Flying Squirrel (87 Oak Street) got its start more then a decade ago by filling a void. Its owner, Kate Schmitz, was schlepping in and out of Manhattan with things for her friend’s 1-year-old twins. At the same time, they were concerned about what would happen when the kids grew out of all that little kid stuff. They worried that those “two huge plastic ExerSaucers on the curb were going to take up a lot of space in a landfill.” And thus—the idea for Flying Squirrel was born, complete with cool logo design by illustrator Carl Dunn. Now that in Brooklyn you rarely need to go to Manhattan for anything, Flying Squirrel offers an expertly curated selection of new and used children’s clothing, toys and books for families that have made their home in the neighborhood. Continue reading
In North Brooklyn we’re lucky to be surrounded with artistry—we have dozens of gallery spaces, hundreds of working artists, and street art on practically every corner. So if you live here and you’ve got kids, nurturing their creative side in this neighborhood should be a no-brainer. Of course summertime is a great time to do it, when they’re out of school and need to keep their busy minds and hands occupied. And lucky for neighborhood parents, there’s a truly unique opportunity to send the kids to Tumbleweeds Art Camp right here in Greenpoint.
What happens when two New York transplants—a writer and an illustrator—feel that New York is as much their home as do its natives? They join creative forces to write a children’s book about immigration, called Larry and Friends.
Larry and Friends is a modern treatment of a people desirous of something different in a country other than their own. Continue reading
Being a new Mom or Dad is super exciting, but, let’s be honest… it’s also very scary. Suddenly you are faced with providing for a little person that you love – whom you want to give safety, comfort and happiness – but maybe you’re not be sure exactly how!?
That’s why Flying Squirrel is supplementing their excellent customer service and high quality children’s goods with a new addition – Greenpoint Mommy Classes!
These FREE classes at Flying Squirrel begin this Thursday, July 24th at 10:30 am. This first class will feature two postpartum doulas who will instruct you in the basics of swaddling, an ancient blanket wrapping practice known to calm, soothe and restrict your baby’s movements during sleep, helping to keep them safe in their cradle. As a bonus, attendees will recieve 30% off Aden & Anais swaddles to take home, a top selling product at Flying Squirrel. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other new parents in the neighborhood; because, after all, the best place to learn is in a supportive community!
Sponsored post courtesy of Flying Squirrel.
Did you or does your child have an imaginary friend?
We are doing a documentary about imaginary friends and are looking for people interested in sharing their stories, experiences, drawings, etc. We are particularly excited to talk to kids who have imaginary friends now, as we are hoping to really bring to life the magical and slightly baffling experience that is such a strong part of childhood, but disappears as we get older.
If you have a story, or if your child has an imaginary friend, please get in touch with Hannah Jayanti (our NEON documentary editor!) at frecklessinbrooklyn (at) gmail [dot] com.
Sure you are proud of your kid and enjoy sunshine in the bleachers while chowing down on a hot dog, but sometimes magic happens when adults participate in kid’s sporting events, as the video below proves.
The Greenpoint Little League will be holding registrations for boys and girls ages 4 to 12 this Saturday, March 8th – 3 to 6pm and Sunday, March 9th – 3 to 5pm at The Cage (62-40 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village) Continue reading
The closest I ever got to art at summer camp was making friendship bracelets. Art camp didn’t exist when I was a kid – oh the things I would have made!
Give your child the opportunity to make and learn about REAL art this summer at Tumbleweeds Art Camp, taught by local teaching artist Hayley Youngs.
Located at the beautiful Awakening NY wellness center, Tumbleweeds Art Camp will run for 3 weeks this July 2014 for children 4-8 years old.
Each day campers work on structured art projects with one-on-one attentions, plus free art time to find their inner Picasso. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, fiber art and recycled art are just some examples of what your child will be getting into. Snack time, lunchtime and outdoor playtime will take place nearby at the McCarren Park Playground.
Don’t wait. Summer camps fill up quickly in North Brooklyn.
To register email Hayley at email@example.com
For more information, visit Tumbleweeds’ Website.
Schedule and detailed camp information follows: Continue reading
This Sunday, February 2nd from noon-4pm, bring your little ones over to the Jellio Shop @ the Flying Squirrel (87 Oak St) for an afternoon of Valentine-themed crafting!
We hear there will be no shortage of glitter.
Hosted by Jellio.com and Eckford Street Studio, all of your crafting supply needs will be there waiting for you, i.e. sculpted paper, sparkles, and crayons, as well as refreshments.
Oh, and did we mention it’s entirely free? Continue reading
This Saturday December 14th, 2013 will be the 2nd Annual Grand St Holiday Window Display Competition in Brooklyn! Continue reading
Jellio.com, makers of fun, childhood-inspired furniture and home decor items, is welcoming Santa to their new Greenpoint shop, this Thursday, December 12th from 3-7pm, and Sunday, December 15th, from 1-5pm. The Jellio Shop is located within The Flying Squirrel (87 Oak Street) in Greenpoint.
Let’s face it you can’t take Christmas photos with a drone. Plus, Santa is giving out candy and FREE GUMMY BEAR TOYS!!!