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February 4, 2010

This is a big weekend for events that include Chinese New Year Celebrations, Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bowl and Bell House, a winter sports festival and lots more. Dear Edwina is closing Feb. 15th and I wholly recommend going to this darling, homespun play for ages 3 years and older. Don’t lose out on some great theater events coming up: Buy your tickets for the Baby Loves Disco Valentine’s Ball, When Elmo Grows Up, Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live, The 101 Dalmations, puppet show at BAM, BAM Family Festival, NY Int’l Children’s Festival this weekend. All the info for those festivals and theater events are below and lots more!

Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live will be playing March 31- April 4th at Radio City Music Hall. This show currently has a promotion running to save 30% on select tickets. Discount code: NICKSM More information can be found here. Last but not least, The 101 Dalmatians Musical starring Rachel York is playing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden April 7-18th. This show currently has a promotion running to save 30% on select tickets. Discount Code: PAWS More information can be found here.

Feb 4- 11th: Various times: When Elmo Grows Up
Sesame Street fans can see Elmo at Madison Square Garden. More information and tickets can be found here

Through April 26: Tim Burton Exhibit at MOMA
You remember the films Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), right? Well, film director Tim Burton has an exhibit at MOMA that explores the full range of his creative work, tracing the current of his visual imagination from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera.  The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts, as well as a lavishly illustrated publication.
If you plan to see the exhibition Tim Burton (November 22, 2009–April 26, 2010), please be aware that gallery occupancy is limited. Timed tickets to enter Tim Burton are suggested on weekdays and required on all weekends and holidays. Timed tickets guarantee entrance to the exhibition at the time designated on the ticket, and carry no extra charge. This ticket also permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films. To purchase timed tickets for Tim Burton, simply select a specific date and time when you purchase your admission ticket online. Adults $20 Seniors  (65 and over with ID) $16 Students (full-time with current ID) $12 Children (16 and under) Free.  http://www.moma.org/

Saturday, Feb 6th and Sunday, Feb 7th: various times: Chinese New Year Celebration
Get ready for the Year of the Tiger with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum this weekend with special programs like Fire It Up, Plum Blossoms, Lion Dance Puppets, and more!  The Transfiguration Song & Dance Group: 1:00-1:30pm. This group of 27 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will perform a Chinese traditional Tibetan Tambourine Dance and New Year celebration songs (sung in Cantonese and Mandarin) under the guidance of Teachers Lili, Tai, John, Kitty and Rosa.  Dressed in traditional Chinese costumes, this wee-little troupe brings “good luck” just in time for the New Year!
Details: Extended hours 10am-5pm daily. Check www.brooklynkids.org for a detailed schedule. All special programs are included with Museum admission.

Saturday, Feb 6th: 4 – 7 pm: Get Your Dance On
This is right up my alley! Dance at Brooklyn Bowl with other families at their daytime dance party. GYDO is on every Saturday through February from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. This totally free dance party is also all ages, but remember to dress yourself and the kiddies to sweat – this is a no shoes, no speech, and no spectators all-out dance party, people!
Details: For more information, see the event listing on Flavorpill, , and join the Facebook event here.  Brooklyn Bowl, located at 61 Whythe Avenue between North 11th and 12th.

Saturday, Feb 6th: 12 – 6 pm: Maternity Clothes 50% off
Get 50% off Fit2BMom merchandise, sophisticated, innovative maternity activewear, and meet the designer of Fit2BMom.
Details: Madison Rose, 313 Court St., Carroll Gardens, 347-689-3365, madisonrosematernity.com.

