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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on August 18

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn today, August 18, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Brooklyn's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening August 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.

Outdoor Movie Night - Randall's Island Park Alliance
Through August 18, 2019 - New York

Watch a free movie under the stars at Randall's Island Park. August 11 features Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) and August 18 is Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG). Fun activities before the movie! Free popcorn while supplies last. Field 42

Nostalgia Ride: Remembering the Myrtle Avenue Elevated - New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Myrtle Avenue Elevated (El), participants will venture along the El’s route, the current M and J lines. A major commuter train constructed to connect the residents of Ridgewood and surrounding communities to the business hubs of Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, the Myrtle Avenue Elevated played an important role in accelerating the transition of the surrounding neighborhood from rural to urban life.  Our R1-9 cars and BU Gate cars will depart from Delancey/Essex Street in Manhattan, and will travel as far as 111th Street with a stop along the way for lunch on your own, and will return to Delancey/Essex street at 5 pm.

American Indian Community House - Governors Island
Through August 18, 2019 - New York Harbor

The American Indian Community House will host art exhibitions and artists talks with three Native artists from New York City. In addition, AICH will host a Native story teller, a Native American Youth Council visual project about the history of Native Americans in New York City, Native American musical and theatrical performances and presentations by Native American artisans (jewelry makers, fashion designers and others).

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through August 18, 2019 - Prospect Heights

In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! is a program of BPL’s First Five Years initiative which is supported by generous funding from the New York City Council as part of City’s First Readers; David Berg Foundation; Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Brooklyn Chapter; The Pinkerton Foundation; Deborah Brown and Eric Ploumis; Lucille Strider and Robert Myrstad in memory of Adam Strider; Laura and Tom Winner; and Investors Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged Brooklyn Public Library supporters, and funds raised at BPL’s annual Gala.

Battle of Brooklyn Monuments Tour - Lefferts Historic House
August 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join Prospect Park Alliance for a guided tour to view some of Prospect Park's Revolutionary War monuments.

Hear accounts of the Battle of Brooklyn as remembered by Femmetie Lefferts, the matriarch of the Lefferts family, whose family's 18th-century farmhouse, Lefferts Historic House, now resides in Prospect Park.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach - Coney Island Boardwalk
Through August 19, 2019 - Coney Island

A giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater on select Mondays in July and August.

The Flicks on the Beach Series is presented by the Alliance for Coney Island. Movies include a variety of thrillers, kids movies, and comedies.

Regal Summer Movie Express - UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
Through August 21, 2019 - Brooklyn

At multiple locations around town, Regal Cinemas offers $1 movies for little ones on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer. A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting The Will Rogers Institute.

August Schedule: 

Aug 6-7: Penguins of Madagascar and Boss Baby
Aug 13-14: Kung Fu Panda 3 and Lego NinjaGo
Aug 20-21: Trolls and Minions

Discover Gardening - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through August 21, 2019 - Crown Heights

Practice gardening skills alongside Discovery Docents in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard inside the Discovery Garden. Water and weed fruit and vegetable beds, plant a seed, and learn about what’s growing.

This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check here for updates.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Movie Parties: The Goonies - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Through August 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join this movie party to celebrate beloved 80s movie, The Goonies. There will be a pirate ship’s worth of fun props for you to play with, including flashlights (for bully blinding), a pirate's eye patch, and a Smell-Along card, featuring GOONIES-themed scents like bubble gum and inhalers. Children 6 and up must be accompanied by an adult. 

Movie Night in the Garden - Narrows Botanical Gardens
Through August 23, 2019 - Bay Ridge

“The Jewel of Bay Ridge”, Narrows Botanical Gardens (NBG) hosts an outdoor summer movie series on select Fridays. In addition to the magic on the big screen, movie-goers get a spectacular view of the Narrows waterway.

  • Black Panther (PG-13), June 21
  • Wreck It Ralph (PG), July 12
  • Vertigo (PG), July 26
  • Wonder Woman (PG), August 16
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (G), August 23

In case of inclement weather, please call 718.748.4810 the day of the movie, after 3pm.

