Hi everyone!  February is flying by so fast.  The kids only have 5 days of school left until the NYC public school are closed for winter break.

This week take the kids and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Sweetbeatz at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, a Kid’s Valentine Party at Wine & Design, Treehouse Shakers: Under The Tangle at Gelsey Kirkland (GK) Arts Center, A Musical Road Trip of Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library, A Year With Frog and Toad at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Valentine’s Day Party at Juguemos a Cantar, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Silly Jazz and Camille! at the Dyker Brooklyn Public Library, Heart Cupcakes at Taste Buds Kitchen, Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Drum-A-long with Ivan at Tot Town, Free Thursday Hours at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Transit Tots at New York Transit Museum.

Don’t forget to also check out long running events like Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central.  You can also get out of the house and let the kids have fun at Open Play at Curiosity on Court, Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Play Space Winter Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar, Playgroup at Bija Kids, Twinkle Playspace, Open Play & Activities at Recess, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Family Fun at Ms. J’s Gymnastics & Dance.

Check out the calendar for all the events and have a blast with the kids.  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Only 35 days until the first day of Spring! Enjoy the week.

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday February 13th

Treehouse Shakers Presents Under The Tangle at Gelsey Kirkland (GK) Arts Center (DUMBO)
Monday-Tuesday February 13th-14th 11a. Tickets: $20-$35.  For children 8 years and older.  Visually Vibrant, Under the Tangle, is the original dance-play about an adolescent girl who becomes ensnarled in a labyrinth after the sudden loss of her parents. Throughout her journey, she twists along the brambling pathways being confronted with obstacles, finding numerous clues and meeting many unusual characters: a flock of birds, the daunting labyrinth guards, and the Queen of the Lost perched upon a grim tower. As a metaphor for adolescence, this visual and artistic adventure is a journey of obstacles, relationships, and discoveries, which strengthen the heroine’s character, and eventually set her free from the labyrinth. Under the Tangle is a performance must-see to be enjoyed and delighted by the adventurer in us all.

A Musical Road Trip of Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library
Monday February 13th 1115a-12n.  Free.  Suzi Shelton is a music and movement specialist, teacher and family performer. She has been rocking parents and kids alike for over 10+ years in such prestigious venues as Symphony Space, The White House Easter Egg Roll.

Kid’s Valentine Party at Wine & Design (Fort Greene)
Monday February 13th 330-6p.  $15/child.  Kid’s after school Valentine’s Day Party. Paint on a 12 X 16 canvas, have a slice of pizza and a drink (juice box or a can of soda). Additional Pizza $2.50 per slice. Hang out with your friends. Parents must pick kids up by 6:00 PM. Kids who come into the studio unaccompanied will be allowed to leave on their own unless you indicate that you will be picking him/her up.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday February 14th

Valentine’s Day Party at Juguemos a Cantar (South Slope)
Tuesday February 14th 9a-12n or 330-530p.  $12 per child/per session.  Live music, arts & crafts and lots of fun!  Light refreshments will be served.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Sweetbeatz at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday February 14th 11a-12n.  Free.  Meredith Wright leads sweet and soulful, edgy and energetic musical adventures inspired by the hustle bustle of city life. Her original compositions “charm the kids to their bones”.

Heart Cupcakes at Taste Buds Kitchen (Chelsea)
Tuesday February 14th 330-430p.  For ages 5-8y with caregiver.  This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together! $45 per child w/ one caregiver included.  Join us as we celebrate the season of LOVE the best way we know how, with our delicious red velvet cupcakes. Enjoy whipping up our scrumptious creations from scratch and working with fondant to create the perfect heart shaped toppers. Bring your loved ones as we create our favorite sweet treat to share with family and friends.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday February 15th

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Silly Jazz and Camille! at the Dyker Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday February 1030-1130a.  Free.  Silly Jazz and Camille!  Come dance along to “silly jazz” with comedian and jazz singer, Camille Harris.  Popular songs include: “The Monster Under My Bed,” “Muffin Man,” and “Chopsticks.”  Camille Harris on piano, Jeff Kerestes on bass, and David Tedeschi on drums.

A Year With Frog and Toad at Kupferberg Center for the Arts (Flushing)
Wednesday February 15th 1030a.  Tickets: $8.  Grades: Pre-K to 4.  A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for 3 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The whimsical musical follows two great friends– the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad celebrate and rejoice their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm. A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Drum-A-long with Ivan at Tot Town (Prospect Heights/Crown Heights)
Wednesdays 1030-11a & Thursdays 430-5p.  $15 per child / $5 per sibling.  This class is fun for all ages. A unique, rhythm-based singalong for children! *Class attendees stay & play immediately following for only $5 per hour per child.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday February 16th

Transit Tots at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Thursdays 1015-11a.  Free with admission.  For ages 2-5y with adult companions.  Stories, games and surprises for our youngest transportation fans!

Free Thursday Hours at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays 2p-6p for all ages.  Come join us for our FREE afternoon hours at the Museum, every Thursday of the month! Free hours start at 2p, and the Museum stays open until 6p for all your fun exploring!  Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers three floors of interactive exhibits and hands-on cultural and science programs for ages 6 months to 10 years.

Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday February 16th 4-5p.  Free.  Location: Youth Wing.  Through the Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft program, librarians read aloud to children and lead a craft activity related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats’ books to keep.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing until Thursday February 23rd.  Hours are Sunday-Thursday 1-3p.  Free with Museum admission.  Recommended for children 3+.  Did you know a Giraffe can grow up to 18 feet tall? Or that Lions are always in a Pride? Step into our new temporary exhibit and discover fascinating lessons we can learn from the animals in the Jungle!

