Hi everyone! Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there are lots of fun family events this weekend.

This weekend head out and enjoy Rise Up & Sing 2! at ShapeShifter Lab, I Have a Dream Celebration! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall at the Lefferts Historic House & MLK Day in Prospect Park, The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM, Mayers Consulting All-Ages Music Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall, Kids Camp: The Three Stooges Shorts at Alamo Drafthouse, the 6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Stam-Pede at Symphony Space, Rolie Polie Guacamolie at the Jalopy Theatre, the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March, GingerBread Lane Giveaway at the New York Hall of Science, Brooklyn Library Storytime at McGolrick Park Farmers Market, Little Scientists with Emma Gordon at Bushwick Brooklyn Public Library and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Also check out long running events like The Prince & The Magic Flute at Puppetworks, Undesirable Elements at The Duke on 42nd Street, Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park,  16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden,  NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum and A Sick Day for Morris McGee at New 42nd Street Studios

These are just some of the events so check the calendar to see everything that is going on this weekend. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the long weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday January 12th

Drop in Sing Along with Lloyd H. Miller at Lark Cafe (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Fridays 10-1045a & 11-1145a. Suggested $10 per family. Join Lloyd H. Miller of The Deedle Deedle Dees for a wonderful, interactive sing along filled with original songs about the history of New York City and beyond! Lloyd is a LARK favorite and is loved by both the little ones and their grown-ups too!

6th Annual Black Comic Book Festival at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Harlem)
Friday-Saturday January 12th-13th 10a-6p. Free with registration. Register here. Welcome to the Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival Community! We are extremely excited for you to attend our 6th annual Black Comic Book Festival. The Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival (BCBF) celebrates the rich tradition of Black comix featuring panel discussions, film screenings, a cosplay show, and exhibit tables with premiere independent Black comic creators from across the United States. The annual extravaganza, which drew close to 12,000 attendees in 2017, connects diverse comic readers, creators, bloggers, nerds, independent publishers, and collectors of all ages. This year’s highlights will include panels and discussion on topics including diversity and social justice in comics, black comics in digital spaces, black masculinity in comic books, and much, much more.

Kids Camp: The Three Stooges Shorts at Alamo Drafthouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday January 12th 11a, Saturday-Monday January 13th-15th 9a. Tickets: $5. 100% of Kids Camp ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits and schools. Thank you for supporting our community while enjoying great family cinema! All right, you lame-brained knuckleheads. This is the perfect time to introduce innocent youngsters to the funnybone-busting buffoonery of history’s most beloved witless wonders. Whether they’re galloping through a hospital on horseback, busting out a jazz number in the middle of trial or completely destroying an entire football game, this trio of goofnuts immortalize the grand art of blazing, rampaging slapstick idiocy. We’ll be presenting FOUR of their most madcap shorts with absolutely no apologies for teaching your children all variety of terrible behaviors: Disorder in the Court, Pop Goes the Easel, Three Little Pigskins & Men in Black.

Little Scientists with Emma Gordon at Bushwick Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays until March 16th 3-4p. Free. *Please note that this is not a drop off program. Program is limited to 20 children and is first come, first served so please arrive on time. Afterschool STEM for children 3-5 and their caregivers. Join us at the library for this special 10-week series for children 3-5 exploring STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math! Little Scientists, taught and developed by Emma Gordon is a creative afterschool* science program that explores the wonder of science through story, repetition and play.

See all the Friday events here.

Saturday January 13th

Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo SoHo Space Grand Opening Celebration Concert at City Winery (South Village)
Saturday January 13th doors 10a, show 11a-1230p. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children. This month, NYC based and internationally acclaimed clarinetist, composer and educator Oran Etkin is celebrating the opening of his first flagship class location for his Timbalooloo world & jazz music project designed especially for young children and their families: Timbalooloo SoHo. To celebrate the launch, Etkin will host a grand opening concert for Timbalooloo SoHo at City Winery on Saturday, January 13 followed by a parade from the venue to the new Soho space for a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The concert will feature Etkin’s award winning jazz quintet and his instrument friends Clara Net (his clarinet) and her mother Big Mama Tuba and offers a fun interactive introduction to the Timbalooloo Method, in which all the instruments come to life and talk through their music.

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats at St. Luke’s Theatre (Midtown West)
Saturdays 11a until March 31st and Monday January 15th 11a. Tickets: $35. Recommended for 3+. The Snow Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure. Four of Ezra Jack Keats’ best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and Letter to Amy. Look no further for family entertainment in New York! The Snowy Day and Other Stories…includes singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets, making the 60 minute show fly by for children of all ages. Our goal is to create a warm, joyful experience that brings families together,though we think this piece of children’s theatre will be loved best by kids ages 3-8y.

