If you've lived in the urban jungle long enough, it's easy to wonder whether you'd know what to do if you got lost in a forest. Could you find your way to safety if you got swept away by a river's current? What would you pack if you only had a few minutes to evacuate when a disaster strikes? Answers to these questions and more can be learned with a visit to Survival: The Exhibition, a new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science.
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Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a favorite family-friendly destination, with the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, and a playground that accommodates children with disabilities all within walking distance. The park is also home to another oft-overlooked hidden gem: the Queens Museum. Built as the city’s official pavilion during the 1939 and 1964 world’s fairs, it now serves as a cultural center for the Queens community.
As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, there's no need to stay at home and get stir crazy. Queens has a lot to offer families when it comes to museums, libraries, bookstores, nature centers, and education programs—not surprising for one of New York’s most vibrant boroughs. If your budget is feeling the post-holiday pinch, this list of the best free activities you can enjoy with kids in Queens during the cold months can keep everybody in the family entertained.
Ready to venture out to other boroughs for more seasonal fun? Check out our Guide to Winter Events and Activities in NYC, including free things to do in Staten Island when it's freezing. You can also find out what’s happening daily in your neighborhood in our Event Calendar.
Queens kids who just can't get enough holiday lights are in for a treat. Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Frosty, and Rudolph are among the many beloved movie characters on display at a new indoor holiday walkthrough attraction in Queens. Adults and kids of all ages can experience the sounds, scents, lights, and sights of Christmas now through December 28 at the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, Queens. Read on for a peek inside, and details on visiting with kids.
While New Yorkers usually dread going to the airport (thanks to the construction, traffic, and all-around charmlessness that characterize good old LGA and JFK), stepping inside the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport is like taking a well-designed trip down memory lane. As you enter the hotel, you’re greeted by classic cars and flight crew dressed in retro uniforms. Just a few steps up is a sprawling white-and-red lounge reminiscent of the 1960s. Those in the lounge have the best view of all: A brand new ice skating rink sitting on the tarmac next to a retired TWA propeller plane.
The newest ice skating option in Queens, the Runway Rink at the TWA hotel opened at the end of November, just in time for the holiday travel rush. Read on for details about the new rink and tips on visiting with kids—it's a winter wonderland worth seeing if you have to be at JFK!
Superfans of the popular sandbox video game Minecraft will have the opportunity to meet other players and compete in tournaments when Minefaire, the ultimate Minecraft fan experience, comes to the New York Hall of Science on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, with plenty of activities for Minecraft enthusiasts of all ages.