The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th.  Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults.  A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales.  Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — bringing the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly into each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today.

Play Space Winter Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar (South Slope)
M-F 9a-12n and 330-530p until March 30th.  $12 per visit / Sibling $3 per visit.  There is no registration required for Drop-In Sessions. You can enjoy our playspace as a DROP IN (pay as you come), with our PLAY PASSES (pre-pay visits), or have a MEMBERSHIP (unlimited visits for 1 month).  Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space offers a social learning environment that includes exploration and interaction for kids 0 to 4y. A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of fun, music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more.  Monday: Singalong with Damian & his drums (Spanish & English) 1015a, Tuesday: Singalong with Ivan & his drums 1015a, Wednesday: Singalong with Ale (Spanish/English) 1015a, Thursday: Singalong with Turcker 1015a and Friday: Storytime (Spanish/English) 1030a.

Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p until April 7th, 2017.  Please note: the drop in center will be closed on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.  Fees: Temple Member $10/child, $15 with additional sibling.  Non-member $12/child, $18 with additional sibling.  Visit Passes also available for purchase.  See website for more information.  For ages birth through 24 months.  All children are accompanied by their adult.  Parents, caregivers, and children come together to discover, learn and have fun!  The Drop-In Center is held in our Social Hall, which becomes a large indoor play space with age-appropriate toys and activities.  The program is coordinated by an early childhood facilitator.

Playgroup at Bija Kids (Clinton Hill)
Monday-Thursday until March 2nd 330-p.  For ages 1-3y.  Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Playgroup has a capacity of 15 families. $15/drop in (space permitting) or $125/10 visits.  NEWLY REENVISIONED Bija Playgroup is an introduction to Bija curriculum for our youngest participants – ages 1-3 years. Each session includes guided free play in our beautiful classroom space with puzzles, blocks, dough, dramatic play and art materials as well as a teacher led activity. Our approach is interactive and joyful and we pride ourselves on creating an environment conducive to learning in fun and engaging ways. Sign up for one or more days a week or drop in (space permitted). Parent or caregiver participation required. Playgroup is a perfect introduction to our drop off programs, preschool and camp.  Mondays: Movement and Music, Tuesdays: Visual Art, Wednesdays: Interactive Storytelling and Thursdays: Sensory Play.

Open Play & Activities at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Thursday 9a-530p, Friday 9a-5p and Saturday-Sundays 9a–1130a*.  Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child.  Memberships/play packs also available for purchase.  (Please also bring socks for kids and adults).  At Recess, we understand the value of flexibility and convenience. Your kids may come in and play anytime during our scheduled play hours. We’re ready when you are!  Recess offers free weekly classes for members and drop-ins!  Recess Story Time (0 – 3 yrs), Monday at 11a & Tuesday at 3p. Recess Craft (6 mos – 3 yrs),Thursdays at 230p.   *Weekend afternoons are reserved for birthday parties.

Twinkle Playspace (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a–6p and Saturday-Sunday 8a-1130a.  First Time Pass – $25 (only for the first time).  $35 for additional visits.  Memberships also available.  Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Twinkle’s 4500 square foot play space has innovative custom-made exhibits to cater to any child’s wildest imagination. These special exhibits, designed for the under 6 crowd, are a harmonious blend of urban life and nature that encourages the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a child in an accessible, high-quality learning environment. Twinkle hosts open play 7 days a week and children can also have an unforgettable birthday with exclusive use of our playspace! So drift away and enjoy the ride with your child in this magical journey to a world of infinite discoveries and treasured moments.  Twinkle is a socks-only environment so please keep this in mind for children and adults entering the playspace. Parental supervision is required at all times, no drop-offs allowed. Parking is available under the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) which is only a block away from us as well as street parking.

Toddler Open Play at Prospect Gymnastics (Flatbush/Ditmas Park)
Mondays & Wednesdays 10a-12n, Tuesdays 1-3p, Thursdays 10a-12n & Sundays 3-5p.  Note: week of 2/20-2/26 there is only Open Play on Sunday the 26th.  $15/single drop in, $100 10 class pass.  Open playtime for toddlers 4 and under. Parental supervision required.

Open Play at Curiosity on Court (Cobble Hill)
Monday-Friday 10a-6p & Saturday-Sunday 9a-6p.  Open Play drop-in: $25 per child, $45 for 2 siblings, $6- for 3 siblings.  Weekday monthly passes and pass packages also available.  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

Family Fun at Ms. J’s Gymnastics & Dance (Williamsburg)
Mondays-Wednesdays & Fridays 9a-330p, Thursdays 10a-330p, Saturdays 1-2p* and Sundays 9a-11a*.  Just $10 per visit.** Ms J’s Gym is for the whole neighborhood, especially during inclement weather!  Come practice tumbling, make a play date, or simply run around! Just $10 per visit.** Family Fun is parent or guardian supervised. Hang around with your child(ren) and have a blast! *Please note, we encourage that you visit our Facebook page and calendar tab for Family Fun closures.  Family Fun is closed during any parties & sometimes when weather is nice.  **All children must be members to participate in Family Fun Hours. Memberships run from September 2016 until August 2017. **Current January ’16-Aug ’17 Memberships: Family Membership- $46, Single Child Membership- $34

15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Ongoing until Sunday February 26th, 2017.  Hours: Monday–Friday 8a-8p; Saturday–Sunday 10a-6p.  Free.  Come celebrate the holiday season with us! This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view.  Transit gifts are available online at www.nytransitmuseumstore.com.

Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p.  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!

 To see all the events click here for the calendar!