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Things to do this Winter!

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Let’s all agree, this isn’t the most lively time of the year.  It’s cold, the excitement of the holidays is over, and the Spring seems so far away in the distance.  The sun, if it’s out, isn’t warming us as much as we want it to.  The playground is not usually the best option, unless we want to freeze and listen to our kids complain they are cold.  So…what do we do?  How about sampling some of the best hot chocolate NYC has to offer…or try out some origami?   Here are ideas which are fun for ALL of us (parents included)!

If you’d like to stay warm indoors…

* Try out the best hot chocolates Park Slope has to offer…Le Pain de Quotidien on 5th Ave let’s your child swirl the dark chocolate syrup into the frothy milk themselves (what kid doesn’t LOVE to mix everything)!  There’s also The Chocolate Room and Colson Patisserie, both serve up a yummy cup of chocolate goodness.

* Check out the Brooklyn Children’s Museum pop-up exhibit, Industry City, at 274 36th Street in Sunset Park.  Through February 26th you’ll be able to check out an interactive art exhibit, which will ask kids what it takes to create a happy and healthy neighborhood.  There are interactive programs for families with children 1-8 YO. Thurs-Sun.  Free!  

* Go to a book reading at Powerhouse or Barnes and Noble in the Slope! 

* Try your luck at bowling at Melody Lanes in Sunset Park or Family Bowl on Saturdays at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg.  A major draw for Brooklyn Bowl is that you can enjoy some of the best fried chicken around, brought to you by Blue Ribbon.  It’s SO good.

* Get crafty at Taro’s Origami Studio at 95 7th Avenue, between Union and President.  Follow directions on touch-screen tablets (fun for the little ones) or learn from the staff.  Make your origami flowers, spaceship or whatever you choose – and decorate with stamps and paint!  

* Check out a new puppet show at Puppetworks, right here in our hood of Park Slope.  Through April 9th, Puss in Boots will be performed!  Based on Charles Perrault’s 1697 French Fantasy, with an original score.

* Get that energy out at Bounce U, about a fifteen minute drive from Park Slope on 67th St and 9th Ave.  $16 per kid, reservation required (remember to bring socks).   There is a “preschool playdate” for kids 7 and under:  

* How about a little culture to brighten up that dreary cold day?  BAM offers theater and film with kids in mind.   On February 19th at 2pm check out a matinee of “Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown” about Charlie Brown and the gang traveling to Europe for fun and adventure.  And for a live theatrical performance, check out Do Not Disturb (2/11-2/12), about factory workers assembling a giant wheel – combining dance, physical theater and a clown!  Ages 6+.

If you want to brave it and have fun outdoors…

* The Prospect Park Zoo is open year-round!  You can go celebrate the “Year of the Rooster” 2/11 – 2/12 from 11am-4pm.  There will be puppet performances, a scavenger hunt, fortune cookies and a calligraphy workshop!  

* Also in Prospect Park, go ice skating at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside!  There’s even a skate school and a hockey program if your child is interested.   Grab a hot beverage after at the cafe!  

* The next time it snows, have a plan as to where you are going to sled!  There of course is the big hill at 9th street in Prospect Park, but there are other spots in Fort Greene and Bay Ridge.  Check this list for top sledding spots in NYC.

FUN HOLIDAY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN & BEYOND!

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Check out these fun family events that will surely help get you into the holiday spirit.  From family-friendly holiday themed shows like The Nutcracker, Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas and a Charlie Brown’s Christmas Live…to train shows at Grand Central and the NY Botanical Garden…from an Ice Spectacular Show at  Lefrak to meet and greets with Santa himself right here on 5th Ave in Park Slope, there are many ways to celebrate and share the joy with our little ones!

* 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Grand Central Station, Manhattan): November 14th – February 26th.  Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat and Sun 10am-6pm.  This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman.  http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/event/15th-annual-holiday-train-show/2145462112

* Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (Vital Theatre, 152 W. 71st St):  November 19th – December 31st, Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm.  Based on the NY Times bestselling picture book by Jane O’Connor.  What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?  http://fancynancychristmaslive.com/  1 hr long.

