Top Things to Do in Brooklyn With Kids in December

Top Things to Do in Brooklyn With Kids in December

These are the best things to do in Brooklyn for kids this December, including including exciting indoor and outdoor events, seasonal fun, entertaining shows, and more!

Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
WHEN: Jun. 30 - 30, daily, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the more than 115 species, including sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles, that live in this state-of-the-art exhibit.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This awe-inspiring shark exhibit is a great complement to the upcoming Shark Week on the Discovery Channel!
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children 2 and younger . 718-265-3474. nyaquarium.com.

World Brooklyn
WHEN: Aug. 14 - Dec. 31, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids take on the roles of shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder as they gain an understanding of the cooperative roles that help communities thrive.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This exhibit features material objects and stores that belong to the real-life residents of Brooklyn's many diverse neighborhoods.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic
WHEN: Oct. 5 - Jan. 27, Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The exhibition features rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from museums, as well as original material from J.K. Rowling.
WHY WE LOVE IT: NYHS will also host several Harry Potter-related events, including trivia, Hogwarts House Badge decorating, and more!
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger . 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org.

F.A.M. (Family Art Magic)
WHEN: Oct. 14 - Dec. 9, Sundays, 1:30–2:45pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Whether sketching stone creatures in our Sculpture Garden or hunting for ancient materials in our Egyptian galleries, together you and your child will unlock the power of your imagination.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Learn about art, architecture, and performance while exploring the unique spaces at the museum and visit special exhibits that will inspire a site-specific art installation, created by you!
WANT TO GO? One Session: $30; Eight sessions: $218. 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

Winterfest FREE
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, Check schedule for details
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Winter Wonderland features winter activities, holiday shopping from local and international vendors, and cultural programs.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Don't miss an enchanted tree maze, an interactive chocolate dome, a giant snowglobe, Santa Land, and much more!
WANT TO GO? 718-344-8962. winterfestbrooklynmuseum.com.

Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-4pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children will enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas and visitors can feed his faithful horse carrots and hay. 
WANT TO GO? $7; $5 children . 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

Get Kinetic!
WHEN: Dec. 1 - 9, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Inspired by Rube Goldberg devices, teams will be assembled to plan and construct wacky, winding machines! 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will get a fun and hands-on lesson in the true forces of nature in this physics class.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

Bringing Stories to Life Through Music
WHEN: Dec. 2 - May. 5, First Sunday of every month, 5:15pm and 6:15pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This music and movement workshop connects famous children’s stories to everyday sounds, rhythms, and melodies. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: This workshop gives children the opportunity to experiment with new ways of self-expression through singing, playing instruments, and creating sounds to represent ideas.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

'The Nutcracker'
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14, 7pm
WHERE: On Stage At Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: The Nutcracker, a perennial holiday favorite, takes us on an enchanting adventure through a little girl’s fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: You'll be transported to a winter fantasy by this stunning full-scale production with Tchaikovsky's wondrous score and 40 Ukrainian ballet stars in glorious costumes.
WANT TO GO? $32-$34. 718-368-5596. OnStageAtKingsborough.org.

Circus Glow
WHEN: Dec. 21 - 25, Check schedule for details
WHERE: PAC Dome , 1500 Paerdegat Ave. N., Canarsie , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See aerial acts, contortionists, LED robots, and more like you have never seen before.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This circus show actually glows in the dark!
WANT TO GO? $24. 718-230-0891. http://secure.circusglow.com/affiliate/nymp.

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