Mandrakes, Dragons, Jews — And Other Monsters Of Medieval Times

Hi everyone! Another week has flown by and get ready for another busy weekend here in NYC!


This weekend head out and enjoy the Fall 2019 2’s and 3’s Fest at SPARK, NYC Gifted and Talented Seminar at CAI Center, BAMkids: Laura’s Star at BAM, the Annual Ragamuffin Parade, Family Concert: The Moonlights at The Jewish Museum, First Discoveries for Toddlers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical at The New Victory Theater, Lavender Blues at Tot Town, Family Night with Gustafer Yellowgold in Madison Square Park,  Everyone is Welcome Here: Fiesta Latina with Flor at Paerdegat Brooklyn Public Library, Open House New York: Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, Berry Nice Day on Randall’s Island Park, Private Picassos Studio 3rd Anniversary Party, Sunday Social at Montague St. and PBS Kids at the Alamo: Wild Kratts: Creeppy Creatures at Alamo Drafthouse.

Also check out long running events like Show Up, Kids! at Kraine Theater, Boo at the Zoo at the Prospect Park Zoo, Haunted Paper House on Governors Island, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, the Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum, The Snow Queen & The Emperor’s New Clothes at Puppetworks, Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town, Candytopia at Penn Plaza, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium, Discovery Room at New York Transit Museum, Pumpkin Patch in Queens Botanical Garden and

, Harry Potter: A History of Magic at New-York Historical Society, Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum and the last few weekends of play:groundNYC’s Yard on Governor’s Island.

There are more events this weekend so check the >calendar

to see everything going on in NYC. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday October 12th

>First Discoveries for Toddlers at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Fridays 930-1130a until October 26th. Free with Garden admission. Location: Discovery Garden. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Calling all explorers up to 5 years old (and their caregivers)! Plant a seed, touch a wriggly worm, read a story, or create a unique nature craft at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers. Activities rotate weekly. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Note: Fridays 8a-12n admission is free March-November.

>Lavender Blues at Tot Town (Crown Heights)

Fridays 115p.  $25/drop-in.  Lavender Blues is an intimate music & movement session for babies and toddlers. During our 40 minute classes kids develop an understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body as well as develop social and coordination skills—all while singing, dancing and having fun!  We sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments, have movement with our fingers, arms and feet, as well as march, dance, and play with a ginormous parachute!!  This class is a DROP IN ONLY! Simply show up! Enjoy a FREE hour of open play after class!

>Everyone is Welcome Here: Fiesta Latina with Flor at Paerdegat Brooklyn Public Library

Friday October 12th 3-4p. Free. For all ages. Come to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Fiesta performed by Flor! Flor is a bilingual recording artist, actress, singer and songwriter that performs music all around NYC with engaging songs for children that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Ven a celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con una Fiesta presentada por Flor! Flor es una artista, actora, cantante y escritora de canciones bilingüe que canta música en todo NYC con canciones para niños que puede ser disfrutado por toda la familia.

>Family Night with Gustafer Yellowgold in Madison Square Park

Friday October 12th 6-730p. This event is free and will take place rain or shine!

Mad. Sq. Kids presents Family Night with Gustafer Yellowgold. Artist and musician Morgan Taylor takes us on a funny and touching multimedia journey of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling. This is a wonderful opportunity to cuddle up on a picnic blanket with your little ones and enjoy a night out. Magic Evan: 6:00pm-6:30pm and Gustafer Yellowgold: 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Melt Bakery will be on site selling ice cream sandwiches, and Shake Shack will make purchasing food easy for the whole family.

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See all the Friday events here.


Saturday October 13th

>Berry Nice Day on Randall’s Island Park

Saturday October 13th 10a-12n. Free. Join our naturalists as we explore the many different berry-producing plants found on Randall’s Island. We’ll learn about how many of these berries help support wildlife and have evolved to support a new generation of plants. We’ll also explore the beautiful diversity of these plants and why they’re so crucial to our environment. Location: Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh

>Open House New York: Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park

Saturday October 11a-3p. Free. Step back in time! Built in 1908 at the center of Fort Greene Park, this memorial pays tribute to the 11,000 men, women, and children who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. Step inside this historic monument and learn about Fort Greene Park history, the Revolutionary War, and the stories of those who perished.

