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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: October 9th-12th

October 8, 2017

Hi everyone! No school on Monday for NYC public school kids so you have one more day to enjoy some of the weekend events.


Tomorrow take the kids and enjoy The Annual Columbus Day ParadeCMOM Comic Con and Columbus Day in Prospect Park. Also happening this week is Stomp, Clap & Sing with Dinosaur O’Dell at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, A Tango for Tita/ Un Tango Para Tita at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Public Library and the New Lots BPL, Sing Along with Amy Miles at OS Cafe, Beatles and Bob at the 67th Street New York Public Library, Sing-ALong with Lucy Kalantari at ELK Cafe, Bilingual Birdies Classes: Mandarin at the Seward NYPL, Torah Unwrapped at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Sparrow Sisters at Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library and La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) at BAM.

Also check out the long running events like Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Drop in Play at SPARK, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out o see everything that is going on this week.  Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday October 9th

The Annual Columbus Day Parade (Midtown East)
Monday October 9th 1130a-3p.  Free.  The parade marches up Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd Street with red carpet performances on Fifth Avenue between 67th and 69th Streets. On October 9, 2017, Fifth Avenue is transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture. The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Inc. The Columbus Day Parade is a fun filled parade that gets bigger and better every year. Participants from all over the world march in our parade with pride. The parade has become a global event with millions of viewers and over a half million spectators on the streets. We invite you to join us and experience this memorable day.

Columbus Day in Prospect Park
Monday October 9th 12n-4p. Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Columbus Day holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House. Nature Exploration 12–4p at Prospect Park Audubon Center (free). Join Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. 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, 12-5 pm Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, Enjoy a ride on the  Park’s beloved 1912 carousel. Race Around the Farm Yard, 2–4 pm at the 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.

Puerto Rican Superheroine—La Borinqueña at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday October 9th 2p & 3p*.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 6 & older.Comic book writer and creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez introduces you to the newest superhero from Brooklyn, NY here to help Puerto Rico! Celebrate your own culture and heritage as Edgardo helps you design your own superhero comic book cover!  *Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.  Also check out other CMOM Comic Con events happening all day Monday.

Torah Unwrapped at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday-Tuesday October 9th-10th at 2p, 3p & 4p.  Free with Museum admission. Join our Torah workshop, and uncover the history of hundred-year-old Torah scrolls; sand and scrape unfinished hides for parchment; mix the ink and watch the scribe as he practices his “scribal scribble” on a piece of parchment.
See all Monday events.


Tuesday October 10th

Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays-Fridays 1015a-1215p starting October 10th through November 3rd. Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for camp groups and families with children of all ages. Explore plants and use real science tools alongside Discovery Docents at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Dinosaur O’Dell at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday October 10th 11a-12n.  Free. Whether he’s counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, Dino’s interactive songs and tall tales are fun and engaging. Before 2003, Dino was an elementary music and drama teacher, and a professional musician. Now he performs educational and interactive music and storytelling shows throughout the country. Dino has released three children’s CDs and one picture book which have garnered awards from the National Parenting Publications Association, Parent’s Choice, and Story Monster. And in 2014, Dino won the Lighton Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Beatles and Bob at the 67th Street New York Public Library
Tuesdays 1130a until October 24th.  Free.  Best for ages 6 month to 4 years old with parent/caregiver. A fun musical Jam with various musical props like shakers, stick, and scarves filled with dance and movement to the songs of the Beatles and Bob Marley played live by a singer/guitar player. The class help strengthen the bond of children and their caregivers by sharing a memorable experience of singing and dancing together. Presented by Music for Aardvarks.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday October 11th

A Tango for Tita/ Un Tango Para Tita at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday October 11th 1030-1130a.  Free.  This puppet show is the story of an Argentinian story of a girl who dreams of dancing Tango and traveling around the world.  Che Bandoneon and Maestro Piano are the puppets who pull the strings in the little town of Caminito, famous for the Tango and with their neighbors Dona Chola, Don Gio, and little Gardelito, help Tita achieve her dreams.  This event will also happen October 12th 4-5p at the New Lots BPL branch.  See the website here.

