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Things to Do With Kids in Queens on August 23

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens today, August 23, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Queens's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening August 23. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

STEM Storytime - Queens Library: South Jamaica
Through August 23, 2019 - South Jamaica

Children in pre-K to grade 1 are invited to join weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a STEM craft and activity.


STEAM Mobile Maker Cart - Queens Library: South Jamaica
Through August 23, 2019 - South Jamaica

Join other students in creating fun and engaging Maker Projects with the STEAM mobile Maker Cart.

Playdate: A Sky Full of Stories - Queens Library: Howard Beach
Through August 24, 2019 - Howard Beach

Stars and the night sky are the focus as your little ones explore through songs and stories. There is room for everyone!

Children and Tween Art Studio - Queens Library: South Jamaica
Through August 24, 2019 - South Jamaica

Kids and tweens are invited to join the creative art studio at the South Jamaica Community Library; children will enjoy a variety of art projects. Ages 6+ are welcome.

Disney Karaoke for Kids - Queens Library: Briarwood Branch
Through August 24, 2019 - Briarwood

Have fun and sing Disney songs!

2019 US Open Fan Week - USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Through August 25, 2019 - Flushing

Summer Matinees: Fantastic Worlds - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 25, 2019 - Astoria

Beat the heat this summer and join us for your favorite family films, both old and new, on the Museum’s big screen. Summer can be a time for escape and this year’s matinees plunge audiences into fantastic worlds drawn from fairy tales and folklore, Marvel’s mind-bending take on the multiverse, and the imaginations of Jim Henson and Hayao Miyazaki. All will be shown in the Museum’s majestic Redstone Theater.

Most films screen Wednesday through Sunday at 12:00 p.m. (Note: Some films begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays; no screening on July 28)

Ticket purchase includes Museum admission. 

July 17–21: Ponyo 
July 24–27: The Secret of Kells  
July 31–August 4: Labyrinth 
August 7-11: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (in 3-D) 
August 14-18: The Dark Crystal 
August 21-25: Spirited Away

Katz Summer Concert Series - Various Locations
Through August 25, 2019 -

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz presents this annual free summer concert series in partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and NYC Parks.

Concerts are about 90 minutes each. Rain or shine.

Mr. Cheeks
Queens Hip Hop Party
Sunday, July 21 at 5PM
Springfield Park

Queens Symphony Orchestra
Dances that move the world
Tuesday, July 23 at 7PM
The Lawn at St. John’s University

Yesterday and Today
Beatles Cover Band
Sunday, July 28 at 6PM
Rockaway Beach at 94th Street

DJ Rekha
South Asian Dance Party
Sunday, August 4 at 5:00PM
Hunter Point South

Alive N’ Kickin’
Classic Rock and Pop
Fort Totten
Sunday, August 11 at 5:00PM

The Bartlett Contemporaries
Queens Funk Bepop to Hip Hop
Sunday, August 18 at 5:00PM

Dr. K’s Motown Revue
Motown Cover Band
Sunday, August 25 at 5:00PM
O’Donohue Park

Diving Into The Surface A solo exhibition by Marta Masternak - Flux Factory
Through August 26, 2019 - Long Island City

Drop-in Make A Craft - Queens Library: Hillcrest
Through August 26, 2019 - Flushing

Drop in from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Mondays in the summer to make a different surprise craft each week!

Mother Goose - Queens Library: Mitchell-Linden
Through August 26, 2019 - Flushing

Join Mrs. H for songs and finger plays for toddlers and their parents.


Mother Goose Rhyme & Storytime - Queens Library: Hillcrest
Through August 26, 2019 - Flushing

Kids up to age 5 can enjoy nursery rhymes, storytimes, and free play.


Playdate: Take Me to Your Reader - Queens Library: Howard Beach
Through August 26, 2019 - Howard Beach

Celebrate favorite books and themes as your little ones get the opportunity to socialize and have fun!

Dance, Dance Storytime - Queens Library: Rochdale Village
Through August 28, 2019 - Jamaica

Celebrate a universe of stories! Enjoy stories and dancing for children ages birth to 5. Dancing is a great way to bond with your child and burn a little energy at the same time. Here are just a few skills children develop while dancing: balance, coordination, rhythm, social skills, self-esteem, body awareness, listening skills, and gross and fine motor skills. We expect this program to be "out of this world." Siblings are always welcome.

