Looking for economical ways to have fun with kids in Brooklyn? Brooklyn Mamas has come up with a list of 10 Fun Spots to explore in Brooklyn all for $15 & under. Now that’s a steal!
Stutengarten Brooklyn Playgroup
Come on out to this kid friendly beer garden. There are mats with plenty of toys in the middle for kids to play while parents relax, chat, & interact with the little ones. Kids and parents can enjoy bratwurst, kielbasa or chicken sausage ($4.00 each), or a soft German pretzel with mustard for $3.00. Check their Facebook status for updates & see if the playgroup is on for Mon. or Wed. at Stutengarten Brooklyn – Local Business – Brooklyn, NY | Facebook
When: Tues. & Thurs. 2:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. (sometimes Mon. & Wed. as well)
Where: Der Schwartz Kolner, 710 Fulton Street, Fort Greene; 347) 841- 4495
Cost: All they ask is a minimum purchase of $5 or a donation.
Little Big Arts & Crafts
Kids get to work on a craft project, enjoy free creative play and a sing-a-long. The restaurant serves Stumptown coffee and is known for it’s fresh muffins, scones and coffee cake baked in house. They offer other kids’ programs for $5 per family such as story time and sing-a-longs Tuesday-Thursday at the same time. Contact Jennifer Clements at the restaurant for more information. Check out the website: Dean Street Brooklyn | Restaurant, Bar, Music in Prospect Heights
When: Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Dean Street Restaurant, 755 Dean St, Prospect Heights
Ages: 2 & up
Cost: $10/child, $5/add’l sibling
Arts & Recreation
Kids can enjoy being outdoors while crafting and playing in nature. The Boathouse is one of the most beautiful areas of the park with a lush green canopy surrounding waterfalls, carved bridges and paths. Naturalists guide kids in the activities and kids get to role play pretending to be different animals. This event is ongoing but check the calendar to be sure it is not cancelled! For more info visit: Audubon Center – Prospect Park
When: Saturdays & Sundays, 1pm- 2p.m.
Where: Meet at the Audubon Center (Lincoln Road / Ocean Avenue entrance), Prospect Park
Ages: All ages
Story, Song, & Shimmy
Bring your little ones to enjoy stories & singing while they develop motor, social & cognitive abilities. They also get to dance using fun props & play some instruments! For more info go to: Park Slope Armory YMCA – Armory Sports Complex – YMCA of … Check out the family schedule of events for all ages at: Family Programs
When: Mondays 3:30-4:15p.m., Tuesdays 10:00-10:45a.m.
Where: Park Slope YMCA, 361 15th St., Park Slope; 718) 912-2580
Ages: Up to 5 years with an adult
Cost: Member Fee: None, Non-Member Fee $12
Puss in Boots
Come to this Park Slope theater & see Perrault’s 1697 French fantasy adapted for Marionettes. For more info on the theater go to: Puppetworks, Inc.
When: Saturdays & Sundays 12:30p.m. & 2:30p.m.
Where: Puppetworks, inc., 338 Sixth Ave. at 4th St., Park Slope
Ages: 3 & up
Cost: Child $7, Adult $8
Yellow Sneaker Sing A Long
Come & enjoy a weekly interactive sing-along with puppets! You will hear some original songs as well as old favorites. For more info: Yellow Sneaker Productions …
When: Wednesdays 10:00-10:45am
Where: The Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, Park Slope
Cost: $5 per family
Open Play at NY City Explorers
Come & relax in this spacious indoor play space that also has a decently sized backyard for use on nice days. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied with including a wooden house, a library which includes bilingual Spanish/English books, puzzles, blocks, a small train set & more. The space is also shared with Blue Marble Ice Cream so you can enjoy a treat after your visit. For more info go to: NY City Explorers – where kids come to explore!
When: Monday-Friday 11a.m.-3p.m.
Where: NY City Explorers, 186 Underhill Ave. Prospect Heights
Cost: $10 per family for up to 2 children
Open Play at The Gym Park
This 2,800 sq. ft. facility is a gymnastics based play space. If your child likes climbing & bouncing this is the place to visit. The floor is completely padded & there are soft mats to climb or slide down, trampolines, balance beams, cones & much more. Check it out at: The Gym Park, Gymnastics, Play Center
When: Mon.,Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 10:30a.m.-12:30pm; Wed. 3:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
Where: The Gym Park, 81 Oak Street, Greenpoint
Ages: 6 months- 6 years
Cost: Members $10, Non-members $15
Children & Family Programs at the New York Transit Museum
Every weekend kids can enjoy different transit themed activities which include arts & crafts & games. Come ready to design & create your very own masterpieces! Check out the schedule: New York Transit Museum – MTA Home
When: Saturdays & Sundays 1:30 p.m.
Where: New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn Heights
Ages: 4 or 5 years & up depending on the activity
Cost: Free with museum admission ($7 adults, $5 kids)
Parent & Baby Yoga
This class is designed to help parents relax through breathing & address those body aches a caregiver feels. You will learn baby massage techniques & enjoy the calming time & space. Classes are drop-in, however they ask that you call & let them know you are coming. There are also different class packages you can purchase which would bring the cost per class down to $10! For more info visit: Element Natural Healing Arts Brooklyn – acupuncture, yoga …
When: Tuesdays 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Where: Element Natural Healing Arts, 518 Henry St. (Corner of Union), Carroll Gardens; 718) 855-4850
Ages: 6 weeks-1 year
Cost: $12 per class
By: Kelly O’Neil