* Holiday Train Show (NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx): From November 19th – January 16th.  Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track.Explore a winter wonderland across our 250 acres with special tours, a cappela performances, Winter Harmonies Concerts, a poetry reading with recently named NYBG poet laureate, Billy Collins, and activities for kids.  http://www.nybg.org/hts16/

* Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (Manhattan): 9am on November 24th.  The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. Read up here for recommended viewing areas:  https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/events-festivals/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade

* Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar (501 Union, Gowanus): November 26th and 27th, 11am – 6pm.  Free admission.  Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that showcases the best of Brooklyn under one beautiful roof. The 4th edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times on Thanksgiving weekend.  http://brooklynholidaybazaar.com/

* Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting (Rockefeller Center, Manhattan): The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 30, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  https://www.rockefellercenter.com/whats-happening/2016/11/30/2016-rockefeller-center-christmas-tree-lighting/

* Charlie Brown Christmas Live (ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitewell Place, Brooklyn): Fri, Sat and Sun, Dec 2nd – 11th.   Performance of the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special word for word and gesture for gesture.  Jazz trio will play the iconic Vince Guaraldi score.  For show times and details, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2698281

* Santa on 5th (several locations on 5th Ave, Park Slope on Dec 3rd, 10th and 17th): Ho ho ho!  Santa will be making appearances at 3 different locations on our very own 5th Ave during the month of September.  Eat, Drink and spend locally – while saying hi to our friend visiting from the North Pole!  Strolling carolers will be making an appearance as well.  http://parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/event/here-comes-santa-clause-first-visit-of-three/

* The Colonial Nutcracker at the Walt Whitman Theater  (Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Rd, Brooklyn):   December 11th, 2pm.  An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic.   2hrs, 10 min including a 15 min intermission.  Recommended for ages 5+.  Tickets: $15. http://www.brooklyncenter.org/buy-tickets/calendar-of-events/view/The-Colonial-Nutcracker/

* Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall, Manhattan): The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2016 literally kicks off the holiday season in NYC. Since 1933, the tap dancers, flying Santa and of course the Rockettes have put on one of the city’s most classic Christmas spectacles. If The Nutcracker from New York City Ballet is too stuffy and doesn’t have enough camels onstage for you, this show is the one to see.  https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/

* Tree Lighting Party (Greenwood Park, Park Slope):  December 7th from 6pm- close. The “biggest tree in Brooklyn”!  Tree, wreaths, and decorations will be for sale in the holiday market.  Bring the family to meet Santa – there will be hot coca, cider, food and drink specials!   http://greenwoodparkbk.com/blog/events/holiday-tree-lighting-party/

* Ice Spectacular (Lakeside @ Lefrak Center, Prospect Park):  December 18th, from 5:30 – 6:45pm.  This annual winter show is FREE to watch and features figure skating solos, duets, and group numbers. Group number registration includes three half-hour rehearsals on Sundays before the show as well as skate rental, show accessories, and keepsake programs on performance days. Register in advance online or in person, limited space available.  $40 for one (1) event, $60 for two (2) events.  http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/event/ice-spectacular-winter/

September Family Events In & Around Brooklyn!

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Time to come to terms with the fact that summer is ending, and Fall and the new school year is upon us!  Here are some ideas for fun family activities both in Brooklyn and the surrounding NYC boroughs, for the teeniest and the biggest kids to enjoy.  They will surely help you through your end-of-summer blues!

* Hansel & Gretel (Puppetworks): Starting on September 3rd and running through December 18th, this Brothers Grimm story will be performed by marionettes.  Recommended for ages 3+.  Saturdays & Sundays 12:30 and 2:30pm.  Child: $9, Adult: $10.   http://www.puppetworks.org/

* Lavendar Blues (LARK): Back in session on Saturday the 17th, this intimate music and movement session for babies and toddlers is held every Saturday at 9:30 and 10:30am.  $10.  http://www.lavenderbluesmusic.com/services.html

* Play:Ground (Governors Island):  Itching to get out of Brooklyn and try something new?  Only a short ferry ride away, this play space is modeled after a junkyard, where a child’s imagination can really go wild using an assortment of materials, tools, water, dirt and things that others might describe as trash.   Through September 25th on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm.  https://govisland.com/exhibitions/playground

