Family Activities in Queens This Weekend

Family Activities in Queens This Weekend

Plan your best weekend yet in Queens, NY.

Weekends are the best to spend quality time with your kids, whether you are planning a huge outing or are staying close to home. There’s lots to do this weekend with your family, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in New York with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around your neighborhood. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Queens. Also see our guides for weekend fun in Brooklyn, ManhattanNassau and Suffolk counties, and Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen counties.

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A Magical Cirque Christmas
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14 , 7:30pm
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
AGES: All
WHAT: A Magical Cirque Christmas has it all– magic, circus acts, and angelic voices singing our favorite Christmas carols live on stage
WHY WE LOVE IT: It transports you to the golden age of entertainment with great talent and stunning costumes.
WANT TO GO? $38.50 and up. 516-231-4848 . nycblive.com.

FREE Bangladesh Victory Day
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14 , 4pm
WHERE: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Celebrte when Bangladesh was free from Pakistan 40 years ago.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You could call it the birthday of Bangladesh!
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0700. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Queens Theatre Reads from 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 14 , 4:30pm
WHERE: Langston Hughes Library-Community Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Children can play theater games together and listen as an actor from Queens Theatre reads from Charlotte's Web by E. B. White.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-3500. queenslibrary.org.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia Presents 'The Nutcracker'
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15 , 7pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center for the Arts- Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: This treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice.
WANT TO GO? $23 and up. 718-793-8080. kupferbergcenter.org.

'New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut'
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15 , 2pm
WHERE: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a new performance that upends the classic structure of E.T. Hoffman's Nutcracker to take a war veteran, a wandering child, and a cast of lively characters on a journey through memories of New York City.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children. 718-658-7400. jcal.org.

Ohman's New York Dance Theatre 'The Nutcracker'
WHEN: Dec. 15 -16, Saturday, 12pm; Sunday, 5pm
WHERE: Hofstra University- John Cranford Adams Playhouse, 102B Adams Playhouse, Hempstead
AGES: All
WHAT: This show brings joy to young and old alike with added music, scenes, dances, all performed in the tradition of New York City Ballet's legendary George Balanchine.
WANT TO GO? $42; $32 children 12 and younger, and seniors 65 and older . 631-462-0964. ohmanballet.org .

Polar Express Parents Night Out
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15 , 6-9pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows , 176-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 310, Fresh Meadows
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Drop the kids off for a night of Polar Express, pizza, games, dancing, and more.
WANT TO GO? $30. 718-380-4599. mygym.com/queens.

FREE Magic Show with Speedo The Clown and Company
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15 , 3pm
WHERE: Arverne Library, 312 Beach 54 St., Arverne
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: This fun-filled event for children will feature balloon twisting and magic!
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784. queenslibrary.org.

Lioness Presents Lauren Sevian's LSQ
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 2pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Lioness, a concert series featuring women in jazz, is curated by Convergence Arts.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for students and teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

2018 Holiday Concert
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 4pm
WHERE: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy the holiday season with Christmas and Hannukah songs performed by The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.
WANT TO GO? $40; $35 seniors and students; $10 children. 718-631-6311. visitqpac.org.

The Nutcracker and Visit to Santa's Toyland
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 3:30pm
WHERE: Laguardia Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater , 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Enjoy 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, plus visit Santa in a magical toyland and receive a free gift.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-482-5151. lpac.nyc.

'Charlotte's Web'
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 1pm
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: This treasured tale, featuring endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.
WANT TO GO? $14; $12 seniors; $10 family flex pass. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

Cookies with Santa
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 1:30-2:30pm and 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 310, Fresh Meadows
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Bring the kids to enjoy Christmas songs, dances, games, relays, cookies and milk, and pictures with Santa.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-380-4599. mygym.com/queens.

'The Nutcracker' By The Joffrey Ballet School

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 3:30pm
WHERE: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City 
AGES: 5-12, Adult 
WHAT: This performance is a special one-hour rendition, and just when you think the excitement has ended, participants can visit Santa in the magical toyland. 
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children. 718-482-5151. lpac.nyc.

