Hi everyone! I hope everyone had some fun in the snow today and are ready for a fun busy weekend here in NYC!
This weekend take the kids and enjoy Do Not Disturb at BAM, Kotchegna: Dance Traditions from Ivory Coast at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, an Ice Festival in Central Park, Singin’ in the Rain Jr. at the Actors Fund Arts Center, The Knights: I <3 Steel Pan Family Concert at BRIC, Musical Performance with RockNLolo at the Bushwick Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: Coyote’s Dance at Kumble Theater, Mendelssohn at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, The Family Sing-a-long with Emily Eagan at the Jalopy Theatre, The Pop Ups & Tu B’Shevat Earth Celebration! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, FamJam: Art of the T-Shirt at BRIC and the New York Family Camp Fair at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.
Also check out the longer running events like Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks, the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players.
Stay warm and have fun!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday February 10th
Open Play at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Fridays 11a-330p. Drop in $10 Additional Sibling $6. Packages available also. For ages 0-5y. Move and play! Make friends in space that’s perfect for little ones and toddlers to explore and climb. This free play time is designed to get parents, caregivers and the kids out of the house, connecting with each other and having fun! They can enjoy moving around in our kid-friendly environment, and weather permitting, the backyard too.
Special Musical Performance with RockNLolo at the Bushwick Brooklyn Public Library
Friday February 10th 11a-12n. Free. Laura “RockNLolo” Dayan visits Bushwick Library for singing and dancing, while learning Spanish, and most importantly, having fun!
BAL: Singin’ in the Rain Jr. at the Actors Fund Arts Center (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday February 10th 630p and Saturday Februarly 11th 3p & 630p. Tickets: $15. Join our incredibly talented group of middle school actors as they sing and dance their way through our version of the beloved classic, Singin’ in the Rain Jr.
Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater
Friday February 10th 7p, Saturday February 11th 2p & 7p and Sunday February 12th 12n & 5p. There are additional shows in February so see website for full schedule. For ages 5+. Performance Facts: 55 minutes with no intermission . Tickets start at $16. There’s juggling, and then there’s this. When the three-man troupe of WATER ON MARS hits the New Vic stage flinging rings, balls and clubs in hypnotic streaks of lite-brite neon, everything is extraterrestrial. Striving—and succeeding—to one-up themselves with every act, these juggling pros keep rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy and rolls of toilet paper to the list of airborne objects. Just try and look away from this physical, funny and riotous performance. You can’t! Your gaze, like every object tossed into the air, will be suspended in disbelief.
Saturday February 11th
FamJam: Art of the T-Shirt at BRIC (Fort Greene)
Saturday February 11th 11a-2p. FREE w/ RSVP. RSVP here. For ages 7+. PLEASE NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED; ADMISSION IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE, AS ROOM IS AVAILABLE (whether you RSVP or not). For the February 11 FamJam event, Public Display: Art of the T-Shirt, families will create expressive T-shirt designs through fabric printing and painting. Hands-on workshops for families to complete a creative art project together. Come as a motley crew, leave as a unified team with a cool product to show for it! For families with school aged children.
New York Family Camp Fair at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (Cobble Hill)
Saturday February 11th 12n-3p. Free. What is your child doing this summer? New York Family’s Camp Fairs, presented in partnership with the American Camp Association, New York & New Jersey, are your best resource to find the right camp for your child. The most sought after camps fill up fast. So our January and February Camp Fairs — the largest in the city — are your first and best opportunity to ensure that you’ll be able to reserve a place at the camp you want most. Families can meet dozens of day camps (in and out of the city) and sleepaway camps (from all over the Northeast) at the Camp Fairs. The fairs are also free, and children are welcome. Most importantly, the Camp Fairs offer families the unprecedented opportunity to speak with a big host of camp directors and get essential questions answered: What kinds of camps are right for my child? Should my child go to day camp in the city or out of the city? Is my child ready for sleepaway camp? Should we look at general camps or specialty camps? See the list of participating camps at bottom. Special Bonus: Anyone who registers and attends our Camp Fairs will automatically be registered to win a family membership for this summer at the amazing Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. A giveaway worth $8,500! Register Now: You can register for our Camp Fairs and enter to for your chance to win our giveaway by clicking here.
Events for Youth & Families: Kotchegna: Dance Traditions from Ivory Coast at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday February 11th 1-2p. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Performing in elaborate masks to the explosive percussion of a corps of brilliant drummers, Kotchegna Dance Company’s irresistible excitement and pulsating rhythms are an experience to behold. Join master dancer and percussionist Vado Diomande with Kotchegna as they bring to life the ancient stories and legends of Africa’s Ivory Coast through music and dance.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts: Coyote’s Dance at Kumble Theater (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday February 11th 2-3p. The production is recommended for ages four to ten. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm). Running Time: 45 minutes. This whimsical, interactive children’s show follows the exploits of Coyote, the trickster character from the folklore of many North American Indian Nations. Using narration, puppetry, live and recorded music, Native American-influenced costumes, and beautifully choreographed movement, the performers of Treehouse Shakers will take families on a delightful and humorous journey of deceit and adventure.
Ice Festival in Central Park
Saturday February 11th 3-7p. Free. Location: Naumburg Bandshell (Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets). Did you know that the Conservancy maintains Central Park’s collection of 50+ bronze and stone monuments year-round? On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures at our sixth annual Ice Festival. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most beloved statues. As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs, all to celebrate the Central Park Conservancy’s preservation efforts. See the website for the schedule of events.
