Check out these clever Easter-basket fillers that AREN’T candy!

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Peeps, Cadbury eggs, chocolate bunnies–we all love them, but what about some Easter goodies that aren’t sweets? Check out these six Easter-basket items that your kids will happily play with all year long.

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Seven gender-neutral toys for every child in your life

Our kids first discovered Tree Blocks at the Prospect Park Zoo. There is something about building with real wood that turns every kid into an adventurer!

Research shows that gender-neutral toys empower children as they explore their interests and develop their talents. Whether it’s a birthday gift you’re after or simply rounding out your kids’ toy collections, these seven playthings are perfect for every kid in your life.

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This weekend: a reggae brunch by a celebrity chef and FREE classical music presented by Carnegie Hall.

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: March 25-26
This weekend is all about stories, songs, concerts, and parades. Best of all, there is plenty to do indoors if it rains. Enjoy yourselves and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities!

Research shows that gender-neutral toys empower children. Here are SkipKid’s seven favorite gender-neutral toys for every kid in your life.

THIS WEEKEND

Colorful Canvas Creations, Spark by BCM, Dumbo
All Weekend
Kids tap into their inner abstract expressionists to make their own colorful canvas creations.

Ensemble Connect presented by Carnegie Hall, Central Library, Prospect Heights.
Saturday
Members of Ensemble Connect introduce families to the joys of classical music in a free concert. This interactive performance invites kids and their families to participate in an exciting fun-filled hour of musical exploration.

Bob Marley Kids Brunch, The Hall at MP, Williamsburg
Sunday
Family friendly brunch featuring the CCB Reggae Band. Brunch by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis.

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton (with Little Miss Ann), Jalopy, Carroll Gardens
Sunday
Suzi’s family shows are filled with smiles, laughter and joy, and make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Mika Song Presents Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation, Stories, Park Slope
Sunday
Join illustrator Mika Song for the story of Harry and Clare who are stuck at home for their spring break. No exotic locations, no plane trips, no exciting plans. So they make their own fun.

Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Bay Ridge
Sunday
Parade kicks off at 1PM!

PARENTING IN THE NEWS

“Mama?” “Dada?” “Uh oh?” How to predict a baby’s first word.
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“Do Schools Kill Creativity?” Five Ted talks ask us to rethink eduction.
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A new documentary takes on the taboo topic of postpartum depression.
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The best way to welcome spring? Watch caterpillars grow into butterflies!

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Last year at school, our kids’ teacher brought in a small screened house with five tiny caterpillars living inside. Over the next week, the children monitored the caterpillars for every sign of change because there is nothing as magical as the cycle of life.

This is the perfect time of year to bring home the Insect Lore Original Butterfly Garden. It takes one to two weeks for the butterflies to appear, at which point the weather will (we hope!) be beautiful.

While you wait, consider supplying your child with their first magnifying glass to make all that watching more fun! We love the Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Shimmy Snake Magnifying Glass With Shatterproof Lens, which is as cute as it is functional.

For everyone who already has a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, check out Lois Ehlers’s beautiful book Waiting for Wings about the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as Joanne Ryder’s classic, Where Butterflies Grow. Books help kids make sense of the world, and all three of these stories are wonderful additions to your home library.

Finally, when you let your butterflies go at the park or the playground, be sure to watch the wonder on your children’s faces as their butterflies take flight!

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This weekend: St. Patrick’s Day and the music of Prince, plus the vintage toy that we swear by!

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: March 18-19
We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to grab the kids and get out of the house this weekend! Luckily there is no shortage of family fun throughout Brooklyn — take in a show, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, or create a stained glass window that will inspire spring. Enjoy yourselves and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities!

Does the latest dose of winter weather have your housebound kids frog-hopping off the couch? Give yourself (and your kids) the gift of the Sit ‘n Spin, the single toy we would never, ever part with.

THIS WEEKEND

The Peter Pan Experience, BAM, Fort Greene.
All Weekend
Everyone knows you never grow up in Neverland—but what happens if you’re grown up already? Plucked from their busy jobs, five adult strangers find themselves in a world of nightstands and night lights, a world where your favorite forgotten toys appear out of nowhere, your favorite music thrills you to dance, and all the joys of childhood come flooding back thanks to the invisible magic of Peter Pan. Ages 7+

Metro Measure, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights.
All Weekend
How many people can squeeze into a subway car? Is a subway station as long as a football field? Can a giraffe fit in a subway station? Head to the museum’s platform level with tools and measuring instruments in hand to make numerical discoveries about subway cars and stations. For ages 4+

Rainbow Stained Glass, Spark by BCM, Dumbo.
All Weekend
Kids have fun brightening up the winter blues by creating rainbow stained glass windows.

BPL Comic Con, Central LIbrary, Prospect Heights.
Saturday
This is an event for kids and teens that brings comics fans and creators together for an afternoon of panels, workshops, and activities. Costumes encouraged.

A Book of Hours, Old Stone House, Park Slope.
Saturday
A larger than life book leads children through familiar daily events using favorite nursery rhymes and songs to tell the story.

42nd Annual Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Park Slope.
Sunday
Parade will start at 15th Street & Prospect Park West, go down 15th Street to 7th Avenue, along 7th Avenue to Garfield Place, up Garfield Place to Prospect Park West and along Prospect Park West back to 15th Street.

Philosophy for Kids with Simon Critchley, Central Library, Prospect Heights.
Sunday
Bring your budding intellectual to explore some of life’s biggest questions!

Story Time with Cara Zelas, Powerhouse on 8th., Park Slope.
Sunday
Zelas will introduce Little Dude’s Big World of Kindness, a new book series for children!

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Prince, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg.
Sunday
A family concert featuring the music of Prince with Blue Lightning.

CALLING ALL PARENTS-TO-BE!

On Thursday, March 23, be a part of the most indulgent evening for pregnant women in New York City as they prep for baby on the way. Hosted by Well Rounded, the online destination for urban parents and parents-to-be, this event will feature expert speakers, prenatal pampering, healthy food & mocktails, and 10-12 curated brands picked specifically for urban motherhood.

PARENTING IN THE NEWS

The six-figure salary of stay-at-home moms.
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A new report on kids and fake news: the results will surprise you.
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Teaching kids to resist and persist…and then what?
The Washington Post

One mom’s approach to bullying — she bullies back.
The New York Times

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Sit ‘n Spin: the single toy we would never, ever get rid of!

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It is very possible that you had a Sit ‘n Spin toy when you were a little kid (we did!). There is a reason the Sit ‘n Spin has been around since the 1970s, and that’s because it is perhaps the perfect toy. First, your kids won’t outgrow it and you don’t have to hide it from the littles. Let the crawlers have at it–the Sit ‘n Spin doesn’t tip; let your big kids stand and spin–there isn’t very far to fall. The Sit ‘n Spin is quiet and effective at getting your kids’ wiggles out, any time of day or right before bed. Research shows that young kids learn through movement, and spinning is a huge part of this. So let them twirl until they’re dizzy, and plan to keep this toy around for a long, long time. BONUS: it slides under the bed for easy storage!

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Seven Sensational Feminist Books for Kiddos in Celebration of National Women’s History Month!

Author Robert Munsch celebrates feisty females everywhere in this 1981 classic The Paper Bag Princess.

In celebration of National Women’s History Money, SkipKid is recommending a few of our favorite feminist books for kiddos! Check out our picks celebrating tolerance and civil liberties for all.

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This weekend: drink beer for a great cause, dance like no one’s watching and read books that will get you in the spirit of spring 🌷 🌷

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: March 11-12

Brooklyn has something for every family this weekend, from kid-friendly movies to story times and concerts. Enjoy yourselves and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities!

Are you (and your kids!) ready for warmer weather? Celebrate the season with these six sweet stories about spring!

SPRING FORWARD!

Daylight saving time is this weekend! Check out these five ways to prep your kiddos.

THIS WEEKEND

House Party: Moonwalk, BRIC, Fort Greene.
Saturday
Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue! Enjoy inclusive and welcoming programming that encourage creativity and discovery. Come out for dance classes, gaming, art-making and other participatory activities, culminating in a raucous all-ages dance party.

The Beauty of Ballet, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush.
Saturday
The School of American Ballet returns with their introduction to the wonders of ballet featuring excerpts from classic ballets, demonstrations, and more. Ages 4+

Kevin Geeks Out: Monkey Madness, Alamo Drafthouse, Downtown Brooklyn.
Saturday
This family-friendly matinee brings comedian Kevin Maher’s video variety show to children of all ages.

Hopalong Andrew Solo Concert, The KBH, Park Slope.
Sunday
Benefit for Syrian Refugees presented by Park Slope Parents.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival 2017, Central Library, Prospect Heights.
Sunday
Video contest in which kid filmmakers create weird short movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery award-winning books in about 90 seconds.

A Grateful Purim Party, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg.
Sunday
Enjoy storytelling with Rabbi Dan and The RRPH Band – Rabbi Dan will host one of the most creative versions of Purim set to the music of The Grateful Dead. Enjoy a family costume contest and a family concert with the Terrapin Family Band.

PARENTING IN THE NEWS

An up-close look at those popular teething tablets you may be giving your littles.
STAT News

Give your kids a break–from you! It’s time to take time off from your parenting job.
The Washington Post

New York Magazine celebrates a playground made of garbage.

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Six must-have books to help your kids celebrate spring

There's something about a Little Golden Book that is always comforting. In Two Little Gardeners, a brother and sister learn the importance of patience when they plant seeds that finally sprout and grow.

One of the best ways to prepare children for a change is to preview the new development in books. What happier way to get ready for spring than to bring home a few new picture books celebrating the season? Show children what they can expect with these six magical books. Welcome back to a world in bloom!

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Good eats beyond Brooklyn: where to take the kiddos in Westchester

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Leaving Brooklyn doesn’t mean leaving good food behind. Check out these kid-friendly foodie finds in Westchester! 

Bartaco, Port Chester
Think on-the-water with a casual surf/beach atmosphere and tacos! An all-around local favorite!

Polpettina, Eastchester location & Larchmont location
You can’t miss with this family-friendly, locally-sourced, pizza-and-pasta restaurant with an amazing beer menu.

Wobble Cafe, Ossining
A play area for children to explore while their parents eat? Absolutely!

SweetGrass Grill, Tarrytown
Farm to table with cocktails and a kids menu!

The Taco Project, Tarrytown
There might not be food trucks, but there are tacos! 

The Peekskill Coffee House, Peekskill 
Crepes and Belgian Waffles will please everyone in your crew.

Mason Sandwich Co., Eastchester
PB + J for the kids; crispy cod, smoked brisket, or a Buffalooch for the grownups!

Four family-friendly “first” board games every toddler will love

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Board games are not simply educational tools. They promote social skills as children learn to take turns, follow directions, and communicate. But choosing age-appropriate games is an important first step in introducing organized games to your kiddos. Here are four fun, family-friendly choices for children as young as two years old. You can make these as non-competitive as you like. After all, it’s not about winning and losing but about having fun!

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Rain or Shine: popular Westchester play spaces!

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The winter weather seems to be hanging on, so check out these cool indoor play spaces in Westchester where your littles can run around to their hearts’ content.

iFLY Westchester Indoor Skydiving, Yonkers
For ages three and up, everyone in your family can take to the sky!

Sportime USA, Elmsford
Here is where you take the kids to max out on arcade games, rides, and laser tag. Oh, and did we mention a three-level indoor playground?

The Play Place, Elmsford
Open play every day! This is a kids’ indoor multi-purpose sports facility with tennis, soccer & more, plus a cafe & playground.

Legoland, Yonkers
This is the ultimate Lego indoor playground with rides and building zones, for all of you whose kids love Legos.

Groove, Larchmont
Don’t miss the weekend Family Jam!

Sky Zone, New Rochelle
Trampolines galore, with a special “toddler time” for the youngest jumpers.

Leapin’ Lizards, Port Chester
Tunnels, mazes, ball pits, and obstacles courses!

Life: The Place To Be, Ardsley
The arcade also features a climbing rock wall!

Meet Heather and Zachary, co-founders of Platinum Drive Realty

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We’ve all had the experience of working with a broker who just doesn’t get it. Meet Heather and Zachary Harrison, co­founders of Platinum Drive Realty, who are doing things differently.

Originally from Scarsdale, Zachary and Heather were living uptown in New York City with their 18-month-old daughter, carving a closet into a nursery in their “Junior 4,” when they decided it was time for the suburbs.

Both were raised in Westchester and started their search where they grew up. However, even they quickly began feeling nervous and anxious about moving out of the city. They thought, “Imagine how difficult it must be for others in a similar situation without having any familiarity with all the great areas to live in right outside New York City.”

From their own experience and the experiences of many of their friends, Heather and Zach realized that the move from city to suburbs is so much more than just finding a home. They saw an opportunity to help guide new buyers through the entire process, including exploring and identifying the right community from the many great options right outside New York.

SkipKid asked Heather and Zach what advice they would have for a Brooklyn family thinking of relocating to Westchester, and here’s what they had to say:

Leaving the city ­life behind is not easy. We completely understand how you feel. Not long ago, that was us! We believe that real estate should be an enjoyable, rewarding, and exciting experience! Working with an experienced real estate agent who truly knows and understands the local area and market you are interested in exploring is essential. Your real estate agent will make or break your overall experience. Because most of our agents live here or grew up in the areas they cover, we can provide an inside perspective based on personal experience that is incredibly valuable for new buyers.

What makes Platinum Drive Realty different?

The role of a great real estate agent is more than unlocking a door. We are there for you every step of the way to help make your city­-to-suburbs transition as seamless as possible. From our first conversation to negotiating a successful deal, Platinum Drive will take you to your real estate destination in style — and that’s just the the beginning! The relationship with Platinum Drive extends beyond closing on your dream home. Whether you need a handyman, pediatrician, after­school dance class, or restaurant recommendation, we have you covered. Platinum Drive Realty supports countless organizations and participates in all types of local community activities and events. You can count on seeing us around town!

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Kid-friendly nature hikes and outdoor destinations in Westchester!

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Spring is just around the corner and we can’t wait to get out of the city for some outdoor fun. Check out these kid-friendly nature hikes and outdoor destinations in Westchester! Bonus: all are 90 minutes or less from Brooklyn.

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, Tarrytown
Aka Tarrytown Lighthouse and Kingsland Point Lighthouse. This light was once a half-mile off shore, warning ships away from dangerous shoals on the east side of the Hudson River. The best views of the Hudson are from Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow

Marshlands Conservancy, Rye
Marshlands Conservancy is a 147-acre wildlife sanctuary composed of diverse habitats. Forest, meadow, salt marsh and shore can be explored and appreciated here. There are three miles of trails and one-half mile of shoreline along the Long Island Sound.

The Leatherstocking Trail, New Rochelle, Larchmont & Mamaroneck
This inter-municipal hiking trail is situated between the City of New Rochelle and Village of Mamaroneck and links into Saxon Woods County Park.

Rye Town Park and Beach
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The park’s crescent shaped 1,200-foot long white sand beach offers the general public splendid access to the shores of the Long Island Sound. Adjacent to the beach is Playland, a family-friendly amusement park.

Muscoot Farm, Katonah
This working farm is toddler heaven. There are year round hikes and during the warmer months there is a great farmers market on Sundays. There is also a delicious ice cream shop down the road from Muscoot called King Kone which is perfect after a trip to the farm.

Wampus Pond Park
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This is a favorite destination among locals.

Cranberry Lake, West Harrison
The Nature Center offers family-oriented nature programs on weekends and houses a variety of interactive, educational displays and live animals.

This weekend: extraordinary people, beer, and songs for the whole family

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: March 4-5

There are officially flowers in bloom in Prospect Park and buds on the trees–ready or not, here comes spring! This weekend is all about music, so take your kids to sing or dance. Enjoy yourselves, and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities!

Looking for new rainy-day activities? Here are SkipKid’s picks for “first” board games, perfect for ages two and up!

THIS WEEKEND

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band, Central Library, Prospect Heights.
Saturday
Get ready to hop, holler, sing along and sneeze along – NYC’s award-winning Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band are making funky family music for kids and their grownups.

Songs for Extraordinary People, Barbes, Park Slope.
Saturday
Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Extraordinary People: A highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world.

City Stomp Back in Concert, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus.
Saturday
It’s been a long break, but City Stomp is back in concert for the first show of the school year. Drinks for the grown-ups and a fun show for the kids. What more can you ask for?
Free Family Art Day, “Superhero Me!”, Brooklyn Heights Library.
Saturday
Spellbound Theatre’s storyteller will present stories, songs, crafts and creative play around the theme of “Superhero Me”!

Brooklyn Kids Rock 2017, The Bell House, Gowanus.
Sunday
Brooklyn Kids Rock is a fun-filled family event with arts & crafts activities, a touch-an-instrument booth, face painting, delicious treats and so much more.

Little Laffs Variety Show, Jalopy, Carroll Gardens.
Sunday
Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more.

Brooklyn Boogie Brunch, Littlefield, Gowanus.
Sunday
This family event will feature music for all ages with performances by Capt’n Kirk Douglas of The Roots, singer/songwriter Adrien Reju, Andy Stack, Latin percussionist Gilmar Gomes, Superette, DJ K Conan, Control the Sound and Rock Rage. Enjoy an amazing afternoon with a silent auction, cash bar and delicious brunch from local favorites! Benefit Concert for PS 295 in South Slope Brooklyn

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PARENTING IN THE NEWS

Playing with fire could be a good thing for your kids.
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Finnish children are learning computer science without computers.
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Raising a daughter in the Trump era: a how to.
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These must-have paint sticks are going to save you this winter! (Art by M., age 14 months)

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If you haven’t heard of Chunkies Paint Sticks, it’s time to check them out. They’re the rarified art supply that makes everyone happy. Let’s start with parents: this is zero-mess paint! If a stray mark happens to land on the table or wall, it comes up easily with a wet paper towel, and Chunkies wash off clothes and children with equal ease. Now onto your kids. Big kids are delighted by the deep, rich palette these twelve markers feature, while the youngest kids can color with them more easily than crayons, and these markers are harder to eat than crayons. You can roll up the marker only as far as you want, so parents have (some) control over how much gets licked. We leave our Chunkies in a bowl on the kitchen table during mealtime so that getting food on the table isn’t such a high-stakes game. The kids color while we finish serving and everyone–really, everyone!–is happy.

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This weekend: a FREE party in Dumbo and a family concert in Williamsburg!

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 25-26

This weekend enjoy a FREE party at one of Brooklyn’s hottest indoor playspaces, rock out to a family concert or blast off on an intergalactic adventure at a space themed circus! Enjoy yourselves and be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities!

SENSORY PLAY!

We all know that children learn through sensory play, but we can’t necessarily get to the sandbox in winter. Check out these five easy-to-clean-up sensory toys that will keep your kids’ hands busy (and warm!) in the cold weather.

THIS WEEKEND

Ears, Nose, and Tail, Old Stone House, Park Slope.
Saturday and Sunday
Ears, Nose, and Tail follows the adventures of Dog, who isn’t sure he wants to be a dog anymore. Using shadow puppetry, animation, and projected media, Spellbound artists create a world where anything can change and a regular old dog can become whatever, or whomever, he wants

Teknopolis, BAM, Ft. Greene.
Saturday and Sunday
This three-week-long digital art installation experience in the Fisher building for ages 6+ designed to inspire creativity, connect with the future, and imagine new possibilities through interaction with technology.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Out Of This World™, Barclays Center, Prospect Heights.
Saturday and Sunday
Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Children Of All Ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn.

Free playdate event with Vicks VapoRub, Recess, Dumbo.
Saturday
Free play on custom made climbing structures, crafts, an Instagram photo booth, light refreshments and a gift bag.

StevenSteven Family Concert, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg.
Sunday
The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents the ultimate family concert with StevenSteven — Ft. Steven Drozd (of The Flaming Lips) and Steven Burns (original Blues Clues Host).

IN THE NEWS

Parents react to new peanut guidelines.
The New York Times

Reading aloud to your kids is one of the most important things you can do.
The Washington Post

Early diagnosis for Autism may be on the horizon.
Huffington Post

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Five sensory play toys that will keep your kids’ hands busy for hours!

What, you ask yourself, is Monkey Foam? On-the-go endless fun! Squeeze it, shape it, pound it, then start over again! Easy to clean up and it never hardens or dries out.

We all know that children learn through sensory play, but we can’t necessarily get to the sandbox in winter. Here are five easy-to-clean-up sensory toys that will keep your kids’ hands busy (and warm!) in the cold weather.

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FREE babysitting is in your future: for real!🍸🍷 Plus, toys that will make traveling with your toddler a breeze!

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MID-WINTER HOLIDAY WEEK ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 18-24

Here comes the winter school break! A full week with antsy kiddos at home…. Check out the extended hours and events at the hottest kids’ venues in Brooklyn, or head straight to the subway to explore the wider world of New York City! Be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities.

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RIGHT HERE IN BROOKLYN!

Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!!), BAM, Fort Greene.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, and the gang head to Europe where mystery, adventure, and even a little romance awaits. The patented Peanuts charm is on full display in this gently humorous children’s classic, part of the BAMKids Movie Matinees series.

Extended indoor open play hours, Prospect Gymnastics, Ditmas Park.
Sunday February 19 – Friday February 24: Open play from 3 – 5 PM

February Break Discovery Days, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights.
Explore exotic habitats from around the world and have some hands-on science fun during the midwinter school break. Explore the lush conservatories on scavenger hunts, listen to stories, and pot up a plant to bring home. Free for kids of all ages.

Black History Month Celebration, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
Join us for our annual Black History Month celebration February 19th-24th at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Over a span of five days of culture and fun, families will learn about influential Black women leaders through story times, dance with SHINE: a family house party at the Museum, and watch screenings of kid-friendly short films focused on Black History Month.

Kids Week at Brooklyn Parks, Various Locations.
Free nature themed activities all week!

TRAVELING WITH YOUR KIDS?

Check out these seven toys and books to make traveling with toddlers a breeze!

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ACTIVITIES WORTH TRAVELING FOR

Hippo Ballerina by Bjorn Skaarup, Dante Park, Upper West Side.

Mid-winter Recess Family Program, Winnie the Pooh, Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria.

Culinary Kids Weekend, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx.

The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Upper West Side.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! Seven toys and books to make travel with toddlers a breeze.

Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport is the perfect picture book to read on the plane. Help your kids make sense of the  busy world around them with  Huckle Cat, Sally, Lowly Worm, and a bonus sticker sheet!

Anyone who has ever traveled with toddlers knows that an endless supply of new and interesting activities is the only way to make it from point A to point B without going crazy. Herewith, SkipKid’s recommendations for travel books and activities that will turn every family trip into a sweet adventure!

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Six SkipKid users rave about a new date-night babysitting service, and now it’s your turn to try it! Get your $50 FREE credit now!

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We’ve all been there:

Friends from out of town want to meet up for dinner, but your regular babysitter can’t make it.

There’s a Saturday afternoon exercise class you’re dying to try, but your kids refuse to go to child watch.

You’ve been meaning to get a date-night sitter, but all the sitters you meet seem to want regular hours, and you can’t commit to that.

You need time for yourself, but you don’t want to leave your children with someone they don’t know.

Enter Chime by Sitter City, the babysitting service that pairs qualified, pre-screened caregivers with New York City families at your convenience. Chime recently offered six SkipKid families the chance to try out a sitter. Over the last few weeks, our users logged on, booked their sitters, and invited Chime into their homes.

Here’s what they had to say!

Jessica, mom to Tilly (3) and Calla (1) – Windsor Terrace

My experience with Chime has been wonderful! We live in Windsor Terrace with two kids and two dogs. Sometimes it’s difficult to find sitters who are comfortable with pets. Not with Chime! I’ve had no issues finding sitters using their app. I have used Chime for daytime sitting to attend Pre-k tours and doctor appointments. I thought having an unfamiliar sitter would be difficult for my daughters, Tilly (3) and Calla (almost 2), since they are used to one sitter. However, our first Chime sitter, Bethie, put them at ease right away and there wasn’t any crying when I left! She let me know that everything was going well while I was out and the kids were so happy when I got home. My older daughter said, “Bethie is a nice person! Can she come back again?” I have scheduled more Chime sitters for next week and look forward to having so many qualified sitters at my fingertips. As for their customer service, it’s also been fantastic. One of my sitters had to cancel after accepting the job so Chime gave me $50 babysitting credit for a future booking. Finally, if you refer friends who book sitters using your link you can get even more credits to use for your own sitting needs! I have used other sitting sites in the past but I will only use Chime from now on!

Liz, mom to Vivian (4) and William (2) – Fort Greene

Chime was incredibly easy to use and it was super convenient to book a great sitter. I actually really liked that they had videos of the sitters on the site, because it felt like you were dealing with a live person. The sitter herself was great, extremely prompt and personable and the kids really liked her. I would absolutely, definitely use Chime again—it was so much easier than trolling my friends to find out if they know someone who knows someone when our usual sitter can’t make it. Thanks so much for the hook up. We used our sitter to go to see The Salesman at the Angelika.

Megan, mom to Cameron (2) – Williamsburg

I love the videos; it makes it easy to gauge someone’s demeanor and communication style, which can help to create a match for your child. I’d be awesome if there were even more videos/pictures of the sitters. The app itself was super easy to use. Everything made sense and I was able to book quickly with only two days’ notice. I like how the payment is handled; it eliminates the need to stop at the ATM on the way home from dinner. Jennifer (our Chime sitter), was a few minutes late, but apologized first thing. She was extremely nice and professional. She seemed trustworthy and capable, and reviewed her qualifications for us when we met. My son was sleeping during her sitting job, so we don’t have any feedback on how she interacted with him. We are hoping to book her again so they can get to know each other! My husband and I went out to dinner for a long-awaited date night!

Ryan and Meguire, parents to Emerson (5) and Holland (2) – Clinton Hill

Our experience with Chime was great! One of the best parts was that our daughter, Emerson, helped us pick her sitter. We watched several of the sitter profile videos together which empowered our daughter to choose a sitter that she was comfortable with and was excited to meet. As the night approached, Emerson’s excitement grew, which put our minds at ease. Date-night goodbyes are often difficult but that was not the case with our Chime sitter. Katie arrived on-time, had great energy that both our kids immediately took to. She was very warm and responsive, sending us a short text to let us know that she had put the kids to bed and that all was well. We will definitely use Chime again and hope to book Katie for future sittings.

Faye, mom to Wilson (8) and George (5) – Columbia Street Waterfront District

I quickly found myself in that all too familiar childcare panic when my afterschool sitter needed an evening off and my work calendar was booked. I have to admit I was extremely nervous booking for the first time through Chime. The video clips definitely helped but it would be the first time I left my now 5 and 8 year old boys with a sitter I had not prescreened or at least met. Needless to say the sitter I found through Chime was amazing and I give the entire experience a 10. I was not home to meet her but I was home at the end of the night and was able to chat with her after everyone was sleeping soundly. Through conversations with the sitter I realized how Chime’s screening process works and am now a convert. Already booked my next evening out.

Adam, dad to Dax (3) and Jett (1) – Park Slope

We have always been wary of babysitting services, and have never before used one — even in childcare emergencies. But I was intrigued, and Chime seemed different from other services I’ve looked at from the get-go. The app is very easy to navigate and with all of the background information available and the little videos, you feel like you really know who’s coming to your home! It made it so our 3 year-old helped decide who he wanted to play with. We look forward to having our sitter come Friday evening to get to know our 1 year old and 3 year old boys. We plan to use the time to get stuff done around the apartment, but we already feel pretty comfortable with the situation and might even go out for a drink after bedtime!

Update: Our babysitter was great! With all of her experience as an au pair in different countries, she could likely teach us a thing or two. Our kids settled in fairly easily — and we even made it out for dinner! We will be using Chime again.

If you could use more trusted sitters in your caregiver lineup, check out Chime today and receive $50 in credits for first-time users. BONUS: for every first booking in February, Chime will donate $25 and 10% of the transaction to the ACLU! Welcome back, date night!

This weekend: get ready for Valentine’s day 💕 Celebrate the Lunar New Year or boogie down at a disco dance party!

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WEEKEND ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 11-12

This weekend celebrate the Year of the Rooster or be at one with the trees. And don’t forget about Valentine’s Day! Plus, check out these five books about tolerance to share with your toddlers. And thanks for spreading the word about SkipKid!

Help your toddler celebrate diversity with these five books about friendship, tolerance, and social acceptance.

THIS WEEKEND

Lunar New Year, Prospect Park Zoo, Crown Heights.
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Come celebrate the year of the rooster at the Prospect Park Zoo with puppet show performances, a self-guided scavenger hunt, fortune cookies and a calligraphy workshop!

Love and Justice Disco Party, Bija Kids, Fort Greene.
Saturday
All ages welcome to party! Get ready to get down to some disco vibes and protest songs (not to mention great dance classics) while helping us raise money to bring Bija programs to all. Proceeds benefit The Bija Fund, which provides need-based low-cost and free Bija tuition. Drinks and snacks provided. Pay what you can.

Coyote’s Dance: Tales From The American Indian, Kumble Theater, Downtown Brooklyn.
Saturday
This whimsical, interactive children’s show follows the exploits of Coyote, the trickster character from the folklore of many North American Indian Nations. Ages 4-10.

Tu B’shvat Earth Celebration, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
Sunday
In partnership with Repair The World, a non-profit organization committed to volunteerism and social action, BCM celebrates Tu B’shvat, the Jewish birthday of the trees! Join us for a live performance with The Pop Ups, celebrate our leafy friends, and learn more about this Jewish cultural celebration.

Lori Richmand Presents Pax and Blue, Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab, Park Slope.
Sunday
Join Brooklyn-based children’s author-illustrator for a reading of her newest book, Pax and Blue.

Camp Fair, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Cobble Hill.
Sunday
New York Family and the ACA-NY and NJ will be hosting the 13th Annual Camp Fair, giving families multiple opportunities to meet with many camp directors all in one setting. There will be day camps, overnight camps and educational programs in attendance. Private as well as not-for-profit camps will be there – children welcome to attend with you!

Valentine’s Festivities: This Weekend and Beyond!

3-D Pop-Out Mobile Hearts, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
Saturday
Kids learn how to make three dimensional shapes using paper and leave with your very own heart mobiles to hang at home or give away for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Storytime, Barnes and Noble, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.
Saturday
Join us for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine’s Day Is Cool. Don’t miss out!

Valentine’s Day Craft, Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, Brooklyn Heights.
Sunday
Stop by any time between 11AM and 2PM to make a l’il monster Valentine. For kids ages 5 and up, with a caregiver.

Valentine’s Day Party, Juguemos A Cantar, Park Slope
Tuesday
Music, arts & crafts, and refreshments!

Valentine’s Day Drop-Off Party, Recess, Dumbo.
Tuesday
It’s Valentine’s Day at Recess, and love is in the air at this drop-off event! Pizza and an art project are included. Evening events are available for kids ages 3 to 7 years old. (Children should have prior separation experience!)

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Five books about tolerance to share with your toddlers

Mem Fox’s joyful picture book Whoever You Are is a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences.

Everybody is different, and our differences are what make our world so special. Help your toddler celebrate diversity with these five books about friendship, tolerance, and social acceptance.

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Take bath time to the next level with these H2O toys!

The water makes these Light-Up Bath Goldfish go electric in a rainbow of colors--give them something brilliant to fish for!

Have your kids grown tired of their boats and cups? Check out these kid-pleasing bath toys to make tubby time extra exciting! Please note: If you buy something through our links, SkipKid may earn an affiliate commission–if you are planning on buying one of these products, please help support SkipKid as a free parenting resource by ordering and purchasing through these links. Thank you!

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This weekend: a magical brunch by a celebrity chef, a dragon dance + dumplings, and children’s books about LOVE! ❤❤❤

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: February 4-5

This weekend is all about magic and music, and don’t forget about the dumplings! Spread the love with these sweet children’s books and spread the word about SkipKid!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner–check out our picks for children’s books that will remind your kids how much they are loved!

THIS WEEKEND

Songs for Extraordinary People, Barbes, Park Slope. Join musician and writer Michael Hearst for this audio-visual performance geared toward children and adults age four and up. Enjoy an adult beverage while you and your children are mesmerized by this unique performance! All Barbes shows are $10 suggestion donation per person.

Magical Kids Brunch, the Hall at MP, Williamsburg. Bring the whole family and celebrate 2017 with amazing food, friends and a little bit of magic. Table-side balloon artists will twist balloons into extravagant shapes while you enjoy brunch by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis. Finish with an interactive magic show for all!

SPONSORED POST Celebrate your birthday at Giocare! Winter weather is here and Giocare has space available for your birthday party, meeting, and other events! Book the space for an afternoon open play session for groups of twenty-five or more. Contact Giocare for possible discounts on space rentals.

Chinese New Year celebration, Monkey Do! Yoga, Gowanus. Check out this free family event celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster. Festivities include Dragon Dance, Zodiac Storytelling, Chinese crafts, calligraphy, painting, Chinese dance performances, and of course dumplings!

First Sundays, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights. Bird is the word! Come out for this pop-up program inspired by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s winter wildlife. Perch on the rug for early-bird book readings of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Duck for President, and other flights of fancy. Build a bird’s nest, then take a bird walk to observe the resilient birds of winter. Fun for the whole family! All programs free with Garden admission.

Twinkle Tames a Dragon, Kingsborough Community College, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Twinkle Tames A Dragon, from the award-winning Vital Theatre Company, is a charming new musical based on the book of the same title by best-selling author Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.

Free Family Art Day “Let’s Dance,” Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe, Bedford-Stuyvesant. Come out for this opportunity for families to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms. Each month the storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a theme. No need to RSVP, just drop in!

AND NEW ON MONDAYS…

Activist Mondays, Hootenanny Art House, Park Slope. Introducing an ongoing opportunity for activism for the Park Slope (and beyond) community. Every Monday Hootenanny Art House will open their doors for Activist Coffee Hour from 3:30-4:30 and Activist Happy Hour (BYOB) from 6:00-7:00pm. There will be postcards available to write, scripts for calling, and petitions to sign. Depending on the issues at hand they will try to find the most accessible and valuable way for folks to participate. Kids are welcome. Donations will be accepted for coffee, stamps and printing.

Take bath time to the next level with these H20 toys!

Have your kids grown tired of their boats and cups? Check out these kid-pleasing bath toys to make tubby time extra exciting!

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Eight sweet children’s books about love, just in time for Valentine’s Day

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a sweet addition to the world of Eric Carle and a wonderful way to tell your littles how much you love them.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we think the best way to deliver the holiday message is by sharing a thoughtful book with your kiddos. These eight stories make perfect gifts, and each has its own special way of saying, “I love you.”

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This weekend: a kid-friendly lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant! Plus, a FREE chance to win brunch prepared by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis! (Photo: @nibbleandsqueak)

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 28-29

This weekend take your tot to see a movie, go to a concert, or treat yourself to a fancy lunch out with your kids! Enter here for your FREE chance to win brunch with celebrity chef Michael Psilakis. Enjoy the weekend, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

There is so much to do this weekend, but for those moments when you can’t seem to escape the house, check out our favorite discoveries to help get the winter wiggles out without leaving home!

THIS WEEKEND

Kids Film Festival, BAM, Fort Greene. Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival returns for its 19th year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 27 countries in total. This year’s fun-filled program showcases curated selections from the top children’s festivals in North America. BAMcafé is open all day long, so stop by after your screening for food and a host of fun activities.

Nibble+squeak lunch at Delaware and Hudson, Williamsburg. If you happen to have time on Friday, join Nibble+squeak in celebrating its one-year anniversary. Michelin-starred Delaware and Hudson will close its doors to the public for a private lunch featuring a special version of Chef Patti Jackson’s acclaimed seasonal dinner tasting menu. Parents and carers with children of any ages are welcome to this event. Stroller parking and changing tables will be available, and best of all: KIDS EAT FREE!

SPONSORED POST Introducing Class Visits to Giocare! These classes cater to local UPK, daycare, co-ops, or other organizations needing a break from the classroom on cold winter days. Choose an Art & Artist class to learn about a specific artist and engage in that artist’s style, or a Materials Lab class where children use recycled materials and loose parts to create a collective or individual project. Open play included.

MY CHINATOWN Children’s event with Kam Mak, MOFAD, Williamsburg. To celebrate the Lunar New Year with our younger visitors, Brooklyn-based children’s author and illustrator Kam Mak will share the story of MY CHINATOWN, his homage to his childhood spent in New York’s Chinatown, “a small city within a city.”

