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Free kid-friendly events this week in Brooklyn (6/24-6/30)

This week is packed with free events for families, including outdoor Shakespeare productions in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Prospect Park, a pop-up obstacle course in Downtown Brooklyn’s Abolitionist Place, Paramount+ Movie Nights in Prospect Park and McCarren Park, Live at the Archway performances under the DUMBO Arch, Sofar Summer Music Series in Brooklyn Bridge Park, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concerts in Prospect Park, Youth Pride at The Seaport, and so much more!

Free Admission Days @ Pier 2 Roller Rink | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Monday, June 24 & Friday, June 28 | 3:30-6:00pm

Sunday, June 30 | 10am-12pm

Pier 2 Roller Rink offers free admission hours on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. Roller skate with amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan! Skate rental is $8 per person.

Movement Mondays with Mark Morris Dance Group @ The Plaza at 300 Ashland | Downtown Brooklyn

Monday, June 24 | 6-7pm | Register here

Mark Morris Dance Group kicks off our weekly Movement Mondays series with experts in dance and movement to get your body in motion. Join on June 24 for Hip Hop with Dani Criss!

Move & Groove Mondays @ Atlantic Terminal Plaza | Downtown Brooklyn

Monday, June 24 | 6:30-7:30pm

Get ready to dance your way into summer fitness with Move & Groove Mondays at Atlantic Terminal’s outdoor plaza! Join us every Monday from June 10th to August 26th for an exhilarating hour of free Zumba led by the fabulous instructor, Mike Gomez.

Tiny Storytime @ Books Are Magic | Cobble Hill & Brooklyn Heights

Tuesday, June 25 | 11am | 225 Smith Street in Cobble Hill

Thursday, June 27 | 11am | 122 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights

Join Book Are Magic for Tiny Storytime for ages 6-36 months, every Tuesday in Cobble Hill and Thursday in Brooklyn Heights!

End of Year Chess Tournament @ Brooklyn Heights Library | Brooklyn Heights

Tuesday, June 25 & Wednesday, June 26 | 3:30-5:30pm | Ages 6-12

As our chess season is coming to an end for the summer and in the spirit of friendly competition, we are having a TWO DAY chess tournament. Join us for the FIRST round of our Chess Tournament conducted by our very own Chessmaster William. There will be medals and trophies given out to the top players. Step into the limelight and claim your rightful place among the chess elite. Let the games begin! Please come into the branch to register for this event.

Jack and Friends Summer Concert Series: Moozika! at Park Slope Library | Park Slope

Tuesday, June 25 | 4-4:45pm | Registration will open 24 hours in advance

We are continuing our Jack and Friends Summer concert series with Moozika! Moozika! is singer-songwriter Jesse Goldman’s award-winning bilingual family music band and educational program based in Brooklyn. Named one of the top three “Absolute Best” kids’ music classes in NYC by New York Magazine, Moozika!’s playful Spanish – English tunes are powered by an ethos of big love and gentleness. For this show, Jesse will be performing solo tunes off his upcoming Moozika! album ‘We Are One.’ This program will have registration that will open 24 hours before the program begins. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to our auditorium and only those registered will be admitted entry. * This restriction is due to the fire safety limit set by the fire marshal and is non-negotiable.

Tween Tuesdays: Anime Watch Party! @ Brooklyn Heights Library | Brooklyn Heights

Tuesday, June 25 | 4-5pm | Ages 10-12

If you are a Tween (10 – 12), please join us in the Teen Gaming Room on Tuesdays from 4 to 5PM! This week, we will be watching Anime. Come in early to make a request for your favorite anime and enjoy our manga collection and free comic books!

Youth Basketball Clinic with King Hoops | Pier 2 @ Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tuesday, June 25 | 5-7pm | Ages 4-17 | Register here

Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting free basketball clinics with King Hoops this summer for kids 4-17! Players may join for individual weeks or the full season. The first hour (5-6 PM) will be for beginner players who are brand new to the sport. Here they will teach the very basic fundamentals of the game, the rules of the game, and getting acclimated to having a ball in each player’s hands. The second hour (6 – 7 PM) is geared for advanced beginners to intermediate players who have played a little bit more basketball. Advanced registration and waivers are required. Registration opens a week ahead of each date. Learn more here!

