QUEEN FAMILY FAVES

Queens is home to fascinating museums and unique outdoor spaces including the attraction-packed Flushing Meadows Corona Park. See a map view for planning.

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EVENTS

Winter Wonder at the Garden

Celebrate the best of December with free live musical performances, a tree lighting, menorah display, holiday crafts, ice sculpting, a tree tour and selfies with Santa (donations welcome). Shop sales Queens Botanical Garden Shop and support local businesses at the outdoor Holiday Market. Enjoy a selection of beverages at the Holiday Bar for purchase. Dress…

A Very Electric Christmas

Queens Theatre audience favorite Lightwire Theater returns for one performance of their holiday show.

Follow the story of a young bird, named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins. Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms…

Museum of the Moving Image Free Hours

Enjoy free admission to the fun museum with film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.

* The hands-on core exhibition Behind the Screen features over 1,400 artifacts including early cameras, a real Chewbacca mask from the…

New York Hall of Science Free Hours

This center for interactive science featuring tons of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building offers free admission on Friday afternoons. Reserve online on Friday morning.

See our guide to New York Hall of Science.

Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents Christmas traditions from both sides of the Rio Grande in a dance musical about a young person caught between two worlds—their family’s past in Mexico and their present life in New York City. Through a dream, this youngster attempts to bring the two cultures together where Aztec-inspired dance is performed…

The Muppet Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Screening

In this beloved staple of many a childhood, the Charles Dickens classic is recast with the classic Muppet characters, including Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Kermit at Bob Cratchit, and Fozzie Bear as Fozziwig. This faithful adaptation is as full of…

Hands on History: Elections Then and Now

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King – Founding Father and early voice in the anti-slavery movement- hosts free family programs the first & third Saturday each month with seasonal themes.

Not only was Rufus King a U.S. senator and ambassador to Great Britain, but he also ran for president in 1816 against James Monroe.  Learn…

The Governor’s Victorian Holiday Ball

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King – invites all to a Inaugural Governor’s Victorian Holiday Ball.

Join us in celebrating the holiday season with an evening of historic cocktail making, Victorian dancing, collages, salt dough ornament crafts, generous hors d’oeuvres, period music, raffles, and much more. Formal dress code is suggested and Victorian Period…

Rise of the Guardians

See an epic adventure about a group of heroeseach with extraordinary abilities and distinct mythologies on a big screen in a gorgeous, raked seat theater. 

LIC/ASTORIA

Welling Court Mural Project

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

Find more public art at nearby waterfront Socrates Sculpture Park.

Gantry Plaza State Park/Hunter’s Point Park South

Visit two Long Island City playgrounds within walking distance of each other set in a large riverside oasis with spectacular Manhattan views.

Lots of places to climb and spin (and splash in the summer) at the playground at Gantry Plaza State Park with a cushioned rainbow floor and groovy design. Stroll along the park’s four…

Socrates Sculpture Park

Explore timely art exhibits in a waterfront park with stunning Manhattan views.

In Maren Hassinger Steel Bodies, steel silhouettes take forms of various iconic vessels drawing types from the ancient Western world, non-Western cultures, and various Craft traditions. Amplified to larger than human height, the public is invited to walk around and among them, experiencing…

Noguchi Museum

See the work of internationally-renowned American artist Isamu Noguchi in a lovely space he designed. The serene museum, built around a 1920s industrial building, features indoor-outdoor galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden.

See our complete guide to the Noguchi Museum

Wednesday–Sunday 11 am–6 pm

 

Museum of the Moving Image

Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.

* The hands-on core exhibition Behind the Screen features over 1,400 artifacts including early cameras, a real Chewbacca mask from the Star Wars films, footage of silent adventure…

FLUSHING/CORONA

Dumpling Galaxy

Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.

Queens Botanical Garden

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods.

Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including a reflective, life-sized kaleidoscope and a beautiful mural ‘Wonder Garden’ outside the Education Building.

Closed Mondays (except holidays).

Queens Zoo

This intimate zoo in Flushing Meadows houses wildlife native to the Americas including more than 4,000 Puerto Rican crested toads, Andean Bear Cubs, American bison and rare breeds of domestic animals including Flemish giant rabbits, Texas longhorn cattle, and Jacob’s four-horned sheep.

See our guide to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Queens Museum

An expansive open light-filled space (formerly home to two world fairs) on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts ambitious exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community-minded programming,

* Look for favorite NYC spots in miniature at the famous Panorama of the City of New York, created by urban mastermind and World’s Fair President Robert…

New York Hall of Science

Founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, this center for interactive science has reopened after fixing up extensive damage from Hurricane Ida. Find lots of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building.

* Explore outer space, animals, light, physics and more in over 450 interactive displays. In exhibit The Happiness Experiment, learn about…

Outer Queens

Hands on History: Elections Then and Now

Queens

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King – Founding Father and early voice in the anti-slavery movement- hosts free family programs the first & third Saturday each month with seasonal themes.

Not only was Rufus King a U.S. senator and ambassador to Great Britain, but he also ran for president in 1816 against James Monroe.  Learn…

The Governor’s Victorian Holiday Ball

Queens

The home-turned-museum of Rufus King – invites all to a Inaugural Governor’s Victorian Holiday Ball.

Join us in celebrating the holiday season with an evening of historic cocktail making, Victorian dancing, collages, salt dough ornament crafts, generous hors d’oeuvres, period music, raffles, and much more. Formal dress code is suggested and Victorian Period…