30 Best Things to Do in Queens with Preschoolers and Toddlers

Toddler and Preschool Kid Activities in Queens: Amusement Parks, Museums, Restaurants, Play Spaces

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.

1. Explore Long Island City's waterfront, including the playgrounds and public art in Gantry State Park.

2. Test out one of the many indoor play spaces, bounce houses, and jungle gyms for Queens tots.

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.

6. Eat around the world in Jackson Heights, from vegetarian Indian dosas to sweet Colombian cholados.

7. Stop to sniff the flowers at Queens Botanical Garden.

8. Make a stop-motion flip book at the Museum of the Moving Image.

9. Cuddle up at a FREE storytime session at a branch of the Queens Public Library, or another local story hour.

10. Join a local summer camp just right for preschoolers, or even a forest-themed preschool program.

11. Introduce fine motor skills with chopsticks at some great Flushing eateries.

12. Feed a goat and watch a cow being milked at the Queens County Farm Museum, which also hosts seasonal fairs and carnivals, plus the city's only corn maze.

13. Take a short hike through the wilderness at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or Alley Pond Park.

14. Play soldier and enjoy the views at the preserved Civil War-era fortress of Fort Totten.

15. Fly a kite at Socrates Sculpture Park during the Festival of Kites and Kayaks; stay for the outdoor art.

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.

19. Enjoy a special treat after a day of play at Eddie’s Sweet Shop or another amazing ice cream location.

20. Take the subway to Rockaway Beach to build a sand castle, swim in the waves, and sip lemonade.

21. Drop in for maker workshops at the New York Hall of Science, or check out the Preschool Place area dedicated to tots. Little ones will also enjoy the seasonal outdoor Science Playground.

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.

27. Little ones can work with therapists or join an open play at three Queens sensory gyms: Big StrideExtreme Kids & Crew, or Sensory City.

28. Grab your sled and head to the hills of Kissena Park on an official snow day, or one of these sledding hills.

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. 

Top photo: Enjoy the festivities at one of the Queens County Farm's seasonal festivals that bring in kiddie rides, petting zoos, and carnival food. Photo by Mommy Poppins.

Area/Neighborhood: 
location: 
Bohemian Hall Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave.
11102 Astoria , NY 40° 46' 22.0728" N, 73° 54' 56.3112" W
New York
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
11355 Flushing , NY 40° 45' 4.1508" N, 73° 49' 38.9028" W
New York
El Palacio de Los Cholados
83-18 Northern Blvd.
11372 Jackson Heights , NY 40° 45' 20.4264" N, 73° 53' 1.9104" W
New York
Samudra Vegetarian Restaurant & Chaat House
75-18 37th Ave.
11372 Jackson Heights , NY 40° 44' 56.1228" N, 73° 53' 26.0052" W
New York
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave. @ 37th St.
11106 Astoria , NY 40° 45' 22.6656" N, 73° 55' 26.1984" W
New York
Jade Asian Resaturant
136-28 39th Ave.
11354 Flushing , NY 40° 45' 37.1232" N, 73° 49' 44.9472" W
New York
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
11004 Floral Park , NY 40° 44' 53.43" N, 73° 43' 16.4604" W
New York
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
175-10 Cross Bay Blvd.
11693 Broad Channel , NY 40° 36' 14.5764" N, 73° 49' 11.316" W
New York
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd.
11362 Douglaston , NY 40° 45' 45.756" N, 73° 45' 12.114" W
New York
Fort Totten Park
Totten Ave. and 15th Road
11359 Bayside , NY 40° 47' 34.062" N, 73° 46' 36.8904" W
New York
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd.
11106 Long Island City , NY 40° 46' 3.7488" N, 73° 56' 10.2588" W
New York
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Flushing Meadows Park
11375 Queens , NY 40° 44' 22.9704" N, 73° 50' 26.826" W
New York
Astoria Park Pool
Astoria Park 19th St. and 23rd Dr.
11105 Astoria , NY 40° 46' 46.8048" N, 73° 55' 17.7204" W
New York
Eddie's Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave.
11375 Forest Hills , NY 40° 42' 35.6184" N, 73° 50' 50.406" W
New York
Gantry Plaza State Park
4-09 47th Rd.
11101 Long Island City , NY 40° 44' 44.178" N, 73° 57' 29.5956" W
New York
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Beach 3rd St. to Beach 153th St.
11692 Queens , NY
New York
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St.
11368 Corona , NY 40° 44' 50.8344" N, 73° 51' 12.5424" W
New York
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th St.
11368 Corona , NY 40° 44' 37.176" N, 73° 50' 59.8488" W
New York
Fantasy Forest
53-51 111th St.
11368 Corona , NY 40° 44' 37.176" N, 73° 50' 59.8488" W
New York
Annual Halloween Parade
Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street
11105 Astoria , NY 40° 46' 34.0788" N, 73° 54' 38.5416" W
New York
Kissena Park
164-15 Booth Memorial Ave.
11365 Fresh Meadows , NY 40° 44' 31.8768" N, 73° 48' 13.9968" W
New York
Martha's Country Bakery
36-21 Ditmars Blvd.
11105 Astoria , NY 40° 46' 26.1768" N, 73° 54' 27.2808" W
New York
Unisphere
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
11368 Queens , NY 40° 45' 2.2824" N, 73° 50' 52.0332" W
New York