Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: DUMBO Arts Festival, Atlantic Antic, Maker’s Faire and Loads More!

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Immersive Surfaces at the DUMBO Arts Festival 2011. Image courtesy of DUMBO Arts Festival.

This weekend is full of block buster fairs and festivals- but I think if you plan very carefully, you can manage to be at all of them.  The fanciful, unpredictable and always fun DUMBO Arts Festival will be going on all weekend with performances, exhibits, kid-friendly activities and serendipitous moments.  Another all weekend event is the innovative, tech-heavy Maker’s Faire at the Hall of Science. All tinkerers, small inventors and hobbyists will love this quirky, community event.  The Chile Pepper Fiesta will heat up the The Brooklyn Botantic Garden on Saturday and then on Sunday, join hundreds who will descend on Atlantic Avenue to peruse the vendors and food tents at Atlantic Antic. We have the guide on what family-friendly activities will be going on there.  Other events of note: SchoolFest, the High School Fair, Deedle Deedle Dees at Carroll Park, and a couple of fun school fests.  Boo at the Zoo- a fall family favorite, starts this weekend and is a spooktacular event.  Oh, and this is the last weekend to visit the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at The Whitney Museum of American Art! Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to visit our music listings and events calendar to learn about more cool activities!

ONGOING

Through Sunday, September 30th
Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career. The AMAZING  Fireflies on the Water is being shown in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery in conjunction with the Yayoi Kusama retrospective. Timed tickets are required to view Fireflies on the Water and can only be reserved on the day of your visit at the admission desk. The show is being billed as “all ages”- if you are concerned, see photos of the exhibit here before going.
Details: 945 Madison Ave (at 75th St)  (212) 570-3600

Through December 2
Jean-Michel Othoniel at Brooklyn Museum of Art

This gorgeous survey of Jean-Michel Othoniel‘s 25 year career is worth a half-day visit. The colorful glass sculptures are mesmerizing and imaginative. All ages will enjoy the large scale glass sculptures like the conastaga wagon and bed frame and the smaller works of suspended beads.
Details: 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052.  Tickets are suggested contributions for adults $12, Children under 12 are free. Monday, Tuesday closed, Wed, Friday-Sunday open from 11 am- 6 pm and on Thursdays from 11 am- 10 pm.

Weekends starting September 29th
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, Bug Carousel, Monorail, and 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, Monorail, and on the Haunted Safari.
Details: The Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Adult admission is $16, children (3-12 years old) $12, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently 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.

Through November 12th
Fancy Nancy The Musical

Vital Theater has had some successful kiddie hits over the last few years including “Angelina Ballerina” and “Pinkalicious”. This fall they are looking for a repeat with a new production of Fancy Nancy- the precocious, tutu-loving child with an extensive vocabulary. The plot? Fancy Nancy and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?
Details: McGinn/Cazale Theatre  2162 Broadway. Buy tickets here . Prices start at $29.50 for regular seats and Premium for $49.50. Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm. Holiday Shows: Oct. 8 and 17 and Nov. 6 and 12 at 11am and 1pm

Through November 5th: various times
Century of the Child: Growing By Design Exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
Taking place in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor. MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children. The exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
Details: 11 West 53 Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: (212) 708-9400. Visit the website for more information.

Through November 17th
Smorgasburg Williamsburg
For gourmands everywhere, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has become a destination to taste artisan foods and snatch up unique housewares.  Every Saturday at the East River, thousands come to see and taste the vendors’ wares and chow with their friends.
Details: Saturday, 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine  East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Through November 17th
Smorgasburg DUMBO
Smorgasburg happens every Sunday on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse, from 11am to 6pm. Packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of 75-100 vendors. Click here to apply as a vendor. Runs until November 18th.
Details: Sunday (Starting Sept. 9), 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine | The Flea’s Giant All-Food Market Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.)

Through November 18th
Williamsburg Flea
The Williamsburg Flea is a Sunday ritual for our family: with super finds and delicious food vendors, you can spend a whole day just noshing and looking. Located between North 6th and North 7th Streets just south of East River State Park, the Flea is a must-see destination when you get off the ferry. Take a moment to take in the fabulous skyline as well.
Details: Sunday, 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

Ongoing
Food’s up

One of the best changes to Brooklyn Bridge Park last year was the addition of great food vendors. What is still missing: shade! A lot of the vendors will be opening this weekend so it’s a perfect time to head to the park, or hop on the ferry or just chill and score a great lunch. I will be heading to my favorites Bark Hot Dogs and Ditch Plains and summer wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream from Uncle Louie G or Blue Marble. The full list of park vendors and their operating hours is here.

Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays from 10am — 6pm
Field Station: Dinosaurs
9 minutes from Manhattan and 90 million years back in time… That’s what Field Station: Dinosaurs is! My son and I had the opportunity to visit this outdoor attraction a few weeks ago and we absolutely loved it! Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. There are over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) that come to life. It’s like a museum, outdoors. And it’s totally cool!
Details: Secaucus, NJ. Cost: $20/adults; $17.50/children 3-12; FREE/children 2 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Open ended
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.