Free Family Art Day: “Snowy Play”, Spellbound Theatre, Park Slope Library. Free Family Art Days are opportunities for families to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms. Each month Spellbound storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a theme. These events are free for the public and presented in partnership with local businesses, libraries, and community centers.

SPONSORED POST The Greenpoint Y is the place for kids! The Y offers a wide array of programs for New York City kids and families. Kids create memories, learn skills and build confidence as they explore new interests and passions at the Y. Y classes are taught by talented and experienced staff. From pre-school to afterschool to art classes to summer programs to music, the Greenpoint Y has something for everyone. What are you waiting for? Sign up today or try us for free with a day pass.

Mil’s Trills 7th Annual Winter Bash, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowns. Mil’s Trills is a children’s music project led by Amelia Robinson, that invites families to celebrate the community through original tunes and a rotating cast of musical guests. A highly interactive show, audiences are encouraged to be part of the experience while discovering a world of instruments.

Free Family House Party, BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn. Grab the kiddos and head to this free (with RSVP) family dance party. Daytime activities include family dance classes, live music, and arts and crafts. The event wraps up with a kid dance party!

FREE CHANCE TO WIN BRUNCH WITH A CELEBRITY CHEF!

Caption this Photo and WIN TICKETS to the Magical Kids Brunch with celebrity chef Michael Psilakis #SkipKid! Enter here!

For all the kiddos who love playing with mama and dada’s phones, try giving them this amazing drawing toy instead! Our kids totally love it!

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Caption this photo and WIN TICKETS to a celebrity-chef brunch with your kiddo!

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What are these two cuties talking about? You tell us in a photo caption contest to win tickets to a Magical Kids Brunch at the Hall at MP on Saturday, February 4th. Check out our Facebook page for details!

Five ways to get your winter wiggles out without leaving your house

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The holidays are over but winter has only just begun. With our first nor’easter in full swing, SkipKid offers you five fabulous ways to help your kids get some exercise without having to brave the outdoors. [Please note: SkipKid gets commissions for purchases made through the links in this post, so if you are considering purchasing, please do so through these links to support SkipKid as a free parenting resource!]

We call these Jumping Discs, six brightly-colored, non-skid vinyl circles that can be scattered around your living room to become lily pads in a pretend pond. Watch your tots leap from disc to disc as they try to keep their feet from getting wet!

There is no limit to what you can do with Bean Bags. Toss them in the air and have your kid jump to catch each one, or hide them throughout the house and let your child search for them. These are durable yet soft enough that if the game gets exciting, no one gets hurt!

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this Balance Board is that it’s suitable for grownups, too. Get out the egg timer and let your kids balance for as long as they can, then have them count for you! Everyone needs their exercise.

What we love about the Pop Up Play Tunnel is that it is as easy to set up as it is to store. Think of this as a rainy-day toy that the kids only see when they can’t get to the playground. Let them crawl through it, roll balls through, or even roll each other around in it. It’s one of the quietest indoor toys around.

The Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline is not necessarily quiet (for your downstairs neighbors), but if you can find a suitable place for it, you will win at winter! Kids love nothing more than jumping and this gets them off the couches and onto a 3-foot trampoline that will have them bopping up and down for hours.

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Inclusive playspaces for children with disabilities, plus a class for their grown-ups!

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Extreme Kids & Crew, Red Hook. Extreme Kids & Crew is a welcoming community center where children with disabilities can socialize, create and play, and their families can join in the fun while sharing disability specific resources with other caretakers. Free open play on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm. These play spaces are inspired by children with disabilities. They are gathering places and labs where parents and kids can play and experiment with a trove of therapeutic toys and equipment on their own or with other families.

BAM, Fort Greene. Relaxed Performance of Do Not Disturb, in which four factory workers struggle to assemble a gigantic wheel in this creative evocation of play through work. Relaxed performances support the needs and enjoyment of neural atypical audience members. Modifications will include elimination of blackouts and sudden theatrical cues; maintaining moderate house lighting through the performance; lowering the overall volume of sound elements; allowing for audience vocalization and movement; and allowing for patron exits and entrances whenever needed. Saturday, February 11, 2pm.

Sensory Room, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. Sessions in the space are balanced between self guided exploration of the space and a facilitated program by one of BCM’s Educators. The program might include story time, a song session, parachute play, or meeting one of the Museum’s live animals. This room was created with an advisory committee of scholars and professionals with experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). All are welcome in this space, please let the Educator present know if your child has particular needs or sensitivities.

More Than Words, an evidence-based, twelve-week program for parents and caregivers of young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication disorders. In a family-centered, small group setting, parents and caregivers will learn skills to enhance back-and-forth interactions with their children, help improve their children’s social skills and their understanding of language. Additionally, parents and caregivers will learn techniques that facilitate communication development in everyday situations. The program will be held at the Diana Rogovin Davidow Speech-Language-Hearing Center at Brooklyn College, a community based clinic located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn from February through May 2017. The program can supplement a child’s school-based services by providing family education and training. Scholarship opportunities are available for this evidence-based intervention. Please email rachel.l.cortese@gmail.com with questions.

FREE Winter Activities You Might Not Know About! Plus, the mess-free indoor craft activity we’re obsessed with!

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Surviving winter with little ones can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Check out our list of FREE winter activities you may not know about, the craft supply that will save you when it’s too cold to go outside and our Park Slope roundup of indoor playspaces. Be sure to visit SkipKid for even more activities!

The Ed Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo.
The Ed Center is open for free, drop in hours four afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with its 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more! NOTE: No Strollers.

Our City, Industry City, Sunset Park.
Visit Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s pop-up exhibit, Our City, in Industry City this winter. This interactive art exhibit travels to Sunset Park and asks children to consider what it takes to make a healthy, happy neighborhood. Explore New York’s architecture, what it takes to make a thriving community and the diversity of New York City.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights.
Winter weekdays are free and there are tons of family and child friendly activities! Warm up at the tropical indoor exhibit, including the tiny bonsai trees!

Brooklyn Museum : Target First Saturdays, Prospect Heights. Engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month.

Can’t get outside? NO problem! These must-have paint sticks are going to save you this winter!

Park Slope Play Spaces
If you happen to be in or around this family friendly nabe check out our recent roundup of indoor playspaces!

After a day of battling the cold weather warm up with one of these indulgent hot cocoa recipes for kids!

This Weekend: celebrate the Year of the Rooster, sing along with “the White Stripes,” and bring the outside world indoors!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 21-22

This weekend, celebrate the Year of the Rooster, enjoy the music of the White Stripes, or bring the outdoors inside at the opening weekend of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s new exhibit. And in celebration of the Women’s March, check out our favorite feminist books for kiddos! Have fun out there, and please continue to spread the word about SkipKid!

Friday

SPONSORED POST. Art Class at Giocare Play Spot, South Slope. Check out this drop-in art class Friday mornings, 10-11:30 AM. From process to product, collective to individual, these art projects are designed to help children experience various techniques and have age-appropriate experiences in making their mark on the world. Giocare’s resident art teacher Kate has all kinds of fun plans and experiences for the children. Class is $15 per student and includes admission to the Giocare indoor play space.
Saturday

Baze and His Silly Friends, Central Library, Prospect Heights.
Multi–award winning BAHSF are a super creative, super fun, and super duper talented children/family rock band. No show is complete without tons of bubbles, laughs, hip shakin’, and toe tappin’ good time songs that will make even grandma get out of her rocking chair and boogie up those stairs.
Sunday

Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Rooster, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush. The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs an all-new celebration of Chinese arts commemorating the Year of the Rooster, cousin to the mythical Phoenix, whose song awakens the world each morning and whose confidence and loyalty are well regarded. Delightful red lions, golden dragons, and white peacocks frolic and play to the exotic sounds of traditional instruments, while graceful dancers and astounding acrobats showcase the rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of The White Stripes, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. Children will explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity.

Sunday Story Time with Fiona Robinson, Powerhouse on 8th., Park Slope. From the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson comes Ada’s Ideas, a gorgeous picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Bring your children and help celebrate strong women who make history!

SPONSORED POST. The Greenpoint Y is the place for kids! The Y offers a wide array of programs for New York City kids and families. Kids create memories, learn skills and build confidence as they explore new interests and passions at the Y. Y classes are taught by talented and experienced staff. From pre-school to afterschool to art classes to summer programs to music, the Greenpoint Y has something for everyone. What are you waiting for? Sign up today or try us for free with a day pass.

ALL WEEKEND

WILDERNESS CAMP, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
Featuring art installations by Tattfoo Tan, Brooklyn Children’s Museum announces a new exhibit, Wilderness Camp, an indoor experience that brings the great outdoors to family audiences through role-play and the exploration of nature.

INVENTGENUITY FESTIVAL 2017, PS32/MS442, Carroll Gardens.
Beam Center puts kids’ hands on sewing machines, glue guns, circuitry and other tools in a big collaborative project, workshops and demonstrations at its eighth annual Inventgenuity Festival. Kids will make Bobblehead Clones, Kinetically-Modified Crops and other projects in an imaginative, craft-based take on bio-engineering.

FAVORITE FEMINIST BOOKS FOR KIDDOS!

This weekend in addition to The Women’s March on Washington it is the Women’s March on New York City! In celebration of tolerance and civil liberties for all, check out our favorite feminist books for kiddos.

Is your tot constantly reaching for your iPhone? Offer her this toy instead.

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The Boogie Board Scribble ‘n Play is not an iPhone–it’s not even electronic–but it seems to hold the same appeal for our kids. And for us, to be honest. With four drawing tools, everyone gets a chance to scribble, trace, draw, and write in multicolored “ink” on this erasable board. In fact, it may be the board’s “erase” button at the bottom, which collapses the screen the way my one-year-old wipes out her grandparents on a FaceTime call, that makes the Boogie Board so much fun. No mess, no lost parts (the drawing tools clip right onto the board), pure fun. For car rides or even long stroller rides, the Boogie Board is a delightful toy that can grow with your kids. Last weekend, my five-year-old nephew played tic-tac-toe on his while I later wrote a reminder to myself: buy another Boogie Board for next month’s airplane trip! Please note: SkipKid gets commissions for purchases made through the links in this post, so if you are considering purchasing, please do so through this link to support SkipKid as a free parenting resource!

This Weekend: a sing-along for peace, an interactive performance, and MLK Jr. celebrations!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 14-16

This weekend promises music, stories, and multiple celebrations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Enjoy, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

THIS WEEKEND

The Small but Mighty Hootenanny benefit concert with Pete Sinjin, the Bell House, Gownanus. Join local hero Pete Sinjin and his House of Song for a visionary, all-ages songfest to celebrate and stand for peace, justice, and love. All proceeds will be donated to organizations fighting climate change, protecting civil rights, and assisting refugees.

SPONSORED POST Open spots in Toddler Time, Giocare’s Preschool Alternative Program. In this drop-off class for ages 18 months to 3.5 years, children engage more actively in choice time and art projects, and are encouraged to play alongside their classmates. The children become more self-directed as they gain comfort in their surroundings and in a regular routine. Giocare has spots available for the winter semester right now! Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9-11:30 AM for full morning or just try out the first drop-off experience from 9-10 AM in our mini session. Pay per class, for the whole winter semester, or purchase a 10 or 20 class punch card. SkipKid discount with card or semester.

Rolie Polie Guacamole – “Live on the Fourth of July” Release Party, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus. Join family favorite Rolie Polie Guacamole for a kid-friendly singalong to celebrate the release of their new album. All ages welcome!

Story Time: Selina Alko & Sean Qualls, Greenlight Bookstore, Ft. Greene. Join Brooklyn-based husband and wife author and illustrator team as they present two of their powerful recent picture books about love and justice.

SPONSORED POST The Greenpoint Y is the place for kids! The Y offers a wide array of programs for New York City kids and families. Kids create memories, learn skills and build confidence as they explore new interests and passions at the Y. Y classes are taught by talented and experienced staff. From pre-school to afterschool to art classes to summer programs to music, the Greenpoint Y has something for everyone. What are you waiting for? Sign up today or try us for free with a day pass.

Spellbound Theatre presents “Under the Tree,” the Old Stone House, Park Slope. “Under The Tree” returns to the Old Stone House for one day only. Don’t miss this interactive performance in which a young girl escapes her noisy life and takes the audience on an immersive exploration of a magical world in her own backyard. Told through puppetry, multi-media, and interactive storytelling, this unique performance brings the outdoor world to life.

Family Friendly Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017, BAM, Ft. Greene. New York City’s largest public celebration in honor of iconic civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to BAM for the 31st year. This free event brings world-renowned activists, intellectuals, and civic leaders together with musicians, poets, and other performers to honor King’s legacy and keep his message alive.

Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall, Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. A masterful storyteller, Tammy Hall weaves together diverse tales from around the world to create a rich experience for all at this free event.

I Have a Dream Celebration, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Over the course of two days of culture and fun, families will learn about MLK, Jr. and his legacy by taking a deep dive into our country’s history. Learn about the importance of diversity, equality, and rights.

Six Park Slope Play Spaces to Get You Through Winter!

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Hey, Park Slope! The cold weather has officially set in and we’re looking at three months of winter. Stay calm–there is no shortage of indoor play spaces right here in our own neighborhood. Check out our picks below, and take a look at SkipKid to find many more open-play times in every neighborhood, every day of the week!

Play Space at Lulu’s Then & Now, Park Slope.
The newly renovated Park Slope play space at Lulu’s Then & Now is a beautiful room filled with innovative, stimulating, modern toys for your young child to explore, imagine and create with. There is also a well curated library for tots to enjoy.

The Drop-In Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Park Slope.
Parents,caregivers, and children come together to discover, learn, and have fun! The Drop-In Center is held in our social hall,which becomes a large indoor play space with age-appropriate toys and activities. The program is coordinated by an early childhood facilitator.

Indoor Playground at Park Slope Armory YMCA, South Slope.
In this motor development open play setting, children up to 4 years of age spend their time exploring, climbing, balancing, building and so much more, all while socializing with fellow kids. (Members: free; community fee $20/visit)

Open Play at Giocare Play Spot, South Slope.
This bright, clean play space has plenty of natural light and a view of Slope Playground, so you almost feel like you’re outside!

Open Play at Juguemos A Cantar, South Slope.
A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more. Daily sing-alongs are part of the open-play experience.

Drop-in Play, BAX, Park Slope.
This is a flexible time for children and their families to participate in creative play guided by a BAX teaching artist in an open student environment. Explore tunnels, create funky rhythms, and dance with colorful scarves or sort soft vegetables.

This Weekend: design a winter work vehicle, learn to cook, or enjoy a musical story time!

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Happy New Year, Brooklyn! We hope you had a restful and relaxing vacation. And now…welcome, winter! This weekend celebrate the season indoors and out with a variety of family activities, from MulchFest and First Sundays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to cooking activities and a puppet performance. Thank you for supporting SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Kids Corner: Rezz and Mando, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights. Storytellers Rezz and Mando present Virtuous Journeys, amazing stories that entertain and uplift. Experience children’s books brought to life in this family-friendly performance with dynamic movement, voices, and live music.

Grand Opening Party for Kids!, Greenlight Bookstore, Prospect Lefferts Garden. It’s a brand-new bookstore birthday party! Now that the rush of the holidays are behind us, we’re officially celebrating the opening of Greenlight Bookstore’s second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens! Kids and families are invited to join us for a staff-led story time, tasty treats, giveaways, activities and more!

“Music in Motion” Family Concert, Bargemusic, Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy a free one-hour performance, including a Q & A session with the musicians (no intermission). Doors open 15 minutes prior to concert. The program is announced at the performance. No reserved seating.

SUNDAY

Cooking Stories and Demo with Melina Hammer, Stories Bookshop, Park Slope. Come out for this family friendly kitchen event with author Melina Hammer, who will be talking good food for kids from her excellent cookbook Kid Chef, and making delicious lamb meatballs for you to sample. Admission includes one copy of the book, plus a live cooking demo.

First Sundays, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights. A series of pop-up programs inspired by water, in honor of the opening of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. There will be crafts and a pretend petting zoo for toddlers, in addition to nature walks.

Creativity Lab, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights. Visitors of all ages are invited to drop by our studios and explore their creative side. In this drop-in workshop, take inspiration from our galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay for as long as you’d like! Free with Museum admission.

ALL WEEKEND

Design a Winter Vehicle, New York Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn. Explore the special fleets of buses and trains deployed to clear the streets and train tracks of ice and snow, then design your own winter work vehicles.

MulchFest, dozens of parks throughout Brooklyn! Don’t leave your holiday tree out in the trash – bring it to be chipped at MulchFest! When the holiday season is over, bring it to one of dozens of Brooklyn locations and they will chip your tree for free! If you’d like, you can even take it home again as a bag of mulch. Mulch not taken home will be used to nourish trees and plants on sidewalks and in gardens all across New York.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Puppetworks, Park Slope. This weekend only, bring your children to see Robert Southey’s beloved 1837 folktale adapted for hand puppets by Jack Kaplan (suggested for ages 3 and up).
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SAVE THE DATE!

On Saturday, January 14th, join singer/songwriter and neighborhood hero Pete Sinjin and his House of Song at the Bell House for a visionary songfest to celebrate and stand for peace, justice, and love. All proceeds will be donated to organizations fighting climate change, protecting civil rights, and assisting refugees. This sing-along is all ages $15/person and kids under 1 are free. Please note that strollers will need to be parked outside to make room for everyone inside.

Save the Date: January 14th, The Small But Mighty Hootenanny Benefit Show!

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On Saturday, January 14th, join singer/songwriter and neighborhood hero Pete Sinjin and his House of Song at the Bell House for a visionary songfest to celebrate and stand for peace, justice, and love. All proceeds will be donated to organizations fighting climate change, protecting civil rights, and assisting refugees. This sing-along is all ages $15/person and kids under 1 are free. Please note that strollers will need to be parked outside to make room for everyone inside.

Happy New Year! Be Sure to Call Ahead This Week to Check for Schedule Changes!

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Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful and restorative vacation with your kiddos. Many drop-in activities are in flux this week as venues finalize their winter/spring schedules. Please, please call ahead!

The Best of the Last Week of 2016: from surviving school vacation to enjoying New Year’s Day with the littles!

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Of course we all agree that Brooklyn is the best borough, but if you’re feeling up for adventure here are some extra special holiday activities worth traveling for (and one right here close to home!).

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park.
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance!

Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx.
Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, an all-new Queensboro bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Macy’s Santaland, Macy’s, Herald Square.
Located on the eighth floor, Macy’s Santaland features a 13,000-square-foot North Pole village — complete with live elves, an enchanted forest, animatronic toys and a train display. Come prepared — lines can be long, but there’s plenty to look at while waiting. Macy’s Herald Square store is located on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Santaland is open daily from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and is a magical experience for kids of all ages!

The Origami Holiday Tree, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. The tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The theme of this year’s tree is Dinosaurs Among Us. This activity is for kids of all ages and free with museum admission.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
Dance performances, weaving workshops, creating rainsticks and enjoying story times: Brooklyn Children’s Museum has four days of Kwanzaa for kids to enjoy. From music to crafts to literature, you can’t miss the BCM this week.

Happy New Year to you, Brooklyn! We are so thankful for your support in helping SkipKid grow over this past year. We wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2017!

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Fireworks, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park.
Kick off the new year and the celebration of the Park’s 150th anniversary with fireworks fun, live music and more. Locations for viewing the fireworks include Grand Army Plaza, the Park’s West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration, Coney Island.
This family friendly event features a fireworks spectacular, an 8,000 LED light show and Coney Island sideshow performers.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

New Year’s Day Family Bowl, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg.
This is a no-cover, all-ages, all-day bowling event. What better way to spend the day with your family than cozied up at the lanes with drink specials, music, and delicious food by Blue Ribbon? Happy 2017!

If you’re staying in this NYE check out these seven tips to make your celebration kid friendly!

Traveling with little ones can be quite an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be: Check out this ultimate guide to traveling with kids!

Fabulous New York City Holiday Activities Worth Traveling For!

Happy Holidays from SkipKid! Have a great weekend and thanks for telling your friends about SkipKid!

Of course we all agree that Brooklyn is the best borough, but if you’re feeling up for some adventure here are some extra special holiday activities worth traveling for.

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Central Park.
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long during the performance!

Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx.
Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landma
rks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, an all-new Queensboro bridge, and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Macy’s Santaland, Macy’s, Herald Square.
Located on the eighth floor, Macy’s Santaland features a 13,000-square-foot North Pole village — complete with live elves, an enchanted forest, animatronic toys and a train display. Come prepared — lines can be long, but there’s plenty to look at while waiting. Macy’s Herald Square store is located on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Santaland is open daily from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and is a magical experience for kids of all ages!

The Origami Holiday Tree, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. The tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The theme of this year’s tree is Dinosaurs Among Us. This activity is for kids of all ages and free with museum admission.

Traveling with little ones can be quite an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be: Check out this ultimate guide to traveling with kids!

This Weekend: holiday sing-alongs, family parties, and early visits from Santa!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 17-18

This weekend is all about gearing up for Christmas and Hanukkah. From visits with Santa to family holiday parties, sing-alongs to Hanukkah celebrations, you can’t help but enjoy yourselves! Thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Santa Visit, LuLu’s Then & Now, Park Slope. Come to the LuLu’s Winter Wonderland and meet Santa himself! We’ll be decorating our Play Space to celebrate this special visit. Make sure the kids bring their Christmas lists! Santa will be available from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Availability is limited, please call to reserve a slot for your photo and Santa visit.

Holiday Party, Dodge YMCA, You’re invited to a fun day with games, crafts, a bounce house and professionally printed pictures with Santa! Everyone in the community is welcome.

Holiday Family Sing-a-long, Ume Ume Music & Arts, Park Slope. Come sing and dance to holiday hits and enjoy holiday treats.

Santa Saturday, Sidecar, Park Slope. Free visit with Santa plus strolling carolers along Park Slope’s 5th Avenue.

SUNDAY

Holiday Festibowl, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. Brooklyn Bowl along with The Rock and Roll Playhouse will become its own snow globe! Enjoy a holiday themed photo booth, the music of Taylor Swift, a sing-a-long with Santa, and so much more.

First Sundays, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights. Bring the whole family out for this indoor/outdoor adventure inspired by the new water garden at BBG. Craft a paper pond, make your own rainstick, visit a pretend petting zoo, and hear a story read aloud, then head outside for a winter nature walk!

Be The Light Chanukah Party & Toy Drive, Clinton Hill. Celebrate the miracle of Chanukah in community, and bring gently used toys and donations to help Brooklyn children living in poverty. The party is free to attend and will have food, wine, crafts, games, a magic show for medium/big kids, and a separate music/story time for the little ones. Everyone is welcome.

Spellbound Theater presents “The Last Coin,” Old Stone House, Park Slope. When the page of a book is irreparably torn, a storyteller and her loyal stage manager must find another way to share their story of three princes on a quest to determine which of them will be their kingdom’s next ruler. Through shadow puppetry, sensory audience interactions, and other exciting surprises, little ones will experience a tale of cleverness and the value of kindness.

AND ONE MORE ON…MONDAY!

Ninth Annual Christmas/Hanukkah Tots Charity Sing-along, Nonna Rosa restaurant, Park Slope. This is an all-community, all-ages Christmas/Hanukkah musical event to benefit CHiPS, a local Brooklyn soup kitchen and shelter. $20 suggested donation and bring a wrapped new present for a child. Sing-along with Debbie Brukman begins at 10 AM on Monday, December 19th.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Check out these interesting stories in the news.

Lie to your kids about Santa!

If you’re like us, you’re trying to decide what to tell your littles about Santa. Check out parenting expert and author Wendy Thomas Russell’s take on “Why You Should Lie to Your Kids about Santa.”

Would your baby take an outdoor nap in sub-zero temperatures?

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to keep your kids indoors. Check out these intrepid sub-zero nappers in Norway, along with eight other “Global Parenting HabitsThat Haven’t Caught on in the U.S.

Hanukkah celebrations happening throughout Brooklyn!

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Hanukkah celebrations happening throughout Brooklyn!

Hanukkah Community Art Festival, Carroll Gardens
Saturday, December 10

This holiday art fair at Hannah Senesh Community Day School features a variety of crafts and art workshops run by local artists and community organizations. Art workshops for the whole family. Everyone in the community is welcome.

Be The Light Chanukah Party & Toy Drive, Clinton Hill
Sunday, December 18

Celebrate the miracle of Chanukah in community, and bring gently used toys and donations to help Brooklyn children living in poverty. The party is FREE to attend and will have food, wine, crafts, games, a MAGIC SHOW for medium/ big kids, and a separate music/ story time for the little ones. Everyone is welcome.

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting, Park Slope/Prospect Heights
December 24 -31

Celebrate each night of Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah. Every night of Hanukkah, Grand Army Plaza showcases a 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound steel Menorah. Every evening, in addition to lighting the candles of the Menorah, you can enjoy some hot latkes, gifts for the children and live music. These events start at 6PM at Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn at the intersection of Vanderbilt and Flatbush Avenues and children of all ages are welcome.

Soil to Oil, Jewish Children’s Museum, Crown Heights
December 11, 18, and 25-29

In this hands-on workshop, visitors will learn how olive oil is made using methods that have been around since Temple times. Participants choose the choicest olives, extract the oil, and finally light a Chanukah menorah using their hand-made wicks and freshly produced oil.

Chanukah Extravaganza, Kings Bay Y, Sheepshead Bay
December 18

Arts and crafts, rides and games, music and dancing — free admission for the whole family to this Chanukah party.

This Weekend: Schubert and U2 Brooklyn-style, and non-stop holiday parties!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 10-11

Music, books, Christmas, and Hanukkah: December is a non-stop dance party (yes, we have that, too!). Have fun this weekend, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Walk The Windows, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights. Enjoy festive holiday windows, special events, live music, free holiday treats and Santa while you shop and dine on Atlantic Avenue.

Story Hour with Andrea Davis Pinkney, Book Court, Cobble Hill. A Poem for Peter: the story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Come out for a reading by Andrea Davis Pinkney, the bestselling author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, and non-fiction.

Sadly, Book Court (Cobble Hill) is closing at the end of this month, a reminder this holiday season to support independent bookstores throughout Brooklyn. Hooray for Brooklyn author and mother Emma Straub, who plans to open a new bookstore soon! Stay updated here.

Holiday Photos with Santa, The Old Stone House, Park Slope. Kids of all ages are invited to take holiday photos with Santa! Photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis for $10.

Greencycle Holiday Swap, Greenpoint Public Library, Greenpoint. Just in time for the holidays, it’s a chance to recycle, reuse and reduce while finding something “new” for your loved ones. Drop off your cleaned gently-used & working items, browse the selection, and take as many “riches” as you can carry for a $5 donation. Don’t forget to bring a bag (or cart) to tote them all!

SUNDAY

The Knights Family Concert, BRIC, Fort Greene. You’re invited to this family performance featuring a specifically Brooklyn-flavored “Schubertiade.” Inspired by Schubert’s own intimate, salon evenings of music, poetry, song, and art, the orchestra curates a special program celebrating Brooklyn artists.

Hanukkah Community Art Festival, Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Carroll Gardens. This holiday art fair features a variety of crafts and art workshops run by local artists and community organizations. Art workshops for the whole family. Everyone in the community is welcome.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of U2, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. During this fun-filled show, children will explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity. Young talents will gain knowledge and develop their musical skills through laughter and imagination.

ALL WEEKEND

Dancewave’s Holiday Fiesta – Nutcracker Suite, PS 133, Park Slope. Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun-filled family event featuring four exciting dance performances!

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, Dyker Heights. The lights are up in Dyker Heights, and if you haven’t seen them, make time this year to visit. We recommend taking the kids in carriers and on foot. The crowds are big but gracious and the decorations are a spectacle you won’t want to miss.

Santa Claus is coming to Brooklyn! Here are the best places to take a photo with Saint Nick.

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Santa Claus is coming to Brooklyn! Mark your calendar for these upcoming appearances.

Visit with Santa, Pure Bistro, Park Slope
On Saturday, December 3, FREE photos with Santa from 3-5 PM

SINTERKLAAS (ST. NICHOLAS DAY), The Wyckoff House Museum, East Flatbush.
On Saturday, December 3, explore New York City’s oldest house and learn how the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus with traditional music, treats, stories, and crafts. FREE for kids 2 and under. FREE for Museum Members and Cool Culture Families

Fort Greene Park Annual Tree Lighting
On Sunday, December 4, Stop by for free warm beverages and snacks provided by local businesses, gather with your neighbors, and take a picture with Santa Claus! Also, bring new and unwrapped toys to support the community toy drive which is sponsored by Fort Greene SNAP and the Willoughby Senior Center. Santa and snacks will be available from 4:30-6:00, and the tree being lighted at 5:00pm.

Holiday Photos with Santa, The Old Stone House, Park Slope
On Saturday, December 10, kids of all ages are invited to take holiday photos with Santa! 2nd annual photo session with Santa, in partnership with Park Slope Parents and the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID. Photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis for $10. Photographer Marc Goldberg will make his professional photos available on his website for purchase, and you’re welcome to snap your own photo as well.

Visit with Santa, Sidecar, Park Slope
On Saturday, December 17, FREE photos with Santa from 3-5 PM.

Visit with Santa, Items of Interest, Park Slope.
Santa Claus will be taking photo appointments at Items of Interest through December 23rd. Each appointment includes a five minute session with Santa and lots of images sent right to your Inbox. Check website for pricing and to schedule an appointment.

This weekend: sing-alongs, s’mores, and twinkling tree lights

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 3-4

Hello, holidays! From Santa to s’mores to twinkling lights, the holidays have arrived in Brooklyn. This weekend you can shop for your loved ones at a craft fair, toy store, or toy exchange, or celebrate the season at one of Brooklyn’s many Santa sightings and light festivals. Enjoy yourselves, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Holiday Concert, Singalong & Cookie Swap with the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale, Park Slope. The Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale, directed by Nelly Vuksic, presents a concert of holiday favorites at All Saints Church in Park Slope. Featuring Roger Lent on Trumpet, the concert will also include a sing-along portion, making this a fun and festive event for the whole family. And afterward there will be a cookie swap and hot chocolate!

Holiday Party, The Evergreens Cemetery, Bushwick. The event includes a visit from Santa, trips aboard the Santa Express trackless train, a S’mores station and hot chocolate. This festive event in the beautiful landscape of the Evergreens is free and open to the public. The rain date will be December 10th.

Santa Saturday, Pure Bistro, Park Slope. Free visit with Santa plus strolling carolers along Park Slope’s 5th Avenue.

Kids Stuff Swap, Brooklyn Free Space, Park Slope. Round up your children’s outgrown clothes, equipment, and toys and trade them in for something new (to you) and better…or maybe just bigger! Clean, wearable items please! If you couldn’t get the banana stains out of that onesie, no one can! All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Greenpoint Toy Center, Greenpoint. The local merchants on Manhattan Avenue have raised enough money for holidays lights streching from Nassua Avenue to Huron Street. Come out to see this magical holiday display.

Made @PS8 Craft Fair, Dumbo. Shop, eat, and craft. Admission is free.

SUNDAY

7th Annual Dumbo Holiday Party, Powerhouse Arena, Dumbo. Join in on the holiday festivities with some holiday and winter-themed book readings! You’ll also have the chance to meet some of Powerhouse’s favorite kids books illustrators as they battle each other in a fun, good-natured drawing competition based on holiday-inspired suggestions from kids in the audience!

ALL WEEKEND

Charlie Brown Christmas Live 2016, Shapeshifter Lab, Gowanus. Live performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special word for word and gesture for gesture and a jazz trio will play the iconic Vince Guaraldi score.

ALSO…SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO BROOKLYN!
Throughout December, you can take a picture of your little one with Saint Nick!

AND…BROOKLYN’S BEST HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONIES!

Let it Shine: Brooklyn’s Best Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies!

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Get in to the holiday spirit with these festive holiday lightings happening throughout Brooklyn!

Dumbo Holiday Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 1
Carols, Calypso and Cocoa! Join us to ignite some holiday cheer! The DUMBO Improvement District is thrilled to sponsor the 11th Annual DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6-7pm in the Pearl Street Triangle.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Greenpoint
Saturday, December 3
The local merchants on Manhattan Avenue have raised enough money for holidays lights streching from Nassua Avenue to Huron Street. Come out to see this magical display lit up for the holidays.

Fort Greene Park Annual Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 4
Join the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy for the 3rd Annual Community holiday tree lighting at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park. Stop by for free warm beverages and snacks provided by local businesses, gather with your neighbors, and take a picture with Santa Claus! Also, bring new and unwrapped toys to support the community toy drive which is sponsored by Fort Greene SNAP and the Willoughby Senior Center. Santa and snacks will be available from 4:30-6:00, and the tree being lighted at 5:00pm.

Greenwood Park Tree Lighting
Wednesday, December 7
3rd Annual Tree Lighting at 6PM. Come early for free wreath making and hot chocolate at 4PM. Celebrate the season at Greenwood Park’s winter wonderland!

Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting, Boerum Hill.
Thursday, December 8
There will be a tree lighting party with holiday performances and a special guest…Santa! Tasty treats follow from 6 – 8 pm at Belarusian Church.

ALSO…SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO BROOKLYN!
Don’t miss your chance to take a photo with Saint Nick at any one of these December Santa sightings!

SkipKid’s Thanksgiving Weekend Survival Guide

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SkipKid’s Thanksgiving Weekend 2016 Survival Guide

Once the turkey has been eaten, there is still a lot of down time to fill and we’ve got some great suggestions for places that are open on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the long weekend. We wish you a happy, peaceful Thanksgiving with your children, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Turkey Trot, Prospect Park
Thanksgiving Day

If you’re looking for some fresh air and a change of scenery Thanksgiving morning, the Prospect Park Turkey Trot is the perfect way to kick off your holiday. Runners and walkers gather in Prospect Park at 9 AM for this family friendly 5k road race. This popular event fills up quickly so it’s too late to register to run, but you can come out to cheer. Runners in turkey costumes and the like will delight children of all ages.

Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park
Everyday, including Thanksgiving

The Prospect Park Zoo is open all day on Thanksgiving–the animals have to eat, too! Kids of all ages and their grown-ups will enjoy watching the sea lions, baboons and hundreds of other animals on display during the long holiday weekend.

Nature Exploration, Prospect Park
Saturday
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for FREE nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Activities include games, naturalist-lead tours for children and families, and animal encounters.

Park Slope Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Park Slope
Saturday

Tree lighting ceremony at the corner of 5th venue and 4th Street in Park Slope at 6:30 pm. There will be live music, puppets, Santa Claus, free activities and treats.

The Little People Party presents Brooklyn Bazaar Family Funhouse, Greenpoint
Sunday

Enjoy three floors of family fun! The Market Place on the ground floor will host tons of family oriented vendors along with Brooklyn Star’s new restaurant serving up delicious brunch. The Cellar Play Area has ping pong, mini golf, arcade games, and four rooms of kid’s karaoke for the older kids to go nuts. Upstairs in the Concert Hall, the Little People Party present two rockin’ dance parties, one for ages 1-3 (3:00PM – 5:00PM) and a second for ages 4+ (1:00PM – 2:30PM), featuring rotating guest performances on a full stage as well as activities on the dance floor for the Little People and $5 Mimosa and Bud’s for the Big People.

ACTIVITIES WORTH TRAVELING FOR

Holiday Windows, Midtown East
Everyday

Kids will love seeing the holiday displays at all the major department stores (think Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, etc.) Bonus: crowds are surprisingly sparse during Thanksgiving weekend!

Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx
Open everyday except Thanksgiving

Celebrating 25 Years of Holiday Magic! Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks — marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, and an all-new Queensboro bridge and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions.

Mark your calendar: Week of Action at Hootenanny Art House, Park Slope

From November 28th through December 2nd Hootenanny Art House will host a range of activities with ALL the money raised going to the organizations who are ready to protect human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, and the environment! Hootenanny hopes to also provide a continued place to support and inspire each other with music, art, and dance! All proceeds donated to ACLU,Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock, 350.org, Southern Poverty Law center. All Hootenanny teachers and parents are volunteering their time.

Check Out These New Drop-in Classes Throughout Brooklyn!

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We’re adding new classes and venues to SkipKid every week–here are a few that we hope you’ll check out! Enjoy, and thank you for helping spread the word about SkipKid!

DROP-IN PLAY AT SPARK BY BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo.
Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum is BCM’s new art and play space located in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Designed for children ages six months to six years, Spark features an outpost of the museum’s popular Brooklyn Block Lab exhibit, as well as daily art and design workshops, music classes, and more. Drop-in space is limited. Reserve your play slot online. Open for drop-in play Tuesday – Sunday.

