It seems like everyone has an opinion on bringing babies to bars in Park Slope and the surrounding neighborhoods. What is indisputable is that Park Slope has a large offering of kid-friendly restaurants, and the numbers only seem to be growing. Little ones being such a large part of the community in Park Slope comes as a surprise to no one these days, and can be the motivating factor for a young family to move into the neighborhood.
Chowing down at a local eatery.
But where to go and what to do if you’d like more than the local bar scene? Park Slope has an array of offerings for families, kid-friendly and fun for everyone. To get on the inside track of all things kid-related in Park Slope, there is Park Slope Parents, an online listserv that aggregates information about the neighborhood.
There is an Advice, Classifies and Career Networking listserv and a passionate community that supports it. Founded in 2002, it has a huge presence in the online lives of Park Slope’s parents. Everything from clothing swaps being arranged to hearing about which handymen to hire, the group is a wealth of information for those moving to the neighborhood. Membership is $40 a year, with discounted options available for purchasing multiple years at once.
ParkSlopeParents.com welcomes new members.
Being situated so close to Prospect Park, it comes as no surprise that Park Slope has an abundance of playgrounds for the kiddos to play in. From the newly renovated J.J. Byrne Park, located between 3rd Street and 4th Street on 5th Avenue to the gems found scattered throughout Prospect Park, finding a space to play in Park Slope will never be a challenge.
Prospect Park is filled with great playground options.
If you’d like to get your kids some exercise beyond the monkey bars, tucked away at the back corner of Prospect Park are the Kensington Stables, which offer horseback riding lessons to those 6 years old and older. It might be hard to wait for the little one grows up enough to enjoy this, so don’t feel shy signing up for a course yourself -- adults are welcome to take classes.
Horseback riding in Prospect Park
Finding yourself with a rainy day with kids in Park Slope is no problem thanks to Barnes and Noble's extensive toy section, located on 7th Avenue, near 6th Street. There is a special reading area for the kids with well-loved books and scheduled story times to check out.
If you still feel stuck for ideas on what to do in the neighborhood, this list contains 100 ideas of activities in Park Slope for parents. For freebies around town, check out this roundup of 20 free things to do with kids.
When you’re stuck at work late, there are many daycares in Brooklyn that offer extended day-care options. Or, if you’d like to get a bit more enrichment in, there is always The New York Kids Club or Kidville, both of which offer a great array of classes for the little ones, including music, art, gym and dance classes. FasTracKids offers preschool programs throughout New York City that are geared toward getting your little one on the gifted track early, through a multi-sensory approach which exposes kids to 12 subject areas.
For the little ones who are into superheros, Park Slope has just the shop for them: the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. Located on 5th Avenue between 5th and 6th Street, the location serves as a venue dedicated to helping kids with their writing skills.
The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company is creating lifelong readers.
Tutors, storytellers and workshop leaders come together in the space to foster creative writing skills. Additionally, kids can get De-Villainized, try out capes and try to find the secret portal which leads to...you’ll just have to find out yourself!