Toddler Time in Space - Queens Library: Peninsula
Through August 28, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome for space-themed stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

Explore the Solar System - Queens Library: Hillcrest
Through August 28, 2019 - Flushing

Each week explore a different part of our solar system, including the sun, Earth's moon, the planets, stars, and more.


Board Games - Queens Library: Ridgewood
Through August 28, 2019 - Ridgewood

Join for all types of board games.

Lego Time - Queens Library: Glendale
Through August 28, 2019 - Glendale

Children ages 4 and older are invited to build with Legos.

Little Bundles Class - My Gym Fresh Meadows
Through August 28, 2019 - Fresh Meadows

Little Bundles of fun! Join My Gym this summer for songs, dances, activities, games, swings and more! This class is designed for babies 3-6 months old. Free class but must register online.

Summer Reading: Storytime - Glendale Library
Through August 28, 2019 - Glen Oaks

Babies, toddlers, and their caregivers are invited to join us for an out-of-this world storytime with songs, stories, and rhymes.


Space Station Moon Fort Engineering Challenge - Queens Library - Hillcrest
Through August 29, 2019 - Flushing

Build a space station moon fort in this new engineering challenge at the Hillcrest library! There are over-sized foam blocks to create your fort on the moon! This program is for kids ages 4 and older.

Make Your Own Magazine - Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch
Through August 29, 2019 - Ridgewood

Children and teens are invited to create their own magazine compiled of reviews of books, comics, movies, video games, and more this summer for their friends and classmates.

Minecraft Coding - Queens Library - South Hollis Branch
Through August 29, 2019 - South Hollis

Challenge yourself with Minecraft coding.

Feel the Breeze Program for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Queens Library: East Flushing
Through August 30, 2019 - Flushing

Children ages 1 to 5 will play with fun, interactive toys that will make them feel a nice breeze. They will learn about wind.


Film Friday - Queens Library: Flushing
Through August 30, 2019 - Flushing

Each week features a kid-friendly film for ages 5 to 12. 

Movie Night - Queens Library: Astoria
Through August 30, 2019 - Long Island City

Join us for a film screening at the Astoria Library. We will be screening age-appropriate movies for kids every Friday.

Storytime and Me - Queens Library - Douglaston-Little Neck Branch
Through August 30, 2019 - Little Neck

Children between the ages of 8 to 18 months and their caregivers are welcome to enjoy a storytime and activity time together.

Summer Reading: Super Space Storytime! - Queens Library: Peninsula
Through August 30, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Join for a space-themed storytime! All ages are welcome. Space is limited.

Uno Tournament - Queens Library: McGoldrick
Through August 30, 2019 - Flushing

Join us for an Uno tournament and make new friends.

Free Summer Meals & Music for Kids & Teens - Queens Library: Bellerose
Through August 30, 2019 - Bellerose

Children 18 and under are welcome to enjoy a free lunch and music from 1 to 2 pm during the summer.

Lunch and a Movie - Queens Library: Ridgewood
Through August 30, 2019 - Ridgewood

Join Mondays through Fridays for free lunch and a movie. Please note that lunch is provided by the Department of Education and is first-come, first-serve for children and teens only.

Summer Meal and A Movie Program - Queens Library: South Hollis
Through August 30, 2019 - South Hollis

Children can come for a free meal and to watch a movie.


Shabbos Playdate - Queens Jewish Center
Through August 31, 2019 - Forest Hills

Play at the QJC playground!

Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Queens Library: East Flushing
Through August 31, 2019 - Flushing

Join for Summer Reading storytime for toddlers and preschoolers on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Children ages 2-5 will read picture books, sing songs, do finger plays, and enjoy coloring as well. Space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Moving Image Studio - Museum of the Moving Image
Through September 01, 2019 - Astoria

Moving Image Studio is the Museum's drop-in space where visitors of all ages can create media and other projects. Families are welcome to stop by and experiment with puppet making and animation inspired by The Jim Henson Exhibition and the core exhibition Behind the ScreenFree with Museum admission, recommended for ages 4 and up and their adult companions.

