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A guide to year-round activities for families, kids and pet owners in Brooklyn NY. Information on Brooklyn’s museums for children; family outdoor fun; festivals; educational activities for kids; Brooklyn’s best family outings, and shops and shows for kids in Brooklyn. Resources for first-time parents, pet owners, tips for visiting relatives and grandparents, and itineraries for tourists with children and visitors with pets.
  1. Coney Island for Kids and Families (13)
  2. GLBTQ (11)
  3. Halloween in Brooklyn (64)
  4. Parades in Brooklyn (12)
  5. Pets in Brooklyn (6)
  6. Spring and Summer Fun for Kids and Families in Brooklyn (40)
  7. Winter Fun for Kids in Brooklyn (6)

7 Ways to Observe Women's History Month in Brooklyn NY, From Steinem to Deneuve
A brief listing of some of the many things going on in Brooklyn, NY in observance of Women's History Month, 2011.

BAMkids Film Festival
This year's 11th annual BAMkids Film Festival offers 50 films from around the world, live music acts, kid-friendly activities, and more. There's sure to be something for even the toughest little movie critic!

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens—When to Go, What to See, How to Get There
The famous Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a must-see destination for NYC residents and visitors. Learn when to go, what to see in different seasons, year-round attractions, special festivals and plant sales—and where to have lunch. Discover the Japanese inspired Japanese Garden, cherry blossoms, and vast collection of bonsai trees. This cultural...

Brooklyn Children's Museum
The Brooklyn Children's Museum opened in 1899 as the first institution of its kind. Today the museum offers award-winning exhibitions, events, and educational activities for kids.

Brooklyn Museums Children Love — Activites For Parents & Grandparents
Tips on family friendly outings to museums in Brooklyn.

Calculating the Cost of Having a Baby, Raising a Family in Brooklyn, New York
How to use a free online calculator to help determine the cost of raising a family in Brookyn, NY.

Can You Rent a Bike to Ride the Brooklyn Bridge? Bike the Bridge,Water Taxi Back
It's fun to cross the Brooklyn Bridge -- but for many people, once is enough! How can you rent a bike and ride across the Brooklyn Bridge, explore a bit of Brooklyn, and get back to Manhattan without adding the extra mileage? For summer travelers, a package bike-and-ferry deal might prove just the ticket.

Brooklyn Kids: Family Best Bets in Brooklyn
Best bets this month for family activities in Brooklyn. Play outdoors, go to the zoo, attend special children's shows, and more.

Dining Out With Kids
Looking for a restaurant that caters to both kids and adults? Try one of these family friendly establishments.

Easter for Brooklyn Kids: Make a Chocolate Bunny, Easter Books, See a Huge Bunny
Everyone loves to be loved, as the saying goes. And Valentine s Day involves expressions of love in all forms. Many children give Valentine s gifts to the most important people in their lives their parents, friends, teachers and siblings. And sometimes schools use the holiday to teach about relationships (or snail mail!). So whatever one's...

Family Calendar
Event listings for kids and families, brought to you by The Brooklyn Paper.

Getting From Brooklyn to Governors Island: When and Where Can One Get the Ferry?
One of the most popular outings in New York City is a trip to Governors Island, a 170-acre site oused for over 200 years for military training purposes, and long abandoned until its re-opening several years ago. It offers miles of biking and walking , interesting buildings, views of New York City, New York Harbor, the Brooklyn Bridge and more....

Greener Than You'd Think, Brooklyn Celebrates Earth Day
Earth Day events in Brooklyn: What's happening, where to go, what to do, from planting trees to educational events for kids.

Is Brooklyn a Popular Baby Name for Girls or boys?
Is Brooklyn a popular baby name? How many babies are named Brooklyn? Is it a boy's or a girl's name?

Kids at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Japanese Hill & Pond — A NYC Family Day Trip
The Japanese Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden makes for a wonderful, peaceful, and educational outing with young children. Whether you're a Brooklyn resident, a New Yorker interested in exploring the city, or tourists and visitors, don't miss the Japanese pond and garden area. It's a year-round attraction.

New York Aquarium
Ever seen a shark eat? Want to watch a walrus wave hello? Head to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, where kids (and adults!) will be entertained for hours.

Popular Baby Names in Brooklyn and New York City
Ten Most Popular Baby Names in Brooklyn and New York City

Ten Brooklyn Activities Kids Will Love
From the Brooklyn Children's Museum to Prospect Park's grassy slopes, Brooklyn has no shortage of options for children and families. These kid friendly activities are sure to please.

Theater & Festivals in Brooklyn
Brooklyn boasts several of New York's most famous independent theaters, dedicated to staging edgy, provocative productions and high quality performances on tour from Europe and other nations. The venues often show fare designed for youth and children.

