Brrr… it’s cold out there! It’s official, winter is here in full force and with these cold temperatures, it’s easy to want to stay indoors while sipping hot cocoa. As appealing as that may sound, we simply cannot have our fabulous Brooklynites stuck inside with cabin fever. And so, we’ve rounded up the best activities to get you out of the house to embrace winter and make it nothing but glorious. This is the final weekend to visit the Math Midway exhibit that we’ve been raving about since, like, last year. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t done so. For all of you foodies or parents of budding foodies, the Kids Food Festival will be in Bryant Park this weekend. There will be lots of tips and tricks for establishing healthy eating habits as well as live performances so we’re sure it’ll be a good event. If you think Sunday will be the day to stay home, think again. There are such entertaining events going on, including the New York Transit Museum’s special day planned for families with children with special needs. How will you choose just one event?! Don’t forget to visit our calendar and Music Listings for even more events. As always, have a glorious and fun-filled weekend!
Friday, January 20th — Sunday, January 22th
Math Midway at Liberty Science Center
This fabulous exhibit makes math fun for all ages from babies all the way up to adults. Try a square-wheeled bicycle, hang out with magnetic monkeys, or check out mind-bending mirrors. This show debuted at the World Science Festival Fair in Washington Square in 2009, and even in its smaller capacity there, it dazzled visitors. This interactive exhibit is fabulous fun worth a trip to New Jersey for – stay for an Imax show or one of the other permanent exhibits. The exhibit runs through January 22, 2012. It’s highly recommended.
Details: Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard. Jersey City, NJ 07305
Friday, January 20th — March 10: various times
Magic! The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things
Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, as the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators’ faces. This isn’t a show that you ask, “How did he do that?” It’s not that Max doesn’t do great tricks, he does. It’s that the show is so focused on the hijinks of Hamlet the mind-reading pig and the silliness of coins appearing out of every bodily orifice, that the audience doesn’t have time to focus on the head-scratching things Max performs. The magic is just the sideshow to a very entertaining and engaging performance. Our full review is here.
Details: The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things, in an open-ended Off-Broadway run. Manhattan Movement & Arts Center 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues)
Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm.
Tickets: The Amazing Max is performed at the MMAC Theater located in the Magic Carpet Rides (VIP seating) $49.50, regular general admission tickets $29.50. Tickets are available at www.telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250.
Friday, January 20th – Saturday March 31st from 10am – 5pm
Secrets of Circles Exhibit at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
There’s no doubt about it, circles are everywhere! The “Secrets of Circles” exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum features 18 different interactive activities that explore the nature of this simple, but amazing shape. From building mechanical contraptions to using a compass to draw awesome glow-in-the-dark circles, this fun exhibit provides a great way for math and science to come to life. This is going to be a crowd-pleaser, for sure, and will definitely give new meaning to “the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum 45 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213 718-735-4400 www.brooklynkids.org
Friday, January 20th – Sunday, February 26th: various times
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.
Friday, January 20th – Tuesday, January 31st: various times
Polar Express 4D at Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and New York Aquarium
The amazing Polar Express is making stops this Holiday Season at the Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. It is sure to be a great time and will play at the Central Park Zoo through January 31, 2012.
Friday, January 20th — Tuesday, January 31st: various times
ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails Exhibit
Your kids will love this highly interactive exhibit at The New York Transit Museum. Who are we kidding?! You’ll love the exhibit too! Originally designed by the Liberty Science Museum, this exhibit allows kids to touch, feel, and see for themselves how the subways and buses work. Hands-on activities will have the little ones capturing light with a solar panel and operating a model train with a hand-cranked motor.
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn St. Phone: 718.694.1600. Click here to visit the website.
Saturday, January 21st — Sunday, January 29th: 2pm and 4pm
The Piccolini Trio in Circus In A Trunk
A trio of clowns arrive Canal Park Playhouse excited to see a circus show… that never happens. Bummer, right? Not quite. The trio then decide to perform the show themselves, pulling together a funny performance out of an antique trunk. The Piccolini Trio combine contemporary and classic European style clowning for a performance replete with music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomine, and poetic whimsy.
