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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly March 12, 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
March 12, 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.

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
March 12, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

Chess Workshop - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek branch
March 12, 2014 - East New York

An all-ages chess fest! Learn, practice, and play.

Cortelyou Friends Story Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou branch
March 13, 2014 - Ditmas Park

A late afternoon story hour for preschoolers.

Teen Tech Time: Wii and PS 3 Gaming - Brooklyn Public Library, Arlington branch
March 13, 2014 - Brownsville

Teens enjoy some video games.

Chess with Oscar - Brooklyn Public Library, Gravesend branch
March 13, 2014 - Gravesend

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

Kids Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Crown Heights branch
March 14, 2014 - Crown Heights

Kids can hang out and play chess, checkers, dominos, and board games.

Learn Chess with Eric Fleischman - Brooklyn Public Library, Paerdegat branch
March 14, 2014 - Mill Basin

Learn chess from chess teacher Eric Fleischman.

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 14, 2014 - Crown Heights

You're in luck this St. Patrick's Day at the Brooklyn Children's Museum! Learn about Irish traditions, foods, and celebrations. Create a lucky craft to take home.

BAMKids Presents Paige in Full: A B-Girl's Visual Mixtape - BAM
March 14, 2014 - Fort Greene

How can we know who we are if we're changing all the time? Performer, writer, and choreographer Paige Hernandez answers a universal question in her own unique way in this moving and funny coming-of-age story.

Family Movie Night - The Moxie Spot
March 14, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Enjoy family friendly movies and great food.

The Night Sky - Wolfe's Pond Park
March 15, 2014 - Staten Island

Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system. Observe the cosmos and discuss the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Telescopes provided or bring your own.

Captain Jam and Funkijam: Celebration of Ireland - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
March 15, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Captain Jam and Funikijam deliver a fun and musical show that encourages children's participation with award-winning musical exploration. Music is brought to life with through Irish-inspired rhythm, dance, singing, instrument play, and stories.

When I Grow Up - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 15, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers explore the theme of growing up, from animal life cycles in its Totally Tots baby/toddler play area to discovering the tools you need to become a world explorer or a pizza chef in its exhibit area.

Cultural Connections: Garifuna Drumming - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 15, 2014 - Crown Heights

Dance along to music from the Garifuna community, who are descended from the Arawak, Carib, and West African peoples and currently live throughout the Americas. This drum performance is led by Brooklyn's own Garifuna artist, James Lovell.

Imagine Jackson Pollock - Brooklyn Children's Museum
March 15, 2014 - Crown Heights

In this workshop, kids will explore fire and water while learning about the energetic and fluid movements of painter Jackson Pollock. They'll practice dripping, pouring, and splattering to create a collaborative painting to hang in the Museum.

Family Nature Crafts - Fort Greene Park
March 15, 2014 - Fort Greene

Kids create an arts and crafts project inspired by nature, and using natural materials found in Fort Greene Park.

HICCUP HELP! From The Paper Bag Players - Kingsborough Community College: Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center
March 15, 2014 - Manhattan Beach

The Paper Bag Players reached deep into their bag of favorites to bring back classic sketches such as Cookies, Bicycle Race, and A Perfect Picture, but served up with a helping of the brand-new.

Squares in the City - New York Transit Museum
March 15, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

The pieces sewn together in a quilt are similar to the tiles that decorate our subway stations in that they're smaller pieces that are combined to make a beautiful, colorful whole. We're having a "quilting bee" at the Museum, stitching different fabric pieces together and thinking of the neighborhoods and transportation lines that make up the colorful patchwork of New York City.

Nintendo Wii Night - The Moxie Spot
March 15, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

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

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.

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.

EcoHouse - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2014 - Corona

Step into the EcoHouse, a mobile, cutting-edge exhibit that lets visitors see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. Visitors can see how their house or apartment really works and learn how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. EcoHouse is on display through April 14.

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.

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the '60s - Brooklyn Museum
Through June 06, 2014 - Prospect Heights

This exhibit is a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations, featuring 66 of the decade's artists.

'Bessie's Big Shot' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

It's a bird... it's a plane... no... it's Bessie the cow!

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Bessie's Big Shot. Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name.

Bessie's Big Shot follows Bessie the cow as she chases her dream of joining the circus. Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey? This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Directed by Bruce Cannon, co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff, and Bruce Cannon and making its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut on Jan. 14, this version of Bessie's Big Shot features several new puppets as well as new and extended scenes.

Show Times & Reservations
Show times for Bessies's Big Shot, beginning January 14, 2014 are:
Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm

Winter Recess schedule
February 18-21 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

Spring Recess schedule
April 15-18 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

**Note: Schedule subject to change, please check cityparksfoundation.org/arts for most current schedule.

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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