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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly August 20, 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.

House and Exhibition Tour - Alice Austen House
August 20, 2014 - Staten Island

Come learn more about the Alice Austen House and the current exhibition, Invisible Migrations, at the monthly house and exhibition tour.

Gary the Great - Brooklyn Public Library, Highlawn branch
August 20, 2014 - Marine Park

Come celebrate the End of Summer Reading with popular magician Gary the Great. All ages welcome.

Gary the Great - Brooklyn Public Library, Highlawn branch
August 20, 2014 - Marine Park

Come celebrate the End of Summer Reading with popular magician Gary the Great. All ages welcome.

The Transition: Photo Collages-Photographic Workshops for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint branch
August 20, 2014 - Greenpoint

Summer adventure with photography! Young participants will take on the role of photojournalists and will create a visual history of Greenpoint. Ages: 9-12 years old. Conducted in Polish and English. More: http://www.cultureshock.pl/greenpoint-transition-program-en/

Free Movie Night - Juguemos a Cantar
August 20, 2014 - Brooklyn

Free Movie Nights "Turbo". Movies begin at 5 PM sharp and end at 6:30 PM. During the month of August, Juguemos A Cantar will be offering free movie nights every Wednesday. Bring a blanket, favorite toy, and a friend! Ages 4 and up. Movies will be screening in our South Slope Location (463 6th Ave, 10th ST). There will be snacks and drinks for purchasing! Please no outside food.

Free Thursday Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
August 21, 2014 - Crown Heights

Visit the museum for free afternoon hours, every Thursday of the month. Free hours start at 3:00pm, and the Museum stays open until 5:00pm for fun family exploring.

Journey to the Stars - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
August 21, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

The Amateur Astronomers will guide your eyes across the sky as you discover the wonders of the universe.

Free Carousel Rides - Prospect Park Carousel
August 21, 2014 - Flatbush

Carousel rides will be free all day (12 - 6 p.m.) to children 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Garden Grooves: Threefifty and Jessica Carvo - NYRP's Garden of Hope
August 21, 2014 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Enjoy live music from local musicians in the comfort of NYRP’s outdoor spaces. 7:00pm – Ambient electronic soundscapes from Threefifty 8:30pm – Acoustic folk sounds from Jessica Carvo Light refreshments available 30 minutes before the start of the concert.

Little Hands Creative Play Workshop for Toddlers - Barking Cat Studio
Through August 22, 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.)

Free Summer Sports Programs for Brooklyn Youth - City Parks Foundation
Through August 22, 2014 -

Throughout the summer, City Parks Foundation provides more than 13,000 New York City children free tennis, golf, and track and field instruction, including free use of equipment in more than 60 locations citywide. In Brooklyn, City Parks Foundation's Sports programs will be taking place in Bensonhurst Park, Betsy Head Playground, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, Highland Park, Jackie Robinson Playground, Kaiser Park, Kelly Playground, Leif Ericson Park, Lincoln Terrace, Marine Park, McCarren Park, McKinley Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. CityParks Tennis presented by Chase (through Aug. 8): (Ages 6-16) Bensonhurst Park Cropsey Avenue and Bay Parkway Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm Fort Greene Park DeKalb Avenue and S. Portland Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm Highland Park Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm Jackie Robinson Playground Malcolm X. Boulevard and Chauncey Street Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm Kaiser Park Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm Kelly Playground Avenue S and E. 14th Street Monday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm Leif Ericson Park 8th Avenue and 66th Street Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm Lincoln Terrace Buffalo Avenue and E. New York Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm Marine Park Fillmore Avenue and Stuart Street Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm McCarren Park North 13th Street between Bedford and Berry Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm McKinley Park 7th Avenue and 75th Street Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm (Intermediate) Prospect Park Parkside Ave at the Parade Ground Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm CityParks Golf presented by Ren? Lacoste Foundation: Herbert Von King Park Marcy Avenue and Greene Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am (6-8 years); 10:30am-12pm (9-16 years) Marine Park Avenue S. and E. 32nd Street Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:30am (6-8 years); 10:30am-12pm (9-16 years) CityParks Track & Field Betsy Head Playground Livonia, Dumont, Hopkinson, Blake avenues, Strauss Street Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am (5-7 years); 10:30am-12pm (8-16 years) Kaiser Park Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:30am (5-7 years); 10:30am-12pm (8-16 years) See cityparksfoundation.org for a full schedule.

