Outdoor Activities in Brooklyn

Outdoor Activities in Brooklyn by LaTonya Staubs

Is it really Winter? Well of course, but lately it sure doesn’t feel like it. With temperatures ranging from upper 40s to even reaching the 60s, Brooklyn is certainly feeling a little like Spring. Like many of my momma friends, I have welcomed this unusual weather with open arms. With River Mae now an official toddler, I was excited to see what the outdoors had to offer the wee ones.

After visiting the neighborhood park for three days in a row, hours on end. I realized this routine might be a little monotonous for the baby and I. Unfortunately, many mommas find themselves in this same routine. Well, now we can all rest our worries, Brooklyn Mamas, has a list of places to visit, and events to attend outdoors during the warmer Winter days, and those pesky chilly ones.

Arts and Recreation at the Audubon Center
If your child loves pretend play, the outdoors, and animals, then take them to this weekly event on Sunday and Saturday at Prospect Park. At Prospect Park Audubon Center, the naturalist, lead structured, fun and engaging arts activities combined with active play.

Date: February 4, 2012 and February 5, 2012
Location: Audubon Center at the boat house in Prospect Park.
Cost: Free!
Hours: 1:00 p.m- 3:00 p.m
Contact: (718) 287-3400

Meet the Nature Center Animals
Like many of my fellow mamas, I want my daughter to grow up depending not on T.V, or toys for entertainment..but her own imagination. Urban Park Rangers, has this same belief. This program is specifically geared towards young children and their families. Not only does your child get to learn about conservation, but you will also have tons of fun watching a family friendly movie under the stars. Since all the materials are provided, all you have to bring is yourself and the little one.

Date: Sunday February 5, 2012
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), East 33rd Street and Avenue U
Cost: Free!
Hours: The event starts at 1:00 p.m
Contact: (718) 421-2021

Great Backyard Bird Count
Does your child love the outdoors? Do you find them often enamored by birds? Then head to the Great Backyard Bird Count on February 11th and February 12th. There, your child will help naturalist figure out if the Winter weather influenced this regions bird population.

Date: Saturday February 11, 2012 and Sunday February 12, 2012
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park). Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance.
Cost: Free
Hours: The event begins at 12:00 p.m
Contact: (718) 287-3400

Wilderness Survival
Though we live in New York City, teaching our children survival tactics in the woods is very important. “What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your own shelter, or start a fire without matches? What would you eat and where would you find water? Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild?” If you find yourself asking these questions then you should definitely take a trip to Prospect Park, for a fun, yet enlightening experience on wilderness preparedness and survival. The Urban Park Rangers, ask you and your family questions like these to prepare you for whatever life..or better yet, the woods have to offer.

Date: February 11, 2012
Location: Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park). West Drive and Third Street.
Cost: Free
Hours: This event begins at 1:00 p.m
Contact: (718) 421-2021

“Love Your Tree” Valentine’s Day Workshop
On February 14th, while others are seeking out presents from their loved ones, how about you take the tot and learn how to LOVE your tree during the Winter season? All who are attending will care for street trees surrounding the New Lots Public Library. This event, will stick with you until the warmer season, as you will learn how to care for trees, and even receive free gardening tools!

Date: February 14, 2012
Location: New Lots Public Library. 665 New Lots Avenue.
Cost: Free
Hours: This is a rain or shine event, beginning at 11:00 a.m and ending at 12:30 p.m
Contact: rsvp@milliontreesnyc.org

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