Hi everyone! One week until Thanksgiving!  Get ready for another fun weekend in NYC.

This weekend head out and enjoy Brooklyn 2’s and 3’s Fest at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Puerto Rico Fundraiser with Hopalong Andrew at The Kings Beer Hall, I Am Thankful Celebration Weekend! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, A Billion Nights on Earth at BAM, Spellbound Theatre: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please at the Old Stone House, NYC Parks Drive-In Cinema: Beauty and the Beast at New York Aquarium, Wonder Movie Release Event at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library, Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at Symphony Space, Circus Muse: A Traditional Circus at The Muse Brooklyn, Lead Belly, Brooklyn! A Sensory Friendly Community Celebration at the Brooklyn Music School, Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature at the Irish Arts Center, The FunkeyMonkeys at The Jewish Museum, Spanish Music Sing-a-Long at Busy Bodies, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, Hangin’ with the Babes Mama Mixer at Wild Was Mama and Katie Ha Ha Ha at ShapeShifter Lab.

Also check out some long running events like the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, The Migration at The New Victory Theater, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the last weekend of Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches.

There are more events this weekend so check the calendar to see everything going on. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a great weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday November 17th

Spanish Music Sing-a-Long at Busy Bodies (Clinton Hill)
Fridays 10-1045a (none 11/24). $20/drop in. All ages welcome! Classes held weekly. Best sure to get here early – we cap the class at 30!Join us every Friday morning for Anza’s Spanish Music Sing-a-long. Anza’s love of music and children is ever so present during this 45 minute group class. You and your child can sit back and enjoy Anza’s Spanish songs, guitar, flute, animal puppets and bubbles! This class will help to introduce your child to Spanish in a fun, social and engaging way.

Hangin’ with the Babes Mama Mixer at Wild was Mama (Greenpoint)
Fridays 1230-230p. $5/drop in. A low-key, unstructured playgroup for the youngest of babies (newborns up to four months of age) and the newest of families. Join your community of parent and caregiving neighbors and their latest additions in our shop’s inviting home-away-from-home event space. Lambskins and blankets for safe on-the-floor recreation. Inspirational accessible toys. Complementary water or tea. TWO changing tables and roomy restroom. Helpful, friendly staff. Numerous handy and helpful products to shop and explore.

Wonder Movie Release Event at the Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Friday November 17th 330-4p.  Free.  Did you love the book Wonder? The film adapted from the bestselling book Wonder is opening in theaters on November 17th. Get ready for the movie with great activities inspired by this incredible story about courage and kindness.

Lead Belly, Brooklyn! A Sensory Friendly Community Celebration at the Brooklyn Music School (Fort Greene)
Friday November 17th 7p.  Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child, $5/BMS student.  Join us for a Community Celebration of Lead Belly’s Legacy at Brooklyn Music School. This unique event will feature Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, Pauline Jean performing a selection of Lead Belly songs with the students of the Brooklyn Music School. During this event participants will have an opportunity to participate in a music video with Dan Zanes for the song “Rock Island Line” from his most recent album: “Lead Belly, Baby!” produced with Smithsonian Folkways, which celebrates the children’s music of his main inspiration, Lead Belly (1889–1949), known as the King of the 12-String Guitar. The rehearsals for and the event itself will also be filmed for a future documentary on the legacy of Lead Belly.

See all the Friday events here.

Saturday November 18th

Spellbound Theatre: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
November 18th 10a & 1115a. Tickets: General Public: $15 each. Season Pass holders: $12. Purchase tickets here. This one-of-a-kind storytelling performance follows a lost toy, Catbear, as he travels through the tunnels of New York City on six different subway lines, looking for his owner. Each train has its own story, and Catbear experiences all the sights and sounds of New York City before landing home again. Interactive and intimate, this show is ideal for children ages 2-5.

Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday November 18th 11a. Tickets: $17, members $14. Age range: 2-7. Join two-time GRAMMY Award nominee and Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell and her family band for a gorgeous morning of gentle, homespun renditions of songs by Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Gillian Welch, and more. The quiet sweetness and intimacy of Elizabeth’s concerts cement her as an icon of today’s family music scene. Elizabeth Mitchell will be joined by friend and long time Just Kidding artist Sonia de los Santos and Grammy Award winning and Emmy nominated entertainer Tim Kubart. Find out more about Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower at youaremyflower.org. For families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities see the website for event details.

A Billion Nights on Earth at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturday November 18th 2p. All tickets: $15. For ages 6+. Run time: 55 minutes. A late-night trip to the refrigerator for a glass of milk opens a door to another dimension in this theatrical epic inspired by pop-up books, Kabuki stagecraft, and parent-child relationships. Eschewing the shoulds and should-nots of adulthood for the anarchic laws of play, visionary director Thaddeus Phillips and Obie Award-winning installation artist Steven Dufala conjure a spectacular quest through space and time, guided by sleight-of-hand stagecraft, a cinematic score by Juan Gabriel Turbay, and the limitless possibilities of the imagination. When a treasured object goes missing, real-life father and son actor must rely on their own creativity, and each other, to survive a world of wild landscapes—and still make it back home.

Puerto Rico Fundraiser with Hopalong Andrew at The Kings Beer Hall (Park Slope)
Saturday November 18th 3-6p. Please join us in helping our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands who are still struggling in the aftermath of the recent devastating hurricanes. We will be collecting donations to help those who need it most at this Fall Fundraiser & Family Concert featuring Hopalong Andrew (and more fun activities TBA). Kids of all ages will groove to the “urban cowboy” music of Hopalong Andrew, while adults enjoy happy hour prices at the KBH with the suggested donation of $20. All are encouraged to come in cowpoke costume! For those who remember the Carry the Future Fundraiser last spring, this will surely be another great afternoon of family fun….we hope you will come back out to the KBH to help us raise money for this very important cause.

