Hi everyone!  I can’t believe how fast November is flying by and the weather this weekend reminds us that winter is coming.


There are lots of indoor events to check out this week so head out and enjoy Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Broadway Under The Stars at The Shops at Columbus Circle, Wonder Kindness Cards at Cortelyou Brooklyn Public Library, Parents’ Night Out Paint Party at JCC Brooklyn Clinton Hill, Zumba Class at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, The Constellation School of Music Sing-Along at First Unitarian Congregational Society, Book Adventures: Native American Indians Folklore at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library, Sing and Move at Monkey Do! Yoga, a Kids’ DJ Dance Party at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library and the last few days of Canstruction in Arts Brookfield.

Also check out the long running events like the Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Music Room at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Playtime at Fairytale Island, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Drop in Play at SPARK, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Drop-in Playspace at Recess and The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Be sure to check 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 November 13th

Canstruction in Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Monday-Tuesday November 13th-14th 10a-8p & 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.

Zumba Class at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Mondays 445-545p until January 29th (except Jan 15th). Free. Join us for Zumba class with Peg Galella, certified ShapeUp Instructor.

Broadway Under The Stars at The Shops at Columbus Circle
Mondays from November 13th until December 11th 5p.  Free.  Location: 2nd floor.  Kick off the holiday season with Broadway Under the Stars! Enjoy free performances from Broadway’s most popular shows every Monday starting November 13th! The five week series concludes December 11th on the ground floor. November 13 – School of Rock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Kinky Boots. See the website for the full schedule of performances.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday November 14th

Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p November 14th-April 15th 2018.  Fees: Temple Member $10/child, $15 with additional sibling.  Non-member $12/child, $18 with additional sibling.  Visit Passes available for purchase.  See website for more information.  The tots drop-in center is place for children ages 0-24 months and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn, and have fun! Drop in for play with age-appropriate toys and activities in our social hall (large indoor space). No advanced registration required – please do drop in!

The Constellation School of Music Sing-Along at First Unitarian Congregational Society (Brooklyn Heights)
Tuesday-Wednesday & Fridays 11-1145a.  $10 per child ($15 for pairs of siblings).  All are welcome! Toddlers, babies, newborns older siblings. Drop in for 45 minute sing-along.

Wonder Kindness Cards at Cortelyou Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday November 14th 4-5p.  Free.  Create Kindness Cards to celebrate the Nov. 17 opening of the new movie based on the children’s book Wonder.  Write your own quote or use one from 365 Days of Wonder and illustrate it using Zentangle lettering or other fancy script.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday November 15th

The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Wednesday November 15th 10a & 12n. Tickets: $15 kids & $25 adults. Three students wander through American history and meet the people who have had to fight for freedom, women’s rights, and racial equality. Along the way, the three time-travelers meet such history greats as the Wright Brothers, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt as kids, influencing their futures to help make the world better for us today! See website for additional weekend performances.

Book Adventures: Native American Indians Folklore at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday November 15th 330-430p. Free. Ages 6 to 12 years old. Come join us as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning their customs through folktales and a folk craft. Book Adventure is a Read Aloud program followed by an activity, inspired art or craft.

Kids’ DJ Dance Party at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (Flatiron)
Wednesday November 15th 330p. Free. We bring our portable DJ system with kid friendly music along with running games like musical chairs and limbo! For children of all ages. Presented by Pete and Chris Amusements.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday November 16th

Sing and Move at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Thursdays 11-1145a. Drop in $15 (per caregiver/child pair). Additional Sibling $6. Class packs also available. Sing and Move in this active sing-a-long. Live instruments, props, and fun! This 45 minute movement and music class will lead toddlers and parents through a series of simple poses accompanied by story songs and live music (kids love the ukulele!). We will also explore rhythm with clapping exercises and percussive toy instruments.

Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday November 16th 4-5p.  Free.  Through the Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft program, librarians read aloud to children and lead a craft activity related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats’ books to keep.

Parents’ Night Out Paint Party at JCC Brooklyn Clinton Hill
Thursday November 16th 6-730p.  $25 per person (includes all materials and refreshments). Space is limited!! RSVP to croman@jcc-brooklyn.org. Join Paint Party NYC’s Chana Zaks for a fun and relaxing evening at JCC Brooklyn. Meet other parents, discover your inner artist, and leave with a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

Music Room at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Mondays-Thursdays 1-4p & Sundays 12n-5p until November 23rd. Free with Museum admission. Kids can discover the music within at this hands-on exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum. Little music-makers of all ages are encouraged to experiment with a range of instruments, including a finger chime and a giant xylophone. They’ll particularly enjoy making all the noise they want (without fear of disturbing the neighbors) in the percussion center. Appropriate for all ages.

Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018.  Free with Museum admission.Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.

The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesdays-Fridays 1030a & 1130a and Saturdays-Sundays 1p until December 30th. See schedule here. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual Christmas Eve holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with sing-a-longs during the performance of holiday favorites the “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”

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.

Playtime at Fairytale Island (Bay Ridge)
Monday-Sunday 10a-8p. $18/child. Group discount (3 or more kids): $15. Come away with your children for a moment in a place where memories are made and time stand still!

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!

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!