Through Sunday, February 7th: Mini Jake’s Annual Big Winter Sale
Mini Jake’s is known for their big sales. Last year I got some pretty cool kids’ stools at 75% off! This might be your chance to get some playroom furniture, rugs or clothes or even shoes! 40-70% Off Floor Samples and New Furniture: Argington, Offi, Nursery Works 40% OFF Clothing brands: -Oeuf, Trash-a-porter 40% OFF Shoe brands: -Robeez, Bobox 40% OFF Toy brands: -Brio (all last remaining train sets!!), Spielstabil Cooking sets, Bergenguer Dolls, Mini Lab Science Kits, Plan Toys 40% OFF Diaper Bags: -O Yikes!, Ju Ju Be, Dante Beatrix Clutch Bags, Skip Hop Details Accessories, Babylicious, GR8X AS WELL AS: J.J. Cole, Avent and Angela Adams Rugs, Nest PLUS! 75% Dead stock items
Details: 178 N. 9th Street Between Bedford and Driggs Williamsburg, Brooklyn T: 718-782-2005 HOURS: Sunday + Monday 12:00 – 6:00, Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 7:00

Through February: Lulu’s For Baby Winter and Uppa Baby Sale
All winter stuff is 25% off and save $100 or more on 2009 models of Uppa Baby Vista, Bumbleride Models, Mutsy, and Cybex Strollers. While supplies last.
Details: http://www.lulusforbaby.com/ 44 5th Ave Brooklyn NY 11217  tel 718 399-2540 fax 718 399-2580

Dear Edwina (Friday, December 11 – February 15)
I was given tickets to Dear Edwina last weekend so Birch (3.5 years) and I went.  The show is back this year after being nominated by the Drama Desk for Best Family Musical. This is the same team who created the musical “Junie B. Jones”.  So, it’s no surprise that when the 60-minute show ended, I had the songs buzzing in my brain and Birch turned to me to ask, “Can we see it again?”  Edwina, the eager protagonist, offers advice, with the support of the neighborhood kids, in intelligent, cleverly worded songs and dance numbers.  The stronger sketches not only teach the kids a lesson (how to be friendly, set the table, politely decline yucky food), but have the troupe taking on characters that are outrageously fun for the kids.  Birch learned how to set the table all based on a catchy song with oversized props and a silly trilling chef.  The character of “Frankenmonster the annoying guest” is dealt with complete sensitivity about differences but elicited huge giggles from the kids- and the adults.  The small stage and intimate theater make the experience engaging for the children. It was sad to see the theater only a quarter full when it deserves to be chock full. We downloaded the Dear Edwina album on itunes and it is in regular play at our place now.  I would recommend it for children ages 3.5 years and up, though a 4 year old might be more comfortable with the 60 minute length.
Details: Fridays: 7 PM Saturdays: 11 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM Sundays: 11 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM $39. Telecharge: 212.239.6200. DearEdwina.com the DR2 Kids Theatre (103 E. 15th St., NYC) (between Union Square E. & Irving Pl.), NYC

Butterflies and Journey to the Stars at the American Museum of Natural History
Enter the lovely (and warm) exhibit of the live butterflies in the Butterfly Conservatory for an escape from winter. See the all-new Space Show “Journey to the Stars”, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and travel 13 billion years into the past, when the first stars were born.  The Silk Road is a new exhibit I haven’t seen yet- but might be worth a look.
Details: Adults: $16 Children (2-12): $9 Central Park West at 79th Street. http://www.amnh.org/ To see the lighting of the tree and my dear friend Jo performing there click here.

Through June 30th: Mission to Mars – Full-Scale Mars Rover Exhibition
The USS Intrepid at it’s midtown pier has a new exhibit on view, “Mission to Mars” . The Exhibit presents a timeline of the American space program from President John F. Kennedy’s race to the moon speech to the current Rovers on Mars, and even introduces the next Mars probe, Curiosity,which will launch in March 2011.  Special emphasis will be placed on the role that the USS Intrepid played while acting as a space capsule recovery ship for the Mercury 7 and Gemini 3 NASA missions.
Details: Tickets are available for purchase on the Intrepid’s website, www.intrepidmuseum.org. Located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan.  Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM  and Saturday – Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM.  Cost of Admission: Adult: $22.00 Seniors and College Students: $18.00 Youth 3-17 and Veterans: $17.00.  Active Military, Retired Military and Children Under 3: Free.  All tickets are subject to a $2.00 facility fee.

