A Guide to Middle Village Queens

Middle Village Queens is a quaint family oriented section of Queens, located between Elmhurst and Maspeth, and just a stone’s throw from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As the home to many families, naturally, there are a lot of places to go and things to do that are family friendly.

The crown jewel of Middle Village would definitely be Juniper Valley Park, located between 80th Street, Juniper Boulevard North & South, and Lutheran Avenue. This green retreat is just over 55 acres large, and boasts two playgrounds, one of which underwent a massive $800,000 renovation this spring. In addition, it has baseball, football, and soccer fields to offer families the opportunity to play on their own or to join a local team. There are also tennis courts, dog runs, and basketball courts. With the weather turning colder, though, and without any snow on the ground to take the kids tubing or sledding down one of the many hills in the park, you may be interested to find out where to take your family for some indoor fun.

If you have young children, you can schedule some Mommy/Daddy and Me classes at Architots on Dry Harbor Road. For a real treat, head over to Kids Fun House, located at 62-73 Fresh Pond Road. As the name suggests, it’s a great place where kids get to play in the indoor playground and three levels of mazes and tunnels. Admission for open play on Tuesdays through Fridays is $7 per child and $10 per child on the weekends.

All that playing will probably work up quite an appetite for the whole family. The Shops at Atlas Park have a few family friendly options available for you. Located on 80th Street and Cooper Avenue, you can pick from Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, and Manor Oktoberfest, which has an additional location on Yellowstone Boulevard, a few blocks off of Woodhaven Boulevard. This particular location is more of a sit down restaurant, but is still relaxed and welcoming. As an added bonus, two kids under 12 eat free there on Tuesdays with the purchase of one adult entrée at Manor. If you go, be sure to try their pierogies, they’re delicious.

Middle Village has so much to offer a family because it is made up of families. You’ll find yourself bringing everyone back over and over again just to discover something new.

For more information on Kids Fun House, including their hours, visit their website www.kidsfunhouse.com. Also, to find out more about Atlas Park, including a list of stores, visit www.theshopsatatlaspark.com.

Jesseca Stenson