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 Babies and Books
WHEN: April 12- June 28, Fridays, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Library- Seaside Branch, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Enjoy board books, nurture preliteracy skills, and meet up with other caregivers!
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1876. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Toddler Time
WHEN: May 3- June 28, Fridays, 10:15-11am
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Join for stories, songs, and finger plays, followed by coloring.
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010.

FREE Storytime
WHEN: May 3- June 28, Fridays, 10:30-11:15am
WHERE: Queens Library - Rochdale Village Branch, 169-09 137 Ave., Jamaica
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Join for stories, songs, crafts, and lots of fun.
WANT TO GO? 718-723-4440. queenslibrary.org/branch/Rochdale-Village.

FREE Kids’ Film
WHEN: Through June 28: Fridays, 4-5:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library, South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis
AGES: All
WHAT: We will show a children's film or family film, a genre that contains children or relates to them in the context of home and family.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-6779. queenslibrary.org/branch/South-Hollis.

FREE Wii Games
WHEN: Through June 28: Fridays, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library, Poppenhusen Branch, 121-23 14 Ave., College Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Come race your wheels off, battle your heart out, and dance your socks off with Wii games at the library every Monday! We have sports games, dancing games, racing games, and more! No registration or experience necessary. A parent or guardian must accompany children under age 8.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-1102. queenslibrary.org/branch/Poppenhusen.

FREE Broadway in the Boros
WHEN: Friday, June 28, 12:00-1:00pm
WHERE: Broadway in the Boros, Intersection of 77th Street & 37th Road, Jackson Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: This free event features performances from Broadway cast members and musicians from 2019 Tony-nominated Be More Chill and The Prom.
WANT TO GO? https://.nyc.gov/site/mome/industries/broadway-in-the-boros.page.

Mornings @ MoMI
WHEN: Through June 29: first and last Saturday of the month, 9:30am
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.,  Astoria
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us on the first and last Saturdays of each month for exclusive Museum access for families (before doors open to the general public). Visitors of all ages can explore the exhibitions and participate in art making projects, facilitated by Museum educators with a different theme each month.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 3.

FREE Coloring Time
WHEN: Through June 29: Saturdays, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch, 121-23 14 Ave., College Point 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Relax and make new friends while having fun with family coloring time. 
WANT TO GO? 718-359-1102. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Ping Pong Club
WHEN: Through June 29: Saturdays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library - South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis
AGES: All
WHAT: Challenge friends to ping pong every Saturday afternoon.
WANT TO GO? 718-465-6779. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Family Movie
WHEN: Through June 29: Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Woodside Branch, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside
AGES: All
WHAT: Head to the library for a family-friendly movie.
WANT TO GO? 718-429-4700. queenslibrary.org.

FREE The Hour of Misfit Crafts
WHEN: May 4- June 29, select Saturdays, 2-3pm
WHERE: Queens Library- Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make a craft from the fourth dimension and beyond.
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010.

FREE Cinema Saturdays
WHEN: June 1-29, Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Sit back and enjoy a great feature film.
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Learn to Ride
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 11am-12:30pm; 12:45-2pm
WHERE: Annadale Playground, Yellowstone Boulevard between 64 Road and 65 Avenue, Rego Park
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Bring a bike and a helmet and show your kids how to ride.
WANT TO GO? 718-393-7370. nycgovparks.org/parks/annadale-playground/.

Museum Exhibition: Flowering Trees in Victorian Richmond Hill
WHEN: April 6- June 30, Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Voelker Orth Museum , 149-19 38th Ave , Flushing
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: View Irene Buszko's paintings of her Queens neighborhood.
WANT TO GO? $2 Suggested Admission. 7183596227. https://facebook.com/events/352193048720413/.

