You can enjoy scavenger hunts in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a last trip to the Governors Island junkyard playground and some kid-friendly outdoor arts in October.

Play at the Yard in Governors Island | 10/17 & 10/25

The junkyard playground on Governors Island will be open on 10/17 and 10/25 from 12 to 4 pm. Just stop by, play time is on a first come, first serve basis. No open shoes or parents/caregivers inside the playground allowed. Find out more or donate here.

Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Avenue | 10/17 & 10/18

Opening on October 17th, this 1.5 mile (mostly) outdoor ArtWalk will feature more than 110 artists showing their works at more than 65 street facing windows and public spaces (including the old Barney’s storefront). Businesses are following all recommended COVID guidelines and the Avenue will be lined with smart signage to provide a contactless experience during this self guided exhibit. During opening weekend, October 17th and 18th, visitors will enjoy pop up music and dance performances, live artists and specials and discounts at merchants along the Avenue.

Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival | 10/17 & 10/18

An in-person program of free, pop-up performances and arts activations will be presented outdoors at The Plaza at 300 Ashland on Saturday, 10/17 and Sunday, 10/18 from 12 to 8 pm. Find out more here.

Open Studios Weekend in Brooklyn Bridge Park | 10/24 & 10/25

Experience live performance art at the Open Studios Weekend on Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn! Stop by Sat, Oct 24 and Sun, Oct 25 to experience live performance art at Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn! In response to the major challenges that cultural groups have faced to rehearse during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conservancy is hosting eight NYC-based ensembles for open-air studio rehearsals. Come and go throughout both days to watch live working sessions by a diverse range of dance, theater, and music artists — groups will rehearse every two hours from 9:30am-5:30pm. Find out more here.

Family Dance Classes at The Plaza at 300 Ashland in Downtown Brooklyn | 10/17, 10/24 & 10/31

Join Mark Morris Dance Group for a fun, family-friendly series of dance classes, taught by their dancers and teachers on Saturdays at 1 pm in October! Registration is open; they recommend registering in advance as classes are capped at 50 participants. Find out more here.

Etsy Art Extravaganza in DUMBO | 10/18

Sunday, October 18 from 10 am to 5 pm in the Dumbo Archway. Creatively Wild will facilitate souvenir elephant decorating, while a replay of the virtual Dumbo Drop is broadcast. Hour-long reservations to ensure social distancing are required and can be made here.

Journey to the Stars in Brooklyn Bridge Park | 10/23

Come out and see the stars, planets, and the moon from Brooklyn Bridge Park! Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds. On select Friday nights in August and September, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public. Friday, October 23, from 7 to 9 pm. Weather permitting. Find out more here.

Fall Foliage Scavenger Hunt in Brooklyn Bridge Park | 10/27 & 10/29

Participate in a self-guided fall scavenger hunt on Pier 1! Advanced registration required. This month’s Conservancy scavenger hunt will take place at Pier 1 and focus on the seasonal changes in the Park! Pier 1 is the oldest section of the park, which means it is also the area with the largest trees and a great spot to observe fall foliage. This activity is family-friendly, and while all ages are welcome to participate, we think kids ages 4-12 will most enjoy it! The scavenger hunt is self-led, but our educators will be stationed at a check-in table for you to pick up a poster and prize once you complete the hunt. Find out more here.

Photoville Brooklyn Bridge Park | Until end of November

The free photo exhibit features many kid-friendly themes and is now on view until end the of November in Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO. Find out more here.

Halloween in Brooklyn

For free outdoor Halloween events, click here.