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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FREE Celebrate A Filipino Christmas With Queens Public Library!
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 3-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch a Christmas lantern making demonstration. Parol is a Christmas lantern, a traditional iconic symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit.
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. queenslibrary.org/branch/Broadway.

Winter Celebrations: An Evening of Classical Chamber Music
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: An evening of wintry, festive music featuring the King Manor Museum’s Longman, Clementi & Co. fortepiano (London, c. 1800) and popular chamber music from the time of Rufus King.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 students and seniors. 718-206-0545. kingmanor.org/events.


Global Arts for Global Kids: Benefit Showcase for FTH Education
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: A benefit showcase and concert featuring fabulous FTH teaching artists and school partners for an afternoon of singing, dancing, theater, art, and more.
WANT TO GO? $14; $8 Children. 718-463-7700. http://flushingtownhall.org/event/981d62974eaa07e5d1a14c154ec3b686.


FREE Gingerbread Houses
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:30-4pm
WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES: All
WHAT: A gingerbread house kit will be provided to each family. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.


Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, All Ages: 1:30pm and 4:30pm; Ages 3 and younger: 3pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Santa Claus is coming to My Gym, along with cookies and milk!
WANT TO GO? $20 per child ($18 members). https://mygym.com/queens/.


Grinch Night Out
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 6-9pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Drop the kids off for a night of all things Grinch! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $35 ($30 members). https://mygym.com/queens/.


FREE 35th Annual Langston Hughes Kwanzaa Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: At this celebration of the black family and community, enjoy a film screening of "The Black Candle," a Kwanzaa party, an opening ceremony, live entertainment, a craft festival, craft workshops, refreshments, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-651-1100. queenslibrary.org/branch/Langston-Hughes.


FREE Holiday Face Painting With Apryl Cadabra
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Arverne, 312 Beach 54 St., Arverne
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children can have their faces painted with elaborate, ornate designs by Apryl Cadabra Entertainment Agency Inc. Preregistration is required.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.


FREE Arverne Library Annual Family Holiday Event
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Arverne, 312 Beach 54 St., Arverne
AGES: All
WHAT: An annual family holiday event filled with fun activities such as face painting, holiday crafts, and a live DJ.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.


Winter Wonderland Party
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 5-8pm
WHERE: Queens Dance Project, 214-26 41 Ave., BAYSIDE
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Drop off your children for a fun season-themed party at the studio!
WANT TO GO? $30; $25 members. 718-229-1133. http://queensdanceproject.com/.

St. Kevin Catholic Academy Christmas Boutique
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am-7pm
WHERE: St. Kevin's R.C. Church Parish Center, 45-21 194th St. , Flushing
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: Come shop unique and handmade crafts, jewelry, ornaments, holiday decor, and much more. Between 3 pm - 5pm have your picture taken with Santa, and join our free mini Zumbini class (ages 0-4).
WANT TO GO? FREE to enter. 718-357-8110. https://stkevinca.org/.

FREE Winter Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - South Jamaica Branch, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are welcomed to a winter celebration of crafts, stories, activities, and face painting.
WANT TO GO? 718-739-4088. queenslibrary.org/branch/South-Jamaica.

Holiday Cookies & Crafts
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-2pm
WHERE: Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: Craft delightful decorations celebrating the winter season. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served, and Santa will be making an appearance!
WANT TO GO? $5 per child ($15 max per family). https://baysidehistorical.org/.


FREE Santa Claus Is Coming To The Central Library!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 12-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy holiday songs, crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, and receive a free picture with Santa!
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0778. queenslibrary.org/branch/Central-Library.

FREE Photos with Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9am-2pm
WHERE: Maspeth Federal Savings, 56-18 69th St., Maspeth
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring in the little ones to take a photo with Santa!
WANT TO GO? maspethfederal.com.

FREE Astoria Holiday Market at Bohemian Hall
WHEN: Dec. 1-15, Sundays, 12-6pm
WHERE: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria
AGES: All
WHAT: Astoria Market's holiday shopping event will be a full house of fantastic vendors, offering art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationery, scarves and hats, pottery, and more!
WANT TO GO? free. 7182744925. astoriamarket.com.

Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, Saturday, 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, 1pm and 5pm
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: A young person caught between two worlds: their family's past in Mexico and their present life in New York City. Aztec-inspired dance is performed to Christmas carols, and Mariachi music fuses with "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."
WANT TO GO? $20 and up. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE Outdoor Living Nativity 2019
WHEN: Dec. 14-15, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30pm
WHERE: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 36-01 Bell Blvd., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: Redeemer's Annual Outdoor Living Nativity Pageant, now in its 56th year, is a retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus, with music, narration, actors, and live animals. After the performance children may meet the animals and all are invited inside for free hot chocolate.
WANT TO GO? 718-229-5770. https://facebook.com/RedeemerLutheranBayside/.

FREE Christmas Tinker Festival and Tree Lighting
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Lewis Latimer House Museum, 3441 137th St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the holidays with tinkering, tree lighting, hot cocoa, and music! RSVP required.
WANT TO GO? 718-961-8585. https://lewislatimerhouse.org.

The Nutcracker And Visit To Santa's Toyland
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:30pm
WHERE: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: For generations children have enjoyed this charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of dolls, toy soldiers, an army of mice, snowflakes, princes, and fairies.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Meet and greet the principal soloists from the cast along with Santa in a magical Toyland where each child will receive a special gift.
WANT TO GO? $20. https://lpac.nyc/.


Chanukah Festival & Winter Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-3:30pm
WHERE: Commonpoint Queens, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy inflatable bounce houses, arts and crafts, games, balloon twisting, face painting, children’s entertainment, and more!
WANT TO GO? $5 per child ($15 max per family).


Winter Solstice Workshop: Rice Ball & Dumpling Making
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Make Cantonese tangyuan (rice ball in soup) and northern Chinese kiaozi (dumplings) along with two cultural bearers from the Chinese community.
WANT TO GO? $10 adults; $5 children; free for teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

The Nutcracker
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 15, 3pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: The Nutcracker is returning to KCA for another spectacular holiday season.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's the same authentic Russian choreography that's performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet!
WANT TO GO? $23-$42. 718-793-8080. http://kupferbergcenter.org/event/thenutcracker/.

A Christmas Carol
WHEN: Dec. 6-22, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Titan Theatre Company's award-winning and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel brings the timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge to the stage.
WANT TO GO? $25. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE Queens Farm Holiday Market
WHEN: Dec. 1-24, daily, 10am-5pm (10am-2pm on Dec. 24)
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Kick off the holiday season down on the farm! Our holiday market opens December 1st, with a rich assortment of Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettias and unique holiday gifts. You will find traditional games, toys and handmade stuffed animals for the lil’ farmer in every family or you can choose from a selection of Queens-made gifts to help make the holiday cozy.
WANT TO GO? 718-347-3276. queensfarm.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.

FREE Wii Games
WHEN: Through Dec. 27: Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch, 121-23 14 Ave., College Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Play Wii games and relax at the end of the week!
WANT TO GO? 718-359-1102. queenslibrary.org/branch/Poppenhusen.

A Christmas Carol 
WHEN: Through Dec. 30: see website for days and times
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City 
AGES: 3-12 
WHAT: A new version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” is brought to life through the art of puppetry.   
WANT TO GO? $12 ($9 if purchasing museum admission for $14). 5162245828. licm.org. 

Sit & Think (Sudoku)
WHEN: Through Dec. 31: Monday-Saturday, 1-1:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Richmond Hill Branch, 118-14 Hillside Ave., Richmond Hill
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.

Gingerbread Lane 2019
WHEN: Through Jan. 12: Monday-Friday, 9:30am–5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am–6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Visitors can make their own gingerbread houses or trains during dedicated workshops.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($16 adults; $13 children ages 2-17). 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Apollo 11: First Steps
WHEN: Through Jan. 21: 2pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: This film showcases the real-life moments of the first lunar landing.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children, students, and senior citizens, plus museum admission. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Sea Lion Feeding
WHEN: Through January 31: daily, 11:15am, 2pm, and 4pm
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: See the sea lions get their meals and maybe do a trick or two!
WANT TO GO? $9.95; $7.95 seniors ages 65 and older; $6.95 children ages 3-12; FREE for children 2 and younger. 718-271-1500. Queenszoo.com.

FREE Friday At The Movies
WHEN:
Through January 31: every other Friday, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Ozone Park Branch, 92-24 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Come join us on Friday at the movies. Movies are rated G or PG.
WANT TO GO? 718-845-3127.

'Guess What' - The Family-Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show
WHEN: Through March 21: third Saturdays, 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.

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, 144-20 243 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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