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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Oct 12

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!

Kings County Fiber Festival - Old Stone House & Stone Park
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners, and weavers in the annual fiber fair. 

The full day event will include a marketplace for independent fiber artists from the tri-state area, demonstrations, an art exhibit and more.

Drag Queen Story Hour - Brooklyn Children's Museum
October 12, 2019 - Crown Heights

Join in for this interactive art and storytime program that celebrates the uniqueness of all kids and families. This event happens regularly around the city and features drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. 

Bridge the Gap for Girls 5K Walk - Cadman Plaza Park
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Did you know that even today, girls are more likely to die from malnutrition, be denied an education, or be forced into child marriage? Save the Children challenges you to do something about it. Walk with us on October 12th for the first Save the Children Bridge Challenge — a fundraiser for girls in need. You'll walk 3.5 miles across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge ending at Cadman Park. Together we can bridge the gap for girls and give them the futures they deserve.

Rolling Thunder's Oktoberfest! - Historic Richmond Town
October 12, 2019 - Staten Island

The Rotary Clubs of Staten Island and Rolling Thunder are once again organizing the Staten Island Oktoberfest. There will be entertainment, vendors, food, and fun. All Proceeds will go to helping Veterans in need. Don’t let the kids stop you from coming out. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including carnival games, rides, and a bouncy house.

Help the Garden Day - October - Highland Park Children's Garden
October 12, 2019 - Highland Park

Nestled at the far end of Highland Park is a delightful community garden filled with beds of shade trees, flowers, fruits, and herbs.  Join our community gardeners and help us "wind down” while learning some basic such as weeding, composting, pruning, and planting.  

Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.  Please bring your own water bottle and snack for this event.  Volunteers younger than18 years old must be accompanied by a chaperone.

Please note: Space is limited. Registration for this event is required by October 10.

To register, please visit the Registration Page.

Anime Club - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through October 16, 2019 - Brownsville

Come check out our anime club where members will watch, read, and discuss their favorite shows and series! Popcorn provided. Ages 12+.



ShopRite Kidz Cook - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through October 18, 2019 - Staten Island

Kids learn to cook in this weekly class. October 4 and 11 they'll taste traditional Puerto Rican Cocina Criolla cuisine. October 18 they'll travel to Italy through their taste buds with a special dish.

Stomp, Clap & Sing - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through October 22, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Enjoy interactive musical experiences with two fun groups: the Sunny Songsters (Oct 8) and Fiddle Foxes (Oct 22). Families will be given seating priority. Seating is limited. First come, first served.

Oct 8: Come sing and dance with the Sunny Songsters! We take children on an exciting musical journey filled with instruments, scarves, bubbles and much more. We sing a mix of original tunes and classic children's songs.

Oct 22: Join the Fiddle Foxes for an unforgettable musical adventure that will have both kids and grownups rockin’ and rollin’! Designed for children to have an all-out blast while exploring their musical intuition, Fiddle Foxes perform an array of kids songs including family favorites and our critically acclaimed original tunes. From dance parties jams, to reflective tactile-based tunes, topped with a trip to the Bubble Lagoon, we invite you to be a part of this magical journey!

PLG Young Readers Book Group - Greenlight Bookstore PLG
Through October 23, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Garden

Led by Greenlight bookseller Wynne, this young readers book group in Prospect Lefferts Garden is geared toward kids ages 9 to 12, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend, and pizza is served. For October, the group discusses Kelly Barnhill’s Newbery Award-winning The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences.

Wafels & Dinges Factory Tour - Wafels & Dinges
Through October 25, 2019 - Red Hook

This tour will take you inside de Royal Dinges Factory, the commissary, production space, and headquarters of one of New York City’s most popular street food brands. On this guided tour, we will show you how they make their spectacular Liège wafel dough and delicious ice cream to supply their constellation of carts, trucks, kiosks, and cafés; you will learn how those carts and trucks are stored, supplied, and maintained; and you will get an insider’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

Babies & Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach
Through October 25, 2019 - Gerritsen Beach

Come hear stories, sing songs, play with toys, and meet new friends!

