School’s Out Saturday Summer Jam beguiles Bay Ridge

Jugglers spun plates and clowns blew up balloons. Kids sat for elaborate face paintings before chowing down on hot dogs. Others dug into freshly spun cotton candy during the free “School’s Out Summer Jam” event that took over a portion of Shore Road Park on Saturday, June 30.

The event, which was held at 79th Street, featured music, rides, food, and entertainment for students getting out of school for summer break.

“It was great to host the ‘School’s Out Jam’ so kids could really celebrate the beginning of summer,” said City Councilmember Justin Brannan, “Events like this, where families from all walks of life come together and enjoy themselves in the park, is really what this great neighborhood is about.”
Brannan and the NIA Community Services Network, utilizing a grant from the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development, sponsored the widely successful community event.

Around the park were huge bouncy castles and slides for families to enjoy. Rows of red and white striped tents with classic carnival games, like the wooden bean bag toss or the “test your strength” mallet, entertained everyone. The magician and puppeteer, John Pizzie, closed out the celebrations with a captivating show.

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