Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Brooklyn today, July 15, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what’s going on today in Brooklyn‘s museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children‘s concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening July 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Brooklyn, check out our complete calendar of events.
Fly Away with Books! is a 4-day program that offers unique and playful experiences to kids between 4-10 years old, using books as interactive objects. On July 13th, renowned French children authors and illustrators will lead a workshop at the Environmental Education Center.
In a world that is more than ever intertwined with technology, this is an opportunity for children to reconnect with books outside of school, while offering kids from various backgrounds a creative getaway during the summertime, in order to avoid the infamous “summer slide”.
Author workshops include Corals with Lucie Brunellière, ATLAS, and Garden Pop-Up with Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud. Scroll below for descriptions.
Kids will learn traditional clay building skills, including pinch pots, coil pots, slab building and much more in this fun mini series!
First come, first serve; no reservations necessary. Wear a bathing suit or shorts and a T-Shirt, use lots of sunscreen and bring water to drink.
Note: For minors to paddle a legal guardian must be present.
This singalong is scheduled for every Thursday, but call in advance to comfirm before you go.
Sweet treats, savory snacks, and drinks, including beer and wine, are available for purchase, thanks to a partnership with Smorgasburg – including cheeseburgers and crab cakes from Burger Supreme, Belgian-cut fries from Home Frite, pizza from Wood Fired Edibles, and homemade ice cream from Bona Bona Ice Cream. Food options rotate throughout the season, with new concessions added every week! In addition to food, each night also includes pre-show music sets spun by Brooklyn Radio DJs, and short films curated by Bamcinématek.
On July 11: Pariah (R)
On July 18: Girlfight (R)
On July 25: It Happened One Night (NR)
Join for this weekly series filled with woodland adventures, including hikes, seasonal explorations, stories, and crafts. This program is designed for a caregiver and age-appropriate child to explore the wonders of the forest together. For 3-1/2 to 5 year-olds with (an adult chaperone).
Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds. On Friday nights in June and July, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public. Weather permitting.
Incredibles 2 (PG) – July 12
Aquaman (PG-13) – July 19
Coco (PG) – July 26
The Wizard of Oz (G) – August 2
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) – August 9
Captain Marvel (PG-13) – August 16
June 7: Ali Dineen Feral Foster with Special Guest Little Nora Brown
June 14: Linda McRae / Tim Grimm
June 21: Queen Esther, opening set by Jan Bell
June 28: Greg Schätz / Will Scott Charlie Burnham
July 12: Common Jack / Kevin Daniel
July 19: Pearla / Yella Belly
July 26: Ben Rice / Queue
August 2: Sophie Colette / Eighty Ninety 8090
Coastal Cleanup Volunteers give back to the community by helping us remove hundr of pounds of trash from Pier 1 salt marshes and beaches. Scheduled times are according to low tides, from May – October.
All volunteers must fill out a waiver and bring it to their first volunteer activity in the park. Volunteers 18 years old or younger should submit their waiver signed by a parent or guardian before any activity begins; volunteers 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Groups with 10 members or fewer are welcome to join in our 2-hour long Coastal Cleanup sessions. Space is limited. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator/Elizabeth Harnett at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a date.
Registered volunteers, please log-in to your volunteer profile to schedule yourself.
Bring your creativity and curiosity to Freestyle Fridays! In this open-studio art-making experience, choose from a quirky assortment of materials and tools to make something unique. Look out for special guests, unexpected tools, and objects that spark imagination.
Freestyle Fridays in ColorLab is made possible in part by the Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, which is generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and administered by Lincoln Center.
Join us Fridays and Saturdays for special summer night hours at the aquarium. We’re staying open until 10 p.m. (last entry 9 p.m.) to make the most of summer on Coney Island.
Enjoy food and drinks while you watch the Coney Island fireworks from the best spot on the boardwalk, the top of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! Catch a late night sea lion show and meet some of our keepers. Or try your luck at animal trivia. Check out the full schedule below, see you there!
Animal Trivia: Main Plaza6:15 p.m., 7p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
Aquatheater Show: Aquatheater7:30 p.m.
Meet the Keepers: Hudson Canyon6-6:30 and 6:30-7 p.m.
