Weekend Events: Brooklyn Baby Expo, Ultimate Science Street Fair, Families First Spring Carnival, Great Howl! Out Loud Carnival, and Much More!

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Pictured is the 2012 Ultimate Science Street Fair. Photo via Time Out Kids

Pictured is the 2012 Ultimate Science Street Fair. Photo via Time Out Kids.

Looks like the month of June will be starting out with a BANG!

The weather will be gorgeous this weekend and the events will be glorious! If you love all things about bouncy castles and petting zoos, then the Families First Annual Spring Carnival in Cobble Hill is the event for you. There are also a couple of street festivals going on that you may want to check out –The World Science Festival, which culminates with the always-entertaining and educational Ultimate Science Street Fair; the Red Hook Fest; the Howl! Festival, which encompasses the Great Howl! Out Loud Carnival for Kids; and Brooklyn Arbor’s PLAYground 2013 Festival. It’s not too late to purchase tickets for our very own Brooklyn Baby Expo. Trust me on this… you don’t want to miss it.

And remember to visit our events calendar for more fun activities! Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY MAY 31ST

Friday, May 31st from 10am — 11am
FUN Fridays Kids Concert — Rolie Polie Guacamole (FORT GREENE)
FAB FRIDAYS is two series of free community events: FAB FRIDAYS and Concert for Kids, FUN FRIDAYS! Performances and activities will take place on Fridays now through September. This FUN FRIDAYS’ concert is with Rolie Polie Guacamole!
Details: Fulton Street and Grand Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-928-3322. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 10am — 11am
J Yum and Hum at Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace (WINDSOR TERRACE)
Join Tehilah and Gilad in a journey through Jewish communities around the world with music and food! J-Yum & Hum provides engaging, dynamic and interactive program for parents and their infants (up to crawlers), exploring culture and tradition through stories, music, foods, storytelling of the Jewish Diaspora. Learn about the cultures and lifestyles of their Jewish counterparts around the world.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages  and under. FREE for all. Contact: Nadira at 718.407.6377. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 10am — 9pm
Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st at 11am
Drop-in Story Time with Spellbound Theater (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Visit It Takes A Village on Fridays for drop-in story times with music, stories, puppets and more. Hear songs, books and fables, and classic nursery rhymes with a special twist into an interactive and stimulating story time specially crafted for babies and toddlers.
Details: 500 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $5/suggested donation. Contact: spellboundtheater@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 2pm — 2:30pm
Animal Encounter at Audubon Center (PROSPECT PARK)
Curious as to how “Snappy” the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join one our trained staff in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. Learn what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and even assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal with our box turtle!
Details: Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 287-3400. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st at 2:30pm
Sing-A-Long with Jarrod at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)

Join in for the kids section for 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by Greenlight bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and under. Contact: (718) 246-0200. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st at 3pm
Yoga Story Time at Karma Kids Yoga (CHELSEA)
Story time comes alive with puppets, songs, and yoga poses. Babies through 6 year olds (and their grownups) are invited to help lift stories off the page as they read and play yoga together, building literacy skills and healthy bodies in this action-packed class.
Details: 104 West 14th Street, NYC. Ages 6 and under. FREE for all. Contact: (646) 638-1444. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridys at Klub4Kidz (WILLIAMSBURG)

