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 Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 2-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Gerritsen Beach Branch , 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Check out two books every week and receive a free book every third week.
WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Teen Tech Time: Video Games
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library McKinley Park Branch , 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Dyker Heights
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Play various games in a friendly, competitive environment.
WANT TO GO? 718-748-8001. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE DIY: Creative Writing Club
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library- Kensington Branch, 4207 18th Ave., Kensington
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: With the guidance of a professional writer, teens work on their creative writing process in an encouraging environment.
WANT TO GO? 718-436-0545. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Kids Tech Time
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library- Spring Creek Branch, 12143 Flatlands Ave., East New York
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Play on the library's Playstation 4 or other new technology.
WANT TO GO? 718-257-6571. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Kids Create: Arts and Crafts

WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 3-4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Gerritsen Beach branch , 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: A different craft every Friday afternoon at Gerritsen Beach!
WANT TO GO? 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Kids Create: Digital Stills
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington branch, 4207 18th Ave., Kensington
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Use an iPad to virtually finger-paint and digitally sketch.
WANT TO GO? 718-436-0545. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Mandarin Storytime
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library McKinley Park branch , 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Dyker Heights
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Sing songs and hear stories in Mandarin.
WANT TO GO? 718-748-8001. bklynlibrary.org.

Drop in and Sing with Loyd Miller
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am
WHERE: Lark Cafe, 1007 Church Ave., Flatbush
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Join Lloyd H. Miller of The Deedle Deedle Dees for an interactive sing-along filled with original songs about the history of New York City.
WANT TO GO? Suggested $10 per family. 718-469-0140. Larkcafe.com.

FREE Family Playtime
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch, 1044 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Come and play and meet new friends.
WANT TO GO? 718-953-4225. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Preschool Playtime
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington branch, 4207 18th Ave., Kensington
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, new friends, and play.
WANT TO GO? 718-436-0545. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Story Play
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Williamsburg branch, 240 Division Ave. , Williamsburg
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: During this program the group will read a couple of stories, sing a few songs, and play with toys.
WANT TO GO? 718-302-3485. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE GAME ON! and RIF Book Club
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, 3-4pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch, 1044 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Play with board games and get free books.
WANT TO GO? 718-953-4225. bklynlibrary.org.

Stereo Hideout: Tchaikovsky v Drake
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, 8pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: . The performance will feature the 60-piece Stereo Hideout Orchestra, led by virtuoso composer/conductor/producer/arranger Steve Hackman performing a symphonic fusion of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the music of Drake.
WANT TO GO? $60. 7188565464. http://kingstheatre.com/calendar/stereo-hideout-tchaikovsky-v-drake/.

FREE Kids Week Brooklyn: Knot Tying
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, East 33rd Street and Avenue U, Marine Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn how to tie everything from a square knot to a bowline.
WANT TO GO? 718-421-2021. nyc.gov/parks/rangers.

FREE Story Time: Jessie Sima

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23, 11:30am and 1:30pm
WHERE: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means.
WANT TO GO? 718-246-0200. Greenlightbookstore.com.

FREE Saturday Storytime

WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch, 1044 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Check out the children's side of the library for story time.
WANT TO GO? 718-953-4225. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Saturday Storytime
WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 10-10:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library McKinley Park branch , 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Dyker Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud.
WANT TO GO? 718-748-8001. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Saturday Storytime
WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Kensington branch, 4207 18th Ave., Kensington
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy both old favorites and new stories!
WANT TO GO? 718-436-0545. bklynlibrary.org. 

FREE Saturday Storytime!
WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, Spring Creek Branch, 12143 Flatlands Ave., East New York
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Hear great tales read aloud.
WANT TO GO? 718-257-6571. bklynlibrary.org.

FREE Saturday Storytime
WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - Crown Heights Branch, 560 New York Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Librarians will read stories aloud.
WANT TO GO? 718-773-1180. bklynlibrary.org.

Learn & Paint (Black History Edition)
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23, 4-6pm
WHERE: Fresh as Daisy Kids Spa, 9305 Glenwood Road, Brooklyn
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Experience a lesson about African American history, then have a light snack followed by a painting activity.
WANT TO GO? $30. 917-650-9402. Freshasdaisy.com.

Lavender Blues Sing Along

WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 9:30-10:15am and 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Lark Cafe, 1007 Church Ave., Flatbush 
AGES: 0-2 
WHAT: Little ones will sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments, dance, march, play with a ginormous parachute, and move their fingers, arms, and feet. 
WANT TO GO? $10 . 718-469-0140. Larkcafe.com.

Roll-a-rama Family Skate Extravaganza
WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Dreamland Roller Rink at Industry City, 233 37th St., Brooklyn 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Expect a mix of contemporary and retro tunes, a red carpet where you can take roller disco glam photos, and NYC Roller Blitz led by Sal Sparkles, the roller skating Pizza Slice. 
WANT TO GO? $15 and up. Dreamlandrollerrink.com/roll-a-rama/.

FREE Family Bowl
WHEN: Through Feb. 23: Saturdays, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. 
WANT TO GO? 718-963-3369. Therockandrollplayhouse.com.

FREE Shine and the Moonbeams
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23, 1-2pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Central Library , 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Shine and the Moonbeams take the best rhythmic elements of soul songs and music.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.

Tiny Tots Yoga Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23, 1-2pm
WHERE: Bend and Bloom Yoga, 708 Sackett St, Brooklyn
AGES: 3-5, Adult
WHAT: Tiny Tots Yoga incorporates music and song, elements of Brain Gym, and story-time to support developing verbal and motor skills.
WANT TO GO? $30 pair. 347.987.3162. bendandbloom.com.