Myrtle Avenue Summer Series Kickoff - Myrtle Avenue Plaza
Through August 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Pop-Up Audubon: Macy's Fishing Clinic - Prospect Park Peninsula
Through August 24, 2019 - Flatbush

Join Alliance educators to learn about ecology under the water. 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.

This clinic is suited for families with children 8 years and older; participants will use spin casting rods. This hour-long program starts promptly at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, late participants cannot be accommodated. Limited walk-up spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 24, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park, Imagination Playground
Through August 24, 2019 - Flatbush

Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday in July and August at the Imagination Playground for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall. Discover fun and exciting tales as you gather around Peter and Willie, the statue of two beloved Keats characters.

Sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Magic At Coney!!! - Coney Island Museum
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. “Magic at Coney!!!” is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians, featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world.

Willie Villegas Presents: Salsa Sunday - Industry City
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

Local musician and salsa aficionado Willie Villegas hosts this event that features live outdoor salsa classes.

The community can enjoy an afternoon of live music, dancing, and drink specials at the weekly event. 

Movie Night at Habana Outpost - Habana Outpost
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

August Schedule: 

Aug 4 - Never Been Kissed PG (1999)
Aug 11 - Step Up PG (2006)
Aug 18 - The Super R (1991)
Aug 25 - Notorious R (2009)

History on Wheels - New York Transit Museum
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Make discoveries and learn fun facts, exploring photographs and artifacts that relate the history of horse-powered transportation in New York City. For all ages

Discovery Room — Animals All Around - New York Transit Museum
Through August 25, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Stop by the Education Center to explore the August theme of animals that help New York transportation.

Beyond the Streets Exhibit - 25 Kent Avenue
Through August 25, 2019 - Williamsburg

Beyond the Streets is a major exhibition of graffiti and street art showcasing the work of more than 150 artists from around the world.

The exhibition transforms more than 100,000 square feet of space into a museum-quality art experience, along with performances, lectures, and films.

Prospect Park Walking Tours - Prospect Park - Westside
Through August 25, 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)

Art Playgroup for Babies! - Private Picassos
Through August 26, 2019 - Park Slope

Let your child explore art materials in a whimsical Art Studio! Leave the mess of homemade finger paint, playdough and sensory bottles with us. We’ll prepare safe, non-toxic art materials for your toddler to explore. This playgroup is perfect for babies who are still exploring with their mouth. Come dressed for a mess!

12-18 months

Enrollment info: 
$15/two siblings

Pre-registration is required. We have a hard maximum of 8 children per playgroup (with 1 accompanying adult per child). 
Walk-ins welcome space permitting.


• Come dressed for a mess. While all of our homemade art supplies are washable, its bested to dress in art-friendly clothing. This applies to baby and their grown up :) • This playgroup is designed to be an exploration of new materials for babies and their caregiver, rather than a structured class.

The Sparrow Sisters at Norman and Jules Backyard - Norman and Jules
Through August 26, 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.


Waterfront Workouts: Broadway Dance - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility.

Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must.

Registration begins at 9:30 am before each class.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Enjoy playing with the library's Playstation 4 or any of the other new technology!

Bessie's Big Shot - Various Locations
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Basketball Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Join the two-hour basketball clinics at Pier 2 led by NYC youth basketball organization, KING Hoops. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games.

Photo by Brian Derek

Babies & Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Come and join us for songs, fingerplays, stories, and more while meeting other babies and caregivers in the neighborhood! Ages 0-18 months. 

This program requires online registration - registration will be available 24 hours in advance, at 1pm on Monday.  Please show email confirmation of registration for entry.

Late admittance may not be guaranteed.

Toddler Art Adventures - Private Picassos
Through August 27, 2019 - Park Slope

Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Themes for projects include NYC, outer space, animals, opposites, and much more. This curriculum is a great introduction to a structured class for young artists and will help strengthen their fine motor skills and ability to represent the world around them.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 27, 2019 - East New York

All RIF members must have a BPL library card to participate in RIF. Receive free books: one free book when you sign up for RIF and a free book on your birthday.  Checkout two books every week and receive a free book every third week.

