Brooklyn kids aren’t only into arts and crafts. Some express their creativity—and prepare for their futures—by delving into science and engineering at after-school programs and summer camps. Here are some of the best places in Brooklyn for kids to channel their inner Einsteins.
Carmelo the Science Fellow (Boerum Hill) is the nom de lab of Carmen Piazza, who has been teaching science to Brooklyn kids for almost two decades. Carmelo the Science Fellow’s Laboratory of Fun features activities that teach kids to get involved, ask questions, predict, observe, and measure. Programs are available for after-school classes, summer camp, and day care.
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Engineering for Kids (Bensonhurst)
Engineering for Kids offers a suite of programs for children ages 4 to 14, introducing them to science, technology, engineering, and math through a variety of workshops all aimed at developing problem-solving skills. Options include after-school programs, evening classes, in-school field trips, workshops, birthday parties, home-school programs, scouts workshops, and pre-school programs. Learn more here.
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Brooklyn Robot Foundry (Gowanus)
The Brooklyn Robot Foundry strives to empower kids through building. Its goal is to make sure kids feel supported through its “do-it-together” philosophy, with well-trained staff facilitating the building and learning process. Classes start with caregiver-assisted Tiny Builders, through K-4 grade sessions and even classes for adults, with all-day sessions on school holidays. For a full rundown of offerings, click here.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
With their collection of bugs, Nature Tots classes for kids 5 and up, and a Touch Tank with real, live sea creatures for tiny hands to touch, the Children’s Museum offers a full range of activities for budding scientists. The museum is closed on Mondays but offers free hours from 2 to 6 p.m. every Thursday. More information is available here.
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Prospect Heights)
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers a number of classes for children and adults that introduce the science of botany to growing minds. The children’s programs are centered around the children’s garden, a longstanding feature designed to teach city children about the rewards of planting and cultivating. Programs like Nature Explorers, Summer Science Adventures and Field Investigators introduce kids to the natural world around them. Click here to learn more.