As a parent of a baby or toddler, it can be hard to plan. You get busy, naps go long, and yes, tantrums happen, making the morning (or afternoon) go kaplooey. Which is why drop-in spots and activities are a parent’s best friend. Brooklyn is full of places to drop-in and play with your child, and they include music making, arts and crafts, or just general open play. We’ve rounded up our favorite Brooklyn drop-in spots so you don’t have to plan, but can still get out and have some fun with your kid.
LOTS OF BROOKLYN SPOTS
Brooklyn favorite Hopalong Andrew hops all over the borough for playful western singalongs. His weekday “Cowpoke Roundups” for spuds (kids ages five and under) happen in City Point’s Dekalb Music Hall, at Whole Foods in Gowanus and Williamsburg, and in parks in Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, and Clinton Hill. (He’s at Busy Bodies in Clinton Hill on Thursdays, too.) Check his Facebook and Instagram accounts for the latest info and any schedule changes. Rates are $10 to $20 per child.
Alex Branson AKA, Lady B or “Miss Alex”, has been bringing the musical fun for babies and toddlers all over Brooklyn for seven years. A former nanny, she knows the “grownup & me” class scene well, and works to make her classes as fun for the grownups as they are for the kids. Expect fun and funky original songs, bubbles, and lots of positive vibes. She holds babies-only classes at Brooklyn Heights’ Treasure Trunk Theater on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ($25 drop-in). The rest of the week, on Wednesdays find her in Bay Ridge or Bed-Stuy/Clinton Hill; Fridays she’s in Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights, and Saturdays you’ll find her in Kensington. Drop-in costs range from $10 to $25. Click here for class times and locations. Can’t make it to a class? Check out Lady B’s original videos on Lavender Blues TV!
Toc Toc Spanish for Kids
This Spanish immersion playtime can be found all over the borough, and currently makes stops in Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens. Expect storytime, singalong, games, dancing, and puppets. Designed for kids six months to three years old, Toc Toc is $10 in most locations, with a $5 fee for siblings. Get latest days and time here.
Cumbe offers multiple classes for kids ranging from one to four years old. Travel through the African diaspora with dance and games, learn capoeira, or conga drumming, and more. Drop in to these ongoing classes for $17.
1368 Fulton St.
Treasure Trunk Studio
Drop in to the lovely new Treasure Trunk Studio on Friday mornings for storytime ($10/child; $5/siblings), or open play later in the day from 3 -6p.m. ($15/child/$10/siblings). Afternoon fun includes a mini ball pit, coloring station, puzzles, stories, and more.
Treasure Trunk Studio
141 Atlantic Ave.
Gumbo in Boerum Hill offers two music classes open for drop-ins. A singalong with Frank Gallo of popular kindie rock band Rolie Polie Guacamole on Thursdays for kids three months to two years, and an all-Spanish class for kids four and younger, CantaEspañol with Ana Campos Stephens. Stephens’ class has kids singing, playing, using puppets, and developing social skills as they also learn the language. Both classes are $25 for drop-in.
495 Atlantic Ave.
Busy Bodies Brooklyn
Busy Bodies Brooklyn in Clinton Hill is another place with a lot going on. Drop-ins are $20, and happen throughout the day and week. Events include Spanish singalong with Esperanza Anza Kerr, Hopalong Andrew, Roli Poli Guacamole, Wee Jams with Tkiya, and general open play. Check the calendar for the latest info on days and times. Note: while these are drop-in, they do fill up and can be capped so get there early!
1004 Fulton St.
COLUMBIA WATERFRONT DISTRICT
The Great Room
This relatively new space for families hosts several drop-ins throughout the week. There’s a Sunday singalong at 10 a.m., all ages drop-in from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday and Thursday, and a precrawler drop-in from noon to 1:45 on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s $15 at the door, or you can buy a multi-pack to save.
The Great Room
194 Columbia St.
For $15, Spark offers drop-in play Wednesday through Sunday, and kids can build in the Block Lab, get creative with art activities, or explore in the Discovery Den, where they can also get cozy for storytime. Bonus: Thursdays are free from 1 - 6 p.m.
1 John St.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Stop by eclectic boutique, cafe, and gathering space Jill Lindsey for Tunes for Tykes (six months to one year) with Brian Stearns every Tuesday at 11 a.m for $15 and $5 for siblings. Miss Cotten holds a spirited singalong hootenanny on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for the same price. Fridays brings Kid’s Yoga with Little Feet Yoga from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for $25. When the weather’s nice, head out to the backyard for al fresco fun!
370 Myrtle Ave.
This popular Greenpoint toy store/consignment shop/neighborhood hub hosts three music get-togethers throughout the week. Monday (10:30 a.m.) and Thursday (11:15 a.m.) brings Tunes for Tykes with Brian Stearns and a giant drum. It’s $10 to drop in, and best for kids two and under. Lily Pad Music is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. ($15), and music industry vet Willie Devargas brings his “super giant creatures” fun on Tuesday (10:30 a.m.) and Friday (1:30 p.m.); $15 gets you in.
87 Oak St.
Got a tot that likes to tumble? Prospect Gymnastics holds drop-in open play for kids four and younger seven days a week! (Slots are about two hours and times vary with sessions in the mornings and afternoon; check registration page for specific time info.) Winter pricing is $15 per drop-in, or $100 for a 10-pack.
1023 Church Ave.
BAX, Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Drop in to the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where for $10 kids four and younger can explore the open studio filled with hoops, tunnels, balls, books and more. Sessions take place on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
421 Fifth Ave.
Edamama Cute Cuts and More
There is a lot happening at Edamama—and we’re not even including the haircuts! Most drop-ins (cash only) will run you $15. Happenings throughout the week include puppet fun with Puppetsburg (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. and Noon); Singalong with Willie DeVargas (Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and Noon), Ari Band SIngalong (Wednesdays, 3:45); Thunder and Sunshine Singalong on Fridays, and Open Play daily at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Plus: Movement and Music for Toddlers (Mondays, 9:30 a.m., 10: 30 a.m., and noon, and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. and noon).
568 Union Ave.