There’s so much to do with your family in Brooklyn on the weekends! Interested in theater and museums? How about a festival or concert? Find it in our list of this weekend’s best kids and family activities in Brooklyn. Or, check out NY Metro Parents’ calendar for upcoming weekend family and children events.
Wonderful Wednesdays at the Carousel for All Children – Willowbrook Park
Through August 08, 2018 – Staten Island
Meet the Greenbelt’s early childhood educators at the Carousel in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park. Then enjoy a nature activity, and learn about upcoming programs throughout the summer and fall. Â Free and suitable for ages 3-5 with chaperone. Registration recommended.
Summer Reading Storytime – Granite Terrace at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3
Through August 08, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
Join The Brooklyn Public Library for a rollicking good time listening to stories, singing songs, and enjoying the breeze from the water! Brooklyn Heights childrenâ€™s librarians will read stories from the libraryâ€™s summer reading list, plus a whole lot more! The only thing more fun than a good storytime is one with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge!
Plaza Theatrical Presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – Highland Park
August 08, 2018 – Cypress Hils
Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in this theatrical production. Sponsored by Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.
A Summer Movie Under the Stars: ‘Space Jam’ – Prospect Park Long Meadow
August 08, 2018 – Park Slope
The Looney Tunes seek out Michael Jordan to help them win a basketball match. Enjoy 80s and 90s R&B, hip hop and dance hits provided by Brooklynâ€™s own DJ Dr. Israel before the movie. Neighborhood partners will also provide onsite activities.
Music in the Grove: Kids Concerts – Fort Greene Park
Through August 08, 2018 – Fort Greene
Fort Greene’s popular kids concert series returns for its seventh season with hour-long performances perfect for children of all ages and their parents and guardians. Performances by beloved local artists like Hopalong Andrew, Rolie Polie Guacamole, Soul Science Lab, and more!
Forest Adventures – Blood Root Valley (Greenbelt)
Through August 09, 2018 – Staten Island
Â Join us for this new weekly series filled with woodland adventures including hikes, seasonal explorations, stories, and crafts. This program is designed for a caregiver and age-appropriate child to explore the wonders of the forest together.Â
Nature at Night: Family Edition – Prospect Park Audobon Center
August 09, 2018 – Flatbush
Join Prospect Park Alliance for an evening stroll to see, hear and learn about the mysterious urban wildlife in Prospect Park. In this two hour program, you will have a special behind the scenes look of the animal collection at the boathouse, then explore the park with an expert local naturalist. Along the way, youÂ might see bats, raccoons, insects, birds and amphibians.
Gotham Girls Summer Skate Camp (Week 1) – The Crash Pad
Through August 10, 2018 – Bushwick
Skaters ages 6- 17 will learn to skate and sharpen their derby skills in a multi-skill level camp designed to introduce the wonderful sport of roller derby and challenge current skaters. GGRD coaches will lead a week-long intensive that will cover skating basics up to more advanced derby skills. You must have your own skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, mouth guard and water bottle. No skating skills are necessary, but you must be able to make it around the track without holding onto walls or people. Each camp day will have a morning skate session, lunch and fun off-skates activity, and an afternoon skates session. Mid-day breaks will include activities like games, movies, footage watching, derby rules sessions, skate maintenance and more!
Outdoor Films: ‘Ghostbusters’ – Parade Ground at Governors Island
August 10, 2018 – New York Harbor
Who ya gonna call? Three parapsychologists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis) are fired from their cushy Columbia University gigs and forced into the private sector. After a paranormal encounter at the New York Public Library, they set up shop as spectral exterminators in an old fire house and begin chasing spooks, specters, and ghosts all over the city with unlicensed nuclear accelerators strapped to their backs. Joined by a blue-collar skeptic (Ernie Hudson), they soon find themselves also battling pugnacious bureaucrats, ancient gods, and giant marshmallows all while trying to prevent the end of the world. Ivan Reitmanâ€™s comedy-horror masterpieceâ€”also starring Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and Rick Moranisâ€”was a megahit upon release, as was Ray Parker Jr.sâ€™ theme song, and they remain just as addictiveÂ today.Â Plus, enjoy pre-screeningÂ music by Theodore Jahng beginning at 6pm.