* Sensory Room (Brooklyn Children’s Museum):  Beginning Saturday, September 17th at 2pm on Saturdays following, the sensory room is a welcome environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other special needs.  Sessions will accommodate 10 participants, pre-registration required.  All ages, see here for the schedule. http://www.brooklynkids.org/calendar/2016/9/17/sensory-room

* Moscow Ballet (Brooklyn Children’s Museum): Do you have a little ballerina?  Join a ballerina from the Moscow Ballet as she performs a Russian children’s story, ending with an interactive dance activity for all!  Ages 3+.  12-2pm on Friday, September 30th. http://www.brooklynkids.org/calendar/2016/9/30/moscow-ballet

* Medieval Festival (Fort Tryon Park, Washington Heights):  Time-travel back to the Middle Ages and enjoy its ancient forms of fun. Wandering Fort Tryon Park’s lush grounds, families can rub shoulders with performers and festivalgoers dressed in clothing typical of the era, listen to authentic period music, and watch the antics of jugglers and jesters. All ages.  http://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/medieval-festival-at-fort-tryon-park

* Museum Day Live! (Several Locations):  On September 24th over 1,300 museums around the country open their doors to the public free of charge. Previous years included family-friendly favorites like the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Skyscraper Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, the NYC Fire Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design. Head to smithsonianmag.com to see which institutions are participating this year and to download a free Museum Day Live ticket. All ages.  http://smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive

* World Maker Faire (NY Hall of Science, Queens): On October 1st and 2nd this show displays way-out-there experiments that will have your little mad scientists in awe. Past lineups have involved running through a life-size mousetrap, watching a Coke Zero and Mentos mountain explode, shooting marshmallows, flying model drones and powering your own DIY rides. Family passes (5 attendees) are available for Sunday, online advance purchase only. All ages.  http://makerfaire.com/

Lastly, don’t forget about the Smorgasburg, every Sunday in Prospect Park 11am-6pm (http://www.smorgasburg.com/) and get in your last swim at one of NYC’s awesome public pools…the season has been extended until 9/11!  Piece of advice:  read the rules before planning your trip.   https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/outdoor-pools

OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER FAMILY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN!

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written by Jen #supermom

What an exciting time of year it is for the little ones and for us parents, sharing the beauty of the colorful foliage and enjoying the refreshing cool air, so much Halloween fun… and pumpkin carving!   Any excuse to eat more apple pie and have another pumpkin spiced latte.  There’s so much going on here in Brooklyn over the next month, including many spooky and silly Halloween activities to enjoy with your family!

Mythic Meal (JJ Byrne Playground): A pancake breakfast fundraiser for JJ Byrne Playground.   Come as your favorite character, swap costumes, get your face painted and make banners for the Halloween parade!  They will also be doing a winter gear drive so bring any coats, boots, sweaters, etc to this great event!  $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Saturday October 17th, 10am-12pm.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2336394?utm_source=+%40OSH%3A+Forage+Walk%3B+Pancake+Breakfast%3B+Permaculture+Fest!&utm_campaign=August+1&utm_medium=email

Harvest Festival (Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park): Come and celebrate the fall season with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park!  The 5th Annual Harvest Festival will have free fun activities for the whole family, including arts & crafts, storytelling, volleyball and musical performances.  Saturday, October 24th from 10:30am-1pm. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/harvest-festival

Ghouls  & Gourds (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens):  Kids showcase their costumes along giant puppets in a parade with live music by Terry Dames Science Music Roadshow!  Kids under 12 are free, adults $15.  Saturday October 24th from 12-5:30pm. http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/ghouls_gourds_2015#schedule

Boo at the Zoo (Prospect Park Zoo):  Don’t miss this annual Halloween event.  Watch the baboons play with pumpkins, meet a Wildlife Witch, make a spider craft…and more!  Join in a Halloween parade at the end of each day, and snap a photo with the costumed creatures along the way.  Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th. http://prospectparkzoo.com/events/71

Monster Mash (Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights): Calling all ghosts and goblins, come dressed to impress as the museum celebrates Halloween!  Join up for a spooky good time, complete with a performance by Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and a ghoulish glowing dance party.  Saturday, October 31st from 10am-5pm.    http://www.brooklynkids.org/calendar/2015/10/31/monster-mash