'Charlotte's Web' ASL Interpretation/Sensory Relaxed Performance
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 16 , 3pm
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: This treasured tale, featuring endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.
WANT TO GO? $14; $12 seniors; $10 family flex pass. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE It's Time for Kind: Kindness FOREVERgreen Tree
WHEN: Through Dec. 15: 12-8pm
WHERE: Auburndale Library, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Kids can decorate and write an act of kindness on a snowflake, while adults and teens choose a snowflake ornament and fulfill the kindness act written within.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. queenslibrary.org.

FREE It's Time for Kind: Cinema Saturdays

WHEN: Through Dec. 15: Saturdays, 2:30pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: Sit back and enjoy great feature films that focus on the importance of kindness. Dec. 1: The Secret Garden, Dec. 8: Pollyanna, Dec. 15: Elf
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

'Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas'

WHEN: Through Dec. 16: Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 4pm 
WHERE: Thalia Spanish Theatre , 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Celebrate the holiday traditions experienced by a young person of Mexican immigrant parents growing up in New York City. From Aztec-inspired dance to Christmas carols, the youngster tries to bring the two worlds together. 
WANT TO GO? $45; $37 seniors and students. 718-729-3880. thaliatheatre.org.

Kids in the Kitchen
WHEN: Through Dec. 21: Fridays, 11:30am
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) to make kid-friendly snacks from start to finish.
WANT TO GO? $18; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.

FREE It's Time for Kind Movie Screenings

WHEN: Through Dec. 23: Sundays, 2:15pm
WHERE: Kew Gardens Hills Library, 72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: In keeping with the act of kindness, enjoy these family film screenings: 12/2: Wonder, 12/23: Radio
WANT TO GO? 718-261-6654. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Holiday Movie Screening
WHEN: Dec. 15 -29, Saturday and Thursday, 2:30pm; Wednesday and Friday, 12:30pm
WHERE: Bayside Library, 214-20 Northern Blvd., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch movies together with families, friends, or other library patrons. 12/15: The Man Who Invented Christmas, 12/22: A Christmas Carol, 12/26: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 12/27: The Incredibles 2, 12/28: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
WANT TO GO? 718-229-1834. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Family Playtime

WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Saturdays, 10am
WHERE: Corona Library, 38-23 104 St., Corona 
AGES: Newborn to 5 
WHAT: Children can play with toys and other children to socialize, explore, and discover! 
WANT TO GO? 718-426-2844. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Kids Create
WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: South Jamaica Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica 
AGES: 3-12 
WHAT: Draw, trace, or color in a laid-back environment where art supplies are provided. 
WANT TO GO? 718-739-4088. queenslibrary.org.

FREE It's Time for Kind: Family Movie
WHEN: Through Dec. 29: Saturdays, 2:30pm
WHERE: Woodside Library, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside
AGES: All
WHAT: Come see a family-friendly movie celebrating the spirit of the season.
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700. queenslibrary.org.

2018 Gingerbread Lane Workshops

WHEN: Through Dec. 30: Saturday-Sunday, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 2 and older
WHAT: This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will give participants the option to design and build their own ginger bread house or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit, including gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy. Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the provided ingredients, parents of children with food allergies should email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for them.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $15. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

Gingerbread Lane
WHEN: Through Jan. 21, 2019: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors 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 creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 children, students, and seniors. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

In Saturn’s Rings 2D
WHEN: Through Jan. 31, 2019: Monday-Friday, 1pm and 3pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12pm and 3pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 11 and older
WHAT: Narrated by LeVar Burton, In Saturn’s Rings is a grand tour of the universe starring Saturn. Seven and a half million mostly unseen images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Telescope and Milky Way time lapses are brought to life in a groundbreaking epic immersive journey across space and time. 40 minutes.
WANT TO GO? $22; $18 seniors, students, and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

FREE NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park
WHEN: Through June 1, 2019: 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.

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