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Brooklyn Children’s Museum - Get ready for a fresh spate of fun coming at you this month

There’s lots to do this month at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, as children and their families learn about different cultures and nationalities around the globe, without ever having to leave Brooklyn. Here’s what’s on tap:

October 2008

Calendar of Events

Blooming Babies: Fall Leaves All Around, October 3-5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From colorful leaves to scurrying squirrels, fall is a magical time of year. Discover the reasons behind the season’s dramatic changes and create a beautiful fall leaf collage to take home. Ages 18 months to 2? years.

World Passport Workshop: Eid al-Fitr, October 4-5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Explore the ancient celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Observed annually at the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, this festival marks the end of a period of fasting with joyful and colorful festivities. Discover how Muslims celebrate this holiday today and make your own fanooz lantern to take home. Ages 5+.

Cosmic Cuisine, October 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3-4 p.m. Space travel has captured our imagination and contributed to our daily life. Learn about the snacks and drinks that were originally developed for astronauts, but are enjoyed today by kids on earth. See a space-themed lunchbox from the Museum’s collection and create your own space lunchbox to take home. Ages 6+.

Global Games, October 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ready, set, play. Games are a wonderful way for children around the world to have fun and make new friends. Join us in the new “World Brooklyn” exhibit to play an international array of games. Challenge your family and friends to Chinese jump rope, baleros from Mexico, bocce ball from Italy, and mancala from Africa. Ages 5+.

Discover Italy in Brooklyn! October 13 (Columbus Day) from 2-3 p.m. Buon giorno! Explore the colorful customs of the Italian community in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Learn about the culinary delights of Sicilian cuisine, from tasty pizza to scrumptious spumoni. Make an Italian-themed craft to take home. Ages 5+.

Sukkot Festival, October 16 from 12-5 p.m. Discover the history and traditions of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival. Enjoy crafts, games, and performances in a museum-wide celebration. Explore the holiday’s central themes such as honoring the Earth’s bounty, welcoming friends, and acting generously toward others. All ages.

Rockin’ Rockets, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Uncover the science behind human space travel. Explore how force and pressure work together to launch rockets into the stratosphere. Build your own rocket to take home and explore the “Living in Space” exhibit. Ages 5+.

X-plorers Club: India’s Storytelling Box, October 19 & 26 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. A kavadh is a portable, box-shaped altar decorated with colorful pictures of Hindu gods. See a kavadh from the museum’s collection that depicts the god Krishna battling a monster, a feat connected with a Festival of Lights called Diwali. Hear the tale of that great battle and create your own storytelling box. Ages 8+.

Chase Wonder Why Workshop: Wild about Bamboo, October 25-26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3-4 p.m. The floors of the museum’s new building are made of the world’s fastest growing plant — bamboo. Learn about the cultural significance of bamboo in Asian countries and determine the plant’s durability and sustainability. Plant your own bamboo stalk to take home. Ages 5+.

Folk Arts n’ Tales: Hand of Fatima, October 26 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Delve into the ancient traditions of Middle Eastern folklore. Discover the Hand of Fatima, a protective pendant used to ward off bad luck. See the museum’s collection of Middle Eastern good luck charms and create your own amulet to take home. Ages 6+.

General Information

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue at St. Marks Avenue.

For information, hours and directions, call 718-735-4400 or visit www.brooklynkids.org.

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