The Best Family-Friendly Things to Do with Your Kids in Queens this Weekend

The Best Family-Friendly Things to Do with Your Kids in Queens this Weekend

Plan your family's best weekend yet in Queens!

If you're like us, weekends are the best because you get to spend quality time with your kids, whether you're itching to get out of the city with a day trip to a nearby family-friendly destination or you're looking for fun things to do with your kids right here in Queens. There’s lots to do this weekend with your family in the World's Borough, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Queens—you're sure to find something to do that keeps the whole family happy and having fun! Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in Queens with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around your neighborhood, including family fun in Astoria, Floral Park, Flushing Meadows, Corona, Jamaica, Bayside, Woodside, Corona Park, Flushing, Long Island City, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, and the Rockaways.

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How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies?

WHEN: Through Feb. 15: See website for schedule
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: In How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? players take on the role of scientists helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Facilitators introduce participants to mathematical modeling and the ways they can be used to simulate, analyze and make predictions about the complex real-world phenomenon. Players help modify the simulation by suggesting different parameters, such as the number of steps zombies can take in the Zombie Outbreak Simulator, a turn-based game of zombie tag. Then participants play through the simulation, embodying the very parameters they’ve chosen, while the facilitator tracks the population of zombies and humans. At the end, players see graphs detailing the population swings and can further tweak parameters and see different results through play.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors, students, and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Kupferberg Presents: Victor Manuelle
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15, 8pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Expect complex, personal lyrics with sing-along choruses.
WANT TO GO? $49-$109. 718-793-8080. kupferbergcenter.org.

FREE Middle School Book Club: 'Hidden Figures'
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 15, 3:30-4:15pm
WHERE: Middle Village Library, 72-31 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Read Hidden Figures in honor of Black History Month and discuss the four African American women who worked on the NASA space program while confronting segregation.
WANT TO GO? 718-326-1390. queenslibrary.org.

Young Chefs 'LOVE'ly Desserts

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Prepare chocolate cake in a mug and chocolate oatmeal bars, while sipping a warm cup of homemade hot cocoa.
WANT TO GO? $24; 15% off for members. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-4pm
WHERE: The Bowne House Historical Society, 37-01 Bowne St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Head to the Bowne House to celebrate the New Year!
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-359-0528. bownehouse.org.

Flower Power

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Michaels, various locations throughout Queens,
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Kids can enjoy creating spring flowers.
WANT TO GO? $2 children ages 2-5, $5 children ages 6 and older. 718-459-2375. Michaels.com.

Baby & Me Comedy
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Q.E.D. - A Place to Show & Tell, 27-­16 23rd Ave., Astoria
AGES: 0-2, Adult
WHAT: Join nationally touring stand-up comedian and Astoria mom Caitlin Brodnick as she hosts an afternoon of adult comedy for parents and babies (think Cry Baby Cinema meets live stand-up comedy).
WANT TO GO? $8 in advance, $10 day of. 347-451-3873. qedastoria.com.

FREE Traveling Shoes: Black Migrations- Movie Series

WHEN: Through Feb. 16, Saturdays, 2/9, 3:45-4:45pm; 2/16, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch, 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch a free screenings of Going to Chicago: Personal Stories of the Great African American Migration California Newsreel and Don't Shout Too Soon.
WANT TO GO? 718-821-4770. queenslibrary.org.

Sleeping Beauty by David Gonzales
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1pm and 2:15pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This performance is a rhymed-verse spin on a classic fairy tale with music and projections that create a multimedia world in which a princess is awakened by true love’s kiss… or not.
WANT TO GO? $14; $10 members; $8 children; $6 member children; free for teens. 718-463-7700. Flushingtownhall.org.

'Black Angels Over Tuskegee' JCAL Saturday Family Matinee
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2-3:30pm
WHERE: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Black Angels Over Tuskegee chronicles the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history, who broke racial barriers during World War II.
WANT TO GO? $5-10. 718-658-7400. jcal.org.

Little Cooks: Let's Eggs-periment!
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Experiment with eggs from different animals, try out a healthy egg recipe, and practice egg flipping with a spatula game.
WANT TO GO? $22. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Nature Exploration Hike
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-2:30 pm
WHERE: Bayswater Park, 701 Bay 32nd St., Far Rockaway
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Explore nature, discover urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head.
WANT TO GO? 718-846-2731. nycgovparks.org. 

FREE Historic New York: George Washington's Path
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17, 1-2:30 pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Park, Winchester Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway, Oakland Gardens
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, on our city's long history.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-1769. nycgovparks.org.

Temple Bazaar

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 17, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall , 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy performances, art making, lantern making, and food to celebrate the Year of the Pig! Add to the community Red Envelope Show as well.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This celebration is offered in two sessions, and everyone can join the dragon parade first at Flushing Library at 9:30am.
WANT TO GO? $5; $3 for members. Flushingtownhall.org.

