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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & Beyond: April 17th-20th

April 16, 2017

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend and NYC public schools are closed until Wednesday so there is still time to enjoy all the Spring break events.


This week head out and enjoy First Discoveries for Toddlers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Discovery Room at New York Transit Museum, an Easter Egg Hunt in Lewis H Latimer House Garden, Singing Stories at the New Amsterdam New York Public Library, Earth Day New York 2017 in Union Square, a Chess Workshop at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in Walker Park and Kids Explore: Celebrates National Poetry Month at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library.

Some Spring break events are still happening this week so check out  Spring Break: Camp Out at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Spring Break in Prospect Park, Spring Recess Family Matinee: Moana at the Museum of the Moving Image, Spring Break: Arts and Crafts! at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden,  Powers in Motion: Action-packed Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and long running events like ARTech: Adventures In Art + Techchnology,  and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out and fun! Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the rest of the break and have a great week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday April 17th

Spring Break: Camp Out at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday April 17th-Tuesday April 18th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  School’s out but the Museum’s open during spring break! Visit each day for activities focused on the environment, life sciences, and art. Check out the Museum’s new exhibit WILDERNESS CAMP, an immersive indoor camping experience. Play in Neighborhood Nature, including our community garden made out of cork, a real greenhouse, and an indoor “beach”.  See the website for the schedule of the day.

School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Monday April 17th-Tuesday April 18th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages. April School Vacation Week this year is all about celebrating our latest special exhibition, Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society!  Check out an all day Museum-Wide Scavenger Hunt and Drop-in Crafts daily 1-3 pm.  See the website for all the details.

Spring Recess Family Matinee: Moana at the Museum of the Moving Image
Monday April 17th 1230p.  Tickets: $15 / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / $11 seniors and students.  Recommended for ages 6+.  Dirs. Ron Clements, John Musker. 2016, 107 mins. DCP. With the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson. Featuring songs by Mark Mancina, Opetaia Foa’I, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, including the Academy Award nominated “How Far I’ll Go.” Daughter and heir to the island chief, Moana sets sail across the Pacific Ocean in search of the legendary demi-god, Maui, in the hope of saving her people and their home. During their adventure across the ocean, Moana faces monsters and learns to be a wayfinder like her Polynesian ancestors. “With its refreshingly inclusive casting and original narrative, Moana is another winning addition to the studio’s modern slate of animated offerings that the whole family can appreciate.”—Screen Rant.  Ticket purchase may be applied toward same-day admission to the Museum.  Also check out the Family Workshop: Heroic Odyssey Workshop happening daily 1130a-330p.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday April 18th

First Discoveries for Toddlers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays 930a-1130a until May 30th.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages.  Free with Garden admission.  Calling all explorers 2 to 4 years old (and their caregivers)! Plant a seed, touch a wriggly worm, and nestle into a meadow nook to read a story, or create a unique nature craft at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers. Activities rotate seasonally.  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

Discovery Room at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday April 18th 1030a-12n.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 2-5y.  We’re opening up the Education Center to our youngest fans to explore our favorite puzzles, books, toys, and building materials!

Earth Day New York 2017 in Union Square
Tuesday April 18th 12n-7p.  Free.  Join us at our annual outdoor Earth Day New York 2017 event as we kick off our Count to 50 campaign!  The event features dozens of exhibitors, including environmental non-profits, green businesses, kids’ activities, and live performances. With more than 70 organizations represented, there is something for everyone.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday April 19th

Kids Explore: Celebrates National Poetry Month at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday April 19th 3-4p.  Free.  For children ages 6-12.  What story do you want to tell? Explore different ways to share stories using iPads, paper and pencil, crafting, and through traditional spoken words. Share a story about yourself or make up a new fantasy world.

Easter Egg Hunt in Lewis H Latimer House Garden (Flushing)
Wednesday April 19th 330-430p.  Free to the public. For children under 11.  Join other families to celebrate the traditional Easter Egg Hunt in the garden of Lewis H. Latimer House, a historic home in Flushing, Queens.

Singing Stories at the New Amsterdam New York Public Library (Tribeca)
Wednesday April 19th 330p.  Free.  Best for children ages 3 to 5 years old. The musical performance is interactive and incorporates the elements of composition, harmony, melody and rhythm. Mixing some very funny original and traditional songs with books, will have everyone laughing, singing and moving together. Presented by Lou Gallo.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday April 20th

Play, Move, and Sing (ages 1-5) at Muhlenberg NYPL (Chelsea)
Thursdays 12n-1245p until April 27th.  Free.  For ages 1-5 years ; limited to 30 caregivers with child.  We (grown-ups and children) will move our bodies to the beat and use instruments to make rhythms.  We will also learn some simple story songs and rhymes.  Location: Community Room.

Chess Workshop at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 4-5p until April 27th.  Free.  Learn the elegant game of chess from a professional chess instructor. You can also also polish your already prodigious chess skills. Adults, kids and teens are welcome.

