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Weekend Events: Block Parties, Sandwich Festival, Brooklyn Wellness Day and Much More!

July 21, 2011

Celebrate Jabari and Azizi's 1st birthday at the Prospect Park Zoo!

Although it is reportedly going to be in the 100s you and your family can stay cool by checking out some indoor fun (and air conditioned) activities and events like Northside Market, a new artisanal and craft market in Williamsburg or your kids can create their own cool projects at the Design Your Own Textile Family Day at Bard College or at Maker Days at the New York Hall Science. There are also tons of outdoor activities to keep you busy like a Stroller Scavenger Hunt in Park Slope, the one-year birthday party for the baboons at the Prospect Park Zoo and block parties at the New Museum and Still Hip hosted by Little Essentials. Governor’s Island is also a hot spot this weekend with the free Go Fly a Kite event and the Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival. Whatever you decide to do be sure to load up on water and sunscreen and refer to our calendar for more activities and events!

Pier 6 Open with New Fishing Area
The lawns are open weekly Thursdays through Sundays
The 15,000-square-feet of lawn space is now open on Pier 6. The gorgeous space features a 1.6-acre destination playground called the “The Water Lab” complete with sprinklers, ropes, a sand box, swings and slides, a volleyball court, an outdoor food court and a new fishing area located along the north edge of Pier 6. Details: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11201.

Fridays – July 22nd and 29th at 10:00am
Stories and Squirts
Author Jen Nails will be leading a writing workshop to kids ages 8 and up. Every 15 minutes, she will squirt everyone with a water shooter. Jen says to come well-rested and ready to write with a pen and notebook (and squirt gun if you want). The class will focus on creating memorable characters, beginnings, middles, and ends, and what makes a good story. At the end of the workshop, she will ask a trivia question, and the participant who answers correctly will win a signed copy of her book Next to Mexico. This event is free and is sponsored by the Friends of Greenwood Playground. Details: Greenwood Playground. E 5th Street at Greenwood Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 22nd – Sunday, July 24th (see schedule for complete details)
Tug & Barge Week
Ship enthusiasts will love this exciting tugboat event. Sponsored by the Waterfront Museum and the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, Tug and Barge week includes free public tugboat trips and barge tours. Details: Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Furman Street & Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11201. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, July 22: Special open hours with Diver Lenny; “Creatures of the Deep” artists’ reception, with Diver Lenny
Saturday, July 23: Open hours
Sunday, July 24: Showboat Shazzam. For more information visit The Waterfront Museum.

Every Friday through July 29th at 7:00pm
Waterfront Workouts: Belly Dance with Dodge YMCA
A movement class taught by teachers from Dodge YMCA that focuses on strengthening and toning the core muscles while dancing to Middle Eastern music. Details: Pier 1, Promenade (Main Street and Brooklyn Bridge Plaza)

Friday, July 22nd – Doors open at 7:30pm; film begins at sunset (weather permitting)
Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Back to the Future
The Intrepid is hosting its 3rd annual Intrepid Summer Movie Series this summer and this week the 1980s flick Back to the Future (PG) is being shown. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs, picnic baskets, blankets, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No outside alcohol is permitted. Details: Pier 86, Twelfth Avenue (at 46th Street), New York, NY  10036. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 22nd from 8:00pm -10:00pm
Friday Night Movies – Wall-E
The Narrows Botanical Gardens is featuring free movies for kids throughout July and August. This week Wall-E (G) is showing where prior to the movie, there will be activities and popcorn and drinks available for purchase. The movies start at sundown but it is better to get there earlier to get a good seat. Details: Narrows Botanical Gardens 7200-7398 Shore Road, Brooklyn NY 11209. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 22nd around 8:30pm
Hudson River Park Riverflicks for Kids
You and your family will love checking out a fun and free movie screening at Hudson River Park. This week The Princess Bride (PG) is showing as well as a musical performance by David Ippolito before the movie. At the movie, there will also be free popcorn! Details: Pier 46, Charles Street and West Street. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 22nd at 7:00pm (Gates at 6:00pm)
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Faaji Agba
Celebrate Brooklyn, New York City’s longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festival, is holding a fun concert in Park Slope with Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 / Faaji Agba. Featuring afro-pop, the concert will also include a lineup of former members of the Afro-Skittles Band Fatai Rolling Dollar, Chief Seni Tejuoso, and Prince ‘Eji’ Oyewole. The concert is free but Celebrate Brooklyn requests a $3 donation so that they can continue to offer exciting shows every year. Details: Prospect Park Bandshell at Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 23rd from 10am – 2pm
Brooklyn Wellness in the Park
Try some free workouts, healthy food and learn how to stay (or get) fit this weekend- all for free- at the “Brooklyn Wellness in the Park.” The Global Autism Project has created this health event  to bring members of the community (open to any age and body type) together to exercise and stay healthy throughout the summer. Some of the free group workouts will be led by instructors from Bend and Bloom Yoga, NY Fit Life, Fusion Fitness and Wellness, and Green Fitness Studio. There will be tables of fitness studios and wellness centers, health food products and fun raffles and giveaways. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to support the Global Autism Project and sponsor events in the future.
Details: Fort Greene Park, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please email molly@globalautismproject.org or call (347)855-4271. For more information about the Global Autism Project, visit their website at www.globalautismproject.org.

Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Nostalgia Ride at the New York Transit Museum
The New York Transit Museum hosting a group tour to Coney Island. This Nostalgia Train will have you riding the R 1-9 cars of the Independent Subway System (a pre-World War II fleet of subway cars) and viewing a series of exhibits. Then, it’s “All Aboard!” for a two-hour ride to Coney Island where you will tour the amusement park and enjoy the beach. Tickets are $25.00 for children and $50.00 for adults. Tickets can be purchased tickets online or over the phone (718) 694-1867. Details: Located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights. (718) 694-1600. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 23rd from 8:00 am- 10:00 pm
The DeKalb  Market
This Saturday will mark the debut of what promises to be one of Brooklyn’s most interesting markets.  The DeKalb  Market will take place in 22 re-purposed shipping containers on unused land next to the Fulton Mall. In recycling old containers and barren land, they are creating a new green space for downtown Brooklyn.  Expect to find food vendors that range from soul food to vegan, boutique vendors like our favorites Rasany and Hank & JoJo, along with artists and makers of all kinds. The space will also be used for events and performances too, making this market a potential hub day and night.  Details: The Dekalb Market at 332 Flatbush Avenue- at Willoughby   7 days a week, 8 am- 10 pm
The Flatbush frontage has the Dekalb Avenue subway entrance to the W and Q trains and the Fulton Mall has the Hoyt Street entrance to the 2 AND 3 trains. A

Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Northside Market
Check out the latest market to hit Williamsburg. Featuring artisanal and handmade goods, crafts, local musical acts and a DJ, Northside Market is an innovative new space to check out local and international goods. The pop-up market also features a cool artist gallery and even has such 25-30 food vendors such as Cantina Royal, Dub Pies, Robicelli’s (Cupcakes), Lots O’ Lobstah, and Cookie Road. We really love that this 4,100 square foot indoor space is air-conditioned and that every week throughout the summer you can expect to find something new like candy walls or mini golf. Check their twitter account (@NorthsideMkt) for up-to-the minute details! Details: Northside Market, 135 Kent (corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street). To learn more, please click here. There is a ramp for easy stroller access.

Saturday, July 23rd 2011 at 11:00am
Go Fly a Kite! on Governor’s Island
The Governors Island Alliance provides free kites to visitors to fly on the parks parade  grounds. Details: Free ferries from Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building on South Street, near Staten Island Ferry Terminal; and from Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park. For additional information, please click here

Saturday, July 23rd from noon-4:00pm
Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival
Check out the ultimate sandwich festival with Serious Eats on Governors Island. This ultimate summer picnic will include sandwiches in New York City that will be inducted them into the Serious Eats Hall of Fame. Tickets are available at http://seriouseatssandwichfest.eventbrite.com/. Details: Free ferries from Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building on South Street, near Staten Island Ferry Terminal; and from Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 23rd from noon – 4:00pm
Family Day: Design Your Own Textile!
Tracy Grosner, a visual artist and gallery outreach educator leads Family Day, a free event where you and your family can explore the art of textile design. You can also create your own fabric swatches using brush and ink, handmade stamps, linen and cotton.Details: Bard Graduate Center,18 West 86th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY  10024. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 23rd from noon – 5:00pm
New Museum Block Party
The New Museum is holding a block party featuring educator and artist-led projects. All Block Party guests will receive complementary admission to the New Museum on the day of the event. The block party will include performances such as old-fashioned storytelling, folk music and a multi-instrumentalist. There will also be a Bowery scavenger hunt, a fortune-telling monkey, free popcorn and face painting. Details: Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Broome Street between Forsyth and Chrystie Streets, New York NY. For additional information, please click here

Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th from noon to 5:00pm
Maker Days at the New York Hall Science
This two-day event will allow your little one to tinker, design and create. During this event, there will be demonstrations by NYSCI Explainers and special guest Makers each weekend. Kids can also design and build with Htink, craft with RePlayGround, and make electric doodles with Collab. Free with admission. Details: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368. For additional information, please call (718) 699-0005 ext. 323 or click here.

Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th from 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Baby Baboon Birthday at Prospect Park
Jabari and Azizi the baboons at the Prospect Park Zoo have just turned one and they have invited families to celebrate the occasion. The event, free with museum admission, will allow kids to make a baboon birthday card and view zookeepers as they give the baboons cupcakes from Brooklyn’s own BCakeNY. Details: Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 23rd from 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Yoga class for 5-10 year olds
This fun children’s yoga class is designed for children 5-10 year-olds with Nicole Levin, a children’s yoga teacher. Levin instructs a class for kids at Usha Veda Yoga in Greenpoint incorporating the teaching of yoga poses, mudras (hand gestures), breathing techniques, and mantras (sounds and songs). This fun and relaxing class is donation-based – generally people donate about $5-$10 per child. Details: Usha Veda Yoga, 1104 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (718) 383-0901. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 23rd at 8:00pm
Hot Summer Nights! Free Outdoor Concert Series
Birdland Big Band

This is the last concert in the series of free outdoor events held on the oceanfront bandshell of Kingsborough Community College. The series ends with the Birdland Big Band, a resident band of the popular New York City nightclub along with guest violinist Ali Bello. Details: Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (end of Oriental Boulevard), Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, July 24th at 10:00am
Stroller Scavenger Hunt for parents ( and young kids)
An exciting event for young kids in strollers, this historical stroller scavenger hunt will include an experience primarily for adventurous parents, that’s also entertaining for kids.  The game is designed for parents with kids ages 0-5, focusing on education, safety, accessibility and family interaction. The hunt will enable young families to explore multi cultural immigrant history that makes Brooklyn so wonderful. The scavenger hunt will offer a combination of competitive spirit, modern technology, stroller maneuvering skills, and experiential learning as well as team building. There will also be prizes. Details: Click here to register. After registering you will receive instructions on downloading the game API to your smartphone.

Sunday, July 24th from 11:00am-7:00pm
Block Party with Little Essentials
Little Essentials, a community-based organization that provides free baby and toddler clothing, furniture and other essential items to Brooklyn families living in poverty, is holding a block party at Still Hip. There will be fun for all ages – chair massages (from 1-4), face painting, stickers, tattoos, and a raffle with great prizes such as a family photo shoot, haircut, wine, children’s clothing, green cleaning and more. Details: Still Hip, 282 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday July 24th from 3:00 to 8:00pm
Soul Summit Music Festival
A fun music festival right in Fort Greene Park, the Soul Summit includes an afternoon of music, food, activities and dancing. Held for over 8 years, the Summit showcases artist of various backgrounds including DJs, bands, dance companies, fashion designers, filmmakers and photographers just to name a few. This free event is a great way to enjoy the park and check out one of the most exciting events this summer. Details: Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue, Cumberland Street, DeKalb Avenue. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, July 24th at 3:00pm
SummerStage: Queens Family Day
SummerStage Kids presents Queens Family Day, a fun-filled day for kids that focuses on arts and culture from around the globe. Indulge your imagination with interactive storytelling, arts and crafts workshops, puppet performances and powerful music featuring an eclectic mix of soul, classical and folk. The day will also feature performances by Shine & The Moonbeams, Robbi K, Matt Brown, Daniel Carlton, David Gonzalez, JoSunJari and a presentation of Bessie’s Big Shot. Details: Queensbridge Park, 41-05 Vernon Boulevard, (at 41st Avenue), Queens, NY 11101. For additional information, please click here.

Every Sunday from July 10th through August 28th at 7:00pm
Waterfront Workouts – Zumba with the Dodge YMCA
Alma Bonilla of Dodge YMCA teaches weekly Zumba classes where you will get to dance to a fusion of Latin and International music. Details: Pier 1, Promenade – Southwest Corner (Main Street and Brooklyn Bridge Plaza). If it rains class will be held at the tobacco warehouse.