May 14 & 15: Weekend Links for Brooklyn Mamas

chocolate ice cream cone

flickr photo: food_in_mouth

It looks like the weather may not cooperate, but I’m still trying to channel OUTDOORS for this weekend anyway. As in OUT OF THE HOUSE.

Company coming for dinner tonight, and I’m hoping we can sit outside, at least for drinks if not dinner. Helen scheduled to come fling some things around in the garden with us tomorrow, and….

Other outdoor-ness on my mind, all via Mommy Poppins:

* ice cream shops near Brooklyn & Manhattan parks and playgrounds — This is *exactly* the kind of post I like. The kids will eat Mister Sofree happily, but I’d much rather walk a bit to get a great scoop — this piece gives you several good options for a playground outing with yummy destination ice cream nearby. Perfect-o.

* FREE overnight family camping with the Urban Park Rangers — A friend suggested our families do this together in a city park last year and, I’ll admit, I kind of thought… WHY? But I’m coming around to the idea, especially now that I’ve read the rangers provide the tent, dinner, and s’mores. You just need to bring along clothes and sleeping bags. Advance registration is required, though, and it’s tricky to get a spot — families are picked via lottery (so New York). Camp outs start this month — the first is over Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 27th, at Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. Registration is May 18th. Think we’re in town that weekend — anyone wanna try to register and come with if we can get a spot?

* The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival — A great way to teach kids about different cultures and cuisines. Plus, YUM. There’s a kids’ pavilion with games and activities, too.

Happy weekend! Hope there’s some sunshine (and ice cream) in it.

(flickr photo: food_in_mouth)

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