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Things to Do With Kids in Queens on September 13

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens today, September 13, 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 September 13. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

Maspeth Movie Matinee: 'Pokemon Detective Pikachu' - Queens Library - Maspeth Branch
September 13, 2019 - Maspeth

When an ace detective goes missing, his son teams up with a hilariously wise-cracking Pokémon - Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) - to help solve the mystery of what happened. (2019, PG).

Back-to-School: Duct Tape Flower Pens - Queens Library - Broadway Branch
September 13, 2019 - Long Island City

Children ages 6 to 12 years are invited to transform plain pens into flowers using colorful duct tape. No registration required but materials are limited; first-come, first-served.

Free Trial Classes - Long Island City School of Ballet
Through September 14, 2019 - Long Island City

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.

The Crafting Corner: Back to School Series - Middle Village Library
Through September 17, 2019 - Middle Village

Join us in the crafting corner to make something fun you can take home!

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

Bilingual Birdies presents Spanish classes for early learners.


Making Magic with Ethan - Fantasy Forest Amusement Park
Through September 22, 2019 - Corona

Ethan’s philosophy is that magic is meant to be created and shared with people; it should not simply be designed to trick the crowd. Together, both Ethan and the audience create an amazing show. Guests of all ages should come out and be surprised!

Two individual performances will take place at: 2pm and 4pm.

This family entertainment event is FREE and open to guests of Fantasy Forest Amusement Park. View pricing for our park's rides & games at:

Paint Night - Queens Library - Queens Village Branch
Through September 24, 2019 - Queens Village

Join us to create an inspiring painting!

Beginning Ballet for Kids - Queens Library - Peninsula
Through September 24, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Plié your way through beginning ballet for children ages 4-7. Space is limited.

September Children's Arts & Crafts - Queens Library - Seaside Branch
Through September 24, 2019 - Rockaway Park

Join us at the Seaside Library for September arts & crafts!

9/3 - Sunflowers
9/10 - Pollinators
9/17 - Henri Matisse
9/24 - Fall Landscapes

American Girl Doll Fan Club: Kaya and the Nez Perce Indians - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through September 24, 2019 - Howard Beach

The focus of this club are the books, time periods, and dolls from the American Girl series. The library will provide copies of "Meet Kaya" by Janet Shaw. The fan club will read the book and discuss it. We will also do crafts and activities. Books are for ages 8 to 12 years old.


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.

Mother Goose Time - Queens Library - North Hills Branch
Through September 25, 2019 - Little Neck

Children ages 6 months to 2 years and their caregivers are welcome to enjoy songs, stories, finger plays, and all sorts of fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves and have fun!

Back-to-School: ABC Club - Queens Library - Flushing Branch
Through September 26, 2019 - Flushing

Get ready to read with alphabet awareness! Children ages 4-6 years with their caregivers will have fun getting to know the A-B-Cs and will hear inspiring ideas for at-home activities that foster early literacy and prepare children for preschool and kindergarten. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

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.


Family Coloring Time - Queens Library - Peninsula
Through September 27, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Coloring sheets, crayons, markers, and color pencils will be provided. You can also bring your own. All ages are welcome. Supplies are limited.

Family Film Friday - North Hills Library
Through September 27, 2019 - Little Neck

Join us for two family film screenings!
9/13: "Dumbo" (2019, PG)
9/27: "Aladdin" (2019, PG)

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

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

Get Your Library Card, Your Ticket to Discovery - Queens Library - St. Albans Branch
Through September 27, 2019 - St. Albans

Be empowered! Get your library card, your ticket to the world of discovery.

Playdate for Babies and Toddlers: Alphabet Edition - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through September 28, 2019 - Howard Beach

Your little ones can play and socialize as we sing songs and read a story on different themes. There is room for everyone!


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

Family Movie Showing - Queens Library - East Elmhurst Branch
Through September 30, 2019 - East Elmhurst

Watch family-friendly movies like "The Secret Life of Pets 2" and "Aladdin."

'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

Family 3D Designing Printing Series - Queensbridge Park
Through September 30, 2019 - Queens

Learn the basics of 3D printing and 3D design with the whole family! Turn your sketches and ideas into 3D objects! Get trained to use our in-house 3D printer and learn the basics of 3D modeling. 3D printing opens the door to engineering, business, art, and design! This program is open to all with any level of computer experience.

Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. If you wish to register, check availability for program date September 9, 2019. 

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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)

Storytime and Craft - Queens Botanical Garden
Through October 06, 2019 - Flushing

Bring your little nature lovers to QBG to hear seasonally inspired stories that will open their imaginations to the different natural worlds found at QBG, followed by a botanically themed craft activity.   Drop-in. Included in Garden admission.

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

Meditation for Kids - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through October 10, 2019 - Woodhaven

Kids ages 5-12 can learn about the benefits and different techniques of meditation.


Spanish Storytime - Queens Library - Corona Branch
Through October 10, 2019 - Corona

English: Please join us for stories, songs, and creative movement. This program is for children ages 0-5 and their parents or caregivers.