>BAMkids: Laura’s Star at BAM (Fort Greene)

Saturday October 13th 2p. For ages 6+. General admission: $10, children 12 and under $7, members $7.50 (free for level 4 and above). Run time: 75 min. Laura is a seven-year-old country girl who just moved to a big city with her family. On the first night in her new neighborhood, she sees a shooting star falling to Earth and soon discovers that it’s not only alive—it also severed one of its points upon landing! Laura and her younger brother take their wounded friend home, where they discover that the little star is far more cosmically powerful than expected. This animated delight from Germany features fantastical imagery, themes of friendship and compassion, and plenty of magic.

>Annual Ragamuffin Parade (Bay Ridge)

Saturday October 13th 1p.  Rain or Shine.  Free.  For all ages.  Join us for the Annual Ragamuffin Parade on Saturday!  Thousands of youngsters from toddlers to pre-teens take part in the annual Children’s Ragamuffin Parade.  Parade Assembly: 12:30PM 76th between 3rd and 4th Avenues/3rd and Ridge Blvd. Registration: 11AM – 12:15PM. Holy Angels Catholic Academy/OLA school yard on 74th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. Judging: 11:30AM – 12:30PM Where: Holy Angels Catholic Academy/OLA school yard on 74th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. See the website for all the details.

>Private Picassos Studio 3rd Anniversary Party! (Park Slope)

Saturday October 13th 3-6p. Free. Help us celebrate 3 years of our Art Studio! We’ll have FREE Art Activities from 3-6pm and $5 painting palette all day long!

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See all the Saturday events here.


Sunday October 14th

>Fall 2019 2’s and 3’s Fest at SPARK (DUMBO)

Sunday October 14th 10a-12n. An intimate meet and greet with some of the best programs and schools for children 2-4 in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Not old enough for universal pre-k but want to get your kid involved in school or enrichment? Looking at private school and want to start early? This is the perfect event for you. Also, get your copy of our 2’s and 3’s program guide and a grab and go breakfast while your kids play in the SPARK playspace. Pre-Registration is required.

>Sunday Social at Montague St.

Sunday October 14th 11a-6p. Get Social with us. It’s Free. Court Street and Hicks Street featuring entertainment on Montague Street between Court & Clinton Streets. 11:30am – Special reading of Aunt Lilly’s Laundromat by author Melanie Hope Greenberg, 11am-12pm & 1pm–2pm Paprika Music Parade, 2pm- ZCO Dance Project, 3pm -Drumming by Brooklyn Music School and 4pm- Brooklyn Diamonds Cheer Squad. See website for all the event details.

>Family Concert: The Moonlights at The Jewish Museum (UES)

Sunday October 14th 1130a-1230p. Tickets: $18 General Public; $14 Jewish Museum Family Members. For ages 3 and up. Groove to the melodious music of The Moonlights—a delightful collaboration between songwriters Rachel Loshak and Dean Jones—while the ethereal works of Marc Chagall are on view at the Museum. The Moonlights’ stirring collection of beautiful, quirky songs for all ages layer whimsical lyrics with instruments from guitar, to marimba, to French horn, creating a “sonic painting.” See the website for all the details.

>Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)

Sundays starting October 14th at 12-4p and Mondays-Thursdays 1-4p until November 22nd. Free with Museum admission. For children 2 and older. Children will sail on a journey to discover the Hebrew “Aleph Bet” letters while playing the role of captain with hats, ship barrels, and a captain’s wheel. The young captains will get to explore Aleph Bet letters by shaping them with sand, connecting giant Aleph Bet puzzle pieces, sending the letters up in a wind tunnel, and relaxing with a variety of Aleph Bet books in the reading nook.

>NYC Gifted and Talented Seminar at CAI Center (sponsored)

Sunday October 14th 330-530p. Free. Who should attend: Parents and caregivers of students Pre-K to 2nd Grade for NYC Gifted and Talented (G&T) test and Hunter College Elementary School. This discussion will update you and inform you about the resources to manage your next steps with your children: if you are just beginning the process, in the midst of it, or even considering the options for a year from now. If you’re a parent to a preschooler or early elementary school-aged child and feel overwhelmed or confused by the NYC gifted and talented program eligibility testing, please RSVP today for an informative parent seminar with our team of NYC experts. We’ve got a wealth of resources to help walk you through it — and our expertise has already helped thousands of kids double their odds of getting into these highly competitive NYC G&T and private school programs! IMPORTANT: We love your kids, but due to the complexity of topic please ensure there are NO CHILDREN at this event. Location: 505 8th Avenue, 20th floor (at 35th street, directly across the street from Staples). You will need ID to enter building. See website for all the details.

