Indoor Activity: Lefferts Historic House

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Reader, Carmen, submitted this great indoor activity tip. Thanks, Carmen!

Take a trip back to the late 1700's without ever leaving Brooklyn. The Lefferts House is one of a very small number of farmhouses to survive from Brooklyn's Dutch settlement period, over 300 years ago. This family-friendly destination features hands-on craft activities, a gardening program and furnished rooms to reflect daily life in the 18th century.

What my daughter and I enjoy best is the child's room, just off the entrance. Here, young ones can dress as they did on days past, play 'I Spy', color a mural, and play with toys and games from that time.

Visitors can also participate in candle-making, sewing, butter churning and other activities. There are also special free weekend programs that follow the seasonal patterns of rural life, like Early American Craft Workshops.

Admission is always free. The Lefferts House is located inside Prospect Park, near the carousel and the zoo. For hours and more information, visit or call (718) 287-3400 x101 for more information on special programming. 


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