7 Brooklyn Hot Spots to Keep Kids Cool This Summer UPDATED 2013

Mamas, you deserve a summer break, too! To help you out, we’ve done some homework for you. All you need to do is find a sitter and send her and the kids to one of these summer hot spots. Your kids will love having someone new and energetic to lead the excursion, and you’ll have a chance to do something that’s on your own summer wish list. Go ahead – catch a movie with a friend, book a spa day, or take some time to lounge with a new book.

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This Summer’s Top 7 Hot Spots in Brooklyn:

Pier 6
Head to Pier 6 for a sprawling 1.6-acre playground with water lab, swings, huge sand box, and brand-new climbing and sliding equipment.

Ample Hills Creamery
Let the kiddos lick their way through 24 crazy-good flavors like Maple Bacon, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and Salted Crack Caramel. At Ample Hills, an artisan ice cream shop in Prospect Heights, ice cream is hand-crafted with fresh local ingredients.

Coney Island
No summer is complete without a trip to the iconic Coney Island–carnival rides for kids of all ages, the famous Cyclone roller coaster for the older kids, and an old-timey boardwalk that makes everyone smile.

Aviator Sports Complex
Tune in for the Olympics this summer and let the kids try out their favorite sport at Aviator Sports. This indoor space has ice-skating, basketball, volleyball, plus party rooms for rent!

Prospect Park Carousel
The Prospect Park Carousel is 100 years old this year! The kids will love the old fashioned fun, and at only $2.00 per ride, they can ride again and again.

Music in the Grove
Coordinate a weekly play date at the Fort Greene Park Conservancy to enjoy the Music in the Grove summer series with free kid concerts Wednesdays, 10-11 am (late June – mid August). Pack a lunch and stick around after the concert for a picnic in the park!

New York Aquarium
Find Nemo at The New York Aquarium with its daily sea lion show and interactive summer program including a zip line and giant walk-through maze. Don’t miss the sea otters, penguins, and sharks!





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