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Things to Do with Kids in Queens this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids in Queens this Weekend

Plan your family's best weekend yet in Queens!


*Be sure to call venues ahead of time to make sure events are still happening in the wake of coronavirus concerns.* 

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, and check out our calendar for hundreds of things to do each month! You can also find things to do around the area in our Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island roundups.

 

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Brain Day
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2-4:30pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: As part of NYC Brain Awareness Week, scientists and NYSCI Explainers describe the brain’s different parts, demonstrate how it allows us to sense our environment and control our muscles, and discover similarities between human and animal cognition.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Exhibits, activities, and real brains bring neuroscience to life for visitors of all ages!
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $20; $15 children. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

FREE STEM: Coding A Lego Maze
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library—Douglaston-Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Build a simple Lego maze and walk your character through it using coding specific language.
WANT TO GO? 718-225-8414. queenslibrary.org/branch/Douglaston/Little-Neck.


FREE Spring Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 3-5pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Peninsula, Well House Drive, Flatbush
AGES: 6-12
WHAT: Join for a Spring Scavenger Hunt that'll be fun for everyone!
WANT TO GO? 718-965-8951. prospectpark.org.

FREE Arts & Crafts For First Day Of Spring
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 3:30-4:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library—Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Children will make a beautiful craft relating to spring.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. queenslibrary.org/branch/auburndale/.


FREE Peter Rabbit 2 @ Friday Kids' Club
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Watch the movie trailer for Peter Rabbit 2, make rabbit ears, and get a Peter Rabbit 2 bookmark and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.


FREE Emoji Bookmarks!
WHEN: Friday, March 20, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library—Douglaston-Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: Use origami folding techniques to make super-cute emoji bookmarks. 
WANT TO GO? 718-225-8414. queenslibrary.org/branch/Douglaston/Little-Neck.

'Guess What' - The Family-Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show
WHEN: Through March 21: third Saturdays of each month, 12:30pm
WHERE: The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: The show is hosted by an 11-year-old and her dad.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-706-8783. creeklic.com.

Little Cooks: Funny Face
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Make edible faces made of hummus and vegetables, enjoy the delicious snack, then meet a few friendly animals and feed them their favorite treats!
WANT TO GO? $22. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Irish Music Concert With Celtic Cross
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2-3pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: The band’s music tells great stories using the traditional sound of sassy pop, alt-country, and funk playing. Look out for unexpected use of popular covers from the Doobie Brothers, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Jackson Five, and Wild Cherry intertwined with traditional Irish tunes.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org/branch/Flushing.

FREE Family Storytime
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 10:30-11am
WHERE: Queens Library—Ridgewood Branch, 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood
AGES: All
WHAT: A special family storytime to celebrate courageous women throughout history.
WANT TO GO? 718-821-4770. queenslibrary.org/branch/Ridgewood.

FREE Children's Garden Family Day
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 1-4pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: See how worms wiggle, touch and discover the QBG plant collection, create your own tasty and healthy trail mix, plant your own seedling in the Children’s Garden, and do a garden-wide scavenger hunt.
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

FREE College Readiness Workshop: Ins And Outs Of Financial Aid
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-2pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Not all financial aid is equal! Join this interactive workshop with a college financial aid professional who helps explain the types of financial aid available to undergraduate students, and who qualifies for them.
WANT TO GO? 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Living Lab: Our Winter Environment
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Explore what happens to our ecosystem during the winter, meet APEC animals, do an art project, and go on an outdoor winter adventure.
WANT TO GO? $21. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

Navatman Music Collective & Dance Company
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 4pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Navatman Music Collective is a one-of-a-kind choir that aims to bring out the depth and beauty of Carnatic (South Indian classical) music while imbuing it with a soul and energy from contemporary and diverse influences.
WANT TO GO? $18; free for teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.


FREE The Cat In The Hat
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library—East Elmhurst Branch, 95-06 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst
AGES: All
WHAT: Plaza Theatrical Productions introduces your child to live musical theatre with this children's classic.
WANT TO GO? http://queenslibrary.org/branch/east-elmhurst?filters=ev_loc:93100000.

FREE Art in the Garden: Recollections
WHEN: Through March 22: see website for days and times
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: See select works from the first ten years of exhibitions in QBG’s art gallery.
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

Wildlife Careers Series
WHEN: Sundays, March 1-22, 9-11am
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona 
AGES: 9-12 
WHAT: Roll up your sleeves and get messy! Jr. Keepers will get up close to animals and see what it takes to be a keeper at the Queens Zoo. 
WANT TO GO? $150. 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com. 

I Want to Be a Vet
WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Does your child dream of being a veterinarian? Send them to APEC to learn the basics of animal care.
WANT TO GO? $24. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.


Vet Tech 201
WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: See and learn from a licensed Veterinary Technician as you delve deeper into the science of animal care. (Participation in a prior Vet Tech 101 program is a must in order to qualify for Vet Tech 201.)
WANT TO GO? $32. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

Family Paint Party
WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 4:30-5:45pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Families will create a canvas using stencils or free paint. While your masterpiece dries families will enjoy gym games and activities.
WANT TO GO? $15 non-members; $13 members. https://mygym.com/queens/.

FREE Snapology Adventures 
WHEN: Saturdays, March 14-28, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodside Branch, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Create your own LEGO world, including animals, creepers, and your very own Minecraft® character. Preregistration required. 
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700. queenslibrary.org/branch/Woodhaven. 

FREE Macy's Flower Show
WHEN: March 22-April 5, daily, 10am-10pm
WHERE: Macy's Herald Square, 100-104 W. 35th St., Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Dive into the vibrant colors of deep-sea florals and stunning marine life at the upcoming Flower Show, “Voyage to Oceanum.” Visitors to Macy’s will embark upon an exciting under-the-ocean odyssey, discovering long-lost treasures and breathtaking aquatic beauty along the way.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a highly visual way to engage little ones while you get some shopping done!
WANT TO GO? 212-695-4400.
https://macys.com/s/flower-show/.

Gotta Dance – Kids Edition!
WHEN: Saturdays, March 14-April 11, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Choreography as seen on Broadway, and in the movies, is re-created to provide a fun way of working out.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-631-6311. visitqpac.org.

Stroller Safari
WHEN: March 7-April 18, Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: You and your child will have a chance to bond while singing songs, meeting live animals, and enjoying sensory play and craft time! Each session will transition from the one before.
WANT TO GO? $185. 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com.

FREE Nature Play Club
WHEN: Through April 23: third Sunday of each month, 2pm
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Enjoy free monthly sessions at the Zoo and in nearby parks, connecting families back to nature through unstructured, free-play exploration. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com.

FREE Chess with Mr. Fariad
WHEN: Through June 27: Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library—Rosedale Branch, 144-20 243rd St., Rosedale
AGES: All
WHAT: All chess lovers are welcome to this program: advanced players, intermediate, and beginners.
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8490. queenslibrary.org/branch/Rosedale.

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