Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Tim and the Space Cadets, BAMfamily Launch Party, MLK Celebrations, and Much More!

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Tim and the Space Cadets to perform at The Bell House

Who’s ready for the long weekend?! We’ve rounded up great events this weekend, so sit back, scroll down, and prepare yourself for some kind of wonderful! To start things off, you and the entire family can head on over to BAM Fisher for “Down The Rabbit Hole” because, with all the comedy musicals, puppets, and poetry, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Saturday afternoon, get ready to party! Tim and the Space Cadets will be celebrating their album release party at The Bell House. There will be guests musicians, a tap-dancing sidekick, and Mario the Magician. Simply put: it’ll be fun, it’ll be fabulous, it’ll be awesome! Don’t let the weekend end without learning all about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at various venues and events throughout the city. I’ve got three words for ya: Are. You Ready?! As always, visit our events calendar and music listings for more amazing activities. Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY JANUARY 18TH

Friday, January 18th at 11:30am and 2:30pm
Happy Birthday, Winnie the Pooh at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Join us in singing Happy Birthday to none other than Winnie the Pooh creator A.A Milne! Listen to cherished Winnie the Pooh tales, and create your own teddy bear-inspired craft to take home.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 6 and under. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 18th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena (DUMBO)
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details
: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 18th at 1:30pm
Crawlers and Cruisers Child’Space NYC Class at Gumbo (BOERUM HILL)

Calling all crawlers! We invite you and your Crawler to come to this first class of the series on a drop-in basis ($25). Space permitting, you can also register for the balance of the series if you so choose.
Details:
493 Atlantic Ave. (bet. Nevins & Third), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Contact: 718-855-7808. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 18th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA  (PARK SLOPE)
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, January 18th from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridays 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, January 18th 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, January 18th 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.

Friday, January 18th from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Project Playdate at Kidville Park Slope (PARK SLOPE)

If you’re looking for a night out on the town, but haven’t found a sitter, Project Playdate is coming to your rescue! You and your dearest enjoy a night on the town and the kids have a blast under careful and qualified supervision. What more can you ask for? All upcoming playdates this month will be staffed by UrbanSitter. It can’t get better than this! Please note: Fees include dinner, activities, and three hours of fun!
Details: 808 Union Street, Brooklyn. Cost: $45/one child; $25/each additional sibling. Contact: gina@projectplaydate.org. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 18th at 7pm
Brooklyn Launch: Sacrifice Fly with Tim O’Mara at WORD (GREENPOINT)

Meet Raymond Donne, NYC school teacher, former cop, and hero of the debut mystery novel Sacrifice Fly. Set in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Sacrifice Fly follows Donne’s efforts to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of one of his students. Author Tim O’Mara will read, take questions, and sign.
Details: 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all (book will be available for purchase). Contact: 718.383.0096. Visit the website for more information.

SATURDAY JANUARY 19TH

Saturday, January 19th from 8:30am — 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, January 19th from 10am — 10:30pm
City Stomp Live at The Brooklyn Lyceum (PARK SLOPE)

Brooklynites, I hope you’re ready to bring on the awesome! Bringing their unique blend of music that celebrates New York City sights, sounds and cultures, mixed up with rock versions of children’s classic songs, City Stomp Live will headline The Kid’s Matinee at Canvas, a day-long celebration of art and entertainment. Presented by Oxheart and The Gowanus Circus, the event features visual art, face painting, circus, live music and burlesque performances. Canned and packaged food will also be collected for City Harvest.
Details: 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $12.50 for individuals or $30 per family (one adult and two children) in advance; $15 at the door. Visit the website for more information or to purchase tickets.

Saturday, January 19th from 10:30am — 12:30pm
Batiking Baby Shower at Hiho Batik (PARK SLOPE)

Grab your mom, best friend, or sister and join in for a very special event batiking little somethings for your wee ones (or your friend’s little ones). Please note: the baby shower cost is $44/person and includes your choice of one baby item & accessory. Any additional purchases will be 10% off that day. Please note: All attendees will also receive a $20 gift certificate to Bump Brooklyn, located at 464 Bergen Street.
Details: 184 5th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $44/person. Visit the website to register and for more information.