RECESS @ Industry City | Sunset Park

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday | 5-9pm | Through Labor Day

Come join us for an evening of chill vibes and chilled cocktails at Courtyard 1/2. Enjoy music from local DJs for free every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-9pm all summer long.

Queerly Beloved: Pride Shorts in the Park 

Tuesday, June 25 | 7-11pm | RSVP here

Join us on the Myrtle Lawn for Queerly Beloved: Pride Shorts in the Park to celebrate NYC PRIDE with a collection of our favorite new short films spotlighting the LGBTQIA+ community. This year’s lineup boldly explores the depth and breadth of queer people, spaces, and relationships in New York and beyond!

Play! a Pop-Up Obstacle Course @ Abolitionist Place | Downtown Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 26 | 2-5pm 

In partnership with Street Lab, we present, PLAY, a pop-up obstacle course. Join us for an afternoon filled with colorful barriers, hurdles with chalk drawings, a maze and racetrack. The program builds on Street Lab’s work at NYC play streets since 2013, and was designed from the ground up with industrial designer Hannah Berkin-Harper in response to COVID-19. The program launched in July 2020 in conjunction with the launch of the city’s first official Play Street Program.

Free Admission at New York Aquarium | Coney Island

Wednesday, June 26 | 3-6pm | Reserve tickets here; free tickets are made available at 3pm the Monday before

Take advantage of free admission hours at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Check out larger-than-life animal sculptures made out of repurposed marine debris in the current exhibition Washed Ashore, open through September 2. There’s so much to do while you’re in the neighborhood; check out our guide to planning a day trip to Coney Island this summer! Note that advance timed tickets are required; the Wednesday Afternoon Ticket Store will open on Monday at 3:00 pm for that Wednesday’s reservations. Do not come to the aquarium without a reserved ticket! There’s a maximum of 4 tickets per order.

Kayaking at Pier 2 | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Wednesday, June 26 & Thursday, June 27 | 5-7pm | Registration required

Saturday, June 29 | 10am-3pm | Registration required

Sunday, June 30 | 12-2:30pm | Registration required

Glide along the water this summer and fall in our protected embayment with free public kayaking! Free kayaking is offered throughout the summer on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons through September. All levels are welcome including first-time kayakers — life vests and all equipment provided, as well as instruction. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Advance registration is required; make a reservation here. Do not walk-up without a registration, as they may not be able to accommodate you!

Atlantic Terminal Summer Salsa Nights | Downtown Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 26 | 5-8pm

Get ready to spice up your summer with our Summer Salsa Series at Atlantic Terminal’s outdoor plaza! Join Atlantic Terminal for an unforgettable season of rhythm, dance, and live music every other Wednesday this summer. Free live music by the Cuarteto Guataca & salsa instructions provided by Marlon International.

Paramount+ Movie Night: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) | Prospect Park

Wednesday, June 26 | Pre-movie activities at 6pm | Movie at sunset | Rated PG | RSVP here

Get your friends, family and your picnic blankets ready – Paramount+ Movie Nights in Brooklyn are back! New this year – free popcorn provided for event RSVP holders at screenings (first-come, first-served, while supplies last).

Lalo-Palooza in the Park @ JJ Byrne Playground | Park Slope

Thursday, June 27 | 10-11:30am | RSVP here

It’s our final Lalo-palooza in the park! Come celebrate Pride with Suzi and her special guests Strawbitty Yops from Austin, Texas. Bring a blanket and the whole fam and get ready to dance and sing in the sunshine with Suzi & friends at JJ Byrne Playground! Kids can enjoy the free music and kid-friendly activities, like giant bubbles, a coloring station, and weekly giveaways from the best-selling baby and toddler gear brand Lalo.

