Hi everyone,

The last weekend of January is almost here and thankfully the weather will be the total opposite of last weekend!

This weekend take the kids and enjoy Mil’s Trills 6th Annual Winter Bash at ShapeShifter Lab, Theatreworks USA: The Lightning Thief at The Kaye Playhouse, City Stomp at Shapeshifter Lab,  The Velveteen Rabbit at The New Victory Theater, Just Kidding: Aaron Nigel Smith at Symphony Space, The Astronaut’s Tale at BAM Fisher, Family Concert: Mister G at The Jewish Museum, play:ground at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum,  The Muppet Show: Comic Legends at  Museum of the Moving Image, Movies @ the Library: Kung Fu Panda at the Greenpoint Brooklyn Public Library and Handmade History! at the Brooklyn Historical Society!

There are some fun ongoing events to check out this winter like The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the 47th Street Theatre, Alice in Wonderland at Puppetworks and The Gumball Gang: Crime-Solving Kids at TADA Youth Theater.  Also if you are sick of winter check out the New York Family’s Camp Fairs at Williamsburg Northside School and Brooklyn Heights Montessori School to get in the mood for the summer!

There are more family events on the calendar so check it out to see everything happening in Brooklyn & NYC this weekend!  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for last minute events and news!

Have a great weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday January 29th

Little Hands Creative Play Workshop at Barking Cat Studio (Windsor Terrace)
Fridays 930-1015a or 11-1145a until March 18th for ages 18-42 months.  Drop-Ins are always welcome provided there is space available. Call ahead for availability (718-686-1132).  Drop-In Class $25, Trial Class: $15 ($10 off for giving us a try!), New Family: Add $30 one-time Registration Fee. Class cards also available.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops meet once a week for 45 minutes and include all materials.  This fun and fast-paced Creative Play Workshop focuses on educational, theme-related, simple art projects that little hands can easily create and will most definitely enjoy! Projects include painting, printmaking, making instruments, puppets, collage, sculpture and more. Creative Play Workshops are for kids AND their mamas, papas or caregivers. There are also workshops on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the same time.  See website for all the details.

Yoga for Tots at Pura Vida Urban Fitness (Prospect Heights)
Fridays 1030-1115a.  Drop-ins welcome!  Each class is only $10 with no weekly or monthly commitment.  Yoga for children ages 2 to 5. Fun and engaging class teaches the basic yoga poses and breathing using easy to relate to descriptive language and demonstration.  Caregivers are welcome to participate; enjoy a coffee next door at Blue Marble or run a quick errand – drop-off for older children available.

Movies @ the Library: Kung Fu Panda at the Brooklyn Public Library (Greenpoint)
Friday January 29th 330-5p.  Free.  Po the panda works in his family’s noodle shop and dreams of becoming a kung-fu master. His dream becomes a reality when, unexpectedly, he must fulfill an ancient prophecy and study the skills with his idols, the Furious Five. Po needs all the wisdom, strength and ability he can muster to protect his people from an evil snow leopard.

Velveteen Rabbit: Autism-Friendly at The New Victory Theater
Friday January 29th 7 Lighting and sound elements have been adapted to accommodate sensory sensitivity needs. ore details. For ages 6+.  Tickets: $25.  Run time: 90 minutes including one intermission.    There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; and he yearned to be real. The days grew long and the rabbit’s coat became shabby, for the Boy loved him, and wherever the Boy went, the Rabbit went too. London’s Unicorn Theatre (Tom’s Midnight Garden, New Vic 2001) brings Margery Williams’s timeless tale of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT to life in this poignant adaptation about love, loss and growing up.

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Saturday January 30th

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the 47th Street Theatre
Starting Saturday January 30th 11a & 2p and ongoing on weekends at various times until March 27th.  See website for additional showtimes.  Tickets: $49.50 -$65.50 (Premium Seats).  The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 30 million copies worldwide.  Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and destinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.  Now, the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.  Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Lap Seating: $5.00 Lap seat for children under (1) Year of age available through the Box Office only day-of for each performance. CASH Only. Not accessible online or on the phone.  Please leave strollers home if possible.

Handmade History! at the Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn Heights)
Saturday Januarey 30th 11a-12n and ongoing until April 16th.  For children 3-7. Program admission is $5 per participating child; accompanying adults and siblings are free!  Make sure to arrive early, as admission will be first come, first served.  First, we will explore our Personal Correspondents exhibition and look at letters from Civil War-era Brooklynites. After talking about how correspondence has changed over the last few decades, we will return to the studio to create letters to our adult selves, letting us know what we want to remember when we are older. Of course, we will illustrate them as well! Parents are welcome do the activity in reverse, creating a letter to their younger selves.

