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 Unplugged Music Series at Brooklyn Bridge Park
WHEN: June 7-28, Fridays, 6-8pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 3, 146-300 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy intimate, unplugged sets performed by local artists. Photo by Quincie Hydock
WANT TO GO? 718-624-4719. nycgovparks.org.

FREE Coney Island Fireworks
WHEN: June 21-28, Fridays, 9:30-10pm
WHERE: Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Sing karaoke then watch fireworks illuminate the sky!
WANT TO GO? 718-372-5159. coneyisland.com.

FREE Latin Night featuring Orquesta Afinke
WHEN: Friday, June 28, 6:30pm
WHERE: Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Cypress Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Dance to salsa, merengue, cumbia, bolero, plena, and Latin jazz.
WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nyc.gov/parks.

Masters of Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, June 28, 8pm
WHERE: Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Prospect Heights/Park Slope
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Masters of Ceremony featuring Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, DMX, Ludacris, The Lox, Fabolous, Cam’ron,M.O.P., Das EFX, Junior Reid, and more will be at Barclays Center on Friday, June 28. The concert will be an incredible experience that will take fans back to the true essence of hip-hop.
WANT TO GO? 917-618-6100. barclayscenter.com.

Living Room Comedy Show
WHEN: Friday, June 28, 8pm
WHERE: Postmark Café, 326 6th St., Park Slope
AGES: 12 and older
WHAT: Every Friday night at 8pm come to this clean, all-ages show to 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!
WANT TO GO? 916-693-8387. www.LivingRoomShowNY.com

FREE Rock and Roll Playhouse
WHEN: June 1-29, select Saturdays, 12:30-2:30pm
WHERE: Industry City , 220 36th St., Sunset Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Rock and Roll Playhouse features live music of iconic rockstars, dancing and interactive games – all in an effort to educate and promote creativity.
WANT TO GO? industrycity.com.

FREE Family Time at BHS DUMBO- Storytelling
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 10:30am-1:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, 55 Water St., Dumbo
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Check out the exhibit Waterfront, then stay for a story time featuring a reading and a hands-on component.
WANT TO GO? brooklynhistory.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.

'Peter & the Wolf' & 'The Frog Prince'
WHEN: June 1-30, Saturdays-Sundays, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
WHERE: Puppetworks Inc, 338 6th Ave., Park Slope
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Enjoy a special showing of Peter & the Wolf and The Frog Prince, adapted for marionettes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Children will love seeing these classic stories come to life using expertly crafted string puppets.
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 child. 718-965-3391. puppetworks.org.

FREE Brooklyn Bridge Park: Environmental Education Center Open Hours
WHEN: June 1-30, Saturdays-Sundays, 1-5pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and enjoy crafts, a reading corner, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

FREE Public Art: Bridge Over Tree
WHEN: June 1-30, see website for schedule
WHERE: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: The newest Public Art Fund installation, Siah Armajani’s Bridge Over Tree, is now open.
WANT TO GO? 718-222-9939. brooklynbridgepark.org.

Prospect Park Walking Tours
WHEN: June 2-30, Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: These walking tours examine the many layers of natural and human history in Brooklyn's Backyard.
WANT TO GO? Prices Vary. 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.

FREE Movie Night at Habana Outpost
WHEN: June 2-30, Sundays, 8pm
WHERE: Habana Outpost , 757 Fulton St., Fort Greene
AGES: All
WHAT: Movies include The Wedding Singer and What Women Want.
WANT TO GO? 718-858-9500. cafehabana.com.

Magic At Coney!!!
WHEN: June 2-30, 12-2pm
WHERE: Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave., Coney Island
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Marvel at illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children 12 and younger . 347-699-4386. magicatconey.com.

Sing-Along with Hannah from The Buttons
WHEN: June 2-30, 10am
WHERE: The Great Room, 194 Columbia St., Columbia Street Waterfront District
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Hannah Winkler from plays a mixture of classic children's songs, favorite oldies, and original songs.
WANT TO GO? $20. thegreatroom.org.

FREE FAD mini | Kids and Family Market
WHEN: June 29-30, daily, 11am-6pm
WHERE: The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St., Cobble Hill
AGES: All
WHAT: While parents shop, kids can have their faces painted, join story time in the garden, check out a glass blowing demo, or head to the OMY coloring station.
WANT TO GO? 917-775-4636. fadmarket.co.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays the Music of Karina's Funk Revue for Kids
WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, our family concerts bridge the gap between the music you love and your children. The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers kids and families an opportunity to participate in games, stories, and movement.
WANT TO GO? 718-963-3369. brooklynbowl.com.

FREE Art Force 5
WHEN: June 1- July 4, Saturdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Craft a superhero action figure and customized cape.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

FREE American Indian Community House
WHEN: June 1- Aug. 18, Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy art exhibitions and artists talks with three Native artists.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

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.

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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