Through April 4: Tales from the Land of Gullah
Step into the world of the Gullah people—West African slaves brought to plantations on isolated islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina in the 17th century—and discover how they held on to their songs, stories, and customs. Find out about common nursery rhymes and children’s songs like “Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore” the Gullah gave to American culture, catch shrimp and crabs with nets, plant okra in the garden, learn to tell Gullah time, and much more.
Details: At the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Saturday, Feb 6 at 2 & 5pm: Dan Zanes and Friends
Next weekend, Grammy Award-winners Dan Zanes and Friends return with a fun-filled show created just for BAM. Performing old favorites and new songs in English and Spanish with many special guests including tap dancer Derick K Grant, an African drum and dance group from the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration’s Youth Arts Academy.  BAM is now offering a special ticket price:  $20 orchestra seats with code 11597 * (Regular price: $25)  $15 mezzanine seats for the Saturday Feb. 6th, 2 pm and 5 pm performances only.  Subject to handling and facility fees and availability. Maximum of 4 discounted tickets per household Offer expires Sun, Jan 31 at 11:59pm. Buy your tickets online here.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Saturday, Feb 6th and Sunday, Feb 7th: 12- 5pm: Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Children’s Museum of the Arts, in partnership with the Museum of Chinese in America is putting on a weekend-long festival that features guest artists, performances, and workshops. Learn how to silkscreen, create tiger puppets, hear stories, create crafts and hear music and watch a Chinese Lion Dance performance.  You can even try your hand at making noddles!  For the workshops, pay the entrance fee of $10 to visit one of the museums an get half off the price for the other one. Click here to see the full lineup of events.

Saturday, Feb 6th and Sunday, Feb 7th: 10 am- 5 pm: Brooklyn Flea moves indoors to Ft. Greene
The Brooklyn Flea has moved to a winter location in the spectacular former Williamsburg Savings Bank at One Hanson Place in Fort Greene.  The location is stunning with mosaic tiles lining the floor, mosaic murals with gold leafing and a vaulted ceiling. There are 100 vendors, including the beloved Red Hook food vendors.  It’s fun to visit the vault downstairs were the majority of the food vendors are and then wander into the former executive offices, now occupied by craft makers.  Though the aisles are wide enough for strollers, the stairs (up and down) are not stroller-friendly, though everyone helped me bring my stroller up and down the stairs. The Brooklyn Flea will be in its new location until March 28th.  For a photo of the incredible location and our original post about the story, go here.
Details: 1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.)  B/D/M/N/Q/R/2/3/4/5 to Atlantic Ave./Pacific St.  LIRR to Flatbush Ave.  B41/B45/B63/B67 to Atlantic + Flatbush

Saturday, February 6th: 10:30 am 1:30 pm screenings: Tribeca Family Film Festival: Anansi and The Indian in the Cupboard
The Tribeca Cinemas Kids Club features both feature length and short films, appropriate for all ages accompanied by an enriching activity tied to the film for kids and adults to enjoy, including question and answer sessions, arts and crafts, and live music – and only healthy snacks will be served! Morning screenings are geared towards a younger audience (3+) and afternoon screenings for slightly older children (7+). 10:30am  –  Anansi (ages 3+) Narrated by Denzel Washington, these two colorfully animated Jamaican folktales are about a teeny-tiny spider whose boasts are as tall as his tales. Post-screening activity: Bring your own percussive instrument (it can be homemade!) and join Hasan Bakr for a drum circle and bang your way through Caribbean beats.  1:30 pm – and the live-action rendition of the wildly popular children’s book, Indian in the Cupboard in the afternoon at 1:30pmIndian in the Cupboard (ages 7+)
Tickets for children under the age of 14 are $7 for a single screening and $12 for the double-feature. Tickets for adults (ages 14 and over) are $10 for a single screening and $18 for the double-feature. Tix are available for purchase in advance at www.tribecafilm.com/kidsclub or on the day of event, between 9am and 2pm, at the Tribeca Cinemas Box Office, 54 Varick Street. (For day of tickets, it is advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of screening to avoid sell outs.)

