Prospect Park with Kids: 10 Things to Do in Prospect Park

Prospect Park ZooBy: Virginia Gudiel

Why travel to Central Park when we have beautiful Prospect Park right here in Brooklyn! (OK,Central Park is pretty cool,but c’mon now, sometimes its nice to stay local.) Prospect Park has so much to offer. Here at Brooklyn Mamas we’ve come up with the 10 things to do at Prospect Park.

1. Head to a Greenmarket
There are two greenmarkets, The Grand Army Plaza and Bartel-Prichard Square which offer an array of healthy fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat, all locally grown in upstate New York.  Wandering the green market testing out all the different types of foods especially seasonally offered fruits and vegetables is wonderful way to spend the day. For more information, visit Green Market.

When: Grand Army Plaza on Saturdays year round: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m and Bartel-Pritchard Circle on Wednesdays, May through November: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Grand Army Plaza located at Intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park West and other streets and Bartel-Pritchard Circle located at Prospect Park West & 15th Street entrance.

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2. Watch the Sea Lions at the Prospect Park Zoo
Looking for an awesome animal adventure close to home, the Prospect Park Zoo is open 365 days a year so you can visit at anytime when the moment strikes you. Who doesn’t love watching the sea lions getting fed or feeding a llama or milking a cow, all activities that your kids will be able to do at the Prospect Park Zoo.  For more information and view additional activities,  visit Prospect Park Zoo

When: Open 365 days a year! 10am-5pm Mon-Fri,10am-5:30pm Weekends & Holidays
Where:
450 Flatbush Avenue
Cost: Adults $8, Children (3-12) $5, Seniors (65+) $6, Children under 3 free

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3. Take a Spin on the Prospect Park Carousel
The Carousel at Prospect Park turns 100 this year! The Carousel dates back to 1912, when it  was carved  by Charles Carmel and was beautifully restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990. Children will have a sweet time riding around in any of the 53 magnificently carved horses which include a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. For more information, visit Prospect Park Carousel

When: April through June Thursday – Sunday & holidays: 12 5 p.m
Where: The Willink entrance,intersection of Ocean & Flatbush Avenues & Empire Blvd.
Cost: $2.00 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets

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4. Learn How Americans Lived in the 1800’s at the Lefferts Historic House
The Lefferts House was built by a dutch family in the 1800’s and boasts more than 200 years of history in Brooklyn.  Kids will enjoy and have fun learning about this interesting house that is part of Brooklyn history. Every month, there a numerous events including tours of the house.
Visit Lefferts House for the full schedule of events and dates and times of the house tour.

When: April- June ,Thursday – Sunday & holidays, 12 – 5 p.m
Where: The Willink entrance,intersection of Ocean & Flatbush Avenues & Empire Blvd.
Cost : Free for children, suggestion donation for adults

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5. Go Birdwatching at Audubon Center
The Audubon Center is dedicated to connecting people to nature. With so much to do, including weekly programs such as bird watching, making a nature journal and Arts & Crafts for the kids, you will definitely communing more with the great outdoors. The Audubon Center also has a boat house that will conduct electric boat tours starting in June! Visit Audubon Center for more information and event schedule.

When: April -June, Thursday Sunday and holidays, 12 5 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance
Cost: Free (Boat rides will have a fee once they start up in June)

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6. Get in Tune with Nature by Walking The Nature Trails
Who says you can’t get nature in New York City? Prospect Park offers 3 different types (Lullwater, Midwood and Peninsula) of  walking trails. Grab a map and head out on an adventure with your family or take a guided tour that departs from the Audubon Center.  The entire family will enjoy  exploring the park together. For more information, visit Nature Trails

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7. Run Around The Playgrounds
What child doesn’t love the playground? Prospect Park has several playgrounds to choose from!  So no matter what part of the park you are in, you are bound to find a playground to have a great time in.  Visit  Prospect Park Playgrounds for more information on playground locations,

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8. Go For a Horseback Ride at Kensington Stables

Whether you are seasoned rider or a novice, horses are available for rental  at Kensington Stables just outside the Park across from the Parade Ground.  Have a little one, pony rides are also available. Please call ahead for reservations. Rentals are available daily from 10am to sunset.

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9. Break out the burgers and hot dogs and have a Barbecue and/or a Picnic
A picnic is a lovely way to spend time at Prospect Park with your family. Pack something to munch on and relax while laying in the grass at the park.  And why not combine a picnic with a good ol’ barbecue?  Your kids will love munching down on the basics like grilled hotdogs, chicken and burgers.  For groups of 25+, a permit is needed, otherwise you are good to go! Just be sure to BBQ safely! Click here for barbecue locations and here for  Picnic locations.

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10. Bicycle Around the Park
Grab your helmets! Grab your bikes and take a leisurely or cardio bike ride. The kids will have a great time biking around Park Drive with you. Biking is not allowed anywhere except for the  Park Drive at Prospect Park.The Park Drive however is is 3.35 miles long, more then enough space to bike around! For more information on bicycling around the park, prospectpark.org/visit/activities/bicycling

 

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