Lunchtime on the Commons: Puppets in the Park | Downtown Brooklyn

Thursday, June 27 | 12-2pm

Throughout the month of June, visitors to Brooklyn Commons Park will be captivated by incredible performances as our stage comes alive with diverse sounds and entertainment that cater to all. From PRIDE to pulsating entertainers and Puppeteers, the lineup showcases Brooklyn Commons Park as the perfect backdrop for arts and entertainment in Downtown Brooklyn.

Nature Walk | Governors Island

Thursday, June 27 | 12-2pm | Register here

Take the fer­ry over to our green oasis for a spe­cial guid­ed tour to dis­cov­er and con­nect with the wildlife that calls this place home. Led by the Gov­er­nors Island Nature pro­gram along with CCNY Insect Ecol­o­gy Pro­fes­sor Amy Berkov, these month­ly tours will take par­tic­i­pants on a jour­ney through the young urban for­est of Ham­mock Grove and the immer­sive spaces at Out­look Hill and Dis­cov­ery Hill. You’ll get to learn about these resilient, built land­scapes direct­ly from the peo­ple who know them best, and get the chance to par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ty sci­ence projects.

West 9th Open Streets | Red Hook

Thursday, June 27 | 12:30-5:30pm

Join us at Red Hook Initiative’s Open Street 2024 event on June 27th! We will be providing an array of community resources, FREE delicious lunch, fun games, lively music, and so much more. It’s the perfect opportunity to come together with your neighbors and enjoy a day filled with laughter and connection. And don’t forget, there will also be a free community lunch every Wednesday in July at 1 pm, so mark your calendars and join us for some great food and company.

Drag Story Hour @ Brooklyn Children’s Museum | Crown Heights

Thursday, June 27 | 3-4pm

Close out LGBTQ+ Pride month with Drag Story Hour at Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Join BCM for a storytelling session that celebrates the uniqueness of all kids and families. Drag Story Hour NYC programs celebrate gender diversity and all forms of difference to build empathy and give kids the confidence to express themselves however they feel comfortable.

After School Movie: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse @ Brooklyn Heights Library | Brooklyn Heights

Thursday, June 27 | 3:30-5:30pm | Ages 5+

After School Movie at Brooklyn Heights Library! We are highlighting New York stories as part of our Summer Reading theme: Explore Your City! This week’s movie: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (2019) rated PG. Run time: 1 hour and 56 minutes. No registration required; attendance limited by room capacity.

Storytime in the Park | Fort Greene Park 

Thursday, June 27 | 4-4:45pm 

Sing, read, and play with librarians from Brooklyn Public Library! Have fun hearing great picture books read aloud and playing with other children during this program featuring guest musical artists from Urban Stages. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Storytime in the Park will be located at the bottom of the monument stairs in Fort Greene Park’s northwest corner. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at Walt Whitman Library, 93 St. Edwards St., Brooklyn, NY 11205.

Teen Time: BookFlix Movies! @ Park Slope Library | Park Slope

Thursday, June 27 | 4-6pm | Registration strongly encouraged

Check out a Book made into a Movie! June is Pride Month! Let’s celebrate both by watching a great  LGBTQ themed movie together. Vote for your favorite movie! Choices include Love, Simon, In & Out, and Philadelphia. Snacks will be provided or BYOB! (Bring Your Own Popcorn!) Registration is strongly encouraged, and seating is limited. 

Live at the Archway: Paisley Fields & Billie Elise | DUMBO

Thursday, June 27 | Doors at 5pm | Music at 6pm | RSVP here

Live at the Archway is an annual series of free concerts and visual art in the unique setting of the Dumbo Archway. Paisley Fields was an official performer at SXSW last year and was named one of the best musical discoveries of the festival by the Austin Chronicle and Jambase. His most recently released duet with Mya Byrne was featured on Democracy Now, in Rolling Stone, NPR and more. Out Magazine also named him one of the 20 queer country artists you should know in 2022. Partners Billie and Elise, who recently opened a design studio and gallery in The Shops, will showcase their artists-in-residence on the Art Wall.

Silent Disco Party | Commodore Barry Park

Thursday, June 27 | 6-9pm

Grab a set of wireless headphones and dance to your own beat! This is a fun party for all ages where you can individually tune in to the channel of your choice, while dancing with others. Sound Off Experience DJs will curate some amazing music, making you want to bust out all your favorite moves. This event is free and open to all ages. Note: a form of ID is required to exchange for headphones!

