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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly February 5, 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.

Story and Music Jamboree - Brooklyn Public Library, Macon branch
February 05, 2014 - 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.

Kids After School Snack Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
February 05, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
February 05, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

Cortelyou Friends Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou branch
February 06, 2014 - Ditmas Park

A story hour for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Teen Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
February 06, 2014 - Crown Heights

Teens enjoy music, games, socializing, and more.

Ridge Girls Write - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
February 06, 2014 - Bay Ridge

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

Book Talk: Brooklyn's Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era - Brooklyn Historical Society
February 06, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Did you know that Brooklyn's Plymouth Church was a stop on the Underground Railroad? It's something you'll hear about when authors Frank Decker and Lois Rosebrooks discuss their new book about Plymouth Church's activism under the leadership of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island branch
February 07, 2014 - Coney Island

Kids and tweens enjoy classic and new board games.

Board Games for Teens - Brooklyn Public Library, Homecrest branch
February 07, 2014 - Homecrest

Unplug from the digital gadget and get back to some board games!

Family Movie Night - The Moxie Spot
February 07, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Enjoy family friendly movies and great food.

Handmade History - Brooklyn Historical Society
February 08, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Children are invited to put on their creative caps, roll up their sleeves, learn some history, and capture their love for Brooklyn through art.

Rain Play! - Brooklyn Public Library, Central branch
February 08, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Award winning illustrator and author Javaka Steptoe tells the story Rain Play!, his book of little ones playing games and having fun with joyous abandon on a rainy day. Accompanied by renowned tap dancer, Michela Marino–Lerman the two bring Rain Play! alive through the sound of words, dance and syncopation.

Black History Month: Telling Our Stories - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 08, 2014 - Crown Heights

Children age 5 and older explore community artifacts and hear stories, including their own to share.

Blooming Babies: I Love Being Me! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 08, 2014 - Crown Heights

Through storytelling and songs, toddlers explore the things that make them special and create a fun craft to celebrate their uniqueness.

Quilting Kids - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 08, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers discover the art of using quilts for telling stories. They'll examine the work of Faith Ringgold as an artist and storyteller and create their own quilt craft to take home.

Family Disco Party - The Moxie Spot
February 08, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Dance to disco hits of the '70s and '80s, and beyond!

School's Out 2014: Summer Camp and After-School Expo - PS 321
February 08, 2014 - Park Slope

Now in its third year, School's Out is a fantastic, one-stop resource for finding great kids' activities in Brooklyn and beyond. This year we have 60 exhibitors lined up, including a variety of sleepaway camps, day camps, and all kinds of creative niche programs. Art, music, theater, dance, sports, computer programming, cooking, rock climbing, engineering, game strategy, gardening, building, skateboarding, digital design, textile design, and language immersion are just a few of the offerings on hand. We've lined up some fun kids' entertainment and invited local food vendors to set up shop outside.

A Surprise Inside: Buildings with Secret Powers! - New York Transit Museum
Through February 09, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Is it a school? Is it a library? No… it’s a Powerhouse! The 74th Street Powerhouse, built in 1902, is a quiet building on the outside, but on the inside, it once housed giant, noisy machines working night and day to create the electricity that powered elevated trains throughout Manhattan. The Museum will discuss the Powerhouse and other “superhero” buildings in New York City, and then make our own dioramas of “powerful” buildings. For ages 6 and older.

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.

Mid Winter Break Mini Camp - Juguemos a Cantar
Through February 28, 2014 - Park slope

We provide Mini-Camps at Juguemos a Cantar for children ages 3-10, when they are not in school due to year-round holiday schedules.Children can be enrolled in one or more days. All children must be 3-10 years old and potty trained.

President's Week Programs - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through March 01, 2014 - Flatbush

Prospect Park host some great classes for kids during President's day week (Feb. 17-21). Winter in the Wild (1-3pm) is a nature walk that examines how animals live and survive during winter; Great Backyard Birdcount (3pm) introduces children to the ways that naturalists track bird populations.

President's Week Activities - Lefferts Historic House
Through March 01, 2014 - Flatbush

The Lefferts Historic House offers several activities for children during President's Day week. Come in From the Cold (1-3pm) offers great indoor playtime the way it was experienced during the 18th and 19th centuries. Kids can play Nine Man Morris and other games/activities. The 2nd Floor Tour (1-3:30pm) is a half-hour glimpse at artifacts from 19th century family walk.

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.

Touch Tank - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

Touch a star fish, a horseshoe crab, or a sea snail. Explore sea creatures up close and learn about ocean diversity.

Bug Out - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

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.

Try It Tuesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

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.

Nature Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers will learn about the living and nonliving things that coexist with people, and the importance of being a steward of the environment. They will meet an animal, plant or mineral from the Museum's collection.

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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