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by NYC Editor, 10/17/2008

 
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KIDS DISCOVER THE ART OF LEARNING
THIS FALL NYC & COMPANY NAMES
BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
CULTURAL ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH

2-for-1 admission offered Wednesday through Friday throughout November

Note to editors: Images of Brooklyn Children's Museum are available upon request.

New York, NY (November 1, 2006) — “Music and science and art—oh my!” This November, Brooklyn Children’s Museum located in Crown Heights is a one-stop-shop for parents looking for fun and educational activities for children of all ages. NYC & Company, the city's official tourism marketing organization, has named the Museum its Cultural Organization of the Month for November. Throughout the month visitors will receive 2-for-1 admission Wednesday through Friday when they mention “Cultural Organization of the Month” at time of ticket purchase.

Founded in 1899 as the world’s first museum for kids, Brooklyn Children’s Museum provides hands-on learning adventures in natural science and world culture. An interactive world of fun awaits in the Museum’s nine exhibit galleries where children can meet animals, play musical instruments from around the world, study plants, run a pizza shop, or learn about faraway lands through a permanent collection of over 30,000 objects. Brooklyn Children’s Museum actively engages children in exciting educational experiences and special programs daily.

“Brooklyn Children’s Museum is one of New York’s educational treasures and NYC & Company is proud to honor this wonderful institution as our Cultural Organization of the Month,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, president of NYC & Company. “Our children are the future audiences of the city’s cultural community, so getting them interested in museums now will help New York maintain its position of the world’s cultural capital for generations to come.”

“Brooklyn Children’s Museum is thrilled to be chosen by NYC & Company as the November Cultural Organization of the Month,” said Carol Enseki, president of Brooklyn Children’s Museum. “With hands-on exhibitions; daily art, science, and cultural programs; and weekend music, dance, and theatrical performances, families visiting New York City need not look any further than Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a fun-filled day of activities for kids. This month, museum-goers can enjoy a visiting exhibit based on the beloved Berenstain Bears storybooks, learn about traditional wrapping attires such as saris and turbans in a cultural workshop, participate in daily programs for children ages five and under in the Totally Tots exhibit, and much more. Weekend activities include a celebration of El Día de los Muertos, a stilt dancing performance, and Thanksgiving holiday-themed programs. Our museum has inspired creativity in children of all ages for over 106 years. Visit Brooklyn Children’s Museum and touch the world!”

To get to Brooklyn Children’s Museum by subway, take the #3 train to Kingston Avenue, the A train to Nostrand, or the C train to Kingston/Throop. To get there by bus, take the B43/44 to St. Marks or the B25/45/65 to Brooklyn Avenue.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Calendar of Events:
For a complete calendar of Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s events for November, please visit nycgo.com.

Birds Get Ready for Winter Thursday, November 2; 2pm-3pm The skies are turning cold and gray and many birds are busily adapting their homes for the winter. Discover how city birds, such as pigeons and waterfowl, prepare for this frosty time. Help the birds on your block survive the snow by making a pinecone bird treat to feed on during the wintry season.
Ages 5+

Blooming Babies Weekend:
Goodnight Teddy Bear
Friday, November 3; Saturday, November 4; and Sunday, November 5; 11am-12pm
Explore how children all over the world get ready for bedtime. Learn about fun things to do to make going to
sleep the best part of your day. Create and decorate your own cuddly teddy bear.
Ages 18 months - 2 ½ years

Day of the Dead Saturday, November 4; 3pm-4:30pm
Celebrate the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday honoring the dearly departed. In this bilingual program, see authentic Mexican folk art, sip Mayan hot chocolate, taste traditional Day of the Dead bread, and make your own calavera skeleton puppet. Ages 6+

Little Scientist
Wednesday, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 11:30am
Early learners investigate the world of science with hands-on activities.
Ages 5 and under

Flicks for Tots
Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12; 11:30am-12:30pm
Tots! Camera! Action! Calling all pint-sized film enthusiasts to enjoy animated films. Watch cherished children’s stories come to life on screen.
Ages 5 and under

Family Science Workshop:
Grin and Bear It
Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12; 3pm-5pm
Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about teeth. Compare your pearly whites to the teeth of various animals by examining skull specimens. Find out why Brother and Sister Berenstain go to the dentist and make a special Tooth Fairy Box to hold your baby teeth.
Ages 5+

Giant Steps
Sunday, November 12; 2:30pm
Prepare to be dazzled! Actors from the Bond Street Theatre present comedic tales of gigantic proportions featuring stilt dancing, juggling, and other circus arts.
All ages

