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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Sep 16

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!

Build With LEGO - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 24, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Meet new friends and have fun building with LEGOs. For ages 6 to 12

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 24, 2019 - Prospect Heights

It's On! Crush the competition, race to the finish line, show-off your moves. Come alone, or bring a friend, our Wii Switch is your Wii Switch every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. We have Mario Kart, Arms and more. For grades 6 and up.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through September 25, 2019 - Williamsburgh

Hear great picture books read aloud, discover delightful fingerplays, and play with other children during this library time dedicated to active toddlers.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band - The Wild
Through September 26, 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. 

Kids Create - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 26, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Kids! Come to the library and get creative with art projects. For ages 6 to 12.  

DIY Friday - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 27, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Make duct tape crafts, blackout poetry, manga comics, and more! For teens only.

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library
Through September 27, 2019 - Williamsburgh

During this program we read a couple of stories, sing a few songs, and then it's toytime! Bring your young baby, toddler, or preschooler for a relaxed morning of fun where you can meet other parents and caregivers. Ages 0 to 5

Staff Story Time! - Greenlight Bookstore PLG
Through September 28, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Garden

Neighborhood families are invited to join the booksellers of Greenlight for story time every Saturday morning! Greenlight staff choose their favorite read-alouds to share with the youngest book lovers, with great books ranging from classics and award-winners to the best new releases and local favorites.

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Through September 28, 2019 - 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.

Open Hours - Waterfront Museum
Through September 28, 2019 - Red Hook

The Waterfront Museum is open year-round on SATURDAYS 1-5pm and THURSDAYS 4-8pm (Closed Thanksgiving and last two weeks of December) for free tours for families and individuals when the barge is docked in Red Hook. Cross the gangway onto the 1914 historic vessel.  The Lehigh Valley Barge #79 is on the National Register of Historic Places--the only wooden barge of its kind still floating. Group tours are available for a fee any day by appointment by calling David at (718) 624-4719.

A visit includes a look at the Captain's original living quarters, the tools used by longshoremen and stevedores and the gongs and bells of the tug and barge system. Videos tell the story of the barge's rescue from the mud and kids love the ball machine that whirls, jumps and plays music via gravity.  

Saturday Storytime with Imagination Playground - Brooklyn Public Library
Through September 28, 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.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through September 28, 2019 - Williamsburgh

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

Prospect Park Walking Tours - Prospect Park - Westside
Through September 29, 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)

Kayaking in Red Hook - Louis Valentino Jr. Park Pier
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

With a mission is to help people get on the water and enjoy the New York Harbor, The Red Hook Boaters provide FREE kayaking in Red Hook.


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First come, first serve; no reservations necessary. Wear a bathing suit or shorts and a T-Shirt, use lots of sunscreen and bring water to drink.

Note: for minors to paddle a legal guardian must be present.

Movie Night at Habana Outpost - Habana Outpost
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

September's Schedule: 

Sep 1 - Jurassic Park PG (1993)
Sep 8 - Fifth Element PG (1997)
Sep 15 - Fight Club R (1999)
Sep 22 - Wild Wild West PG (1999)
Sep 29 - Paid In Full R (2002)

Environmental Education Center Open Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park by visiting the Environmental Education Center's 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and more.

A View From The Bridge, Brave New World Theater - Waterfront Museum
Through September 29, 2019 - Red Hook

Back by popular demand following a sold out run, Arthur Miller's celebrated play is give particular poignance in this production aboard a barge in the place where longshoreman Eddie Carbone lived and worked. Get tickets here

Sensory Room - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through September 29, 2019 - Crown Heights

Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. Sessions in the space are balanced between self guided exploration of the space and a facilitated program by one of BCM’s Educators. The program might include story time, a song session, parachute play, or meeting one of the Museum’s live animals.

This room was created with an advisory committee of scholars and professionals with experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). All are welcome in this space, please let the Educator present know if your child has particular needs or sensitivities.

Taste of History: Apple Butter - Lefferts Historic House
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Every weekend in September Lefferts Historic House offers the chance for visitors to help peel, cut and core apples for the preparation of freshly stewed apple butter: a historic way of preserving fresh apples for a sweet and nutritious treat all winter long.

September 2019 Drop-In Play - SPARK by BCM
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Hattie Carthan Sunday Market - Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
Through September 29, 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.

For any questions about this event, please contact Yonnette Fleming at (212) 561-7327 or [email protected].

The Sparrow Sisters at Norman and Jules Backyard - Norman and Jules
Through September 30, 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.

Do It Yourself: DIY - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through September 30, 2019 - Williamsburgh

Come make things out of other things, or make a gift for someone you love. We provide most materials for you. Snacks will be provided!

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 [email protected] 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