Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Events for Families in Brooklyn

Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Events for Families in Brooklyn

Plan the best weekend ever with your kids in Brooklyn!

Weekends are the best because they're a chance to spend quality time with your kids, whether you are planning a day trip near New York City or you want to find fun things to do this weekend that are close to home. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Brooklyn—all happening this weekend! There’s lots to do this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in NYC with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around your neighborhood, including fun things to do with kids in Coney Island, Brooklyn Heights, Staten Island, Prospect Park, Flatbush, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope Dumbo, Prospect Heights, and Fort Greene. 

   
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
WHEN: Dec. 6-7, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm
WHERE: St. John's Lutheran Church, 155 Milton St., Greenpoint
AGES: All
WHAT: This show follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, who take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.
WANT TO GO? Donation of any amount. 347-559-1410. townsquarebk.org.

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

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

Kenan Thompson's Ultimate Comedy Experience - Nationwide Comedy Showcase
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 12-2pm; 2:30 pm VIP reception
WHERE: THE KNITTING FACTORY, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Young stars will be performing their best material in hopes of taking their careers to the next level.
WANT TO GO? $15 VIP; $10 general admission. 917-797-8054. https://simplyc360.com/kenan-thompsons-ultimate-comedy-experience-nationwide-comedy-showcase-brooklyn-kids/.

Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can enjoy an afternoon of events including a traditional concert by colonial balladeer Linda Russell and a visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback, plus the chance to feed his horse carrots and hay.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The festive fun includes hot cider, colonial games, crafts, signing the Red Book with St. Nicholas before he tells a traditional tale, and dressing the holiday tree!
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 ages 3-10. 718-629-5400. https://eventbrite.com/e/sinterklass-saint-nicholas-day-tickets-78037073989.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: Jingle Fest! Holiday Concert & Cookie Swap 2019
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 3pm
WHERE: All Saints' Episcopal Church, 286-88 7th Ave., Between 6th & 7th Streets, Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for a joyful holiday family concert followed by their fourth annual cookie swap.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The deliciousness goes beyond cookies with cider and hot chocolate. Plus, photo ops with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $15; free ticket if bringing cookies for swap and for children younger than 2. 718-622-3300. bkcm.org.

FREE BRIC House Party: Jungle Rave
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 12-5pm
WHERE: BRIC, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Enjoy animal-inspired art making, innovative media activities, live performances, and a family dance party!
WANT TO GO? 718-683-5600. https://bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/house-party-jungle-rave.

FREE Sing 'n Schmooze on Shabbat!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 4pm
WHERE: Bay Ridge Jewish Center, Fourth Avenue & 81st Street, Bay Ridge
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Singing, games, refreshments, schmooze time for parents. Led by the amazing Tkiya Music!
WANT TO GO? 718-836-3103. brjc.org.

FREE Atlantic Avenue 'Walk the Windows' Event
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-7pm
WHERE: St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
AGES: All
WHAT: Atlantic Avenue merchants will have in-store events and deals for the community to enjoy.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-8993. https://atlanticave.org/.

FREE The Edible Island Market
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Mmmm your way through a market full of delicious regional tastes, bites, and gift-able treats.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 718-727-1135. http://statenislandmuseum.org/.

FREE Winter Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Waldorf School, 11 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: A fun-filled day featuring hands-on activities, crafts, games, food, live music, performances, vendors, and more.
WANT TO GO? admission is free, activities and vendors fees vary. 718-783-3270. brooklynwaldorf.org.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2pm and 7pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: Presenting world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, and a two-dancer Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan!
WANT TO GO? $33 and up. 718-856-5464. kingstheatre.com.

Christmas Bazaar Extravaganza
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Local small businesses and vendors will showcase their merchandise.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com.

Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-5pm
WHERE: The Old Stone House at Washington Park, 336 3rd St., Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: Used and rare book dealers will sell one-of-a-kind books, ephemera, and other items.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 718-768-3195. https://theoldstonehouse.org/event/brooklyn-holiday-book-fair-2-2-copy/.

Raga Kids
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30am and 2pm
WHERE: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Through original multilingual songs and sing-alongs, kids learn the Indian equivalent of Do-Re-Mi and the percussion language of the tabla, as well as enjoy classics from the American songbook.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-636-4100. bam.org.

Kid's Paint and Pizza Day
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3pm
WHERE: Paint with a Purpose Art Studio, 103 Monroe St., Bedford-Stuyvesant
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Includes pizza, painting and fun! RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? $15. 917-423-5632. https://facebook.com/events/495798561011897/.

FREE Christmas Countdown Calendar
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Home Depot Gowanus, 550 Hamilton Ave., Gowanus
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: With help from parents and store associates, your child will make a merry memory this holiday season. Register online.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-8553. https://homedepot.com/workshops/#store/1225.

FREE The Roebling Bridges
WHEN:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30am-12:45pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, 55 Water St., DUMBO
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: A few of John Roebling's descendants will read stories and help conduct two experiments to learn about how some their family's bridges were built.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-4111. https://brooklynhistory.org.