Through November 2012
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through December 2nd: various times
Spiders Alive! at The American Museum of Natural History
Among the live spiders visitors will encounter are the goliath bird eater; the western black widow; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders’ silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry. The exhibition will include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: Ticket includes museum admission and Spiders Alive exhibit: $25 adults; $14.50 children; $19 seniors/students. Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.

ALL WEEKEND

Friday, September September 28th — Sunday, September 30th: various times
DUMBO Arts Festival at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
If you’re into art and culture, then boy does the Brooklyn Bridge Park have a treat for you! The Dumbo Arts Festival returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park with an array of arts, music and performances sprinkled throughout the park. Check out the Dumbo Arts Festival’s website for details on what’s happening and where. And… get ready for a swell time!
Details: Visit the website for more information.

Friday, September 28th — Sunday, September 30th
DUMBO Arts Festival
The 16th Annual DUMBO Arts Festival will include works, performances, and exhibits by more than 500 artists. The festival includes a slew of kid-friendly activities, from Kidville, an art village curated by the Children’s Museum of the Arts, to an interactive experience that will give kids superpowers. For the first time this year, the festival is partnering with the Children’s Museum of the Arts to offer a wide-range of family art projects, free-form activities, media workshops, and exhibits themed around the DUMBO Waterfront. Be sure to visit the DUMBO Arts Festival website for a schedule of events!

Friday, September 28th — Sunday, September 30th
FREE Trial Classes at Bija Kids
Yoga, family meditation, or bodhi trees… take your pick! Bija Kids is offering free trial classes for you to test out!
Details: 900 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 718.483.4795. Visit the website for a full description of classes and a schedule.

Saturday, September 29th — Sunday, September 30th: various times
Weekend Family Programs at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
Explore all that Pier 6 and Main Street has to offer as their Playground Associates lead educational based activities. This weekend’s event? Choo Choo! Exploring the many modes of transportation that we use! Participants will make egg cartoon vehicles and subway system activities.
Details: Pier 6, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, September 29th — Sunday, September 30th: 9 am – 3 pm
BoCoCa Kidville Grand Opening Party
The new BoCoCa Kidville celebrated with a Grand Opening Party. They will whoop it up with open play in the gym, Rockin’ Railroad concerts, art classes, goody bags for the kids and more. All free. Then starting Monday, October 1st and continuing through Saturday, October 6th, they will be offering FREE trial classes. If you are interested in signing up for a free trial class, please contact : registration.carrollgardens@mykidville.com or call: (718) 715-0585. All of the classes are for children ages newborn – 6 years old.
Details: 380 Court St between President and Carroll (across from Carroll Park).

Saturday, September 29th — Sunday, September 30th from 10am — 3pm
Citywide High School Fair at Brooklyn Technical High School
Do you have a child who will be applying for admissions to a NYC high school next fall? Then you won’t want to miss this! The Citywide Fair will provide you with the opportunity to speak with school representatives and students from New York City public high schools located throughout the five boroughs and learn about their programs. Click here to access the Citywide Fair Guide, which includes tips on how to navigate the Fair as well as sample questions to ask school representatives. The Fair will also include information sessions about the high school admissions process, auditioning for arts programs and the Specialized High Schools Admission Test (SHSAT). All information sessions will be held in the 1st Floor Auditorium.
Schedule of Events:
11am — High School admissions process
12pm — Auditioning for High School Arts Schools and Programs
1pm — Specialized High School admissions process
2pm — High School admissions process
Details: 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all.

Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th
Third Annual World Maker Faire at The New York Hall of Science
Power racing series, 3D printing village, and loads of How-To workshops! Oh, and there’s more! The Maker Faire’s mission is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area held its seventh annual Bay Area event in May 2012 with over 110,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the World. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit the website.
Details: 47-01 111 Street, Queens, NYC. Cost: $22-$30/adults; $12–$20/youth.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH

Friday, September 28th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, September 28th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, September 28th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, September 28th from 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Basketball at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. Closed-toed shoes required.
Ages 5 and 6: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 3:30-4:30pm
Ages 7 and up: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 4:30-5:30pm
Details: North end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace, NYC. Two sessions: 5-6 or 7 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212.267.9700. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, September 28th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, September 28th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH

Saturday, September 29th from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends
Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact: friendscglibrary@gmail.com or visit their website.

Saturday, September 29th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, September 29th from 11am — 3pm
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Family Block Party
BHMS has got something to celebrate! The completion of the school’s expansion project, which added 11,000 square feet to the existing campus. The renovations to the full campus include a learning kitchen and large outdoor terraces that enhance the Math and Science curriculum as well as new suites with additional classrooms and common spaces for the Elementary and Middle School programs and the Firehouse Theater, a state-of-the-art performance space. To celebrate, they are having a block party filled with a Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Henna Art, Magic Show, Live Music, Carnival Games, Food, and more!
Details: Dean Street between Court Street and Boerum Place, Brooklyn. Cost: $10/child; FREE/children 2 and under. $3/raffle tickets or 2 for $5, and a chance to win an iPad 3!

