Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Sep 10

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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!

BK Block Parties - Albee Square, Fulton Mall
Through September 10, 2016 - Downtown Brooklyn

Kick off the day with a family friendly concert and activities for the kids, and then get some shopping done at the Albee Square Outdoor Market. July 9 – Rolie Polie Guacamole (plus face painter, balloons, etc.) Aug 13 – Mario the Magician (plus extra activity TBD) Sep 10 – Double bill: WonderSpark Puppets & Mil’s Trills (includes puppet workshop)

2016 NYC Labor Day Parade - Fifth Avenue
September 10, 2016 - Midtown/Upper East Side

Celebrate the working men and women who help keep NYC up and running at the 2016 NYC Labor Day Parade. The route begins at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and continues up Fifth Avenue to 64th Street.

Kite Festival - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
September 10, 2016 - DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights

Here's the perfect opportunity to fly a kite. You can bring your own or buy one at the park. Expect to see an amazing sight of kites as they fly against the Manhattan skyline. Kite lovers of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to bring their cameras; its a great day for pictures!

Brooklyn Bike Jumble - The Old Stone House
September 10, 2016 - Park Slope

Thinking of getting a bike? Or already a fan of pedal-powered travel? Fulfill all your cycling needs for the summer when the New York Bike Jumble returns for the sixth year in a row. Get yourself a new or used bike, new and used accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks and bargains galore.

Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival - Columbia Waterfront District
September 10, 2016 - Carroll Gardens

Stop by this popular annual street fair to enjoy local food, retail vendors, children's rides and activities, and live music throughout the day.

Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival - Fort Greene Park
September 10, 2016 - Fort Greene

The Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival was an idea developed by Eric Frazier from a longstanding dream to have a Jazz Festival in his own neighborhood park. The festival began in July 2010 and has provided live jazz entertainment for families, neighborhoods, communities and New Yorkers at large.

'Peace on Your Wings' - John Jay College Gerald W. Lynch Theatre
Through September 10, 2016 - Upper West Side

An uplifting, inspiring new musical with an all youth cast, based on the true story of Sadako Sasak. A 12-year old girl who died from leukemia resulting from radiation caused by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. She was made famous for having folded over a thousand paper cranes to fulfill an old Japanese legend that would grant one wish to anyone who would fold one thousand cranes. To this day she is a reminder of innocent victims of war, and her story of her thousand paper cranes have inspired a movement of folding cranes for peace. Peace on Your Wings features an all youth cast performing original pop music with Japanese influences written by composer Jennifer Taira and lyricist Laurie Rubin.

Vintage Baseball - Governors Island
September 10, 2016 -

Base Ball in the year of 1864! The game as it was once played, three hands, no gloves, and a time when gambling on professional sports was common. The Gotham Base Ball Club, established in 1852, which became the NY Giants in 1883 will display a double header on the Parade Grounds next to Fort Jay.

Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) Open House 2016 - Mark Morris Dance Center
September 10, 2016 - Fort Greene

Visitors enjoy a free sampling of the Dance Center’s wide array of programming, including dance, music, and fitness classes for all ages and abilities, and performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Student Company, and participants in two of MMDG’s community programs, Urban Rhythms and Arts Immersion. Open House provides everyone a chance to meet and mingle with faculty and staff, register for children and teen classes at The School, purchase discounted dancewear, and enjoy free food and refreshments provided by local vendors.

Back to School Craft Party with Curated Care - Lulu's Then and Now
September 10, 2016 - Park Slope

September's coming and we're ready to start the school year off with a bang! Curated Care helps little ones get excited with fun & unique back-to-school themed crafts, including "monster" bookmarks, homemade pencil holders and personalized homework folders. Stop by Lulu's Then and Now for projects that are almost too cool for school.

Cirque du Soleil presents 'Toruk' - Barclays Center
Through September 11, 2016 - Prospect Heights

Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.

New York City Atlases - New York Transit Museum
Through September 11, 2016 - Downtown Brooklyn

Collections of maps, called atlases, can tell a story just like any drawing or photograph. After looking at atlases and different kind of maps, kids will try their hand at cartography (the art of map-making) and bind their own personal maps of New York. For ages 5 and older.

Summer Sports Experience - Sunset Park Playground
Through September 17, 2016 - Sunset Park

Tots Program (2-5 Years old) M-F 9:15am-10am Tots Program (8 months - 3 Years old) M-F 10am-11am and 11am-12pm M-F. Other activities for ages 6-14 will be offered M-F 9:15am- 4:45pm. Activities include Soccer, Basketball, Rugby, Volleyball, Goalball, Softball and Group Games. At Sunset Park, kids will learn basketball, soccer and football from skilled Parks staff. The Summer Sports Experience provides a friendly, small group introduction to various sports on a drop-in basis. Staff are stationed in parks citywide.

Neighborhood Family Concerts - Bargemusic
Through September 24, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

Bargemusic presents Admission Free Neighborhood Family Concerts. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family friendly performance including a Q&A session with the musicians.

