Kids & Family

Stuff To Do With Kids While School’s Out


School is out the rest of the week and now that it is safe to go outside, cabin fever kids are itching to do so. We’ve culled a list of open places—many are free. Keep in mind that kids aren’t the only ones needing to get out. Coffee shops from McDonald Ave to Ocean Ave are packed with telecommuters trying to get work done. The area’s most kid-friendly coffee shop, Lark, is open. If a planned activity isn’t taking place, kids can play in their activity space.

Walking Distance (depending on where you live)

  • The Brooklyn Museum is open.
  • Prospect Park Zoo has reopened.
  • Midwood Martial Arts has resumed a semi-regular schedule of classes. Call before you head out.
  • The Pavilion Theater is running a regular set of movies.
  • The Brooklyn Public Library’s website is down, but I’ve walked by both the Cortelyou Branch and the Windsor Terrace Branch. They are open. Ask inside about their calendar.
  • Older kids can volunteer to walk dogs at Sean Casey. This is a great way for kids to give back to a community in need.

Transportation may be necessary. Check which buses and trains are running before you head out.


Online activities

The Department of Education doesn’t want this week to be wasted time and has an online curriculum for each grade level.

One area principal has made a popular learning website, Brain Pop, available free through Sunday.

Kids love BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr at school, and due to Hurricane Sandy, “with schools closed and so many of you at home, we’ve made all our resources entirely free through Sunday.”

You’ll be able to access BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP ESL, and BrainPOP Español with or without a current subscription. You don’t log in at all, just go to the topics or areas you want.

Older kids, no doubt, have their favorite websites bookmarked. (Minecraft anyone?) Younger kids may enjoy the educational games on PBS Kids and Nick Jr.

Good luck the next few days.

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