City Parks Foundation Get Up & Go – Parks across New York City
Through August 10, 2018 – New York
This free sports program provides tennis, golf, soccer, track and field, and fitness instruction and use of equipment for over 14,000 New York City children during the summer months. There are activities available for ages 6-16 years old in 39 parks across the five boroughs. Lessons for kids are offered at all skill levels. The fun includes free beginner lessons, tournaments, leagues, excellence programs and special events such as a tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows Tennis Center. Sign up and pre-registration required. See website for details and sign up early to avoid disappointment. The emphasis of the program is not only on learning the basics of the sport, but also on developing self-esteem, discipline and sportsmanship.
Astronomy for Beginners – Staten Island Children’s Museum
August 11, 2018 – Staten Island
Create your own costellation viewers using everyday materials to gaze at the night sky. Attendance is limited to 25 guests per session.Â
BCM Advocacy Lab Presents: Fundred Project – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
August 11, 2018 – Crown Heights
Join BCM and the Fundred Project as we explore what makes a healthy home and clean environment. Founded in 2010, the Fundred Project teaches about the dangers of lead contamination and helps children become advocates for lead free futures. Through this 30-minute program, BCM kids will have the opportunity to build their own healthy homes and learn to advocate for a safer environment and lead free world.
Fantastic Tunnel Books – New York Transit Museum
Through August 12, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
What do engineers discover as they dig underground to build New Yorkâ€™s newest train tunnels? Find out, and then create and illustrate your own fantastic book about what you imagine finding beneath Manhattanâ€™s busy streets and ancient bedrock.Â
Double Dutch – Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 15, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
Join Double Dutch Empire for Open Ropes,Â a weekly double dutch jump rope session every Wednesday. Open Ropes is free and open to everyone of any age, skill, and jump style. Skilled instructors are on-hand to provide basic double dutch instruction in a fun block party environment.
Summer Streets 2018 – Between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets
Through August 18, 2018 – Manhattan
Part block party, part outdoor playground,Â partÂ bike and walking tour, part water park, this event is not to be missed. For three Saturdays in a row seven miles of Manhattan’s streets will be closed off to traffic, giving you the chance to explore and take part in the numerous fun activities on offer. See website for locations. Highlights for 2017 include a water park on the Upper East Side, and giant slide at Foley Square.
Nature Center Adventures – Salt Marsh Nature Center
Through August 18, 2018 – Marine Park
Nature Center Adventures connect New Yorkers of all ages to the natural world.Â Nature CenterÂ Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, andÂ getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Zen Zoo Yoga – Prospect Park Zoo
Through August 18, 2018 – Flatbush
Join Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks for this fun and mindful Shape Up NYC class for kids. Our instructor will teach Asana yoga, which is based on animal forms and shapes. Yoga for kids helps foster self confidence, compassion, visualization and laughter. This class is open to children under 18, no registration is required. All levels are welcome.
‘The Jungle Book’ – Puppetworks
Through August 19, 2018 – Park Slope
Enjoy an artfulÂ retelling of The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s Fables of India, as adapted for marionettes by
Nicolas CoppolaÂ and Adam Kilgour. Suggested for ages 3 and up.Â
Coney Island Flicks on the Beach – Coney Island Boardwalk
Through August 20, 2018 – Coney Island
On Mondays during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater! Come on down and see great filmsÂ representing a mix of modern, classic, and indie movies. Festivities begin at 7:30pm and screeningsÂ start at dusk.
Discover Gardening – Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through August 22, 2018 – Crown Heights
Drop in and practice gardening skills alongside Discovery Docents in the Hamm Childrenâ€™s Learning Courtyard inside theÂ Discovery Garden. Water and weed fruit and vegetable beds, plant a seed, and learn about whatâ€™s growing! Create a plant-inspired craft to take home.
Prospect Park Yoga – Prospect Park Long Meadow
Through August 23, 2018 – Park Slope
Join Bend + Bloom Yoga, lululemon BrooklynÂ and Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate summer withÂ an hour-long, free yoga class! Featuring Brooklyn’s finest yoga teachers, Prospect Park Yoga gives attendees a chance to try free, outdoor group yoga classes in a low-pressure, beautiful environment. The series draws hundreds of Brooklynites each week to celebrate yoga and wellness in our treasured Prospect Park. Bring your own mat or towel, a bottle of water and friends. All levels welcome.
Please RSVP and sign the waiver prior to your first class.
Drop-In Play – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through August 25, 2018 – Crown Heights
Come inside and cool off with these drop-in art projects and play opportunities taking place on August weekends in our Studio.Â Activities invite young artists to build fine motor skills, explore art making materials, and learn how to make new friends in a communal play space. Feel the summer vibes at SPARK as we soak up the sun and celebrate the last warm days of the season.
