity to tour the Yard and learn about intriguing sites of the 150-year shipbuilding facility, including a Civil-War era dry dock, the 24-acre former Navy hospital campus, and more.

Carousel Rides - Prospect Park Carousel
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Take a ride on the Park's beautiful 101 year-old carousel.

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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