Weekend Events: J&R Jr Grand Opening Extravaganza, Harlem Globetrotters, Valentine's Day Celebrations, and Loads More!

February 10, 2012

The new store, J&R Jr. at 1 Park Row, NYC

Hello Brooklyn! Hope you guys had a great week. Okay, so is it me or is there something wrong with Mother Nature? One day, I was wearing a spring jacket, the next I was bundled up and covered in snow. Crazy, right?! And totally unstable. Well, at least one thing’s stable: we’ve got great events for you this weekend. First, have you seen The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things? My son and I saw it last weekend and it was BEYOND hilarious and entertaining. I’m seriously contemplating becoming a magician now. Check out our full review below. Then there’s the J&R Jr Grand Opening Extravaganza! If you love J&R, then you’ll be thrilled with their new kids store! My son and I had the chance to preview it last weekend, and let me tell ya’, it’s pretty awesome! And who can forget that Valentine’s Day is next week?! There are a slew of love-related events around town celebrating love so take your pick! Don’t forget to check out our music listings and calendar for more events! Have a great weekend!

ONGOING

Friday, February 10th — 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 10th — 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

Friday, February 10th – 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 10th – 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

Saturday, February 11th — 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 11th — 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 10 through February 26
“Brazil! Brazil!” at The New Victory Theater

If you’ve never been to Brazil, the new show “Brazil! Brazil!” at The New Victory Theater, is supposed to be the next best thing. With a blend of music, capoeira, acrobatics, live samba and soccer-inspired street dance, the show combines the musical elements of Rio Carnaval with the culture of Brazil. Brazil’s National Freestyle Football Champion, Arturo, is a featured performer and he will be showing off his sweet soccer moves with a team of singers, dancers and musicians. Between the soccer footwork, gymnast’s flips and dancers’ sizzling steps, the energy of the show will even get your feet moving!  Details: Brazil! Brazil!  The New Victory Theater  209 West 42nd Street  February 10 through February 26, 2012 Ticket Information Tickets for Brazil! Brazil! cost $25, $18, $12 and $9 for Members and $38, $28, $18 and $14 for Non-members based on seat locations.  Theater-goers who buy tickets for three or more New Vic shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including up to 35-percent savings.  ONLINE at NewVictory.org BY PHONE at 646-223-3010; Sunday – Wednesday, 11 am-5 pm; Thursday – Saturday, 11 am-7 pm  IN PERSON at The New Victory Theater Box Office (209 West 42nd Street); Sunday & Monday 11 am-5 pm; Tuesday-Saturday 12 pm-7 pm*indicates Talk-back following the performance.  # indicates signed performances.  PARADE MASKS  New Vic Studio: Family Workshops Sun, Feb 12 at 10am and 2:30pm

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH

Friday, February 10th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100.Visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 10th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, February 10th 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

Friday, February 10th: all day
Swamp In The City at Chelsea Market
We hope you’re ready for this because history has transformed a 5,600 square foot in Chelsea Market into a south Louisiana swamp experience featuring over 6,500 gallons of water, live alligators and red-eared turtles, 15 feet tall live cypress trees, and over 1,000 live plants indigenous to the region. WOW! At Swamp in the City you can meet the cast of Swamp People, check out live alligators, sample free Cajun favorites such as Gumbo and Crawfish Étouffée by renowned Cajun Chef John Folse, listen to live music from Sac Au Lait, and have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Louisiana, courtesy of LousianaTravel.com. PLUS…After 8:30pm every night, the lights are turned off to help the gators acclimate to NYC since they require complete darkness. Seriously, how COOL is this?!
Details: 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street). All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH

Saturday, February 11th beginning at 10am
J&R Junior Grand Opening
Our favorite electronics store is once again expanding! And this time, it’s all about the kiddies. J&R, the go-to store for all things electronics, is opening a kids store, J&R Jr and celebrating with a HUGE 2-day extravaganza. Woohoo! Last weekend, my son and I had the opportunity to attend a preview event to the grand opening and let me just say… wow! The store looks fabulous! Not only is it super kid-friendly and filled with all types of different toys and books, but there are also nooks and “hang-out” spots for children to chill-lax. Since no celebration is complete without fun, J&R is welcoming all to celebrate their new addition with magicians, princesses, balloon twisters, photo booths, giveaways, and MORE!
Saturday’s events:
1:30pm: Laurie Berkner (solo)
2:30pm: Little Maestros
4:00pm: Farmer Jason
Details: 1 Park Row, New York, NY. 2nd Floor. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Arrive early for performances as space is limited. Call 212.238.9000 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th 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 11th 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. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 11:30am
Steampunk Victorian Valentines at McNally Jackson
With Valentine’s Day next week, this is the weekend of L-O-V-E! At McNally Jackson, kids can combine the cogs and gears of Steampunk sensibility with the lacy legacy of 19th Century valentines to create pop-up and layered Steampunk Victorian Valentines. Sweetness!
Details: 52 Prince Street, New York, NY. FREE for all. Recommended for ages 3-10. Contact Yvonne@mcnallyjackson.com or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th 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 11th at 1:00pm
Saturday Family Programs: Jazz 4 Kids at the Central Library
You won’t exactly need your jazz hands for this event, but come ready to groove. Together, with world renowned jazz musicians and vocalist/educator Lauren Hooker, the ensemble leads the audience through the origins of jazz, beginning the journey with a participatory African “Call and Response” song, Slave songs and Spirituals, and translating it into singing a “Swing” tune, and moving to a calypso song demonstrating that jazz continues to influence music around the world. Children are exposed to jazz legends such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Sonny Rollins while participating in “Jazz Etiquette” and “Trading Fours”. The audience becomes the instruments in a “Jazz Trio” and experiences the freedom of improvisational scat singing. It’s fun! It’s educational! It’s exciting!
Details: 10 Grand Army Plaza. FREE for all. All ages welcomed. Call 718.230.2100 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at  11 a.m
Gustafer Yellowgold

The one time I went to a Gustafer Yellowgold concert, there were parents there that looked like regular rock band groupies. One father, who stood next to me in the back, sang all the songs about Gustafer, the small yellow cone-headed fellow, while his kids squished into seats up front. One mom and her daughter twirled and danced the entire concert: I’m sure that child went to bed early. It’s not like a Gustafer Yellowgold concert is totally rocking; it’s more like a trippy, mellow journey where the regular world is suspended for just a bit and a new world takes its place: one where a  plushie yellow being can interact with humans and work out issues with its odd friends- all backed up by animated, wacky graphics.  Gustafer Yellowgold is back in NYC again, and this time backed up by the orchestral sounds of The Chelsea Symphony on Saturday, February 11th and 12th. I’m sure it will change the indie-rock feel of the past shows, but  just how, I don’t know. It should be a pretty interesting event.
Details:
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space,  2537 Broadway at 95th St,, NYC
Tickets: $25 adults; $15 children under 12.   (Members $21 adults; $13 children)   212-864-5400.   http://www.symphonyspace.org

Saturday, February 11th at 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Perfect Catch: A Throwmanic Comedy at Canal Park Playhouse
What do you get when you put two co-workers together who appear to have nothing in common but the love of office pranks? A perfect catch! Jen and Michael are two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers who share a secret that throws them (and other things) together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling and physical comedy. Office romances have never been so magical! A special Valentine’s Day Classic Brunch Matinee is available for an additional $15 and includes a decadent dark chocolate waffle with your choice of a Mimosa, a Strawberry Champagne Cocktail, wine or beer. The regular brunch menu, which includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) is also available for an additional $10.
Details: 508 Canal Street, New York, NY. All ages are welcomed. Tickets: $20. Call 866.811.4111 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th 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.

