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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly June 19, 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.

Lunchapalooza: Nepo Soteri - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
June 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Soteri is a guitarist and vocalist who infuses music of his native Rwanda with American jazz, R & B, and African-Caribbean beats.

Plaza Swing Series: Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Review - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
June 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Shapiro adds a little Yiddish flavoring to a distinctly American music that thrived in the 1930s and 40s: hard-swinging jump blues. Vocal powerhouse Cilla Owens lends her talents to this eclectic mash up of Jewish novelty songs and jazz. Dance lessons are at 6:30. The band starts at 7 pm.

Preschool Story Time (Ages 3 and 4) - Brooklyn Public Library, Fort Hamilton branch
June 19, 2013 - Bay Ridge

A story hour specifically for preschoolers, ages 3 and 4.

Babies and Books/Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, New Lots branch
June 19, 2013 - East New York

Babies and preschoolers enjoy stories and book exploration.

Preschool Fun Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
June 20, 2013 - Homecrest

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers enjoy hearing stories, singing songs, and creating arts and crafts projects.

Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Bedford branch
June 20, 2013 - Crown Heights

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

Chess Class - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
June 20, 2013 - Homecrest

Babies and toddlers enjoy stories, singing, and arts and crafts.

Journey to the Stars - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 20, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Volunteers from the Amateur Astronomists Association lead participants across the sky. Telescopes will be on-hand, or bring your own.

Pop Up Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
June 21, 2013 - Marine Park

Preschoolers enjoy a special story hour with 3D pop up books.

Chess - Brooklyn Public Library, Ulmer Park branch
June 21, 2013 - Bath Beach

Kids learn and play chess with an actual chess master.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush branch
June 21, 2013 - East Flatbush

Teens enjoy books, games, and music.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
June 21, 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.

Fitness Hike (vigorous) - High Rock Park Ranger Station
June 22, 2013 - Staten Island

There's less talking and more walking on this fitness-minded hike. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag lunch.

Animal Adventures: Happy Birthday R2D2 - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 22, 2013 - Crown Heights

Party down with R2D2, the oldest known Eastern Box Turtle in New York, as he celebrates his 60th birthday. Meet his live animal friends and feed him fresh veggies from the Museum garden.

Mermaid Parade - Coney Island Beach
June 22, 2013 - Coney Island

All that's raucous, bizarre, and bacchanal about Coney Island can be found at the annual Mermaid Day parade, making it a really great time for kids and leering grown ups alike.

PLayLab Workshop: Let's Celebrate Jamaica - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 22, 2013 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers explore the rich culture of Jamaica by sampling some yummy Jamaican buns, desserts, and snacks. They can practice chewing sweet sugar cane and wash it all down by making some fizzy Jamaican punch.

Hawaiian Ukelele with Makalina Gallagher - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 22, 2013 - Crown Heights

Hear the Hawaiian ukulele as performer Makalina Gallahger plays songs and teaches traditional dances from the Pacific.

Nintendo Wii Night - The Moxie Spot
June 22, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Enrichment Day - Staten Island Zoo
June 22, 2013 - Staten Island

Kids and their grown ups can observe zoo keepers as they introduce new "toys" to the zoo animals and explain what they are and how they help to keep the animals active and healthy.

Family Field Day - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
June 22, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Family Field Day offers fun games, sports, and activities for children ages 4 to 10. Led by experienced staff dedicated to making the event a good time, whether you're doing volleyball or soccer--tug of war, or obstacle races.

Seining the River Wild - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 22, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as the Park's scientists use a 20-foot seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.RSVP is required for this event. (Visit website for more information).

Kids Create! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 22, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Kids will enjoy arts and crafts in the beautiful surroundings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Saturday Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
June 22, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Get out on the water! Children under 18 must have a guardian present.

Junior Engineer: The Pneumatic Subway - New York Transit Museum
June 22, 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.

Garden Tea Party - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Visit the Museum for a spot of tea and learn about global tea cultures.

Big Bugs - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Wriggle like a worm, slide like a snail, flit like a butterfly, or fly away home like a ladybug. Learn about the fascinating life of backyard critters each week.

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.

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

Hear stories, sing, dance, then eat!

Meet and Greet: Creatures of the Sea - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids discover the diversity of life under the sea by exploring marine animals up close and personal.

Tales of Wonder - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids travel to far away places in their imaginations by listening to tales from around the world.

Bike NY: Learn to Ride-Kids - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5
Through July 28, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

This free group class is for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. Through a safe, easy, effective method, Bike New York's experienced instructors help parents teach their kids how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Register at bikenewyork.org.

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.

Little Artists - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers explore arts and crafts in a late morning or early afternoon session.

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.

Bargemusic presents Music in Motion - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through July 31, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

These neighborhood family concerts are one-hour long and include a Q&A with the musicians afterward. Perfect for young listeners and budding musicians.

Celebrate Brooklyn! - Prospect Park Bandshell
Through August 10, 2013 - Park Slope

Celebrate Brooklyn! offers a diverse season of free concerts usually on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Highlights this season include a screening of Dracula with a live performance from the Philip Glass Ensemble (July 13.), The Waterboys (July 19), They Might Be Giants (Aug. 10), and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis in a special children's concert (Jun. 8).

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.

Fireworks - Coney Island Beach
Through August 31, 2013 - Coney Island

Coney Island USA presents fireworks every Friday during the Summer months. Enjoy the rides, surf, food, the Cyclones, and everything Coney Island has to offer, then top it off with a great fireworks display.

Skate Truck NYC - Governors Island
Through August 31, 2013 - Governors Island

Rent roller skates, helmets, and safety equipment.

CMA's Free Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 02, 2013 - Governors Island

With a programming emphasis for children ages 1-12 years, participants can choose from a variety of hands on art projects and art-viewing experiences, including artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, sound design, animation, podcasting, and more. Additionally, select artwork from CMA's permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children's artwork will be on display in building 14 and select children's made films from the unique Media Lab collection will be screened in building 11. Each day a guided workshop will accompany the collection exhibit and film screening to further enrich the art and film viewing.

Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program - Governors Island
Through September 29, 2013 - Governors Island

Join CMA's Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more.

Shipwrecked! A History of Maritime Disasters in NY Harbor - Governors Island
Through September 29, 2013 - Governors Island

Learn about the maritime mayhem that once occured in NY Harbor. Genuine artifacts will be displayed.

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.

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through September 30, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Kayaking for all ages. Children under 18 must have an adult present and a waiver signed.

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.

Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Through November 13, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Indoor Playspace - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through November 13, 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 Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through November 30, 2013 -

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

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

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

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.

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through December 28, 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.

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.

Indoor Play - Powerplay
Through December 31, 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.


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