Family Art Workshops: Mystical Maps
WHEN:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Make maps of real or imaginary places (maybe a little bit of both) using drawing materials, large scale paper, and collage. Registration recommended.
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 students and seniors; $2 children 2 - 12; free for members. 718-727-1135. http://statenislandmuseum.org/.

2019 NY Handmade Collective's Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
WHEN: Dec. 7-8, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: This very special holiday market showcases a curated selection of handmade wares from independent artisans.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. https://nyhandmadecollective.org/hhc-2019.

Town Square's Annual Santa Brunch
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:30am; 11:30am; 1:30pm
WHERE: Polish & Slavic Center, 176 Java St., Greenpoint
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: A delicious homemade pancake brunch, fun arts and crafts, live music, and moments and photos with Santa!
WANT TO GO? $30; $20 online; $15 for infants carried in your arms/wrap; $5 online for infants. 347-559-1410. townsquarebk.org.

Hopalong Andrew
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 11am
WHERE: Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St., Red Hook
AGES: All
WHAT: Hopalong Andrew sings clever and whimsical urban cowboy songs and his high-spirited concerts are meant for the whole family to enjoy.
WANT TO GO? $25 family of four; $10 individual tickets; $5 children. 718-395-3214. http://jalopytheatre.org/.

The Rock And Roll Playhouse Plays Music Of The Strokes For Kids
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity.
WANT TO GO? $12. 718-963-3369. therockandrollplayhouse.com.

F.A.M. (Family Art Magic)
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: The future is now as you visit Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion and Garry Winogrand: Color, and create your own artistic time capsules. Ages 4-6.
WANT TO GO? $31 includes Museum general admission for one child and one adult. . 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
WHEN: Dec. 6-14, Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays, 2pm and 8pm; Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: The John Bourne Theater, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Based on the classic book, this story of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.
WANT TO GO? $20; $18 seniors and youth under 18 years old. 718-237-2752. http://heightsplayers.org/.

Fad Market Holiday Pop-Up
WHEN: Dec. 7-15, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-6pm
WHERE: The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St., Boerum Hill
AGES: All
WHAT: Discover unique gifts and one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers!
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. fadmarket.co.

Santa Disco Party
WHEN: Dec. 7-21, Saturdays, 12-2pm
WHERE: Dreamland Roller Rink at City Point, 445 Albee Square W., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Dress up in festive apparel and skate around to a mix of contemporary and retro tunes! There will be holiday-themed games led by Santa or Mrs. Claus. Bring your own helmets and safety gear!
WANT TO GO? $18. https://dreamlandrollerrink.com.

The Sleeping Beauty
WHEN: Through Dec. 22: see website for showtimes
WHERE: Puppetworks Inc., 338 Sixth Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Perrault's real Faery Tale with music by Tchaikovsky is adapted for marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Suggested for ages 4 and older.
WANT TO GO? $11; $10 children. 718-965-3391. http://puppetworks.org/.

FREE Photos with Santa
WHEN: Through Dec. 22: Saturdays, 11am-2pm; Sundays, 4-7pm
WHERE: Gateway Center, 501 Gateway Drive, East New York
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet Santa at the Holiday Tree and take free photos.
WANT TO GO? 718-235-0467. http://shopgatewaycenterbrooklyn.com/.

Kwanzaa Marketplace
WHEN: Dec. 1-22, Dec. 1 and Dec. 22, 3-6pm
WHERE: Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: You are invited to unleash your inner Kuumba (creativity) and Kujichagulia (self-determination) as vendors will be showing you how to make fun gifts and crafts through dance and music demos.
WANT TO GO? $10 suggested donation . 718-935-9700. https://cumbedance.org.

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
WHEN: Through Dec. 26: Saturdays, 8am-4pm
WHERE: Greenmarket, Prospect Park W. & Flatbush Avenue, West Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Shop fresh produce, flowers, and more. Drop off your food scrap compost and bring clothing to be recycled, too.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 212-788-7900. grownyc.org/greenmarket/ourmarkets.

Friday Drop-Off 
WHEN: Through Dec. 27: Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Game Lab, 310 7th Ave., Park Slope 
AGES: 9-17 
WHAT: Drop in for Dungeons and Dragons and go on a multi-month campaign with a band of adventurous kids each week. 
WANT TO GO? $48. 718-788-1122. Brooklyngamelab.com. 

Cortelyou Greenmarket
WHEN: Dec. 1-27, Sundays, 8am-3pm
WHERE: Greenmarket, Cortelyou Road and Rugby Road, Ditmas Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Shop at the market, recycle old clothes, and drop off your food scap compost.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 212-788-7900. grownyc.org/greenmarket/ourmarkets.

FREE First Five Years Kids Create
WHEN: Dec. 6-27, Fridays, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park , 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Dyker Heights
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Fun arts and crafts projects for young children!
WANT TO GO? 718-748-8001. bklynlibrary.org/locations/mckinley-park.

