Hi everyone!  The long weekend is almost here and I am sure everyone is excited for the Mid-Winter break next week.

Head out this weekend and enjoy BAMkids: Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!) at BAM, 32nd Annual Half Moon New York Sword Ale at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, Free Family Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse, SHINE: A Family House Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Just Kidding: Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at Symphony Space, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew at the Brooklyn Public Library, Washington’s Birthday Ball at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, I Am Jim Henson featuring The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson at the Museum of the Moving Image, La MaMa Kids: The Adventures of Kid and Kaila Beat Box Workshop at Ellen Stewart Theatre, Korean Traditional Marching Band at the Flushing Town Hall, Build a Second Avenue Subway at the NY Transit Museum, Kids Week Brooklyn: Find My Way – Maps and Compasses in Marine Park, Cool School Holiday at Staten Island Children’s Museum and Filipino Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

Also check out the longer running events like February Break Discovery Days at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater, Boogie Down Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Wild in Winter: Mid-Winter Recess in Prospect Park The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks, the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players.

Go to the calendar for all the weekend and Mid-Winter break events and have a blast.  Also remember to like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Happy President’s Day weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday February 17th

Sing-Along With Lloyd H. Miller at LARK (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Fridays 10-1045a & 11-1145a.  Suggested $10/family.  Join Lloyd H. Miller of The Deedle Deedle Dees for a wonderful, interactive sing along filled with original songs about the history of New York city and beyond! Lloyd is a LARK favorite and is loved by both the little ones and their grown-ups too!

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew at the Brooklyn Public Library (Clinton Hill)
Friday February 17th 11a-12n.  Free.  Join the fun with folk songs, cowboy songs and other fun songs sprinkled in. Tunes to sing, holler and hoedown to with Hopalong Andrew! C’mon down, y’hear!

Tiny Tots Yoga at Bend & Bloom Yoga (Park Slope)
Fridays 11-1145a.  For crawlers & early walkers.  $24 drop in one child + one adule.  Class packs also available.  Stretch, bond, and breathe with your active baby in this special yoga class designed for parents and caregivers with mobile babies who are not yet walking. Meet other parents while you strengthen and support post-partum, sleep-deprived bodies with specifically chosen asanas and sequences. Every class will devote time for playful yoga activities and simple games to encourage developmental milestones such as rolling, creeping, crawling and walking. Tiny Tots Yoga incorporates music and song, elements of Brain Gym, American Sign Language, and storytime to support developing verbal and motor skills. Dads and caregivers welcome!

Playgroup at Wild Was Mama (Greenpoint)
Fridays (and Mondays) 1230-230p.  $5 drop-in, cash only.  Bring your lil’ one to hang out and meet other babies while you get a chance to relax, sip some free hot tea and connect with other parents and caregivers. This is an informal and unstructured playgroup for babies, newborn to 18 months, and a nice comfy space to play and chat.

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Saturday February 18th

Just Kidding: Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday February 18th 11a-12n.  Tickets: $17, members $14.  Join two-time GRAMMY Award nominee and Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell and her family band as they celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Elizabeth’s album You Are My Little Bird with original tunes and gentle, homespun renditions of songs by Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young, and more. They will be joined by special guests, including Elena Moon Park and Sonia de los Santos. The quiet sweetness and intimacy of Elizabeth’s concerts cement her as an icon of today’s family music scene.

La MaMa Kids: The Adventures of Kid and Kaila Beat Box Workshop at Ellen Stewart Theatre (East Village)
Saturday February 18th 11a.  Kids $10, adults free.  Hailing from NYC the ‘beat rhyming’ duo of Kid Lucky and Kaila Mullady combine beatboxing, rapping, spoken word, scatting, and vocal sound effects into an awesome display of vocal abilities that translates into amazing songs and a good time! They explore all realms of American music: from hip hop and electronic music (like trap and techno), to funk, jazz, rock, and soul. Their signature technique is a new vocal style called beat-rhyming: the combination of beatboxing and rhyme flow or ‘floetry.’