Mealtime Manners
Sunday, November 12; 4pm-5pm
In some cultures, it’s polite to slurp your noodles and eat with your fingers. Discover how the rules that govern mealtime vary from country to country. See dining artifacts from around the world and compete in a table manners challenge game.
Ages 5+

Tales for Tots
Thursday, November 2, 9, 16, 30; 11:30am
Hear tales from around the world, sing songs, and get moving to music.
Ages 5 and under

Planet Brooklyn:
The World at Our Feet
Saturday, November 18; 11am-5pm
Take an imaginary walk around Brooklyn, exploring all of its wonderful diversity as you go! Discover the culturally rich stories, music, games, and food of this fabulous borough in a day full of hands-on programming.
All ages

Improvisation Workshop
Saturday, November 18; 2:30pm
Join educators from the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music for a fun musical improvisation workshop. Learn all about sound patterns, rhythms, and melodies with your family.
All ages

Thanksgiving Tree of Thanks
Saturday, November 18; 2:30pm-3:30pm
Thanksgiving is a special time to reflect on the wonderful people and things in your life. Join us for an hour of arts and crafts and create a colorful Tree of Thanks to commemorate your gratitude. Ages 5+

Early Learner Workshop:
Berenstain Bears
Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19; 11am-12:30pm
Explore the Growing Up with The Berenstain Bears exhibit and discover the important role each person plays in creating a community. Learn all about community helpers including the baker. Whip up yummy recipes the baker serves.
Space is limited and pre-registration required. Call (718) 735-4400 ext. 110 to register.
Ages 2 ½-5

MetLife Early Learner Performance Series:
Shlomo Music
Sunday, November 19; 1pm and 2pm
Sing along to traditional folk songs with Shlomo, a spirited musician with a flair for hilarious humor. All ages

X-plorers Club:
Feasting Cup
Sunday, November 19; 2:30pm-4:30pm
See an authentic kjenge, a Scandinavian feasting cup. These ornately carved cups were passed around to guests at celebrations. Hear an exciting Viking tale and learn how these seafaring warriors influenced the kjenge cup’s design. Craft your own fanciful Scandinavian cup to take home.
Ages 8+

Artworks!
Friday, November 3, 10, 17, 24; 11:30am
Get color crazy and create beautiful artwork.
Ages 5 and under

Workshop for Families with Special Needs:
Thanksgiving Treats
Sunday, November 25; 11:30am-1pm
On Thanksgiving, people come together to share food with family and friends. Talk about the special foods you eat on holidays. Work with other children to make and decorate yummy cup cakes.
Pre-registration is required. Call 718-735-4400 x123 to register.
All ages

X-plorers Club:
Feasting Cup
Sunday, November 26; 2:30pm-4:30pm
See an authentic kjenge, a Scandinavian feasting cup. These ornately carved cups were passed around to guests at celebrations. Hear an exciting Viking tale and learn how these seafaring warriors influenced the kjenge cup’s design. Craft your own fanciful Scandinavian cup to take home.
Ages 8+

Saris and Turbans
Sunday, November 26, 3pm-4:30pm
Examine and try on a sampling of traditional wrapping attires, ranging from Indian saris to Arab turbans.
Learn how to properly wrap these beautiful fabrics and decorate your own turban to take home.
Ages 6+

VISITING EXHIBITION:
Growing Up with the Berenstain Bears
Through January 7, 2007
This furry family favorite is brought to life in this exhibit, where visitors can step inside the pages of their favorite Berenstain Bears storybooks with interactive activities. Kids can build a fort in the Tree House, solve puzzles in the Bear County School, enjoy recess on the Playground, dare to enter the spooky cave at Skull Rock, and create endings for unfinished Berenstain storybooks.
All ages

About Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Founded in 1899 as the world’s first museum for kids, Brooklyn Children’s Museum provides hands-on learning adventures in natural science and world culture. Hours of operation:
Wednesday – Friday; 1pm – 6pm (Totally Tots opens at 11am) Saturday and Sunday; 11am – 6pm. Admission: $5.
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks) in Brooklyn. For more information, call 718-735-4400 or visit nycgo.com. To get to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum by subway, take the #3 train to Kingston Avenue, the A train to Nostrand, or the C train to Kingston/Throop. To get there by bus, take the B43/44 to St. Marks or the B25/45/65 to Brooklyn Avenue.

About Cultural Organization of the Month: Produced by NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism marketing organization, the Cultural Organization of the Month program promotes cultural tourism in all five boroughs. By spotlighting a different arts organization each month, the program encourages visitors to discover the cultural opportunities available throughout New York City. For information visit
nycgo.com.


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About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide.