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Prospect Park special and ongoing events for April • Brooklyn Paper

Prospect Park special and ongoing events for April

Here are all the special and ongoing events this month at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s favorite greenspace:

Special Events

Blooming Naturalists Club, March 29-April 2, daily, 1-3 p.m., Audubon Center, free, kid-friendly: Spring into action and train to be a naturalist. Lean how to use tools of the trade and make your own nature journal.

Spring Sprouts, March 29-April 2; daily, 1-3 p.m., Lefferts Historic House, free, kid-friendly: Make your own pot of herbs to take home using newspaper, soil and seeds. And up us get the Lefferts gardens ready for spring.

Morning Bird Walk: Changing Seasons, Changing Birds, April 4, 8 a.m., Audubon Center, free: Welcome the earliest migrants, and also say good-bye to some of Prospect Park’s winter residents. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

Unscrambling The Egg, April 3-4, 1-4 p.m., Audubon Center, free, kid-friendly: Do you know how to hold an egg so it’s impossible to break? Which animal produces a three pound egg? Come to the Audubon Center to learn other egg-citing facts. There will be activities, games and special exhibits.

Spring Break, April 5-6: The Carousel, Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House are all open.

Opening Day Parade, April 10, 10 a.m., kid-friendly: Celebrate the coming of spring and the crack of the first bat as borough Little Leaguers and their parents march through Park Slope and into Prospect Park. The ceremonial first pitch of the season will be thrown at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The parade begins at Seventh Avenue and Carroll Street.

Spring Wash Day, April 10-11, 1-4 p.m,, Lefferts Historic House, free, kid-friendly: At Lefferts Historic House, the washtubs and washboards are out and ready for use. Heat water over an open fire, get out the lye soap and help Lefferts staff wash and hang-dry our 19th century reproduction clothing.

Bones of an Old Dutch Farm House, April 24, 12-1 p.m., Lefferts Historic House, $10: In this full house tour examine the white oak timbers — the bones — of the house and the many layers that were added, subtracted and changed over the past 226 years. Climb the staircase for a view of the attic’s smokehouse and see both public and private areas. For adults and teenagers. Reservations required; call 718-789-2822 extension 302.

Earth Day, April 24, 1-4 p.m., Audubon Center, free, kid-friendly: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Find out how Earth Day began and learn about actions you can take to help nurture and preserve our planet.

Hands On New York, April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet on the Long Meadow, at Endale Arch. Grand Army Plaza entrance: Join the volunteers from New York Cares to beautify the Long Meadow, the longest Meadow of any urban park. Drop-ins welcome.

Ongoing Events

Nature Crafts, every Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m., Audubon Center, free, kid-friendly: Looking for something to do with the kids? Teachers/Naturalists at the Audubon Center are available each weekend, leading structured, fun, and engaging arts activities for children. Kids create toys, puppets, and more, using all-natural materials — and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Lefferts Historic House – Second Floor Tour, every Saturday and Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Lefferts Historic House, free: View significant artifacts from 19th century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Tours every half hour.

Early American Crafts & Games, every Saturday and Sunday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Lefferts Historic House, free, kid-friendly: Imagine yourself in the past. Learn games, pastimes and tasks that were common 150 years ago.

Discover Tours, every Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m., Audubon Center, free: Take a walk with one of the park’s naturalists to watch for animals, and investigate little-known facts about Prospect Park and its animal residents.

Introduction to Birdwatching, every Saturday, 12-1:30 p.m., Audubon Center, free: Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind? Take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Science Power Hour, every Saturday & Sunday, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Audubon Center, free, kid-friendly: Join a naturalist at the Audubon Center for cool science activities. A new experiment every month.

General Information

For more, call 718-965-8999 or 718-965-8960 for directions to all volunteering destinations or go to www.prospectpark.org.

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