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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on January 12

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

New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers - Barclays Center
January 12, 2019 - Prospect Heights/Park Slope

See the Islanders take on the Rangers in this inter-borough showdown. Which team are you rooting for?

Con Edison Second Saturday Science: Happy Hibernations! - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2019 - Staten Island

Explore how certain animals survive the winter months and meet some special critters from the Staten Island Zoo.

Mulchfest - Prospect Park
Through January 13, 2019 - Park Slope

Bring your holiday tree to Prospect Park, where it will go through a chipper and transform into environment-friendly mulch at both 3rd Street and Park Circle Entrances. Plus, you can take some home for your own yard or garden. Please remove all decorations from the trees.

Family Storytime at the Laundromat! - Giant Wash Laundromat
Through January 20, 2019 - Brownsville

Laundromats aren’t just for washing clothes. You can talk, read, sing, write, and play there too!Come join a BPL children’s librarian who will lead story time and fun literacy activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Gingerbread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2019 - Corona

Visitors 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.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show will showcase Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—in the 27th year of this beloved tradition. Enchanting model trains will zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, including the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center, the Battery Maritime Building, and the Terminal Warehouse. This year, for the first time ever, the Holiday Train show will feature replicas of two vintage ferry boats from the 1900s. 

January Evening Yoga Series – Breathe in the New Year! - Blood Root Valley (Greenbelt)
Through January 25, 2019 - Staten Island

Begin the new year—and your weekend—with an evening of indoor yoga practice at the Greenbelt Nature Center. Instructors from the Five Boro Power Yoga will provide a series of four classes for people of all experience levels. Come to all or some. Stretch, breathe and relax your way into 2019. BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) and water bottle.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic - New-York Historical Society
Through January 27, 2019 - Upper West Side

Following a blockbuster run in London, Harry Potter: A History of Magic captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Organized by the British Library, the exhibition features centuries-old treasures, including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, the New-York Historical Society, and other museums, as well as original material from American publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Unique to New York Historical’s presentation—and on public view for the very first time—are Mary GrandPré’s pastel illustrations of Scholastic’s original editions of the novels; Brian Selznick’s newly created artwork for the covers of the 20th anniversary edition of the Harry Potter series published by Scholastic; cover art by Kazu Kibuishi featured in Scholastic’s 15th anniversary box set; and costumes and set models from the theatrical production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. An exciting line-up of exhibition-related events for Harry Potter fans of all ages will also be presented. 

Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center
Through January 27, 2019 - Upper West Side

The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, the award-winning aerial duo Desire in Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so many more wonders—all in the magical and intimate one-ring big top tent!

Winter Zoo Wonderland - Prospect Park Zoo
Through January 27, 2019 - Prospect Park

Every weekend, explore our wintery outdoor trail, warm up in our indoor exhibits, and discover the special adaptations animals have to survive in the cold. You’ll be toasty warm as you find out who at the zoo loves the cold…and who doesn’t.

We've got fun for animal lovers of all ages. The Discovery Center will be open 11am-3pm on weekends with special sensory stations for toddlers. And take a look at the activities available at the Conservation Station in the Hall of Animals, below:

  • Bat biofacts: learn about bat hibernation
  • Experiments: discover why ice melts and how it effects the environment
  • Migration, Hibernation, Adaptation games

Magic at Coney - Coney Island USA
Through January 27, 2019 - 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.

Tot Time Tuesdays - Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
Through January 29, 2019 - Staten Island

Nature lovers up to 3 years old will learn about a new plant or animal each week during this indoor playgroup. Storytime starts at 10:30 am followed by a short hike, weather permitting. 

Paint, Stamp, and Draw: 2D Art Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through January 30, 2019 - Staten Island

Create your own artwork in the walk-in workshop with paint, stamps, pencils, and more 2D tools.

Pre-K Story and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through January 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Bring your pre-kindergarten kids to the library for a morning of reading stories, singing songs and learning fingerplays. After storytime, there will be a craft or exploration stations to enjoy. This program requires online registration.

Sculpt and Shape: 3D Art Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2019 - Staten Island

Grab some clay and other fun mediums to explore 3D art.

ShopRite Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through February 01, 2019 - Staten Island

Kids will get a hands-on class on how to create dishes that are tasty for them and their pets!

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience - Industry City
Through February 03, 2019 - Sunset Park

Exploring the intersection between art, mathematics, science, and poetry, Escher’s works have fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians, and designers alike. Experience the utterly captivating and mind-bending work of graphic illustrator M.C. Escher in this new exhibition featuring more than 200 original works. Family workshops are also available, ideal for children ages 5-9 and their parents. 

