Our annual overview of indoor activities in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Downtown Brooklyn features drop-in play for babies, toddlers, kids and teens. We have included sing-alongs, story times, puppet shows, board game sessions, indoor kids gyms, Pokemon sessions, virtual reality games, roller-skating and more. We have created two sections – one for babies and younger kids and one for older kids.

Babies and younger kids (up to 6 years old)

Brooklyn Heights Library: Free activities and events including babies & books, Lego club, chess club, Friday movie nights and more at the local public library at 109 Remsen Street taking place almost daily for babies up to teens. All details here!

DUMBO Library: Free weekly Story Play for ages 0 to 5 and Babies and Books for ages 0 to 18 months at the temporary Brooklyn Public Library at 1 John Street in DUMBO. All details here!

Kidville Carroll Gardens & Park Slope: Open playspace at both Kidville Carroll Gardens and Park Slope is offered everyday. Open playspace is unstructured, children are invited with their grown-up in our fully padded (walls and floor) gym. The gym is equipped with different shaped gym mats, balls, gymnastics bars and a kids trampoline. Ages newborn – 5, drop-in for non-members is $20/child. Hours vary daily, please contact for hours.

Recess DUMBO – DUMBO: The indoor playground at 81 Washington Street for children 6 months to 6 years features four slides, tunnels, a swing, a climbing structure and much more. It is open seven days a week Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 5 pm and in the mornings on weekends. Drop-in for unlimited play time is $30 for the first child and $20 per additional child. More details here!

Barnes & Noble Story Time – Court Street Downtown Brooklyn: Saturdays at 11 am story time and activities for children 2 years and up at Barnes & Noble at 106 Court Street. Free! Detailed schedule here!

Environmental Education Center – Brooklyn Bridge Park: The center offers multiple interactive elements and a reading corner. It contains two signature exhibits: a marine aquarium and a Discovery Station. The 500-gallon display aquarium showcases fish collected from the East River during the Conservancy’s popular seining programs. The aquarium also contain a child-friendly touch tank where visitors can gently interact with starfish, crabs and mussels.The center inside the 99 Plymouth building in DUMBO is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 pm as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 to 5 pm. Free!

Jane’s Carousel – DUMBO: Stop by for a ride on the beautiful horses Thursday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Each ride costs $2.00. Details here.

Time Out Market – DUMBO: Puppetsburg will host puppet shows for 0 to 4 on Sundays in December 12/1, 12/15 and 12/22 at 10.30 am at Time Out Market in DUMBO. Tickets are $30, buy them here.

Transit Museum – Downtown Brooklyn: For children 2 years and older, the highlights of the museum are the buses which they can sit inside – and act as the bus driver- as well as the many vintage subway cars to check out. The museum is housed in an historic subway station on Schermerhorn Street, right between Court Street and Boerum Place. No elevator and no cell phone reception. Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM to 4 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission: Adults: $10, children 2 – 17 years: $5. Every Thursday 10.15 am – 11 am Transit Tots free event with stories, games and surprises for the youngest transportation fans from 2 to 5!

Kane Street Sundays Open Play – Cobble Hill: Kane Street Synagogue invites families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy a big open place to play. It is a terrific venue for parents to spend time with friends and meet new people. Includes two music sets. Sundays, November 3-March 2020 from 9 am to 12 pm, Community Room with Bagels, coffee, fresh fruit and other snacks. $10 session, in cash at the door or buy passes here.

Hannah Senesh Sunday Mornings – Carroll Gardens: Sunday morning programming and indoor playspace for newborns to 5 years. Enjoy coffee and bagels with other families in the neighborhood while your children have fun in our bright, safe, fully enclosed gym! Every Sunday from November 3, 2019- March 22, 2020 from 9 am to 12 pm. $5 per person. More information here.

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Parenting Center: The BHS Parenting Center has a variety of FREE drop-in programs for ages 0 to 5 that are open to both members and nonmembers. Through music, storytelling, movement and much more, the BHS Parenting Center provides opportunities for parents and children to engage with Jewish holidays, traditions and values. More than just a playgroup, families are provided with a space to come together for support, education, community, coffee, snacks, and fun! Program schedule and more details here.

Families First Play Space – Cobble Hill: The Playspace at Families First is a carpeted, 30ft by 20ft room just for the little ones (infants to 4 years old) – an open space, for open play. The room is filled with age-appropriate, developmentally stimulating toys, small ride-on toys, a soft-play area, a play kitchen and books. Play Space membership for $450 annually entitles you to unlimited access to our indoor playroom during our hours of operation: MondayThursday 9am – 4pm and Fridays 9am – 1pm. More information here.

Drop-in sing-alongs @ The Great Room – Columbia District: Drop-in sing alongs and music for babies and toddlers take place various times a week for $20. The Great Room is located at 194 Columbia Street in the Columbia Waterfront District. More info and schedule here.

Family times @ Brooklyn Historical Society – DUMBO: Celebrating Brooklyn’s bridges and Drag Queen story time for ages 4 to 8 at the Brooklyn Historical Society in the Empire Stores in DUMBO. Free, RSVP for the December event here and for the March event here.

Older kids (6 years and up)

VRBar virtual reality games – DUMBO: Virtual reality arcade for ages 8 and up. 30 minutes cost $28. The arcade is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 12 to 8 pm, located at 65 Jay Street in DUMBO. Find out more here.

Brooklyn Strategist Walking in Plays & Pokemon Sundays – Cobble Hill:  Walk-in play for $10 per person for up to four hours of play. The staff at Brooklyn Strategist can teach your family some new games from the library of over 500 titles. Children 11 and older are welcome to play independently with friends in a supervised environment. Find out more here. Pokemon Sundays for beginners and advanced players are $10/$15 per walk in class. More details here.

Weaving – DUMBO: Loop of the Loom’s weaving studio at 197 Plymouth Street in DUMBO offers 2 hour drop-in classes for $65 for kids and $75 for grown-ups. Children as young as 6 years old can weave in the studio. Opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays). Find out more here.

Indoor roller-skating – Downtown Brooklyn: City Point has opened a roller-skating rink with Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Rink  which will be in place Thursdays to Saturdays until February 15th, 2020. Children as young as 6 can learn to roller skate in Downtown Brooklyn for $18 per session (including skate rental). Find out more and get your tickets here.

Climbing, skate boarding and more @ Everyday Athlete – Pier 5: Ninja, Climbing, Skateboarding, Parkour for ages 3 to 11 years at the Everyday Athlete indoor gym in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Find out more and schedule a free trial class here.

Do you want all local parenting news in your inbox? Sign-up for our weekly newsletter now!