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The weather forecast is looking good for this weekend! What better way to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperature than at one (or more!) of these fun family events in the Slope? Here is a rundown of some of the events what's happening.
The Prospect Park Fair
When: Saturday, April 26 from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: The Prospect Park Bandshell
Food, entertainment and family fun with magic, nature activities, music and more! PSP's own Susan Fox and Rachel Maurer will be on hand so come find them for a "howdy" and tattoo! The event is rain or shine. Visit the Prospect Park Alliance website for more information HERE.
A Butterfly for Brooklyn
When: Saturday, April 26 from 7:30 pm
Where: Prospect Park's North End of Long Meadow
Artist Judy Chicago will create A Butterfly for Brooklyn, a monumental pyrotechnic performance piece that will measures 200 feet wide by 180 feet high. The "butterfly" will appear to levitate, swirl, and move. The performance will last for twenty minutes and will include fireworks, road flares and LED lights.
East Fourth Street's Biannual Flea Market
When: Saturday, April 26th from 9am to 2pm
Where: East 4th Street Community Garden, on E. 4th Street between Caton Ave. and Ft Hamilton Parkway.
East Fourth Street Community Garden will hold its biannual flea market this weekend! Bring the kids ages 2 to 7 years old, accompanied by an adult, for the Children's event from 10am to noon, where they'll learn how to whip up an edible mud cake.
Sakura Matsuri and the Cherry Blossoms Festival
When: Saturday, April 26 - Sunday, April 27th from 10am to 6pm
Where: Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Cost: $25 adults, free for children under 12
Head over to the BBG for a weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. There will be Taiko drumming, Manga, tea ceremonies, Samurai sword fighting, bonsai, a Cosplay fashion show, Ikebana flower arranging, tons of kids’ workshops, origami crafts, classical dancing, traditional kimonos and more! Read more HERE.
And SAVE THE DATE...
When:May 3, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m
Where: Old Stone House & Washington Park
10-12 PSP Clothing Swap in OSH*
10:00-3:00 Facepainting by Sharon and her crew
10:30-4:30 Brooklyn Boulders climbing wall
10:30-4:30 Homage Skateboard Academy skate lessons
A PSP tradition will be combined with Camp Panic (a la kidklass.com). Come along for the ride, come hear music, face painting and fun. STILL NEED A SUMMER CAMP? Summer camp reps will be on hand to share camps that are open for enrollment.
*The Park Slope Parents' Clothing Swap (Part of the Spring Fling!)
When: Saturday, May 3; 10 a.m. – Noon
Where: Old Stone House
Cost: $5 to PSP members/ $10 nonmembers.
Bring gently used items (in good or better condition) to swap (baby/toddler/big kid clothing, books, maternity items, etc). Anything not swapped will be donated. Read clothing swap FAQs HERE.
On Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm please join us at The Park Slope Library for an insightful and free event about how to get a good estate plan set up.
In the run up to Easter on Sunday, April 20, there are some fun events happening in the Hood - from Easter egg hunting to Easter egg painting, bake sales and more - here are a few events worth checking out!
THIS WEEKEND - APRIL 12!
Easter Egg Hunt at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store
When: Apr 12th at 10am
What to expect: Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store's Park Slope location is hosting an Easter egg hunt in their backyard.
Location: Park Slope, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store, 232 5th Ave., Brooklyn
Senator Golden's Annual Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 12, 2 pm
Where: Shore Road Park, Brooklyn, located at 79th Street and Shore Road.
What to expect: The Easter egg hunt will include games, music, activities and prizes for the children. An Easter Bonnet Contest, featuring those ages Infant to 12 years old, will take place at the event.
NEXT WEEKEND - APRIL 19!
Dean Playground Easter Egg
When: Saturday, April 19th at 12noon
What to expect: Kids will have the opportunity to find golden eggs and to paint some eggs themselves!
Location: The Dean Street Playground on Dean Street between 6th and Carlton
The event is sponsored by Dean Street Block Association 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt, Friends of Dean Playground, and special thanks to the 78th Precinct and its Explorers!
McGolrick Park Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 19, 12 pm – 2 pm
What to expect: Bring a picnic lunch and basket for the Easter egg hunt in McGolrick Park. With more eggs than ever before, there will be enough fun for everyone - kids young and small! The organizers have even put together a special egg hunting areas just for babies and toddlers. The Easter Bunny will also be around for a meet and greet, plus there will be music and other festive activities.
Location: McGolrick Park, Nassau Ave. & Russel St., Greenpoint
Cost: $11, and parents are encouraged to book in advance to avoid long lines
Easter Egg Hunt (hosted by SPRiG)
When: Saturday, April 19th, 10am sharp
Where: Meet at the Flagpole
What to expect: informal and fun! Parents are asked to bring about a dozen plastic eggs filled with candy or creative options like stickers, balloons, pretzels, chalk, boiled eggs, or even fake tattoos. SPRiG are organizing 2 distinct age appropriate areas: 3 years old and younger and another area for children aged 4 - 8 years old. Rain date will be Easter Sunday (April 20) same time same place. For more information about SPRiG, please visit their website.
April showers bring May flowers! And save the date for these fun, exciting and educational events happening next month in Prospect Park.
If you can't wait til May, click HERE to see ongoing events happening NOW in the Park.
(image via here)
(when you see K in front of the event name, this indicates it is a kid-friendly event).
Programs and prices are subject to change. For up-to-date information, please visit our website.
COFFEE BARK: Saturday, May 3
7 - 9 a.m. Long Meadow by Picnic House. Free.
Bring your pups to the Park for treats and great company. FIDO in Prospect Park offers free goodies for dogs and their owners as well as provides information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues.
K P.S 154 CRAFT FAIR: Saturday, May 3
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bartel Pritchard Lot
The P.S. 154 Craft will have a wonderful selection of gifts for mom for Mother's Day. The fair will take place rain or shine.
EARLY MORNING BIRD WALK: MARVELOUS MIGRANTS: Sunday, May 4
8 a.m. Audubon Center. Free.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance to see some of the dazzling birds that visit the Park before flying to northern breeding grounds. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
CAMBA HEALTH WAY 5K: Sunday, May 4
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Grecian Shelter/Peristyle Lawn East
Join CAMBA's 5K Run/Walk around Prospect Park -- get fit for summer and help CAMBA continue to provide life-saving and life-changing services for more than 45,000 New Yorkers in need. Register here >
CINCO DE MAYO 5K RUN: Sunday, May 4
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bartel Pritchard Lot/Park Drives
Join the Mexican Athletic Club of New York for another year of family and friends, competitive fun and by far the best part... the children's races! Register by May 1 >
PROSPECT PARK ALLIANCE FOOD TRUCK RALLY: Sunday, May 4 & 18
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Grand Army Plaza
The Prospect Park Alliance and the New York City Food Truck Association present a sampling of cuisines from around the world from New York's best food trucks.
WEEKEND VOLUNTEER CORPS: Sunday, May 11
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Meet at Picnic House parking lot
Join the Prospect Park Alliance to help the keep the Park clean and beautiful. Volunteers help spruce up gardens, paint fences and benches, weed and spread mulch, and sweep and clear pathways. Individuals can sign up online. Groups should .">pre-register. Contact the Volunteer Department at (718) 287-3400 or ."> .
BONES OF AN OLD DUTCH FARMHOUSE TOUR: Sunday, May 11
12 - 1 p.m. Lefferts Historic House. $10 admission
Join the Prospect Park Alliance to examine the white oak timbers (the bones) of Lefferts Historic House and the many layers that were added, subtracted and changed over the past 230 years. Climb the staircase for a view of the attic's smokehouse and descend into the cellar for a look at the foundation. For adults and teenagers. Only 10 people per tour. Reservations required: call (347) 992-4732.
PROSPECT PARK TENNIS CENTER: ROUND ROBIN: Sunday, May 11
7 - 9 p.m. Tennis Center. $30 fee per person
The Prospect Park Tennis Center presents an evening of Round Robin, friendly matches between players of equal abilities. Players must be 18 years old or older. Contact the Tennis Center at (718) 436-2500 for more information.
