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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly April 10, 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
April 10, 2013 - East New York

Board games for kids and tweens.

Read, Play, and Grow - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg branch
April 10, 2013 - Williamsburg

Class strives to show parents and caregivers ways to encourage literacy through playing and interacting with their child.

After School Drama Program - Brooklyn Public Library, Cypress Hills branch
April 10, 2013 - Cypress Hills

Kids get an introduction to the craft of acting in this regular workshop. Registration required.

Family Wellness Discussion Group: Holistic Parents Meetup - Gourmet Guild Williamsburg
April 10, 2013 - Williamsburg

The North Brooklyn Holistic Parenting (NBHP) group provides a safe and supportive environment, where we can come together to ask questions, share parenting techniques and stories, and discuss timely and relevant family wellness issues. Discussion topics will largely be determined by the needs of the group, but here's a glimpse of the articles that will be discussed: the vaccination controversy, psychiatric drugs and your children, home births and midwifery, compassionate and attachment parenting principles, holistic nutrition, creating healthy babies, coping with your child's food sensitivities, helping your children deal with change, and other issues related to birth, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

After School Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
April 11, 2013 - Greenpoint

Children, with and without special needs, hear stories, sing songs, and make something fun. (Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.)

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
April 11, 2013 - Crown Heights

Teens enjoy music, games, socializing, and more.

Chess for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush branch
April 11, 2013 - East Flatbush

Kids have fun learning and playing chess.

Afternoon Fun - The Moxie Spot
April 11, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Story Time Special Event: Herve Tullet Presents I am a Blop - Greenlight Bookstore
April 11, 2013 - Brooklyn

Using very few words and handwritten text, Tullet's new book, I Am Blop!, explores many concepts encountered for the firsttime by young children, including up and down, single and plural,colors, the art museum, city and countryside, and the universe. Tullet reads and discusses his book and creative technique in a very interactive story hour.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Saratoga branch
April 12, 2013 - Brownsville

Teens play games, learn about cool websites, and get tech and homework help on new laptops.

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Clarendon branch
April 12, 2013 - Midwood

Children age 5 and under hear stories and play.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
April 12, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids make some St. Louis corn bread.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
April 12, 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.

One Fun Hundred - New York Transit Museum
April 13, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Travel though 100 years of Grand Central history in this interactive game. Kids will use clues and solve riddles to make their way from 1913 to 2013, discovering fascinating facts, surprising secrets, and amazing anecdotes along the way.

Subway Safari - New York Transit Museum
April 13, 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.

Hot Peas 'N Butter - Symphony Space
April 13, 2013 - Upper West Side

Winners of the 2006, 2008, and the 2009,"Parent's Choice Awards," Hot Peas 'N Butter is a unique children's musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock. By combining an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with mature, multicultural music, Hot Peas 'N Butter has developed a distinct way of inspiring care and creativity in kids and adults alike. Visit hotpeasnbutter.com for more information and videos.

Saturday Family Program: The Iddy Biddies - Brooklyn Public Library, Central branch
April 13, 2013 - Prospect Heights

The Itty Biddies' present an interactive, energetic show will take children on a musical journey around and outside America through storytelling and songs.

Block Party - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 13, 2013 - Crown Heights

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

Alphabet Adventures - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 13, 2013 - Crown Heights

The A,B,Cs are fun, especially when you learn them among friends. Children will hear the story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and create a letter craft to take home.

Tales of Anansi - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
April 13, 2013 - Midwood

Environmental performance group Bash the Trash presents a storytelling concert that features Anansi the trickster, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore. African-inspired musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials accompany the stories.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
April 13, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids create art inspired by the jazz music of Louis Armstrong.

Police and Emergency Workers Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
April 13, 2013 - Staten Island

Children celebrate and learn about the work of our city's police and emergency workers.

Family Disco Party - The Moxie Spot
April 13, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Nature Exploration (vigorous) - High Rock Park Ranger Station
April 13, 2013 - Staten Island

Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest on this vigorous hike. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag lunch.

Prospect Heights Craft Fair - P.S. 9
April 13, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Explore a lovingly curated marketplace of independent artists and designers from Brooklyn and beyond. You'll find an extensive showcase of handmade treasures, such as stationery, textiles, artisanal food, jewelry, and so much more. kid activities from 12pm to 5pm for $5. Kids can drop in (with or without a parent) to do arts and crafts, sing and dance, or hear a local author.

Leaf Rubbing - Marine Park
April 13, 2013 - Marine Park

Have you ever tried leaf rubbing? Here's a chance to do a great arts and crafts project inspired by nature.

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.

Spring Weekend Discovery Workshops - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through June 02, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids learn about garden plants and animals and explore Spring time through discovery stations, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and plantings to take home.

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.

John Singer Sargent Watercolors - Brooklyn Museum
Through July 31, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Children love painting with watercolors. Here they can examine the work of master watercolorist John Singer Sargent via a collaboration between the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. In all, 93 pieces are on display, exemplifying the beauty and majesty of watercolor art.

Pinocchio - Puppetworks
Through August 18, 2013 - Park Slope

Puppetworks performs its adaptation of Collodi's legendary tale, Pinocchio, with an original score and laughs galore.

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.

The Big Adventure - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

The Big Adventure provides fun, dramatic, exciting, unique, and challenging experiences, making the exhibit great for young minds and bodies. Visitors will have opportunities to choose adventures that appeal to them, identify challenges, solve problems, make decisions, set goals, enhance creativity and gain confidence.

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.

Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids have fun out in nature by playing animal charades, pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or joining in many other fun and active nature games that teaches them about the nature around us. Led by a park naturalist.

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

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

Tree House Installation - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Tree house architect Roderick Romero has created a whimsical, inhabitable sculpture using wood from trees felled by Hurricane Sandy. This "tree house" will be part open-air classroom, part viewing point, and part artwork. Created specifically for BBG, it will invite visitors of all ages to experience the Garden in a new way.

World Brooklyn - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids can visit examples of stores they might find in some of Brooklyn's ethnic pockets: a Chinese stationary store, a Mexican bakery, a West African import store, to name a few, which are modeled after real Brooklyn businesses. There's also an international grocery store and a replica of the famous L&B Spumoni pizzeria from Bensonhurst.

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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