Just a short metro ride from gigantic and bustling Manhattan, Brooklyn with its quaint narrow streets, low rises, and rows of townhouses attracts more and more families. And no doubt you’ll be hooked as much as them for a simple reason. No matter where you are in Brooklyn, you’re always only 15 minutes away from amazing family-friendly hangouts. How incredible is that?!

Start your Saturday with free bean to bar chocolate and children’s sing-a-long at the Mast Brothers flagship store in Williamsburg. When you’re done, keep up the beat with a Baby DJ Class at the neighboring East River Park. For lunch queue up for some smoked meat at Hometown-Bar-B-Que before taking the kid’s rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders. Still have some time for one last activity? Well, pick from one of these: taking a dip in the ocean at Coney Island, expressing your creative side at Private Picassos or hiking in Prospect Park. For dinner cozy up at Samurai Mama, a rustic Japanese tavern serving delicious Udon.

(This guide was written by Charlotte Burgoyne in collaboration with a team of impressive creative local moms (see our Insiders page.)