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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: September 18th-21st

September 17, 2017

Hi everyone!  Another busy week with Rosh Hashanah and the first day of Autumn so get ready to have some fun!


This week check out The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, “Community Cowpoke Class” with Hopalong Andrew at Whole Foods Williamsburg, Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park, Frank’s Midday Sing-a-Long at Tot Town, Lil Yogis: 3-5 year olds at Bend & Bloom Yoga, Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History, Toddler Yoga at Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, Children’s Film Screening: The Boss Baby at the Hudson Park NY Public Library, Archaeology Mondays at The Jewish Museum and Skulls, Skeletons and Spooktacular Animals! at Battery Park City NY Public Library.

Also check out the long running events like Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Little People Party at The Backyard and Drop in Play at SPARK

These are just some of the events this week so check the calendar to see everything that is happening.   Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Shana tova!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday September 18th

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Starting Monday September 18th 1015a & 1115a until June 18th 2018.  Programs do not run on public school holidays. Free with Museum admission. On Monday mornings during the school year, children 2 to 5 years of age are invited to join us for a story hour. Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 10:15 and 11:15. Any remaining tickets will be distributed from the Discovery Room itself. Please note this change from years past.  All visitors must also have general admission tickets to enter the building.

Toddler Yoga at Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Mondays 11-1145a until October 30th (except 10/9).  Free. Join Kelly Brennan for some fun on the yoga mat! Toddlers will explore yoga poses and breathing in a playful way through adventures, stories, games, and songs. This class is designed for any toddler who is a strong walker. We kindly ask that caregivers are attentive and quiet during the class. Caregivers are invited to participate as well! Class size will be limited to 25 participants. Tickets will be provided at the desk when doors open.

Archaeology Mondays at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Monday September 18th 3-5p.  For ages 3-10y.  Free with Museum Admission and RSVP. RSVP here.  Join us for an afternoon archaeological adventure. Unique in New York City, our simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. On Archaeology Mondays, hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure!

See all Monday events.


Tuesday September 19th

“Community Cowpoke Class” with Hopalong Andrew at Whole Foods (Williamsburg)
Tuesdays at 10a.  For ages 0-4y.  Free weekly “Community Cowpock Class” with Hopalong Andrew. An urban cowboy-themed early childhood music & movement classes, primarily directed toward babies & toddlers.

Children’s Film Screening: The Boss Baby at the Hudson Park NY Public Library (West Village)
Tuesday September 19th 330p.  Free.  When Tim Templeton suddenly discovers his new baby brother is on the way,  his life is turned upside down! With a suit, a tie and a briefcase, Tim learns quickly that his baby brother is the new Boss. Can Tim and The Boss Baby learn to work and live together as a family? Swing by and find out!

Lil Yogis: 3-5 year olds at Bend & Bloom Yoga (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Tuesdays 4-5p*. $18 for a drop-in, $160 for a 10 class pack. Mat rentals are included for all Kids Classes. Please note: Minimum age of 3 years old. We love your 2-year-olds! Please bring them to our Tots classes.  Bend & Bloom’s imaginative yoga adventures and animated poses keep little yogis’ creativity and bodies flowing. Our silly yoga sequences enhance children’s concentration skills while refining their motor coordination. Bend & Bloom’s fun yoga games teach cooperative play and sharpen listening skills as your child transitions to school. Kids’ yoga will plant the seed for a life-long love of physical and mental well-being. *Adult Hour Flow class runs at the same time.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday September 20th

Frank’s Midday Sing-a-Long at Tot Town (Crown Heights)
Wednesdays 1-145p until November 1st.  $15/Drop-in.  Also Drop-ins Stay & Play for $5 (Pay In-Store). ALL Ages Welcome. Max class size 15.  The best post-lunch or pre-nap activity for your tot! Join Frank from award-winning, fun-filled, kids music group Rolie Polie Guacamole for a joyful and engaging sing-a-long.

Counted Cross-Stitch at the Kensington Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesdays September 20th & 27th 4-5p.  Free. Counted cross-stitch is easy and fun!  Come and learn how.  Then decorate your own t-shirt. All supplies are provided except for t-shirt.  Space is limited to 10 students.  Recommended for Ages 8 and up.

Skulls, Skeletons and Spooktacular Animals! at Battery Park City NY Public Library
Wednesday at 4p.  Free.  Best for ages 5 and older. Limit to 25 children. Junior zoologists are invited to experience the wonders of nature through hands-on science activities in this exciting program.  Meet LIVE animals that creep, crawl and scurry through the night including a chinchilla, lizard, frog, crab and several insects!  Examine animal bones, decipher footprints made by forest creatures and use scientific tools to explore a variety of objects found in nature.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make an observational drawing of their favorite animal.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday September 21st

Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park
Thursday-Friday September 21st-22nd 12n-4p.  Free.  Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Rosh Hashanah holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Nature Exploration 12–4p at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.  Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more! Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project. Animal Encounter, 3–4 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 3 pm. Carousel Rides, 12-5p. Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets. Enjoy a ride on the  Park’s beloved 1912 carousel.  Also going on is Race Around the Farm Yard 2–4p at Lefferts Historic House ($3 suggested donation) Join Prospect Park Alliance to get out and get moving in the Lefferts yard! The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.

Tinker Club! at the Columbus NYPL (Hells Kitchen)
Thursday September 21st & 28th 330-5p.  For ages 5-12y.  This free class is the perfect introduction to coding, circuitry, and robotics for kids. Through fun hands-on STEAM activities, students learn by playing with technology.

Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday September 21st 4-5p.  Free.  Through the Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft program, librarians read aloud to children and lead a craft activity related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats’ books to keep.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Starting Thursday September 14th and ongoing daily until Sunday September 24st.  The Feast of San Gennaro opens every day at 11:30 AM and closes at 11PM Sundays through Thursday’s and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  See website for full schedule.  Free.  The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from September 14, through September 24, 2017, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.  Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules (Park Slope)
Monday-Friday 930a-2p until October 31st.  $10/child. Our backyard is intended for ages 6m to 6y.  We do not offer drop-offs.  Caregivers must be with their children at all times. See website for all the details.

The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p.  All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150.  Recommended for ages 6m-3y.  Open Play!  Toys, music, fun & a really big space!

Preschool Play at Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
Mondays-Wednesdays 10a-12n in September & October. No program on 10/9. Free. Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays-Fridays 2p until October 6th.  Free with Museum admission.  Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.

Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island
Monday-Friday 10a-12n until September 29th.  Free Bike Mornings allows visitors to borrow a free bike from Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals for up to one hour every Monday-Friday from 10 AM to noon.  Learn more about bike rental here.

Dynamic H2O  at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Open weather permitting.  Free with Museum admission.  See website for Museum hours.  For all ages.  Outdoors. This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition,  in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off!  With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.  An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects.  Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday & Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until October 22nd.  Free with Museum admission.  Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.

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.

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!