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Weekend Events: Harlem Day, Jam on DUMBO, Photo Safari, Summer Streets and Much More!

August 18, 2011

This weekend is packed with outdoor events! We are really excited to check out Jam on DUMBO, a full day of family entertainment including musical performers, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, and local vendors featuring their unique products as well as mom pop small businesses and Summer Streets for some physical activities like walking, playing and bike riding. This weekend, there are also tons of cool events like the Photo Safari at City Hall or the Learn to Ride a Bike event where instructors will be on-hand to help parents teach their kids how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Enjoy the weekend and as always 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 19th from 10:00 am– 4:30pm
Hudson River Park’s Big City Fishing
This free Big City fishing program is a fun way to learn how to fish. Through the program you can also learn about the Hudson River environment where a staff member will discuss ecology, water quality, and the types of fish species that live in Hudson River Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary. All of the necessary supplies including rods, reels and bait, as well as formal instruction are provided. This program is also a catch and release fishing with no casting. Details: Pier 46 (Charles St. and West St., Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th, Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st from 9:00am – 9:00pm
GE Carousolar at South Street Seaport
GE’s solar-powered twist on the family favorite carousel is landing in New York’s South Street Seaport for the month of August. Beginning August 3rd, kids can take a free ride on the “Carousolar” while moms and dads can charge their mobile devices with one of GE’s solar-powered charging stations. Visitors can also check out lots of new and innovative things GE is currently working on in the solar space. GE’s Carousolar is powered by 100 solar panels and lit by GE’s very cool and colorful TETRA Contour LED lights. Details: South Street Seaport Fulton St at Water Street, New York. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th, Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st from 11:30am-7:00pm
HIP play
Still Hip has daily playgroups in their fun playspace. Participants are simply asked to help set up and clean up the space, but there will always be someone in the store to help. Drop-ins for $3 (or 10 for $25) will always be welcome as long as there is space. Cost for 20 week session: Details: 283 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th from 10:30am-12:00pm
PuppetMobile Presents “Bessie’s Big Shot”
The show, Bessie’s Big Shot, is about Bessie dreams of joining the circus as she thinks about flying in a trapeze act or compete with the strongest man in the world. This exciting show will have you and your family rooting for Bessie as she attempts the impossible. This free show is designed for kids 2-8 years old. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 (Plymouth Street Between Main and Washington streets). Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th from 11:00am–7:00pm
Park Play with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground Associates
This family friendly event is held at two locations in the park where you can enjoy the outdoors for a day of activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details: Bridge Park: Main Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

 

Friday, August 19th from 11:00am12:00pm
Sandbox Music
This fun and interactive event will allow kids to learn how to use live brass instruments with their own percussion. This event is designed for kids 3 – 8 years old and their caretakers. No advance registration necessary. View the full Sandbox Programs schedule, including playground locations, here. Details: Central Park (Various Locations). For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th from 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Photo Safari at City Hall
Starting at City Hall, you and your family can explore lower Manhattan through your lens. Through the class you will learn how to find the perfect shot for buildings such as the Municipal Bldg., City Hall, the Tweed Courthouse, etc. You will learn about shadows, lines and strong composition as well as how to anticipate lighting conditions and scene management. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographic knowledge from beginners to advanced hobbyists. (Limit 8 participants per safari). The tour is $100 per participant; for a $10 discount use code: “parks10.” Details: The Fountain (in City Hall Park), Park Row and Beekman Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th at 6:00pm
Family Friday Pizza & Movie Night: Madagascar
Bring the family to Charlotte’s Place for an evening of free pizza and a movie. This week the animated film Madagascar is showing. Details: Charlotte’s Place, 109 Greenwich Streets (between Rector and Carlisle Streets). For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th at 7:00pm
The 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy

MoCADA in partnership with African Film Fest proudly celebrate the 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bedford Stuyvesant. This week is Caribbean Night an evening that will include children specific, African Diasporic film shorts from the Caribbean. Additionally, there will be performances from CASYM Steel Orchestra. This event is free. Details: Fulton Park, Chauncey St. Bet. Lewis Avenue and Stuyvesant Ave., Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Friday Night Movies: Over the Hedge
The Narrows Botanical Gardens is having a free summer movie series for kids and families. This week, Over the Hedge is showing. Popcorn and drinks are sold at the movie. Come and enjoy some great films under the stars! Details: Narrows Botanical Gardens, Owls Head Park to Fort Hamilton Parkway Narrows Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 19th around 8:30pm
Hudson River Park Riverflicks for Kids
Tangled
You and your family will love checking out a fun and free movie screening at Hudson River Park. This week Tangled 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 20th – 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 20th and Sunday, August 21st 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 20th from 8:00 am9:00 am
Early Morning High Line Habitat Walk
Since most parents are up at the crack of dawn, why not enjoy a beautiful walk at the High Line. Led by the High Line gardener Maryanne Stubbs, who will point out birds, butterflies, and other pollinators during a guided horticultural tour. This event is for all ages, $10 for members / $15 for non-members and an RSVP is required. Details: High Line (in The High Line), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th from 9:00 am12:00 pm
Bike New York – Learn to Ride a Bike
Learn to Ride, a free group class for children who are ready to ride a two-wheeler, is having a free learn to ride event. Bike New York’s experienced instructors will be on-hand to help parents teach their kids how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Participants must each bring a bicycle and helmet to this class. Details: Foley Square & Paine Park (in Thomas Paine Park), County Court House, Worth St, Pearl St, Centre Street. Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
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. Details: 27 N 6th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th at 9:30am
Free Workout and Baby Dance Party