Saturday, September 29th from 11am — 6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Summer may be gone, but things are about to get HOT in Brooklyn. The hottest Fall tradition celebrates music and dance from spice-loving regions around the world. Feel the burn as you sample dozens of award-winning hot sauces, spicy pickles, and salsas. Pick up a pepper or two from the chile pepper farm stand and enjoy the red-hot workshops for all ages. As for the chocolate fans? Well, you can indulge in the heat of artisanal goodies from Brooklyn’s best chile-chocolate creators.
Details: 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $10/seniors and students; FREE/members and children 2 and under. Contact: 718.623.7200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, September 29th from 12pm — 4pm
SchoolFest 2012 at PS 84
All schools (day care to high school, private & public) are invited to SchoolFest in Greenpoint and Williamsburg – to a single venue to showcase and promote their programs to prospective students and parents. We also invite colleges and local service providers for our children. We will offer workshops on various educational topics. While we specifically invite schools in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, schools in all neighborhoods are welcome to participate in SCHOOLFEST. SchoolFest is FREE to attend, but registration is required if your school or organization would like to participate and promote. Thus far, almost 40 schools and organizations have signed up. It is expected that 1,000 interested parents and families will participate. Please contact info@townsquareinc.com.
Details: 250 Berry Street.

Saturday, September 29th from 12pm — 7:30pm
Gallim Dance Open House
Gallim Dance is celebrating it’s new home at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew with… an OPEN HOUSE! Gallim Dance is opening its doors to the community and offering classes for all ages and abilities throughout the day including Yoga for Balance, Gallim Dance Contemporary Technique, Adult Class for Beginners, Creative Movement for Children, local food and artisan vendors, and activities for children. We will also be having performances throughout the day into the evening from various artists that include performances of works by Gallim Dance, Jonah Bokaer, Shannon Gillen, and others. Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz will also make an appearance.
Details: 520 Clinton Avenue between Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue. All ages welcomed. FREE for all.

Saturday, September 29th at 2pm
Carroll Park Kids Concert Presents… The Deedle Deedle Dees!
The Deedle Deedle Dees are a Brooklyn-based educational rock band which Paste magazine hailed as one of the top “Music Picks for Families” in 2011. And this Saturday, they’ll be rocking it out! There will be Gymstars Hoopa Palooza (2pm) where there will be freestyle hula hoop and circus jam, the Kidville Rockin’ Railroad Band (3pm), and… wait for it… The Deedle Deedle Dees (4pm)! Please note: The rain location will be at PS 29. Please visit the website for the most updated information.
Details: President Street and Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. All four 2012 concerts are collaborations with local schools, to benefit the arts in the schools and raise badly needed funds for arts programs. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH

Sunday, September 30th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Atlantic Antic
I can’t believe it, but the annual Atlantic Antic Street Festival is here, which means not only that fall is here but soon there will be thousands of people parading down Atlantic Avenue.  As one of, (if not the biggest and packed) festivals in NYC, this massive event spans Atlantic Avenue between Hicks and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, where you will find one-of-a-kind merchandise, artwork, jewelry and crafts from over 600 vendors and 100 local merchants, 10 live music stages featuring dance and kids music, and an entire block on Atlantic dedicated to family activities! We have the guide on where the kids’ activities are and what to see here on our post.
Details: Atlantic Avenue between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.
For the complete Atlantic Antic Schedule visit www.atlanticave.org.
Directions: Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall; A,C,F to Jay Street-Borough Hall; G to Hoyt Schermerhorn, R to Court Street (to get near the Bus Festival)

Sunday, September 30th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss NinaJon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, September 30th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, September 30th from 3-9 pm
Goodbye Party for Dekalb Market

The hit market that transformed a  barren downtown Brooklyn is moving and they are throwing a goodbye bash. They will be hosting a slew of activities including Maharlika’s signature authentic cebuano lechon roast ($30 a plate), endless games of ping pong courtesy of presenting sponsor PUMA, shopping specials galore from our retail and food container shops, a bouncy castle for the little ones, and last but certainly not least live music by the likes of Monogold, Dinowalrus, Sinkane, and DJ Beacon.
Details: 332 Flatbush Ave Ext (between Fleet and Willoughby Sts)

Sunday, September 30th from 4pm — 5pm
powerHouse Arena Book Reading
The powerHouse Arena presents… A Trip to The Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva! In this book, there’s so much to see at the bottom of the world! Join a young explorer and his best friend, Mouse, on a sea journey to Antarctica, where they make new friends with penguins and a whale — and have all kinds of fun. Young readers won’t stop grinning as they’re swept away by the strange and magical world created by Frank Viva, the bestselling author of Along a Long Road, and they’ll want to start the book again as soon as they reach the end.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049. RSVP: rsvp@powerhousearena.com

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