The Public Theater: The Comedy of Errors | Prospect Park

Thursday, June 27 – Saturday, June 29 | 6:30pm | Free tickets here

Join Prospect Park Alliance and The Public Theater for The Mobile Unit’s Bilingual Musical Adaptation of The Comedy of Errors in English and Spanish! Created by director Rebecca Martínez and composer Julián Mesri, The Comedy of Errors adaptation embraces contemporary music styles from Latin America in a tale of separation and reunion. Featuring live actor-musicians, this modern musical adaptation brings a vibrant energy to an age-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identity—and the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.

Live Music Performance: Strawbitty Yops @ Brooklyn Heights Library | Brooklyn Heights

Friday, June 28 | 3:30-4:30pm

Join us in the Multipurpose Room for an exciting live children’s show for children of all ages and their grownups. A Strawbitty Yops Show is a fun, interactive show for the entire family with high energy grooves, beautiful harmonies, upbeat rhythms, great messages for kids and adults about love, managing motions, and working in community. They end every show with an interactive music petting zoo–where the magic really happens!

Vanderbilt Open Streets | Prospect Heights

Friday, June 28, 5-10pm | Saturday, June 29, 12-10pm | Sunday, June 30, 12-5pm

Vanderbilt Avenue’s Open Streets program features activities and performances for the community. Stay up to date on their Instagram to see what live music performances and other programming is coming this weekend!

Paramount+ Movie Nights: But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) in McCarren Park | Williamsburg

Friday, June 28 | Pre-movie activities begin at 6pm | Movie at sunset | RATED R: Material may be inappropriate for young children

Get your friends, family and your picnic blankets ready – Paramount+ Movie Nights in Brooklyn are back! New this year – free popcorn provided for event RSVP holders at screenings (first-come, first-served, while supplies last).

Live Salsa Music @ Sahadi’s | Industry City | Sunset Park

Every Friday | 6:30-9:30pm

Come join us at Sahadi’s for an unforgettable evening of summer Salsa music. Cuarteto Guataca plays high energy acoustic Son Cubano and Salsa with an old school sound, making people dance in clubs, parks and streets of NYC since 2012. See all upcoming salsa nights here.

Sounds at Sunset: Igmar Thomas & Musical Guests | Pier 3 Plaza | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Fridays, June 28 |  7-9:30pm

The Sounds at Sunset concert series is a series of free music concerts that take place on Fridays across the summer season at Pier 3 Plaza. Maestro, trumpeter, conductor, composer, and arrange Igmar Thomas hosts Jam sessions with invited musical guests.

Sofar Summer Music Series | Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thursdays in June | 8-10 pm 

The secret’s out! Every Thursday in June, a Sofar Sounds show is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 3 from 8 to 10 pm! Sofar transforms spaces into venues for live music shows. Expect local musical artists, great vibes, and a whole lot of community magic.

Weekly Friday Night Fireworks | Coney Island

Friday, June 28 | Fireworks begin at 9:45pm

Head to the Coney Island boardwalk to catch weekly fireworks kicking off on the Summer Solstice! Arrive early for a trip to neighboring Luna Park, New York Aquarium, or a Brooklyn Cyclones game at Maimonides Park. Check out our summer guide to visiting Coney Island here!

Brooklyn Pup Pride Parade: Pups in the Park @ Abolitionist Place | Downtown Brooklyn

Saturday, June 29 | 11am-3pm

A free dog-friendly event in Downtown Brooklyn! Strike a pose at the pop-up photobooth, snag Pups Pet Club & Good Vets swag, get temporary doggy tattoos, march in the pup PRIDE parade, and more!

Storytime at The Center for Fiction Bookstore | Fort Greene

Saturday, June 29 | 12pm | RSVP here

Join us every Saturday at noon for Story Time at The Center for Fiction Bookstore, where each week we read from some of our favorite books for young people! Led by our booksellers, this is a free community event open to people of all ages.

