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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 22, 2014

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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.

RCSN: Special Camp Fair - Hotel Pennsylvania
January 25, 2014 - Midtown

For all children-even those with special needs-summer is a time to learn new skills, meet new friends, play, experience new environments, learn to trust in new adults, and develop self-confidence. At this fair, parents and guardians of children with special needs can connect with experts from more than 70 summer programs, find out about their child's right to reasonable accommodations, learn how to prepare kids for camp. Remember that the Americans with Disabilities Act supports your child's right to be included in mainstream programs. The law says that your child with special needs is entitled to be given "reasonable accommodations." You are the best person to tell the camp what those accommodation might be. If at all possible, try to visit a camp while it is in session to see if it is really appropriate for your child. If you can?t do that, ask the camp for a link to a video about the program. You can also speak to other parents about their experiences with camp. Resources for Children with Special Needs creates bright futures for the city's at-risk children and youth with special needs by empowering their parents. The organization provides personal, knowledgeable, and compassionate direct assistance to 2,500 families each year, and over 200 workshops and information events for over 3,000 people. RCSN trainings and materials are available in Spanish and English, with growing availability in Chinese. Call for workshop info/free one-on-one expert support.

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.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 22, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Stories, socializing, and rhymes for babies.

Preschool Story Time (Ages 3 and 4) - Brooklyn Public Library, Fort Hamilton branch
January 22, 2014 - Bay Ridge

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

Legos - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
January 22, 2014 - Marine Park

Kids unleash their creativity with Legos.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
January 22, 2014 - Crown Heights

Kids have fun exploring their creative abilities with arts and crafts activities.

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic - Barclays Center
January 22, 2014 - Prospect Heights/Park Slope

More than 60 Disney characters come to life on the ice. Classic Disney icons such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy skate with more contemporary Pixar characters, among them Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Incredible.

Story Play for First Five Years - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
January 23, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers hear stories, socialize, and play with toys.

Chess for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
January 23, 2014 - Marine Park

Flatlands brach librarian Avrum teaches chess to kids.

Chess with Oscar - Brooklyn Public Library, Gravesend branch
January 23, 2014 - Gravesend

Expert chess teacher Oscar Garcia leads this learning/playing session for young players.

Clifton Anderson Quartet - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 23, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Budding jazz enthusiasts will enjoy this performance by veteran jazz trombonist Cliff Anderson and his quartet.

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic - Barclays Center
January 23, 2014 - Prospect Heights/Park Slope

More than 60 Disney characters come to life on the ice. Classic Disney icons such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy skate with more contemporary Pixar characters, among them Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Incredible.

P.S. 250 Open House - P.S. 250
January 24, 2014 - Williamsburg

P.S. 250, The Williamsburg Magnet School for Communication and Multimedia Arts, is having an open house for prospective parents of children in Pre-K to 5th grade. You can apply to the school even if you are not zoned for the school due to the magnet grant. Last year, the school's chorus sang the national anthem at a Mets game as well as for city officials.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
January 24, 2014 - Marine Park

Children, age birth to 5 years, and with and without disabilities, share stories, rhymes, and play. Part of the Child's Place for Children for Special Needs.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
January 24, 2014 - Windsor Terrace

Stories, socializing, and rhymes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Family Movie Night - The Moxie Spot
January 24, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Enjoy family friendly movies and great food.

Tot Shabbat - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
January 24, 2014 - Bay Ridge

BRJC welcomes in Shabbat with our children, ages 4 and younger, using songs, stories, musical instruments, and dancing.

Brooklyn Families Celebrate Lunar New Year - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 25, 2014 - Crown Heights

It's the Year of the Horse. Listen to a Chinese folktale and explore horses in art from around the world.

3, 2, 1…Happy Chinese New Year! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 25, 2014 - Crown Heights

Celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the Horse with the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Learn about this cultural celebration and create a New Year's party hat to take home.

Cultural Connections: Celebrate Chinese New Year with Puppetry and Practice - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 25, 2014 - Crown Heights

Puppetry In Practice celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year with an exciting festival, that includes a presentation of The Empty Pot, a traditional Chinese folktale, and a Dragon Walk workshop in which our large Chinese dragon puppet travels through the entire Museum.