NYRR BROOKLYN HALF MARATHON: Saturday, May 17
7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nethermead/Center Drive
The Brooklyn Half is NYRR's marquee race in Brooklyn -- the borough with attitude. The Half has been running since 1981, and it's a race like no other. More information >
K READ ALOUD DAY, SATURDAY, MAY 17
1 - 4 p.m. Lefferts Hsitoric House. Free
Come to Lefferts Historic House for a book give away sponsored by the Brooklyn Reading Council. Dedicated to childhood literacy and reading for enjoyment, the Brooklyn Reading Council invites elementary-aged children to browse their collection and choose one favorite book to take home.
K FLEECE FESTIVAL: Saturday May 17 & Sunday, May 18
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Prospect Park Zoo
Watch the Zoo's flock of sheep lose their wooly winter coats at the hands of a master sheep shearer. Live music, fleecy fun crafts, barn animal demonstrations and keeper talks are all part of the entertainment.
Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. Lefferts Historic House. $3 suggested donation.
After enjoying sheep shearing at the Zoo, join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House to see how wool was used on a colonial farm. You can brush the wool with carding paddles, spin yarn using a drop spindle, and even make a felt ball to take home with you. Also enjoy a demonstration of a spinning wheel by resident spinner Catherine Conrad.
SHREDFEST: Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 3rd Street entrance
Prevent identity theft! The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs brings back the popular ShredFest event this year to Prospect Park. A mobile shredding truck will be set up in the Park for the community to bring papers to be shredded. DCA staff will distribute identity theft prevention tips.
MEMORIAL DAY OPENINGS: Monday, May 26
Audubon Center, Open 12 - 4 p.m. Free
K BLOOMING NATURALISTS: 1 - 4 p.m.
So you think you are a naturalist? Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center in this Introduction to Bird Watching series. Using fun games and activities, learn what makes birds so special in a different lesson every day this week!
Lefferts Historic House, 12 - 5 p.m. $3 suggested donation.
K POTATO PLANTING: 1 - 4 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what life was like in Brooklyn 200 years ago? Come to the Lefferts Historic House and join the Alliance to get a taste of what life was like on a Flatbush Farm in spring. Help us plant our annual potato crop, race against friends and family in organized potato sack races and take a tour of the Lefferts historic rooms to see where the Lefferts would have spent their evenings after a long day on the farm.
12 - 5 p.m. $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets.
Take a ride on the Park's beautiful and historic Carousel. Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the $125 level and your family (up to 4 people) will receive unlimited rides on the Carousel for a full year!
IT'S MY PARK! DAY: Saturday, May 31
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 16th Street entrance. Free.
Take this opportunity give back to Prospect Park. On It's My Park! Day, join Prospect Park Alliance volunteers who will be using brooms, shovels, rakes and trash grabbers to help with the major cleanup effort. Individuals can sign up online. Groups should pre-register. Contact the Volunteer Office at (718) 287-3400 or ."> .
Thinking about summer and Block Parties? Since it can take 60 days (or 90 in some areas), you might need to get crackin’ on plannin’.
Here’s some information about throwing a great party as well as links to applying in Community Board 6 and CB7.
Brooklyn Block Party!
Reading on Park Slope Parents HERE.
From Community Board 6
Read more information HERE.
How do I apply for a block party permit?
Make sure you leave yourself enough time to organize the event. Applications should be filed 90 days in advance. Applying for a block party is a two-step process:
Step 1) You need to fill out an online application by visiting the city's Street Activity Permit office. You will need to pay a $25.75 fee using a credit card.
Step 2) You must provide the CB6 District Office with either a letter from the affected block association, or signatures of 20 residents who live on the block, to demonstrate that they've consented to the block closure. You can mail us your list, fax it (718) 624 8410, or email a scanned copy to officemanager (at) brooklyncb6 (dot) org.
Your permit may be marked as "denied" if you have not delivered your signatures to the District Office. Once we receive those signatures we will revisit the application.
From Community Board 7
Read more information HERE.
The 2014 Block Party/Block Closing Guidelines are available to download. Those who wish to apply for a single block event must apply at least 90 days in advance and must collect signatures on a petition. The guidelines are a collection of city-wide rules from the Street Activity Permit Office and local rules from the 72nd Precinct and Community Board 7.
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