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    Ample Hills ice cream kiosk opens tomorrow in Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Fri Apr 11

    Ample Hills Creamery

    Ample Hills Creamery Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Celebrate the (gradually!) warming weather at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the season opening of the Ample Hills outpost. The sun is out, flower buds are blooming and one of our favorite signs of spring opens tomorrow: the Ample Hills outpost in Brooklyn Bridge Park! Starting Saturday, April 12, the Brooklyn ice cream institution reopens its seasonal kiosk at Pier 5, where it will operate on weekends until late May, after which it'll be serving sweet treats every day, all summer long.RECOMMENDED: 50 family-friendly spring happenings Post-Memorial Day, Ample Hills will also open two ice cream carts elsewhere in the park: one at Pier 1 and the other at perennial kid-fave Jane's Carousel.There's even more great ice cream–related news (which is, of course, the best kind of news!): Ample Hills is giving away their sweet secrets with a new cookbook launching Tuesday, April 15. Fans of the creamery can get a first look at the release party on Wednesday, April 16 from 7 to 9pm at powerHouse...

    Exclusive debut: Suzi Shelton's new music video

    Thu Apr 10

    Suzi Shelton 

    Suzi Shelton 

    The Brooklyn-based songstress gives Time Out Kids readers an exclusive first look at her new cheerful music video for "Go, Fire Truck, Go" The award-winning singer-songwriter Suzi Shelton really knows how to get kids singing and dancing with her upbeat, poppy tunes, and her newest music video is no exception. The cheerful song "Go, Fire Truck, Go"—a hit single from her forthcoming album, Smile in My Heart—has us tapping our toes, and we love the music video starring city kids at an actual FDNY fire station!RECOMMENDED: Spring festivals and fairsThe artist and mother of two filmed her video locally, featuring energetic kids from the area and a big, red fire truck from FDNY Engine 220/Ladder 122 in Park Slope. While Suzi strums the guitar, tykes decked out in fire hats and gear hoist "Stop" and "Go" signs while singing along to the jaunty tune. Some real fire-fighters can't help but join in on the fun too, shaking their hips in uniform.Click on the video below for an exclusive...

    Sip on free old-fashioned ice cream sodas at Bubby's on April 15

    Wed Apr 9

    Bubby's

    Bubby's Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Family-friendly eatery Bubby's High Line celebrates the new addition of a soda fountain with gratis ice cream, shakes and fizzy drinks next Tuesday Scarf down a sundae or sip on old-fashioned ice cream sodas at Bubby's High Line for no cost next Tuesday, April 15. Just in time for spring, the all-American restaurant in the Meatpacking District is introducing the soda fountain concept to their takeout counter and coffee bar, and will mark the occasion by giving away free treats to visitors from 2 to 6pm on opening day.RECOMMENDED: Free spring break activities for kids In keeping with his mission to celebrate classic American recipes and traditions, chef Ron Silver will channel the retro 1920s soda fountain, while adding a personal touch through fun flavors and ingredients. Alongside Bubby's freshly baked pies and other sweets, patrons can now peruse bubbly sodas made with 15 from-scratch syrups (in flavors like raspberry and ginger) and homemade ice creams made from local milk,...

    Enter the Golden Ticket sweepstakes to be Willy Wonka for a day

    Fri Apr 4

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trade paperback 50th anniversary edition (Puffin)

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trade paperback 50th anniversary edition (Puffin) courtesy Puffin

    To commemorate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s 50th anniversary, Penguin launches a yearlong celebration and a sweet national sweepstakes This year, Roald Dahl's treasured tome Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reached the impressive milestone of 50 years since it was first published. To commemorate the occasion, Penguin Young Readers kicked off a yearlong celebration of the book—which has sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide and is printed in 55 languages—including a national sweepstakes with some serisouly sweet prizes. RECOMMENDED: Free spring break activities 2014 Children across the country are invited to enter for a chance to win the "National Golden Ticket Sweepstakes" now through August 8, thanks to Penguin's partnership with First Books, a nonprofit providing books to children and low-income families. Much like in Dahl's original story, five lucky winners will receive a Golden Ticket trip to New York City (two round-trip tickets), where they'll take part in...

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