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

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.

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,…

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 —…

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 Museum

This encyclopedic, community focused museum on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world.

* Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments in Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams in an immersive installations…

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.

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Jewish Children’s Museum Chanukah Family Fest

Join the Jewish Children’s Museum for a multi-day Chanukah family experience. Learn how olive oil was made in the temple era, decorate some doughnuts and more. Explore the museum’s unique exhibits, and help create a Chanukah mural on a Menorah.

Advanced reservation required.

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.

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DUMBO/DOWNTOWN

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

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. Some horses unavailable due to social distancing.

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…

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.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 4th Annual Holiday Market

Find the perfect gift from Yard-based businesses and local Brooklyn makers just in time for the holiday season.

Checkout out artwork to enhance home offices, fashion to bring on some cheer, and find unique gifts for the hard to shop. While shopping, enjoy festive food and drink, holiday music, and fun merriment from workshops to…

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 the Beatles to Aretha Franklin to Prince the Grateful Dead.

Loud (bring hearing protection earmuffs…

WESTERN BROOKLYN

Holiday Winter Putterland

Play through a mini golf course surrounded by holiday lights, decorations, music, and special effects. Lots of photo-ops and specialty drinks for the adults and fun for all ages.

Go on an adventure through 4 themed areas complete with theatrical scenery, lights, and sound.  Use a bag gold tokens ($5) to bring the story to…