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Brooklyn Kids: Family Activities in Brooklyn

February 2012 "Kids in Brooklyn" Calendar

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School's out for Presidents Day celebration this month!

Here are ten great ideas for Brooklyn activities for the family, including tips on making Black History Month and the Presidents Day holiday both entertaining and educational. Also, see Things to Do with Kids During the February School Break.

1. FILM: Annual BAMkids Film Festival

Entertain your kids (and yourselves) with a smorgasbord of over sixty films, both shorts and features, from twenty three countries at Brooklyn's most popular children’s film festival. Advance reservations recommended. Learn more; order tickets.

When & Where February 5th and 6th. Brooklyn Academy of Music (Near Atlantic Terminal/Atlantic Center Mall)

2. PUPPET SHOW

Ideal for tots age 4 and up, Brooklyn's classic puppet company, Puppetworks, serves up inventive programs every weekend. Reserve ahead.

When & Where Throughout February on weekends, Puppetworks (Park Slope)

3.Arty Facts: "Stories and Art" at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM EVERY WEEKEND

Have fun with the Brooklyn Museum's very popular art programs for children.

When & Where Every weekend, 11:00 AM. Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor of the Brooklyn Museum.

4. Black History Month

Brooklyn’s one of the nation's best places to celebrate Black History Month. See a schedule of activities for kids, families and adults.

When & Where Throughout February, borough-wide

5. ZOO: Herbie the Giant Rabbit at Prospect Park Zoo

Say hi to Herbie the Giant Rabbit! Visit Prospect Park’s huge bunny for Ground Hog Day, for Valentine's Day—or any other day! Kids just love Herbie.

When & Where Open daily, Prospect Park Zoo (Flatbush Avenue entrance)

6. FREE MOVIES: Kids Nature Film Series (Free)

School's out! Join your kids for some high quality "edu-tainment." See the award-winning LIFE natural history series, produced by the Discovery Channel and BBC. And, it's free! Call ahead for reservations, as there's limited seating.

When & Where February 19-26, Audubon Center (Prospect Park, near Empire Blvd. entrance)

7. NEW YORK TRANSIT MUSEUM

For city kids, the subway is a fact of life. So this little underground museum in Brooklyn Heights, near the Fulton Mall, is an interesting yet familiar place. See old trains, go through turnstiles. It's fun and interactive. When & Where Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights(Brooklyn Heights).Open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

8. BROOKLYN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

The Brooklyn Children's Museum is always a hit with kids .

When & Where Daily except Mondays, Brooklyn Children's Museum (Crown Heights)

9. LIVE SHOW: JAZZ for KIDS(Free)

Attend this wonderful concert for kids. Live performances, tap dance, and sing along. Fun for the whole family.

When & Where 1 P.M., February 11, Dweck Center, Brooklyn Public Library (Park Slope/Grand Army Plaza)

10. BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT BROOKLYN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

This wonderful little museum has special events for tots and school age children. See listings of events and times at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

11. CROWN HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD WALK AND MUSEUM

Brooklyn’s one of the most multicultural places in America. Take the kids for a real-life lesson in diversity by spending an hour in Crown Heights, home to a diverse black and Hasidic Jewish communities. Afterward, warm up and learn more about Jewish heritage (from a Hasidic perspective) with a visit to the Jewish Children's Museum

When & Where Neighborhood tour, anytime. Museum closes early on Fridays,all day Saturday,and Jewish holidays. Jewish Children's Museum. (Crown Heights)

In a Brooklyn nutshell: Sure, February can be cold, but there are plenty of terrific family outings in Brooklyn, whether you're tourists and visiting with kids from out of town—or live right here, in Sheepshead Bay or Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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