Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Oct 26

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!

Creepy Crawly Halloween - Prospect Park Audubon Center
October 26, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids can examine the creatures that give them the creeps, such as spiders and worms, and do some experiments and craft making.

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm - Historic Richmond Town
October 26, 2013 - Staten Island

Visit the historic 19th century Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin. There will be a self-guided tour, hayride, and corn field. Free shuttle bus service available from the Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the farm.

Boo at the Zoo - Prospect Park Zoo
October 26, 2013 - Flatbush

Go batty for Halloween with activities like face painting, craft making, encounters with "spooky" creatures, a trip through the Zoo's legendary haunted barn, a costume parade and dance party.

Haunted Carousel - Prospect Park Carousel
October 26, 2013 - Flatbush

Take a spooky spin on the Carousel. Creepy bats, scary cats, and spiders will watch you ride to the sounds of chilling Halloween music.

Ghouls and Gourds - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
October 26, 2013 - Crown Heights

Shake a tail feather, show off your costume, and carouse with colossal puppets and zany stilt-dancers at Brooklyn's wackiest costume parade! Bang your head to Brooklyn's youngest heavy metal band, waltz with a woodland creature, chat with children's book creators, explore a Victorian toy parlor, or just flop down on the grass and enjoy the Garden's gorgeous fall colors.

Shadow Puppet Workshop - BAM Fisher Theater
October 26, 2013 - Fort Greene

Led by animator and puppeteer Laurie O'Brien, this workshop teaches the history and craft of shadow puppet-making and storytelling. Students create their own stories and puppets, then participate in an original multimedia performance that integrates an animated background with their puppet characters. Participants may take home their puppets after the workshop.

Halloween Morning with the Monsters - Staten Island Children's Museum
October 26, 2013 - Staten Island

A spooky morning at the Museum! Kids can on their costumes and indulge in sweet treats, games, crafts, pumpkin decorating, and entertainment, plus the Museum's famous Haunted House! Pre-registration required. Visit

Halloween Haunted Walk and Carnival - Prospect Park Lookout Hill/Nethermeade
October 26, 2013 - Windsor Terrace

Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Visitors brave enough to experience this harrowing hike should head to Lookout Hill. The Halloween Haunted Walk is suitable for children accompanied by parents/guardians or older siblings (though it may be frightening for very young children).

A-MAZE-ing Machines - Brooklyn Children's Museum
October 26, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids age 4 and older can roll down a ramp, pull a pulley, and flip a lever. They can test their technical teamwork and learn all about simple machines while building a marble maze.

Let's Celebrate Halloween - Brooklyn Children's Museum
October 26, 2013 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers can make some spooky Halloween-inspired art.

Scary Stories from the Past - Lefferts Historic House
October 26, 2013 - Flatbush

Make sure you're sitting next to someone braver than you! Master storyteller Tammy Hall keeps the tradition of scary stories alive with tales told in the village of Flatbush 200 years ago.

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 26, 2013 - Flatbush

Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds. Take a tour and learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 26, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

Spooky Subway Investigation - New York Transit Museum
October 26, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids solve an interactive 100-year old mystery, involving missing keys, squeaky wheels, subway spirits, and a conductor's hidden stash of candy.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Brooklyn Lyceum
October 26, 2013 - Park Slope

Brooklyn Lyceum brings this classic American tale to its stage for Halloween.

Puppetry Arts' Haunted Halloween Carnival - PS 372 Recreation Center
October 26, 2013 - Park Slope/Gowanus

A costume contest, live bands, face painting, and tons of puppets await you at Puppetry Arts' annual Halloween blow out. There will also be rides, bouncy houses, goody bags for the first 200 kids, and possibly the greatest thing ever: Star Wars characters IN COSTUME!

Halloween Harvest - Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum
October 26, 2013 - Canarsie

Discover the magic of Halloween at NYC's oldest house. Enjoy crafts, food, games, colonial superstitions, and a haunted history.

Ascarium - New York Aquarium
October 26, 2013 - Coney Island

Enjoy a full day of scary, water-themed activities at the Aquarium, temporarilly dubbed the Ascarium in celebration of Halloween. There's the Water Wizardry magic show featuring actor David Engel; a pumpkin patch; live music; a spooky but fun show about some scary sea creatures that are nonetheless important to our ecosystem; and, of course, trick or treating.

Fall Halloween Open House - PacPlex
October 26, 2013 - Canarsie

Fall Halloween Open House includes Fall in and try our sport and enrichment programs like soccer, drama and swimming. Inflatables and games, and halloween activities.

Grand Opening of Brooklyn Industries Kids Shop - Brooklyn Industries
October 26, 2013 - Boerum Hill

Celebrate the grand opening of the Brooklyn Industries Kids Shop. Enjoy a performance by Suzi Shelton, face painting by Grace Mitri, and Lollipops by Sweetniks Homemade Confectionery. You can also enter to win a kids hoodie at the event! The event will mark the debut of BKI's first outerwear collection for kids which includes an Infant Cozy Down Puffer and a Puffer Coat for Toddler's. Also available at The Brooklyn Industries Kid Shop will be short sleeve and long sleeve infant onesies, graphic tees and hoodies.

