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!
Chess for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library, Bay Ridge branch
November 19, 2012 - Bay Ridge
Beginners and experts have fun playing chess with the help of a chess expert.
The LIttle Artist! - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
November 19, 2012 - Windsor Terrace
Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy a read aloud an an art activity.
Tween Art Club - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
November 19, 2012 - Prospect Heights
Kids, 8-12 years old, experiment with arts and crafts.
Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Flatbush
Kids have fun out in nature by playing animal charades, pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or joining in many other fun and active nature games that teaches them about the nature around us. Led by a park naturalist.
Bricks 4 Kidz - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through November 27, 2012 - Brooklyn
Brooklyn Children's Museum is hosting a Home- schooling class. Children will learn from the museum collection and enjoy a Bricks 4 Kidz building curriculum.
Diabetes Self-Management Workshop - New York Methodist Hospital
Through November 30, 2012 - Midwood
This workshop provides helpful information for managing and living with diabetes. Call to register (required).
Children's Acting & Puppetry Playdates - Brooklyn at the Center for Anti-Violence Education
Through December 02, 2012 - Park Slope
Children learn communication, socialization, and story structure through theater games and puppets!
Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Kings Bay branch
Through December 03, 2012 - Homecrest
Babies and toddlers hear stories, sing songs and rhymes, and play.
Map Making and History - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through December 04, 2012 - Brooklyn
This is an event that will focus on early New York history. There will will map making and other art activities to reinforce historical content.
Craft-tastic Saturdays - Barking Cat Studio Arts & Crafts for Everyone!
Through December 08, 2012 - Brooklyn
Craft-tastic Saturdays at Barking Cat Studio offers kids 3.5 years and older fun projects that are sure to inspire and delight! Price includes all materials. All classes must be scheduled in advance.
'Hansel and Gretel' - Puppetworks
Through December 16, 2012 - Park Slope
The 1857 Brothers Grimm tale gets puppetized. Recommended for children 4 and older.
Art Classes - Chroma
Through December 16, 2012 - Brooklyn
Kids enjoy exploration, interpretation, and reflection through art-making. Activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, puppet-making, mixed media, collage, printmaking, clay, and much more!
Art classes - The Painted Cloud
Through December 20, 2012 - Brooklyn
The Painted Cloud classes offer a nurturing, dynamic environment that introduces children to many new techniques and materials, and allows them the freedom to express themselves artistically. unique and creative art projects using a wide array of high quality art materials.
Gymnastics - Aviator Sports Center
Through December 21, 2012 - Gravesend
Classes at Aviator's state of the art gymnastic facility is available for the home-schooling community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.