Story Play with RIF - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories, singing, and playtime!

Red Hook Flicks - Valentino Pier
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Red Hook Flicks, in association with Red Hook Labs, presents Summer Movies on the Pier. All films start at 8:30pm (or as soon as it’s dark enough).

August Schedule (subject to change):

August 13: The Dark Crystal (PG)
August 20: Boys n the Hood (R)
August 27: Red Dawn (PG-13)

Turn & Learn Compost Work Days (NYC Compost Project) - Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center
Through August 27, 2019 - Staten Island

The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learn will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost. Please bring your own container.  Please note this is a volunteer event and not a pick-up event. You must volunteer at the work day to receive compost. Supplies may be limited. Registration is strongly recommended.

Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Granite Terrace! - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 28, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

We all know that storytime at Brooklyn Heights library is so much fun. It's even more fun outside with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge!  We will be in the Granite Terrace, which is a part of the Greenway Terrace, just north of Ample Hills Creamery and the BBQ pits.

Here is a link to the location

No need to register- there's plenty of room! All ages welcome.

Please note, this nine-week series takes the place of Toddler Time at the branch. There will be no rain dates.

Cool Pools NYC: Media Education at Douglass and DeGraw Pool - Thomas Greene Playground
Through August 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Learn photography and videography in these pop-up workshops while waiting on line or spending time by the pool.

Cool Pools NYC: New Look, New Vibe
We made Douglass and DeGraw cooler with cabana-style shade, new lounge chairs, bright new colors, fun summer-themed wall art, and poolside programs, thanks to Cool Pools NYC.

Music & Art - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 28, 2019 - Park Slope

Jazz, rock, folk, classical - just a few of the music genres we’ll explore through art in this *NEW* class! We’ll work on jazz-inspired finger paintings, mark-making to the beat of rock n roll and much more! We’ll also learn about different artists who use music as their muse.



• Drop-off optional for kids over the age of 4.

Anime Club - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through August 28, 2019 - Brownsville

Are you interested in anime and manga? Come check out this anime club where members will watch, read, and discuss their favorite shows and series! Popcorn provided. Ages 12 and older. Join us every Wednesday at the Brownsville Library. For more information, contact the Brownsville Library.

PreK Story & Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Come and have a blast with us reading stories, singing songs and learning fingerplays. After storytime, we'll have a craft or exploration stations to enjoy. Ages 3-5. This program requires online registration - registration will be available 24 hours in advance, at 10:45am on Wednesday.

Move Your Body! - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 29, 2019 - Park Slope

Budding artists in this class will use their whole body to make art! We’ll create life-size silhouettes, capturing our bodies in motion, drawings with our feet, and other non-traditional projects. This class is perfect for an active artist!

Drop off is optional.

Live at the Archway Series 2019 - Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Live at the Archway is DUMBO's signature series features dynamic musical performances, pop-up galleries, and interactive art experiences in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting. Always free, always all ages, and always rain or shine. 

New this year: Family Jam opens each night event at 5:30pm with puppets, hula hoopers, and more spectacle fun for kids and adults.

August Schedule of events:

August 1
Family Jam 5:30pm: A fashion show, presented by the Center for Cuban Studies & Ana Ratner
6:30pm: Yunior Terry & Son De Altura

August 8
Family Jam 5:30pm: Miss Saturn
HEADLINING ACT AT 6:30pm: Dandy Wellington

August 15
Family Jam 5:30pm: konverjdans
6:30pm: Alsarah & the Nubatones

August 22
Family Jam 5:30pm: Splendid Elephant by Puppetsburg
6:30pm: Say She She with a DJ set to follow by Rashad Ringo Smith

August 29
Family Jam 5:30pm: Bouncin' Bridge Boys 
6:30pm: The Good Folks & Motteo

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band - Wild Was Mama
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

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 comfirm before you go.

Movies with a View - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Celebrating 20 years of evening film screening, Movies with a View attracts tens of thousands of people each summer to the waterfront park. The 2019 theme: Better the Second Time Around.

