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UPDATED October 2017: Search for the best summer activities for kids in Queens, NY. Our guide helps you choose from Queens kids classes, Queens summer camps, summer programs, activities near Queens, NY, and family excursions in the Queens and New York City area. NYMetroParents has your summer activities in Astoria, Flushing, Jamaica, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, and the rest of Queens, NY.
Summer Activities & Excursions
FANTASY FOREST AMUSEMENT PARK
Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
111th Street and 55th Avenue, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park next to the Queens Zoo
Fantasy Forest Amusement Park offers fun and thrilling attractions including the Corona Cobra Coaster, the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel, the Queens Motor Speedway, the Bouncy Baja Buggies, and more. The amusement park is easily accessible, affordable (with free parking), and has kid-friendly staff, making it the perfect place for summer family fun! Birthdays, events, parties, and camp or school groups welcome! Guests only pay tickets for the rides they want to ride or games they want to play. Located in the Flushing-Meadows Corona Park by the Queens Zoo. 718-788-2676. fantasyforestnyc.com.
The Forest Park Carousel, New York City's only landmarked carousel is a historic carousel nestled within Forest Park in Woodhaven, Queens. Featuring rides like the Woodhaven Express, a classic train ride for the entire family, and games like Ring Toss, Basketball Shoot-out, among others is the perfect place for family summer fun! Birthdays, events, parties, and camp or school groups welcome! The Carousel Café & Creamery is open for the season with snacks and ice cream. Guests only pay tickets for the rides they want to ride or games they want to play. forestparkcarousel.com.
WHEEL FUN RENTALS - FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
Flushing Meadows Corona Park at David Dinkins Circle Meridian Road
Flushing Meadows Corona Park at North Meadow Lake
Meadow Lake Road W.
Jacob Riis Park
157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, 917- 231-6229
Visit Wheel Fun Rentals for something fun to do outdoors this summer! For more than 25 years, we’ve offered ways for friends and families to get outside and explore their surroundings while getting some exercise. Wheel Fun Rentals has six great locations in the Queens-Brooklyn area that offer a variety of bike and watercraft rentals. Visit us in Queens at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (2 locations) or Jacob Riis Park, or in Brooklyn at Marine Park, Lakeside Prospect Park, or Bensonhurst Park.
Summer Programs & Classes
Summer basketball at First Shot! Your child will learn and improve in our Skill Training sessions. Two-hour evening classes during July and August, 6:30-8:30pm in our Bayside location. Two different classes for the student that has some experience: Tuesday/Thursday for ages 8-10 and Monday/Wednesday for ages 11-14. Your child will become better at shooting free throws, lay-ups, and jump shots. We will also focus on the full court game including: defense, give and go, pick and roll, rules and violations. Enrollment limited to 20 children per class. Reserve your child’s place now.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
35-30 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
Huntington Learning Center’s Summer Learning Programs. Research shows that students take steps backwards in knowledge and skills over summer break. RAND Education’s 2011 study shows that summer learning programs mitigate summer learning loss and lead to achievement gains. Huntington offers two summer programs. Our Summer Advantage Program helps students (grades third-seventh) build skills in writing, math, and effective studying. Our Advanced Study Skills Program gives students (eighth grade and higher) strategies necessary for effective studying; including time management, organization, goal setting, and writing college essays. Call 1-800-CAN-LEARN to learn more, or visit huntingtonhelps.com.
JACK & JILL NURSERY SCHOOLS
43-23 Colden St., Flushing
Jack & Jill Nursery School II
68-05 Fresh Meadow Lane, Fresh Meadows
Celebrating our 42nd anniversary providing excellence in early childhood education to children ages 2-6 years. Our eight-week summer prep program features visits from music and movement specialists, Jump on Kiddie Sports, a petting zoo, and Aerobics on Wheels on the “Fun Bus." We offer preparatory lessons to reinforce English language learning, and review materials to prepare for the school year ahead. Splash in our sprinklers and climb on our playground to round out a fun summer. Convenient, curbside child drop-off and experienced multilingual staff. Free full-day, six hours and 20 minute UPK for September!