Sunday February 12th
Tu B’Shevat Earth Celebration! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday February 12th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. In partnership with Repair The World, a non-profit organization committed to volunteerism and social action, BCM celebrates Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish birthday of the trees! Join us for a live performance with The Pop Ups (2p), celebrate our leafy friends, and learn more about this Jewish cultural celebration. See the website for the full schedule of events.
The Family Sing-a-long with Emily Eagan at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday February 12th show starts at 11a. Tickets: $5 kids, $10 adults, $25 family of four. Emily Eagen hosts all-ages sing-a-longs. Grown-ups who love to sing can come together and harmonize, while kids learn these songs and sing along. Families leave with songs they can keep singing together. Favorites from the Great American Songbook – old-time, gospel, country, and bluegrass songs, ranging from the soulful to the silly to the sentimental, songs that both kids and adults love, will be sung. Chairs will be set in a big circle, with the option to be in the center of the sound, or to sing from the sidelines. Special guest musicians will share songs and anchor the harmonies. Songbook with lyrics will be provided. You do not have to bring children to attend. Follow up with a delicious brunch at the Jalopy Tavern next door.
Pre-K for All Enrollment Information Session at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Sunday February 12th 130-330p. Free. Location: Info Commons Lab. Space is limited and available first come, first serve. Hosted by the NYC Department of Education. Learn what families of children born in 2013 need to know about enrolling in free, full day, high-quality Pre-K for the 2017-2018 school year. The session will help parents understand the enrollment process and ask any questions they may have.
The Knights: I <3 Steel Pan Family Concert at BRIC (Fort Greene)
Sunday February 12th 2p. Tickets: $10 adv/$12 at door. Kids and parents are invited when The Knights present a lively one-hour Family Matinee of I Heart Steel Pan, featuring abridged selections from the full Evening Concert program. Music-lovers of all ages will delight in this family-friendly performance which introduces world-class music to children of all ages in an engaging, interactive setting. Andy Akiho’s energetic steel pan and The Knights’ dynamic program will get the whole family up on their feet!
Good Coffeehouse: Tim Grimm and the Family Band at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Sunday February 12th 4-6p. Cost: $10. On Sunday, February 12th, the Good Coffeehouse is proud to present an afternoon of music with Tim Grimm and the Family Band. Grimm walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition. Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.
Do Not Disturb at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturday-Sunday February 11th-12th 11a & 2p. Tickets $15. Run time 55 minutes. For ages 6+. Four factory workers struggle to assemble a gigantic wheel in this creative evocation of play through work. Brimming with the evocative, non-verbal storytelling of Chaplin and Keaton, Do Not Disturb—from acclaimed Spanish cirque juggernaut Vaivén Circo—combines dance, physical theater, and clown. A simple story of teamwork reaches new (figurative and literal) heights through incredible partner balances, acrobatic feats, and choreographed dances as students experience firsthand the power of people working together.
The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday February 11th-12th 2p & 4p. Also ongoing at various times until February 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $15/child & $25/adult. Travel back in time to meet famous and “not so famous” kids who changed the world such as Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wright brothers, Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Mendelssohn at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (Midtown East)
Saturday February 11th 10a & 1130a and Sunday February 12th 1130a & 1p. Tickets: $28-$48. LOS KIDS concert for 3-10 year olds. Treat your family to a Midwinter’s Night Dream with an introduction to the great music of distinguished composers and siblings, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn. Music Director James Judd will lead the Orchestra on a musical journey that will teach, entertain and inspire audiences. The performance will feature the zany character, Professor Clifford O. Treblemaker, who will be joined by his comical sister and rival Calliope Q. Treblemaker. LOS KIDS is presented in an up-close and fun format, and features characters that today’s kids (and grown-ups) are sure to enjoy featuring a humorous script written by veteran children’s television writer Craig Shemin and imaginative stage direction by Katherine M. Carter, who directed two of last season’s sold-out performances. The program will include some of the most prominent works by the Mendelssohn siblings – Midsummer Night’s Dream, Songs Without Words, and Fingal’s Cave Overture. Complete with great music performed by The Little Orchestra Society, this program is not to be missed!
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players (Park Slope)
Saturdays 2p & Sundays 12n & 3p until February 19th. Tickets: $25 adults and $20 child and seniors. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Featuring the Peanuts Gang: Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, and more! Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime,” “The Baseball Game,” and “Happiness.”
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Starting Tuesday February 7th 1030a & 12n and ongoing until Sunday September 17th. Performances are Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales. Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — bringing the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly into each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today.
Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday-Thursday 1-3p until Thursday February 23rd. Free with Museum admission. Recommended for children 3+. Did you know a Giraffe can grow up to 18 feet tall? Or that Lions are always in a Pride? Step into our new temporary exhibit and discover fascinating lessons we can learn from the animals in the Jungle!
Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday 1230p & 230p until April 9th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Puss in Boots ~ Charles Perrault’s 1697 French Fantasy with an Original Song Score & a “live” Ogre. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Ongoing until Sunday February 26th, 2017. Hours: Monday–Friday 8a-8p; Saturday–Sunday 10a-6p. Free. Come celebrate the holiday season with us! This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view. Transit gifts are available online at www.nytransitmuseumstore.com.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!