The LeFrak Center at Lakeside at Prospect Park, Brooklyn's newest destination for year-round family fun, opens to the public Friday, Dec. 20 and will host a grand opening weekend full of ice-skating, music performances, Disney on Ice ticket giveaways, and more.
Middle and high school students from Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, P.S. 161 The Crown, and P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School were among the first ice-skaters after Lakeside's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 17.
We've always had a soft spot for Prospect Park, that urban oasis packed with family-friendly fun, and now there's even more reason to visit any time of year.
Brooklyn's newest premier destination for year-round recreation, The LeFrak Center at Lakeside at Prospect Park, opens to the public on Friday, Dec. 20. The grand opening weekend (beginning Saturday, Dec. 21 at 11am) promises a robust schedule of free family-friendly activities, hands-on entertainment, and performances.
Festivities kick off on Saturday and will include:
- Yoga instruction by Bend & Bloom YOGA
- Brooklyn Children's Theater teaching theater songs and dance
- Group class with Taro's Origami
- Ample Hills Creamery teaching children how to churn ice cream via a bicycle
- A performance by Puppetsburg, Williamsburg's premier puppeteers
- Winter-themed arts and crafts by Wildlife Conservation Society New York Kids Club
- A performance by rock-n-roll kid-friendly musical groups Frolic, Rolie Polie Guacamole, and Mil's Trills
Lakeside guests can expect the pleasant sounds of musical performances by Hip Tot Music Fest's Rolie Polie Guacamole and Mil's Trills, Brooklyn Youth Marching Band, and Soul Tigers. There will also be music from Radio Disney, as well as free face painting, Disney On Ice ticket giveaways, and more.
Visitors can enjoy family yoga with Jaya Yoga Center as well as a reading of local Brooklyn author and resident Amy Herrick's novel The Time Fetch, which takes place in Prospect Park. Sunday will also boast special appearances by local, aspiring skaters and live performances by Junior and Novice Team USA Synchronized Skating teams, hockey demonstrations courtesy of Brooklyn Blades, and thrilling, family-friendly ice sports like ice golf and curling demonstrations from The Long Island Curling Club.
Additionally, Über has partnered with Lakeside to provide new Über users with a free ride (up to $20 off) to or from Lakeside at Prospect Park. Attendees can enjoy this promotion by downloading the free Über app for iPhone/Android and Blackberry, entering the promo code (LAKESIDEBK) on the Über cards provided to attendees during the weekend, and requesting a pickup.
Times and Prices
Grand opening weekend: Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 21-22, 11am-4pm
Weekend skating at Lakeside is $8 per person and the rinks will stay open for skating until 10pm on Saturday and 8pm on Sunday.
About Lakeside at Prospect Park
Lakeside at Prospect Park is a 26-acre multi-purpose activity hub and community gathering place inside Prospect Park. The state-of-the-art facility boasts a skating pavilion with two rinks for ice skating, roller skating, or water play, depending on the season. Visitors can also rent boats, tour Prospect Park Lake via electric boat, and take in a beautiful view from the venue's spacious green roof terraces. Guests who want to refuel and relax can dine at Bluestone, Lakeside's signature restaurant and event space, that features distinctive specialty menu items from local artisans and small businesses, alongside traditional favorites.
Additionally, Lakeside brings Brooklynites and visitors of all ages curated programming and entertainment while providing a one-of-a-kind venue perfect for hosting special events ranging from children's birthday parties and charity benefits to elaborate galas, weddings, corporate events, and marketing activations.
For more information, visit lakesideprospectpark.com.