Hi everyone!  NYC public schools are closed until April 19th and there are lots of events to enjoy over the break.

This week check out Stomp, Clap & Sing with Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Kids Week Brooklyn: Wilderness Survival in Marine Park, Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, Animal Character Puppets at The Jewish Museum, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rolie Polie Guacamole at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library and Kids Week Brooklyn: Campfire Activities in Fort Greene Park.

Also enjoy some events happening all week like Spring Break: Camp Out at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Something at The New Victory Theater, Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Spring Break in Prospect Park, Discovery Room at New York Transit Museum, Spring Break Activities for Kids at the Queens Botanical Garden, Spring Recess Family Matinee: Moana at the Museum of the Moving Image, Spring Break: Arts and Crafts! at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden,  Powers in Motion: Action-packed Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, ARTech: Adventures In Art + TechchnologyUniverSoul Circus at Aviator Sports and Events Center and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre,

There are even more events on the calendar so check it out and have a wonderful week.  Remember that some weekly sing-alongs and play places might be suspended this week so check with venues before heading out.  Also check our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the break!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday April 10th

Spring Break: Camp Out at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday April 10th-Tuesday April 18th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  School’s out but the Museum’s open during spring break! Visit each day for activities focused on the environment, life sciences, and art. Check out the Museum’s new exhibit WILDERNESS CAMP, an immersive indoor camping experience. Play in Neighborhood Nature, including our community garden made out of cork, a real greenhouse, and an indoor “beach”.  See the website for the schedule of the day.

Powers in Motion: Action-packed Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday April 10th-Tuesday April 18th various times.  Free with Museum admission.  The Children’s’ Museum invites you to an action-packed spring break. All week long explore different forms of power like super powers, energy, creativity and strength. Train to be a superhero, help us construct an imaginary machine, create new playground games and design tap shoes that really stomp. Enjoy powerful performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center and their lion dance, explore quantum physics with SYREN Modern Dance, and fuse martial arts and music when you learn capoeira from Silva Dance Company.  See the website for schedule of events.

School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Monday April 10th-Tuesday April 18th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages. April School Vacation Week this year is all about celebrating our latest special exhibition, Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society!  Check out an all day Museum-Wide Scavenger Hunt and Drop-in Crafts daily 1-3 pm.  See the website for all the details.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday April 11th

Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays-Fridays until June 2nd 1015a-1215p.   Free with Garden admission.  This is a drop-in program for schools and families with children of all ages.  Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the Garden. Investigate and classify plants, touch a carnivorous plant and learn how it eats, or go on a monarch and milkweed exploration in the meadow!  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday April 11th 11a-12n.  Free.  Come on down to the Funkytown Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers and tambourines, dance with bubbles and fall from the stars with our colorful parachute.

Spring Break Activities for Kids at the Queens Botanical Garden
Tuesday-Friday April 11th-14th 1-4p.  Free with Garden admission.  While school’s out, roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! Children can sift and search through the Queens Botanical Garden’s Exploration Station.  Pick up a self-guided spring scavenger hunt and learn about our upcoming gardening programs for kids.  Activities are drop-in, while supplies last.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday April 12th

Kids Week Brooklyn: Wilderness Survival in Marine Park
Wednesday April 12th 1-230p.  Free.  Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness.  On this fun, family-friendly program (recommended ages 8 and up) you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.  This program features hands-on activities in an outdoor setting. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Something at The New Victory Theater
Wednesday-Thursday April 12th-13th 2p, Friday-Saturday April 14th-15th 2p & 7p & 7p & Sunday April 16th 12n & 5p.  Performance 60 minutes with no intermission.  Tickets start at $16.  For ages 6+.  From Liberi Di… Physical Theatre.  Something aerial. Something funny. Something beautiful. A troupe of seven skilled acrobats fuses circus, dance, physical theater and clowning into a singular, captivating performance that appears comically effortless. From reading a book to playing a game of poker, these inventive performers create silly, surreal scenes out of everyday ordinary acts. This show has SOMETHING for everyone!

Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (Chelsea)
Wednesday April 12th 330p.  Free.  Best for ages 2 and older.  The sensory-friendly Music, Bubble, and Comedy Show is a “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to educate and entertain children through songs, comedy, movement, stories, and interactive music technology. The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the autism spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregiver. Each song in the 60-minute show is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Kids will pay instruments, try out interactive music technology and dance along through the whole show! Presented by Turtle Dance Music.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday April 13th

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rolie Polie Guacamole at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday April 13th 11a-12n.  Free.  Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers in their latest album Chips and Salsa.

Kids Week Brooklyn: Campfire Activities in Fort Greene Park
Thursday April 13th 1-230p.  Free.  Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center.  Join us for campfire activities around a colonial hearth. Learn about campfire safety and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers.  See the website for all the Kids Week events this week in NYC.

Animal Character Puppets at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Thursday-Friday April 13th-14th & Sunday April 16th 1-4p.  Ages 3 and up.  Free with Museum admission.  Passover Week Art Workshop!  Create a fantastical animal or character from the Passover story inspired by the quirky world of artist Charlemagne Palestine and his sculptures of stuffed animals and found objects.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

ARTech: Adventures In Art + Techchnology (Meatpacking District)
Wednesdays-Thursdays 3-7p and Saturdays-Sundays 10a-5p until April 29th. Free and open to the public. RSVP is required for a timed entry slot. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to invite you to experience ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology! ARTech is a two-month long pop-up activity center comprised of STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) experiential workshops, installations, and interactive moments for school age children + their accompanying adults. Note: Each attendee is allowed 1 hour within the space to engage with the various stations. A 15 minute warning announcement will be announced before leaving the space. See the website for all the details of the activities.

Spring Break in Prospect Park
Monday April 10th-Tuesday April 18th 12n-4p.  Events free except the Carousel.  Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.  Check out Nature Exploration with Discovery Pack 12–3p, Bird Nerd Game Hour 1–2p, Nature on the Go! 2–3p, Nature’s Helpers, 3–4p at Prospect Park Audubon Center.  Also check out Paper Quilling 2-4p Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel! See the website for all the details.

Discovery Room at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday-Friday April 11th-14th & Tuesday April 18th 1030a-12n.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 2-5y.  We’re opening up the Education Center to our youngest fans to explore our favorite puzzles, books, toys, and building materials!

Spring Recess Family Matinee: Moana at the Museum of the Moving Image
Monday April 10th-Monday April 17th 1230p.  Tickets: $15 / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / $11 seniors and students.  Recommended for ages 6+.  Dirs. Ron Clements, John Musker. 2016, 107 mins. DCP. With the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson. Featuring songs by Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa’I, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, including the Academy Award nominated “How Far I’ll Go.” Daughter and heir to the island chief, Moana sets sail across the Pacific Ocean in search of the legendary demi-god, Maui, in the hope of saving her people and their home. During their adventure across the ocean, Moana faces monsters and learns to be a wayfinder like her Polynesian ancestors. “With its refreshingly inclusive casting and original narrative, Moana is another winning addition to the studio’s modern slate of animated offerings that the whole family can appreciate.”—Screen Rant.  Ticket purchase may be applied toward same-day admission to the Museum.  Also check out the Family Workshop: Heroic Odyssey Workshop happening daily 1130a-330p.

Spring Break: Arts and Crafts! at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Tuesday April 11th-Friday April 21st 11a-4p (except Monday April 17th).  For students- pre K and up.   Free for 12 and under with caregivers’ admission.  19th Century Crafts , historic games and tours, and old fashioned games  in the garden.

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.

Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.

Play Space Spring Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar (South Slope)
M-F 9a-12n and 330-530p until April 28th (no PM session April 10th-18th). $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 Tucker 1015a and Friday: Sing Along with Andrew from Rolie Polie Guacamole Band (English) 1030a.

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.

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

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!