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Opening Party at Kidville: Free to Public

By , 20 September, 2012, 1 Comment

Want to check out the brand new Carroll Gardens Kidville? Come hang out at the Grand Opening Party, Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 September from 9AM to 3PM. Not only can you tour the facility, there will be free activities the whole weekend, open play in the gym, art and crafts, Rockin Railroad concerts, and special promotions. If you like what you see, you can try out one of the free classes during the week of 1 to 6 October. Register for a trial class by calling or emailing: 718 715 0585 or registration.carrollgardens@mykidville.com.

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Mark Your Calendars for Atlantic Ave Par-tay

By , 4 June, 2012, No Comment

Come 16 June, the new Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District will be throwing a street party to end all street parties (you know until the Atlantic Antic rolls around in the fall). The Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza runs from 1pm to 5pm and includes special events, performances, demonstrations, tastings, tours, games, and more.
Expect a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band on the sidewalk in front of the Atlantic Avenue BID’s office at 340 Atlantic Avenue (between Smith and Hoyt Streets), a sidewalk parade, the official unfurling of the BID banners, and the “Sanitation Dance”, a choreographed piece by the modern dance awareness society in which the new Atlantic Avenue BID sanitation uniforms will be unveiled. Other performers include: the stilt walkers of Circus Amok; the acrobats of LAVA; Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth All-Stars; the Balkan sounds of Raya Bass Band; Batala NYC, an all-female percussion band, and Underground Horns, the brass band renowned for its Afro Funk Bhangra New Orleans grooves. Artists from Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition – more commonly known as BWAC – will also participate. Here is a list of local businesses, including food and services (soccer fans, take notice of Upper 90′s large screen featuring live broadcast of the Euro 2012 Championships):
Bijan’s Brooklyn: Tastings of its Persian Chicken Wings and Saffron and Blueberry Pancakes, $6 drink specials, and live jazz music.
Building on Bond – Special $7 mini-pies from Rachel’s Pies
Circa Antiques: Free object identification including age, quality, and general description (limit one item per family)
Donna Da Vine Wine Shop: Summer Sippers Wine Tasting
Drape New York: Dance performance and fashion show featuring dancers from 277 Dance Project.
Eva Gentry Consignment: 10% discount on all store items
GoGreen: Discussion on indoor air quality and lead a plant tour at the garden design firm Dig.
Greenhouse: 50% off select high-quality, eco-friendly furniture
Hopeland: Free crostini samples, tastings from its new line of infused spirits, and free cocktails with every brunch.
Linger Café & Lounge: Musicians will perform outside the café throughout the afternoon
One Love Animal Hospital: Pet adoption vehicle
Rico: Limited-edition print sale by four artists
Silk Road Antiques: Demonstrations of the art of calligraphy and of Kendo, a Japanese martial art, as well tea served in its backyard garden.
Sterling Place: Up to 50% off select items, including antiques and furniture
The Herb Shoppe: Tea samples will be offered
The Melting Pot: Demonstration of the art of batik, a fabric designing process, and a 10% discount on all batik items.
The Moxie Spot: A free bottle of beer, glass of wine or dessert with any food purchase of $10 or more
The Soul Spot: free tastings of Salmon Croquettes, Plantains; and Mac + Cheese. They will also offer a special Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza sandwich.
Town and Country352: 10% discount on its mid-century furniture
Upper 90 Soccer + Sport: Will be transformed into a mini-stadium complete with bleachers and large movie screen featuring a live broadcast of the Euro 2012 Championships
Vicki’s Vietnamese Sandwiches: Free tastings of their traditional chicken and pork Vietnamese Sandwiches, and discounted Bubble Tea.

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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

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Event Partners:
NY Transit Museum
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Inventgenuity Workshops
Jane’s Carousel
Karma Kids Yoga
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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.

Fancy Candy Store to Open in Cobble Hill

By , 21 March, 2012, 1 Comment

Though it’s been in the works for quite a while, I finally spotted a sign up on the door of 254 Baltic St., between Court and Clinton. Right next to Families First, a non-profit community organization where younger kids go for classes and a super playspace, we can look forward to the opening of candy store and party space, Sugar Shop. Not sure how parents are going to feel about it’s proximity, but it sure does look pretty. There’s not much more info on when it will open or what it will look like inside (it’s website just says Coming Soon), but it’s Google header reads, “vintage, modern candy store, old world nostalgic, hard to find candy, local home grown candy, best birthday place for kids, new york, brooklyn.” Thinking it will be akin to Dewey’s Candy Shop down in DUMBO.

Pool Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2

By , 21 December, 2011, No Comment

A temporary, outdoor pool is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 and we should see it open this summer. According to Ellen Ryan, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s VP of Strategic Partnerships, they don’t know how big it is expected to be, but it will be in place for the next five seasons. “We don’t have any renderings or project specifics as yet, this project is still in the planning phases. We should know more by the end of the first quarter. Certainly we expect this to open for the summer 2012 season. Just to stress that this is a temporary pool and it’s not a floating pool,” Ryan says. I’m intrigued! More to come when I get more information.