Saturday, February 6, 5:45 pm – Sunday, February 7, 9 am: A Night at the Museum Sleepovers
Lights Out! Test your valor when journeying through the darkened hallways of the Museum after hours. Meet live animals such as hawks and falcons; participate in arts and crafts projects like origami making; watch an IMAX movie; check out the Butterfly Conservatory; listen to bedtime stories; and explore the Museum with only a flashlight in hand. End the night sleeping under the whale in Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, beneath famous dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals, or among the geological formations in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth.The American Museum of Natural History
Details: $129 per person, $119 members * All participants must register in advance.  One adult is required for every 1–3 children attending. Open to 7 -13 year olds. http://www.amnh.org/kids/sleepovers/

Saturday, February 6th: 11 am- 2 pm: Freecycling Swap
Townsquare of Williamsburg is putting together a swap: bring some- take some! Bring books, cell phones, toys, baby, children, men’s and women’s clothing…donate $5 to check out the selection and take as much away as you can carry. All remaining items will be donated.
Details: Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St btw. Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave across from McGorlick Park.)

Saturday, February 6th: 11 am- 4 pm: Winter Jam NYC
Winter Jam NYC is an annual winter sports festival that encourages New Yorkers to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the colder months.  Think you have what it takes to ride the rails? Then bring your snowboard and sign up for the Switch Academy Rail Jam at the Bandshell, presented by Mountain Creek and Red Bull! Watch Project X, a short movie that documents Shaun White’s Olympic training, to show you how the pros do it or head down to the Lake Placid Snow Field and strap on a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes or make a snow sculpture with friends. ORDA will be blowing snow for a week leading up to the event, so there will be plenty of snow to go around.  If you get hungry, head over to the Pride of New York Winter Market for some free samples and refreshments from local producers.
Details: Bandshell, Central Park (enter at 72nd Street) Manhattan  For more info visit their site.

Saturday, February 6th: 2:30 and 4:30 pm: ISB films
Admission is FREE for the 2:30 pm showing of El Raton Perez and the 4:30 showing of El Raton Perez 2. Bring money for the bake sale by Choice Market. Recommended for ages 6+.
Details: at International School of Brooklyn at 237 Park Place @ Vanderbilt.  RSVP required as space is limited. Call or email to reserved your spot: 718-369-3023 / info@isbrooklyn.org

Saturday, February 6th and Sunday, Feb. 7th: Lolli-pops Concert
The Little Orchestra Society presents it’s latest concert for 3-5 year olds: “The Orchestra – A Happy Family” where you can enter the world of musical treats where candy canes, chocolates, and instruments meet! Children learn how the drums Bang, the strings Bow, the brass Buzz, and the winds Toot.  Ticket information: $12 and $40. To buy tickets call The Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500 or www.littleorchestra.org.
Details: Saturday, February 6, 2010 – 10:30am & 12:00pm and Sunday, February 7, 2010 – 1:00pm & 2:30pm at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College on East 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
*The Kaye Playhouse is located on the north side of East 68th Street, just west of Lexington Avenue.

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 10:30 AM: Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Spend a winter morning at Greenlight Bookstore in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn in the back of their store. It’s a cute way to meet other families and browse for yourself!
Details: 686 Fulton Street  Brooklyn, NY 11217-1699  (718) 246-0200.  Seating is first come, first served. Closest subways are the C to Lafayette, G to Fulton, or any train to Atlantic/Pacific; click here for a map. Fort Greene.

Saturday, February 6th: 1 pm: Rev. Al Sharpton reads
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s launch of their new reading series – W.O.R.D. UP! Words of Real Distinction – which celebrates the art of literature and boasts a debut story-telling session will have the Rev. Al Sharpton reading this day.
Special admission tickets are required for entry to the W.O.R.D. UP! Reading Series ($5 per person general admission).
Details: Due to popular demand you should purchase tickets in advance at the Museum’s admissions desk.  Advance tickets are available as of January 29 will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. www.brooklynkids.org

Sunday, Feb. 7th: 10 am: Miss Nina Sing-Alongs
A singalong for toddlers and preschools with Miss Nina. You can stay for kids brunch special of Green Eggs and Ham for $5.
Details: MELT at 440 Bergen Street btw Flatbush & 5th Avenue. $5 at the door $1 Apple Ciders at Melt! 440 Bergen Street.  More info on Miss Nina can be found at www.MyMissNina.com.

