Located within a former industrial storage complex along the waterfront in Sunset Park, Industry City has evolved over the past decade into something of a cultural and foodie hub. The eight formerly derelict city-block-sized buildings, running from 33rd to 37th Streets between Second and Third Avenues, are now home to artist studios, work spaces, great shopping, art exhibitions, a chocolate factory, a Brooklyn Nets training facility, an international food hall, and even a roller rink.
During the week, the courtyards and restaurants in Industry City tend to be ruled by the young workers who report to various offices and work spaces in the complex. But weekends bring an influx of shoppers, food-lovers, and young families for a unique mix of tastes, sights, art, and family programming. Hands down, it’s one of our favorite places to spend a summer weekend morning or a rainy winter afternoon. Read on for ways to make the most of a trip to Industry City with kids.
Take a class or head to open skate at Dreamland Roller Rink. Photo by Siobhan Adcock
1. If you’re coming on a weekend with kids over 7, you’ve got to roller skate at the new Dreamland Roller Rink. The music is great, and the scene is friendly, inclusive, and silly.
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Adults can grab a coffee while kids get to take in a flick at IC's Kids' Saturday Cinema Club. Photo courtesy of Industry City
2. On Saturday mornings, Building 1 hosts the Kids’ Saturday Cinema Club, screening a kids’ movie along with crafts and activities.
The Rock and Roll Playhouse brings kids’ concerts and family dance parties to Industry City on Saturdays. Photo by Janet Bloom
3. The Rock and Roll Playhouse brings kids’ concerts and family dance parties to Industry City on Saturdays. Events are held inside during the winter in The Landing (complete with face painting, ping-pong, and a bar for the grownups), and during the summer the fun moves outside into the courtyard bandshell.
4. Play skee-ball, old-fashioned arcade games, or NYC-themed mini golf at the Game Room in Building 5.
5. Much-loved Manhattan watering hole The Frying Pan has a bar and snack outpost at Industry City called The Wheelhouse (they also operate the Game Room). In the mornings before the bar opens, kids can climb around on The Wheelhouse's tugboat in the courtyard outside Building 5.
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Watch chocolates being made at Li-Lac Chocolates. Photo by Siobhan Adcock
6. Peek through the windows of a real chocolate factory and watch chocolates being made at Li-Lac Chocolates.
Savor a delicious pastry from Colson Patisserie. Photo by Siobhan Adcock
7. Japan Village, opened in winter 2018, is NYC's first Japanese food hall. Come early to beat the crowds, slurp noodles, munch on Tokyo-style street food like Taiyaki (fish-shaped sweet buns), and savor sweet treats and teas.
Have a blast looking at all the candy and other fun Asian goodies at Sunrise Mart.
8. Shop for awesome Asian candies and staples at Sunrise Mart in the Japan Village building.
9. You can also eat your way around the world without ever leaving the Industry City Food Hall: there's tacos, burgers, pizza, sushi, Thai, and coming soon, Hometown Barbecue.
10. Save your sweet tooth for a cone at Blue Marble Ice Cream.
11. Sample whoopie pies and delicate cookies at homegrown Brooklyn bakery favorite One Girl Cookies.
Explore the enormous (but still cozy) Hygge Haus in the courtyard. Photo by Janet Bloom
12. During cool months, explore the enormous (but still cozy) tents known as the Hygge Haus in the courtyard, with cozy seating, oven-like space warmers, and twinkling lights everywhere.
Explore the ever-changing "art elevators." Photo by Janet Bloom
13. Venture into the ever-changing “art elevators,” with whimsical immersive murals that change with the seasons.
14. Play cornhole in Courtyard 1-2.
Stop for a moment of peace in the Zen Garden. Photo by Siobhan Adcock
15. Discover the colorful sculptures in the Zen Garden in Courtyard 3-4.
Enormous murals by Collision Project artists can be found throughout the buildings and courtyards. Photo by Siobhan Adcock
16. Pose for Instagram in front of the enormous murals by Collision Project artists that can be found throughout the buildings and courtyards.
17. Browse for treasures at the vintage shop Arcade, or shop some of the cool pop-ups that take over the space every weekend with handmade creations—everything from candles to ceramics to jewelry.
18. Check the Industry City calendar for an ongoing roster of kid-friendly special events and exhibitions, including the M.C. Escher exhibit (recently extended through March 31), BRIC arts for kids, and the recent Brooklyn Children’s Museum block building lab.
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