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.

The Obama Portraits Tour

See the iconic official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald in person in a limited stop of a  five-city tour. Reserve timed tickets in advance; slots are selling out . See our guide to the Brooklyn Museum.  

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments from the legendary house of Dior as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and more.

Immersive installations include an enchanted garden in the central atrium of the Beaux-Arts Court, a toile room, and a  gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars…

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 panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Food and…

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…

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.

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.

* Through October 24, see Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady as part of…

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.

In 90-minute Play Sessions, explore BCM’s signature exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The (outdoor) Nest. Space is limited…

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Family Music Series

Join BCM’s first annual “We Got Something to Say” Family Music Series, where Brooklyn families connect to Black artists who are using music to inspire change. Hear what each artist has to say while enjoying dance, food, community art, and award-winning family music outdoors on the BM roof. Different musicians are featured each week including…

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…

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…

Claudia Wieser: Rehearsal

Explore five large-scale geometric sculptures, each different in size, shape, and pattern. Painted, photographic, and mirrored details combine to create vibrant compositions that highlight the dynamism of the city and its people.

Ranging between seven and 13 feet in height, the sculptures are clad in more than 1,500 clay tiles that were hand-painted by the…

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…

Sounds at Sunset

Enjoy free chamber music concerts with favorite classical and modern pieces by members of the American Symphony Orchestra at the verdant Pier 3 Greenway Terrace in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

RSVP online. Walk ups accommodated as space allows.

Ed Center Reopening & Mark Morris Dance Group at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for a special family-friendly event celebrating the reopening and the 6th Anniversary and re-opening of the Environmental Education Center (99 Plymouth Street). Enjoy special birthday festivities and outdoor activities, in addition to visitors being allowed back indoors to explore the unique educational exhibits and animals.

Features themed crafts, a community…

WILLIAMSBURG

Domino Park

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

* Frolic in waterfront fountains, near remaining elements of the former Domino Sugar Factory. In the evening, the fountains are illuminated in pretty colors.

* The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has fun features like spinning valve wheels cast from…

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…

Greenpoint Terminal Market

Support small Brooklyn businesses at an outdoor flea located on the waterfront with gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline. Shop over 100 vendors from vintage and antiques to local art and design, fresh fashion and a variety of international food.
Also enjoy live music, shows and outdoor activities for the whole family like comedy,…

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…

Industry City

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout, including multiple members of NYC’s annual colorful cow parade.

* Find tons of great international food options & with lots of outdoor seating including a fire pit by Sahadi’s and the lovely lantern covered courtyard of

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, shops and more.

Admission is now by timed-entry, unlimited-ride 2-hour wristbands.

Afterwards play on the beach across the boardwalk, get lunch at the famous Nathan’s Hotdog or see sharks at…