Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Nov 23

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!

91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Parade begins at Central Park West and 77th Street
November 23, 2017 - Upper West Side and Midtown

This year's parade promises all the awesomely soaring balloons -- Hello Kitty, Ronald McDonald, Elf on the Shelf, and Charlie Brown, to name a few -- plus marching bands, performers, and floats that families love. Arrive early so you can snag a good spot on the sidewalk or turn your TV to NBC.  

Music Room - Jewish Children's Museum
Through November 23, 2017 - Crown Heights

Kids can discover the music within, at this hands-on exhibit at the Jewish Children's Museum. Little music-makers of all ages are encouraged to experiment with a range of instruments, including a finger chime and a giant xylophone. They'll particularly enjoy making all the noise they want (without fear of disturbing the neighbors) in the percussion center.

Makeryard - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through November 26, 2017 - Crown Heights

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a Day of the Dead Celebration that includes live music with Sonia De Los Santos of Dan Zanes and Friends. Learn about the origins of this holiday and its traditions through art and animal programs for kids of all ages.

BAMkids Movie Matinees - BAM Rose Cinemas
Through November 26, 2017 - Fort Greene

Don't miss the last two films of this family-friendly film series offers families the perfect introduction to classic films on the big screen. Nov. 12 features the "Long Way North". Set amid the colorful backdrop of 19th-century Russia, this rousing adventure follows a fearless young girl as she embarks on a courageous quest to reach the North Pole in search of her missing explorer grandfather. On Nov. 26, see "Ernest & Celestine". Ernest is a gentle, but misunderstood bear. Celestine is a plucky, imaginative mouse. A surprising rapport develops between the two and a captivating adventure ensues as they set out to prove that the differences between them are only superficial.

Quilt Show - Lefferts Historic House
Through November 26, 2017 - Flatbush

Join the Prospect Park Alliance to see the wonderful work of The Brooklyn Quilters' Guild. This year’s exhibit features the artist’s personal interpretations of “Flight”. These original creations range from traditional to contemporary to mixed media fiber art.

November Drop-in Play - Spark by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through November 30, 2017 - DUMBO

Join in the following drop-in art projects and play opportunities taking place each weekend in November in the Studio. This month at SPARK we encourage children to make unique artworks to share with friends, caregivers, and family members as part of BCM’s I Am Thankful Celebration Weekend.

Saturday, November 4 – Sunday, November 5: Pumpkin Sun Catchers. Make a sun catcher for your window with colorful tissue paper pieces.

Saturday, November 11 – Sunday, November 12: Use pinecones and mixed media elements to create pinecone creatures

Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, November 19: Fall Leaf Rubbings Create colorful crayon rubbings with leaves from BCM’s collection.

Saturday, November 25 – Sunday, November 26: Wild Bird Feeders Make at tasty treat for your feathered friends with birdseed and honey.

Mommy & Me Classes: Wonders of Play - RecessDumbo
Through December 14, 2017 - DUMBO

Come and play with your little one. This play-based class is a wonderful way to support growth and development while having lots of fun. The class includes storytelling, imaginative play, music, arts, and sensory activities. The goal is to give adults creative tools to stimulate babies and toddlers to develop specific skills such as motor, speech development, communications, listening, and the skills associated with crawling and walking.

Drop-in with Katie Ha Ha Ha - Terrace Dance Studio
Through December 15, 2017 - Windsor Terrace

Join this drop-in music class, where children, ages 0-5, (and their grown-ups) sing, play instruments, dance, frolic under the parachute, and participate in interactive musical stories.

'Pinocchio' - Puppetworks
Through December 17, 2017 - Park Slope

Enjoy Carlo Collodi's beloved folk tale from 1883, "Adventures of a Marionette". The show is adapted for marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

'Interstellar Cinderella' - New York City Children's Theater, The Beckett Theatre
Through December 17, 2017 - Midtown

In this 50-minute show, Cinderella of the future is an engineer hoping to revolutionize space travel with a new invention. She's eager to show the prince her hyper warp speed engine at the space parade, but her evil stepmother tries to get in the way. Only Cinderella can make sure her dreams to be a star engineer come true. Children's singer/songwriter star Laurie Berkner and artistic director Barbara Zinn Krieger collaborate on this exciting family musical.