PUPPET SINGALONG WITH YELLOW SNEAKER AT SIR D’S LOUNGE, Park Slope.
Come out for a new puppet singalong in Park Slope! Yellow Sneaker creates original shows and music with the aim of connecting with audiences and creating a sense of community. Thursdays at 10:30 AM.

ROMP & RELAX AT TOT TOWN, Crown Heights.
Romp & Relax drop-in play affords caregivers the opportunity to relax with free WI-FI while your little ones romp around this fun, warm, and cozy play space studio. Drop-in for Romp & Relax open play seven days a week.

FUN WITH FOOD AT JILL LINDSEY, Fort Greene.
In Fun With Food, ages two and up will learn to prepare some of their favorite and most nutritious snacks. Kids get up close and personal with each ingredient and develop an understanding of what goes in to (literally) their goodies. We encourage responsible eating habits, a love for food and fine motor skills. Thursdays at 11 AM.

DRUMALONG SINGALONG WITH IVAN AT CULTURE, Park Slope.
Ivan has become a Park Slope favorite with children for the past eight years. His drum-based sing-along is all about getting the kids moving to rhythms from around the world with an emphasis on one of Ivan’s favorite sounds: music from the Caribbean. Kids will also get to sing many classics, remixed to cool rhythms! Come join Ivan at Culture and grab a coffee, muffin, and the world’s best yogurt! Thursdays at 10:00 AM.

DROP-IN ART AND STORYTELLING AT STORIES BOOKSHOP AND STORYTELLING LAB, Park Slope/Prospect Heights.
Come make things with us! Bring your little ones for an art project inspired by one of our favorite picture books. The story and project change each week, and throughout the year we’ll explore a range of subjects, styles and materials. Each session begins with a reading. No need to sign up in advance, but come early as spots tend to fill up! Tuesdays at 4:00 PM.

This weekend: Peter and the Wolf, a jazz concert for kids, and musical yoga!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: November 19-20

This weekend is full of family concerts, art projects, and musical yoga adventures. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, take a moment to talk to your kids about what you’re thankful for, and consider stopping by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to help build the Thankful Tree. Have fun out there, and please continue to spread the word about SkipKid!

Saturday

Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo, BAM, Fort Greene. Internationally renowned jazz and world artist Oran Etkin returns to BAM following the success of his Timbalooloo clarinet concerts. This year’s interactive concert features songs from Etkin’s forthcoming new album for children.

Peter and the Wolf: Lost in the Brooklyn Museum! Prospect Heights. The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra takes you on an imaginative adventure through our galleries with Prokofiev’s beloved tale and other great music. Clown and comic actor Andy Sapora narrates. Images of our collection accompany the concert in a video created by Natasha Kermani.

Miss Katie’s Kids Album Release Show, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus. Miss Katie has been making musical magic with families and children in Brooklyn for the last 8 years, and now, she has a kids album! For this show, Miss Katie will be joined by a full band, including Amelia of Mil’s Trills. This interactive show of dancing and singing is bound to delight kids and kids at heart.

Yo Re Mi: Musical Yoga, Busy Body Kids, Clinton Hill. Yoga and music fun for the whole family at Busy Bodies this Saturday with a special Yo Re Mi event! Ages 2-6, adult participation is encouraged.

Family Fun Day, Prospect Park YMCA, Park Slope. Free to the community, this is event is about giving thanks and getting creative! Bring the entire family to make apple turkeys & gingerbread houses.

Sunday

First City Stomp Show of the School Year, Shapeshifter Lab, Gowanus. City Stomp incorporates fun original songs about growing up in NYC with updated versions of traditional folk songs from other world cultures. City Stomp takes kid’s music to a new level with songs that parents not only can tolerate, but actually LIKE to listen to.

Thankful Tree, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. To ring in the holiday, all ages are invited to think about the things you are thankful for as you come together at the museum to collectively create a tree of gratitude.

Sunday Story Time with Eda Akaltun, Powerhouse on 8th, Park Slope. Marcel is a New Yorker through and through—he and his human know the best spots, especially downtown. But when a new human suddenly enters their lives, they’re spending all their time uptown! Everything is changing and it looks like this new human isn’t going anywhere. Why couldn’t everything stay as it was? Why did things have to change?

All Weekend

Pumpkin Patch Scavenger Hunt, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Skip the lines at the pumpkin farms upstate. Join BCM for a pumpkin scavenger hunt in the Museum’s garden. Kids find their own miniature pumpkins and decorate them to take home just in time for Thanksgiving.

Enjoy “Tykesgiving” lunch this Friday at Hearth–kids eat FREE!

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If you don’t know about Nibble+squeak, you should. Nibble+squeak hosts foodie events for babies (and their caretakers)! The idea is that New York City (and beyond–check out Nibble+squeak London!) has so much to offer, and parents should be able to enjoy the city with their babies in tow. Their mission is to get new parents out and doing the things they loved to do pre-kids — in this case, eating!

On Friday November 18th, join Nibble+squeak for a Tykesgiving lunch at Hearth, in Manhattan. Hearth will close to the public to celebrate with this special pre-holiday meal. Marco Canora’s menu, with its emphasis on simple, whole ingredients including freshly milled grains and a variety of colorful vegetables, will be the perfect showcase for the flavors of the season. An all-inclusive ticket covers the 3-course meal for one adult and your child (kids eat FREE!), beverages, gratuity and tax. Totally covered!

“Tykesgiving” is friendsgiving for families — a time to gather around the table for a special kid-friendly autumnal feast. Buy tickets here for this event, Friday November 18th at 1PM.

Check out these Spanish sing-alongs and story hours for your littles!

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Spanish Sing-Along with Lucy Kalantari, Lark Cafe, Ditmas Park
Learn Spanish in song with your child as Lucy guides you through delightful tunes both new and familiar on Mondays at Lark Cafe. Explore colors, numbers, animals and go on a mini-adventure during story time with illustrated books in Spanish.

Spanish Storytime, Central Library, Prospect Heights
Children 0 – 5 years are invited for free stories and songs in Spanish on Mondays at Central Library.

Sing Along with Ale, Juguemos A Cantar, South Slope
Children of all ages are invited to sing along with Ale on Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:15. The cost is $12 / $3 siblings and open play is included.

Rock’N’Lolo, Flying Squirrel, Greenpoint
As your child is inspired and motivated through singing and dancing, Rock’N’Lolo will also be helping to build your child’s confidence, self-control, and early Spanish language skills through repetitions and engaging original melodies. Classes at Flying Squirrel on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as other locations throughout Brooklyn.

This weekend: FREE ice skating, an interactive construction site, and a book fair featuring some of Brooklyn’s best children’s authors!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: November 12-13

This weekend has a little bit of everything for everyone. Check out a book fair, enjoy a toy store art project, or try ice skating for free! On Sunday, sit back and relax with performances that will captivate children of all ages. Have a great time, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

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Introducing Tot Town, an exciting new creative arts studio in Crown Heights! At Tot Town you will find a variety of drop-in classes–including yoga, arts & crafts, music & movement, and ballet–for children of all ages. Tot Town’s Romp & Relax open play sessions feature age-appropriate toys and activities for kids zero to five. Caregivers, too, can unwind and relax with free wifi and comfy couches while their little ones romp around the cozy studio. Tot Town is a stimulating, welcoming, and exciting play space that will make everyone feel at home!

SATURDAY

Tenth Annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights. Come out for the Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair featuring your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators. This free event includes storybooks, picture books, graphic novels, author readings, and original hands-on art activities for all ages.

Try For Free Day, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. Not sure which winter sport is right for you? Try them all at Try For Free Day! Lakeside invites you to try everything for free, including hockey, skate school, and curling.

Celebrate “Neighborhood Toy Store Day,” Lulu’s Then & Now, Park Slope. Enjoy craft projects from 11am to 1pm and a free indoor play space from 1pm to 5pm. Dab color and creativity into your life with a big group coloring activity on a huge 3×5 foot map of Brooklyn!

SUNDAY

The Music of the Rolling Stones for Kids with Seth Ginsberg, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents the music of The Rolling Stones to young audiences who will get to explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity.

Spellbound Theatre presents “Up and Down Again,” Old Stone House, Park Slope. A construction site comes to life with interactive materials and machines used to construct a surprising project. This one-of-a-kind performance features digging, lifting, rolling, stacking, measuring, and bulldozing…all the things that 2-5 year olds love best!

ALL WEEKEND

Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart, Barclays Center, Boerum Hill. From Finding Dory to Inside Out, Elsa to Mickey Mouse, Disney On Ice has something for everyone.

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This Weekend: Marathon Watch Party, Meet Thomas, and a Nighttime Lantern Walk!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: November 5-6

We have live theater, family art projects, and even a bridge-building challenge for you this weekend! Don’t forget to vote at a special election just for kids. And if it’s books you’re after, you can’t miss with two fabulous story times. Finally, celebrate Daylight Saving Time with a family lantern walk. Have fun out there, and please continue to spread the word about SkipKid!

Saturday

Meet Thomas, Central Library, Dweck Center, Prospect Heights. Join WNET-New York Public Media at the Brooklyn Public Library for a literary adventure withThomas and Friends! Bring your little train enthusiasts for a special meet-and-greet session with Thomas, as well as episode screenings, activity stations, book read-alouds and giveaways.

Story Time: Sergio Ruzzier presents Two Mice, Greenlight Bookstore, Ft. Greene. Brooklyn resident and illustrator of multiple children’s books Sergio Ruzzier returns to Greenlight with his newest book.

The Bridge Building Challenge, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights. The many bridges in New York City have different sizes, types and designs. Bring your family and join the team challenge to design and build a better bridge using only the materials the museum supplies! For all ages.

Sunday

Tinkergarten’s Fall Lantern Walk, Prospect Park Third Street entrance, Park Slope. Bring your friends and bring a lantern for your family to carry in this nighttime parade celebrating “fall back” to Daylight Saving Time. The Lantern Walk is designed to help kids big and small welcome and see the beauty in the darkness. It’s a chance to be out in the wild at night!

Creativity Lab, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights. Visitors of all ages are invited to drop by the museum studios and explore their creative side. In this drop-in workshop, take inspiration from the art galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay for as long as you’d like! Free with Museum admission.

Cast Your Vote, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Kids learn about the democratic voting process and get to cast their ballot for one of this year’s presidential candidates in this workshop that includes printmaking their own ballot card and a hands-on experience with a presidential object from the Museum’s collection.

Little Laffs, Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook. “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a variety show for kids that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Come out to the fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook for an afternoon full of Little Laffs!

Don’t forget about the NYC Marathon this weekend! PS 118, at 4th Avenue and 8th Street in Park Slope, is hosting a fund-raising marathon viewing party. This elementary school is at mile 7 of the race, so catch the runners as they begin their journey! Entertain the kids with bounce houses, sign making, art projects, snacks, and more!

Also, it’s time to say goodbye to longtime Prospect Park Carousel manager Lucio Schiavone. Help kick off Lucio’s retirement on November 5 at 11:45 am at the Carousel! The Prospect Park Alliance will be commemorating Lucio’s significant contributions by naming a favorite horse “Lucio” in his honor, and offering free carousel rides from 12-1 pm.

A south Brooklyn adventure for a special Stomp, Clap, and Sing!

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On Thursday, November 3rd, make a trip to south Brooklyn for the New Utrecht public library grand reopening party. At 10 AM, dance along to “silly jazz” with comedian and jazz singer, Camille Harris. Popular songs include, “The Monster Under My Bed,” “Muffin Man,” and “Chopsticks.” Camille Harris on piano, Jeff Kerestes on bass, and David Tedeschi on drums. Make a day of it with a stop at the New York Aquarium a little further on the D line. The subway adventure alone will make your kid’s day!

Sing along, Play along, all week long!

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Here are a few awesome events that take place Monday through Friday throughout November, because we can’t save all the fun for the weekend!

Tuesdays in November: FREE Open Play, Lulu’s Then & Now, Park Slope. When the weather turns chilly and rainy, check out this indoor play space that is free all day on Tuesdays throughout the fall.

Mondays in November: Spanish Storytime/Cuentos para niños en español, Brooklyn Central Library. Stories and songs in Spanish for children and their parents or caregivers. Acompáñenos con cuentos y canciones en español para niños y sus padres o cuidadores.

Fridays in November: Singalong with Dr. Alex and Friends at Pinot’s Palette, Park Slope. Join Alex and Ivan for a singalong kids of all ages will love.

November 10: Nibble and Squeak Lunch, Barano BK, Williamsburg. Bring your kiddos with you to enjoy a seasonal Italian feast. Chef Albert Di Meglio’s menus adapt old world cooking techniques to modern tastes, and all of Barano’s pastas are made on-site and by hand. Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fine dining.

Happy Halloween, Brooklyn: Best Events by Neighborhood

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SkipKid’s 2016 Halloween Guide

There’s no shortage of spooky fun throughout Brooklyn and we’ve broken it down by neighborhood! Have a great time, and don’t forget to check out SkipKid’s list of Brooklyn Halloween parades! We have Halloween covered.

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Halloween Parade, Carroll Gardens, Mother Cabrini Playground. On Sunday, 10/30, put on your costumes, bring some noise makers, and come celebrate Halloween a day early from 10AM to noon at the Mother Cabrini Playground.

Halloween Parade, Carroll Gardens Carroll Park. On Sunday, 10/30, the parade kicks off at noon and assembles in front of the Park House. Post-parade snacks will be provided!

Halloween Parade, Cobble Hill Park, On Monday, 10/31, the crowd gathers at 4PM at the Clinton Street entrance to Cobble Hill Park and then winds its way through the park down Congress, onto Henry past the Cobble Hill Health Center and up Warren to Clinton Street.

Brooklyn Heights / DUMBO / Downtown Brooklyn

Halloween Celebration with Joe the Magic Man, Brooklyn Heights Library. On Friday, 10/28, Joe the Magic Man makes sure that all of his tricks and acts are enjoyable to all ages! From rabbits to doves, children will love to pet the animals involved in this show.

Harvest Festival, Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park. On Saturday, 10/29 enjoy free, fun activities for the whole family with pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, puppetry, games, and musical performances.

Downtown Brooklyn Halloween Get Down, on Saturday, 10/29, at the corner of Fulton and Bond Streets, Albee Square. This annual Halloween event at Albee Square kicks off with a performance for the kiddos by Mister Marc the MC and DJ Mikey Palms, followed by a costume fashion show. Special appearance by the Long Island Nets, Balloonasaurus Rex, and face painting by Shelly.

Pumpkin Patch Event, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Heights. On Saturday, 10/29 enjoy pumpkin picking and decorating, a bounce house, Halloween maze, airbrush tattoos and so much more! Please register at the membership desk – space is limited.

Halloween Fun Fest, Putnam Triangle, Downtown Brooklyn. On Sunday, 10/30, enjoy games, giveaways, music and a couple of spooky movies.

Dumbo-Weeeeeen!, On Monday, 10/31, meet at Brooklyn Roasting Company for the annual March to the Arch at 4:30PM followed by crafts, costume contests, live music and candy in the Archway.

Fort Greene / Clinton Hill

16th Annual Halloween Festival, Fort Greene Park. Saturday, 10/29. This Halloween Festival will feature live music, dance workshops, games with giveaways, face-painting, a pumpkin patch, and more! Come dressed in your Halloween best and march in the costume parade around the festival.

Halloween Costume Party & Facepainting, Busy Bodies Brooklyn, Clinton Hill. Saturday, 10/29.

18th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest! Saturday, 10/29, in Fort Greene Park! Don’t miss the parade of dogs in costume that will delight even the youngest kiddos.

Halloween 313, Clinton Hill. On Monday,10/31, all ages are welcome to enjoy this elaborate live show, performed on the front lawn at 313 Clinton Avenue every 30 minutes from 5:00 – 9:00 PM on Halloween night.

BAMboo!, BAM, Fort Greene. On Monday, 10/31, start your night of trick-or-treating at BAM’s free outdoor Halloween block party. Come celebrate this spirited tradition with family-friendly music and mischief featuring candy, a bounce house, carnival games, costume contest, arts & crafts and more.

The 4th Annual Speedy Romeo Halloween Stop, Clinton Hill. On Monday, 10/31, join Hopalong Andrew for music among the hay bales out on the sidewalk. Pony rides and candy!

Gowanus / Park Slope / Windsor Terrace

Funikijam’s Rock or Treat: Musical Halloween Costume Party, Two Boots Pizza, Park Slope. On Thursday, 10/27, dress up in your favorite costumes and come to NYC’s only sing-along, dance-along, play along family musical that celebrates Halloween around the world!

Halloween Parade, Thomas Greene Playground, Gowanus. On Saturday, 10/29, wear your Halloween costumes for pumpkin painting and a costume contest in Thomas Greene Playground at 3rd Avenue and Degraw Street from 2 to 4 pm.

Halloween Family Sing-Along, Ume Ume Music + Arts. Bring your Baby Rhythm Makers in their favorite costumes on Saturday, 10/29, for a fun, Halloween inspired family sing-a-long. Treats will be provided for all! RSVP required.

Halloween Fair, Nethermead, Prospect Park. On Saturday, 10/29, enjoy Halloween in Brooklyn’s biggest park. For older children, consider the 37th annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Fair. There are spooky stories with Tammy Hall at Lefferts Historic House and Halloween fun at the Prospect Park Carousel.

Creepy Crawly Halloween, Audubon Center, Prospect Park. Take a second look at the creatures that give you the creeps; you may find you like them! Participate in fun activities and experiments that will make your spine tingle! Programs will run from 12–4 pm.

Mini Parade at the Old Stone House, Park Slope. Costume contest and mini-parade from 3-5 pm on Sunday, 10/30.

Lulu’s Halloween Crafts & Costumes, Lulu’s Then & Now, Park Slope. On Sunday, 10/30, come out for an afternoon of spooky arts and crafts. Lulu’s is cooking up some creepy crafts for ages 3+ to make your Halloween extra fun. Costumes are not required, but are definitely encouraged, as there will be goodies for those who dress up.

Family Halloween Party, Greenwood Park. On Monday, 10/31 enjoy free pumpkins, crafts and games, trick-or-treating and spooky snacks. Wear a costume.

Brooklyn Con-SPOOK-atory of Music, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Park Slope. On Monday, 10/31, this free event will feature a haunted garden with special effects, spooky musical performances, candy, tattoos, stickers, and other ghastly giveaways!

Halloween Party, Juguemos A Cantar, Children can come dressed in their costumes for a sing-along, Halloween activities, and treats on Monday, 10/31.

Halloween Parade, Park Slope, On Monday, 10/31, the parade will kick off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 pm and end in JJ Byrne Playground at the Old Stone House.

Williamsburg / Greenpoint

Songs For Unusual Creatures Halloween Show, National Sawdust, Williamsburg. On Saturday, 10/29, dress up for this Halloween musical adventure. Odd animals like blobfish, elephant shrews, giant Chinese salamanders, and other bizarre beasts slither, hop, swim, and jump in projected images and videos while being portrayed in music by author and composer Michael Hearst.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: Halloween Party: David Bowie Tribute for Kids, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. Sunday, 10/30.

Monster Bash, Twinkle Playspace, Williamsburg. Get your tickets now for this annual Halloween party that happens on Monday, 10/31. Place your hands in unknown substances and guess what they are! Make your own colorful slime! Also: face painting, guess the pumpkin weight, costume contest, crafts, pumpkin decorating, cotton candy, popcorn and pizza!

Witches Walk, Flying Squirrel, Greenpoint. On Monday, 10/31 at 4:00pm kids of all ages are invited to a block party at Flying Squirrel with coffee for the grownups and a costume show for the kiddos.

Crown Heights / Prospect Heights / Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Ghouls & Gourds, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights, Saturday 10/29. Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets at Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade!

Haunted Carousel, Children’s Corner, Prospect Park. On Saturday, 10/29, Don’t be scared when you see the haunted carousel! Take a spin on the spooky ride to your favorite Halloween jams.

Boo at the Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Saturday, 10/29 and Sunday 10/30. This year it’s jam-packed with fun activities such as a Costumed Character Scavenger Hunt, face painting, and other Halloween-themed games and crafts and, of course, there’ll be plenty of animals to visit.There’ll also be a Spooky Barn for the older kids, festively decorated for Halloween, and Wildlife Witch Shows. Boo at the Zoo wouldn’t be complete without a march through the zoo in the Costume Parade, followed by a groovy time at the kid-friendly dance party. Keep an eye out for our costumed characters as you explore the zoo and ask them to take a picture with you.

Halloween at BCM 2016, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Pumpkins, Bats, Webs, Spooky Costumes and more mark Halloween at BCM. On Sunday, 10/30, come dressed to impress as the Museum celebrates Halloween with its visitors. It’s a spooky good time complete with Halloween-inspired activities that include decorating your own canvas trick-or-treating bag, learning about bats and spiders, and participating in a costume contest! Take a photo in front of a festive backdrop to remember the day. Party free with museum admission.

Even more Halloween fun!

Goosebumps Halloween Spook-tacular, Canarsie. On Sunday, 10/30, all ages will be able to enjoy 6 hours of jam packed fun activities–obstacle courses, carnival games & bouncy houses, a live haunted house, trick-or-treating stations, rock climbing wall, a Magic show, your child’s favorite costumed characters, performers, and a dance competition. Get your costumes ready, because the person with the best costume will be awarded cash prizes.

Children’s Halloween Parade, Coney Island. This year’s kid-friendly event, on Saturday, 10/29, promises to be better than ever with free entertainment, giveaways and, of course, trick-or-treating! Hand-made Coney Island themed costumes are encouraged for the costume contest.

Monster Mash Family Dance Party, Bay Ridge Library, Bay Ridge. On Monday, 10/31, come dance to the oldies (and the scaries) with all your 0-5 friends. Costumes optional, but delightful. Drop in and out as you please, this event is loosely structured for maximum enjoyment.

This Weekend: Fall festivals, pre-Halloween celebrations, and soup!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 22-23

This weekend promises music, family food fairs and plenty of spooky fun to get you in the mood for Halloween. Have a great time, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War, Greenpoint. Come in costume to walk in the children’s parade followed by a spooktacular party and a Zombie Nerf War!

Halloween Storytime, Barnes & Noble Park Slope and Court Street. Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.”. Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime!

Fall Family Fest, Slope Playground, South Slope. Free pumpkins, treats, carnival games and much more. Also, get your picture taken with a scarecrow! Bring the whole family for a fun Saturday in the park.

Fall Fest Family Day, Park Slope Armory YMCA, Park Slope. Bring the entire family to design capes, masks, and costumes, and walk into a world of drawing, art-making, and “Let’s Get Messy” fun! Free and open to everyone in the community (membership not required).

Sing-along Dance Party with Sonia De Los Santos of Dan Zanes and Friends, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Sing and dance with Sonia De Los Santos of Dan Zanes and Friends as she performs songs that reflect on her childhood in Mexico and experiences moving to New York.

Smith Street Soup Festival, Cobble Hill. This sixth annual family foodie event supports the High School for International Studies and features a selection of soups from Smith Street’s best restaurants. Tastings will be sold at the corners of Bergen, Butler and President– $5 for 5 tastings and $10 for 12.

The Deedle Deedle Dees Album Release Show, Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook/Carroll Gardens. Acclaimed cult kids band the Deedle Deedle Dees are releasing their first album in five years, a collection of songs inspired by true stories of science, discovery, and magic.

SUNDAY

70s Rock and Roll for Kids with Ramblin’ Dan and The Freewheelin’ Band, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. Ramblin Dan will be celebrating and performing the Music from the iconic 1970’s! Dan will play songs from Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, James Taylor, Parliament Funkadelic, The Sugarhill Gang and more in this upbeat, interactive and engaging show for all ages!

Spellbound Theatre presents Grow!, The Old Stone House & Washington Park, Park Slope. Follow the life cycle of an apple seed through four seasons in this lovely, interactive performance for very young children. Young audiences and the storyteller plant a seed together and help it grow, while learning gentle and charming songs and ASL signs to help tell a story of seasonal growth.

One More Bite: A family food fair, Green Building, Gowanus. This family event is about encouraging kids to try new foods and learn how good food is made. Local farmers, activists and entrepreneurs will offer healthy and delicious samples of their products, and lead kids of all ages in hands-on activities.

Get Ready To March: Brooklyn’s Halloween Parades By Neighborhood!

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Parades! Parades! Parades!

Hey, Brooklyn! There are so many kid-friendly Halloween parades happening throughout Brooklyn that we decided to list them all in one place for you. Enjoy, and make sure you send your friends to SkipKid so they can get in on the fun!

Saturday, October 22

Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade, Spooktacular Party & Zombie Nerf War, Greenpoint. Come in costume to walk in the children’s parade followed by a spooktacular party and a Zombie Nerf War!
Saturday, October 29

Coney Island. This 7th annual kid-friendly event promises to be better than ever with FREE entertainment, giveaways and, of course, trick-or-treating! Registration begins at 10am with a costume contest at noon.

Ft. Greene Park. The Halloween Festival will run from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. and feature live music, dance workshops, games with giveaways, face-painting, a pumpkin patch, and more! Come dressed in your Halloween best and march in the costume parade around the festival.

Brooklyn Heights, Pierrepont Playground. Come dressed in costume to parade through Brooklyn Heights from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Gowanus, Thomas Greene Playground. Wear your Halloween costumes for pumpkin painting and a costume contest in Thomas Greene Playground at 3rd Avenue and Degraw Street from 2 to 4 pm.

Sunday, October 30

Park Slope, Mini Parade at the Old Stone House. Costume contest and mini-parade from 3-5 pm.

Carroll Gardens, Mother Cabrini Playground. Put on your costumes, bring some noise makers, and come celebrate Halloween a day early from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mother Cabrini Playground.

Carroll Gardens, Carroll Park. The parade kicks off at noon and assembles in front of the Park House. Post-parade snacks will be provided!

Monday, October 31

Park Slope, The Parade will kick off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 pm and end in JJ Byrne Playground at the Old Stone House.

Cobble Hill Park, The crowd gathers at 4 pm at the Clinton Street entrance to Cobble Hill Park and then winds its way through the park down Congress, onto Henry past the Cobble Hill Health Center and up Warren to Clinton Street.

Dumbo-Weeeeeen!, meet at Brooklyn Roasting Company for the annual March to the Arch at 4:30PM followed by crafts, costume contests, live music and candy in the Archway.

This weekend: books, music, and science, plus a Halloween preview

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 15-16

This weekend promises books, music, and science, plus a Halloween preview! Have a great time, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

PS 107 Fall Festival, Park Slope. Kids of all ages will enjoy Liam the magician, live music, pie tossing and a donut eating contest!

Book Sale Extravaganza, Park Slope Library, Park Slope. The Friends of Park Slope Library are pleased to present the Fall Book Sale in the Library’s basement auditorium. All proceeds of the sale will benefit the Park Slope Branch of Brooklyn Public Library.

Book Sale, Leonard Library, Williamsburg. The Friends of Leonard Library are pleased to present the Fall Book Sale featuring a large selection of children’s books.

Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Designed for children ages six months to six years, Spark features an outpost of the popular Brooklyn Block Lab exhibit, as well as daily art and design workshops and music classes. Drop-in play begins today!

SUNDAY

Punk Rock for Kids with Collin Couvillion, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents this punk rock concert for the whole family.

City of Science, Park Slope Armory YMCA, Park Slope. The World Science Festival and Con Edison invite people of all ages to explore City of Science, a buzzing mini-metropolis of action and fun.

Visiting Author: Cece Bell, PS 10, South Slope. Live and in person! She draws! She reads! She does things with multimedia! Followed by a conversation with singer-songwriter and NPR personality Jonathan Coulton—plus a Q&A and book signing.

Hip Hop Halloween Celebration, Rise Center, Rockaway. Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the 5th Annual Hip Hop Halloween. Celebrate Halloween with family and friends in the Hip Hop Community Garden by taking part in painting a pumpkin, face painting and festive food.

ALL WEEKEND

Zoo & Pony Rides, Luna Park, Coney Island. Kids of all ages will enjoy free pony rides and petting zoo as part of Coney Island’s annual Halloween Harvest happening all month.

This Weekend: Elvis Presley and Pumpkins!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 8-9

This weekend we bring you music and stories and pumpkin harvest parties. Have a great time, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Twelfth Annual Pumpkinfest, 4th Place between Court and Clinton Streets, Carroll Gardens. Come out for this free annual neighborhood event filled with pumpkin painting, music, food, raffles, and more! (Rain date is 10/9/16)

Harvest Festival, 6/15 Green, Park Slope. Enjoy live music, children’s activities, a bake sale and more at this free event.

Brooklyn Youth Classical Showcase, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. This hour-long performance features the Brooklyn Ballet’s Youth Ensemble and Company and the Noel Pointer Foundation’s Phantazia String Players. Free with museum admission.

Story Time with Author Ed Vere, Book Court, Cobble Hill. Come for a reading and book signing by Ed Vere, author of the picture book Max at Night.

35th Annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade, Starting on 60th Street and 18th Avenue (Cristoforo Colombo Blvd.) continuing to 84th Street and 18th Avenue, Bensonhurst. If you’re eager for a parade this weekend, check out this Brooklyn tradition that begins on Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard.

SUNDAY

The Music of Elvis Presley for Kids, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Elvis Presley for Kids, an all-ages show for the whole family!

The Annual Narrows Botanical Harvest Festival, Narrows Botanical Gardens, Bay Ridge. Featuring the annual Canine Costume Contest, Sean Casey Animal Rescue Mobile Adoption Unit, crafters and artisans, and the Great Pumpkin Patch. (Rain date is 10/16/16)

New sing-alongs at Flying Squirrel in Greenpoint!

This Weekend: Touch-a-Truck, Live Music, and Pumpkin Parties!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 1-2

Welcome to October! It’s time for pumpkins, parades, and all things Halloween. But if you’re not quite ready to start planning your costume, try a kid-friendly concert, family art workshop, story time, or even a dog party! Enjoy the weekend, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Creativity Lab, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore their creative side at Brooklyn’s art museum. In this drop-in workshop, take inspiration from the museum galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay for as long as you’d like!

North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck, MS 577/PS 17, Williamsburg. The 4th annual North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck fundraiser raises operating funds for the BK Story Voyager! – literacy on wheels. Kids will have a blast identifying trucks. There will also be face painting, a bouncy house and crafts.

Pumpkin Day 2016, Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint. This annual Pumpkin Day offers a pick-your-pumpkin, arts & crafts, face painting, concessions, activities presented by local businesses and organizations, and live music and dance performances. While you’re there check out the special Greencycle Swap.

The Annual Ragamuffin Parade, Bay Ridge. Held every fall, the Ragamuffin Parade has been a Bay Ridge tradition since 1967.

Dog Beach Restoration Celebration, Prospect Park Dog Beach. If your kids get up early and love dogs, consider this family-and-dog friendly event in Prospect Park. “Dog Beach” has been under renovations all summer; to mark the return of this community treasure, you are invited to an opening celebration where dog-friendly (and people-friendly) cake will be served.

Highlights™ Magazine Storytime, Barnes & Noble, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. Engaging activities and fun with features from Highlights™ magazine, including puzzles, group activities and a make and take book (while supplies last).

SUNDAY

Scharen Knippen, Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. Celebrate fall at Lefferts with the old Dutch craft Scharen Knippen. Join the Prospect Park Alliance to cut out autumn and Halloween scenes and patterns, some designed in the 19th century by Mrs. Lefferts herself. While you’re here join us for potato sack races and other fun historic toys and games.

Melvin Seals & JGB Special Family Show, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. This all ages family show will include face painting by the Cheeky Chipmunk.

ALL WEEKEND

Halloween Harvest, Luna Park, Coney Island. The colors are changing and it’s finally cooling down! Fall is definitely on the horizon, and that means Halloween Harvest at Luna Park in Coney Island! Every weekend through Oct 30 enjoy family-friendly events filled with tons of activities, entertainment, and of course the Luna Park rides and games you know and love!

Cozy up this fall with five great story hours throughout Brooklyn!

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We all know how important reading is for developing brains–here are five story hours that we think your littles will love.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights
Read garden-inspired stories alongside volunteers in the discovery garden. Drop in anytime during program hours to join in. Program runs through October (no story time 10/9).

Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit the store on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers or the Greenlight staff sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and often activities and crafts too!

Powerhouse on 8th, Park Slope
Hear a different author every Sunday and enjoy a craft following the reading.

Terrace Books, Windsor Terrace
Join the folks at Terrace Books every Sunday for story time and milk and cookies from Brunswick Cafe.

Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab, Park Slope
Story Time in the Storytelling Lab happens every Sunday morning, usually hosting an author or illustrator and a story-related activity.

New sing-along with Hopalong Andrew in Prospect Park this week!

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Hopalong Andrew plays music for all ages, singing the great folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites of the silver screen – though he’s rewritten many of these to reflect city life. And this Wednesday, September 28, he’ll be performing in Prospect Park! Click here for details and a complete list of his sing-alongs this week.

This Weekend: Street Festivals, Live Performances, and Bounce Houses!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: September 24-25

This weekend is all about neighborhood street festivals and family-friendly live performances. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so if it’s music or storytelling or simply strolling through Brooklyn that you’re after, SkipKid has something for you. Have a great time, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

BIG THINGS Album Release Concert!, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus. Come play, dance and sing to celebrate BIG THINGS with the jazz age stylings of Lucy Kalantari. Enjoy a full band performance with special guests, arts & crafts, pearls and balloons. Fun for the entire family!

Family-Friendly Piano Concert, Old First Nursery School, Park Slope. Kids can run around to the Turkish March while parents enjoy a performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Sergey Malinin. Snacks and coffee will also be for sale.

Spellbound Season Kick-Off Party and Fundraiser, The Old Stone House, Park Slope. Celebrate Spellbound Theatre’s fifth anniversary and 2016-17 Season kick-off at the Old Stone House. There will be food, drinks, crafts, creative play, and a special storytelling performance created just for this event.

PS9’s Bounce Back to School Carnival, PS9 Playground, Prospect Heights. This year’s carnival will feature bouncy houses (including one for toddlers), face painting, carnival games and more! There will be BBQ, drinks, popcorn and other snacks for all to enjoy.

Garden Story Time, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights. Read garden-inspired stories alongside volunteers. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.

SUNDAY

23rd Annual Bus Festival, Downtown Brooklyn. The New York Transit Museum’s annual Bus Festival returns on Sunday, September 25! See and step aboard more than a dozen buses from the Museum’s vintage fleet, representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history.

The Atlantic Antic, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn — from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue. The Atlantic Antic is the oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn. Families can enjoy an entire block dedicated to kids! Pony rides, bounce houses, face painting and many other children’s activities make the festival fun for the entire family!

Flatbush Frolic, This year the Flatbush Frolic will feature food, dance, live music, a pizza eating contest, craft fair, children’s area, main stage, beer garden, and more.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Reopens!

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Our favorite children’s museum is ready to go again! Following renovations, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is now open (every day except Mondays). Totally Tots Art Studio, Touch Tank, and the Brooklyn Block Lab & Studio are back in action for your kiddos to enjoy. For parents: visit the Morris Sandwich Shop on the second floor for a grownup grilled cheese!

This weekend: Books, Songs, and an Art Festival!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: September 17-18

Welcome back, Brooklyn! This weekend promises something for everyone. Enjoy a local art festival, an outdoor sing-along, and books galore! So get out there and play, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Sing-along with Lloyd H. Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights. Enjoy this outdoor sing-along concert inspired by the plants and wildlife of the Discovery Garden. Children of all ages can join their voices and play along with instruments, and then head out into the garden to water the vegetables and explore.

Drag Queen Story Hour, Park Slope Library, Park Slope. In the spirit of unfettered exploration of self that great books can prompt, the Feminist Press brings a new reading series for children to the Brooklyn Public Library, featuring classic tales read by drag queens. Drag Queen Story Hour breaks down our most stifling ideas about gender while lifting up play, fierceness, and femininity for all.

September House Party, BRIC, Fort Greene. Come out for Brooklyn’s best all-ages, all-day party. Enjoy family dance classes, live music, gaming, art-making, and other participatory activities, all ending with a family disco party. Free with RSVP.

Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day, Downtown Brooklyn. Enjoy beloved and cool writers and illustrators all day at beautiful MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn, on two tented stages and in the auditorium of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Books by participating authors and other new and beloved children’s books will be on sale with author book-signings after each program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Race For The Kids, Prospect Park. Thousands of New Yorkers will hit the ground running for this annual family event. Following the race, participants will take part in special festivities as part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, including a picnic and appearances by popular Nickelodeon characters.

