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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly October 16, 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.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, East Flatbush branch
October 16, 2013 - East Flatbush

Kids explore their creativity with arts and crafts.

Disco Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
October 16, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Join the Kings Bay Y staff for Disco Time and Sing-Alongs. Get Ready to Dance, Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

Story and Music Jamboree - Brooklyn Public Library, Macon branch
October 16, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will 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.

Yoga for Toddlers - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
October 17, 2013 - Williamsburg

Yoga for babies, 18-36 months old.

Sing Along - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
October 17, 2013 - Marine Park

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

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 17, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park branch
October 18, 2013 - Dyker Heights

Teens enjoy games, books, and other activities.

Neighborhood Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Macon branch
October 18, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Parents and caregivers take the lead and share stories, rhymes, and songs. Kids can play with toys and explore arts and crafts.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
October 18, 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.

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 18, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

It's My Park Day - Prospect Park Lookout Hill
October 19, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Take this opportunity to care for Prospect Park. As part of a larger city-wide effort, volunteers will don brooms, shovels, rakes, and trash grabbers to help with cleaning up, path maintenance and woodland restoration on Lookout Hill to make sure it's ready for Halloween. Pre-registration required. See website.

Play Lab Workshop: The Great Pumpkin - Brooklyn Children's Museum
October 19, 2013 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers will discover the importance of pumpkins throughout history and in our everyday lives. They'll explore gourds from the museum's collection and enjoy a Halloween-themed film, snacks, and pumpkin printing with museum educators.

Kidmade in Brooklyn: Creepy Collection - Brooklyn Children's Museum
October 19, 2013 - Crown Heights

Mummies, ghosts, and vampires...oh my! Explore some of the creepier pieces in the Museum's collection and create a spooky book of monsters to take home.

Harvest Festival - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
October 19, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Celebrate the fall season with a Harvest Festival on Pier 6. This event will feature a pumpkin patch, musical guests, face painting, mask making, storytelling, and art activities.

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 19, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

Mixed-Up Vehicles Book - New York Transit Museum
October 19, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids, age 4 and older, create and color their very own fantasy vehicles. Mix and match amphibious buses and trains with wings in this silly bookmaking workshop.

Annabelle Broom, The Unhappy Witch - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
October 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Annabelle Broom clashes with her tough witch superiors over her unconventional beliefs, such as helping two lost children instead of frightening them. Younger kids will appreciate this show and its gentle wittiness.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Brooklyn Lyceum
October 19, 2013 - Park Slope

Brooklyn Lyceum brings this classic American tale to its stage for Halloween.

Spooktacular - Staten Island Zoo
October 19, 2013 - Staten Island

Spook out to a creepy enchanted forest; attend to that sweet tooth in a Candy Land Path; witness a Superhero show; visit the Creepy Dollhouse and a haunted Ghost Town; join the costume contest. Boo!

Gateway Academy Bike/Walk Fundraiser - South Beach Boardwalk
October 19, 2013 - Staten Island

Gateway Academy is proud to partner with Church at the Gateway to host our first, annual 10 mile bike ride/3.1 mile walk fundraiser on October 19, 2013. The event will start at 9AM at South Beach Park, Staten Island (next to Ft. Wadsworth). The cost per rider/walker is $20, which includes an inaugural tee-shirt, picnic lunch, and goodie bag. For an additional $10 you can include your whole immediate family for the picnic lunch and cheer us on! Every participant is required to sign up minimum of ten supporters at $10 or more each. A minimum of $1.00 will be donated for every mile biked and $3.00 for every mile walked. All proceeds will go to Gateway Academy's Scholarship Fund. The top 3 fundraisers will receive a new pair of Pearl Izumi sneakers valued at $120 per pair.* For more information please call 718-966-8695 *All food and prizes will be donated

