Showing posts with label Kid-friendly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kid-friendly. Show all posts

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Red Hook Fest (May 30 - June 1) Begins Festivities Tonight!

This evening kicks off the festivities for the 20th Annual Red Hook Fest

This free 20th annual festival's theme and truly Red Hook's undercurrent in the past months has been "Rebuild, Restore, Rebirth: Resilience after Sandy."  The annual Red Hook Earth and Surf Parade has even been reborn this year - after an 11 year lull! Check out their website for more info.

Festivity Lineup:
  • Thursday, May 30th from 6pm - 8pm at the Miccio Center (110 West 9th St) - Youth Kick-Off Event
  • Friday, May 31st from 6pm - 9pm at PS 15 (71 Sullivan St)  - Community BBQ & Dance Party
  • Red Hook Rebirth Parade begins from Coffey Park (Richards St & Pioneer St) at 10 am on Saturday, June 1st  

The mainstage performances will take place at Valentino Pier & Park and the festival will include special activities such as free Kayak rides in New York Harbor thanks to the Red Hook Boaters and other various fun and activities for all ages sponsored by community partners. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Karen K & the Jitterbugs Sing-along at the Children's Garden

Next Thursday, Karen K & the Jitterbugs will be doing a special sing-a-long at the South Brooklyn Children's Garden, 204 Columbia Street (corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets)

Thursday, May 23
11:30 am-12 noon
$10 suggested donation

Karen K & the Jitterbugs have been delighting families up and down the east coast since the release of their debut album, Pancakes for Dinner, last year. Donned "The Kiddie Queen" by the Brooklyn Paper, Karen K's well-crafted, catchy tunes combined with the band's high-energy highly-entertaining shows make them rising stars on the "kindie" music scene - a term coined for the blend of kids music and indie rock.

Karen K and her Jitterbugs have been featured in the New York Times and in New York Magazine's Best of New York 2011 issue. They were also chosen as a Critics' Picks in Time Out New York Kids. Jitterbugs retro-style music classes for kids ages newborn to age 5 operate in NYC and Boston, MA. Visit for more info. 

The South Brooklyn Children’s Garden is a community garden founded in August 2012 with a mission to provide a physical and educations space for local children to learn about gardening, food cultivation, how it effects the environment and our local ecology. It is a member of New York City’s Green Thumb Program, a division of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to Columbia Street

Santa will be paying a visit to our very own MikNic Lounge at 200 Columbia Street (at Sackett St). Santa will take photos with neighborhood kids this Saturday December 17th from 1-4pm.  

By the way, I'm heading out of town for the holidays so you won't see another post from me for a while.

Happy holidays to you all!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The 9th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Halloween Party and Parade!

Carroll Gardens Patch

Hey kids, meet in your costumes this Sunday, October 30 at the Urban Meadow for some Halloween fun.

From the site: "There'll be treats and Urban Meadow t-shirts for sale, a costume parade led by the Underground Horns band and a fire engine from a local FDNY ladder company, hula hooping in the Meadow and more!"

Sunday 10/30 10:00 am - 12:00 noon 

Urban Meadow
President St & Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY

This event is brought to you by volunteers for the Urban Meadow. Contact if you can help decorate/bake/volunteer in the morning.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summertime and the Reading is Easy!

Hey, neighbors! I'm Andrea and I've just joined the blogging team for The Word on Columbia Street. I've lived in the neighborhood almost six years and every year I fall more in love with our little section of Brooklyn. For my first post here's some news from our local public library, the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Union St and Clinton St. Tomorrow kicks off the library's Summer Reading program. Here are the details:

Come to the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party at the Carroll Gardens Library on Thursday, June 9 from 2pm-4pm (public schools are closed for Anniversary Day)! Celebrate the start of the Brooklyn Public Library's annual Summer Reading program with a free multicultural celebration with activities and treats. Hosted by BPL and the Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library. Go to our website for more details at and keep up with FCGL's activities at the library all summer at

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Free chess classes at Brooklyn Bridge Park



Learn from the best: join Brooklyn chess instructor Zebedee Collins
for beginners’ instruction and tips on how to improve your game.

Wednesdays, June 22 – August 10
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

And it’s FREE!

Best for beginning players. Limited boards available.

Presented by Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
& Brooklyn Bridge Park

Monday, May 2, 2011

Love Your Library Day at the Carroll Gardens branch - Sat, May 14th

Save the Date for the “Love Your Library Day” book sale

to benefit the Carroll Gardens branch.

Saturday, May 14, 10 AM

4 PM at the library (corner of Clinton and Union Streets)

Thousands of fantastic books at great prices, baked treats, and special guests including Karen K and the Jitterbugs performing free at 10 AM- let her entertain your kids while you browse!

