This weekend take the kids and enjoy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center, Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Katie Ha Ha Ha Full Band Show! at Shapeshifter Lab, Garden Story Time in the Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Kids Rock at The Bell House, Spellbound Theatre Free Family Art Day: “Superhero Me” at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library, Singalong with The Buttons at Sacred Sounds Yoga, BAMkids Movie Matinees: My Uncle, Just Kidding: Nation Beat at the Symphony Space, Billy Kelly’s Family Comedy Show at The Underground, Brooklyn Boogie Brunch at Littlefield, and the New York Family’s Camp Fair at Berkeley Carroll School.
Also check out the longer running events like Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Linda Gross Theater, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and Puss in Boots at Puppetworks.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday March 3rd
Singalong with The Buttons at Sacred Sounds Yoga (Greenwich Village)
Fridays 315-4p. $25. Sweet, silly and ready to rock your socks off! The Buttons–Hannah Winkler and Caitlin Mahoney–are an original kids music duo based in Brooklyn. The Buttons play birthday parties, neighborhood singalongs, block parties and more! Through a mixture of classic children’s songs, favorite oldies and their own original songs, The Buttons create a high energy, joyful singalong that inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, and learn new things. The Buttons singalongs are designed for infants through children under five, but the experience welcomes older siblings and caretakers to join in and share their sillies, too!
Family Movie: Finding Nemo at Brooklyn Heights Public Library
Friday March 3rd 330-5p. Come and join us as we turn the children’s auditorium into a movie theater! We will be showing Finding Nemo to start the weekend off right. Ages 3+.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center
Friday March 3rd 7p. Tickets: $15-$195. See the website for more information. Witness the Greatest Show On Earth one last time! Be a part of the last curtain call when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™, coming to Barclays Center February 23 – March 3. Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experiences launches into the future. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World™ transports your entire family on an unforgettable journey as the circus Star Seeker battles to bring the most spectacular and talented performers back to Earth after years in outer space. Children of All Ages will be amazed by the cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.
Saturday March 4th
Just Kidding: Nation Beat at the Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday March 4th 11a-12n. Tickets: $17, members $14. Nation Beat’s live shows have taken on an almost mythological aura for their ability to lift the souls and feet of young and old with their distinct mix of Brazilian rhythms—maracatu, coco, and forro— with New Orleans funk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, and even country blues. Be prepared to dance!
Spellbound Theatre Free Family Art Day: “Superhero Me” at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library
Saturday March 4th 11a-1230p. Free. Spellbound Theatre is a Brooklyn-based theatre for the very young. On this Free Family Art Day, Spellbound Theatre’s storyteller will present stories, songs, crafts and creative play around the theme of “Superhero Me”! For all ages.
Garden Story Time in the Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturday March 4th 11a-12n. Free with Garden admission. Read garden-inspired stories alongside BBG volunteers. Drop in anytime during program hours to join in. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.
Events for Youth & Families: Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday March 4th 1-2p. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Get ready to hop, holler, sing along and sneeze along – NYC’s award-winning Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band are making funky family music for kids and their grownups. Featuring quirky songs and stories about zany families, field trips, Grandma’s cooking and bubble baths gone awry they’ll have you hoppin’ way past – at the very least – naptime!
Billy Kelly’s Family Comedy Show at The Underground (Gramercy Park)
Saturday March 4th 3p. Tickets: $15. Recommended for families with kids ages 8 and up. Grammy-nominated family entertainer Billy Kelly is bringing his squeaky-clean comedy to NYC for an all-ages matinee show. Come on out for some good clean laughs and absurd fun that people of all ages can enjoy together. Because the world needs more of that sort of thing!
Sunday March 5th
Katie Ha Ha Ha Full Band Show! at Shapeshifter Lab (Gowanus)
Sunday March 5th 11a. Tickets: $10 in advance / $15 at the door, $45 for the whole family (children under 2 get in free). Purchase tickets here. As one Brooklyn mom fan puts it, as soon as, “Miss Katie,” aka, “Katie Ha Ha Ha,” starts singing, “she has all the kids wrapped around her finger.” This might be because she has been making musical magic with families and children in Brooklyn for the last 8 years! And now, FIIIIINALLY, she has a kids album! For this show, Miss Katie will be joined by a full band, including Amelia of Mil’s Trills! This interactive show of dancing and singing is bound to delight kids and kids at heart!
Brooklyn Boogie Brunch at Littlefield (Gowanus)
Sunday March 5th 12n-4p. Doors 12n, show 1230p. Tickets: Advance: $18.35 adults; $9 kids; $50 family of four (inclusive of fees). Door: $20 adults/$10kids, no family pack. Kids under 2 are free. No stroller parking. Buy 0nline here. Brooklyn’s favorite benefit concert for PS 295 returns March 5th. Now in its fourth year, the afternoon family event will feature music for all ages with performances by Capt’n Kirk Douglas of The Roots, singer/songwriter Adrien Reju, Andy Stack, Latin percussionist Gilmar Gomes, Superette, DJ K Conan, Control the Sound and Rock Rage. Check event page for added performances. It will be another amazing afternoon with a silent auction, cash bar and delicious brunch from local favorites! All proceeds support music and arts programs at PS 295 in South Slope, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Kids Rock at The Bell House (Gowanus)
Sunday March 5th 12n-4p. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door,family 4 pack $55 (free for under 2y). Purchase tickets here. Maple Street School Presents Brooklyn Kids Rock! The hottest kids party in town is here and it’s almost time to rock out at the ultimate outer space-themed fun-fest featuring some of Brooklyn’s favorite live music acts. Brooklyn Kids Rock is a fun-filled family event with arts & crafts activities, a touch-an-instrument booth, face painting, delicious treats and so much more. Performers: M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Pete Sinjin, Parkington Sisters, Rock Rage, Matt and Melissa Singer, Baby Loves Jazz
New York Family’s Camp Fair at Berkeley Carroll School (Park Slope)
Sun March 5th 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.
BAMkids Movie Matinees: My Uncle (Fort Greene)
Sunday March 5th 2p. General admission: $14, members $9, $10 for children 13 & under. The English-language version of Jacques Tati’s beloved Academy Award-winning comedy Mon Oncle captures the director’s hapless, old-world alter-ego Monsieur Hulot as he finds himself hilariously out of sorts when visiting his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew at their ultramodern house filled with bewildering space-age gadgets. The clash between man and machine plays out in a nonstop series of ingenious sight gags and brilliant slapstick set pieces.
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 February 24th 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.
Dig It at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday March 4th-5th 130-215p. Free with Museum Admission. For ages 3+. Let’s work together at a makeshift excavation site to discover archaeological treasures!
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Linda Gross Theater
Saturday-Sundays 1030a. 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.
Teknopolis at BAM (Fort Greene) SOLD OUT
Saturday February 25th 1p, 230p & 4p & Sunday February 26th 1030a, 12n, 130p, 3p & 430p. Additional performances weekends in March until March 12th at various times. 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!