Hi everyone! March is such a crazy month with nice days and also snow but the good news is there is lots of fun events this weekend to keep you busy.
This weekend take the kids and check out the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, a House Party: Moonwalk at BRIC Arts Media House, Brooklyn Center: The Beauty of Ballet at the Walt Whitman Theatre, Family Concert: The Pop Ups at The Jewish Museum, the Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center, Family Movie: The Secret Life of Pets at Cortelyou Brooklyn Public Library, The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! at The Kraine Theater, New York Theatre Ballet present Cinderella at the Schimmel Center, New York Family’s Camp Fair at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Kevin Geeks Out: Monkey Madness at Alamo Drafthouse, Hoi Celebration: The Festival of Color! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New Parent Play Date at SPARK, Purim Tales at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Aging Magician at The New Victory Theater, Transit Rocks at New York Transit Museum and Just Kidding: Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band at Symphony Space.
Also don’t forget to check out the longer running events like Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Linda Gross Theater, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Stay warm and have a blast!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday March 10th
New Parent Play Date at SPARK (DUMBO)
Fridays 10-1130a. $15/per session. Friday morning play date offers an open session for parents and caregivers with young children ages 0 to 24 months. Meet other parents and caregivers, while your babies and toddlers explore sensory materials. Join for the whole session, or for just a portion of it. Walk-ins welcome. Admission free with Passport Membership.
Tots Yoga at Bend & Bloom Yoga (Park Slope)
Fridays 10-1045a. $24 for adult/child together (walkers thru 3). Class packs also available for purchase. Your babe will celebrate the wonders of mobility, communication, and independent exploration with you in this joyful class. Animated animal poses and imaginative games help toddlers to recognize (and eventually repeat!) patterns and tap their budding creativity. Our tot-centric poses improve motor coordination, cognitive development, and socialization while kids learn about the wonders of their body. For walkers up to 3 and a parent or caregiver.
Purim Tales at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday March 10th 11a. Free with Museum admission. 5 & younger. Join CMOM educators for a special Purim story time and hear stories written by some of our favorite authors.
Family Movie: The Secret Life of Pets at Cortelyou Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday March 11th 3-445p. Free. Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong.
Saturday March 11th
Just Kidding: Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday March 11th 11a. Tickets: $17, members $14. Get ready to rock with Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band! With catchy songs about everything from picky eaters to cloud science, and from helicopters to botany, there’s truly something for everyone. With the release of his second CD, Red Pants Band, Danny Weinkauf, GRAMMY winner and long-time bassist for They Might Be Giants, further cements his place as a master of great kids’ music. Written with both children and parents in mind, his songs are filled with intelligent, fun songs for everyone. In addition to his solo work, Danny has written several songs that have appeared on TMBG releases for children, including “Number 2” from the Grammy-winning Here Come the 123s, “I Am A Paleontologist” from the Grammy-nominated Here Comes Science, and “Where Do They Make Balloons?” from the critically-acclaimed No!.
Kevin Geeks Out: Monkey Madness at Alamo Drafthouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday March 11th 11a. Tikcets: $10. Alamo Draftouse present this family-friendly matinee for children of all ages. Comedian Kevin Maher hosts a 90-minute clip show saluting monkey movies. Since the early days of silent films, monkeys have been part of cinema history: from guys in cheap gorilla suits, to actual orangutans, to the latest CGI chimps riding horses and firing rifles. Kevin Maher celebrates some of the greatest and weirdest moments of monkey madness, spanning nine decades of film, television and comic books, ranging to bizarre science-fiction tales to slapstick comedy. This show will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys. With special guests: Wendy Mays (host, Pet Cinematary podcast), John Cribbs (head writer for ThePinkSmoke.com), Doug Bost (screenwriter and co-host of the comic book podcast GROWN-ASS MEN), Jon Abrams (editor-in-chief, DailyGrindhouse.com).
The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! at the Kraine Theater (East Village)
Saturday March 11th 12n and 2nd Saturdays of the month until August 12th. Tickets: $15. The Space Pirate Puppy Musical! – Earth has gone to the dogs, the humans have disappeared, and the Space Pirates are about to invade. Join the Dogstar Fleet on an intergalactic musical mission to seek the knowledge of the Oracle and save the planet Earth! Will the Puppies turn tail and run? Will the Ninja Kittens, ooh string. Can the Earth be saved from certain construction? Blast off with our heroes to find out!
House Party: Moonwalk at BRIC Arts | Media House (Fort Greene)
Saturday March 11th 12n-5p. Free with RSVP. RSVP here. Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue! Inclusive and welcoming programming that encourage creativity and discovery. Join us for dance classes, gaming, art-making and other participatory activities, culminating in a raucous all-ages dance party. Inspired by astronauts and the King of Pop, the Moonwalk House Party will be an action-packed day of moving backwards and forwards through time and space. See the website for the schedule of events.