Sing Along with Amy Miles at OS Cafe (Park Slope)
Come sing and dance with Amy Miles! Drop-in sing along $10/family. You may have seen Amy on PBS kids Lomax the Hound of Music, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, or Amy’s own web series Meow Meow Music. Amy is a working composer and performer for adults and children. From performing with They Might Be Giants, writing music for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and being a full time Momma herself, Amy stays busy. Playing original and well known songs on guitar, ukulele, and percussive things, singing stories with puppets and bubbles, Amy brings her quirky, country rock and casual style to the sing along arena.

Bilingual Birdies Classes: Mandarin at the Seward NYPL (Lower East Side)
Wednesdays 11a until October 25th. Free. All classes are 45-minutes long. This Fall families will explore the harvest with us while we take them on a Birdie Adventure to collect fruits, ride a bicycle, and visit a farm! Families will learn new vocabulary words and partake in a truly cultural bonding experience. Bilingual Birdies is the first program in NYC to combine live music and language learning and has been successfully educating children since 2007 in schools and libraries. This Fall all families who attend the program will receive our new CD download of 10 original songs in the language of your class for free! We also provide instruments and fun props for children to use in the classes. All of our teachers are trained in the Bilingual Birdies Culture Academy Teacher Training and consist of native speakers, Master’s in Music Therapy, and some are even Grammy-nominated musicians.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday October 12th

Sparrow Sisters at Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 1030-11a until October 26th (note: new time).  The Sparrow Sisters are parents from Brooklyn who play music for young children (ages 0-5). With guitar and vocal harmonies, they perform a sweet mixture of folk and nursery songs. Original members, Katy Stone (guitar) and Jessie Shaffer (violin) began playing as a folk duo at farmers markets and birthday parties in 2015. Since then the Sparrows Sisters have expanded to include Laura Wilson (vocals), Sal Garro (percussion) and Gil Shuster (washtub bass).  This series will feature Katy and Laura although other members may pop in from time to time.

Sing-ALong with Lucy Kalantari at ELK Cafe (Windsor Terrace)
Thursdays 11a.  $10 per family. Lucy sings and plays Ukulele! It’s a wonderful sing along for kids and caregivers alike.

La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) at BAM (Fort Greene)
Thursday-Saturday October 12th-14th 730p.  Tickets start at $25 (Buy 4 or more events and save 15—30%). For audiences ages 8 and older. Run Time: Trapped in a dank subterranean world, two restless siblings are surrounded by the stuff of childhood nightmare: a grimy aquarium, a dusty piano, and a glowing, semi-animate surveillance apparatus. Under the watchful gaze of an amphibian captor—performed by songstress Ofélie Crispin—they and four acrobatic performers tumble and climb through their dingy digs with astonishing control. Beautifully blurring the silly and the sublime, La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) is an ode to familial love that could only have sprung from the sublimely wicked imagination of James Thierrée (Tabac Rouge, 2015 Next Wave; Raoul, 2010 Next Wave).

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)
Monday-Tuesday October 9th-10th 12n-8p & Wednesday 12n-6p & Saturdays & Sundays until October 29th at various times.  Free admission.  The Halloween Harvest Experience is included with the purchase of an all day wristband! See website for hours. Yo ho ho, to Luna we go! Calling all mateys, me harteys and buccaneers! Halloween Harvest begins Saturday, September 16! #AhoyLuna Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends until October 29th and Enjoy your favorite Halloween Harvest Experience activities like: face painting, pony rides and the best Pumpkin Patch in NYC! Enjoy all the events you know & love, like magic shows, arts & crafts, story time, music & games, marching bands and more! Also Our annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest Saturday October 14th (see website for details) and carving of our Giant Pumpkin by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Saturday October 22n (see website for details)

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  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!

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!