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Dock
Through September 24, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock. Children younger than 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Pop-Up Audubon I: Radical Raptors - Zucker Natural Exploration Area
Through September 25, 2016 - Prospect Park

Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn what makes birds of prey so radical and about the different species of raptors that migrate through Prospect Park. Nature Play, 10–2 pm: Alliance naturalists teach children to appreciate the beauty of nature and develop self-reliance, creativity and problem-solving skills through different outdoor play-based activities. Program includes opportunities to dissect an owl pellet and paint with mud! Nature’s Helpers, 1pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees. Family Bird Watching, 2pm: As an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds. After learning how to use binoculars, families can join Alliance naturalists on a walk to identify these birds.

CMA's Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2016 -

Spend the summer getting creative with free hands-on art making workshops on Governors Island. All workshops are led by CMA teaching artists and a feature immersive art experiences in the outdoors.

Wednesday Night Tours - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1 Entrance
Through September 28, 2016 - DUMBO

Learn about the extraordinary history, ecology, and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park with New York's finest scholars during these weekly walking tours.

Live at the Archway Series - Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
Through September 29, 2016 - DUMBO

Reflecting DUMBO’s creative spirit and Brooklyn’s diverse culture, the 18-week free family-friendly performance series encompasses a broad range of musical genres including salsa, R&B, jazz, and classic rock, together with some of today’s emerging indie bands, performances by modern dance companies, and five evenings of social dance. Concerts and events take place on Thursday evenings at 6pm under the unique setting of the Manhattan Bridge Archway in DUMBO, and are co-curated by Clara Schuhmacher of the DUMBO BID and by Tanya Rynd, owner of popular DUMBO restaurant Superfine.

Stories for Chocolate - Mast Brothers Chocolate
Through September 30, 2016 - Williamsburg

Stories for Chocolate is a hour long story-telling and sing-along session at the Mast Chocolate Factory & Shop in Brooklyn. Come ready to sing, dance, and enjoy chocolate with your little ones.

Roller Skating - LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park
Through October 01, 2016 - Brooklyn

The LeFrak Center offers public roller skating and features a spectacular 16,000 sq. ft. covered rink overlooking Prospect Park Lake with ample open spaces for those not quite ready to lace up their skates. With skate rentals for all ages, Lakeside makes it easy for people of all ages to enjoy getting some fun, healthy, outdoor action.

Movie Night - Habana Outpost
Through October 30, 2016 - Fort Greene

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

Nantucket Lightship Public Tours - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through October 30, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

Known as the “Guardian Angel of the North Atlantic”, the Nantucket Lightship (WLV612), an historic ‘floating lighthouse,’ was the last lightship in service to the United States Coast Guard and was decommissioned in 1985. The Lightship served on four stations, including San Francisco, Blunts Reef, Portland, Maine and Nantucket South Shoals. The WLV612 is the only lightship that has gone through the Panama Canal twice and is today the only fully operational lightship in the United States. Out of 167 lightships that served from 1820 to 1985, the WLV612 is 1 of only 12 remaining US lightships.

New York Road Runners Open Run - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through October 31, 2016 - 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.

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through October 31, 2016 - New York Harbor

Find out if you've got what it takes to be the next James T. Kirk or Spock at this brand new immersive exhibition. Making its U.S. debut at the Intrepid Museum, the exhibition offers visitors the chance to experience life as a Starfleet Academy cadet, as they attend the Academy's Career Day in the 26th century. After student orientation, cadets will visit nine zones focused on the training center's specialties: Language, Medical, Navigation, Engineering, Command and Science. Following these interactions, cadets will be assigned a specialty and a demeanor based on their individual training. The Starfleet Academy Experience will be presented in a dedicated 12,000 square foot indoor space specially designed for the experience on Pier 86. Die-hard Star Trek fans may recognize many of the props and costumes on display from the television show. In addition, there will be plenty of interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, voice recognition to communicate in Klingon, a Medical Tricorder table with RFID sensors, planet projection mapping, holograms and a target game using Star Trek's iconic phasers. Tickets on sale now. Early booking recommended.

Library Lab - Brooklyn Public Library, various branches
Through October 31, 2016 - Prospect Heights

Library Lab is a learning and enrichment program for children 6-12 and their families. Explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts with fun, free activities that spark curiosity through hands-on experimentation. Programs will be offered at branches throughout Brooklyn in Fall 2016. See website for the complete Library Lab schedule.