Youth Volleyball Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
August 22, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids can sharpen their volleyball skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. They'll start with the fundamentals through advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving.

KIDFlix Film Festival - Fulton Park
August 22, 2014 - Bedford Stuyvesant

This annual event draws hundreds of children and families from throughout the borough to experience kid friendly features, documentaries, shorts and television programming by filmmakers of the African Diaspora. Each year the festival ends with a screening of The Wiz, on the last Friday in August. Kids and adults alike are invited to dress up as their favorite character from the movie.

Little Makers: Chill Out With A Fizzy Drink - NY Hall of Science
August 22, 2014 - Corona

This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Participants will explore new materials, tools and processes as they make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. Cool off this summer with a cold, refreshing citrus drink. Families explore the science behind citrus fruits and invent their own fizzy drink to enjoy. Materials Fee: $8 per family For more information, visit: nysci.org/little-makers.

Family Field Day - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
August 23, 2014 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Come play games of all shapes and sizes from volleyball, basketball, and soccer clinics to potato sack and relay races with celebrations on each of the park's active piers.

Seining the River Wild - Brooklyn Bridge Park-Empire Fulton Ferry
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as our scientists use a seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.

New York Transit Museum Train Operators School - New York Transit Museum
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a New York City Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using the incredibly realistic OpenBVE software. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+

Map NYC: ABC 123 - New York Transit Museum
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

There are 24 subway lines and over 200 bus lines in New York City. Create your own personalized map of the city with existing routes and new subway and bus lines imagined by you. For ages 3+

D.I.Y. Summer Crafting: Sun Hats - Brooklyn Children's Museum
August 23, 2014 - Crown Heights

What do people wear to stay cool in the summer time? One option is a sun hat to provide some shade. Visit the museum's art studio to decorate your own sun hats to take home.

Neighborhood Family Concerts - Bargemusic
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Bargemusic presents Admission Free Neighborhood Family Concerts. Enjoy a one hour performance, including a Q&A session with the musicians.

Teen Volleyball Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Teens can sharpen their volleyball skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. They'll start with the fundamentals through advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving.

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Battle of Brooklyn Reenactment - Brooklyn Bridge Park
August 23, 2014 -

Join reenactors from Glover's Marblehead Regiment to learn how sailors saved George Washington's army during the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.

Clay Creatures: Birds and Beasts of Extinction with CMA at Boerum House & Home - Boerum House and Home
August 23, 2014 - Boerum Hill

Join the Children's Museum of the Arts for a free hands-on art making workshop sponsored by Boerum House & Home. Young Artists will work with CMA Teaching Artists to learn how to sculpt now extinct members of the animal kingdom. Suggestions include, but aren’t limited to, Tyrannosaurus Rex, brachiosaurus, wooly mammoth, wooly rhino, and more. Limit 1 creature per participant. For children 5+. Registration: The workshop is free, but advanced registration is required.

10th Anniversary Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival - Fort Greene Park
August 23, 2014 - Brooklyn

Killer stoop sales, the Brooklyn Flea, and the saucy return of Habana Outpost are just a few Fort Greene staples in summertime. But when it comes to a community tradition in this ever-changing neighborhood that readers and writers from all generations flock to, there’s very little that matches the power of NY Writers Coalition's Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival — and this year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary! Young writers from the NYWC summer youth workshops in Fort Greene Park will share some powerful poetry and prose alongside some of the city’s most beloved writers: Five Quarterly co-founder Vanessa Gabb; Lit Fest vets Danny Simmons, Jr. and Sapphire; BlackGirl Mansion author Angel Nafis; and prize-winning poet and children’s author Willie Perdomo. Our Master of Ceremonies is music journalist and WFMU deejay Gaylord Fields. An after-party will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street). Come meet the writers – plus, invite your friends here! This event is free and open to the public and takes place at Fort Greene Park's Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument. (Rain location: BRIC Media House at 647 Fulton Street).

