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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Aug 25

Parents, don't let your children miss out on the fun! Here are some of today's kids and family activities in Brooklyn, from concerts and museums to decorating cupcakes and gardening! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Magic At Coney!!! - Coney Island Museum
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. “Magic at Coney!!!” is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians, featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world.

Willie Villegas Presents: Salsa Sunday - Industry City
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Local musician and salsa aficionado Willie Villegas hosts this event that features live outdoor salsa classes.

The community can enjoy an afternoon of live music, dancing, and drink specials at the weekly event. 

Movie Night at Habana Outpost - Habana Outpost
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Habana Outpost projects classic films (many are rated PG) onto its big outdoor screen from late spring to late fall. 

August Schedule: 

Aug 4 - Never Been Kissed PG (1999)
Aug 11 - Step Up PG (2006)
Aug 18 - The Super R (1991)
Aug 25 - Notorious R (2009)

Wild About Art - Staten Island Zoo
August 25, 2019 - Staten Island

Art and science go hand-in-hand! Join in the fun and celebrate the zoo's animals through exploring different art techniques. Sketch your favorite animals at drawing stations; try your hand at gyotaku and make a fish print to take home; even watch as the animals create their own paintings. Agostino Art joins in the fun with Story Faces!

History on Wheels - New York Transit Museum
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Make discoveries and learn fun facts, exploring photographs and artifacts that relate the history of horse-powered transportation in New York City. For all ages

Discovery Room — Animals All Around - New York Transit Museum
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Stop by the Education Center to explore the August theme of animals that help New York transportation.

Wash Day: An Event for Children with ASD - Prospect Park Audubon Center
August 25, 2019 - Flatbush

Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The museum will open an hour early and you and your family can cool off from the summer sun at the Lefferts Historic House by helping us get the dirt out of our 19th century reproduction clothing the old-fashioned way; using tubs, washboards and bar soap.

The 15th Annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival - Roulette Intermedium
August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Greenlight Bookstore is honored to partner with NY Writers Coalition and Akashic Books to present the 15th annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival! This year’s event is held at Roulette Intermedium, a venue and organization dedicated to new and adventurous art, and features young writers (6-18 years old) reading alongside published writers for an inspiring afternoon of literature. Bringing generations of writers together to build on the literary traditions of Fort Greene, this year’s event features four exciting poets and performers: Tina Chang, author of Hybrida; Shira Erlichman, author of Odes to Lithium; Ladan Osman, author of Exiles of Eden; and Nicole Sealey, author of Ordinary Beast. Author of the collection BlackGirl Mansion Angel Nafis acts as the MC of this exciting event. An afterparty will follow at Greenlight’s Fort Greene store!

Lil' Yogis - Staten Island Children's Museum
August 25, 2019 - Staten Island

Experience mindfulness through play and stretching in this guided yoga class led by Be Yoga Dance Studio. 

Beyond the Streets Exhibit - 25 Kent Avenue
Through August 25, 2019 - Williamsburg

Beyond the Streets is a major exhibition of graffiti and street art showcasing the work of more than 150 artists from around the world.

The exhibition transforms more than 100,000 square feet of space into a museum-quality art experience, along with performances, lectures, and films.

Prospect Park Walking Tours - Prospect Park - Westside
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come out and enjoy Prospect Park while learning about its incredible history! Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours host a series of walking tours that examine the many layers of natural and human history to be found in Brooklyn's Backyard. 

During the 2019 season, beginning April 28, visit the park to experience a different tour each week:

  • Hidden Treasures Tour (1st Sundays)
  • Waterways & Wellhouse Tour (2nd Sundays)
  • Art & Architecture Tour (3rd Sundays)
  • Brooklyn’s Backyard Tour – Family-friendly tour that includes a scavenger hunt, plus Zoo and Carousel admission (4th Sundays)

The Sparrow Sisters at Norman and Jules Backyard - Norman and Jules
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join in on Mondays in the backyard at toy store and play space, Norman and Jules. The Sparrow Sisters perform a sweet mixture of folk and nursery songs with guitar, ukulele, vocal a visit from resident puppet Henry the Caterpillar. 

The Sparrow Sisters are a local group of musical parents who perform their harmony-rich folk music at sing-alongs, daycare/pre K settings (currently at Honeydew Daycare), and birthday parties.


Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility.

Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must.

Registration begins at 9:30 am before each class.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Enjoy playing with the library's Playstation 4 or any of the other new technology!

