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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN BROOKLYN-JUL 5

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by Directories Editor July 5, 2014

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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!

Pop-Up Audubon: Macy's Fishing Clinic - Prospect Park-The Wellhouse
July 05, 2014 - Park Slope

This popular summer program offers kids 15 & under the opportunity to fish. Participants learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety and will even get to collect their own bait. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (718) 287-3400 x303. Sponsored by Macy's Foundation.

Hot Summer Nights! Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra - On Stage at Kingsborough
July 05, 2014 - Manhattan Beach

Celebrate Independence Day with this Big Band tribute to America and great American music. Patriotic tunes as well as made-in-the-USA songs such as Coming to America, Route 66, and Georgia will fill the air for this patriotic concert. Lauded as a cross between Prairie Home Companion and the Dean Martin Variety Show, this Savannah-based band plays at New York City's hottest night clubs, including The Blue Note and The Iridium.

Arts in the Gardens: 'Youth Moves' Movement Workshop - Jane Bailey Community Garden
July 05, 2014 - Clinton HIll

Presented in partnership with Brooklyn Academy of Music. Cora Dance will present Everyone Can Hip Hop, exploring the concept that everyone is able to dance and find their own personal hip hop.

Blooming Babies: Ice Cube Art - Brooklyn Children's Museum
July 05, 2014 - Crown Heights

What happens when ice gets warm? It melts! Keep cool with us this summer by painting with melting ice cubes.

Celebrate Brooklyn! - Prospect Park Bandshell
July 05, 2014 - Park Slope

Grab a seat on the lawn and enjoy the show at this popular summer concert series. The Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet.

Train Operators School - New York Transit Museum
July 05, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using the realistic OpenBVE software.

Around the World by Train - New York Transit Museum
July 05, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

World's Fairs throughout the ages have showcased the diversity of people, places, and ideas. They also celebrated our dreams to travel faster, more safely, and farther than ever before. Look at how travel has been featured in World's Fairs and then create your own sketch books to record predictions about travel in the future.

John Street Pasture - John Street Pasture
Through July 13, 2014 - DUMBO

John Street Pasture is a temporary living earthwork that celebrates green space, agriculture, and the transitional nature of urban land. This cover crop of crimson clover has bloomed into a lush field of reds and greens all while creating a nutrient rich resource of nitrogenized soil for the now under-construction John Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. DUMBO-based gallery Smack Mellon is facilitating public interaction with the space, opening it to visitors during the concurrent FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action exhibition. The Pasture is open to public Wednesdays through Sundays through July 13.

Wonderful Warblers - Prospect Park Audobon Center
Through July 27, 2014 - Flatbush

Nature on the go is for young ones to explore the park and learn about birds. Saturday and Sundays at 2pm.

Friday Night Fireworks - Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
Through August 08, 2014 - Coney Island

End a beautiful beach day with a magnificent fireworks display at Coney Island.

'Youth Moves' Movement Workshop Series - NYRP's Jane Bailey Memorial Garden
Through August 16, 2014 - Bedford Stuyvesant

First three Saturdays in July and August. A series of family-friendly movement workshops rooted in basic concepts presented by two Brooklyn-based dance companies—Urban Bush Women and Cora Dance. Everyone can hip hop! Discover the rhythm inside you! Taught by Cora Dance, this youth series will focus on hip hop movement. July 5 – Jane Bailey Memorial Garden (327-329 Greene Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant) July 19 – Jane Bailey Memorial Garden August 2 – Garden of Hope (392 Hancock Street, Bedford-Stuyvesant) Led by Urban Bush Women, Kinetic Kids will explore creative movement through dance games. Appropriate for ages 5 – 12. July 12 – Garden of Hope (392 Hancock Street, Bedford-Stuyvesant) August 9 – Garden of Hope August 16 – Jane Bailey Memorial Garden (327-329 Greene Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant) Presented by the New York Restoration Project in partnership with BAM.

Peter & the Wolf - Puppetworks Theatre
Through August 17, 2014 - Park Slope

Visit Puppetworks and enjoy three shows at each performance: "The Ugly Duckling," by Hans Christian Andersen, told with Shadow Puppets, "Peter & the Wolf," Prokofiev's Musical Adventure, and "The Frog Prince," the Brothers Grimm story, told with marionettes. Adapted and narrated by Nicolas Coppola. Total Running Time is 1 hour. Shows are at 12:30 and 2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday from 5/3/14-8/17/14.

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.

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.


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