Sunday, Feb. 7th: 4 pm: PS Children’s Storytime
This is my go-to event on Sundays if we are looking for something to do. The owner does a great job of assessing what age group he has in front of him and catering to that group. He also sings a bit too with the kids. Call to reserve with ages as he does like to prepare – but drop-ins are welcome too! Storytime is from 4 pm to 5 pm.
Details: 70 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY. www.psbookshop.com,

Wollman Rink in Prospect Park (November 26 – March 14, 2010)
Last year, I finally made it to this rink on closing day. Talk about procrastination! It is a fine rink for teaching small children, but don’t expect to do any jumping or fast skating here. It is small and crowded but pretty gentle for the little ones. We even made a few friends while we were there. The lockers are free but bring your own padlock. The skate rentals were easy and the personnel were pleasant. Check hours on the site. Every Friday: ½ Price Admission! (does not include skate rental charge, holidays excluded). Adults: $5 (ages 15 and up) and Children (ages 14 and under) and Seniors: $3. Skate Rental: $6.50 (tax included). For more info like hours go to their site.
***To find out where to buy used and new skates locally- check our post here.

Sunday, February 7: 11 am – 5 pm: Body Work Sampler Day
This event sounds pretty good to me. For $15 you get one free 15 minute sampler body work session or  buy a value pack of four 15 minute sessions for only $40 and try out either passive or active body work practicioners.  If you want ever more you can buy any 15 minute sampler for $15. It’s a great way to try some different practices and new therapists.
Details: Brooklyn Arts Exchange at 421 Fifth Ave Brooklyn, Park Slope, NY 11215 718-832-0018 www.bax.org

Sunday, February 7th: 10 am – 4 pm: Bell House Rocks For Kids
Local favorite duo Rolie Polie Guacamole and singer Jon Samson of Co-Creative Music will be performing at Bell House starting at 1:30 pm.  From 10am- 1pm, kids can play on in indoor bouncy castle and watch disco lights and fun videos. There will be free popcorn and juice for kids and more food for purchase.  There is a full bar for parents.
Details: $10 per walking human, The Bell House is located at 149 7th St Brooklyn, NY 11215.  http://www.thebellhouseny.com

Sunday, February 7: 11 am- 2 pm: Lion Dance and storytime, dumpling making, lion mask making and latern making workshops
This is the Year of the Tiger and you can celebrate by watching the annual Lion Dance outside (yes, outside!) the China Institute on 65th Street between Lexington and Park Aves from 11 am to 12 pm.  Stay for an interactive story time. Session 1- 12:15- 1 pm and Session 2- 1:15 pm- 2 pm. The other sessions of dumpling, lion mask and latern making have various times. Check here for the detailed schedule.
To verify availability for a lecture or class, please contact the School of Chinese Studies between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (212)744-8181, ext. 150, or email classes@chinainstitute.org.

Sunday, February 7, 2 pm: Dr. Nebula’s Planetary Vacation
Dr. Nebula is lost in space! Come help Scooter find Dr. Nebula by creating a three-dimensional model of the solar system while learning about the planets and moons in the process.  This one-hour interactive Science Theater Show offers a fun experience the whole family will enjoy. Join live presenter Scooter, Dr. Nebula’s trusty apprentice, as kids explore hands-on activities and find the answers to questions about the universe and more.
Details: Kaufmann Theater, first floor, $10 adults $8 children $9 adult members $7 children members  http://www.amnh.org/programs/programs.php?date=2010-02-07&event_id=1556

Sunday, February 7th: 12 to 3pm: Still Hip Bag Sale
Still Hip, the funky Clinton Hill children’s resale boutique, recently featured in the New York Times Local blog and on CNN, will host its end-of-season bag sale where the store’s play area will be set up with bins and tables filled with clothing in every size, as well as maternity clothing, toys and gear. You can purchase bags for $15 or $25 each to fill with whatever you want from the bag sale area. Line up early- believe me this is worth it!
Details: Still Hip  at 283 Grand Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11238  718.398.0008  http://stillhipbrooklyn.com