SUNDAY

Roald Dahl 100: A Celebration for Kids and Families, Central Library, Prospect Heights. It’s Wondercrump Weekend, an international celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Enjoy an afternoon of everything Roald Dahl with phizz-whizzing activities for all ages.

Shop Up NYC, Gowanus. Discover a selection of the best shops under one roof as you take your kids for temporary tattoos, face painting, ice cream, crafts, make-your-own flower arrangements, family portraits, and more (including child-care while you shop!). Free and open to the public.

Baby Sign Language, Hootenanny Art House, Park Slope. Babies understand far more words than they are able to say. Learn how to get started, what to do, key strategies for success, and the signs most relevant to babies.

Story Time with Stephen Savage, Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab, Park Slope. Join beloved Brooklyn author and illustrator Stephen Savage for a story time with his new book The Mixed-up Truck.

ALL WEEKEND

Art Slope, Various locations throughout Park Slope. Art Slope is a free, multi-arts festival taking over the historic Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn from September 17-25. With an incredibly rich trove of artists, arts organizations, and venues to draw on, Art Slope will bring together artworks from across all disciplines and celebrate New York’s diverse creative community.

Four Free Shadow Puppet Shows this week in Brooklyn!

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“​Twilight in the Garden” 2016 – Free Shadow Puppet Shows For All Ages

Midnight Radio Show (MRS), a Brooklyn-based shadow puppet and fairytale theater company, is proud to announce the launch of “Twilight in the Garden Shadow Shows,” a series of free, family-friendly performances in parks and community gardens throughout Brooklyn this autumn. Taking place at dusk, all shows present original fairytales expressed through delicate shadows manipulated on a screen with live piano accompaniment and narration. All Performances take place at Dusk Magic Hour — approximately 7:15pm

Thursday // September 15th
S. 2nd between Driggs & Roebling, Brooklyn

Friday // September 16th
Hull Street Garden
145 Hull Street, Brooklyn

Saturday // September 17th
103rd Street Garden
105 E. 103rd Street, Harlem

Sunday // September 18th
Madison Garden
974 Madison Street, Brooklyn

Back to School — Schedules are in Transition!

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It’s back-to-school week in Brooklyn and many drop-in schedules are in transition. A few library branches have cancelled their children’s programming this week, and other places begin their new fall schedules mid-week. Make sure to call ahead or check online for any classes you’re thinking of trying, and enjoy the last days of wonderful warm weather!

This weekend: Jazz, Kites, and a Family Sing-along with Lisa Loeb!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: September 9-11

Take a deep breath and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer. If it’s music you’re after or flying a kite, Brooklyn has it all. Wind down on Sunday with a sweet story hour and don’t miss the family sing-along with Lisa Loeb! Have fun, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

FRIDAY

Jazz, Reggae and Calypso with Conroy Warren, Brooklyn Heights Library, Brooklyn Heights. Feeling the beat! Enjoy the power and pleasure of Jazz, Calypso Reggae through singing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren.

SATURDAY

Kite Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights. Watch your kite soar above the Manhattan skyline at this annual festival! Kites will be available for purchase or you can bring your own. Don’t miss this magical free event, fun for all ages.

Jazz Festival, Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene. Come and have fun at the 7th Annual Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival. Bring the family and listen to free music performed all afternoon by Eric Frazier and the Jazz Masters!

Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival, Columbia Street and Union Street, Carroll Gardens/Red Hook/Columbia Waterfront. Enjoy live performances, children’s activities, local artists, and more!

Songs For Unusual Creatures, Barbes, Park Slope. Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardegrade, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. Fun for the whole family! Grab a pint for yourself and enjoy. Event begins at 4pm but come early to get a seat!

SUNDAY

Sing-Along with Lisa Loeb, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. The Rock and Roll Playhouse presents Camp Bowl, a family sing-along with Lisa Loeb. She’ll be performing songs from her latest album Nursery Rhyme Parade!

Milk and Cookie Story Hour, Terrace Books, Windsor Terrace. This Sunday morning story time is made even sweeter with cups of cold milk and giant chocolate chip cookies. The treats are not just for the children! Stories begin at 11 AM.

Raise your hand if you want to try something new!!

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The summer is over (boo-hoo) and we’re settling back in to life in Brooklyn (yay!). A new school year, a new season, and we thought: why not try something new with our kids? We asked three parents to share their favorite drop-in activities with SkipKid. Check out their recommendations–and please let us know your favorite activities, too!

Name: Liz, mom to Vivian (4) and William (1)

Brooklyn Neighborhood: Fort Greene

Favorite neighborhood drop-in activity: By far my favorite drop-in activity is Babies and Bier at DSK on Fulton Street. It’s a great place to meet like-minded (read: chill) parents, and the kids love the toys and soft pretzels.

Name: Alejandro, dad to Mateo (3) and Hugo (9 months)

Neighborhood: Park Slope

Favorite Neighborhood drop-in activity: Story time at PowerHouse on 8th.

Comments: I take both boys to the Sunday story hour (Hugo sleeps through it). I love that there are different authors and crafts that compliment the story.

Name: Melissa, mom to Serena (1.5)

Neighborhood: Williamsburg/Greenpoint

Favorite neighborhood drop-in activity: ARTLAB at Eckford Street Studio

Comments: We love ARTLAB Storytime — it’s a bunch of activities including songs, books, bubbles, soft play, and art. They mix up a new fruit or vegetable (edible) paint each week, so the little ones can smear, splatter, and yes, taste! their creations. Plus at the end you have something tangible and precious to take home (they work great as gifts for relatives too!)

Pre-Labor Day and Labor Day Weekend Festivities!

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We are on vacation this week and so are lots of local performers — please be sure to confirm all drop-in activities before you go.

If you’re staying local this week, your littles might enjoy Kids Day at McGolrick Park in Greenpoint or a Rolie Polie Guacamole concert at Central Library in Prospect Heights.

Local Labor Day weekend festivities include a unicycle festival in Brooklyn and Governors Island, The West Indian American Day Junior Carnival Parade, and a Bargemusic concert at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Prospect Park also has lots of family friendly activities happening on Labor Day. If you’re up for an adventure and a slice of Americana check out the Richmond County Fair in Staten Island.

We hope you have a great week and holiday weekend!

This weekend: Soap box derby, puppets, and a festival on the beach!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: August 27-28
There are lots of fun activities this weekend! From a soap box derby to a commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn there is truly something for everyone. Have a great time, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

9th Annual South Slope Derby, Open Source Gallery, South Slope. Experience the thrill of witnessing participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn.

Storytime with Jessica Olien and Diana Murray, Book Court, Cobble Hill.
Join us for an exciting joint storytime event/launch of Jessica Olien and Diana Murray’s new picture books, Ned the Knitting Pirate and The Blobfish Book!

How to Be a Puppeteer, Barnes and Noble, Park Slope. Join Noel MacNeal and learn the skill and tricks of puppetry used on Sesame Street, The Muppets, Bear in the Big Blue House and more! Plus, create your very own puppet based on Noel’s book 10-Minute Puppets which he will personally sign. This bookfair will help fund Noel’s developing online series The Show Me Show for kids with autism and special needs.

Bargemusic, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert.
SUNDAY

The 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn, Greenwood Cemetery. Green-Wood hosts a day of free commemoration ceremonies and 18th-century living. See parades, cannon fire, horses, re-enactments and historic cooking. Living history events and activities will offer kids a real feel for life during the American Revolution. This is a great event for kids and families!

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton, Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook. Suzi’s family shows are filled with smiles, laughter and joy, and make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

The 40th Annual Brighton Jubilee, Brighton Beach.
The Jubilee is a Brooklyn tradition featuring entertainment crafts, kiddie rides and delicious food with the beach as the backdrop.

ALL WEEKEND

THE PAPER HOUSE: SEASONS, Governors Island. This is the last weekend for kids of all ages to touch and play with the art – and create their own to help the house grow and change from day to day. Sprinkled with live performance, music and other surprises, The Paper House is a magical place where you can stop #time – even if just for a little while.

Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming events!

Tuesday, August 30

Kids Day, McGolrick Park, Greenpoint. Free Vered concert and family yoga.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rolie Polie Guacamole, Central Library, Prospect Heights. Free concert for kids of all ages.

Happy hours for the whole family!

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Take a moment in these last weeks of August to toast the summer. Here are a few kid-friendly options where you can kick back and relax with your tots in tow. We’ll drink to that! Invite a friend to join you, and invite a friend to join SkipKid!

Happy (Kids) Hour at Muchmore’s, Williamsburg.
Every Thursday moms and dads can unwind and catch up with friends while their children of any age play and listen to music. Basically it’s a singalong with beer. The event is free with purchase. Muchmore’s is located at 2 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Call to confirm: (718) 576-3222.

Babies & Bier at Der Schwarze Kölner, Ft. Greene.
On Tuesday and Thursday, from noon to 5:30, this bar turns into a kid-friendly play area. Children can busy themselves with the many available toys while adults can kick back with a beer or two. Food is available for purchase as well. DSK is located at 710 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Half Pint with your Half Pint, Backyard Restaurant, Park Slope.
Come together with other new parents every first Tuesday of the month from 3-6pm at this social event geared toward moms and dads with infants. Note, there is no stroller parking – bring your baby in a carrier. Backyard is located at 388 Fifth Avenue (between 6th and 7th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215.

The Taproom at Whole Foods, Gowanus.
Tap into 24 beers and a great selection of wine at the Whole Foods restaurant on the second floor of the store, where there is also a kids’ play area. Your toddlers can build with giant foam blocks while you relax with your drink. Whole Foods Gowanus is located at 214 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Greenwood Park, South Slope.
This enormous indoor / outdoor restaurant, bar, and beer garden was created out of an old gas station & mechanic shop. Think giant play yard for your kids while you investigate the 60 beers on tap. They have kid friendly food and welcome your children indoors, too! Greenwood Park is located at 555 7th Ave in South Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Note, this bar is family friendly until 7 pm.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: August 20-21

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This weekend enjoy sand castles, summer strolls, and a storybook performance inside Prospect Park! Have fun, and thank you for supporting SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest, Coney Island Beach. This free family event is open to amateurs and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages.

North Slope Summer Strolls, Park Slope. The second and final evening walkabout with family fun for all ages, including a rock wall, bouncy house, jugglers, face painting and more!

Pier 5 Family Field Day, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Play an assortment of games from potato sack and Hula hoop races to parachute games to learning soccer skills and even scrimmage games!

SUNDAY

Book of Hours, Spellbound Theater, Prospect Park. A larger than life book leads children through familiar daily events using favorite nursery rhymes and songs to tell the story, as well as surprising treasures, puppets, and discoveries.

NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, Governor’s Island. Take the ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park to this free event where where Volkswagen enthusiasts, restorers, appreciators, and everyday “volks” gather to picnic, socialize, and check out unique aircooled VW’s from New York City and beyond.

FREE Ezra Jack Keats story, craft, and giveaway at Central Library this Thursday!

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On Thursday, August 18, through the Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft program, librarians at Central Library will read aloud to children and lead a craft activity related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats’ books to keep.

This Weekend: Music, movies, and a giant squirt-gun fight!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: August 12-14

This is the weekend to enjoy outdoor parties, a movie under the stars, and squirt gun fun. Now we just need Mother Nature to cooperate! Have fun and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

FRIDAY

SummerSTARZ free family movie night PRESENTS Inside Out, Transmitter Park, Greenpoint. Start the weekend off with a Friday movie night in this summer series on the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront. Bring a picnic blanket, friends and family. Come early and have an awesome time.

SATURDAY

LuLus’s Cuts and Toys 15th Anniversary Party, Park Slope. Face Painting, carnival games, bounce house, cotton candy, carousel and more!

Sing-Along with Lucy Kalantari, Nurture Brooklyn, Windsor Terrace. Kids of all ages will enjoy this backyard sing-along with a local favorite.

FREE Squirt Gun Fight, Coney Island. No backyard? Pack a bathing suit and your water-spraying contraption of choice, slather on the sunscreen, and get pumped for a sopping-wet day of fun.

North Slope Summer Strolls, Park Slope. Come out for the first of two summer evening events with family friendly activities–think jugglers, face painters, and a bouncy house–available from Dean Street to Sterling Place.

SUNDAY

August in McGolrick – KIDS DAY!, Greenpoint. Enjoy original quirky tunes played by Mil’s Trills Amelia Robinson, and an educational program for the kids hosted by The New York City Park Rangers all while grownups enjoy free coffee from Cafe Grumpy.

Four Brooklyn-based exercise classes geared toward new parents and their babies.

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It’s never too early to be active with your little one. Check out these Brooklyn-based exercise classes geared toward new parents and their babies.

Stroller Strides at FIT4MOM – Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens; Stroller Strides at FIT4MOM – Prospect Park, Park Slope.
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom.

Parent/Baby Yoga at Monkey Do! Yoga, Gowanus.
These postpartum yoga classes are designed to stretch, rebuild your core strength from the inside out, restore and revive your body and spirit, while bonding and interacting with your baby in song, movement and play. You will be connecting with other new moms and babies while treating your body and soul respectfully. No previous yoga experience is necessary for caregiver nor baby. Please note that all caregivers are welcome, and this is a a breastfeeding, formula feeding, diaper-changing, noise-friendly room.

Postnatal Baby and Me Yoga, Sangha Yoga Shala, Williamsburg.
This class focuses on rejuvenating your body after childbirth through a flowing asana sequence while connecting with your newest addition in a playful and safe environment for babies. Rebuild strength and core needed to repair the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor stretched during pregnancy and labor. You’ll also learn baby yoga exercises to strengthen growing muscles, aid in digestion, promote better sleeping patterns, and help your infant toward their next stages of development. Come join this growing Brooklyn community!

Mommy & Baby at Indigo Studio Pilates, Park Slope.
Many new moms are plagued with lower back pain due to stress placed on the body while feeding, leaning over the crib, hauling around the car seat, or carrying the stroller down the subway stairs. Your baby is welcome to come to the class; we recommend that your baby is two to six months old to participate with you. These mommy & baby postpartum classes will leave you uplifted and invigorated.

Cool off at the Splash Pad in Prospect Park!

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With summer in full swing we’re all looking to cool off. This week we recommend the Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park. What we love about the Splash Pad is that it’s great for all ages. The youngest SkipKids can crawl or sit in the two-inches of water and not be in any danger while your braver toddlers charge around and around this 16,000 square foot water rink with forty-seven water spray jets. There isn’t much shade, so bring hats and plan to arrive before the sun gets too high. Insider tip: alternate side of the street parking ends at 10 AM on most streets near Lakeside, which means if you are thinking of driving you can easily find parking just before the Splash Pad opens in the morning.

Celebrate the weekend with Ezra Jack Keats, stories with chocolate, and the 2016 Olympics!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: August 6-7

This weekend enjoy “stories for chocolate,” celebrate Ezra Jack Keats, or sing and dance at an outdoor concert! Have a great time, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid! Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to have the weekend roundup delivered right to your inbox.

SATURDAY

Stories for Chocolate, Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, Williamsburg. Kids of all ages are invited for stories and sing-alongs. This weekend features Brooklyn favorite Lucy Kalantari.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour, Imagination Playground, Prospect Park. Celebrate the centennial of the birth of the beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats by gathering around Peter and Willie, the statue of two beloved Keats characters at Imagination Playground, for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall. Story Hour takes place every Saturday in August.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony, Pebble Beach, Dumbo. Aeilushi Mistry will perform the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at the park and there will be a dance performance by a guest artist.

Official NYC Big Latch On Brooklyn, Borough Hall, Brooklyn Heights. Breastfeeding moms, pumping moms, moms who use donor milk, siblings, babies, and their supporters are all welcome to join while the moms latch in tandem in public with other women around the globe in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week!

Get Pop Cultured: Marvel, Barnes and Noble, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. Explore the Marvel Universe with a special offer and exclusive samplers, including the first storyline for Mosaic. Also enjoy trivia, coloring, cosplay and more.

SUNDAY

Shira & Friends Pier Kids Concert, Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dance and sing with Shira & Friends!

Sunday Story Time with Maria Carluccio, Powerhouse on 8th, Park Slope. Maria Carluccio’s playful fashion alphabet celebrates the fun of getting dressed—and getting dressed up!

ALL WEEKEND

Rio on the Hudson, Pier 26, Hudson River Park, Manhattan. Enjoy the excitement of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games right here in New York. Celebrate with Team USA, enjoy authentic Brazilian culture, and participate in family friendly activities like face painting, live art demonstrations, and samba dancing.

The best free summer activities for your littles!

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There’s still plenty of summer left, and one perk to staying local is access to so much FREE stuff! Watch Inside Out under the stars, attend an outdoor story time at Brooklyn Bridge Park, or see a concert at one of the Brooklyn Summer Stage Kids events. Your littles might also enjoy an Ikea water taxi trip across the East River or extra indoor water play on Thursdays during the extended hours at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. All of these activities are free and they’re happening right here in Brooklyn, so go out and enjoy!

Hiking, Swimming, and Toddler Farming: Perfect Summer Day Trips to Take With Your Tots!

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It’s the last weekend in July, and August is right around the corner. It’s time to seize summer by the water wings with one of these easy family day trips. Most are only an hour from Brooklyn, which means you can leave early and still be back for afternoon nap. Enjoy, and pretty please help us spread the word about SkipKid!

Jacob Riis Park, The Rockaways. Dubbed “The People’s Beach,” Jacob Riis Park is a popular summer destination for families. In addition to the sand and surf there is great food at the Riis beach bazaar, including the ever popular Ample Hills.

Hooks Creek Lake, Cheesequake State Park, Middlesex County, New Jersey. If ocean waves keep your toddler from jumping right in, try a lake! Hooks Creek Lake has a lifeguard, changing areas, and concession stand–in short, everything you need to keep your toddler safe and happy during a day at the “beach.”

Bear Mountain State Park, Harriman, New York. If your kids are anything like ours, they can quickly wear out on activities. So give them plenty of options! Take a family walk along gorgeous mountain trails, splash in the pool, ride the merry-go-round, swing at the playground, rent a boat, even visit the zoo. There are endless ways to spend the day at Bear Mountain.

Stone Barns Center, Tarrytown, New York. Spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon at Stone Barns and participate in a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities. Meet the animals, collect eggs, and take a drop-in tours of the grounds–all are included with your one-day admission ticket. A visit is not complete without a trip to the Blue Hill Cafe, which offers visitors light snacks, farm-fresh lattes, and other locally-grown goodies

Beat the heat: 5 indoor playspaces that will keep you cool!

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It’s going to be HOT this week. Skip the playground and opt for some time indoors at one of these Brooklyn playspaces!

Busy Bodies Brooklyn, Clinton Hill
Open play will assist your child in building important developmental skills. Let your child roam freely in a bright, safe, engaging environment with a variety of toys, mats, art supplies, books and games. There is something for every child to indulge in at Busy Bodies. Join us to make new friends for you and your child. Open play welcomes children from newborn to 4 years old.

Twinkle, Williamsburg
Twinkle’s 4500 square foot play space has innovative custom-made exhibits to cater to any child’s wildest imagination. These special exhibits, designed for the under 6 crowd, are a harmonious blend of urban life and nature that encourages the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a child in an accessible, high-quality learning environment.

Juguemos a Cantar, North & South Slope
Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space offers a social learning environment that includes exploration and interaction for kids 0 to 4y. A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of fun, music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more.

Recess, Dumbo
An architecturally airy space for you and your children to hang out as long as you want. Kids will enjoy custom-made play structures, designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore.

Curiosity on Court, Cobble Hill
Custom designed play structures and exhibits were created to raise the curiosity and fuel the imagination of kids 1-10 years old. Whether they’re climbing, taking a ride on the subway, or making connection on the magnetic ball wall, there are hours of fun for everyone.

Life-size emergency vehicles, a 57-foot slide, and summer stone fruit: this weekend promises big fun!

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There’s a lot happening for your family right here in Brooklyn this weekend, but–if you’re feeling adventurous–check out our picks for activities beyond our beloved borough. Enjoy yourselves, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

Right Here in Brooklyn!

Jonah’s Just Begun “Heroes Among Us” Fundraiser, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. Your kids will have a blast having their face painted, talking to a costume superhero character and playing in the splash pad while you bid on must-have auction items….all while supporting a truly SUPER cause.

Free Kayaking, Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Glide along the water while kayaking with your kiddo! All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Ditmas Park Creative Arts Therapy workshop, Cortelyou Library, Ditmas Park. Come out for this free afternoon of art and dance! Make a mask and explore creative dance utilizing Creative Arts Therapy techniques. No prior art or dance experience is necessary.

You Must Be This Tall, Brooklyn Bridge Park. An interactive reading of Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg! and You Must Be This Tall by author and illustrator Steven Weinberg.

Kids To The Rescue, Jewish Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Climb aboard life-size emergency vehicles for imaginative play, drive to the emergency scene, put out ‘fires’ with a giant wind hose, learn to recognize the uses for medical equipment, and much more!

Beyond Brooklyn!

Opening weekend! The Hills at Governors Island. Slide Hill boasts New York’s longest slide, at 57-feet long and three stories tall. Outlook Hill offers 360-degree views of the city. And Discovery Hill is home to forty thousand shrubs and nearly three thousand new trees. Take a winding walk up New York’s newest family playground and see your borough in a whole new way. The Governors Island Ferry runs to and from Brooklyn only on weekends and the first ride of the day, at 11:00 AM, is free!

Adventures from Ezra Jack Keats: Skates! and Maggie and the Pirate, TADA! Theater, Chelsea. Children ages three and up will love this dance-performance-on-wheels and musical about friends, a pet cricket, and a pirate!

Pick Your Own, Fishkill Farms, Fishkill, New York. Grown-ups and kids alike will love picking their own juicy berries, ripe peaches, and sweet nectarines at this farm located 1.5 hours north of New York City.

Check out New York City’s longest slide and the best new view of Brooklyn.

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On Tuesday, July 19, the Hills will officially open on Governors Island. Slide Hill boasts New York’s longest slide, at 57 feet long and three stories tall. Outlook Hill offers 360-degree views of the city. And Discovery Hill is home to forty thousand shrubs and nearly three thousand new trees. Take a winding walk up New York’s newest family playground and see your borough in a whole new way. The Governors Island Ferry runs to and from Brooklyn only on weekends and the first ride of the day, at 11:00 AM, is free!

This weekend: face painting, bouncy houses, and rainbow art projects your kids will love!

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: July 16-17

This weekend enjoy a summer stroll chock full of family fun, sing and dance at a kids’ concert, or enjoy rainbow themed stories and crafts! Have a great time, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

South Slope Summer Strolls, Park Slope. Family fun for all ages including a rock wall, bouncy house, jugglers, face painting and more!

SUNDAY

Free Family Art Days, Prospect Park. Kids of all ages will enjoy this creative morning discovering the theme of “Over the Rainbow” through crafts, puppetry, and stories.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter, Pier Kids, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Hot Peas ‘N Butter is a unique children’s musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock.

Kidz Bop Concert, Coney Island Amphitheater. Sing and dance to your favorite music on the beach.

ALL WEEKEND

The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Williamsburg. The multi-day festivities include live music, carnival rides and good eats.

“Mild Thrill” rides, Luna Park, Coney Island. Your little ones (36″ and taller) will love the “mild thrill” rides in Coney Island. And kids can ride all by themselves!

Family Bowl, Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg. Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. Food by Blue Ribbon will be available, as well as local brews and more!

Free outdoor summer story time!

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The Brooklyn Public Library has moved outside for the summer. Join Brooklyn Heights children’s librarians for story time every Tuesday all summer long at Granite Terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, through August 9. This is an outdoor event – weather permitting, of course!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: July 9-10

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This weekend promises music, water adventures, and a free block party that your kids will love! Have fun, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

FEATURED EVENT

BK Block Party, presented by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, at the Albee Square Farmers Market, Downtown Brooklyn. On Saturday, July 9, from 10am to noon, enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring Rolie Polie Guacamole performing at the Albee Square Farmers Market. Kids will also enjoy face painting and balloon art while you shop for fresh local veggies and hand-made gifts from Brooklyn vendors.

SATURDAY

City of Water Day, various locations including Brooklyn Bridge Park and Whole Foods Gowanus. Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats, and free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and seining.

Story Time with Julie Saab and David Gothard, Greenlight Bookstore, Ft. Greene. Wife and husband author/illustrator team Julie Saab and David Gothard return to Greenlight for their newest Little Lola adventure!

SUNDAY

Arm Of the Sea Theater presents Hook, Line, And Sinker, Brooklyn Bridge Park. The visually-charged show features live music and a bevy of low-tech special effects that reveal the river’s complex inner life. Pitched to oldsters and youngsters alike, HOOK, LINE & SINKER celebrates the timeless art of fishing while offering the low-down on eating fish from the Hudson.

A Musical World Tour with Little Orchestra Society, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Through music, stories, and participatory activities, children will develop a deeper understanding of each selected community and its influences on–and contributions to–the melting pot that is New York City.

Singalong with the Buttons, Elk Cafe, Windsor Terrace. Sweet, silly, original kids music for kids of all ages! Enjoy your coffee while your kids dance and play in this beautiful backyard.

ALL WEEKEND

Family Discovery Weekend, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights. Don’t miss the first in this summer series where children of all ages can experiment, learn, and play in the Discovery Garden, then create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention to take home.

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date! Saturday, July 23rd, Jonah’s Just Begun 2nd Annual Fundraiser, Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. Enjoy lunch, roller skating, face painting, the Splash Pad, and photos with your favorite super heroes, all while helping to raise money for a great–and local–cause. And if you can’t make the event you can donate now.

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Free puppet show this Friday!

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SummerStage Kids: CityParks PuppetMobile

The CityParks PuppetMobile presents the classic Puss in Boots tale, with a twist. The free puppet show will be followed by a hands-on activity led by a Brooklyn Children’s Museum educator.

Date: Friday, July 8
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Brower Park, Crown Heights (next to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum)

Celebrate July 4th weekend with fun festivities the whole family will enjoy!

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Happy Fourth of July! Everyone loves a holiday weekend, and if you’re staying local, we have plenty of activities for you. Have fun, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

A Royal Shindig & Brooklyn Beanstalk, Brooklyn Bridge Park. A Royal Shindig guides interactive storytelling with your favorite fairy tale characters. Brooklyn Beanstalk will offer Circus in the Park, an introduction to circus activities for children and their families. Kids will also enjoy family-friendly activities with the Uni Project and Private Picassos at this Pier Kids event.

Smorgasburg, Williamsburg and Prospect Park. Feast on everything from Philly Cheesesteaks to Jianbing, the quintessential Chinese street breakfast. Let the kids sample your grownup treats while they run around and play.
July 4th Festivities

Festival of Independence, July 4th at Peck Slip Stage, South Street Seaport. Live music with family entertainment including a performance featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog and Friends and The Marcus Monroe Juggling Show. Take the ferry from Brooklyn to avoid traffic!

Hot Dog Eating Contest, Coney Island. On July Fourth, the world’s top competitive eaters will gather for a chance to become a legend.

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, Viewing areas throughout Brooklyn including: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade, East River State Park. The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks over the East River begin at about 9:20. Come early and expect crowds.

Celebrate Independence Day at the Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. Bring the kids to this free family event to celebrate America’s birthday. Look extra patriotic as you make yourself a plumed hat to wear while signing your own “John Hancock” on a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence.

Fifteen free outdoor swimming pools you don’t want to miss!

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From the Splash Pad at LeFrak to the Water Lab at Brooklyn Bridge Park, there is no shortage of water play for Brooklyn kids. But what about real-deal swimming pools? We’ve got those, too! Fifteen of them, in fact. New York City’s outdoor pools are officially open for business. Conveniently, they all keep the same hours, so it’s easy to remember: seven days a week, 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Nothing tires out toddlers like swimming. Get out there and play.

Be a hero on July 23rd!

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Jonah’s Just Begun 2nd Annual Fundraiser, Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

On Saturday, July 23rd, enjoy lunch, roller skating, face painting, the Splash Pad, and photos with your favorite super heroes, all while helping to raise money for a great–and local–cause. Purchase tickets now!

Can’t make the event? You can still be a hero for rare disease. Donate HERE!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: June 25-26

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This weekend learn baby sign language, attend a butterfly boogie, or get messy at The Seriousfun Messtival! Enjoy yourselves, and pretty please help us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Seriousfun Messtival, Prospect Park. Give kids with serious illnesses the fun they deserve and experience your own seriously fun day, which will delight all ages, including the little ones!

Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn, Park Slope. Kids of all ages will enjoy puppet making, crafts, games, prizes, bounce house, and more! The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the J.J. Byrne Playground (Fourth Street at Fifth Avenue).

National Day of Play Celebration, Gymboree, Park Slope. Bring your family for a day of activities and fun for all. Drop-in and play for free!

SUNDAY

Wildlife Theater presents Butterfly Boogie, Pier 6 Lawns, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Butterfly Boogie will take you on a 3,000-mile adventure and show you why bugs are actually the coolest creatures around. This musical, interactive performance introduces children to metamorphosis and the interdependence of plants and animals.

Sing Along with Anabanana, Edamama, Williamsburg. Your child will participate in songs, poems, instruments–and have an amazing time.

Baby Sign Language Workshop, Hootenanny Art House, South Slope. In this exciting workshop you will learn everything you need to know to effectively communicate with your infants ages 6-18 months.

ALL WEEKEND

Kids Corner, Habana Outpost, Fort Greene. Drop in for free and have fun with arts and crafts.

Playground pick of the week: Water Lab at Pier 6

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Water Lab at Pier 6

Cool off in the park’s most popular playground, which features a water-jet field that will keep children entertained for hours! Our kids love it and we think yours will, too!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: June 18-19

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This weekend enjoy mermaids, music, and family festivals, and don’t forget to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day! Have fun, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Please!”, The Old Stone House, Park Slope. This one-of-a-kind storytelling performance follows a lost toy, Catbear, as he travels through the tunnels of New York City on six different subway lines, looking for his owner.

Pier 2 Family Field Day, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Games and races guarantee fun for the whole family!

Spring Fling, PS 154, Windsor Terrace. This annual outdoor fundraising festival includes a bouncy castle, live music, arts and crafts, face painting, a pie contest, and even a clown performance!

The 34th Annual Mermaid Parade, Coney Island. A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation’s largest art parade and one of New York City’s greatest summer events.

Spring Festival, South Brooklyn Children’s Garden, Carroll Gardens. This free celebration will feature arts and crafts, face painting, a beekeeping demo, ladybug release, and a performance by local band The Dad Beats.

SUNDAY

Pier Kids, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Kids will enjoy a family friendly musical performance along with dancing, drawing, and crafts

Story Time in the Redoubt, Fort Greene Park. Brooklyn author Julia Sarcone-Roach, author of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, will present her book about a bear lost in the city who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. Following the reading will be a bear finger-puppet craft led by the author. Bring your own delicious sandwich for a picnic lunch in the park!

ALL WEEKEND

Twice Upon a Time, Gowanus Souvenir, Gowanus. Bring your kids to this incredible puppet show, which includes musical versions of favorites such as The Hungry Caterpillar, Where The Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Gorilla.

Father’s Day craft making party this Thursday!

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Father’s Day Craft Making Party for Tots, Juguemos a Cantar, South Slope.

On Thursday, June 16, make something for Dad wishing him a special Happy father’s Day! Kids will also enjoy a sing-along at 10:15 and healthy snacks.

Details:
Juguemos a Cantar
$10
9:00am-12:00pm
463 6th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: June 11-12

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From family concerts to fundraising carnivals, there is so much going on this weekend you can’t help but have fun. Enjoy yourselves, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert featuring Dan Zanes, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Prospect Park. Don’t miss this free family concert at the Bandshell featuring live performances by Tada! Youth Theatre and the beloved Dan Zanes.

Paddlewheeler, P.S. 8, Brooklyn Heights. Fun rides, face painting, arts & crafts, a photo booth, obstacle course, food and drink, bouncy castles, giant slide, balloon art, carnival games and more!

Brooklyn Pride Festival and Parade, Park Slope. The 2016 Festival starts at 11am on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 9th Streets. The parade kicks off at 7:30 AM at its starting point on 5th Avenue and Lincoln Place.

SUNDAY

Birthday Party on Wheels, New York Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn. Bring the whole family to this benefit celebration filled with food, cake, crafts, dancing, and unlimited rides on vintage subway cars to support the museum.

PS 132 12th Annual Kite Festival, East River State Park, Williamsburg. The fun starts at noon, with arts and crafts, face painting, a chess tent, loads of raffle prizes, delicious food, and kites, kites, kites!

Suzi Shelton Sing-Along, Norman & Jules Toyshop, Park Slope. Enjoy a backyard show with Suzi.

ALL WEEKEND

World Oceans Day Weekend, NY Aquarium, Coney Island. Celebrate our oceans all weekend with crafts, activities, divers, and more!

Playground Pick of the Week: Zucker Natural Exploration Area in Prospect Park

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Prospect Park lost a total of 319 trees during Hurricane Sandy, but many of them found new life in the Zucker Natural Exploration Area, a.k.a. “the natural playground.” Giant tree trunks that have been cut, angled, hollowed, and stacked make for a fairytale-like setting and a fresh kind of play. The sandbox is more like a sandy beach and in the summer the water feature has a kid-controlled pump. This is an all-ages playground — your littles adventurers will be happy on a blanket in the grass! Tips for grownups: there are no nearby bathrooms and there is not much shade so come prepared with hats and sunblock for all.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: June 4-5

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This weekend enjoy magical performances, story hours and imaginative adventures in art making! Have fun, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Family Day, Gallery at BRIC House, Fort Greene. Come celebrate the artistic achievements of young people! Join some of BRIC’s Teaching Artists for an imaginative adventure in art-making! There will be tours of the student exhibition, movie screenings, digital animation, printmaking, refreshments and more.

The Good Ms. Padgett, Jalopy Theatre, Carroll Gardens. Celebrate the approach of summer and many other subjects (aliens, feet, lollipops, and more) through both movement and song.

SUNDAY

Sunday Story time with B.B. Mandell, Powerhouse on 8th., Park Slope. Samanthasaurus Rex is a funny and empowering picture book featuring a fresh new character: a girl dinosaur who marches to the beat of her own drum.

Story hour and book signing with Melanie Hope Greenberg, Book Court, Brooklyn Heights. One little mermaid can’t wait to put her costume on and join her parents as they take in the sights, sounds and smells of the fun-filled pageant. This year she is “Little Mermaid Coming Out of Her Shell.”

Magic at Coney, Coney Island Museum. An afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. “Magic at Coney!!!” is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world.

Free summer concerts the whole family will enjoy!

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Enjoy endless free fun this summer with concerts and activities the whole family will love!

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dan Zanes’ Lead Belly Project / TADA! Youth Theater
Bring the family out for an afternoon of fun-filled music and theater honoring seminal children’s author Ezra Jack Keats.
When: Jun 11, 2016, 3:00PM GATES / 4:00 PM SHOW
Cost: FREE
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell /9th Street & Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Pier Kids, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s eight week children’s series encompasses culture, science, and literature. The program draws on a wealth of family musicians and cultural groups like the Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater and the Puppetmobile, as well as notable Brooklyn children’s authors to create entertaining and educational events. Activities are accompanied by arts and crafts and an outdoor pop-up reading room. Family-friendly activities with the Uni Project and Private Picassos from 11 am – noon. Performances from noon – 1 pm.

Jun 19 / Suzie Shelton
Jun 26 / Wildlife Theater presents Butterfly Boogie
Jul 3 / A Royal Shindig & Brooklyn Beanstalk
Jul 10 / Arm Of the Sea Theater presents Hook, Line, And Sinker
Jul 17 / Hot Peas ‘N Butter
Jul 24 / You Must Be This Tall
Jul 31 / Meet The Animals
Aug 7 / Shira & Friends

Music in the Grove: Kids Concerts, Fort Greene.
Family friendly music every Wednesday starting June 2 through August 3 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

6/22 – Rolie Polie Guacamole
6/29 – Mill’s Trills
7/6 – Jon Samson/CoCreative Music
7/13 – Astrograss
7/20 – The Rozz and Val Show
7/27 – Vered and the Babes
8/3 – Hopalong Andrew

Kids’ discovery stations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden!

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Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Your kiddos can investigate and classify plants, touch a carnivorous plant and learn how it eats, or go on a monarch and milkweed exploration in the meadow! This is a drop-in program for children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: Memorial Day Weekend

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If you are in town this weekend, you are in luck. From family concerts to story times to planting in the park, there is plenty to do. Have fun, and pretty please help us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Jungle Gym Jam Music at the Wonder Wheel, Coney Island. Kick off your family’s summer with rock-n-roll that celebrates the family getaway to the beach! This award-winning kid-friendly rock band from New Jersey will perform for free on the boardwalk right in front of Wonder Wheel Park.

