It’s Fall Harvest Festival Palooza in Brooklyn this weekend. You could take your pick, really, but I think you should come to our school’s — the P.S. 295 Harvest Festival. Here’s why:
It’s gonna be FUN! Face painting and a bouncy castle, yes — but also awesome Day of the Dead diorama making, music, a pumpkin sale, a Tunnel of Terror, AMAZING family portraits by Stomping Ground Photography, and a chance to learn about the school. It’s the Studio School for Arts and Culture in District 15 and we are happy there, people. If you’re on the lookout for a school, come check it out and chat with us and other parents while your kids party on with Harvest Festival activities. Have the kids come in costume (you, too, if you’re game) and definitely don’t miss the photos — I can tell you they were super-cute last year. There’ll be plenty of grub, too. So come on out and say hi! (Saturday, 1 – 5pm. 330 18th Street, bet 6th and 7th Aves.)
And if you want to FILL your day with fall fun, you can head to the Harvest Festival @ Pier 6 before you come see us. (Saturday, 10:30 – 1.)
For more spooky ideas this weekend, including Sunday’s Big Green Extreme Halloween, a fab fall fundraiser for P.S. 166 on the Upper West Side — haunted house, costume contest, rides, and good food (some by a top chef) — see a full list of weekend events from Mommy Poppins.
Last, I attended an early literacy event this week sponsored by Parenting and Target at the New York Public Library. It was informative, inspiring, and very much about where we are right now since Jasper is learning to read. But part of the focus was encouraging us — parents, educators, community members — to move beyond our own children and homes to help others become literate and get excited about reading.
Volunteer to read at a school in a low-income neighborhood. Donate books to a local school library. Start a mystery book club for kids. Help set up author events — which reminds me…. I know Doreen Cronin, author of Giggle Giggle Quack, Duck for President, Rescue Bunnies, and other completely delightful children’s books, from Magnolia‘s preschool. Think I’ll ask if she’d be willing to come to our school and read to the kids one day. Think I’ll go do it right now.
Have a good weekend!