Our families are the pulse of BCM. We affirm your superhuman efforts to keep the play, curiosity and exploration going. We hope that this BCM+You webpage, together with our BCM+You newsletters and social media, will activate and stimulate learning — and give you tools to help your child explore and discover our world from home.
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The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Team
Thank You to Our Civic Leaders
Brooklyn has a long history of civic engagement. Our elected officials and other civic leaders keep our communities strong by ensuring that our residents have access to basic needs like housing, healthcare and food; keeping our neighborhoods safe and beautiful; and supporting cultural organizations like Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Send A Letter to Your Elected Official
Do you have ideas about how we can make our community or our city happier, healthier and stronger? Your family can write a letter to our elected officials to share your ideas using the attached template.
Koi ponds are one example of an aquaponic environment. These beautiful pools consist of koi, a fish native to Japan, and plants that grow in water, like water lillies or lotuses.
Paint an oyster
Did you know that oysters help keep waterways clean and healthy? Use a coffee filter and watercolors to create your own unique oyster.
Make a Brooklyn business
What’s your favorite store in your neighborhood? Use recycled materials to create a storefront model of a shop that is meaningful to you.
Design a pizza pie
Nothing says New York like pizza! Create a pizza pie from your imagination using playdough and colorful materials.
Make a Chalk Quilt
Enjoy a moment in the sun and leave inspiration at your feet! Make a sidewalk “quilt” for your community using tape and chalk.
Home is where the heart is. Show your neighborhood block some love and create a collage using paper, found materials, and a few of your own memories.
Clay Flower Pot
Get messy and grow something beautiful! Make a flower pot using clay and decorate it with your favorite colors.
Sail away! Make a boat out of a carton to sail around your bathtub or inflatable pool.
Ice Cube Painting
Stay fresh, cool, and creative! Freeze water and food coloring to make ice cubes to paint with on hot, summer days.
Create Your Own Mbira
The mbira is an African musical instrument that dates back centuries. Create a mbira using everyday materials and explore your unique rhythm!
Beautiful Us Beads
Repurpose fabric scraps and magazine pages to make upcycled beads, then use yarn to create necklaces and bracelets.
Paper Bag Puppets
Make a puppet friend using a paper bag and colorful, recycled materials from you home!
Create a cozy reading nook! Build a special space where you can slow down, stay cool, and dive into a great story.
Object Color Wheel
Color is all around us. Create a color wheel with objects from your home!
Soap Bar Prints
Carve soap bars to make prints inspired by the artist Elizabeth Catlett!
Transform every day paper into a 3-D pop-up collage that draws inspiration from your home!
Painting With Dots
Explore the practice of pointillism by creating a picture using small dots of color!
Recycled Wind Chimes
Harness the power of the wind to make musical patterns!
Create shapes and stamp patterns using an everyday potato as your inspiration!
Make a Nature Brush
Create natural, DIY paintbrushes made with sticks, leaves and flowers, and experiment with making different marks, strokes, and stamps on paper.
We clap because we care! New Yorkers are making noise out of their windows in honor of essential workers every day at 7 pm. Make your own noisemaker using plates, loose materials, and tape.
There are hidden gems all around us! Make a treasure map of your neighborhood that features special places.
Build a Sensory Box
Build a simple DIY sensory box using beans or beads, hide objects, and have your toddler dig through to explore, discover, and practice describing their senses.
Bird Up Brooklyn
Tweet, chirp, caw! Make your own binoculars and get outside to bird watch.
Every neighborhood is special! Make your own Neighborhood Bingo game and fill the squares with the people, places, things and experiences in your neighborhood that are special to you.
Upcycle a used container and create a fun percussion instrument to make music with!
Make clay impressions
Everyday objects can make a great impression on our lives! Inspired by Brooklyn-based artist LaKela Brown, make a clay sculpture by pressing found objects into clay.
Family Hand Portraits
Our hands are not just for making, working, and expression… they are works of art! Take a series of family hand portraits that include gestures and objects.
Kevin & Rich’s Recycled Sounds
Kevin & Rich’s Recycled Sounds recently visited Brooklyn Children’s Museum to show us how anything can be used to make music, from household objects to even the Museum itself! Watch the video and get inspired. What music will you make?
Rev up your spaceship while looking cool and futuristic with these homemade galaxy goggles!
Juneteenth Freedom Poster
What does freedom mean to you? To celebrate Juneteenth, make a colorful sign to celebrate the culture, lives, and freedom of Black Americans!
My Pride Flag
Love is Love! Make your own colorful flag inspired by Pride, a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and the rights of all people to be who they are and love who they love.
Make a Self-Love Crown that allows your child to practice expressing themselves in ways that make them feel good. When finished they’ll have a crown they can wear with pride!
Brooklyn Children’s Museum thanks its supporters:
Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s programs are made possible in part by private funding from foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as public funds from: Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, Department of Youth and Community Development of the City of New York, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York City Council and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Assembly and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Senate and its Brooklyn Delegation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo; New York City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel; New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.; New York City Council Member Farah Louis; New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery; New York State Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol; and New York State Assembly Member Diana C. Richardson.
Special thanks to our corporate and foundation sponsors: The Achelis & Bodman Foundation, AECOM Tishman, Aimbridge Hospitality, American Express, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Bulova Stetson Fund, Chase Private Client, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Con Edison, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Duane Morris LLP, FAR Fund, Gans Studio, GKV Architects, Goldman Sachs, Google, Grand Street Settlement, Greiner-Maltz, Gunderson Dettmer, the Hearst Foundations, The Holborn Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Investors Bank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, The Keith Haring Foundation, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund, Mariani Metal Fabricators USA, MetLife Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Moses L. Parshelsky Foundation, National Grid, Ncheng, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Pfizer, Inc., The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation, Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, Robert Derector Associates, Ropes & Gray LLP, Schindler Elevator, Silverstein Properties, Inc., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Steven Dubner Landscaping, Stop N Stor, Studio Institute, Sullivan & Cromwell, Tiger Baron Foundation, Tsao & Mckown, Turner Construction, Two Trees, UBS, Warner Media Group, and Whole Foods.