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Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on September 9

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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, September 9, 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 September 9. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.

G.O.A.T. (Games on a Table) - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
September 09, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Drop in for tabletop gaming. We have games on hand but you are also welcome to bring your own games and hand held devices (Switch, 3DS, etc) .

Movies @ the Library - Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens
September 09, 2019 - Carroll Gardens

Join us to watch a fun family film!

Anime Club - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville
Through September 11, 2019 - Brownsville

Are you interested in anime and manga? Come check out our anime club where members will watch, read, and discuss their favorite shows and series! Popcorn provided. Ages 12+.

Foraging Tour with Wildman Steve Brill - Grand Army Plaza
Through September 14, 2019 - Prospect Heights

A great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms makes this park a great place for foraging in late summer.

Burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, abounds in cultivated areas throughout the park. You can use this invasive East Asian staple as a superb root vegetable, or even turn it into "Wildman's" Vegan Beef Jerky. 

This 4-hour foraging tour of Prospect Park begins at 11:45am. Call (914) 835-2153 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a place.

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. 

Build With LEGO - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 24, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Meet new friends and have fun building with LEGOs. For ages 6 to 12

Teen Tech Time - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 24, 2019 - Prospect Heights

It's On! Crush the competition, race to the finish line, show-off your moves. Come alone, or bring a friend, our Wii Switch is your Wii Switch every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. We have Mario Kart, Arms and more. For grades 6 and up.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through September 25, 2019 - Williamsburgh

Hear great picture books read aloud, discover delightful fingerplays, and play with other children during this library time dedicated to active toddlers.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons Band - The Wild
Through September 26, 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 we recommend calling in advance to confirm before you go. 

Kids Create - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 26, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Kids! Come to the library and get creative with art projects. For ages 6 to 12.  

DIY Friday - Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library
Through September 27, 2019 - Prospect Heights

Make duct tape crafts, blackout poetry, manga comics, and more! For teens only.

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library
Through September 27, 2019 - Williamsburgh

During this program we read a couple of stories, sing a few songs, and then it's toytime! Bring your young baby, toddler, or preschooler for a relaxed morning of fun where you can meet other parents and caregivers. Ages 0 to 5

Staff Story Time! - Greenlight Bookstore PLG
Through September 28, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Garden

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

Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Through September 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.

Open Hours - Waterfront Museum
Through September 28, 2019 - Red Hook

The Waterfront Museum is open year-round on SATURDAYS 1-5pm and THURSDAYS 4-8pm (Closed Thanksgiving and last two weeks of December) for free tours for families and individuals when the barge is docked in Red Hook. Cross the gangway onto the 1914 historic vessel.  The Lehigh Valley Barge #79 is on the National Register of Historic Places--the only wooden barge of its kind still floating. Group tours are available for a fee any day by appointment by calling David at (718) 624-4719.

A visit includes a look at the Captain's original living quarters, the tools used by longshoremen and stevedores and the gongs and bells of the tug and barge system. Videos tell the story of the barge's rescue from the mud and kids love the ball machine that whirls, jumps and plays music via gravity.  

Saturday Storytime with Imagination Playground - Brooklyn Public Library
Through September 28, 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.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through September 28, 2019 - Williamsburgh

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

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.

Prospect Park Walking Tours - Prospect Park - Westside
Through September 29, 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)

Kayaking in Red Hook - Louis Valentino Jr. Park Pier
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

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.

Movie Night at Habana Outpost - Habana Outpost
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

September's Schedule: 

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)

Environmental Education Center Open Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through September 29, 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.

Sensory Room - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through September 29, 2019 - Crown Heights

Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. Sessions in the space are balanced between self guided exploration of the space and a facilitated program by one of BCM’s Educators. The program might include story time, a song session, parachute play, or meeting one of the Museum’s live animals.

This room was created with an advisory committee of scholars and professionals with experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). All are welcome in this space, please let the Educator present know if your child has particular needs or sensitivities.

Taste of History: Apple Butter - Lefferts Historic House
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Every weekend in September Lefferts Historic House offers the chance for visitors to help peel, cut and core apples for the preparation of freshly stewed apple butter: a historic way of preserving fresh apples for a sweet and nutritious treat all winter long.

September 2019 Drop-In Play - SPARK by BCM
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Hattie Carthan Sunday Market - Hattie Carthan Herban Farm
Through September 29, 2019 - Red Hook

The Hattie Carthan Sunday After Church Market opens its 2019 season on August 4. 

At the market, you can find:

  • Specialty Farm Products 
  • Youth Cooking Demos 
  • Communal Dinners in the Marketplace 
  • Smoothie Bike Blender 
  • Farm Fresh Produce
  • Community Events.

Shop for fresh, locally-grown produce, stone fruits, vegetables, herbs, Hattie Carthan cage-free eggs, and more.

For any questions about this event, please contact Yonnette Fleming at (212) 561-7327 or [email protected].