It’s an all-you-can play buffet! Rock climbing, face painting, tattoos galore! And… access to all Klub4Kidz, including painting and drawing in the art studio, board games, video games, and dancing! Fun!
Details: 159 North 4th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15 per kid; $12 for 3 years and under; $10 for each additional kid; additional $5 if doing the holiday craft. Contact: 718.599.5900. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program (LITTLE ITALY)
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, May 31st from 6pm — 8pm
20th Annual Red Hook Fest (RED HOOK)
Not only will there be great food and live performances, but the event culminates with an art-filled parade for the entire clan!
Schedule:
Friday from 6pm — 8pm: BBQ and Dance Party at PS 15 — 71 Sullivan Street.
Saturday beginning at 10am: Red Hook Rebirth Parade — Coffey Park (Verona Street. between Richard and Dwight Streets.)
Saturday from 12pm — 7pm: Mainstage Performances/Festival Main Day — Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier (Ferris Street between Coffey Street and Van Dyke Street)
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 643-6790. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
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. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st from 7pm — 9pm
Family Fridays at The Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)
From the organizers: “The Museum of Mathematics is pleased to announce a special Family Friday workshop for parents and kids on Friday, April 26, at 7 pm. Dr. Daina Taimina, mathematical artist, author, and mother of two, will present “Crackers, Oranges, and Pringles” – a creative, hands-on exploration of surfaces with different curvature. Dr. Taimina, known for creating “hyperbolic crochet,” will start by transforming flat sheets of paper into surfaces with different curvature and then exploring what happens on those surfaces.  For those familiar with two basic crochet stitches – chain and single crochet – she will go on to demonstrate how to crochet various hyperbolic surfaces.”
Details: 11 East 26th Street, NYC. Ages 7 and up. Cost: $10.00. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31st at 8pm
Dancewave’s Spring Celebration 2013 at LIU’s Kumble Theater (DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN)
Just Dance! Dancewave presents Spring Celebration 2013 a stunning showcase of modern dance repertory featuring the unique and talented youth of the Dancewave Companies performing works by some of today’s most celebrated choreographers such as Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance, Kyle Abraham, and Camille Brown.
Details: Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $15/students and children. Contact: info@kumbletheater.org. Visit the website for more information.

