Top Educational Activities for Kids in Brooklyn in April
By Rosalind Muggeridge

Top Educational Activities for Kids in Brooklyn in April

April 4, 2017   |   Upcoming Events  

Kids will learn while having fun at one of these top educational activities for kids happening in and near Brooklyn in April. Head to the the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Jewish children's Museum, Children's Museum of Manhattan, and other nearby spots for fun this month.

Library Lab: Coding FREE
WHEN: Nov. 30 - Dec. 20, Wednesdays, 4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Explore science, technology, engineering, and math concepts with fun, free activities that will spark curiosity through hands-on experiments.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.

Brooklyn Block Lab and Studio
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 31, Thursday-Sunday, see website for times
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: In the museum's new second floor studio, which focuses on art and architecture, visitors of all ages develop their engineering skills as they engage in open block play with large Imagination Playground blocks and table top sized Kapla Planks and Magnatiles, as well as artist James Paulius' house-shaped wooden blocks and pegs from his installation Sky Village.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.

Brooklyn Open FREE
WHEN: Dec. 5 - Jun. 5, Mondays, 5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, NY
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Teens enjoy an open mic event where poets, spoken work artists, emcees, scholars, and activists to share their powerful and important voices, run by youth for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts, and a monthly featured poet.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.

Train Operators Workshop
WHEN: Jan. 7 - Dec. 23, Saturday-Sunday, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track in this realistic game.
WANT TO GO? $7; $5 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-694-1792. nytransitmuseum.org.

Science Fiction, Science Future
WHEN: Feb. 4 - Apr. 30, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This temporary exhibition gives visitors a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow. Hands-on exhibits incorporate robots, holograms, and augmented reality.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology FREE
WHEN: Mar. 1 - Apr. 29, Wednesday-Thursday, 3-7pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: , 459 W. 14th St., Meatpacking District, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A two-month long series of workshops, installations, and interactive activities in STEAM subjects in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
WANT TO GO? $10. 212-889-0440. artech.splashthat.com.

Tilt Kids Festival: Hervé Tullet 'This Isn’t Trash' FREE
WHEN: Mar. 4 - Apr. 15, Thursay-Saturday, 1–7pm; Sunday, 1–5pm; Opening reception for families, March 4, 4-6pm
WHERE: The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St., Cobble Hill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Imaginative illustrator Hervé Tullet-best known for the beloved children’s book Press Here, opens the 2017 Tilt Kids Festival with the first-ever exhibition of his work in New York. This Isn’t Trash! was commissioned for the Invisible Dog Art Center and makes its world premiere in the Tilt Kids Festival. Colorful sheets of paper will be hung from the ceiling and assembled into a multi-dimensional forest of artworks that kids can meander through, encountering new viewpoints, windows, and surprise compositions.
WANT TO GO? 347-470-6747. tiltkidsfestival.org.

Songs For Extraordinary People
WHEN: Mar. 4 - Jun. 3, First Saturday of the month, 4pm
WHERE: Barbes, 376 9th Street, Park Slope, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents this highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world. Subjects include Larry Walters, who used 45 helium balloons too carry himself into the sky and Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and whose notebooks, to this day, are still too radioactive to handle. Featuring: Michael Hearst, Ben Holmes, Allyssa Lamb, Kate Gentile, and Jonti Siman.
WANT TO GO? $10 (suggested donation). 347 422 0248. barbesbrooklyn.com.

Holding History
WHEN: Mar. 5 - May. 29, Sundays, 11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: What makes an object “historical?” Why do museums keep objects behind glass? Children will ponder these questions holding, touching, and feeling historical artifacts from the museum's collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives.
WANT TO GO? $11. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Mummies
WHEN: Mar. 17 - Jan. 7, daily, 10am-5:45pm
WHERE: The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A brand new exhibition which will give you a chance to get up close to one of the largest collections of mummies housed in North America. Featuring mummies from ancient Egypt to pre-Columbian Peru. The exhibit uses high-resolution CT scans and forensic reconstructions so visitors can "see" what's inside as well as out.
WANT TO GO? $27; $22 seniors and students; $16 children. 212-769-5100. amnh.org.

Baseball Greats at Green-Wood Trolley Tour
WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 1, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Green-Wood, 500 25th Street, Greenwood Heights , New York
AGES: All
WHAT: To lead off the 2017 season, Green-Wood welcomes baseball historian Tom Gilbert for a tour of the fascinating ball-playing pioneers interred at Green?Wood. With Tom and Green?Wood Historian Jeff Richman, you’ll visit the monuments and gravestones of Henry Chadwick, the Father of Baseball, who invented the game’s scoring system; James Creighton, baseball’s first national star; Charles Ebbets, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers; the great hitter Charlie Smith; and many others who played a role in making baseball America’s National Pastime.
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 for members. 718-210-3080. green-wood.com.

BCM Explorers' Day
WHEN: Apr. 4 - May. 30, Tuesdays, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: There is tons to explore at the BCM and Tuesdays are dedicated to the museum's permanent exhibits. Together with your child, can you find an authentic West Indian Day Parade costume? Have you met the Madagascar hissing cockroaches in the greenhouse? Can you try your dance moves in Global Beats?
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.

The Amazing Brooklyn Museum Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 29, 12:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A series of clues leads participants around the Brooklyn Museum performing mental challenges along the way. Each member of the winning team receives a New York City gift package. 
WANT TO GO? $39. 718-344-8962. pogoevents.com.

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