The Sparrow Sisters at Norman and Jules Backyard - Norman and Jules
Through September 30, 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.

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Do It Yourself: DIY - Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburgh
Through September 30, 2019 - Williamsburgh

Come make things out of other things, or make a gift for someone you love. We provide most materials for you. Snacks will be provided!

Reading Zoo - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through October 06, 2019 - Crown Heights

Let your imagination run wild with Reading Zoo, an exhibit inspired by animal stories, natural habitats and highlights from Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s collection of animal taxidermy.

Journey with us through three different North American environments— the freezing Arctic, the cool Northeast Coast, and the lush Northeast Forest. In each of these places, you’ll find taxidermied animals to explore, books that feature our animal friends to read, challenges to match the tracks and scat that animals leave behind, and opportunities to create and act out your own original stories. Visit the RZ research station to learn more about faraway places on the globe and the amazing animals found there.

Reading Zoo was made possible with generous support from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts, and Ikea. Special thanks to our friends at Brooklyn Public Library’s Brower branch who selected the storybooks featured.

Tavern Terrace Summer Concert Series - Historic Richmond Town
Through October 26, 2019 - Staten Island

Staten Island’s biggest backyard party returns for a another fun filled season at Historic Richmond Town!

The Terrace will be open Friday and Saturday evenings all summer long, featuring live music each Saturday! The Tavern Terrace at Historic Richmond Town is fun for the entire family! Bring a blanket and have a picnic!

Enjoy classic outdoor games like giant jenga and cornhole before cooling down at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor with a sweet treat!

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 [email protected] 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.

Storytime - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through October 28, 2019 - Park Slope

5 days-a-week we offer a 30-minute staff-led Storytime, filled with songs + stories, perfect for little ones with their grown-ups.

Please park strollers outside during Storytime as it gets crowded. Arrive 10 minutes early to guarantee a seat. We are a nut-free space. And the more grown-ups participate the more the kids have fun!

Imaging Women In The Space Age - New York Hall of Science
Through November 03, 2019 - Corona

This exhibition includes vintage and current images of women as aviators and astronauts from fashion, television, film, pop culture and toys (e.g. Barbie and LEGO astronaut dolls), as well as new developments in space-inspired fashion (space gear/spacesuits for women). This unique exhibition showcases the achievements of America’s pioneering astronauts and highlights the fascination with space women. From the earliest moon goddesses to today’s galactic fashions, visions of females in space have sparked the creative imagination.

The exhibition includes photographs of pioneering astronauts including Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, Mae Jemison, America’s first African-American female astronaut, and Ellen Ochoa, America’s first Hispanic woman to go into space. There are also photographs of Dr. Ellen K. Baker, an astronaut who has logged more than 600 hours in space. Dr. Baker grew up in New York City and is the daughter of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.

Also on display are vintage and current images of female space travelers in television shows like Lost in Space and Star Trek,photographs of space-inspired fashions including Pucci’s designs for Braniff Airlines flight attendants and Chanel’s 2017 futuristic dresses, and screenshots from films like Barbarella, which starred Jane Fonda and Gravity, which starred Sandra Bullock.

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.

The Sleeping Beauty - Puppetworks Inc.
Through December 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Perrault's real Faery Tale with music by Tchaikovsky is adapted for marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Suggested for ages 4 and older.

Two Faeries meet The Sleeping Beauty. Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Photos by TA Smith

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.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2020 - Corona

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling 2D cinematic experience showcasing the real-life moments of the first lunar landing. With never-before-seen footage and a trove of newly discovered audio recordings, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission – one of humanity’s greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon.

Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future, leaving us marveling at human ingenuity and the impulse that led us into space.

Directed by Todd Douglas Miller, Apollo 11: First Steps Edition is produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films and presented by Land Rover and Samsung. The film is distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Duration: 25 minutes.

Superpower Dogs 3D - New York Hall of Science
Through May 31, 2020 - Corona

Join an immersive 3D adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners.

Follow Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America; Henry, an avalanche rescue expert in the Canadian Rockies; Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard; Ricochet, a California surf legend helping people with special needs; and the Bloodhound brothers, Tipper and Tony, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again! 45 minutes.

Duration: 45 minutes.

An Opening - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through June 30, 2020 - Brooklyn Heights

An Opening, an installation of audio and visual artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, engages with a multiplicity of Muslim experiences in Brooklyn. Eleven large-scale prints by Rasheed are placed in conversation with audio narratives from oral histories drawn from BHS’s recent Muslims in Brooklyn project. The result is an immersive encounter with art and sound that challenges narrow conceptions of Muslim identity and history.

Muslims in Brooklyn is a public arts and history project which amplifies the stories of Brooklyn’s diverse Muslim communities. For well over a century, Muslims have lived, worked, and prayed in Brooklyn, making it a major center of Muslim life for New York City and the nation. As such, the histories and experiences of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities hold great resonance for national conversations on religious diversity and pluralism.

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.