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 Winter Holiday Crafternoons
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Langston Hughes Library-Community Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the season by creating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas crafts for your loved ones this year: make a Nguzo Saba favor, a Star of David mobile, and/or paint a ceramic tree ornament.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-3500. http://littleflowerny.org/event/foster-parent-information-event/?instance_id=2936.

FREE Lego Amusement Park Class
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library: Baisley Park Branch, 117-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children will enjoy this amusement park class using Legos.
WANT TO GO? 718-529-1590. queenslibrary.org/branch/Baisley-Park.

FREE Tree Lighting
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 6pm
WHERE: Maspeth Memorial Square, 69th St. and Borden Ave., Maspeth
AGES: All
WHAT: Countdown to a festive holiday tree lighting!
WANT TO GO?

FREE Queens Open House
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10am
WHERE: United Nations International School, 173-53 Croydon Road, Jamaica Estates
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Parents and guardians who are interested in applying for grades k through 8 for the 2020-21 academic year are invited to visit the Queens Campus, learn more about the curriculum, and take a tour.
WANT TO GO? free. 7186586166. https://unis.org/.

QDP Nutcracker Performance
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 6:30pm
WHERE: Queens Dance Project, 214-26 41 Ave., Bayside
AGES: All
WHAT: QDP is presenting its first ever Nutcracker performance and incorporating all styles of dance.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-229-1133. http://queensdanceproject.com/.

FREE Celebrate The Holiday Season With Gabriele Tranchina And Musicians!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Whitestone Branch, 151-10 14 Road, Whitestone
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy favorite holiday tunes such as “The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things."
WANT TO GO? 718-767-8010. queenslibrary.org/branch/Whitestone.

FREE Jammin' In My Jammies Breakfast With Santa
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 8-10am
WHERE: Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst
AGES: All
WHAT: Get out your best pajamas and rock out with Santa and DJ Omar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast from Applebee's, music, dance, prizes, crafts, special surprises, and a contest.
WANT TO GO? https://shopqueenscenter.com.

FREE Mommy and Me Double Dutch
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Sorrentino Recreation Center, 1848 Carnaga Ave., Far Rockaway
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: A family-friendly double dutch competition to showcase your skills. Participants can register as a two or three person team.
WANT TO GO? https://nycgovparks.org/facilities/recreationcenters/Q446.

FREE Hands on History: Make Your Own Scented Pomander!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4pm
WHERE: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Make pomanders, a spiced, scented ornament that decorated 18th and 19th century homes and filled the house with a lovely aroma.
WANT TO GO? 718-206-0545 . kingmanor.org/events.

Wreathmaking Family Workshop
WHEN: Dec. 7-8, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Make a gorgeous evergreen wreath at this popular workshop. Materials and instruction provided; you only need to bring garden shears. There will be festive tunes, cider, and cookies on hand to keep the mood merry and bright.
WANT TO GO? $25. 718-347-3276. queensfarm.org.

Holiday Family Craft Night
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: My Gym Fresh Meadows, 176-60 Union Turnpike, 3rd Floor, Fresh Meadows
AGES: Newborn to 5
WHAT: Families will have a blast creating Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa decorations to take home. While their crafts are drying, there will be holiday-themed games and activities.
WANT TO GO? $15. https://mygym.com/queens/.

Mozart for Munchkins
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4-5pm
WHERE: Book Culture LIC, 26-09 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Children of all ages are welcome to roll, crawl, squeal, and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers can sit back and unwind.
WANT TO GO? $35; free for children younger than 12. 718-440-3120. https://bookculture.com/.

FREE Christmas in the Garden
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 12-5pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live musical performances, photos with Santa and face painting (fee required), a tree lighting, and holiday crafts. Register online.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great way to kick off the holiday season with a full afternoon of festive fun!
WANT TO GO? 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

2019 Holly Tour: Annual Holiday Historic House Tour
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-5pm
WHERE: Queens Historical Society, 14335 37th Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the holiday season with a walking tour of six historic sites in Queens and learn about their unique histories!
WANT TO GO? $20; free for children younger than 13 (limit two children per family). 718-939-0647. https://queenshistoricalsociety.org.

FREE 7th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4pm
WHERE: Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19 Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a day filled with holiday fun and a special tree lighting ceremony!
WANT TO GO? 212-639-9675. http://nycgovparks.org/parks/astoria-park.

FREE Holiday Market
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 8, 1-5pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Artists and Craftspeople from the Queens area will be selling their wares, including jewelry, paintings, hand-crafted ceramics, paper goods, greeting cards, clothing, and more.
WANT TO GO? 718-463-7700. http://flushingtownhall.org/event/fd4aa0d5d93ca7503b2b94f56cd660ee.

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.

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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