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Weekend Events: FREE Summer Sunday, Paddle for Autism Awareness, the Sand Sculpting Contest and Much More!

August 4, 2011

This weekend you will have to dodge between Brooklyn and the city to fit in all the great activities…and we’re not saying that’s bad!  In Brooklyn, we are really excited to check out the Sand Sculpting Contest in Coney Island, a Cirque-tacular at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Free Summer Sunday’s where you can visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Zoo for FREE all day! Other highlights:  Shelebration of Shel Silverstein at Central Park and the Big Latch On, a celebration for World Breastfeeding week to break the record for the most women breastfeeding at the same time. One big Dairy Queen! As always, be sure to check out 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.

Friday, August 5th from noon – 4:00pm
Extraordinary Moves: A Dance to Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer
An exhibition of original cartoon strips, watercolors, and iris prints by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, author, playwright, and iconic New Yorker Jules Feiffer. The center of the show is a selection of the dancer cartoons, which ran for 40 years in The Village Voice and the New York Times. Details: World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, 220 Vesey Street. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 5th from 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Free Friday Night Jam: Cirque-tacular
Check out a glimpse of circus at Cirque-tacular where you and your family can watch jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, illusionists, contortionists, bullwhip artists, trapeze artists, fire performers, and more. Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 5th at 7:00pm (Gates at 6:00pm)
Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot is performing at the Prospect Park Bandshell, which will feature high-speed chamber pop complete with bounding rhythms and infectious hooks. Delicate Steve and Buke and Gass are the openers. The concert is free but Celebrate Brooklyn requests a $3 donation. Details: Prospect Park Bandshell at Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 5th – Doors open at 7:30pm; film begins at sunset (weather permitting)
Intrepid Summer Movie Series: ET
The Intrepid is hosting its 3rd Annual Intrepid Summer Movie Series this summer. This week you and your family can catch a viewing of ET. 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, August 5th from 8:00pm -10:00pm
Friday Night Movies: Young Frankenstein
The Narrows Botanical Gardens is featuring free movies for kids and adults through August. This week Young Frankenstein is showing, where prior to the movie, you can enjoy activities. There will also be 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, August 5th 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, How to Train Your Dragon (PG) is showing and guests can also enjoy free popcorn! Details: Pier 46, Charles Street and West Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th – Various Times
Textile Recycling at Greenmarkets
Do you have any old clothes that you have been meaning to donate or giveaway? GrowNYC has the perfect way for you to get ride of your old stuff by donating your old clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Details: You can recycle at Prospect Park Greenmarket (in Grand Army Plaza) Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn or Fort Greene Park or McCarren Park. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th from 8:00 am- 10:00 pm
The DeKalb Market

Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, the DeKalb Market opened last week bringing together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs. Located on a old containers and barren land, they are creating a new green space for downtown Brooklyn by housing vendors in 22 re-purposed shipping containers. 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, making this market a potential hub day and night.  Details: The Dekalb Market at 332 Flatbush Avenue- at Willoughby. The market is open 7 days a week. 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. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th from 8:00am – 11:00am
Brooklyn Cup Soccer Tournament
Long Island University Athletics, in association with Ft. Greene Sports and Young Rock Soccer Academy, will host soccer players ages 5 through 11 to compete in the Brooklyn Cup Soccer Tournament. This free event will divide squads into U-10, U-8 and U-6 groups, playing 6 on a side in round-robin format. All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, along with other giveaways provided courtesy of LIU Athletics. Details: Brooklyn Tech Football field, located at the intersection of Fulton and Clermont Streets in Fort Greene. For more information about this event or to RSVP for your child, please contact Michael Randazzo at 917-605-5624 or at michael.randazzo@liu.edu

Saturday, August 6th at 10:00am
World Breastfeeding Week: The Big Latch On
The Big Latch On is an attempt by nursing moms nationwide to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously. Snacks and refreshments will be served at this free event. Registration is at 10:00am. To register, please email classes@yummymummystore.com. Details: Yummy Mummy, 1201 Lexington Avenue (between 81st and 82nd streets). For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Paddle for Autism Awareness

The Paddle for Autism Awareness is an event that supports the Global Autism Project, an organization that works with autism centers in developing countries. At this Brooklyn event, there will be face painting, a bouncy castle, live music and other fun activities. There will also be trained instructors will be on hand to help out. Details: Louis Valentino Park (Red Hook), Coffey Street. Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th 9:00am – 5:00pm
Williamsburg Smorgasburg
Smorgasburg
Newcomer to the Brooklyn Flea group- this outdoor market  has 100 + food vendors- packaged, cooked , raw and more as well as farmers, kitchenwares, a kids activities area by Moomah, chef demos and more. This outdoor market is open rain or shine.

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Greene (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday)
The Brooklyn Flea
One of our favorite marketplaces, the Brooklyn Flea is a great place to check out hundreds of unique and handmade vendors featuring vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, crafts and food. This outdoor market is open rain or shine.

