Hi everyone! It looks like the weather is going to get a bit better this week so get ready to have another fun week here in NYC!

This week take the kids and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Suzi Shelton at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library, Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! at little Lola & tots, Baby Fingers Infant Sign Language Demo Class at Karma Kids Yoga, Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Sir D’s Lounge, Grown up and Me Tots Art Class at Edamama Cute Cuts & More, Book Adventure: The Mystery of Twelve Curious Cousins at the DeKalb Brooklyn Public Library, “Community Cowpoke Class” with Hopalong Andrew at Whole Foods, Movers and Groovers Playgroup at Wild was Mama, Creative Cats After-school Workshop for Kids at Barking Cat Studio, La Hora Mágica de los Pequeños at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library, Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History and Matt de la Peña & Loren Long: Love at Books are Magic.

Some of the holiday events are still going on so check out the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science and the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden.  Also if you want to get out and play be sure to check out Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Drop-In Sessions at Children’s Museum of the Arts, Drop-in Playspace at Recess, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Drop in Play at SPARK, Playtime at Fairytale Island and the Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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

Enjoy the week!

~Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday January 8th

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Mondays 1015a & 1115a until June 18th 2018. Programs do not run on public school holidays so no storytime on 1/15, 2/19, 4/2, 4/30 & 5/28. 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.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Suzi Shelton at the Midwood Brooklyn Public Library
Monday January 8th 1115a-12p. Free. Award-winning singer/songwriter and local family favorite Suzi Shelton will perform, engage and inspire your kids to come on over and dance! Packed with songs that are upbeat and heart-felt, Suzi will showcase tunes from her soon-to-be-released album, as well as old favorites like “Go, FireTruck, Go,” “Cinnamon Bear,” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.

Movers and Groovers Playgroup at Wild was Mama (Greenpoint)
Mondays 1230-230p. $5/drop in (cash only). Bring your lil’ one to hang out and meet other babies while you get a chance to relax, sip some free hot tea and connect with other parents and caregivers. This is an informal and unstructured playgroup for babies, 4 to 18 months, and a nice comfy space to play and chat. Lambskins and blankets for safe on-the-floor recreation. Inspirational accessible toys. Complementary water or tea. TWO changing tables and roomy restroom. Helpful, friendly staff. Numerous handy and helpful products to shop and explore.

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Tuesday January 9th

Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! at little Lola & tots (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Tuesday January 9th 10-1045a. $28/Drop-In PopUp Class (sibling pricing $52.80). ittle Lola & tots is teaming up with Private Picassos! Young artists will explore shapes, color and strengthen their fine motor skills through a variety of 2-3 dimensional art materials. By focusing on a specific color or theme each session, children will build their skills with drawing, collage, painting and small-scale sculpture. Suitable for children aged 1.5 – 4 years. Adult participation required. 45 minutes in length.

Matt de la Peña & Loren Long: Love at Books are Magic (Cobble Hill)
Tuesday January 9th 6-7p. Free. Join us for a special reading and presentation from Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long! Their new picture book Love is a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that is soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

“Community Cowpoke Class” with Hopalong Andrew at Whole Foods (Williamsburg)
Tuesdays 10a.  Free.  Whole Foods Brooklyn in Williamsburg and New York City’s singing urban cowboy Hopalong Andrew will be holding a free cowpoke class on a weekly basis. These are urban cowboy-themed early childhood music & movement classes, primarily directed toward babies & toddlers.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday January 10th

Baby Fingers Infant Sign Language Demo Class at Karma Kids Yoga (West Village)
Wednesday January 10th 2-245p. Fee: $25. For ages 3m to 24m. Don’t miss this demo class with your infant! Learn American Sign Language through songs and play wth other parents and babies or toddlers. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child. Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your baby or toddler discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Class series begins January 17th and runs through March 21st for for 10 weeks. Call to register.

La Hora Mágica de los Pequeños at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesdays 4-5p in January. Free. Cuentos, Juegos, canciones, rimas y actividades divertidas para los pequeños de 1- 5 años. Programa bilingüe en español e inglés . Stories, games, songs, fingerplay, rhymes, and fun activities for Children ages 1-5 years old. Bilingual Spanish/ English.