Come out and enjoy Prospect Park while learning about its incredible history! Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours host a series of walking tours that examine the many layers of natural and human history to be found in Brooklyn‘s Backyard.
Hidden Treasures Tour (1st Sundays)Waterways Wellhouse Tour (2nd Sundays)Art Architecture Tour (3rd Sundays)Brooklyn’s Backyard Tour – Family-friendly tour that includes a scavenger hunt, plus Zoo and Carousel admission (4th Sundays)
Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. “Magic at Coney!!!” is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from around the world.
Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.
Photo by Etienne Frossard
Habana Outpost projects classic films onto its big outdoor screen from late spring to late fall.
The 2019 schedule:
May 5 – Selena PG (1997)
May 12 – Mrs. Doubfire PG (1993)
May 19 – G.O.T / The Finale
May 26 – Love Jones PG
Jun 2 – The Wedding Singer PG (1998)
Jun 9 – El Cantante R (2006)
Jun 16 – Bad Boys R (1995)
Jun 23 – What Women Want PG (2000)
June 30 – Tyson R (1995)
Jul 7 – Cliffhanger R (1993)
Jul 14 – Liar Liar PG (1997)
Jul 21 – The Professional R (1994)
Jul 28 – He Got Game R (1998)
Aug 4 – Never Been Kissed PG (1999)
Aug 11 – Step Up PG (2006)
Aug 18 – The Super R (1991)
Aug 25 – Notorious R (2009)
Sep 1 – Jurassic Park PG (1993)
Sep 8 – Fifth Element PG (1997)
Sep 15 – Fight Club R (1999)
Sep 22 – Wild Wild West PG (1999)
Sep 29 – Paid In Full R (2002)
Oct 6 – Goodfellas R (1990)
Oct 13 – Sister Act R (1992)
Oct 20 – Scream R (1996)
Oct 27 – Hocus Pocus PG (1993)
Local musician and salsa aficionado Willie Villegas hosts this event that features live outdoor salsa classes. The community can enjoy an afternoon of live music, dancing, and drink specials at the weekly event.
Old Stone House: Witness to War is a self-directed exhibit that takes visitors on a journey through the Revolutionary Era in Brooklyn from 1776 until 1783 while exploring the Battle of Brooklyn and the Occupation. Ten themed areas allow visitors to explore this history and consider how war impacted the community, what choices citizens had to make at the time, battle strategies, and what makes these issues relevant in today’s world.
ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines feature aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended!
A few notes:
In this inclusive space, children of all abilities can explore their senses through play, including sensory mats, objects, and swings. The Sensory Room is designed to meet the ne of children with sensory sensitivities and/or who are on the Autism spectrum.
Sessions will be offered 2-2:30pm, 2:45-3:15pm, 3:30pm-4:00pm, 4:15pm-4:45pm.
What makes an object “historical?” Why does the museum keep objects behind glass? Children will ponder these question while being able to physically hold, touch, and feel historical artifacts from the collection. They will learn about the history of those objects through this tactical investigation and by relating these historical artifacts to their own lives.
Join in on Mondays in the backyard at toy store and play space, Norman and Jules. The Sparrow Sisters perform a sweet mixture of folk and nursery songs with guitar, ukulele, vocal harmony. Plus a visit from resident puppet Henry the Caterpillar.
Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective and fun workout. Sneakers are a must.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with sunrise yoga in the morning light. Join Abhaya Yoga for a sunrise yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to stretch, strengthen, and condition.
A few notes:
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. before each class.Remember to bring a mat if you have one (a limited number of mats are available first come first served – with valid ID).Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.
Families are invited to visit Jamaica, Cuba, and the U.S. through these interactive Caribbean, Hip Hop, and Afro-Cuban classes. Watch master artists perform, then experience the joy and learn the movements through a class and a dance jam.
Join the 2-hr basketball clinics at Pier 2 led by NYC youth basketball organization KING Hoops for children ages 7 and older. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games.
Share the joy of making music with your little one! This fun and exploratory music class will have you and your child singing, dancing, exploring instruments, and making new friends. We will play everything from classic favorites to original songs that you won’t hear anywhere else. Some classes may also incorporate a musical story or craft.
