Read & Play: Branch Playdates

Liz Blake

Last year, we shared a post about the Big Brooklyn Playdate that takes place regularly at BPL's Central Library.  The Dweck Auditorium and Lobby are transformed into a magical world as children ages 0-3 and their caregivers play and experiment with hands-on, open-ended activities that are sure to delight children and caregivers alike. Most activities follow recipes that are made up of simple ingredients that can easily be found around the house. They are meant to inspire creation at home with whatever you have!

This time, we are highlighting smaller playdates that happen at our branches. The format is the same as the Big Playdate, but the programs at the branches are smaller. Families come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary objects at home into their child’s favorite toys. Here are some photos from past branch Playdates: 

Texture collage making & tunnel fun at Cortelyou: 


Ball pit & pool play at Crown Heights: 

more Playdate fun at Cypress Hills:

For more fun ideas and recipes, join us at the Brighton Beach branch for their Playdate on Friday, May 17th from 10:30 AM -11:30 AM or at the Central Library on Wednesday, June 12th from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM for the next Mini Brooklyn Playdate

Interested in learning more about other first five years programs at the library? Check out our events calendar for more information!


This blog post reflects the opinions of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Brooklyn Public Library.



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