Great Howl! Out Loud Kids Carnival. Photo via East Village Howler

Great Howl! Out Loud Kids Carnival. Photo via East Village Howler

SATURDAY JUNE 1ST

Saturday, June 1st — Sunday, June 16th: various times
Sing for Hope: Pop-Up Pianos (NYC)
From the organizers, “Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos are coming to a street near you to celebrate their vision of all New Yorkers having access to the arts. Each one of the 88 pianos you find on New York City streets, in parks and on boardwalks, has been painted by a Sing for Hope volunteer artist who shares our mission of bringing the arts to all.”
Details: Various locations in NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-966-5955. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 8am — 4pm
Free Saturdays at Red Hook Recreation Center (RED HOOK)
Activities will include fitness activities, board games, billiards, access to the cardio and weight room, and more!
Details: Halleck St., Bush St., between Otsego St. and Court St., Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 722-3211. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 9am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)
This should be fun! There will be open play drop off where kids will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 Third Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Street), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: (347)762-6840. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 9:30am — 11am
Out of Shabbox at Union Temple (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Out of the Shabbox is Brooklyn’s newest cross-cultural, interfaith arts based program designed to explore themes such as peace and charity through movement, music and storytelling. Featuring Avodah Dance’s Julie Gayer Kris (movement), Backyardigan Live!’s Shawn Shafner (storytelling) and Ruach Rocker Jay Rapoport (minstrel). Come join an interactive, fun filled programming where families can come together to sing, dance and tell stories about the things we value and which unite us.
Details: 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Ages 6 and under. FREE for all. Contact: uniontemple@uniontemple.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 10am — 3pm
Families First Annual Spring Carnival (COBBLE HILL)
You won’t want to miss this! The Carnival features lots of fun for the kids — baby animals in a petting zoo, a bouncy house, face painting, spin art, tattoos, mini-carousel, carnival games, arts & crafts, a bake sale and balloons.
Details: 250 Baltic Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all, but fees for activities. Contact: (718) 237-1862. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st beginning at 10am
20th Annual Red Hook Fest (RED HOOK)
Not only will there be great food and live performances, but the event culminates with an art-filled parade for the entire clan!
Schedule:
Saturday beginning at 10am: Red Hook Rebirth Parade — Coffey Park (Verona Street. between Richard and Dwight Streets.)
Saturday from 12pm — 7pm: Mainstage Performances/Festival Main Day — Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier (Ferris Street between Coffey Street and Van Dyke Street)
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 643-6790. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 10am — 9pm
Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st at 11am
Story Time at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning that’s also the perfect pre-nap activity?! We’ve got you covered! Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 246-0200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 11am — 12:30pm
Baby Sign Language Workshop at Brooklyn Embodied (PARK SLOPE)
n this workshop you will learn everything you need to know to effectively communicate through sign with your preverbal infant. Learn how to get started, what to do, and the signs most relevant to babies. The group will do some small, fun activities with the babies to help you get the hang of things and there will be plenty of time to get all your questions answered. Please note: pre-registration is required.
Details: 445 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for adults with children 18 month and younger. Cost: $40/person; $50/couple. Contact: Info@signingupbaby.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 11am — 1pm
Spring Weekend Discovery Workshops at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (EASTERN PARKWAY)
Participants can learn about garden plants and animals and explore through discovery stations, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and plantings to take home.
Details: 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with admission. Contact: 718-623-7200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 11am — 3pm
Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (FORT GREENE)
