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Still Need to Figure Out Camp? Don’t Panic

By , 14 May, 2012, 1 Comment

Waited for the last minute to figure out camp for the kids this year? KidKlass Brooklyn says Don’t Panic. Or, rather they’re holding an event this Sunday, 20 May, called Camp Panic to help you figure out the right spot (left over) for your little ones. From the website: More than 40 camps are expected, and they will also have their Fall programs. Something for everyone, ages 0-17. There will be free activities all during the event. Music, art, sports and more to keep your child entertained while you check out your spring, summer and fall options. This event is free and open to the public.
The event takes place at the International School of Brooklyn, 477 Court Street @Luquer, from noon to 3pm.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Announces Warm Weather Schedule

By , 10 May, 2012, No Comment

It’s still a little windy to spend too much time at Pier 6 with the kids, but the season is just gearing up at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Got this schedule of events today and wanted to give you a heads up. From yoga, to kayaking to the popular Movies with a View, there’s tons to do. And this year, they’re even adding a literature series. Here’s a few things we have to look forward to (a full calendar can be found here):

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Syfy Movies With A View
Join us for the 13th season of our movie series on Thursdays this summer! Shorts curated by BAMcinématek, DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off the evening and bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives.
Presenting Sponsor: SYFY
Date: Thursdays, July 5-August 30
Time: 6:00pm-11:00pm, music at 6:00pm, movies at sunset
Location: Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn
Arrive early for the best seats: lawn capacity is limited!
Thursday, July 5 – E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (PG)
Thursday, July 12 – To Kill A Mockingbird (NR)
Thursday, July 19 – Slumdog Millionaire (R)
Thursday, July 26 – Clueless (PG13)
Thursday, August 2 – Wet Hot American Summer (R)
Thursday, August 9 – Barefoot in the Park (G)
Thursday, August 16 – The Big Chill (R)
Thursday, August 23 – Unforgiven (R)
Thursday, August 30 – Public Vote! Check for details

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Books Beneath the Bridge
This inaugural outdoor literature series will feature 6 nights of outdoor readings by authors, followed by a Q&A. Each night will be curated by a local, independent bookstore.
Location: Pier 1, Granite Prospect
Monday, July 9, 7:00pm – Freebird
Monday, July 16, 7:00pm – Greenlight Bookstore
Monday, July 23, 7:00pm – Powerhouse Arena
Monday, July 30, 7:00pm – Word Bookstore
Monday, August 6, 7:00pm – Community Bookstore Park Slope
Monday, August 13, 7:00pm – Bookcourt

The Bard on Pier 1
Free performances of Shakespeare on the Granite Prospect. Two different New York-based companies interpret the Bard and bring his words and wisdom to Pier 1.
Twelfth Night by Random Access Theater
Saturday, May 19, 7:00pm
Sunday, May 20, 7:00pm

Comedy of Errors by Theater 2020
Saturday, June 9, 7:00pm
Sunday, June 10, 7:00pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
The Metropolitan Opera presents a summer recital series featuring opera stars Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas, and John Del Carlo, accompanied by Dan Saunders. Presented in collaboration with the City Parks Foundation. More info:
Date: Friday, July 27
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Pier 1

3rd Annual Etsy Craft Party
You’re invited to the most handmade party of the summer on August 24. Join Etsy for an evening of hands-on festivities to celebrate creativity and community.
Date: Friday, August 24
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Empire Fulton Ferry

9th Annual Marathon Reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”
Sign up to be one of the 52 readers of “Song of Myself” or simply enjoy Whitman’s words. To register to read, email
Date: Sunday, June 3
Time: 3:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Pier 1, Granite Prospect

Get out on the water for kayaking and community rowing with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 1 Boat Basin! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time.
Date: Saturdays, June through September 15 (except for September 8)
Time: 10:30am-4:30pm
Location: Pier 1 Boat Basin
Date: Thursdays, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16, August 30
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Pier 1 Boat Basin

Waterfront Workouts: Pilates with the Fitness Guru
The Fitness Guru returns with Pilates Mat classes overlooking the New York Harbor. Limited mats available.
Date: Tuesdays, June 19 – September 11
Time: 7:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Empire Fulton Ferry

Waterfront Workouts: Early Morning Yoga with Dodge YMCA
Morning yoga integrates posture, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to stretch, strengthen, and condition. All levels are welcome. Limited mats available. Pier 1, Bridgeview Lawn
Date: Mondays, July 2 – August 27
Time: 7:30am (registration begins at 7:00am)
Location: Pier 1, Bridgeview Lawn