Saturday, August 4 â€“ Sunday, August 5
Peacock fans: Cool off at Spark and make an origami fan to beat the August heat!
Saturday, August 11 â€“ Sunday, August 12
Shooting Stars: Craft your very own shooting star out of paper and mixed media art supplies that keep your creativity soaring!
Saturday, August 17 â€“ Sunday, August 18
Hot Air Balloons: Make a textured highflying hot air balloon out of colorful paper and sensory-rich art supplies.
Saturday, August 24 â€“ Sunday, August 25
Jellyfish Windsock: Combine everyday recycled materials with a little imagination and create a colorful jellyfish windsock.
Music in Motion – Bargemusic
Through August 25, 2018 – Dumbo
Every Saturday from March through May, Bargemusic presents “Music in Motion,” a free family concert series that includes an hourlong performance and a Q&A session with the musicians.Â
Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus – Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 26, 2018 – Brooklyn
This June, artist Erwin Wurm will bring his “Hot Dog Bus”Â to one of New York Cityâ€™s most popular summer destinations, Brooklyn Bridge Park. This modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus has been transformed into a bright yellow, overstuffed food truck from which free hot dogs will be served to visitors all summer, hinting at the gastronomic connections between the Cityâ€™s most iconic street food and the artistâ€™s Austrian homeland. The busâ€™ bloated form will encourage audiences to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in todayâ€™s culture, while the act of eating, according to Wurm, can be considered an additive sculptural process in its own right.Â
Free Beginner Lacrosse Clinic – Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 28, 2018 – Brooklyn
Check out this free beginner lacrosse clinic with Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse.
Art and Storytelling – Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 28, 2018 – Park Slope
Looking for ways to keep your little one(s) busy? Head to Stories Bookshop andÂ Storytelling Lab every Tuesday for an hour of arts and crafts and reading!
Basketball Clinic – Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 28, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
Improve basic basketball skills with the Big and Little Skills Academy (BALSA) on Pier 2. Each clinic will include either yoga to enhance flexibility or flag football for agility training.
Boogie Woogie Nights – Staten Island Children’s Museum
Through August 29, 2018 – Staten Island
Each Wednesday through the end ofÂ August, the Staten Island Children’s MuseumÂ is open for free. Explore exhibits for two hours and then enjoy a dance program. Dancers demonstrate a specific cultural dance and invite museum-goers to learn new moves.
Free Carousel Rides – Prospect Park Carousel
Through August 30, 2018 – Brooklyn
Enjoy free carousel rides on the historic Prospect Park Carousel every Thursday in August, funded by theÂ New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Safety City – Jewish Children’s Museum
Through August 30, 2018 – Crown Heights
The Jewish Childrenâ€™s Museum hits the road this summer with a child size road course teaching street and pedestrian safety, complete with pedal go-carts and working traffic lights! Drive through â€śSafety Cityâ€ť and enjoy typical high street attractions along the road. Children will have to practice safe street behaviors both as drivers and as pedestrians, in order to be awarded a â€śSafety Cityâ€ť license!
Shoprite Kidz Cook – Staten Island Children’s Museum
Through August 31, 2018 – Staten Island
NASA’s astronauts have strange cravings due to the change of atmosphere while in space. Discover some of their favorite foods and learn why they crave them in this tasty class!Â
Creativity Lab – Brooklyn Museum
Through August 31, 2018 – Prospect Heights
Drop by the Brooklyn Museum studios and explore your creative side. In this drop-in workshop, take inspiration from our galleries and get messy, experiment with materials, and learn artistic techniques with a new project each month. Bring the whole family and stay for as long as youâ€™d like!
Free Fireworks – Coney Island Boardwalk
Through August 31, 2018 – Coney Island
Enjoy a free fireworks show at Coney IslandÂ from high atop Deno’s Wonder Wheel on the Boardwalk!
Calypso at the Zoo – Prospect Park Zoo
Through August 31, 2018 – Brooklyn
Visit the Prospect Park Zoo every weekend in August for a zoo-themed West Indian carnival with steelpan and calypso music, carnival-inspired crafts, and of course, Caribbean culture. Learn about the unique wildlife of the Caribbean islands and about conservation work in the Caribbean by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Pop-Up Audubon: Fishing and Birdwatching – Prospect Park
Through August 31, 2018 – Prospect Park
Join Prospect Park Alliance educators in free fishing clinics and birdwatching with the whole family! Participants learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety and will even get to collect their own bait. Then,Â participants of all ages can join Alliance naturalists on a walk to identify up to 250 species of birds that pass through Prospect Park. Check online for more schedule and location details.Â
Pop-Up Pool – Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 31, 2018 – Dumbo
Take a dip in one of New York Cityâ€™s coolest hidden gems, then relax on the beach after your swim.Â The pool is 30 by 50 feet in size, and maxes out at an easy 3.5 feet deepâ€”making it just right for families with smaller kids, too. Swimmers of all ages and levels are welcome to enter daily from 10 am to 6 pm for 45-minute sessions.
