Our hand-picked list of fun and free/low-cost things to do with kids in Queens this August includes Kids' Day at the US Open, outdoor movies, and free family-friendly shows.
Bright Lights, Big City
The Rural Route Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image features independent films about rural life around the world, highlighting people, culture, and places not normally represented by mainstream media. The festival includes a screening of Upside Down, a family-friendly film about a child’s much-anticipated trip from his rural home in India to the big city of Mumbai. Audience members see urban life through his eyes, as nothing short of a spectacular circus.
Oh, Oh, It’s Magic
Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh along with a little magic? Families with young children can get a bit of both at The Magic and Comedy of Jim McClenahan, a zany comedy show with a magical twist showing at Crocheron Park.
Puppets in the Park presents a free performance of Bessie’s Big Shot, the tale of an independent cow who dreams of being in the circus, at Alley Pond Park.
Guy Ventoliere plays “Dromio” in Shakespeare in the Park’s free performance of The Comedy of Errors at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.
Merry-Go-Round of Memories
For many of us, carousels evoke positive memories of childhood. The whirling lights, flashing colors, piping organ music, giggling children, and galloping horses remind us all of a simpler time. This month, families can create new memories at Woodhaven’s Forest Park Carousel during An Evening Carousel Ride to End Alzheimer’s, which raises money for the programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter.
Love watching Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and the rest of those racket-swinging athletes, but you couldn’t make the trip to Wimbledon this year? Not to worry, you can still score an ace. The US Open comes to Queens this month, kicking off with Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, where children of all ages can participate in tennis clinics, play interactive games, check out tennis’ biggest stars up close and personal, and hear live music from up-and-coming acts. The performance lineup was yet to be announced at press time, but past performers have included Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers.
Ah, the magical dog days of summer. In August, it’s all about hot sunny days, cool starry nights, and enjoying the last opportunities for outdoor summer fun, like free outdoor movies in the parks. Here is a list of kid-friendly highlights hitting screens this month. Make sure you arrive early to nab a good spot and remember to bring your own blanket or low chairs.
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