Fun Things to Do Outdoors With Kids in Brooklyn in August

Fun Things to Do Outdoors With Kids in Brooklyn in August

Enjoy the great outdoors with these family-friendly events and activities in and near Brooklyn in August. Explore nature in Prospect Park, take in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and more with your family this month!

Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Greenmarket FREE
WHEN: Dec. 8 - 7, Saturdays, 8am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Downtown Brooklyn , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Buy fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables and take part in nutrition workshops, clothing collections, and food scrap collections. 
WANT TO GO? grownyc.org.

Green Team 2019 FREE
WHEN: Jul. 6 - Oct. 26, Saturdays, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take care of the park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. MUST INCLUDE PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Alexa Hoyer
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Nature Center Adventures FREE
WHEN: Aug. 1 - 17, Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 11am-12pm and 2-3pm
WHERE: Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, East 33rd Street and Avenue U., Marine Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with nature center animals.
WANT TO GO? 718-421-2021. nyc.gov/parks/rangers.

Environmental Education Center Open Hours FREE
WHEN: Aug. 1 - 31, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3-5pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 1-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 99 Plymouth St., Brooklyn Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Journey to the Stars FREE
WHEN: Aug. 2 - 9, Fridays: 8:30-10:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds. Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public.
WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Gather Around the Campfire FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 3, 7-8:30pm
WHERE: McCarren Park, 900 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy an evening of games, songs, and fun activities around the campfire. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 347-987-2765. townsquareinc.com.

Pop-Up Audubon: Macy's Fishing Clinic FREE
WHEN: Aug. 4 - 24, see website for schedule
WHERE: Prospect Park Peninsula, Well House Drive, Flatbush, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This popular summer program offers kids and adults the opportunity to fish. Participants learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety, how to use a cane pole, and will even get to collect their own bait.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

Prospect Park Walking Tours
WHEN: Aug. 4 - 25, Sundays: 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park - Westside, 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: 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. 
WANT TO GO? Prices Vary. prospectpark.org.

Discover Gardening
WHEN: Aug. 7 - 21, Wednesdays: 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Practice gardening skills alongside Discovery Docents in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard inside the Discovery Garden.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Garden admission: $15 adults; $8 seniors and students 12+, FREE children and under . 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

Family Camping: Brooklyn FREE
WHEN: Aug. 10 - 11, 6pm-7am
WHERE: Prospect Park Long Meadow, 70 West Drive, Park Slope, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping with local families.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

Seining FREE
WHEN: Aug. 10 - 31, August 10: 11am-12:30pm; August 31: 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 4, 334 Furman Street — Pier 4 Beach, Brooklyn, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Discover the amazing biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary as staff and scientists use a seine net to humanely catch incredible creatures that live below the water’s surface. MUST INCLUDE PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Navid Baraty
WANT TO GO? FREE with RSVP. 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Nature Walks with Bradley Klein: Interesting Insects
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 11, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Crown Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join naturalist Bradley Klein to learn about the life histories of insects and how to identify them in the field.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Garden admission: $15 adults; $8 seniors and students 12+, FREE children and under . 718-623-7200. bbg.org.

Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 11, 11:45am
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West and Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This 4-hour foraging tour of Prospect Park takes you through many different varieties of wild foods, including brittle russulas, prized chanterelles, earthy meadow mushrooms, and gigantic chicken mushrooms.
WANT TO GO? Suggested donation: $20; $10 children younger than 12 . 718-965-8945. prospectpark.org.

Cloud Gazing
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 17, 12-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Stretch out in the meadow by the Staten Island Children’s Museum and draw the clouds!
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $8. https://sichildrensmuseum.org.

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