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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 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 4:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Langston Hughes Library-Community Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a reading of a book about Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and use your creative skills to create a banner or sign.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-3500. http://littleflowerny.org/event/foster-parent-information-event/?instance_id=2936.


FREE Chinese New Year Arts & Crafts
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 3:30-4:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Make a beautiful craft relating to Chinese New Year.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. queenslibrary.org/branch/auburndale/.

Meet Your Compost Microbes
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 11:00am-12:30pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Learn how to create samples and identify active biology living in your compost or soil by using morphology as a guide. Learn how to use a compound trinocular microscope. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $6. 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

APEC Adventure Time – Furry Friends
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 11:00am-12:15pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: 0-2
WHAT: Touch and feel soft, furry friends including the rabbit and guinea pig. Toddlers and parents/caregivers enjoy some special time together as they socialize with other youngsters and learn about nature.
WANT TO GO? $20. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Lunar New Year Performance
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: A memorable performance by the singing group and silver dancing group of the Austin Senior Center with special guest/host Ying Tang and Weng Jue Shen.
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.


Lunar New Year Tradition: Puppet Making & Dragon Walk
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2:00pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Make your own “tricky rat” puppets. Then go on a Dragon Walk with exciting PiP puppeteer and storyteller Luciano Cohen. Bring your rat puppets back to our parade on February 1.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 students and children; free for teens. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.

FREE His Dream: A Look at the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 11:00am and 1:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - St. Albans Branch , 191-05 Linden Boulevard, St. Albans
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two film screenings, "King of the Wilderness" and "Selma."
WANT TO GO? 718-528-8196 . http://queenslibrary.org/branch/st.albans?filters=ev_loc:95200000.


FREE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Featuring Freedom Fighters
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 18, 1:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
AGES: All
WHAT: In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Children's Library Discovery Center presents "Freedom Fighters."
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0778. queenslibrary.org/branch/Central-Library.

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.

FREE Fun Fridays
WHEN: Jan. 3-24, Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm (no session 1/17)
WHERE: Queens Library - Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to join us for fun activities including Bingo and crafts.
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. queenslibrary.org/branch/Broadway.

FREE Cinema Saturdays
WHEN: Jan. 4-25, Saturdays, 2:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: All
WHAT: Be entertained by the magic of the movies including “Abominable,” "The Angry Birds Movie 2," "Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” and "Peter Pan."
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

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 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.

'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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