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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on January 7

January 7, 2015   |    

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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, January 7, 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 January 7. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
January 07, 2015 - Marine Park

Children, age birth to 5 years, and with and without disabilities, share stories, rhymes, and play. Part of the Child's Place for Children for Special Needs.

Homework Help - Brooklyn Public Library, Cortelyou branch
January 07, 2015 - Ditmas Park

Children in grades 1 through 8 can get help with their homework.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
January 07, 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.

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.

Nature Playtime! - Prospect Park Zoo
Through April 26, 2015 - Flatbush

Join the Prospect Park Alliance, Prospect Park Zoo and Tinkergarten to explore the Park's natural areas through creative play the entire family will enjoy. Activities include making nature-inspired art, insect observation, playing with snow, and more. Nature Playtime activities are led by zoo educators, with the support of trained teen Discovery Guides. Some activities are designed for families to do on their own including creation of scavenger hunts for future zoo visits and sketching zoo animals.

Kids Yoga: Ages 3-5 - Bend & Bloom Yoga
Through April 28, 2015 - Park Slope

Yoga is a fun way for kids to cultivate self-esteem and body awareness. As kids indulge in imaginative yoga play, they learn to focus, cooperate with peers, and to use their breath to find peace – tools important for their daily lives. Plus, kids yoga classes allow kids to indulge in yoga fun while parents and caregivers enjoy their own serene practice in the adjacent studio at the same time.

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.

Kids Yoga: Ages 6-8 - Bend & Bloom Yoga
Through June 03, 2015 - Park Slope

Yoga is a fun way for kids to cultivate self-esteem and body awareness. As kids indulge in imaginative yoga play, they learn to focus, cooperate with peers, and to use their breath to find peace – tools important for their daily lives. Plus, our kids yoga classes allow kids to indulge in yoga fun while parents and caregivers enjoy their own serene practice in the adjacent studio.

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.

Tots Yoga - Bend & Bloom Yoga
Through June 26, 2015 - Park Slope

Bring your babe to celebrate the wonders of mobility, communication, and independent exploration with you in this joyful class. Animated animal poses and imaginative games help toddlers to recognize (and eventually repeat!) patterns and tap their budding creativity. The tot-centric poses improve motor coordination, cognitive development, and socialization while kids learn about the wonders of their body. For walkers up to 3 and a parent or caregiver.

Play Practice Babies - Bend & Bloom Yoga
Through June 26, 2015 - Park Slope

Stretch, bond, and breath with your active baby in this special yoga class designed for parents and caregivers with mobile babies through almost walkers. Meet other parents while you strengthen and support post-partum, sleep-deprived bodies with specifically chosen asanas and sequences. Every class will devote time for playful yoga activities and simple games to encourage developmental milestones such as rolling, creeping, crawling and walking. Play Practice Babies incorporates music and song, elements of Brain Gym, American Sign Language, and storytime to support developing verbal and motor skills. Dads and caregivers welcome. For crawlers through early walkers.

Baby & Me Yoga - Bend & Bloom Yoga
Through June 26, 2015 - Park Slope

This popular class focuses on asana to rejuvenate your body after childbirth. Rebuild strength and soothe the aches of new parenthood while connecting with your newest addition. After 50 minutes of flowing yoga, focus on bonding with your new babes through infant massage and gentle stretching. Open to all parents and caregivers and infants up to crawlers. Bring an extra baby blanket for your babe to chill on.

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.

Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive. Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.

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