Three Ways to Save on Kids' Spring Clothes in Brooklyn, Without Even Trying
Thanks to a new tax break announced in April, 2011, Brooklyn (and NYC) shoppers automatically save over 4% of New York State taxes on footwear and clothing. But there's a hitch: the savings only applies if the total bill adds up to less than $55. Here's how to save money on spring clothes for kids, using this tax break.

When Do the Brooklyn Cherry Trees Blossom?
New York is fabulous in the spring. When do Brooklyn cherry trees blossom, and where can you see them?

YES, THERE'S CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IN BROOKLYN, NY
Brooklyn residents don't have to travel to Vermont to put some miles on those Nordic skis. Just head outdoors to Brooklyn parks and golf courses. There are no groomed trails. And you can't rent cross-country skis or get instructions, either. But for the DIY cross-country skier, there are few great places for outdoor fun. Truth is, you can...

Pop Up Piano in Brooklyn — Summer Concerts & ArtFest of Painted Pianos in ...
Here's a schedule of events for Brooklyn's Pop Up Piano festival, a New York City-wide free music and DIY festival in which 88 pianos, decorated and painted by artists, celebrities and community groups, are placed in public spaces. Visitors can listen to concerts--or play!

Where in Brooklyn Can You See the July 4th Fireworks?
Kids love nothing more than fireworks (kids of all ages, that is). Millions of tourists and New Yorkers gather to watch the 4th of July spectacular display. But if you're organizing young children, where's the best place in Brooklyn to watch the July 4th Macy's fireworks?

From Brooklyn, How Can You Get on a Boat to See July 4th Fireworks?
It's very tempting to get out on the water on July 4th, especially to go see the Macy's July Fourth fireworks display. For a splurge, you can buy a ticket on a commercial cruise boat. They offer some combination of dinner, dancing, DJ's, and, most importantly, gets you out on the water where you can see (and hear!) New York's fantastic July 4th...

Park Slope, Brooklyn Visitors Guide
Park Slope is one of New York City's most desirable residential neighborhoods, known for its leafy streets, child-friendly environment, progressive politics and beautiful preserved architecture dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. If you're new to Brooklyn, or live in the borough but want to show visitors around, spend a few hours...

Where to Bike, Run, Swim, Kayak, Sail, Golf, Ride a Horse, Skate, Ski and More
Brooklyn's about as urban a place as exists in America, but you can find ten ways to exercise outdoors in Brooklyn: bike, run, swim, sail, horseback ride golf, skate, ski and more. There are 150 public tennis courts in Brooklyn, ten public bocce courts, eight quarter-mile public jogging tracks, and four public Olympic-size pools (with another...

November in Brooklyn: Things to Do
What's going on in Brooklyn in November for kids and families? There's the NY Marathon, for starters. Kids will be looking forward to Thanksgiving Day -- and parents can enjoy "black Friday" sales the day after!

Stressed by 9-11 Anniversary,Brooklyn NY?Cope with PTSD!Get Free DoD Mobile App
Regarding September 11 in Brooklyn NY, which impacted many kids and families: The US Dept. of Defense has launched a new consumer mobile phone app to help people deal with post traumatic stress disorder by breathing. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, it was released in June and July 2011, just in time for New York,...

NY's Daffodil Project:Where Do I Get Free Bulbs to Plant in Brooklyn Parks?
Daffodils in the streets, parks, community gardens of New York City are a living memorial to the fallen of September 11, 2001. Find out how this project got started, and where to get free bulbs to continue the memorial and beautify Brooklyn.

Where are Public Bathrooms Near the Brooklyn Bridge?
Where can one find a bathroom near the Brooklyn Bridge?

7 Places to Cool Off in Brooklyn during Extreme Heat Waves-Air Conditioned Spots
Where to get cool during summer heat wave in Brooklyn? Find out where to go for air conditioning, cooling centers, summer breezes, pools and more. Stay healthy, stay cool!

7 Fun & Unusual Things to Do In Brooklyn: Twilight Boats, Bat Tours & Pow Wows
Here are seven unusual outings for a date or family trip for those in-the-know folks in Brooklyn who want to do something a little different in the borough. Ideas include a bat tour, a visit to a huge pow-wow, and a canoe ride on the Gowanus Canal.

New York Public School Calendar for Brooklyn Elementary, Middle & High School
When does the school year start in Brooklyn (and city wide) for public school students? When is Columbus Day, when must the kids be back in school after winter recess, and when are those odd days off that parents must plan for in advance? Here's the basic public school calendar for Brooklyn and NYC public schools. Use this to mark your family...

When's the First Day of School in Brooklyn New York Public Schools?
When is the first day of school for students in public schools in Brooklyn, NY?