6th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade (1205 Surf Ave, Coney Island): You and your family are officially invited to the 6th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. This year’s kid-friendly event promises to be better than ever with free entertainment, giveaways, and trick-or-treating!  Open to all children under 15 with great prizes for contest winners. Registration begins at 10am with the costume contest taking place at 12pm. Hand-made Coney Island themed costumes are encouraged.  Saturday, October 31st at 10am.  http://coneyislandfunguide.com/Events/6th-Annual-Coney-Island-Childrens-Halloween-Parade_10_24_2015-4200.htm

Halloween Party (Rollerskating Rink at Lefrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park):  Your halloween costume looks even better on skates!   Listen to Halloween music, play games and win prizes and enjoy a costume contest.  Saturday, October 31st from 12-6pm.  http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/events/halloween-party/

BAMboo! (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM):  Put on your devilish dancing shoes and kick off trick-or-treating right at this free outdoor Halloween block party featuring family-friendly music and mischief.  Featuring Abby the DJ, candy giveaways, bouncy house, carnival games, costume contest and arts & crafts!  Free.  Saturday, October 31st from 2-5pm.  All ages!http://www.bam.org/kids/2015/bamboo

Park Slope Halloween Parade (14th St and 7th Ave):  If you’re marching, join for the line up on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue.  The parade concludes at the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne Playground with a gathering and dancing with the parade bands!  Saturday, October 31st from 6:30-8:30pm.    Details forthcoming at:  http://parkslopeciviccouncil.org/event/halloween-parade-2/

Sol y Canto (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM):  This pan-Latin musical ensemble, led by artist-educators Rosi and Brian Amador, presents bilingual concurs that are as instructive as they are engaging.  Geared towards families working to build kids’ Spanish proficiency as well as those that speak mostly Spanish at home, Sol y Canto’s interactive fiestas invite young audiences to dance, sing and learn to the beat!   Tickets are $10 each. Saturday, November 7th at 2pm.  Ages 2-5. http://www.bam.org/kids/2015/sol-y-canto

9th Annual Children’s Book Fair (Brooklyn Museum, 1st Floor):  Showcasing your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators, this free event features storybooks, picture books, graphic novels and art activities for all ages.  Saturday November 14th from 12-4pm.  For a detailed schedule of readings, go to:  https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/ninth_annual_childrens_book_fair/

Hope everyone enjoys a BOO-ti-fully safe and fun Halloween!!!

SEPTEMBER FAMILY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN!

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written by Jen #supermom

As summer comes to a close, our children return to school and we ease back into our “normal” routine, it’s time to think about fun family events for September.   This months events include book and kite festivals, the infamous Atlantic Antic street fair and different live music events to get your groove on!

* Hip Tot Family Day: Groove to the Tunes of the Trummytones (Lefrak at Lakeside, Prospect Park): On September 13th from 11am-2pm, come groove to the unique ska, zydeco and reggae sounds of The Trummytones.   Includes live musical performances, craft activities, giveaways and more!  For children up to 8 YO and their parents.  Free! http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/events/hip-tot-family-day-groove-to-the-tunes-of-the-trummytones/

* Warmth Presents Sunday Sessions (Redwood Studios, Gowanus):  On September 13th and 27th from 2-9pm, Sunday Sessions promises to be the perfect way to wind up the weekend.  Park your stroller, grab some grub and get your dance moves on!  With a festival-like environment, Sunday Sessions will have food and drink available for purchase and kid-friendly activities like bubbles, balloons and sidewalk chalk.  http://achildgrows.com/thecalendar/warmth-presents-sunday-sessions-at-redwood-studios-gowanus-2/2015-09-13/

* Kite Festival (Harbor View Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park):  On Saturday September 19th from 11am-3pm, come bring your favorite kite and watch it soar!!!  Kites will be available for purchase as well.  http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/kite-festival

