Spring Fling Weekend Checklist
May 15, 2019
Ready to ring in spring? On May 17–19, Prospect Park Alliance celebrates the season in Prospect Park with Spring Fling, a full weekend of special events and activities that brings together the entire community—and you’re invited!
Not sure what to hit up? We put together a checklist of some of the events you won’t want to miss:
- Brooklyn Atlantics 1860s Ballgame, Saturday, May 18, 11 am–2 pm, Long Meadow Ball Field 1: take me out to the ballgame at this 1860s exhibition “base ball” game, played as it was in 1864, the year of Brooklyn’s first undefeated championship season. The Brooklyn Atlantics will take on the Monmouth NJ Furnaces in historic uniforms and gear. Come see the ghosts of history come to life and don’t forget to root for the home team, the Atlantics!
- Harvesting Color + Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Saturday, May 18, 1–4 pm, 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).
- Spring Fling Fair, Sunday, May 19, 12–3 pm, Prospect Park Children’s Corner: Join the Alliance and community partners for 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 (12:30-1:30 pm), celebrate National Scooter Day with a Micro Kickboard scooter giveaway, enjoy a pop-up soccer clinic with Super Soccer Stars, and a performance by the Brooklyn Conservatory Bluegrass Jam Ensemble at Lefferts Historic House (2-3 pm). 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 artmaking 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!
- Art + Architecture Tour of Prospect Park, Sunday, May 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm, $20, advance registration required: 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, Sunday, May 19, 10–11:30 am, 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.
- Molière in the Park, The Misanthrope, May 19 + 20, 7 pm, LeFrak Center at Lakeside: You’re invited to watch a staged reading of Molière’s masterpiece, The Misanthrope, with 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 www.moliereinthepark.org, or bring a blanket and grab a patch of grass! Refreshments will be available at Lakeside’s Bluestone Cafe.
Plus, many more activities including It’s My Park Day, Smorgasburg, a themed ’90s roller disco, bird walks, sheep shearing demonstrations at the zoo and much more.