Empire Drive-In - New York Hall of Science
Through October 20, 2013 - Corona

Experience a new kind of drive-in movie theater. Climb in and out of cars reclaimed from local junkyards as you watch a live show or film projected on a big screen. Car not required. Installation is open daily. Live show/movies showing October 4 – 6, 10 – 13 & 16 – 20, 2013 with a nightly slide show by Stephen Mallon. Empire Drive-In is a large-scale multimedia installation and full-scale outdoor theater made of reclaimed and recycled materials: a 40-foot screen and concession stand; seating in cars sourced from local junkyards; and low-power radio sound in each vehicle. The project debuted at the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, Calif. in 2010. NYSCI presents the New York debut of Empire Drive-In in collaboration with artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, who will construct the massive installation in NYSCI's parking lot as a vehicle for community engagement and homage to a special and lost platform that reflects on car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse, and sensory-based nostalgia. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience members are invited to sit inside or on top of any of the 60 different cars and trucks that are part of the installation. A small number of lawn chairs will also be provided. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets from home to make their viewing experience more comfortable. Empire Drive-In shows are held rain or shine, however, extreme weather may result in cancellation. In the unlikely event of extreme weather, check NYSCI's Facebook Twitter, or website after 4 pm on day of show for up-to-date info regarding cancellations. Refunds will be administered via Eventbrite. The End of the Road: Cars and Other Junk with Greg Saunier's Keyboard Army Friday, October 4; 7 – 11 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) $15 Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark 7 pm: A slide show of drive-in themed photos by Stephen Mallon 7:15 pm: Short films (TBD) 7:40 pm: Three silent shorts scored by Greg Saunier with drums, live car percussion, and 30 Casio keyboard players. The silent shorts include: One Week starting Buster Keaton, One A.M. starring Charlie Chaplin, and Kid Speed starring Oliver Hardy. 8:40 pm: Intermission 9 pm: Feature Film (TBD) Empire Drive-In is a large-scale multimedia installation and full-scale outdoor theater made of reclaimed and recycled materials: a 40-foot screen and concession stand; seating in cars sourced from local junkyards; and low-power radio sound in each vehicle. The project debuted at the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, Calif. in 2010. NYSCI presents the New York debut of Empire Drive-In in collaboration with artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark, who will construct the massive installation in NYSCI's parking lot as a vehicle for community engagement and homage to a special and lost platform that reflects on car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse, and sensory-based nostalgia. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Audience members are invited to sit inside or on top of any of the 60 different cars and trucks that are part of the installation. A small number of lawn chairs will also be provided. Ticket holders are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets from home to make their viewing experience more comfortable. Empire Drive-In shows are held rain or shine, however, extreme weather may result in cancellation. In the unlikely event of extreme weather, check NYSCI's Facebook Twitter, or website after 4 pm on day of show for up-to-date info regarding cancellations. Refunds will be administered via Eventbrite. The End of the Road: Cars and Other Junk with Greg Saunier's Keyboard Army Friday, October 4; 7 – 11 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) $15 Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark 7 pm: A slide show of drive-in themed photos by Stephen Mallon 7:15 pm: Short films (TBD) 7:40 pm: Three silent shorts scored by Greg Saunier with drums, live car percussion, and 30 Casio keyboard players. The silent shorts include: One Week starting Buster Keaton, One A.M. starring Charlie Chaplin, and Kid Speed starring Oliver Hardy. 8:40 pm: Intermission 9 pm: Feature Film (TBD) Bollywood Bash Saturday, October 5; 7 – 11 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) $15 Presented by the Queens Museum 7 pm: A slide show of drive-in themed photos by Stephen Mallon/DJ spins 7:30 pm: Bollywood dance lesson with actress, dancer and choreographer Reena Shah 8 pm: Bollywood feature film (TBD) A Samuel Z. Arkoff Double Feature Sunday, October 6; 7 – 10 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm) $15 Presented by Light Industry A double feature tribute to producer Samuel Z. Arkoff, the low-budget mogul who oversaw more than 400 films. Arkoff made the drive-in the premiere destination for teenagers in search of cheap thrills in the 50s, 60s and 70s. 6 pm: TBD 7 pm: A slide show of drive-in themed photos by Stephen Mallon 7:15 pm: Reptilicus, a film about a fictional prehistoric reptile 8:50 pm: Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine starring Vincent Price and Frankie Avalon Animation Flip Out Thursday, October 10; 5 – 9 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm) $10 Presented by NYSCI with Thomas Slathes and Tammy Arnstein 6 pm: Demonstrations of projectors and film splicing; flip book activity 6:45 pm: TBD 7:45 pm: TBD The Space Between: Public, Private, Borders, Edges Friday, October 11; 7 – 11 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) $15 Short Films Presented by Rooftop Films 7 pm: A slide show of drive-in themed photos by Stephen Mallon 7:15 pm: Rooftop Films shorts including The Mechanicals directed by Leon Ford, City of Cranes directed by Eva Weber, filmmaker Todd Bieber's Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard, The Commoners by directors Penny Lane and Jessica Bardsley, Dr. Breakfast by director Stephen P. Neary, The External World by director David O'Reilly, Welcome to Pine Point by directors Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, collectively known as The Goggles, and Ich Bin's. Helmut (It's me. Helmut) directed by Nicolas Steiner. Teenage Wasteland: Double Feature Saturday, October 12; 7 – 11 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) $15 Programmed by Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 26, 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.

Blooming Naturalists - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids explore the natural beauty of Prospect Park with a park naturalist.

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.

Free Thursday Night! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Visit the Museum for free every Thursday during October. Free hours start at 3:00pm and lasts until 5:00pm.

Race Around the Farmyard - Lefferts Historic House
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts, and other old-fashioned activities.

Tall Tales with Tammy Hall - Lefferts Historic House
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Storyteller Tammy Hall brings the age-old art of storytelling to the Lefferts Historic House.

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.

Carousel Rides - Prospect Park Carousel
Through November 11, 2013 - Flatbush

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

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.

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.

Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp - Puppetworks
Through December 22, 2013 - Park Slope

Puppetworks presents an adaptation of the tale "1001 Arabian Nights," featuring a "live" djinni.

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.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour: The Past, The Present, and The Future - Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
Through December 31, 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.

Bug Out - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Feeling brave? Meet grasshoppers, worms, stick bugs, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Nature's Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers learn about the living and nonliving things that coexist with us on planet Earth, and the importance of being a steward of the environment. Meet an animal, plant, or mineral from the museum's collection.

Feeding Frenzy - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Come see what's on the menu today for the animals that live at the museum.

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. Please note that the Museum will be closed from September 1 through September 13.

Knit, Purl, Sow - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through January 22, 2014 - Crown Heights

Knit, Purl, Sow brings together textile and knitting artists and their finely detailed botanical renderings, expressionistic plants, and landscapes that will inspire a new appreciation for natural forms.

The Emancipation Proclamation - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn

View Brooklyn Historical Society's rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and examine its dramatic and polemic impact on Americans at the height of the Civil War. The exhibit suggests ways that the document's social and political meaning has evolved in the 150 years since it was signed, and invites visitors to reflect on its legacy in the twenty-first century.

Landmarks of New York - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments have been protected from destruction through landmark designation. Explore the history of New York through the lens of its landmark buildings in this exhibit of photographs, The show documents architectural structures of all types that reflect the city's history, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.


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