Sweet treats, savory snacks, and drinks, including beer and wine, are available for purchase, thanks to a partnership with Smorgasburg - including cheeseburgers and crab cakes from Burger Supreme, Belgian-cut fries from Home Frite, pizza from Wood Fired Edibles, and homemade ice cream from Bona Bona Ice Cream. Food options rotate throughout the season, with new concessions added every week! In addition to food, each night also includes pre-show music sets spun by Brooklyn Radio DJs, and short films curated by Bamcinématek.

August Schedule: 

August 1: Crooklyn (PG-13)
August 8: The Big Lebowski (R)
August 15: An American Tail (G)
August 22: Selma (PG-13)
August 29: Audience votes! Options are:

  • The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (1994) (R)
  • Groundhog Day (1993) (PG)
  • Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) (G)

Prospect Park Yoga - Prospect Park Long Meadow
Through August 29, 2019 - Park Slope

Join Bend + Bloom Yoga, Prospect Park Alliance and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital to celebrate summer with an hour-long, free yoga class every Thursday evening from June through August.

Featuring Brooklyn's finest yoga teachers, Prospect Park Yoga gives attendees a chance to try free, outdoor group yoga classes in a low-pressure, beautiful environment. The series draws hundreds of Brooklynites each week to celebrate yoga and wellness in our treasured Prospect Park. Bring your own mat or towel, a bottle of water and friends. All levels welcome. 

RSVP and learn more here.

Enter Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza and meet in the Long Meadow.

August Schedule: 

Aug 1: Giulia Pline, Kula Yoga
Aug 8: Amy Quinn Suplina, Bend + Bloom Yoga
Aug 15: Beau Dobrikov, Namastuy Healing Collective
Aug 22: Emily Giovine, Bend + Bloom Yoga
Aug 29: Stephanie Battle, Sacred Yoga and Bend + Bloom Yoga

Rooftop Rhythms at The Box House Hotel in Brooklyn - The Box House Hotel
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through August 29, 2019 - Brownsville

Do you want to explore new and old games? No time to make new friends? Join our Teen Tech Time program where you can play various games in a friendly competitive environment.

Musical Yoga Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through August 29, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Join us for a storytime for toddlers incorporating live music and yoga! Pick up a free ticket the morning of the program at the children's desk.

Kids Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 30, 2019 - East New York

Kids can have fun with the Playstation 4 or any of the other new technology!

Coney Island Fireworks - Coney Island Boardwalk
Through August 30, 2019 - Coney Island

Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel, and then watch the fireworks illuminate the sky!

Takes place Fridays from June 21 through August 30, 2019, weather permitting. The party starts at 7pm and goes on till 11pm. Fireworks show is at 9:30pm.

Living Room Comedy Show - Postmark Cafe
Through August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

The longest running stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn presented by Aaron Kominos-Smith and Turner Sparks (now in its 13th year)! Every Friday night at 8pm come to this clean, all-ages show to see some of TV's funniest comedians and hear jokes they're working on for their next TV appearance on Comedy Central, Fallon, Conan, The Tonight Show, and more! Come as a couple or come alone. Bring a group friends or bring your family. No restrictions on audience, we ask comics to keep their acts clean and EVERYONE gets in FREE! The show is at The Postmark Cafe: 326 6th St in Brooklyn. While tickets are free, reservations regularly sell out. Get your reserved seats at Follow @LivingRoomShow on Twitter/ Facebook and email to get our monthly lineups direct to your inbox.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek
Through August 31, 2019 - East New York

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

Seining - Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 4
Through August 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

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.

August Schedule: 

August 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Seining: Hudson River Fish Count
August 31, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Seining

Photo by Navid Baraty

Summer Nights - New York Aquarium
Through August 31, 2019 - Coney Island

Calypso at the Zoo - Prospect Park Zoo
Through August 31, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Gardens

It’s an explosion of Island Culture every weekend in August for Brooklyn’s own West Indian carnival featuring steel pan and calypso music, carnival-inspired crafts and, of course, island wildlife. Learn about wildlife in the Caribbean islands and the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society in those special places.

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse
Through August 31, 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.