'Flight of the Butterflies 3D'
WHEN: Through June 30: daily, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children, students, and seniors; plus museum admission: $22; $18 seniors, students, and children ages 2-17. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

'Planet Power 3-D' 
WHEN: Nov. 12 - June 30, daily, 1-3pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Planet Power 3D explores the history of electricity – from the first spark created by man’s hand to today’s industrial power plants.  
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children, students, and seniors (with NYSCI admission); $4 members. 718-699-0005. nysci.org. 

Activity Table
WHEN: May 11- June 30, Weekends, 2-4pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy botanically themed arts and crafts activities.
WANT TO GO? $6; $2 children ages 4-12; free for children younger than 4. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

FREE Traditions Festival 2019
WHEN: June 28-30, 12-4pm
WHERE: King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: It's a weekend full of food, music, art, and crafts from the 18th century to modern times!
WHY WE LOVE IT: Activities will include early American costumed interpreters, with broom-making, blacksmithing, spinning and carding, loom weaving, and down hearth cooking.
WANT TO GO? 718-206-0545.
https://eventbrite.com/e/traditions-festival-at-king-manor-tickets-60891237330.

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
WHEN: June 29-30, 10am-10pm
WHERE: Marconi Playground, 157 St., 155 St. between 108 Ave. and 109 Ave., Jamaica
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Form a team of five and play in our annual double elimination bracket competition as we raise money for the Jamaica Y's Annual Campaign.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org/parks/marconi-park.

FREE Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 1-4pm
WHERE: Electric Playground, 164 Street between 65 Avenue and 67 Avenue, Fresh Meadows
AGES: All
WHAT: Join Council Member Rory Lancman for a fun afternoon.
WANT TO GO? 718-393-7370. nycgovparks.org/parks.

FREE Queens Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: Sunday, June 30, 3pm
WHERE: George Seuffert Bandshell, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: The Queens Symphony Orchestra salutes America.
WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100. nyc.gov/parks.

FREE Summer Sand Art Series
WHEN: June 30- July 12, Fridays, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica
AGES: 4-12
WHAT: Each week children ages 4-12 will make a different sand art creation. There is no registration required; however, space and materials are limited.
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0778. queenslibrary.org/branch/Central-Library.

FREE Baby and Me
WHEN: June 7- July 26, Fridays, 11-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Library - Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Enjoy bounces, nursery rhymes, and stories.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110.

FREE Lowery Plaza Pop-Up Market
WHEN: June 29- July 28, select weekends, 12-6pm
WHERE: Lowery Plaza, 40th Street & Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside
AGES: All
WHAT: The market will feature local vendors with jewelry, art, collectibles, clothing, and food!
WANT TO GO? 718-606-1800. sunnysideshines.org.

FREE Queens Night Market
WHEN: May 11- Aug. 17, Saturdays, 5:00pm-12:00am
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th Street, Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.
WANT TO GO? 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

FREE Storytime and Me
WHEN: May 3- Aug. 30, Fridays, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Library - Douglaston-Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Enjoy a story time and activity time together.
WANT TO GO? 718-225-8414. queenslibrary.org/branch/Douglaston/Little-Neck.

Film Fridays
WHEN: June 28- August 30, Fridays, 2-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Each week features a kid-friendly film for ages 5 to 12.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org/flushing.

Shabbos Playdate
WHEN: June 29- August 31, Last Saturday of the month, 4:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108 St., Forest Hills
AGES: 5 and younger
WHAT: Play at the QJC playground!
WANT TO GO? 718-459-8432. myqjc.org.

Moving Image Studio
WHEN: April 6- Sept. 1, Weekends, 11am-4pm (no session April 7)
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image , 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Experiment with puppet making and animation inspired by The Jim Henson Exhibition.
WANT TO GO? $15; $11 seniors; $9 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 718-429-2579. movingimage.us.

'Backyard Wilderness' 3-D
WHEN: Through Sept. 30: daily, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. 
WANT TO GO? $6; $5 children, students, and seniors (with NYSCI admission); $4 members. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

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 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.

'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.

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, 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.

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