Saturday, January 19th beginning at 10:30am
Winter Wonderland Dance Party at the Cortelyou Library (DITMAS PARK)

Are you and the kids going a little stir crazy, stuck inside on these cold, rainy days? Head to the Cortelyou Library for a FREE dance party! Alden LaPaglia of Alden Moves Dance Theater is throwing the dance party for children ages 4-5 (10:30-11:15am) and 6-7 (11:30am-12:15pm). The event will incorporate infectious music and fun explorations of rhythm, movement quality, and space. All your child needs is a hat, scarf, and comfortable clothes. Fun! Please note: space is limited so advanced registration is required.
Details: 1305 Cortelyou Road (at Argyle Road), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718.693.7763. Visit the website to register and for more information.

Saturday, January 19th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
Brooklyn author Melissa Guion makes her picture book debut with Baby Penguins Everywhere!  One day a lonely penguin sees a magical hat, out of which pop not one, not two, but dozens of adorable baby penguins!  Their antics are irresistible… but can there be such a thing as too many baby penguins?  Guion’s charming book (which was selected by The Society of Illustrators for The Original Art 2012, an annual exhibition of the year’s best children’s illustration) explores the need for family, friends, and the occasional time to be alone.  Join in for reading about and drawing penguins with Melissa!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th at 11am
Moona Luna at Symphony Space (UWS)

I always say this, and I’ll continue to stress it: the Just Kidding series at Symphony Space is well worth the trip to the Upper West Side. This weekend, a passionate second project of New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez and her critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera, Moona Luna’s  music is a rich and flavorful platter of bold and spicy music performed in both English and Spanish; an invitation to sample the tastes and flavors of the world from a child’s sensibility — of experiencing the familiar in a way that is suddenly unfamiliar and new. The concert celebrates the release of a new bilingual CD  Vamos, Let’s Go!”
Details: 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $13–$25. Contact: 212.864.5400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th at 11am
Sock Puppets! Family Art Workshop at Extreme Kids and Crew (FORT GREENE)

Emily Brooks will lead us in making creatures from socks which speak to your interests. Maybe it’s a train, a plane, a moose… They’ll have all the materials, though if you have a special sock you’d like to transform, bring it in.
Details: The Coop School, 40 Brevoort Place, Brooklyn. Ages 8 and under. $15/nonmembers; FREE/members. Contact/RSVP: katemilford@extremekidsandcrew.org. Phone: 718-576-6471. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th from 11am — 4pm
BAMfamily Launch Party: Down the Rabbit Hole at BAM Fisher (FORT GREENE/ CLINTON HILL)

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole for this marvelous adventure to launch BAM’s very special season of family and educational programs. The whole family can enjoy the celebration at the new BAM Fisher building. Festivities include Story Pirates’ hilarious sketch comedy musicals—based on stories written by kids—and Urban Stages’ Blown Away by Poetry—an interactive performance and workshop with puppets and poetry—plus face-painting and many other activities. As part of this festive day of storytelling, children are encouraged to dress up as and bring a drawing of their favorite storybook character. Those who submit a drawing will be entered to win BAMfamily season tickets!
Details: 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Ages 2-10. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th from 1pm — 2pm
Get The 411 on Childcare at Caribou Baby (WILLIAMSBURG/GREENPOINT)

This seminar is perfect for pregnant families and parents who’ve just welcomed their new bundle. We’ll cover a variety of childcare options: nannies, nanny shares and daycares. The seminar will include the following: when to start looking for a nanny, how to interview nanny candidates, what you don’t know about hiring a nanny, methods to have successful nanny shares, and daycare. The seminar will convene with plenty of time for Q&A.
Details: 272 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $10/advanced; $15/at the door. Contact: 347.460.2229/ info@cariboubaby.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th at 1pm and 4pm
Circus In A Trunk at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)

This is a Canal Park Playhouse favorite! A trio of clowns arrives at Canal Park Playhouse ready to watch the circus that never shows up! This enterprising troupe decides to perform the show themselves, literally pulling an amazing and hilarious performance full of clever surprises out an antique trunk. Combining contemporary and classic European style clowning, The Piccolini Trio bring to life a repertoire of routines using music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, and poetic whimsy.
Also… Matinee series audience members can enjoy a selection of items from our Café open from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for ticket holders only. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles; either with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter or, the house specialty, The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream).
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th from 1:30pm — 2:300pm
Transportation Inventions at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)

