Free Things to Do With Kids- Spring Break in Brooklyn

Audubon Center (Photo Credit: Prospect Park)

Spring Break is now upon us!  There are some wonderful free things to do with kids over the 2012 Spring Break in Brooklyn. Take some time to spend with the kids engaging in fun & free activities. There are many outdoor events to attend, so take advantage of the time off to enjoy the great outdoors of Brooklyn. What could be better?

Annual Spring Egg Hunt
The egg hunt starts promptly at 10am so be there early. Kids will also enjoy balloons & face painting.  Baked goods will also be on sale to enjoy. For more info:

When: April 7, 10am (raindate April 8th)
Where: Pierrepont Playground,Columbia Heights at Pierrepont St , Brooklyn Heights
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages


Blooming Naturalists
Kids learn how to become Naturalists and make their very own nature journals at the Audubon Center.

When: April 9-13, 12pm-4pm
Where: Audubon Center ( Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance), Prospect Park
Cost: Free
Ages: All


Spring Sprouts
Kids make their very own pot of herbs to take home with them & care for! T o learn more e to register, visit

When: April 9-13, 12pm-4pm
Where: Lefferts Historic House (Willink Entrance, Intersection of Flatbush/Ocean Avenues & Empire Boulevard), Prospect Park
Cost: Free
Ages: All


Splash Week
Kids learn about water skills & safety. Check the Splash Schedule schedule for age group & times:  Park Slope Armory YMCA

When: Wednesday, April 4-Friday, April13
Where: Park Slope Armory YMCA, 36115th St.; 212) 912-2580
Cost: Free
Ages: 6 months & up


Family Nature Crafts
Join to make some fun eco-crafts with all the supplies provided! For more info:

When: Saturday April 7, 1:00pm
Where: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center, Fort Greene Park; 718) 722-3218
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free


Urban Park Ranger Programs in City Parks
Join Park Rangers in Marine Park, Brooklyn to experience a variety of nature programs designed for young children & families. The park rangers encourage children to explore the nature all around them by engaging in outdoor activities. There are daily activities during spring break that include Archery, Nocturnal Animals, Reptiles & Amphibians, Animal Adaptation & Mimicry & much more. For more info visit: Marine Park Events

When: Monday, April 9-Friday, April 13
Where: Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, East 33rd St & Ave. U, Brooklyn; 718) 421-2021
Ages: All Ages
Cost: Free


Sharin’ A Ride, an original musical!
This special spring break musical features Carbon Footprint Man & the Professor in a funny historic story about public transportation in NYC. The audience gets to sing along with the show. For more details visit:  New York Transit Museum – MTA Home

When: April 10,11,12,13 11:00am & 1:30pm, April 14 & 15 at 1:30pm & 3:30pm
Where: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum PL & Schermerhorn ST, Brooklyn Heights; 718)694-1600
Ages: 4 & up
Cost: Free with museum admission ($7 adults, $5 kids)


Spring Break Discovery Week
Families explore the Discovery Garden for signs of spring plants & animals, along with staff & volunteers. This program will be cancelled in inclement weather. For more info: Spring Break Discovery Week – Brooklyn Botanic Garden

When: Tues. April 10- Fri. April 13, 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Avenue; 718)623-7220
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free with Admission (Adults $10, Children under 12 free)


Spring Break at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Come & enjoy special programs & extended spring break hours. There are a variety of art & science programs for all ages! Some of the programs include Meet & Greet: Creatures of the Sea where kids get to touch live sea animals & learn how to preserve their habitats, Live Animal Encounters, Recycled Creations & Geothermal Power. Check the calendar of events at:

When: Friday, April 6- Sunday, April 15, 9:30am-5:00pm
Where: 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Mark’s Avenue), Crown Heights
Ages: All ages
Cost: Programs free with admission ($7.50 per person, children under 1-free)


By: Kelly O’Neil

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