The Prospect Park Zoo is 12 acres of family fun and part of Prospect Park’s Children’s Corner. Boasting an impressive 125 species of animals, head over to 450 Flatbush Avenue to see just what the zoo has to offer.
The first thing you notice as you walk into the zoo is the sea lion exhibit, which is directly in the middle of the zoo. You can catch the sea lion feedings, usually at 11:30am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm daily, to learn more about them. If this display isn’t enough, the zoo also has a series of animal encounters during the week in the summer and on weekends year round in the Discovery Theater.
Located in the Farm/Petting Zoo section, the Discovery Theater lets you and your little ones learn more about the different animals. During the summer months, you can check out chinchillas, alpacas, and more weekdays at 2:30pm and 3:00pm. These encounters happen on weekends too, at 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, and 3:00pm. This is a great way to have a more in-depth visit.
The zoo recently overhauled the discovery trail, and the end result is remarkable. Walk through and experience the different habitats, almost forgetting you’re in a zoo.
Looking for something different to do with your toddler while your older kids are in school, or maybe on weekends? The zoo has Toddler Time classes that will be held over 6 weeks on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Here, you and your little one get to sing, listen to stories, do crafts, and even meet animals, all having to do with a central class theme. The schedule is as follows:
If your kids can’t get enough of the animals, you may want to consider a family membership. The Wildlife Conservation Society has different options to choose from, each with a long list of benefits for your family, and includes yearly admission to all of the zoos and the NY Aquarium in Coney Island. For more information, visit the ticket window at the zoo, or their website.