Brooklyn Center Presents: The Beauty of Ballet at the Walt Whitman Theatre
Saturday March 11th 2p. Free admission — no tickets or reservations required, seating is on a first come, first served basis. Recommended for ages four and up. The School of American Ballet returns with their introduction to the wonders of ballet featuring excerpts from classic ballets, demonstrations, and more.
Sunday March 12th
Family Concert: The Pop Ups at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday March 12th 1130a-1230p. For ages 3-8y. Tickets: $16 General; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. Catch the high energy of the Grammy-nominated dynamic duo, The Pop Ups as they light up the stage with an action-packed multimedia extravaganza. Experience drawing with sound, hilarious puppets, and an epic costume party just in time for Purim! Hear favorites from their hit album Great Pretenders Club and other electro-pop tunes.
New York Family’s Camp Fair at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
Sunday March 12th 12n-3p. Free. RSVP here. 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 March 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.
90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Sunday March 12th 2-4p. Free. Welcome to the sixth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival—a yearly video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds. This screening is hosted by film festival founder and children’s author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) along with author Keir Graff (Matchstick Castle). Register here.
Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center (Hell’s Kitchen)
Sunday March 12th 12n-4p. Free admission. For all ages. We open our doors to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday! Kick off St. Patrick’s week with us by taking a look at what we’re all about. The Center will be abuzz with authentic music and dance performances, and filled with chances to try out our 40+ adult and children’s classes on offer throughout the season. Learn the basics of Irish language or a new dance step, get your face painted, create art with children’s crafts, or simply relax with a cup of tea to experience a taste of Ireland’s rich culture. See the website for the full schedule of events.
New York Theatre Ballet present Cinderella at the Schimmel Center Financial District
Sunday March 12th 3-430p. Tickets: Tickets are $10 for children, $20 for adults. New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) presents Cinderella, part of the Once Upon a Ballet series for families, on March 12, 2017 at 3pm at Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC. With a Dancing Clock, wacky Stepsisters, and everyone’s favorite princess, Cinderella features choreography by Donald Mahler, costumes by Metropolitan Opera’s Resident Costume Designer Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan, and sets by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith. Cinderella is appropriate for boys and girls ages three and up!
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until April 9th various times. Free. See the flyer for locations and times. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 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.
Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Friday 1230p & 230p and Saturdays-Sundays 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.
Hoi Celebration: The Festival of Color! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday March 11th-12th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum in celebration of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors. Holi is celebrated all over India as the beginning of spring. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. Jam to some music with Ragakids as they sings songs of celebration in English, Bengali, and Hindi! See the website for the full schedule of events.
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Linda Gross Theater
Saturday-Sundays 1030a until March 26th. Tickets: $15 for kids, $20 for adults. This rock concert meets live theater adventure is recommended for children ages 8 and up! Based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure received its World Premiere Production at Chicago Children’s Theatre, April 2015, Jacqueline Russell, Artistic Director. Carroll’s beloved, poetic tale of self-actualization is brought to life with an eclectic, live rock soundtrack as Alice journeys through Wonderland in search of her own inner voice. Along the way, she faces many challenges and fears, but in learning to believe in the impossible Alice learns to believe in herself.
Transit Rocks at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday March 11th-12th 130-230p. Free with Museum admission. For ages 5+. Digging underground subway tunnels is a tough job! Workers need shovels, pick axes, dynamite and giant drills. They also need to know about all kinds of rocks! Put on your hard hat with a fun matching game that explores different rocks found across the five boroughs.
Aging Magician at The New Victory Theater
Saturday March 11th 2p & 7p and Sunday March 12th 12n & 5p. 75 minutes with no intermission. For ages 10+. Tickets start at $16. From Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt & Brooklyn Youth Chorus. AGING MAGICIAN is an epic new opera-theater work that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. The Brooklyn Youth Chorus helps Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Creators Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, New Vic 1999), Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini, Mark Stewart and the Attacca Quartet bring together the worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to paint this poignant allegory on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, or perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.
Teknopolis at BAM (Fort Greene) (stadby tickets only)
Saturday March 11th 1030a, 12p & 130p & Sunday March 12th 1030a, 12n, 130p, 3p & 430p. See website for details. Tickets: $15 for daytime sessions. Algorithms ignite and formulas are felt in this stellar showcase of interactive technology. BAM’s first-ever tech takeover features three floors of innovative installation pieces that bridge the arts and digital media to inspire kids and parents alike. See the website for all the details. See here for information on evening performances (tickets $25).
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th. 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.
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!