Rock and Roll for Kids - Brooklyn Bowl
Through December 17, 2017 - Williamsburg

Created by entrepreneur and owner of The Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl, Peter Shapiro, and Amy Striem, an Early Childhood and Elementary teacher, The Rock and Roll Playhouse uses music to educate children and explore their creativity. Since the program's inaugural show in December 2014 featuring Phil Lesh, "Rock & Roll For Kids" has introduced kids to the music of David Bowie, The Beatles, Taylor Swift, and many more. This unique program is designed to keep children moving, playing, and singing while simultaneously listening to classic tunes and reaching developmental milestones. Adults will love the selection of genres and popular-music hits, and all are encouraged to fully participate. Each concert is 60 minutes long and is specifically designed for children ten and younger, but all family members are welcome. Unless otherwise noted, shows at Brooklyn Bowl open doors at 11AM and begin promptly at 11:15AM each Sunday, and admission is $10. Children under one are free. Winter 2017 Schedule: Sunday, January 8th Kids Gone Phishing: The Music of Phish with Uncle Ebenezer Sunday, January 15th NO SHOW - Brooklyn Bowl closed for a private event Sunday, January 22nd The Music of The White Stripes Sunday, January 29th All Things Petty: The Music of Tom Petty with The Mighty Fergusons Sunday, February 5th The Music of The Beatles Sunday, February 12th Grateful Rockers: The Music of The Grateful Dead with Stella Blues Band Sunday, February 19th The Music of Billy Joel featuring Craig Greenberg Sunday, February 26th The Rock and Roll Playhouse and Brooklyn Bowl present: STEVENSTEVEN (Steven Drozd from the Flaming Lips & Steve Burns, the original host of Blue's Clues) Sunday, March 5th The Music of Motown with Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band Sunday, March 12th Rock and Roll for Kids Sunday, March 19th The Music of Prince Sunday, March 26th The Music of Fleetwood Mac

Library Lab: Coding - Brooklyn Central Library
Through December 20, 2017 - Prospect Heights

Library Lab is Brooklyn Public Library’s dynamic learning enrichment program for children (ages 6 to 10) and their families. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts with fun, free activities that will spark curiosity through hands-on experiments. Families will receive tips on how to use library resources and how to continue projects at home.

Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
Through December 23, 2017 - Downtown Brooklyn

Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track in an incredibly realistic game.

Neighborhood Family Concerts - Bargemusic
Through December 23, 2017 - Brooklyn Heights

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly performance, including a Q&A session with the musicians.

New York Road Runners Open Run - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through December 27, 2017 - Brooklyn Heights

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that empowers local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home ? bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome.

Tai Chi - Bay Ridge Jewish Center
Through December 28, 2017 - Bay Ridge

Tai chi is one of the most remarkable and practical philosophies ever devised. It combines the pursuit of health and longevity, and the lofty—but attainable—ideals of harmony and balance. It promotes relaxation, joy, compassion, positive growth, and flow. Tai chi gives you a set of mental tools you can apply in all areas of your life, and it helps you learn to achieve your goals with the minimum effort for the maximum result.

Little Orchestra Society Presents the Three C's… Culture, Classical music, and Composing - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 28, 2017 - Crown Heights

Throughout August, Little Orchestra Society is in residence at Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a series of family music workshops. Each session explores music of a different culture, engaging children, parents, and caregivers through movement, song, composition, and an introduction to world instruments. Sessions accommodate up to 25 participants on a first-come, first served basis. See website for schedule.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through December 30, 2017 - Midtown

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion, and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and older.

Farmer's Market - Grand Army Plaza
Through December 31, 2017 - 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.

Brooklyn Block Lab and Studio - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Crown Heights

In BCM’s new 2nd 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.

SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through December 31, 2017 - DUMBO

SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum is BCM's new art and play space located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Designed for children ages six months to six years, SPARK features an outpost of the popular Brooklyn Block Lab exhibit, as well as daily art and design workshops, music classes, birthday parties, and more. Walk-ins are welcome, as space permits, but reservations for the one-hour play slots are encouraged.

Magic at Coney - Coney Island Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Coney Island

Magical Promotions together with Coney Island USA presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. Enjoy a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians and featuring illusionists, escape artists, and mentalists from around the world.

Holding History - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Crown Heights

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.

BCM Explorers' Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Crown Heights

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?

Sylvia's Story Time - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Crown Heights

Join a BCM Educator for this interactive story time.

Tot's Time - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2017 - Staten Island

Preschoolers will create Valentine's Day-inspired artwork, sing along to music, and listen to stories.

'Christmas Spectacular' Starring the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City
Through January 01, 2018 - Midtown

A New York City tradition, the Rockettes will dazzle Radio City audiences once again this holiday season! Combining the old with the new, the Christmas Spectacular brilliantly takes audiences on a gorgeously choreographed journey from Santa's workship at the North Pole to the streets of Manhattan to a beautifully classic “Living Nativity.”

Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 21, 2018 - Prospect Heights

In the ancient burial ground at Saqqara, Egypt, one animal cemetery alone has yielded over four million individual ibis mummies. And the nearby dog cemetery contained over seven million mummies, with countless others found throughout Egypt. This unusual aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals—has remained largely a mystery This exhibit explores the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many. Drawn from the museum's renowned collection, the exhibition features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt. Animals were central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Most animals had connections to a particular deity. After death, mummified animals’ souls could carry a message to a god.