Use your imagination, a little inspiration and some wacky materials the museum will have on hand to plan, blueprint and build a pint-sized vehicle model of the future.
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with admissions. Contact: 718-694-1600. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th from 2pm — 6pm
Winter Skating at the Brooklyn Lyceum (PARK SLOPE)

Visit Brooklyn Lyceum and warm up roller-skating to “sunny” tunes from the 70′s and 80′s. Everyone is welcome, whether you want to skate or just hang out and listen to some great tunes – just have a blast. And for even more fun come in your best Disco outfits. Please note: bring your own skates!
Details: 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $5/person. Contact: info@brooklynlyceum.com. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 19th at 3:30pm
Tim and the Space Cadets Album Release Party at The Bell House (GOWANUS)

Tim and the Space Cadets write songs about the important things in life: snow days, summer vacations, and pizza parties. Songwriters Tim Kubart and Matt Puckett take on familiar and iconic childhood experiences with indie flair, distorted guitars, and lyrics that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way for listeners of all ages to appreciate and understand. Celebrate the release of Anthems for Adventure, their first full-length album, about adventures as grand as riding a cardboard rocket-ship to space and as small as giving up an old pair of sneakers for new ones.  The band will be premiering songs and telling stories alongside guest musicians, a horn section, aerialist dancers, and a tap dancing sidekick .  A special guest performance by Mario the Magician will open the show, and temporary tattoos will be supplied by Frolic! playspace. Every kid will receive a free CD with admission.
Details: 149 7th Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3–10. Cost: $12/person; $10/person for a family of four; FREE/children 2 and under. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, January 19th from 6:30pm — 8:30pm
Winter Dance Party at the East Midwood Jewish Center (MIDWOOD)

Get ready to move and groove! There will be a live DJ on deck and lots of dancing to kid-friendly pop music! You and your family members will bring the moves, they’ll provide the snacks, and there will be tons of fun! Sweetness!
Details: 1625 Ocean Avenue (2nd floor), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/family.

SUNDAY JANUARY 20TH

Sunday, January 20th from 8:30am — 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, January 20th 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. This Sunday, Greenlight welcomes Brooklyn local singer-songwriter Vered to Baby Story Time! 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, January 20th 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, January 20th at 1pm and 4pm
Circus In A Trunk at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)

This is a Canal Park Playhouse favorite! A trio of clowns arrives at Canal Park Playhouse ready to watch the circus that never shows up! This enterprising troupe decides to perform the show themselves, literally pulling an amazing and hilarious performance full of clever surprises out an antique trunk. Combining contemporary and classic European style clowning, The Piccolini Trio bring to life a repertoire of routines using music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, and poetic whimsy.
Also… Matinee series audience members can enjoy a selection of items from our Café open from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for ticket holders only. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles; either with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter or, the house specialty, The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream).
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 20th at 4pm and 5:30pm
A Midsummer’s Night Dream at St. Francis College (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)

Child’s Play NY’s Shakespeare presents… A Midsummer’s Night Dream! In Shakespeare Players, young people become confident with the Bard’s world, language and characters as they learn how to interpret a role with technique and courage. Classically trained professional actors assist the players in their physical, vocal and emotional transformations.
Details: 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 489-5200. Reservations are encouraged. Please email  jocelyn@childsplayny.com.

Sunday, January 20th 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.

MONDAY JANUARY 21ST

Monday, January 21st
One Million Moms for Gun Control Rally at City Hall

9:15 am – Meet in Cadman Plaza Park; 9:30 am – Moment of silence for victims of gun violence; 9:35am: Begin march over Brooklyn Bridge – Pedestrian walkway entrance at the corner of Tillary Street and Adams Street; 10:30am: Rally in City Hall Park, with guest speakers, including 1MM4GC Founder Shannon Watts, clergy, local officials

Monday, January 21st at 11am and 3pm
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Show at the New Victory Theater (TIMES SQUARE)

