Things to Do for Families in Brooklyn

Domino Park

This new park in Brooklyn gets its name from the former tenant of the site, Williamsburg's Domino Sugar Refinery. Today, the five-acre park features a fountain, fog bridge, and an area for open play. There is also a playground that is a condensed "sugar refinery", complete with a silo and a cabin space, along with traditional playground elements like climbing tunnels and slides. There is fun for mom and dad as well, in the form of an artifact walk full of pieces from the former factory and a Tacocina restaurant where you can grab a quick taco and margarita.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park spans 1.3 miles along the East River, with a whopping 85 acres for families and unbeatable views of the NYC skyline. Don't let the large acreage scare you. The park is broken into smaller sections and has playgrounds and amenities on each of its six piers. Highlights for kids include the vintage carousel at Empire Fulton Ferry, roller skating at Pier 2, the Slide Mountain Playground at Pier 6, and Squibb Park Bridge.

LeFrak Center

Situated on Prospect Park's lakefront, this 75,000-square-foot mecca features recreation year round. In the summer, splash around on the splash pad with 41 sprinklers. In colder months, go for a skate on a converted ice rink (which in turn offers roller skating during the summer). LeFrak Center is just one highlet of Prospect Park, which has its own zoo, plenty of playgrounds, and a carousel.

Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first of its kind created only for children in 1899. Today, it still offers lots of hands-on activities for little ones, including World Brooklyn, where kids can take on the role of shopkeepers at miniature businesses. There is also a Neighborhood Nature exhibit with offers a greenhouse and diorama habitats.

New York Train Museum

Situated in a decommissioned subway station in Brooklyn Heights, this museum fuses an interactive experience with many historic artifacts. Take a seat on a vintage subway car, and slide under the turnstile.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Another highlight of Prospect Park is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which offers interactive experiences as well as a Children's Garden. If you're visiting in April, the Cherry Esplanade is bursting with cherry tree blossoms in full bloom, a must-see.

Prospect Park Zoo

What doesn't Prospect Park have? Its zoo is chock-full of exciting species, including pandas, kangaroos, and baboons. Kids can feed sea lions and get insight from zookeepers.

The Brooklyn Brewery

Brewery, for kids? That's right?kids are welcome at this famous beer headquarters. While you enjoy a cold one, kids can come along for a free brewery tour and a small food festival in the tasting room, stocked with Brooklyn's chefs of the moment.

More Things to do

If you're keen to venture outside of Brooklyn you'll find a whole slew of things to do in New York with kids.