FREE Coding with Matpreneur

WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Rosedale Branch, 144-20 243 St., Rosedale
AGES: All
WHAT: This computer programming club aims to help launch the path of future coders and data scientists.
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8490. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Black History Month: Color Your African-American Heroes and Sheroes

WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Color famous African American heroes and learn about them along the way.
WANT TO GO? 718-651-1100. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Friday Movie Afternoon
WHEN: Through Feb. 22: Fridays, 3-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156 Ave., Howard Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: This month's films include Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Meg, Incredibles 2, and Crazy Rich Asians.
WANT TO GO? 718-641-7086. queenslibrary.org.

KCA and Arts on Stage NY Present: Cirque Zuma Zuma
WHEN: Through Feb. 24: 3pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Acrobats, tumblers, lion dancers, contortionists, singers, and gymnasts band together for a high-flyingspectacle of rhythmic music and movement.
WANT TO GO? $20-$35. 718-793-8080. kupferbergcenter.org.

'Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic'
WHEN: Feb. 15-24, Check schedule for details
WHERE: The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic showcases live theater and the art of illusion with dance and music.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A good introduction to stage productions for littlest ones!
WANT TO GO? $15 and up. 800-345-3000. msg.com/sesame.

FREE Chess For All

WHEN: Through Feb. 26: Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm; Saturdays, 1:45-3:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Rosedale Branch, 144-20 243 St., Rosedale 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This program is opened to all chess lovers including beginners, intermediates, and advanced players. 
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8490. queenslibrary.org.

FREE The Socrates Annual, 2018 Exhibition

WHEN: Through March 10: see website for schedule
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Each year Socrates presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists awarded the Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Conceived for the landscape and produced on-site in the outdoor studio over the course of the summer, these pieces respond to the park’s unique history, landscape, and community. The Socrates Annual, 2018 exhibition does not adhere to a specific theme but rather presents the diversity of processes, material approaches, and subjects that comprise the most compelling public art practice today.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

FREE NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park
WHEN: Through June 1: Saturdays, 9am
WHERE: Astoria Park Track, 19th Street and Astoria Park South, Astoria
AGES: All
WHAT: Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.
WANT TO GO? 212-360-3300. nycgovparks.org.

FREE Open Art Studio for Young Adults with Autism
WHEN: Through June 2: Select Sundays, 12-12:45pm, see website
WHERE: Queens Museum, 111-01 Corona Ave., Flushing
AGES: Adult
WHAT: Participants work on projects of their choosing with mentors, encouraging exploration and expression.
WANT TO GO? 718-592-9700. Queensmuseum.org.

FREE Circle of Friends for Autistic Children
WHEN: Through June 21: 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Astoria Branch, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Discover the wonders of science doing simple experiments, develop social skills, and have fun playing games.
WANT TO GO? 718-278-2220. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Coloring Time

WHEN: Through June 29: Saturdays, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch, 121-23 14 Ave., College Point 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Relax and make new friends while having fun with family coloring time. 
WANT TO GO? 718-359-1102. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Ping Pong Club
WHEN: Through June 29: Saturdays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis
AGES: All
WHAT: Challenge friends to ping pong every Saturday afternoon.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-6779. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Family Movie
WHEN: Through June 29: Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodside Branch, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside
AGES: All
WHAT: Head to the library for a family-friendly movie.
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700. queenslibrary.org.

'Flight of the Butterflies 3D'

WHEN: Through June 30: daily, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children, students, and seniors; plus museum admission: $22; $18 seniors, students, and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

'Backyard Wilderness' 3-D
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: daily, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. 
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children, students, and seniors (with NYSCI admission); $4 members. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

FREE Toddler Time
WHEN: Through Nov. 29: Monday, 12-12:30pm; Wednesday, 11-11:30am; and Friday, 11-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Library - Mitchell-Linden Branch, 31-32 Union St., Flushing
AGES: 6 months to 3 years
WHAT: Join Mrs. H for songs, finger plays, and simple picture books for toddlers. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
WANT TO GO? 718-539-2330. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Nail Polish Workshop
WHEN: Through Dec. 27: Fridays, 5-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch, 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Design and polish your own nails or have them done for you. All supplies provided. 
WANT TO GO? 718-821-4770. queenslibrary.org.

Sit & Think (Sudoku)
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Monday-Saturday, 1-1:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Richmond Hill Branch, 118-14 Hillside Ave.,
AGES: All
WHAT: Try your hand at a Sudoku puzzle for fun or just refresh your math skills.
WANT TO GO? 718-849-7150. queenslibrary.org.

 

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