16th Annual Holiday Train Show - Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
Through February 04, 2018 - Midtown

Kids can watch in awe as little Lionel trains roll along a 34-foot-long, two-level track that looks just like a mini NYC with a nearby countryside. The scenery even includes its very own North Pole. Plus, parents will love spying vintage trains from the Transit Museum’s collection.

New Parents' Meetings - Bend + Bloom Yoga
Through February 27, 2018 - Park Slope

Join this weekly group in a supportive space where you can share your experiences and concerns, ask questions and find common ground while forming community with other parents. This hour and a half focuses on a topic concerning the profound transition into parenthood, but is open to individual concerns, so bring your baby (newborns up to 18 months) and your lunch and meet some new friends.

Public Ice Skating - Wollman Rink
Through February 28, 2018 - Central Park

Ice skating out in the crisp city air with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline is a classic NYC winter experience. And Central Park's famous rink is a tourist favorite, but completely worth doing even if you are a local. There is also a skating school, a hockey program, and birthday party offerings on the ice. Check out the nearby carousel for $3 a ride in between skates. 

Bank of America Winter Village - Bryant Park
Through March 04, 2018 - Midtown

The park becomes a winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink (free entry!), a European inspired open-air market for holiday shopping, rinkside dining, and even an observation deck full of games and art supplies.

The Yellow Sneaker Puppet Show - Blue Marble Ice Cream
Through March 14, 2018 - Prospect Heights

Kids will love this 45 minute interactive singalong with puppets, combining original songs, oldies, and traditional children's music. Bring your little ones to sing, clap, dance, and shake their sillies out. Geared towards kids age 0-5 and their families. 

Sundays@Senesh - Hannah Senesh Community Day School
Through March 25, 2018 - Carroll Gardens

The Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Carroll Gardens hosts its annual Hanukkah Community Art Festival. This holiday art fair is Brooklyn's most popular Hanukkah event featuring a variety of art workshops featuring: Edible chocolate dreidel making Mosaic tile workshop Oil press Cookie and doughnut decorating Tzedakah box making Clay workshop Beeswax candle making

From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn - New York Transit Museum
Through March 31, 2018 - Downtown Brooklyn

Using the museum’s vintage subway cars as the stage, you’ll design a crowd of puppets that animate a tale of travel.

Ice Skating Season - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown

The new season opens with this ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Youth skaters of Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlemwill join for this celebratory session. 

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is always the first New York rink to open each year and is open to the public daily from 8:30am-12am, from Columbus Day to Easter. First designed as a temporary attraction, The Rink has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan.


Ice Skating Season - Le Frak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park
Through April 02, 2018 - Prospect Lefferts Gardens

The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside is now open for a 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.

Family Fun Series - Mark Morris Dance Center
Through May 05, 2018 - Fort Greene

Fun for the whole family, this free class is taught by Mark Morris Dance Group company members and accompanied by live music. All ages and levels are welcome.

Mommy and Me Drop-in Classes - St. Joseph the Worker
Through May 18, 2018 - Windsor Terrace

All are welcome with children ages 2-3 years old. Come for an hour of playing, learning, discovering, and exploring.

The Little People Party Open Play - The Backyard
Through June 01, 2018 - Williamsburg

The Little People Party is a children's entertainment company with a current pop up tot party for ages 6 months-3 years held at an indoor soccer field. The giant, enclosed, Astroturf-covered field is decked out with games and toys for kids and the bar sells refreshments for the adults.

Songs For Extraordinary People - Barbès
Through June 03, 2018 - Park Slope

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.

Little Laffs Children's Variety Show - Jalopy Theatre
Through June 03, 2018 - Carroll Gardens

Check out this fun and entertaining monthly variety show for kids that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. For ages 3-9.

Shabbat Songs and Stories - Kings Bay Y at Fort Greene Clinton Hill
Through June 29, 2018 - Clinton Hill

Join every Friday morning to wrap up the week and celebrate Shabbat as a community. Neighborhood families are encouraged to join with students from the Early Childhood Programs for music, dancing, stories, and snacks. This event is open to all, regardless of background. 

'Dream Big: Engineering Our World' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

'Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all – that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, Cousteau invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey. Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Secret Ocean 3D introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra- HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini. Duration: 20 minutes.

'Journey To Space 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Journey to Space is a celebration of space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision towards our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit — a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Duration: 20 minutes.

'Conquest of the Skies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Free Beginner Lacrosse Clinic - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 28, 2018 - Brooklyn

Check out this free beginner lacrosse clinic with Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse.

Sing-along with Andrew of Rolie Polie Guacamole - Dean Street
Through October 27, 2020 - Prospect Heights

Every Tuesday Andrew plays originals and the classics with a Guacamole twist.

Musical Wednesdays with Emmy & Evan - Dean Street
Through October 28, 2020 - Prospect Heights

Every Wednesday this duo will get the little ones dancing.