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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly June 26, 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.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
June 26, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Stories, socializing, and rhymes for babies.

After School Stories - Brooklyn Public Library, Saratoga branch
June 26, 2013 - Brownsville

Kids with and without disabilities hear stories. (Part of The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.)

After School Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
June 26, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Kids get help with homework from library staff.

Chess Club - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens branch
June 26, 2013 - Carroll Gardens

Chess for all ages.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
June 27, 2013 - Crown Heights

Teens enjoy music, games, socializing, and more.

Sing Along - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
June 27, 2013 - Marine Park

Roll over Beethoven! Come hear Mr. Avrum, the librarian, play some of your favorite tunes.

Ridge Girls Write - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
June 27, 2013 - Bay Ridge

Girls can write freely from their perspective in this special writing workshop.

Journey to the Stars - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 27, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

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

Storyplay - Brooklyn Public Library, Rugby branch
June 28, 2013 - East Flatbush

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

Board Games for Kids and Tweens - Brooklyn Public Library, Arlington branch
June 28, 2013 - Brownsville

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

Superhero Day: Capes, Masks, and Tights?! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

Calling all super-powered crime fighters! Fly, swing, or teleport over to the Museum for an action-packed day of programs, activities, and more. Kids who come dressed as their favorite courageous character will get $2 off admission.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
June 28, 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.

Much Ado About Nothing - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 28, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

The Random Access Theater Company presents a different spin on Shakespeare's enjoyable Much Ado About Nothing--this time set in Colonial Macau.

Archery - Prospect Park Picnic Ground
June 29, 2013 - Park Slope

Kids, 8 and older, and grownups learn archery with a trained instructor. A mandatory safety review is part of the session.

Navarasam: An Expressive Journey - Staten Island Zoo
June 29, 2013 - Staten Island

Navarasam: An Expressive Journey, is a dance composition extracted from the Indian epic Ramayana. Navarasam literally means nine expressions and this project is a nine part, in-depth analysis into the expressive journey that a person undergoes in his or her lifetime. This event is enjoyable for the whole family.

Big Bugs: Ladybug Release! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 29, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids can celebrate their freedom at the end of the school year by releasing hundreds of ladybugs into the Museum's Garden.

Big Bugs: Ladybug Release! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 29, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids can celebrate their freedom at the end of the school year by releasing hundreds of ladybugs into the Museum's Garden.

Big Bugs: Ladybug Release! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 29, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids can celebrate their freedom at the end of the school year by releasing hundreds of ladybugs into the Museum's Garden.

Happy Birthday Superman - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 29, 2013 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers make a super hero cape and sing happy birthday to Superman.

Bansuri Flute with Sundar Das - Brooklyn Children's Museum
June 29, 2013 - Crown Heights

Das performs traditional Classical Indian ragas subtly influenced by western devotional music and intended to create a mindful state that promotes positive emotions.

Nostalgia Ride to Coney Island - New York Transit Museum
June 29, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Ride the 1930s era R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway System above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt. Then visit Coney Island's beach-side amusement park, take a dip in the ocean, or stay on the train for additional rides.

Much Ado About Nothing - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 29, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

The Random Access Theater Company presents a different spin on Shakespeare's enjoyable Much Ado About Nothing--this time set in Colonial Macau.

Kids Create! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 29, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Kids will enjoy creating arts and crafts in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Kids Create! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
June 29, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Kids will enjoy creating arts and crafts in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Saturday Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
June 29, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Butterfly Count - Staten Island Museum
June 29, 2013 - Staten Island

Join the Staten Island Museum staff as they count butterflies all across the island. Bring a pair of bincoculars to help you spot the butterflies, and keep track of the ones you find.

Vintage Baseball - Governors Island
June 29, 2013 - Governors Island

See baseball played as it was at the turn of the last century

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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