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See all the Sunday events here.


All Weekend

>Show Up, Kids! at Kraine Theater (East Village) (sponsored)

Saturdays & Sundays until October 28th (except October 13th) at 230p. Tickets $10. The main attraction didn’t show up, but the kids still want to see a comedy show! So, improvisor Peter Michael Marino is gonna make one up on the spot and have the kids (and adults) help create it by providing the plot, setting, characters, set, props, costumes, and music. What could possibly go wrong?

>Harry Potter: A History of Magic at New-York Historical Society (UWS)

Ongoing until Sunday January 27th. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, and Saturday 10a–6p, Friday 10a–9p, and Sunday 10a–5p. The last entry will be 45 minutes before closing. Tickets: $21/adult, $16/senior, $13/college student & HS student, $6/kid 5-13y, child 0-4 free. Harry Potter: A History of Magic a British Library exhibition at the New-York Historical Society! Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay. The exhibition is accompanied by a special audio tour featuring the voice of actress Natalie Dormer—available to ticketholders as a free Audible download—providing in-depth content on the objects on view. See the website for all the event details. Due to high demand it is strongly recommend that visitors book advance tickets online. Book here. Check the calendar for special opening and closings.

Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical at The New Victory Theater

Saturdays 11a & 3p until October 20th and Sunday October 14th 11a & 3p. Tickets start at $25. For ages 4-7y. Performance: 70 minutes with no intermission. “Jambo, human beings!” Welcome to TINGA TINGA TALES – THE MUSICAL, where Lion, Monkey, Elephant and their larger-than-life animal friends leap onto the stage from the pages of the beloved books and the popular international cartoon series. Chameleon needs some cheering up and Giraffe is in a sticky situation… Will the whole herd make it to the Festival of Colors? In a vibrant world bursting with rich harmonies, live African rhythms and infectious fun, join a wild cast of characters for a sing-along, dance-along, Tinga Tinga-tastic time!

>PBS Kids at the Alamo: Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures at Alamo Drafthouse (Downtown Brooklyn)

Saturday-Sunday October 13th-14th 9a. Part of our ongoing PBS KIDS at the Alamo series. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-$5, with all ticket sales benefitting your local PBS station. Simply select “Edit Order” in the check out process to choose your ticket amount. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Lights will stay a little brighter and the sound will be turned down during the show. The WILD KRATTS are returning to the Alamo for an all new special just in time for Halloween! Martin and Chris uncover some of the creepiest creature powers on the planet in this one-hour special featuring giant spiders and vampire bats.

>Haunted Paper House on Governors Island

Saturdays-Sundays 12n-5p until October 28th. Free. Did you know there’s a Haunted House on Governors Island? A Haunted Paper House! And we need your help filling it up with all sorts of tricks and treats! Throughout October, the Paper House will return to House 8B in Nolan Park for a spooky month of ghosts, monsters, jack o’ lanterns and Halloween spirit – all made out of paper. Across two floors, we’re inviting artists and guests to help create and decorate uncanny attractions from paper, cardboard, crayons and more – including a parlor of ghosts, a monster lab, paper pumpkin carving and much, much more. It all leads up to a big party weekend on October 27-28, with costumes, stories, games and performances for trick-or-treaters of all ages

>Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 18th at various times.  Free. In this special six session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science and math through music, stories, art and play will help you and your child get ready for school. The experience of learning together with peers also teaches children important social-emotional skills that will help them adjust to being in a classroom environment. See website for locations and times.

>Boo at the Zoo at the Prospect Park Zoo

Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p in October. Free with Zoo admission. Don’t miss our annual Halloween event. This year we’re talking about bats, around the world and right here in Brooklyn where we’re working to understand their local urban ecology. Every weekend will be jam-packed with fun activities such as a Costumed Character Scavenger Hunt, face painting, and other Halloween-themed games and crafts. Plus, plenty of animals to visit. Stop by the Boo at the Zoo Spooky Science station and meet some of the creepy animals that make the world a better place. See you here!

>Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)

Saturdays-Sundays 10a-4p in October. Tickets: $6 general admission, $20 family of four. Harvest season at Decker Farm is fun for the entire family! Pick a pumpkin to take home, enjoy an old-fashioned hay ride, corn maze, arts and crafts, and face painting! This picturesque historic site will be open to the public weekends in October. Come enjoy the season with us, and discover your inner farmer! Purchase the tickets here.

