Photo by Whitney Kidder
Back to school. Cooler temperatures. Brooklyn is no longer a ghost town on the weekends… we’re here and there are things to do! We’ve gathered a list of activities from the very local puppet show and story times to a special Hootenanny 10 Year Anniversary Celebration… to the best apple picking around NYC. So, as we wave a sad goodbye to those warm summer days let’s embrace the beautiful Fall and all of the fun we’ll have with our families! Sugar donuts and apple cider? Yes please!
September 24th: Hootenanny Art House 10 Year Celebration at the Bellhouse, 10:30am: Sing, dance, make art, eat an enormous cake and watch an epic slide show of 10 years and celebrate!!!! Music with Pete Sinjin and friends, sing-along is all ages and kids under 1 are free. Get your tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1530798
September 2nd: Zen Zoo Kids Yoga at the Boathouse in Prospect Park, 11am: This is the last day of the recurring event, so don’t miss out! Experienced yoga instructor Kat Janicka will lead these animal-themed classes in Prospect Park’s Boathouse. Asanas will be based in animal forms and shapes, and we will ommmm the sounds of the creatures in the wild. Class will be based on mindfulness, breath meditation, basic breath exercises for kids, visualization and laughter. Bring your own mat. Free. https://achildgrows.com/thecalendar/zen-zoo-kids-yoga-prospect-park/2017-09-02/
September 2nd – December 17th: Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Saturday and Sundays @12:30 and 2:30pm: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola, (suggested for ages 3 and up). Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult is $11. http://www.puppetworks.org/
September 9th: Sample Free Dance, Movement, Tumbling and Theater Classes at BAX, 10am: Join the families of the BAX community, meet the BAX faculty and take a free sample class. Open house sample class schedule can be found here (pre-registration is strongly encouraged). http://youth.bax.org/general-information/classes/fall-open-house/
September 9th: Kids Campfire Conversations: ‘Being Brave’ at the Lefferts Historic House, 6:30pm: Join the Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Public Library for this campfire conversation for kids! The new school year brings new friends, new teachers and maybe a new school. Join us around the campfire for a conversation about conquering fears, building confidence and taking on new challenges. This event will be monitored by Tammy Hall and will feature music by Lucy Kalantari (of Lucy and the Jazz Cats). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campfire-conversations-tickets-37063700526
September 17th: Sunday Story Time with John Parra (Illustrator of Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos) at Powerhouse on 8th Ave, 11:30am: Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, is based on the life of one of the world’s most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life. RSVP appreciated. http://powerhouseon8th.com/events/sunday-story-time-with-john-parra-illustrator-of-frida-kahlo-animalitos/
September 23rd: Family Cooking in the Garden at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, 1pm: Bring the whole family to the Children’s Garden for an afternoon cooking class. The group will harvest ingredients straight from the garden and prepare one salad, one farm-fresh entree and one dessert to share. Members: $15, Non-members: $17 and children under 1 are free. https://classes.bbg.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=17SCGFCGB
Ongoing at the Park Slope Library: Have you checked out the Park Slope Library’s events lately? There is everything from “Stomp, Clap and Sing with Silly Jazz and Camille” (whose songs include “The Monster Under My Bed” and “The Muffin Man”), to activities for older kids (6+), like “Kids Create in the Garden”, where they can create a garden-related craft to take home. https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/list/?loc%5B%5D=10125
And we can’t end an events blog for September without mentioning apple picking!!! Time Out has collected a best-of list for where you can find the best apple picking near NYC. https://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/best-apple-picking-farms-and-orchards-for-families-near-NYC
Posted by Jen Valu
written by Jen #supermom
Universal pre-K. Finally available in NYC for the past two years, this is an opportunity for our children to participate in free, full days and prepare these little ones for kindergarten and the future. It’s an amazing chance for all kids to have equal access to early education. Here I will try to help navigate you through the important dates you need to know in regards to pre-K programs, the application process, and other things to consider.
Is your child eligible? If your child was born in 2012, they ARE ELIGIBLE for pre-K this September for the 2016-2017 school year!
1) Important Dates:
The Pre-K application process begins January 25th and runs through March 4th (2 months earlier than last year)! In early May offer letters will be sent. Early May – May 20th is the pre-registration period. May 2nd – May 20th is the round 2 application period. The DOE is currently working on creating new pre-K opportunities, and they are expected to announce these new programs in the Spring round 2 period.
2) How to Apply:
Online: Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/default.htm to create an account and submit your application.
Go to a Family Welcome Center: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/NewStudents/WelcomeCenters/default.htm
or Over the Phone: Call 718-935-2067 to submit your application. 8am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
To learn about schools in your zone and/or district with detailed information on this entire process, please visit the Brooklyn Pre-K Directory. To see a map of different programs available in your vicinity, go to the Pre-K finder.
Note that you can also subscribe to updates on the pre-K admissions process here: http://schools.nyc.gov/Subscribe/default.htm
– Parents can rank as many as 12 schools on the pre-K application, in order of preference. You will be able to choose from programs at district schools, pre-K centers, NYCEEC (NYC Early Education Centers) and charter schools. You will use one form to apply to all.
– In regards to priority, students living within the zone of a particular school WITH siblings already enrolled get first priority. Next come any students zoned for that school, then students in the district whose zoned school has no pre-K program AND they also have a sibling at the particular school, and so on. For childhood centers, priority goes to existing students, then siblings of current students, then to low-income families & English language learners. For detailed information on admission priorities go to page 10 of the Brooklyn Pre-K Directory.
– If you are not accepted into the school of choice you are automatically added to the waitlist. This pertains to any school listed on the application that ranked higher than the one your child was accepted to.
– Most public schools offer full day (6 hrs, 20 min) and some offer 5 hour and half day options. Some programs do offer extended hours, and you can find these options by looking at the Program Information section in the Brooklyn Pre-K Directory or in the Pre-K Finder.
– Information for students with disabilities can be found at: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/StudentsWithDisabilities/default.htm
– Before deciding and ranking your list, talk to friends. Talk to parents whose children attend that school. Research online. Most importantly, PLAN A VISIT. Many schools are touring now so be sure to look at the school’s calendar online or contact the school directly to set up a tour.
– When making that list of top schools, certain issues might be more of a priority to you: public school or community center (what kind of hours are you looking for), commute to/from school, do parents feel welcome in the school, does the classroom feel clean and exciting/fun/interesting at the same time? Here is a video from Inside Schools that can help you make the most informed decision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSG1yhtltbI
Posted on January 12th, 2016
Posted by Jen Valu