Parents, don't let your children miss out on the fun! Here are some of today's kids and family activities in Brooklyn, from concerts and museums to decorating cupcakes and gardening! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
Babies and Books with First RIF - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
December 02, 2011 - Windsor Terrace
Babies, birth to 18 months, enjoy songs, stories, and socializing.
Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, DeKalb branch
December 02, 2011 - Bushwick
Toddlers enjoy stories, playtime, and socializing.
Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
December 02, 2011 - Brooklyn
Kids and tweens play board (not video!) games and enjoy playtime the old fashioned way.
Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
December 02, 2011 - Staten Island
Let the frying begin as we make Strufoli, an Italian holiday favorite!
Brooklyn Aviators Hockey - Aviator Sports
December 02, 2011 - Marine Park
The Brooklyn Aviators have returned to their home base at Aviator Sports (in Floyd Bennett Field) for another season of hockey excitement. Come and support them as they battle for domination in the newly formed Federal Hockey League.
The Reluctant Dragon - Puppetworks
Through December 18, 2011 - Brooklyn
Playing through December 18 is this very unique performance of Kenneth Grahame's 1898 tale in which a boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon. Like most modern tales involving dragons, the townsfolk don't like the relationship too much.
Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2011 - Staten Island
Hard working parents can now enjoy some toddler time on weekends. Singing, creating and sharing adventures.
New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side
A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. You'll meet marching toy soldiers, little Marie, and the valiant Nutcracker who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. Tschaikovsky's incomparable score is joined by hundreds of dazzling costumes, a one-ton tree that magically grows and grows, and a million watts of illuminated excitement.
American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 31, 2011 - Fort Greene
Magical toy soldiers, sparkling snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of this whimsical world return in this acclaimed production of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Brooklyn Lyceum
Through December 31, 2011 - Park Slope
Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang rejoice in the holiday season in this enjoyable production. Will Charlie get more than a rock for Christmas? Find out.
Split Second: Indian Paintings - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Prospect Heights
Initially, Brooklyn Museum's online community was asked to rate, by viewing for literally a second or less, a series of classical Indian paintings, prompted by questions regarding appeal, controversial nature, and overall quality in a timed trial. The results appear in this exhibition along with an explanation of how participants derived their responses. Split Second was inspired by author Malcolm Gladwell's work and offers a glimpse into how people respond to what they know, what they're asked, and what they are told about an object in question.
The World's Largest Dinosaurs - American Musem of Natural History
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan
Learn how those massive dinosaurs, the sauropods, which sometimes grew as long as 150 feet, lived with this hands-on and up-close exhibit. Understand how these extremely huge animals breathed, ate, moved, and functioned under the girth of their massive size, and learn how their size affected their body functions.
Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk--An Introspective - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Prospect Heights
Biggers addresses some challenging themes (among them racial tension) in this exhibit, yet children will be mesmerized by such multi-media fare as a tree that pierces a grand piano.
reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Prospect Heights
Brooklyn-based design firm Situ Studio has taken over the Museum's 10,000-square-foot hall on the first floor and puts a very different take on the collonaded space, reimagining it with stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns. Children will be captivated by the looming structures and fabrics, and their interplay with light and shadows.
'The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats' - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan
The first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), this exhibition features more than 80 original works - from preliminary sketches and dummy books to final paintings and collages - for the artist's most popular books, including "The Snowy Day," which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, "The Snowy Day" became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. Also on view are examples of Keats' most introspective but lesser-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.
Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 31, 2012 - Prospect Heights
Specifically for children four to seven years old and their adult friends (no older or younger siblings, please), Arty Facts explores the Museum's galleries, focusing on a specific theme before returning to the studio to create art inspired by what was seen. The class meets in the Museum's Rubin Lobby exactly at designated times.
Secrets of Circles: Dream Catchers - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through March 04, 2012 - Crown Heights
Circles are everywhere! This highly interactive 2000 square foot exhibition features 18 exhibits designed to inspire children and adults to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore the math, science, and engineering of circles.
19th-Century Modern - Brooklyn Museum
Through April 01, 2012 - Prospect Heights
Featuring more than forty items from the Brooklyn Museum's collection of American and European decorative arts, 19th-Century Modern will focus on the emergence of Modernism, a design aesthetic based in part on the machine as a source of artistic inspiration.
'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side
This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.
Mommy and Me Yoga Classes - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through June 01, 2012 - Brooklyn
Fight the winter blues with mommy and me yoga. Children of all ages welcome.
ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - 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.