Prototype Lab - New York Hall of Science
Through September 01, 2019 - Corona

Prototype new design and engineering ideas for activities in Design Lab.

Blue Star Museums - Various Museums citywide
Through September 02, 2019 - Manhattan

Family Movie - Glen Oaks Library
Through September 03, 2019 - Glen Oaks

Check out a free family-friendly movie every Tuesday. All movies rated PG. 

7/2: "Early Man" (2018, PG)
7/9: "Sherlock Gnomes" (2018, PG)
7/16: "Dog's Way Home" (2019, PG)
7/23: "Incredibles 2" (2018, PG)
7/30: "The Secret Live of Pets" (2016, PG)
8/6: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (2018, PG)
8/13: "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018, PG)
8/20: "Paddington 2 (2017, PG)
8/27: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" (2018, PG)
9/3: "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (2018, PG)

Lunch and Listen - Queens Library: South Jamaica
Through September 04, 2019 - South Jamaica

Join the South Jamaica Community this summer for its Lunch and Listen Program; children ages 18 and under will enjoy listening to a book read to them or watching a current movie while eating their free lunch.


Free Friday Nights - MoMA PS1
Through September 06, 2019 - Long Island City

This summer, enjoy everything that MoMA PS1 has to offer with free admission during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights.

Located just two stops away from MoMA, on the Queens-bound E or M train to Court Sq./23rd Street, MoMA PS1 is where you can experience the most innovative contemporary art. Relax in the courtyard with Pedro & Juana’s Hórama Rama, a panoramic junglescape with a waterfall and hammocks, and explore exhibitions including Simone Fattal’s sculpturesEdgar Heap of Birds’s political works, and much more.

Fly: Kite Making Workshop - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through September 07, 2019 - Long Island City

This workshop is inspired by an experimental class taught by Joseph Albers at the Bauhaus. We will rethink the kite as a structure for display by adding text and graphics. A total of 100 kites will be flown as a group to create a banner/an image/a floating graphic.

This program is part of artist Rafael Domenech’s sculpture and book-making project ‘Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria]


Above and Beyond – The Ultimate Flight Exhibition - New York Hall of Science
Through September 08, 2019 - Corona

NYSCI's summer exhibition uses flight simulation, augmented reality, touch-tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality and more to immerse visitors in the wonders of flight, space travel and aerospace innovation, design and technology. Through more than 15 exhibit components, visitors to Above and Beyond will explore innovations in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on Earth and in space.


As guests enter Above and Beyond, they will be welcomed with an immersive, wraparound theater that highlights the epic quest to challenge the limits of flight. Continuing through the exhibition, they will learn more about flight through the hands-on interactives. They can step into a simulated space elevator that takes them to the edge of the universe, design and test a supersonic fighter jet to face off in a virtual high-speed flying competition, experience what it's like to fly like a bird through a flying simulation with motion-sensing technology, and more.

Above and Beyond is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing and in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Watercolors on the Waterfront - LIC Landing Events Space in Hunter's Point South Park
Through September 11, 2019 - Long Island City

Unleash your inner artist this summer and join Watercolors on the Water. Enjoy stunning sunset views while painting the famous NYC skyline or whatever else your heart desires! Donna Levinstone, an LIC-based artist, will be on hand to provide tips and help you create your own masterpiece. 

The event is free and all supplies are included

Summer Nights - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 12, 2019 - Flushing

QBG is extending its open hours so you can enjoy twilight at the Garden every Thursday, June 6 through September 12.

Join us once a month for Flower Power Parties taking place on select Summer Nights–Thursdays, June 20, July 18, August 8, and September 12–which will include live music and dance, botanical crafts, food and alcoholic beverages available for purchase, as well as other programming!

The Magic of Rogue - Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village
Through September 14, 2019 - Woodhaven

As seen on America’s Got Talent, Rogue brings a combination of magic and comedy. With tons of audience interaction, this show is a mixture of music, flowers, fire, and animals. Everyone will be amazed!

Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Art Craft & Gift Fair - Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Through September 15, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Come join us for a free family shopping event! A unique destination where consumers can interact with and buy directly from the source. Emerging and established artisans and high quality craft and gift vendors offer their handpicked items at recognizable savings. Credit cards accepted by many vendors. Come enjoy a unique and fun filled day.

Bilingual Birdies - Queens Library - Rosedale Branch
Through September 21, 2019 - Rosedale

Bilingual Birdies presents Spanish classes for early learners.


Musical Bubble Toddler Time - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through September 25, 2019 - Flushing

Children ages 18 months to 5 years old will hear interactive stories with songs, finger plays, and music. Then they get to dance with bubbles and play with toys.

Bookcycle Storytime - Murray Park
Through September 26, 2019 - Long Island City

Get out and enjoy the nice weather with a storytime and sing-along on the lawn at Murray Park! The Queens Public Library Bookcycle will be there for all of your library needs, including getting a library card and checking out books! All ages are welcome. In case of inclement weather storytime will be held at the Court Square Library.

Summer Crochet Club - Laurelton Library
Through September 26, 2019 - Laurelton

Get your crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarns ready! Learn how to make your very own hats, scarves, and other cozy things for your friends and family. Beginners are welcome.


Free Shirt Fridays - Citi Field
Through September 27, 2019 - Corona

All fans attending the game will receive a free Mets t-shirt.

Presto Pete & Incredulous Chris - Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village
Through September 28, 2019 - Woodhaven

Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris of Pete and Chris Amusements are New England's ONLY Two-Man Kid's Magic Show! They give an ULTRA high-energy performance that capture's kid's attention and doesn't let go! They are two brothers who have been performing around the east coast for the past 5 years making kid's not only laugh, but also giggle and guffaw!
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Glow Kids Party - Doha
Through September 29, 2019 - Long Island City

'Backyard Wilderness' 3-D - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2019 - Corona

Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.

We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that could transform you forever – you just need to step outside.

Photo courtesy of SK Films

Saturday Family Movie - Long Island City Library
Through October 05, 2019 - Long Island City

Join us for the following movie screenings:
8/3: "The Emperor’s New Groove" (2000, G)
8/10: "Babe" (1995, G)
8/17: "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005, G)
8/24: "An Extremely Goofy Movie" (2000, G)

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival - Various locations
Through October 06, 2019 -

The annual Queensboro Dance Festival is back at parks all summer long, presenting free performances and dance activities by Queens-based dance companies! Experience a slice of diverse dances including Indian, Flamenco, hip-hop, Greek, contemporary, tap, Filipino, Ecuadorian, African, and more. The 2019 Queensboro Dance Festival tours throughout Queens parks, theaters, plazas, and libraries, featuring 33 dance companies all from Queens. Performances run May 11 through October 6. For the full schedule, visit

Parks Performances:

June 8, 6:00 p.m. - Far Rockaway Beach at 17th Street 

July 18, 5:00 p.m. - Windmuller Park

July 20, 2:00 p.m. -  Lost Battalion Hall courtyard

July 27, 2:00 p.m. - Juniper Valley Park

August 10 (rain date: Aug 11), 2:00 p.m. - Forest Park Bandshell

September 14, 2:00 p.m. - Unisphere Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Photo by Josef Pinlac

Art on the Farm - Randall's Island Park
Through October 20, 2019 - Randall's Island

Join for unique family art projects inspired by the farm.

Through October 23, 2019 - Long Island City

Join NYS Parks Environmental Education team Wednesdays from 10:00am to 11:00am for a guided story time, where you will discover a different nature topic each week through crafts, games, and a read-aloud! Ages 5 and younger. Meet at Rainbow Park Playground in Gantry Plaza State Park.

Through October 23, 2019 - Long Island City

Join the New York State Parks Environmental Education Team in exploring a new nature theme each week with hands-on activities, arts&crafts, scavenger hunts, games, and more!

All materials provided. Open to all ages!

Roots Saturdays - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through October 26, 2019 - Long Island City

Every Saturday at the Park, join Hellgate Farm and a rotation of local partners like The Connected ChefBig ReuseSmiling Hogshead RanchQueens Action Council (QuAC), and the Queens Beekeepers Guild for drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families.