Spanish: Por favor, únase a nosotros para las historias y canciones. Este programa es para niños de 0-5 y sus padres o cuidadores.

Baby and Me (in Spanish) - Queens Library - Corona Branch
Through October 11, 2019 - Corona

Babies ages 0-12 months, and their adult caregivers, share simple stories, songs, and bouncing rhymes, and play with educational toys and games.

Programa para bebés (0-12 meses) y sus cuidadores.

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!

Marvel Movie Marathon - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through October 26, 2019 - Howard Beach

We are presenting the Marvel Cinematic Universe in what is currently the best viewing order.
Phase II:
9/7: "Thor: The Dark World" (2013, PG-13)
9/14 "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014, PG-13)
9/21 "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014, PG-13)
9/28 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2" (2017)
10/5 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015, PG-13)
10/12 "Ant-Man" (2015, PG-13)
Phase III
10/19 "Doctor Strange" (2016, PG-13)
10/26 "Captain America: Civil War" (2016, PG-13)

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.

Super Saturday Morning - Forest Hills Library
Through October 26, 2019 - Forest Hills

Kids of all ages and their special grown-ups are invited to have fun on Saturday mornings with origami, coloring pages, board games, and puzzles for the 3+ crowd, and Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, and Star Builders for the little ones!

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.

Activity Table - Queens Botanical Garden
Through October 26, 2019 - Flushing


Family-friendly botanical themed arts and crafts activities.   Drop-in. Included in Garden admission.   ***While the event is free, Garden admission is to be paid at Garden entry.

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.


Construction Junction - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through October 30, 2019 - College Point

What can you make out of marshmallows and toothpicks? Come find out, and use our Legos, Jenga, and Joinks to make creative structures. This is for school-age kids, teens, and adults.

Imaging Women in the Space Age - New York Hall of Science
Through November 03, 2019 - Corona

This exhibition includes vintage and current images of women as aviators and astronauts from fashion, television, film, pop culture and toys (e.g. Barbie and LEGO astronaut dolls), as well as new developments in space-inspired fashion (space gear/spacesuits for women). The exhibition includes photographs of pioneering astronauts including Sally Ride, America?s first woman in space, Mae Jemison, America's first African-American female astronaut, and Ellen Ochoa, America's first Hispanic woman to go into space. There are also photographs of Dr. Ellen K. Baker, an astronaut who has logged more than 600 hours in space. Dr. Baker grew up in New York City and is the daughter of former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. Also on display are vintage and current images of female space travelers in television shows like Lost in Space and Star Trek, photographs of space-inspired fashions including Pucci's designs for Braniff Airlines flight attendants and Chanel's 2017 futuristic dresses, and screenshots from films like Barbarella, which starred Jane Fonda and Gravity, which starred Sandra Bullock. Imaging Women in the Space Age is curated by Julie Wosk, author of "Women and the Machine" and "My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves."

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.

Book Jeopardy - Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch
Through December 17, 2019 - Ridgewood

Children ages 7 to 12 years old are invited to join for an exciting, book-themed, kid version of the trivia game Jeopardy.

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

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

African American History - Laurelton Library
Through December 26, 2019 - Laurelton

Come and join us for an education and discussion about African American history. This program is designed for children that are 5 to 10 years old.

Wii Games - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through December 27, 2019 - College Point

Come play our Wii games and relax at the end of the week! All ages are welcome.


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.

Music and Movement for Infants and Toddlers - Glen Oaks Library
Through December 28, 2019 - Glen Oaks

Infants, toddlers, and caregivers enjoy songs, movement, finger plays, puppets, and other activities.


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. 

Superpower Dogs 3D - New York Hall of Science
Through May 31, 2020 - Corona

This immersive 3D movie showcases the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most amazing dogs. Viewers will journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. They'll follow Halo, a rookie puppy training to join one of the most elite disaster response teams in America; Henry, an avalanche rescue expert in the Canadian Rockies; Reef, a Newfoundland lifeguard with the Italian coastguard; Ricochet, a California surf legend helping people with special needs; and the Bloodhound brothers, Tipper and Tony, who are leading the fight to save endangered species in Africa. 45 minutes.

Chess with Mr. Fariad - Queens Library - Rosedale Branch
Through June 27, 2020 - Rosedale


All chess lovers are welcome to this program: advanced players, intermediate, and beginners.

Chess For All - Queens Library - Rosedale Branch
Through June 30, 2020 - Rosedale

This program is open to all chess lovers: advanced players, intermediates, and beginners.

NYRR Open Run Baisley Pond Park - Baisley Pond Park
Through December 26, 2020 - Jamaica

New York Road Runners is a non-profit community running organization, founded in 1958, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. We serve nearly 600,000 people, including 250,000 youth annually. NYRR Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative - bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks. In Baisley park Open Run will take place every week on Saturdays at 9am(participants are encouraged to arrive at 8:45 to check in) Open Run is for all ages and abilities, dogs and strollers are welcome. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. There are incentive for all participants and volunteers. The full course will be clearly marked making 2 full loops around the pond. Participants are encouraged to go at their own pace and can choose to do 1 or 2 loops. We are rain or shine every Saturday.

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