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Best Summer Classes and Activities for Brooklyn Couples

By Heather Holland | July 12, 2012 8:44am | Updated on July 12, 2012 2:49pm
A couple enjoys homemade shakes at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain in Cobble Hill.
A couple enjoys homemade shakes at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain in Cobble Hill.
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BROOKLYN — Summer is even more fun when shared with that significant other, but as the lull of the hot season drags on, ideas for dates and summer activities can run out pretty quickly.

When picnics at the park and 3D movies start getting old, there are a ton of fun classes and activities to do as a couple.

Fall in Love Like a Pro

GREENPOINT — For the pair looking for a rush this summer, Hollywood Stunts NYC holds open session classes for high fall stunts every Saturday.

The High Falls program is geared toward both professional stunt trainers and beginners, who might be looking to overcome a fear of heights. The class begins with basic fall theory, moves on to shorter falls, and ends with a whopping 30-foot fall.

Classes run every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and lasts for two hours.

Admission is $80 per person. Space is limited to 10 students per class, and advanced registration is required. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers on the day of the class. No prior experience is necessary.

For more information, visit hollywoodstunts.com. To register, call (917) 548-5461.

Ice Cream, Strawberries and…Pickles

COBBLE HILL — Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain is hosting a couple of food tastings this month, and what’s more romantic than ice cream and fresh strawberries?

On Saturday, July 14, farmers from Our Farm, a farm based in Upstate New York, will be sampling up their Strawberry Rhubarb at the Brooklyn Farmacy. On that day, the shop will be running a sundae special featuring the fresh rhubarb topping, and the topping will also be available for purchase.

For the savory-seekers, head to the Farmacy on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. for an evening of pickle tasting. Local artisanal pickle maker Sour Puss Pickles will be offering samples of its pickles, ginger carrots, and other pickled goods on that evening.

If all else fails, Farmacy has a great selection of ice cream sundaes, shakes, seasonal deserts, and occasional live music. Carroll Park is also just around the corner if you opt to take your cone to go.

For more information and updates on events happening at the Brooklyn Farmacy this summer, visit brooklynfarmacy.blogspot.com.

Two-For-One Bowling

WILLIAMSBURG — The Gutter, a vintage bowling joint and bar located at 200 N. 14th St., offers a 2-for-1 bowling deal Monday through Friday, and live music shows at night.

The regular price for bowling at The Gutter is $7 per game, but depending on the day and the hour, couples can play two games at half the price. The Gutter offers two-for-one deals on Mondays through Thursdays from 1-4 a.m., and from 2-6 p.m. on Fridays. Shoe rentals are $3.

Live shows will also take place at the bowling hall at 9 p.m. on certain days. Most shows have an admission cost (under $10), but there will be a free show on July 19, featuring punk and metal bands.

For more information and list of shows visit thegutterbrooklyn.com

Star Gazing at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — There’s nothing better to set the mood than a star-dotted night sky and a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline.

Luckily enough, there are experts who can help stargazers understand the sky in front of them. The Amateur Astronomers Association hosts observing sessions on Wednesday nights each month through September at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, located at the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrace.

View the stars using AAA’s high-powered telescopes and learn a little about star formations and the planets.

The next observation session will take place on July 25, at 8:18 p.m., when the sun sets. Participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or binoculars.

For more information and the complete schedule visit www.aaa.org/promenade.

Learn to Cook at Home

PARK SLOPE — Chef Ronna Welsh will not only teach couples how to cook tonight’s dinner, but will guide them through techniques that can be used to cook for a lifetime, with creative recipes inspired by what’s already in the fridge.

Welsh, founder of Purple Kale Kitchenworks in Park Slope, will be offering in-home cooking lessons for a price of $125 an hour, for a minimum of three hours. Invite another couple to join, and split the price for invaluable lessons on how to cut produce and create recipes inspired by the ingredients themselves.

Instead of starting with a recipe and executing it, Welsh’s teaching technique favors a curriculum based on careful preparation of individual ingredients and using them to create original dishes.

Each private lesson is limited to four students, and the cost of ingredients is extra. Couples can buy their own ingredients, or Welsh can do the shopping for you at no extra charge, aside from the grocery bill.

For more information, visit www.purplekale.com.

A Lesson in Wine

PARK SLOPE — Brookvin, a wine bar located at 381 Seventh Ave., is offering a wine class in August, and a chance to taste and discuss eight different wines from various producers.

The class, which takes place on Aug. 25, will specifically discuss wine terminology, although other topics are likely to be covered depending on questions asked. Although the class will be held inside, participants are welcome to stay after to drink wine in the garden, which recently opened for the summer.

Cost is $50 per person, and seats are limited to 20 people — so, reserve a space early. Snacks will be provided. The lesson begins at 12:30 p.m., and runs for about two hours.

For more information, visit www.brookvin.com. To sign up, email brookvin@gmail.com.

Extreme Outdoor Wall Climbing

LONG ISLAND CITY — Adventurous lovebirds willing to take the hike to Long Island City, will be happy to know that there’s a massive, five-story rock wall waiting for them.

Discover Outdoors and Outward Bound, New York-based companies dedicated to bringing outdoor activities to New Yorkers, have partnered together to provide an evening of extreme outdoor rock climbing at NYC Outward Bound, located at 29-46 Northern Blvd.

This event has been categorized as moderate in intensity, which means that it will challenge participants with a faster pace and longer distance. Once climbers reach the top, they will be rewarded with a great view of the city.

The outdoor climb will run from 6-9 p.m. on July 25 and Aug. 1. Cost of admission is $29, and gear will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own. All proceeds will go to Outward Bound NYC schools.

For more information and schedules, visit www.discoveroutdoors.com.