Creative Cats After-school Workshop for Kids at Barking Cat Studio (Windsor Terrace)
Wednesdays 4-5p until March 14th for ages 4-6y.  Drop-Ins are welcome provided there is space available. Call ahead for availability (718-686-1132).  Drop-In Class $35, Trial Class: $25 ($10 off for giving us a try!), New Family: Add $30 one-time Registration Fee. Class cards also available.  This workshop introduces a variety of media to young artists. We’ll explore different uses of materials – mosaics, clay, sculpture, printmaking, batik and more. Drop off available for children comfortable working independently. School pick-up available, call the studio for details and more info!

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Thursday January 11th

Grown up and Me Tots Art Class at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Thursdays 930-1015a. $15 (includes material). We are thrilled to announce that the Stay Small Art Club is coming to Edamama. Grown up and Me Tots class is perfect for 2-4 year olds. This class introduces your toddler to a world of creativity. Your little artists will explore a wide variety of art materials such as paint, paper, collage, and crafts. Through different projects the little ones will develop skills important for school success such as fine motor, language, cognitive and the ability to listen and follow directions all while making beautiful messes and masterpieces to hang on the fridge! Classes run about 30-40 minutes and incorporate songs and stories.

Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Sir D’s Lounge (Park Slope)
Thursdays 1030-1115a. $10 per child and $5 per additional sibling. Yellow Sneaker Puppets presents a 45 minute interactive singalong with puppets, combining original songs, oldies, and traditional children’s music. Sing, clap, dance, and shake your sillies out! Geared towards kids age 0-5 and their families.

Book Adventure: The Mystery of Twelve Curious Cousins at the DeKalb Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday January 11th 330-430p. Free. For ages 4-7y. The story is inspired by The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brother Grimm. It is an interactive twist on this classic fairytal, complete with silly puppets, memorable characters, and rhythms you wont be able to get out of your head!

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing until June 10th Tuesday-Sunday 10a-5p (open until 6p on Thursdays). Free with Museum admission. BLOCK PARTY brings together the elements of the iconic Brooklyn block party all under one roof, including a series of dimensional stoops set against a backdrop of artistic facades of residential buildings, and different ”street” and green spaces to play games, meet friends, relax, and have fun. Large-scale photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Anderson Zaca, who has long documented block parties in Brooklyn, will be featured and invoke the joy, action, and diversity of block parties celebrated annually across neighborhoods in New York City. Families will be invited to add to the photographs, and record their own images and experiences in the city among those of their neighbors.

Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesday-Friday 10a-430p until February 28th. Free! Admission charged all day Saturday & Sunday. Closed Mondays (but open Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day). Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.

Drop-In Sessions at Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Monday-Friday 1045a-12n. $25/family. Savings for CMA Members: $10 off ($15 per family). No advance sign up required. Music time! Story time! Art time! Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for an art-filled drop-in session when the museum is closed for general hours. Parent and/or caregivers are required to join and we encourage family collaboration throughout the class.

Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p until April 15th 2018. Fees: Temple Member $10/child, $15 with additional sibling. Non-member $12/child, $18 with additional sibling. Visit Passes available for purchase. See website for more information. The tots drop-in center is place for children ages 0-24 months and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn, and have fun! Drop in for play with age-appropriate toys and activities in our social hall (large indoor space). No advanced registration required – please do drop in!

Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 1-330p. $10/day. After a nap and lunch, but before bath and dinner, come to hang out and play with other 0-3 year olds at Edamama. Explore various award winning books or bring your own toy and play in a warm, safe, and enriching environment. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Adult participation.

Drop-in Playspace at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Friday 9a-5p & Saturday-Sundays 9-1130a. Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child. Memberships also available for purchase. See website for details. Hello! Welcome to Recess, where playtime is easy with our flexible drop-in model. Our custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore. Learning is fun at Recess too. Our talented staff and variety of programming will help your children learn what they like and have a great time doing it.

Playtime at Fairytale Island (Bay Ridge)
Monday-Sunday 10a-8p. $18/child. Group discount (3 or more kids): $15. Come away with your children for a moment in a place where memories are made and time stand still!

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!

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 (except 11/23, 11/25 & 11/26). 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!

Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.

16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.

Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018. Free with Museum admission.Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.

Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily 8a-10p until March 4th. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!

To see all the events click here for the calendar!