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    See the Dreamland Bell in Brooklyn

    Wed Oct 7

    Photo: Kathryn Kirk If you happen to be wandering around downtown Brooklyn with your brood during the next few weeks, be sure to stop by Borough Hall . From now until October 23rd, Coney Island's long-lost Dreamland Bell —which was retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean last month—will be on display. The 500-pound, three-foot-tall bell was discovered under water in September by diver Gene Ritter; it landed on the ocean floor back in 1911 when an 18-hour fire burned down Dreamland Park. Because the bell was underwater for almost a century, the only way to preserve it is to keep it wet (a hose has been set up to trickle water over it while it's on view). For young fans of Coney Island and parents depressed by the park's sorry state, the bell is a nice reminder that the Brooklyn fun zone has faced tough times in the past—and managed to overcome them and flourish. So cheer up and give your kids a peek at NYC history. There may still be glory days ahead for Coney Island....

    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!

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