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Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Wash Day: An Event for Chil...

Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House for an...
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Monday, August 26, 2019
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Monday Eastside Revival

Join Prospect Park Alliance on Mondays through September 30 to...
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

**The screening of Babe: Pig in the City has been...
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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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Greenmarket at Bartel-Pritc...

Nestled inside Prospect Park's tree-shaded southwest corner, this much-loved...
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Thursday, August 29, 2019
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Prospect Park Yoga

Prospect Park Yoga Location Change: On Thursday, August 1 Prospect...
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Friday, August 30, 2019
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Shape Up NYC: Healing Hatha...

Exercise your body and your mind in Brooklyn’s Backyard...
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Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Soap and Bubbles

Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House to give...
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Sunday, September 1, 2019
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Greenmarket at Bartel-Pritc...

Nestled inside Prospect Park's tree-shaded southwest corner, this much-loved...
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Monday, September 2, 2019
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Labor Day in Prospect Park

Enjoy family friendly programming in Prospect Park on Labor Day...
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Saturday, May 18, 2019
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Spring Fling

All Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019

On May 17–19, Prospect Park Alliance celebrates spring in Prospect Park with a full weekend of special events and activities that brings together the entire community! Enjoy a staged reading of Molière's The Misanthrope featuring original music by Tony and two-time Obie Award winner STEW and a themed '90s roller disco featuring Lola Star, watch an 1860s-style ballgame, bring the whole family to the Alliance’s Spring Fling Fair, and get active with trail running, birdwatching, a park history walking tour and much more! Looking for even more fun? All weekend long, visit the Prospect Park Zoo for sheep shearing demonstrations, plus enjoy boating, biking and roller skating at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside and get your fill of unique eats at Smorgasburg.

RSVP to let us know if you are attending, and enter to win a $150 Alliance Family Membership! Please note that some events require separate registration, see below. All events are subject to change, so please check our website.

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Friday, May 17

Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco
7:30–10:30 pm, $20 
LeFrak Center at Lakeside

This event sells out! Get tickets at prospectpark.org/lola
Kick off Spring Fling Weekend with a Beverly Hills 90210 Lola Star Dreamland Roller Disco Skating Party at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside! Skate your heart out while enjoying dazzling performers, kitschy contests, giveaways and more. Guests must be 21+ (valid photo ID required for entry).

Saturday, May 18

Brooklyn Half Marathon Cheer Station
May 18, 7-10 am, Free
Park Circle (Prospect Park Southwest + Parkside Avenue)

Come out to cheer on the runners in the 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half! Join the New York Road Runners and Prospect Park Alliance to greet the runners as they run the park and head down to Coney Island.

Early Morning Bird Walk
May 18, 7:15–8:15 am, Free
Ocean and Parkside Entrance

Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club to listen and learn about Neotropical migratory bird songs during peak migration. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow, although not required to enjoy the walk.

Prospect Park Grill Out
May 18, 11 am–1 pm, Free
GrowNYC Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

Join Prospect Park Alliance and GrowNYC at the Brooklyn's flagship greenmarket as we celebrate spring with a grill out of meats and veggies sourced from greenmarket farmers.

Brooklyn Atlantics 1860s Ballgame
May 18, 11 am–2 pm, Free
Long Meadow Ball Field 1

Enjoy an 1860s exhibition baseball ballgame with the Brooklyn Atlantics, as they play against the Monmouth NJ Furnaces in historic uniforms and gear. The games will present "base ball" as it was played in 1864, the year of Brooklyn's first undefeated championship season. Come see the ghosts of history come to life and don’t forget to root for the home team, the Atlantics!

Introduction to Birdwatching
May 18, 12–1 pm, Free
Prospect Park Audubon Center

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 12 pm.

Harvesting Color + Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
May 18, 2–4 pm workshops + 1 pm performance
$3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House

Join Prospect Park Alliance on an exploration of color from the natural world in workshops from 2-4 pm. Learn how to use natural ingredients such as flowers, berries and food scraps to naturally dye fabrics. Bring one natural fiber item (cotton, linen, canvas, or silk) to dye. Space is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. At 1 pm, enjoy a performance by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre of Bessie’s Big Shot, about a cow dreaming of joining the circus (45 minute performance). 

Sunday, May 19

Art + Architecture Tour of Prospect Park
May 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, $20
Advance registration required: turnstiletours.com/prospect-park-tours

For over 150 years, Prospect Park has been a showcase for beautiful public buildings and artwork, with representations from eras including Beaux-Arts, City Beautiful, the New Deal Modernism and contemporary LEED-certified projects. This tour, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, will examine some of the fine architectural details and current restoration work, from the era of Vaux and Olmsted to the present day. 