Halloween in Brooklyn: Parades, Haunted Houses, Costumed Dogs, Pumpkins & More
Halloween in Brooklyn is serious fun, and not only for hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn kids and their families. The borough is popping with Halloween fun for people of all ages: Halloween parades, haunted walks and haunted houses, Halloween parties in restaurants, Halloween concerts, classic scary movies and of course, and opportunities...

NYC Public School:Who to Contact about Brooklyn Elementary School Issues?
Elementary school kids in NYC public schools can run into all kinds of academic, social and logistical challenges. Here are some important contacts in the massive NYC public school system for elementary school parents in Brooklyn, NY.

Brooklyn's October Run For the Wild — Charity Event for Wildlife ...
Bring the kids for a walk or a run. Participate in the annual October 5-K Charity Run/Walk in Coney Island, Brooklyn to raise money for the Wildlife Conservation Society, in conjunction with the New York Aquarium.

Things to Do in Brooklyn: December Holidays!
Things to Do in Brooklyn, New York: Whether you're looking for Brooklyn events, Brooklyn parades, museums in Brooklyn, or just a place in Brooklyn where you can find some peace and calm, you'll find it here. Information on Brooklyn festivals, activities, and more.

Activities Kids Under 10 Will Love in Brooklyn
Here are some wonderful things to do with children under 10 in Brooklyn, New York

Annual BAMkids Film Festival in Brooklyn
Once a year in February, a small army of about 5,000 children ranging in age from two to ten converge on the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the wonderful, memorable, child-focused BAMkids Annual Film Festival. Learn more.

Activities & Things to Do with New York Kids on Holidays in Brooklyn
Find out what's happening month by month for kids in Brooklyn.

Black History Month at Brooklyn Children's Museum
Whether you live in Brooklyn or are visiting from abroad, don't miss a trip to multicultural, multi-ethnic Brooklyn Children's Museum.

Where to Learn Irish Step Dancing in Brooklyn
There are a couple of places in Brooklyn to learn Irish dancing. Find out where.

Brooklyn Children's Museum Annual Taste of Brooklyn:August Family Fun in NYC
A food festival for KIDS? You bet. Check it out, at the Brooklyn Children's Museum in August.

The Atlantic Antic, A Brooklyn Street Fair
The festive autumn Atlantic Antic, one of Brooklyn's longest running street fairs, spans nearly two miles. Explore food stalls with diverse ethnic foods, live music, vendors selling Brooklyn-themed tee-shirts, jewelry, gift items and more, hear speeches, and sample the excellent food set out by restaurants along this very popular street. It's near to the Atlantic Center mall, Atlantic Avenue subway station and LIRR station, Barclays Center and the BAM Cultural District.

LatchKey Kids in Brooklyn: 12 Important Tips to Keep Kids Safe When Home Alone
Is your child home alone? Find out what the NY Police Department suggests for keeping latchkey kids safe. With many single family households in Brooklyn, and two income families, sometimes kids are on their own.

Special Needs Kids: Weekend Outings at the NY Transit Museum For Families
The New York Transit Museum, located in Downtown Brooklyn runs special programming for special needs children and families.

Where to Build a Snowman in Brooklyn
It may sound silly to long time Brooklyn residents, but newcomers may wonder: Where can you take the kids (or the significant other) for the simple wintertime pleasure of building a snowman? Are there certain areas where artists gather and make snow sculptures? And if you're stuck in an apartment with no back yard, getting urban cabin fever,...

Eating Out: Where to Picnic in Brooklyn's Park Slope
Eating Out: Where to Picnic in Brooklyn's Park Slope

Where to Go Sledding in Brooklyn — 8 Great Sledding Parks
HOORAY! IT'S WINTER! TIME FOR SLEDDING, BROOKLYN STYLE Nothing beats sledding in the winter and there are plenty of sledding hills in Brooklyn. Here's a list recommended by the New York Ciy Parks Department. Below, find out where parents can take their kids, and where kids of all ages can go sledding in Brooklyn. You can find...

How Many Roller Coasters are there at Coney Island?
How Many Rollercoasters are there at Coney Island?

Where to Paint a Pot in Brooklyn: Family Crafts,Mothers Day Gifts, Parties
Looking for an indoor activity with the kids? Or a birthday party venue? Consider "paint a pot" stores. Here's where you can find them in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn's Toy Stores Also Host Parties, Craft Classes, Even Haircuts
Looking for a great neighborhood toy store in Brooklyn? Here are places from which to order a gift for a grandchild or friend, pick up something for your own kids, or just have a good time. Some offer specialty items --read, educational, sustainably made--and others have story and play hours.

BBQ in Brooklyn Parks: 10 Reasons to Do a BREAKFAST Barbecue Party
Reschedule your BBQ lunch or dinner in a Brooklyn park. Have a BBQ breakfast instead! 10 reasons why having a BBQ breakfast party makes sense.

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