Monday, February 8th: 4 pm: Big Movies for Little Kids
If you haven’t been to Big Movies for Little Kids, this is a really fun event to do. Two moms program the monthly event that happens on Mondays at 4 pm.  It seems to sell out a lot so either buy advance tickets that are available directly at the cinema’s box office (after 1pm daily). The Buster Keaton film, “Steamboat Bill, Jr” is the feature: Set on the Mississippi River, Steamboat Bill, Jr. follows the adventures of a spoiled young man who is forced by his crusty father to learn the ropes of riverboating.  With some of the most elaborate sight gags ever filmed (including the legendary stunt in which the front of a building collapses over Junior, who passes unharmed through an open window), this comic masterpiece is a great introduction to Keaton’s remarkable talents. (1928; not rated; black and white; silent with intertitles; USA; 69 minutes)
Cobble Hill Cinemas is located at 265 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 596.9113To secure a seat, tickets may also be purchased on-line: www.cobblehilltheatre.com.  For info on each movie go to: http://bigmoviesforlittlekids.blogspot.com

Monday, February 8th: 4 pm – 6pm: Make Valentines
The Painted Cloud in Williamsburg is having a “all ages valentine making extravaganza”.  You can make as many valentines as you can carry. They have the materials for making sweet homemade cards.
Details: $20 per family. Please rsvp to thepaintedcloud@yahoo.com. The Painted Cloud is at 168 Marcy Ave between S. 5th and Broadway

Saturday, February 13, 14 and 20, 21st: various times: Robin Hood: Prince of …Monsters!
The Brooklyn Lyceum and Mainspring Collective perform Robin Hood: Prince of …Monsters! for ages 5 years and up. The show has a nice, manageable running time of 30 minutes. “There’s something funny happening in Sherwood Forest. The evil Zorlan Morlan has used his magic to turn Robin Hood into a big old scaredy cat, and transform his band of Merry Men into a band of Merry…MONSTERS! It’s up to 12-year- old Benjy Bleeglehorn, and her dashing sidekick Bravo, to enter the story and turn Robin Hood back into his old self again- by teaching him what it means to be a hero!”
All Tickets $5/each Tickets available online at www.brooklynlyceum.com or at the door.

Saturday, February 13th: 3:00 – 5:00pm: Valentine’s Day Bash

Ms J’s Gym is hosting a bash at their gym
Details: Free for registered families; $10 for non registered families.  Ms J’s Gymnastics and Dance at 289 Kent Ave  Brooklyn, NY. 11211 (718)218-7065

Saturday, February 13: 10am-2pm: Rummage Sale by MOMS Club
MOMS Club of Park Slope, a 50-family organization, is holding a huge indoor rummage sale to benefit the earthquake victims in Haiti. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Haitian relief efforts. (1pm-2pm is “happy hour!” Everything will be 50% off!)
: St. Savior Parish Hall, 611 8th Avenue at 6th Street. Email- parkslopemomsclub@yahoo.com for more information

Saturday, February 13th: 12- 3 pm: Dreamland
Join artist Angela Earley for an imaginative adventure in art-making. Observe and be inspired by BRIC’s current exhibition, the no place, and create your own imaginary world using inspirational and fun materials. This free, drop-in event is appropriate for all ages. Angela Earley is a professional artist and educator working with BRIC Contemporary Art Education in Brooklyn public schools.
Details: BRIC Rotunda Gallery at 33 Clinton Street between Pierrepont & Cadman Plaza  Brooklyn, NY 11201   718.875.4047. Visit here for more info.

