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 Fabulous Fridays
WHEN: July 5- Aug. 16, Fridays, 4:00-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Whitestone Branch, 151-10 14 Rd., Whitestone
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Read a story and do a related coloring or craft.
WANT TO GO? 718-767-8010. queenslibrary.org/branch/Whitestone.

FREE Family Film Friday
WHEN: July 5- Aug. 16, Fridays, 3:00-4:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: End a week of summer fun with a family-friendly movie!
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. queenslibrary.org/branch/Broadway.

FREE 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Blastoff! Toddler Dance Party!
WHEN: July 12- Aug. 16, Fridays, 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: Queens Library: Elmhurst, 86-07 Broadway, Elmhurst
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Sing, dance, and receive a take-home craft.
WANT TO GO? 718-271-1020. queenslibrary.org/elmhurst.

FREE Hip to Hip Theatre - Shakespeare in the Garden
WHEN: Aug. 9-16, Fridays, 7:30pm (kids workshop at 7:00pm)
WHERE: The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: The garden is the perfect setting for Hip to Hip Theatre's richly costumed, family-friendly & free productions. Hip to Hip Theatre brings their two new productions to the Voelker Orth garden on two Friday evenings, including a free interactive workshop offered 30 minutes before each performance designed for children ages 4 to 12.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-6227. vomuseum.org.

FREE Sunnyside Outdoor Movie Nights: Coco
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 16, 8:00-10:00pm
WHERE: Noonan Playground, 47 Ave., Greenpoint Ave. bet. 42 St. and 43 St., Sunnyside
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch Coco under the stars. The movie follows a young musician Miguel as he ventures into the Land of the Dead to learn about his ancestors and heritage.
WANT TO GO? https://nycgovparks.org/parks/l-cpl-thomas-p-noonan-jr-playground.

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 Summer Streets
WHEN: Aug. 3-17, Saturdays, 7am-1pm
WHERE: Between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting Streets (as far as East 72nd Street), Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, Manhattan
AGES: All
WHAT: Summer Streets attracts 300,000 people over three Saturdays in August. Park Avenue and Lafayette Street are closed to vehicles for seven miles, creating car-free space from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can roam free, run around, and practice biking and skating in the streets.
WANT TO GO? nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml.

FREE Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Underwater Urbanites
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 17, 12-3pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 35-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about the diversity of species in NYC’s waterways by creating a biodegradable underwater creature sculpture that will also be embedded with native or edible plant seeds.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819. socratessculpturepark.org.

FREE Rockaway Caribbean Carnival
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 17, 11am-8pm
WHERE: Bayswater Park, Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive, Queens
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate various cultures, arts, and traditions of the Caribbean with music and dancing.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

FREE Science in the Woods with the New York Hall of Science
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 17, 1:00pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard, Oakland Gardens
AGES: All
WHAT: Join the New York Hall of Science for fun, free, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park. There will be four stations of engineering-themed activities.
WANT TO GO? https://nycgovparks.org/parks/Q001.

I Want to Be a Vet
WHEN: Aug. 3-18, Saturday 8/3 and Sunday 8/18, 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. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $26. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

I Want to Be a Vet
WHEN: Aug. 3-18, Saturday 8/3 and Sunday 8/18, 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. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $26. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.

FREE Arts, Culture & Fun: City Stompers
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 18, 5-6:30pm
WHERE: Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Beach 17th Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: Get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music. Swing your corner and do-si-do, join hands for a Virginia Reel, and step right up and holler "yeehoo!"
WANT TO GO? 718-318-4000. nycgovparks.gov.

Music in the Garden: People of Earth
WHEN: Sunday, August 18, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing
AGES: All ages
WHAT: People of Earth is a 15-member global music orchestra set on blurring the barriers between the great art forms of the terrestrial sphere, and creating an explosive blend of the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond.
WANT TO GO: 718-886-3800. queensbotanical.org.

FREE Playdate: A Sky Full of Stories
WHEN: July 6- Aug. 24, Saturdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156 Ave., Howard Beach
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Stars and the night sky are the focus as your little ones explore through songs and stories.
WANT TO GO? 718-641-7086. queenslibrary.org/branch/Howard-Beach.

FREE Disney Karaoke for Kids 
WHEN: July 6- Aug. 24, Saturdays, 3:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library: Briarwood Branch, 85-12 Main St., Briarwood 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Have fun and sing Disney songs! 
WANT TO GO? 718-658-1680. queenslibrary.org/branch/Briarwood. 

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.

FREE Uno Tournament
WHEN: July 5- Aug. 30, Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library- McGoldrick branch, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: Join us for an Uno tournament and make new friends.
WANT TO GO? 718-461-1616. queenslibrary.org/branch/McGoldrick.

FREE Summer Reading: Super Space Storytime!
WHEN: July 5- Aug. 30, Fridays, 11:30-12:00pm
WHERE: Queens Library - Peninsula , 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
AGES: All
WHAT: Join for a space-themed storytime! All ages are welcome. Space is limited.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110.

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.

FREE Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers
WHEN: July 3- Aug. 31, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11:00-11:30am
WHERE: Queens Library - East Flushing Branch, 196-36 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Children ages 2-5 will read picture books, sing songs, do finger plays, and enjoy coloring as well.
WANT TO GO? 718-357-6643. queenslibrary.org/branch/East-Flushing.

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.

FREE The Magic of Rogue
WHEN:
Aug. 17- Sept. 14, 8/17 and 9/14, 2-3pm and 4-5pm
WHERE: Forest Park Carousel Amusement Village, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive
AGES: All ages
WHAT: As seen on America’s Got Talent, Rogue brings a combination of magic and comedy. With tons of audience interaction, this show is a mixture of music, flowers, fire, and animals. Everyone will be amazed!
WANT TO GO?

'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.

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.

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