Family Friendly Cinco de Mayo in Queens

Are you looking for ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your family that doesn’t involve tequila shots and margaritas? Here are some family friendly ways to celebrate the day in Mexican history where Mexican troops defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo Street Fair
The 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo street fair will take place on Friday, May 6th at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Enjoy snacks and goodies from 11:00am – 4:00pm. The Elmhurst Hospital Center is located at 41st Avenue and 81st Street.

Cinco de Mayo at the Queens Library
Bring the kids to the East Flushing Library branch on Wednesday, May 4th at 4:00pm for a Cinco de Mayo arts and crafts project. Kids ages 3 and up will be able to make their own paper maracas. Pre-registration is required. Contact the library at 718-357-6643. The library is located at 190-36 Northern Blvd.

If you’re looking to have some good Mexican food with a family friendly atmosphere, here are a few places to try.

De Mole
The self-proclaimed “ultimate Mexican restaurant” lives up to that title year round, but what better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with some authentic Mexican food? As a bonus, they have a separate Family Style menu.

45-02 48th Avenue, Woodside 718-392-2161

El Coyote Restaurant
This restaurant in Jackson Heights boasts a kids menu, something hard to find in most Mexican restaurants. They also have weekly specials, and in honor of Cinco de Mayo, they will have a Mariachi band playing from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

80-18 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights 718- 651-4874

El Patron
Chances are, most Mexican restaurants will be slightly more crowded on Cinco de Mayo, but this restaurant solves that problem by taking reservations. They also have a decent vegetarian menu.

194-01 Northern Blvd., Flushing 718-819-2121

Jesseca Stenson