Eat delicious food, drink, and enjoy a kid-friendly planned activity! This weekend’s activity: Live Ladybug Release.
Details: 757 Fulton, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 11am — 3pm
Free Art Island Outpost at Nolan Park (GOVERNOR’S ISLAND)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, puppetry, animation, and performance!
Details: Building 11 and 14, Governor’s Island. Ages 12 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 212.274.0986. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st at 11:30am
Mario the Magician and His Suitcase Machine at The Metropolitan Room (FLATIRON)
Get ready for laughter and lots of abracadabras! From the organizers, “Join Mario the Magician for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario’s old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does.”
Details: 34 West 22nd Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. $30/adult; $20/child. Contact: 212.206.0440. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 12pm — 5pm
The Prospect Park Carousel (PROSPECT PARK)
It’s a great weekend to ride the carousel! The 101 year-old carousel features 51 carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots.
Details: Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $2 per ride, $9 book of 5 tickets. Contact: (646) 393-9031. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 12pm — 4pm
Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Bowling. FREE admissions from noon until 4pm. Need we say more?!
Details: 61 Wythe Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE admissions. Contact: 718-963-3369, Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 12pm — 4pm
Brooklyn Arbor Presents PLAYground 2013 Festival (WILLIAMSBURG)
PLAYground Festival is a family music, craft, and food festival on the school playground. MUSIC: Charles Bradley, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Danimal & the Animals, DJ Miller Time, DJ Blind Willie, The Habit, Dany y Dany, Papa & Elliot, and more. But, wait. There’s more. An obstacle course, face painting, breakdancing, dance performances, and story time!
Details: Brooklyn Arbor Playground Keap Street between South 2nd and South 3rd Streets, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $10/adults; FREE/children 12 and under (accompanied by an adult). Contact: pabkarbor@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 12pm — 7pm
The Great Howl: Out Loud Kids Carnival (EAST VILLAGE)
The mission of HOWL! Festival is to honor, develop, create and produce. The Carnival features: Games and Fairway Attractions like miniature golf and a wacky pint-sized railway Arts and Crafts activities including origami, face painting, and mask making Kids Art Around The Park a gigantic group mural for budding Warhols and Kiki Smiths Continuous Entertainment on the Kids Stage including featured performers from Rosie’s Theater Kids, Tap City, Honeybee House.
Details: 500 East 9th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: info@howlnyc.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 12pm — 7pm
World Science Festival — Innovation Square (DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN)
Event attendees can check out robots, video games and 3D printers at this science and tech showcase. There will also be workshops and lectures (that are more suitable for adults only) and a performance by Blue Man Group technician Bill Swartz.
Details: MetroTech Plaza 6 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st at 1pm
ElectriCity Live at New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants will discover the secrets of how the NYC subway uses power in this eclectic, electric and always fun demonstration!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st at 1pm
Moving Music with Deedle Deedle Dees at New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Get ready to rock! The Deedle Deedle Dees was founded by Brooklyn-based artist and songwriter Lloyd Miller, and they use rock-n-roll, country, hip hop and folk to teach kids about history, nature, social action and sorts of stuff that they wouldn’t think to learn about in songs! Join them for a very special performance of songs celebrating travel and motion, right on the Museum’s platform!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. FREE with museum admission. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 5:30pm — 7:30pm
Family Pizza Party at Prospect Park Zoo (PROSPECT PARK)
A pizza party at the zoo?! Sign me up! There will be pizza, juice, and snacks for the kids. And wine for the parents. Participants can enjoy animal encounters, craft activities, a private sea lion feeding, and a scavenger hunt. Please note: advance registration is required.
Details: 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $65; $15/additional participants. Contact: 718-399-7327. Visit the website for more information.

Brooklyn Baby Expo promises to be amazingly fantastic

The Brooklyn Baby Expo promises to be amazingly fantastic!