RAWR! Work on your camo crawl because dinosaurs are coming to the New Vic! Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo transports you to the Australian outback where a rugged ranger and trusty dino keepers introduce you to a menagerie of Mesozoic monsters from around the world. Manually operated by supremely skilled puppeteers, every frightful fiend and huggable hatchling responds instantly to the audience for an intimate and authentic encounter. Meet a meganeura and learn about a leaellynasaura as the astoundingly life-like (and mostly friendly) creations meander, munch and make the theater their own prehistoric playground. Who knows? You just might find yourself over 65 million years and half a world away!
Details: 209 West 42nd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $14 and up. Contact: 646.223.3010. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, January 21st from 11am — 3pm
MLK Brunch and brunchCRAFT at ISA (WILLIAMSBURG)

Eat, relax, and craft with your kids! That’s the new motto at ISA! But today is no ordinary craft session as it is a special “Peace Art” edition of brunchCRAFT.
Details: 348 Wythe Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact. 347.689.3594. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, January 21st from 11am — 5pm
Make It/ Take It: A Roving Hackerspace Workshop at The Gowanus Loft (GOWANUS)

Calling all girls! Curious Jane’s do it yourself workshop will allow girls to create projects using a variety of materials, while learning tricks and techniques. Stay for as long as you wish during this drop-in session.
Details: 61 9th Street, Brooklyn. Girls aged 12 and under. Cost: $10 per girl (or $8 with a friend). Contact: 718.369.6320. Visit the website for more information.

Monday, January 21st from 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Celebrate the life of Dr. King with this special event — “Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat to Justice Everywhere”. Investigate the meaning of these words and design art to carry on the legacy of Dr. King.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

ALL WEEKEND

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through January 27th: various times
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Show at the New Victory Theater (TIMES SQUARE)

RAWR! Work on your camo crawl because dinosaurs are coming to the New Vic! Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo transports you to the Australian outback where a rugged ranger and trusty dino keepers introduce you to a menagerie of Mesozoic monsters from around the world. Manually operated by supremely skilled puppeteers, every frightful fiend and huggable hatchling responds instantly to the audience for an intimate and authentic encounter. Meet a meganeura and learn about a leaellynasaura as the astoundingly life-like (and mostly friendly) creations meander, munch and make the theater their own prehistoric playground. Who knows? You just might find yourself over 65 million years and half a world away!
Details: 209 West 42nd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $14 and up. Contact: 646.223.3010. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th at 10:00 am
Aidee: A New Hide and Seek Adventure for the Very Young (PARK SLOPE)

The newest original work by Spellbound Theatre debuts at the Old Stone House.  This interactive performance is specially designed to spark the curiosity and imagination of the youngest audience members (ages 0 – 7) but its creative storytelling is fun for all ages.
Details: 336 3rd Street, Brooklyn. Cost: $15 per adult; $10 per child. Visit the website for more information. Tickets on sale here.

Saturday January 19th and Sunday January 20th
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Celebrate the life of Dr. King with various events at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum:
12:00-3:00pm: Cake of Dreams and Party Balloons — write or draw pictures of your dreams on clouds and balloons, then add them to Dr. King’s birthday cake. All ages welcomed.
2:30pm — 3:30pm: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message of Peace — Explore the differences and similarities of cultures and learn about tolerance and peace. See pictures of children from around the world and learn Dr. King, Jr.’s message. Create a commemorative craft. Ages 5 and under.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sundays through January 27th: various times
All Aboard with Thomas and Friends at The New York Botanical Garden (BRONX)

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas and capture the special day! View our entire review of the New York Botanical Garden Train Shows HERE.
Details: 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx. All are welcomed. Contact: (718) 817-8700. 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)

Welcome to NYC’s newest museum — 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.

Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image (ASTORIA, QUEENS)
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street) Queens. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

ONGOING

Through January 27th: various times
The Velveteen Rabbit at DR2 Kids Theatre (UNION SQUARE)
The Velveteen Rabbit is truly a favorite amongst kids and adults alike with it’s heartfelt plot and lovely theme! With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props become a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Details: 103 East 15th Street (at 20 Union Square East), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $39.00. Contact: 212.375.1110. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.

Through February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market (MIDTOWN EAST)
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 is celebrating my creating a brand new layout built by Lionel. In this free show at New York City Transit Museum Annex, the model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North.  Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection will also be on display joined by  New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central’s heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. This free train show is especially fun as it takes place in a real train station: Grand Central. View our entire review of the Train Show and Market HERE.

Ongoing — Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project (SoHo)
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing
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 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.

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