* Brooklyn Book Festival (MetroTech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn):  From 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 19th, as part of the 10th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Book Festival there will be a Children’s Day!    Come enjoy authors and illustrators in readings, performances and workshops as they present new and beloved children’s books.  Will feature costume characters, puppetry, music performances and a children’s marketplace of booksellers.  Ages 2-11.  http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/2015/childrens-day

* Suzi Shelton Backyard Show at Norman & Jules Backyard (158 7th Ave, Park Slope):   Come celebrate back to school  at Norman & Jules backyard playspace with award-winning and local favorite, Suzi Shelton, as she returns to her favorite toy shop to perform a series of solo shows from her latest release “Smile in My Heart”.  From 11am-12pm on Sunday, September 20th, it is ideal for families with children 0-7 YO. $20 per child, adults are free.  http://achildgrows.com/thecalendar/suzi-shelton-backyard-show-at-norman-jules-backyard-park-slope/2015-09-20/

* Chile Pepper Festival (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens):  From 11am-6pm on Saturday, September 26th come enjoy one of the longest running festivals of its kind.  Features a full day of fiery live music, dance performances from international musicians,  unique culinary creations showcasing chile peppers, fire breathers, and of course the gardens.  Advanced tickets can be purchased online ($20 for adults, Children under 12 & Members are free):  http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/chile_pepper_festival_2015

* Dance with MMDG (Mark Morris Dance Center @ BAM):  Starting September 26th through December 5th, come learn excerpts from Mark Morris Dance Group’s The Hard Nut in this class, set to live piano accompaniment.  Open to all ages, families of all backgrounds and levels. Tickets are free but must RSVP:  http://www.bam.org/classes/2015/mark-morris-dance-group-all-ages

* The 41st Annual Atlantic Antic Festival (Atlantic Avenue from Hicks St to 4th Ave):  The largest street festival in NYC, this festival on Sunday, September 27th from 12-6pm will showcase food from around the world, musical performances, shopping from local and international vendors AND an entire block dedicated to kid-friendly activities: pony rides, storytelling and face painting!  In my opinion, hands down the best street fair in Brooklyn. http://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/about-the-antic/

* Tildon Krautz (Central Brooklyn Library, Dweck Center): On Saturday, October 3rd from 1pm-2pm listen to live sounds of Tildon Krautz, a songwriting string band that embodies the playful universe of an award-winning children’s book illustrator.  For all ages.  http://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/events-youth-families-til-central-library-dweck-cen-100315.

I’m not going to lie, I am totally bummed that summer is almost over.   I love the heat, I love an excuse to eat ice cream often,  I love watching my almost 3 year old laugh and splash in the water, I love flip-flops, I love the smell of suntan lotion and our trips to the beach!  BUT…what I seem to forget every year is that Brooklyn is a pretty special and beautiful place to be in the Fall, and these fun events are just another reason not to dread the cooler weather that is around the corner.

AUGUST FAMILY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN!

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written by Jen #supermom

Although so many of us Brooklynites decide to leave town during these hot summer days, there is lots to see and do this August with our families.    What I personally love about being in the city during the summer is that it can sometimes feel like we have it all to ourselves…the playgrounds are much less crowded, early mornings at Prospect Park are so peaceful and hushed…and you might not have to wait for a table at your favorite restaurant!   Here are some of the fun happenings in our neighborhood over the next month:

* Adoptapalooza (Bartel-Pritchard Square, Prospect Park):  If your family is looking to adopt a new furry companion, on August 1st from 11am-5pm there will be over 150 cats and dogs from rescue organizations at this adoption fair.  You’ll be able to purchase a dog license and take home free pet food samples, free photos from the fair’s photo booth, ID tags and more.  http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/events/featured/adoptapalooza/index2015PP.htm

* Animation for Kids (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinema): At 2pm on August 1st,  BAM Cinema will be playing a collection of the year’s best family-friendly animated shorts, gathered from both festivals and the major studios.  Total run time is 65 minutes and tickets are $14 ($7 for members).  Recommended for ages 4-8. http://www.bam.org/film/2015/animation-for-kids

* Sesame Slam:  A Retrospective on Sesame Street Animations (Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinema): Come enjoy Sesame classics along with cartoons from the iconic program on August 2nd at 2pm.   65 minute run time, tickets are $14 ($7 for members).  Ages 1-5.  For more detail, please check out:http://www.bam.org/film/2015/sesame-slam