Trail Run 
May 19, 10–11:30 am, Free
Prospect Park Wellhouse

Enjoy a relaxed pace five-mile route through the park’s trails with the Prospect Park Track Club, incorporating historic points of interest along the way. 

It’s My Park! Day
May 19, 10 am–1 pm, Free
Registration Required: prospectpark.org/volunteer

Join Prospect Park Alliance and REI to care for your park! Volunteer during It’s My Park! Day, and participate in our biggest community clean up in spring. 
 
Smorgasburg Prospect Park
May 19, 11 am–6 pm, Free
Breeze Hill

Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, Smorgasburg Prospect Park is considered the "Woodstock of eating," with a range of unique eats and cuisines from 100+ local and regional food vendors. 
 
Spring Fling Fair
May 19, 12–3 pm, Free
Prospect Park Children's Corner 

Join the Alliance and community partners to welcome spring in Brooklyn’s Backyard! Enjoy music, activities and food the whole family will enjoy. At this year’s fair, among many fun activities, families can get moving with Bend + Bloom Yoga, celebrate National Scooter Day with a Micro Kickboardscooter giveaway, enjoy a pop-up soccer clinic with Super Soccer Stars. Plus, stop by the Brooklyn Public Library Bookmobile; learn about renewable energy from Green Mountain Energy; make giant bubbles with Park Slope Parents, enjoy performing and visual arts fun with BAX, nature games at the Alliance's Pop-Up Audubon, stained glass art making and subway history fun with the New York Transit Museum, face painting with Prospect Park YMCA, breakfast tacos from King David Tacos, and much more!

Spring Blooms 
May 19, 1–4 pm, $3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House

Join Prospect Park Alliance to welcome spring with paper flower making at the Lefferts Historic House! After you've rolled a paper flower, roll up a recycled newspaper flower pot and plant real seeds to take home. While you're here, enjoy traditional folk songs and old-time music performed by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music's Bluegrass Jam Ensemble. 

Molière in the Park: The Misanthrope
May 19, 7 pm, Free
For reserved seating, visit moliereinthepark.org
LeFrak Center at Lakeside

Join a talented cast for a staged reading of Molière's masterpiece, The Misanthrope featuring original music by Tony and two-time Obie Award winner Stew, presented by Molière in the Park in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. In a time of fake news, fake politicians and the increasing normalization of hypocrisy, Molière’s classic comedy is a refreshing, timely, biting satire and love story with humor tailor-made for a contemporary Twitter account. A second reading will take place Monday, May 20, at 7 pm, and both are free and open to the public. For reserved seating visit moliereinthepark.org, or bring a blanket and grab a patch of grass! Refreshments will be available at Lakeside's Bluestone Cafe.

All Weekend

Nature Exploration
May 18 + 19, 10 am–1 pm, Free
Prospect Park Audubon Center

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park
Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Enjoy Animal Encounter (11 am) and Nature’s Helpers (12 pm). Also pick up a Discovery Kit filled with family activities.

Wild and Wooly Festival
May 18 + 19, 10 am–4 pm, Activities Free with Paid Admission
Prospect Park Zoo

It’s a wild and wooly celebration at Prospect Park Zoo! This weekend only, witness the fascinating shearing of sheep by a professional shearer. Plus, learn how goat herders in Mongolia are actually saving local wildlife in the cashmere industry and enjoy special talks and crafts about the Zoo's barnyard animals.

Boating, Biking and Roller Skating at Lakeside!
May 18 + 19, Hours Vary, visit prospectpark.org/lakeside for more info
LeFrak Center at Lakeside

Visit the LeFrak Center at Lakeside for a full weekend of boating, biking and rollerskating! Plus, grab a bite at the Bluestone Cafe. 

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Grand Army Plaza

Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza

Saturday, May 18 , 8 am – 4 pm, 2016

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round. For a full calendar of events and a list of sellers, visit GrowNYC.

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Audubon Center

Nature Exploration

Saturday, May 18 , 10 am – 1 pm, 2019

Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday + Sunday through November for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.

Discovery Pack, 10 am–12 pm: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, a backpack filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!
Animal Encounter, 11 am–12 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11 am. Animal Encounter is presented in partnership with Macy's.
Nature’s Helpers, 12–1 pm: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12 pm.