SUNDAY JUNE 2ND

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 4pm
Brooklyn Baby Expo (CARROLL GARDENS)
Spend the day learning about all the hot topics of parenthood, meeting the experts and finding Brooklyn’s best resources. Stay for a free lunch, music, demos, and awesome raffle prizes. Fabulous gift bags! Bring your partner, friend or whole family. All ages welcome!
Details: 477 Court Street (between Luquer and Nelson Street), Brooklyn. All Ages . Cost: $15 and up. Visit the website for more information. Tickets: http://brooklynbabyexpo2013.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, June 2nd — Sunday, June 16th: various times
Sing for Hope: Pop-Up Pianos (NYC)
From the organizers, “Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos are coming to a street near you to celebrate their vision of all New Yorkers having access to the arts. Each one of the 88 pianos you find on New York City streets, in parks and on boardwalks, has been painted by a Sing for Hope volunteer artist who shares our mission of bringing the arts to all.”
Details: Various locations in NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-966-5955. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 9am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)
This should be fun! There will be open play drop off where kids will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 Third Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Street), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: (347)762-6840. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 12pm
Bike NY: Learn to Ride Kids at The Brooklyn Bridge Park (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
This is a group class for children who are ready to ride a two-wheeler for the first time. Bike New York instructors help parents teach their kids how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Please note: registration is required.
Details: Joralemon Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 4pm
Brooklyn Baby Expo at The International of Brooklyn (CARROLL GARDENS)
Brooklyn’s premier family event is returning for new and expectant parents of children up to age 3. Bring the whole family to enjoy the day! Learn about best parenting resources, sleep, baby and child gear, greening your home, schools, how to hire a nanny, daycares, caring for yourself, and more. Get fabulous raffle prizes (strollers, car seats, carriers, high chairs, baby gear, and more!) Exhibitors will showcase products and services covering all phases of life as a new parent!
Details: 477 Court Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 5pm
Torah Unwrapped at Jewish Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Children explore the process of making a Torah during this interactive workshop. Uncover the history of hundred-year-old scrolls, see and handle unfinished hides for parchment, mix ink, fashion goose-feather quills and watch the scribe as he practices his “scribal scribble” on a piece of parchment!
Details: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Ages 5 to 15. FREE for all, fees for activities. Contact: info@jcm.museum. Visit the website fore more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 6pm
The Science Street Fair at Washington Square Park (GREENWICH VILLAGE)
Roll up your sleeves and dig into science through all-new interactive exhibits, games, shows, and performances at the Ultimate Science Street Fair. Aspiring scientists of all ages investigate in “Science Centers” of biology, climate change, energy, math and technology, chemistry, and more. Earn an Ultimate Scientist certificate by logging experiences throughout the day. Start your full day of fun by producing energy comparing walrus and warthog teeth,  code your own computer game, learn how your brain works, examine live mutant worms, and more!
Details: 5th Avenue at Washington Square North, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: wsf@groupsjr.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 6pm
Trilok Earth Day
Celebrate the opening of the Garden and welcome summer at the Earth Day Market. There will be live music, good food, eco-vendors, artists, plant sales, children’s activities, and more!
Details: 143 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 10am — 8pm
Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
On Sunday mornings, children’s performers keep babies and toddlers under 3 years old entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play. Vered’s music is all about bonding with your little one. Her album Good Morning My Love was named a 2011 favorite by Laurie Berkner, kid-music superstar and fellow mom, in USA Today, and is also a 2012 winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award! Through songs that encourage joyful interaction, accompany daily routine, and give melody and words to the emotional experience of the baby and parent, Vered’s music lends a warm and upbeat soundtrack to the nuances of life with a baby or small child. The songs range from playful to emotive, gentle to silly, and sweet to upbeat, mirroring the experience of the new parent
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, June 2nd from 11am — 3pm
Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (FORT GREENE)
Eat delicious food, drink, and enjoy a kid-friendly planned activity! This weekend’s activity: Live Lady Bug Release.
Details: 757 Fulton, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 11am — 3pm
Free Art Island Outpost at Nolan Park (GOVERNOR’S ISLAND)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, puppetry, animation, and performance!
Details: Building 11 and 14, Governor’s Island. Ages 12 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 212.274.0986. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder (CHELSEA)
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 12pm — 5pm
The Prospect Park Carousel (PROSPECT PARK)
It’s a great weekend to ride the carousel! The 101 year-old carousel features 51 carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots.
Details: Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $2 per ride, $9 book of 5 tickets. Contact: (646) 393-9031. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 12pm — 7pm
The Great Owl: Out Loud Kids Carnival (EAST VILLAGE)
The mission of HOWL! Festival is to honor, develop, create and produce. The Carnival features: Games and Fairway Attractions like miniature golf and a wacky pint-sized railway Arts and Crafts activities including origami, face painting, and mask making Kids Art Around The Park a gigantic group mural for budding Warhols and Kiki Smiths Continuous Entertainment on the Kids Stage including featured performers from Rosie’s Theater Kids, Tap City, Honeybee House.
Details: 500 East 9th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: info@howlnyc.org. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd at 1pm
ElectriCity Live at New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants will discover the secrets of how the NYC subway uses power in this eclectic, electric and always fun demonstration!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 1pm — 3pm
Spring Weekend Discovery Workshops at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (EASTERN PARKWAY)
Participants can learn about garden plants and animals and explore through discovery stations, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and plantings to take home.
Details: 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with admission. Contact: 718-623-7200. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm
Studio Sunday at MAD Museum
From the organizers, “On the first Sunday of the month, join a professional artist to explore the galleries followed by a hands-on workshop inspired by the objects in the exhibition. This program is suitable for ages 6 and up. At MAD, our goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn through their hands while having a good time together in our galleries and studio.”
Details: Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 1pm — 3pm
Ace&Jig Weaving Event for Kids at Warm (LITTLE ITALY)
Join in for the launch of Ace&Jig Kid and bring the kids for a weaving class! You can collaborate on a hula hoop weaving or take home your very own stick weaving using Ace&Jig fabric scraps.
Details: 181 Mott Street, NYC. Ages 4 to 12. RSVP: aloha@warmny.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, June 2nd from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