Cooking for Your Baby, the Brooklyn Kitchen, Williamsburg. Let a chef (and parent!) guide you through the finer points of introducing solids to your baby, demonstrating how to prepare delicious and healthy food from scratch for your budding gastronome.

Bargemusic, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert.

Brooklyn Read Aloud, Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. Join the Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Reading Council for a day of education and fun at the Lefferts Historic House, featuring a special read aloud and book giveaway event.

Our Great Big Backyard story time, Barnes and Noble, Park Slope/Brooklyn Heights. This special story time explores Our Great Big Backyard, by authors former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager. This is a picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow.

ALL WEEKEND

Splash Pad Opening Weekend, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. One of Brooklyn’s coolest summer spots, the Splash Pad is designed for children under 12 and their parents and care-givers. With over 20 water jets, the Splash Pad provides state-of-the-art water play and admission is free to the public.

DanceAfrica Bazaar, BAM, Ft. Greene. DanceAfrica’s beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace.

MONDAY (MEMORIAL DAY)

Celebrate Memorial Day in Prospect Park. Spread wood chips around trees, watch a snake gobble a mouse, plant a potato, or take a carousel ride with your family–all in Brooklyn’s biggest park.

Two local favorites perform a family concert this week!

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Duets with Lucy Kalantari & Lloyd H. Miller – PS 217 Garden Concert Series

Lucy Kalantari and Lloyd H. Miller come together to liven up the garden with folk, jazz and rock songs for the whole family. Bring your picnic blankets, your dinner and come on out for this free outdoor performance. (In case of rain, it’s moved to the auditorium.)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: P.S. 217 Colonel David Marcus School, 1100 Newkirk Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11230

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: May 21-22

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Story times, sing-alongs, bouncy houses, and live theater! Oh, and a flock of sheep to shear! Have fun, and thank you for your ongoing support.

SATURDAY

Spring into Stories: Children’s Author and Illustrator Festival, Central Library, Prospect Heights. Meet an all-star line-up of Brooklyn children’s book authors and illustrators, and enjoy hands-on art, lively presentations, music from BPL house band Lost in the Stacks, and more.

MOVE! along with Lolly & YoYo, Book Court, Cobble Hill. Join Lolly and YoYo for a unique book reading that includes live music, fun fitness games and a healthy dose of imagination!

Families First’s Annual Spring Carnival For Kids And Tots, Downtown Brooklyn. This all ages carnival features pony rides, two bouncy houses, face painting, tattoos, mini-carousel, carnival games, arts & crafts, a bake sale, balloons, and a book sale.

STEAM Fair, P.S. 10, Park Slope. Outdoor fair that showcases businesses, students, and school clubs focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We’re inspiring the next generation of big thinkers and great tinkerers with 40+ exhibitor booths with hands-on learning projects.

SUNDAY

Storytime with Randall de Sève, Community Bookstore, Windsor Terrace. Long a singer of whimsy and toys’ histories, Randall de Sève returns to this siren song in A Fire Truck Named Red, in which a kid hoping for a brand-new fire engine finds himself in possession of an older, more storied vehicle.

Spellbound Theatre presents “Grow”, Old Stone House, Park Slope. Seasons and seeds come to life in this magical exploration of growth. Children learn the simple rhythms of a plant’s life cycle through sensory activity, sign language, and visual storytelling.

ALL WEEKEND

Fleece Festival, Prospect Park Zoo, Crown Heights. At the zoo, a master sheep shearer will help our sheep lose their winter coats in preparation for summer. Enjoy wool working demonstrations, crafts, music and, of course, sheep!

Tree, Boom, Umthi, BAM, Fort Greene. South African theater company uses image, song, and the body to tell the story of a human relationship with a tree—and the changing of the seasons. Intended especially for young viewers, this delicate, inventive work is performed in three different languages.

Nurturepalooza: outdoor play in Windsor Terrace!

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nurturepalooza BEGINS 5/17!

Tuesdays 3:30-5PM

Your little ones will enjoy outdoor play in a spacious backyard allowing children time to get their hands in the dirt and let go! Finger/bodypainting, water table, sensory play & dirt jams allow your kids time to make a mess you don’t have to clean up. This activity is child-led play and parent/caregiver supervised. 10 sessions for $80 ($65 May Special!) $15 drop-in. Nurture Brooklyn is located on 2nd. Street in Windsor Terrace.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: May 14-15

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This weekend touch a truck, enjoy a live performance, or check out one of the free family days. Have fun, and thank you for telling your friends about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Touch-a-Truck, PS 295, Park Slope. At this unique street fair, kids and their families will get up close and personal with a wide variety of emergency vehicles, construction equipment, vintage vehicles, and other cool rigs. Food trucks, bouncy houses, music, crafts, free activities, and more.

Free Family Day, Juguemos a Cantar, Park Slope. This fair has everything: face painting, arts & crafts, ball pit, play dough, bake sale, soccer, and a singalong!

Spellbound Explorers Free Family Art Day, Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe, Bed-Stuy. Play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms in this free family event.

SUNDAY

Lavender Blues REMIX, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Get into the groove with Lavender Blues! This interactive musical performance will get everyone on their feet.

Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair, Park Slope. A day of fabulous family fun featuring food and music from local businesses!

ALL WEEKEND

The Wizard of Oz, Puppetworks, Park Slope. Check out L. Frank Baum’s American classic adapted for marionettes.

Playground pick of the week: Sandbox Village at Pier 6!

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Sandbox Village at Pier 6

Dig deep and pile high in what’s possibly the largest sandbox in New York City. It’s great for toddlers and older kids, too.

Let us know what Brooklyn playgrounds you love!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: May 7-8

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This weekend bike the branches, catch a movie, or enjoy a family concert. And don’t forget to celebrate mom! Have fun, and pretty please help us spread the word about SkipKid!

SATURDAY

Bike the Branches Event & Block Party, Various libraries throughout Brooklyn. Bike the Branches lets you have fun and support the library at the same time. Enjoy live entertainment, Smorgasborg food vendors, and free activities for all ages. Prizes will be awarded to adults and children who visit the most branches!

“Twice upon A Time,” Gowanus Souvenir, Gowanus. Bring your kiddos to this musical puppet show featuring The Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, Curious George and Where The Wild Things Are. Stay to make a Mother’s Day puppet!

Songs For Unusual Creatures, Barbes, Park Slope. Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, gives a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. Imagine the Australian bilby, the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the microscopic tardigrade, and more brought to life with song. All this while the grownups sip beer. Fun!

The Phantastic Theater – Fine Arts for the Young of all Ages, The Brooklyn Commons, Boerum Hill. Live music, orchestral music flowing through speakers, projected illustrative art and text, voice acting, dance and giant art puppets. Entertaining and educational, ‘The Phantastic Theater’ events are designed for the whole family.

Butterflies, Bulbs & Bookmarks, Outside the Cortelyou Library, Ditmas Park. The Farm on Adderlay and The Friends of the Cortelyou Library team up to bring you crafts, music, snacks and more.

SUNDAY

Best of BAMkids Film Festival: Miffy the Movie + PAWO, BAM Rose Cinemas, Ft. Greene. The world-famous stories of children’s author and illustrator Dick Bruna are brought to life in this interactive adventure, marking the beloved bunny’s onscreen debut. Mother and father bunny take Miffy and her fun-loving friends to the zoo for a surprise treasure hunt, where they meet lots of animals, practice numbers and colors, and sing catchy songs, asking the audience to participate in the hunt.

ALL WEEKEND

Mothers’ Day Crafts with Kids Corner, Habana Outpost, Fort Greene. Kids Corner is back for the 2016 season! Drop in for free and fun arts & crafts every Saturday & Sunday from 11am-3pm in the courtyard of Habana Outpost. This weekend your kids will work on making Mother’s Day flower bouquets out of recycled egg cartons.

St. Ann’s Warehouse & NoFit State: BIANCO, Dumbo. The circus is coming to town! St. Ann’s Warehouse is stepping out of the Tobacco Warehouse and into the Park for a month with NoFit State’s Bianco. See this one-of-a-kind circus company in their North American debut.

Yoga for Moms — free in May!

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Get a jump on your Mothers Day celebration with this new evening class, Yoga for Moms, at Monkey Do! Yoga. The class is free throughout the month of May, so leave the kids at home and come out Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:15 for a little self care. After class, there will be time to connect – some weeks with an extra few minutes of meditation, others with a glass of wine in the backyard or a guest speaker. Turn it into a moms night out! Reservations required in May and space is limited.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: April 30 – May 1

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This weekend is all about puppet shows, with a cherry blossom festival and family party thrown in! If you want to capture images of your kids having all this fun, check out the photo playdate! Have fun and please continue to help SkipKid grow by subscribing to our newsletter and telling your friends about us!

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Crown Heights. Enjoy opening weekend of this celebration of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. All weekend, all day long!

5th Avenue Family Festival with Puppetry Arts, Park Slope. Join Tuffy Tiger and friends for this great event on 4th St just off 5th Avenue, next to the Old Stone House. Crafts, games, a bouncy house, characters and performances. Saturday, April 30, 11am.

Puppet Show, LuLu’s Then & Now Play Space, Park Slope. On Saturday, April 30, at 11am, children will enjoy classic songs and stories through the joyful art of puppetry.

Look what I made you Mom!, Tykes in the Heights, Prospect Heights. In this wood shop class, kids will decorate a jewelry tray for mom and make either matching bracelets or a bracelet and necklace.

Family Fun Day, DSK, Fort Greene. On Saturday, April 30, from 11am – 1pm, get a head start on handmade Mother’s Day cards and enjoy a sing along with Lily Pad Music at this free family event.

Hatched: Life on the Farm, BAM, Ft. Greene. Performed through movement, handcrafted puppets, and very little human dialogue, the story is set amidst an American family farm. Sunday, May 1, 11am.

PlayTime Photos, South Oxford Park, Fort Greene. On Sunday, May 1, play time begins at 4pm and pictures will be taken until 5pm. Bring your little ones and their friends for this PlayTime Photos play date right here in Brooklyn. Weather permitting of course.

Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Puppetworks, Park Slope. This weekend only! On Saturday and Sunday, at 12:30pm and again at 2:30pm, catch a performance of Robert Southey’s beloved 1837 folktale adapted for hand puppets by Jack Kaplan.

Celebrate Earth Festival all week at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum!

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It’s Spring Break this week which means lots of schedule changes: call ahead to confirm all activities! And if you’re looking for a way to kick off spring and connect with nature enjoy the Celebrate Earth Festival, at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. This weeklong festival at BCM celebrates the earth, shares some of the exciting projects going on in Brooklyn and leads families to consider their role in keeping the earth a healthy, happy and sustainable place. Free with admission. Daily activities from 10AM – 5PM.

Weekend Roundup: April 23-24

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: April 23-24

Spring has sprung and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep your kids happily entertained this weekend. If sunshine fatigue sets in, head indoors for a story hour or a relaxing yoga class. Have fun, and thank you for your ongoing support.

Dumbo Family Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo. Dance, play, and spend the day outside! This free event features family friendly games, activities, and amenities at Main Street and John Street Parks. Saturday, April 23, 11 AM.

Move and Sing! Movement Infused Sing-a-long, Monkey Do! Yoga, Gowanus. Check out a movement-infused sing-a-long with live instruments, props, and yoga poses! Perfect for toddlers but all ages welcome. Saturday, April 23, 12:15 PM.

Spring Sprouts, Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. It’s time for spring planting! Join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House where you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant an herb seed to take home. Satuday, April 23, 2 PM.

Story Time: The Best Day are Dog Days, Book Court, Cobble Hill. Join Aaron Meshon as he reads from his newest children’s book. Saturday, April 23, 2 PM.

Window Gardens, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Join Friends of Brower Park for a terrarium-making workshop that uses local harvested seeds and compost, and meet some worms too! Sunday, April 24, 2 PM.

Jianbing, lobster rolls, and pie by the slice: eat like a grownup while your kids play

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Forget kid-friendly food; this is about what grownups want! Think artisanal and umami all while your kids are happily entertained. Impossible? Not at these destinations.

Enjoy and thanks for supporting SkipKid!

Smorgasborg, Williamsburg waterfront and Prospect Park. The outdoor season of beloved Smorgasborg is underway! Saturdays you can find it in Williamsburg at East River State Park, and Sundays in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Vendors serve everything from Philly Cheesesteaks to Jianbing, the quintessential Chinese street breakfast. Let the kids sample your grownup treats while they run around and play.

The Yellow Magnolia Canteen, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights. The cherry watch is in full swing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and peak bloom is just around the corner. Plan to spend an April weekend with your children strolling through the orchards and dining on pastrami sandwiches with “kimchi-kraut” or chilled ramen noodle salads with Jersey asparagus. Kid tip: Blue Marble ice cream. Adult tip: the canteen serves beer and wine.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds Cafe, Brooklyn Central Library, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights. While your kids Stomp, Clap, & Sing at the central library, you can enjoy a fabulous cup of Stumptown coffee, homemade pie by the slice, and made-to-order salads. No separate kids’ menu here–this food is fit for the whole family.

Picnic with the sea lions, Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights. The Sea Lion Cafe has plenty of food options but you can also bring your lunch and dine at one of the many outdoor picnic tables with views of the sea lions. Another option: carry your lunch to the Discovery Trail and, for a couple of quarters, feed the ducks and swans while you feed yourselves!

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights.You can’t miss while dining at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Stop by Fornino for a fungji misti pizza, Luke’s Lobster for a lobster roll, No. 7 Sub for a Bratwurst, or Ample Hills Creamery for whiskey butterscotch ice cream. Sure, these places have kid options, but they also serve happy adults.

Spring is here! Check out the backyard at Norman and Jules

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Norman and Jules is a Park Slope toy store with a fabulous outdoor play space suitable for children of all ages. The backyard season gets underway this week with open play every day, starting at 9:30 AM. Bring a snack and plan to stay all day for $13/child, $7/sibling. Enjoy the sunshine (though know that they have plenty of shade, too!). Norman and Jules, 158 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: April 16-17

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This weekend learn to braid your daughter’s hair, enjoy a spring carnival, or head to a performance featuring America’s favorite big red dog. There is truly an abundance of family fun happening this weekend. Enjoy, and thank you for your ongoing support.

Book Sale to Benefit Park Slope Library, Park Slope. Head down to the library’s basement auditorium for books, media, and a bake sale! All proceeds will benefit the Park Slope Library.

Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE, Brooklyn Center For The Performing Arts, Flatbush. In this musical adventure, Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and the whole gang learn to share, play fair, have respect, work together, and more!

Spring Carnival at P.S.321, Come out for games, food, crafts, cotton candy, prizes and an enormous secondhand book sale.

The Big Littles – Live Recording Party, Elk Cafe, Windsor Terrace. They are both dads of toddlers, they both live in Brooklyn and together they make up the Big Littles, an acoustic pop rock duo. This outdoor musical event will be fun for the whole family.

Re-opening party and Earth Day Expo, Habana Outpost, Fort Greene. Celebrate the re-opening of Habana Outpost and a day of eco-friendly activities at Sean Meenan’s 2016 Habana Works EARTH DAY EXPO! The Earth Day Expo is an opportunity for our community to join us in spreading the love while sharing resources and ideas about sustainable living!

Move + Groove: A Musical Family Yoga Event, Bend and Bloom Yoga, Park Slope. Get ready to move and groove with the whole family in this special Musical Yoga class! Join seasoned teachers and performers Cassie Naaktgeboren on vocals and ukulele and Ryan Pearson on vocals and guitar for a jam-packed hour of yoga, instrument play, story telling, and a whole lot of singing and dancing! This class is meant for walkers to age four, but babes in arms are always welcome.

La Leche League meeting for Working Mothers, Wild Was Mama Park Slope. This free meeting is for working mothers and moms who can’t make weekday meetings.

Town Square’s Greencycle Swap, Greenpoint Public Library, Greenpoint. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Drop off your cleaned gently-used & working items, browse the selection & take as many “riches” as you can carry for a $5 donation.

Earth Day, Prospect Park. Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center for its annual Earth Day celebration.

Braiding Workshop for Dads & Daughters, Edamama, Williamsburg. Bring your daughter(s) and learn the basic styles, techniques and tricks to doing young girls’ hair.

This week: yoga, drums, and a subway shindig for families!

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Open Play at Monkey Do! Yoga

Move and play! Make friends in a space that’s perfect for little ones and toddlers to explore and climb. This free play time is designed to get parents, caregivers and the kids out of the house, connecting with each other and having fun! They can enjoy moving around in our kid-friendly environment, and weather permitting, the backyard too.

SUBWAY SHINDIG FOR FAMILIES: Underground Color

On Thursday, April 14, dress up in the color of your favorite subway line and head to The New York Transit Museum for an evening party for families that celebrates colorful New York travels! There’ll be face painting and tons of fun with lights and art! This all ages event is from 6pm – 8pm. $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 2-17. Free for Museum Members

Free Percussion & Movement Class

On Friday, April 15, at 10:00 AM Juguemos A Cantar invites you to a free percussion, song and dance class. Children can work on motor skills, coordination and independence, while having fun and learning songs in English, Spanish. The class is for kids ages 2 – 4 years. 10:00am 463 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: April 9-10

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This weekend enjoy a family circus, become a construction engineer, or do some spring planting. Have fun out there, and thank you for your ongoing support.

Up and Down Again, Old Stone House, Park Slope. Spellbound Theatre presents “Up and Down Again,” where children become construction engineers as they work together to build and take apart materials on a sensory construction site.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Coney Island. Kids of all ages can run away and join the circus (or just watch) at this biannual youth variety show. All of the performers in this one-day-only showcase are younger than age 21, and children love seeing their peers on stage juggling, hula hooping, tumbling, clowning, plate spinning and even snake charming.

Fifth Annual Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, Industry City, Sunset Park. A kid-friendly event for families showcasing invaluable resources and products in a exciting and comfortable location.

Spring Sprouts, Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park. It’s time for spring planting! Join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House where you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant an herb seed to take home.

Kids Bike Forum, Brooklyn Transition Center – Charlie’s Place, Bed-Stuy. This free event is designed to get you biking with your kids in NYC.

Sunday Story Time with Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora, Powerhouse on 8th., Park Slope. The New York Times bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents Horrible Bear! a hilarious new book about accidents, outbursts, manners…and the power of saying “I’m sorry.”

Events worth traveling for this spring!

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There is no shortage of family fun in Brooklyn, but sometimes we all need a change of scenery. Here are some fantastic spring events happening in Manhattan and Queens that are worth traveling for. Have fun and please continue to help SkipKid grow by telling your friends about us!

The Art and Whimsey of Mo Willems, New York Historical Society, Manhattan. This spring, the New-York Historical Society presents The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems, a rollicking journey across a career that started on Sesame Street and led to a laundromat in Park Slope. On select Saturdays and Sundays, take a kid-friendly tour and let your kids learn how to sketch some of Mo Willems’ favorite characters. Adults $20, kids 5-13 years old $6, kids 4 and under free.

The Queens County Farm Museum’s Children’s Carnival, Queens. A kids’ carnival in the apple orchard! Enjoy the spring weather at the farm with assorted carnival rides and children’s entertainment. Midway games, hayrides, pony rides, and a seasonal petting zoo will also be available for an additional fee. Saturday & Sunday, April 9-10 & April 16-17. ADMISSION: $12 all ages (includes carnival rides & children’s entertainment)

Intrude, Downtown Manhattan. Arts Brookfield presents Intrude, a highly acclaimed free public art installation by Australian artist Amanda Parer featuring monumental sculptural rabbits, each sewn in white nylon, inflated and internally lit.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre: Little Red’s Hood, Central Park, Manhattan. When Little Red travels from New York City to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she encounters a colorful cast of characters as Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass. Daily performances. Pricing: Children 18 months to 12 years old $7.00. Grownups ages 13 and up $10.00

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Manhattan. Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Mermaid’s staged adaptation will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations. Saturday, May 7. Ages 3 and Up. $25.

Tuesdays with Toddlers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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The cherry watch is on at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, but that’s not all. This spring, bring children ages 2-4 to First Discoveries for Toddlers every Tuesday morning through the end of May. Plant a carrot seed, touch a wriggly worm, and nestle into a meadow nook to read a story, or create a unique nature craft at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers. Activities rotate seasonally.

Tuesdays | 9:30–10:30 a.m.
April 5–May 31, 2016

This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather; for updates, call 718-623-7200, ext. 7801.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: April 2-3

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This weekend let your kids’ imaginations run wild with exhibits, performances, and activities about animals! If you’ll be taking the subway to Manhattan, consider a stop at the New York Transit Museum for their Subway Safari. Have fun, and please continue to support SkipKid by subscribing to the newsletter.

Carnival of the Animals, BAM, Fort Greene.
The charming acrobats of Australian circus-theater ensemble Circa present a gravity-defying celebration of life on earth, set to French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ musical suite Carnival of the Animals.

City Stomp family concert, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus.
Come out for City Stomp’s last concert at ShapeShifter Lab this year. City Stomp incorporates fun original songs about growing up in NYC with updated versions of traditional folk songs from other world cultures.

Family Yoga, Park Slope Library, Park Slope.
Join Kelly Brennan for some fun on the yoga mat! Kids ages 2-5, together with caregiver, will explore yoga poses and breathing exercises in a playful way through adventures, stories, games, and songs.

Tilt Kids Festival presents Ionna Vautrin’s Le bestiaire, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Manhattan.
This is an exhibit worth traveling for, and the last day is Saturday! The FIAF Gallery is transformed into a make-believe zoo where children have the chance to imagine becoming all kinds of animals, from the most gentle to the very wild. This exhibit invites kids to play and color in mini-creature costumes.

Subway Safari, New York Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn.
Start off weekend mornings in April with stories and crafts that compare the subway with some of your favorite underground animals!

Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo: Saturday, April 9th

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Mark your calendars for the Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, on Saturday, April 9th, from 11 am to 3:30 pm at Industry City in Brooklyn Heights (180 Remsen Street.) The highly popular Mil’s Trills will be the musical performance of the afternoon. Children of all ages are invited for face painting, arts and crafts as well as demos throughout the event. NYC’s Super Soccer Stars will be on site for a mini-scrimmage. Brooklyn’s Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora for Dance will host an African drumming circle as well.

Use the SkipKid discount code — SK15OFF — for a 15% discount on any ticket type. Parents can register at http://achildgrows.com/expo/tickets/

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: March 26-27

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We had such a terrific turnout for our first event, the SkipKid Spring Party and Egg-stravaganza at Greenwood Park. Hundreds of you came out on a very wintry first day of spring to help us sing, dance, clap, eat, and hunt for eggs! Check out the party pictures!

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This weekend there are more egg hunts, more music, and an old favorite: the carousel! Have fun and please continue to help SkipKid grow by telling your friends about us!

5th Annual McGolrick Egg Hunt, McGolrick Park Pavilion, Greenpoint. Eggs, the Easter Bunny, and lots of fun arts & crafts and face painting.

BKB Easter Egg Hunt 2016, Brooklyn Boulders, Gowanus. Search for hundreds of eggs, and enjoy raffles and prizes.

Green Meadow Farms Easter Egg Hunt, Floyd Bennett Field. An egg hunt, photos with Whiskers, a hayride, Tiny Tractors Corn Box, Giant Hay Wagon Slide and more! There will also be pony rides and a petting zoo.

Carousel Opening Weekend, Prospect Park. Celebrate the start of spring with a ride on the park’s beloved 1912 Carousel.

Bargemusic, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert.

Brooklyn Family Boogie, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights. In conjunction with BHS’s exhibition, Brooklyn Americans: Hockey’s Forgotten Promise, our friends from Together in Dance will help us find inspiration for creative movement in this fun and action-packed sport!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the SkipKid Spring Party and Egg-Stravaganza!

See you at Greenwood Park for the SkipKid Spring Party and Egg-Stravaganza, TODAY from 10-noon!

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SkipKid is having a party!

March 20 is the first day of spring. Let’s celebrate!

egg hunts ~ sing-alongs ~ crafts ~ food & drink

SkipKid’s Spring Party & Egg-stravaganza Details:

Sunday, March 20, 10am – noon

Greenwood Park, South Slope Beer Garden

$5 per person (children under one free)

Sing-alongs & musical performances by Daniel Palese, Hopalong Andrew, Lavender Blues, and Lucy Kalantari

Arts & Crafts by Giocare Playschool.

Separate egg hunt areas for babies, toddlers, and older children.

Greenwood Park will be serving food for purchase, including breakfast tacos and bacon, egg, & cheese sandwiches! The bar will be open–think bloody marys, mimosas, hot coffee, and even Gillie’s Cold Brew iced coffee on tap.

*Egg hunts will continue as long as supplies last. Bring your own basket. This is an indoor-outdoor, rain-or-shine event; in the event of inclement weather, the egg hunts will take place inside!

Get the Wiggles Out: trampolines for your tots

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Rainy day? Take your kiddo to one of these hoppin’ spots to get their wiggles out. Have fun, and if you’re not already a SkipKid subscriber, please join the party!

Parent and Child Parkour, Brooklyn Zoo, Williamsburg.
Want to swing through the streets of New York like a monkey? Try Brooklyn Zoo! Parkour / Freerunning is about using the everyday structures that normally direct our travel in a new way, showing that we have no limits and no boundaries. Saturdays and Sundays 12PM – 1PM.

Preschool Playdate, Bounce U, Bay Ridge.
Younger children just can’t get enough bouncing, and Preschool Playdate gives them a chance to laugh, socialize, and get a little exercise. Age 7 and under welcome. Reservations required.

Mommy and Me Cirque, the Muse, Bushwick.
There might not be a trampoline here but kiddos can still soar! Learn the basics of circus and movement with your little one in this exciting class at the Muse. Basic acrobatic, aerial, and dance skills will help both you and your toddler learn coordination, movement, flexibility, and strength. Explore the magic of flight with trapeze and silks. Ages 18 months – 3 years. Fridays at 9:30 AM.

Toddler Open Play, Prospect Gymnastics, Ditmas Park.
If your toddlers have extra energy to burn, give them plenty of trampoline time at Prospect Gymnastics. Watch as they walk the balance beam, then flip upside down on rings and bars adjusted to toddler height. A visit to this indoor play space guarantees a good nap. Ages 6 months to 4 years. Open Play hours multiple times a week.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: March 12-13

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We’re having a party! Save the date!

SkipKid’s Spring Party and Eggstravaganza

March 20th from 10-noon!

Greenwood Park Beer Garden, South Slope

Music by Daniel Palese, Lavender Blues, and Lucy Kalantari
Crafts by Giocare Play Spot
Separate egg hunt areas for babies, toddlers and older children.
Greenwood Park will be serving up food for purchase and the bar will be OPEN!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: March 12-13

From puppet shows to ice skating performances and everything in between, we’ve got you covered this weekend. Have fun, and please continue to help SkipKid grow by telling your friends about us!

Lakeside Spring Ice Spectacular, LeFrak Center, Prospect Park. Come out for the spring figure skating show featuring solos, duets, and group numbers! Admission is free for the audience ($5 for chair rentals).

Musical Puppet Show & Craft Workshop: Twice Upon A Time, Gowanus Souvenir Shop, Gowanus. “Twice Upon A Time” is the enchanting tale of Anushka, a young girl, who simply can’t get to sleep one moon-lit night. Children will love these musical versions of favorites such as The Hungry Caterpillar, Where The Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Gorilla. The show is followed by a craft workshop.

Spellbound Theatre/Free Family Art Day, Willow Nest Studio, Windsor Terrace.
Storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around the theme of NESTS. Space is limited. RSVP at Elisha@willowneststudio.com.

Cinderella, BAM, Fort Greene. Captivating solo performer Shona Reppe presents a witty reinterpretation of the classic fable. Set on an inventive tabletop stage, this production uses puppetry, secret hatches, hidden doors and a handbag full of magic to tell Cinderella’s story. At once lush and minimal, Reppe’s Cinderella engages young audiences’ imagination, inviting them to complete the story for a truly dynamic theatrical experience.

Kid Stuff Swap, Brooklyn Free Space, Park Slope.
Round up your children’s outgrown clothes, equipment, and toys & bring them to Brooklyn Free Space preschool to swap for bigger sizes and get “NEW” stuff to play with!

Story Time with Shana Corey and Chris Sickels, Book Court, Cobble Hill. The Secret Subway will wow readers, just as Beach’s underground train wowed riders over a century ago. Join us for a story time with Shana and discover the fascinating, little-known story of New York City’s first subway.

Sunday, March 20: SkipKid’s Spring Party and Eggstravaganza!

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SkipKid is having a party!

Who: Brooklyn families with children of all ages.

What: A spring celebration with an egg hunt, music, and crafts!

When: Sunday, March 20, 10 AM – noon.

Where: Greenwood Park Beer Garden, South Slope

Cost: $5 per person (children under one free)

MORE EXCITING DETAILS TO COME!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: March 5-6 (and Happy Half-Birthday, SkipKid!)

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Happy Half-Birthday, SkipKid! This weekend SkipKid is celebrating its six-month anniversary! We are honored and thrilled by your early enthusiasm, and now we need your help: please let us know what you like about SkipKid and what you feel is missing. Are there topics you’d like covered in newsletters? Activities you’re interested in hearing about? We would be so grateful for your feedback. Also, please subscribe to have the weekend updates sent right to your inbox!

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From a puppet show to musical performances, there is something for everyone this weekend. Have fun and please continue to help SkipKid grow by telling your friends about us!

Saturday Cinema Club for Kids, Industry City, Sunset Park. Head over to Industry City for a morning of fun with BRIC Arts (and a craft for the kids)! Then enjoy a free screening of Shaun the Sheep Movie and a pop up market featuring local food and artisanal vendors.

Alice in Wonderland, Puppetworks, Park Slope. Lewis Carroll’s English Adventure with an Original Song Score adapted for Marionettes by Adam Kilgour & Nicolas Coppola.

Songs For Unsual Creatures, Barbes, Park Slope. Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, gives a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. Imagine the Australian bilby, the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the microscopic tardigrade, and more brought to life with song. All this while the grownups sip beer. Fun!

Little Laffs Family Variety Show, Jalopy Theatre, Carroll Gardens. Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more.

Story Time with Steve Light, Powerhouse on 8th., Park Slope. Steve Light presents two exciting titles, one about a young scallywag setting out to sea, and another about a bunny family finding the perfect home to settle down in.

LEGENDS Circus, Barclays Center, Prospect Heights. Ringling Bros. presents majestic animals, exotic performers from faraway lands, and fearless daredevils that take danger to unheard of levels.

Best Practices: parenting workshops!

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Parenting is hard work – check out these workshops that aim to help! Whether you’re interested in learning techniques that will help your children calm down or how to talk to your preschooler about race, there’s something for everyone.

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Financial Planning For New Parents: Free Seminar, Greenpoint. Have you ever wondered, am I saving enough for my child’s education? How about my retirement? What if I am disabled? This seminar is specifically designed for new and upcoming parents eager to learn how they can provide a secure financial future for their families.

Baby In Tune, Various Locations in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Music Therapist, Vered Benhorin, teaches parents how to form closer bonds with their babies and toddlers through music, including certain soothing techniques and establishing a routine through song.

Speaking Race: Talking About Race with Your Preschooler, Park Slope. Participants learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.

Sex, Sleep, Schedules- Oh My! Navigating Life After Baby, Greenpoint.
Everything you’re dying to know (but are too afraid to ask) about the shifts you, your partner and family will undergo as you welcome a new baby into your home.

Learning to Breathe With Children, Bija Kids, Clinton Hill. Learning to manage our breath is a beneficial tool that we can use to control how we feel, whether we need to calm down, feel balanced, or increase our energy level. Child and Family Therapist, Michelle Paget will provide fun and applicable strategies to help you learn how to breathe with your children.

Creating Boundaries: a workshop for parents, Brooklyn Free Space, Park Slope. Do discussions at home turn into long heated arguments? Sharon Peters from Parents Helping Parents will lead a workshop to support parents with setting boundries. Discussion to address both child and parents’ needs and roles.

Spotlight on Park Slope: February 29 – March 4!

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Here’s a peek at what’s happening in Park Slope this week! And don’t forget to visit SkipKid for even more daily drop-in activities in neighborhoods all over Brooklyn!

Monday:

Story Time at Lulu’s Then & Now
Every Monday Lulu’s Then & Now features a different classic storybook. Author visits regularly occur, too. Admission fee includes a free raffle ticket to win the book at the end of the event!

Indoor playspace at Brooklyn Art Exchange (BAX)
Activities include hoops, tunnels, coloring, balls, books and are with the help of the Playspace facilitator. Children can bring special toys, books, or other childhood comfort items

Tuesday:

Indoor Playspace at Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center
Indoor play space for children up to two years of age.

Half Pint with your Half Pint at Backyard
Come out for a happy hour for new mothers. Bring a friend & little ones that still sleep In carriers. It’s free to attend and drinks are on special.

Wednesday:

Celebrate Read Across America!, Park Slope Library
Join in this read-aloud with Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman. There will also be special surprises and crafts!

Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! at Private Picassos’ Art Studio
Young artists will explore shapes, color and strengthen their fine motor skills through a variety of 2-3 dimensional art materials.

Thursday:

Story Time and Open Play at Ume Ume Music + Arts
Storytelling is implemented in each lesson and offers children of all ages to look, listen, and communicate.

FunikiJam Music at Two Boots Park Slope
Designed to build global community through smart, fun, interactive programs, your little ones will love FunikiJam’s catalog of original songs, stories, chants, and rhymes.

Friday:

Arts and Crafts at Juguemos A Cantar – South Slope
This is a teacher-led art project for children who wish to participate during the drop-in playtime.

Singalong with Amy at OS Cafe
Playing original and well known songs on guitar, ukulele, and percussive things, singing stories with puppets and bubbles, Amy brings her quirky, country rock and casual style to the sing along arena.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: February 27-28

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This weekend promises indoor and outdoor activities, movies and books, and, best of all, yummy food! There is also an important family-friendly event about how to handle screen time with your kids. Have fun out there, and thank you for your ongoing support.

Lunar New Year celebration, Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Heights/Crown Heights. 2016 is the year of the monkey! Join the zoo for a Chinese cultural celebration dedicated to animals and good fortune. Meet the monkeys of Prospect Park Zoo and enjoy traditional performances by Chinese Theatre Works, special crafts and a Chinese Zodiac scavenger hunt around the zoo.

City Stomp Family Concert, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus. Join City Stomp as they incorporate fun original songs about growing up in NYC with updated versions of traditional folk songs from other world cultures.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Storytime and Celebration, Barnes and Noble, Park Slope & Brooklyn Heights. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! At this fun-filled storytime you can pin the tail on Horton, decorate your own Cat in the Hat hat and more.

BAMKids Film Festival 2016, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fort Greene. Bring your budding cinephile to BAM for the best feature films and shorts from around the globe for the pint-sized. BAMcafé is open all day long, so stop by after your screening for food and a host of fun activities including a BubbleMania! performance, magic shows, animation activities, comic book-making, and more.

Pancakes and Bluegrass, Hootenanny Art House, Park Slope. Rescheduled due to the blizzard, don’t miss this pancake sing-along with music and maple syrup and all the short stacks you can eat–just $5 per hungry mouth.

Allergic to Salad Toddler Cooking Class, The Stomping Ground, Crown Heights. Your little one will whip up dishes such as Chilled Carrot Cumin Soup, Breakfast Burritos and Beet Hummus in this healthy, fun, and hands-on cooking classes.

Story Time with Ross Burach, Book Court, Cobble Hill. Join author and illustrator Ross Burach in celebrating his debut picture book, There’s a Giraffe in My Soup.

Screen Time Social, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Battery Park City. Okay, this one isn’t in Brooklyn, but it’s a topic worth traveling for: get expert advice on raising kids in the digital age, including a short presentation for the shortest of attention spans (i.e., your toddlers’!) on how screen time affects early childhood development, followed by a Q&A session. Children welcome to attend.

This Week in Your Neighborhood: a family dance party!

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Get the wiggles out this week at the Family Dancorcism!