Kids Create - Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach
Through October 25, 2019 - Gerritsen Beach

Kids will have a chance to create projects every Friday afternoon. Projects for the month of October include: 

Oct 4: Magnet Monsters

Oct 11: Haunted Houses

Oct 18: Vampire Bookmarks

Oct 25: Rock Monsters 

Events for Youth and Families - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through October 26, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Events for youths and families takes place every Saturday with a different show to enjoy. Families will be given seating priority.  Seating is limited; first come, first served.

Oct 5: A Bilingual Family Concert with Mister G. Ben Gundersheimer (MISTER G) is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he tours internationally playing everywhere from Lollapalooza and Lincoln Center to climate change rallies on Capitol Hill. His spirited bilingual performances aim to help children see each other across borders and foster cross-cultural connections.

Oct 12: New York International Children's Film Festival: Kid Flicks One. 

Bigger, brighter, bolder—change is in the air in NYICFF Kid Flicks 1, brimming with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation. If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script. Recommended ages 3-7.

Oct 19: Schoolhouse Rock by Plaza Theatrical Productions. 

"Schoolhouse Rock" A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it's lighting up stages everywhere – from school multi-purpose rooms to university and regional theatres all around the country. Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as "Just a Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly," and "Conjunction Junction."

Oct 26: Hot Peas 'n Butter Live! Music for Every Nation & Generation. 

Led by Danny Lapidus, the award-winning family music band, Hot Peas 'n Butter, wows thousands of young audiences across the nation every year with their interactive, roots music from around the world.

With eight award-winning albums and numerous music videos (some of which have been featured on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon TV), Hot Peas ‘n Butter makes new friends everywhere they go!

Lauded for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove” (The Los Angeles Times), Hot Peas ‘n Butter mixes a tasty combination of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, and Rock, bringing fans of all ages to their feet. Indeed, “This serving is the kind that will please musical appetites” (The New York Times).

Smorgasburg - East River State Park
Through October 26, 2019 - Williamsburg

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in beautiful Prospect Park.

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

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm - Historic Richmond Town
Through October 26, 2019 - Staten Island

Harvest season at Historic Richmond Town’s Decker Farm is fun for the entire family! Pick a pumpkin to take home, enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting and all of your favorite autumnal activities!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens
Through October 26, 2019 - Carroll Gardens

Ready, Set, Kindergarten is a weekly program designed to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond!  Stories, crafts, word, number, and color concepts are among the activities taught here!  One of our flagship programs -- please join us!

Hattie Carthan Saturday Market - Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Through October 26, 2019 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Hattie Carthan Community Market 2019 season officially commences on Saturday, July 20th, and continues every Saturday thru November 16!  

At the market, you can find:

  • Specialty Farm Products 
  • Youth Cooking Demos
  • Communal Dinners in the Marketplace
  • Smoothie Bike Blender 
  • Farm Fresh Produce
  • Community Events
  • Shop for Fresh, locally grown produce, stone fruits, vegetables, herbs, Hattie Carthan cage-free eggs and more! 

Movies @ the Library - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through October 26, 2019 - East New York

Come enjoy a free movie at the library every Saturday. Theater style snacks will be served. 

Annual Halloween Harvest at Luna Park - Luna Park
Through October 27, 2019 - Coney Island

Experience all the thrills, chills and Halloween frills during Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, which will be buzzing with festive and seasonal activities along with special events in the spirit of Halloween.