FREE Kids Create
WHEN: Dec. 6-27, Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - Crown Heights Branch, 560 New York Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create your own constellations and make up the story behind them.
WANT TO GO? 718-773-1180. bklynlibrary.org/locations/crown-heights.

FREE DIY: Creative Writing Club
WHEN: Dec. 6-27, Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington, 4207 18th Ave., Kensington
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: With the guidance of a professional writer, teens work on their creative writing process in a welcoming and encouraging environment.
WANT TO GO? 718-436-0545. bklynlibrary.org/locations/kensington.

FREE Chess Workshop
WHEN: Dec. 6-27, Fridays, 3-4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Eastern Parkway, 1044 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn to play or improve your game, with instructor Juan Tica.
WANT TO GO? 718-953-4225. bklynlibrary.org/locations/eastern-parkway.

FREE Chess Workshop with Vladimir Mazo
WHEN:
Dec. 6-27, Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brighton Beach Library, 16 Brighton First Road., Brighton Beach Ave., Brighton Beach
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Learn to play or improve your game, with instructor Vladimir Mazo.
WANT TO GO? 718-946-2917. https://bklynlibrary.org/locations/brighton-beach.

FREE Saturday Author Story Time 
WHEN: Through Dec. 28: Saturdays, 11:30am
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Authors and illustrators present their new books with interactive readings and drawings, and often activities and crafts too. 
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. Greenlightbookstore.com. 

Santa Skate- Family Roller Disco Extravaganza (7+) 
WHEN:
 Dec. 7-28, Saturdays, 12-2pm
WHERE: Dreamland Roller Rink, 445 Albee Square W., Downtown Brooklyn 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: Skate to a rad mix of contemporary and retro tunes, have fun at the red carpet where you can take fabulous roller disco glam photos, take part in a Skate Dance Competition, Costume Contests, YMCA Dance Party and themed games, and more exciting surprises! 
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 guardian non-skating. https://eventbrite.com/e/santa-skate-family-roller-disco-extravaganza-7-tickets-77516183993. 

FREE Sunday Bookseller Story Time
WHEN: 
Through Dec. 29: Sundays, 11:30am
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
AGES: All
WHAT: Greenlight staff choose their favorite read-alouds to share with young booklovers.
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. Greenlightbookstore.com.

Family Bowl
WHEN: Dec. 1-29, Saturdays, 11am-5pm; Sundays, 12:30-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the whole family and get your bowl on.
WANT TO GO? $25 per lane per half hour; $4.95 shoe rental; up to 8 people per lane. 718-963-3369. BrooklynBowl.com.

Gingerbread Lane 2019 
WHEN: Through Jan. 12: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm  
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Corona 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Visitors can 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 chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Visitors can make their own gingerbread houses or trains during dedicated workshops. 
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission ($16 adults; $13 children ages 2-17). 718-699-0005. nysci.org. 

Winter Zoo Wonderland 
WHEN: Dec. 1-Jan. 26, Saturday-Sunday, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Explore Prospect Park Zoo’s wintery outdoor trail, warm up in their indoor exhibits, and discover the special adaptations animals have to survive in the cold. 
WANT TO GO? $9.95; $7.95 seniors; $6.95 ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com. 

Kids Beginning Learn To Skate Class (7+)
WHEN: Dec. 7-Feb. 15, Saturdays, 11am
WHERE: Dreamland Roller Rink, 445 Albee Square W., Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids will have fun while learning to skate.
WANT TO GO? $18. https://eventbrite.com/e/kids-beginning-learn-to-skate-class-at-dreamland-roller-rink-city-pont-7-tickets-77567982925.

Toddler Skate Party (6 and younger with an adult)
WHEN: Dec. 7-Feb. 15, Saturdays, 10-11am
WHERE: Dreamland Roller Rink, 445 Albee Square W., Downtown Brooklyn
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: You and your little one will skate and groove.
WANT TO GO? $18. https://eventbrite.com/e/toddler-skate-party-at-dreamland-roller-rink-city-point-6-under-parents-tickets-77538566941.

FREE Saturday Author Story Time
WHEN: Through March 17: Saturdays, 11:30am and 1:30pm
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers or the Greenlight staff sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and often activities and crafts too! Check the Events Calendar for an updated schedule of featured authors. Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids who are old enough to enjoy listening to a story, asking questions, and working on crafts.
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. greenlightbookstore.com.

Superpower Dogs 3D
WHEN: Through May 31: see website for showtimes
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Join an immersive 3D adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs.
WANT TO GO? $6 adults; $5 children plus museum admission: $16 adults; $13 children, students & senior citizens. https://nysci.org.

An Opening
WHEN: Through June 30: Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? Suggested Admission: $10; $6 Seniors and teachers; FREE for children and visitors with disabilities. 718-222-4111. brooklynhistory.org.

Friday/Saturday Drop-In
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Friday-Saturday, 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Game Lab, 310 7th Ave., Park Slope
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO: $48. 718-788-1122. brooklyngamelab.com.

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