Waterfront Workouts: Zumba with Dodge YMCA
Zumba© fuses Latin and world music with aerobic interval training to sculpt the body and invigorate the soul! Pier 1, Promenade
Date: Sundays, July 1 – August 26
Time: 4:00pm (registration begins at 3:30pm)
Location: Pier 1, Promenade

Waterfront Workouts: Belly Dance with Dodge YMCA
Dance to Middle Eastern rhythms while learning traditional movements and combinations that tone your core.
Date: Fridays, July 6-27
Time: 7:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Pier 1, Promenade

Waterfront Workouts: Hip Hop Dance Aerobics with Dodge YMCA
This class gets your heart pumping with Hip Hop music and hot step-by-step dance moves.=
Date: Fridays, August 3-31
Time: 7:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Pier 1, Promenade

Sunset Pilates
Join Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill’s Body in Balance Studio, on Pier 6 for an Intermediate Pilates Mat Class.
Date: Thursdays, June 21 – September 27
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Pier 6

Outdoor Fitness with Brooklyn Strength
Strength training and aerobic intervals in and around Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Date: Mondays, June 4-25
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Pier 6

Dekalb Market Opens for the 2012 Season

By , 5 April, 2012, No Comment

It’s not quite BoCoCa, but the Dekalb Market, lovechild of community developer Urban Space and cultural mavens Jennifer Louise Lyon and Joann Kim-Nunez, will be celebrating its opening weekend this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm–including a flower market, live music, $1 mimosas, spring menus and even an Easter egg hunt. Set in Downtown Brooklyn, at 138 Willoughby Street, you’ll find 60 Brooklyn/NYC vendors and retailers housed in brightly-colored recycled shipping containers. And this year, it will also include a new community, live event & performance space with curated music, art, film, food and other events going on all spring and summer. Here’s the schedule for 2012 in case you’re ready to check it out:
Open 7 days a week
Food // Mon – Thurs 8am/noon – 10pm // Fri- Sun 10 – 10pm
Retail // Tues – Fri 11 – 6pm // Sat – Sun 12 – 8pm
Beer (opens in May) // Sun – Thurs 12 – 10pm // Fri – Sat 12 – 1am

Welcome Cherry Blossoms, a Little Early This Year

By , 3 April, 2012, 1 Comment

Start marking your calendars now. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be welcoming it’s yearly cherry blossom festival at the end of the month. Sakura Matsuri, 28 to 29 April, is a weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. You can check here for a full schedule, though you may want to come early to beat the crowds.
As for right this minute, some early blossoms are already coming out of hibernation–so don’t miss the beauty of Daffodil Hill, the Shakespeare and Fragrance Gardens filled with violets and pansies, and a blooming Magnolia Plaza.

Spring Fling at Brooklyn Bridge Park This Saturday

By , 29 March, 2012, No Comment

Pastel colors and baby ducks decorate the flyer for this Saturday’s Spring Fling at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Ok, not so original but it drives the point home well enough.
The celebration takes place Saturday, 31 March, from 10:30am to 1pm, and in addition to celebrating the warmer weather, it will also kick off the 2012 programming season in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Expect musical performances by AudraRox and The Wiyos, storytelling, face painting, and yoga with Karma Kids Yoga as well as an appearance by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Bunny who will lead kids in egg decorating and games.The first 100 rides at Jane’s Carousel will be free and the NY Transit Museum and Inventgenuity Workshop will be around to help kids work on crafts and and projects. And did we mention it’s free?
All the fun will take place at the Empire Fulton Ferry section of BBP. Below is the schedule and event partners:
Music Schedule:
10:30am-11:30am – The Wiyos
12:00pm-1:00pm – AudraRox

Event Partners:
NY Transit Museum
Metro Soccer NY
Jacques Torres
Inventgenuity Workshops
Jane’s Carousel
Karma Kids Yoga
Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

PS 29′s Super Science Saturday Is Today!

