5 Children's Salons and Barbershops in Queens Perfect for a First Haircut

Frankie's Playce offers more than a haircut. Play in the playroom while you wait and reward your newly styled kid with a toy on your way out.
Frankie's Playce offers more than a haircut. Play in the playroom while you wait and reward your newly styled kid with a toy on your way out.

We all know how hard it can be to get active little ones to sit still for a haircut. There are plenty of barbers and salons across the five boroughs, but not all of them specialize in children’s haircuts. That’s because it takes patience, the right atmosphere, and an occasional bribe (read goody bags and TV) to create a positive experience.

Luckily, Queens families don't have to trek into Manhattan or Brooklyn to find a great place for kids' cuts. Queens has several fantastic hair salons that specifically cater to children.

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1. Barbershop Steve 3000 – Bayside

196-11 Northern Boulevard between 196th Street and Francis Lewis Boulevard
Founded in 1992, this location offers cuts for grown-ups and children. Little kids can sit in cute themed chairs (a police car, train, or fire truck) and watch cartoons on flat-screen TVs or play video games on PlayStations while their hair gets chopped. Want more than just a trim? Barbershop Steve 3000 does trendy 'dos and even temporary funky hair colors for kids.

2. Frankie’s Playce – Glendale

8028 Cooper Avenue and 80th Street
Originally located on Metropolitan Avenue, Frankie's Playce found a new home at the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. This hybrid children's boutique and salon carries a small selection of toys. The salon itself features fun car-shaped chairs and adjacent TV screens, playing kid-friendly movies and shows. Need to wait a bit until the snip? There's also a playroom filled with toys and a play kitchen. Every cut comes with a complimentary goody bag, and first haircuts warrant a diploma.

3. LIC Royal Barbershop – Long Island City

10-54 47th Avenue between 11th Street and Vernon Boulevard
LIC Royal Barbershop prides itself on being able to offer quality haircuts to everyone. The kids’ salon has a fun setup with colorful seats in the shape of a firetruck, an airplane, and a taxi, as well as TVs to keep kids entertained while they’re getting styled. Cuts are by appointment only.

4. Utopia Barber Shop – Whitestone

20-06 Utopia Parkway near 20th Avenue
Opened by a third-generation barber and local family man, this haircutting spot is divided into two distinct sections: An old-school barbershop for men and a toy-filled kids salon featuring police and airplane seats, cartoon character wall decals, and a waiting room with video games. Utopia strives to be a salon where all kids feel comfortable, even children with special needs. Inspired by his wife's work as a special needs teacher, the owner has created a sensory-friendly atmosphere with dimmed lights, customized quiet clippers, and staff trained to handle all children.

5. Kiddy Kutz – Astoria

22-77 Steinway Street near 23rd Avenue
Kiddy Kutz is a salon geared specifically toward children. The patient hairstylists who work here take their time, even with the fussiest customers. The salon also caters to babies and has an exersaucer seat to keep little ones distracted. With gaming consoles, train tables, balloons, and toys—there’s plenty for kids to do while they wait for a haircut. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee. Kiddy Kutz is by appointment only.

A version of this article was first published in July 2014, but it has since been updated. Elena Malykhina contributed additional reporting.

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