Weekend Events: BAM Kids Film Festival, "Ship-Shape" at the Intrepid Museum, Summer Camp Expo, and MORE!

February 3, 2012

Lunar New Year Parade in Manhattan. Photo: Patrick (via Flickr)

Happy February Brooklyn! Have you all been enjoying the Spring-like weather that we’ve received this week? Pretty fabulous, isn’t it? Temperatures are supposed to be great this weekend as well so the numerous Lunar New Year celebrations in Queens will be well-attended! There’s a new exhibit in town and we think it’s going to be quite awesome — the “Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Don’t miss the exhibit at the Skyscraper Museum- Supertall has been extended through mid- February. The BAM Kids Film Festival is upon us and we’ve got the scoop on the entire weekend’s events as well as how you can purchase your tickets, if you haven’t done so already. Can you believe it’s almost time to figure out Summer activities for the little ones? We can’t either. P.S. 321 is hosting a Summer Camp and After School Expo on Saturday. On Sunday, it’s all about spreading love by making Valentines Day crafts and creating comics, in two separate events, although it would be cool if they were the same event. Also, check out our music listings and calendar for more fun events! Have a lovely weekend!

ONGOING

Friday, February 3rd — March 10: various times
Magic! The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things

Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, as the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators’ faces. This isn’t a show that you ask, “How did he do that?” It’s not that Max doesn’t do great tricks, he does. It’s that the show is so focused on the hijinks of Hamlet the mind-reading pig and the silliness of coins appearing out of every bodily orifice, that the audience doesn’t have time to focus on the head-scratching things Max performs. The magic is just the sideshow to a very entertaining and engaging performance. Our full review is here.
Details: The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things, in an open-ended Off-Broadway run.  Manhattan Movement & Arts Center  248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues)
Performances: Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm.
Tickets: The Amazing Max is performed at the MMAC Theater located in the  Magic Carpet Rides (VIP seating) $49.50, regular general admission tickets $29.50. Tickets are available at  www.telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250.

Friday, February 3rd — Feb. 19: various times
Supertall!
The Skyscraper Museum’s exhibition SUPERTALL! presents a survey of superlative skyscrapers worldwide, featuring projects that have been completed since 2001, are under construction, or are expected to top out by 2016. This recent generation of giants, generally 100 stories or higher, represents a new paradigm of slender mixed-use towers that explore innovative approaches in structural engineering, curtain wall and construction technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability, and ideas of vertical communities.
Details: The Skyscraper Museum 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280  Hours: Noon – 6 PM, Wednesday – Sunday  Admission: $5; $2.50 for Students and Seniors  Office tel: 212 945-6324  Fax: 212 732-3039  Hours and directions: 212 968-1961

Saturday, February 4th — Sunday, July 8th: various times
“Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Get excited! This new exhibition examines the detailed process of building model ships. It consists of dozens of artifacts, including model ships, vintage toy ships, a variety of antique model kit boxes, a mock-up of a modeler’s workbench that shows the building of a model ship being made in progress, and illustrations that shows how models are constructed. Among the highlights of the exhibit are models of the Battleship New Jersey, which served during WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam, and USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world. The model USS New Jersey measures 112” W x 25” H x 15” D and the model USS Constitution measures 57” W x 43”H x 22” D. If you’ve got a child who is fascinated with ships, it doesn’t get more thorough than this, folks.
Details: FREE with Museum admission. Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in NYC. Admissions: $24/adults, $12 children 3-6 years old/FREE children under 3. Visit the Museum’s website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th — Sunday, February 26th at 2pm
Princess and the Pea at the Galli Theater
I hope you have your metro cards ready because you’ll want to head into the city for this. Trust me! This cheerful remake of the Grimm tale tells the story of a prince who treks across the land in search of his princess. But since so many of his suitors are dishonest impostors, he develops a system called the Royal Princess Pea Test to find a true princess.Throughout the show young audience members will be invited to engage with the performers, and an acting workshop follows Saturday performances.
Details: Ages 3 and up. 347 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/children, seniors. Telephone: 212.731.0668. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 3rd – Sunday, February 26th: various times
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.

