Free kid-friendly events in August

Kid-friendly concerts, a social justice book festival, the Hindu lamp ceremony, fishing clinics, a back-to-school STEAM bash and more free events are happening in Brooklyn in August.

Woke Baby Book Fair | Downtown Brooklyn | 8/3

The first annual Woke Baby Book Festival will focus on social justice-themed children’s books. This event will nurtures families through storytelling circles, music, dance and poetic soundscapes with hands-on activities for our next generation of global citizens. The event will take place at the Center for Fiction in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday 8/3 from 10.30 am to 2 pm.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony | DUMBO | 8/3

Decorate your own palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Audience members are also invited to join in the traditional percussion ensemble. Saturday, August 3, from 4 to 8 pm at the Main Street beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

NYPD National Night Out | Brooklyn Bridge Park | 8/6

The 84th Precinct invites the community to celebrate National Night Out with free BBQ, ice cream, face painting, games and more on 8/6 starting at 4.30 pm.

Kidflix Film Festival | Downtown Brooklyn| Fridays

Friday night film series with a Black Girl Magic theme at 300 Ashland Place in Downtown Brooklyn. August 2: Hidden Figures, August 9: Sarafina!, August 16: The Queen of Katwe and August 23: Beasts of the Southern Wild. Find out more here.

Fishing clinics | Brooklyn Bridge Park | 8/9 & 8/17 

Learn how to tie fishing knots, bait a hook, cast a fishing rod, and maybe even reel up a fish! Guided by a marine biologist and expert anglers, you’ll learn the basics of line fishing, while catch-and-releasing some of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s aquatic organisms. Equipment provided on-site. All ages are welcome to drop-in. Friday 8/9 from 4 to 6 pm and Saturday 8/17 11 am to 1 pm at Pier 5. Find out more here.

My Gym Open House | Cobble Hill | 8/9 – 8/11

Stop by for free kids activities activities to discover the new kids gym called My Gym at 208 Smith Street in Cobble Hill.

Back-To-School Bash | Brooklyn Navy Yard | 8/10

Students in Grades 2 to 12 will get a chance to meet professionals in STEAM fields, learn more about the Yard’s incredible STEAM Center, and get a chance to have fun with friends while enjoying family-friendly activities. Building 92, Saturday 8/10 from 12.30 to 3 pm. Free RSVP here.

“Moana” under the stars | Cadman Plaza Park | 8/14

Outdoor screening of Moana on the lawn at Cadman Plaza Park. Bring the kids and a blanket. Seating opens at 7 pm, move starts at sundown.

Future Saturdays Modern Maritime | Brooklyn Navy Yard | 8/17

Learn about some of the modern maritime businesses that call the Yard home in this family-friendly program geared for kids ages 5 – 12. Building 92, Saturday 8/17 from 12.30 to 3 pm. Free RSVP here.

Live at the Archway | DUMBO | Thursdays

Free family-friendly concerts and interactive arts programming held beneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway in DUMBO all August on Thursdays 5.30 to 9 pm until August 29. New this season are opening acts for kids beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Basketball Clinics | Brooklyn Bridge Park | Thursdays and Sundays

Join the 2-hr basketball clinics at Pier 2 led by KING Hoops, NYC’s premier youth basketball organization. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games. Recommended for 7+. Tuesdays 5 to 7 pm; and Sundays 12 to 2 pm, until August 25.

Kids concerts in Fort Greene Park | Fort Greene | Sunday and weekday mornings

Fort Greene Park hosts free kids concerts during the week in the mornings and Sundays from 11 am to 12 pm. Detailed schedule here.

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