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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on July 17

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn today, July 17, 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 July 17. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.

Con Edison Family Science Night: Discover the Microverse! - Greenbelt Conservancy
July 17, 2019 - Staten Island

What happens when you mix microbiology and microscopy? We aren’t quite sure either, but we think looking at tiny living things will lead to big discoveries!  Join us as we discover microorganisms and explore the unseen Microverses they inhabit. Ages 8-10 with adult chaperone. Free.  

Registration via Eventbrite shortly. 

Mad Science Presents Big Top Science - Highland Park
July 17, 2019 - Cypress Hill

Step into three rings of fun for a series of chemistry and physics demos. When it comes to fun science this is the greatest show on earth!

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach - Coney Island Boardwalk
Through July 22, 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.

Kids & Clay Mini Series! - Private Picassos
Through July 23, 2019 - Park Slope

Kids will learn traditional clay building skills, including pinch pots, coil pots, slab building and much more in this fun mini series!

Kayaking in Red Hook - Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier
Through July 25, 2019 - Red Hook

With a mission is to help people get on the water and enjoy the New York Harbor, The Red Hook Boaters provide free kayaking in Red Hook.

First come, first serve; no reservations necessary. Wear a bathing suit or shorts and a T-Shirt, use lots of sunscreen and bring water to drink.

Note: For minors to paddle a legal guardian must be present.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band - Wild Was Mama
Through July 25, 2019 - Williamsburg

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 call in advance to comfirm before you go.

Movies with a View - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through July 25, 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.

On July 11: Pariah (R)

On July 18: Girlfight (R)

On July 25: It Happened One Night (NR)

Forest Adventures - Greenbelt Conservancy
Through July 25, 2019 - Staten Island

Join for this weekly series filled with woodland adventures, including hikes, seasonal explorations, stories, and crafts. This program is designed for a caregiver and age-appropriate child to explore the wonders of the forest together. For 3-1/2 to 5 year-olds with (an adult chaperone).

PSP Summer Fridays in Prospect Park - Prospect Park Picnic House
Through July 26, 2019 - Park Slope

Bring the kids, a blanket or chair, some snacks, and enjoy the live music. There will also be giant bubbles, rainbow face paints, and a different musical performance every week.

Journey to the Stars - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through July 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds. On Friday nights in June and July, 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. Weather permitting.

SummerStarz Movies - Transmitter Park
Through July 26, 2019 - Greenpoint

Town Square's SummerSTARZ free family movie nights beckon families to the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront to watch kid-friendly films. 

Incredibles 2 (PG) - July 12
Aquaman (PG-13) - July 19
Coco (PG) - July 26
The Wizard of Oz (G) - August 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) - August 9
Captain Marvel (PG-13) - August 16

Unplugged - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3
Through July 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Unplugged features intimate acoustic acts curated by Brooklyn Americana Music Series in June and DeGraw Sound in July.

Brooklyn Americana Music

June 7: Ali Dineen & Feral Foster with Special Guest Little Nora Brown

June 14: Linda McRae / Tim Grimm

June 21: Queen Esther, opening set by Jan Bell

June 28: Greg Schätz / Will Scott & Charlie Burnham

DeGraw Sound

July 12: Common Jack / Kevin Daniel

July 19: Pearla / Yella Belly

July 26: Ben Rice / Queue

August 2: Sophie Colette / Eighty Ninety 8090

Coastal Cleanup - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through July 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Coastal Cleanup Volunteers give back to the community by helping us remove hundreds of pounds of trash from Pier 1 salt marshes and beaches. Scheduled times are according to low tides, from May - October.

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.

Groups with 10 members or fewer are welcome to join in our 2-hour long Coastal Cleanup sessions. Space is limited. 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.

Freestyle Fridays In ColorLab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 26, 2019 - Crown Heights

Bring your creativity and curiosity to Freestyle Fridays! In this open-studio art-making experience, choose from a quirky assortment of materials and tools to make something unique. Look out for special guests, unexpected tools, and objects that spark imagination.

Freestyle Fridays in ColorLab is made possible in part by the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center.

