BAMkids Film Festival

The BAMkids Film Festival returns for its 14th year. With 73 films from 26 countries the festival offers Q&As with filmmakers, music performances, puppet shows, kid friendly food, and more for the little cinephiles in our lives.

 

 

BAMkids Film Festival
February 4th-February 5th
BAM
651 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Children (12 & under): $9
BAM Cinema Club Members: $7
Adults: $12; $9 seniors
Order online, call 718.777.FILM (use theater code 545) or visit the BAM Rose Cinemas Box Office (opens 30 minutes before first screening of the day, and at 9am every day during the festival).
For additional information, please visit: http://www.bam.org/

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Grand Opening Celebration of the Frolic Play Space

The Frolic Play Space, a 1,500 square-foot membership-based indoor playground and enrichment center, is hosting a fun ribbon cutting ceremony with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to celebrate the grand opening of the new space.

The space features custom-designed and interactive play attractions for babies to kids six-years-old in the spirit of freedom, love and rock ‘n’ roll where they can play in a visually stimulating and interactive learning environment. The Frolic also offers classes like art, tumbling, dance, yoga, language, music, piano and drums and a coffee lounge that serves organic and healthy snacks and fair trade and organic coffee.

 

 

Frolic Play Space
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6th
12PM
34 NORTH 6th STREET
(BTN KENT AVE. & EAST RIVER)
BROOKLYN, NY 11249
For additional information, please visit: http://www.frolicplayspace.com/

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The Fork Goes on the Left Catering

 

Hunting for a great caterer this holiday? The Fork Goes on the Left should be on the top of your list. We’ve used them for two gatherings and think Mellanee and her crew are top notch. Here’s the thing: When you’re hosting a party you rarely get to sit down, relax and enjoy the company of your friends. In the past I found myself fussing over details when I made things myself or answering a bajillion questions when I used a caterer. This was a new experience for me–I actually enjoyed the party and my guests!

 

When Mellanee is in charge, all that worry disappears. From the initial quotes to the final dish is cleaned, Mellanee is clearly and confidently in charge. No detail is overlooked. She even remembered my home’s color scheme and brought coordinating napkins on her second visit.

 

The food is scrumptious.  We’d steer you to the shrimp ceviche in martini glasses, the chicken skewers, the turkey meatballs and well, every dish that left the kitchen was fabulous. The ingredients are fresh and flavorful (without breaking the bank). Mellanee’s team of professionals made sure that all the drinks were expertly mixed and and the food was elegantly passed. She took a pride in catering the event as if it were in her own home.

 

 

We loved the colorful food and modern presentation. Mellanee also uses a lovely silver frame to display the evening’s menu. She brought all of her elegant glassware too–all the details were covered.

Take a look at some of the creations:

At the end of the night, the leftovers were lovingly wrapped and left in our fridge. The kitchen was cleaner that when she arrived and everyone was extremely well fed. Success from start to finish.

For more information:
The Fork Goes on the Left
Telephone: 718.390.7468
E-mail: info@theforkgoesontheleft.com

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The Doudou 7 Project

Every fall it has become a tradition to invite New York children to be photographed with their most treasured possessions. This year Davina Zagury is back to capture the attachment they have to their security objects in 2 different locations.

 

Like its 6 previous installments, this “Doudou Project” will result in a month long exhibit, during which prints will be available for order. To secure your session with Davina, a non-refundable $30 deposit is required.

 

The Doudou 7 Project
September 10th & 11th
10am to 5pm
Caribou Baby
272 Driggs Ave
Brookyn, NY 11222
$45 for families with 2 or more children.
RSVP: davinaz.brownbookit.com/schedules/caribou

September 18th & 25th
10am to 5pm
Pomme
81 Washington St, at York.
DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201
RSVP: Click here to book your appointment.
$45 for families with 2 or more children.
Please note your session is scheduled only when you receive a payment confirmation
For additional information, please visit: http://www.davinaz.com/705/the-dou-dou-project/.

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Taste of Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

 

Celebrate the diversity of Brooklyn during Taste of Brooklyn Weekend at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. You and your family can discover some culinary treasures while hanging out in the World Brooklyn gallery, attend culinary workshops, collect recipes and hear a special W.O.R.D. UP! reading by Don Paco Lopez Jr. During this weekend of gastronomic exploration families will have the opportunity to make and sample treats from cultures across the globe as top “Brooklyn” chef’s will be on hand to “serve” up special treats.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Friday, August 26:
Art Works
11:30am-12:30pm
Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.
Ages 5 and under

 

W.O.R.D. UP! – Words of Real Distinction featuring Master Baker and author Don Paco Lopez Jr.
12:30-1:15pm
W.O.R.D. UP! presents a unique opportunity for lifelong learners to share and enjoy the power of literacy. Join us for a celebratory reading in honor of Taste of Brooklyn Weekend and Mexican family customs as author Don Paco Lopez Jr. reads A Day at Grandpa’s Bakery (graphics by Jose Luis Labastida) – a children’s book about 2 brothers, Paquito and Santi, who enjoy visiting their grandfather’s bakery. Grandpa is a baker who loves to show them the different shapes and figures they can create with dough. This is a story where family values, traditions and creativity play an important role in kids’ lives. Due to popular demand we recommend arriving early to W.O.R.D UP! as seating is on first-come, first-served basis.
All ages.

