J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

J.J. Byrne Playground 4th Street between Fourth & Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, Brookyln, New York
FREE

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons. A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

Suggested Ages: All

Domino Park

Domino Park 15 River Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Find cool design and amazing bridge/Manhattan views at a large waterfront park on the site of a former Domino Sugar factory. * The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has fun features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Zucker Natural Exploration Area 31 East Dr, Brookyln, NY
FREE

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

Suggested Ages: All

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

This expansive park has great attractions and a gorgeous only-in-NYC view. Explore refurbished piers, most of which host playgrounds (our favorites are at Pier 6 including giant Slide Mountain, Sandbox Village, Swing Valley and the splashy Water Lab). Play in the sand and admire tide pools at Pier 4 Beach (no swimming/wading).

Find a variety of yummy concessions throughout the park and restrooms at Piers 2,5 & 6. 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Industry City Food Hall

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

From Korean comfort food to an avocado-focused cafe, Industry City hosts a huge range of Brooklyn-based purveyors. BBQ, pizza, bao buns, French pastries, artisanal ice cream, tacos, Mediterranean mezzes - whatever you're craving you'll probably find it here. Most of the vendors or in a central Food Hall but other shops can be found…

Suggested Ages:

DeKalb Market Hall

City Point 445 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more. Hours vary by vendor.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Japan Village

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Sample a range of delicious Japanese cuisine from sushi to smoothies in large food hall rooted in “omotenashi," a Japanese approach to hospitality and mutual respect. Pick up noodles, dumplings, yakatori, Obanyaki stuffed with Nutella and more from variety of booths or sit down in a serene corner for omakase.

On the 20,000-square-foot second floor 'The Loft,' step into a representation of Japan with cool shops with items straight from the country as well as fun experiences like tea ceremonies and cultural classes. Shop for inexpensive toys, Hello Kitty and Sanrio home goods, crafting supplies, Japanese treats, items for the home and other kitschy stuff  at Daiso. BookOff, an outpost of Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores, offers a wide range of anime-related products, including manga, novels, CDs, DVDs, video games, figures, apparel, and accessories. 

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Time Out Market New York

Empire Stores 55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY
$10/adults, $5/ages 2-18 & 62+

Explore a train/vehicle-lover's dream, underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn. HIGHLIGHTS: 🚌 Get behind the wheel in On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses 🚊 A working platform spanning a full city block with vintage subway cars in Moving the Millions CURRENT EXHIBITS: 🪙 Historic fare collection equipment in Ticket…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Beat The Bomb

Beat The Bomb NYC 255 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY
$51

Suit up in hazmat gear, dodge lasers, and crack codes in a 1 hour video game escape room with a signature paint bomb ending. Take on Hack Attack, Laser Maze, Echo Chamber and Floor Grid, before reaching the bomb room game Cyberbot where you must drive a bomb-disposal robot through a maze to acquire the…

Suggested Ages: 8 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Shipwrecked Brooklyn

Shipwrecked 621 Court St, Brooklyn, NY
$21.99/ages 13+, $16.99/ages 3-12

Play an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course and go on an adventure through four pirate-themed areas complete with theatrical scenery, lights, and sound. Use a bag of gold tokens ($5) to bring the story to life through animatronics, video, and special effects as you make your way through the course. The course is ADA compliant…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$25/adults, $16/seniors & students, $10/ages 19 & under

The first museum exhibition devoted to late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh work spans two decades of the artist’s multidisciplinary practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas, among others; material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Prospect Park Zoo

Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
$9.95/adults, $6.95/kids

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife. Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red pandas, dingos, procupines and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Suggested Ages: All

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
$8/unlimited games

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, air hockey and arcade style games in a colorful retro-style game room. Eat lobster rolls, poke tacos at the New England-inspired seafood-focused Frying Pan next door or check out diverse food options throughout Industry City. Friday- Sunday 12–2:30 pm & 3-5:30 pm

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$16/adults, $10/seniors & students, free/ages 19 & under

This encyclopedic, community focused museum in a gorgeous Beaux-Arts building on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection, as well as immersive temporary exhibitions. Lots of room to roam and always something exciting to discover. HIGHLIGHTS: 𓂀 A world-renowned  collection of Ancient Egyptian Art & Assyrian Art 🦅 Reimagined American…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Jane’s Carousel

