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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BROOKLYN ON DECEMBER 30

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by Daily Kids Events Editor December 30, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn today, December 30, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Brooklyn's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 30. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.

Winter Break in Prospect Park - Prospect Park Audobon Center
December 30, 2014 - Flatbush

Join the Prospect Park Alliance during the holiday school break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House.

ReMake the Holidays - NY Hall of Science
December 30, 2014 - Corona

Bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more. Each day of ReMake the Holidays focuses on a different theme. Most activities are free with NYSCI admission; some activities require an additional fee.

Rainbow Loom - Brooklyn Public Library, Gravesend branch
December 30, 2014 - Gravesend

Children and young teens enjoy creating bracelets and other items with this popular craft. Materials will be supplied. No Registration.

Art Week - Jewish Children's Museum
December 30, 2014 - Crown Heights

Get your creative juices flowing. Kids can try their own hand at art through workshops and create their own stained glass window panel.

Winter Family Programs - New York Transit Museum
December 30, 2014 - Downtown Brooklyn

Special Weekday Family Programs for all ages during the winter school vacation. 11am – 12:30pm DISCOVERY ROOM: Hands on Transit We’re opening up the Education Center to our youngest fans to explore our favorite puzzles, books, toys and building materials! 1pm – 2pm TRANSIT MYSTERIES Check out some mystery relics from the museum’s collection — all related to New York transportation — and uncover some fun history! 2:30 pm – 3:30pm MIXED-UP VEHICLES BOOKS Create and color your very own fantasy vehicles! Amphibious buses? Trains with wings? Mix and match your favorite things in this silly bookmaking workshop.

A Christmas Carol the musical - The Players Theatre
December 30, 2014 - Greenwich Village

This lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell is a seasonal favorite with New York families. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out at this fun production. So warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge in your family!

Frozen-the Disney Movie @ BRJC - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
December 30, 2014 - Bay Ridge

Come to see the Disney Hit Frozen. Arrive early to see the popcorn being made. Admission cost includes a bag of popcorn.

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.

Rocket Park Mini Golf - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Science Playground - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

The nation's largest science playground features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages. Slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors, sand boxes and more allow kids to explore science by playing. Open weather permitting.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 31, 2014 - Midtown

Celebrate the holiday season in a way that only Radio City can deliver, with this iconic Christmas spectacle. Be wowed by favorite numbers such as "New York at Christmas," where the Rockettes board a real double-decker bus, and the high-energy tap number, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Of course, beloved classics like "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" will also be back.

Art Week - Jewish Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2015 - Crown Heights

Get your creative juices flowing! Try out a number of different creative art-forms being showcased at the Jewish Children’s Museum during Art Week. Experiment with GelliTM Monoprinting in interactive workshops, and create your own stained glass window panel. Let the memories last forever with our custom artist Photo Booth. Visit our 3 floors of hands-on exhibits and participate in live game shows. Also featuring Artists in Action on December 25, a unique opportunity for kids to watch artists create their masterpieces, and try some new skills too! Some of the featured artists include Garbage Bag Sculptures by Khalil Chishti, Stone Sculptures by Robin Antar and Ice Sculptures by Mark Mckenzie from Cool Way Ice. Program varies by day, see www.JCM.museum for complete schedule.

THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET PERFORMS G. BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 03, 2015 - Lincoln Square

Tschaikovsky's beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Whether it's a first-time experience or an annual treat, don't miss the hottest holiday ticket in town.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

The New York Botanical Garden's 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 19, 2015 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is a New York tradition that will delight children and adults of all ages; now in its 23rd year. Over 20 large-scale model railway trains and trolleys, from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track. Across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. The trains travel through a magical New York amid the glow of twinkling lights in NYBG's Victorian-style glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It's not just the trains that the crowds come to see. The show features beautiful replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination. The original Pennsylvania Station and Yankee Stadium, St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center are among the favorites in the Botanical Garden's collection of more than 150 replicas. This year only, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York's World Fair held in Queens, the Holiday Train Show features replicas of the World's Fair-famed Unisphere, observatory towers, and the Tent of Tomorrow at the New York State Pavilion, all from the Paul Busse Collection. There is also a plethora of accompanying programming, including children's activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more. Check the website for more details. Advanced booking recommended.

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.

Ice Skating - Prospect Park: Lakeside
Through March 31, 2015 - Brooklyn

The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside is now open for its first full season of ice skating. In addition to public ice skating, the LeFrak Center features figure skating, ice hockey, and curling, indoor/outdoor dining at Bluestone Café, and an array of special events and public recreational programming.

Arty Facts - Brooklyn Museum
Through May 17, 2015 - Prospect Heights

In Arty Facts you and your kids (ages 4 -7) can explore the galleries through fun activities and engaging conversations, then head to the studio to create an artwork of your own. Classes are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each month has a different theme and each class a different activity.

Yo Re Mi: Sing and Move class - Pipsqueak Children's Shoppe
Through June 01, 2015 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

This class features familiar sing-along songs as well as new ones. Children develop coordination through rhythm exercises, discover the joy of playing instruments, and learn basic yoga poses.

Yo Re Mi: Sing and Move class - The Stomping Ground
Through June 05, 2015 - Crown Heights

This class features familiar sing-along songs as well as new ones. Children develop coordination through rhythm exercises, discover the joy of playing instruments, and learn basic yoga poses.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

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