Sing for Hope: Pop- Up Pianos. Photo via NYTimes.com

Sing for Hope: Pop- Up Pianos. Photo via NYTimes.com

ALL WEEKEND

Saturday, June 1st — Sunday, June 16th: various times
Sing for Hope: Pop-Up Pianos (NYC)
From the organizers, “Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos are coming to a street near you to celebrate their vision of all New Yorkers having access to the arts. Each one of the 88 pianos you find on New York City streets, in parks and on boardwalks, has been painted by a Sing for Hope volunteer artist who shares our mission of bringing the arts to all.”
Details: Various locations in NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-966-5955. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10am — 8pm
Victorian Gardens Amusement Park at Wollman Rink (CENTRAL PARK)
Manhattan’s only amusement park is opening its door this weekend! Grab your little ones and enjoy the ride. Literally!
Details: 59th St. and 6th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 entrance fee; $24 unlimited wristband. Contact: (212) 982-2229. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st from 11am — 1pm
Sunday, June 2nd from 1pm — 3pm
Spring Weekend Discovery Workshops at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (EASTERN PARKWAY)
Participants can learn about garden plants and animals and explore through discovery stations, scavenger hunts, story time, crafts, and plantings to take home.
Details: 150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with admission. Contact: 718-623-7200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays through September 29th from 11am — 3pm
Free Art Island Outpost at Nolan Park (GOVERNOR’S ISLAND)
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, puppetry, animation, and performance!
Details: Building 11 and 14, Governor’s Island. Ages 12 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 212.274.0986. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd from 12pm — 7pm
The Great Owl: Out Loud Kids Carnival (EAST VILLAGE)
The mission of HOWL! Festival is to honor, develop, create and produce. The Carnival features: Games and Fairway Attractions like miniature golf and a wacky pint-sized railway Arts and Crafts activities including origami, face painting, and mask making Kids Art Around The Park a gigantic group mural for budding Warhols and Kiki Smiths Continuous Entertainment on the Kids Stage including featured performers from Rosie’s Theater Kids, Tap City, Honeybee House.
Details: 500 East 9th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: info@howlnyc.org. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, May 31stand Saturday, June 1st from 10am — 9pm
Sunday, June 2nd from 10am –8pm
Shipwreck! at Discovery Times Square (TIMES SQUARE)
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface.
Details: 226 West 44th Street, NYC. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $20.50/adults; $15.50/children 4 to 12 years. Contact: 866.987.9692. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd from 11am — 3pm
Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (FORT GREENE)
Eat delicious food, drink, and enjoy a kid-friendly planned activity! This weekend’s activity: Live Lady Bug Release.
Details: 757 Fulton, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 6pm
Art Shack at Pier 25 (DOWNTOWN NYC)
This event is such a cool way to get kids engrossed in art and painting! They can enjoy the outdoors and views of the Hudson while creating a masterpiece! From the organizers, “Our Art Shack outdoor art program at Pier 25 dates back to 1996, when artist Xavier Rivera approached our founder, Bob Townley, with the idea for a free outdoor art program. If you’ve been around long enough, you may recall the area to the right just inside the Pier 25 entrance with outdoor wooden sculptures and a shipping container that served both as our Art Shack and as a pedestal for a giant iguana sculpted by Bob “Daddy-O” Wade. Xavier persevered through the demolition and rebuilding of Pier 25 with an art space astride the Hudson River Park bike path, and now our Art Shack once again is a permanent fixture of our Pier 25 programming.”
Please note: Event will take place if the weather permits.
Details: 120 Warren Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays in June from 3pm — 4pm
Pop-Up Audubon: Water, Water, Everywhere (PROSPECT PARK)
This is a chance to get the entire family involved in outdoor fun at Nethermead. There will be several activities:
Nature on the Go! Pond Prowl: 3pm
A hands-on investigation of the Binnen Pools to discover the diverse aquatic life in the park.
Nature’s Helpers: 2pm
Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.
Discovery Tour: 4pm
Learn what birds eat from trees, early spring migration, and discover the layers within the forest!
Details: Lincoln Rd./Ocean Ave. entrance, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 287-3400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sunday from 10am — 5pm
The Big Adventure at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Visit the latest exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum,  Big Adventure, where  kids will be able to choose activity adventures that identify challenges, solve problems, make decisions, set goals, enhance creativity, and help them gain confidence.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks:$3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

All Weekend from 10am — 5pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)

There’s a new museum in town and it’s been getting rave reviews — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

ONGOING

Sundays through July 28th from 10am — 12pm
Bike NY: Learn to Ride Kids at The Brooklyn Bridge Park (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
This is a group class for children who are ready to ride a two-wheeler for the first time. Bike New York instructors help parents teach their kids how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Please note: registration is required.
Details: Joralemon Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays through August 31st at 3pm
Bargemusic Family Concert at The Brooklyn Bridge Park (FULTON FERRY LANDING)
Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge into a “wonderfully intimate wood-paneled room with thrilling views of lower Manhattan and excellent acoustics.” Experience why critics call Bargemusic “the perfect chamber-music hall” and why artists say it is “unlike any other place in the world to perform.”
Details: All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing from 12pm — 4pm
Luna Park (CONEY ISLAND)
Take a thrilling ride on the famous Cyclone or one of the new rides debuting for the 2013 season.
Details: 1000 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and up. Cost: Pay-per-ride or POP packages available. Contact: 718.373.LUNA (5862). Visit the website for more information.

Through July 7th from 10:30am — 4:30pm (hourly)
IMAX Flight of the Butterflies at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)

This is a great way for children (and adults alike!) to learn about the 3,000-mile journey traveled every fall by half a billion Monarch butterflies… at one of NYC’s favorite museums! This migration, which begins in Canada and continues through the United States to Mexico, is the longest and most amazing insect migration on Earth.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students and seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Price includes admission to the museum. Contact: 212-769-5200. Visit the website for more information.

Through September 15th 2013: various times
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater (MIDTOWN)
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m been to this twice because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 5, 2014 from 10am — 6pm
Whales: Giants of the Deep at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Get a load of this! Whales: Giants of the Deep brings you close to some of the most massive mammals on Earth. Featuring life-size models, interactive exhibits, films, as well as over 20 whale skulls and skeletons.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $25 adults; $14.50 kids age 2-12; $19 seniors/students (General admission plus 1 ticket includes admission to the museum and Rose Center plus 1 special exhibition). Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.

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