Guest Post: Live Irene Field Report

By Lisa and Shay Zach   The following is a letter written by two very good friends of mine, a couple, living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  They sent this to me tonight, along with these fantastically poignant photographs.  For those of you not living in NY, I thought you'd really appreciate an honest look at the slight over-reaction - thus far, anyway - made by everyone, from media to the authorities, on Hurricane Irene.  Of course, we may wake up to an utter disaster tomorrow morning, but today was something very different.  Read on. Dear Read More


Brooklyn Discovery: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

            Leave it to my Brooklynite sister to introduce us to FARMACY, the most amazing old-fashioned, but very hip, soda fountain in Carroll Gardens (513 Henry St., at Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-522-6260).  It's total nostalgia - everything from egg creams to milkshakes and ice-cream sundaes, to the counter and leather seats where you can sit comfortably, to the girls wearing white hats, aprons and old-fashioned glasses.  You feel like you've gone back in time, but you can't help but remember Read More


FREE NYC with Kids: 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

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The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this year to showcase local, national and international artwork amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the New York Cityskyline.  The multidisciplinary Festival will include visual and performance art, open studios, music and literature, family programming and more.  The Festival runs from September 23-25, 2011, in the DUMBO neighborhood ofBrooklyn, New York. The Festival, currently in its 15th year, will present artwork in DUMBO studios, galleries, storefronts, performances venues, Read More


Free Arts Programming in Brooklyn: Folktales, Fairy Tales, Ghost Stories and more

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The month of June is filled with kid-friendly events that are perfect for families as the Brooklyn Arts Council presents Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn: Traditional Tales and Their Tellers, a series of FREE public programs featuring folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories, and more from Brooklyn-based storytellers of every culture. The June full moon brings two special moonlight storytelling nights with stories under the stars.  On Wednesday, June 1, folk tales from Guyana will be featured outside St. Stephen’s Church from 6:30-8:30PM while Thursday, June Read More


Support Kid’s Arts Programs with Brooklyn’s Touch-a-Truck Street Fair

Touch a Truck

  On Saturday, April 9th between 11am and 1pm, rain or shine, PS295: The Studio School for Arts & Culture will host Brooklyn’s first Touch-A-Truck street fair.  At this exciting family event – also a fundraiser to help support arts programs at PS 295 - kids will have a chance to climb inside, touch and explore some of the working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life. Tickets are $5 per person (no charge for children under two years old). The fair will run the length of 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, next to PS 295, which Read More


A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo

Brooklyn Baby Expo

If you are a new or expecting parent, this is an event you'll want to put in your diary, A Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo. This very well organized event will have mini demos and mini seminars on everything from setting good sleeping habits to learning CPR and making baby food, product testing of carriers, strollers, organic mattresses and more, and demonstrations. Moms will be pampered with mini-manicures, blow-outs and yummy food from Brooklyn Fare.  Children will have their share of fun, too: baby yoga, first lock cuts, or playing in a fully Read More


Giveaway: Fela! Baby Friendly Matinee at Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is having an encore screening of *National Theatre Live’s FELA! on Thursday, February 10th at 2pm.  This production (filmed live in HD at the National Theatre in London and then broadcast around the world via satellite) sold-out it’s first two screenings in January at BAM. The screening will be on in two theaters, one theater will be for the general public and the other theater is reserved for new parents/caregivers and will feature a host of baby-friendly amenities including stroller valet, raised house lights, lower Read More


Join Kids Club 13, Angelina Ballerina and Me at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum

I've written about Angelina Ballerina a bunch of times on this blog.  My daughter was obsessed with her when she was 3, 4, maybe even 5.  When she left that phase (she's 7 now), I was kind of sad myself.  The sweet, innocent mouse introduced my daughter to ballet.  Her books taught her valuable lessons and morals.  Even though we have moved on, I am very keen on the Kids Club 13vent we are going to this Sunday at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.  I am sure that the experience will move my daughter to think fondly back on dressing up in tutus and imitating Read More


Join me and Kids Club 13 at the Children’s Fair at the Brooklyn Museum

Hey, you guys!!!!!! Come see an interactive performance with Jessica and Shock, plus Electric Company goodies and more. Join Kids Club Thirteen (and The Culture Mom, I'll be there!) at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, November 13th! The Brooklyn Museum’s fourth annual Children’s Book Fair will feature more than thirty-five newly published stories by Brooklyn-based authors and illustra tors. Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors, and engage hands-on art activities, book signings, and readings. Come sing, dance, and meet Read More


Help Green Coney Island

MillionTreesNYC – a joint initiative between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs by 2017 – invites you to come plant trees, garden and adopt a free tree for your home on  Saturday, October 2nd 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  You can sign up to volunteer at www.milliontreesnyc.org Here is the info: Who: MillionTreesNYC, American Express, Bloomberg Philanthropies and David Rockefeller When: Saturday, October 2nd 9:00 am – 3:00 Read More