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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on December 29

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn today, December 29, 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 December 29. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.

Intro to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audobon Center
Through December 29, 2018 - Flatbush

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join Prospect Park Alliance to take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Led by Brooklyn Bird Club.

Zoo Year Celebration! - Prospect Park Zoo
December 29, 2018 - Prospect Park

Bring your little "party animals" to the zoo to ring in the new year! When the clock strikes "noon," celebrate by delivering some treats to the zoo animals. Participants will meet animals up-close, enjoy some light refreshments, and kick-off their resolutions by making wildlife-friendly New Year's craft to take home.

Build a Second Avenue Subway - New York Transit Museum
December 29, 2018 - Brooklyn Heights

Celebrate the city’s newest subway route as we build structures and infrastructure above and below the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, block by block! 

10th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Crown Heights

Did you know that Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 by Dr. Mualana Karenga who created the holiday to honor African heritage and African-American culture? Today, Kwanzaa is celebrated all over the United States, including at Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Join us this year as we mark our 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration with the largest family Kwanzaa event in New York City! Over five days of culture and fun, we will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity.

Nature Exploration - Prospect Park Audobon Center
Through December 30, 2018 - Flatbush

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center including animal encounters and guided tours and litter cleaning projects. 

'A Century of Honor' - Lefferts Historic House
Through December 30, 2018 - Brooklyn

Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for "A Century of Honor." This exhibit features a collection of Girl Scout memorabilia, information, and media of and about Girl Scouting and its rich history. The display is meant to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Girl Scouts and bring awareness to the community of how Girl Scouting has evolved over the last century.

Join exhibit creator Carol Obler in conversation on 11/24, 12/1 and 12/15 from 12–4 pm.

Train Operators Workshop - New York Transit Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Brooklyn Heights

Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track in an incredibly realistic game.

Weekend Art Studio: Pop-Up Holiday Cards - Staten Island Children's Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Staten Island

It's holiday card season! Create pop-up cards inspired by snowy days.

Discovery Room - New York Transit Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Brooklyn Heights

Enjoy popular puzzles, books, toys, and building materials in the Transit Museum's Education Center. 

Happy Zoo Year - Prospect Park Zoo
Through December 30, 2018 - Prospect Park

Celebrate the New Year with all your animal friends at the zoo! Take part in science experiments based on the exciting things WCS researchers are doing around the world to make this world a better place for wildlife every weekend and find out what you can do to make a difference. 

2018 Gingerbread Lane Workshops - New York Hall of Science
Through December 30, 2018 - Corona

Make a GingerBread Lane house or train! This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will give participants the option to design and build their own ginger bread house or train — it’s up to you to decide which one you want to create. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit including: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.

Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing and candy provided, parents of children with food allergies should email [email protected] to decide if this workshop is appropriate for them.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer. Registration required.

 

Lavender Blues Music & Movement - Spark by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Dumbo

Teaching musician Lavender Blues explores music, movement, and rhythm with children ages 1-3 in this engaging jam session. During this class kids develop an understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body, and develop social and coordination skills. Taught by Alex Louis-Jacques, founder, Lavender Blues. Class size limited to 20 children and their caregivers. Drop-ins welcome.

Classic Mew-vie Night - Brooklyn Cat Cafe
Through December 31, 2018 - Cobble Hill

Watch a classic movie along with the cats of the Brooklyn cat café as they nap soundly in your lap, or perhaps purr distractingly as you try to pay attention every third Friday of the month. Ticket price includes a snack and drink. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone must sign a waiver.

Winterfest - Brooklyn Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Brooklyn

For six weeks, a portion of the Brooklyn Museum’s grounds will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland featuring winter activities, holiday shopping from local and international vendors, and cultural programs for visitors and local New Yorkers of all ages. Occupying 40,000 square feet between the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Winterfest will open Friday, November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving, and the merry festivities will run seven days a week through December 31st. Winterfest is the quintessential outing for community members, families, friends, tourists, and groups for work parties and school trips. With visitors coming from all over the world, Winterfest will be one of the highlights of New York’s holiday season.

Winterfest’s wide variety of entertaining attractions will include:

•Vinopolis Wine Tasting Experience - An interactive tasting experience inviting wine enthusiasts to embark on a journey from grape to glass. 

•Beer Garden - A variety of different brews, ales and lagers to sip on while singing along with the magnificent live performers or watching classic holiday movies.

•Enchanted Tree Maze - A spectacular, entrancing maze through sparkling, lighted trees that explores holiday traditions from 20 countries and cultures from around the world. 

•Santa Land- Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos, story time and snacks. 

•Snowzilla - An entertaining aspect of this Winter Wonderland, people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of this fun slide. 

•World’s Largest Snowman - Bouncy, the gigantic man made of snow, will be standing tall for a unique picturesque moments at Winterfest. 