Bessie's Big Shot - Various Locations
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Basketball Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Join the two-hour basketball clinics at Pier 2 led by NYC youth basketball organization, KING Hoops. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games.

Photo by Brian Derek

Babies & Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Come and join us for songs, fingerplays, stories, and more while meeting other babies and caregivers in the neighborhood! Ages 0-18 months. 

This program requires online registration - registration will be available 24 hours in advance, at 1pm on Monday.  Please show email confirmation of registration for entry.

Late admittance may not be guaranteed.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 27, 2019 - East New York

All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate in RIF. Receive free books: one free book when you sign up for RIF and a free book on your birthday.  Checkout two books every week and receive a free book every third week.

Story Play with RIF - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories, singing, and playtime!

Red Hook Flicks - Valentino Pier
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Red Hook Flicks, in association with Red Hook Labs, presents Summer Movies on the Pier. All films start at 8:30pm (or as soon as it’s dark enough).

August Schedule (subject to change):

August 13: The Dark Crystal (PG)
August 20: Boys n the Hood (R)
August 27: Red Dawn (PG-13)

Turn & Learn Compost Work Days (NYC Compost Project) - Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center
Through August 27, 2019 - Staten Island

The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learn will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost. Please bring your own container.  Please note this is a volunteer event and not a pick-up event. You must volunteer at the work day to receive compost. Supplies may be limited. Registration is strongly recommended.

Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Granite Terrace! - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 28, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

We all know that storytime at Brooklyn Heights library is so much fun. It's even more fun outside with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge!  We will be in the Granite Terrace, which is a part of the Greenway Terrace, just north of Ample Hills Creamery and the BBQ pits.

Here is a link to the location

No need to register- there's plenty of room! All ages welcome.

Please note, this nine-week series takes the place of Toddler Time at the branch. There will be no rain dates.

Cool Pools NYC: Media Education at Douglass and DeGraw Pool - Thomas Greene Playground
Through August 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Learn photography and videography in these pop-up workshops while waiting on line or spending time by the pool.


Cool Pools NYC: New Look, New Vibe
We made Douglass and DeGraw cooler with cabana-style shade, new lounge chairs, bright new colors, fun summer-themed wall art, and poolside programs, thanks to Cool Pools NYC.

Anime Club - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through August 28, 2019 - Brownsville

Are you interested in anime and manga? Come check out this anime club where members will watch, read, and discuss their favorite shows and series! Popcorn provided. Ages 12 and older. Join us every Wednesday at the Brownsville Library. For more information, contact the Brownsville Library.

PreK Story & Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Come and have a blast with us reading stories, singing songs and learning fingerplays. After storytime, we'll have a craft or exploration stations to enjoy. Ages 3-5. This program requires online registration - registration will be available 24 hours in advance, at 10:45am on Wednesday.

Live at the Archway Series 2019 - Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Live at the Archway is DUMBO's signature series features dynamic musical performances, pop-up galleries, and interactive art experiences in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting. Always free, always all ages, and always rain or shine. 

New this year: Family Jam opens each night event at 5:30pm with puppets, hula hoopers, and more spectacle fun for kids and adults.

August Schedule of events:

August 1
Family Jam 5:30pm: A fashion show, presented by the Center for Cuban Studies & Ana Ratner
6:30pm: Yunior Terry & Son De Altura

August 8
Family Jam 5:30pm: Miss Saturn
HEADLINING ACT AT 6:30pm: Dandy Wellington

August 15
Family Jam 5:30pm: konverjdans
6:30pm: Alsarah & the Nubatones

August 22
Family Jam 5:30pm: Splendid Elephant by Puppetsburg
6:30pm: Say She She with a DJ set to follow by Rashad Ringo Smith

August 29
Family Jam 5:30pm: Bouncin' Bridge Boys 
6:30pm: The Good Folks & Motteo

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band - Wild Was Mama
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

The Buttons Band is an upbeat original kids music band based in Brooklyn. Join Hannah from the band every week for a lively song and dance party to keep little ones moving through their afternoon.

This singalong is scheduled for every Thursday, but we recommend calling in advance to comfirm before you go.

Movies with a View - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Celebrating 20 years of evening film screening, Movies with a View attracts tens of thousands of people each summer to the waterfront park. The 2019 theme: Better the Second Time Around.