 

Tres Leches Delight with Master Baker Don Paco Lopez Jr.
1:30pm & 2:30pm
The tasty Tres Leches cake is a tasty treat all on its own. Here you will learn how to make a cake with layers of pound cake, using fresh strawberries as a filling. Top it with chantilli (whipped cream) and rainbow sprinkles. Pre-registration is required for this workshop by August 19th, to register please call Ms. Smith 718-735-4400×321.
Ages 5+

 

Chase Wonder Why Workshop Series: Scrumptious Soda
2:30 – 3:30pm
What’s liquid, bubbly, and delicious? Your home-made soda! Learn how to take plain, tap water and give it a fizzy, flavorful kick.
Ages 4+

 

Art Works
2:30 -3:30pm
Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.
Ages 5 and under

 

Roving Animals
4:30 -5:00pm
Learn about and touch live animals from the Museum’s living exhibit.
All ages

 

Tell Me a Tale!
5:30 – 6:00pm
Come and participate in an interactive story and then have the chance to spin a yarn of your own for the group!
Ages 3+

 

Saturday, August 27:

Thirst-Quenchers! Lucious Lassi
12:00 – 12:30pm
Discover a delicious traditional drink from India! A thick sweet lassi provides relief from heat, not only from the scorching sun, but also from fiery herbs and spices! Blend yummy yogurt and fresh fruit to sample this smooth specialty!
Ages 3+

 

Meet and Greet: Creatures of the Sea
12:00 – 12:30pm
Discover how diverse life really is under the sea by exploring animals up close and personal!
All ages

 

African Pastels with renowned Chef Pierre Thiam
1:00 – 1:45pm
Enjoy pastels, a Senegalese street food turnover, stuffed with tuna and cilantro.
Pre-registration is required for this workshop by August 19th, to register please call Ms. Smith 718-735-4400×321.
Ages 7+

 

Super Salads! with Organic Soul Chef Madea Allen – Gueye
1:45 – 2:15pm
Salads are the go-to food to beat the scorching summer heat. But salads are much more than just lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes. We’ll be preparing a refreshing watermelon mint salad that’s sure to cool you off while tantalizing your tastebuds! Pre-registration is required for this workshop by August 19th, to register please call Ms. Smith 718-735-4400×321.
Ages 5+

 

Art Works
2:30 -3:30pm
Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.
Ages 5 and under

 

Putting the “mm” in Hummus
2:30 – 3:30pm
Get your appetite on while making and sampling scrumptious appetizers and dips from around the world. Add a little something extra to make them uniquely you!
Ages 3+

 

Sunday, August 28:

Thirst-Quenchers! Lucious Lassi
12:00 – 12:30pm
Discover a delicious traditional drink from India! A thick sweet lassi provides relief from heat, not only from the scorching sun, but also from fiery herbs and spices! Blend yummy yogurt and fresh fruit to sample this smooth specialty!
Ages 3+

 

Meet and Greet: Creatures of the Sea
12:00 – 12:30pm
Discover how diverse life really is under the sea by exploring animals up close and personal!
All ages

 

Catastrophic Catalysts
1:30 – 2:30pm
Calling all chemists! Join us for an explosive session where we explore the chemical reactions between bubbly water and store-bought candy. What will happen and why?
Ages 4+

 

Art Works
2:30 -3:30pm
Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.
Ages 5 and under

 

Putting the “Mm” in Hummus
2:30 – 3:30pm
Get your appetite on while making and sampling scrumptious appetizers and dips from around the world. Add a little something extra to make them uniquely you!
Ages 3+

 

All Things Super Wings with Collette Burnett
3:30 -4:30pm
Welcome to the home of great tasting Wings. Let’s play “match the wing to the spice”! All “super” wings are made with spices from around the world. Can you match the wing with the country? Let’s go! Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, U.S.A., Montserrat, Guyana, Bahamas, St. Kitts and of course “Brooklyn” eat up! Pre-registration is required for this workshop by August 19th, to register please call Ms. Smith 718-735-4400×321.
Ages 5+

 

Live Animal Encounter
4:15 -4:45pm
Learn about and touch live animals from the Museum’s living exhibit.
All ages

 

Taste of Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th
Pre-registration is required for all Chef led cooking demos by August 22nd.
To register please call Ms. Smith 718-735-4400×321.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.brooklynkids.org/

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Free Outdoor Concert Series at Kingsborough

 

Kingsborough Community College recently announced the line-up for their Free Outdoor Concert Series. The series includes the sounds of swing, patriotic pops, big band, and a GRAMMY-Winning Brass Ensemble in a friendly community setting.

