Hi everyone!  We saw so many snowdrops and crocuses last week.  The weather has been so nice that it is hard to believe that it was February and now the month is over this week.

This week head out with the kids and enjoy Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library, Singalong with Hopalong Andrew at Brooklyn Music School, Sing and Move! Movement Infused Sing-a-long at Monkey Do! Yoga, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Conroy Warren at Central Brooklyn Public Library, More than Just Story Time at LuLu’s then & now, 2s / 3s Spanish Immersion Playgroup at Busy Bodies, Lavender Blues at Jñaña Wellness Center, Greenbelt Peepers at Greenbelt Nature Center, Mommy & Tot Yoga at Tot Town, Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! at Spring Creek Brooklyn Public Library and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center.

If the weather is wet or cold take the kids and check out Playgroup at Bija Kids, Open Play & Activities at Recess, Twinkle Playspace, Play Space Winter Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar, Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Toddler Open Play at Prospect Gymnastics, Open Play at Curiosity on Court and Family Fun at Ms. J’s Gymnastics & Dance.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out and have a fabulous week.  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Happy almost March!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday February 27th

More than Just Story Time at LuLu’s then & now (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Mondays until March 27th 10-1045a & 11-1145a.  Cost: $10 first child, $6 for siblings.  Register at celinelulusthenandnow@gmail.com to reserve a space! Drop-ins are welcome, but spaces will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis.  “More than Just Story Time” is an interactive storytelling program offered to children from 6 months to 3.5 years old.  This exclusive program is based on the premise that, at their core, stories are an important tool for learning. We’ll be bringing stories to life through movement, play and music to provide your little ones the opportunity to learn and develop their social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills through dynamic and interactive storytelling.

2s / 3s Spanish Immersion Playgroup at Busy Bodies (Clinton Hill)
Mondays 10-1130a until May 1st.  $25/class or $250 10 Week Series/ $5 Surcharge for 10 Class Pass & Monthly/Weekly Membership.  This playgroup consist of 90 minutes of play, music and socialization always in Spanish. We plan activities aimed to developing Spanish vocabulary, logical thinking and awakening children’s curiosity through a variety of activities that include open play, music, sing-along, dancing and arts and crafts. Kids will be in constant participation always respecting every child’s pace using their natural talents and interests to plan each activity accordingly. Classes are limited to 10 children. Ages Early 2s and 3s.  Email info@busybodiesbrooklyn.com to register.

Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library
Monday February 27th 1115a-12n.  Free.  Multi-award winning children’s artist, Lucy Kalantari, brings delightful jazz age inspired music everyone can enjoy! Kids and families will love the interactive jazz-scat-along play, while singing about the simple joys and delights of life.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday February 28th

Singalong with Hopalong Andrew at Brooklyn Music School (Fort Greene)
Tuesdays 10a.  $20 drop-in. Newborn–3yo. Discount pack available (a good way to reserve your spot!). Thrilled to present at this venerable, 100-year old Brooklyn institution. First day is Tuesday 2/28 and kiddos who make it the first day will get a Deputy Hopalong Badge!

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Conroy Warren at Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday February 28th 11a-12n.  Free.  Location: Dweck Center.  Feeling the beat! Enjoy the power and pleasure of Jazz, Calypso and Reggae through singing and dancing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren. It’s fun!  It’s exciting!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center
Tuesday-Friday February 28th-March 3rd 7p & Thursday March 2nd 1030a.  Tickets: $15-$195.  See the website for more information. Witness the Greatest Show On Earth one last time! Be a part of the last curtain call when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™, coming to Barclays Center February 23 – March 3.  Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experiences launches into the future. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn.  Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World™ transports your entire family on an unforgettable journey as the circus Star Seeker battles to bring the most spectacular and talented performers back to Earth after years in outer space. Children of All Ages will be amazed by the cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday March 1st

Meet the Author: Raquel Ortiz at the Bushwick Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday March 1st 10-11a.  Free.  Join us at the Bushwick Library for a special visit from author Raquel Ortiz, who will be presenting her book Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el magico mural musical.

Sing and Move! Movement Infused Sing-a-long at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Wednesdays 12-1245p.  Drop in $12 (per caregiver/child pair).  Additional Family Member $6.  Packs also available.  Sing and Move in this active sing-a-long.  Live instruments, props, and fun!  This 45 minute movement and music class will lead toddlers and parents through a series of simple poses accompanied by story songs and live music (kids love the ukulele!). We will also explore rhythm with clapping exercises and percussive toy instruments.

Lavender Blues at Jñaña Wellness Center (Boerum Hill)
Wednesdays 1230-1p.  $20/drop-in.  Babies only (0-12m)!  Special 30 min infants only music class. A bit calmer and more intimate of a group! A lovely bonding experience for baby and you!  All of our classes are drop in, so that you may pay as you go!  Classes are also available in 10 pack bundles!  See the website for additional drop in locations.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday March 2nd

Greenbelt Peepers at Greenbelt Nature Center (Staten Island)
Thursdays 945-1015a until June 1st.  Free for Greenbelt Conservancy members; $3 non-members.  Registration is required. To register, please call (718) 351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.  Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.  This program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather-permitting) for children ages two to three years old with their caregiver. Space is limited.  Also check out Greenbelt Tree Tots at 11a.

Mommy & Tot Yoga at Tot Town (Prospect Heights/Crown Heights)
Thursdays 1115a-12n.  $25 per class / $165 8-week package.  For babies 0-12m.  Mommy & Tot Yoga is a fun and unique bonding experience for moms and children under 12 months. This class allows mom the opportunity to regain strength and tone muscle. We will move through the physical postures of yoga while engaging in songs and other exploratory movement to engage mom and baby. Come in a joyful, non-judgmental and accessible way to practice yoga, postpartum. Crying babies, diaper changes and feedings are a welcomed part of our experience!

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! at Spring Creek Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday March 2nd 4-5p.  Free.  Join us in celebrating Dr. Suess’ birthday!  Join us for stories and activities!

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

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

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!