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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly July 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.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
July 03, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Stories, socializing, and rhymes for babies.

Story and Music Jamboree - Brooklyn Public Library, Macon branch
July 03, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Get in the reading groove at this high-energy story/music hour that combines new and favorite tales with songs, rhymes, dance, movement, and instrument play.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
July 03, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Stories, socializing, and rhymes for babies.

Lady Liberty - Brooklyn Children's Museum
July 03, 2013 - Crown Heights

Standing with her torch held high, The Statue of Liberty has been lighting the way for millions of immigrants coming to America through New York Harbor. Celebrate her birthday and our country's by making a patriotic craft.

Music in the Grove: Astrograss - Fort Greene Park
July 03, 2013 - Fort Greene

Astrograss plays a kid-friendly bluegrass/newgrass blend that kids love!

Lady Liberty - Brooklyn Children's Museum
July 03, 2013 - Crown Heights

Standing with her torch held high, Lady Liberty has been lighting the way for millions of people coming to New York. Celebrate her birthday and America's by making a patriotic craft.

Clearwater Deck Tours - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
July 04, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The Clearwater is a famous sailboat, celebrated in songs and occasionally skippered by Pete Seeger. Clearwater's renown for her mission of teaching young and old about the need for ecological awareness and practice in the Hudson Valley watershed and beyond. Here's an opportunity to tour her decks, meet and learn from her captains, and learn about her mission.

Journey to the Stars - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
July 04, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

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

Declare Independence - Lefferts Historic House
July 04, 2013 - Flatbush

Celebrate America's 237th birthday and one of the greatest documents ever written. Pick up a quill pen and sign your "John Hancock" on a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence, and make a fancy plumed hat while you're at it.

Independence Day Celebration - Historic Richmond Town
July 04, 2013 - Staten Island

A pie-baking contest, ice cream making, villagers dressed as patriots...that's some of what you'll find at Historic Richmond Town's Independence Day Celebration. Experience fourth of July surrounded by colonial-era atmosphere.

International African Arts Festival - Commodore Barry Park
July 04, 2013 - Wallabout/Fort Greene

Kids and family entertainment, dance performances, cultural discussions and symposiums, clowns and magicians, martial arts performances and fashion shows, a chess tournament, an African marketplace, and all kinds of representations of African culture in this four-day festival, now in its 42nd year.

Annual July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest - Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs
July 04, 2013 - Coney Island

The famous, or infamous, hot dog eating contest celebrates its 97th year. Make it a July 4th day at the beach, and eat a few hot dogs at Nathan's Famous!.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
July 05, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Teens enjoy games, books, and other activities.

Pop Up Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
July 05, 2013 - Marine Park

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

Blooming Babies: The Big Bubble - Brooklyn Children's Museum
July 05, 2013 - Crown Heights

What is inside a bubble? Children can experiment with bubbles big and small and investigate the science of bubble-ology. They can create their own bubble wands with recycled materials to take home.

International African Arts Festival - Commodore Barry Park
July 05, 2013 - Wallabout/Fort Greene

Kids and family entertainment, dance performances, cultural discussions and symposiums, clowns and magicians, martial arts performances and fashion shows, a chess tournament, an African marketplace, and all kinds of representations of African culture in this four-day festival, now in its 42nd year.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
July 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.

Family Programs - Museum of Biblical Art
July 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

The museum hosts a family program on the first Saturday of every month. Registration is suggested but not required. The programs introduce kids ages 4-12 and their accompanying adults to artwork on view through thematic, interactive tours and art-making activities.

Next Stop: Story Car! - NY Transit Museum
July 06, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Children ages 4 and younger hear stories about vintage subway cars and play games inspired by characters from favorite transportation books.

Assignment: Subway - NY Transit Museum
July 06, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids learn about different subway jobs on a fun, interactive tour. They'll handle artifacts, explore special areas of the Museum, and make a badge for the subway job they would most like to have.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park Imagination Playground
July 06, 2013 - Flatbush

Gather 'round Peter and Willy, the statue of two beloved Keats characters, for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall and guest storytellers.

History in Your Hands: Pulling Weeds on the Farm - Lefferts Historic House
July 06, 2013 - Flatbush

Visitors of all ages can come and help Lefferts staff take care of the potato farm plot, medicinal and herb gardens, and berry patches by pulling weeds and helping to water. Bring a hat and a bottle of water and we will provide the tools and gloves.

Piper Theatre presents You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown - The Old Stone House
July 06, 2013 - Park Slope

The Tony-award winning musical based on Charles M. Schulz' beloved Peanuts gang comes to Brooklyn.

International African Arts Festival - Commodore Barry Park
July 06, 2013 - Wallabout/Fort Greene

Kids and family entertainment, dance performances, cultural discussions and symposiums, clowns and magicians, martial arts performances and fashion shows, a chess tournament, an African marketplace, and all kinds of representations of African culture in this four-day festival, now in its 42nd year.

Grow BIG - Brooklyn Children's Museum
July 06, 2013 - Crown Heights

Harvest seeds from fruits and veggies, create a seed bomb, or make a cutting of your favorite houseplant to take home. The Museum is growing something new each week!

The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble - Kingsborough Community College
July 06, 2013 - Manhattan Beach

The Wind Ensemble performs patriotic songs in recognition of Independence Day.

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.

Macy's Fishing Clinics - Prospect Park Wellhouse
Through August 31, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Learn to fish safely and responsibly at these fishing clinics, which Macy's has sponsored for more than 50 years. Participants will learn best practices for fishing and realize how much fun fishing can be. This is a catch and release program.

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.

Checkmate 101 - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 31, 2013 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn chess instructor, Zebedee Collins, teaches skills and strategies to help take your game to the next level. The class is best for beginning players, but all players are welcome. Boards are limited so come early!

Design Zone - New York Hall of Science
Through September 01, 2013 - Flushing

Kids can create a video game, practice their DJ Skills, or build a roller coaster while exploring how each uses math and science. Find out how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to meet their design challenges. Price includes NYSCi admission.

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.

Fete Paradiso - Governors Island
Through September 30, 2013 - Governors Island

Revel in the nostalgia of vintage French carousels and carnival rides. As the event's promoter's describe, "FĂȘte Paradiso will transport adults and children to a charming Parisian street fair of a bygone era." Fantasies aside, you and the kidlets will enjoy carousels, flying swings, a pipe organ, and an original "bicycle carousel" which, back in its time, was created to encourage Parisiens to use a then-new mode of transport: the bicycle!

Animal Adventures - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids learn about and touch live animals from the Museum's living collection.

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.

See It Big - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Children, age 4 and older, experiment with microscopes, binoculars, and magnifying glasses.

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.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through October 31, 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.

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.

Try It Tuesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Children explore, learn, and discover as they try out science, art, and language in fun and exciting ways.

Wonderment Wednesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids explore and uncover amazing wonders from the Museum's collection. Unravel the mysterious secrets of objects from across the ocean and right in our own backyards.

Folktale Fridays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

From African folktales to Aesop's Fables, animals can teach us so much! Come hear a cherished tale and meet our featured creature!

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.

Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
Through December 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.

Open Play - The Gym Park
Through December 31, 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.

Story Time with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Through December 31, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Emily, The Moxie Spot's resident storyteller, reads for the young and impressionable.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

The Museum's inclusive sensory space engages children of all abilities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Integration disorder.

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