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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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The Past, Present, and Future of Space Flight
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 7:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Jessica Cimini-Samuels, NASA Ambassador and science educator, will explore the history of manned science flight, including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

Maze by Moonlight
WHEN: Oct. 12-19, Saturdays, 4:30-9:00pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Navigate The Amazing Maize Maze by the starry night! Bring your flashlight and enjoy the fun.
WANT TO GO? adults: $17 at door/$12 advance; children ages 4-11: $10 at door/$7 advance; free for children younger than 4. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

Animal Tales – Creepy Crawling Critters
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Spiders, roaches, and crickets will prepare children for a spooky Halloween season. Encourage your child’s love of reading by sharing a nature story, create a nature craft, meet some of APEC’s animals, and enjoy a nature walk. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

Cardboard Explosion!
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 4:00pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: This one-of-a-kind puppetry experience brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

[email protected] presents Taylor Made
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:00pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Jazz masters, greats, and emerging artists will take to the stage for a hard-swinging concert celebrating NEA Jazz Master Dr. Billy Taylor and his living legacy, Jazzmobile.
WANT TO GO? $20; free for teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

Flour Dough Sculpture Making
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:00-2:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Join Master flour dough artist, Xun Ye, for this unique workshop in traditional Chinese flour dough sculpture. Participants will learn basic dough art techniques to create their own animal or flower sculptures.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Wear: T-Shirt Printing Workshop
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:00pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Give depth and texture to your t-shirt in a printing workshop led by artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu. RSVP:
[email protected]
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

I Want to be a Vet
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 9:30-11:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Does your child dream of being a veterinarian? Send them to APEC to learn the basics of animal care. Enjoy pretend play examining animals, look at animal x-rays, groom the rabbits, and help take care of the turtles. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $24. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 8:00am registration; 10:00am walk
WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 111th Street to Van Wyck, Queens
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate survivors, have fun, and raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer.
WANT TO GO? 516-671-4041. nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park.

Chemistry Day
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11:00am-4:00pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Corona
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Celebrate chemistry with NYSCI and the New York section of the American Chemical Society! The event will showcase chemistry principles using demonstrations performed by local college students and volunteers from local industries. Hands-on activities are recommended for ages 4 and older.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($16 adults; $13 children ages 2-17). 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

SOLE Defined VIBEZ
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: VIBEZ by SOLE Defined is an interactive journey back in time, blending the hip-hop sounds of DJ RBI, mind-blowing Tap Dancing, and high-energy Stepping. DJ RBI, spinning the sounds of the '90s on the turntables while SOLE Defined infuses a toe-topping blend of styles, turning Queens Theatre into a big party like it's 1995!
WANT TO GO? $15. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE Nature Play Club
WHEN: Oct. 20- April 23, Third Sunday of each month, 2:00pm
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
AGES: Newborn-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 Spooky Board Games for Teens
WHEN: Oct. 11-25, Friday, 10/11 and 10/25, 3:00-4:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Jackson Heights Branch, 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: Play horror-themed board games!
WANT TO GO? 718-899-2500. queenslibrary.org/branch/Jackson-Heights.

FREE Roots Saturdays
WHEN: May 4- Oct. 26, Saturdays, 12-3pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

FREE Marvel Movie Marathon
WHEN: Sept. 7- Oct. 26, Saturdays, 2:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156 Ave., Howard Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: See the Marvel Cinematic Universe in what is considered the best viewing order.
WANT TO GO? 718-641-7086. queenslibrary.org/branch/Howard-Beach.

FREE Super Saturday Morning
WHEN: Sept. 7- Oct. 26, Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Have fun with origami, coloring pages, board games, and puzzles for the 3+ crowd, and Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, and Star Builders for the little ones.
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Family Movies
WHEN: Sept. 14- Oct. 26, Every other Saturday, 2:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Rosedale Branch, 144-20 243 St., Rosedale
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can enjoy an afternoon of featured movies in a simulated movie theatre. Bring your snacks.
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8490. queenslibrary.org/branch/Rosedale.

The Amazing Maize Maze
WHEN: Sept. 21- Oct. 26, Weekends, 11:00am-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Get lost in NYC’s only corn maze! The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of this interactive maze.
WANT TO GO? $15 adults; $8 children younger than 13 (advance tickets: $10 adults, $5 children younger than 13). 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

FREE 'Boo'tiful: Saturday Family Movie
WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Saturdays, 2:00-6:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Arverne, 312 Beach 54 Street, Arverne
AGES: All
WHAT: Aspooky and fun afternoon of movies to get to the mood for the Halloween.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.

FREE Harvest Weekends
WHEN: Oct. 5-26, Weekends and Columbus Day, 11:00am-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the grounds and buy a variety of Hudson Valley apples, donuts, fresh cider, and apple pie.
WANT TO GO? 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

FREE Free Arts Island Outpost
WHEN: June 1- Oct. 27, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York Harbor
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy free hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

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.

FREE Wii Games
WHEN: Sept. 6- Dec. 27, Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm
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.

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.

Apollo 11: First Steps
WHEN: May 17- Jan. 21, 2020, 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: Jan. 15 through January 31, 2020, 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:
Aug, 16- January 31, 2020, every other Friday, 3:30-5:00pm
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: April 20- March 21, 2020, 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 Chess with Mr. Fariad
WHEN: Sept. 7- June 27, 2020, 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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