BROOKLYN FAMILY FAVES

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BY PROSPECT PARK

Emily Oliveira Mural

Monumentally scaled mural ‘We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down’ appears as if emerging from the inner rings of the Prospect Park Bandshell amidst a swirling, hand painted cosmos. Within it, every being —…

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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Explore a 52-acre urban botanic garden with a variety of plants and habitats.

*  Don’t miss the lovely Japanese Garden’s pond, home to turtles, carp, ducks and its small Shinto shrine guarded by two stone fox statues (and gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring).

* Download a kids field journal and see tips…

First Discoveries at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Explorers up to 5 years old (and their caregivers) can pot up a plant, create a craft, read a story, and use senses to explore nature at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers. Activities rotate weekly.

Drop-in. Free with Garden admission.

All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check the website…

LeFrak Center Boating & Biking

Ride single or double kayak and pedal boat to explore 55 acres of waterfront in Prospect Park ($16-$36/hour). Lightweight, synthetic clothing & water bottles suggested.

Choose from an array of bike rentals from traditional two wheels and kids trailers to a four-wheeled, 6-person double surrey ($13-$38/hour).

Half-day, full-day and season pass rentals also available.

Prospect Park Carousel

53 magnificent horses ride alongside a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two dragon-pulled chariots in a charming carousel built in 1912. One of the only wheelchair accessible carousels in the nation.

Snacks available at the Pony Express Snack Bar.

In the park’s Children’s Corner near the Prospect Park Zoo.

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 and…

DanceAfrica 2022

The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and music returns to the stages and streets of Brooklyn for its 45th year. Five different guest companies from Brooklyn, Harlem, the Bronx, and Washington, DC offer a home-grown vision of traditional dances from from Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, and the Caribbean, .

The streets surrounding BAM…

Smorgasburg In Prospect Park

Nosh at the largest weekly open-air food market in America featuring 35 local vendors—including Parantha Alley and Vaquero Elotes—and a full bar.  At what the New York Times calls “The Woodstock of Eating,” try Amazeballs meatballs by NFL player Derrell Smith, egg sandwiches based on Japanese tamagoyaki, Fluffies’ thick soufflé pancakes. Portuguese sandwiches, Afghan comfort…

First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum

Enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment for all ages the first Saturday of the month at Brooklyn Museum.

Artist Mel Chin celebrates the finale of the Fundred Project—an initiative he founded that, since 2008, has connected hundreds of thousands of kids, communities, and policymakers from across the country to advance actions to…

Salsa Party at Brooklyn Museum

Celebrate the art of salsa with a monthly series featuring social dancing and performances with Balmir Latin Dance Studio. Start the evening with a class led by professional dancers at 6 pm, then dance the night away with live music and enjoy performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.

Free, but online registration required.

See…

Outdoor Yoga on the Stoop

Enjoy socially distant yoga and meditation in front of Brooklyn Museum, open to all levels and led by local instructors. Open your hips and your heart in a gentle flow class, followed by a guided meditation with plenty of time to rest.

Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of…

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…

Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Public Art

In celebration of the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 collab designed by the late Virgil Abloh, a massive orange skateboarder sculpture has popped up in Brooklyn Bridge Park, towering over Jane’s Carousel and frame by the iconic skyline.

Also look for large glass boxes of graphic globe sculptures placed around NYC at…

Beat The Bomb

Kids and adults play together in a 1 hour video game escape room with a signature paint bomb ending. With hazmat suits, paint, lasers and smoke machines, 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…

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.

Pier 2 Roller Rink

Skate on a world-class roller and inline skating rink with a waterfront view and a top 40 soundtrack. Skate rental available ($7). Wrist Guards Required for all skaters; rentals are provided free of charge.

Advanced ticket sales are no longer required/offered. All tickets can be purchased upon entry at the admissions windows. Sessions are 3 hours each.

Cosmic Camp

Jump across lava fields, drive rovers, participate in intergalactic trivia, decode ice crystals, collect coins, and shoot through three slides at an intergalactic adventure for all ages at an experiential toy store.

At experiential toy store CAMP, with free hands-on fun for all behind a secret bookcase. Inside a shopping complex with lots of food…

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 three afternoons a week offer the opportunity for self-led investigation with guidance by expert educators to…

Brooklyn Bidge Park Kayaking

Starts June 1.

Glide along the East River on kayaks from the volunteer-run Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (Pier 4 Beach). All levels welcome. Advanced registration required.

Kids under 14 must ride in a double kayak with an adult except on Sundays from 12 pm to 2:30 pm when kids age 7 or older can paddle…

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.

WILLIAMSBURG

Domino Park

This large waterfront park has cool design and amazing bridge and Manhattan views.

* 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 manufacturing process of the refinery.

* Pick up…

Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 by Virgil Abloh Exhibit

In anticipation of the release nine iterations of the Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 sneaker in June, see a free immersive exhibition showcasing 47 iterations of the collaborative sneakers.

Also look for a giant orange skateboarder in Brooklyn Bridge Park and large glass boxes of graphic globe sculptures placed around New York…

Putting Green

Play an 18-hole golf course on the Williamsburg waterfront showcasing problems and solutions for climate change issues facing our planet.

Each of the 18 holes has been designed by a community partner, including artists and designers, community and school groups, environmental advocacy organizations and public agencies. The designs focus on a broad range of climate…

Rock And Roll Playhouse at Brooklyn Bowl

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. Each week a local professional band covers a deferent beloved artist or genre, from Aretha Franklin to Phish to Alanis Morisette.

Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs for sensitive ears)…

NYSoM Once Upon A Time in NYC 2022

Celebrate the best in fantasy fiction throughout the ages – Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Paw Patrol and Harry Potter & More

See favorite cartoon and fairytale characters including Paw Patrol, Cinderella, Dora the Explorer and Aladdin, make your own royal house and cartoon sing-along, meet sci fi & fantasy characters from Star Wars,…

WESTERN BROOKLYN

Green-Wood

This historic cemetery (founded in 1838) is a lovely place to wander, with 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, plus gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and extraordinary 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.

* Honor famous permanent residents such as Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort…

Art at Industry City

Look for cool installations indoors and out at this happening design hub. The courtyard is currently in bloom for a perfect spring photo-op.

Also take photos in the arty elevators, go on a colorful hunt with a printable art map and see pretty decor (and tasty food) at Japan Village.

See our guide…

Shipwrecked Brooklyn

Play an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course and go on an adventure through 4 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 and…

New York Aquarium

See sharks, rays, sea otters, octopus, jellyfish and more at the oldest continually operating aquarium in the US.

* Take in a sea lion show at the Aquatheater (limited seating), chill out while zebra sharks swim overhead and admire rainbow colored coral exhibits. See sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and penguins at outdoor Sea…

Luna Park

Visit Coney Island’s iconic seaside amusement park, home of the historic Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, dozens of family-friendly and thrill rides, dining, carnival games shops and more.

Buy unlimited-ride 4-hour wristbands (buy online to avoid lines) or pay per ride at the park. Some attractions only available for riders over 48 inches tall.

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Frying Pan Brooklyn Game Room

Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, a 9-hole mini golf course featuring iconic Brooklyn landmarks such as the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn Bridge in an outdoor courtyard. Play arcade style games in a colorful vintage-style room.

Eat lobster rolls, poke tacos at the New England-inspired seafood-focused Frying Pan next door or check out diverse food options (and…