Playtime In Park Slope: Upcoming Children’s Events

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Bike The Branches via Brooklyn Public Library
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this week? Bike from library to library and enjoy some storytimes, learn how to make wool yarn, help paint a mural at a local school, and some other great events are coming up in the neighborhood. Details on those and more:

Story Play
When: Wednesday, May 14, 1:30pm
Where: Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue
What: At this weekly program, bring children from birth to 5 years to enjoy stories and some playtime.
How much: Free, but tickets are required (one per family), so arrive early.

Explore & Create: Rainbow Loom
When: Thursday, May 15, 3:30pm
Where: Central Library, Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: If your kids haven’t already gotten in deep with the rainbow loom craze, now they can learn — but be warned, it’s addictive. For ages 6-12.
How much: Free!

Explore & Create: Arts And Crafts For Kids
When: Friday, May 16, 4pm
Where: Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue
What: A weekly, free drop-in program where kids can roll up their sleeves and explore their artistic side. This week, in honor of the Bike the Branches event on Saturday, the theme is bikes!
How much: Free!

Paint A Mural At PS 282
When: Saturday, May 17, 9am-5pm
Where: PS/MS 282, 180 6th Avenue
What: The painting portion of a brand new, giant mural is now underway, and neighbors are welcome and encouraged to stop by to help! All skill levels are welcome.
How much: Free! Sign up here or just show up.

Bike The Branches
When: Saturday, May 17, 10am-5pm, Finish Line 5-7pm
Where: Various locations
What: The ride has a route that features Brooklyn history, breweries, live music, storytimes from local authors, and more. Get your Branch Passport stamped at as many branches as you can visit between 10am-5pm, then end the day at the Central Library’s Finish Line Celebration from 5-7pm, where they’ll have prizes for adults and children who visit the most branches.
How much: Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and children under 17, $40 for a family of up to 2 adults and 3 children, and $150 for a team of up to 10 people. All proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Public Library.

Read Aloud Day
When: Saturday, May 17, 1-4pm
Where: Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park
What: It’s a great weekend for little readers! At this event, elementary-aged children are invited to browse the Brooklyn Reading Council‘s collection and choose one favorite book to take home.
How much: Free!

Fleece Festival
When: Sunday, May 18, 1-4pm
Where: Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park
What: See how wool was used on a colonial farm! Brush the wool with carding paddles, spin yarn using a drop spindle, and even make a felt ball to take home with you. Also enjoy a demonstration of a spinning wheel by resident spinner Catherine Conrad.
How much: $3 suggested donation.

Photo via Brooklyn Public Library

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