Saturday, February 13th: 11 am- 1 pm and 2- 4 pm: Cookie Love Workshop
Make some love cookies (6 to be exact) and decorate them for valentines.  Space is limited; registration recommended for ages 2 years and older.
Details: Still Hip  at 283 Grand Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11238  718.398.0008  http://stillhipbrooklyn.com

Sunday, February 14: 12pm-3pm: Baby Loves Disco Valentine’s Ball
These disco parties are always a blast, and consistently sell out- so get your tix now! Hosted by: BLD founders Andy Blackman Hurwitz & Heather Murphy Monteith. Most appropriate for 6 months to  7 years old.
$15 online advance purchase, $18 at the door. Price is for each walking human. Buy tickets online at www.babylovesdisco.com. Limited tickets may be available at the door, but advance purchase is highly recommended. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

Sunday, February 14: 3- 5 pm: Valentine’s Day Family Dance Party
Celebrate Valentine’s with a dance party which will feature dancing, arts/crafts & refreshments. The event is sponsored by Town Square. There isn’t enough room for strollers, so please use other means.
Details: Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center (347 Grand Street). 718-866-6811 Tickets are limited and can be bought at the Greenpoint Toy Center and Wburg Movement & Arts Center. ($5/children, $10 adults, under 6 months are free)

Sunday, February 14: 10 am – 1 pm: Skate with Love
The ice rink is celebrating Valentines by cutting its admission prices in half.  Skate rental charge is not included.  The lockers are free but bring your own padlock. The skate rentals were easy and the personnel were pleasant. Check hours on the site. Every Friday: ½ Price Admission! (does not include skate rental charge, holidays excluded). Adults: $5 (ages 15 and up) and Children (ages 14 and under) and Seniors: $3. Skate Rental: $6.50 (tax included). For more info like hours go to their site.
***To find out where to buy used and new skates locally- check our post here.

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Cloth Diaper Workshop with Jennifer McBride
Curious about cloth diapering? Have you had it with the cost and environmental impact of disposable diapers? Find out just how easy it is to use cloth diapers on your little one.  From All-In-One’s to pocket diapers, from organic cotton to hemp, come learn about what system could work for you.  Sample diapers will be available for you to see how each system works. Whether you’re an expectant parent or have an 8 month old or have a new baby (bring them!), you will learn a lot.
Details: $10.  Please call to reserve. 718-855-7808 at Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Ave. (bet Nevins & Third) in BoCoCa.

Friday, February, 26th- March 1st: New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival
The critically acclaimed New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) — gkids.tv/intheaters — kicks off its 13th season at six New York locations, with ground-breaking, exciting and thought-provoking new films and events for ages 3-18.  The festival will present 100 new films from around the world with: gala opening and closing events, major feature film premieres, director Q&As, NYICFF’s award-winning short films programs, children’s film production workshops, a celebrity benefit event, a 50-year French animation retrospective, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony.
Details: For coverage and listings and tickets go to www.gkids.com or 212-349-0330.  Advance tickets to all events are currently on sale.

Tickets on sale for Feb. 27th-28th BAM Family Festival
Tickets to this event go sooo fast and they just went on sale this week. Snap them up now! The films range from shorts to feature films. There are films appropriate for children starting at age 2 years. To see the schedule and listings to to their site.
Details: Order online, call 718.777.FILM or visit the BAM Rose Cinemas Box Office (opens a half-hour before first screening of the day; opens at 9am on days of festival).  Children (13 & under): $8 per screening BAM Cinema Club Members: $8 per screening Adults: $12 per screening; $9 seniors

Sunday, February 28: 2 pm: Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Bell House
We are so excited to go see Gustafer in his old hometown. This show, which has been called, a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” by The New York Times and named Best of New York by New York Magazine, should be a home run.  Morgan Taylor — illustrator, songwriter, and creator of the Gustafer Yellowgold multimedia “musical moving storybook” concert experience — is hailed as one of today’s most original performers on the family music scene. The show is sponsored by Park Slope Parents and popular musician and music educator Jonathan Samson will open the show.  Arts and crafts will be provided by ArtsCetera. Tickets are $10.
Details: The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY (718) 643-6510   www.thebellhouseny.com

Sunday, Feb 28 at 12pm and 2pm: Puppet Performance: Folktales of Asia & Africa (45 min)
Egg beaters hop into cloth napkins to become Japanese sisters dressed in kimonos; salt and pepper shakers are transformed into African sisters in this fascinating puppet performance based on traditional folktales. Children and adults delight in the imaginative use of everyday objects to portray the characters in three stories in this one-woman show created and performed by Jane Catherine Shaw. All ages
Details: BAMcafé at www.bam.org. General admission: $5 per person