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Mickey: The True Original Exhibition - 60 Tenth Ave.
Through February 10, 2019 - Chelsea

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. This immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000-square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.

F.A.M. (Family Art Magic) - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 10, 2019 - Prospect Heights

 In Family Art Magic classes, the magic word is collaboration. Children and their adult companions can explore together to discover the world through art, play fun gallery games, and create their own masterpieces in the studio. In our winter classes, we’re spending time in our special exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power to explore themes of art and community. The first part of the term focuses on work by artists in Brooklyn and the rest of New York; then, we’ll look at community-minded artists from around the world. Join us for one session or stay for the whole season—each day is a new adventure! 

Exhibition: Impractical Jokers: Homecoming - Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
Through March 17, 2019 - Staten Island

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming explores the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations that make us laugh and cringe, the humor is built upon a foundation of trust and camaraderie amongst the four guys, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brain “Q” Quinn, and Joe Gatto. See original costumes, props, and art created over the past seven seasons. View new interviews and episode highlights, and learn about behind-the-scenes production, including some secrets. Take a journey with the Jokers from high school hijinks to mainstream comedic success that all started on the shores of Staten Island. Interactive surprises are found throughout the museum to make the Jokers’ exhibition experience as unexpected as the Impractical Jokers themselves. 

The Buttons Weekend Sing-Along - Edamama Cute Cuts & More
Through March 17, 2019 - Williamsburg

Please join The Buttons Band (Caitlin Mahoney and Hannah Winkler) for a grooving weekend sing-along on Saturdays at Edamama! Enjoy an energetic 45-minute set of our original tunes, classic children's songs, and oldies rock n' roll that is sure to get both kids and grown-ups singing and dancing! We hand out shakers, teach some moves, and encourage everyone to get their bodies grooving to the music. The Buttons' sing-along is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your child and your community through the love of music and the joy it brings.

Bringing Stories to Life Through Music - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2019 - Crown Heights

Join The Little Orchestra Society for “Bringing Stories to Life Through Music”, a music and movement workshop that connects famous children’s stories by authors from around the world to everyday sounds, rhythms, and melodies. An exploration in the process of music making, this workshop unites literature with musical creativity, giving children the opportunity to experiment with new ways of self-expression through singing, playing instruments, and creating sounds to represent ideas. By using music as a common language, children develop a deeper understanding of diverse communities and cultures.

Thursday Workshops with The Little Orchestra Society - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 23, 2019 - Crown Heights

Every Thursday, children and families are invited to create their own melodies, discover cultures and build communities as they explore new sounds and songs that tell the story of incredible people and places.

ColorLab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 24, 2019 - Crown Heights

ColorLab is BCM's new family art studio inspired by contemporary African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African artists! Rotating programs will feature the work and material inspirations of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists, including Chakaia Booker, Wangechi Mutu, and Jack Whitten. Learn about Afrofuturism through a toolbox containing books, materials, and prompts to guide creating. Each visit to ColorLab will offer new ways to experiment with art and new ideas to explore. Hands-on programs will be supported by BCM’s teaching artists and educators.

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience - 218 W. 57th St.
Through May 31, 2019 - Midtown

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.

Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! - New York Aquarium
Through June 30, 2019 - Coney Island

Explore the coral reef, wander through a shipwreck, and peer over the Hudson Canyon in this brand new exhibit all about sharks, open year-round. More than 115 species, including sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles, live in this state-of-the-art exhibit.

Staff Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through October 07, 2019 - Fort Greene

Greenlight staff choose their favorite stories to share with the youngest book lovers, with great books ranging from classics and award-winners to the best new releases and local favorites.

Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Greenmarket - Brooklyn Borough Hall
Through December 07, 2019 - Downtown Brooklyn

Buy fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables year-round at your local greenmarket! You can also take part in programs like nutrition workshops, clothing collections, and food scrap collections. 

New York Road Runners Open Run - Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through December 18, 2019 - 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 2½-3 miles.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home as 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.

Friday/Saturday Drop-In - Brooklyn Game Lab
Through December 31, 2020 - Park Slope

Drop off the kids (ages 8 and up) for Friday drop-in, role-playing game night. Brooklyn Game Lab run great D&D campaigns for new and highly experienced RPG-players. Saturday nights are geared towards our Teen Pass members, but all older kids (12 and up) are welcome to participate. Play sophisticated RPGs with complex campaigns and awesome characters, plus get some DM training. 

Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2020 - Brooklyn Heights

Head to the New York Transit Museum every Thursday for stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes such as animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, the city's subways and buses! Free with admission. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.