Hi everyone! Daylight Savings ends Sunday so hope you get to sleep in and have energy for another busy weekend here in NYC.
This weekend head out and enjoy a Girls Read for Girls Read-A-Thon at the Brooklyn Museum, BAMkids: Jojo & The Pinecones, Try It For Free Day at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, NYC Marathon Fun Day in the PS 118 School Yard, Lavender Blues at Kiddie Science, Target Free First Friday Night at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Family Sundays: Mindfulness Poetry at Rubin Museum Of Art, Kids Create: Día de los muertos Masks at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library, Petra and the Wolf at On Stage at Kingsborough, Future Hits at Symphony Space, Events for Youth & Families: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, FamJam: Light It Up at BRIC House Stoop, Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre and Play Fair at the Javits Center.
Also check out some long running events like Canstruction in Arts Brookfield, A Sky for the Bears at The New Victory Theater, Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at Blessed Sacrament, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank, NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum and the last weekend of Kid Frankenstein the Musical at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament.
Have fun & don’t forget to set your clock back an hour!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday November 3rd
Canstruction in Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Daily 10a-8p until Tuesday November 14th & Wednesday November 15th 10a-6p. Admission is free! If you’d like to contribute to Canstruction you can drop off non-perishable food items in the donation bin located at 230 Vesey, 2nd level. An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges 27 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges 27 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need.
Lavender Blues at Kiddie Science (Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
Fridays 11a. $20/Drop-in. Lavender Blues is an intimate music & movement session for babies and toddlers. During our 40 minute classes kids develop an understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body as well as develop social and coordination skills—all while singing, dancing and having fun! We sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments, have movement with our fingers, arms and feet, as well as march, dance, and play with a ginormous parachute!!
Kids Create: Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) Masks at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library
Friday November 3rd 330-430p. For ages 5+. Join us as we make Day of the Dead masks, in tribute to the Mexican Holiday honoring the dead, also know as Día de los muertos <<DEE ah deh lohs MWEHR tohs>> . On this day, families gather in churches, at cemeteries, and in homes paying a tribute to lost loved ones. We will be making traditional style Day of the Dead Masks.
Target Free First Friday Night at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday November 3rd 5-8p. Free. Come play for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan during Target Free First Friday Nights – every first Friday of the month. With five fabulous floors of fun on West 83rd Street, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a destination for delight, discovery, and learning! We create experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities to ensure children thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Our hands-on learning environments, programs, and curricula are all produced through an alchemy of fun, research, and museum science.
Saturday November 4th
BAMkids: Jojo & The Pinecones (Fort Greene)
Saturday November 4th 1030a & 2p. For ages 4-8y. All tickets $10. Joelle Lurie and ensemble bring their distinctive ”jazzed-up pop and popped-up jazz” style to family audiences, showcasing playful, swinging tunes centered around Lurie’s bold, smooth vocals. The band performs selections from their first kid-focused album, Night and Day, which comprises original songs and reimagined jazz standards structured around the course of a day. Encouraging mindfulness and gratitude, Jojo & The Pinecones celebrate the many small moments that make up our daily lives. Come early for pre-concert warm-up activities with a BAM teaching artist.
Future Hits at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday November 4th 11a. Tickets: $17, members $14. Age range: 2-7y. Future Hits combines music and education seamlessly to create a one-of-a-kind kid friendly rock concert with a twist. By teaching kids language skills through their songs, Matt Baron and band help children cultivate their love of learning, while letting everyone groove at the same time. Started by Baron in 2011, Future Hits has created over 70 different original songs and two albums while performing around the world. For families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. See the website for all the details.
FamJam: Light It Up at BRIC House Stoop (Fort Greene)
Saturday November 4th 11a-2p. Free with RSVP. RSVP here. A hands-on workshop for families to work together on a creative art project. Come as a motley crew, leave as a unified team with a cool product to show for it! For families with school aged children (ages 7+). Since the invention of the light bulb in 1885, people have found creative ways to diffuse the harshness of the bare bulb. For this FamJam event, come and let BRIC teaching artists help you create your own decorative lamp! Drawing inspiration from various cultural traditions; families will learn how to design and build their own lamps using armature, colorful tissue paper and an actual light bulb cord kit. Take home a one of a kind lamp structure that can be used to illuminate your family’s home every day!
Try It For Free Day at LeFrak Center at Lakeside (Prospect Park)
Saturday November 4th 1230-5p. Free. Not sure which winter sport is right for you? Try them all at Try For Free Day! Lakeside invites you to try everything for free, including hockey, skate school, and curling. Sign up for hockey at tryhockeyforfree.com, and sign up for any other activities at Skate School Office on site that day. Note: Complimentary skate lesson does not include admission or skate rental. Visit lakesidebrooklyn.org for more information.