Friday, February 3rd – Saturday March 31st from 10am – 5pm
Secrets of Circles Exhibit at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
There’s no doubt about it, circles are everywhere! The “Secrets of Circles” exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum features 18 different interactive activities that explore the nature of this simple, but amazing shape. From building mechanical contraptions to using a compass to draw awesome glow-in-the-dark circles, this fun exhibit provides a great way for math and science to come to life. This is going to be a crowd-pleaser, for sure, and will definitely give new meaning to “the wheels on the bus go round and round.”
Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum   45 Brooklyn Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11213  718-735-4400 www.brooklynkids.org

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3RD

Friday, February 3rd at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4TH

Saturday, February 4th: various times
14th Annual BAM Kids Film Festival
Folks, the time has come for the epic BAM Kids Film Festival! Are you ready?! Here are the details:
Films and Live Performances: Children (12 & under): $9; BAM Cinema Club Members: $7; Adults: $12; $9 seniors
How to Order Tickets: Order online, call 718.777.FILM (use theater code 545) or visit the BAM Rose Cinemas Box Office (opens 30 minutes before first screening of the day, and at 9am every day during the festival).
Details: 310 Layfayette Avenue. Ages 3 and up.
For our full coverage of this event including all of the programs for the weekend, head HERE.

Saturday, February 4th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
Puss in Boots at Puppetworks, Inc
If your child is a fan of the movie, then they will love this too! Now is the chance for them to find out what happens to this little kitten when he is given a pair of boots that turns out to be… wait for it… magical! This adorable tale will leave your child feeling enchanted, to asy the least.
Details: 338 6th Aevnue at 4th Street. Tickets: $7/child, $8/adult. Registration is suggested. Call 718.965.3391 or email puppetworks@verizon.net to reserve your tickets!

Saturday, February 4th at 11am
Kids Story Time at Greenlight Bookstore
Grab the kiddies and head to Saturday Story Time, which typically features authors and illustrators of picture books and/or neighborhood performers reading stories. At times, there may even be crafts! A totally entertaining Saturday morning? We think so! PLUS: This weekend, Brooklyn-based author and filmmaker Isabel Hill will present her book, Building Stories. Explore the past and learn how to read a building! There’s a wonderful story to discover about every building in Building Stories—a rich collection of photographs and facts, all told in rhyming verse to delight young readers.
Details: Geared towards kids ages 3 – 8 years. Open to the public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Phone: 718. 246. 0200. Website: http://greenlightbookstore.com/storytime

Saturday, February 4th at 1:30pm
Weekend Program for Children and Families at New York Transit Museum
Have a little one interested in trains?! We’ve got the perfect event for them! At The New York Transit Museum there will be a reading of The Inside-Outside Book of New York City and participants will then have the chance to create their own “inside-outside” picture book of subway travel.
Details: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. All are welcomed. FREE with Museum admission. Telephone: 718.694.1600. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th: various times
Winter FREE Hours at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Oh man… just writing this makes me excited! Admissions to the Museum is FREE this weekend so, by all means, take total advantage of it. (You’re welcome!)
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Telephone: 718. 735. 4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th from 1pm — 2pm
Madame C.J. Walker’s Journey Around the World at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Visit Madame C.J. Walker’s parlor as beauty from around the world is highlighted.  This cultural journey will explore the Museum’s Collection and beautification customs and traditions – just as Madame Walker did.  Join in as featured guest educators explain why “beauty is not only skin deep.” Plus, as a special treat, participants can create their own “face” mask during a beauty demonstration led by Hollis Barclay, CEO of Hibiscus Health & Wellness CenterPre-registration is required for this beauty workshop, to register please call Ms. Smith 718-735-4400×321 by February 3rd.
Details: Ages 5 and up. 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Telephone: 718.735.4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th from 2:30pm — 3:30pm
W.O.R.D. UP! — Words of Real Distinction at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
The W.O.R.D. UP! reading series continues at the Museum and celebrates Black History month with a reading of Langston Hughes’ poem My People by Hollis Barclay. This month’s reading honors James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) – an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, columnist, and one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry.
Details: Ages 6 and up. 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Telephone: 718.735.4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th at 12pm and 2:30pm
Piece of Cake at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Featuring the handmade Paper City Puppets and original song, Piece of Cake, this new play is fun for all family members! Alexandra loves cake, and candy, and cookies, and all types of sweet treats, but when she decides to give them all up, forever, things don’t turn out quite like she expects. Learning how to have only one piece of cake isn’t always … well, a piece of cake. But it can be fun!
Details: All ages are welcomed. 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Telephone: 718.735.4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th from 2pm-5pm
P.S. 321 School’s Out Summer Camp and After School Expo
Can you believe that it’s time to start thinking about Summer activities for our kiddies?! I know! Me either! It was just the Holidays! Luckily, this weekend, P.S. 321 has got us covered, and a typically overwhelming process is now made easy with their School’s Out Summer Camp and After School Expo. This is your chance to explore many programs for kids of all ages, meet face-to-face with administrators, take advantage of early bird discounts, and start making your Summer plans. There will be refreshments and fun for the kids too so bring ‘em along!
Details: P.S. 321 Elementary School. 180 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets. FREE for all. Visit the schools’ website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th from 2:30pm — 3:30pm
HandiWork: Tasks and Crafts from the Past at Lefferts Historic House
An afternoon of crafts? Sign me up! And if you and your children are anything like me, you’d want to check out this FREE event as well where kids will engage in arts, crafts, and games… just like they did in 19-Century Brooklyn. How’s that for a Saturday afternoon?
Details: Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. Willink Entrance (near intersection of Ocean Avenue and Empire BLVD. FREE for children under 16 years old. $3 suggested donation for adults on the weekends. Telephone: 718.789.2822. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th from 3pm — 5pm
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program Information Session at Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Cultural Awareness Program (BCAP) is the signature education program of Heart of Brooklyn, a partnership among six of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park, and Prospect Park Zoo. Through these exceptional resources, BCAP offers interactive experiences for ages 7-12, merging art, world cultures, history, nature, and science. Children have a ton of fun while learning through creative projects, games, and educator-led tours. All lessons are consistent with New York State Learning Standards, and taught by professional educators. At the informational session, you will be able to learn more about Brooklyn’s premier day camp for children ages 7-12.
Details: Brooklyn Public Library, Trustees Room. 10 Grand Army Plaza. FREE for all and all are welcomed. For more information, contact camp@heartofbrooklyn.org or visit the website.