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
$2

Ride exquisitely carved horses (and two chariots) on this charming carousel with a view, created in 1922 in Ohio and recently restored and relocated to the edge of the East River. The carousel is covered, but the line to enter is entirely outdoors.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

Lakeside Prospect Park 171 East Drive, Brookyln, NY
$8/weekdays; $12/weekends + holidays , $8/skate rentals

Skate in a half-covered/half-open lakeside rink in Prospect Park. * Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside's growing Skate School which offers learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes for all ages. 🔓 Lockers available for rent ($3-$8, 2-hour time limit). 🍽 Light fare and drinks available for takeaway at rinkside…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
Free with museum admission

See bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in a survey of Pierre Cardin’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Explore an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes containing over 170 objects drawn from legendary couturie atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Industry City Ice Rink

Industry City 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY
$15

Ice skate outside on a small rink in courtyard 5/6 of this public art & high design hub ($15, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available for $10/half hour. Bag check is $5. Enjoy candy coated hot chocolate, hot toddies, cider and other festive treat rinkside at The Frying Pan's Wheel House Bar. Also look for…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly

ArtRink at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$23, includes museum admission

Glide around a 3,000 square-foot synthetic-ice skating rink, surrounded by an art exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. Take a stroll through a kids-sized Winter Village, five interactive playhouses each designed by a different artist. On the outdoor rooftop, dress warmly. Complementary skate provided Lots more to explore throughout the museum, see our guide…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 13

Open Hours at Environmental Education Center

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with monthly educational themes, a 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more. Drop-in hours offer the opportunity for self-led investigation with guidance by expert educators to reveal the hidden stories…

Suggested Ages: All

The Rink at Brooklyn Commons

Brooklyn Commons Park 2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY
$15, $5/skate rental

Enjoy a festive outdoor skating experience on a 5,000 square-foot ice skating rink  Downtown Brooklyn in Brooklyn Commons Park. Private lessons, semi-private lessons, and birthday parties available. Rent skate aids for $20. Mon-Fri 2 – 8 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–7 pm

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$13, free/babies under 1

Inspired by Brooklyn's energy and diversity, this beloved children's museum (the first in the world when in opened in 1899) creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning. 🌎 Learn about world cultures, visual arts, nature, animals and more in well-designed, interactive exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10

Chocolate Makery & Slime Studio

Jewish Children's Museum 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$15, free/ages 2 & under

Become a chocolatier for a day. Harvest the cocoa pods, grind and roast beans and mold a delicious chocolate creation. Or get all gooey and create fruity slime. Both programs run throughout the day. Each museum admission includes one free program ticket, additional tickets are $3 each.

Suggested Ages: All

Celebration of Math presented by the Russian School of Mathematics

RSM Upper East - 1st Ave 1745 First Avenue at e 91st St, New York, NY
FREE

RSM invites all to a math action-packed day across all 5 RSM NYC branches. Free activities include musical performances by students, a Math & Art exhibit, inspiring talks with artists on how Math & Art are connected, New York scholars sharing their love for math, school tours, games, math puzzles, competitions, sample lessons and more.…

Suggested Ages: All

Lunar New Year at Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$13/ages 1+

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Learn about the festival and traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling, live music, calligraphy workshops, kung fu lessons, and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions. Also ice skate on the roof and explore interactive exhibits.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 10

DTBK Presents Lunar New Year Celebration

Albee Square Fulton and Bond St Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
FREE

Ring in the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit at City Point with free kids activities, lion dances and story time. From 11 am–1 pm, make arts & crafts featuring the 2023 Rabbit Coloring Calendar and Make Your Own Mini Drums. From 1 pm–2 pm, join Lunar New Year story time at McNally Jackson bookstore…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Cinderella

Puppetworks 338 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
$10-$11

The classic fairy tale is brought to life with marionettes at intimate Puppetworks. Advance reservations recommended. Strollers must be left on the porch outside (camera monitored). Also at 2:30 pm.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 12

Lunar New Year Celebration at Local Roots

Local Roots Market & Café 398 Court Street, New York, NY
FREE

Celebrate the year of the Rabbit with a local Chinese owned farm-to-table cafe. See a lion dance at 2pm to ward off evil spirits, performed by golden lions based in Chinatown.

