Hi everyone!  Looks like we will have some nice weather this week which will be perfect for some outdoor events that are starting up now.

This week take the kids and enjoy CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Sunset Park, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew at Central Brooklyn Public Library, Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live in Riverside Park South, Stewart Nachmias Musical Puppet Show at the Gravesend Brooklyn Public Library, Art + Games at Rockefeller Park, Community Block Party: Trees and Tutus at Brooklyn Arbor School, Treehouse Shakers: Olive & Pearl at BAM, Folk Music with Katy Stone at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, R.E.A.D. to Pepper at the St. Agnes NYPL and ¡Bienvenidos! Spanish Sing-Along with Lucy Kalantari! at Lark.

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater, Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules.

Check the calendar for all the events this week and have fun!  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Have a wonderful week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday May 8th

Treehouse Shakers: Olive & Pearl at BAM (Fort Greene)
Monday May 8th 11a.  Run time: 45min.  For ages 2-5y.  Full Price tickets start at $20.  Olive & Pearl tells the story of a young girl being raised by her Granny. Told through puppetry, theater, dance, and live music, this magical tale takes the youngest theatergoers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise, and delight.  Note: This event is presented by Treehouse Shakers. BAM house, ticketing, and membership policies may not apply.

¡Bienvenidos! Spanish Sing-Along with Lucy Kalantari! at Lark (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Mondays 11-1145a.  $10/family.  Learn Spanish in song with your child every Monday at Lark Cafe with Lucy Kalantari. Lucy will guide you through songs both new and familiar while exploring colors, numbers and animals. You’ll go on a mini-adventure during story time with delightful, illustrated books in Spanish. Finish off with a jam session and dive into rhythmic fun!

Jack & Friends Presents: Folk Music with Katy Stone at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Mondays 330-430p until June 19th.  Free.  Learn a new folk song each week with Katy Stone, along with a fun set of singalong favorites! She will be joined by friends to perform harmony driven songs that celebrate spring & summer. Ages 3-5.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday May 9th

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew at Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday May 9th 11a-12n.  Free.  Join Hopalong Andrew in the fun with folk songs, cowboy songs, and other fun songs sprinkled in.

Community Block Party: Trees and Tutus at Brooklyn Arbor School (Williamsburg)
Tuesday May 9th 230-630p.  Free.  All ages are welcome–kids must be accompanied by an adult.  Have you held a worm lately? When’s the last time you told a tree you loved it? Now’s your chance!  Join the Human Impacts Institute and our greatest community leaders in celebrating spring with community tree care and a welcoming party for compost collection coming to our neighborhood! Come get your hands dirty, help our trees get stronger, and enjoy FREE creative fun (tutus included!)  See the website for all the information.  Note: enter Keap and S 2nd

R.E.A.D. to Pepper at the St. Agnes NYPL (UWS)
Tuesdays 330p in May.  Come read to a therapy dog! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can’t wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! For ages 5-11.   Please sign in for a first come, first served 15 minute slot.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday May 10th

New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Wednesday May 10th 10a & 12n and at various times until May 21st.  See website for the schedule.  Tickets start at $10.  Tess isn’t in Missouri anymore. Will she find her place in NYC?

Stomp, Clap & Sing at Brower Park Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday May 10th 1030-11a.  Free.  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.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Sunset Park
Wednesday May 10th 1030-1130a & 12n-1p.  Free.  For all ages.  Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.  See the website for future locations of the CityParks PuppetMobile this year.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday May 11th

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live in Riverside Park South (UWS)
Thursdays 1030-1115a until June 29th.  Free.  Great for kids 5yrs & under!  Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories & sing along encouragement on our comfy & danceable turf lawn right by the big locomotive.  Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on?  Check the Summer on the Hudson Twitter feed or visit the website 2 hours before the event.

Stewart Nachmias Musical Puppet Show at the Gravesend Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday May 11th 3-4p.  Free.  Kids love this unique show as Stewzo performs funny songs with his guitar and comedy routines with his cast of wacky ventriloquist puppets and characters. Lots of surprises, magic, and audience participation.

Art + Games at Rockefeller Park (Battery Park)
Thursdays330-530p until October 26th.  For ages 5 and up.  Let your inner artist shine! Join other school-age children for fun, creative art activities. After completing your masterpiece, release that pent-up energy with organized lawn games like tag and tug-o-war.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

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.

May Backyard Schedule at Norman & Jules (Park Slope)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 930a-2p and Wednesdays 930a-430p.  $10/child.  Our backyard is intended for ages 6m to 6y.  We do not offer drop-offs.  Caregivers must be with their children at all times.

Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Starting Tuesday May 2nd 1-3p and ongoing Mondays-Thursdays 1-3p & Sundays 12n-4p until June 15th.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 2 and older. Youngsters will go on an ‘underwater’ journey to discover the Hebrew “Aleph Bet” letters, while playing the role of captain, with hats, ship barrels, and a captain’s wheel.  Throughout the trip, the young captains will get to explore and experiment with aleph bet letters by shaping letters in sand, playing a magnetic matching game with fish along the ocean wall, relaxing with a variety of aleph bet books in the reading nook, exploring the letters in a giant jigsaw puzzle, and sending the letters up in a wind tunnel.

Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island
Monday-Friday 10a-12n.  Free Bike Mornings allows visitors to borrow a free bike from Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals for up to one hour every Monday-Friday from 10 AM to noon.  Learn more about bike rental here.

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.

Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! at Private Picassos Studio (Park Slope)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 1015-11a until June 22nd.  For 18-48 mos.  $28/drop-in (space permitting).  Young artists will explore shapes, color and strengthen their fine motor skills through a variety of 2-3 dimensional art materials. By focusing on a specific color or theme each session, children will build their skills with drawing, collage, painting and small-scale sculpture.

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 June 2nd. $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!