Bike the Branches with Dora and Friends
Explore Brooklyn with Dora the Explorer while you celebrate spring! Whether finding family programs at local parks and museums, learning Spanish language skills or discovering some cool new animal facts, we promise a fun-filled spring that kicks off with BPL's very own Bike the Branches and the Dora and Friends Family Friendly Tour. A free helmet distribution and giveaway will be held at Central Library on Thursday, May 5. Go on a photo safari with Dora as she visits fun places around Central Library for its 75th Anniversary.
See Dora Explore Central Library with Bike the Branches
Exploring Isa’s Garden with Dora
Watch music videos, play games and learn original Spanish songs about numbers and colors, feelings, parts of the body, ABC’s, the four seasons, weather, and more. Content changes monthly.
Prospect Park Audubon Center
The Audubon nature center offers free weekend activities for visitors who want to learn about bird watching, habitat exploration or even take fishing lessons. Borrow a Discovery Pack to explore the park on your own and stop by the two Pop-up nature tents for more fun programs.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
With a freshwater pond and activities for kids of all ages, Brooklyn Children's Museum is a great destination for Spring! With separate activity areas for children under five, you can bring the whole family. Have fun exploring the museum's collection of over 30,000 historical artifacts on world cultures, history, science and nature through fun, interactive exhibits.
Bike Safety - Life Family Education
Bike helmets save lives and are necessary for all children, including young toddlers when they ride on their parents bikes. Older kids who play sports such as roller blading or riding skateboards also need helmets. This web site has information on a variety of topics and ideas for family activities.
After visiting the zoo or hanging out in nature, look up fun facts about the animals you saw or want to know more about. Watch videos, play games, get book and app recommendations -- all while exploring your world.
Prospect Park with Kids
With the Prospect Park Zoo, playgrounds, animal carousel and the roller rink now open, Prospect Park is a great place relax outside for a Sunday family outing. Don't forget to visit Lefferts Historical House for fun programs and the Zucker National Exploration Area -- a new nature center and unstructured play area in Prospect Park.
Articles & Databases
Amazing Animals of the World
Click on Amazing Animals button on left menu for articles, photos, audio recordings, videos, games, and more about the animal kingdom. Learn about how different animals sleep, what they eat, and where they live.
Encyclopedia Brittanica Online for Kids
Whether its for transportation, recreation or sport, more than 65 million people ride bikes regularly in the U.S. Type "cycling" in the search box to find web sites and articles about bicycle riding, including road racing in Europe and America, and the science of bicycles -- how they work by transferring force using gears.
State Birds Rap
Do you know your state bird? Join Barry the Bald Eagle as he is shown around by MC Blue (the Eastern bluebird is New York State's official bird) on a tour of New York. There are videos for each state's official feathered friends.
Print & Media Resources
Dora and Friends Golden Book features a surprised Dora when a Dragon shows up at school.
Written for early readers, this book includes bike safety, bicycle history and a guide to the many different types of bikes available including BMX and racing bikes.
Illustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns, and vivid views.
Tom tells all about his bicycle, his ride to work past trucks, cars, and even elephants, and his job as a circus performer.
His A wordless picture book in which a girl sees a bicycle she wants to buy, works hard for a kindly neighbor to earn the money for it, then gets a pleasant surprise.
Poppleton the pig celebrates spring by doing some spring "cleaning," attempting to buy a bicycle and spending some time in a tent.