Magic at Coney - Coney Island Museum
Through October 31, 2016 - Coney Island

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

Community Farmers' Market - Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Through November 19, 2016 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market is opening for its eighth season of healthy food, activities, education, and food justice programming. This year, the market will continue to grow its youth program in order to employ, educate, and empower local teenagers through the Hattie Carthan Urban Agriculture Youth Corps. We have also worked feverishly to improve the environment and delivery of services to market shoppers through strategic improvements in the physical infrastructure and by partnering with The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation to increase our local visibility and foot traffic in the markets. That partnership will offer us additional market days at sister market sites in the immediate community, and to host several cultural festivals in the market and garden, author readings in the childrens garden, bike tours which complement our natural programming, and increase advertising and promotions of both markets. The Large Market will continue its Healthy Gains through Baking with Whole Grains at the newly-improved cooking island area in September; offer eggs and herbs for sale from the Hattie Carthan chicken coops and new herbal farm, and will continue to offer individuals and institutions an opportunity to receive local vegetables, eggs, and herbs by subscribing to our alternative distribution programs—The Mixed Basket weekly Program and Institutional Basket Program.

Hattie Carthan Herban Farm and Apothecary Market - Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
Through November 27, 2016 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Hattie Carthan Herban Farm and Apothecary is open every Sunday through Thanksgiving of this year. Come see medicinal herbs growing in their habitat, sacred groves, a pyramid garden, a labyrinth garden, and exciting urban agriculture technologies. There will be free cooking demonstrations and a Pick Upon Demand Farm Stand from 1-6pm.

Chess Classes with Chess at Three - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through December 07, 2016 - Park Slope

Stories is so excited to partner with Chess at Three, an awesome organization that teaches chess to kids ages 3 and up through storytelling! Join us for this 6-week summer session, and learn the stories behind why all those pieces move the way they do (and more!)

Drop-in Art-Making and Storytelling - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through December 20, 2016 - Park Slope

Join this drop-in art-making and storytelling activities every Tuesday at 11am. For kids age 2-5 and their caregivers.

Totally Tots Studio Program: Meet the Artist - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 28, 2016 - Crown Heights

Each week children are introduced to an artist and an activity inspired by their techniques, materials, and ideas. Activities invite young artists to build and refine their fine motor skills; engage in sensory exploration of materials, and learn how to share with others in this open art studio. There is no such thing as a bad mess in this space, which is tailored to children five and younger.

Green Machines - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 28, 2016 - Crown Heights

Get down in the dirt and explore the layers of composting in BCM’s garden and how you can get started with your own compost at home.

Clay Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Staten Island

Satisfy a "knead" by working with some air-dry clay and create a tactile piece.

Bug Out - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Crown Heights

Bugs aren't gross—they're great! Come meet some friendly invertebrates and learn what makes an insect unique.

Touch Tank - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Crown Heights

Meet and touch real, live sea creatures like starfish and sea urchins.

Tots Time Plus - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Staten Island

Your pre-schooler will create artwork, sing along and listen to stories.

Fantastic Tunnels - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

What do engineers discover as they dig deep underground to build New York’s newest train tunnels? Find out, and then create and illustrate your own fantastic book about what you might find beneath New York City’s ancient rock.

Train Operators School - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Boerum Hill

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.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble-Court Street
Through December 31, 2016 - Downtown Brooklyn

Join this weekly story time followed by activities.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble - Park Slope
Through December 31, 2016 - Park Slope

Join this weekly story time followed by activities.

Live Animal Adventure - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Crown Heights

Enjoy an interactive animal show and meet real reptiles from the museum's Live Collection. Ages 4 and older.

Paint Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Staten Island

Plenty of time for experimenting with paints and other media.

Museum Highlights Tour - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Downtown Brooklyn

Join expert museum educators on a dramatic journey through the building of New York's subway system, the evolution of the City's surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Downtown Brooklyn

Stories, games and surprises for the youngest transportation fans.

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 02, 2017 - Murray Hill

A new exhibition all about the English novelist, on the two hundredth anniversary of her birth, will appeal to Jane Eyre fans ages 10 and older. It traces her creative path from reluctant governess to published poet to commanding novelist. From her earliest literary works—written with a quill pen in a minuscule hand designed to mimic the printed page—to the manuscript of her explosive novel Jane Eyre, the exhibition presents an intimate portrait of one of England's most compelling authors.

'Wonders of the Arctic' - American Museum of Natural History
Through March 02, 2017 - Upper West Side

Learn about the ice wilderness that is the Arctic in this new film at the AMNH. Screening in both 3D and 2D. Set in the frozen wilderness at the top of the world, Wonders of the Arctic tells the story of survival in one of the most unforgiving environments on earth dominated by a single element: ice. Far away in this glittering world of ice and snow, polar bears tussle, huskies howl, and narwhals dive within the turquoise waters. Through compelling stories told by scientists and Inuit leaders, viewers will discover the impact of ice on the Arctic’s inhabitants, both animals and humans. For thousands of years, the Inuit and their predecessors have adapted and thrived in this beautiful yet harsh environment. Today, their survival has inspired scientists to conduct intense research and answer troubling questions about life in this fragile and largely uninhabited landscape. Directed by award-winning filmmaker David Lickley, Wonders of the Arctic takes audiences on a journey across one of the most beautiful and frigid places on earth, exploring how humans and animals have adapted and flourished for thousands of years in the vast ice wilderness of the Arctic.

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.

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

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

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