Looking for dance, art, or even music lessons for you or your children? Then Gym-Azing, a dedicated fitness and party center, is your destination. With everything from capoeira and ballet, to flamenco and Greek dancing, plus SocRoc toddler soccer classes and TRX workout sessions for adults, there’s a huge variety of classes and activities to suit all ages and abilities.
27-14 23rd Ave.; 347-455-3661; gym-azing.com
Museum of the Moving Image
Take your child to the Museum of the Moving Image and discover the history of movie technology through graphics, exhibits, artifacts, and optical toys. This interactive and kid-friendly museum lets visitors try their hand at directing and starring in a personalized flipbook, add sound effects to movies, and create stop-motion animations.
36-01 35th Ave.; 718-784-0077; movingimage.us
Queens Library at Astoria
No matter how young your child is, Astoria Library has something to offer. From storytelling, author visits, computer time, or simply browsing the shelves, the library has a wealth of events and resources to keep children of all ages occupied – and learning – without them even realizing! There is also a Steinway and Broadway Branch.
14-01 Astoria Blvd.; 718-278-2220; queenslibrary.org/branch/Astoria
While this park might be considered more Long Island City than Astoria, we'll let it slide because of the stunning views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. This sizeable park has everything on hand to keep the kids entertained including a baseball/softball field, a children’s playground and climbing area.
Vernon Blvd. between 33rd Rd. and 34th Ave.; nycgovparks.org/parks/rainey-park
This local spot is a favorite among Astoria families. New and expectant parents can enroll in one of their many workshops like, Infant and Child CPR, Breastfeeding, or Potty Training. There is also a ton of kids classes like Preschool Alternative and Funkijam Music. They also have a daily open play session. Be sure to check the website for times.
26-11 23rd Ave., 718-440-9444; raisingastoria.com
The Strand Smokehouse
If barbecue is your thing, you definitely need to check this place out.The food is delicious and changes daily. It's super casual, which is great for families with kids; you just place your order and head to a table of your choice. There is also plenty of space for your brood to roam around while they wait. They offer waiter service on the weekends, but it is generally much more busy then.
25-27 Broadway between Crescent and 29th streets.; 718-440-3231; thestrandsmokehouse.com
The Thirsty Koala
Get a taste of Down Under in the heart of Astoria by paying a visit to The Thirsty Koala. This popular eatery serves up an authentic Australian menu that's guaranteed to please the grown-ups but will definitely appeal to the kids too. Adults can feast on Aussie favorites like kangaroo burgers, a variety of ‘jaffles’ (toasted sandwiches) and barramundi fish. Ravenous kids can choose from beef or chicken sliders or grilled chicken strips followed by a scoop of ice cream.
35-12 Ditmars Blvd.; 718-626-5430; thethirstykoala.com