Saturday, February 11th from 1pm — 4pm
GREENCYCLE Swap at New Beginnings
Now’s your time to reduce, reuse, and recycle gently used and working men’s, women’s, and children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, and cell phones! Please be aware that they are no longer taking electronics or computers.
Details: 199 North 5th Street between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY. Contact Agnes at 917.392.8450 or agnes@townsquareinc.com. Also, visit the website for more information or to volunteer.

Saturday, February 11th at 1:30pm
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live! at the BMCC TriBeCa Performing Arts Center
Calling all Clifford fanatics! In conjunction with the beloved BIG dog’s 50th anniversary in 2012, celebrate the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas – Share, Play Fairly, Show Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe in Yourself, Be a Good Friend and Help Others.  Clifford and his friends from Birdwell Island embark on new adventures and will feature memorable songs and choreography in this ALL NEW musical make even more of him to love.
Details: 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY. Ages 3-7. Tickets: $25. Call 212. 220.1460 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 1:30pm
Sister City: Cairo, Egypt Workshop at The New York Transit Museum
Did you know that the ancient city of Cairo has a not-so-ancient underground transportation system called the Cairo Metro?! It’s Africa’s only subway system! Cool, right? Learn more about our “sister city” and create a postcard of NYC’s subway trains, which will be mailed to the Cairo Rail Museum. Even cooler, right?!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE with Museum admissions. Call 718.694.1600 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 2:00pm
Big Box of Distractions: SPLASH! A Theatre Games and Art-Making Workshop at Irondale Center
How cool is it that Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will be offering a hands-on art and theater-making workshop for families?! Very, if I don’t say so myself. By asking participants to share their stories and memories of water, Strike Anywhere will lead the group in the creation of a live improvised piece based on those stories. Some participants will be actors, some dancers, some artists, and some…. who knows! The possibilities are endless! But everyone will come together to construct a short spontaneous piece that reflects us all! All participants will receive discount passes to Strike Anywhere’s upcoming show at Irondale, SAME RIVER 2/23-3/3. Ways to take further action to protect Brooklyn’s water will be on hand.
Details: 85 South Oxford Street. ALL are welcomed. $10/adults, $5/kids. Telephone: 718.788.9233. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th 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 11th 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 11th from 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Kids Club 13: Circle of Love at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Oh baby! Monkey around with Curious George at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Kids Club THIRTEEN members will enjoy Valentine’s Day themed crafts and activities, an Explore Challenge scavenger hunt through the Secret’s of Circle’s exhibit, and a private Curious George meet-and-greet. Fun!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. Ages 3-10. FREE for Kids Club 13 members ($75/yearly membership). Contact JimenezJ@wnet.org or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 3:00pm
Clifford’s HEART-Y Party at The Scholastic Store SoHo
Calling all Clifford lovers! Head to the Scholastic Store in SoHo to listen to Clifford’s favorite Valentine’s Day books and then join Clifford for a pre-Valentine’s Day card-making-extravaganza. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a picture with the Big Red Dog himself!
Details: 557 Broadway, New York, NY.FREE for all. Ages 3 and up. Call 212.343.6166 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 3:00pm
Extreme Kids Music and Play at Space No. 1
How cool is this Jesse Neuman and Musicworks concert going to be? Umm… VERY!
Details: 40 Brevoort Place in the Coop School Building. Brooklyn, NY. FREE for all, but RSVP required. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th at 4:00pm
A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Celebration at Symphony Space
Celebrate the book that’s had a HUGE impact on so many! An all-star cast of writers and actors, including Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me), Katherine Patterson (Bridge to Terabithia), Lois Lowry (The Giver), and R.L. Stine will read from and discuss the 1962 Newbery Medal-winning classic by Madeline L’Engle. The discussion will be moderated by NYPL Children’s Librarian and Fuse #8 blogger Betsy Bird. The event will also include a special introduction by children’s book historian Leonard Marcus.  Excerpts from the book with be performed by Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun, and Saturday Night Live) and others.
Details: 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), New York, NY. All ages welcomed. Tickets $15. Contact 212.864.5400 or visit the website for more information.