Youth Pride 2024 at The Seaport | Piers 16 & 17 |  Lower Manhattan

Saturday, June 29 | 12pm | RSVP here

Join NYC Pride’s annual event dedicated to celebrating and empowering LGBTQIA+ youth! This special occasion provides a safe and inclusive space where young people can freely express themselves, connect with others, and celebrate their identities. Our outdoor event is set to attract more than 5,000 youth from diverse backgrounds. Attendees can enjoy a range of activities, including non-alcoholic beverages, free food and snacks, exciting carnival activations, captivating musical performances, talented DJs, appearances by special guests, and moments designed specifically for youth to connect with one another. Don’t miss out on this incredible celebration of love, diversity, and empowerment. Join us as we come together to celebrate LGBTQIA+ youth and create lasting memories in a space filled with love, acceptance, and joy!

Hearts & Bones Rescue Dog Adoption Event | Sunset Park

Saturday, June 29 | 12-2pm | RSVP here

Come by the Barrow’s Intense NY Tasting Room to meet your newest family member at this beloved courtyard adoption event, or just come by to pet some awesome dogs!

Community Friends & Volunteers Day | Commodore Barry Park 

Saturday, June 29 | 2-6pm

Join for an afternoon of fellowship, games, crafts, face painting, and more! There will be a special appearance by Spider Man!

Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30 | 6:30-8:30pm

Theater 2020 will present THE TEMPEST for their “Shakespeare at Sunset” production this season, presented in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. THE TEMPEST, adapted by David Fuller, is a 75-minute fast-paced version meant for the whole family: Shakespeare’s comedy about revenge, redemption and forgiveness. THE TEMPEST has a relevant message, yes, but it is highly entertaining! And as adapted by Fuller, the fast-paced show will be enjoyed by young and old alike.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Fishbone &  Son Rompe Pera | Prospect Park Bandshell

Saturday, June 29 | Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30pm | RSVP here

A legendary force born out of the Los Angeles punk rock scene, Fishbone brings unparalleled energy to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!’s first foray into punk. Our electrifying opener, Son Rompe Pera, infuses traditional marimba music with garage-punk fervor resulting in a magical Brooklyn night that will captivate both your ears and imagination.

Family Movie Night presented by Little Golden Light & 84th Precinct | Brooklyn Heights

Saturday, June 29 | 8:30pm

Bring your own camping chair or beach chair to 113 Remsen Street (corner of Remsen & Henry Streets). All snack sales will benefit children with pediatric cancer. Presented by Little Golden Light & NYPD 84th Precinct.

Montague Open Streets | Brooklyn Heights

Sunday, June 30 | 10am-7pm | Montague Street from Clinton Street to Hicks Street

Check back here to see what’s in store for Montague Open Streets, the last one of the summer until its return in September! Programming on car-free Montague Street always includes free entertainment, activities, sports and more.

DUMBO Family Games on Car-Free Washington Street | DUMBO

Sunday, June 30 | 11am-1pm | Washington Street from Front Street to Water Street

Join every Sunday on car-free Washington Street for free kids activities and a community hang! Curated by the DUMBO BID x Brooklyn Bridge Parents and supported by Leaf Medical & Leaf Dental in DUMBO.

Habana Outpost Movie Nights: The Birdcage | Fort Greene

Sunday, June 30 | 8pm

Habana Outpost is back with Sunday MOVIE NIGHTS! A different favorite flick every weekend on their back patio, as a side to delicious frozen margaritas and Cuban/Mexican fare. This week’s movie is The Birdcage (Rated R; material may not be suitable for children).

‘Do the Right Thing’ 35th Anniversary Block Party

Sunday, June 30 | 12 to 6 p.m.

Join Spike Lee for the 35th Anniversary of “Do the Right Thing” on the streets where his seminal movie was filmed in Bed-Stuy. The block party is free and open to the public. Do The Right Thing Way, between Lexington Avenue And Quincy Street, in Da Peoples Republic Of Brooklyn. Free.

Updated: June 28, 2024. Main Image: Shakespeare At Sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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