Free Outdoor Concert Series 2011 at Kingsborough
Performances Start on July 2nd
and Run Through July 23rd
8pm
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn
For specific shows, please visit: http://www1.kingsborough.edu/PerformingArtsCenter/

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MomTrends NYC Attends Showboat Shazzam

 

This past weekend my daughter and I had the best time checking out Showboat Shazzam, a classic circus abroad the Waterfront Museum, a beautifully restored boat called the Lehigh Valley No. 79. As a floating museum, this action-packed performance was held in Red Hook, Brooklyn (conveniently located next to Fairway) that included a mix of vaudevillian performances such as juggling, hula hoops, acrobatics and even some classic clown humor.

 

As the only showboat/circus of its kind, this sea circus (currently in it’s 15th season) was introduced by Captain David Sharps and hosted by Karen Gersch, from a company called Acrobrats, Inc, who presented each act with high energy, excitement and some historical tidbits about the circus that managed to engaged and even the youngest audience member. I personally loved watching Adam Kapilow, a phenomenal young juggler from Amazing Grace Circus who tackled balancing and throwing multiple rings, pins, and balls in the air. There was even point during his act when he managed to balance, throw and catch six balls in the air without breaking a sweat. I also really enjoyed watching the incredible Sorbet Sisters, an act featuring two young girls who danced, tumbled, and balanced through aerobatics that even included flexing and contouring their bodies through a circular hoop that hung from the ceiling. It was really exciting to watch as their bodies shaped into various positions – leaving the audience both baffled and engaged as we were uncertain of what they would do next.

 

What really made the circus for me was watching the fantastic hula hooping tricks of Craig the Crooner (also a two-time Guinness World Book holder). Bopping and shaking to the music of Elvis, Craig managed to effortlessly dance, sway and jump through four hoops that went around his hips, arms, legs and feet. It was certainly something to see and mind-blowing to think of the coordination and practice that went into this incredible act that had the crowd roaring for. The circus also featured a lighthearted clown named Flap (played by Tanya Solomon) who wowed the audience with her hysterical flower and coin tricks and even performed a rendition of “O My Darling” complete with a mouthful of marshmallows. My daughter (and a lot of the other kids) really got a kick out of this as Flap kept discovering more marshmallows in her guitar and then continued to put them in her mouth – all while attempting to sing!

 

Clocking in a little over an hour, this lively circus kept both adults and children engaged and laughing and excited for the next act. What I really loved was how much my daughter wanted to talk about the show afterward (and come back) and how amazed she was by each performer. As an interactive and fun event, Showboat Shazzam is definitely a must-see show this summer filled with diverse acts and classic circus artistry.

 

Held during the summer, the circus features different acts every Sunday from around the world on various Sunday’s in June and July (June 5, 19, 26 & July 24 at 1:00PM and 4:00PM) in both Red Hook and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. For specific schedule information and times, please visit: http://www.waterfrontmuseum.org/circus.htm

 

Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.com.

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Free Theater in Prospect Park

 

PLG Arts, an organization designated to promote, support the arts, and build the community of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhood, is having a free production of Daydream at Prospect Park‘s Imagination Playground.

 

The play, featuring themes from Shakespeare, also includes post-show activities for children.

 

No reservation are required and seating is on the ground.

Daydream at Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground
June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Saturdays at 11 am and Sundays at 2 pm.
FREE

Brower Park
June 11 and June 18
Saturdays at 3:30 p.m
For additional information, please visit: www.plgarts.org

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Jack and the Beanstalk at The ClockWorks Puppet Theatre


The husband/wife puppet company, WonderSpark Puppets, will be performing Jack and the Beanstalk at The ClockWorks Puppet Theatre in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

 

Through this classic tale, the puppeteers are in full view as they transform their limbs into various landscapes and characters. The show is 35-40 minutes long and is fun for ages 3 and up (including adults).

Jack and the Beanstalk by WonderSpark Puppets
May 28 and May 29, 2011
Saturday – 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Sunday – 2:00pm
Ticket Price: $10
The ClockWorks Puppet Theatre
196 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY
Reserve Tickets: 212.614.0001
To learn more, please visit: http://wondersparkpuppets.com/

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Fun Quilts

We’ve got some great scoop to share about a brand that is designing trendy bedding AND working to support a terrific cause. Last year we found the Many Hands Blanky and were wowed by the design. Mod animals are stitched into a 100% cotton flannel quilt. Pick from patterns such as a penguin, elephant or chimp. These colorful reversible quilts are adorable and oh so giftable.

Each 30″ x 40″ blanky is lovingly  made by the the skilled hands of developmentally disabled adults at Envision in Chicago. What an awesome concept: Giving jobs to those who need them and giving great products to those who desire them.  Each blankie is $75 (add an additional $5 for gift wrap and a note).

And there are more reasons to feel great about this company. For every ten quilts sold, they donate one to charity. Recent donations have gone to support the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Sarah’s Inn (domestic abuse shelter), the American Lung Association of Chicago, Half the Sky foundation (improving conditions in Chinese orphanages,) PADS: Public Action to Deliver shelter (providing shelter for the homeless,) Suzanne’s Friends for Life (sponsoring leukemia research,) Hillsides (treating abused children in Pasadena,) Teen Living (providing shelter for runaways,) and many more

To learn more check out: www.funquilts.com

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