Hellgate Farm will also be selling their micro-local fresh cut produce and small batch products like signature hot sauce, honey, and dried herbs.

In partnership with The NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse, Socrates now offers free compost drop-off every day of the week!

Roots Saturdays is part of Back to Our Roots programming at Socrates that aims to create opportunities for connecting directly with the community and empowering healthy food choices along the way.

Queens Night Market - Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Through October 26, 2019 - Queens

The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.

Free Arts Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor

Young artists travel to the historic Governors Island for free hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences! On weekends from 11-5 PM, the open outdoor space of Free Arts Island Outpost beckons families to become inspired to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform relationships to art and the art making process. The 2019 season runs from June 1—October 27, 2019.


Family Fun Time - Queens Library - Douglaston-Little Neck Branch
Through November 23, 2019 - Little Neck

Please join us for hours of fun and games for the entire family. Come and play board games, Legos, puzzles, and much more. Space is limited; registration is not required.

Science Playground - New York Hall of Science
Through November 30, 2019 - Corona

Tell Me a Story - Pomonok Library
Through December 11, 2019 - Flushing

This is a storytime program for ages 3-9.

Picture Book Time - Queens Library: Richmond Hill
Through December 18, 2019 -

Join for stories, songs, finger plays, and a simple arts and crafts activity.

Mommy and Me - Queens Library: Cambria Heights
Through December 27, 2019 - Cambria Heights

Join for playtime with arts and crafts for toddlers ages 1-3.

Nail Polish Workshop - Queens Library: Ridgewood
Through December 27, 2019 - Ridgewood

Design and polish your own nails or have them done for you. All nail polishes and supplies will be provided.

Chess Club - Queens Library - Seaside Branch
Through December 30, 2019 - Rockaway Park

Join us for chess club, where you can challenge your brain, make new friends, and have fun while learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills!

Baby Playdate - Queens Library: Court Square
Through December 30, 2019 - Long Island City

Drop in every Monday from 3:30 until 5 for an unstructured playdate. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers in the neighborhood! This playdate is for babies from birth through crawling. Once they begin walking they should attend the Toddler Playdate instead.


Coloring Club - Queens Library - Seaside Branch
Through December 30, 2019 - Rockaway Park

Come down to the Seaside Library and de-stress with some coloring! This program is open to all ages.

Sit & Think (Sudoku) - Queens Library - Richmond Hill Branch
Through December 31, 2019 - Jamaica

Try your hand at a Sudoku puzzle for fun or just refresh your math skills. All levels of difficulty are offered.

Knitting Club - Queens Library - Bellerose Branch
Through December 31, 2019 - Bellerose

Come learn knitting and enjoy the fun! Yarns and needles are provided during the sessions.


Apollo 11: First Steps - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2020 - Corona

Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of NASA's celebrated Apollo 11 mission, this film showcases the real-life moments of the first lunar landing. With never-before-seen footage and newly discovered audio recordings, the filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic 1969 mission, one of humanity's greatest achievements and the first to put men on the moon. Apollo 11: First Steps is directed by Todd Douglas Miller, produced by Statement Pictures in partnership with CNN Films, and presented by Land Rover and Samsung. The film is distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. 20 minutes.

Sea Lion Feeding - Queens Zoo
Through January 31, 2020 - Corona

See the sea lions get their meals and maybe do a trick or two!

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher

Picture Book Time - Queens Library - Ozone Park Branch
Through January 31, 2020 - Ozone Park

Children ages 4 and under and their parents or other adult caregivers are welcome for storytelling, music, and games. This program runs all year long.


Friday At The Movies - Queens Library - Ozone Park Branch
Through January 31, 2020 - Ozone Park

Come join us on Friday at the movies. Movies are rated G or PG.

'Guess What' - The Family-Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show - The Creek & The Cave
Through March 21, 2020 - Long Island City

A stand up comedy show for families! Come see comedy and don't worry about getting a babysitter.

NYC comics that perform at clubs, colleges and on TV come here to try their PG best to make your whole family laugh. The show is super kid-friendly: It is hosted by fun 11-year and her lame Dad.

All kids get a chance to tell jokes in between the comedians. Doors open at 12:30. Show starts at 1pm.