Just Kidding: Aaron Nigel Smith at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday January 30th 11a-12n.  Tickets: $15; Members $13.  Aaron Nigel Smith, well-known from the PBS KIDS Emmy Award-winning show Between the Lions, infuses a fresh sound into children’s music with high-energy shows that get kids to jump, play, sing, and dance through a collection of hip, exuberant songs with roots in reggae, world music, and rock and roll.  Aaron Nigel Smith’s mission is to get kids and families to sing, dance, and play together. In 2002, he founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now in place at 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Boston. His fun, inspired, and lively show is guaranteed to get the audience off their feet.

Events for Youth & Families: Cinderella at Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday January 30th 1-2p.  Location: Dweck Center.  Free.  All the ingredients that have made this story a perennial favorite are here, including a zany Fairy Godmother, a trip to the Royal Ball and a glass slipper.

City Stomp at Shapeshifter Lab (Gowanus)
Saturday January 30th doors at 3p, show at 330p.  $12 in advance / $15 at the door.  Purchase tickets here.  City Stomp incorporates fun original songs about growing up in NYC with updated versions of traditional folk songs from other world cultures. City Stomp takes kid’s music to a new level with songs that parents not only can tolerate, but actually LIKE to listen to. Parents everywhere have said that City Stomp albums are some of the few kids albums that they are happy to play for their kids. Some even said (in confidence) that they listen to the albums when their kids aren’t even there.  With live shows that Time Out Kids calls a “Time Out Kids fave,” kids and parents always have a good time when City Stomp is performing.  People.com just voted City Stomp’s Banana Song number 3 on their top ten list of kid songs about foods!

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Sunday January 31st

Mil’s Trills 6th Annual Winter Bash at ShapeShifter Lab (Gowanus)
Sunday January 31st doors at 11a.  $10 advance online (plus fee), $15 at the door (babes in arms FREE).  Each year Brooklyn families look forward to shaking the winter blues away at the annual Mil’s Trills Winter Bash, a veritable explosion of music, art, and community.  The 2016 Winter Bash will not only celebrate Mil’s Trills’ sixth birthday, it will also celebrate the release of the newest Mil’s Trills album, Now That We’re Friends … Families are invited to be among the first to hear brand new songs, participate in creative arts activities, and schmooze with some of New York’s finest musicians. As a special treat, there will also be a screening of Mil’s Trills’ first official videos!

Theatreworks USA: The Lightning Thief at The Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College (UES)
Sunday January 31st 11a.  Tickets: $25.  Buy 4 or more: $20 (must purchase by phone or in person).  Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school. . . again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.  Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Family Concert: Mister G at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday January 31st 1130a-1230p.  For ages 3 & up.  $18 Adults; $13 Children. Jewish Museum Family Members: $15 Adults; $11 Children.  A“kid-friendly bilingual rock star” (The Washington Post), Mister G creates dynamic and “irresistible” (People magazine) music that spans genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, funk to folk. Hear Grammy-winning hits from his multiple albums including recently released Los Animales and The Mitzvah Bus.

The Muppet Show: Comic Legends at  Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Sunday January 31st 1p.  Program duration: 70 minutes. Tickets: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / free for members at the Film Lover level and above).  All tickets include same-day admission to the Museum.  This new compilation of Muppet Show moments features some of the greatest names in the history of comedy. From George Burns and Bob Hope to Steve Martin and John Cleese, The Muppet Show played host to some of the world’s funniest people (and one not-incredibly-funny bear). This presentation is guaranteed to be the most fantastic assemblage of music, mirth and mayhem ever, um… assembled.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday January 31st 3p.  Running time: Approx. 100 minutes including intermission. Tickets: $25/$12.50 (children 12 and under) Brooklyn Center is thrilled to partner once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all-new celebration of Chinese arts and culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief.  This festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, playful dancing lions, beautiful melodies performed on authentic Chinese instruments, and special guest artist Gu Feng, a principal performer from the Beijing Kunqu Theater, performing his award-winning interpretation of the role of the Monkey King.  Note: Ticket holders are invited to stay after the performance for a Q&A with members of the company.

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All Weekend

New York Family’s January Camp Fairs at 2 Brooklyn locations
Saturday & Sunday January 30th-31s 12n-3p.  Discover dozens of day and sleepaway camps at the New York Family Camp Fairs January 30th & 31st in Brooklyn.  The fairs are informative, free, and fun for the whole family. The Camp Fairs (the largest in NYC) offer families the unprecedented opportunity to speak with a big host of camp directors and get essential questions answered: What kinds of camps are right for my child? Should my child go to day camp in the city or out of the city? Is my child ready for sleepaway camp? Should we look at general camps or specialty camps? The camp fairs are sponsored with the American Camp Association-NY/NJ.  The camp fairs will be held on the following dates at these locations:  Saturday January 30th: Williamsburg – Williamsburg Northside School – 299 North 7th Street, Brooklyn and Sunday January 31st: Cobble Hill- Brooklyn Heights Montessori School – 9 Bergen Street, Brooklyn.  Click HERE to pre-register!