Rock and Roll Playhouse with Face Painting – Industry City
Through August 31, 2018 – Sunset Park
Every Wednesday, enjoy free family concerts with live bands andÂ face painting withÂ The Cheeky ChipmunkÂ at Courtyard 1/2.Â
Regal Summer Movie Express – UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14
Through August 31, 2018 – Sheepshead Bay
Throughout July and August, Regal Cinemas in Brooklyn and Staten Island (UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPXÂ andÂ UA Staten Island Stadium 16 & RPX) will screen family-friendly movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for just $1, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Will Rogers Institute. Films will include Despicable Me, Storks, Iron Giant, The Lego Movie, and many more!
Native Voices: New England Tribal Families Exhibition – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through September 02, 2018 – Crown Heights
BCM’s newest exhibit, Native Voices: New England Tribal Families, opened June 30th and features the seasonal traditions of five Native American tribes from New England. Meet the Narragansett, Mashpee Wampanoag, Aquinnah Wampanoag, and Penobscot and Passamaquoddy communities through photographs, videos, and activities that invite you to participate in daily life and special events. Join us for this important and unique opportunity to learn about the history and modern life of indigenous communities through first-person narratives, oral history storytelling, large photo murals, hands-on activities, and evocative collection objects. Visitors will also be invited to explore a wigwam that will be built on the Museum’s roof and learn about traditional building methods.
Live at the Archway – Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
Through September 20, 2018 – Dumbo
Live at the Archway is DUMBO’s signature series: featuring dynamic musical performances, aÂ pop-up gallery, andÂ interactive art experience, in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting. Always free, always all ages, andÂ always rain or shine.Â
History and Mysteries of Snug Harbor – Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
Through September 22, 2018 – Staten Island
Rediscover Snug Harbor on a summer tourÂ with hidden time capsules, statues, murder, ghost sightings and more!Â The History and Mysteries of Snug Harbor tour brings you through an 83-acre site and reveals the history of this 19th century campus alongside tales of strange occurrences and mysteries of theÂ grounds.
Kayaking – Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at Pier 2
Through September 30, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.
Weekday Nature Exploration – Audubon Center at the Boathouse
Through September 30, 2018 – Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Join Prospect Park Alliance for free nature education programs every Thursday and Friday afternoon at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
Summer Open House – H.H. Biddle House
Through September 30, 2018 – Staten Island
Explore this NYC landmark house built in the Greek Revival style andÂ overlookingÂ the Raritan Bay and Arthur Kill waterways.Â Built in 1845Â by Henry Hogg Biddle, who operated the Staten Island-Perth Amboy Ferry,Â it now houses local TottenvilleÂ historical itemsÂ along with nature inspired artwork. Explore the property’sÂ adjacent terracotta garden, the beachfront and grounds of this NYC historic treasure.
Coastal Cleanup – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through October 03, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
Coastal Cleanup volunteers give back to the community by helping us remove hundreds of pounds of trash from Pier 1 salt marshes and beaches. Scheduled times are according to low tides, from May through October.
All volunteers must fill out aÂ waiverÂ and bring it to their first volunteer activity in the park. Volunteers 18 years old or younger should submit their waiver signed by a parent or guardian before any activity begins; volunteers 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Smorgasburg – Prospect Park, Breeze Hill
Through October 07, 2018 – Prospect Lefferts Garden
Every Sunday from April through October, head to Breeze Hill in Prospect Park to finally take in some sun, andÂ enjoy food from more than 100 local vendors.
Winged Jewels of the Forest: Images of Birds in the Surrounding Hudson Valley – New York Hall of Science
Through October 28, 2018 – Corona
This exhibition features photographs of birds from Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, N.Y., 30 miles north of New York City. The Preserve provides habitat for thousands of birds and this exhibition highlights the diversity of the birds found there.
