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Weekend Events: Ice Cream Demo, International Youth Day, Carousolar, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and Much More!

August 12, 2011

This weekend we found tons of events in our city’s parks- which means  a) the events are free b) you can enjoy some greenery c) get some relief in the shade and d) enjoy lots of area to run around while enjoying planned activities. At International Youth Day,  you can participate in this world celebration of children by enjoying poetry, songs, dance, and musical performances. There might even be enough wind to fly your homemade kite at the Brooklyn Kite Festival. How about some practical advice? Learn how to make ice cream at the Tavern on the Green with Van Leeuwen Artisanal Ice Cream or perfect your photography skills at the Photo Safari at Belvedere Castle & Shakespeare Garden and the NYC Photo Safari at Madison Square Park (fee for this event). If you are in the mood for an outdoor flick, there are 3 this weekend. Unique events that you won’t want to miss? The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a flamenco jam with Carlota Santana or a ride on the solar powered Carousolar at South Street Seaport. Enjoy the weekend and 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 12th from 10:00 am– 1:00 pm
The CDS “Emergency Preparedness Workshop
This informational talk will discuss how to protect our kids from predators. Presented by Donna Christine Gueren, the talk will discuss what every child needs to know and what every adult needs to do. The chat will also include a discussion by Mr. Adam Szczepanski, CityWide Disaster Services Inc. who will give a talk on radio maintenance and care and proper reporting techniques. Seating is limited for this FREE seminar so please contact CityWide Disaster Services and reserve your seat. For further information and registration, please contact CityWide Disaster Services at 347-860-8239 or at adams@citywide-citylink.org.

Friday, August 12th from 10:00 am4:30 pm
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 12th from 11:00am7:00pm
Park Play with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground Associates
Enjoy the outdoors for a day of activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park. All children must be accompanied by an adult. At two locations in the 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 12th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
International Youth Day 2011
International Youth Day, designated by the United Nations, is an event that takes place around the world to celebrate children. This includes a day complete with poetry, songs, dance, and musical performances, featuring crews and dance teams, the award-winning Stan’s Pepper Steppers, The Ohmies and Dave Valentine Jazz Ensemble, and more! At 3:00 p.m., there will also be a concert live from Morocco, featuring Hoba Hoba Spirit and Mobydick! Throughout the day, families can also enjoy the Knicks Groove Truck, basketball, volleyball and soccer clinics, the FITmobile, face painting, and more. Details: The East River Bandshell. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 12th from 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Photo Safari at Belvedere Castle & Shakespeare Garden
This cool photography workshop will focus on how to take pictures of the environment (trees, flowers and landscape) in Central Park. Through this course, you and your family will also learn the art of scouting for an image and planning. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of photographic knowledge from beginners to advanced hobbyists. Fee: $100 per participant. Please use coupon code: parks10 for a $10 discount. Details: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) Mid-park about 79th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 12th, Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th 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 12th, Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th 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 12th from 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Free Friday Night Jam: Carlota Santana
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s will perform flamenco and classical Spanish dance. Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 12th at 7:00pm
The 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy
Soul Boy
MoCADA in partnership with African Film Fest proudly celebrate the 12th Annual KIDflix Film Fest of Bedford Stuyvesant. This year’s festival will include newly released film’s of the African Diaspora, live performances, Q&A opportunities with directors and art workshops for children This week, the film Soul Boy, a Kenyan drama, is showing. There will also be a performance by Violin Diva who will play Jazz, R and B, and Soul. This event is free. Details: Fulton Park, Chauncey St. Bet. Lewis Avenue and Stuyvesant Ave., Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, August 12th around 8:30pm
Hudson River Park Riverflicks for Kids
Shrek Forever After
You and your family will love checking out a fun and free movie screening at Hudson River Park. This week, Shrek Forever After (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 13th – 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 13th and Sunday, August 14th 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 13th and Sunday, August 14th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
This multi-cultural celebration and sporting event will include over 170 teams and 2,000+ participants competing from around the world. This years’ celebration of the rabbit will also include musical performances, dancing and an ethnic food court. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. Details: Flushing Meadows Park Meadow Lake, Queens NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 13th 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.

Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th 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 12th and Sunday, August 13th 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 13th from noon 1:00pm
Bryant Park Word for Word Kids
Melissa Green from Chocolate Ice Cream, to The Seahorse Song, will have your little one singing and bopping to this pop-folk artist. Details: Reading Room (in Bryant Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here. Rain Venue: NYPL Children’s Center at 42nd Street, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street.

Saturday, August 13th from 10:00am – 4:00pm
NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
A hundred vintage Volkswagens will be bumper-to-bumper at picturesque Picnic Point on Governors Island for a colorful car show and picnic that is open to all. This free event will also include a kids’ zone complete with a “Punch Buggy” scavenger hunt and other activities with a VW twist. You can also enjoy a picnic on the lawn as you watch the judging of these classic cars. Details: Govenors Island Picnic Point, New York NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 13th from 11:00am – 3:00pm
Brooklyn Kite Festival
Come fly a kite at the Brooklyn Kite Festival! Volunteers will offer free materials and kite-making instruction while supplies last. Space may be limited on the lawn, so it is best to arrive early. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 2 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, August 13th from 1:00 pm3:30 pm
NYC Photo Safari at Madison Square Park
At this fun event you can learn how to take better portraits and location photography. This will include what lighting conditions to look for, architectural photography and scene management. This event is appropriate for all levels of photographic knowledge from beginners to advanced hobbyists. Details: There is a $100 fee per participant. Please use coupon code: parks10 for a $10 discount. William Henry Seward Monument (in Madison Square Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 14h from 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Coney Island Reggae Beach Party
For the second year in a row, WKCR’s Eastern Standard Time and the Sound Liberation Front are teaming up for the Coney Island Reggae Beach Party. This free event will include tons of activities to keep you busy around the dance floor as well as an all-star lineup of vocalists curated by Carter Van Pelt from WCKR. Some notable talents include Johnny Osbourne, Carlton Livingston, Peter Ranks, Mikey Jarrett, seminal NYC sound system Sir Tommy’s and legendary record producer Clive Chin. Details: Coney Island, West 19th and Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

 

Sunday, August 14th 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.

Saturday, August 13th 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.

Sunday, August 14th from 11am to noon
Ice Cream Demo at Tavern on the Green
Join the Central Park Conservancy and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for an afternoon of learning how to make ice cream with Van Leeuwen Artisanal Ice Cream. This outdoor demonstration is free and welcome for kids of all ages. Space is limited and spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details: Tavern on the Green: Enter at 67th Street. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 14th 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. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, August 14th from 3:00pm4:00pm
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 14h 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 Risky Business is showing. Details: Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY. For additional information, please click here.