BROOKLYN FAMILY FAVES

From destination playgrounds to cool public art, this hip borough has fun for the whole family.  See the map view for planning.

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BY PROSPECT PARK

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

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,…

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

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.

Prospect Park Zoo

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.

Brooklyn Museum

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…

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

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…

Chocolate Makery & Slime Studio

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.

25th Annual BAMkids Film Festival

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…

First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum: Legacy

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…

DUMBO/DOWNTOWN

Brooklyn Bridge Park Playgrounds

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. 

Time Out Market New York

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…

Beat The Bomb

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…

Jane’s Carousel

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.

Open Hours at Environmental Education Center

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…

The Rink at Brooklyn Commons

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

Art in Dumbo’s First Thursday Art Walk

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.

Brooklyn Indoor Block Party

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.

WILLIAMSBURG

Domino Park

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…

SUNSET PARK/RED HOOK

Shipwrecked Brooklyn

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…

Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

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

CONEY ISLAND