PROSPECT PARK

By the same designers as Central Park but much larger and less crowded, Prospect Park provides scenic beauty for relaxation, recreation and culture. Explore a gracious meadow, an immense lake, a lush native forest and tons of attractions for all ages. Printable maps availble at the informative Prospect Park Alliance website.

Also see our guide to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the rest of Brooklyn.

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PLAY

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons. A gated toddler area features bucket swings,…

Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Strategically placed branches and stumps of trees damaged by storms and other materials from within Prospect Park invite engagement nature and unstructured play in this magical playground. several areas to explore including sand for digging and water features for pumping and splashing.

LeFrak Center Ice Skating

Skate in a half-covered/half-open lakeside rink in Prospect Park.

* Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School which offers learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes for all ages.

🔓 Lockers available for rent ($3-$8, 2-hour time limit).

🍽 Light fare and drinks available for takeaway at rinkside…

NATURE

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Explore a 52-acre urban botanic garden with a variety of plants and habitats.

*  Don’t miss the lovely Japanese Garden’s pond, home to turtles, carp, ducks and its small Shinto shrine guarded by two stone fox statues (and gorgeous cherry blossoms in the spring).

* Download a kids field journal and see tips for visiting with kids. The one-acre friendly Discovery Garden features an elevated boardwalk, an “insect hotel,” hosting leaf-cutter bees, praying mantises, and termites and tall native grasses and flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.

* Join weekly interactive programs for all ages.

🍽 Enjoy casual entreés at the seasonal outdoor eatery Yellow Magnolia Canteen or sandwiches, snacks, and drinks at the Coffee Bar at the Visitor Center, with socially distanced outdoor seating for either option.

🌳 Near Brooklyn Museum and happening Prospect Park.

Tuesday-Sunday 10 am- 6pm

CULTURE

J.J. Byrne Playground & Old Stone House

Enjoy lots of modern climbing equipment juxtaposed with colonial themes inspired by the adjacent Old Stone House, site of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Explore a submarine periscope and interactive panels depicting the historic battle among natural stone and rustic pavement, then attack your enemies with water cannons.

A gated toddler area features bucket swings, farm animal cutouts, and a tot size climbing structure. The park also hosts a multipurpose synthetic turf field, a skate park, two new basketball courts, eight handball courts, and a dog run.

See a beautiful, interactive exhibit about the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War and what it was like to live in Brooklyn from 1776 – 1783 as well as contemporary exhibits featuring work by emerging artists at the historic Old Stone House (open by appointment Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from Noon-3 pm). Discover gardens vibrant with native and useful plants and shop at Farmers’ Market (Sunday 10 am – 4 pm year round). Any day, get quality fresh frozen yogurt combined with artisanal toppings as well as hot chocolate, coffee and baked goods from nearby Culture NY.

Brooklyn Museum

This encyclopedic, community focused museum on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world.  Explore African Art, Indigenous Americas Art, American Art, Ancient Egyptian Art, Decorative Arts and much more in spacious galleries over five floors of a gorgeous Beaux-Arts building.

Admire the multidisciplinary work of a visionary artist and designer  in Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech‘ including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas, among others; material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black menswear artistic director. Separate timed ticket required (additional $9/adults, $6/students & seniors, $10/ages 4-12).

Se our complete guide to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 11 am–6 pm
Friday-Saturday 11 am–8 pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

 

The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets

See classic Christmas tales adapted for hand-painted marionettes – The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Land of Sweets’ dances.

December 3 – December 18
Saturdays & Sundays 12:30 & 2:30 pm
Daily December 26 –30 12:30 & 2:30 pm

Mozart For Munchkins: Old Stone House

Join a relaxed, interactive concert with kid-friendly classical, jazz, sing-alongs bubbles & an instrument petting zoo. All ages are welcome to dance, clap, and sing while enjoying the artistry of professional musicians including special guests artists.

Also at other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Stomp, Clap & Sing

Clap, dance, sing and party along with local acclaimed musicians in free interactive concerts.

Seating is limited. First come, first served.

 

Tuesday Morning Music

Singer and guitar/banjo player Kyle Tigges shares songs with folks of all ages in a cross-generational singalong. Come down to Jalopy to sing, dance, or even just to hang out and listen. We’ll keep things easy-going as we slowly get the music flowing again.

Space is limited so register in advance; wWalk-ins welcome until space is full.

Mark Morris Dance Second Sundays

Visit the Mark Morris Dance Center for adult and family classes, as well as specialized programs in partnership with community dance leaders celebrating a diverse range of African Traditional and Diasporic forms.

Learn the fundamentals of a variety of dance, fitness, and music genres in 60 minute family workshops throughout the day. For all ages and abilities. No experience necessary.

Registration for recurring classes opens 7 days prior to class date; registration for Masterclasses and Move & Flow opens 30 days prior to the class date.

 

 

EAT

Lincoln Station

Choose from sandwiches, soups, and salads, rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, lasagne and more tasty food plus beer, wine, house-made pastries and La Colombe coffee. Counter service with lots of seating in a cozy spot with exposed brick and cool art. Across the street from the Brooklyn Museum.

Ample Hills Creamery

The first of many Ample Hill scoop shop serves over twenty flavors, make ice cream cakes (call to order) and hosts private parties in the morning (where you get the entire scoop shop to yourself). All ice cream is made in Brooklyn, from scratch and by hand; mix-ins are all baked in house.
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