>Pumpkin Patch in Queens Botanical Garden

Saturdays-Sundays 11a-5p. Does not include Garden admission. Patch Admission: Online — $4 Non-Members/FREE for Members At the Patch — $6 Non-Members/FREE for Members Pumpkins: Online — $6 each At the Patch — $8 each, upon availability. Queen Botanical Garden’s ever-popular Pumpkin Patch is back and bigger than ever to bring you the quintessential fall family experience every weekend in October and on Columbus Day! Purchase tickets here.

>Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)

Weekends Saturday-Sunday 11a-6p until October 28th. All activities are included in all day Luna Pass. Halloween Harvest returns, magic shows, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, roaming artists, costume contest, trick-or-treating and more! Luna Park will be transformed into “Treasure Island ” and pirates throughout the park along with a feature interactive storytelling with by Story Pirates! See website for all the event details.

>Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo

Weekends until October 28th & Monday October 8th 10a-5p. Free with Zoo admission. Discounts available for tickets purchased online.

Our annual Bronx Zoo tradition is back this year. Plan a trip to see what’s new and enjoy yearly favorites, like a spooky hayride or pumpkin carvings. Come dressed in your Halloween best and show it off in the costume parade. See the website for all the information on events.

>Hogwarts House Badges at New-York Historical Society (UWS)

Saturdays and Sundays 1-4p until January 27th, 2019. Free with Museum admission. For all ages. WWhat makes each Hogwarts House unique? Discover the history of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin, and learn about some of the most famous witches and wizards from each House. Then choose from the four House crests to decorate and proudly wear! Note: This program does not include admission to Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Purchase ticket to the exhibit here.

>The Snow Queen & The Emperor’s New Clothes at Puppetworks (Park Slope)

Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 16th (additional performances Monday October 8th & Monday November 12th). For 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Both of Andersen’s fairy tales at each performance adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Note: Weekend Groups of 20 or more: $9 per person and they offer deeper Discounts for Monday-Friday Group Shows (No General Public may attend). See website for details here.

>Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum

Saturdays & Sundays until October 27th 11a-430p (last ticket sold 430p). Amazing Maize Maze: $10 adults, $5 kids age 4 to 11, free for kids age 3 and under. Enjoy getting lost in our 3-acre interactive corn maze. The adventure begins with a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of the maze. Feel up to the challenge? Then join us for the fun of getting lost and loving it!

>Discovery Room at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)

Saturdays & Sundays 1130a-1230p & 330-430p until December 30th. Free with Museum admission. For ages 2 –5y. We’re opening up the Education Center to our youngest fans to explore our favorite puzzles, books, toys, and building materials!

>Candytopia at Penn Plaza

Daily until Thursday November 15th. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10a-830p and Sunday 11a-830p. Tickets: $34 adult & $26 kids 4-12y. What if an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small nation? Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness! Explore our sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, tastefully curated by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin and realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog. This three-month event celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other!

>Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium (Coney Island)

The aquarium opens 10a year-round. The new exhibit will amaze visitors as they journey through nine galleries breathtakingly eye-to-eye with sharks, rays and hundreds of species of ocean wildlife. As you explore the exhibit, the wondrous world deep below the ocean surface is revealed, whether it is in the Coral Reef Tunnel, The New York Bight or the dark and mysterious Hudson Canyon’s Edge with large sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and hundreds of marine species which live off the coast of New York. Over 115 marine species, 18 different kinds of sharks and rays, one unforgettable experience. The Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit brings some of the most misunderstood animals out of the depths and nose-to-nose with visitors like you!

>play:groundNYC’s Yard on Governor’s Island

Saturdays-Sundays 12n-4p. Free. play:groundNYC invites you to play at the Yard, New York’s only adventure playground! The Yard boasts 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Tools provided include nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! The Yard is for kids only, with a recommended age of 6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing. Please note, while we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. There are play:groundNYC playworkers in the Yard at all times. We also have a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to the Yard. Adult supervision is required. The ages for both the Yard (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.

>NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)

Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 30th 2018. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!

See the calendar for all the events.

Source : https://www.achildgrows.com/2018/10/11/weekend-events-in-brooklyn-nyc-october-12th-14th/

Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: October 12th-14th
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