Legos Take the Movies On for Holiday Gifting

By , 12 December, 2011, No Comment

Recently, the Lego folks have been in touch, hawking their movie-based play sets for the holidays. And after taking a look, I gotta admit, they look pretty nifty. I’ll start with Pirates of the Caribean-Black Pearl ($99), which coincides with the release of all four flicks. Your 9 to 12 aged kids can put the 805 piece ship together, then model the mini Davy Jones and Johnny Depp lookalive Captain Jack Sparrow on-board wherever they prefer. Next, I’m loving the DUPLO Brand Cars 2, Big Bentley ($39.99), which is the perfect first Lego kit for the toddler set. As well as building the famed clocktower from the film, it also comes with a Lighting McQueen, Finn McMissile, and of course, our fave redneck Mater. Lastly, we head over to everyone’s favorite wizard–who’s had a pretty big year. Harry Potter- Battle for Hogwarts ($49.99) is meant for years 7 and up, and comes with 7 minifigures: Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, Professor Sprout, Professor Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Death Eater, and Dementor.

Hello Atlantic Antic

By , 28 September, 2011, No Comment

It’s that time again. Put on your comfy shoes, tie your children to your waist and head on out to the Atlantic Antic, the quintessential BoCoCa fall event. A little late this year, the Antic will take place this Sunday, 2 October on (yes) Atlantic Ave from Hicks to 4th Ave. Billed as the largest street fair in NYC, it is comprised of local and national vendors intertwined with restaurants and boutiques, as well as music stages and cultural performances. Kid-friendly activities include pony rides, face-painting, storytelling, bouncy castles and tours of vintage buses at the Transit Museum. Come hungry for local delicacies and lots of beer–the fair runs from noon to 6pm come rain or shine. Here’s a schedule of events in case you want to do some planning. See you there (or at least pass you in the crowd).

Governor’s Island Labor Day Fun and Free Bike Sunday

By , 2 September, 2011, No Comment

I am not afraid to say it: I LOVE GOVERNOR’S ISLAND. And if you’re like us, home for the big Labor Day weekend, then there are even more reasons to head out on the ferry (full schedule here).
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with Free Bike Sunday and the Pepsi Playground: Come by for this weekend’s Free Bike Sunday and borrow a bike for free, for up to one hour, courtesy of Pepsi. This Free Bike Day will be bigger and better than ever, as visitors will be able to borrow free bikes from Bike and Roll’s Pershing Hall and Colonels Row. Also, stop by the Pepsi Playground on Monday anytime from 11am to 4pm and play with free toys and lawn games. The Playground will be located on the Parade Ground, and will feature space hoppers, kick ball, croquet, touch football, giant Jenga, hula hoops, Frisbee golf and pogo sticks. Music and other activities will be happening all day long.

NYC Unicycle Festival: Saturday will be a day of unicycle races, games, shows and more. Visitors will be able to watch unicycle hockey, basketball, world record attempts, a one-wheeled show by the public and participate in games and relays. The fun starts at noon so get ready to enjoy some one-wheeled fun in the middle of the Island.

4 Heads Art Fair Opens This Weekend:The 4 Heads Art Fair returns for the fourth year in a row to Building 12. The 4heads jury has chosen 120 independent artists of merit and a select number of innovative galleries to participate in the fair, which runs every weekend in September. Each participant is granted space in Building 12, a former military barracks on the Island’s eastern shore, and is given free reign to design his or her own exhibition.
The epic scope of the 2011 fair includes 116 rooms of sculpture, photography, painting, video, sound, and object installations. While featuring artists from as far away as Switzerland and Morocco, the fair will also provide a unique venue for a large number of New York talents. Highlights this year will range from Jonathan Smith’s photographs of eerily quiet nighttime cityscapes, to Susan Camp’s sculptures made from gourds grown in moulds, to a group exhibition by NYFA’s Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp, to Naomi Campbell’s work, made from x rays and light.
Each weekend there will be different events and programs in and around Building 12 as a part of the Fair. Be sure to stop by when you come out this weekend and throughout September!

DUMBO All-Day Family Festival

By , 8 August, 2011, 1 Comment

The dog days of summer are upon us, and if you’re one of the many staying in Brooklyn for the run-up to back-to-school, here’s a family event you won’t want to miss. The All-Day Family Festival at The Archways in DUMBO takes place on 20 August, 10am to 5pm, and includes a fab line-up of live music, family yoga, face painting, balloon twisting and arts and crafts. In the mood for some shopping? Check out the local vendors hawking their wares at the community market place. Here’s a current entertainment schedule, though you may want to check in here for updates as the day gets closer:
10am: Bonga! Afro-Haitian Drum and Songs – an all-ages interactive family performance
11am: The Itty Biddies
12:05pm: P for Puppets presents: “One, Two, Tres”
1pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole
2:05pm: Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band
3:10pm: Still Saffire
4:15pm: The Mini Max Players