* Pattern Wizardry Exhibit (Brooklyn Children’s Museum):  A hands-on object-based exhibit, this event is designed to encourage children’s curiosity about their world through patterns.  They can play with special wands to play rhythmic beats, walk inside a 360 degree mirror, and more!  This exhibit runs through September 6th.  All ages.  http://www.brooklynkids.org/exhibits

* Figure 8 Playdate (Lefrak @ Lakeside, Prospect Park): Skate with your favorite storybook character and enjoy a meet & greet, story time, arts and crafts, breakfast and a favorite episode of the character’s show.  August 2nd, 10am-12pm is Curious George; and on August 16th from 10am-12pm will be Where the Wild Things Are! http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/activities/lakeside-kids/

* KIDtivity Wednesday (Lefrak @ Lakeside, Prospect Park): Every Wednesday through August 25th, there is a full day of 3 separate activities for our little ones. Starting at 11am kids can partake in a 60 minute fitness party, where they will enjoy kid-friendly circuit stations, games and stretches as they help increase muscle coordination and most importantly, have fun (ages 2-5). At 1pm they can enjoy puppet shows, dancing and bubble time with Puppetsburg (ages 0-4).  Creative Kitchen is at 4pm, where they can make recipes and kitchen crafts, enjoy fun food stories and sing songs (ages 2-5).  Tickets for all are FREE but make sure to reserve in advance: http://lakesidebrooklyn.com/lakeside-events/event-calendar/

* Shira & Friends Concert (Albee Square Fulton Street & Bond Street, Fulton Mall): Combining original tunes and kids classics, Shira & Friends will be performing a mix of singalong, danceable, smile-inducing music for both little and big ones to enjoy.  August 6th from 10-11am, FREE! http://downtownbrooklyn.com/events/family-community/bk-block-party-shira-friends

* Dirty Socks Funtime Band (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6): On Sunday August 9th from 11am-1pm, come enjoy the fun and groovy, SUPER high energy Dirty Socks Funtime Band perform.  Performance is followed by activities from the Private Picassos at 12pm and an outdoor pop-up reading room from the Uni Project.  Free. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/event-series/pier-kids-1

* 25th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest (Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, West 10th-12th Streets):  On August 15th from 11am-4pm, check out this annual sculpting contest and festival, where all are eligible to compete (kids and adults) to win prizes in multiple categories.  There will be live entertainment on the boardwalk, face painting, clowns and live music!  Entrants can sign up on-site.  Free!  http://www.wearebcs.org/bcs/news_events/coneyislandsandsculpting/

* 239th Anniversary of the Battle for Brooklyn (Greenwood Cemetery):  For the older kids who are interested in learning a bit about our local history, the week ofAugust 22nd-30th celebrates the first battle of the American Revolution.  The annual commemoration at Green-Wood Cemetery on Sunday, August 30th from 10am-2pmis a day filled with fun events for kids and families.  Features reenactments, trolley tours, horse rides, cannon fire, live period music, old-school games and a soldier-filled parade.  Free but does require registration in advance:  http://www.green-wood.com/event/commemoration-of-the-battle-of-brooklyn/

Hope you all enjoy this last month of summer, whether local or somewhere else, and that you are able to get out and take advantage of these unique events in our neighborhood.  Reminds us once again how lucky we are to live here!

A “BEST-OF” LIST FOR KIDS SHOPS AND SERVICES IN PARK SLOPE!

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By our very own Jen #supermom

For all of you first time parents or those new to the area, we thought it might be helpful to share some of our favorite shops and places to go to for kids-related needs in Park Slope.   Here are some choice spots in the neighborhood!

