Kids

See Santa This Sunday (12/10) at The City Reliquary!

Santa Holiday City Reliquary 2017

North Brooklyn friends! Neighbors! Local NYC artifacts museum and good ol’ fashioned fun organization The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Avenue) is hosting their holiday party this Sunday, December 10th from 12pm-3pm. Expect holiday treats and beverages for kids and adults, and a visit from Santa!
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for kids 12 & under.
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The Best Greenpoint Restaurants When You’ve Got Kids

Lifestyle changes happen when children enter the picture and “family time” becomes the new thing. As far as dining out goes, parents need to either get a babysitter for the occasion or find some haunts that are child-friendly. Most of us that live in Greenpoint (and New York City in general) can’t quite get enough of the cuisine this city has to offer, so it’s good to be in the know about places to take the kiddos.

Babies under 6 months or so usually are very portable and can easily slide into a booth with you in a cozy carrier or right next to parents snoozing away in a stroller. But once your kids are a little bit older, the dining challenges begin to present themselves.

This list isn’t for entertaining children (i.e. kid-themed or places with kid menus, etc) as most of those restaurants are in Manhattan and also have a specific vibe. It’s for when you need a restaurant you’d like to go to with little ones in tow and not worry about whether or not everyone will be welcome. Continue reading

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Shop Small in Greenpoint This Saturday (11/25)—10-20% Discounts, Drinks + More!

Shop Small 2017

The first-annual Greenpoint Fall Shopping Crawl is happening this Saturday, November 25th, all day.

Going all day and through the evening, shoppers will enjoy a full day of holiday shopping discounts— 10% to 20% off in each participating shop—free drinks, music, and light bites. The event coincides with Small Business Saturday and will showcase 20+ Greenpoint businesses, including: Continue reading

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Nassau Ave’s Got a New Vintage Shop for Adults AND Kids!

The colorful shelves at Mahps Kids and Home, photo by Megan Penmann
Eclectic treasures and colorful shelves at Mahps Kids and Home. All photos: Megan Penmann

Shop owner and longtime Greenpoint resident Brittany Mahps has just opened her second vintage boutique on Nassau Avenue. You may recognize her first neighborhood vintage clothing shop Mahps (110A Nassau Ave), by the oh-so-tempting $5 sidewalk rack in front of the store. After five years in business at that location, she decided to expand her offering and open a home goods and children’s clothing shop on the “other” side of Nassau, closer to McGolrick Park. The front of Mahps Kids & Home (181 Nassau Ave) is stocked with well-curated vintage furniture and adorable home goods for both adults and kids, while the back half of the store houses gently used kids’ clothes (for ages baby to pre-teen). Continue reading

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Haunted House, Bake Sale, Carnival Games, Face Painting: The PS 110 Fall Carnival is TODAY! (10/21)

PS110 flyer

PS110 FALL CARNIVAL
Saturday, October 21 | 2-5pm
124 Monitor Street

The PS110 Fall Carnival is today (October 21st), and there are over 60 amazing prizes to be won this weekend and fun games to play!

Don’t miss the chance to get a 2 night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, a $300 GAP Card, theater tickets, Gift cards to the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutiques in the area, Spa products, Children’s goods, Wine, Cheese, Chocolates….you name it!

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Leonard Library Book Sale & Bake Sale This Saturday (10/21)!

WHAT: Friends of Leonard Library Book Sale & Bake Sale
WHERE: Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street
WHEN: Saturday, October 21st, 12-4pm

Leonard Library (81 Devoe Street) is having their Friends of the Library Book Sale this Saturday, October 21st, from noon to 4pm! Donations of new and *gently* used books are being accepted during regular business hours, through October 19th.

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Parents & Kids: The Ultimate School Open House, Schoolfest 2017, is This Saturday (10/21)!

Schoolfest 2017!
Saturday, October 21 | 12-4 PM
@ John Ericsson Middle School 126|  424 Leonard Street (Bayard entrance)
Cost: FREE

During Schoolfest, North Brooklyn families are invited to meet all types of schools—from day care through college; from public, to private, charter, magnet, community, dual language, and gifted—at one place on one day.  This Saturday October 21st, from 12-4pm, visitors will be able to network and get info on neighborhood schools and admission processes. Schoolfest helps parents navigate through the confusion so that they can make the best choice for their child’s educational needs.  Well known Joyce Szuflita of New York School Help will present workshops on the bewildering array of public NYC schools and equally perplexing admission processes for PK/K, middle schools and high schools.

Get your FREE ticket here
If you’re interested in exhibiting at Schoolfest, click here.

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Cutest Dog Contest (+ More From The GCEF) in McGolrick This Weekend! (10/14)

WHAT: OpenHouseGCEF!
WHERE: McGolrick/Winthrop Park, Russell St. and Driggs Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 11am-3pm (NOTE: If heavy rain the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will be cancelled!)

If you haven’t heard about the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, it’s the silver lining resulting from our neighborhood’s heavily industrious past—the disastrous Exxon oil spill, which leaked between 17-30 million gallons of oil into Newtown Creek over the course of several decades. The state was awarded millions of dollars ($19.5 mill to be exact), to be earmarked toward grants for Greenpoint-based environmental organizations. Since the GCEF was established in 2011, 46 grants totaling $16.8 million have been awarded to 40 projects, and the fund has leveraged an additional $37.6 million in matching contributions from grantees.

McGolrick Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

This Saturday, the second annual OpenHouseGCEF, hosted by the GCEF and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, will be a fun-filled day at McGolrick for adults and kids alike, featuring: live music, flower planting, crafts, story time readings, a “cutest dog” contest and other activities. And you’ll get to pow-wow with many of the community organizations that have received GCEF grants, like the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance, the Newtown Creek Alliance, the Greenpoint Library, the Greenpoint Monitor Museum, the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, NYC Audubon and others. Continue reading

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Family-Friendly Fundraiser for BK Story Voyager This Weekend (9/30)!

St Nick's Alliance 2017 Touch A Truck

What:North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck
When: Saturday Sept 30th, 11am-2pm
Where: Behind McCarren Park Pool, Leonard St. Between Bayard & Manhattan
Tickets/info: $10 for the first child and $5 for additional children; More info
The 5th annual North Brooklyn Touch-a-Truck fundraiser raises funds to help purchase cool children’s books for the BK Story Voyager, which is literally literacy on wheels—a fun book distribution system that supports parents and schools by infusing and promoting a passion for reading in the lives of children, in particular under-served communities. The event will have trucks for the young ones to explore, face painting, a bouncy house, and arts and crafts!
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SING BKLYN Launches Neighborhood Children’s Choir

Kids…gear up for fall! A new, exciting afterschool activity is coming to Brooklyn. SING BKLYN children’s choir is inspiring young musicians, grades k-4, to blend their voices and talents to create something beautiful together. “Kids need more opportunities to perform. Kids need more music. Kids need to sing. Kids need a chance to build relationships that require them to work, support and encourage each other,” says founder Mary Duncan Stein.

Mary’s well-established SING LIC choirs in nearby Long Island City have been so well-received that she wanted to share this special experience with kids in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Continue reading

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