 

Admission

Free
Audubon Center

Intro to Birdwatching

Saturday, May 18 , 12 pm – 1 pm, 2019

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club every Saturday through November to take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Please note this tour leaves promptly at 12 pm from outside the Audubon Center.

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Free
Prospect Park

Saturday Volunteer Corps

Saturday, May 18 , 10 am – 2 pm, 2019

Prospect Park Alliance's Saturday Volunteer Corps is a great way to explore Prospect Park and give back to your community! Every Saturday starting in May, join Prospect Park Alliance to help care for Brooklyn's Backyard. Volunteers will help with tree care, maintaining the park's perimeter, litter patrol, bench painting and more!

Register online or call (718) 287-3400 for more information

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Please note there will be no Saturday Corps on on 7/28 or 8/24

 

Admission

Free, Registration Required

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Prospect Park Zoo

Wild and Wooly Festival

Saturday, May 18 , 10 am – 4 pm, 2019

It’s a wild and wooly celebration every weekend at Prospect Park Zoo! Learn how goat herders in Mongolia are actually saving local wildlife in the cashmere industry. Enjoy special talks about the Zoo's barnyard animals and crafts every weekend, and on one weekend only, witness the fascinating shearing of the sheep by a professional shearer.

Admission

Free with Admission

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Vanderbilt Playground

Pop-Up Audubon II: Animal Clues

Saturday, May 18 , 11 am – 4 pm, 2019

Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday + Sunday in May for Pop Up Audubon II: Animal Clues! Learn about birds and other animals that make their home near water, and add to the “nest” we are weaving with natural materials. Pop-Up Audubon II is best for ages 8 and over. Presented in partnership with Con Edison.

Discovery Pack, 11 am–4 pm: Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
Lakeside Nature Stroll, 12–1 pm: Join Alliance naturalists for a guided nature walk through the meandering paths of the Peninsula and search for signs of animal homes. This program leaves promptly at 12 pm.
Junior Naturalists, 1–2 pm: Help Alliance naturalists track migrating birds and invasive plants that impact where animals can make their homes in this citizen science program. This program starts promptly at 1 pm.
Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Learn how to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore, spreading mulch or removing invasive species. This program leaves promptly at 2 pm.
Family Birdwatching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home. This program leaves promptly at 3 pm.

 

Admission

Free
Peninsula

Wonderful Warblers: Pop-up Audubon I

Saturday, May 18 , 11 am – 4 pm, 2019

Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday + Sunday in May to discover why Prospect Park is an important place for many species of birds. Through fun games, experiments and citizen science projects, learn why warblers are so wonderful. Pop-Up Audubon I is best for ages 8 and under. Presented in partnership with Con Edison.

Discovery Pack, 11 am–4 pm: Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
Adventure Hike, 12–1 pm: Alliance naturalists will introduce you to the natural history of Prospect Park and the park's hidden trails. Recommended for families with children 5 and older. This program leaves promptly at 12 pm.
Nature on the Go!, 1–2 pm: Did you know 25 types of warblers stop at Prospect Park in May? Learn how to identify these cute and colorful birds on a bird walk. This program leaves promptly at 1 pm.
Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Learn how to keep Prospect Park healthy by picking up litter, spreading mulch or removing invasive species. This program leaves promptly at 2 pm.
Family Birdwatching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home. This program leaves promptly at 3 pm.

 

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Free

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Lefferts Historic House

Harvesting Color

Saturday, May 18 , 2 pm – 4 pm, 2019

Every weekend in May, join Prospect Park Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House on an exploration of color from the natural world.  Learn how to use natural ingredients such as flowers, berries and food scraps to naturally dye fabrics.  Participants are welcome to bring one natural fiber item (cotton, linen, canvas, or silk) to dye.  No previous dyeing experience necessary! All ages welcome!  Participation is limited and is on a first come first serve basis

Admission

$3 Suggested Donation
Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Half Marathon

Saturday, May 18 , 7 am – 12 pm, 2019

Click here for updated information on road closures.

The Brooklyn Half Marathon is the largest half marathon in the country. The route begins at the Brooklyn Museum and includes a loop around Prospect Park. For more information and to register, visit New York Road Runners.

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Admission

$90 for NYRR members, $115 for non NYRR members, Free for NYRR 10K members

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Prospect Park Zoo

Family STEM Safari

Saturday, May 18 , 10 am – 3 pm, 2019

Bring the whole family to the zoo for a day of hands on science and exploration. Find out how zoos use STEM to learn about and care for animals while practicing with tools and procedures being used by WCS scientists in the field and participating in hands on science experiments.

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$20 for zoo members, $25 for non-members

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