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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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FREE Picture Book Time
WHEN: Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 11:30am-12:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Elmhurst Branch, 86-07 Broadway, Elmhurst
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: This program offers stories, songs, and finger plays for young children from 3-4 years. First-timers: Please speak with an Elmhurst children's librarian before your first storytime.
WANT TO GO? 718-271-1020.

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.

FREE Family Movie: 'Abominable' (PG)
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 31, 3:30-5:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Court Square Branch, 25-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a family movie the last Friday of every month!
WANT TO GO? 718-937-2790. http://queenslibrary.org/branch/court-square?filters=ev_loc:97100000.

FREE Winter Jam
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11am-3pm, weekends
WHERE: Rumsey Playfield at Central Park, Enter at East 72nd Street, Central Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Partners at Gore Mountain will blow a mini mountain of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an urban wonderland for all to enjoy! Families will experience live ice carving, snowshoeing, curling, ice bowling, flag football, puppet making, photo ops, and a heated New York Public Library Reading Room.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Enter the drawing for a chance to get free Learn to Ski Lessons!
WANT TO GO? 212-360-8213. nycgovparks.org.

FREE Children's Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the Year of the Rat. There will be crafts such as bead-making. Red envelopes will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org/branch/Flushing.

FREE Family Crafts
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11:0am-1:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library- McGoldrick branch, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us for some fun family crafts.
WANT TO GO? 718-461-1616. queenslibrary.org/branch/McGoldrick.


FREE Groundhog Day Craft
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: Make and take home a simple Groundhog Day craft.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110. https://queenslibrary.org/about-us/locations/peninsula.


FREE Take Your Child To The Library Day
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11:00am-3:00pm
WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring your family to the library and take a story walk, make Forky from Toy Story 4, play board games and card games, work on a puzzle, and build a Lego creation. Younger children can enjoy playdough, crawl through the tunnel, pretend in the kitchen, and play with trains and toys.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636. queenslibrary.org.


FREE Let's Get Crafty: Pop up Valentine's Day Cards
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00-3:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Hunters Point Branch, 47-40 Center Blvd, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Create pop-up Valentine's day cards.
WANT TO GO? 718-990-4150. https://queenslibrary.org/about-us/locations/hunters-point.

Living Lab: Soil Science
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:30am-12:00pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 22475 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Use microscopes to get a closer look and perhaps even find living things in soil. Each session will include experiments with the help of live animals or plants.
WANT TO GO? $21. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

The Meeting - Saturday Family Matinee
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: The Meeting is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King.
WANT TO GO? $5. 718-658-7400. jcal.org.


FREE Queens Symphony Orchestra Family Concert Series: Gershwin Got Rhythm
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, 3:00pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring the whole family to this engaging and informative afternoon of free classical music with Queens’ own resident professional orchestra.
WANT TO GO? 718-793-8080. http://kupferbergcenter.org/.

22nd Annual BAMkids Film Festival
WHEN: Feb. 1-2, 10am-4pm
WHERE: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: The festival includes 87 short film programs, hands-on interactive activities, special BAMcafé performances, and more.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will enjoy face painters, balloon artists, interactive juggler-stilt walkers, and an expert clown!
WANT TO GO? $15; children 13 and younger, seniors 65 and older, and members. 718-636-4100. BAM.org/kids.


FREE Lunar New Year Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, 12:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Commonpoint Queens, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate with an afternoon of dance and musical performances, crafts, and activities for the whole family! Refreshments will be available for purchase.
WANT TO GO? https://commonpointqueens.org.


Sunday Science Discovery Lab: Suds & Slime
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 2, 11:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 22475 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Play with bubbles, make bubble wands and dig your hands into some foamy slime! Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

Titan Theatre Co.'s The African Company Presents Richard III
WHEN: Jan. 31-Feb. 9, see website for showtimes
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Corona
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Four decades before the Civil War, the African Grove Theatre Troupe sets out to stage Richard III, until another company snags a big star and attempts to stop them. A backstage story like no other--funny, furious, and uniquely American.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-860-0064. queenstheatre.org.

FREE Movie Screenings
WHEN: Jan. 4-Feb. 15, Saturdays, times vary (no showing 1/25)
WHERE: Bayside Library, 214-20 Northern Blvd., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch movies like "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" together with families, friends, and other library patrons.
WANT TO GO? 718-229-1834. queenslibrary.org.

Lunar New Year Exhibition
WHEN: Jan. 17-Feb. 16, Weekends, 12:00-5:00pm; Weekdays by appointment
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Flushing Town Hall presents “A Good Beginning, Here” a cross-cultural exhibition that illuminates 8 diaspora artists who can trace their roots back in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
WANT TO GO? $5 suggestion donation; free for students and teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

FREE Lego Hour
WHEN: Jan. 4-Feb. 29, Saturdays, 3:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Ages 6 and older, get your Lego on!
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010.

FREE The Hour Of Misfit Crafts
WHEN: Jan. 25-Feb. 29, 1/25, 2/8 and 2/29, 2:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make bizarre crafts and spread joy through the world!
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010. https://queenslibrary.org/about-us/locations/woodhaven.

FREE Cinema Saturdays
WHEN: Feb. 1-29, Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' Story Hour Room.
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

'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 Art in the Garden: Recollections
WHEN: Jan. 17- 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.

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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