May 30-August 31: Saturdays & Sundays 10am-2pm; Thursdays 5:30pm-6:45pm

September: Saturdays 10am-2pm

Photo by: Etienne Frossard

Environmental Education Center Open Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through August 31, 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.

ColorLab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2019 - Crown Heights

ColorLab public programs explore a unified theme. Educators facilitate 45-minute sessions that include individual and collaborative art-making inspired by Muse Artists. In each session, educators guide young artists and their families through the exploration of themes, techniques, tools, vocabulary, and materials related to each Muse Artist’s process.

The three program seasons for 2019 include: The Future Is Now (spring/early summer), Color.Spot.Light. (summer/early fall) and Listen Up (fall/winter).

Saturday Storytime with Imagination Playground - Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope
Through August 31, 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.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park, Imagination Playground
Through August 31, 2019 - Flatbush

Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday in July and August at the Imagination Playground for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall. Discover fun and exciting tales as you gather around Peter and Willie, the statue of two beloved Keats characters. Sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Story and Play - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through August 31, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Hear wonderful stories, play with toys, and make new friends at this fun and informal program.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
Through September 01, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited capacity. Ages 10 and older.

Fishing Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through September 14, 2019 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) are offering over 500 free and low-cost events over the course of the summer, which marks the 20th Anniversary of the Conservancy's free, public programing in BBP. This summer, the Conservancy is proud to announce the launch of brand-new Fishing Clinics for kids and adults. Participants can learn how to tie fishing knots, bait a hook, cast a fishing rod, and even reel up a fish. Guided by a marine biologist and expert anglers, they will learn the basics of line fishing, while catch-and-releasing some of Brooklyn Bridge Park's aquatic organisms. The clinics are produced in part by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and equipment is provided on-site. While sessions are drop-in, participants are encouraged to RSVP on the website so that instructors can gauge flow. 

Public Art: Bridge Over Tree - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

The newest Public Art Fund installation, Iranian artist Siah Armajani’s Bridge Over Tree, is now open at Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn.

Armajani’s artwork features a 91-foot-long walkway with a set of stairs that rise and fall over a single evergreen tree, inviting us to experience the idea of a bridge in a new way.

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 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

play:groundNYC's The Yard - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor

play:groundNYC is back for their fourth year on Governors Island, stewarding and operating The Yard – a 50,000 square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools and space for you to play, imagine, and dream big! This year, play:groundNYC will be offering an adventure club, school field trips, professional development for educators, a ten-week summer camp program and, of course, free play every weekend all season long.

New York Virtual Volcano Observatory - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor

New York Virtual Volcano Observatory brings the experience of exploring a volcano to Governors Island. Join volcanologists from CUNY and other NYC institutions to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos – and the rich volcanic history of the New York region – through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, guest speakers, and kid-friendly activities.

Smorgasburg - Prospect Park, Eastside: Breeze Hill
Through October 27, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Garden

Smorgasburg, the celebrated open-air food fair, returns to Prospect Park this spring! On Sundays from April 7–October 27, over 100 local and regional food purveyors will gather on Breeze Hill to offer a range of cuisines.

Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Greenmarket - Brooklyn Borough Hall
Through December 07, 2019 - Downtown Brooklyn

Buy fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables year-round at your local greenmarket! You can also take part in programs like nutrition workshops, clothing collections, and food scrap collections. 

New York Road Runners Open Run - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through December 18, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that empowers local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2½-3 miles.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home as bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome.

Friday Drop-Off - Brooklyn Game Lab
Through December 27, 2019 - Park Slope

An opportunity to play Dungeons & Dragons with some of the best "Dungeon Masters" in NYC! They create characters and go on multi-month campaigns with a band of adventurous kids each week - making great friends as they quest for treasure and glory. New players welcome every week.

Photo by Marc Goldberg Photography

Saturday Author Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through December 28, 2019 - Fort Greene

Authors and illustrators of picture books visit on Saturdays to present their new books with interactive readings and drawings, and often activities and crafts too.

Sunday Bookseller Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through December 29, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Gardens

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

Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2020 - Brooklyn Heights

Head to the New York Transit Museum every Thursday for stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes such as animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, the city's subways and buses! Free with admission. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.

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