Living History: A Brooklyn Children’s Museum salute

Come help us celebrate the fabulous month of February featuring Black History Month: Living History, Mid-Winter Recess (Saturday, Feb. 18 – Sun., Feb. 26) and the continuation of our W.O.R.D. UP! Words of Real Distinction, reading series. All Black History Month are included with Museum admission.

During Black History Month (BHM) visitors can watch history come alive while exploring the contributions of the amazing men and women who have shaped our lives and the world.

Highlights of the month include the Play Lab Workshop Series: Marvelous Mardi Gras!, Madame C.J. Walker’s Journey Around the World, a W.O.R.D. UP! reading and beauty tips with Hollis Barclay (Hibiscus Health & Wellness Center); the first annual “Circle of Love” Dads & Daughters Ball!, Anansi the African Spider Man, Living the Legacy: Black History Jeopardy, 3, 2, 1… Blast off! featuring astronaut Mae Jamison and Wonder Why Workshop Series: Sink or Float featuring master diver, Carl Brashear.

Black History Month: Living History

Saturday, Feb. 11

Monkey around with Curious George!

Kids Club THIRTEEN Member event.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us as Kids Club THIRTEEN members enjoy fun Secret’s of Circle’s exhibit, Valentine’s Day themed activities, and a private Curious George meet-and-greet. Learn about a membership to Kids Club Thirteen to enjoy this and other members-only events, plus exclusive discounts, and more – all while supporting children’s public television!

“Circle of Love” Dads & Daughters Ball!

5:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m .

Be a debutante on your date with Dad (or Mom)! Enjoy an evening of dance led by Curious George, refreshments by Dunkin’ Donuts©, Valentine’s activities, a live guest DJ from WBLS 107.5 FM radio and dance instructor! Complete with corsage, Valentine’s Card, and keepsake photo, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Supported in part Kids Club THIRTEEN, WBLS 107.5FM and Dunkin’ Donuts© (Eastern Parkway & Nostrand Avenue). Tickets on sale now! Separate admission ticket required, please visit for tickets and more information.

Sunday, Feb. 12

National Grid Earthworks: Garbage Grab

1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m.

Garbage is gross and sometimes dangerous to handle. How do we grab it without getting our hands dirty? Make your own grabber as we explore the repellent world of refuse.

Ages 5 & up

Cultural Connections Performance

Shades of Truth Theatre

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come see The Meeting, an engaging play that depicts a fictional secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The pages of History come to life and look at the Civil Rights Era. What can we learn from it today?

Ages 5 & up

Saturday, February 18

Play Lab Workshop Series: Marvelous Mardi Gras!

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

It is time for Mardi Gras! Explore this festive holiday as you learn its cultural significance and create a colorful mask to take home.

Ages 2 ½ – 5 years

Metlife Early Learner Performance:

A Celebration of Black History w/ Calvin Booker and Friends

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Take a musical journey though Black History from traditional African Rhythms to Blues, Jazz and Hip Hop. Calvin Booker teaches the steps that will have everyone dancing though history!

All Ages

Living the Legacy: Black History Collage

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Transform words and images into art! Join us in celebrating American ingenuity through a creative collage project! Bring Black History to life as you use your imagination to patchwork memorable photographs and expressions in your own “art masterpiece” to take home. Program repeated 2/21/12.

Ages 6+

Anansi the African Spider Man

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Listen to cherished African tales of the mischievous Anansi the Spider and discover the beauty of the African culture. Create your own Anansi spider to take home.

Ages 5 & under

Sunday, February 19

Play Lab Workshop Series: Marvelous Mardi Gras!

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

It is time for Mardi Gras! Explore this festive holiday as you learn its cultural significance and create a colorful mask to take home.

Ages 2 ½ – 5 years

National Grid Earthworks: Light It Up!1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

How can you light a lightbulb? Plugging it in or using batteries is easy enough, but what about solar panels or other ways? Explore alternative energy and circuits to build your own light and sound show! Program repeated 2/20/12.

Ages 4 & up

Terrific Traffic Lights

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Green means go, Red means stop! Learn about Garret Morgan, the inventor of the traffic light and create your own traffic light craft to take home.

Ages 5 & under

Monday, Feb. 20

Adinkra Stamping Fun

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m, & 2:30 p..m. – 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Martin Luther King and his message of tolerance by making an art piece using African Adinkra symbols of hope, love and friendship to take home.

Ages 5 & under

Tuesday, Feb. 21

3, 2, 1… Blast off!

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Take a journey into the final frontier. Learn about the first African American woman in space, Mae Jamison, and how she lived and worked in space. Create a special craft that is just out of this world!

Ages 5 & under

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Hibernation Station

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Why is the park so quiet? Seems like there’s a lot more going on in the summer, doesn’t it? Let’s do some investigating to figure out where everyone went. Kids will learn about adaptations our animal friends have to make it through the winter.

Ages 3 and up

Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, the Cause of Slavery, & Us!

1:00 p.m.

Join us for an interactive performance for young people. Children will enact a play about an escape led by Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett through the Underground Railroad. Presenters Devorah Tarrow and Barbara McClung will guide this engaging journey using Aesthetic Realism.

All Ages

Thursday, Feb. 23

Let’s Join Hands

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Explore the differences and similarities of various cultures and we learn about tolerance and peace. Learn Martin Luther King’s message of friendship and love as he joined hands with people of all colors on his march to freedom. Create a hand wreath to take home.

Ages 5 & under

Living the Legacy: Black History Jeopardy

2:30 p.m. -3 :30 p.m.

Calling all gamers! Join us an interactive, experience. “Who wrote the song ‘What a Wonderful World’?” “Who invented over 300 uses for peanuts?” Sharpen your skills and learn more about the legacy of African Americans. The game is on! Prpgram repeated 2/25/12.

Ages 6+

Friday, Feb. 24

Jammin’ Out

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate African American Heritage month by learning about and jammin’ to some traditional African instruments from the Museum’s collection. Create your own musical instrument to take home. Program repeated 2/25/12.

Ages 5 & under

Sunday, Feb. 26

Quilting Kids

11:30am-12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Discover the art of using quilts for telling stories. Examine the work of Faith Ringgold as an artist and storyteller. Create your own quilt craft to take home.

Ages 5 & under

Wonder Why Workshop Series: Sink or Float

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Exploring underwater is all about “flinking” – neither floating nor sinking, just hovering in the middle of the water. Learn about Carl Brashear, the first African American Master Diver, then make your own toy scuba flinker to experiment with at home.

Ages 4 and up

About Brooklyn Children’s Museum

An international model for museum and community programs, Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops, and an extensive collection of cultural artifacts and natural science specimens. Situated in central Brooklyn for more than 100 years, the Museum was founded in 1899 as the first children’s museum in the world.

General Museum Information

Spring Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.


(2/1-6/30) The Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the following holidays:

Saturday, Feb. 18 – Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 (Mid-Winter Recess)

Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 15, 2012 (Spring Recess)

Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day)

Thursday, June 7 (Chancellor’s Day)

Location: 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn.

Subway: #3 to Kingston; or A/C to Nostrand; or C to Kingston/Throop.

Bus: B43 or B44 to St. Mark’s Avenue; or B25, B45, or B65 to Brooklyn Avenue.

Contact: (718) 735-4400 or visit for more info.

Admission: $7.50 per person. Museum members and children under 1 free.

All programs during normal Museum hours are free with Museum admission.

All programs subject to possible delay, substitution, or cancellation.

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