Hi everyone!  The weather is looking good this week so head out and enjoy the sunshine and have fun.

This week check out The Little Orchestra Society: The Three C’s…Culture, Classical Music, & Composing! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Meet Author Lauren Tarshis! at the Old Stone House, Community Collage Workshop in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Read for the Record: Quackers by Liz Wong at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library and additional Read for the Record events at BPL branches, Romp & Relax at Tot Town, The DAD BEATS at LARK, Turbulence at SoHo Playhouse, Sing Along at Edamama Cute Cuts & More, Sea Naturalists with New York Aquarium at the Leonard Brooklyn Public Library, Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Blue Marble Ice Cream and Wildlife Superheroes Series at the Hudson Park NYPL.

Also check out the long running events like Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Drop in Play at SPARK, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

That is just of this weeks event so check the calendar to see everything that is going on.  Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the week!

~Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday October 16th

Romp & Relax at Tot Town (Prospect Heights/Crown Heights)
Mondays 130-530p and daily at various times.  Check website for schedule information.  Play all day for $28 / $10 sibling surcharge (Unlimited access to all available Romp & Relax Open Play hours for the entire day). Here are our hourly Romp & Relax Open Play rates: 1 hour = $12 per child/$6 sibling surcharge, 2 hours = $20 per child/$8 sibling surcharge, 3 or more hours = $28 per child/$8 sibling surcharge.  Romp & Relax Open Play affords caregivers the opportunity to unwind and Relax with free Wi-Fi while your little ones Romp around our fun, warm and cozy Play Space.

Sea Naturalists with New York Aquarium at the Leonard Brooklyn Public Library
Monday October 16th 330-430p.  Free.  Become a marine nature explorer! Make discoveries as you explore the wonders of local beach habitats and the wildlife that lives there. Make a naturalist journal and fill it with your observations of sand exploration, beach animal biofacts, and your experience of meeting an animal up close!

Turbulence at SoHo Playhouse
Monday October 16th 7p and also Wednesday-Friday October 18-20th 9p and Sunday October 22nd 5p.  Tickets: $24 & $34.  ROBOT TEAMMATE presents a high-speed, high-stakes original sci-fi musical comedy centered on the game-changing Intergalympics of 4242. Rival planets Earth and Mars must compete in a race through space, but can resource-strapped Team Earth survive against all odds? Find out in this fast and farcical, award-winning ensemble experience. Ready. Set. Space!

See all Monday events.

Tuesday October 17th

Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Wednesday October 18th-19th 1030a and Thursday-Friday October 19th-20th 1030a & 12n and various days & times until Tuesday October 31st (check website here).  Tickets: $8 children under 12y & $12 13y and up. Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure picks up where the original Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre production leaves off; with the siblings’ pet swan Samantha flying the children back to their humble home after their wild escapade in the forest. Safely back at home during the Halloween season, Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The brother and sister team once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City.

Community Collage Workshop in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Tuesday October 17th 3-5p.  Free.  The event is suitable for ages 5 and up, and you are welcome to drop-in at any time during the workshop hours to participate. Artists Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao, whose installation Exquisite Plants is on display at 99 Plymouth, will lead a workshop in the Community Room focused on collage using painted cut paper. The workshop will emphasize creative development through play and collaboration, with participants strongly encouraged to work with one another, by sharing materials and ideas. Some of the finished collages will be put on display at 99 Plymouth for all visitors to see!

Meet Author Lauren Tarshis! at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Tuesday October 17th 330-5p.  Free.  New York Times bestselling author Lauren Tarshis takes readers to a major turning point in our country’s fight for independence in her newest book, I Survived the American Revolution, 1776. Join Lauren on Tuesday, October 17 at 3:30 pm as she connects literature and history in an author talk about her latest title in the bestselling I Survived series outdoors at the Old Stone House & Washington Park, the site of the “culminating engagement of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn”!

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday October 18th

Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Blue Marble Ice Cream (Prospect Heights)
Wednesdays at 10a.  $10 per child, $5 per additional sibling.  A Yellow Sneaker Sing-Along is a 45 minute interactive singalong with puppets and guitar, combining original songs, oldies, and traditional children’s music. Sing, clap, dance, and shake your sillies out! Geared towards kids age 0-5 and their families.

Sing Along at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Wednesdays 1030-1115a.  $10/drop in (cash only). Our sing-alongs are fun and full of contagious energy! Expect to hear old favorites, new hits and unique original music. Be prepared to have fun and dance!

Wildlife Superheroes Series at the Hudson Park NYPL
Wednesdays 4p until October 25th. Recommended for audiences age 5 and older. Limit to 25 participants only. Have you ever wondered why some of our most popular superheroes are often named after animals? Spiderman, Batman, and Aquaman all share traits with their particular animal namesake whether it be great strength, great stealth, or the ability to live underwater. Weekly visits by a New Canaan Nature Center naturalist will give participants an up close look at several creatures with an array of “super” qualities that makes each a “wildlife superhero” in its own right. Come discover the story behind each as we discover their amazing abilities via live-animal visits, animal artifacts, and interactive activities. Presented by New Canaan Nature Center.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday October 19th

The DAD BEATS at LARK (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Thursdays 11a. $5 suggested donation. The Dad Beats are a power trio wrapped in a playdate with a hootenany garnish! Made up of three real live Brooklyn dads, the Dad Beats traverse surf, rock and country grooves to deliver playful reimaginings of your childhood favorites. Bring your baby/toddler/kid and dance along with the Beats!

The Little Orchestra Society: The Three C’s…Culture, Classical Music, & Composing! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays 3-345p & 4-445p until December 21st except 11/23. Free with Museum admission.  Sessions accommodate up to 25 participants on a first-come, first served basis. For children 4 and up, and their adult friends. The Little Orchestra Society is in residence at Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a series of family music workshops. Each session explores music of a different culture, engaging children, parents, and caregivers through movement, song, composition, and an introduction to world instruments.  There will be workshops in 2018 also starting January 4th 2018.

Read for the Record: Quackers by Liz Wong at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday October 19th 330-4p.  Free.  In honor of Read for the Record, we’ll be reading Quackers by Liz Wong. Read for the Record is “the world’s largest shared reading experience — bringing together over 2 million people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the US. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child, so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.” Read for the Record is a Jumpstart initiative.  There are Read for the Record events happening at various BPL branches at various times.  See the website for more information.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays-Fridays 1015a-1215p starting October 10th through November 3rd. Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for camp groups and families with children of all ages. Explore plants and use real science tools alongside Discovery Docents at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

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!

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday & Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 26th.  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!