Details: Canal Park Playhouse. 508 Canal Street between Greenwich and West Street. Tickets: $20 (a pre or post-show Pre Fixe brunch is available for an additional $8 in advance and $10 at the door). For tickets or more information, call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111 or visit their website.
Saturday, January 21st — Sunday, January 29th: 11am
The Little Rascals
Head over to the Canal Park Playhouse to see Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals! This was a hit this fall and we’re sure that it’ll be just as good, if not better. Enjoy the exuberant shenanigans of Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Froggie and the rest of the gang screened in the Canal Park Playhouse theater.
Details: Canal Park Playhouse. 508 Canal Street between Greenwich and West Street. Tickets: $9. (a Pre Fixe brunch is available before or after the screenings for an additional $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets or more information, call OvationTix at 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.canalparkplayhouse.com.
Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd from 10am — 6pm
Kids Food Festival at Citi Pond, Bryant Park
Do you have a budding foodie kid on your hands? Or are you simply trying to encourage healthy eating habits? Or are you a foodie? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then this is the event for you. In and all around Citi Pond, kids will have the opportunity to learn about nutrition, healthy eating habits, and how to combat obesity. They will also be able to learn from top chefs like Sam Talbot, Jehangir Mehta, and David Burke, as well as check out popular musical acts like Kimmy Schwimmy and Joanie Leeds at the performance stage. Talk about fun and educational!
Please note: Admission is free, but most events are $25/child, with free admission for up to two accompanying adults.
Details: Citi Pond at Bryant Park. 42nd Street at 6th Avenue, NYC. All are welcomed. Telephone: 201. 503. 1333. Visit the website to see the entire lineup of events and performances.
Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd 11am — 5pm
Beam Camp Presents The Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival
Head on over to the Invisible Art Dog Center for Brooklyn’s Third Annual Inventgenuity Festival! Presented by Beam Camp, a New Hampshire summer camp for the applied arts, technology, and collaboration, this event will be a hit with tweens and teens. The festival will explore dis/assembly with two days of hands-on workshops and on-going collective projects led by expert makers, unmakers, and re-makers of sound, electricity, food, and all kinds of objects. See our detailed post abut the weekends events here.
Details: The Invisible Art Dog Center. 51 Bergen Street. Ages 7-16. Free admission with a $5.00 workshop material fee. Registration is required. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website for more information.
FRIDAY JANUARY 20TH
Friday, January 20th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710
Friday, January 20th from 6:30pm — 8:00pm
Pajama Gloga Yoga at Karma Kids Yoga
Now here’s my idea of a pajama party! Kids will be thrilled to wear their favorite pajamas to this special class at Karma Kids Yoga. After a fantastical yoga adventure, there will be a story and yummy smelling foot rubs. And what better way to end such a class than with milk and cookies? Yum! This is such a lovely way to end a tough (and cold) week. Not to mention that the kiddies will be thrilled to party in their pajamas!
Details: 104 West 14th Street, 2nd floor. Price: $20/child. Ages 4-7. Please call to reserve a space: 646.638.1444. Visit the website for more information.
SATURDAY JANUARY 21ST
Saturday, January 21st at 11am
Kids Story Time at Greenlight Bookstore
Grab the kiddies and head to Saturday Story Time, which typically features authors and illustrators of picture books and/or neighborhood performers reading stories. At times, there may even be crafts! A totally entertaining Saturday morning? We think so!
Details: Geared towards kids ages 3 – 8 years. Open to the public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Phone: 718. 246. 0200. Website:http://greenlightbookstore.com/storytime
Saturday, January 21st at 2:30pm
Art Works at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Visit the Totally Tots area with your little ones to see what’s in store for that budding Picasso!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718. 735.4400. Ages 5 and under.