Come earlier for lunch and order fan tuans, scallion pancake cheese melts and organic vegan Mapo tofu.…
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Fantastic Fungi: A Mushroom 101 Workshop

Brooklyn Bridge Park John Street & Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Discover the incredible world of fungi with expert Tom Bigelow. Learn what are fungi, what roles fungi play in the environment, and how to identify them. Explore the tools and terminology used in mushroom identification and look under a microscope at sample. This talk is geared towards teens and adults, but the workshop is also…

Suggested Ages: 10 to 14+
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Family Movies at Skyline Drive-In

Skyline Drive-In 1 Oak Street, Brooklyn, NY
$55/car or $19.49/seat

Watch favorite family movies outdoors on the Greenpoint waterfront with killer views of the Manhattan skyline. Screenings include first run family movies like Puss in Boots and Avatar and classics like Sing, Boss Baby and other family faves. Lawn chair seating available for those without cars. Parking spaces are first-come-first-serve basis. Bring chairs/blankets etc if…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+, Adult Friendly
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Rock And Roll Playhouse at Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
$12, free/ages 1 & under

Dance and sing along to the music of iconic rockers at an interactive and educational live music experience for families at the super cool Brooklyn Bowl. Featured musicians change weekly, from David Bowie to Madonna to Coldplay. Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs for sensitive ears) with lots of dancing. Doors open at 11:00 am. Order…

Suggested Ages: All
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Sunday Art

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
$16/adults, $10/seniors & students, free/ages 19 & under

Explore Brooklyn Museum galleries, look closely at an object from the permanent collection, and create art inspired by the work. Free with Museum admission.

Suggested Ages: All

Astronomy: Phases of the Moon

Parade Ground, Prospect Park Parkside Ave., Caton Ave., bet. Parade Pl. and Coney Island Ave., New York, NY
FREE

Observe the moon through a telescope with Urban Park Rangers and learn how the movements of the moon and sun appear to Earth. Weather permitting.

Suggested Ages: All
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Tuesday Morning Music

Jalopy Theatre and School of Music 315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, Brookyln, New York
$10-$20 suggested donation

Singer and guitar/banjo player Kyle Tigges shares songs with folks of all ages in a cross-generational singalong. Come down to Jalopy to sing, dance, or even just to hang out and listen. We'll keep things easy-going as we slowly get the music flowing again. Space is limited so register in advance; wWalk-ins welcome until space…

Suggested Ages: All

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Art in Dumbo’s First Thursday Art Walk

Cuban Art Space 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, openings, artist talks, and live performance. Enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges while walking from one gallery to the next. Find more art (and playgrounds) in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

25th Annual BAMkids Film Festival

Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$14/adults, $10/ages 13 & under

Join BAMkids’ annual celebration of international stories on film—and create your own new stories through experiential activities, performances, and play. Now in its 25th year, this interactive festival showcases over 50 animated and live action short films from around the globe. Before or after screenings, step into a free family-friendly carnival featuring walkabout performers, live…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+

Brooklyn Indoor Block Party

City Point 445 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Join an indoor block party hosted by  City Point and Brooklyn Bridge Parents. Free fun activities include bouncy house Lego building, arts & crafts, ceramics, chess, soccer & basketball games, slime making, skate boarding and a summer camp fair at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn at 445 Albee Square West.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 12
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First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum: Legacy

Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY
FREE

Enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment for all ages the first Saturday of the month at Brooklyn Museum. Ring in Black History Month and celebrate twenty-five years of First Saturdays. This month’s theme honors the legacy of Black artistic production in Brooklyn. Celebrate the creative excellence of Black artists who are shaping…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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Mark Morris Dance Second Sundays

Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
FREE

Visit the Mark Morris Dance Center for adult and family classes, as well as specialized programs in partnership with community dance leaders celebrating a diverse range of African Traditional and Diasporic forms. Learn the fundamentals of a variety of dance, fitness, and music genres in 60 minute family workshops throughout the day. For all ages…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly