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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FREE Movie Night in the Garden
WHEN: June 21- Aug. 23, select Fridays, 8:30pm
WHERE: Narrows Botanical Gardens, Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street, Bay Ridge
AGES: All
WHAT: Films include Wreck It Ralph and Vertigo.
WANT TO GO? narrowsbg.org/events.

FREE Polish Night
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 23, 6pm
WHERE: Transmitter Park, Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
AGES: All ages
WHAT: The special evening will start at 6pm with storytelling of Polish folks tales, followed by live music performances by Polish artist and writer Jana Astanov and her group ASTRALOOP (Jana Astanov + Prone). The evening will end with the beloved Polish classic film, PETER & THE WOLF (Piotrus I Wilk).
WANT TO GO? 347-987-2765. http://www.townsquarebk.org.

FREE Saturday Storytime
WHEN: Aug. 3-24, Saturdays: 11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights, 109 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Join each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud.
WANT TO GO? 718-623-7100. bklynlibrary.org/locations/brooklyn-heights.

FREE Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour
WHEN: Aug. 3-24, Saturdays: 2-3pm
WHERE: Prospect Park, Imagination Playground, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue , Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday this month at the Imagination Playground for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

FREE Pop-Up Audubon: Macy's Fishing Clinic
WHEN: Aug. 4-24, see website for schedule
WHERE: Prospect Park Peninsula, Well House Drive, Flatbush
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This popular summer program offers kids and adults the opportunity to fish. Participants learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety, how to use a cane pole, and will even get to collect their own bait.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

FREE Saturday Storytime
WHEN: Aug. 3-24, Saturdays: 11am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights, 109 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Join each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud.
WANT TO GO? 718-623-7100. bklynlibrary.org/locations/brooklyn-heights.

Shawn Mendes
WHEN: Aug. 23-24, Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm
WHERE: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights/Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: Shawn Mendes will be performing with special guest Alessia Cara.
WANT TO GO? $69.50 and up. 917-618-6100. barclayscenter.com.

FREE The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of The Strokes for Kids
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 24, 1pm
WHERE: Industry City, 220 36th Street Suite #2-A, Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: During each fun-filled show, children explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity.
WANT TO GO? 718-965-6450. http://therockandrollplayhouse.com.

Super Science: Rocket Science
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 24, 11am-1pm
WHERE: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Hands-on science experiments for kids 6-12!
WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $8 Adults; $5 students & seniors; $2 children ages 2-12. 718-907-3488. statenislandmuseum.org.

FREE Garden Story Hour: Feelings
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 24, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: This month’s theme: feelings with a reading from Feelings to Share from A to Z by Todd and Peggy Snow.
WANT TO GO? 718-629-5400. wyckoffmuseum.org.

FREE Movie Night at Habana Outpost
WHEN: Aug. 4-25, 8pm
WHERE: Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton St., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Habana Outpost projects classic films (many are rated PG) onto its big outdoor screen from late spring to late fall.
WANT TO GO? FREE with food or drink purchase . 718-858-9500.

Prospect Park Walking Tours
WHEN: Aug. 4-25, Sundays: 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park - Westside, 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? Prices Vary. prospectpark.org.

Discovery Room — Animals All Around
WHEN: Aug. 3-25, Saturdays & Sundays: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Stop by the Education Center to explore the August theme of animals that help New York transportation.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $10 Adults; $5 Children; $5 Senior and visitors with disabilities. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

History on Wheels
WHEN: Aug. 3-25, Saturdays & Sundays: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Make discoveries and learn fun facts, exploring photographs and artifacts that relate the history of horse-powered transportation in New York City.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $10 Adults; $5 Children; $5 Senior and visitors with disabilities. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

FREE Willie Villegas Presents: Salsa Sunday
WHEN: Aug. 4-25, 12-6pm
WHERE: Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Local musician and salsa aficionado Willie Villegas hosts this event that features live outdoor salsa classes.
WANT TO GO? industrycity.com.

Wild About Art
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 25, 12-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Join in the fun and celebrate the zoo's animals through exploring different art techniques.
WANT TO GO? FREE with Zoo admission: $10 adults; $7 seniors (60 and over), $6 children (14 and younger), free for children 2 and under. 718-442-3100. http://statenislandzoo.org.

Wash Day: An Event for Children with ASD
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 25, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The museum will open an hour early and you and your family can cool off from the summer sun and help get the dirt out of 19th-century reproduction clothing the old-fashioned way: using tubs, washboards, and bar soap!
WANT TO GO? Suggested Donation: $3. 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

Lil' Yogis
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 25, 1pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience mindfulness through play and stretching in this guided yoga class led by Be Yoga Dance Studio.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $8. https://sichildrensmuseum.org.

FREE The 15th Annual Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 25, 3-5pm
WHERE: Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Bringing generations of writers together to build on the literary traditions of Fort Greene, this year’s event features four exciting poets and performers. Then check out the afterparty at Greenlight’s Fort Greene store.
WANT TO GO? https://greenlightbookstore.com/event/fort-greene-summer-literary-festival-0.