Bring your little ones to this weekly singalong with Lloyd Miller. Call to confirm.
Red Hook Flicks, in association with Red Hook Labs, presents Summer Movies on the Pier. All films start at 8:30pm (or as soon as it’s dark enough).
There’s tons to explore at BCM and Tuesdays are dedicated to the permanent exhibits. Together with your child, can you find an authentic West Indian Day Parade costume? Have you met the Madagascar hissing cockroaches in the greenhouse? Can you try your dance moves in Global Beats? Check out the exhibits here.
At multiple locations around town, Regal Cinemas offers $1 movies for little ones on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer. A portion of the proce goes to supporting The Will Rogers Institute.
July 2-3: Despicable Me 3 and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
July 9-10: Lego Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
July 23-24: The Lego Movie and Captain Underpants
July 30-31: Sing and How to Train Your Dragon 2
Here is a schedule of performances:
June 26: Mills Trills
July 10: Soul Science Lab
July 17: Esther Crow
July 24: Astrograss
July 31: Moona Luna
August 7: Vered
July 7: Suzi Shelton
July 14: Kotchanga?
July 28: Rolie Polie Guacamole
Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park by visiting the Environmental Education Center’s 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and more.
Photo by Paula Berg
This exhibition and multimedia experience brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems for visitors of all ages.
Waterfront traces a personal, local history of the borough’s waterfront while also exploring the coastline’s global significance. The exhibition engages with important debates about the shoreline’s future by taking on the waterfront’s most pressing contemporary topics including sea level rise and gentrification.
The stories chosen by this year’s Teen Council stretch back to the time of Walt Whitman, who published his first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855 in the Rome Brothers’ print shop in Brooklyn Heights, through the early 2000s, when a collective called DUMBA gave LGBTQ artists and activists a home in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Each of the five stories featured in the exhibition explores themes of race, class, activism, health, and community.
As budding historians, the Teen Council interns conducted extensive research in BHS’s library and archives, using primary sources like the AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection. They also conducted their own interviews with the founders of Circle of Voices, a non-profit organization of Womyn of African Descent and Womyn of Color, and with Debbie Griffin-Daza, the anti-violence activist and former co-owner of the Starlite Lounge.
New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.
BCM’s Block Lab invites visitors to develop spatial reasoning, engineering, and language skills with the Imagination Playground block set. Experience the fun in the play space where big blue blocks build new worlds and kids make all the rules!
The Art Force 5 welcomes young and old superheroes-in-training to make their own superhero action figure and customized cape. A huge comic book exhibit depicting the history of comic books alongside equal rights will delight both comic novices and enthusiasts. Visitors will be invited to paint a tile that, when joining forces with hundr of others, will make some beautiful public art celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. All free, all fun, and open to all ages.
Introduce your children to Chess at 3! These classes are centered around stories that explain why the chess pieces move the way they do. Your children will learn how all the pieces like to move, some chess theory, and the importance of sportsmanship.
Learn more about Chess at Three at http://chessat3.com.
Does your child already know how all the pieces move? If so, in this class, children will delve deeper into chess theory, figure out difficult puzzles, strengthen the importance of sportsmanship, and hear the occasional hilarious story!
Over the course of this class you’ll start a sketchbook practice, and each week talk about different ways of recording your experiences and dreams. We’ll cover basic art concepts and use multiple media with a focus on watercolor.
Laura Eliason is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist and teacher whose work engages with themes of visual storytelling, philosophy, and preserving the handmade. Some of her favorite media and techniques to work with include: pen ink, watercolor, oil paint, dye, crochet, and machine knitting.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival celebrates its 41st season with 29 performances, running from June 4–August 10. The programming, reflective of Brooklyn’s eclecticism and diversity, will feature a wide array of free, world-class performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Stroller parking will be available on the 9th Street side of the venue. Do not bring cans, bottles, coolers, tents, alcoholic beverages, pets, video cameras, audio recording devices, or professional cameras into the festival site.