Saturday, February 4th at 2:30pm
Art Works at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Visit the Totally Tots area with your little ones to see what’s in store for that budding Picasso!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718. 735.4400. Ages 5 and under.

Saturday, February 4th at 1pm
The Lion’s Whiskers at The Brooklyn Public Library
Black Heritage Month is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a cultural performance? This show is a musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folklore and features a charming cast of human characters as well as favorite African animals in their puppet form. The show also features a multitude of masks and puppets ranging from three-quarter life-sized to gigantic and is highlighted with shadow puppetry and original songs.
Details: All are welcomed. FREE for all. 10 Grand Army Plaza. Telephone: 718. 230. 2100.

Saturday, February 5th at 11am
Shine and the Moonbeams at Symphony Space
This is a soulful and sweet show for all ages! Two outstanding NYC musicians (singer Shawana Kemp and guitarist Jon Heagle) will be coming together in a groove-heavy R&B musical extravaganza in a rock and roll package of original songs and classics.
Details: All are welcomed. 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). Tickets: $13/children, $20/adults. Telephone: 212.864.5400. Email: boxoffice@symphonyspace.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 4th from 11am — 12pm
Story Time in French with Songs and Nursery Rhymes at Carroll Garden Library
L’heure du conte en français: chansons et comptines enfantines! Head over to the Carroll Garden Public Library in order to practice your French at their informal, parent-led group for babies and toddlers. Volunteers will be asked to read a story, sing a children’s song, or teach a nursery rhyme in French. Bring your own favorite French children’s book, or borrow one from the library. Also, bring your rattles and musical instruments!
Details: All are welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. The event will take place in the basement level auditorium.

Saturday, February 4th from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends

Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact:friendscglibrary@gmail.com or visit their website.

Saturday, February 4th from 11am — 12pm
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Brooklyn is absolutely wonderful, but sometimes there is a reason to leave the borough. This is one of those reasons. Head over to St. Luke’s Theatre to become mesmerized by “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” the first in C.S. Lewis’s classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In this creative adaptation, two actors play eight characters, both human and animals, and they take the audience along as they travel to Narnia and bring mythical creatures to life.
Details: Ages 6 and up. 308 West 46th Street. Tickets: $35.00. For more information, visit the website.

Saturday, February 4th from 12pm — 5pm
Apollo Theater Open House Weekend
It’s Black History Month and it seems as though the Apollo Theater is starting the month off with a bang! Head on up to the Apollo Theater to make the celebration even more fun and show ‘em how we do it in Brooklyn! Woot! On Saturday, there will be dance-themed events such as a family dance party, where you will learn dances from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s!
Details: 253 West 125th Street. FREE for all. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Visit the website for more information and for a rundown of the events.

Saturday, February 4th from 5pm — 11pm
Target First Saturday at The Brooklyn Museum
The first weekend of the month is ALWAYS an exciting one at The Brooklyn Museum. Why? Because of Target First Saturday, that’s why! This FREE program always attracts thousands of visitors to art and entertainment each month. February’s event is inspired by the special exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males and features artists and performers whose work defies Black male stereotypes
Details: FREE for all. 200 Eastern Parkway. Visit the website for more information and for a FULL rundown of the events.

