MLK Jr Day & Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: January 15th-18th
Hi! I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend and excited for another fun week.
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day so take the kids and enjoy the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March, The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM, the GingerBread Lane Giveaway at the New York Hall of Science and the last day of the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden. Also this week enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Carlos Lazarus & Friends at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Mommy & Me at Playday NYC, Lil Yogis: 3-5 year olds at Bend & Bloom Yoga, Tall Ships & Pirates Tales with Sciencetellers at the Leonard Brooklyn Public Library, Puppetsburg Show at Ibiza Kidz, Musical Learning Time at Battery Park City NY Public Library, Art Around the World at Private Picassos Studio and Lilypad Music at Flying Squirrel.
Don’t forget to check out long running events like Game of Jewish Life at the Jewisch Children’s Museum, the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central,the Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Drop-In Sessions at Children’s Museum of the Arts, Drop-in Playspace at Recess, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Drop in Play at SPARK, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Open Play at Busy Bodies Brooklyn.
Enjoy the day off and have a wonderful week!
~Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday January 15th
2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March (UWS)
Monday January 15th 10a-2p. Free. March Starting Point: Eleanor Rossevelt Monument. Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. The theme of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March is “A New Revolution: Youth and Social Change,” inspired by the quote “Every generation needs a new revolution.” Along the route, students will stop at locations of significance to the fight for civil rights to deliver speeches about contemporary social justice issues. The general public is invited to join MCS students, families, alumni, staff, friends and supporters for this educational and uplifting annual event. See the website for all the details of the event.
The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM (Fort Greene)
Monday January 15th 1030a. New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to BAM for the 32nd year. This event brings world-renowned activists, intellectuals, and civic leaders together with musicians and other performers to pay tribute to King’s legacy and keep his message alive. Join us for full day of free events, including a movie screening, a talk, and an art exhibition. Keynote Speaker: Jelani Cobb. Please Note: Tickets to this event will be distributed on a first come, first seated basis. Lobby doors open at 8am.
GingerBread Lane Giveaway at the New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday January 15th giveaway is from 2 – 5 pm; line starts at 1 pm. Free with Museum admission. On January 15, take home a piece of GingerBread Lane. Gingerbread houses from the exhibit will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Please bring a box or bag (flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags work best) to carry your gingerbread loot home. No Gingerbread Lane houses will be distributed without a bag or box, so make sure you bring yours along! Houses range in size from 20 inches (wide) by 15 inches (deep) by 30 inches (high) to 4 inches (wide) by 4 inches (deep) by 12 inches (high).
Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Monday January 15th 2p (sold out) & 3p. Free. Registration required. Register here. Join Prospect Park Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House this Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall. A masterful storyteller, Tammy Hall weaves together diverse tales from around the world to create a rich experience for all. Tammy Hall will be leading two sessions, beginning at 2 and 3 pm. Also check out free events going on 12n-4p at the Audubon Center. See the website for all the details.
Tuesday January 16th
Stomp, Clap & Sing with Carlos Lazarus & Friends at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday January 16th 11a-12n. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Carlos & friends deliver a delightful musical experience that will also enhance your child’s learning skills. You’ll sing, dance, and even learn a little Spanish. Families will be given seating priority. Seating is limited. First come, first served.
Open Play at Busy Bodies Brooklyn (Clinton Hill)
Tuesday January 16th 1130a-130p and daily at various times. See the website for the schedule. $20/drop in. Open play welcomes children from newborn to 4 years old. Give you and your child the space you both need to play, learn and socialize. Open play will assist your child in building important developmental skills. Let your child roam freely in a bright, safe, engaging environment with a variety of toys, mats, art supplies, books and games. There is something for every child to indulge in at Busy Bodies. Join us to make new friends for you and your child.