By , 24 March, 2012, No Comment

It looks pretty nice out right now, but word on the street is rain is a comin’. So why not head over to PS 29 on Henry St., between Kane and Baltic, for a little weather-themed shenanigans at the school’s Super Science Saturday. This day of family fun (and learning, ahem) runs from noon to 4pm and includes events like: a show by Mad Science with enough FIRE and ICE to fill the auditorium; Weather or Not? A High Touch, High Tech workshop to help discover all the amazing properties of air and air pressure; and faves like egg drop, Engineer Olympics, aerodynamics of paper airplanes, owl pellet dissection, forensic fingerprinting, a hot air balloon, and much more. Tickets are $5 a person and available on-site. Food and drink will also be available for purchase and remember, it’s all for a good cause, with proceeds going to the PS 29 PTA.

Brooklyn Purim Celebrations-Kind of Like the Jewish Mardi Gras

By , 29 February, 2012, No Comment

Purim, the holiday celebrating yet another narrow escape from extinction for the Jews–this time from a dastardly adviser to the King of Persia–is next Thursday, 8 March. Festivities are definitively more upbeat than some of the more serious holy days and include a raucous reading of the Book of Esther (or Megillah), dress-up parties, jam-filled cookies shaped like a hat, plays and skits, and lots of wine. Want to join the fun? Here are few things happening in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill hood.

For the adults, a masquerade party will be held next Wednesday, 7 March, at Congregation B’nai Avraham (117 Remsen St.). The theme is the 1920′s, so it’s a great reason to throw on your flapper dress or wing tips and throw back a few classic cocktails. Party starts at 8pm but feel free to come early for a reading of the megillah at 7pm. Just $18 a person includes food, an open bar and dancing to the live jazz band. You can RSVP to

Want to get some use out of the kids Halloween costumes before they outgrow them? Here’s a few family celebrations you can hit:
This Sunday, 4 March, Kane Street Synagogue (236 Kane St.) will hold its Purim Extravaganza from 10:30am to noon. Expect face painting, hamantashen baking, a puppet show and prizes. The synagogue will also hold a megillah reading in English and costume parade for kids age 1-5 on Wednesday at 4pm.

Kiddie Korner Preschool will be holding its Purim Family Dinner on Thursday, 8 March, at the Dumbo Loft (155 Water St.). Dress those kids up and head over at 5pm for live music, puppets and lots of great food and drink. The cost is $25 a person or $50 a family. You can rsvp to

Hey Brooklyn, What Are Your Kids Doing This Summer?

By , 27 January, 2012, No Comment

Oh yes, it’s totally that time again. Time to reach into your wallet and grab hold of all the cash you’ll spend to keep your children busy this summer. Time to look at camps. And believe you me, there’s quite a few to choose from. Whether it’s day camp or sleep away, local or far-flung, the NY Family Camp Fair Tour will be in Park Slope this Sunday, 29 January, to help you make a decision. More than 60 camps will be on hand at the Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, from noon to 3pm and Renee Flax, the Director of Camper Placement of the American Camp Association, NY & NJ, will also be there to answer questions. PRE-REGISTER NOW to receive a gift bag at the fair. You’ll also qualify to participate in a raffle for a chance to win a Camp Trunk from Lesters or our grand prize family trip.

Prospect Park’s Winter Jam is Coming Up Fast

By , 24 January, 2012, No Comment

I don’t know if we’re expecting any more snow just yet, but Prospect Park isn’t waiting to hold its annual Winter Jam. Taking place Saturday, 4 February, from 11am to 4pm, the event is a free annual winter sports festival presented by the NYC Parks Department, Prospect Park Alliance, and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (whom will be blowing fresh snow for the festivities–just in case). Here’s some venues you can expect inside the Long Meadow by the Picnic House:
The Lake Placid Snow Field: snowman-making and sledding are encouraged!
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing provided by REI
Prospect Park Jam: Open Ski & Snowboard Competition
Learn to Ski & Snowboard with Mountain Creek
Zagat Warming Lounge
Pride of New York Winter Market
NY State Ski Resort Info Booths

Best of all, equipment is provided at no cost–or you can bring your own and enjoy the terrain.

Community Chanukah Party for the Family

By , 15 December, 2011, No Comment

Chanukah and Christmas hit head on this year, but the Festival of Lights begins next Tuesday for its eight day stint–so why not start it out right by hitting The Big Gigantic Chanukah Celebration Starring Uncle Moishy? Really, it’s just a nice party at Borough Hall with Borough Prez Marty Markowitz. Come at 5pm for the Menorah Lighting, then stay for latkes, dreidle spinning, doughnuts and presents for all children who attend. “Uncle Moishy and the Mitzvah Men” will play a concert at 6pm–we hear it’s not to be missed.