Saturday, February 11th from 5:00pm — 7:00pm
FREE Teen Night Open House: Celebrating Black History Month at The Brooklyn Museum
One thing I know to be true: teens KNOW how to plan a good time for themselves. That’s exactly why this event will be a hit! Planned by teens for teens, this event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males and will include hands-on and interactive gallery activities and live performances by teens and professionals.
Details: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. FREE for all. Ages 13 and up. Call 718.501.6588, email teen.programs@brooklynmuseum.org, or visit the website for more information or to RSVP.

Saturday, February 11th from 5:30pm — 7:30pm
“Circle of Love” Dad’s and Daughter’s Ball at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
This is the first ever “Circle of Love” Dad’s & Daughters Ball and you don’t want to miss it! Children can be a debutante for the day on their date with Dad (or Mom)! All participants can enjoy a memorable evening of dance- led by a children’s dance instructor, light refreshments by Dunkin’ Donuts, and live celebrity DJ from WBLS 107.5 FM radio!  As a special treat, each young belle of the ball will receive her own corsage, Valentine’s card, and pose for a keepsake photo with her special date. How cute! And puh-lease, don’t be shy, dress to impress! Check out our full write-up of this event HERE.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. All are welcomed. $25/couple, $10/additional child. For tickets, call 718.735.4400 or visit the website for more information or to reserve your tickets online.

Saturday, February 11th: all day
Swamp In The City at Chelsea Market
We hope you’re ready for this because history has transformed a 5,600 square foot in Chelsea Market into a south Louisiana swamp experience featuring over 6,500 gallons of water, live alligators and red-eared turtles, 15 feet tall live cypress trees, and over 1,000 live plants indigenous to the region. WOW! At Swamp in the City you can meet the cast of Swamp People, check out live alligators, sample free Cajun favorites such as Gumbo and Crawfish Étouffée by renowned Cajun Chef John Folse, listen to live music from Sac Au Lait, and have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Louisiana, courtesy of LousianaTravel.com. PLUS…After 8:30pm every night, the lights are turned off to help the gators acclimate to NYC since they require complete darkness. Seriously, how COOL is this?!
Details: 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street). All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH

Sunday, February 12th beginning at 10am
J&R Junior Grand Opening
Our favorite electronics store is once again expanding! And this time, it’s all about the kiddies. J&R, the go-to store for all things electronics is opening a kids store, J&R Jr and celebrating with a HUGE 2-day extravaganza. Woohoo! Last weekend, my son and I had the opportunity to attend a preview event to the grand opening and let me just say… wow! The store looks fabulous! Not only is it super kid-friendly and filled with all types of different toys and books, but there are also nooks and “hang-out” spots for children to chill-lax. Since no celebration is complete without fun, J&R is welcoming all to celebrate their new addition with magicians, princesses, balloon twisters, photo booths, giveaways, and MORE!
Sunday’s events:
11:00am: Dirty Socks Fun Time Band
12:00pm: Book Reading with Tad Hills
1:00pm: The Amazing Max, my favorite musician
2:00pm: A Princess Visit
3:00pm: Dan Zanes
4:00pm: Kidz Bop (autograph signing)
Details: 1 Park Row, New York, NY. 2nd Floor. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Arrive early for performances as space is limited. Call 212.238.9000 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th 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). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th at 11am
JUMPIN’ JUNIPER Presents Jamal Jackson Dance Company at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Dancing… check! Interaction… check! A live performance… check! Sounds like the perfect trifecta to me! During the performance, a well-equipped playroom will be available in conjunction so that children and caregivers can take a break and return to the show at any time. The playroom will remain open until 1:00 pm.
Details: 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. All are welcomed. $7/person, FREE for children 2 and under. Call 718.832.0018, email info@bax.org, or visit the website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Sunday, February 12th 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!

