The Brooklyn Strategist
At The Brooklyn Strategist, we are all about games! We stock over four hundred different games for sale and have an extensive in house library that ranges from the common to the obscure to the out-of-print. We are a neighborhood joint where kids, families, couples and gamers can feel at home. We focus on board and card games that can be played the old fashioned way: in person. We offer after school classes, camps for school breaks and summer, evening and weekend clubs for tweens, teens and adults, and walk-in play where everyone is welcome to play, learn, compete and have fun. Come play with us!
Dungeons and Dragons for Kids?I’ll second there rec for the Brooklyn Strategist for the real deal, pre-Covid they had all ages tournaments and game nights that are super fun.
camps for teensLast summer brooklyn strategist let you sign up for 1/2 days. My daughter could sleep in and then go in the afternoon. It seems most of the older kids there did the same thing.
Review from the 2020 Summer Camp SurveyAge of child: 10 Comment: Sending my kid to an indoor camp during COVID summer felt terrifying, but after seeing the camp operate for 4 weeks without issue, we sent our 10 year-old to the Strategist for their summer camp for the last 6 weeks. We've been a part of the Strategist community for 5 years, attending summer camp, school break camps, going there on the weekends, and all the remote options they offered during quarantine. Their safety measures were temperature checks, masks on at all times, lowered enrollment, better ventilation, and gloves. They're truly the best. A super open and accepting community who form real bonds with the kids, and have great patience to help them develop resilience. It's the only thing my kid looks forward to out of all the music camps, chess camps, general summer camps, and theatre camps we've attended. We love it!
Review from the 2020 Summer Camp SurveyAge of child: 13 Comment: My kid loved this camp. He played complex games with engaging caring counselors. They were completely safe and thorough during the pandemic. Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? They were very safe, temperature checks, kids and staff wore masks and gloves.
Review from the 2020 Summer Camp SurveyAge of child: 12 Comment: The Strat made it really easy on parents this summer by giving you every option to think of : you could book by the Day, by the week, half if full days. My daughter went for half dats in the afternoon, which was perfect for her because she could sleep in in the morning but had somoto break up the day. The other kids her age all seemed to do the same thing so she had a handful of afternoon kids that she got to know.. The kids who were there all day were the younger ones and usually played different games. She had a lot of fun, played a lot of games she never had before and put together a Magic deck just for the camp. What would you change about the program, if anything, and why? They did so much to accommodate whatever families needed the summer and the camp was well run when my daughter got there so there’s really nothing I can complain about. Anything related to COVID and how the camp handled it you'd like to add? I wasn’t sure how they would manage the whole Covid thing since playing games is interactive. But they took the kids temperatures when they went in, used hand sanitizer and had everyone keep their masks and wear gloves while they were playing the games. And my daughter said that after they played a game they would put it in the basement and not take it out again for a few days which seems like a sensible extra step. so and I was pretty happy with how they handled the safety stuff.
Summer Day CampsOur son has attended Brooklyn Strategist in Carroll Gardens for a number of years. The kids get to learn board games or other types of games. They also take them out to the nearby playground to run around so they're not cooped up all day.
Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp SurveyMy son went for two consecutive weeks and then a single week later on. He loved all the games he played, the park time, and the snacks. If you could change anything, what would it be? Age of child: 8 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
Review from the 2017 PSP Summer Camp SurveyCamps was full of kids all ages; kids could explore games they have never been exposed to; kits available for purchase (but $$$) and lunch provided! Age of child: 10 Based on a Summer 2017 experience
(no subject)If you are starting to think about afterschool programming for the upcoming school year, I encourage you to consider Brooklyn Strategist (www.thebrooklynstrategist.com). I can't say enough great things about Brooklyn Strategist. If you have never heard of it, Brooklyn Strategist is a place where kids (and adults) play board and card games. But not just any games, games of strategy and skill. Games you most likely never heard of like Dominion, Settlers, Magic and Stratego, and many more. The best part of playing games is that you're learning when you don't even know you're learning. Plus, you're not engaged with a computer screen but with other kids, learn to take turns, win and lose with grace, and debate and compromise. Some good old-fashion lessons! Brooklyn Strategist offers afterschool (with pick-up from select elementary schools), half-day, holiday and day camps for school age kids. My son has been going since it opened last August. He continues to learn new games and play old ones, team-up with old friends and make new ones. At Brooklyn Strategist he is engaged and challenged. If you kid is like mine and likes playing board games or is just starting out, check out Brooklyn Strategist at 333 Court Street, or call Jon Freeman at (718) 576-3035 for more information.
(no subject)I wholeheartedly second the shout-out for The Brooklyn Strategist! My son, who is almost 10 loves hasn't met a strategy game he doesn't love -- and Brooklyn Strategist's range of available games is really impressive and will keep any kid like mine in game heaven. In addition to the afterschool programs, the place is currently open in the first and third weekends of the month and you can drop in and pay a fee to play anything they have for something like up to 4 hours... The guy who runs it (John?) will instruct on the ins and outs of even the most obscure game, so you don't have to know what's going on to begin. Check it out -- it would be great if this place survives!
(no subject)I just wanted to give a shout out for a new board and card game center on Atlantic Avenue. Since I can't do the description justice, I am attaching the link: http://www.thebrooklynstrategist.com My son is about to turn 6, and he is able to really enjoy the games (even though the website says 7+) and I will definitely send him to one of the afternoon classes as well as drop in on the weekend. It is free, and worth it, to just drop in and check them out. They have classics like chess and backgammon and a whole cache of lesser known (or my case unknown)strategic card and board games. I am in no way affiliated with this business, just a Mom who loves playing games with her son who in turn loves playing games.