The Gym Park is offering a free workout for pre-walking babies and complimentary play. Everyone will stretch, strengthen, and socialize in this playful hour of dance. Led by Coach Dave (with his wife and 8 month-old as assistant teachers). RSVP with names & ages of participants dave@thegympark.com (347)665-5976. Details: The Gym Park 81 Oak St. (off Franklin Avenue in Greenpoint). For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st 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.)

 

Sunday, August 21st from 10:00am – 7:00pm
Harlem Day
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce will host Summer in the City—an all-day fair celebrating the Harlem community. Throughout the day there will be dancing, live music, food, games and arts & crafts. Activities will include: the Upper Manhattan auto show, a musical salute to rhythm & blues, rock, gospel, blues, dance and Calypso, free health screenings, arts and crafts, a small business expo and a “Back to School” children’s fashion show. Details: 135th Street (between 5th Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue). For more information, including a full schedule of events, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st from 10:00am – 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 20th from noon to 2:00 p.m., or from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Weekend Family Programs with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground Associates
The Brooklyn Bridge Park playground associates will lead educational based activities whose themes will include: recycling, rocks, weather, park collages, boats, and more. There are two sessions each day. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Main Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn and Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn

Saturday, August 20th from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Jam on DUMBO
Jam On DUMBO has been rocking kids monthly since February, but this summer they are doing a big blowout free Family Festival. Featuring a full day of family entertainment, the Jam includes an entertaining day filled with musical performers, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, and local vendors featuring their unique products as well as mom pop small businesses. Some performers on the bill include Erin Lee and The Up Past Bedtime Band; an interactive Afro-Haitian drum and song performance by Bonga; the kiddie cabaret band The Itty Biddies; ukulele duo The Mini Max Players; rockers Rolie Polie Guacamole; and teen alternative-rock group Still Saffire. The festival will also feature a performance by P is for Puppet and a family yoga class led by Bija Yoga.com. Details: Adams Street between Front Street and Water. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th 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 20th at 7:30pm
Bat Exploration in Central Park
Have you ever wanted to see bats at night? Well, maybe this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but for those of you that want you learn more about these nocturnal creatures will love this evening bat walk in central park. Park rangers will guide you and your family to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. To enhance your experience they encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.  Details: Belvedere Castle, Mid-park about 79th Street (Central Park). For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 20th (Various Times)
Summer Streets

For the fourth year in a row, Summer Streets will close down Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to inspire families to enjoy physical activity like walking, playing and bike riding. Through Summer Streets, New Yorkers can enjoy a range of activities and services such as free bicycle and rollerblade rentals, storytelling activities hosted by StoryCorps at Foley Square, a cook-off, free performances from the Fringe Jr. Festival in Foley Square, rock climbing, bike helmet giveaways and much more! Details: For a detailed schedule of classes and events, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 21st from 11:00am – 5:00pm
Food Truck Rally
Prospect Park Alliance has teamed up with the NYC Food Truck Association to bring some of New York’s best food trucks to Prospect Park on the third Sunday of every month. The participating trucks include: Bistro Truck, Coolhaus, Gorilla Cheese NYC ,Joyride, Kelvin Natural Slush Co.,Kimchi Taco, Mexicue, Mud Truck, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw Dumpling Truck,Souvlaki GR, Taïm Mobile, The Eddie’s Pizza Truck, The Treats Truck,Vanleeuwen Ice Cream and Wafels and Dinges. There will also be music by the Jack Lords Orchestra and a raffle to win an iPad. Details: Grand Army Plaza, Union Street and Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 21st at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
The Wizard of Oz at Puppetworks
L Frank Baum’s classic story is told retold with puppets and an original song score. The play is suggested for kids 4 and up. Details: Puppetworks, 338 Sixth Avenue  (at 4th Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 21st– Door Opens at 2pm. Show begins at 3pm
Music & Play with Astrograss
The popular kids Brooklyn Bluegrass band Astrograss will be playing some of their popular songs at Extreme Kids Crew. Details: Call 347-528-4246 or email info@extremekidsandcrew.org to RSVP. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 21st from 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Nature Crafts at Prospect Park
Kids will learn how to make incredible crafts from recycled materials in Prospect Park’s boathouse. Details: Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue. For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 21st from 3:00pm–4:00pm
Discover Tours
This fun and educational tour includes observing animals as you learn little-known facts about the park and its animal residents. Details: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park). For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 21st 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 St. Elmo Fire is showing. Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.