•The Chocolate Dome Story - An interactive experience made entirely of sweet treats, where festival goers can play, taste and even learn about the origins of this favorite delicacy. 

•Giant Snowglobe- A life-size experience, for families and friends to walk through together and enjoy the holiday season. 

•Life is Beautiful Stage - Guests can enjoy nightly live music and entertainment from a variety of local musicians. 

•Food and Beverages - To highlight the holidays, there will be themed food and drink for all festival attendees. 

•Spectacular Menorah - Special programming designed to include all holidays, will feature menorah lighting, specialty food, music performances and festivities for children. 

The Little Orchestra Society: The Three C's…Culture, Classical Music, and Composing! - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

Touch Tank - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

Meet and touch real, live sea creatures such as starfish and sea urchins.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses. The Sensory Room is a welcoming environment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Totally Tots - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

This pint-sized paradise is designed for the museum's youngest visitors, featuring nine different sensory play areas including water, sand, music, dress up, and blocks. 

World Brooklyn - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

In World Brooklyn, children play in kid-sized shops based on the real ones you find in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. In these environments, kids take on the roles of shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder as they gain an understanding and appreciation of the cooperative roles that enable communities to thrive. This exhibit is designed to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the world cultures found in Brooklyn. Through objects and stories drawn from real people and places in the borough’s diverse communities, children learn about themselves and their neighbors.

Farmer's Market - Grand Army Plaza
Through December 31, 2018 - Park Slope

Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket's flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park—and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This community destination brings together a mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and beyond. Runners, dog-walkers, families, singles, and foodies all converge to buy from the huge array of farm fresh products, and to participate in the programming and cooking demonstrations that take place every Saturday all year long. Open year-round.

Waterfront Exhibition - Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo
Through December 31, 2018 - Dumbo

Step back in history! Waterfront is an exhibition and multimedia experience for all ages that brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems. Waterfront is on view at BHS’s second location in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Stores.

Holding History - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

What makes an object “historical?” Why do museums keep objects behind glass? Children will ponder these questions while holding, touching, and feeling historical artifacts from the museum's collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives.

Live Animal Adventure - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 31, 2018 - Crown Heights

Enjoy an interactive animal show and meet real reptiles from the museum's Live Collection. Ages 4 and older.

'Christmas Spectacular' Starring the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City
Through January 01, 2019 - Midtown

A New York City tradition, the Rockettes will dazzle Radio City audiences once again this holiday season! Combining the old with the new, the Christmas Spectacular brilliantly takes audiences on a gorgeously choreographed journey from Santa's workship at the North Pole to the streets of Manhattan to a beautifully classic “Living Nativity.”

Kids' ArtFest - Jewish Children's Museum
Through January 01, 2019 - Crown Heights

Calling all little artists to JCM's annual Kids’ ArtFest! Featuring an incredible line-up of workshops and activities for children of all ages.

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NYC Winter Lantern Festival - Snug Harbor Cultural Arts Center
Through January 06, 2019 - Staten Island

Seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden have been illuminated by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Plus, shop with a variety of holiday vendors.

Holiday Festival of Traditions - H.H. Biddle House
Through January 06, 2019 - Staten Island

This holiday celebration features the Festival of Trees exhibit with a glittering display of decorated evergreen trees and the Menorah representing the Jewish Festival of Lights to commemorate the diverse cultures of our community past and present. Trees are individually decorated to honor the traditions of Poland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Mexico.

TapeScape - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2019 - Crown Heights

Get ready to explore Brooklyn's first TapeScape, an interactive art installation made from unexpected everyday materials! Built in collaboration with artist Eric Lennartson, this tape universe will spark the imagination and encourage curiosity, creativity, and gross motor play.

Gingerbread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2019 - Corona

Visitors 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 creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show will showcase Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—in the 27th year of this beloved tradition. Enchanting model trains will zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, including the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center, the Battery Maritime Building, and the Terminal Warehouse. This year, for the first time ever, the Holiday Train show will feature replicas of two vintage ferry boats from the 1900s. 

Harry Potter: A History of Magic - New-York Historical Society
Through January 27, 2019 - Upper West Side

Following a blockbuster run in London, Harry Potter: A History of Magic captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Organized by the British Library, the exhibition features centuries-old treasures, including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, the New-York Historical Society, and other museums, as well as original material from American publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Unique to New York Historical’s presentation—and on public view for the very first time—are Mary GrandPré’s pastel illustrations of Scholastic’s original editions of the novels; Brian Selznick’s newly created artwork for the covers of the 20th anniversary edition of the Harry Potter series published by Scholastic; cover art by Kazu Kibuishi featured in Scholastic’s 15th anniversary box set; and costumes and set models from the theatrical production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. An exciting line-up of exhibition-related events for Harry Potter fans of all ages will also be presented. 
 

Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center
Through January 27, 2019 - Upper West Side

The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, the award-winning aerial duo Desire in Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so many more wonders—all in the magical and intimate one-ring big top tent!

Winter Zoo Wonderland - Prospect Park Zoo
Through January 27, 2019 - Prospect Park

Every weekend, explore our wintery outdoor trail, warm up in our indoor exhibits, and discover the special adaptations animals have to survive in the cold. You’ll be toasty warm as you find out who at the zoo loves the cold…and who doesn’t.

We've got fun for animal lovers of all ages. The Discovery Center will be open 11am-3pm on weekends with special sensory stations for toddlers. And take a look at the activities available at the Conservation Station in the Hall of Animals, below:

  • Bat biofacts: learn about bat hibernation
  • Experiments: discover why ice melts and how it effects the environment
  • Migration, Hibernation, Adaptation games

Magic at Coney - Coney Island USA
Through January 27, 2019 - Coney Island

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.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience - Industry City
Through February 03, 2019 - Sunset Park

Exploring the intersection between art, mathematics, science, and poetry, Escher’s works have fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians, and designers alike. Experience the utterly captivating and mind-bending work of graphic illustrator M.C. Escher in this new exhibition featuring more than 200 original works. Family workshops are also available, ideal for children ages 5-9 and their parents. 

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition - 60 Tenth Ave.
Through February 10, 2019 - Chelsea

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. This immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000-square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.

Exhibition: Impractical Jokers: Homecoming - Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
Through March 17, 2019 - Staten Island

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming explores the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations that make us laugh and cringe, the humor is built upon a foundation of trust and camaraderie amongst the four guys, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brain “Q” Quinn, and Joe Gatto. See original costumes, props, and art created over the past seven seasons. View new interviews and episode highlights, and learn about behind-the-scenes production, including some secrets. Take a journey with the Jokers from high school hijinks to mainstream comedic success that all started on the shores of Staten Island. Interactive surprises are found throughout the museum to make the Jokers’ exhibition experience as unexpected as the Impractical Jokers themselves. 

The Buttons Weekend Sing-Along - Edamama Cute Cuts & More
Through March 17, 2019 - Williamsburg

Please join The Buttons Band (Caitlin Mahoney and Hannah Winkler) for a grooving weekend sing-along on Saturdays at Edamama! Enjoy an energetic 45-minute set of our original tunes, classic children's songs, and oldies rock n' roll that is sure to get both kids and grown-ups singing and dancing! We hand out shakers, teach some moves, and encourage everyone to get their bodies grooving to the music. The Buttons' sing-along is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your child and your community through the love of music and the joy it brings.

Bringing Stories to Life Through Music - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2019 - Crown Heights

Join The Little Orchestra Society for “Bringing Stories to Life Through Music”, a music and movement workshop that connects famous children’s stories by authors from around the world to everyday sounds, rhythms, and melodies. An exploration in the process of music making, this workshop unites literature with musical creativity, giving children the opportunity to experiment with new ways of self-expression through singing, playing instruments, and creating sounds to represent ideas. By using music as a common language, children develop a deeper understanding of diverse communities and cultures.

Thursday Workshops with The Little Orchestra Society - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 23, 2019 - Crown Heights

Every Thursday, children and families are invited to create their own melodies, discover cultures and build communities as they explore new sounds and songs that tell the story of incredible people and places.

ColorLab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 24, 2019 - Crown Heights

ColorLab is BCM's new family art studio inspired by contemporary African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African artists! Rotating programs will feature the work and material inspirations of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists, including Chakaia Booker, Wangechi Mutu, and Jack Whitten. Learn about Afrofuturism through a toolbox containing books, materials, and prompts to guide creating. Each visit to ColorLab will offer new ways to experiment with art and new ideas to explore. Hands-on programs will be supported by BCM’s teaching artists and educators.

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience - 218 W. 57th St.
Through May 31, 2019 - Midtown

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.

Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! - New York Aquarium
Through June 30, 2019 - Coney Island

Explore the coral reef, wander through a shipwreck, and peer over the Hudson Canyon in this brand new exhibit all about sharks, open year-round. More than 115 species, including sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles, live in this state-of-the-art exhibit.

Staff Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through October 07, 2019 - Fort Greene

Greenlight staff choose their favorite stories to share with the youngest book lovers, with great books ranging from classics and award-winners to the best new releases and local favorites.

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 - Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
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/Saturday Drop-In - Brooklyn Game Lab
Through December 31, 2020 - Park Slope

Drop off the kids (ages 8 and up) for Friday drop-in, role-playing game night. Brooklyn Game Lab run great D&D campaigns for new and highly experienced RPG-players. Saturday nights are geared towards our Teen Pass members, but all older kids (12 and up) are welcome to participate. Play sophisticated RPGs with complex campaigns and awesome characters, plus get some DM training. 

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.