Free kid-friendly events in July

Kid-friendly concerts, summer readings, a virtual reality game festival, family fashion workshop, free basketball clinics and Bastille Day are happening in Brooklyn in July.

Cobble Hill Music In The Park | Cobble Hill Park | 7/9, 7/16 & 7/23

Stop by for a free performance under the trees at Cobble Hill Park on Tuesdays at 6 pm.

Fly Away with Books | Brooklyn Bridge Park | 7/13

Book workshops for kids 4 years old and up. Free event at Main Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday 7/13 from 3 to 5 pm.

Afro-Latino Festival | Downtown Brooklyn | 7/13

The Afro-Latino Festival at Albee Square is moving to Downtown Brooklyn in its seventh year! Experience the Festival’s free, outdoor stage, with DJs, exciting performances, and dominos + spades play time on July 13th from 1 to 5 pm.

Bastille Day Celebration | Smith Street | 7/14

Smith Street Festival with Petanque Tournament, live music, raffle and more on Sunday 7/14 from 10 am to 8 pm outside Bar Tabac on Smith Street.

Come Out and Play Festival | DUMBO | 7/20

The Come Out and Play Festival will turn the street of DUMBO into a giant arcade with social party games, life-sized physical video games, VR games and wild new street games. Designed for children of all ages, all games will connect together with a fun story line about Time Travel. Free event will take place in the Archway on Saturday, July 20th from 1 pm until 5 pm. More information here.

Fashion Brooklyn Style for families | Navy Yard | 7/20

Curious about what goes into designing that cool pair of sneakers? A day of demos, workshops, and hands-on activities exploring fashion will take place on 7/20 from 12.30 – 3 pm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Free RSVP here.

Summer Reading Storytime | Pier 3 | Wednesdays 

Join The Brooklyn Public Library for a rollicking good time listening to stories, singing songs, and enjoying the breeze from the water! Wednesdays at 10:30 am all July at Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Live at the Archway | DUMBO | Thursdays

Eleven weeks of free family-friendly concerts and interactive arts programming held beneath the Manhattan Bridge Archway in DUMBO all July on Thursdays 5.30 to 9 pm. New this season are opening acts for kids beginning at 5:30 p.m. During Live at the Archway evenings, beer, wine, and dinner bites will be for sale from The Dumbo Station.

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 | Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Fort Greene Park hosts free kids concerts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am and Sundays from 11 am to 12 pm. Detailed schedule here.

Chess at Willoughby Plaza | Downtown Brooklyn | Tuesdays 

Chess is taking place on Tuesdays at lunchtime at Willoughby Plaza for all ages and levels.

Dance Around Downtown | Downtown  Brooklyn | Thursdays

Dance Around Downtown Thursday evenings at Albee Square starting 7/11 at 6 pm.


7 thoughts on “Ten children’s books celebrating Brooklyn

  1. Paula

    Heights Falafel, on Henry St, re-opened yesterday. Take-out and delivery only. The owner doesn’t know how to let people know, so I told him I would try to spread the word. So, here I am.

    1. Steven Shaffer

      Does anybody know what happened to The Row House gym at 55 Prospect Street? When did it close and why? Can you call or text me at 619-889-8400 please? Thank you.

    2. Eliz Demaray

      Wonderful! I love Heights Falafel. Thier lentil soup is phenomenal. Do you know if the “Brooklyn Only” sandwich shop is also open. I know that they own that place as well.

  2. Zeridah Blunt

    Hi my name is Zeridah Blunt and I’m also a descendant of Rem Jansen Van Der Beeck. I think this means we are cousins. My grandmother was Bertha Remsen and we are related down the same family tree it seems. I was born and raised in Brooklyn NY and lived across the street from the cemetery that he’s buried in when I was a kid. I would love to talk to you about this and hopefully get some more information from you about our family tree.

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