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!

NYC Winter Lantern Festival 2019
WHEN: Nov. 20 - Jan. 12, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5-9:30pm; Fridays-Sundays, 5-10:30pm; 12/30 and 12/31 5-10:30pm
WHERE: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See over 1,000 lanterns on display, sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art along with cultural performances, international eats, and a glittering Holiday Market.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The year's display is completely fresh and new for visitors!
WANT TO GO? $18-$25. https://nycwinterlanternfestival.com/.

Gingerbread Lane 2019
WHEN: Nov. 23 - Jan. 12, Weekdays, 9:30am–5:00pm; Weekends, 10:00am–6:00pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Corona, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Visitors can make their own gingerbread houses or trains during dedicated workshops.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($16 adults; $13 children ages 2-17). 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

SINTERKLASS – SAINT NICHOLAS DAY
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can enjoy an afternoon of events including a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell and a visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback, plus the chance to feed his horse carrots and hay.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The festive fun includes hot cider, colonial games, crafts, signng the Red Book with St. Nicholas before he tells a traditional tale, and dressing the holiday tree!
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 ages 3-10. 718-629-5400. https://eventbrite.com/e/sinterklass-saint-nicholas-day-tickets-78037073989.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: Jingle Fest! Holiday Concert & Cookie Swap 2019
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 3pm
WHERE: All Saints' Episcopal Church, 286-88 7th Avenue, Between 6th & 7th Streets, Park Slope , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a joyful holiday family concert followed by their fourth annual cookie swap.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The deliciousness goes beyond cookies with cider and hot chocolate. Plus, photo ops with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $15; free ticket if bringing cookies for swap and for children younger than 2. 718-622-3300. bkcm.org.

Chanukah Village in Park Slope FREE
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 9, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: 5th Avenue in Park Slope, 5th Avenue, Park Slope, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Walk from store to store enjoying Chanukah crafts, activities, and treats, followed by a Menorah lighting at J.J. Bryne Park with latkes, live music, and entertainment. Registration required.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will have fun painting a Menorah canvas and donut decorating while parents sip Kosher wine.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-6400. https://chabadparkslope.com/.

City of Science 2019: Brooklyn FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Park Slope Armory YMCA, 361 15th St, Brooklyn, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone's inner scientist.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Walk on water, blast into orbit, and defy gravity at this larger-than-life touring event!
WANT TO GO? 212-348-1400. https://eventbrite.com/e/city-of-science-2019-brooklyn-tickets-74142826189.

Hip Hop Nutcracker
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2pm and 6:30pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A dozen all-star dancers, plus a DJ, a violinist, and awesome digital scenery bring the traditional Nutcracker story to new life, but with a distinctly urban twist.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This evening-length show celebrates love, community, and the magic of the holiday season.
WANT TO GO? $29.50-$79.50. 718-856-5464. kingstheatre.com.

Family Days: Hanukkah Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:00-4:00pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, Midtown, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Dance to the pop-rock tunes of ShirLaLa, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance, and collaborate on a giant work of art.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can engage in a Jewish Museum tradition and build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Museum Admission ($18; free for children younger than 19). 212-423-3200. https://thejewishmuseum.org/calendar/day/2019/12/15/?utm_source=Listing&utm_medium=Listing&utm_campaign=L_FPFamilyDays_12152019.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Asase Yaa and Brooklyn Children's Museum
WHEN: Dec. 26 - 31, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about the history and significance of Kwanzaa, play the djembe drum, create Zawadi gifts, and hear African folktales.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids can help paint a mural that explores each of Kwanzaa’s principles with painter ZuluSoul.
WANT TO GO? $13; free for members and infants younger than 12 months; pay as you wish Thursdays, 2-6pm, and Sundays, 4-7pm. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

New Year's Eve (Day) Party!
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Welcome 2020 with games, crafts, light refreshments, a balloon-drop finale, and a performance by returning favorite Music with Patrick!
WHY WE LOVE IT: A fun way to celebrate as a family, without missing bedtime!
WANT TO GO? $8; free for members and children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

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