Family Dancorcism, Park Church Co-op, Greenpoint.
On Thursdays from 4 – 5 o’clock, join Debbie Attias for a dance party workout for the whole family. Anyone can dance! $25 per family (including parents & siblings). This is a high energy dance class for kids and parents of all ages. You and the kiddo get a lesson in cardio workout, body awareness, and a touch of mindfulness, while having lots of fun!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: February 20-21

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Don’t let the mid-winter doldrums set in. Get up and get going! This weekend there are art projects and yoga practices, a book sale and a storybook reading. In other words, SkipKid has something for everyone. Subscribe to our newsletter to have the weekend update delivered right to your inbox.

Play Practice Babies and Parents, Bend and Bloom Yoga, Park Slope. You’ve gone back to work but you still want to play, right? Bond and breathe with your baby in this special event designed for parents with mobile babies who are not yet walking. This event focuses on baby-centered activities and language-building games. There will even be bubbles!

Baby Block Party, Tykes in the Heights, Prospect Heights. Build a love of art with your child while creating a personalized block set together. In this class, babies and toddlers will create their own block sets and build cities, parks, zoos — wherever their imaginations take them.

Miles of Tiles, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights. Discover the art of mosaic making that beautifies our subway stations as you create unique patterns and designs with glass tile.

Story Time with Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aroson, Powerhouse on 8th., Park Slope. Oxley and Aroson will lead kids in song to celebrate the newest installment in their book series turned animated TV show Peg + Cat, The Pizza Problem. Two book-themed costume characters will attend!

23rd Annual Book Sale, Park Slope United Methodist Church, Park Slope. Tens of thousands of new & used books, CDs, DVDs and records, as well as a wonderful Children’s Room chock full of books for kids of all ages. Most items are $1 or $2. Fresh books will be put onto the tables through the sale.

Get Fit with the Littles in 2016!

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Happy new year! If you’re anything like us, you spent the holidays, the blizzard, and Valentine’s Day indulging in cookies and chocolate because your kids can’t have all the fun, right? But now it’s time to get up and go. Pilates, yoga, a full-body workout? Ask your toddlers what they like to do. These classes are for everyone. Have fun, and if you’re not already a SkipKid subscriber, please join the party!

Stroller Strides at FIT4MOM – Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens. Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. The class continues through February, so dress warmly!

Babies on Board, Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights. With five classes a week, you have no excuse to skip this postnatal workout for new moms and their babies. Baby hangs out in your Bjorn/carrier while you tone and strengthen your whole body in a safe and fun way. This workout is a great way to reconnect with the body while allowing for bonding time between mom and baby. Mom can expect to be challenged … safely, of course. Not suitable for babies over 18 pounds or younger than 6 weeks.

Baby & Me Pilates, Pura Vida Urban Fitness, Prospect Heights. Get in a regular Pilates workout while engaging your child with games and songs which are incorporated into the workout. Baby and Me Pilates is perfect for parents with pre-crawling babies.

Play Practice Yoga Babies, Tots Yoga, and Family Yoga, Bend and Bloom, Park Slope. This yoga studio has you covered no matter what age your child. From crawlers (Play Practice Yoga Babies) to walkers and jumpers (Tots Yoga) to your first grader (Family Yoga), you can workout with your child. No babysitter? No problem. Get ready for child’s pose!

Mommy and Me Pilates, Sugar Shop, Cobble Hill. Where can you get fit and get your sugar fix? Aline Pilates presents a mommy and me pilates class held at Sugar Shop! This class is for moms to have an opportunity to strengthen their abs and pelvic floor with the convenience of bringing their little ones. (Recommended for babies 6 month or younger/not crawling.) It’s a relaxed and fun atmosphere for all.

Postnatal Baby and Me and Postnatal Pilates, Sangha Yoga Shala, Williamsburg. If you’re not sure whether your prefer pilates or yoga with your kiddo, check out Sangha Yoga Shala studio, where they offer both!

This week in your neighborhood: February 15-19

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It’s February break for many Brooklyn schools which means schedule changes for lots of venues. Please call ahead to confirm activities!

Prospect Gymnastics, Ditmas Park.
Get out of the cold and enjoy open play daily from 3pm-5pm all week. Note: No morning open play this week.

Extended Open Play, Monkey Do! Yoga, Gowanus. Monday. Open play runs from 9am – 5pm to celebrate the President’s Day holiday.

Little Hands Creative Play Workshop for Toddlers at Barking Cat Studio, Windsor Terrace, Tuesday.
Play Workshop focuses on educational, theme-related, simple art projects that little hands can easily create and will most definitely enjoy! All materials are provided and children must be accompanied by an adult. Must register for drop-in classes.

It’s Art Time at Ume Ume Music + Arts, Park Slope, Wednesday.
In this class, children will develop language and artistic skills to build the foundation for the growing self. The semester theme enables children to experience a structured and focused learning approach integrating the arts and nurturing each child’s self-expression.

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights, Thursday.
Enjoy NEW extended FREE hours on Thursdays from 2pm-6pm.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: February 13-14

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Happy Valentine’s Day! And, as a bonus, it’s a holiday weekend! There is plenty of family time this weekend, and we have plenty of family fun for you to enjoy. Please continue to support SkipKid by telling your friends about us and asking them to subscribe.

Little Club Heads Valentine’s Party, Williamsburg.
Spend Valentine’s Day with the entire family at Little Club Heads Valentine’s Party! There will be dancing, face painting, live performances, balloon twisting and more.

Roaring 20’s Sweetheart Dance, Gymboree, Park Slope. Enjoy live music with AuPrivave, the Jazz trio, sweets, and Valentine’s crafts, plus fun gym activities

Valentine’s Day Crafts, Recess, Dumbo. Come with your little ones and put your hearts into handmade crafts and play!

Valentine’s Day Family Art Workshop, Private Picassos. Park Slope. Students in this family workshop will create family self portraits, using relief printmaking techniques.

Story Time featuring Love Monster and the Last Chocolate, Barnes and Noble, Park Slope/Brooklyn Heights. Children of all ages will enjoy this special Valentine’s Day story hour with activities and coloring to follow. Takes place simultaneously at the Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights stores.
Here are even more events happening this weekend!

Celebrate Black History Month, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. This two day celebration includes a series of arts and culture programs for children of all ages.

Family Concert with Jon Samson, Book Court, Cobble Hill. Come stomp, clap, laugh and sing with music therapist and performer Jon Samson as he shares songs from his self produced Kids Albums. Samson recently won a John Lennon Award for Children’s Music, and his 3rd release, A New Kids Album, took a Parents’ Gold Choice award.

Celebrating Lunar New Year 2016 and the Year of the Monkey, P.S. 105, Borough Park. The Chinese-American Planning Council presents this New Year celebration for the whole family. Expect a lion dance, martial arts performance, arts and crafts, raffles, dancing, singing, and a traditional costume contest.

Sundays with Senesh, Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Carroll Gardens. Get out of the cold and in to this indoor playspace for newborns to preschoolers with music and crafts.

This Week in Your Neighborhood: Valentine’s Day parties and more!

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and SkipKid is here to help you celebrate! Show your love by telling a friend about SkipKid and subscribing to our newsletter: all the best Brooklyn activities delivered right to your inbox.

All Day Open Play for the Lunar New Year, Monkey Do! Yoga, Gowanus.
On Monday, February 8, celebrate the Year of the Monkey with extended open play at Monkey Do! Yoga. From 9am to 5pm, move and play and make friends in a space that’s perfect for little ones and toddlers to explore and climb. This free play time is designed to get parents, caregivers and the kids out of the house, connecting with each other and having fun! For ages 6 and under.

Kids Create-Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Greenpoint Library, Greenpoint.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We’ll read Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers and create suncatcher hearts. Thursday, February 11, 2016 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Valentine’s Day Party, Twinkle Playspace, Williamsburg.
Join Twinkle Playspace for a special Valentine’s Day Party featuring cupcake decorating, dancing, tattoos, magic show and more! Friday, February 12, 10:30 – 12:00 PM. For ages 6 and under.

Book reading and signing with children’s author Fiona Smart, Juguemos a Cantar, Park Slope.
Local Park Slope author Fiona Smart will be reading and selling signed copies of her amazing book I Can Be A Superhero. The book is about an animated little girl who discovers just what she can be when she uses her own imagination. Free with open play: February 10 @ 10:30am @ South Slope Juguemos; February 12 @ 3:30pm @ North Slope Juguemos; February 13 @ 10:00am @ South Slope Juguemos.​

Family Valentine’s Day Bash, Museum of Food and Drink, Williamsburg.
On Friday, February 13, bring kids of all ages to a morning party that will feature a Valentine’s Day photo booth. Get crafty with food-inspired Valentine’s Day card-making, tote-bag design, and—everyone’s favorite—Valentine’s donut decorating!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: February 6-7

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From family concerts to Lego building, we’ve got you covered this weekend. Enjoy yourselves and thank you for your ongoing support!

Park Slope Library Book Fest, Park Slope Library, Park Slope. Join in a celebration of children, families, community, music and literacy. Bring your book donations (books for kids under 8) for Literacy Inc NYC! The day also includes a bake sale to support the Park Slope Library.

Songs for Unusual Creatures, Barbes, Park Slope. Author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, gives a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. Imagine the Australian bilby, the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the microscopic tardigrade, and more brought to life with song. All this while the grownups sip beer. Fun!

Free Family Art Day, Play Kids, Prospect Lefferts Garden. Don’t miss this drop-in event for all ages. Explore sounds and music through crafts, puppetry, and stories.

“Adventures in Storytelling” House Party, BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn.
Rescheduled for this weekend, a free all-ages house party with games, art workshops, and, most of all, dancing!

“Twice Upon a Time,” Willow Nest Studio, Windsor Terrace.
Rescheduled for this weekend, a rare opportunity for children to experience a wonderfully interactive performance in a beautiful intimate setting. Following the performance, children and parents will be sharing in a creative arts workshop relating to one of the characters. Don’t miss out! Space is limited.

Vin Vogel presents The Thing About Yetis, Word Bookstore, Greenpoint.
Come listen to author Vin Vogel read his picture book, The Thing About Yetis!

“First Sunday” family events, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights/Prospect Heights. This month the family-friendly lineup includes building a Lego Japanese Garden and using Japanese maple leaves to make your own greeting card at the Card Crafting Print Shop!

Little Laffs “Big Fun for Little Ones,” Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook/Carroll Gardens. Come see this monthly variety show that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. This Sunday the lineup includes music by Brother Num, magic by the Great Lerdini, and juggling by Keith Nelson.

Stretch, sing, or make a mask to celebrate the Chinese New Year! Check out our picks for fun activities happening this week.

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There is so much happening this week. You can take a yoga class, learn a new language, or make a mask!

Monday 2/1: Musical Tots Yoga, Bend & Bloom Yoga, Park Slope.
In this musical tots yoga class, you and your child will move through yoga poses, explore the breath, sing, and share stories all while being accompanied by the live music of seasoned performers and teachers.

Tuesday 2/2: Indoor Play, PowerPlay, Gowanus.
Indoor play space for children up to two years of age. Parents/caregivers stay and interact with their children using the available toys and activities.

Wednesday 2/3: CantaEspañol, Gumbo Brooklyn, BoCoCa.
Through songs, musical games, and movement, your child will be totally engaged in the Spanish language. In addition, these interactive activities will serve to develop self expression and social skills. Conducted completely in Spanish, the CantaEspañol class will introduce Spanish into your child’s life in a lively and super fun way!

Thursday 2/4: Kids Create-Chinese New Year Celebration!, Greenpoint Library, Greenpoint.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at a special Kids Create! We’ll read a story, watch a video of a Chinese New Year parade, and make our own dragon masks! (NOT in system:

Friday, 2/5: Rock ‘N Lolo sing-along, Williamsburg Grace Trinity Church, Williamsburg. Try a brand new singalong in Spanish! Rock ‘N Lolo has two new Friday sing-alongs guaranteed to teach your kids a few new words!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 30-31

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This weekend promises music, music and more music. Have fun and thank you for your ongoing support.

Mil’s Trills 6th Annual Winter Bash, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus.
Each year Brooklyn families look forward to shaking the winter blues away at the annual Mil’s Trills Winter Bash, a veritable explosion of music, art, and community.

City Stomp in Concert, ShapeShifter Lab, Gowanus.
There will be food & activities for the kids, a bar for the grown-ups and the music your kids love.

Step Into: Tu Bishvat, Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Carroll Gardens.
Everyone is welcome at this celebration with Music with Timbalooloo, folk tales told with shadow puppets, and arts and crafts.

FamJam with Eugene Chrysler, Hill Country, Downtown Brooklyn.
Bring the kids to this fun, high-energy, rockabilly, swing, rock ‘n roll and country concert.

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton, Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook/Carroll Gardens.
Join Suzi Shelton, a multi award-winning singer/songwriter who has been making catchy and meaningful music for families in NYC and beyond for more than a decade for a fun family concert.

Arty Garden Party Crown Making Workshop, Jill Lindsey, Fort Greene.
Create pretend play headdresses and other precious objects to take home with you!

This week in your neighborhood: January 25-29

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There is a lot happening in Brooklyn this week. There are art and movement classes; you can even enjoy a seasonal tasting menu with your toddler at a Michelin-star restaurant! Perfect manners not necessary. Visit SkipKid for even more activities happening in your own neighborhood, and thank you for your continued support.

Monday, 1/25: Art & Lunch with Wood Shop Brooklyn, La Cignogne, Cobble Hill.
No hammers, nails or other weapons of mass destruction. Brooklyn Woodshop’s tools are fingers, brushes, paint, markers, crayons and most importantly imagination. This class takes place at La Cignogne. $35 for the class includes mac and cheese and juice or water for the artist.

Tuesday, 1/26: Open Play Family Workshop, Willow Nest Studio, Windsor Terrace.
Explore fort building, shadow story play, and an array of wonderful, open-ended arts materials with artist/educator Elisha Georgiou. Children are encouraged to dream and imagine new possibilities, create puppets, stories, songs and worlds big and small. Interesting and provocative materials change daily. $15, reservation required.

Wednesday 1/27: Jump and Jive, KidVentures, South Slope.
Jump & Jive is a creative movement class for children ages 11-18 months and their caregivers. Each week Miss Eve, NYS licensed teacher with a Master Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, leads the children through a 45 minute session of animated movement activities that introduce early childhood educational concepts. For more information and to RSVP, contact: Eve 718-473-6872 or e-mail kidventuresnyc@gmail.com

Thursday 1/28: Nibble+Squeak Lunch, Delaware and Hudson, Williamsburg.
A unique dining club for “parents with pipsqueaks-in-tow” launches on Thursday, January 28th, with it’s first lunch event at Michelin-starred Williamsburg restaurant Delaware and Hudson. For all budding foodies and their caregivers–buy tickets now!

Friday, 1/29: Musical Adventure, Treasure Trunk Theatre, Brooklyn Heights.
This “imagination adventure” class has been adapted for the youngest performers. Children ages 2-4 can try out the world of theatre, music, and dance for only $10/child for the first class.

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SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 23 – 24

This weekend we have everything from a pancake singalong to a magical puppet show. Stories and music are the heart of childhood, so grab your little one and get going. Have fun, and please continue to support SkipKid by telling your friends about us and asking them to subscribe!

“Twice Upon a Time,” Willow Nest Studio, Windsor Terrace.
This is a rare opportunity for children to experience a wonderfully interactive performance in a beautiful intimate setting. Following the performance, children and parents will be sharing in a creative arts workshop relating to one of the characters. Don’t miss out! Space is limited.

Step Into: Tu Bishvat, Hannah Senesh Community Day School, Carroll Gardens.
Everyone is welcome at this celebration with Music with Timbalooloo, folk tales told with shadow puppets, and arts and crafts.

Pancakes and Bluegrass, Hootenanny Art House, Park Slope.
Don’t miss this pancake sing-along with music and maple syrup and all the short stacks you can eat–just $5 per hungry mouth.

“Adventures in Storytelling” House Party, BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn.
This is an all-ages house party with games, art workshops, and most of all dancing!

A Table for Twos: unique dining experiences for the whole family

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Tired of takeout? SkipKid has a few ideas for restuarants that will welcome your tots, no matter how many times they take their napkins out of their laps. Invite a friend to join you, and invite a friend to join SkipKid!

“Make a Wish” sundae, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain, Cobble Hill.
Through February, buy your kiddo a “Make a Wish” sundae and $3 will go to the Make a Wish Foundation. These chocolate-cake-and-ice-cream sundaes even come with candles for your wishes!

Nibble+Squeak Lunch, Delaware and Hudson, Williamsburg.
A unique dining club for “parents with pipsqueaks-in-tow” launches on Thursday, January 28th, with its first lunch event at Michelin-starred Williamsburg restaurant Delaware and Hudson. For all budding foodies and their caregivers–buy tickets now!

City Stomp Music at Dizzy’s, Dizzy’s Diner, Park Slope.
Every Wednesday, City Stomp performs a dinnertime show for the whole family. Seatings are at 5:30, which gives you time to order before the music begins.

Izzy and Ooli puppet show, Two Boots Pizza, Park Slope.
Izzy and Ooli invite you to bring the family and enjoy a free puppet show every Thursday at six o’clock. Pizza, happy hour, and entertainment for the kiddos–what could be better?

Free lunch!, IKEA Brooklyn, Red Hook.
At IKEA Brooklyn, kids eat free on Tuesdays when their parents or caregivers purchase an adult meal. Consider that IKEA is the closest thing in Brooklyn to an indoor mall and you’ve got hours of free fun on a rainy or cold Tuesday. Also, you can buy a frozen yogurt cone for $1 on the way out!

This week in your neighborhood: January 19-22

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It’s a short week after a long holiday weekend, but there is still plenty of time to play. Check out our picks for the week (think sing-alongs for every kind of kid and one great book sale!). SkipKid has hundreds more ideas–to have them delivered right to your inbox, please subscribe! Have fun out there, and thank you for your continued support.

Tuesday, 1/19: Sing-Along in Spanish with Lucy Kalantari, Juguemos A Cantar, South Slope.
This month only, Lucy Kalantari will be performing a Spanish sing-along on Tuesdays during open play. You and your child can learn how to speak Spanish through song!

Wednesday, 1/20: Lavender Blues “Babies Only” singalong, Jnana, Boerum Hill.
Babies Only is a special 30 minute infants-only music class. A bit calmer and more intimate of a group, and a lovely bonding experience for baby and you!

Thursday, 1/21: Move and Sing, Monkey Do! Yoga, Gowanus
Check out a new movement-infused sing-a-long with live instruments, props, and yoga poses!

Friday, 1/22: Music with Miss Katie, Terrace Dance Studio, Windsor Terrace.
Come to a drop-in music class where children ages 0-5 (and their grown-ups) sing, play instruments, dance, frolic under the parachute, and participate in interactive musical stories!

BONUS! Wednesday 1/20 – Friday 1/22: K280 Used Book Sale and Story Time, Windsor Terrace.
Come support the neighborhood’s (and NYC’s!) largest PreK, the new K280 School of Journeys and Inquiry at the site of the former Bishop Ford High School. Hundreds upon hundreds of gently used books (adult, child, and baby) for sale at very reasonable prices, many for just $1! Coffee and snacks will be on offer, as well as a free hour-long story time each day at 3:15pm! Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (January 20th-22nd) 8:30am-4:30pm. 500 19th St @ 10th Ave.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 16-17 (plus MLK Jr. Day!)

This week in your neighborhood: January 11-15

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 9 – 10

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The holidays are over and the new year is underway! This SkipKid Weekend Roundup has options: if you’re not ready for the celebration to end, you can take your holiday spirit (and holiday tree) for one last whirl at Mulchfest in Prospect Park. If you developed a sugar addiction over the break (stay tuned for our “Get Fit with the Littles” post next week!), there is a milk-and-cookies story time just for you. And if you are cold, we have terrific weekend activities that are indoors! Happy 2016, SkipKidders. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Welcome, winter! It’s time for indoor playgrounds!

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The cold weather has officially set in and we’re looking at least three months of winter. Stay calm–there is no shortage of indoor play spaces in Brooklyn. Check out some of our picks below, and take a look at SkipKid to find many more open-play times in every neighborhood, every day of the week!

Indoor Playground at Prospect Park YMCA, South Slope.
In this motor development open play setting, children up to 4 years of age spend their time exploring, climbing, balancing, building and so much more all while socializing with fellow kids. Ticket required–available 30 minutes in advance. Free for members; $13 for non-members. 361 15th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Klub 4 Kidz, Williamsburg.
Klub4Kidz redefines urban play with a state-of-the-art 4-tier indoor playground! Complete with a zip line, crawl tubes, mazes and slides. Younger visitors who would like something a little less active can enjoy the toddler room. The floor is padded for little ones to crawl around safely and the room is filled with blocks, doll houses, race cars and more. There’s also a café, which serves a wide variety of beverages and snacks. 159 North 4th Street between Bedford and Driggs Avenues.

Play Space at Lulu’s Then & Now, Park Slope.
The newly renovated Park Slope play space at Lulu’s Then & Now is a beautiful room filled with innovative, stimulating, modern toys for your young child to explore, imagine and create with. There’s is also a well curated library for tots to enjoy. The address is 187 4th Avenue, and the cost is $12 per child; $6 for siblings. All ages are welcome.

Open Play at Curiosity on Court, Cobble Hill.
This new indoor play space is for ages one and up. From a climbing wall to a pretend subway ride, a magnetic wall to a multi-level play structure, there’s hours of fun for everyone. Open play, all day: Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday and Sunday mornings, 9 AM – 12 PM. 278 Court Street, between Douglas and Butler.

Open Play at Giocare Play Spot, South Slope.
This bright, clean play space has plenty of natural light and a view of Slope Playground, so you almost feel like you’re outside! There are morning and afternoon hours and the staff offers you coffee or tea while your little one plays. 655 6th Avenue (corner of 18th Street). $10 per drop-in play session.

Check out Brooklyn’s newest indoor play space

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The holidays are over and the cold weather is here. It’s time to check out Curiosity on Court, a new indoor play space for ages one and up. From a climbing wall to a pretend subway ride, from a magnetic wall to a multi-level play structure, there’s hours of fun for everyone. Open play, all day: Monday-Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday and Sunday mornings, 9 AM – 12 PM.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: January 2-3

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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016, when the family fun is just beginning. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and please continue to support SkipKid by telling your friends about us and asking them to subscribe!

Free Family Art Day, Maple Street School, Prospect Lefferts Garden.
On Saturday, January 2nd, bring the whole family to explore the theme of “Hibernation” through crafts, puppetry, and stories. Free Family Art Days are opportunities for families to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms. Each month storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a theme. 10am – 11:30am, Maple Street School, 21 Lincoln Road.

Bargemusic Family Concert, Bargemusic, Dumbo.
On Saturday, January 2nd, hear a free family concert at Brooklyn’s floating concert hall. This is a one hour performance, including a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes prior to concert, which starts at 4pm.

Greenlight story time: Winter Wonderland, Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene.
On Saturday, January 2nd, at 11AM, it’s a special winter story hour. Start off the year’s story time season with a celebration of children’s favorite books about winter weather. You will hear snowdrifts of picture books, including Ezra Jack Keats’ classic A Snowy Day, Uri Shulavitz’s city story Snow, and Over and Under the Snow illustrated by our neighbor Christopher Silas Neal and more. And after the readings, there will be a special snowflake craft together! Ages 3 to 8.

Map NYC: ABC 123, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Heights.
There are 24 subway lines and over 200 bus lines in New York City. On Sunday, January 3rd, create your own personalized map of the city with subway and bus lines imagined by you – see how many routes you can create!

Pine Pillow Palooza, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights.
On Sunday, January 3rd, make your own fragrant Japanese pine needle pillow to take home (ages 3 and up). What a great way to start the new year! 10 am – 12 pm.

Happy New Year! SkipKid in 2016…

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your amazing support this year as we launched SkipKid. It has been both rewarding and challenging to run the site; we were thrilled when we overheard people talking about SkipKid at local playgrounds and playspaces, and we were tested by trying to keep up with all the exciting (and ever fluctuating!) schedules for drop-in activities throughout Brooklyn.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you in 2016. We can’t do this without you! Please help spread the word to your friends and neighbors, and please call to confirm all drop-in activities in early January — schedules are in flux as we all get ready for the new year.

Thank you again!

Callie and Denise

New Year’s Eve activities for your little ones

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Let’s get ready to say hello to 2016! Here are some mid-week New Year’s celebrations that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Special New Year’s Eve FamJam, Hill Country Barbecue, Dumbo.
On Thursday, December 31st, at 4 PM, come out for a special New Year’s Eve FamJam with Orville Davis. Ring in the New Year at a child-friendly hour, with a 6pm Countdown, plus all the regular FamJam Fun!!! For more information and tickets, click here.

Fireworks, Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park.
If you have a kiddo who can’t sleep, consider this activity that begins at 11 PM on New Year’s Eve. Hot chocolate, a DJ, and free admission!

Holiday Fest, Twinkle, Williamsburg.
This new year’s celebration takes place on the eve of New Year’s Eve, December 30th, at the kid-friendly hour of 6:30 PM. Featuring a petting zoo, cupcake decorating, and pizza and popcorn.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 26-27

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When the presents have been unwrapped and you’re ready to get the kids outside for some fun, check out these weekend activities. It might not feel like winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the season!

Nutcracker Sweets & the Steadfast Tin Soldier, Puppetworks, Park Slope.
With three showings on both Saturday and Sunday, kids 3 and older have plenty of chances to enjoy performances of Nutcracker Sweets, Tcahaikovsky’s Land of Sweets dances, and the Steadfast Tin Soldier, Andersen’s Toy Story adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

Christmas Bird Count, Prospect Park.
The Prospect Park Alliance for educational programming will ring in the new year with a free Nature Exploration event for the whole family at The Prospect Park Audubon Center. On Sunday, December 27th, don’t miss the Christmas Bird Count at two o’clock, a fun, nation-wide Citizen Science project. Each checklist submitted helps researchers learn more about the health of birds and how to best protect them!

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance!, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
On both Saturday and Sunday, come learn about the holiday of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of African Heritage, through the arts of music and dance in an exclusive presentation by Brooklyn’s own Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.

Together in Dance, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights.
On Saturday, December 26th, come out for a snowflake dance performance with Together in Dance. The company will lead children in creating a dance snowstorm.

Kane Street Sundays, Kane Street Synagogue, Cobble Hill.
Check out this relaxed open play, held every Sunday, with stories and music for your toddlers and babies!

Toddler Open Play every day this week at Prospect Gymnastics

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Happy holidays! Schedules are in flux for the holidays so please call ahead to confirm. If your kiddos have extra holiday energy to burn, take them right over to Prospect Gymnastics, in Ditmas Park, for Toddler Open Play. Give them plenty of trampoline time, then watch as they walk the balance beam and flip upside down on rings and bars adjusted to toddler height. A visit to this indoor play space guarantees a good nap!

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 19-20

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Holiday lights, holiday sing-alongs, holiday parties! This SkipKid roundup begins on Friday, with a special sing-along to jumpstart your weekend. Joannas ‘n Bananas will be at Jill Lindsey in Fort Greene at 4 PM on Friday featuring all your favorite wintertime music. The weekend starts now!

Winter Wonderland Party, Gymboree, Park Slope.
On Saturday, December 19th, Santa is coming to Gymboree. It’s an afternoon of fun and cheer as you take an imaginative sleigh ride, and skate and play in the snow at the Winter Wonderland Party. Enjoy music, snacks, dancing, a winter art project and, of course, a picture with Santa. 2:30 – 4:00 pm. Members – $15; Non-members – $25. Call (866) 477-3700 or stop in at 365 4th Avenue to reserve your spot today.

Hill Country FamJam, Hill Country Barbecue, Dumbo.
On Sunday, December 20th at 1:00 p.m, country band the Three Gentlemen will be doing country classics, family-style singalongs, and impromptu requests, with special guests (including Santa who will be making a guest appearance!). Bring the kiddos to Hill Country at 345 Adams Street for a children’s BBQ menu.

Holiday Baby Rhythm Makers, Ume Ume, Park Slope.
On Saturday, December 19th, from 9:30 to 10:05 AM, Ume Ume invites all of its youngest Umee’s (newborn to 1.5 years old) to a special Holiday edition of the Baby Rhythm Makers/ Sing-a-long class at its normal time and price ($20 per family). Feel free to wear your holiday attire!

Tour of the Dazzling Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, Dyker Heights.
If you haven’t checked out the Christmas lights bonanza that happens each year in Dyker Heights, you’re missing out. The neighborhood has drawn national attention for its wild holiday decorations, which include 30-foot tall toy soldiers, glowing nativity scenes, motorized displays and more. Grab a coat, a cup of hot chocolate and join the rest of the city as we all gawk at the displays. Take a trip any time before the New Year to the Dyker Heights neighborhood (around 83rd through 86th Streets, between 11th through 13th Avenues).

Little Scientists: Magnets, Colors, Bugs, and More! Clinton Hill Library, Clinton Hill.
On Saturday, December 19th, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, enjoy some hands-on exploration of colors, magnets, bugs, counting, and patterns at this preschool STEM program!

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Brooklyn Central Library, Prospect Heights.
On Saturday, December 19th, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, join the Peanuts gang in this fast paced, lighthearted musical, guaranteed to please audiences of all ages!

This week in Brooklyn: free (or nearly free) music for your tots!

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Get ready to tra-la-la with your babies and toddlers. There are holiday sing-along opportunities every day this week. Enjoy! And please tell your friends if you’re a SkipKid user — we need to work together to spread the word!

Naomi Weinberger of Naomi’s Music/Music Together, Mama Bear’s Picnic, Brooklyn Heights
This relaxed gathering of local new mothers and babies (newborn thru pre crawl) is held weekly using the Area Yoga studio space in Brooklyn Heights. On Wednesday, December 16, Naomi Weinberger will lead the group and share her unique and joyous music class for infants and babies (and mothers).

Stomp, Clap, & Sing with the Pop Ups, Brooklyn Central Library, Prospect Heights
On Tuesday, December 15, join Brooklyn-based kindie band The Pop Ups for an educational romp filled with DIY creativity, featuring hilarious puppets, crazy dance routines, huge collages, silly dancing bugs, a talking banana, live drawing, surprise costume changes and giant beach balls!

Music for Brooklyn Aardvarks Holiday Drop-ins, Prospect Heights and Park Slope
Celebrate the holidays with these special Music for Aardvarks holiday drop-in classes. For just $5, check out a class any day from December 14 – 18 at various Brooklyn locations. You’ll be singing the songs all day long!

8th Annual Community Toddler and Baby Friendly Christmas/Hanukkah sing-a-long, Da Nonna Rosa, Park Slope
On Thursday December 17th at 10am, Debbie Brukman will lead this annual sing-a-long upstairs at da Nonna Rosa Restaurant (140 7th ave between Garfield and Carroll). Tell your friends. Bring your neighbors. Tell your nannies to tell their friends. Bring/Send a 10-20 dollar donation. (There will be songsheets and musical toys for the kiddos) The money again will all go this year to CHiPS, a local Brooklyn soup kitchen and their wonderful shelter for Homeless moms/babies.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 12-13

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Jumpstart your holiday celebration with dance parties and sing-alongs for the whole family. It’s the season for indulging, and this weekend SkipKid brings you activities with hot chocolate, donuts, cookies, and more. Sweets for your sweets. Enjoy, and please continue to spread the word!

Caribbean Holiday House Party, Bric House, Downtown Brooklyn
On Saturday, December 12, come out for this free holiday party with family dance classes, gaming, art making, and other participatory activities; plus a special BIG event! RSVP here.

“Walk the Windows,” Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill.
On Saturday, December 12, from 11 AM – 7 PM, celebrate the holidays on Atlantic Avenue with their “Walk the Windows” event. Come enjoy festive holiday windows, special events, live music, free holiday treats, and Santa.

Jingle Bell Jamboree, Congregation Beth Israel, Park Slope
On Saturday, December 12, kids of all ages will enjoy the Jingle Bell Jamboree — a family holiday concert event and singalong. This festive celebration takes place at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope at 7PM.

Jingle All the Way, Dodge YMCA, Downtown Brooklyn
On Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM, there will be a bounce castle, a visit with Santa, and games for children of all ages at your local YMCA. Velcro wall, cotton candy, and more!

Holiday Photos with Santa, The Old Stone House, Park Slope
On Saturday, December 12, kids of all ages are invited to take holiday photos with Santa!
Photographer Andreea B. Ballen will be on hand to take photographs, there will be storybook characters to greet you, and cocoa and crafts to keep you occupied while waiting for your moment upstairs at the Old Stone House’s beautiful Dutch tiled fireplace. The activity is from 10 am – 12:30 pm and the cost is $10 per family entry fee. In addition, please bring non-perishable items for the Food Pantry at CHIPS.

Chanukah Art Festival, Jewish Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
On Sunday, December 13, celebrate the Chanukah Art Festival at the Jewish Children’s Museum. Activities include a Grand Menorah Lighting, an olive oil workshop, and a donut decorating. Festivities will go from 11AM – 4PM for children of all ages.

The Family Sing-a-long with Emily Eagen, Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook/Carroll Gardens
On Sunday, December 13, Emily Eagen hosts an all-ages sing-a-long. Grown-ups who love to sing can come together and harmonize, while kids learn these songs and sing along. Families leave with songs they can keep singing together. The show starts at 11:00 and the cost is $5 for kids, $10 for Adults, and $25 for a family of four.

Chanukah Celebration, Kings Bay Y, Windsor Terrace
On Sunday, December 13th, join the Kings Bay Y for music, storytelling, sing-along, arts & crafts and raffles. This free activity takes place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at 1224 Prospect Avenue (corner Vanderbilt Street) and is great for kids of all ages. Click here to RSVP.

Greencycle Holiday Swap, Greenpoint Public Library, Greenpoint
Check out the Greencycle Holiday Swap on Saturday, December 12, from 1-4 PM. Bring some! Take some! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Let’s recycle, reuse and reduce! MEN’S, WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S CLOTHING, SHOES, BOOKS, TOYS, BICYCLES, PHONES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS & ELECTRONICS. We will accept electronics until 3 PM. Cleaned, gently used and working items please. No need to bring anything to take items. However, out of consideration for others, we may limit folks to the greater of 1 bag or the number of bags that you have brought to donate to the swap. All remaining items will be donated to local schools, churches, Goodwill and/or Vietnam Vets of America. $5 suggested donation.The swap is held at The Greenpoint Public Library, 107 Norman Avenue at Leonard Street corner.

This week in Brooklyn: toddler parties, a new family yoga studio, and Rolie Polie Guacamole!

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Toddler Holiday Parties, Juguemos A Cantar, North Slope & South Slope
Join the folks at Juguemos A Cantar for themed arts & crafts, snacks, coffee & cocoa, and a special sing-along with Tucker! Kids ages 6 months to 4 years are welcome and the cost is $10 per child/$2 per sibling, which includes play space time. Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 2pm-5pm @ 47 Sterling Place in North Slope. Thursday, December 10 from 9am-12pm at 463 6th Avenue in South Slope.

Introducing Monkey Do! Yoga, a new family yoga studio in Gowanus with classes every day of the week! Share their love for yoga in a neighborhood setting that’s tailor made for Brooklyn kids. Join them for open Play, Parent/Baby yoga, Parent/Toddler yoga, and more! For first-time clients, get one month of unlimited classes for $60 per person.

Rolie Polie Guacamolie, Brooklyn Conservancy of Music, Park Slope.
Join the Brooklyn Conservancy of Music for a special musical event on Friday, December 11, at 4 o’clock. The critically acclaimed family band Rolie Polie Guacamolie comes to the conservatory for an after school singalong for children and families. Kids will be given a nice selection of instruments to shake and bang along with the band! Tickets are $10 for one adult and one child, $5 for each additional child.

Get out of Brooklyn: holiday activities worth traveling for!

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Everyone has a little time off and you’re going stir-crazy in your house. It’s time to leave the neighborhood!
Here are a few holiday activities worth traveling for. Explore Manhattan, the Bronx, and beyond. See the sights, hear the sounds, and enjoy!

Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx.
From November 21 2015 – January 18 2016, enjoy NYC’s favorite train show! This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks; a captivating short film of the show’s behind-the-scenes magic; and a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound. Kids of all ages will love exploring a winter wonderland across 250 acres with special tours, musical performances, and activities for children. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Macy’s Santaland, Macy’s, Herald Square.
Located on the eighth floor, Macy’s Santaland features a 13,000-square-foot North Pole village — complete with live elves, an enchanted forest, animatronic toys and a train display. Come prepared — lines can be long, but there’s plenty to look at while waiting. Macy’s Herald Square store is located on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Santaland is open daily from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve and is a magical experience for kids of all ages!

