Start your weekend off when FAB Fridays hosts loads of free bike-centric activities, including a Pre-school Trike-A-Thon, bike repair workshops and bike registrations. On Saturday, TADA!, one of THE best theater programs in the city, is hosting an open house so it you’ve got a budding actor on your hands, head in for a free class. Need your water fix for the remainder of the year? This is the last weekend to go kayaking at the Brooklyn Bridge Boathouse at Pier 1. Are you looking for a new stroller, bed or need to stock up on birthday gifts? Mini Jake is having a mystery sale that includes sought-after brands like Oeuf, Skip Hop, Bugaboo and BluDot. On Sunday, head over to the Dekalb Market for a day of family fun! Do you have a young Sherlock Holmes on your hands? Your tweed-loving tyke inspector can decipher clues to uncover treasures nestled within the Navy Yard’s 300-acres. Oh, and the BEAT Festival will have the entire family moving and groovin’! Have a lovely weekend and be sure to visit our events calendar and music listings to get the inside scoop on more fabulous events!
Through September 15th: 10:30am — 4:30 pm
Boating Opens for the Season
Starting this Saturday, you can get out on the water for kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 1 Boat Basin. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time. Boating will recur every Saturday until September 15, 2012.
Details: Saturdays, June through September 15 (except for September) FREE. More info.
Now through September 22nd
2012 BEAT Festival
13 Acts, 8 Venues, 38 Performances, 12 Days: The inaugural BEAT Festival is here with a roster of all-Brooklyn artists—some familiar, some new, all amazing. The BEAT Festival aims to share some of Brooklyn’s finest performing artists with the Brooklyn audience. In order to represent diverse acts and audiences, the festival has chosen many different locations in different parts of Brooklyn. The audience is encouraged to travel and experience the diversity of the festival.
Details: Click HERE to purchase a festival pass or to obtain more information.
Through Sunday, September 30th
Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney Museum of American Art
Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career. The AMAZING Fireflies on the Water is being shown in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery in conjunction with the Yayoi Kusama retrospective. Timed tickets are required to view Fireflies on the Water and can only be reserved on the day of your visit at the admission desk. The show is being billed as “all ages”- if you are concerned, see photos of the exhibit here before going.
Details: 945 Madison Ave (at 75th St) (212) 570-3600
Through November 18th
The Williamsburg Flea is a Sunday ritual for our family: with super finds and delicious food vendors, you can spend a whole day just noshing and looking. Located between North 6th and North 7th Streets just south of East River State Park, the Flea is a must-see destination when you get off the ferry. Take a moment to take in the fabulous skyline as well.
Details: Sunday, 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Through November 17th
For gourmands everywhere, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has become a destination to taste artisan foods and snatch up unique housewares. Every Saturday at the East River, thousands come to see and taste the vendors’ wares and chow with their friends.
Details: Saturday, 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Through November 17th
Smorgasburg happens every Sunday on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse, from 11am to 6pm. Packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of 75-100 vendors. Click here to apply as a vendor. Runs until November 18th.
Details: Sunday (Starting Sept. 9), 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine | The Flea’s Giant All-Food Market Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.)
One of the best changes to Brooklyn Bridge Park last year was the addition of great food vendors. What is still missing: shade! A lot of the vendors will be opening this weekend so it’s a perfect time to head to the park, or hop on the ferry or just chill and score a great lunch. I will be heading to my favorites Bark Hot Dogs and Ditch Plains and summer wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream from Uncle Louie G or Blue Marble. The full list of park vendors and their operating hours is here.
Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays from 10am — 6pm
Field Station: Dinosaurs
9 minutes from Manhattan and 90 million years back in time… That’s what Field Station: Dinosaurs is! My son and I had the opportunity to visit this outdoor attraction a few weeks ago and we absolutely loved it! Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. There are over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) that come to life. It’s like a museum, outdoors. And it’s totally cool!
Details: Secaucus, NJ. Cost: $20/adults; $17.50/children 3-12; FREE/children 2 and under. Visit the website for more information.
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.
Through November 2012
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?! They will be enthralled…and so will you. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.
Through November 5th: various times
Century of the Child: Growing By Design Exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
Taking place in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor. MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children. The exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
Details: 11 West 53 Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: (212) 708-9400. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 2nd: various times
Spiders Alive! at The American Museum of Natural History
Among the live spiders visitors will encounter are the goliath bird eater; the western black widow; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders’ silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry. The exhibition will include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: Ticket includes museum admission and Spiders Alive exhibit: $25 adults; $14.50 children; $19 seniors/students. Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, September 15th & Sunday, September 16th at 12pm-2pm & 4pm-6pm
Weekend Family Programs at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
Come explore Pier 6 and Main Street with the Playground Associates who lead educational based activities. There are different themes each weekend. Please note: This weekend participants can rock out with the playground associates as and identify and decorate the many rocks of Brooklyn Bridge Park!