NYC Parks Drive-In Cinema: Beauty and the Beast (2017) at New York Aquarium (Coney Island)
Saturday November 18th 5-7p. Free. Join NYC Parks for a free family drive-in movie! Pack-up the kids in the car and join us in the parking lot at the NY Aquarium as we screen this live-action adaptation of the Disney animated classic. This delightful film tells the story of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Know Before You Go: Gates open to the public at 4:30 p.m. Come early to get a good spot. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking. Reservations are not taken, so space is available on a first come first served basis. All are welcome!

See all the Saturday events here.

Sunday November 19th

Brooklyn 2’s and 3’s Fest at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center (DUMBO)
Sunday November 19th 11a-2p (a come & go event). Free.  A Child Grows presents the first Fall Brooklyn 2’s and 3’s Program Festival. Meet representatives from 2’3 and 3’s programs throughout Brooklyn at our fun, family festival. Sing-alongs, raffles, games, story corner, and more. Featuring a performance by Lucy Kalantari at 12n and live music throughout.

Katie Ha Ha Ha at ShapeShifter Lab (Gowanus)
Sunday November 19th 11a.  Tickets: $12 + fee in advance or $15 at door (children under 2 free).  Family of 4 or more on the day (family must be immediate family) is $50.  According to the New York Times, Katie Ha Ha Ha “creates danceable folk-rock.” And according to one Brooklyn mom fan, “As soon as Katie (of Katie Ha Ha Ha) starts singing, she has all the kids wrapped around her finger.” Both are true, and might be owed to the fact that she has been making musical magic with families and children in Brooklyn for the last 9 years! She put out her first album of kids songs last year, entitled, “These Things Go Together,” with this catchy video to go along with it. On November 19th she’ll be playing with a full band, and singing a handful of brand new songs. It promises to be an interactive, joyous event for the whole family!

The FunkeyMonkeys at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday November 19th 1130a-1230p. $16 General Public; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. For ages 2-6y. Enjoy a full morning program in partnership with PJ Library and join us for Picture This which includes a gallery tour, art workshop, storybook reading, and the FunkeyMonkeys concert within one ticket price: $25 per person and $22 for Jewish Museum Family Members. Get out your balloon tails and dancing shoes for the hilarious antics and soulful sounds of the beloved FunkeyMonkeys. Created by Joshua Sitron, composer for Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, the FunkeyMonkeys are a super-group of professional musicians, comedians, and teachers who deliver one-of-a kind performances. Join in with their new sing-a-long segment of the show where the FunkeyMonkeys will be taking any and all song requests from the audience, and then projecting the lyrics onstage so everyone can sing with the band. Described as “Seinfeld meets the Wiggles,” or “Herbie Hancock’s Vaudeville Bar Mitzvah.” Groove and giggle together with songs from the albums Mustache and Sing Dance and Underpants among other favorites.

Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature at the Irish Arts Center (Hells Kitchen)
Sunday November 19th 12n. $5 per person / $15 per group of 4 / FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle Members. Recommended for readers 4-8 years old, but open to and fun for all! Discover new books, meet authors and illustrators, and participate in hands-on workshops and activities that will engage the writers of tomorrow! Our third annual literature festival for children and their grown-ups celebrates work from the very best Irish and New York-based children’s authors and illustrators at work today.

Circus Muse: A Traditional Circus at The Muse Brooklyn (Bushwick)
Sunday November 19th 6p (doors 530p). Tickets: $15 Pre-Sale, $20 Door Price *With each adult ticket purchase, one child up to 5 years of age gets in for free! $12 for each additional child or for kids up to 18 years of age. You’ve NEVER seen us do Circus like this before. Come see death-defying acts of skill, beautiful aerialists flying through the air with ease, and fun and laughs for all ages! The Muse Brooklyn and A&S Productions are proud to bring you a traditional-style circus show that will amaze, delight, and enchant you and your friends and family! Come one, come all! To the first EVER….CIRCUS MUSE! Featuring, for the first time in New York City, a spine-chilling act that will take your breath away – an aerial motorcycle stunt you’ll have to see to believe.

See all the Sunday events here.

All Weekend

16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.

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.

Marmalade at New 42nd Street Studios
Saturday-Sunday November 18th-19th 10a, 1p & 4p. For ages 1.5y-4y. Tickets start $20. Performance Facts: 30 minutes with no intermission. Gather ’round the ring and experience a gentle circus for the senses! Choreographed by Sweden’s Claire Parsons Co., juggler Viktor Gyllenberg and dancer Mira Björkman take tiny tots on an exquisite exploration of texture. Kids ooh in awe and squeal with delight as they squeeze and squish playful props, interacting with the whimsical and wonderful world of MARMALADE.

The Migration at The New Victory Theater
Fridays 7p (and also 2p on 11/24), Saturdays 2p & 7p and Sundays 12n & 5p until November 26th. For ages 7+. Performance: 80 minutes including one intermission. Tickets start at $16. A beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story. Experience the journey of the millions of African Americans who moved from the rural South to the urban North to rebuild their lives in this powerful, polyrhythmic performance of THE MIGRATION.

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.”

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!  November & December has a bird theme!  Check it out.

The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Fridays 7p, Saturdays & Sundays 2p & 4p until November 19th. 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!

I Am Thankful Celebration Weekend! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday November 18th-19th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum for two-days focusing on gratitude during the harvest season. Activities include story-telling, card-making, and hands-on exploration! See the website for the event details.

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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (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.