FunikiJam HOLIDAY BEAT Family Musical, Off-Broadway
The gang is back with an all new Sing-Along, Dance-A-Long, Play-A-Long musical adventure:
FunikiJam HOLIDAY BEAT! is the only holiday show this season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Shichigosan. Captain Jam comes to the rescue as Bongo wants to throw a holiday party that all his friends can enjoy. Captain Jam takes Bongo and all the “junior agents” on a rocking trip around the world to learn about different cultures and how they celebrate. This is one all-new, high-energy interactive musical where kids become the stars of the show. Thie performance is recommended for Ages 2 to 10. Shows are every Friday at 11 and Saturday at 2PM through January 2.
Shows take place at The Elektra Theater located at 669 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036, between 42nd & 43rd street. The cost is $25, premium seating $40

The Origami Holiday Tree, American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. The tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. The theme of this year’s tree is Mighty and Microscopic Life. Creatures tremendous and tiny decorate this year’s tree, taking inspiration from temporary exhibitions and permanent displays at the Museum. The tree will be on display from November 23, 2015—January 10, 2016. The museum is open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm. This activity is for kids of all ages and free with museum admission.

Cut your own Christmas Tree, Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights.
Only about an hour outside of Brooklyn, you can choose and cut your own Christmas tree! This activity is fun for the whole family — also on site is a bakery offering sweet treats, a farm market offering produce, wreaths, roping, tree stands, decorations, and Gift Baskets, and a country market offering holiday gifts and crafts, souvenir apparel, Christmas ornaments, and decorations. Families will enjoy a free cup of hot apple cider with every tree purchase! Open daily from 10am – 4pm. Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm is located at: 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights. 914-245-5111

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: December 5 – 6

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Welcome to December, when holiday family activities abound. Check out these selections for December 5th and 6th. Enjoy your weekend, and please share SkipKid with your friends!

Sixth Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party, Powerhouse Arena, Dumbo.
On Sunday, December 6, illustrators Vin Vogel (The Thing About Yetis), Paul Zelinsky (Toys Meet Snow) and David Ercolini (The Night Before Christmas) will duel in a lively holiday themed drawing smack down based on suggestions from kids in the audience. Santa will also stop by for a photo op!

Dancewave’s Holiday Fiesta – Nutcracker Sweet, PS 133, Park Slope.
On Saturday, December 5, kids of all ages will enjoy a fun-filled family event celebrating School at Dancewave students and Dancewave Company and Ensemble students. There will be two exciting dance performances at 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM. The event will be helt at PS 133, 610 Baltic Street (at 4th Avenue) Brooklyn, NY.

Songs for Unusual Creatures, Barbes, Park Slope.
On Saturday, December 5, author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. Imagine the Australian bilby, the deep-sea magnapinna squid, the microscopic tardigrade, and more brought to life with song. Note: Parents will love Songs for Unusual Creatures just as much as kids. All ages welcome. Performance starts at 4pm and costs $10 per family. (in the system)

Rabbit Days and Dumplings, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
On Saturday, December 5, join Elena Moon Park and friends as they perform music from Rabbit Days and Dumplings, a cross-cultural celebration of East Asian folk and children’s music, ranging from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-a-longs, and Taiwanese train songs. (in system)

SINTERKLAAS (ST. NICHOLAS DAY), Wycoff House Museum, East Flatbush
On Sunday, December 6, explore New York City’s oldest house and learn how the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus with traditional music, treats, stories, and crafts. This event is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10 and FREE for kids 2 and under.

Treasure trunk Theatre Fairytale Sundays, Dumbo.
On Sunday, December 6, discover a beloved fairytale in the treasure trunk. This class provides a great way for children to begin incorporating dramatic arts and movement skills into storytelling. Each class includes physical and vocal theatre warm ups that will get children ready for the day’s exploration.

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting, Park Slope/Prospect Heights
From December 6 – 13, Celebrate each night of Hanukkah at Grand Army Plaza with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah. Every night of Hanukkah, Grand Army Plaza showcases a 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound steel Menorah. Every evening, in addition to lighting the candles of the Menorah, you can enjoy some hot latkes, gifts for the children and live music. These events start at 6PM at Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn at the intersection of Vanderbilt and Flatbush Avenues and children of all ages are welcome.

2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Fort Greene Park, Ft. Greene.
On Sunday, December 6, the community tree lighting event will feature FREE cookies and hot chocolate, live holiday music, a toy drive and Santa Claus! Enjoy all of these fun happenings from 5-6pm, and see the lighting of the tree at 5:30pm. New, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to neighborhood holiday toy drives held by Fort Greene SNAP and the Whitman Resident Association. Holiday songs will be performed by the Dr. Susan McKinney Secondary School of the Arts choir. Refreshments are being served from Pushkin Creperie & Bakery, Brooklyn Sweet Spot and Castro’s. The event is presented by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership and Fort Greene Park Conservancy.

Santa Claus is coming to Brooklyn!

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Santa Claus is coming to Brooklyn! If you’re looking to take your children to meet Santa Claus, mark your calendar for these upcoming appearances.

Santa Brunch, t.b.d. Brooklyn, Greenpoint
On Saturday, December 5, kids of all ages will enjoy delicious pancakes, music, crafts and precious moments with Santa! Feel free to take your own pics. Professional photographer Rebecca Black will also be on hand to take beautiful shots for purchase.
Yummy-licious drinks at the cash bar for moms & dads. Great low-key way to kick off the holiday season with family and friends!
10:30 AM & 1 PM Seatings This event will take place at t.b.d. Brooklyn, 224 Franklin Street in Greenpoint. Tickets sold out last year so get your tx early!

Holiday Photos with Santa, The Old Stone House, Park Slope
On Saturday, December 12, kids of all ages are invited to take holiday photos with Santa!
Photographer Andreea B. Ballen will be on hand to take photographs, there will be storybook characters to greet you, and cocoa and crafts to keep you occupied while waiting for your moment upstairs at the Old Stone House’s beautiful Dutch tiled fireplace. The activity is from 10 am – 12:30 pm and the cost is $10 per family entry fee. In addition, please bring non-perishable items for the Food Pantry at CHIPS.

Visit with Santa, Items of Interest, Park Slope.
Santa is in Brooklyn at Items of Interest! Come see the best Santa in town to make your child’s holiday wishes come true in an intimate small shop setting. Santa arrives November 20th and will be hearing Christmas wishes through December 23rd. We start the week before Thanksgiving so you will have your photos ready for holiday cards. Schedule your appointment online here: https://itemsofinterest.com/santa Each appointment lasts approximately 10 minutes, the cost is $15 you will receive lots of digital images via email. All photos are set in a beautifully staged area of this home goods store. Items of Interest is located at 60 5th Avenue, between Bergen & St. Marks.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground at Central Library, this Tuesday!

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On Tuesday, December 1, come on down to the Funkytown Playground! Aly Sunshine from Funkytown Playground will lead your kids in an exciting musical performance — they will jump and jam with shakers and tambourines, dance with bubbles and fall from the stars with a colorful parachute. This activity takes place at Central Library, located at Grand Army Plaza from 11AM – 12PM. All ages are welcome and it is first come first serve. Click here for event details.

2015 Brooklyn Tree Lighting Ceremonies.

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Get in to the holiday spirit at these tree lighting ceremonies your little ones are sure to love!

Park Slope Holiday Tree Lighting, Park Slope.
On Saturday, November 28, at 6:30 PM, celebrate the start of the holiday season with live Music from Rolie Polie Guacamole and Amelia Robinson from Mils Trills, treats from Du Jour Bakery, The Chocolate Room and Le Pain Quotidien, opera from 15 year old Sarah Stevens and Carolers Opera on Tap, arts and Crafts with Puppetry Arts and Prospect Park YMCA. AND a Lighting Show! This free event is perfect for kids of all ages and will take place Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue. Bring your gently used coats to donate to the NY Cares Winter Coat Drive 2015, and don’t forget Santa will be there too!

Greenwood Park’s 3rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting party, South Slope.
On Wednesday, December 2nd, kids of all ages will be dazzled by Greenwood Park’s annual Christmas tree lighting. The event starts at 5:30pm.

DUMBO Tree Lighting Ceremony, Pearl Street Triangle, Dumbo.
On Thursday, December 3, The DUMBO BID is hosting the annual tree lighting with Santa Claus, Nutcracker ballet, calypso music, hot cocoa, and more. This event takes place from 6 – 7PM in DUMBO’s Pearl Street Triangle.

Atlantic Avenue Tree Lighting Party, Belarusian Church, Boerum Hill.
On Friday, December 4 there will be a tree lighting party with holiday performances and a special guest…Santa! Tasty treats follow from 6 – 8 pm at Belarusian Church (Atlantic Ave & Bond St). Bring a New Toy or Book for Toy Drive. http://atlanticave.org/treelighting/

The Court Street Christmas Tree Lighting, Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens.
The tree lighting is scheduled for Friday, December 4th at 6 PM.

2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Fort Greene Park, Ft. Greene.
On Sunday, December 6, the community tree lighting event will feature FREE cookies and hot chocolate, live holiday music, a toy drive and Santa Claus! Enjoy all of these fun happenings from 5-6pm, and see the lighting of the tree at 5:30pm. New, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to neighborhood holiday toy drives.

And, don’t forget to purchase your tickets for Brunch with Santa in Greenpoint. This annual event doesn’t take place until Saturday, December 5th, but it sells out quickly! The event is held at at t.b.d. Brooklyn in Greenpoint. There are two seatings and the cost is $15 per person which includes yummy things to eat, music, holiday crafts and, of-course, precious moments with Santa. $5 Special price for infants under 12 months. Yummy holiday drinks at cash bar for moms & dads. Talented professional photographer Rebecca Black will be on hand to take pictures for purchase. And Queen Elsa may drop in for a special visit! Proceeds benefit Town Square & Brooklyn Boy Scout Troop 26. t.b.d. Brooklyn is located at: 224 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: November 28-29

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Thanksgiving may be over, but the family fun is just beginning! Check out these weekend events happening in Brooklyn, and don’t forget to subscribe to SkipKid to have the weekend roundup and other noteworthy activities delivered right to your inbox!

Park Slope Holiday Tree Lighting, Park Slope.

On Saturday, November 28, at 6:30 PM, celebrate the start of the holiday season with live Music from Rolie Polie Guacamole and Amelia Robinson from Mils Trills, treats from Du Jour Bakery, The Chocolate Room and Le Pain Quotidien, opera from 15 year old Sarah Stevens and Carolers Opera on Tap, arts and Crafts with Puppetry Arts and Prospect Park YMCA. AND a Lighting Show! This free event is perfect for kids of all ages and will take place Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue. Bring your gently used coats to donate to the NY Cares Winter Coat Drive 2015, and don’t forget Santa will be there too!!!

Bargemusic Family Concert, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, Brooklyn.
On Saturday, November 28, enjoy the beloved floating concert hall at Fulton Ferry Landing, near Brooklyn Bridge Park. The last free family concert of the season is Saturday, November 28 at 4 o’clock. “Music in Motion” is a one-hour performance, including a Q & A with the musicians, appropriate for all ages. Doors open fifteen minutes prior to the concert and there is no reserved seating.

Little Feet Wise Heart Yoga, Second Annual Post-Thanksgiving Family Yoga Classes, Ditmas Park and Carroll Gardens.
Family in town? Continue the holiday focus on family togetherness and fun with an all-ages yoga class! Little Feet Wise Heart Yoga is offering TWO family yoga classes this year! Join us on Friday, November 28th, 10:30am at LARK in Ditmas Park or Saturday, November 29th, 10:30am at KIDVILLE/Carroll Gardens. For grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins! We’ll be jumping on the parachute, dancing to music, working off pie & sides as we balance in tree pose, catch bubble and ring bells! The cost is $25 for 1 adult and child, $5 each additional adult or child. Spaces are limited so register now!

Winter On A Flatbush Farm, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

On Sunday, November 29, get ready for winter as they did in the 19th century farming village of Flatbush. Learn how to make a candle, watch a master spinster spin wool thread, and enjoy Dutch treats made at our outdoor hearth from a Lefferts family recipe. This activity goes from 1 – 3PM with a special visit from St. Nicholas at 3 pm. $3 suggested donation

Important schedule changes Thanksgiving week and noteworthy holiday events we think you’ll want to know about!

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Thursday, November 26, is Thanksgiving and lots of venues are closed for the entire holiday weekend. Please be sure to call ahead and confirm any activities before heading out with your little ones!

And, if you’re looking for some fresh air and a change of scenery Thanksgiving morning, the Prospect Park Turkey Trot is the perfect way to kick off your holiday. Runners and walkers gather in Prospect Park at 9 AM for this family friendly 5k road race. This popular event fills up quickly so it’s probably too late to register, but you can come out to cheer. Runners in turkey costumes and the like will delight children of all ages.

Even though you’ll probably be too full from your Thanksgiving feast to think about taking another bite, you won’t want to miss your chance to register for brunch with Santa. This annual brunch with Santa event doesn’t take place until Saturday, December 5th, but it sells out quickly! The event is held at at t.b.d. Brooklyn in Greenpoint. There are two seatings and the cost is $15 per person which includes yummy things to eat, music, holiday crafts and, of-course, precious moments with Santa. $5 Special price for infants under 12 months. Yummy holiday drinks at cash bar for moms & dads. Talented professional photographer Rebecca Black will be on hand to take pictures for purchase. And Queen Elsa may drop in for a special visit! Proceeds benefit Town Square & Brooklyn Boy Scout Troop 26.

Weekend Roundup: November 21 – 22

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“PETER & THE WOLF”: LOST IN THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Prospect Heights.

On Saturday, November 21 & Sunday, November 22, The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf,” with narration that weaves in paintings at the Brooklyn Museum and special appearance that will delight kids of all ages. Performances take place at 3pm. Tickets cost $20 — children under the age of 4 are free. The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238.

Farmhouse Family Day, The Wyckoff House Museum, East Flatbush.
On Saturday, November 21, drop in and explore the farmhouse with the family. Children of all ages will enjoy hands-on crafts, self-guided exploration, scavenger hunts, and more. This activities goes from 11am-3pm. The Wyckoff House Museum is located at 5816 Clarendon Road Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Free Family Arts Days, Park Slope Library, Park Slope.
On Saturday, November 21, Free Family Art Day is coming to The Park Slope Library. This activity provides opportunities for families with children of all ages to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms. From 10 – 11:30 AM, storytellers will present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a theme. The event is free.

Royal Wee Event, Greenpoint Library, Greenpoint.

Hear ye, hear ye! Your presence is royally requested to a benefit in honor of Greenpoint Library on Saturday, November 21! The Royal Wee Event is brought to you by the Friends of Greenpoint Library and will include royal-themed activities for your little princes and princesses. The event takes place from 12 – 4 PM. There will be a bake sale, arts & crafts, a story time, castle building with LEGOs, a photo booth, some very special guests and more surprises as well. So bring the whole family for some seriously regal fun and help raise money for Greenpoint Library in the process!

Visit with Santa, Items of Interest, Park Slope.
Santa is in Brooklyn at Items of Interest! Come see the best Santa in town to make your child’s holiday wishes come true in an intimate small shop setting. Santa arrives November 20th and will be hearing Christmas wishes through December 23rd. We start the week before Thanksgiving so you will have your photos ready for holiday cards. Schedule your appointment online here. Each appointment lasts approximately 10 minutes, the cost is $15 and we will email you lots of digital images. All photos are set in in a beautifully staged area of our home goods store. Items of Interest is located at 60 5th Avenue, between Bergen & St. Marks.

Story Time at Greenlight Bookstore: Elephants Make Fine Friends, Fort Greene.

On Saturday, November 21, New York author and illustrator Colter Jackson presents her charming new picture book Elephants Make Fine Friends with an interactive reading for kids ages 3-8. This activity starts at 11 AM and is free of charge. Greenlight Bookstore is located at 686 Fulton street Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Meet the Author: Samantha Vamos, Alphabet Trains, New York Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn

On Sunday, November 22, all aboard for fun from A to Z as Seattle, WA author Samantha Vamos shares her latest book, Alphabet Trains, with an interactive book reading and spelling whimsy!

Thanksgiving activities the whole family will enjoy!

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Happy Thanksgiving from SkipKid! We wish you a healthy and safe holiday. If you happen to be in town, here are some activities we think the whole family will enjoy.

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
On Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25, learn about the origin of Thanksgiving and how families in America celebrate at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Create a work of art that expresses your gratitude for your family and community. This activity is free with museum admission and is for kids ages 2.5 – 5 years.

Jewish Children’s Museum, Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Many museums are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but the Jewish Children’s Museum is open from 10 AM to 4 PM. When you and your kids have been inside too long, head out for an adventure: Soil to Oil, an interactive workshop at the Jewish Children’s Museum is open for exploration.In this hands-on workshop, visitors will learn how olive oil is made, using methods that have been around since Temple times. Participants choose the choicest olives, extract the oil, and finally light a Chanukah menorah using their hand-made wicks and freshly produced oil. Suitable for all ages, with adult help.

Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The Prospect Park Zoo is also open all day on Thanksgiving–the animals have to eat, too! Kids of all ages and their grown-ups will enjoy watching the sea lions, baboons and hundreds of other animals on display. The cost ranges from $5 – $8 dollars depending on age — children under 3 are free.

Thanksgiving at The Farm on Adderley, Ditmas Park.
This rustic farm to table restaurant will be offering a three-course prix fixe for $55 / person. A ‘traditional Thanksgiving plate’ will be one of the entree options, including a vegetarian menu. There will also be a kids’ Thanksgiving plate for $25 (also includes the choice of a dessert). There will be will 5 two-hour table seatings this year — to make a reservation email: farmreservations@gmail.com

Volunteer meal delivery, God’s Love We Deliver, Various locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan

There’s no better place to spend Thanksgiving Day than at God’s Love We Deliver! Preparing and delivering thousands of meals requires the help of many volunteers. The organization needs help delivering Thanksgiving feasts to clients, their families and guests. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season! For questions and information about volunteer opportunities, please contact: volunteer@glwd.org or 212.294.8158.

Nature Exploration, Prospect Park Audubon Center, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

On Friday, November 27, join the Prospect Park Alliance for FREE nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Activities include games, naturalist lead tours for children and families, and animal encounters. The event takes place from 12-3 PM

Check out these noteworthy events happening this week, including a Thanksgiving party, a luau, and a new weekly sing-along!

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Art & Play en Français, SuperFrench, Bed Stuy.
On Monday, November 16, enjoy Art & Play en Français, a new class at SuperFrench studio in Bed Stuy. This class includes 40 minutes of art followed by 20 minutes of play with Emilie. Drop-in price is $30. This activity is for kids 18 months-4yrs. SuperFrench is located at 521 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233.

Sing-along with Benjamin, Kettle & Thread, Ditmas Park.

Benjamin has been doing singalongs and teaching at Saint Ann’s School for three years, and was just featured in the New York Times. He plays all the folk and kids classics and some rocking original songs. Goofy puppets, an emotional kazoo, and high-tech live looping make the singalong an absolute party. This event takes place on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM at Kettle & Thread:1219 Church Ave. It is $8 per family and suitable for kids ages 0 – 5 years.

Thanksgiving Party, Juguemos a Cantar, South Slope.
On Thursday, November 19, enjoy a fun Thanksgiving themed party for Toddlers! Play from 9:00am-12:00pm and enjoy extra activities such as themed arts & crafts, music, snacks, face painting, and balloons at no additional cost! This activity is for children 0-4 years at the South Slope location: 463 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Beach Party, Recess, Dumbo.

On Friday, November 20, wear your sunglasses to this luau in DUMBO! We’ll play calypso! Your kids will limbo! They’ll enjoy all the benefits of the beach without the sand and sunburn. They’ll even decorate their own beach balls! Flexible drop-of between 5:30 and 6pm with pick-up at 9:00pm. Pizza and an art project are included with every event. Evening events are available for kids ages 2.5 to 6 years old. (Children should have some prior separation experience!) Advanced registration is encouraged. Recess is located at 81 Washington Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: November 14-15

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There is no shortage of family fun this weekend! Enjoy, and please subscribe to have weekend events delivered right to your inbox.

9th Annual Children’s Book Fair, Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights.
On Saturday, November 14 The 1st Floor of The Brooklyn Museum will be showcasing your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators. This free event features storybooks, picture books, graphic novels and art activities for kids of all ages. The event takes place from 12-4pm.

John Samson Family Concert, The Brooklyn Conservatory, Park Slope
On Saturday, November 14, stomp, clap, tap, snap, and sing a little song with award-winning family performer Jon Samson, who recently received the John Lennon award for his original family music, as well as a Parents Gold Choice Award for “A New Kids Album.” This event starts at 3PM at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: 58 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

ACME Studio’s 4th annual Holiday Kid’s Photo Op, Williamsburg.
On Saturday, November 14, bring the kids to ACME Studio’s 4th annual Holiday Kid’s Photo Op and cross the holiday card off your list! This event is from 10 AM – 3 PM, but is first come, first serve with a $50 suggested donation to benefit City Santa. Enter the raffle for a chance at various door prizes from our sponsors. 3-5 photos of each family will be available via gallery link at ACMEBROOKLYN.com/kids2015. The link will go live about a week after the shoot! Families will be photographed in the order of arrival, no appointment necessary, but RSVP is strongly encouraged.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights.
On Sunday, November 15, celebrate Native American Heritage Month with BCM and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers! Their performances feature a diversity of dance forms that reflect the group’s multicultural tribal membership. Through their performances and community outreach, they preserve American Indian culture while promoting understanding of their communities.

Astrograss for Kids Concert at Jalopy Theater, Red Hook/Carroll Gardens
On Sunday, November 15, ASTROGRASS FOR KIDS gets kids and their parents dancing together, with a unique blend of bluegrass music and down-home humor. Astrograss concerts feature sing-a-longs, dance contests, and high-energy fiddle hoedowns. Their original songs cover topics like spelling, whether Pluto is a planet, bedtime and the many neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

All Brooklyn Public Library locations will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015 for Veterans Day. Check out these drop-in playspace alternatives!

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All branches of The Brooklyn Public Library will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2015 for Veterans Day, but there is still a ton to do! Check out these drop-in play space alternatives your little ones are sure to love!

Twinkle, Williamsburg
Twinkle’s 4500 square foot play space has innovative custom-made exhibits to cater to any child’s wildest imagination. These special exhibits, designed for the under 6 crowd, are a harmonious blend of urban life and nature that encourages the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a child in an accessible, high-quality learning environment.

Giocare Playspot, South Slope
In addition to open play, this spot offerrs a variety of short drop off and caregiver-attended classes.

Juguemos a Cantar, North & South Slope
Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space offers a social learning environment that includes exploration and interaction for kids 0 to 4y. A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of fun, music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more.

Recess, Dumbo
An architecturally airy space for you and your children to hang out as long as you want. Kids will enjoy custom-made play structures, designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore.

The Stomping Ground, Crown Heights

The Stomping Ground is a parent run, play space that offers an engaging place for your child to play and interact with others while also building a community of parents

Prospect Gymnastics, Ditmas Park
The studio at Prospect Gymnastics is designed as a children’s gymnastics play-space. The entire floor is padded with 2 inch foam and there is no shortage of fun skill building fitness equipment. There are balance beams for coordination, bars and rings for strength training, and a 15 foot trampoline that is a lot of fun to jump on! Prospect Gymnastics has daily drop-in hours for little ones under 4.

Check out the SkipKid weekend roundup for November 7-8!

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Storytime: Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect Storytime at Barnes & Noble, Park Slope.
On Saturday November 7, enjoy a special storytime featuring the titles Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. All ages are welcome to attend the free reading which starts at 11:00 AM. Barnes and Noble, Park SLope is located at 267 7th. Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sol y Canto at Bam, Fort Greene
On Saturday, November 7, this pan-Latin musical ensemble, led by veteran artist-educators Rosi and Brian Amador will present two bilingual concerts for kids 2-5. Both performances will be at the Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Cafe, 30 Lafayette Avenue, in Fort Greene. Shows are at 10:30 AM and 2 PM. Tickets cost: $10 and can be purchased here.

Play Practice Babies and Parents at Bend and Bloom, Park Slope.
On Saturday, November 7, sing, dance, and stretch with your baby at this special event designed for working parents. The weekend event will focus on baby-centered activities such as an obstacle course, literacy and language building games. You’ll explore nursery rhymes in a new light, sing and dance together, and get a much needed stretch! Play Practice Babies incorporates music and song, elements of Brain Gym, American Sign Language, and story time to support developing verbal and motor skills. Dads, caregivers, and stay-at-home moms welcome, too! The cost is $25 per pair, $10 additional parent. Workshops must be paid in full at time of reservation and are non-refundable. Bend & Bloom credit is available for cancellations with at least 24 hours’ notice. Bend and Bloom Yoga is located at 708 Sackett Street between 4th & 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Call for more info: (347) 987-3162.

House of Song Celebration at The Bell House, Gowanus
On Sunday, November 8th, join Pete Sinjin with a full band performance of his new family album House of Song. Other festivities include face painting, crafts and door prizes! Homemade organic kid and grown-up friendly lunch will be available for purchase and the bar will be OPEN! Doors open at 11 — concert will start at 11:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The Bell House is located at 149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215.


Wise Heart Story Yoga, Book Court, Cobble Hill.

On Sunday, November 8, this experiential story hour will combine the creative poses of yoga with books on movement, nature and animals. This class will have kids moving, Om-ing, and jumping between being entranced by the written word. It’s a great class for kids 18 months to five years and takes place at 11 AM. (Adult participation encouraged)

Court Street Spectacular Street Fair, Brooklyn Heights.
On Sunday, November 8, kids of all ages are invited to the Court Street Spectacular Street Fair in Brooklyn Heights. There will be rides, shopping, food and crafts! The festival is held on Court Street between Joralemon and Atlantic Avenue between 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

This Tuesday, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie Miranda at Brooklyn Public Library – Grand Army Plaza

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Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie Miranda at Brooklyn Public Library – Grand Army Plaza

Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! Louie will be performing this Tuesday, November 3, at Central Library — Grand Army Plaza.

Activities that are just as much fun for grown-ups.

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Who says kids should have all the fun? Check out these activities that adults will enjoy too!

Paint your own pottery at Painted Pot, various locations throughout Brooklyn
Kids and adults can paint and design their own pottery, ceramics and jewelry. Items are glazed, fired, and ready for pick-up in about a week. Children of all ages are welcome. Locations in Carroll Gardens, Bay Ridge, and Park Slope – check website for details. http://paintedpot.com

Elk Café, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
Sit back and relax while your little one enjoys the giant outdoor playhouse at Elk Cafe. There are blocks, a kitchen, and lots of other toys sure to engage your child while you get a much needed caffeine break. Elk cafe is located at 154 Prospect Park Southwest, Brooklyn, NY 11218. All ages are welcome and the play area is free with purchase.

Babies on Board at Xtend Barre, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
Xtend Barre Babies on Board is a modified post-natal Xtend Barre workout for new moms and their babies. Baby will be in the bjorn/carrier while mom tones and strengthens the whole body in a safe and fun way. This workout is a great way to reconnect with the body while allowing for bonding time between mom and baby. Mom can expect to be challenged … safely, of course. Not suitable for babies over 18 pounds or younger than 6 weeks. The cost of the class is $34.00 Xtend Barre is located in Brooklyn Heights at 147 Remsen Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Call (718) 522-2580 for schedule.


Stocked, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Enjoy a healthful and delicious meal while your little one has fun creating a feast of his/her own at the play kitchen…and, you won’t have to do the dishes – we’d call this a win-win. Stocked is located at 635 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 and the play area is free with purchase.

Happy Halloween from SkipKid!

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Halloween is here and there is no shortage of festive celebrations for your little ones. Check out our Halloween blog for EVEN MORE events happening throughout Brooklyn. And be sure to subscribe to SkipKid to have activities delivered right to your inbox.

BAMboo! at BAM, Fort Greene.
On Saturday, October 31, celebrate Halloween at this free event hosted by BAM. Kids of all ages will enjoy music, a bounce house, a costume contest, and more! The event will take place at the Peter Jay Sharp Building from 2-5pm.

Fort Greene Park Halloween Festival, Fort Greene.
This free event is perfect for children of all ages. On Saturday, October 31, from noon – 3pm, the green space at Fort Greene Park comes alive with horse-drawn hayrides, old-fashioned games, face painting, stilt walkers, roaming entertainers, a costume parade, a pumpkin patch with more than 1,000 no-cost gourds to give away. There’s even a costume contest for dogs… and their owners. Event will take place rain or shine.

Halloween Dance Party with the Brooklyn Doodles at Friends and Lovers, Prospect Heights.
Let’s Boogie! Join Brooklyn Doodles on Saturday, October 31, from 2-5pm for a Spooktacular Halloween Dance Party! Come dressed in your scariest, most creepiest costume and enjoy an afternoon of dancing, cupcake decorating, and good ole Halloween fun. Prizes for best kid costume, mommy and me costume, and freeze dance. Look out for a silly magician as he pulls tricks out of his hat. Each child will receive a goody bag to get a head start on Trick or Treat! This event is $25 per child and is for children ages 3 to 10 years old. Costumes required.

It’s Halloween with Lucy Kalantari at Shape Shifter Lab, Park Slope.
On Saturday, October 31, come in costume and celebrate Halloween with the whole family! Lucy will be performing new tunes from her next album including, “It’s Halloween!” Families can enjoy Halloween-themed beverages, dive into cauldrons of Goodie Girl Cookies and design magical masks. This event is for kids of all ages and takes place at ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 from 10:30am -12:30pm Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (free for children under 2).


Puppetry Arts Halloween Carnival at First Street Recreation Center, Park Slope.

On Saturday, October 31, hit the First Street Recreation Center for games, crafts, a haunted house, a bouncy house, a costume contest and appearances by costumed characters. The event takes place from 11am – 3pm and the first 200 kids to arrive snag trick-or-treat bags filled with goodies. This event has free admission but there are fees for certain activities. All ages welcome.

Halloween Spooktakular, McGolrick Park, Greenpoint.
On Saturday, October 31, kids of all ages are invited to a free afternoon of Halloween fun. Face painting, pumpkin patch, a maze, games and more. The event takes place from 2pm – 5pm.

March to the Arch parade, Dumbo
On Saturday, October 31, join The DUMBO Improvement District at 4:30 PM for the annual March to the Arch parade (with Dumbo’s Great Small Works leading the march with puppets), a kids party under the Archway (with hot chocolate provided by Brooklyn Roasting) takes place from 5-7pm, and a pet costume event kicks off at 7pm. Look for other fun things like a photobooth (sponsored by Dumbo’s own Brooklyn Central), storytime, hands-on arts with Creatively WILD Art Studio, and beer, wine, and bites at the Archway Lighthouse. Storefront trick or treating, with 40+ businesses participating is from 4-7pm,

Halloween 313, Clinton Hill.
On Saturday, October 31, enjoy an elaborate FREE live show, performed on the front lawn of 313 Clinton Avenue. Every Halloween, the creative volunteers at this house (including lots of theater design pros) put on a one-night-only, one-of-a-kind, over-the-top creep show for all ages. This edition is titled Malice in Underland. Revelers come from all five boroughs to watch, so arrive early to snag your spot. Shows begin around 5 p.m. and run approximately every 30 minutes until 9:00

Speedy Romeo Halloween Party, Clinton Hill.
On Saturday, October 31, from 4pm-6pm, kids of all ages are invited to attend a free Halloween Party at Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Festivities will include a performance by Hopalong Andrew and pony rides!

Halloween Sing-Along with Amy Miles at Elk Cafe, Windsor Terrace.

On Saturday, October 31, join Amy Miles at ELk Cafe for a spooky sing-along and celebration. Costumes are encouraged. The event takes place from 3:30pm – 4:30pm and the cost is $10 per family.

Halloween is happening all week long! Check out these spooky weekday events.

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Halloween festivities are in full swing! Have a great time and be sure to subscribe to SkipKid for even more Halloween activities delivered right to your inbox!

Bedtime Stories: Halloween! Brooklyn Public Library, Clinton Hill.
On Wednesday, October 28, join The Clinton Hill Library for bedtime stories: Halloween! Wind down your day with SPOOKY bedtime stories and songs (but not too scary!) The event starts at 6pm. Wear your pajamas, if you like, or come in costume! Kids can make a simple Halloween-themed craft after reading stories. http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/list?loc[]=534

FREE Pumkin Decorating Party, Greenwood Park, Park Slope.
On Tuesday, October 27, kids of all ages are invited to this FREE pumpkin decorating party at Greenwood Park Beer Garden in Park Slope. The activity takes place from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. There will be a kid-friendly menu, free pumpkins and craft supplies – PLUS grown-up happy hour!
http://greenwoodparkbk.com/blog/event/pumpkin-decorating-party-free/

Halloween Playspace, BAX, Park Slope.
Calling all monsters, ghosts, and goblins…on Friday, October 30th, BAX will kick off the 2015-2016 Playspace season with all of the usual Playspace fun – from wiggly tunnels to colorful blocks – plus singing, dancing, and a special treat (but no tricks – we promise). All with a little Halloween twist! Kids (and adults!) are encouraged to come in costume. Activities take place from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM and are best suited for kids ages 1-4, with a caregiver. Admission: $10 per family (at the door) http://events.bax.org/halloween-playspace/

Halloween Party, Juegemos A Cantar, South Park Slope
On Friday, October 30, come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy a lot of Halloween fun at Juegemos A Cantar South Slope Play Space! Snacks, music, themed arts & crafts are just some of the activities! The cost is $10 per visit per child/$2 sibling and iincludes play space time from 9am-12pm
http://www.juguemos.org/

Monster Bash 2015, Twinkle Playspace, Williamsburg.
It’s that time of year again where Twinkle Playspace turns into a Halloween haven! Children under six are invited to enjoy the third annual MONSTER BASH featuring a dazzling show by Fire Breathers, photo booth fun, slime station, frightening face painting, pumpkin decorating, Halloween touch n’ feel station, ghoulish goodies and fiendish foods! Non-members: $35/child and 2 adults per family 2 Sessions Available: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm and 6 – 8 pm (please pay attention to which session you buy tickets for – we cannot switch it after purchase) COME DRESSED UP IN YOUR BEST COSTUME – BEST COSTUME WINS A PRIZE! http://www.twinkleplayspace.com/events/

Halloween Craft and Sing-Along with Joannas ‘N Bananas, Jill Lindsey, Fort Greene.
On Friday, October 31, join Joannas ‘N Bananas for a Halloween craft and sing-along. Crafts start at 3:30 PM. Music starts at 4PM. The cost is $$20 per family. There will be Halloween treats and children of all ages are encouraged to come in costume. Jill Lindsey is located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at 370 Myrtle Avenue. https://www.facebook.com/joannasandbananas

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 24-25

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Halloween may still be a week away, but the spooky celebrations are already in full swing! Enjoy yourselves, and subscribe to SkipKid to have the weekend roundup delivered right to your inbox!

Boo at the Zoo at The Prospect Park Zoo, Crown Heights
On Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 don’t miss the Prospect Park Zoo’s annual Halloween event. Watch the baboons play with pumpkins, meet a Wildlife Witch, make a spider craft and more. Join in a Halloween parade at the end of each day, and snap a photo with our costumed creatures along the way. Halloween festivities are free with admission and take place all day. http://prospectparkzoo.com/events

Ghouls & Gourds 2015 at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Heights Enjoy spectacular shows and weird workshops at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Saturday, October 24. Kids of all ages will get to meet local authors and illustrators, and join in on the day’s grand finale: Brooklyn’s wackiest costume parade, featuring colossal puppets, giant drums, and stilt dancers. Halloween activities are free with admission and take place between noon – 5:30PM http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/ghouls_gourds_2015

Harvest Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Come and celebrate the fall season with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park! Our 5th annual Harvest Festival will have have free, fun activities for the whole family! Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling,volleyball, and musical performances. Also, make sure to stop by the pumpkin patch, photo-booth, and obstacle course. Harvest Festival will take place on October 24th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/harvest-festival

2015 Greenpoint Children’s Halloween Parade & Party, Greenpoint.
On Saturday, October 24, costumed kids of all all ages will march down Manhattan Avenue and back to the starting point at the Polish Slavic Center for a spooktacular party! Arts & crafts, games, contests, bouncy house for little ones, nerf battles for older kids and more! Parade is FREE to join. Tickets for the party are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The children’s parade assembles at 176 Java Street at 2:30 pm, and kicks off at 3pm & marches down Manhattan Avenue and the after party starts at 3:30 pm back at 176 Java Street http://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenpoint-childrens-halloween-parade-party-2015-tickets-18553043653

South Brooklyn Children’s Garden Harvest Festival, Red Hook.
South Brooklyn Children’s Garden on Columbia Street will be celebrating its fourth annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 24, from 10 am to 1 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will include local food, performances, fall festivities, and a pie eating contest! Children of all ages are welcome! http://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/2015/10/3rd-annual-harvest-festival-and-pie.html

Free Fall Family Fest at Slope Playground, Park Slope.
On Saturday, October 24, join Church! of Park Slope for a free afternoon of carnival games, pumpkin carving, face painting, baked goods, snacks, mask making and more! This event is for children of all ages and goes from 12-4. Slope Playground is located on 6th Avenue between 18th and 19th.

