30 Best Things to Do in Queens with Preschoolers and Toddlers
Living in or visiting the borough of Queens is a nonstop international learning experience for little kids, filled with diverse sights, sounds and tastes—and it's super family-friendly.
It's famous for being the most ethnically diverse county in the United States where hundreds of languages are spoken daily. From eating dumplings in Flushing to feeding a goat on a farm, Queens can inspire, teach and feed the spirits of your little ones.
Children of all ages can enjoy Queens, but traveling around the city with a kid 4 or younger can be a challenge. We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in seasonal order, so you can enjoy Queens like a king, including parks and playgrounds, museums and play spaces, the beach, and even amusement parks perfect for toddlers and preschool-age kids.
Ride the dolphin at Mini Land Play. Photo by Janet Bloom
3. Learn to swim with these Queens aquatics programs.
4. Don your green to watch the St. Patrick's parade go by in several Queens nabes.
5. Meet the Easter Bunny, do some crafts and have a beer at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden.
It's hard to resist a massive dosa at Samudra Restaurant. Photo by thelisareid via Instagram.
Or investigate the compost at the Queens Botanic Garden. Photo by Sydney Ng
7. Stop to sniff the flowers at Queens Botanical Garden.
8. Make a stop-motion flip book at the Museum of the Moving Image.
11. Introduce fine motor skills with chopsticks at some great Flushing eateries.
Don’t get lost in this fun and unique Maze of Maize!
14. Play soldier and enjoy the views at the preserved Civil War-era fortress of Fort Totten.
16. Root for the dragon boats and eat Asian street food at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.
Astoria pool has a wide shallow area for little ones. Photo by Shira Kronzon
17. Take a dip to cool off at one of the free public pools, including Astoria Park Pool, the largest in the city.
18. Nibble funnel cake and win some prizes at one of Queens’ many street fairs.
20. Take the subway to Rockaway Beach to build a sand castle, swim in the waves, and sip lemonade.
Drop-in to Preschool Place for an area dedicated to tots. Photo courtesy of NYSCI
22. Bring a picnic and take pictures in front of the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
23. Walk through the aviary or feed some sheep at the Queens Zoo.
24. Ride the merry-go-round at Fantasy Forest, or another of the kiddie rides at this local amusement park.
25. Splash around for FREE at a Queens water playground.
Wear your costume to the Astoria or Jackson Heights Halloween parades. Photo by the author
26. Proudly march down Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria during its annual Halloween Parade, or check out the Jackson Heights parade, one of the largest in the city.
29. Warm up after the snow with a mug of hot chocolate at one of Queens’ many cocoa experts.
30. See the over-the-top Christmas decorations at these Queens houses.
Places featured in this article:
Bohemian Hall Beer Garden
Queens Botanical Garden
El Palacio de Los Cholados
Samudra Vegetarian Restaurant & Chaat House
Museum of the Moving Image
Jade Asian Resaturant
Queens County Farm Museum
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Alley Pond Environmental Center
Fort Totten Park
Socrates Sculpture Park
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Astoria Park Pool
Eddie's Sweet Shop
Gantry Plaza State Park
New York Hall of Science
Annual Halloween Parade
Martha's Country Bakery