Step right up for:

  • Miss Tillie's Tractor Race
  • Blackbeard's Pumpkin Patch
  • Face Painting
  • Interactive Performances on the Monster Mash Stage
  • Extreme Pumpkin Carving
  • Arts and Crafts

Prospect Park Walking Tours - Prospect Park - Westside
Through October 27, 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)

Boo at the Zoo - Prospect Park Zoo
Through October 27, 2019 - Prospect Park

Have a spooky good time with Halloween-themed games and crafts. Learn about bats around the world and right here in New York where the Zoo is participating in a project to understand the ecology of urban bats in our own backyard – Prospect Park.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited CapacityAges 10+

Discovery Room — Build & Construct - New York Transit Museum
Through October 27, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Stop by the Education Center to explore transit-themed puzzles, books, toys, and hands-on materials!

Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults.

Family Bowl - Brooklyn Bowl
Through October 27, 2019 - Williamsburg

Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. Food by Blue Ribbon will also be available, as well as local brews & more!

Hattie Carthan Sunday Market - Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
Through October 27, 2019 - Red Hook

The Hattie Carthan Sunday After Church Market opens its 2019 season on August 4. 

At the market, you can find:

  • Specialty Farm Products 
  • Youth Cooking Demos 
  • Communal Dinners in the Marketplace 
  • Smoothie Bike Blender 
  • Farm Fresh Produce
  • Community Events

Shop for fresh, locally-grown produce, stone fruits, vegetables, herbs, Hattie Carthan cage-free eggs, and more.

Movie Night at Habana Outpost - Habana Outpost
Through October 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

October Schedule: 

Oct 6 - Goodfellas R (1990)
Oct 13 - Sister Act R (1992)
Oct 20 - Scream R (1996)
Oct 27 - Hocus Pocus PG (1993)

G.O.A.T. (Games on a Table) - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through October 28, 2019 - Brownsville

Drop in for tabletop gaming. We have games on hand but you are also welcome to bring your own games and hand held devices (Switch, 3DS, etc) .

Kids Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach
Through October 29, 2019 - Gerritsen Beach

Come hang out and enjoy different kinds of tech with other kids 12 and under. We'll have diffrerent options on different days so one week might have video games while the next is Minecraft on our tablets. You'll have to show up to find out what we're up to this week!

Greenmarket at Bartel-Pritchard Square - Bartel-Pritchard Square
Through October 30, 2019 - Park Slope

Nestled inside Prospect Park's tree-shaded southwest corner, this much-loved market, occuring every Sunday and Wednesday, is where South Slope and Windsor Terrace residents stock up on locally grown staples. The offerings range from a selection of vegetables, fruits, baked goods, plants, and flowers, to fresh-caught fish and organic baked goods. For a full calendar of events and a list of sellers, visit GrowNYC.

Paint, Stamp & Draw: 2D Art Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through October 30, 2019 - Staten Island

Join us in the Walk-In Workshop and create your own artwork!

Poco a Poco: Spanish Language Playgroup - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through October 30, 2019 - Staten Island

Conducted in Spanish, this program offers children ages 2 – 8 a fun way to learn about Latin American culture through music, crafts, storytelling, and more! 

Presentado en español, este programa ofrece a los niños de 2 a 8 años una oportunidad aprender por medio de los cuentos, el arte, las manualidadades, y mucho más. Los días miércoles, desde las 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Entrada gratis.

Chess Workshop with William Del Castillo - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens
Through October 30, 2019 - Carroll Gardens

Kids Care: Eco Lab - Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach
Through October 30, 2019 - Gerritsen Beach

The environment is a bit of a mess right now and since kids are the ones who will be making the big decisions next, we want to start them on the right foot.

Our Eco Lab participants will do experiments, make crafts, and learn lots of new ways to take care of our planet.

Spanish Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through October 31, 2019 - Williamsburgh

Join us for stories and songs in Spanish for children and their parents or caregivers.

Acompáñenos con cuentos y canciones en español para niños y sus padres o cuidadores.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band - The Wild
Through October 31, 2019 - Williamsburg

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 confirm before you go. 

Sculpt & Shape: 3D Art Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2019 - Staten Island

Join us in the Walk-In Workshop and create your own artwork!