Ok, I confess! Forest Hills is my favorite neighborhood in Queens. Forest Hills is located in
eastern Queens at the end of the E/F train lines at 71st and Continental Ave. There are so many things to do in this neighborhood that it is hard to keep up, it is quickly becoming one of Queens’ most sought after neighborhoods to live in. The most popular part of Forest Hills is right off of the subway stop on Austin St. The train drops you right in the middle of Austin where you can either walk east or west to find interesting things to do or see. For locals who live here, Austin is sometimes a place to avoid because it is so packed. Here are our picks for kid friendly things to enjoy in FoHi.
Kid Friendly Food
Let me start by saying that here at Queens Mamas we do not believe that you must eat fast food or
at chain restaurants to dine with your children. We realize that there are many of these restaurants in Fohi but you will not see them listed here.
Cash only brick oven pizza to die for. There is plenty of natural light and booth seating at Nick’s. They even serve some good wine for parents. Wink wink. 108-26 Ascan Ave. near Burns St. Forest Hills NY
Eddies Ice Cream
Travel back in time while visiting Eddies sweet shop where you can treat the kiddies to home made ice cream made the old fashioned way.
105-29 Metropolitan Ave Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 520-8514
Krause’s Candy Kitchen
The home made on Metropolitan Ave doesn’t stop with Eddies. Krause’s makes all of their own chocolate in all types of fun shapes and sizes.
103-02 Metropolitan Ave Queens, NY 11375 (718) 544-1850
Kid Friendly Classes
The Y in Forest Hills has several sports teams, a daycare program, after school, and a summer camp. Check out their site for more info.
67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 – 718 268-5011
I am dying to send my daughter to YCA. This place looks like so much fun. They hold kids cooking classes for kids of all ages.
108-10 72nd Avenue , 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Your first class is free when you visit All Star Studios. This hip dance studio gives kids a good social environment to learn something new.
108-12 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 – 718-268-2280
This is a favorite among local moms who need a place to let their little ones lose. The big clean facility right off of Austin St. has classes for kids up to age 5.
108-14 72nd Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375 – 866-477-3700
BM has prenatal Yoga, mommy and me classes as well as kids classes. They are right on Queens Blvd by the subway stop which makes them super convenient as well.
107-40 Queens Blvd, Suite 206 , Forest Hills, NY 11375 – 718-263-0788
Tree of Life Yoga
They have yoga classes for kids and tweens on Metropolitan Ave.
102-06 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375- (718) 544-5997
The Forest Hills Library is a very small local library with a cute children’s section on the second floor. They have plenty of
computers and the place never seems crowded.
108-19 71 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375- (718) 268-7934
This adorable baby boutique is perfect for layette shopping, gift ideas and general baby cuteness. I bought a Zutano sun hat here last summer and we still love it and use it.
72-18 Austin St.,, Forest Hills, NY – (718) 896-2279
If there ever were a children’s shoe mecca than this would be it. The tiny store is floor to ceiling shoes. The owner is super
knowledge about sizing and fit.
107-21 71st Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375- 718-261-3222
If you are looking for outrageous and georgous designer clothing for your tots then you are in the right hood. Piccolo Mondo carries Dolce and Gabanna baby, 7 jeans, and tons more designer duds.
71-21 Austin St., Forest Hills Queens 11375 – 718-261-677
The Community House
The Church in the Gardens Community House in Forest Hills Gardens is a nonprofit, nonsectarian recreational facility for residents of Forest Hills and surrounding neighborhoods. The Community House has affordable open swim hours, an afterschool program, and a summer camp.
15 Borage Place Forest Hills NY – 718-268-7710
Diaper Changing Stations
This is some real insider information coming from Victoria, our Forest Hills contributor.
Free and Easy
Barnes & Noble 70-00 Austin Street 2nd Floor
The Children’s Place 70-34 Austin Street Street Level – You’ll need to ask a salesperson to unlock the bathroom.
Austin St./Ehrenreich Park Austin Street between 76th Ave. and 76th Dr.
Some restaurants also have changing stations. To gain access, you need to have a bite to eat, or beg a charitable employee to let you use the restroom.
Garcia’s 70-09 Austin Street 2nd Floor
TGI Friday’s 70-00 Austin Street
Pizzeria Uno’s 107-16 70th Road