A good turn! Kids take Cobble Hill street-fair carousel for a whirl

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Family fun: Gretchen and Carl Blackmore took their daughter Willow to the street festival.
Masked rider: Izzy Zhao takes a ride on the swings.
Play in the street: Baltic Street was closed off for the festivities.
Pet a goat: Human kids meet some four-legged kids.

This Cobble Hill street fair had kids spinning out — literally!

Hundreds of families flocked to Baltic Street on Saturday for Families First childcare center’s annual Spring Carnival. Youngsters enjoyed games, a bounce house, and face painting, but one local dad says his kids were especially hypnotized by the carousel.

“They really liked the merry-go-round because of the sounds,” said Billy Zhao, who attended with 2-year-old Izzy and 5-year-old Mara.

The fair — held between Court and Clinton streets — also boasted a baby-animal petting zoo, where many of the city-dwelling tots got their first glimpse of goats, bunnies, piglets, and a kangaroo, according to an organizer.

“These are city kids, for majority of them this is their first time,” said Paula Heitman, Families First’s executive director.

And Zhao says that he and his brood will definitely be back for more next spring.

“We live right around the corner and we have a great time,” said Zhao.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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