Weekend Events: Free Soccer Clinics, e-Waste Recycling, Comic Con Kids Day and Much More!

October 14, 2011

Kids of all ages will love Comic Con!

As we mentioned earlier this week, Still Hip, a favorite resale clothing store is closing. Before they close their doors they are hosting a few events in October like their weekly playgroup called HIP play, a Costume Swap and finally with their last event: a Halloween Monster Mash (more details on that in our Halloween Activity Guide!). One of the more unique activities you can try this week is a Broom-Making Workshop with Proteus Gowanus where you and your kids can learn the fine art of making a broom. Trying to ditch that old scanner or phone? Recycle them and other electronic garbage at the two e-Waste Recycling Events in Brooklyn.  Head outside to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather at the East 4th St Community Garden for a day of spooky stories and a scavenger hunt. This weekend, go wild at New York Comic Con Kids Day for a day of drawing workshops and super heroes. We have more listings on our calendar page. Happy Weekend!

Friday, October 14th from 9:00am  – 5:00pm
Inked Up: Printmakers and the Parks
This exciting exhibition highlights 30 artists from the Art Students League. On display will be interesting prints like bridges, skylines and creatures that have been designed using linoleum blocks, metal plates, and stone slabs. Details: Arsenal Gallery, Arsenal Building, 830 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor, Central Park at 64th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 14th at 10:30am
Parenting Workshop: Overcoming Sleep Struggles
Are you experiencing problems getting your child on a sleep schedule? Henry Street Settlement is hosting this free workshop to help your child master a sleep schedules. Details: Henry Street Settlement Parent Center 281 East Broadway, New York NY. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th at 10:00am
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden at The New York Botanical Garden
To kick-off this festive month go check out cool sculptures of spooky scarecrows, spiders, snakes, and more designed at Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can also play inside a Pumpkin House, put on a scary show in the Pumpkin Puppet theater, and look for wiggly worms under a log. This week is also Creepy Creatures Weekend with Ugh! Bugs! on Saturday where kids can get up close to insects such as Madagascar hissing cockroaches, the emperor scorpion, the pink-toe tarantula, crickets, millipedes, and more. On Sunday, its Gone Batty where kids can come face-to-face with a variety of bats, including the largest bat in the world. Details: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, the Bronx. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 14th Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 11:30am-7:00pm
HIP play
We are sad to report that Still Hip will be closing after its Halloween Bash in a few weeks. Until then, parents and their kids can still enjoy their daily playgroups. 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. Details: 283 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 14th from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Have Your (Batter) Cake & Eat It, Too: A 19th-Century Food Tasting
Marja Samsom (the Dumpling Diva and chef of The Kitchen Club) will serve up ‘batter cakes and lemon cream,’ based on a mid-19th century recipe. The recipe at this free event will be adapted by Marjia is featured in the museum’s new book, The Little Book of Tea. Details: Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, October 14th from 3:00pm-4:00pm
Advanced Wrapping Techniques
Adriane from Caribou Baby will be teaching an Advanced Wrapping Techniques class that focuses on carriers that support the back and the hip. Back and Hip Carries.  All attendees will receive a 10% discount off of a new carrier purchased that day. Details: Caribou Baby, 272 Driggs Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For additional information, please email: info@cariboubaby.com

Friday, October 14th at 4:00pm
Niko Singalongs
Families love Niko and every Friday he will be playing NikosKids originals as well as a few folk standards. There is also a suggested donation of $10 for this performance. Details: Couleur Café, 435 7th Avenue, between 14th & 15th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th from 8:00am-3:00pm
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, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 8:00am- 10:00pm
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, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 9:00am – 5:00am
Paint-A-Pumpkin at Moomah
All month long the creative art space, Moomah is hosting pumpkin painting party for kids. There will also be crafts like creating your own Monster-Mash Placemat, Paint-Your-Own Haunted House, Make-Your-Own Monster Hands & Feet, and much more! This event is $15 per child. Details: Moomah, 161 Hudson Street, between Hubert and Laight Streets. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th 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, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 9:00am – 6:00am
Dog-Tober Fest
Take yourfour-legged to this festive celebration for a day of canine activities. Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street will be closed down with music, free snacks, activities and a lot of space for dogs to run around in.. Details: Fleet Street Between Flatbush Avenue and Albee Square. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th at 10:00am
How To Meet A Dog Canine Safety Workshops
ArtsCetera is hosting a canine safety workshop with Renee Payne, owner of Walk This Way. As a top dog trainer, Renee will present the do’s and don’ts of dog safety to dog-loving kids and those fearful of man’s best friend. This will include music and puppet play with an imaginary dog named Arfie, and interaction with Renee’s gentle giant Jimmy. This event is $25 per family, and includes the CD How To Meet a Dog and a paw-tographed copy of Renee’s book, Be A Dog’s Best Friend: A Safety Guide for Kids. Limited space, register early.  Details: ArtsCetera, 212 Smith Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am-3:00pm
East 4th St Community Garden “Fall Harvest Fest”
Join the community of Windsor Terrace for their Fall Harvest Fest featuring a pumpkin and yard sale, pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt with prizes and a spooky story telling hour. Details: East 4th Street between Caton and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn.

Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am-4:00pm (rain or shine)
e-Waste Recycling Event
Lower East Side Ecology Center, Park Slope Armory, Council Member Brad Lander and Assembly Member Jim Brennan are hosting an e-Waste Recycling Event. They are accepting printers, phones, DVD players, scanners, mice, working and non-working computers, and cell phones. Details: Park Slope Armory, 8th Avenue between 14th/15th Streets.

Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am- 5:00pm
Still Hip’s Costume Swap

Still Hip is hosting a cool costume swap with the Society for Clinton Hill and Brownstone Brooklyn. Here you will be able to trade in your old costumes that may not fit your little one anymore for another one. Details: Still Hip 283 Grand Avenue, just off of Lafayette, Clinton Hill.

Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am-5:30pm
Boo at the Zoo
This New York tradition is back and we can’t say enough good things about “Boo at the Zoo.” Held at the Bronx Zoo this event focuses on animals, being outside and the zoo’s landscape all while enjoying the Hess Hayride and the Haunted Safari. Some traditional favorites include the hay maze at the Butterfly Patio, Children’s Theater by the Children’s Theatre Company, music by the Gigi and the Lend Me a Hand Band, pumpkins and craft workshops at the Dancing Crane Pavilion. The costume parade is another exciting event where you and your little one can march throughout the zoo, alongside a 10-foot-tall grasshopper, an 8-foot-tall butterfly, and other cool characters on stilts. Additionally, there will be treat stations located throughout the zoo like at the Bug Carousel and a Monorail. Details: The Bronx Zoo is located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th 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, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th 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, October 15th at 11:00am
Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

Robert Goldstrom
Every Saturday, Greenlight Bookstore is hosting a fun story time with popular authors. This week, Clinton Hill-based artist Robert Goldstrom will be at Greenlight where kids can view the images from his debut picture book Dream Away. written by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupian, this book is a fantastic ode to bedtime and dreams. Details: Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th from 11:00am-2:00pm (rain or shine)
Fall Kids Fest
The 4th annual Fall Kids Fest kicks off this weekend at Madison Square Park. Sponsored by Time Out New York Kids, this fun event will include a day of free activities and events such as a costume parades led by a clown from the Big Apple Circus, a Halloween costume swap, snacks from Pirate’s Booty and Clif Bar, a book tent, music by Princess Katie and Racer Steve and Apple Seeds. Details: Madison Square Park, between Fifth and Madison Aves from 23rd St to 26th Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th from 11:00am-4:00pm
Halloween at the A-Scarium at the New York Acquarium
The Aquarium’s annual Halloween celebration kids of all ages can meet sea monsters, dance to music by Alastair Moock and SweetBeatz, enjoy animal-themed magic shows, live music, spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving, and crafts activities. There will also be al Halloween 4-D feature, The Curse of Skull Rock, showing in the theater outside the Aquarium entrance.There will also be treat stations throughout the aquarium and a Spooky Shipwreck to explore. Also on October 30th you can meet cast members from the Addams Family on Broadway! Details: Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th from 11:00am-3:00pm
It’s My Park Day at Carroll Park

On It’s My Park Day, the Friends of Carroll Park will be cleaning the entire park by pruning, planting bulbs and picking up debris. This fun event will also include a plant exchange, a book swap and kids programs like sword fighting demonstrations. Also, people of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to volunteer by planting, weeding, painting, cleaning, fence mending, and mulching. Details: Carroll Park between Court/Smith/President/Carroll Streets. For additional information, please click here.

On Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 11:30am- 3:30pm
Try Something New Event at the Carroll Gardens Library
This free event at the Carroll Gardens Library is a going to be fun afternoon packed with fun and games for kids and adults. This will include mini-lessons, informational sessions and demonstrations. Some programs include adult yoga with Tyler Pearce Yoga, music by Dan Zweben and Aaron Jones of Karen K and the Jitterbugs, ArtsCeteram Curious Kids and an acting workshop by Shakespeare’s Sister Company. Details: Carroll Gardens Public Library, 396 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th at 12:00pm
2nd Annual Emre Fund Family FUN-Raiser
A mom in NYC lost her son Emre in a tragic accident four years ago. A fund in Emre’s name was set up so that every year around his birthday, money can be raised to support causes that were near and dear to his little heart. This year, the money raised is going to be donated to the Fresh Air Fund. This event will also be a ton of fun for the kids with face painting, balloons by The Ballooniac, a bake sale, singing and dancing lead by Mekia of Kidberry and a concert by Junior Jam. Tickets can be purchased on their website http://theemrefund.bbnow.org/donate.php or at the door ($12 for individuals and $30 for a family). Details: Grosvenor Neighborhood House, 176 West 105th Street, New York, NY (at Amsterdam). For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th and October 16th from 12:00pm-6:00pm
2011 Gowanus Open Studios tours
Artists in the Gowanus create their art in industrial buildings, garages, brownstones and warehouses. This tour will allow you to see their ‘open studio’ as well as have the opportunity to engage with working artists one-on-one. Details: Various locations in the Gowanus Canal corridor. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Clothing Swap at Caribou Baby
Caribou Baby is having a Halloween Swap on Saturday October 15 from 1-4PM. They are collecting costumes all week (they stop collections on Friday Oct 14 in the evening). If you drop off a costume, you get a ticket that is good for a new costume. On Saturday, Oct 15 from 1-4pm, they will hold the swap and people can redeem their tickets for new costumes. People without a ticket are welcome to purchase a costume for $5. Details: 272 Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Saturday, October 15th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
Halloween Mask Making
Extreme Kids and Crew is having a fun crafts workshop this weekend. Kids can design, paper-mache, and paint their own mask at our new Brevoort Place location! This event is for kids of all ages and parents are welcome to make a mask as well. There is a $5-$20 suggested donation. Please RSVP by calling (347) 528-4246 or emailing info@extremekidsandcrew.org. Details: Extreme Kids & Crew, 143 Waverly Avenue, NYC. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 16th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the Puppet People
A thrilling show of Washington Irving’s #1 haunting tale featuring hand crafted marionettes, 2 life sized puppets, special lighting and smoke effects, and both classical and traditional folk music. Tickets are $10 (on line or at the door), $5 with a proof of Lyceum Fall Marketplace purchase or $30 for a 4-pack (online only) Details: Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Broom-Making Workshop
Have you ever wanted to make your broom? Well, now you can for free thanks to Proteus Gowanus and their broom-making workshop. The class is taught by David of Catskill Mountain Broomworks who will create two very special brooms from a locally raised crop of broomcorn grown this summer on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. Details: 543 Union Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 16th from 8:00am-11:00am
Free Soccer Clinic

The Young Rock Soccer Academy and Ft. Greene Sports are holding a free soccer clinic for aspiring players from age 3 – 13. At this event, coaches will be on hand to run drills as well as discuss the options for soccer classes in Brooklyn. Details: Tillary Park. For more information contact Michael Randazzo at 917-605-5624 oryoungrock@gmail.com

Sunday, October 16th Time TBA
Miss. Lynn’s Singalong

Kids of all ages will love this fun singalong. This event is free but donations are graciously accepted. Details: Extreme Kids & Crew, 143 Waverly Avenue, NYC. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 16th from 10:00am-4:00pm
e-Waste Recycling Event
Lower East Side Ecology Center, Park Slope Civic Council and Council Member Brad Lander are hosting an e-Waste Recycling Event. They are accepting printers, phones, DVD players, scanners, mice, working and non-working computers, and cell phones. Details: John Jay Educational Campus, 237 7th Avenue between 4th/5th Streets, Brooklyn.

Sunday, October 16th from 10:00am-5:00pm
New York Comic Con Kids Day
Comic Con is back at the Javits Center and this kids day will allow your children to experience drawing workshops as well as be able to hang with their favorite super heroes. Children 12 and under are free (with proof of age); all others $45 for Sunday only. Details: Javits Center 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 16th at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum: Special Tour

Enjoy this unique tour that will allow you to see the attic of a 17th-century Dutch colonial dwelling. This will include a viewing of post-and-beam construction, as well as an original root cellar. Details: Fidler-Wyckoff House Park, 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203 , Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, October 16th from 11:00am-5:00pm
Food Truck Rally
Prospect Park Alliance and the NYC Food Truck Association have partnered up to bring an exciting selection of food trucks every month to Grand Army Plaza. This month Bistro Truck, Joyride, the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Wafels and Dinges and much more will be parked and ready to serve their delicious eats. Arrive hungry! Details: Grand Army Plaza is formed by the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park West and other streets. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 16th from 1:00pm-4:30pm
Lefferts Historic House 2nd Floor Tours

This guided tour will have you viewing artifacts from the 19th century including a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Details: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn. For additional information, For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, October 16th at 2:00pm
Winterize Yourself
This exciting discussion will include a talk about how to protect yourself from winter colds, chronic pains, flus, seasonal depression and other cold weather ailments. This will also include a discussion about nutrition and preserving herbs. Details: Hattie Carthan Herban Farm, 49 Van Buren Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

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