Hi everyone! Happy October! I love the weather this time of year and get ready for another fun week here in NYC.


This week check out Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie from Jerry Joy Music at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library, Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-long at Families First Brooklyn, Yoga for Toddlers at Leonard Brooklyn Public Library, Pelleas et Melisande at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, The Big Adventures of Little Dude at the 53rd Street NYPL, The Uni Project Reading Room at Washington Square Park, CantaEspañol at Gumbo and Kids Explore: LEGO Building at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library.

Also check out the long running events like First Discoveries for Toddlers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Drop in Play at SPARK, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the last week of Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum.

Check the calendar to see everything that is going on this week.   Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Have a great week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday October 2nd

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie from Jerry Joy Music at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library
Monday October 2nd 1115a-12p.  Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! He has played with numerous ensembles performing music in a wide variety of styles.

The Big Adventures of Little Dude at the 53rd Street NYPL (Midtown West)
Monday October 2nd 4p.  Free.  Join puppy puppet Little Dude as he discovers how to navigate his Big World. The Big Adventures of Little Dude teaches children about kindness, empathy, friendship and other skills needed to be awesome humans. Children will participate in an interactive puppet show, discover how to use finger puppets and learn the Little Dude song. For children ages 3-7. No advance registration required.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday October 3rd

Game On! at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays 330-5p.  Free.  Play minecraft, build your interactive game logic and skills with online and offline games at Windsor Terrace.

Hopalong Andrew Sing-a-long at Families First Brooklyn (Cobble Hill)
Tuesdays 4-445p.  $20/a family.  Indoor weekly event at beloved nabe play space. Open to non-members. Hopalong Andrew’s sing-a-longs are geared towards all ages, singing the great folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites of the silver screen. Think Roy Rogers meets Pete Seeger and Jesse Fuller – a 1-man band, with guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vintage Samsonite suitcase drum. He’ll get you to sing along, dance along, play along, and have an all-Americana good time.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday October 4th

CantaEspañol at Gumbo (Boerum Hill)
Wednesdays at 10-1045a & 11-1145 until December 13th (no class 11/22).  Drop ins $25.  Space is limited, please call to check if there is room: 718-855-7808.  CantaEspañol is a program designed for children from 6 months to 4 years old. Through songs, musical games, and movement, your child will be totally engaged in the Spanish language. In addition, these interactive activities will serve to develop self expression and social skills.  Conducted completely in Spanish, the CantaEspañol class will introduce Spanish into your child’s life in a lively and super fun way!

Kids Explore: LEGO Building at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesdays 3-4p until November 29th.  Free.  Come play and create with our large collection of building toys, suitable for ages 3-12. Younger children must be supervised. Challenges and building prompts enhance creativity!

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday October 5th

Yoga for Toddlers at Leonard Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 1030-11a until November 9th.  Free.  Toddlers have a chance to explore the exciting world of yoga under the supervision of an experienced and expert instructor.

The Uni Project Reading Room at Washington Square Park
Thursdays 230-630p until October 12th.  Free and open to all. The Uni Project will be in Washington Square Park to offer reading, drawing, and hands-on activities that let New Yorkers embrace the act of learning. Stop by the open-air reading room for a day of fun!

Pelleas et Melisande at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Thursday-Sunday October 5th-8th doors 630p/show 7p (event ends at 8p).  General admission tickets: $15. General Admission – Picnic & Performance Admission: $35 (see website for details).  Suggested for audiences ages 12 & up. City Parks Foundation’s Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and SummerStage Festival present a commissioned, site-specific work directed, choreographed, and designed by Luca Veggetti. A theatrical puppet experience that tells the story of doomed love based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s symphonic poem. Set to a composition by Arnold Schoenberg, the audience is taken on a journey of love and its consequences told through puppetry.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules (Park Slope)
Monday-Friday 930a-2p until October 31st.  $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. See website for all the details.

The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p.  All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150.  Recommended for ages 6m-3y.  Open Play!  Toys, music, fun & a really big space!

Preschool Play at Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
Mondays-Wednesdays 10a-12n in  October. No program on 10/9. Free. Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays-Fridays 2p until October 6th.  Free with Museum admission.  Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.

Dynamic H2O  at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Open weather permitting.  Free with Museum admission.  See website for Museum hours.  For all ages.  Outdoors. This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition,  in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off!  With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.  An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects.  Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday & Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until October 22nd.  Free with Museum admission.  Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.

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.

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!