NYC Audubon Summer Residence – Governors Island
Through October 28, 2018 – New York Harbor
Join NYC Audubonâ€™s seasonal residence on Governors Island! This yearâ€™s nature center will feature displays on conservation, a childrenâ€™s room with books and activities, bird-inspired artwork and studio space showcasing artists creating work inspired by Governors Island and its variety of avian residents. Guests can borrow binoculars and participate in one of the free guided bird walks or strike out on their own to discover the bright and bustling bird life all over the island. Visit and learn all about the feathery friends who share our urban environment and what we can do to help them out.
Children’s Museum of the Arts Free Island Outpost – Governors Island
Through October 31, 2018 – New York Harbor
Visit the Cleveland Museum of Art’sÂ Free Art Island Outpost on historic Governors Island every Saturday andÂ Sunday this summer for free, hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences. The open outdoor space of the Free Arts Island Outpost beckons you to come collaboratively create! Young artists will be inspired and challenged to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums.
Governors Island Open Season – Governors Island
Through October 31, 2018 – New York Harbor
Beginning May 1, New Yorkers are invited to enjoy the Islandâ€™s open and expansive park spaces with unforgettable views of New York Harbor, car-free recreation and a robust calendar of free public programming just a short ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.Â Ferries will be free for all visitors during the first week of the season, from May 1-6.
Summertime Skating Rink – Mel’s Rink Governors Island
Through October 31, 2018 – New York Harbor
The Trust for Governors Island hasÂ announced the opening of a new summertime skating rink along Governors Islandâ€™s Western shore. Made from a synthetic material designed for metal ice skates, Melâ€™s Rink Governors Island will give New Yorkers the rare opportunity to skate during the summer months and is the first outdoor skating opportunity on Governors Island. Skate rentals will be available for ages, with free skating every weekday from 10AM-12PM. The rink officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 26.
Farmer’s Market – Wyckoff House Museum
Through November 03, 2018 – East Flatbush
Join the Wyckoff farm team as we share our harvest with the community. Stop by and grab yourÂ veggies, fruits, herbs, seeds, and local crafts at affordable prices.
Make a day of it andÂ check out other eventsÂ that may be happening that day, including workshops, family day, or hands-on skill building.
Wafels & Dinges Factory Tour – Wafels & Dinges Headquarters
Through November 09, 2018 – Gowanus
Have you ever wanted to see what it takes to run a successful street food business behind the scenes?Â This tour will take you inside de Royal Dinges Factory, the commissary, production space, and headquarters of one of New York Cityâ€™s most popular street food brands. On this guided tour, we will show you how they make their spectacular LiĂ¨ge wafel dough and delicious ice cream to supply their constellation of carts, trucks, kiosks, and cafĂ©s; you willÂ learn how those carts and trucks are stored, supplied, and maintained; and you will get an insiderâ€™s look at this dynamic and growing business. You will even get the chance to put your hands in some wafel dough, and even cook your own fresh-made wafel in their custom-made irons.
New York Road Runners Open Run – Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through December 18, 2018 – Brooklyn Heights
Open Run is a new community-based initiative that empowers local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home ? bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome.
Lavender Blues Music & Movement – Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Dumbo
Teaching musician Lavender Blues explores music, movement, and rhythm with children ages 1-3 years in this engaging jam session. During this class kids develop an understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body as well as develop social and coordination skills. Taught by Alex Louis-Jacques, founder, Lavender Blues. Class size limited to 20 children and their caregivers. Drop-ins welcome.
Classic Mew-vie Night – Brooklyn Cat Cafe
Through December 31, 2018 – Cobble Hill
Watch a classic movie along with the cats of the Brooklyn cat cafe as they nap soundly in your lap, or perhaps purr distractingly as you try to pay attention.Â Ticket price includes a snack and drink. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and everyone must sign a waiver.
The Little Orchestra Society: The Three C’sâ€¦Culture, Classical Music, and Composing! – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Crown Heights
Throughout December, The Little Orchestra Society is in residence at Brooklyn Childrenâ€™s Museum for a series of family music workshops. Each session explores music of a different culture, engaging children, parents, and caregivers through movement, song, composition, and an introduction to world instruments. Sessions accommodate up to 25 participants on a first-come, first served basis.
Touch Tank – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Crown Heights
Meet and touch real, live sea creatures like starfish and sea urchins.
Sensory Room Family Hours – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Crown Heights
In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses. The Sensory Room is a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Totally Tots – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Crown Heights
Each week children are introduced to an artist and an activity inspired by their techniques, materials, and ideas. Activities invite young artists to build and refine their fine motor skills; engage in sensory exploration of materials, and learn how to share with others in this open art studio. There is no such thing as a bad mess in this space, which is tailored to children five and younger.
