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Brooklyn Museum offers free family programs in May with events ranging from a Japanese print-making class to May’s Target First Saturday.

Held Saturdays and Sundays, Arty Facts participants meet in the Rubin Lobby promptly at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

Children, ages four to seven and accompanying adult friends, explore the galleries and create art in each 90-minute class.

Arty Facts offers a different program each day.

Programs are subject to change; call 718-638-5000 and press 1 and then 4 for up-to-date information. Note: there will be no Arty Facts May 24-25.

The Brooklyn Museum presents a free night of music, dance, and art-making classes that explores the arts and pop culture of Japan, past and present in conjunction with the exhibition Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900, May 3 from 5-11 p.m.

Family-friendly highlights include the Hannya Teikoku Trio and Sizzle Ohtaku contemporizing the traditional melodic sounds of the Japanese shakuhachi flute from 6-8 p.m., the animation “Millennium Actress” at 6:30 p.m., and a drawing project in which participants can practice calligraphy with special brushes and ink from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Free tickets are required for some of the evening’s activities; for a full list of programs visit

In conjunction with the special Utagawa exhibition, teens are invited to participate in a one-day printmaking workshop at the museum, May 31 from 2-5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Utagawa features 95 Japanese woodblock prints by more than 15 artists. These intricately detailed color prints depict Kabuki actors, geishas, and landscape.

Members of the Brooklyn Museum’s Student Guide Program share perspectives about art with museum visitors during free interactive gallery tours every Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Brooklyn Museum is at 200 Eastern Parkway. For more, call 718-638-5000 or visit their Web site,

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