Fort Greene
Saturday
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

Williamsburg
Sunday
East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th 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! There is also a ramp for easy stroller access. Details: Northside Market, 135 Kent (corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street). To learn more, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th at 11:00am
Greenlight Bookstore Story time: Randi Fairbanks & Matt Lake
Co-authors Randy Fairbanks and Matt Lake take young readers on a trip through some of the wonderful weirdness to be found across the country, telling stories and showing photos from their new book Weird U.S. This event will also include a book signing, activities and kids will be invited to share their own weird stories. Details: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th from noon-3:00pm
I Love My Hair Workshop
I Love My Hair Children’s Workshop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn will be in the garden of Mocada Brooklyn museum. Guest speakers Karen Tappin Saunderson from Karen’s Body Beautiful and Gisselle Singleton from Felicity: A Salon of Elegance for Children LLC. The two-hour class will be filled with activities including t-shirt making, where the children get to nurture and create their unique style, and gift bags stuffed with goodies from guest speakers! Only 30 seats are available (for child and one parent) $35 registration including parent and child. Details: Mocada Brooklyn Museum, 80 Hanson Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11217. To RSVP and for more info email info@buttaflyunltd.com. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th from noon5:00pm
Registration begins 11:00am
21st Annual Sand Sculpting Contest And Unity Day

Enjoy a fun day at Coney Island by perfecting your sand castle. There will be cash prizes for the best sculptures by children and/or adults and live entertainment on the boardwalk throughout the day. Those interested in participating in the Sand Sculpting Contest can apply online at www.astelladevelopment.org, or register at the event. Details: Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk Between West 10th and West 12th Streets, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th 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, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th from 11:00am – 7:00pm
Marine Park Mid-Summer Festival
This family-friendly event includes a fun day of rides, games, vendors, food, and entertainment. Details: Marine Park, Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th – Free Admission from 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Target First Saturdays: Caribbean Countdown
This month’s Target First Saturday will celebrate Brooklyn’s Caribbean community with a series of programs such as musical performances, curator and gallery talks and films that showcase Caribbean culture. *Schedule is subject to change, please refer to the museum’s website for up-to-the-minute details. Details: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th at 7:00pm
The Central Park SummerStage: SHELEBRATION!

This family friendly event will celebrate the works of the illustrator, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning songwriter, Shel Silverstein. This free event will include a gathering of musicians and special celebrity guests performing unique interpretations of Silverstein’s beloved songs and poetry as well as the debut of works from Silverstein’s newest poetry collection, Every Thing On It. Details: Rumsey Playfield is located on East 72nd Street off Fifth Avenue. The closest subway is the 6 train to 68th Street. You can easily enter the park on 69th Street and 5th Avenue. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 7th – Various Times
Free Summer Sunday
On Sunday, August 7, Heart of Brooklyn (HOB) will host Free Summer Sunday, a day of free admission and special programs throughout its cultural campus. For the first time, all six Heart of Brooklyn cultural institutions (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo) will be open to the public FREE of charge. Details: Free Summer Sunday’s day of free admission and special programs runs during regular institution hours on Sunday, August 7. For more information, please click here.

Sunday, August 7th at 10:30am
Tour: Coney Island: What’s Next?
This fun and interactive tour will allow you and your family to explore Coney Island’s past. The tour will include a visit to Nathan’s Famous, the popular ballpark, the new amusements, the historic rides and the boardwalk. This event costs $15 and $10 for MAS members. Details: The tour is meeting outside of the Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue subway station at the North East corner of Stillwell and Surf avenues. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th from 11:00am – 7:00pm
Marine Park Mid-Summer Festival
This family-friendly event includes a fun day of rides, games, vendors, food, and entertainment. Details: Marine Park, Avenue U and East 33rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11234. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Greene (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday)
The Brooklyn Flea
One of our favorite marketplaces, the Brooklyn Flea is a great place to check out hundreds of unique and handmade vendors featuring vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, crafts and food. This outdoor market is open rain or shine.

Fort Greene
Saturday
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)

Williamsburg
Sunday
East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th 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! There is also a ramp for easy stroller access. Details: Northside Market, 135 Kent (corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street). To learn more, please click here.

Sunday, August 7th at 1:30pm
Comics for Kids Workshop with Dave Roman
Writer and illustrator, Dave Roman is holding a fun comics workshop for kids. He’ll discuss his new graphic novel, Astronaut Academy and lead an interactive workshop on how to create your own comics. Recommended for ages 7+, all ages welcome. Details: WORD, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 7th from 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Summer Songs and Stories

Tammy Hall, storyteller and musician, invites kids of all ages to gather around the big tree at the Lefferts Historic House to hear stories from around the world. Details: Lefferts Historic House is located at the Children’s Corner, inside the Park’s Willink Entrance, at the intersection of Flatbush and Ocean Avenues and Empire Boulevard. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 7th at 8:00pm
Habana Outpost Outdoor Movie Series
A free movie series at the popular Mexican joint will run until October. This week the 80s movie Heathers is showing. Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.