Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Oct 18

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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!

Read for the Record Literacy Celebration - New Lots Library
October 18, 2017 - East New York

Jumpstart and City’s First Readers (CFR) are partnering for their 2nd Annual Literacy Celebration as part of the national Read for the Record campaign for early literacy, which will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the New Lots Library in Brooklyn. Special guest Nigel Barker – best known for America’s Next Top Model – will join the event’s story-time to read Quackers by Liz Wong, to children. Jumpstart is an early education nonprofit organization fueled by the core belief that providing high-quality early learning opportunities to all children contributes to breaking the cycle of poverty. The organization provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities by recruiting and training college students and community members to serve in classrooms where the need is highest. Since 1993, Jumpstart has trained 45,000 college students and community volunteers to transform the lives of 100,000 preschool children nationwide. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign not only inspires adults to read with children, but also spurs policy makers, influencers, and organizations to take action toward transformative change in early education while putting books in the hands of more children across the country.

Free Skating Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Roller Rink
Through October 20, 2017 - Brooklyn Heights

Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park for some free roller skating. Take a spin with the whole family and skate along to today's top music.

Julia Oldham: How to Escape a Black Hole - BRIC Arts Media House, The Project Room
Through October 20, 2017 - Fort Greene

Working in video and animation, Julia Oldham creates narratives that explore scientific and natural phenomena. Part physics lesson, part voyage toward destruction, the starry universe/video installation Oldham presents in How to Escape a Black Hole is immersive and stimulating. As a giant floating head guiding viewers on a meditative journey into an all-encompassing black hole, Oldham replicates YouTube tropes of self-hypnosis and ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos that fabricate soothing soundscapes for their listeners.

Mixed Up Vehicles Books - New York Transit Museum
Through October 22, 2017 - Downtown Brooklyn

Create and color your very own fantasy vehicles. Amphibious buses? Trains with wings? Mix and match your favorite things in this silly bookmaking workshop.

The LEGO Americana Roadshow - Staten Island Mall
Through October 22, 2017 - Staten Island

Check out this highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks. Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and Old North Church – take over Staten Island Mall and entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts. Additional activities include a LEGO brick play area, LEGO building activities, and scavenger hunts.

Movie Night - Habana Outpost
Through October 29, 2017 - Fort Greene

Habana Outpost presents movies under the stars every Sunday at 8pm. See website for schedule.

Halloween Harvest Festival - Luna Park in Coney Island
Through October 29, 2017 - Coney Island

Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends through October 29th for family-friendly activities, fall decorations and more. Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest features pumpkin picking and painting and free activities like trick or treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists, balloon benders and twisters, magicians, one of NYC’s largest pumpkins and more. You don’t have to travel upstate or out to Long Island to pick a pumpkin – you can pick your very own gourd right here in Brooklyn! Visit the pumpkin patch and for $5 take home a pumpkin to call your own. Don’t forget to paint it at the pumpkin painting station, too. Luna Park is home to the world famous Cyclone Roller Coaster and has over 28 rides, games and attractions for all ages to enjoy.

Pumpkin Picking - Historic Richmond Town, Decker Fram
Through October 29, 2017 - Staten Island

Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin. Enjoy a farmhouse tour, hayride, face painting, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze. Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.

Iridescence - Governors Island - Colonels Row, The HoloCenter
Through October 29, 2017 -

The HoloCenter transforms the post commander quarters in Colonels Row with light based installations. This exhibitions of art holograms from around the world will push the visual senses. Selected through an international competition, six artists produced new holograms sculpting with light to explore how memory, motion, and images entwine.

Scharen Knippen (Paper Cutting) - Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park
Through October 29, 2017 - Flatbush

Celebrate fall at Lefferts Historic House with the old Dutch craft Scharen Knippen. Cut out autumn and halloween scenes and patterns, some designed in the 19th century by Mrs. Lefferts herself.

Governors Island Open Season - Governors Island
Through October 31, 2017 -

Visitors to Governors Island this year will enjoy more arts, cultural, recreational and educational programs than ever before. This year also features the opening of Island Oyster, a new food and beverage concession featuring sustainably sourced seafood in a garden-like atmosphere. And if you didn't visit the Hills last year, make sure to check out this newly landscaped area featuring slides, grassy knolls, and even more views.

Exquisite Plants - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through November 02, 2017 - Brooklyn Heights

Check out this interactive installation that explores shape-building and abstraction through play, by artists Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. The three-part exhibit was inspired by the beautiful blooms of BBP and includes an interactive magnetic wall in the Community Room, on which the public is invited to rearrange magnetic plant shapes to create new compositions. In the hallway, several large wall reliefs constructed by the artists depict a series of “Exquisite Plants” made of brightly painted shapes. Also in the Community Room, a Workshop Gallery wall will showcase original collages made during workshops.

Celebrate Fall at Green Meadows Farm - Aviator Sports and Events Center
Through November 05, 2017 - Marine Park

Visit Green Meadow Farms for this festive Easter Egg Hunt. Admission includes the egg hunt, photo with Whiskers, a hayride, Tiny Tractors Corn Box, Giant Hay Wagon Slide, and more. Families can also visit the farm and enjoy activities like pony rides and a petting zoo.

The Science Playground - New York Hall of Science
Through November 11, 2017 - Corona

Who knew science could be so much fun. 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.

Museum Makers: Designing With Data - New York Hall of Science
Through November 16, 2017 - 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.

Greenbelt Peepers - Greenbelt Nature Center, Blood Root Valley
Through December 14, 2017 - Staten Island

Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two-year-old kids and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration requested.

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.

Magic at Coney - Coney Island Museum
Through December 17, 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.

'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.

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.

'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.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble - Park Slope
Through December 31, 2017 - Park Slope

Join this weekly story time followed by activities.

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.

Gulliver's Gate - Times Square
Through December 31, 2017 - Times Square

Artists from eight countries took part in building this fantastic miniature world, featuring cities from across the globe, all built to scale. You can also step back in time to see famous historical scenes and interact with the exhibit using a special key.

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.

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.

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 - Rockefeller Center

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. 

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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.

 

Geometric Figurative Works: Art Exhibit - New York Hall of Science
Through April 14, 2018 - Corona

Karl Szilagi creates visual puzzles that use black and white geometric patterns to create figurative images. His art explores how we perceive patterns as both flat and three-dimensional at the same time. Most of the pieces are reverse mirror images – they appear the same when rotated 180 degrees.

Weekly Singalong with Hopalong Andrew - Families First
Through May 28, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Join this weekly singalong with Hopalong Andrew, a New York City-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A fixture of the New York City family music scene, he regularly appears at curated events such as Summerstage NYC, Bryant Park, Hudson Park, The Oldtone Roots Music Festival, The Brooklyn Public Library, and more.

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.

'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.

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.

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