Sunday, February 12th at 12pm and 3pm
Science of Basketball Demonstrations at The New York Hall of Science
Learn the science behind some of your favorite basketball moves. A NYSCI Explainer will demonstrate the moves, explain the underlying science, and allow museum visitors to try out some of the tricks for themselves. Velocity, gravity, physics and even a little chemistry will put a new spin on the sport.
Details: 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY. FREE with NYSCI admission. Call 718.699.0005 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th at 12pm — 4pm
Sports Cart at The New York Hall of Science
Suit up! Helmets, shoulder pads, bats, balls and gloves. Learn how sports equipment protects players from injury and leads to new developments in sports.
Details: 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY. FREE with NYSCI admission. Call 718.699.0005 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th at  4 p.m.
Gustafer Yellowgold
The one time I went to a Gustafer Yellowgold concert, there were parents there that looked like regular rock band groupies. One father, who stood next to me in the back, sang all the songs about Gustafer, the small yellow cone-headed fellow, while his kids squished into seats up front. One mom and her daughter twirled and danced the entire concert: I’m sure that child went to bed early. It’s not like a Gustafer Yellowgold concert is totally rocking; it’s more like a trippy, mellow journey where the regular world is suspended for just a bit and a new world takes its place: one where a  plushie yellow being can interact with humans and work out issues with its odd friends- all backed up by animated, wacky graphics.  Gustafer Yellowgold is back in NYC again, and this time backed up by the orchestral sounds of The Chelsea Symphony on Saturday, February 11th and 12th. I’m sure it will change the indie-rock feel of the past shows, but  just how, I don’t know. It should be a pretty interesting event.
Details:
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space,  2537 Broadway at 95th St,, NYC
Tickets: $25 adults; $15 children under 12.   (Members $21 adults; $13 children)   212-864-5400.   http://www.symphonyspace.org

