Queens Borough Essentials for Parents

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Whether you have just moved to Queens or have lived here for years and just had a baby, you will need some essential information to get started with being a mama in this borough. Queens in an amazing place to raise your kids and it is important that you start out this parenting experience here with as much information as possible.  Here are the Queens Mama essentials for living in Queens.

Things to Do

Things to do with your kids can be the focus of every parents time. Queens has many great ways to spend time locally with your kids. Here are a few of our favorites.

Best Playgrounds in Queens

Indoor Play Spaces in Queens

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

New York Hall of Science

Ice Skating in Queens

Swimming Pools in Queens

Activities and Classes

Free Kids Classes in Queens

Classes and Afterschool Activities in Queens

Queens Mommy and Me Class Guide

Queens Schools

Preschools in Queens

Charter Schools in Queens

Great Schools.com

Find your local School District in NYC

Where to be Social

Meeting other moms in Queens can sometimes be a difficult undertaking. With the geographic makeup of this borough being wide spread and the many languages that are spoken can sometimes be a barrier when trying to be a social Queens Mama. Here are a few places that you can meet moms in Queens easily with or without your kids:

Queens Mamas Meetup Group

Little In the City Meetup Group

Moms of North East Queens

Working Moms of Queens and Long Island

Mocha Moms in Queens

Queensmomies Yahoo Group

Astoria Moms Yahoo Group

Hawthorn Park Parents

For more places to meet moms see our post on where to meet cool moms online.

Libraries in Queens

The Queens Library has free classes for kids, clubs, and events all throughout the year. You can visit the Queens Library’s website in order to find your local branch or our list of Queens Libraries here.

Getting Around Queens

Public Transportation Essentials in Queens

Queens Bus Map

Best City Strollers for Two

Best City Strollers

Childcare in Queens

There are many local daycare centers in Queens where you can go. If you are looking for more one on one care, then be sure to ask your local moms online group for their suggestions.  There are also some great sitting services in NYC that can travel out to Queens for a special date night or even something more permanent.

Creative Sitters

Pinch Sitters

Pediatricians and Family Physicians

How to find a Pediatrician in Queens

Family Physicians in Queens

Where to Live in Queens

Planning on moving to Queens? Here are some kids friendly neighborhoods to choose from.

Forest Hills


Long Island City

Jackson Heights



Middle Village

Eat with Kids in Queens

Kid friendly restaurants in Queens are plentiful. Even the nicest restaurants in Queens have a childrens menus and welcome little ones running freely around their establishment. Here are some kid friendly restaurants in Queens which are not your usual chain restaurants.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House

82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens, 718-849-3939

Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Ristorante

39-17 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-229-7433

De Mole

45-02 48th Ave., Woodside, 718-392-2161

El Coyote Restaurant

80-18 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights, 718-651-4874

Ice Fire Land

135-11 40th Road,Flushing, 718-886-8600

Uvarara Vineria & Ristoro

79-28 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, 718-894-0052

Erawan Thai Cuisine

42-31 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-428-2112

The Family Restaurant

110-80 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, 718-520-1123

Zuzies @ Mix Cafe & Lounge (no highchairs)  Astoria

40-17 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-555-5555

Other helpful food related information:

Natural Food Markets in Queens

Meat Markets in Queens

Farmers Markets in Queens