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

Summer Fridays

On Friday evenings in August, MoMA PS1 hosts a curated series of DJ sets in the Courtyard, free with Museum admission. Features new performers and veteran acts from past series. PS1 will remain open until 9 p.m., with access to exhibitions and outdoor installations as well as special cocktails and bites from Mina’s. Capacity…

Queens International Night Market

Sample cuisine from around the world at a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens. Shop around 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. Also enjoy live music and cultural performances celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. Dine in a large picnic area.

Play New York Hall of…

Noguchi Museum Open Studio: Gallery Kit

Families and visitors of all ages are invited to pick up a Gallery Kit filled with art materials from museum educators, and explore internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi’s work through art-making.

See our guide to the Noguchi Museum.

GROOVE NYC: Dance for Kids

Learn to self express through dance and music with social-emotional support in lovely Socrates Sculpture Park. Designed for kids 5-10 years old with parents & caregivers also welcome. No RSVP or pre-registration required.

Movie Night at the Garden: The Princess and the Frog

Get your fortune told, voodoo style, then see a screening of Disney’s 2009 animated musical The Princess and the Frog

Each ticket comes with after-hours admission to the Garden, and a $5 food voucher to redeem onsite at the pop-up QBG Harvest Cafe, featuring seasonal light foods and refreshments.

Bring your own blanket and/or lawn…

Sleeping Beauty

See Disney’s 1959 animated classic on the big screen. With art direction inspired by medieval and Renaissance painting and tapestries and music adapted from Tchaikovsky, this visually spectacular fairy tale, in which the deliriously evil and remarkably designed villain Maleficent makes things very difficult for betrothed royal lovers Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, remains one…

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Chart-topping music artists and today’s best tennis players come together to celebrate tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. 

Enjoy interactive games, face painting, balloon artists, prizes, music, special guests, roving entertainers and more. Step onto the U.S. Open Courts and participate in tennis activities for all ages and abilities. On the AAKD Festival Stage, see a live…

Free Admission Noguchi Museum

On the first Friday of every month, enjoy  free admission to a serene museum and gardens  founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Advance reservations are highly recommended; tickets are released two weeks before each date.

Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and…

Hands on History: Celebrating Furry Friends!

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

Celebrate National Dog Month (August) and National Happy, Healthy Cat Month (September. Celebrate special furry friends by making a paper pet to take home. Learn about Rufus King’s…

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: Maren Hassinger Steel Bodies

New York-based artist Maren Hassinger returns to this waterfront park with stunning Manhattan views with a series of new steel sculptures. Examining the complications of human interrelation and affinity, identity and collectiveness, through abstraction in the outdoors, these steel silhouettes take forms of various iconic vessels drawing types not only from her current practice, but…

Noguchi Museum

See works founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in a specially-designed, serene building and garden.
Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and built in the 1980s by Noguchi himself in collaboration with Shoji Sadao (1927–2019). The two-story Museum contains approximately 27,000…

MoMA PS1

This Queens outpost of MoMA, built in a former school building, is devoted to today’s most experimental, thought-provoking contemporary art.

* See Deana Lawson’s photographs of Black life in living rooms, kitchens, and backyards from Brooklyn to New Orleans, Haiti to Ethiopia, and Brazil to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The artist meticulously poses…

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 International Night Market

Sample cuisine from around the world at a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens. Shop around 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. Also enjoy live music and cultural performances celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens. Dine in a large picnic area.

Play New York Hall of…

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.

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 new exhibit The Happiness Experiment,…

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park

A carousel created for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair by combining two historic Coney Island carousels is the centerpiece of this small, kid-friendly amusement park. Choose from 4 jumping horses, 7 standing horses, 1 menagerie animal, and 2 chariots.

Try an assortment of classic, family-friendly rides within a tree-filled landscape of Forest Park including the Corona…

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…

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Chart-topping music artists and today’s best tennis players come together to celebrate tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. 

Enjoy interactive games, face painting, balloon artists, prizes, music, special guests, roving entertainers and more. Step onto the U.S. Open Courts and participate in tennis activities for all ages and abilities. On the AAKD Festival Stage, see a live…

Outer Queens

Rockaway Beach

Queens

The beach is currently closed below 95th Street for construction

This clean beach on the Atlantic Ocean features wide stretches of soft sand, a 5.5-mile boardwalk, playgrounds and a vibe so cool it was featured in a Ramones song.

* Ride the waves at the city’s only legal surfing beach (67-69 Street) with private, semi-private…

Hands on History: Celebrating Furry Friends!

Queens

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

Celebrate National Dog Month (August) and National Happy, Healthy Cat Month (September. Celebrate special furry friends by making a paper pet to take home. Learn about Rufus King’s…