32nd Annual Half Moon New York Sword Ale at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday February 18th 1p.  Free.  Sword dancing is a winter celebration practiced in the farming and coal mining regions of northern England, where the annual visit of the local sword dancers to the village homes was thought to guarantee good luck for the year.  The Festival will feature both mystical, stately longsword and vigorous rapper sword dancing, with live music on fiddle, accordion,and other instruments.  In both types of sword dance, the dancers are linked in a ring by the “swords”they hold in their hands while they work as a team to weave intricate figures and patterns without breaking the circle.  The dances are thought to have roots in ancient rituals, traces of which can still be seen in these present-day displays of skill.  Performances will also include English-style step dancing and related English folk traditions.  There will be multiple teams performing Saturday-Sunday in Brooklyn & Manhattan.  See website for all the locations.

Free Family Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse
Saturday February 18th 1-4p.  Free.  Visit the Wyckoff Farmhouse this winter for a free family day!  While our public tours on Fridays and Saturdays are normally geared for an adult audience, we’ve planned engaging, kid-friendly tours, hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and more on select Saturdays. If the weather’s nice, bring a picnic and enjoy our grounds before or after your visit to the house.  If you plan to visit with children under 10, we recommend visiting before 2 p.m. to take advantage of specially planned activities for younger children.

Screening & Live Event: I Am Jim Henson featuring The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday February 18th 1p.  Tickets: $15.  Ticket purchase may be applied toward same-day admission to the Museum.  Program followed by book signing with illustrator Chris Eliopoulus.  This month’s event is a special Jim Henson biographical presentation. I Am Jim Henson written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulus is the latest entry in the children’s book series Ordinary People Change the World. Eliopoulus joins us to discuss the book and conduct a drawing demonstration. The program includes video clips and a screening of the rarely seen 1990 television special The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson. After the screening, Chris will sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale in the Museum Shop. Program length: 90 mins.  Also check out the Midwinter Recess Family Program Saturday-Sunday 1130a-330p February 18th-February 26th.  See the website for all the details.

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Sunday February 19th

Filipino Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Sunday February 19th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  Join us Sunday, February 19, 2017, for a celebration of Filipino culture. We will be hosting performances and workshops inspired by the artistic traditions of the Philippines. The performance will be led by Potri Ranka Manis, the Founder, Tradition-Bearer and Artistic Director of Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage Theater.  See website for the schedule of events.

SHINE: A Family House Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday February 19th 1-430p.  Ages 2-8.  Free with Museum admission.  Brooklyn Children’s Museum is Brooklyn’s favorite house of exploration, discovery, and play, and SHINE is the ultimate house party for all-ages. Join us for an afternoon full of music, art making, and body rocking! SHINE is where you and the super stars in your life can be bright. Our house is your house at BCM!  See the website for full schedule of events.

Washington’s Birthday Ball at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Sunday February 19th, 1-3p.  $15 Adults, $10 Museum Members, $10 Children under 12.  To purchase tickets click here.  In honor of Presidents’ Day, celebrate the birthday of our Nation’s First President as New Yorkers did in the 19th century. Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional country dances and encourage everyone to join in.  Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments, including Washington Cake. Museum tour and a family scavenger hunt are also included.

BAMkids: Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!) at BAM (Fort Greene)
Sunday February 19th 2p.  General admission: $10, children 12 and under $7 and members $7.  Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, and the gang head to Europe where mystery, adventure, and even a little romance awaits. The patented Peanuts charm is on full display in this gently humorous children’s classic, which features plenty of scene-stealing Snoopy moments, including a Wimbledon tennis match and a night out at a French bistro.

Korean Traditional Marching Band at the Flushing Town Hall
Sunday February 19th 5p.  Tickets: $5 (free for members).  Professional musicians and their student performers from the Korean Traditional Marching Band come together to present their Korean folk drumming repertoire followed by an interactive workshop that helps participants understand Korean rhythms and instruments, and explore traditional movements.
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Monday February 20th

Cool School Holiday at Staten Island Children’s Museum
Monday February 20th 10a-5p.  Free admission all day thanks to The Staten Island Rotary Foundation. Historical paper craft walk-in workshop from 11a-4p.  See website for additional events this week.