Brooklyn Public Library Lunar New Year Celebration Sponsored by Apple Bank
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30 - 3:15
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library - McKinley Park Branch, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Come to join us celebrate Lunar New Year with Asian Performing Arts.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 718.230.2267. https://bklynlibrary.org/calendar/lunar-new-year-2019-mckinley-park-library-20190223.

Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra: Friends of Frida

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-3:30PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra celebrates Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving with a concert centered around the ballet symphony Horse-Power, by Mexico's foremost composer, conductor, and educator, Carlos Chávez
WANT TO GO? $10-25. 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

Teknopolis 2019

WHEN: Feb. 23-24, Various times
WHERE: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Unleash your creative mind in year three of this interactive technology showcase.
WANT TO GO? bam.org. 718-636-4100. bam.org.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac for Kids

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 24, 11:30am
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: All
WHAT: introduce your kids to the music of Fleetwood Mac with plenty of games, movement, and stories.
WANT TO GO? $12.00. 718-963-3369. Therockandrollplayhouse.com.

Lunar New Year Celebration

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Play a bamboo pole game with the Vietnamese Heritage Center.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

'Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic'

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Check schedule for details
WHERE: The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic showcases live theater and the art of illusion with dance and music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A good introduction to stage productions for littlest ones!
WANT TO GO? $15 and up. 800-345-3000. msg.com/sesame.

History On Wheels

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn fun facts about public transportation through handling materials, including some maps from transit history.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

The Great New York Subway Map

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30-2:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Listen to Emiliano Ponzi’s The Great New York Subway Map, then make your own map for the train routes of the future.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop
WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

Sing Along with Amy Miles
WHEN: Through Feb. 24: 10-10:45am and 11-11:45am
WHERE: Lark Cafe, 1007 Church Ave., Flatbush
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Amy plays original and well-known songs on guitar, ukulele, and percussive things, with plenty of puppets and bubbles.
WANT TO GO? $10/family. 718-469-0140. Larkcafe.com.

Magic at Coney - The Sunday Matinee
WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Sundays, 12pm
WHERE: Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: A magical variety show highlighting a vast array of illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children younger than 12. 718-372-5159. coneyisland.com.

Discovery Room – All Over the Map

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn St. , Brooklyn Heights
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Think about all the places you go and design your own subway or bus map.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

Art Studio

WHEN: Through Feb. 24: Saturdays and Sundays; 1-4pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Create a surrealist collage inspired by Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.

Alita Battle Angel: Passport to Iron City
WHEN: Feb. 14- March 3, 2pm - 9pm
WHERE: Passport to Iron City, 470 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Back by popular demand, ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL - PASSPORT TO IRON CITY transports visitors directly into the futuristic world of Robert Rodriguez, James Cameron and Jon Landau’s 20th Century Fox film, Alita: Battle Angel.
WANT TO GO? $55. 323-658-1200. https://alitaexperience.com/.

The Buttons Weekend Sing-Along

WHEN: Through March 17: Saturdays, 11-11:45am
WHERE: Edamama Cute Cuts & More, 568 Union Ave., Unit B, Williamsburg
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Join The Buttons Band (Caitlin Mahoney and Hannah Winkler) for a grooving weekend sing-along! Enjoy an energetic 45-minute set of original tunes, classic children's songs, and oldies rock ‘n' roll that is sure to get both kids and grown-ups singing and dancing! The band hands out shakers, teaches some moves, and encourages everyone to get their bodies grooving to the music.
WANT TO GO? $15; $5 per additional child. 718-388-3663. edamama.com.

Living Room Show

WHEN: Through March 23: Fridays, 8pm
WHERE: Postmark, Cafe, 326 6th St 
AGES: All
WHAT: The longest running stand-up and sketch comedy show in Brooklyn presented by Aaron Kominos-Smith and Turner Sparks (now in it’s 13th year)! Every Friday night at 8pm, come see some of TV's funniest comedians and hear jokes they're working on for their next TV appearance on Comedy Central, Fallon, Conan, The Tonight Show, and more! Come as a couple or come alone. Bring a group friends or bring your family. No restrictions on audience, we ask comics to keep their acts clean and EVERYONE gets in FREE!
WANT TO GO? For reservations email: livingroomcomedy@gmail.com. 718-768-2613

Stroller Safari: Winter Sundays
WHEN: Feb. 24- March 31, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, New York
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Discover zoo animals through movement, song, and play. This 6-week series will foster your child’s natural curiosity with early access to exhibits and live animal encounters.
WANT TO GO? $125 Members/$150 Non Members (Price includes one adult and one child). 8004334149. prospectparkzoo.com/programs.

Brooklyn Flea

WHEN: Through March 31: Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Atlantic Center, 635 Atlantic Ave., Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: For the winter months the flea is at Atlantic Center. Find vendors from Brooklyn Flea selling furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, and more, plus Smorgasburg vendors.
WANT TO GO? Prices vary by vendor. 718-332-0026. brooklynflea.com.

Color Lab
WHEN: Through May 24: Thursday, 2-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Rotating programs will feature the work and material inspirations of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists, including Chakaia Booker, Wangechi Mutu, and Jack Whitten. Learn about Afrofuturism through a toolbox containing books, materials, and prompts to guide creating. Each visit to ColorLab will offer new ways to experiment with art and new ideas to explore. Hands-on programs will be supported by BCM’s teaching artists and educators.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
WHEN: Through June 30: daily, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the coral reef, wander through a shipwreck, and peer over the Hudson Canyon in this brand new exhibit all about sharks, open year-round. More than 115 species, including sand tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, and loggerhead sea turtles, live in this state-of-the-art exhibit.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children ages 2 and younger. 718-265-3474. nyaquarium.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.

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.

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.

 

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