Sweet treats, savory snacks, and drinks, including beer and wine, are available for purchase, thanks to a partnership with Smorgasburg - including cheeseburgers and crab cakes from Burger Supreme, Belgian-cut fries from Home Frite, pizza from Wood Fired Edibles, and homemade ice cream from Bona Bona Ice Cream. Food options rotate throughout the season, with new concessions added every week! In addition to food, each night also includes pre-show music sets spun by Brooklyn Radio DJs, and short films curated by Bamcinématek.

August Schedule: 

August 1: Crooklyn (PG-13)
August 8: The Big Lebowski (R)
August 15: An American Tail (G)
August 22: Selma (PG-13)
August 29: Audience votes! Options are:

  • The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (1994) (R)
  • Groundhog Day (1993) (PG)
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) (G)

Prospect Park Yoga - Prospect Park Long Meadow
Through August 29, 2019 - Park Slope

Join Bend + Bloom Yoga, Prospect Park Alliance and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital to celebrate summer with an hour-long, free yoga class every Thursday evening from June through August.

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. 

RSVP and learn more here.

Enter Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza and meet in the Long Meadow.

August Schedule: 

Aug 1: Giulia Pline, Kula Yoga
Aug 8: Amy Quinn Suplina, Bend + Bloom Yoga
Aug 15: Beau Dobrikov, Namastuy Healing Collective
Aug 22: Emily Giovine, Bend + Bloom Yoga
Aug 29: Stephanie Battle, Sacred Yoga and Bend + Bloom Yoga

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through August 29, 2019 - Brownsville

Do you want to explore new and old games? No time to make new friends? Join our Teen Tech Time program where you can play various games in a friendly competitive environment.

Musical Yoga Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through August 29, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Join us for a storytime for toddlers incorporating live music and yoga! Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's desk.

Kids Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 30, 2019 - East New York

Kids can have fun with the Playstation 4 or any of the other new technology!

Coney Island Fireworks - Coney Island Boardwalk
Through August 30, 2019 - Coney Island

Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel, and then watch the fireworks illuminate the sky!

Takes place Fridays from June 21 through August 30, 2019, weather permitting. The party starts at 7pm and goes on till 11pm. Fireworks show is at 9:30pm.

Living Room Comedy Show - Postmark Cafe
Through August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

The longest running stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn presented by Aaron Kominos-Smith and Turner Sparks (now in its 13th year)! Every Friday night at 8pm come to this clean, all-ages show to see some of TV's funniest comedians and hear jokes they're working on for their next TV appearance on Comedy Central, Fallon, Conan, The Tonight Show, and more! Come as a couple or come alone. Bring a group friends or bring your family. No restrictions on audience, we ask comics to keep their acts clean and EVERYONE gets in FREE! The show is at The Postmark Cafe: 326 6th St in Brooklyn. While tickets are free, reservations regularly sell out. Get your reserved seats at Follow @LivingRoomShow on Twitter/ Facebook and email to get our monthly lineups direct to your inbox.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 31, 2019 - East New York

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. All ages welcome!

Seining - Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 4
Through August 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Discover the amazing biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary as staff and scientists use a seine net to humanely catch incredible creatures that live below the water’s surface.

August Schedule: 

August 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Seining: Hudson River Fish Count
August 31, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Seining

Photo by Navid Baraty

Calypso at the Zoo - Prospect Park Zoo
Through August 31, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Gardens

It’s an explosion of Island Culture every weekend in August for Brooklyn’s own West Indian carnival featuring steel pan and calypso music, carnival-inspired crafts and, of course, island wildlife. Learn about wildlife in the Caribbean islands and the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society in those special places.

Saturday Storytime with Imagination Playground - Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope
Through August 31, 2019 - Park Slope

Join us in the story garden (or the children's room, if it's raining!) for stories and songs old and new for kids of all ages! After storytime, we will build with giant blue Imagination Blocks in the garden on good-weather days. Tickets are not required for Saturday Storytime.

Story and Play - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through August 31, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Hear wonderful stories, play with toys, and make new friends at this fun and informal program.

Green Team 2019 - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through October 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. Green Team is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoy nature, and make the Park look its best.

Saturdays, May 25-Oct 26, 2019, 10am to 12pm.

All volunteers must fill out a waiver 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. No experience necessary.

Groups with 10 members or fewer are welcome to join in Green Team sessions. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator/Elizabeth Harnett at to request a date.

New volunteers, please complete this form to RSVP. Registered volunteers, please log-in to your volunteer profile to schedule yourself.

Photo by Alexa Hoyer

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