February Break Discovery Days at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Monday-Thursday February 20th-23rd 11a-1p.  Free for kids of all ages.  Note: Activities are the same each day, but feel free to come for a repeat visit.  Explore exotic habitats from around the world and have some hands-on science fun during the midwinter school break. Families can learn together at Discovery stations inside BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory as kids use their senses to investigate plants and objects firsthand and find out how plants survive in environments from deserts to rainforests. Explore the lush conservatories on scavenger hunts, listen to stories in the Library, and pot up a plant to bring home.

Wild in Winter: Mid-Winter Recess in Prospect Park
Monday February 20th 12n-4p and daily until Friday February 24th.  Free.  Bundle up and find out what your favorite Park animals are doing this winter. Join Alliance naturalists for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nation-wide conservation effort established in 1900 and much more!  Discovery Pack, noon to 3:00 p.m., The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our Discovery Packs, ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.  Blooming Naturalist, 1:00 p.m., So you think you are a Naturalist? Find out at the Audubon Center by learning how to identify birds and use binoculars and field guides. Participants can create a customized naturalist button.  Great Backyard Bird Count, 2:00 p.m., Join Alliance Naturalists in this fun, nation-wide Citizen Science project.  Each checklist submitted helps researchers learn more about the health of birds and how to best protect them!  Animal Encounter, 3:00 p.m., Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection.  Coming in from the Cold.  Join us at the Lefferts Historic House and have fun with traditional toys and games.  Monday through Friday, February 20 to 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kids Week Brooklyn: Find My Way – Maps and Compasses in Marine Park
Monday February 20th 1-230p.  Free.  Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center.  Navigate your way through Marine Park. Learn how to use a map and compass for safe hiking, then try out your skills on an orienteering trail.  See the website for all the free Kids Week park events happening all over NYC this week.

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All Weekend

Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater
Saturdays 2p & 7p & Sundays 19th 12n & 5p until February 26th and Monday February 20th 3p.  There are additional shows in February so see website for full schedule.  For ages 5+.  Performance Facts: 55 minutes with no intermission .  Tickets start at $16.  There’s juggling, and then there’s this. When the three-man troupe of WATER ON MARS hits the New Vic stage flinging rings, balls and clubs in hypnotic streaks of lite-brite neon, everything is extraterrestrial. Striving—and succeeding—to one-up themselves with every act, these juggling pros keep rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy and rolls of toilet paper to the list of airborne objects. Just try and look away from this physical, funny and riotous performance. You can’t! Your gaze, like every object tossed into the air, will be suspended in disbelief.

Boogie Down Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Saturday February 18th-Saturday February 25th at various times.  Free with Museum admission.  Celebrate dance, movement, and community all week long at the Children’s Museum. Dance together with new friends and family as you work together to create imaginary machines with your body, design new playground games, and take part in daily dance parties. Enjoy performances by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Bollywood choreographer Minila Shah, and The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, as well as workshops with Ballroom expert Arturo Perez and Broadway performer Angel Reed.  See the website for all the details.

Build a Second Avenue Subway at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays & Sundays 130-215p until February 26th.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 4+.  Celebrate the city’s newest subway route as we build structures and infrastructure above and below the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, block by block!

The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday February 18th-19th 2p & 4p and Monday February 20th 12n & 2p.  Tickets: $15/child & $25/adult.  Travel back in time to meet famous and “not so famous” kids who changed the world such as Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wright brothers, Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players (Park Slope)
Saturdays 2p & Sundays 12n & 3p until February 19th.  Tickets: $25 adults and $20 child and seniors.  You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Featuring the Peanuts Gang: Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, and more! Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime,” “The Baseball Game,” and “Happiness.”

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.

Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday-Thursday 1-3p until Thursday February 23rd. 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!

Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday 1230p & 230p until April 9th and also Monday-Friday February 20th-24th 1230p & 230p.  Suggested 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).  Puss in Boots ~ Charles Perrault’s 1697 French Fantasy with an Original Song Score & a “live” Ogre. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

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!