S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in Walker Park (Staten Island)
Thursdays 430-530p until June 23rd.  Free.  Registration is required. To register, please email Dana.Vitolo@parks.nyc.gov or call (718) 816-6172.  S.T.E.A.M. is a program that allows children ages 6 through 13 to participate in a variety of fun and educational hands-on activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

ARTech: Adventures In Art + Techchnology (Meatpacking District)
Wednesdays-Thursdays 3-7p and Saturdays-Sundays 10a-5p until April 29th. Free and open to the public. RSVP is required for a timed entry slot. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. The Meatpacking Business Improvement District (BID) is proud to invite you to experience ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology! ARTech is a two-month long pop-up activity center comprised of STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) experiential workshops, installations, and interactive moments for school age children + their accompanying adults. Note: Each attendee is allowed 1 hour within the space to engage with the various stations. A 15 minute warning announcement will be announced before leaving the space. See the website for all the details of the activities.

Spring Break: Arts and Crafts! at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Tuesday April 18th-Friday April 21st 11a-4p.  For students- pre K and up.   Free for 12 and under with caregivers’ admission.  19th Century Crafts , historic games and tours, and old fashioned games  in the garden.

Easter Egg Design from Around the World at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday April 17th–Tuesday April 18th 10a & 1pm.  Free with Museum admission.  For 5 & younger.  Drop-in.  Create a one-of-a-kind egg as you learn about Easter traditions from around the world.

Spring Break in Prospect Park
Monday April 17th-Tuesday April 18th 12n-4p.  Events free except the Carousel.  Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.  Check out Nature Exploration with Discovery Pack 12–3p, Bird Nerd Game Hour 1–2p, Nature on the Go! 2–3p, Nature’s Helpers, 3–4p at Prospect Park Audubon Center.  Also check out Paper Quilling 2-4p Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel! See the website for all the details.

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.

Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.

Play Space Spring Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar (South Slope)
M-F 9a-12n and 330-530p until April 28th (no PM session April 10th-18th). $12 per visit / Sibling $3 per visit. There is no registration required for Drop-In Sessions. You can enjoy our playspace as a DROP IN (pay as you come), with our PLAY PASSES (pre-pay visits), or have a MEMBERSHIP (unlimited visits for 1 month). Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space offers a social learning environment that includes exploration and interaction for kids 0 to 4y. A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of fun, music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more. Monday: Singalong with Damian & his drums (Spanish & English) 1015a, Tuesday: Singalong with Ivan & his drums 1015a, Wednesday: Singalong with Ale (Spanish/English) 1015a, Thursday: Singalong with Tucker 1015a and Friday: Sing Along with Andrew from Rolie Polie Guacamole Band (English) 1030a.

Open Play & Activities at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Thursday 9a-530p, Friday 9a-5p and Saturday-Sundays 9a–1130a*. Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child. Memberships/play packs also available for purchase. (Please also bring socks for kids and adults). At Recess, we understand the value of flexibility and convenience. Your kids may come in and play anytime during our scheduled play hours. We’re ready when you are! Recess offers free weekly classes for members and drop-ins! Recess Story Time (0 – 3 yrs), Monday at 11a & Tuesday at 3p. Recess Craft (6 mos – 3 yrs),Thursdays at 230p. *Weekend afternoons are reserved for birthday parties.

Twinkle Playspace (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a–6p and Saturday-Sunday 8a-1130a. First Time Pass – $25 (only for the first time). $35 for additional visits. Memberships also available. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Twinkle’s 4500 square foot play space has innovative custom-made exhibits to cater to any child’s wildest imagination. These special exhibits, designed for the under 6 crowd, are a harmonious blend of urban life and nature that encourages the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a child in an accessible, high-quality learning environment. Twinkle hosts open play 7 days a week and children can also have an unforgettable birthday with exclusive use of our playspace! So drift away and enjoy the ride with your child in this magical journey to a world of infinite discoveries and treasured moments. Twinkle is a socks-only environment so please keep this in mind for children and adults entering the playspace. Parental supervision is required at all times, no drop-offs allowed. Parking is available under the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) which is only a block away from us as well as street parking.

Open Play at Curiosity on Court (Cobble Hill)
Monday-Friday 10a-6p & Saturday-Sunday 9a-6p. Open Play drop-in: $25 per child, $45 for 2 siblings, $6- for 3 siblings. Weekday monthly passes and pass packages also available. Welcome to Curiosity on Court, a world of energy busting excitement! Our custom designed play structures and exhibits were created to raise the curiosity and fuel the imagination of kids 1–10 yrs old. Whether they’re conquering our climbing wall, taking a ride on the subway, making connections on the magnetic wall or finding their route through our multi-level play structure, there’s hours of fun for everyone. Weekend Open Play hours are extended if we don’t have birthday party/event. Please call to check. 347-294-0160

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!