If you have gently used books (especially children's titles) to donate for the sale, please drop them off at the library through May 5.

FCGL’s next meeting is Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 at the library downstairs – everyone is invited to join.

We’re on and check out our new blog

Thursday, April 28, 2011

World Brooklyn: Growing up Global - Panel discussion on bilinguilism - Sunday, May 1st

This event is not in our neighborhood, but I know a lot of families are raising their children bilingual around here. I have gone to this event the last 2 years, and have enjoyed the informative panel discussion as well as mingling with like-minded parents.

"So please join Lango Brooklyn and Families with Children from China for a screening of Speaking in Tongues followed by a panel discussion with language experts from Brooklyn. The event will open with a Spanish concert by Bilingual Birdies and a Spanish puppet show called One, Two, Tres by P is for Puppets.

At a time when 31 states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly Chinese or Spanish. Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story will challenge you to rethink the skills that Americans need in the 21st century.

Mandarin, Spanish and French language expo with International School of Brooklyn, Language and Laughter Studio, Musica Para Mi and El Pequeno Artista.

Free babysitting and Chinese kite making provided by Lango Brooklyn.

Sunday, May 01, 3 to 6 PM
The Coop School, 81 Irving Place, Brooklyn NY 11238
Limited seating. RSVP required.
3.30 PM Spanish language concert by Bilingual Birdies
3.45 PM Spanish puppet show by P is for Puppets: One, Two, Tres
Price: $10 per adult and $5 per child
Free for Families With Children from China Members

Please register at:

SPEAKING IN TONGUES — 4 kids, 4 languages, 1 city, 1 world
Watch the trailer:
San Francisco International Film Festival"

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Plant Sale at the Urban Meadow - Sat, April 30th

Plant Sale this Saturday, April 30th at the Urban Meadow, from 11am to 3pm.
Purchase annuals, perennials and herbs, for you window boxes, backyard or rooftop garden.

The Meadow is located on President street, at the corner of Van Brunt.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Free art workshop for families at Kentler - Sat 23rd

K.I.D.S. Art Education




FREE Saturday Art Workshops for Families

aturday, April 23

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Art Workshop responding to



with Teaching Artist RUTH WETZEL

Designed for ages 4 & up
with their care givers
no drop offs)



353 Van Brunt Street

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sat, April 23rd - 3rd Anunual Egg Hunt at the Urban Meadow

Join us for our biggest hunt yet!

100 eggs and 2 hunting grounds:
- For little ones (0 to 4), the hunt will take place at the Urban Meadow
- For big kids (5 and up), the hunt will be next door, at Mother Cabrini Park

Both hunts will start promptly at 10:30, so get your basket and be on time!!

After enjoy some baked goods, coffee and face painting.

This free event is open to all and brought to you by the members of the Urban Meadow, local businesses and neighbors like you. Thank you!

The Meadow is located at the corner of President and Van Brunt streets.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Secret Garden at Big Movies for Little Kids next Monday

A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a garden that has been locked and neglected. Aided by one of the servants' boys, she begins restoring the garden, and eventually discovers some other secrets of the manor.

I remember reading the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett as a kid and loving it. This movie version is very well done and perfect at this time of year. You will want to grow things, you know, in dirt.

Monday, April 4th at 4pm, at Cobble Hill Cinemas.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Tumbling at Everyday Athlete

spring tumbling registration open

If your child hasn't tried it yet, this is the time!!

From 18 months to 12 years old, there is a program for every age and every level.
Click here to register and find out more.

And little bonus, for all you alumni, if you refer a friend you get a discounted massage gift certificate!!

Tomorrow: The first ever Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo!!!

Here it is, brought to you by the amazing peeps at A Child Grows in Brooklyn:

Here’s what to expect: (all free with admission)

  • Peep (the PBS character) will greet you along with my favorite “in the know” kids club: Kids Club Thirteen
  • You can sign up for one of our fabulous seminars (even though the Sleep Seminar is sold out, Soho Parenting is doing sleep seminars throughout the day)
  • Shop ’til you drop: strollers galore (some with expo discounts), kids’ clothes, toys, baby bedding, jewelry, bottles, furniture!
  • See: CPR, choking demos, how to make baby and toddler food, how to do a wrap carrier, how to cloth diaper!
  • Learn: about breastfeeding, how to organize your home, how to soothe a baby, how to give a bath, what a doula is, and ahh….sleep!
  • Get help: on how to install a car seat, choose a stroller, pre and post-natal conditions, on sex pre/post baby, discipline, how to make your wardrobe work!
  • Pamper: get blow-outs, makeup help, mini manicures, try out fitness and yoga classes, get fitted for a bra, munch and drink all day on catered fare!

For your children (if you have one or two!- otherwise just check it all out)

***And everyone gets a free subscription from Time Out New York Kids. There’s free car, stroller and check parking all day!