Saturday, January 21st from 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Lunar New Year Celebration with Jin Jin the Dragon
Brooklynites, it’s looking like The Brooklyn Public Library is THE place to celebrate Chinese New Year. Based on her years of professional experience as an international ringmaster, Grace Chang will showcase magical illusions, puppetry, dance and acrobatics. One word: wowsa! Grace will be celebrating the year of the dragon with Jin Jin, the star of her “Jin Jin, the Dragon” book series. This is a great way for both kids and adults to embrace the Chinese culture while learning about unity and tolerance.
Details: Grand Army Plaza. FREE for all. Ages 4-10. Contact: email@example.com. For more information, visit the website.
Saturday, January 21st: time TBA
Celebrate the Chinese Zodiac
The Year of the Dragon begins on Mon, Jan. 23rd and is considered the most auspicious year of the Chinese Zodiac. Join Michele Wong McSween, a fourth generation Chinese American, as she reads from her beautifully written and illustrated Gordon & Lili books. Make your very own Gordon & Lili paper doll and take home a special Chinese New Year treat.
Details: Smoochie Baby at 110 Berry Street b/w N7th & N8th in Williamsburg tel. 718.384.3340
Saturday, January 21st at 1:30pm
Your Attention, Ladies and Gentlemen
All aboard!!! The New York Transit Museum is teaching children all about the history of the subway’s announcements surrounded by the vintage cars on the platform level. Afterward, head on over to the Technology Lab where children can become the conductor and create an announcement of their own! Be prepared to hear a lot of, “And the next stop is…” or “Stand clear for the closing doors.” You’ll love it, though!
Details: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. FREE with Museum admission. Ages 5 and up. Telephone: 718.694.1792. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, January 21st at 7pm
The Jazz Division Class Performances
Now’s your chance to head to the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music Concert Hall to see what the Jazz students have been up to… for FREE. The students will be performing various selections from their jazz repertoire.
Details: 58 7th Avenue. FREE. All are welcomed. Telephone: 718.622.3300. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, January 21st from 11am — 12pm
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Brooklyn is absolutely wonderful, but sometimes there is a reason to leave the borough. This is one of those reasons. Head over to St. Luke’s Theatre to become mesmerized by “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” the first in C.S. Lewis’s classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In this creative adaptation, two actors play eight characters, both human and animals, and they take the audience along as they travel to Narnia and bring mythical creatures to life.
Details: Ages 6 and up. 308 West 46th Street. Tickets: $35.00. For more information, visit the website.
Saturday, January 21st from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends
Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact:firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
SUNDAY JANUARY 22ND
Sunday, January 22nd beginning at 10:00am
Special Day for Special Kids at the New York Transit Museum
Families with children with special needs or disabilities: this is YOUR day at the Transit Museum! Along with Extreme Kids, this event will feature tons of fun activities for children with special needs, including a family art project, music and play, and “The Great Subway Search” scavenger hunt. Families with children with special needs will have exclusive access of the Museum from 10am — 11am. How’s that for a Sunday morning?
Details: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. Admission is free from 10-11am, after which the Museum will welcome special needs families along with the general public and special needs families will get a 50% discount. Telephone: 718.694.1823. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, January 22nd at 10:00am
Little Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration at Mini Jake
Are you ready for the Year of the Dragon?! Lango’s Kids Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration is sure to be a blast! There won’t be fireworks. Bummer. But there will be lots of crafts, Chinese name writing where you can actually learn to write your name in Chinese, and dancing. Score! Plus, the event is FREE. Double Score!
Here’s a rundown of the days’ events:
10:00 craft and story time (REGISTRATION REQUIRED*)
11:00 sample Lango Mandarin class
11:30 Chinese folk dance performance
Details: 178 North 9th Street. All are welcomed. FREE admission. Telephone: 718.782.2005. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, January 22nd at 3:00pm
Mario the Magican at Space on White
Abracadabra! This Sunday, join Mario the Magician at NYC’s Space on White for an inventive and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Seating is limited so it is recommended to purchase tickets in advance.
Details: 81 White Street. Ages 3-11. Tickets: $10/child, $20/adult. Telephone: 917.605.0662. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, January 22nd at 11am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss Nina, Jon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). http://greenlightbookstore.com/storytime