Winter Family Program: Herbal Creations at the Queens Botanical Garden
Saturday January 13th 11a-12n. Cost: $10. In Herbal Creations, participants will learn about the various medicinal, culinary, and practical uses of herbs. Kids will get to make an herbal tea bag, plant an herb to take home, and take a stroll through the Herb Garden. Activities are geared for 4 to10 year olds, but all are welcome to attend. Activities will include indoor nature-themed hands on activities, followed by a short nature walk around the garden. Bundle up and dress for the weather!

Brooklyn Japanese New Year Festival 2018 at Roulette (Boerum Hill)
Saturday January 13th 1-5p. Tickets: Advance: Adults (21+) $15 /kids $8, Door: $18/$10. Free for children 2 and under. The sound of Taiko Drum and Samurai Sword Battle will shake your body+soul awake and our mouth-watering selection of Japanese fried chicken, savory soups, rice balls, donburi and gourmet Japanese treats by Cafe Zaiya will nourish you inside out! Family crafts, Origami, Shogi(Japanese Chess) and New Year’s games will be available for all. The Roulette bar will be open for those 21+ looking to add a little buzz to their afternoon. One entry ticket gets you all the shows, mochi-pounding, arts+crafts activities. Come celebrate with us!

MOVE to LEARN! Mindful Movement for Children 3-5 at the Eaaster Parkway Brooklyn Public Library
Saturdays 230-330p until March 3rd. Free. Join us for this exciting new movement and early literacy program at the library! In this eight week session, caregivers and children will explore practices that help children build their body and grow their brain. Learn movement skills that increase coordination, balance and enhance gross and fine motor skills. Practice mindful breathing and moving practices that help concentration and focus. Explore stories through movement to encourage a love of reading. Learn movement games, activities and strategies you can try at home!

See all the Saturday events here.

Sunday January 14th

Rolie Polie Guacamolie at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday January 14th 11a. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family. Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and humor.

Mayers Consulting All-Ages Music Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall (Lower East Side)
Sunday January 14th 12-4p. Tickets for the public will be sold at the door. $10 per family! Come see some of the liveliest, most unique and exceptional performances for all-ages during this year’s APAP conference! Our eclectic, modern and diverse roster of artists is carefully curated for the youth and family audience from interactive multi-media shows to a variety of genres including pop, rock, folk, jazz, comedy and world music. We are so proud to present this fresh and exciting group of talent. Experience all of our fantastic acts LIVE at this very special showcase. Featuring performances by KB Whirly, Lard Dog, Billy Kelly, Falu, Bilingual Birdies, The Pop Ups, Gustafer Yellowgold, JoJo & The Pinecones and Michael and the Rockness Monsters! Swing n’ Sway in the Neighborhood!  See the website for the performance schedule.

Stam-Pede at Symphony Space (UWS)
Sunday January 14th 3p. Tickets: Standard $17 & up and Members $14 and up. Age range: 2-7. Expected run time 90 minutes. Expect a rollicking good time and a sensory feast of sight and sound at Stam-pede! From lively Irish dance to innovative body percussion and from exhilarating tap dance to exciting Kathak, this impressive collection of companies offers something for everyone who loves the power and precision of percussive dance! Featuring: Andrea Ward, Ann Dragich and Company, Barkha Dance Company, Darrah Carr Dance, Germaine Salsberg’s Les Femmes, The Bang Group and DrumatiX! Opening remarks by Brian Seibert, dance critic and author of What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing.

Rise Up & Sing 2! at ShapeShifter Lab (Gowanus)
Sunday January 14th 4-530p (doors at 330p, 4p songs!). $10 – 50 suggested donation (any donation will be accepted!). A 2nd annual family music singalong for peace, unity & justice. All proceeds will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join us for the second year of Rise Up and Sing! A feel-good, all-ages singalong, featuring songs of peace, unity and protest from many places and times in history. Songs will be led by a collective of musicians & artists, with printed songbooks for the audience to sing along & keep. There will also be interactive & hands-on art, snacks, information about the SPLC, and fun times! With Elena Moon Park, Sonia De Los Santos, Ashley Phillips, Colin Brooks, John Foti, Eleonore Oppenheim, Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, Nathan Koci, Sara Lucas, Kyungso Park, Akiko Hiroshima, Emily Eagan, Katie Scheele, Father Goose and more!