Details: Pier 6 and Main Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 222-9939. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 14th at 7pm
Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th: 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm
All For One Theater Festival at Cherry Lane Theater
This season, All For One will present 10 must-see, must-hear solo performers – along with nine can’t-miss solo workshops. Solo icons Lily Tomlin, John Leguizamo, Whoopi Goldberg, and Carrie Fisher have joined the 2012 AFO Advisory Board, along with BD Wong, Colman Domingo, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Jackie Hoffman. Leslie Jordan will be premiering her new solo show, “Fruit Fly!” and legend Nilaja Sun will lead the new AFO Mentor Project for super-talented teens.
Details: 38 Commerce Street (btw Bedford Street & Barrow Street), NYC. Cost: $15.00 students, $20.00 seniors, $25.00 general. Contact: (212) 989-2020 x21. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, September 15, 10 am to 3pm
Sunday, September 16, noon to 4pm
Kids Clothing & Book Swap at ArtsCetera Studio
Can’t figure out what to do with those clothes that your little ones have outgrown! There’s an event for that! The clothing swap! Clothing, accessories, toys and books for birth to six years old are welcomed. Only gently worn, clean or new clothing please, and books in good to excellent condition. Then… swap and take home all your favorites. Please note: all unclaimed items will be donated to local agencies. Also, if you wish not to swap, you can also drop off your donation.
Details: 212 Smith Street between Baltic & Butler, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $10 suggested entry fee and at least a bag size full of clothing. Contact: 718.643.6817. Visit the website for more information.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH
Friday, September 14th at various times
FAB FRIDAYS — Bikes, Trikes, Blues, Jazz, and Afro-Percussion!
This is a very special FAB Friday with live performances at three outdoor locations, a free concert for kids plus bike safety and fun!
Schedule of Events:
Bike Safety and Fun & Games from 3pm — 5pm at Putnam Triangle Plaza
1) Pre-School Trike-A-Thon
An obstacle course with tricycles for the young ones (wearing helmets, of course) to ride around. The course includes safety signs and teachable moments about bike-riding safety. Trikes and helmets will be provided or you can bring your own! Courtesy Young Minds Day Care Center, with support from F&S Tire Repair. FREE
2) Free Bike Repair Workshop
Free “bicycle look over” for the cycling community by Fulton Bikes. An expert mechanic will look over your bicycle and make recommendations based on what the bike needs to be safe and functional. Get 10% off parts and labor for any recommended repair you choose to make.
3) Safety Demonstrations
“Transportation Alternatives” provides helpful tips on bike-riding safety. FREE
4) Free Bike Maps
Courtesy Fulton Bikes FREE
5) Register Your Bike with The NYPD (iPhones, iPads, Laptops, too.)
Make it easier to recover in case your bike (or other electronic equipment) is ever lost or stolen, courtesy NYPD 88th Precinct Crime Prevention Officers. FREE
Friday, September 14th at various times
Sacred Kids Pay What you Wish Class and for You Too
Friday – Ranbow Yoga with Katharine James and Francine Taylor (ages 5-8)
Details: RSVP: register here. Use coupon codes IPAY15, IPAY10, or IPAY5 to pay in advance or register as unpaid and pay whatever you like at the door!
Friday, September 14th at various times
Rug Bug Trial Classes at PLAY
10:30: Dance: Movement Magic (12 mo-3 years)
11:30: Play: Romp & Relax (12-24 mo)
Saturday, September 15:
10:30: Rug Bug Music for the family (newborn-5 years)
Details: RSVP: to email@example.com
Friday, September 14th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 14th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 14th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 14th from 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Basketball at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. Closed-toed shoes required.
Ages 5 and 6: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 3:30-4:30pm
Ages 7 and up: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 4:30-5:30pm
Details: North end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace, NYC. Two sessions: 5-6 or 7 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212.267.9700. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 14th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 14th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15TH
Saturday, September 15th from 10am — 2pm
Bedstuy Dance-Arts Expo at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church
This exhibit is happening at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and will have programs for children, teens, and Adults. The mission is to refresh the community of Bed-Stuy with a working knowledge of programs that enlighten, encourage, and educate in the arts and art related disciplines. The purpose is to ensure Bed-Stuy artistic programs run by professional industry leaders are able to connect their expertise to the community they serve. The Hidden Gems featured this year are as follows: competitive dance school (tots, children, teens), creative arts and creative dance program (ages 5 –10), step teams (teens), martial arts (children, teens, adults), and zumba (adults)!
Details: 230 Decatur Street Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718.493.8770
Saturday, September 15th: 9:45, 10:45, 11:45
Music Together FG/CH Free Trial Classes
Attend a free trial class at any class this week. Note: all classes are mixed age infants-5 years old unless otherwise noted
Details: Location: Ft.Greene location, 138 South Oxford St. off Hanson Place RSVP: Please sign up via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a spot.
Saturday, September 15th from 10am — 2pm
TADA! FREE Open House
Get ready to experience one of the best theater classes in the city… for FREE! Interested musical theater students will participate in an age-appropriate sample class followed by a Q&A session with TADA! Teaching Artists and administrators. Please note: reservations for sample classes are highly recommended. Please email email@example.com your name, email address, and phone number as well as your child’s name and age so that they can be placed in the appropriate time slot.