Farmer’s Market – Grand Army Plaza
Through December 31, 2018 – Park Slope
Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket’s flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park? and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This community destination brings together a mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and beyond. Runners, dog-walkers, families, singles and foodies all converge to buy from the huge array of farm fresh products, and to participate in the programming and cooking demonstrations that take place every Saturday all year long. Open year-round.
Waterfront Exhibition – Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo
Through December 31, 2018 – Dumbo
Located in Empire Stores directly on Brooklyn Bridge Park near Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO is an exciting new museum that highlights the amazing history and beauty of the Brooklyn waterfront. The museum is open Monday-Sunday from 11am-7pm and family programs are planned for Fall 2017.
Holding History – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Crown Heights
What makes an object â€śhistorical?â€ť Why do museums keep objects behind glass? Children will ponder these questions holding, touching, and feeling historical artifacts from the museum’s collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives.
Live Animal Adventure – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through December 31, 2018 – Crown Heights
Enjoy an interactive animal show and meet real reptiles from the museum’s Live Collection. Ages 4 and older.
Escher: The Exhibition and Experience – Industry City
Through February 03, 2019 – Sunset Park
Exploring the intersection between art, mathematics, science and poetry, Escherâ€™s works have fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers alike. Experience the utterly captivating and mind-bending work of graphic illustrator M.C. Escher in this new exhibition featuring more than 200 original works.Â
Exhibition: Impractical Jokers: Homecoming – Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
Through March 17, 2019 – Staten Island
Impractical Jokers: Homecoming explores the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations that make us laugh and cringe, the humor is built upon a foundation of trust and camaraderie amongst the four guys, James â€śMurrâ€ť Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brain â€śQâ€ť Quinn, and Joe Gatto. See original costumes, props and art created over the past seven seasons. View new interviews, episode highlights and learn about behind-the-scenes production, including some secrets. Take a journey with the Jokers from high school hijinks to mainstream comedic success that all started on the shores of Staten Island. Interactive surprises are found throughout the museum to make the Jokersâ€™ exhibition experience as unexpected as the Impractical Jokers themselves.Â
The Buttons Weekend Sing-Along – Edamama Cute Cuts & More
Through March 17, 2019 – Williamsburg
Please join The Buttons Band (Caitlin Mahoney and Hannah Winkler) for a grooving weekend sing-along on Saturdays at Edamama! Enjoy an energetic 45-minute set of our original tunes, classic children’s songs, and oldies rock n’ roll that is sure to get both kids and grown-ups singing and dancing! We hand out shakers, teach some moves, and encourage everyone to get their bodies grooving to the music. The Buttons’ sing-along is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your child and your community through the love of music and the joy it brings.
ColorLab – Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Through May 24, 2019 – Crown Heights
ColorLab is BCM’s new family art studioÂ inspired by contemporary African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African artists!Â Rotating programs will feature the work and material inspirations of African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists including Chakaia Booker, Wangechi Mutu, and Jack Whitten. Learn about Afrofuturism through a toolbox containing books, materials, and prompts to guide creating. Each visit to ColorLab will offer new ways to experiment with art and new ideas to explore. Hands-on programs will be supported by BCMâ€™s teaching artists and educators.
Saturday Author Story Time – Greenlight Bookstore
Through March 17, 2020 – Fort Greene
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers or the Greenlight staff sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and often activities and crafts too! Check theÂ Events CalendarÂ for an updated schedule of featured authors. Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids who are old enough to enjoy listening to a story, asking questions and working on crafts.
Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! – New York Aquarium
Through June 30, 2020 – Coney Island
Explore the coral reef, wander through a shipwreck, and peer over the Hudson Canyon in this brand new exhibit all about sharks, opening year-round beginning June 30. More than 115 species including sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles live in this state-of-the-art exhibit.
Friday/Saturday Drop-In – Brooklyn Game Lab
Through December 31, 2020 – Park Slope
Drop off the kids (ages 8 and up) for Friday drop-in, role-playing game (RPG) night. Brooklyn Game LabÂ run great D&D campaigns for new and highly experienced RPG-players.Â Saturday nights are geared towards our Teen Pass members, butÂ all older kids (12 and up) are welcome to participate. Play sophisticated RPGs with complex campaigns and awesome characters, plus get some DM training.Â
Transit Tots – New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2020 – Brooklyn Heights
Head to the New York Transit Museum everyÂ Thursday for stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes like animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, the city’s subways and buses!Â Free with admission. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.