Are You My Mother - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 25, 2014 - Prospect Heights

P.D. Eastman's lovable, classic children's book gets reinterpreted as a theatrical, musical adventure.

Illuminated - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
January 25, 2014 - Crown Heights

BBG's enchanting winter pop-up returns, with a weekend of family activities, a special day just for tweens, and programs for seniors. Play old-school games in the Lite-Brite Lounge, learn circus skills, listen to storytelling, and more.

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic - Barclays Center
January 25, 2014 - Prospect Heights/Park Slope

More than 60 Disney characters come to life on the ice. Classic Disney icons such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Goofy skate with more contemporary Pixar characters, among them Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Incredible.

Nintendo Wii Night - The Moxie Spot
January 25, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Play Just Dance, Michael Jackson experience, MarioKart, Wii Sports if there's time.

Kids After School Snack Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
January 25, 2014 - Crown Heights

Kids can relax in the library, enjoy a snack (not provided), and socialize before starting homework.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

Transportation Inventions - New York Transit Museum
Through January 26, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Use your imagination, a little inspiration, and some wacky materials that will be on hand to plan, blueprint and build a pint-sized vehicle model of the future! For ages 4 and older.

Wonderment Wednesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - 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.

Meet the Museum - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 13, 2014 - Prospect Heights/Park Slope

Registration for the winter session of Meet the Museum opens on December 13 and meets on Thursdays from January 9 through February 13. A program for the Museum’s youngest visitors and those who care for them, Meet the Museum provides toddlers with opportunities to experiment with and explore art and culture through song, gallery activities, and art making. Adult companions work closely with their children and discover creative and fun ways to interact. Early registration is encouraged; classes fill up quickly.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through February 28, 2014 - 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 March 31, 2014 - 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.

Ice Skating - Prospect Park LeFrak Center at Lakeside
Through April 01, 2014 - Flatbush

Prospect Park has been missing its ice skating facility for the past four seasons, but skating has returned with the opening of Lakeside. This state-of-the-art skating center features two rinks (one that can be used for rollerskating in warmer months, and a full-fledges recreational facility.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

Cinderella - Puppetworks
Through April 13, 2014 - Park Slope

Puppetworks does a marionette interpretation of the Godmother of all fairy tales.

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

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.

Animal Encounters - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through April 30, 2014 - Flatbush

Learn about the animals at the Audubon Center with a park ranger.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour: The Past, The Present, and The Future - Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
Through May 31, 2014 - 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.

Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through June 30, 2014 -

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

Animal Adventures - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

Open Play - The Gym Park
Through June 30, 2014 - 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 June 30, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Sing Along with Jarrod - Greenlight Bookstore
Through June 30, 2014 - Fort Greene

Greenlight presents 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by resident bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.

Art Kids - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers discover the artistic process and develop art skills through a different activity each Friday.

Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area - Prospect Park/Grand Army Plaza
Through July 01, 2014 - Park Slope

Enter the park at the Grand Army Plaza entrance and walk along Park Drive toward the carousel and you'll find the Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area. Constructed from trees and other materials damaged by recent storms, the Area serves to surround children with natural elements as they play, exercising their minds and muscles.

Little Hands Creative Play Workshop for Toddlers - Barking Cat Studio
Through August 01, 2014 - Windsor Terrace

This creative play workshop focuses on educational, theme-related, simple art projects that little hands can easily create and enjoy. Register for a series of classes or drop in. (Drop-ins are welcome provided there is space. Call in advance.)

Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Through August 31, 2014 - Canarsie

Affected by or confronting autism? You are not alone. Share your experiences and support each other. While the support group is in session, parents/caregivers can bring their children and their siblings.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - 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.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 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.

Indoor Play - Powerplay
Through December 31, 2014 - 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.

World Brooklyn - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - 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.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Staten Island

Kids create a different art project each week.

Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Staten Island

Kids make and eat a different dish from around the world each week.

Open Play and Private Play - Extreme Kids and Crew/AMP Space
Through December 31, 2014 - Red Hook

Extreme Kids and Crew offer a safe sensory playspace where parents/caregivers and children with special needs (particularly those with sensory and Autism-related conditions can gather to play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and be comfortable Children can experiment with different swings, snuggle up on beanbags and foofs, climb the cargo net, make art at the art table, meet new friends, and hideaway in a tent.


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