FREE Green-Wood Commemorates The Battle of Brooklyn
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 25, 10am-1:45pm
WHERE: 500 25th St., Greenwood Heights
AGES: All ages
WHAT: 
A day of family-friendly events includes re-enactors, artillery demonstrations, display of regimental flags, and much more! Green-Wood will commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with a day of living history. 
WANT TO GO? 718-210-3080. https://www.green-wood.com/event/battle-of-brooklyn-trolley-.

FREE Basketball Clinics
WHEN: Aug. 4-27, Sundays: 12-2pm; Tuesdays: 5-7pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Join the two-hour basketball clinics at Pier 2 led by NYC youth basketball organization, KING Hoops. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games. MUST INCLUDE PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Brian Derek
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

FREE Live at the Archway Series 2019
WHEN: Aug. 1-29, 5:30pm
WHERE: Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge, Water St between Anchorage Place and Adams St., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Live at the Archway is DUMBO's signature series features dynamic musical performances, pop-up galleries, and interactive art experiences in a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting.
WANT TO GO? https://dumbo.is/live-at-the-archway.

Kids Tech Time
WHEN: Aug. 2-30, Fridays: 4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek, 12143 Flatlands Ave., East New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids can have fun with the Playstation 4 or any of the other new technology!
WANT TO GO? 718-257-6571. bklynlibrary.org/locations/spring-creek.

FREE Coney Island Fireworks
WHEN: Aug. 2-30, Fridays, 9:30-10pm
WHERE: Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and W. 10th St., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy singing karaoke with family and friends on the Coney Island Boardwalk in front of Deno's Wonder Wheel, and then watch the fireworks illuminate the sky.
WANT TO GO? https://coneyisland.com.

Kids Tech Time
WHEN: Aug. 2-30, Fridays: 4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek, 12143 Flatlands Ave., East New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Kids can have fun with the Playstation 4 or any of the other new technology!
WANT TO GO? 718-257-6571. bklynlibrary.org/locations/spring-creek.

FREE Kayaking
WHEN: Aug. 1-31, Sundays, Thursdays & Saturdays: Various Times
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park (Boathouse), 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

FREE Brooklyn Bridge Park: Environmental Education Center Open Hours
WHEN: Aug. 1-31, Tuesdays & Thursdays: 3-5pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 1-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 99 Plymouth St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

FREE Rock and Roll Playhouse at Industry City
WHEN: Aug. 3-31, 1pm
WHERE: Industry City, 274 36th St, Brooklyn
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: The Rock and Roll Playhouse (RRPHKIDS), a family concert series hosted on Saturdays at Industry City, allows kids to get down to songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history.
WANT TO GO? http://therockandrollplayhouse.com/industry-city.

FREE Saturday Storytime with Imagination Playground
WHEN: Aug. 3-31, 10:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope, 431 6th Ave., Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: Head to the story garden (or the children's room, if it's raining!) for stories and songs old and new for kids of all ages.
WANT TO GO? 718-832-1853. bklynlibrary.org/locations/park-slope.

Calypso at the Zoo
WHEN: Aug. 3-31, Saturdays & Sundays: 11am-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
AGES: All
WHAT: It’s an explosion of Island Culture every weekend in August for Brooklyn’s own West Indian carnival featuring steel pan and calypso music, carnival-inspired crafts and, of course, island wildlife.
WANT TO GO? FREE with admission: $9.95 adults 13+; $7.95 seniors 65+; $6.95 ages 3-12; FREE children 2 and under . 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com.

FREE Story and Play
WHEN: Aug. 3-31, 10am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library — Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Hear wonderful stories, play with toys, and make new friends at this fun and informal program.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org/locations/central.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop
WHEN: Aug. 3- Sept. 1, Saturdays & Sundays: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited capacity. Ages 10 and older.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $10 Adults; $5 Children; $5 Senior and visitors with disabilities. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop
WHEN: Aug. 3- Sept. 1, Saturdays & Sundays: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited capacity. Ages 10 and older.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $10 Adults; $5 Children; $5 Senior and visitors with disabilities. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

FREE Public Art: Bridge Over Tree
WHEN: July 1- Sept. 29, daily, 6am-1am
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

FREE Green Team 2019
WHEN: July 6- Oct. 26, Saturdays: 10am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

PLAY:GROUNDNYC'S THE YARD
WHEN: May 4- Oct. 27, Saturdays: 12-4pm; Sundays: 12-4pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South Street, Manhattan, New York Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: 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!
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

FREE New York Virtual Volcano Observatory
WHEN: June 1- Oct. 27, Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Join volcanologists to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, and kid-friendly activities.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

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. 

Friday Drop-Off 
WHEN: March 16- 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. 

FREE Saturday Author Story Time 
WHEN: Jan. 19- 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. 

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.

FREE Saturday Author Story Time
WHEN: Through March 17, 2020: 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.

Friday/Saturday Drop-In
WHEN: Through Dec. 31, 2020: 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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