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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Brooklyn-Sep 22

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!

The Big Chocolate Show - Resorts World NYC
Through September 22, 2019 - Queens

The Big Chocolate Show is returning to the New York City area for the fourth consecutive year! This multi-sensory, family-friendly event features a full weekend of samples, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, classes, and more. From cacao to bar and beyond, families will enjoy the s'mores workshop, lollipop, truffle making, and cake decorating classes. It's also an opportunity to meet chocolatiers, artisans, chefs, and experts from around the world, as well as taste and purchase chocolate of all percentages, flavors, origins, and creations.

There will also be A Decadent Evening of Chocolate and Cocktails, a walk-around tasting of chocolate-friendly cocktails paired with sweet and savory desserts and dishes for adults 21+ kicking off the weekend on Friday, September 20. The Big Chocolate Show sets the stage for Chocolate Week NYC (September 20 – September 27, 2019), a celebration of all things chocolate taking place in restaurants, specialty shops, bakeries, and ice cream parlors throughout the five boroughs.

The Big Chocolate Show benefits Cookies for Kids Cancer, a national nonprofit committed to putting an end to pediatric cancers, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.bigchocolateshow.com and follow the event on Instagram @thebigchocolateshow and Facebook @TBCSNYC #bigchocolateshow #chocolate.nyc.

BAM Animation Block Party - BAM Rose Cinemas
Through September 22, 2019 - Fort Greene

BAM's annual animation festival returns for its 16th edition, featuring international films, award winners, indie shorts, and more. The highlight for families is the "Animation for Kids" program featuring a fresh collection of the year’s best family-friendly animated shorts.

See the BAM website for the complete schedule.

Brooklyn Book Festival: Festival Day and Literary Marketplace - Brooklyn Borough Hall
September 22, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, the festival includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace.

 

Kids Book Launch & Sunday Story Time: Bodega Cat by Louie Chin - Powerhouse on 8th
September 22, 2019 - Park Slope

In Bodega Cat, a cat named Chip takes readers through his bustling workday at the Matos family’s bodega: from receiving boxes in the morning and the breakfast rush, through inventory-counting and making deliveries, to dinnertime with his family, when Chip’s human Papi cooks up some of the best Dominican food in the borough for their friends and neighbors.

Story Time: Nadia Hohn presents A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice - Greenlight Bookstore PLG
September 22, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Garden

Nadia Hohn, author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, presents her latest picture book biography, A Likkle Miss Lou. Jamaican poet and entertainer Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as "Miss Lou," played an instrumental role in popularizing Jamaican patois internationally. This picture book biography tells the story of Miss Lou's early years, when she was a young girl who loved poetry but felt caught between writing "lines of words like tight cornrows" or words that beat "in time with her heart." Despite criticism from one teacher, Louise finds a way to weave the influence of the music, voices, and rhythms of her surroundings into her poems. A vibrant, colorful, and immersive look at an important figure in Jamaica's cultural history, this is also a universal story of a child finding and trusting her own voice. Nadia shares her book with an interactive story time where kids will get to sing folk songs, chant rhymes, and play Jamaican games! Ages 3 to 8.

Coming Out and Of Age - Brooklyn Borough Hall
September 22, 2019 - Downtown Brooklyn

A conversation about coming out and coming-of-age stories, engaging with a range of writers, who pay specific attention to the intersections of class and geography, in conjunction with this season’s stage adaptation of Édouard Louis’ autobiographically inspired novel.

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.

Kriyol Dance! Collective Workshop – Part of a Protest Garden Series - Wyckoff House Museum
Through September 28, 2019 - East Flatbush

As part of Wyckoff House Museum’s year long project Protest Garden: Historical Resistance and Radical Cultivation in Brooklyn we are hosting a series of free workshops with local artists exploring and interacting with themes such as: activism, protest, respite, and self care.

We are honored to have Kriyol Dance! Collective as one of our participating artists. In addition to a larger walking tour on September 7th, each dancer in the collective will be leading a movement workshop, inviting members of community of all ages to participate!

This workshop is part of the Protest Garden Project, made possible in part by the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center.

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.

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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.

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 harmony...plus 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