7 Things to Do with Teens & Tweens in Queens

It may seem easier to solve a Rubix cube than it is to find things preteens and teenagers are interested in doing. Here are some ideas for you to try.

NYC Parks Department Teen Programs

The NYC Parks Department Teen Programs are designed to stimulate their creativity and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. Some of the activities offered include sports, fitness, dance, and swimming classes, as well as homework help, cooking workshops, and art classes. Currently, the programs are run at six recreational centers, three of which are in Queens. For more information, contact the rec center nearest you.

Al Oerter Recreation Center

131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing (in Flushing Meadows Park) 718-353-7853

Sorrentino Recreation Center

18-48 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway 718-471-4818

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park 718-263-1163

Mini Golf

Tap into their competitive spirit by challenging them to a round or two of mini golf. The Flushing Meadows Golf Center, located right next to the USTA Tennis Center, is a great place to visit for such a friendly match. It offers 18 holes of mini golf fun, and is fully lit at night if you’d like to make it an evening event. Parking is free. Admission is $6.50 for adults, and kids are $5. Visit www.golfnyc.com for more information, like directions and hours of operation.

Horseback Riding

Going for a ride on horseback in Queens is easier than you may think. Forest Park has over seven miles of bridle paths, and a local stable offers trail rides, as well as lessons. For more information on horse rentals or lessons, call Lynn’s Riding School 718-261-7679.


What teen doesn’t like their fair share of shopping? We recommend Austin Street in Forest Hills and the Queens Center Mall for some generic retail therapy.

Flushing Town Hall

FTH frequently has workshops and performances for kids ages 8 and up. They are fun and creative and not too mature. We love their puppetry workshops where even your tweens will have a little fun.

Queens Library Programs for Teens

Check with your local Queens Library for listings on Teen and Tween hang outs, game tournaments, and more.

Noguchi Museum Teen Program – Teen Advisory Board

The Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board plans programs for other teens and advises Noguchi Museum staff on teen-related matters.  Check out the Noguchi’s Teen programing here.

Preteen and teenage years can be a frustrating time for both parents and kids. Family time is just as important now during their development as it was when they were babies. Queens Mamas wants to make it a little bit easier by giving you ideas and suggestions on places to go and things to do. Be sure to check back here for more information and upcoming events for the tween and teen scene.

Jesseca Stenson