If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Queens, New York City.
Museum of the Moving Image
For movie and television buffs, this young museum in Astoria, Queens, is a wonderland. Rather than a family movie night, head to one of the exhibits at the Museum of the Moving Image. The Core Exhibition takes guests “behind the screen”, immersing them in the movie and television-making process. There are also wonderful collections of rare artwork, puppetry, and film/television footage. You and the kids can put your movie/television knowledge to the test while learning more about the magic of the moving image.
Alley Pond Park Adventure Course
The activity for the adventurous, daredevil family. Alley Pond Park offers several ropes courses, both high and low. The courses include zip lines, climbing walls, swings, leaps, and balance platforms. It is an obstacle course high in the sky, guaranteed to have you and the kids loving every moment. The Adventure Course is also specifically designed to promote team-building and problem-solving skills. So, if you’re looking for a kid-friendly activity with positive, life lesson benefits, then Alley Pond Park is the place to visit.
Queens County Farm Museum
One of the most magical things about Queens County Farm Museum is that it is a farm in New York City. This is a great place to take the kids if you’re looking to “get out of the city” without actually having to travel too far. The 47-acre farm offers tours of its sustainable lands and Colonial-era farmhouse as well as Discovery Days for the kids, a maze, hayrides, and special classes.
A trip to the zoo is always a family favorite. Kids will love the Sea Lion Pool or listening to the beautiful birdsong in the Aviary. Along the pathways of the beautiful park, you’ll travel all over the world and meet native animals from nearly every corner of the world. You can choose to wander the zoo yourselves, marveling at all the animals, or take part in one of several, special Experiences, including sea lion feedings. But no matter which adventure you choose, the kids are sure to have fun while learning about the world around them.
Fort Totten Park
Fort Totten is both a beautiful park where you and the kids can enjoy swimming and picnicking and is a historical site with several historical buildings to explore. Fort Totten itself was built in the mid-1800s and Urban Park Rangers regularly lead tours. You can also spend your time canoeing on Long Island Sound before relaxing at a picnic on the grass or rocks along the water or go birdwatching. However, I would definitely recommend exploring the fortress of Fort Totten if you get the opportunity to visit.
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