Kids and adults jammed out to a live band, helped a Brooklyn juggler, a magician, and narrated story time with a famous lead singer at a Williamsburg play space’s carnival.
Special memories were created at the first annual Frolic! Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival last Sunday where family and friends gathered to celebrate youth empowerment through arts and entertainment.
As local parents, Carey Balogh and Julia Dawson, co-owners of the rock and roll playspace, sought to recreate the experience of a Williamsburg carnival at Brooklyn Bowl by providing high-quality family entertainment to the North Brooklyn community.
“Our off-site events are an extension of Frolic! and are designed to bring together the community through music and the best family entertainment,” said the Frolic! co-owners.
Radio personality/co-host at SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up on Hits 1 and Fuse TV’s “United States of Hip Hop” Nicole Ryan was the Master of Ceremonies at this star-studded event. Ryan’s contagious charisma drew the crowd to the stage to witness the live performances of the day.
The electric sounds of Tim and the Space Cadets and the original kid-friendly, hip tunes of Little Rock-its by Frolic! had both tots and adults dancing. Popular songs among the young crowd were “Start A Band” and “The Subway Song” which were sung loud and proud by the little fans. And the rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” had head bangers of all ages rocking out to the 1980s classic.
Tim Kubart of Tim and the Space Cadets and the Little Rock-its by Frolic! said, “Exposing music to children at an early age definitely helps build a foundation for a lifelong love of making music.” Kubart is no stranger to music success – one of his two bands has reached number one on SiriusXM Kids’ Place Live Radio. The Little Rock-its by Frolic!, is a band exclusively created for Frolic! by Kubart, who also designed a unique music program for children ages 0-6. The classic rock themes are taught on a weekly basis such as “Rolling Stones Week” and “Tom Petty Week” to provide an innovative way of teaching the classics to a new generation.
Two-time Grammy nominated lead singer Wesley Schultz of the folk rock band The Lumineers, took center stage at the Brooklyn Bowl along with Adventure Nannies, a premier travel nanny service, to tell a story about the tooth fairy with audience participation. Having Schultz and Adventure Nannies as proud partners of Frolic’s Carnival was a no-brainer for Frolic! “He is a big fan of children and also connected with our presenting sponsor Adventure Nannies,” said Balogh and Dawson, “…it only made sense and we were thrilled to have [them] as our partners!”
Other big acts of the event included the “Brooklyn Juggler” Kyle Petersen with his famous unicycle act and the upbeat, energetic Mario the Magician. These two crowd pleasers had kids and adults on their tippy toes with their mouth-dropping, eye-rubbing, “I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening” performances. The look of wonderment on the children’s faces was priceless.
DJ teen sister duo MiLove closed the event, mixing the most popular tunes heard on today’s radio.
Frolic! plans to continue providing family entertainment. “We love bringing such high-quality family entertainment to the vibrant community we live in,” said Balogh and Dawson.