There’s a huge spider web right in the middle of the Discovery Trail at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo. It’s not part of an animal exhibit, and it’s not the kind of web that can be washed away by a light rain. Rather, it’s a brand new human-sized web of fun that kids are getting caught-up in everyday.
This new spider web is six-feet wide, made of thick, durable rope and knotted together to resemble a real-live silky spider web. Though there are several ways to get to the web on the Discovery Marsh, young zoogoers like to use the fun way by entering a “secret” passageway found among trees and shrubbery along the zoo’s Discovery Trail. Once in, they follow a series of strategically placed lily pads that pass a child-sized goose nest, holding giant “eggs” that children can sit in or pretend to hatch from, followed by the wild and wonderful spider web.
The new spider web is only one of many things that make the zoo’s Discovery Marsh area beautiful and inviting for visitors. A variety of wetland animals thrive there, including ducks, swans, turtles and frogs, some part of the zoo’s collection, others visiting from surrounding Prospect Park. The new web is available for all little tykes to get stuck in, and promises to be a delightful bonus to every zoo visit.
Admission to the Prospect Park Zoo is $6 for adults, $2.25 for seniors 65 and older, $2 for kids 3-12, and free for children under three. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park. For more, call 718-399-7339 or go to their website, www.prospectparkzoo.com.