Summer Nights - New York Aquarium
Through July 27, 2019 - Coney Island

Join us Fridays and Saturdays for special summer night hours at the aquarium. We're staying open until 10 p.m. (last entry 9 p.m.) to make the most of summer on Coney Island.

Enjoy food and drinks while you watch the Coney Island fireworks from the best spot on the boardwalk, the top of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Catch a late night sea lion show and meet some of our keepers. Or try your luck at animal trivia. Check out the full schedule below, see you there!

Animal Trivia: Main Plaza6:15 p.m., 7p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Aquatheater Show: Aquatheater7:30 p.m.

Music: Main Plaza6-9:30 p.m.

Meet the Keepers: Hudson Canyon6-6:30 and 6:30-7 p.m.

Cool Science Saturdays: Ocean Wonders Classroom8 p.m.

Hebrew Immersion Summer Camp - Hannah Senesh
Through July 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons - The Great Room
Through July 28, 2019 - Columbia Street Waterfront District

Hannah Winkler from The Buttons band uses a mixture of classic children's songs, favorite oldies, and original songs to create a joyful, high-energy sing-along.

Her music inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, dance and shake shakers, and learn new things. 

Prospect Park Walking Tours - Prospect Park
Through July 28, 2019 - Flatbush

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)

Magic At Coney!!! - Coney Island Museum
Through July 28, 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.

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through July 28, 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.

Photo by Etienne Frossard

Movie Night at Habana Outpost - Habana Outpost
Through July 28, 2019 - Fort Greene

Habana Outpost projects classic films onto its big outdoor screen from late spring to late fall. 

The 2019 schedule:
May 5 - Selena PG (1997)
May 12 - Mrs. Doubfire PG (1993)
May 19 - G.O.T / The Finale
May 26 - Love Jones PG 
Jun 2 - The Wedding Singer PG (1998)
Jun 9 - El Cantante R (2006)
Jun 16 - Bad Boys R (1995)
Jun 23 - What Women Want PG (2000)
June 30 - Tyson R (1995)
Jul 7 - Cliffhanger R (1993) 
Jul 14 - Liar Liar PG (1997)
Jul 21 - The Professional R (1994)
Jul 28 - He Got Game R (1998)
Aug 4 - Never Been Kissed PG (1999)
Aug 11 - Step Up PG (2006)
Aug 18 - The Super R (1991)
Aug 25 - Notorious R (2009)
Sep 1 - Jurassic Park PG (1993)
Sep 8 - Fifth Element PG (1997)
Sep 15 - Fight Club R (1999)
Sep 22 - Wild Wild West PG (1999)
Sep 29 - Paid In Full R (2002)
Oct 6 - Goodfellas R (1990)
Oct 13 - Sister Act R (1992)
Oct 20 - Scream R (1996)
Oct 27 - Hocus Pocus PG (1993)

Willie Villegas Presents: Salsa Sunday - Industry City
Through July 28, 2019 - Sunset Park

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. 

The Old Stone House: Witness to War - Old Stone House & Washington Park
Through July 28, 2019 - Park Slope

Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783 while exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.

Zumba with Dodge YMCA - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Through July 28, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines feature aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended!

A few notes:

  • Registration begins at 4 pm before each class.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must sign a waiver each afternoon before participating.

Sensory Room - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - Crown Heights

In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses through play, including sensory mats, objects, and swings. The Sensory Room is designed to meet the needs of children with sensory sensitivities and/or who are on the Autism spectrum.

Sessions will be offered 2-2:30pm, 2:45-3:15pm, 3:30pm-4:00pm, 4:15pm-4:45pm.

Space is limited to 10 children and their caregivers for each session, first come, first served.

Live Animal Adventure - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - Crown Heights

Learn about and touch live animals from the Museum’s living collection!

Holding History - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 28, 2019 - Crown Heights

What makes an object “historical?” Why does the museum keep objects behind glass? Children will ponder these question while being able to physically hold, touch, and feel historical artifacts from the collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives.

Lawn Games - Lefferts Historic House
Through July 28, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Garden

Get out and and play with Prospect Park Alliance in the Lefferts yard every weekend in July! Enjoy badminton, rolling hoops, horseshoes and more historic lawn games.

The Sparrow Sisters - Norman and Jules
Through July 29, 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 harmony. Plus 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 July 29, 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.

