Hi everyone! The last full week of October is here and that means Halloween is around the corner so get ready to have a lot of fun this week.


This week head out with the kids and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Flor Bromley at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Subway Shindig for Families: Halloween Central Station at the NY Transit Museum, Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governors Island, Village Halloween Parade Puppets at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Tiny Poets Time at the Poets House, Halloween Puppet Playtime at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, Art, Songs and Stories at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab, Spooktacular at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library, Puppetsburg Show at Rider, Halloween Magic Show at the Epiphany NY Public Library, Family Movie: Coraline at the Brighton Beach Brooklyn Public Library and Little Scientists: Science Baby! at the DeKalb Brooklyn Public Library,

Also check out the long running events like Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Drop-in Playspace at Recess, 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,  Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More, and Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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 23rd

Village Halloween Parade Puppets at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Monday October 23rd 3-545p, Thursday-Friday October 26th-27th 3-545p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 5+. Come work collaboratively on our puppets for this year’s Village Halloween Parade! Our group theme is “New York Nightmare” involving animals in suits hailing a taxi in the rain! Sound like fun? Please join us for the making and the marching! Details on how to participate during the workshop!

Family Movie: Coraline at the Brighton Beach Brooklyn Public Library
Monday October 23rd 330-530p.  While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

Halloween Puppet Playtime at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (Flatiron)
Monday October 23rd at 330p.  A Halloween-themed version of the above show, perfect for babies 0 month to 6 years old with parent/caregiver.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday October 24th

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Flor Bromley at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday October 24th 11a-12n.  Free.  Location: Dweck Center. Flor and her band will play songs from her brand new bilingual album “Chiqui Music Boom”, a collection of songs that transports you to a world of imagination inside a child’s mind. These songs along with bilingual versions of popular children’s classics and fun puppetry will have the whole family laughing and dancing, broadening their worldview during an international cultural encounter.

Art, Songs and Stories at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab (Park Slope)
Tuesday 4-5p.  Ages 2-5y with grown up.  Drop-ins $15 per child, $10 for siblings. No sign-up or registration is needed. Come make things with us! Bring your little ones for an art project inspired by one of our favorite picture books. The story and project change each week, and throughout the year we’ll explore a range of subjects, styles and materials. Each session begins with music and stories.

Subway Shindig for Families: HALLOWEEN CENTRAL STATION at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn
Tuesday October 24th 6-8p.  $10 for adults and $5 for children/seniors. Free for Members and Cool Culture families. For all ages.  Get all dressed up for an evening of imaginative, subway-themed family fun in the Museum with face painting, a “glow zone,” and shadow puppet play! Show up for the party in costume!

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday October 25th

Puppetsburg Show at Rider (Williamsburg)
Wednesdays 1030-1115a until December 20th.  $27/drop in.  For ages 3m-3y.  Puppetsburg is interactive puppet shows for the youngest audiences. Join us for a fresh new show each week, like “Farm to Table with Old McDonald,” “The BEYONCE Show,” or “Clementine goes to Burning Man!” Puppetsburg is edgy babytainment for the new generation of parents. You’ll love the integration of cultural, educational, and language elements into each show, as well as regular visits from celebrity puppet guests like Michael Jackson, Ai Wei Wei, and Ru Paul. Engaging for munchkins and adults alike, each story is broken into activities like dancing, instruments, interaction with our artisanal handmade puppets, bubble time (!), and a new dress-up

Spooktacular at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday October 25th 330-430p.  Free.  Ages 6 to 12y. Please join us for some ghoulish stories and spooky fun. Learn the art of making blood and a mask that haunts you.

Halloween Magic Show at the Epiphany NY Public Library (Gramercy/Kips Bay)
Wednesday October 25th 330p.  Free.  Best for ages 2 and older.  Halloween Magic Show Presented by Pete and Chris Amusements! A ghostly show that’s more fun than horrifying!  Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris use magic and slapstick to demonstrate some of the goulish aspects of Halloween!

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday October 26th

Tiny Poets Time at the Poets House (Battery Park)
Thursdays at 10a.  Free.  Tiny Poets Time, a poetry reading for toddlers! Children and their adults are also invited to visit during Children’s Room hours, Thursday–Saturday, 11:00am–5:00pm.

Little Scientists: Science Baby! at the DeKalb Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 11a-12n until December 7th (no event 11/23).  Join us at the library for this special 8-week series for babies and toddlers exploring STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Science Baby is a creative science program for 0-3 year olds led by teaching artist Emma Gordon. The heart of Science Baby is exploring the wonder of science through story, repetition and play. We explore gravity, motion, magnets, chemical reactions, light, water, bubbles, sound and more!

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governors Island
Thursday-Sunday October 26th-29th 6-10p. Adults $24, Children 3-12y $20 & children under 2 free.  Tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door. Purchase tickets here.  New York City’s newest and most anticipated event, Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, is ready to light up New York Harbor this October! Come see more than 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns carved by artists from around the tri-state area and staged along a festive, paved, tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries old buildings in the heart of the Big Pumpkin, er, Big Apple, that is! Your adventure begins in Manhattan at the Battery Maritime Building where you’ll board our ferry for a few minutes ride through New York Harbor to this truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt here on Governors Island.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday October 24th 1030a, Wednesday-Friday October 25th-27th 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.

Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 1-330p.  $10/day. After a nap and lunch, but before bath and dinner, come to hang out and play with other 0-3 year olds at Edamama. Explore various award winning books or bring your own toy and play in a warm, safe, and enriching environment. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Adult participation.

Drop-in Playspace at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Friday 9a-5p & Saturday-Sundays 9-1130a.  Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child.  Memberships also available for purchase. See website for details.  Hello! Welcome to Recess, where playtime is easy with our flexible drop-in model. Our custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore. Learning is fun at Recess too. Our talented staff and variety of programming will help your children learn what they like and have a great time doing it.

Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays-Fridays 1015a-1215p ongoing 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. 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 except 11/23.  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!