The Velveteen Rabbit at The New Victory Theater
Saturday January 31st 2p &7p and Sunday January 31st 11a & 3p.  See website for additional showtimes next weekend.  For ages 6+.  Run time: 90 minutes including one intermission.  Tickets start at $15.  There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; and he yearned to be real. The days grew long and the rabbit’s coat became shabby, for the Boy loved him, and wherever the Boy went, the Rabbit went too. London’s Unicorn Theatre (Tom’s Midnight Garden, New Vic 2001) brings Margery Williams’s timeless tale of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT to life in this poignant adaptation about love, loss and growing up.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the 47th Street Theatre
Saturday January 30th 11a & 2p & Sunday January 31st 12n & 3p and ongoing on weekends at various times until March 27th.  See website for additional showtimes.  Tickets: $49.50 -$65.50 (Premium Seats).  The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 30 million copies worldwide.  Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and destinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.  Now, the timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage.  Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Lap Seating: $5.00 Lap seat for children under (1) Year of age available through the Box Office only day-of for each performance. CASH Only. Not accessible online or on the phone.  Please leave strollers home if possible.

The Astronaut’s Tale at BAM Fisher (Fort Greene)
Friday-Saturday January 29th-30th 8p, Saturday-Sunday January 30th-31st 3p.  For ages 8+.  Tickets start at $20.  Run time: 75 min.  Breathtaking images of the galaxies and outer space ignite this modern tale of a young man who dreams of space travel and flying to Mars. Guided by a mysterious stranger who challenges his views on creation and fuels his desire to become an astronaut, the young man discovers romance and a drive to succeed, which catapults his blast off into space, transforming his life. With stunning projections, an exciting percussive score for chamber orchestra, and gorgeous vocal music, The Astronaut’s Tale is a luminous glimpse at a multidimensional universe and the majesty of outer space.

The Gumball Gang: Crime-Solving Kids at TADA Youth Theater (Chelsea)
Saturdays & Sundays 2p & 4p until February 14th.   Recommended for ages 3+.  Tickets: $25 Adults/$15 Kids.  Running time: 1:10. Join The Gumball Gang as they try to solve The Case of the Missing Masterpiece.  TADA! Youth Theatre’s World Premiere Musical, The Gumball Gang: Crime-Solving Kids, follows the exciting adventures of a group of kids as they set out to find stolen paintings in the case of the missing masterpieces.

Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p (also Thursdays 3-5p).  Free.  The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!

Alice in Wonderland at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays until April 24th 1230p & 230p.  For 3y+.  Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10.  No credit cards accepted.  Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  Lewis Carroll’s English Adventure with an Original Song Score adapted for Marionettes by Adam Kilgour & Nicolas Coppola.

play:ground at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturdays-Sundays 10a-5p ongoing until February 19th.  Free with Museum admission.  There are also additional holiday dates (see below).   Children take the lead to build, imagine, construct and explore. play:ground, a group bringing an adventure playground back to NYC will take over the second floor gallery with loads of loose objects that will help facilitate play – cardboard boxes, fabrics, rope, tape, and lots of other materials to set their minds free! play:ground invites parents and guardians to take a step back and let their children take risks with objects and interaction with other kids, you might be surprised to see how they step up to the challenge when given the chance. Staffed by playworkers, the space will be transformed over the month long residency under the leadership of kids!  Also Tuesdays 12n-5p, Monday, February 8th 10am – 5pm (Chinese New Year) Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th 10am – 5pm (Winter Recess for New York City public schools)

Open Play at Curiosity on Court (Cobble Hill)
Saturday-Sunday 9a-12n (also Monday-Friday 10a-6p).  Open Play drop-in: $25 per child, $20 for siblings.  Welcome to Curiosity on Court, a world of energy busting excitement! Our custom designed play structures and exhibits were created to raise the curiosity and fuel the imagination of kids 1–10 yrs old. Whether they’re conquering our climbing wall, taking a ride on the subway, making connections on the magnetic wall or finding their route through our multi-level play structure, there’s hours of fun for everyone.  Weekend Open Play hours are extended if we don’t have birthday party/event. Please call to check.   347-294-0160

14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal (Midtown East)
Ongoing until February 21st.  M–F: 8a–8p, Saturday and Sunday: 10a–6p.  Free.  Location:  NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store Shuttle Passage. Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout.

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