Brooklyn Library Storytime at McGolrick Park Farmers Market (Greenpoint)
Sundays in January at 1p. Free. Join a Children’s Librarian from the Brooklyn Public Library at the indoor McGolrick Park Winter Farmers Market for a storytime and kids’ craft. Participation is free and open to the public. The Winter Farmers Market features locally grown fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats and eggs, artisan baked goods and more every Sunday from 10AM to 4PM through April 29th, indoors at Park Church Co-op.

See all the Sunday events here.

Monday January 15th

2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March (UWS)
Monday January 15th 10a-2p. Free. March Starting Point: Eleanor Rossevelt Monument. Manhattan Country School eighth-graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. The theme of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March is “A New Revolution: Youth and Social Change,” inspired by the quote “Every generation needs a new revolution.” Along the route, students will stop at locations of significance to the fight for civil rights to deliver speeches about contemporary social justice issues. The general public is invited to join MCS students, families, alumni, staff, friends and supporters for this educational and uplifting annual event.  See the website for all the details of the event.

The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at BAM (Fort Greene)
Monday January 15th 1030a. New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to BAM for the 32nd year. This event brings world-renowned activists, intellectuals, and civic leaders together with musicians and other performers to pay tribute to King’s legacy and keep his message alive. Join us for full day of free events, including a movie screening, a talk, and an art exhibition. Keynote Speaker: Jelani Cobb. Please Note: Tickets to this event will be distributed on a first come, first seated basis. Lobby doors open at 8am.

GingerBread Lane Giveaway at the New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday January 15th giveaway is from 2 – 5 pm; line starts at 1 pm. Free with Museum admission. On January 15, take home a piece of GingerBread Lane. Gingerbread houses from the exhibit will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Please bring a box or bag (flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags work best) to carry your gingerbread loot home. No Gingerbread Lane houses will be distributed without a bag or box, so make sure you bring yours along! Houses range in size from 20 inches (wide) by 15 inches (deep) by 30 inches (high) to 4 inches (wide) by 4 inches (deep) by 12 inches (high).

Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Monday January 15th 2p (sold out) & 3p. Free. Registration required. Register here. Join Prospect Park Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House this Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall. A masterful storyteller, Tammy Hall weaves together diverse tales from around the world to create a rich experience for all. Tammy Hall will be leading two sessions, beginning at 2 and 3 pm. Also check out free events going on 12n-4p at the Audubon Center. See the website for all the details.

See all the Monday events here.


All Weekend

The Prince & The Magic Flute at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays January 13th-April 1st 1230p & 230p. Also MLK, Jr Day, January 15.  Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. For ages 4 & up. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  The Prince & The Magic Flute as performed at the Smithsonian Institution. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

I Have a Dream Celebration! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Monday January 13th-15th at various times. Join us as we honor the life and legacy of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over three days of history and fun, families will celebrate themes of diversity, equality, freedom, and resistance. See the website for all the details.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday-Monday January 13th-15th 10a-5p at various times. Free with Museum admission. Check out events like Martin’s Mosaic (Saturday-Monday), Historic Heroines: Coretta Scott King (Saturday-Sunday), Jumping for Joy with the Double Dutch Dreamz (Saturday only), Musical Performance with Lia Holman (Sunday only) and Museum of Impact visits CMOM (Monday only). See website for all the details.

Undesirable Elements at The Duke on 42nd Street
Saturdays 2p & 7p & Sundays 12n & 5p until January 21st and also 2p Monday January 15th & 7p Friday January 19th. For ages 12+. Tickets start at $25. Performance: 70 minutes with no intermission. Ping Chong + Company amplifies the voices of young New Yorkers in the 25th Anniversary of UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS with GENERATION NYZ. With affecting vulnerability, bold honesty and enduring spirit, Syl, Porscha, Edwin, Mohammad, Monica, De-Andra and Rafael bravely speak their truths and share their stories. From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in this great, big city. Real People. Real Lives. Real Theater.

A Sick Day for Morris McGee at New 42nd Street Studios
Saturdays-Sundays 10a, 1p & 4p until January 28th. Also Monday January 15th 10a & Fridays January 19th & 26th at 1p. Tickets start at $20. For ages 2-5y. Performance: 50 minutes with no intermisson. Every day, Morris McGee takes the No. 5 bus to his job at the zoo. Every day, he lovingly attends to the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros (who always has a runny nose). Every day, that is, until it’s Morris who has the sniffles! Based on a Caldecott Medal-winning book by Philip C. Stead, this charming puppetry performance about one creature of habit and his kindhearted coterie will warm your heart and chase away the winter chills.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 30th 2018. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!

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.

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.

Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily until March 4th 8a-10p. 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!