Sunrise Yoga with Abhaya Yoga - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through July 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with sunrise yoga in the morning light. Join Abhaya Yoga for a sunrise yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to stretch, strengthen, and condition.

A few notes:

  • Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. before each class.
  • Remember to bring a mat if you have one (a limited number of mats are available first come first served - with valid ID).
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.

Dance and Music with Cumbe Kidz - Fort Greene Park
Through July 30, 2019 - Fort Greene

Join FGPC and Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance to take a fun journey through the African diaspora by way of Fort Greene Park.

Families are invited to visit Jamaica, Cuba, and the U.S. through these interactive Caribbean, Hip Hop, and Afro-Cuban classes. Watch master artists perform, then experience the joy and learn the movements through a class and a dance jam.

Basketball Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through July 30, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Join the 2-hr basketball clinics at Pier 2 led by NYC youth basketball organization KING Hoops for children ages 7 and older. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games.

Music Makers (with Grown-Up) - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through July 30, 2019 - Park Slope

Share the joy of making music with your little one! This fun and exploratory music class will have you and your child singing, dancing, exploring instruments, and making new friends. We will play everything from classic favorites to original songs that you won’t hear anywhere else. Some classes may also incorporate a musical story or craft.

Nunu Chocolates Sing-Along with Lloyd Miller - Nunu Chocolates
Through July 30, 2019 - Park Slope

Bring your little ones to this weekly singalong with Lloyd Miller. Call to confirm.

Red Hook Flicks - Valentino Pier
Through July 30, 2019 - Red Hook

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).

Forest Stewards: A Volunteer Opportunity - Greenbelt Conservancy
Through July 30, 2019 - Staten Island

Lend a hand and care for the land during the growing season. Activities may include cutting back overgrown and invasive vegetation, watering plants, spreading wood chips, and more.  Community service credit available. Bring water and a snack; recommended for adults and teens comfortable with strenuous outdoor activities. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center. Ages 14 and older.  Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or email 

BCM Explorers Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 30, 2019 - Crown Heights

There’s tons to explore at BCM and Tuesdays are dedicated to the permanent exhibits. Together with your child, can you find an authentic West Indian Day Parade costume? Have you met the Madagascar hissing cockroaches in the greenhouse? Can you try your dance moves in Global Beats? Check out the exhibits here.

Regal Summer Movie Express - UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
Through July 31, 2019 - Sheepshead Bay

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.

July 2-3: Despicable Me 3 and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

July 9-10: Lego Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World

July 16-17: SmallFoot and The Secret Life of Pets

July 23-24: The Lego Movie and Captain Underpants

July 30-31: Sing and How to Train Your Dragon 2

Music in the Grove Kids Concerts - Fort Greene Park
Through July 31, 2019 - Fort Greene

These hour-long concerts bring parents and children of all ages together with some of the finest talent in Brooklyn for a romping, stomping good time. 

Meet up just south of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. Performances are free and open to children and caretakers of all ages.

Here is a schedule of performances: 

Wednesday Concerts:
June 26: Mills Trills
July 10: Soul Science Lab
July 17: Esther Crow
July 24: Astrograss 
July 31: Moona Luna
August 7: Vered

Sunday Concerts:
July 7: Suzi Shelton
July 14: Kotchanga?
July 28: Rolie Polie Guacamole

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Environmental Education Center Open Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through July 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.

Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Public Library presents weekly stories and songs for kids.

Brooklyn Heights children’s librarian will read stories from the library’s summer reading list, plus a whole lot more.

Photo by Paula Berg

Waterfront - Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo
Through July 31, 2019 - Dumbo

This exhibition and multimedia experience brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems for visitors of all ages.

Waterfront traces a personal, local history of the borough’s waterfront while also exploring the coastline’s global significance. The exhibition engages with important debates about the shoreline’s future by taking on the waterfront’s most pressing contemporary topics including sea level rise and gentrification.

A Queer Look at Brooklyn - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the student interns that make up BHS’s Teen Council focus on the LGBTQ history of Brooklyn.