City Stomp celebrates Halloween at ShapeShifter Lab, Park Slope/Gowanus
On Sunday, October 25th, City Stomp will perform old favorites as well as some special kid friendly halloween songs. There will be food & activities for the kids, a bar for the grown-ups and the music your children will love. Wear your costume! ShapeShifter Lab is located at 18 Whitwell Place (Between 3rd and 4th Aves & Carroll and 1st Streets). Doors open at 3:00 — show starts at 3:30 Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door. For info and tickets please visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2404879

Harvest Hootenanny at Greenwood Playground, Kensington.
On Sunday, October 25, friends of Greenwood Playground host their annual HOOT (Harvest Hootenanny) at Greenwood Playground.Activities include face painting, pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, storytelling, a bake sale, and all day musical entertainment. There will also be a HALLOWEEN PARADE with prizes awarded in the adorable costume category. This event is from 11-4. Suggested $5 per family.
http://friendsofgreenwoodplayground.org/

2015 Kids Halloween Activities in Brooklyn!

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Children of all ages love Halloween, and when babies and toddlers get in on the holiday,it’s just as much fun for the grown-ups. Here’s a roundup of some of the 2015 Halloween activities for your little ones in Brooklyn. Subscribe to SkipKid for EVEN MORE Brooklyn based Halloween activities delivered right to your inbox!

SPRIG’s Halloween Party, Sunset Park Recreation Center, Sunset Park.
On Saturday, October 24, join Sunset Park Revitalization and Improvement Group for pirate themed games, crafts, music, spooky science and more! The event goes from 10 AM – 12 PM — activities are for toddlers and children up to 6 years old. Older children are welcome but, be advised, SPRIG staff will probably put them to work helping out the little ones with one of our activities or crafts. http://www.sprigbrooklyn.org/

Subway Shindig for Families: Halloween Central Station, NY Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn.
On Thursday, Oct 29th, get all dressed up for an evening of imaginative, subway-themed family fun in the New York Transit Museum with face painting, a “glow zone,” and shadow puppet play. The event takes place from 6 PM – 8 PM and is open to all ages. $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 2-17.
https://51281.blackbaudhosting.com/51281/SUBWAY-SHINDIG-FOR-FAMILIES-HALLOWEEN-CENTRAL-STATION

Kids HALLOWEEN PARTY and SQUARE DANCE, Jalpy Theatre, Red Hook.

On Saturday, October 31, kids of all ages will enjoy a square dance, live music, a costume contest, prizes and halloween candy at Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Show starts at 5:00. The cost is $7 for kids, parents are FREE!
Buy tickets in advance: http://jalopy.biz/store/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=1597

Park Slope Halloween Parade, Park Slope

On Saturday, October 31, The Park Slope Halloween Parade Kicks off from 14th Street and 7th Avenue at 6:30 PM. If you’re marching, you’ll want to line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The parade will conclude at the Old Stone House & Washington Park in JJ Byrne Playground with a community gathering and dancing with the parade bands. http://parkslopeciviccouncil.org/halloween-parade/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=halloween-parade

Friends of Carroll Park Annual Cobble Children’s Halloween Parade

On Saturday, October 31, join Friends of Carroll Park for their annual Cobble Children’s Parade. The parade begins in front of Cobble Hill Park at 12 PM. Please bring your own noise makers! All members of the public are invited. https://www.facebook.com/CarrollParkBrooklyn?fref=ts

Little Monsters’ Jam at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

It’s that time of the year when children get dressed up as their favorite characters from books and movies to become superheroes and monsters. On Saturday, October 31, join in by dancing to monster music and create a spook-tacular trick or treat bag. This event takes place from 2:30-3:30pm and is free with museum admission. It’s perfect for children 2.5-5 years old. http://www.brooklynkids.org/

City Stomp Live, every Wednesday at Dizzy’s!

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City Stomp Live is a concert that both kids and grown-ups love. From songs about the Subway and Coney Island to activities and snacks for children of all ages, come and enjoy the show while having dinner or a cocktail. Seatings are at 5:30 and the show is at 6:00. Reservations are required; please send an email to: citystompdizzys@gmail.com. Spaces fill up fast so email early. The show is free with dinner.

Here we go! The SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 17-18

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There’s no shortage of family fun this weekend! Have a wonderful time, and and please continue to support SkipKid by telling your friends about us!

Boo Bash at PS 154, Windsor Terrace.
Enjoy a DJ dance party, crafts, face painting, giltter tattoos and lots of other Halloween festivities!

Astrograss for Kids Concert at Jalopy Theater, Red Hook.
Kids and their parents will dance together, with a unique blend of bluegrass music and down-home humor.

Autumn Moon Cultural Festival and Lantern Parade, Sunset Park.
The second half of Better Chinatown’s annual Chinese harvest season celebration, this fete in Leif Ericson Park includes cultural performances, traditional crafts and a holiday children’s lantern parade.

Spellbound Theatre presents “Grow!” at the Old Stone House, Park Slope.
Children will garden and sing while learning simple ASL signs to help tell a story of seasonal growth at this pop-up performance. [Note: there are two performances on Sunday, at 10 AM and 11:15 AM]

Meet and greet with Maisy Mouse at Barnes and Noble, Brooklyn Heights.
Everyone’s favorite furry friend, Maisy Mouse will make a special appearance!

Live musical performance at Whole Foods, Gowanus.
Join Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert as they perform an acoustic set featuring songs from their new children’s album.

Columbus Day schedule changes and noteworthy weekday events!

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Monday, October 12 is Columbus Day, which means all branches of the Brooklyn Public Library will be closed and all programming cancelled for the day. Many places have limited hours or are closed on Sunday and Monday, so please call ahead to confirm.

As for the rest of the week, try these activities for your babies and toddlers!

Open Art at Giocare Play Spot, South Slope.
Brooklyn’s newest indoor play space also offers drop-in programming like Open Art and Story Time. [Note Open Art occurs on Wednesday and Friday.]

Toddler Tuesdays at Alden Moves Dance Theater, Studio 1203, Ditmas Park.
Fabulous pianist and teacher Maxine Feldman joins ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater’s Alden LaPaglia for a sing-along and dance-along in one.

Bija Playgroup at Bija Kids, Fort Greene.
After nap but before dinnertime, bring your kids to this drop-in play space for some indoor fun. [Note: Bija Playgroup is open Monday-Thursday, but might be closed for Columbus Day].

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories at Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, Prospect Heights.
Bring your child in his or her pajamas for this special read aloud. Each child will take home a copy of an Ezra Jack Keats book.

Kids’ activities that are just as much fun for the adults

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Who says kids should have all the fun? Check out these activities that adults will enjoy too.

Paint your own pottery at Painted Pot, various locations throughout Brooklyn.
Kids and adults can paint and design their own pottery, ceramics and jewelry. Items are glazed, fired, and ready for pick-up in about a week. Children of all ages are welcome. Locations in Carroll Gardens, Bay Ridge, and Park Slope – check website for details. http://paintedpot.com

Elk Café, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.
Sit back and relax while your little one enjoys the giant outdoor playhouse at Elk Cafe. There are blocks, a kitchen, and lots of other toys sure to engage your child while you get a much needed caffeine break. Elk cafe is located at 154 Prospect Park Southwest, Brooklyn, NY 11218. All ages are welcome and the play area is free with purchase. http://www.elkcoffee.com

Babies on Board at Xtend Barre, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn.
Xtend Barre Babies on Board is a modified post-natal Xtend Barre workout for new moms and their babies. Baby will be in the bjorn/carrier while mom tones and strengthens the whole body in a safe and fun way. This workout is a great way to reconnect with the body while allowing for bonding time between mom and baby. Mom can expect to be challenged … safely, of course. Not suitable for babies over 18 pounds or younger than 6 weeks. The cost of the class is $34.00 Xtend Barre is located in Brooklyn Heights at 147 Remsen Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Call (718) 522-2580 for schedule. http://www.xtendbarre.com/studio/brooklyn/

Stocked, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Enjoy a healthful and delicious meal while your little one has fun exploring the indoor play space. And, you won’t have to do the dishes – we’d call this a win-win. Stocked is located at 635 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 and the play area is free with purchase. http://stockedbrooklyn.com

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 10-11

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It’s mid-October and Halloween is on the horizon in Brooklyn, so get ready for puppy parades and pumpkin picking. There are also a couple of terrific story hours on tap this weekend, and a performance at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Have fun out there, and please continue to help support SkipKid by subscribing and telling your friends!

Family Program at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights.
Help celebrate the season opener of the Brooklyn Historical Society Family Program – art, music, movement, and pretend!

Greenlight Bookstore Story Time, Fort Greene.
Come out for a very special singalong reading with David Weinstone, the creator of the wildly popular Music for Aardvarks program!

Luna Park Halloween Harvest Dog Parade and Costume Contest, Coney Island.
This annual event in Coney Island is a great place to kick off Halloween. Take the kiddos to see dressed-up doggies and more.

Sunday Story Time at Powerhouse on 8th, Park Slope.
Kirkus Reviews writes of Apes-a-Go-Go, “Gently whack-a-doodle, sure to leave little listeners aping the giant apes.” Bring your kids to hear a reading by the author.

Pumpkin Day in McCarren Park, Williamsburg.
Pick your own pumpkin, try arts and crafts, have you face painted, listen to live music, and more!

Coming soon: the SkipKid Weekend Roundup, October 10-11

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It’s Wednesday! Time to start thinking about the weekend. Here are two events we plan to feature in our SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 10-11.

Family Program at the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn.
Come out for the season opener of the Brooklyn Historical Society Family Program – art, music, movement, and pretend!

Luna Park Halloween Harvest Dog Parade and Costume Contest, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
This annual event in Coney Island is a great place to take the kiddos to see dressed-up doggies and more.

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New drop-in events throughout Brooklyn!

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As the weather cools off and you start thinking about indoor activities for your children, consider these new additions to SkipKid:

Create and Explore: Young Crafts with Bobbie at Brooklyn Public Library – Carroll Gardens.

Finger Play and Fun at KidVentures, South Slope/Greenwood Heights.

Kids Music Series at DSK-Brooklyn, Fort Greene.

Try-It Tuesdays at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. [Note: this event occurs every Tuesday at both 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM]

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 3-4

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The forecast this weekend is iffy so we have a mix of indoor and outdoor activities for you and your little ones. Think sweets, singalongs, and a Sunday afternoon wind down. Have fun, and thank you for continuing to spread the word about SkipKid!

Heart and Seoul: Let’s Celebrate Korea! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Explore what it’s like to grow up in South Korea through the grand opening celebration of the museum’s newest exhibit.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO ITS RAIN DATE: 10/11/15. Pumpkin Day in McCarren Park, Williamsburg. Pick your own pumpkin, try arts and crafts, have you face painted, listen to live music, and more!

Boozy Puppetsburg at Donna, Williamsburg. A Puppetsburg puppet show for the kids and a Bloody Mary for the parents: perfect!

The Big Littles Sing-Along at the Havermeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, Williamsburg. Come out for Breakfast for Toddlers with the Big Littles; stay for face painting and story time at the Sugar Sweets Festival.

Artscetera Open Play at Aikido of South Brooklyn, BoCoCa. When you’re ready to wind down the kids on Sunday evening, think playtime in pajamas.

Friday is almost here! Get ready for the SkipKid Weekend Roundup…

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We are working on the SkipKid Weekend Roundup: October 3-4. Subscribe now to have it delivered right to your inbox! In the meantime, here are a couple of activities we plan to feature….

Pumpkin Day in McCarren Park, Williamsburg. Pick your own pumpkin, try arts and crafts, have you face painted, listen to live music, and more!

Heart and Seoul: Let’s Celebrate Korea! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights. Explore what it’s like to grow up in South Korea at the grand opening celebration of the museum’s newest exhibit.

Free Bumble Bee Jamboree music and movement class at Align Brooklyn!

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Wednesday, September 30, come out for a free session of Bumble Bee Jamboree. This is a music and movement class for kids and parents that want something different and unique. The classes are led by Evan and Andrea who combine music and movement to create a positive environment which is not only educational and fun for kids but is also engaging for adults. Their energetic classes are available to children age 0 to 4 and use easy-to-follow dance moves, jam sessions, and singing to keep the bees busy! 11:00am – 11:45am at Align Brooklyn, 579 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

SkipKid Weekend Roundup: September 26 – 27

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Here are some family activities to help you plan your weekend. Bonus: most of them take place outdoors so you can enjoy this beautiful fall weather while the kids run around to their hearts’ content. Have fun, and thank you for continuing to spread the word about SkipKid!

Saturday, September 26

Play Practice Babies and Parents, Bend and Bloom Yoga, Park Slope.
You’ve gone back to work but you still want to play, right? Join Jessica Phillips Lorenz as at Bend and Bloom Yoga to bond and breathe with your babies in this special event designed for working parents…

PS9 Bounce Back to School Carnival, Prospect Heights.
Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the five bouncy houses (including one for toddlers) at this annual “Bounce Back to School Carnival”…

Book Court Kids Storytime with author Jessica Olien, Cobble Hill.
Come out to Cobble Hill’s independent bookstore to celebrate the release of author Jessica Olien’s The Shark Detective, a story that will delight creatures of all ages…

Autumn Moon Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo.
At Borough Hall’s 1st Autumn Moon Festival, enjoy family-friendly offerings including Chinese calligraphy, cultural performances, and traditional food….

Sunday, September 27

41st annual Atlantic Antic Street Fair, Boerum Hill.
At this annual street fair, families can enjoy pony rides, storytelling, and face painting on an entire block dedicated solely to kid-friendly activities…

22nd annual New York Transit Museum Bus Festival, Downtown Brooklyn.
Beep! Beep! Come out to the New York Transit Museum to explore their vintage fleet of buses and surface transportation vehicles and participate in hands-on activities for kids…

Prospect Park Harvest Festival, Prospect Park, Crown Heights/Prospect Lefferts Garden.
Come celebrate this year’s harvest at the Lefferts Historic House. Cook and eat potatoes that were planted in its garden back in May…

Brother Hamm and the American Cheese EP release party at Backyard Cafe, Park Slope.
Local children’s band Brother Hamm and the American Cheese are releasing their long awaited EP at Backyard Cafe…

Coming soon: SkipKid’s Weekend Roundup! Subscribe to find out where to take your SkipKids.

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We are launching a new feature: the SkipKid Weekend Roundup! Starting today, we will send out a mid-week email to all our subscribers featuring weekend activities for the whole family. If you are not yet a subscriber, add your name to our mailing list to have the weekend roundup delivered to your inbox. In the meantime, here are a couple of activities we plan to feature, fun for grownups and children alike!

Saturday, September 26

PS9 Bounce Back to School Carnival, Prospect Heights
This Saturday, children of all ages are welcome to enjoy the “Bounce Back to School Carnival” at PS9, a public elementary school in Prospect Heights. This year’s carnival will feature five bouncy houses (including one exclusively for toddlers), face painting, carnival games, a raffle, and a huge outdoor dance party. There will be BBQ, drinks, popcorn and other snacks for all to enjoy. Proceeds benefit the kids at PS9. Tickets are $5 per adult, $2 per child (children under 2 free) – each child ticket is good for one free bounce, and additional tickets can be purchased for bounce houses, carnival games, and food. 11 AM – 5 PM.

Sunday, September 27

41st annual Atlantic Antic Street Fair, Boerum Hill
Stroll up and down Atlantic Avenue, then plan a special stop at the “Kids Zone” on Boerum Place, between Atlantic and Pacific Streets, in Boerum Hill. Families can enjoy pony rides, storytelling, and face painting on an entire block dedicated solely to kid-friendly activities. Get ready for food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun at the largest street festival in New York City! The 41st annual Atlantic Antic runs 12 PM – 6 PM, rain or shine.

Check out SkipKid in the news!

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It has been an exciting week at SkipKid! We are grateful to all of you for your warm and enthusiastic response to the site. You’ve told us about new events and we’re adding them daily to our database. One thing is certain: there are hundreds of things to do in Brooklyn with your SKipKids, so go out and enjoy!

SkipKid is particularly honored to be featured this week on South Slope Pediatrics’ blog.

Thanks again for your support!

Callie and Denise

SkipKid’s Guide to Brooklyn’s Indoor Swimming Pools

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Soon the air will be cooling down and you’ll reach for jackets and long pants. Suddenly you’ll remember last year’s long winter—the fights over mittens and hats, the bunting that swallowed your baby whole, the restlessness that set in when your children didn’t get quite enough exercise. Don’t put away the swimsuits yet! There is plenty of water play left, but it’s moving indoors. Check out these Brooklyn community pools where you can find nine months of summer, all winter long.

Metropolitan Recreation Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/recreationcenters/B085
There is General Swim seven days a week at this New York City Parks Recreation Center. Anyone can become a member—there is no residency requirement. The annual membership fee for adults is $150, but all children swim free. Bring the kids for a daily dip and you have an easy afternoon of fun.

Camp Olympia Family Swim at John Jay High School, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
https://www.campolympiany.com/swimming/family-swim/
You don’t have to be enrolled in swim classes with Camp Olympia to take advantage of their Family Swim. For $5 per person, including babies, just show up on Sundays from 3:30 – 4:30 and let your kids play with flotation devices and pool toys in the shallow end of the indoor pool at John Jay High School. It’s commitment-free fun for the entire family! Capacity is limited. Call ahead to confirm the schedule.

Dodge YMCA, Downtown Brooklyn.
http://www.ymcanyc.org/dodge/schedules
This branch of the YMCA sells community passes for $20 per day. Bring your kiddos and your bathing suits because the Dodge has Open Swim hours every day.

Berkeley Carroll Community Swim, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
http://www.berkeleycarroll.org/inside-bcs/athletic-center-swim-classes/index.aspx
You don’t have to be affiliated with the Berkeley Carroll School, in Park Slope, to use the Bongsoon Zubay Athletic Center. A one-time fee of $250 for the year allows a family of four to access to the swimming pool on Sundays from 2:00 – 4:00 (September – May) and weekdays from 4:00 – 6:00 (June and July). That’s more than a hundred hours of floating, splashing, kicking, and blowing bubbles to get you through to next summer.

Coney Island Beach, Coney Island.
No, this isn’t an indoor swimming pool, but in the fall the crowds clear out and this beach becomes a giant sandbox for your children. Dip your baby’s toes in the surf while your toddler builds sandcastles and enjoy the last warm days of autumn!

Brooklyn Bridge Park Kite Festival, this Saturday!

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Come out this weekend to watch kites soar above the Manhattan skyline! Kites will be available for purchase or you can bring your own–or simply drop-in to observe the brightly-colored “birds” sailing overhead. Children and grownups of all ages will be delighted by the spectacle. Brooklyn Bridge Kite Festival at Harbor View Lawn, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Saturday, September 19th, 11am – 3pm. This event is free and open to the public.
http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/kite-festival

Children’s Day at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Brooklyn Book Festival, Saturday, September 19th is Children’s Day for kids ages 2-11 at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn. Enjoy authors and illustrators in readings, performances, and workshops, as they present new and beloved children’s books. Kids will also have the opportunity to meet costumed characters, join musical performances, and browse the Children’s Marketplace of booksellers, all in an outdoor setting. 10 AM – 4 PM, rain or shine.
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org

Sunday is Hip Tot Family Day at Lakeside!

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Don’t miss the final event of Hip Tot Family Day at Lakeside, in Prospect Park, on Sunday, September 13th. First is a live musical performance by the Trummytones, followed by crafts, giveaways, and more! The Trummytones are a unique children’s music band that fuses tuba, drums, accordion, ukelele  and a high-energy performance into organic acoustic pop ska, zydeco and reggae — fun for all ages. 11 AM – 2 PM, free, children up to age 8 and their parents.

http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/events/hip-tot-family-day-groove-to-the-tunes-of-the-trummytones/

 

Limited-Time Events Not to Be Missed

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You keep meaning to try a certain singalong or visit an exhibit at that nearby museum, but there’s always next week, right? Here are four activities that won’t last forever, so grab your kiddos and head out the door. Your family will thank you for it.

Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories at the Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

http://www.bklynlibrary.org/kidzone/ezra-jack-keats-bedtime-stories

Through the Ezra Jack Keats Bedtime Stories and Take-A-Book Series, librarians read aloud to children and lead singing, rhyming, and playing activities related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats’ books to keep. The program began in June and occurs every month the rest of 2015. Take children of all ages to the Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, at 7:00 PM, on the following dates: September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17.

Suzi Shelton Show at Norman & Jules Toy Shop, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

http://www.suzishelton.com

Celebrate Summer at Norman & Jules’s magical outdoor playspace with award-winning and local kiddie favorite Suzi Shelton as she returns to her favorite toy shop to perform a series of solo shows with songs from her latest release “Smile in My Heart.” Perfect for families with kids ages 0-7 years old. Shows start at 11AM (weather dependent). There are only two Sunday performances left: September 20 and October 18.

Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” at the Jalopy Theatre, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

http://littlelaffsny.com

Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a monthly variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Join Little Laffs at the fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook for a performance full of laughs. Sunday, September 13, and Sunday, October 4, at 11 AM.

Bargemusic Neighborhood Family Concerts, Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo, Brooklyn.

http://www.bargemusic.org/calendar.html

The beloved floating concert hall at Fulton Ferry Landing, near Brooklyn Bridge Park, offers free family concerts every Saturday at 4 o’clock. “Music in Motion” is a one-hour performance, including a Q & A with the musicians, appropriate for all ages. Doors open fifteen minutes prior to the concert and there is no reserved seating. It’s a rotating musical program, announced at the performance, and the last concert is November 28.

RockNLolo: New Sing-alongs in Park Slope and Williamsburg!

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Rock ‘n Lolo leads a new sing-along this fall en espanol. Children learn Spanish through original music while participating in fun activities and exploring their creative talents in a loving, energetic atmosphere. The class is 45 minutes long, full of singing and dancing — for babies and toddlers up to four years old. The class runs for 8 weeks but drop-ins are available for $25 per sing-along. In Park Slope: Ellie Herman Pilates Studio Annex, 463 4th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, Mondays at 4 PM (starting September 7th) and Wednesdays at 4 PM (starting September 9th). In Williamsburg: Edamama Cute Cuts & More, 568 Union Ave, Saturdays at 10:30 AM (starting September 12th). Email dayanlaura@gmail.com  or call (646) 578-5799 to confirm drop-in space. http://www.rocknlolokids.com/#page-block-tqj64eznwfwxko6r

Story time: The Full Moon at the Napping House at Park Slope Barnes & Noble

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Saturday, September 5th, bring your kids to a special story time at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble. Fans of Audrey Woods’s The Napping House will be especially delighted to hear The Full Moon at the Napping House. In this long-awaited companion to the beloved classic, a full moon is keeping everyone in the napping house awake! Finally, a musical visitor sends sleepy Granny, her energetic grandson, and their menagerie off to dreamland. Saturday, September 5th, at 2 PM. The event is free. Park Slope Barnes & Noble is located at 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215. 718-832-9066. http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/4872630-0

Brooklyn Kids Block Park – DJ Mikey Palms and MC Alphabet!

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Thursday, September 3rd, come out for the final event in this summer’s BK Block Party! Join DJ Mikey Palms and MC Alphabet for some “Hip Tot” music fun at Albee Square. This award-winning MC and DJ duo have traveled the country and the world entertaining children and adults with their interactive, action-packed dance party for all ages, so bring out your best moves and get ready for some super dance fun. This concert is free and takes place 10 AM – 11 AM at Albee Square (the corner of Fulton and Bond Streets).

http://downtownbrooklyn.com/events/family-community/bk-block-party-dj-mikey-palms-mc-alphabet

Don’t miss Jeppe Hein’s child-friendly art exhibition “Please Touch the Art”

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Don’t forget your bathing suit when you visit Jeppe Hein’s kid-friendly art exhibition “Please Touch the Art” at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Hein’s iconic water sculpture, Appearing Rooms is currently installed on the Bridge View Lawn. Vertical jets of water will gradually appear forming seven-foot-tall “walls”, which moments later will disappear, enabling visitors to move to different “rooms”, all without touching a drop of water. Systematically, these “walls” appear and disappear through a timed cycle, enticing visitors to step onto the gridded platform and move from space to space within the sculpture. The cycle of changing walls may also be observed from outside the piece as a dynamic and perceptually engaging work of art.  The second major component of the exhibition is a newly conceived, large-scale Mirror Labyrinth to be installed at the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace.  The third body of work, Modified Social Benches, will be on view throughout the park,surprising visitors with each chance encounter.

The exhibit is open daily from 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM and is free for visitors.

http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/press/paf-presents-a-major-exhibition-of-18-interactive-works-featuring-playful-benches-rooms-made-of-jetting-water-and-a-mirror-labyrinth

 

Storytime featuring Little Blue Truck’s Beep-Along Book at Barnes and Noble this Saturday!

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Children of all ages will enjoy storytime and activities featuring the latest title from the ‘Little Blue Truck’ series, Little Blue Truck’s Beep-Along Book this Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM. This event is happening simultaneously at both Court Street and Park Slope Barnes and Noble, so pick the location most convenient for you.

 

Check out our picks for upcoming childbirth classes throughout Brooklyn.

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If you’re a mom who hasn’t even delivered yet but is starting to think about things to do with babies, SkipKid is the right place for you. There are activities for you and your bump–childbirth classes to get both of you ready for the big day. Check out our picks for upcoming childbirth classes throughout Brooklyn, and we’ll see you again in a few months when you and your baby are ready to hit the town.

 

Private Childbirth Class, Brooklyn Heights Prenatal

http://www.brooklynheightsprenatal.com/p/childbirth-education.html

This private childbirth class offers personalized, private classes to empower expectant parents, at an affordable price. This class is designed to help you feel confident about your upcoming birth and is well-suited for couples birthing in a hospital, at home, or in a birth center. Danika Wynn, Childbirth Educator, provides a thorough educational experience where the  expectant couple can feel comfortable learning, and are  free to ask all their own questions. This 4-hour intensive consult is designed to serve busy New Yorkers. Danika’s goal is to educate and empower expectant parents to make informed decisions about their labor and birth. This course is comprehensive, yet tailored to the individual needs, wishes, inclinations and personalities of each couple, and my natural style is supportive, nonjudgmental and unbiased to any one philosophy or method. For more information email: brooklynheightsprenatal@gmail.com or call (718) 624-5489

Weekend Intensive Childbirth Education Class at Birthday Presence, in Greenpoint or Park Slope, Brooklyn

https://www.birthdaypresence.com/

One weekend, two classes…this two-day intensive course is designed for the busy New Yorker. The same material covered in the regular weekday series is packed into one weekend. Birth Day Presence childbirth preparation classes are well rounded and accessible for all types of families and individuals. Birthday Presence has locations in Greenpoint and Park Slope, Brooklyn. The cost for the weekend intensive is $395.

 

A Holistic Approach to Childbirth & the Early Weeks Postpartum with Lena DeGloma, Bend and Bloom Yoga, Park Slope, Brooklyn

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/home?studioid=4186

This comprehensive six-week series is open to couples planning birth at hospital, home or birthing center. The series will focus on holistic and practical approaches to childbirth, postpartum and early parenting and will cover a range of topics including the physiology of late pregnancy, labor and birth, including the stages and phases of labor as well as a variety of techniques for actively coping with labor (with emphasis on massage techniques and optimal positioning for pain management and smooth labor progress), natural, non-pharmaceutical ways to manage common issues in pregnancy and childbirth including herbs, nutrition, self-massage, etc. Breastfeeding basics, newborn care, and preparing for the postpartum period will also be addressed. The intention is for you to leave the series with a greater community to rely on for support in your transition to parenthood and a sense of readiness and trust in your body’s ability to give birth. The cost is $450 per couple. Bend and Bloom Yoga is located at 708 Sackett Street

between 4th & 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, NY 11217.  Call for more info: (347) 987-3162.

 

HypnoBirthing, NY, various locations

http://hypnobirthingny.com/home.html

HypnoBirthing is a natural childbirth philosophy developed by Marie Mongan. The basic premise of the HypnoBirthing philosophy is that a woman’s body is specifically designed to give birth just like any other animal mothers in Nature. HypnoBirthing focuses on childbirth education, visualizations and relaxation techniques based on self-hypnosis. You will learn how to relax your mind and your body will follow. Contact: maeva@hypnobirthingny.com for more information.

ArchforKids – Build with Me

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Wednesday, August 26 from 10:30-11:30 kids will have the opportunity to explore and learn together in a supportive environment. Develop fine motor skills and have a great time while making simple bridges, houses from paper bags, skyscrapers out of boxes, and more. This program is appropriate for children aged 3-7 years old. Come early, this is a first come first serve event. Tickets are required and will be given out 30 minutes before the start of the program. Park Slope Library is located at 431 6th Ave. at 9th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/archforkids-build-me-park-slope-library-082615

Drop-off princess/superhero night this Friday at Kidville, Carroll Gardens!

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Enjoy a night out – Kidville’s got you covered. Drop off your 2.5 – 5-year olds at  Kidville Carroll Gardens this Friday, August 21st from 6:00-8:00PM. Kids will enjoy stories, free play, music, bubbles, pizza, a bouncy castle, and much more. Members and non-members are welcome! The cost for members is $25 per child and $30 for non-members. Space is limited! Please get tickets in advance via Eventbrite. Kidville Carroll Gardens is located at 380 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11231

Miss Nina and the Jumping Jacks perform at Park Slope Library!

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Your little ones can sing and dance as Miss Nina and her band, The Jumping Jacks, perform live at Park Slope Library Wednesday, August 19th. The concert will take place from 10:30-11:30 — be sure to arrive early as this is a first come first serve event. Tickets are required and will be handed out 30 minutes in advance. All ages welcome. Park Slope Library is located at 431 6th Ave. at 9th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215. (718)832-1853

Five Great All-Day Events in Brooklyn That You Can’t Miss

You’re ready to leave the house for a sing-along in your neighborhood when suddenly your toddler has to change her shoes…and socks…and shoes again. Your baby’s nap schedule is shifting and now he can no longer make it to activities that start after eleven o’clock. You’re always on the lookout for fun things to do with your kids, but your kids have a way of conspiring to miss timely events.

We get it—you need flexibility in your activities. SkipKid has created our “all-day” events just for you. Here are five great all-day events in Brooklyn that you can’t miss, no matter what your schedule.

The New York Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn.

http://web.mta.info/mta/museum/#hours

Open every day except Monday, the Transit Museum has exhibits for even the youngest New Yorkers. Children can explore a century of movement through pretend rides in vintage transportation replicas, including a twelve-seat bus and a pint-sized trolley. Let them run free in a traffic intersection that’s safe for them to play in, complete with traffic lights and walk signs, parking meters, and fire hydrants. Watch them play with switches and fuses in the ElectriCity science exhibit with hands-on activities that walk them through such mysteries as the subway’s third rail.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Crown Heights.

http://www.bbg.org/visit/hours

A new, expanded Discover Garden draws children of all ages to explore plant and flower habitats across marshes, meadows, and woodlands. Let your baby explore her senses of smell and touch by sinking her hands into soil or sniffing summer flowers. Your toddler will find his own way through the thoughtfully curated exhibit with hands-on exploration stations and a fruit and vegetable garden. There is a wonderful café with outdoor seating, perfect for a snack break. Come when you can, and stay as long as you like—this outdoor setting is perfect for the whole family.

Play, Greenpoint.

http://playgreenpoint.com

When it’s too hot outside to think about the playground, head to one of Brooklyn’s first indoor playgrounds. Conveniently located in Greenpoint/Williamsburg, Play is open seven days a week and is ideal for children newborn to six years old. Your older toddlers might run for the tumbling gym or slides while your younger toddlers could find themselves playing with oversized toys and pretend food in the children’s kitchen. The music studio will delight pre-crawlers with noisemakers and instruments they don’t have at home. Best of all, the price of entry is an all-day pass. Bring lunch or snack and take advantage of the well-stocked lounge area to feed your kids before sending them back out to play.

Norman & Jules, Park Slope.

http://normanandjules.com

The backyard playspace at Norman & Jules toy store in an oasis in the city. Leave the heat behind and relax into a shady, serene setting with your children, open Monday through Friday (and often with weekend hours, too) at 9:30 AM. Soft, artificial turf and giant shade umbrellas will have children hustling to take off their shoes and shed their shirts. Let your babies explore sensory play with the cork table, the water feature, and the pebble “sand box.” Your toddlers will enjoy racing down the rolling hill, rocking in wooden “boats,” and ducking into the play house for some pretend play. Scoops, shovels, bowls, and cups work as well in the water as they do in the cork and rocks. Stay as long as playtime lasts–benches and mist machines keep this area cool and comfortable for parents and children alike. (Closes for the season at the end of October.)

Ample Hills Creamery, Gowanus and Prospect Heights.

http://amplehills.com

It doesn’t have to be summer to enjoy ice cream, and at Ample Hills Creamery, you can indulge your kids’ need for a treat with their need to play. With flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Mexican Hot Chocolate, there is a treat for every palate. The promise of an ice-cream cone is sure to get your toddlers moving toward the door; tell them that they get to watch the ice cream being made, and you’ll have no problem getting the whole family to an activity that’s year-round fun.

Don’t miss Rockin’ Rob’s last two sing-alongs of the summer!

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Moxie Music wraps up summer sing-alongs with Rockin’ Rob this Tuesday, August 11 and Friday, August 14. Doors open at 10:30 and music starts at 11:00. The cost is $7 per child. This event will take place at The Universalist Unitarian Chapel at 119 Pierrepont Street (between Monroe Place and Clinton Street) in Brooklyn Heights. All ages welcome.

Father Goose at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

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The Brooklyn Children’s Museum hosts Jamaican born, multi-talented entertainer, Rankin Don performing as “Father Goose.” This is a musical event for the whole family–get ready to sing your hearts out! Free with museum admission. Saturday, July 25, from 3:30 – 4:30

House of Song album release party!

Pete Sinjin of Hootenanny Art House has a new family album out, House of Song. To celebrate, Greenwood Park Beer Garden (555 7th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215) in South Slope is hosting  an album release party. Saturday, June 20th, at 10 AM. All ages. $10/person in advance, $15/person at the door (under 9 months free!). Buy tickets here.

 

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Spellbound Theatre at Birthday Presence, Park Slope

Come out to Birthday Presence for Spellbound Theatre! Explore one story a week through song, story, and play.  Children will have a chance to socialize, develop pre-literacy and imaginative skills, and learn new stories.  Grown-ups will have a chance to learn stories and songs that they can do at home. Each week is a new story and theme, explored through art-based play. Mondays, 11 – 11:45, $15/child or $22/siblings.

Watermelon train!

Tiny Dancers – Creative Movement for Toddlers

Join Nikki Koch for this new class at the Cobra Club. In this class you and your child will explore all types of movement, from the footloose and fancy-free dance party, to exploration of artistic movement concepts and the beginning stages of learning to following movement instruction. Toddlers and their caregivers will dance and play together, and all will all have a rockin’ good time. Strong walkers to 3 year olds.

Fruit and veggie popsicles

Sneak in some greens with this tasty summer treat your little one is sure to love!

Creole for Kidz! Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell

Join Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience for a concert for the whole family at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Saturday, June 6, 4:00 – 7:00 PM, rain or shine. FREE.

Sing-along with Debbie Deane

Bluegrass at Bartel-Pritchard greenmarket in South Slope

The Market Chords are back at Bartel-Pritchard Circle Farmers’ Market! Wednesdays from 10 AM to noon stop by the greenmarket to hear blues, bluegrass, and ballads for the young at heart. Outdoor performance, weather permitting. Donations gladly accepted.

sensory play for babies and toddlers tugging box

In need of an activity to do at home? Check out this DIY tugging box for toddlers!

Diy baby activity make your own guitar sensory play

diy music activity for babies and toddlers

Ivan’s Drum-a-Long at Backyard in Park Slope

New activity for children in Park Slope! Drum-a-long with Ivan at Backyard coffeehouse in Park Slope. Thursdays at 10AM, $10 per family. All ages welcome. 388 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215. 347-227-8018.