Meet the Early Childhood Educators at the Carousel, enjoy a nature activity, and learn about upcoming programs throughout the summer and fall. Free and suitable for ages 3-5 with chaperone. Registration recommended. Carousel rides cost $2.25 per spin. Call 718-351-3450 or email email@example.com
The American Indian Community House will host art exhibitions and artists talks with three Native artists from New York City. In addition, AICH will host a Native story teller, a Native American Youth Council visual project about the history of Native Americans in New York City, Native American musical and theatrical performances and presentations by Native American artisans (jewelry makers, fashion designers and others).
“The Jewel of Bay Ridge”, Narrows Botanical Gardens (NBG) hosts an outdoor summer movie series on select Fridays. In addition to the magic on the big screen, movie-goers get a spectacular view of the Narrows waterway.
Black Panther (PG-13), June 21Wreck It Ralph (PG), July 12Vertigo (PG), July 26Wonder Woman (PG), August 16Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (G), August 23
In case of inclement weather, please call 718.748.4810 the day of the movie, after 3pm.
Let your child explore art materials in a whimsical Art Studio! Leave the mess of homemade finger paint, playdough and sensory bottles with us. We’ll prepare safe, non-toxic art materials for your toddler to explore. This playgroup is perfect for babies who are still exploring with their mouth. Come dressed for a mess!
• Come dressed for a mess. While all of our homemade art supplies are washable, its bested to dress in art-friendly clothing. This applies to baby and their grown up 🙂 • This playgroup is designed to be an exploration of new materials for babies and their caregiver, rather than a structured class.
Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Themes for projects include NYC, outer space, animals, opposites, and much more. This curriculum is a great introduction to a structured class for young artists and will help strengthen their fine motor skills and ability to represent the world around them.
Jazz, rock, folk, classical – just a few of the music genres we’ll explore through art in this NEW class! We’ll work on jazz-inspired finger paintings, mark-making to the beat of rock n roll and much more! We’ll also learn about different artists who use music as their muse.
• Drop-off optional for kids over the age of 4.
Budding artists in this class will use their whole body to make art! We’ll create life-size silhouettes, capturing our bodies in motion, drawings with our feet, and other non-traditional projects. This class is perfect for an active artist!
Drop off is optional.
Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday in July and August at the Imagination Playground for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall. Discover fun and exciting tales as you gather around Peter and Willie, the statue of two beloved Keats characters. Sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
The newest Public Art Fund installation, Iranian artist Siah Armajani’s Bridge Over Tree, is now open at Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn.
Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. Green Team is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoy nature, and make the Park look its best.
Saturdays, May 25-Oct 26, 2019, 10am to 12pm.
All volunteers must fill out a waiver and bring it to their first volunteer activity in the park. Volunteers 18 years old or younger should submit their waiver signed by a parent or guardian before any activity begins; volunteers 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No experience necessary.
Groups with 10 members or fewer are welcome to join in Green Team sessions. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator/Elizabeth Harnett at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a date.
play:groundNYC is back for their fourth year on Governors Island, stewarding and operating The Yard – a 50,000 square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools and space for you to play, imagine, and dream big! This year, play:groundNYC will be offering an adventure club, school field trips, professional development for educators, a ten-week summer camp program and, of course, free play every weekend all season long.
New York Virtual Volcano Observatory brings the experience of exploring a volcano to Governors Island. Join volcanologists from CUNY and other NYC institutions to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos – and the rich volcanic history of the New York region – through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, guest speakers, and kid-friendly activities.
Buy fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables year-round at your local greenmarket! You can also take part in programs like nutrition workshops, clothing collections, and food scrap collections.
Open Run is a new community-based initiative that empowers local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2½-3 miles.
Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home as bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome.
An opportunity to play Dungeons Dragons with some of the best “Dungeon Masters” in NYC! They create characters and go on multi-month campaigns with a band of adventurous kids each week – making great friends as they quest for treasure and glory. New players welcome every week.
Photo by Marc Goldberg Photography
Neighborhood families are invited to join the booksellers of Greenlight for story time every Sunday morning. Greenlight staff choose their favorite read-alouds to share with the youngest booklovers, with great books ranging from classics and award-winners to the best new releases and local favorites.
Head to the New York Transit Museum every Thursday for stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes such as animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, the city’s subways and buses! Free with admission. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.