For the kids: Brooklyn's BookCourt becomes more family friendly
Wed Oct 7
Brooklyn's BookCourt underwent a renovation earlier this year, but that's not all that has changed at the 28-year-old Cobble Hill shop. A wealth of new kids' programming, which started casually over the summer with a weekly storytime, gives families more reason to browse the expanded space. The young readers book club, aimed at nine- to 12-year-olds, meets the third Sunday of the month. Nab a copy of this month's pick, The Penderwicks, for 20% off, then drop by the store at 1pm on October 18 for light snacks and a book chat. At next month's November 15 meeting, author Rebecca Stead will discuss her latest novel, When You Reach Me. BookCourt also caters to little ones (ages two to five), with weekly storytime/singalongs on Tuesdays at 11am. And there are plenty of additional author appearances and kids' events planned; check the website for details—or just drop by.
What will you pay to see The Princess and the Frog?
Wed Oct 7
The New York Post is reporting that tickets to the upcoming Disney flick will run you 50 bucks. While we do agree that the price tag is pretty high, the flashy headline is a tad misleading. Tickets actually range from $30 to $50 and buy you more than a seat and a bucket of popcorn: You get to catch a limited preview run of the film at the Ziegfeld and gain entry to a New Orleans-style shindig, during which kids can mingle with all nine Disney princesses, including the brand-new Tiana. Animators will also be on hand to show children how to draw characters from the film. Pricey party? Absolutely, but there are lots of princess-obsessed tots in this town, and we're betting that the affair will sell out in no time. Besides, $50 sure beats spending your kids' college savings on a trip to Disney World. Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises
Wednesday pick of the day: Monster Mash Festival Kick-Off
Wed Oct 7
The folks at the Brooklyn Children's Museum really know how to party. If you've ever attended one of their shindigs, you know what I'm talking about. So it's not surprising that their Halloween happenings are scarily good. Today BCM kicks off the Monster Mash Festival , a three-week long celebration of the sweetest holiday. In a tasty tie-in, chocolate milk is co-sponsoring the bash. In addition to taking a peek at all the fearsome fun the institution has on tap this October, kids will be invited to try out chocolate milk recipes and answer trivia questions posted by @MilkMustache on Twitter for a chance to win prizes. Don't forget to come in costume!
The Tea Lounge struggles
Tue Oct 6
Photo: Imogen Brown Back in 2006, our readers voted Park Slope the city's most kid-friendly neighborhood (natch) and made note of the bustling stroller scene on Saturday mornings at local coffee spot The Tea Lounge . Needless to say, we were sad when the South Slope location of the parent-and-child hangout closed last summer due to a rent hike, and now we're even sorrier to report that the java hut's plans to expand to Brooklyn Heights have also been quashed. The Brooklyn Paper says that due to "ridiculous lease requests" by the building's co-op board, the Tea Lounge was unable to sign on for an additional location. The timing is terrible: The Cobble Hill outpost closed just last week, which leaves only one Tea Lounge in Brooklyn on Union Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. According to the owner, business there isn't exactly thriving, which makes us concerned for its future. We can't imagine Park Slope without this chameleon cafe, which...
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