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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN-DEC 22

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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!

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through December 28, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through December 22, 2012 - Canarsie

Fitness program helps build self-esteem and confidence, social skills, attention span and focus, gross motor development, and breathing and calming strategies for children with special needs.

Colonial Games - Fort Greene Park
December 22, 2012 - Fort Greene

Play some games that didn't rely on the grid.

The Snow Maiden - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
December 22, 2012 - Midwood

In this Christmas tale, a young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Performed in Russian with English subtitles, it incorporates traditional Russian songs, dances, and elaborate costumes.

PlayLab Workshop: Very Merry Holiday Traditions - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers discover special holiday traditions from around the world, and learn about Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa before creating their own holiday ornament to take home.

Merry Christmas! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Learn fun facts about Christmas and work like one of Santa's elves to make a holiday-inspired craft!

Meet the Holiday: Merry Christmas - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Prepare for Christmas by learning its cultural importance and how some people celebrate this holiday around the world. Create a beautiful ornament to take home.

Kwanzaa: A celebration of Family, Community, and Culture - Brooklyn Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Crown Heights

Join the millions of people around the world who now enjoy this holiday, and take home your own Kwanzaa-inspired craft. Learn about Kwanzaa traditions from the Harris family, who have been celebrating this African-inspired holiday for over 20 years.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
December 22, 2012 - Staten Island

Make a special gift sculpted from clay.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas - Brooklyn Irondale Center
December 22, 2012 - Fort Greene

The wonderful actor Austin Pendleton stars as Scrooge in this New York-centric interpretation of the Dickens classic. By the way, Pendleton looks remarkably like Alistair Sim, who starred in the English film production of the 1950s.

Junior Engineer: How Things Go - New York Transit Museum
December 22, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

New York City is bursting with things that go: vehicles on the streets and down underground, east and west and all around town. Kids experiment with balloon-powered cars and much more.

New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 30, 2012 - 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.

Weekend Woodland Corps - Prospect Park Picnic House
Through December 31, 2012 - Park Slope

The Woodland Corps offers a volunteers a chance to garden and clean up Prospect Park's more than 250 acres of forest.

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. "Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."

Molecules and Health - New York Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2012 - Flushing

Molecules come in different shapes and sizes. Their shapes tell us a lot about what they do and how they interact with each other. You can't see molecules, but they're everywhere. These microscopic building blocks make up everything around you. Discover how molecules shape our bodies, medicines, and world in this hands-on exhibition.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Staten Island

Each weekend offers a different opportunity for kids to experiment with creating art using a variety of materials and contexts.

Kids' Yoga - Bend and Bloom Yoga
Through December 31, 2012 - Park Slope

Bend and Bloom Yoga offer children's yoga classes. Mondays are for 8-12 year olds. Tuesdays are for 3-5 year olds. Wednesdays are for 6-8 year olds. Kids are allowed to drop in ($18) or register for a series of classes. Family classes for moms and tots are also available.

Bug Out! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2012 - Crown Heights

Kids learn about mother nature's little helpers and why bugs are so important.

'The Little Engine That Could' Puppet Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through December 31, 2012 - Bronx

This classic tale is brought to life in a presentation by New York City-based puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain.

Namaste Yoga Health and Wellness - Namaste Yoga of Kensington
Through December 31, 2012 - Kensington

Namaste offers a range of yoga classes for all ages, as well as Zumba fitness classes, kickboxing, pilates, belly dancing, and more.

21st Annual Quilt Show: Cool Quilts - Lefferts Historic House
Through December 31, 2012 - Flatbush

This year's exhibition of quilts at the Lefferts House features quilts that draw inspiration from the word "cool" and often depict cold, wintery scenes.

Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through December 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Play animal charades, pretend to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or join many other fun and active nature games.

Holiday Circus Extravaganza - The Millennium Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Brighton Beach

The holiday season is captured with acrobats, dancing dogs, magic, illusions, and all the wonders of a great circus. A special pre-show that includes dancing begins an hour before showtime.

Shadow Box Theater presents Big Annie - PS 3, The Bedford Village School
Through December 31, 2012 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

Big Annie saves Christmas by using her incredible strength to pull a boatload of christmas toys through a storm. Three dimensional puppets and a unique shadow screen help make this production a captivating one.

Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour - Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge Neighborhood Streets
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Tour some Brooklyn nabes where the front lawn Christmas lights are truly completely over the top. Ride in a luxury coach bus and enjoy free cannoli and hot chocolate. Tour begins in Manhattan.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Brooklyn Lyceum
Through December 31, 2012 - Park Slope

The beloved Charles Schulz classic featuring a live jazz trio playing Vince Guaraldi's famous soundtrack.

ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science. Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

'The Velveteen Rabbit' - DR2 Theatre
Through January 27, 2013 - Union Square

Based on the book by Margery Williams and adapted for the stage by Kevin Del Aguila ("Click Clack Moo," "Altar Boyz"), this wonder-filled production is a testament to the power of a child's imagination. With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props transform into a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy, and of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Tribeca Parenting
Through January 31, 2013 - 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.

Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through January 31, 2013 -

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

Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Through January 31, 2013 - 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.

Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing

View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Discover Tour - Audubon Center at Prospect Park
Through February 28, 2013 - Brooklyn

Learn how to look for birds, discover the source of the Lullwater, and find out what you can do to protect nature on a tour led by expert naturalists. Every Saturday and Sunday.

Meet and Greet: Creatures of the Sea - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

Discover the diversity of sea life up close and personal!

Art Works - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Crown Heights

A different arts and crafts project at each session, usually tied to a theme such as a holiday or the seasons.

Indoor Play - Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace
Through March 01, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will enjoy an indoor playground, rockers, blocks, play panel for theater, rock climbing wall, bouncy castle, musical instruments, and easel boards for drawing.

Global Shoes - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through March 10, 2013 - Crown Heights

Explore aspects of global cultures through a variety of hands-on, feet-in, multi-media activities within the context of a fantasy shoe store and factory

Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
Through March 31, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

An initiative of Extreme Kids and Crew, Space No. 1 offers a safe, sensory play space where special need children and their parents can play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and swing. An array of multi-sensory equipment provides for this.

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
Through March 31, 2013 - Sunset Park

This program accomodates all kinds of children inclusively for reading, story telling, and various kinds of play sessions. Parent workshops are also available. See Brooklyn Public Library for other locations throughout Brooklyn.

Open Play - The Gym Park
Through March 31, 2013 - 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.

Fantasia's Feeding Frenzy - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through March 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Look for animal curators in the Science Inquiry Center and see what's on the menu for Fantasia, the museum's 21-foot-long albino Burmese python.

Natural History - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Artist Patrick Dougherty and a team of volunteers constructed a monumental woven-wood sculpture in honor of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's centennial. The result, large-scale sculptures made from sticks and saplings, is an organic structure that changes over time as the materials settle and decay.

Wacky Tuesday - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids under 5 explore art, science, and culture in a wacky, fun, and exciting way.

Little Scientists - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids under 5 investigate the world of natural science with hands-on activities.

Tales for Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Crown Heights

Travel to far away places in your imagination by listening to tales from around the world.

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through May 01, 2013 - Flatbush

Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds. Take a tour and learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Prospect Heights

Children ages four to seven and their adult friends explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity, and make their own art in this ninety-minute class, each one a variation on a monthly theme.

Nature's Helpers - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through June 01, 2013 - Flatbush

Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it tidy along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.

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.


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