Best Baby-Everything Store:

* Lullaby (488 5th Ave): The best of the best in baby gear, furniture, bedding, bath/potty, feeding and toys, this is the place to go.  Yossi, the store owner, is super kind, knowledgable and helpful.   It’s almost impossible to walk out of this store without buying at least one item that wasn’t on your original purchase list!  http://lullabybaby.com/

Best Toy Stores:

* Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store (232 5th Ave):  Filled with a variety of novelty items, this store has a great selection of toys for kids – from stuffed animals to crafts to classics like Etch-a-Sketch.  Check out their online store for a glimpse at some of the unique kids & baby products they carry (who wouldn’t want a rainbow unicorn horn headband)??? https://blueribbongeneralstore.com/product-category/kids-baby/

* Neergaard (454 5th Ave):  This store has a wide variety of toys for the kids, with quite an extensive selection of action figures for the bigger ones.  Situated on the 2nd floor above Neergaard pharmacy, you will find legos, crafts, games and more.  https://neergaardtoys.com/product-category/toys/

* Toy Space (426 7th Ave): A more affordable place to shop, this store is easily navigated with sections divided by age.  This small store has quite a large selection of toys, from tablets to science kits – so many options for gifts that your child will play with and learn from.  https://toyspaceny.com/

Best Kids Shoe Stores:

* A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn (419 7th Ave): This has always been my go-to store to find my daughter shoes.  They are super helpful in regards to finding a shoe that meets you/your child’s needs…and your child can have fun in the play area while you navigate your way through the super cute options!   http://www.ashoegrows.com/

* Windsor’s World of Shoes (484 5th Ave):  Although the customer service isn’t as top notch as A Shoe Grows in Brooklyn, this store carries quite a large selection of kids shoes.  It’s helpful to know what you’re looking for (brand, style) before going in.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/windsors-world-of-shoes-park-slope

Best Kids Clothing Stores:

* Hiho Batik (184 5th Ave): A most unique store, Hiho offers 100% cotton apparel featuring one-of-a-kind designs made ONSITE at the Brooklyn store for babies, kids and adults.  While there you can batik your own item (takes roughly an hour, and they highly recommend calling in advance to ensure there is space).   http://www.hihobatik.com/

* Pink Olive (167 5th Ave): A super stylish boutique, this shop is full of beautiful and unique apparel, accessories and novelty gifts for babies.  High end (and $$$), this is a great place to buy that memorable gift for the special wee one in your life.  https://pinkolive.com/

* Meshimar (433 7th Ave):  A consignment shop for both young and old, this small shop can often carry super cute (high quality) children’s second hand clothes.  Can’t even count how many times I’ve complimented someone on their child’s outfit to find out it was purchased here!  http://www.yelp.com/biz/meshimar-brooklyn

Best Kids Haircut:

* LuLu’s Cuts & Toys (48 5th Ave):  This is a super popular and favorite amongst Park Slope parents, where your very youngest will survive a haircut (and beg to come back)!  Children receive a balloon, lollipop and get to watch their DVD of choice. If it’s the first haircut, they present you with a 1st haircut certificate and a lock of hair.  They can even sit in a special train chair.  Quite the experience!!!

* Slope Cuts (498 7th Ave): With booster seats and one kids “car” chair, this salon gets high ratings from parents.  A TV screen with cartoons to help distract and entertain your child and barbers known to be both kind and patient, this salon is great for the little ones to the “bigger” little ones!  http://www.yelp.com/biz/slope-cuts-brooklyn

Please feel free to comment and add any suggestions that we may have accidentally left off or perhaps are unaware of!

You Are Invited: Sat. July 18th 12PM-2PM

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We are thrilled to invite You and Your Family to our ‘Luau @ Lakeside’ party on Saturday, July 18th from 12pm to 2pm.

Buy Tickets Here!
(FREE for children under 5)
All proceeds go to fund research to find a cure for the Sanfilippo Syndrome

We are celebrating our 3rd birthday and we are again raising money for my little friend Jonah. in collaboration with the Jonah’s Just Begun Foundation, we are throwing this must-attend summer event at Lefrak Prospect Park. This Hawaiian themed fundraiser is jammed packed with fun for the whole family and all for a great cause.
Kids will enjoy:

  • Face Painting
  • Hula Dancing (with professional hula dancers)
  • Rollerskating VIP Passes
  • Splash pad
    Parents can relax at our reserved tables, enjoy the full luncheon provided and peruse the must-have silent action items donated by Park Slopes finest businesses.

