Historically and geographically, Brownstone Brooklyn begins here.
Fri Oct 24 2008
What local families do
For a little “when in Rome” action, Court Street and Atlantic Avenue have a lot of outposts that cater to kids. The area Barnes & Noble (106 Court St, 718-246-4996) hosts a storytime every Tuesday at 11am in its spacious children’s section. Next door, a UA movie theater (108 Court St) offers stadium seating, 12 large screens and plenty of family fare.
Farther south, the Little Gym (221 Atlantic Ave, 718-488-7744) teaches tots dance, karate and gymnastics, and hosts “no-stress” birthday parties. You can kick it old-school at the Dodge YMCA (225 Atlantic Ave, 718-625-3136), one door down. Besides tons of programs for kids, it has a full-size indoor pool and a basketball court.
Near Hicks Street, the Moxie Spot (81–83 Atlantic Ave, 718-923-9710) has become a hotbed for local parents (the beer and wine license helps). Youngsters enjoy the food and activities—games, DVDs on plasma screens, computers, art projects—served up in a steampunk environment. Check out the mini front door for toddlers.