Sunday, February 12th at 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Harlem Globetrotters’ Legend Curly Neal at The New York Hall of Science
This is so super cool! Join one of the most famous Harlem Globetrotters in history, Curly Neal, for a special presentation. A legend in sports and entertainment, Neal captured the imagination of fans over 22 seasons, playing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries with the Hall of Fame team. Neal will be joined by one of NYSCI’s Explainers for an entertaining basketball-themed science experiment. Following the experiment, Curly will also take questions from audience members. Tickets are FREE and will be distributed to visitors on February 12 on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited.
Details: 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY. FREE with NYSCI admission. Call 718.699.0005 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th at 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Perfect Catch: A Throwmanic Comedy at Canal Park Playhouse
What do you get when you put two co-workers together who appear to have nothing in common but the love of office pranks? A perfect catch! Jen and Michael are two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers who share a secret that throws them (and other things) together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling and physical comedy. Office romances have never been so magical! A special Valentine’s Day Classic Brunch Matinee is available for an additional $15 and includes a decadent dark chocolate waffle with your choice of a Mimosa, a Strawberry Champagne Cocktail, wine or beer. The regular brunch menu, which includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) is also available for an additional $10.
Details: 508 Canal Street, New York, NY. All ages are welcomed. Tickets: $20. Call 866.811.4111 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th from 1pm — 4pm
Brooklyn Bandanza! at Littlefield
P.S. 261 is at it again for the 2nd year in a row so I hope you’re ready for the coolest family music party of the season! Brooklyn Bandanza! will take the stage at Gowanus club Littlefield and will feature the best kid and teen bands Brooklyn has to offer. Head on down to check out the talent from local music schools, including the Brooklyn Music Factory, Gowanus Music Club and Willie Mae Rock Camp. In addition to hearing the great music being made by Brooklyn kids these days, attendees will enjoy an off-the-hook air guitar contest, a rock-and-roll photo booth and a full bar (for adults) and snacks for the whole family. All proceeds from Brooklyn Bandanza! will benefit PS 261, a public elementary school in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
Details: 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY. All ages welcomed. $10/adult, $5/children. Email bandanza@yahoogroups.com or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th from 1pm — 3pm
Beat the Blahs Winter Concert Series at PS 295
This series will feature two shows in one and the entire family will really enjoy it.
Show #1:
Goat On A Boat Puppet Theater will present Little Red Riding Hood – a traditional tale with a twist as Little Red gets mixed-up with Porquoi, a pig who’s in the wrong story! Complete with changing scenery, music and charming hand puppets, this puppet show will have us all ratting on the wolf and cheering Little Red to safety.
Show #2:
Pete Sinjin’s ‘Hoots n Hollers’ will serenade us with a musical love letter to Pete’s family, community, and to the city he calls home, New York. Songs like “Coney Island” and “4th Floor Walkup Mountaintop” will help  celebrate Brooklyn while barnstorming rockabilly style in “Click Clack” and punking out with “Flexible Flyer.”
Details: 330 18th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Recommended for ages 2-7. $5/person, $20/family of four or more. Contact Rebecca Lyden at 917.822.2403 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th 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 12th at 1:30pm
Sister City: Cairo, Egypt Workshop at The New York Transit Museum
Did you know that the ancient city of Cairo has a not-so-ancient underground transportation system called the Cairo Metro?! It’s Africa’s only subway system! Cool, right? Learn more about our “sister city” and create a postcard of NYC’s subway trains, which will be mailed to the Cairo Rail Museum. Even cooler, right?!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY. Recommended for ages 5 and under. FREE with Museum admissions. Call 718.694.1600 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th from 3:00pm — 5:00pm
Baby Massage Workshop at Caribou Baby
Wondering how to effectively massage your infant? Well, wonder no more because this workshop will teach you exactly what you need to know. This Baby Massage Workshop taught by Ellynne Skove, is for babies 6 weeks to pre-rolling & their parents. The workshop will: develop deeper bonding and attachment, nurture body and mind development through touch, teach techniques to help soothe and calm baby, teach ways to nurture nervous system regulation, create useful sleep rituals using massage, teach techniques to address congestion, colic, and digestive issues, AND explore ways to help feel centered, grounded, & relaxed amidst new parenting. Wowsa! It’ll also be great for fathers to learn ways to be with baby and engage in meaningful activities as well as new mothers. Grandparents are welcome too!
Details: 272 Driggs, Brooklyn, NY. Recommended for adults with infants. Cost: $45/family. Contact info@cariboubaby.com or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th from 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Jam On DUMBO’s Winter Concert Series: Still Saffire at Superfine Restaurant
Are you ready to jam, Brooklyn?! This year’s concert series will raise money for Jam On DUMBO’s free Summer Family Music Festival and our 2012 community outreach projects. Superfine will be providing kids’ menus during and after the concerts. Along with the music, kids will enjoy free face-painting, balloons, and giveaways. Now that’s what I call a J-A-M! Woot!
Details: 126 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY. All ages welcomed. $20/family (cash only). Call 718.243.9005, email Alisha@jamondumbo.com, or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, February 12th from 4:00pm — 7:00pm
Valentine’s Day Fundraiser at The Co-Op School
Get your dancing shoes ready and your dance moves too! This Valentine’s Day kid/adult dance fundraiser will have food, baked goods, drinks, and lots of fun activities available for purchase to raise money for the Co-Op School.
Details: 87 Irving Place, Brooklyn, NY. All ages welcomed. FREE for all.

Sunday, February 12th 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 12th: all day
Swamp In The City at Chelsea Market
We hope you’re ready for this because history has transformed a 5,600 square foot in Chelsea Market into a south Louisiana swamp experience featuring over 6,500 gallons of water, live alligators and red-eared turtles, 15 feet tall live cypress trees, and over 1,000 live plants indigenous to the region. WOW! At Swamp in the City you can meet the cast of Swamp People, check out live alligators, sample free Cajun favorites such as Gumbo and Crawfish Étouffée by renowned Cajun Chef John Folse, listen to live music from Sac Au Lait, and have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Louisiana, courtesy of LousianaTravel.com. PLUS…After 8:30pm every night, the lights are turned off to help the gators acclimate to NYC since they require complete darkness. Seriously, how COOL is this?!
Details: 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street). All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

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