Events for Youth & Families: Tall Ships & Pirate Tales at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday November 4th 1-2p. Free. Ahoy! People don’t just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails… what else could a pirate ship possibly take? Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more. Don’t miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!
Sunday November 5th
NYC Marathon Fun Day in the PS 118 School Yard (Park Slope)
Sunday November 5th 9a-1p. Free Admission, Chili tasting $5, Coffee and Hot Cocoa $2, Tickets for sale for additional activities. Come enjoy the NYC Marathon at the Marathon Fun Day located at 4th Ave and 7th in the PS 118 yard, a prime location for viewing the marathon! This is the 4th Annual NYC Marathon Fun Day. An event where people from all over Brooklyn can enjoy some coffee and hot cocoa while they make signs and purchase noisemakers to cheer on the NYC Marathon Runners. This years event is featuring a Peoples Choice Chili Cook-Off starting at 10:30AM. Come enjoy a variety of Chili’s and help us decide the winner! The winner of the Chili Cook-Off and the Giveaway will be announced at 12:30PM. See the website for all the event activities.
Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday November 5th 11a & first Sunday of every month. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family (adult/family tix include a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!) Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9y, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Little Laffs – Big Fun for Little Ones! Kids Show featuring: Balloon Tricks: Twistin’ Todd, Music: Greg Stare, Magic: Cardone the Magician
Family Sundays: Mindfulness Poetry at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays in November. Drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Free for children and accompanying adults. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. November Sundays: Mindfulness Poetry ~ November is the season to give thanks and reflect as the year ends. Engage your contemplative mind at Family Sundays this month by writing your own mindfulness poems.
Petra and the Wolf at On Stage at Kingsborough
Sunday November 5th 2p. Tickets: From Lionheart Youth Theatre, Glass Half Full Theatre & Mother Falcon and Featuring staging and puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and live original score by Mother Falcon. Inspired by the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, with captivating large-scale puppetry and live music, this original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, her adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. Meet the Cast After the Show!
Girls Read for Girls Read-A-Thon at the Brooklyn Museum
Sunday November 5th 3-5p. Free and open to the public, but registration is required to participate. Register here. Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor. Celebrate the Girls Read for Girls read-a-thon! Girls and boys from grades K–8 read and raise money for the Malala Fund, which works to secure the rights of girls to a minimum of twelve years of education. Register for the read-a-thon today and bring your final pledge form to the culminating celebration, which includes speakers, performances, and readings.
A Sky for the Bears at The New Victory Theater
Saturday-Sunday November 4th-5th 11a & 3p. For ages 4-7y. Performance 45 minutes with no intermission. Tickets start at $25. When you’re a happy, handsome, well-rested bear, what more could you want? Why, to be a daddy bear of course! With all the courage he can muster, a bear sets out on a quest to find a family of his own to love. In a different forest, a little bear sets off to find the quickest way to the clouds in hopes of reuniting with his dear, departed grandfather. Two sweet stories told through charming shadow puppetry and lyrical movement, A SKY FOR THE BEARS shows us that sometimes when we look to the sky for our hearts’ deepest desires, the best answers are found right here on earth.
Play Fair at the Javits Center (Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday November 4th-5th 10a-2p & 3-7p. Tickets: $30. Play Fair is a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It’s an immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult fans. With hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives, attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow!
Wildlife Weekends at the Queens County Farm Museum
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 12th. Admission: $9/all ages (children & adults) FREE for Farm Members. Have fun learning about interesting critters at this pay-one-price event! Admission includes Frogs, Bugs, & Animals show, hayrides, animal feeding, and pony rides (80 lb. rider limit).
Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a until November 12th. Tickets: $25, $49.50 & $59.50. For ages 2 to 7y. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank (Midtown West)
Saturdays at 10am and Sundays 2pm until November 12th. Child ticket: $25, Adult ticket: $35. (Recommended for ages 4 and up). In EDNA THE STOMPER, seven year old Edna stomps everywhere and stomps a lot. It is driving her very talented family crazy! EDNA THE STOMPER is a musical for all ages complete with songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets! This heartfelt tale deals with the issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones place in the family. Each show will be followed by a workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own “stomps” and dances!
Kid Frankenstein the Musical at the Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Fridays at 7p, Saturdays & Sundays at 3p or 7p until November 5th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $25 discoutn, $49.50 general admission and $59.50 premium. In Kid Frankenstein The Musical, it’s Halloween and something weird is going on at Frankie Steiner’s house. Day and night, the boy genius works on his entry for the annual robotics competition. But what he creates is more than he expected – and more than he can handle, making him a true Kid Frankenstein.
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 19th various times. Free. See the website for locations and times. In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 31st. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-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.