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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Kids Jewelry Sale: Gerritsen Beach Library Friends Group
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library, 2808 Gerritsen Ave., Gerritsen Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: Make a purchase at the kids jewlery sale and help raise money that will be used to improve the library.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 718-368-1435. bklynlibrary.org/locations/gerritsen-beach.

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/.

Gasworks Annual Holiday Sale & Auction
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-8pm
WHERE: Gasworks NYC, 673 Fifth Ave, Greenwood
AGES: All
WHAT: Shop this student and member sale followed by raffle that will support Public Ceramics.
WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods. 718-635-1394. https://gasworksnyc.com/

 

Drag Queen Story Hour
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Drag Queen Story Hour is an interactive art and story time program that celebrates the uniqueness of all kids and families!
WANT TO GO? $13; free for members and infants younger than 12 months; pay as you wish Thursdays, 2-6pm, and Sundays, 4-7pm. 718-735-4400. brooklynkids.org.

 

Greencycle Holiday Swap
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14 , 12-3pm
WHERE: Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, Brooklyn
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Bring what you no longer use and and find something new to you.
WANT TO GO? $10 suggested donation per family. 347-559-1410. townsquarebk.org.


Photos with Santa!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14 , 10am-12pm
WHERE: The Old Stone House , 336 3rd Street, Park Slope
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Enjoy crafts and cocoa while photos are taken with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-768-3195. theoldstonehouse.org.


Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Congregation Beth Elohim's Klezmer Hanukkah Party
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 4-6pm
WHERE: Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Park Slope
AGES: All
WHAT: Warm up with latkes, Hanukkah crafts, and more!
WANT TO GO? $20; free for children 10 and younger. 718-622-3300. https://bkcm.org/events/.

Breakfast with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-11am
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Santa for breakfast at the zoo and enjoy live music, crafts, and more.
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 members; $20 ages 3-15; $15 members ages 3-15. 718-442-3101. http://statenislandzoo.doubleknot.com/event/breakfast-with-santa/2585390.


Lunch with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Have lunch with Santa at the zoo and enjoy live music, crafts, animal encounters, and more. Register online.
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 members; $20 ages 3-15; $15 members ages 3-15; free for children 2 and younger. 718-442-3101. http://statenislandzoo.doubleknot.com/event/breakfast-with-santa/2585395.

FREE ASL Tour
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1 , 1:30–3pm and 3:30–5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors from the D/deaf community are invited to experience the museum's collection in an American Sign Language (ASL) tour, led by a Deaf teaching artist. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

Brooklyn Nutcracker
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2pm and 7pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop, and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience.
WANT TO GO? $30 and up. 718-856-5464. kingstheatre.com.


Keeper for a Day: Sharks
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2pm
WHERE: New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: This fast-paced program is jammed full of special experiences that demonstrate just what it takes to feed and care for the animals.
WANT TO GO? $50. 800-433-4149. https://nyaquarium.com/learn/children-and-family-programs/experiences.

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.

Cobble Hill Ballet presents Excerpts from The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, Saturday and Sunday, 12pm, 3pm, and 5pm
WHERE: LIU Brooklyn Kumble Theater, 1 University Plaza, Between DeKalb Ave. and Willoughby St., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: A shortened version of the original ballet, perfect for children.
WANT TO GO? $23; $15 children 12 and younger; free for children 3yrs and younger on laps. 718-488-1364. http://kumbletheater.org/.


The Rock And Roll Playhouse Plays Music Of The Beatles For Kids
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 12pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
AGES: Newborn-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.


Spellbound Theatre: 'Up & Down Again'
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am and 11:30am
WHERE: The Old Stone House at Washington Park, 336 3rd St., Park Slope
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: This one-of-a-kind performance features digging, lifting, rolling, stacking, measuring, and bulldozing…all the things that 2-5 year olds love best!
WANT TO GO? $49 for family of three; $22 individual tickets. 718-768-3195. https://brownpapertickets.com/event/4337386.


Breakfast with Baboons
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 9am
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Visit the zoo early, meet animals up-close, and make a special treat for these amazing primates.
WANT TO GO? $30. 800-433-4149. https://prospectparkzoo.com/learn/children-and-family-programs/experiences.


FREE Family Christmas Bird Count
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, 101 East Drive, Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: Blooming naturalists can take part in a tradition more than 100 years old by helping conservation researchers track the health of bird populations in Prospect Park.
WANT TO GO? 646-393-9031. prospectpark.org.


Brunch with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 9-11am and 12-2pm
WHERE: Aviator Sports and Events Center , Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Marine Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a full brunch buffet, an opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus, and live entertainment.
WANT TO GO? $34; $32 ages 3-12; $30.60 members; $28.80 members ages 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. 718-758-7500. aviatorsports.com

FREE City of Science 2019: Brooklyn
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Park Slope Armory YMCA, 361 15th St., Brooklyn
AGES: All
WHAT: Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this free program unleashes everyone's inner scientist.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Walk on water, blast into orbit, and defy gravity at this larger-than-life touring event!
WANT TO GO? 212-348-1400. https://eventbrite.com/e/city-of-science-2019-brooklyn-tickets-74142826189.

FREE Sunday Story Time: Holiday Special
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 1 , 11:30am
WHERE: Powerhouse on 8th , 1111 8th Ave., Between 11th and 12th St., Brooklyn
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Powerhouse on 8th will be reading from several holiday books, plus the chance to get some free merchandise paired with the stories.
WANT TO GO? 718-801-8375. http://powerhouseon8th.com/events/.

Hip Hop Nutcracker
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2pm and 6:30pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush
AGES: All
WHAT: A dozen all-star dancers, plus a DJ, a violinist, and awesome digital scenery bring the traditional Nutcracker story to new life, but with a distinctly urban twist.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This evening-length show celebrates love, community, and the magic of the holiday season.
WANT TO GO? $29.50-$79.50. 718-856-5464. kingstheatre.com.

F.A.M. (Family Art Magic)
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Explore works in Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall and JR: Chronicles that center New York City and Brooklyn, then use recycled materials to create your own dream city. Ages 4-6.
WANT TO GO? $29 includes Museum general admission and includes Museum general admission for one child and up to two adults.. 718-638-5000. brooklynmuseum.org.

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.

FREE Buddy the Elf
WHEN: Dec. 13 -22, Fridays, 12-2pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5pm
WHERE: Industry City, 51 35th St., Sunset Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Hang out with Buddy the Elf this Holiday season at Industry City. See if you can find him around the campus!
WANT TO GO? 718-965-6450. industrycity.com.

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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