Blooming Naturalists - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids explore the natural beauty of Prospect Park with a park naturalist.

Nature on the Go - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Kids have fun out in nature by playing animal charades, pretending to be a bat trying to catch a moth, or joining in many other fun and active nature games that teaches them about the nature around us. Led by a park naturalist.

Free Thursday Night! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Visit the Museum for free every Thursday during October. Free hours start at 3:00pm and lasts until 5:00pm.

Race Around the Farmyard - Lefferts Historic House
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts, and other old-fashioned activities.

Tall Tales with Tammy Hall - Lefferts Historic House
Through October 31, 2013 - Flatbush

Storyteller Tammy Hall brings the age-old art of storytelling to the Lefferts Historic House.

Tree House Installation - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Crown Heights

Tree house architect Roderick Romero has created a whimsical, inhabitable sculpture using wood from trees felled by Hurricane Sandy. This "tree house" will be part open-air classroom, part viewing point, and part artwork. Created specifically for BBG, it will invite visitors of all ages to experience the Garden in a new way.

Carousel Rides - Prospect Park Carousel
Through November 11, 2013 - Flatbush

Take a ride on the Park's beautiful 101 year-old carousel.

Dance Around with Nat - The Moxie Spot
Through November 13, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Nat, the Moxie Spot's proprietor, leads an hour of dancing and music.

Sunday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through November 30, 2013 - Brooklyn

Babies and toddlers enjoy stories as read by a different visiting author each week.

World Brooklyn - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 01, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids can visit examples of stores they might find in some of Brooklyn's ethnic pockets: a Chinese stationary store, a Mexican bakery, a West African import store, to name a few, which are modeled after real Brooklyn businesses. There's also an international grocery store and a replica of the famous L&B Spumoni pizzeria from Bensonhurst.

Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1 - Industry City
Through December 15, 2013 - Brooklyn

An exhibition of works from local artists who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The nearly 100,000-square-foot exhibition includes more than 300 artists and will feature exhibitions, music and dance performances, screenings of documentary films, panel discussions regarding the conservation of works of art and preventative measures with regard to future natural disasters, and readings by poets who have been commissioned to write about their experience of Sandy.

Alladin and the Wonderful Lamp - Puppetworks
Through December 22, 2013 - Park Slope

Puppetworks presents an adaptation of the tale "1001 Arabian Nights," featuring a "live" djinni.

So Smart Kids Fun Fitness Program - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Through December 28, 2013 - Canarsie

Fitness program helps build self-esteem and confidence, social skills, attention span and focus, gross motor development, and breathing and calming strategies for children with special needs.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

Indoor Play - Powerplay
Through December 31, 2013 - Gowanus

Powerplay's play area is an environment that encourages physical and imaginative play. It's indoor play space is a warm embrace for the cold and frosty days. It provides amenities of a local playground in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Parents and caregivers must supervise their child.

Space No. 1 - Extreme Kids and Crew
Through December 31, 2013 - Bedford-Stuyvesant

An initiative of Extreme Kids and Crew, Space No. 1 offers a safe, sensory play space where special need children and their parents can play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and swing. An array of multi-sensory equipment provides for this.

Open Play - The Gym Park
Through December 31, 2013 - Greenpoint

Kids have fun, exercise, and enjoy alot of gymnastic-based sensory input. Use our 2,800-square-foot facility to explore, discover and help increase your child's awareness with positive play habits and a fun social environment. The Gym Park also offers a wide range of other programs including gymnastics and physical education for home-schooled children.

Story Time with Emily - The Moxie Spot
Through December 31, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Emily, The Moxie Spot's resident storyteller, reads for the young and impressionable.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour: The Past, The Present, and The Future - Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
Through December 31, 2013 - Vinegar Hill

It's hard not to notice the hulking structures of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here's an opportunity to tour the Yard and learn about intriguing sites of the 150-year shipbuilding facility, including a Civil-War era dry dock, the 24-acre former Navy hospital campus, and more.

Bug Out - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Feeling brave? Meet grasshoppers, worms, stick bugs, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Nature's Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Preschoolers learn about the living and nonliving things that coexist with us on planet Earth, and the importance of being a steward of the environment. Meet an animal, plant, or mineral from the museum's collection.

Feeding Frenzy - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

Come see what's on the menu today for the animals that live at the museum.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Crown Heights

The Museum's inclusive sensory space engages children of all abilities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Integration disorder. Please note that the Museum will be closed from September 1 through September 13.

Knit, Purl, Sow - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through January 22, 2014 - Crown Heights

Knit, Purl, Sow brings together textile and knitting artists and their finely detailed botanical renderings, expressionistic plants, and landscapes that will inspire a new appreciation for natural forms.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

The Emancipation Proclamation - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn

View Brooklyn Historical Society's rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and examine its dramatic and polemic impact on Americans at the height of the Civil War. The exhibit suggests ways that the document's social and political meaning has evolved in the 150 years since it was signed, and invites visitors to reflect on its legacy in the twenty-first century.

Landmarks of New York - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments have been protected from destruction through landmark designation. Explore the history of New York through the lens of its landmark buildings in this exhibit of photographs, The show documents architectural structures of all types that reflect the city's history, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.