Among the usual fun animal sightings the Queens Zoo has a Discovery Center for little ones families can take a break in this library full of animal-themed storybooks and games, a microscope and fossils, and a crafts station, this activity center is a great place for relaxation and exploration. Budding explorers and scientists can hone their science skills with the same tools that the experts use. Zoo educators are on hand to help with fun projects like pinecone art and habitat dioramas.
Where: 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Our family loves mini golf. There is something about putting around a miniature course that makes the kids beg to do it again and again. Flushing Park has a great course right next to the Tennis Arena which is affordable and outdoor family fun.
Where: 100 Flushing Meadows Corona Park Road
See a Mets Game or Tour Citi Field
Its that time again. Baseball season is ramping up and there are several home games to attend. Check out the team’s website for ticketing info. Or take one of their guided tours where you can see the Clubhouse, Field and Dugout, and more.
Where: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing
Ride Horses in Forest Park
Forest Park’s four-mile equestrian path meanders through 165 acres of oak forest. Recently renovated, the path offers a quiet refuge for families and kids. There are many benefits to enjoying the outdoors with your kids, a horseback ride is great exercise as well as fresh air. To Reserve a Horse: Horses can be rented from the Forest Equine Center, located in Lynn’s Riding School. For more info, call (718) 263-3500
Where: 88-03 70th Road, Forest Hills
Outdoor jet pools flanked by color changing Roman columns, hot tubs, waterfalls, and sauna huts of various themes and temperatures are only a few of the things that can be enjoyed at Spa Castle in College Point. It has been called the Disney of Bathhouses by reviewers across the web. Spa Castle is a 100,000 square foot spa that caters to families and children and is a perfect local Mothers Day destination for mom.
Where: 131-10 11th Ave College Point, NY 11356 (718) 939-6300
Visit the Queens Botanical Garden
Daffodils , Saucer Magnolia , Star Magnolia, Spanish Bluebells , Flowering Cherry ,Yellowwood , and Chinese Quince are only a few off the plants you will find in bloom at the QBC.
Where: 43-50 Main Street Flushing
Alley Pond Park is a great place to hike, bike, run, bird watch, BBQ, or just to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The Adventure Course has free programs are available for those who are 8 and up, and registration is on a first–come, first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., May through November (weather permitting).
Where: 22806 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, (718) 229-4000
Watch airplanes take off and land at these choice locations in Queens.
Picnic in Cunningham Park
Culture, sports, nature, and fun can be had in Cunningham Park, one of the largest parks in Queens. This space has developed into headquarters for countless athletic leagues, animals, playmates, and barbecue enthusiasts. Bring a blanket and some magazines, and find a spot to hang with the family on a nice spring day.
Where: 196 Union Turnpike
Queens is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the entire country. Why not take advantage of this fact by touring some neighborhoods that boast thriving populations with culture, food and fun to explore!
The only museum like it in the entire country, the exhibits at this museum take visitors on a trip through history in interactive and incredibly engaging ways. Whether your family is glued to the tube or if you don’t own a TV, this is an exciting way to spend an afternoon with your tweens and teens.
Where: 35th Avenue and 37thStreet in Astoria
Visit the Hall of Science
With their new Animation exhibit adding to an already fun filled lineup of attractions, a trip to the NY Hall of Science is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, no matter what age your kids are.
Where: 47-01 111th Street, Corona
Walk Through Socrates Sculpture Park
This fun and innovative park in Long Island City is the perfect place to stimulate and encourage creative minds, young and old alike. The best part: the park is free all of the time. That includes most of the special events held there too. You can even bring some markers or crayons and some paper with you in case your kids feel inspired to create their own masterpieces.
Where: 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
With the warmer weather comes the familiar sound of “please please please can we get ice cream,” or at least that’s how it works in our house. If you’ve experienced the same, check out some of the great places in Queens where you can get high quality and highly delicious ice cream.
You can always head over to the NY Hall of Science on May 5th and check out the 2nd annual Mamas Expo! With tons of workshops, demonstrations, shopping, and more, you’ll definitely be glad you went. Let’s not forget the fabulous gift bags and admission to the Expo is free with paid museum admission.
Where: 47-01 111th Street, Corona
Fly a Kite
Honestly – when was the last time you flew a kite? If you can’t remember, it’s time to get a kite and teach your kids the fine art, and sheer satisfaction, of kite flying.
See a show at the Queens Theatre
Who says you need to trek into Times Square to catch a performance? The Queens Theatre has a lot of family friendly shows you can see, and for a fraction of the cost of a Broadway play.
Where: 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Take Your Own Bike Tour of Queens
What’s better than exploring the borough and getting in some exercise at the same time? Plus, you’ll be having fun with your kids too. Get a map of Queens and plan out a bicycle route for you and the family.
Often, families that volunteer together continue to do so for years, and it becomes a tradition that their children pass on to others. Finding the right kind of volunteer opportunity for your teenager can be difficult, as many organizations restrict the ages of their volunteers, and squeezing volunteer hours into a teenager’s busy schedule is easier said than done. Check out these organizations to find one that will fit your schedule.
Take a Day Trip
Ok, so this one isn’t in Queens. But these day trips will let you explore other places and still be back home in time for bedtime stories.