Lil Yogis: 3-5 year olds at Bend & Bloom Yoga (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Tuesdays 4-5p*. $18 for a drop-in (class packs also available). Mat rentals are included for all Kids Classes. Please note: Minimum age of 3 years old. We love your 2-year-olds! Please bring them to our Tots classes. Bend & Bloom’s imaginative yoga adventures and animated poses keep little yogis’ creativity and bodies flowing. Our silly yoga sequences enhance children’s concentration skills while refining their motor coordination. Bend & Bloom’s fun yoga games teach cooperative play and sharpen listening skills as your child transitions to school. Kids’ yoga will plant the seed for a life-long love of physical and mental well-being. *Adult Hour Flow class runs at the same time.
Wednesday January 17th
Mommy & Me at Playday NYC (Long Island City)
Wednesdays & Fridays 9a or 10a. First visit $20. Regular price: $35 with packages available. Our Mommy & Me art classes are a great way to spend creative time together with your little one at PLAYDAY! Some days, we will focus on handprints and footprints so you will have beautiful keepsakes! Other days, we have story and art time when we read a story and bring it to life by painting, drawing, collaging, and much much more. This a new place for kids with classes for all ages. Check out the website for all the details.
Lilypad Music at Flying Squirrel (Greenpoint)
Wednesdays & Fridays 10-1045a until March 16th. $15/drop in. You can catch either Lily or Carl throughout the week at their regular Lilypad sing-a-longs in Brooklyn. This public class at Flying Squirrel incorporates classic kids songs, original songs, Spanish & multi-cultural songs, movement based group activities and of course shakers and scarves! Perfect for ages 0-4 this 45 minute class is all about creating a supportive, engaging, environment for children to explore their own relationship with music, clap their hands and have a great time. Adult participation.
Thursday January 18th
Puppetsburg Show at Ibiza Kidz (Stuyvesant Town)
Thursdays 1030-1115a until March 15th. $30/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 photo-op each week. 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 #Photo-op each week.
Musical Learning Time at Battery Park City NY Public Library
Thursday January 18th 4p. Location: Community Room. Sing along with songs that help you remember letters, numbers and more! Best for preschool age children and younger. Older siblings welcome.
Art Around the World at Private Picassos Studio (Park Slope)
Thursdays 330-415p until March 22nd (no class 2/22). Drop in $28. For ages 4-6p. Young artists will travel around the world on an artistic journey, exploring 2-3 dimensional multi-cultural art activities, including Mexican frescos, Kente cloth weaving and Brazilian Carnivale masks. Adult participation.
Game of Jewish Life at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday January 15th 12n-4p, Tuesday-Thursday January 16th-18th 1-4p and various times until February 22nd. See website for schedule. $13/person includes Museum admission. In an adventure filled, life size Game of Jewish Life, you’ll find out how many steps to take using a giant spinner! Then, you’ll get a chance to celebrate your birthday with a mystery present box and a giant birthday cake! Start the school year with our magnetic classroom scene and add your good dead to the wall of Mitzvos! And for all those here for serious business, there’s a puppet theater to experiment with your favorite career!
Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing until June 10th Tuesday-Sunday 10a-5p (open until 6p on Thursdays). Free with Museum admission. BLOCK PARTY brings together the elements of the iconic Brooklyn block party all under one roof, including a series of dimensional stoops set against a backdrop of artistic facades of residential buildings, and different ”street” and green spaces to play games, meet friends, relax, and have fun. Large-scale photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Anderson Zaca, who has long documented block parties in Brooklyn, will be featured and invoke the joy, action, and diversity of block parties celebrated annually across neighborhoods in New York City. Families will be invited to add to the photographs, and record their own images and experiences in the city among those of their neighbors.
Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Monday January 15th 10a-430p & Monday February 19th 10a-430p and Tuesdays-Fridays 10a-430p until February 28th. Free! Admission charged all day Saturday & Sunday. Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.
Drop-In Sessions at Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Monday-Friday 1045a-12n. $25/family. Savings for CMA Members: $10 off ($15 per family). No advance sign up required. Music time! Story time! Art time! Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for an art-filled drop-in session when the museum is closed for general hours. Parent and/or caregivers are required to join and we encourage family collaboration throughout the class.
Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p until 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!
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!
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 (except 11/23, 11/25 & 11/26). 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!
Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.
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.
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily 8a-10p until March 4th. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!