Details: 15 West 28th Street. 2nd Floor.
Saturday, September 15th from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends
Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website.
Saturday, September 15th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, September 15th from 11am — 12pm
Gustafer Yellowgold: With Strings Attached at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. In addition to headlining prestigious arts institutions, children’s museums, theaters and clubs, the live show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree.
Details: 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South), NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $28/ticket. Contact: (212) 992-8487. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, September 15th from 1pm — 3pm
Open Studio: Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama covered shirts, dresses, shoes and suitcases with materials like pasta and fake flowers. Drop by the Whitney Studio to create your own forward-looking fashions inspired by Kusama’s work!
Details: 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: (212) 570-3600. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, September 15th from 1pm — 4pm
Greencycle Swap at New Beginnings
New Beginnings has partnered up with wonderful neighbors throughout Greenpoint & Williamsburg so that you can reduce, reuse, & recycle gently used & working men’s, women’s & children’s clothing, shoes, toys, & cell phones. Their motto is “bring some, take some.” Simply enough, right?
Details: 199 North 5th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Contact: Agnes at 917.392.8450.
Saturday, September 15th from 7pm — 9pm
Children’s Furniture and Toys SALE at Mini Jake
Brooklynites, get a load of this: Mini Jake, the high-end children’s furniture and toy store will be wowing you with their super SALE extravaganza! There will be wine, cheese, and good music. But most of all, there will be loads of brands to choose from — Oeuf, Skip Hop, Bugaboo, BluDot, UppaBaby, Argington, Manny & Simon, and many more! PLUS… Mini Jake has teamed up with Ms. J’s Gymnastics and Dance to offer shoppers discounted babysitting. Shoppers can drop their little one off at Ms. J’s between 6:30pm and 9:30pm for just $25 ($30 if you’re not a member of Ms. J.) I don’t know about you, but that’s totally my kind of shopping!
Details: 178 North 9th Street, Brooklyn. RSVP online for your invitation. You will be sent a confirmation and your name will be added to the guest list.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16TH
Sunday, September 16th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss Nina, Jon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, September 16th from 11am — 3pm
Big Moves for Little Kids at The Children’s Museum of Art on Governors Island
Join in for a repeat screening of a selection of films received in the 2nd annual open call to all New York City students on Governor’s Island! Our collaboration with Children’s Museum for the Arts continues as we co-host a free second screening at CMA’s outpost in Building 11 in Nolan Park. Drop in anytime from 11am-3pm to watch short films (four minutes or less) ranging from live action, documentary, experimental, Super 8 to stop-motion animation. Children can participate in video-making and art activities with the CMA’s artist teaching staff. (USA; shorts; not-rated; approximately 60 minutes.)
Details: Governors Island, Building 11 in Nolan Park. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, September 16th from 11am-5pm
36th Annual Flatbush Frolic
The Flatbush Frolic is street fair – but not your typical tube sock one. Instead, expect local vendors showcasing food, arts and crafts. Hear some live bands and there will be kids activities all day in the Argyle Tot Lot. The festivities kick off with a parade. There is an opening ceremony. Festival goers party to music and play fun activities at our and on into the evening. It’s a country fair Flatbush Brooklyn Style!
Details: Cortelyou Road between Coney Island Avenue and Ocean Avenue
Sunday, September 16th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or email@example.com. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, September 16th from 12pm — 6pm
Family Fun Day at The Dekalb Market
This Sunday, the Dekalb Market will be winning families over with their bouncy castle, shopping raffle giveaway, face painting, food specials, and so much more! Plus, event attendees can rock out to the sounds of an extraordinary 8 year old DJ, DJ Kai Song, and the Spanish children’s music duo Acopladitos!
Details: 138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all.
Sunday, September 16th from 1pm — 2pm
Yard Inspectors Tour: A Brooklyn Navy Yard Adventure
This Sunday, head to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 for an interactive family adventure! Young “inspectors” (ages 6 to 13) can earn their credentials by deciphering clues to uncover treasures nestled within the Yard’s 300-acres. They can also search for industrial cranes, street lamps powered by wind and the sun, and much more!
Details: Brooklyn Navy Yard. Ages 6 –13. Cost: $22 adults. $20 children. Members of BLDG 92 receive a 10% discount. Contact: 718.907.5924. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, September 16th at 4pm
WINK at South Oxford Space
WINK is a real one-of-a-kind show that is perfect for babies, toddlers, and preschool age audiences, and all kids’ tickets are free. It is a one-time performance and all proceeds to go the new play development program. From the company, “Loosely based on the classic, ‘Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,’ this captivating performance blends shadow puppetry, projection, and physical theatre to entrance very young audience (ages 0-5) and adults alike.”
Details: 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: FREE/children; $20/adults. Visit the website to purchase your tickets.
Sunday, September 16th from 4pm — 5pm
Special Reading at powerHouse Arena
Middle grade authors Rebecca Stead, Newberry Medal-winning author of the recently-published Liar and Spy, and R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, come to the store for a reading and signing. Please note: RSVP is much appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Ages 8 — 12. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049.