Summer Safety Event - Jewish Children's Museum
Through August 28, 2014 - Crown Heights

Visit the second annual safety event for kids this summer. Featuring a number of safety themed exhibits including a sun smart challenge and hydration activities. On Sundays, children will have the opportunity to meet and be photographed with “community heroes - safety personnel” including policemen, fire fighters, and others. Children will have the opportunity to practice safe street behaviors both as drivers on pedal go-carts and as pedestrians, in order to be awarded a “Safety City” license.

Fireworks - Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
Through August 29, 2014 - Coney Island

Head down to Coney Island on Fridays this summer to enjoy a fireworks display.

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.

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.

Magic at Coney - Peggy O'Neill's
Through September 07, 2014 - Brooklyn

For the past four years, Magic at Coney has entertained families in Coney Island all year round. Coney Island was always a beacon for magicians throughout the world. The local sideshows at Dreamland, Luna Park and Steeplechase Park, as well as the dance halls and theaters were a proving ground for those performing artists looking to hone their skills. Magic at Coney has re-kindled that spark of enchantment for audiences young and old. Magical Promotions has now teamed with Peggy O’Neill’s, on the site of the original Steeplechase Park, to present an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. Magic at Coney is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up performers. Hosted by Gary Dreifus, award-winning magician, teaching artist, mentalist, hypnotist, magic instructor and world-renowned magical host.

Science at the Fairs - NY Hall of Science
Through September 27, 2014 - Corona

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World�s Fair, NYSCI is collaborating with Queens Historical Society curator, Richard Hourahan, to bring the history of science at the World�s Fairs to NYSCI with a photo exhibit. Get a snapshot of how science was viewed and presented to the public 75 and 50 years ago. The ideas, the excitement, and the latest achievements, hopes and fears are told through a compelling series of black and white photographs and audio and video excerpts of the presentations, exhibits and visitors who flocked to the fairs. The exhibit runs through Sept. 27.

Roller Skating - Prospect Park: Lakeside
Through September 30, 2014 - Brooklyn

The LeFrak Center, a 16,000-square-foot covered roller-skating rink, is offering a range of activities for those new to the sport, and those with a passion for this pastime. Among the planned offerings are learn-to-skate and roller-hockey programs for youth and adults, and a roller derby program with the Gotham Girls, New York City's only all-female, DIY roller derby league. Free Skate Mondays: To ensure all in the community have the opportunity to experience skating at Lakeside, every Monday (excluding school holidays and national holidays), children 12 and under receive free rink admission between 2pm – 6pm. The program includes unlimited skating if the child is accompanied by an adult. Please note, a $6 skate rental charge applies.

Water Play - Prospect Park: Lakeside
Through September 30, 2014 - Brooklyn

Starting this Memorial Day, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside will transform its uncovered rink into the Park�s largest water play area for children. Free to the public, the water feature includes 41 jets that form clear streams of water that dance across the surface, so children can play while keeping cool on a hot summer day. At night, the fountains will be lit up for a spectacular display.

Park Slope's Sunday Down to Earth Farmers Market - Old Stone House
Through November 28, 2014 - Brooklyn

The Park Slope Farmers Market takes place every Sunday in front of PS51 at the corner of 5th Avenue and 4th Street. It is run by Community Markets of Ossining, NY. The Park Slope Farmers Market offers a wide selection of local products, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, cheese, fish, wine, soaps and more.

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.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through December 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. On hiatus until October 2014.

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.

Try It Tuesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

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

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.

Art Kids - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 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 December 31, 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.

Farmer's Market - Grand Army Plaza
Through December 31, 2014 - Park Slope

Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket's flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park? and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This community destination brings together a mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and beyond. Runners, dog-walkers, families, singles and foodies all converge to buy from the huge array of farm fresh products, and to participate in the programming and cooking demonstrations that take place every Saturday all year long. Open year-round.

Sing-Along - Edamama Cute Cuts & More
Through March 25, 2015 - Williamsburg

Join the sing-along with Rob Morrison as he plays guitar and keeps the class energetic, cool and groovy. Best suited for babies and toddlers under 3 years.


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