We haven’t run out of our awesome gift bags yet but hurry, they are only for the first 250 families who register! The bags from Lulu’s Cuts and Toys are full of fabulous finds from the coolest DVDs for kids by Wee See and Eebee’s and life-saving products from Boiron, Boon, giggle, Ruckus, Seventh Generation and snacks from Happy Baby, Belly Bar, Soyjoy, Calnaturale and lots more.

It all takes place in the beautiful LEED certified building, Toren- where you can cozy in their mod library for a seminar and try yoga and fitness classes in their studio or just enjoy the views from the Expo penthouse floors!

Click here to register.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Big Movies for Little Kids is calling for students film entries.


Call for Student Film Festival Entries

You’ve seen our films. Now let us see yours!

Big Movies for Little Kids, the celebrated classic film series for children, announces its first-ever student film festival. Short films by New York City students are now being accepted for consideration. Selected films will be screened on the BIG screen at the Big Movies for Little Kids season finale on June 6th, 2011 at 4pm, at Cobble Hill Cinemas (265 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231).

Last year, a group of fourth-graders from Packer Collegiate Institute made a short film to screen alongside our Tom & Jerry show. A live-action romp, the film was such a hit with our young audience that we’ve added an entire short film festival to our lineup!

Students 18 years old and younger who attend school in New York City (public, private, home school, we don’t care) are eligible to participate.

Films must be submitted in DVD format by May 1st, 2011. There are no entry fees but there is a limit of one film per student or group. Finalists will be screened and introduced by a well-known film director (TBA) at the June 6th festival. Children attending the festival will select one grand-prize winner, which will be shown at the BigMovies/Rooftop Films Drive-In Outdoor Movie Night on June 17th.

Big Movies for Little Kids, which has introduced over 200 classic films to NYC children and their adults celebrates its sixth anniversary this year. We screen films every other Monday, following the school calendar, at the independently-owned Cobble Hill Cinemas. Our outreach program, Short Cuts, allows us to offer free admission to Brooklyn children and families who cannot afford the ticket price. Big Movies for Little Kids is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council for the Arts, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. We are honored to be named "Best Film Series" in New York Magazine's "Best of New York 2009".

For more in formation click here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Big Movies for Little Kids -Valentine's Day Special


at Cobble Hill Cinemas

Valentine’s Day Special!

Monday, February 14th at 4pm


We love Lucy so we're bringing three more episodes to Big Movies for Little Kids as a Valentine's Day treat. Join us for some of Lucy's most hilarious antics: stomping grapes in Italy; making a commercial for Vitameatavegamin, and appearing on a game show to pay for a trip to Hawaii. (USA; 1951-1956; not rated; black and white; 66 minutes)

BONUS: I Love Lucy giveaways for the kids!


At Cobble Hill Cinemas

Time: 4pm (every other Monday, following the public school calendar)

Ages: 2 and up (all ages welcome)

Location: Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court Street @ Butler Street, Brooklyn

Cost: $7.00 per person (as per theater policy, all walkers need a ticket)

To secure seats at Cobble Hill Cinemas, tickets may be purchased on-line here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Karen K and the Jitterbugs Winter Concert - Feb 13 @ the Jalopy

Karen K and the Jitterbugs Winter Concert

Sunday, February 13 at 4:00pm

at the Jalopy Theatre (315 Columbia street)

Join Karen K and her band, the Jitterbugs, for a family-style concert. They will need all the hand-clapping, toe-tapping afternoon of songs from class and her new album, Pancakes for Dinner, and favorites from her Jitterbugs classes

To buy tickets, call Jalopy (718) 395-3214

$5/child, $10/adults, $20/family

The show is expected to sell out, so please order your tickets soon.

One way to celebrate Valentine's Day as a family!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rolie Polie Guacamole at Bait and Tackle on 12/4

Rolie Polie Guacamole will be performing at Bait and Tackle on 12/4/10. The show is catered to kids 0-100, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what the age group.

Check out the video below for Rolie Polie Guacamole's take on "This Land is Your Land"

Bait and Tackle is located at 320 Van Brunt Street.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

BNS/BCS Apple Fest 2010!

BNS Apple Fest 2010 :

A big, beautiful, fundraiser & community building, educational celebration!
Proceeds to benefit the Brooklyn New School & the Brooklyn School for
Collaborative Studies.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 am - 5 pm (Rain or shine)

WHERE: School yard behind our building at 610 Henry Street and 2nd Place


Game booths, raffle, huge inflatable obstacle course, spin art, dunking booth,
frame-making, recycle arts, beading, composting, cider pressing, delicious
home-made food, smoothie booth; pumpkin decorating;, Live music (bands to be
announced), plant and compost sale; and more!