Some of the auction items include:

  • VIP Tickets to a Rachael Ray Show taping
  • Oakley Sunglasses
  • NY Kids Club: 10-pack of Pajama Parties
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates, and much, much more.

There is limited space available, so get tickets for the whole family now!

More info and tickets at: http://bit.ly/Luau4JJB

 

SUMMER FAMILY EVENTS IN BROOKLYN!

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luauBy our very own Jen #supermom

The sprinklers have been turned on at the water parks (WOHOO)!  Watermelon has never tasted sweeter.  The school year is coming to a close.  SUMMER IS HERE!!!  We have several very special events going on in Brooklyn this season; here is a list of musical and fun-filled events we can enjoy as a family:

* JULY 18th at 12PM – Luau at Lakeside: A Fundraiser for Jonah’s Just Begun (Lefrak Center @ Lakeside, Prospect Park):  On July 18th from 12-2pm South Slope Pediatrics and Jonah’s Just Begun are hosting a very special event to raise much needed funds to support a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare disease that our Park Slope friend and neighbor, Jonah, suffers from.   The event includes a full luncheon, rollerskating, hula dancing, face painting and a silent auction.  Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for kids 5 and up (under 5 are free):    http://bit.ly/Luau4JJB

* Summer Kick-off Party with Hip Tot (Lefrak Center @ Lakeside, Prospect Park):  Every second Sunday from June – September (starting June 14th at 11am) there will be live music performances for kids, craft activities, giveaways and other special surprises.  On June 14th Grammy winner Father Goose and his dancehall boogie music will set the mood for a fun and exciting day!  http://hiptot.com/hip-events/

* Pete Sinjin’s “House of Song” Album Release Party (Greenwood Park – 7th Ave, between 19th and 20th St):  Presented by Hootenanny Art House, Pete Sinjin will be performing with his band on Saturday, June 20th at 10am, celebrating the release of his new album!  $10 tickets in advance (free for 9 months and under), includes all food.  There will also be door prizes and art activities.  http://www.petesinjin.com/

* SummerStage Family Day:  Laurie Berkner, Something Positive and Brooklyn Marching Band (Herbert Von King Park, Lafayette Ave and Tompkins Ave):  On Sunday June 21st come be entertained by these artists, including the super popular Laurie Berkner who is known to be the power behind the “kindie rock” movement!  Free.  4-7pm.  http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/summerstage-laurie-berkner-something-positive-brooklyn-united-marching-band/

* Puppetry Arts Festival of Brooklyn (Old Stone House Park, 4th St & 5th Ave):  On June 27th from 11am-3pm, there will be puppet crafts, snacks, bounce house, t-shirt designing, Star Wars characters and puppet shows all day!  Free admission.  http://www.puppetryarts.org/Festivals.html

* Orion and the Dark Storytime (Barnes and Noble, 267 7th Ave):  On June 27th at 11am, join Orion and the Dark on their mischievous fun nighttime adventure in this special storytime!  http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4853248

* They Might be Giants Concert (Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St):  Super child-friendly and silly, They Might Be Giants will put on a family show June 28th at 12:30pm for kids and adults of all ages (the venue even has stroller parking)!  Show lasts just under an hour.  Tickets are $25 in advance or a family 4-pack for $90:  http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/event/850657-they-might-be-giants-brooklyn

* Independence Day Events (Audobon Center, Lefferts House & Carousel in Prospect Park):   On July 4th there will be plenty of family friendly events taking place at Prospect Park.  From 12-5pm at the Audobon Center,  learn how the bald eagle became America’s symbol of independence (with fun activities and crafts)!  At Lefferts Historic House from 2-5pm, celebrate America’s birthday by making yourself a plumed hat and signing a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence!  And don’t forget to celebrate afterwards on the 1912 Carousel.  https://www.prospectpark.org/news-events/events/2015/7/4

* Seining the River Wild (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Empire Fulton Ferry):  On July 11th from 10:30am-12pm, learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as scientists use a 20 foot seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters. All ages:  http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/seining-1

Whether it’s learning about fish, jamming out to your favorite family music, learning about puppetry, celebrating the birth of America or attending a very important Luau Fundraiser, this next month is full of fun activities here in Brooklyn.  Enjoy!!!