The stories chosen by this year’s Teen Council stretch back to the time of Walt Whitman, who published his first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855 in the Rome Brothers’ print shop in Brooklyn Heights, through the early 2000s, when a collective called DUMBA gave LGBTQ artists and activists a home in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Each of the five stories featured in the exhibition explores themes of race, class, activism, health, and community.

As budding historians, the Teen Council interns conducted extensive research in BHS’s library and archives, using primary sources like the AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection. They also conducted their own interviews with the founders of Circle of Voices, a non-profit organization of Womyn of African Descent and Womyn of Color, and with Debbie Griffin-Daza, the anti-violence activist and former co-owner of the Starlite Lounge.

Navigating New York - New York Transit Museum
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.

Block Lab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 31, 2019 - Crown Heights

BCM’s Block Lab invites visitors to develop spatial reasoning, engineering, and language skills with the Imagination Playground block set. Experience the fun in the play space where big blue blocks build new worlds and kids make all the rules!

New York Musical Festival - Various Locations
Through August 04, 2019 -

The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. Selections include My Real Mother and Head and Heart, created by an all-female team.

Art Force 5 - Governors Island
Through August 04, 2019 - New York Harbor

The Art Force 5 welcomes young and old superheroes-in-training to make their own superhero action figure and customized cape. A huge comic book exhibit depicting the history of comic books alongside equal rights will delight both comic novices and enthusiasts. Visitors will be invited to paint a tile that, when joining forces with hundreds of others, will make some beautiful public art celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. All free, all fun, and open to all ages.

Chess at Three (Beginners/Intermediate, drop-off) - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 07, 2019 - Park Slope

Introduce your children to Chess at 3! These classes are centered around stories that explain why the chess pieces move the way they do. Your children will learn how all the pieces like to move, some chess theory, and the importance of sportsmanship.

Learn more about Chess at Three at

Chess at Three (Advanced, drop-off) - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 08, 2019 - Park Slope

Does your child already know how all the pieces move? If so, in this class, children will delve deeper into chess theory, figure out difficult puzzles, strengthen the importance of sportsmanship, and hear the occasional hilarious story!

Watercolor & the Sketchbook: Recording the Story of Your Life! - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 09, 2019 - Park Slope

Over the course of this class you’ll start a sketchbook practice, and each week talk about different ways of recording your experiences and dreams. We’ll cover basic art concepts and use multiple media with a focus on watercolor.

Laura Eliason is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist and teacher whose work engages with themes of visual storytelling, philosophy, and preserving the handmade. Some of her favorite media and techniques to work with include: pen & ink, watercolor, oil paint, dye, crochet, and machine knitting.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert Series - Prospect Park Bandshell
Through August 10, 2019 - Prospect Heights

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival celebrates its 41st season with 29 performances, running from June 4–August 10. The programming, reflective of Brooklyn’s eclecticism and diversity, will feature a wide array of free, world-class performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

Stroller parking will be available on the 9th Street side of the venue. Do not bring cans, bottles, coolers, tents, alcoholic beverages, pets, video cameras, audio recording devices, or professional cameras into the festival site. 

On July 5 enjoy music by Mick Jenkins | Leikeli47 | Leven Kali | Joy Postell

On July 6, enjoy music by Oddisee | 47soul | Narcy

On July 12 enjoy the Eventbrite Music Series, Latin Alternative Music Conference (Lamc) Showcase: Gaby Moreno And Van Dyke Parks: Spangled | El David Aguilar

On July 13 enjoy the music of Salif Keita | Courtnee Roze

On July 18 enjoy the music of American Express Women In Music Series: I’m With Her | Darlingside

On July 19 enjoy the music of Bud Light Music Series: Burna Boy | Sampa The Great | Dj Tunez

On July 25 enjoy the Bud Light Music Series: Surprise Headliner | Nilüfer Yanya

On July 26 enjoy the Eventbrite Music Series: Jidenna | Anik Khan | Dj Moma

Terrific Tuesdays - Greenbelt Conservancy: Carousel for All Children
Through August 13, 2019 - Staten Island

Meet the Early Childhood Educators at the Carousel, enjoy a nature activity, and learn about upcoming programs throughout the summer and fall.  Free and suitable for ages 3-5 with chaperone.  Registration recommended.  Carousel rides cost $2.25 per spin.  Call 718-351-3450 or email

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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