Saturday, February 4th from 5pm — 11pm
Lunar New Year Celebrations in Flushing
11 am: Parade: The celebration begins with the Lunar New Year Parade at 11 am. According to About.com: The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Flushing. Look for dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. About 4,000 people march each year. Viewing Stands: TBD, usually at Flushing Library (Main and Kissena) and at the parade’s end. Most people watch on Main St. Route: Begins, Union St and 39th Ave and usually ends at Main St and 39th Ave. New Year Festival to follow – at Queens Crossing Mall (39th Ave and Main St) starting at 12:30 p.m.The Chinese performers in the parade usually end the procession with a celebration at the Queens Crossing Mall, where there’s more cultural activities. There will be traditional cultural performances and festival booths. Queens Crossing Mall: 136-17 39th Ave
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Celebrating 2012 Year of the Dragon: lion dance performances, and arts and crafts class to make Chinese lanterns and dragons. Free. Sky View Center: 40-24 College Point Blvd.
2 p.m. : Lunar New Year Dance Sampler: dance performances from China, Korea, India, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Pacific Islands. Free tickets available the day of event, starting at noon at the box office. Flushing Town Hall: 137-35 Northern Blvd. 718.463.7770.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH

Sunday, February 5th: various times
14th Annual BAM Kids Film Festival
Folks, the time has come for the epic BAM Kids Film Festival! Are you ready?! Here are the details:
Films and Live Performances: Children (12 & under): $9; BAM Cinema Club Members: $7; Adults: $12; $9 seniors
How to Order Tickets: Order online, call 718.777.FILM (use theater code 545) or visit the BAM Rose Cinemas Box Office (opens 30 minutes before first screening of the day, and at 9am every day during the festival).
Details: 310 Layfayette Avenue. Ages 3 and up.
For our full coverage of this event including all of the programs for the weekend, head HERE.

Sunday, February 5th from 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Have A Heart at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
So… how does your heart keep you running? Dissect one to find out! Learn about important African American doctors and inventors who have improved heart health over the years.
Details: Ages 5 and up. 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Telephone: 718.735.4400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 5th from 6:00pm — 9:00pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot

What a lovely way to end the weekend! Eat, drink, play, and win big! (Well, hopefully.) There will be little prizes for the little kids, who, by the way, can eat for FREE with the purchase of any dinner entree or dinner special. Yum!
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue. Ages 4 and up. Contact 718.923.9710 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 5th at 1:30pm
Comics for Kids Workshop with George O’Connor at WORD
Calling all illustrators in the making! Hades: Lord of the Dead author and illustrator, George O’Connor will be giving a presentation and leading an interactive workshop on kids creating comics and his ongoing Olympians series retelling the Classic Greek myths.
Details: Recommended for ages 8 and up, but all ages are welcomed. 126 Franklin Street. 718. 383.0096. A Facebook RSVP is appreciated.

Sunday, February 5th from 2pm — 4pm
Valentine’s Craft Workshop at GUMBO
Celebrate this month of love by grabbing the kiddies and make Valentine’s Day barrettes or pins with Elvira Vida! The cute little hearts and love birds will make any outfit super cute. Make them for yourself or give them away as a gift. Class materials will be provided, but please note that basic sewing skills are required if not accompanied by an adult.
Details: Recommended for ages 6-15. 493 Atlantic Avenue between Nevins and Third. Tickets: $25 (includes all materials). Space is limited, call to register: 718.855.7808. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 5th: various times
Winter FREE Hours at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Oh man… just writing this makes me excited! Admissions to the Museum is FREE this weekend so, by all means, take total advantage of it. (You’re welcome!)
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Telephone: 718. 735. 4400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 5th at 1:30pm
Weekend Program for Children and Families at New York Transit Museum
Have a little one interested in trains?! We’ve got the perfect event for them! At The New York Transit Museum there will be a reading of The Inside-Outside Book of New York City and participants will then have the chance to create their own “inside-outside” picture book of subway travel.
Details: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street. All are welcomed. FREE with Museum admission. Telephone: 718.694.1600. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 5th from 12pm — 5pm
Apollo Theater Open House Weekend
It’s Black History Month and it seems as though the Apollo Theater is starting the month off with a bang! Head on up to the Apollo Theater to make the celebration even more fun and show ‘em how we do it in Brooklyn! Woot! On Sunday, the focus will be on instruments and a family instrument-making workshop will be held. Throughout the entire weekend, watch dances from Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Millennium Dance Company!
Details: 253 West 125th Street. FREE for all. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Visit the website for more information and for a rundown of the events.

Sunday, February 5th from 1pm — 3pm
Arts and Recreation at the Audubon Center
Naturalists at the Prospect Park Audubon Center will lead structured, fun and engaging arts activities combined with active play that will have kids up and moving like an animal or pretending to be a bat. Cool, right. Yeah… we thought so too!
Details: Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park. Entrance near Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. FREE for all. Telephone: 718.287.3400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 5th at 11am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore

Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss NinaJon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). http://greenlightbookstore.com/storytime

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