You don’t need to spend a bundle to have a great time in Queens. Here’s a list of twenty free things you can do with kids throughout the borough this week. Get out and enjoy the borough for all that it has to offer. We did! Looking for more? check out 100 things to do in Queens with kids.
Did you know the Queens Library is the highest circulating library in the United States? As a compliment, all of the following branches offer a variety of free and fun activities for families.
The Long Island City Broadway Branch offers several special events for teens (on March 15 the library will be hosting a live animal workshop). The library also offers a weekly Picture Book Time (for children 3.5 to 5 years), and Toddler Time (for children 2 to 3.5 years).
The Astoria Branch offers sewing and Crochet classes for teens, as well as workshops on sustainable design for children ages 6-12.
The Sunnyside Branch offers a Toddler and Picture Book Time, as well as a weekly Children’s Theater Workshop for ages 6-11.
The Fresh Meadows Branch offers everything from a Toddler Story Time, to arts and crafts workshops. Through a program called “Book Buddies”, children in grades K-3 are given the opportunity to share books and stories with a teen “buddy”.
The Rego Park Branch offers a Mother Goose Story Time, as well as seasonal Picture Book Story Time hours. Check out the library’s fun special events; for example, an upcoming workshop called “Make Earth Everyday: Be a Compost Hero!” gives kids an opportunity to learn about the environment.
The Corona Branch offers everything from fashion design workshops for teens, to story time hours featuring live animals.
The Bayside Branch offers everything from a Baby and Me Story Time, to a Mother Goose Story Time, to a Teen Chess and Crocheting Club.
The Forest Hills Branch offers a Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Russian Cuddle-Up Story Time; in addition to a Toddler Story Time and Baby Crawl program.
The Barnes and Noble locations in Bayside and Fresh Meadows also offer a weekly story time. Click here for more information
Free Museums/Museums With Free Admission Days
The New York Hall of Science is free on Fridays from 2-5pm, and Sundays from 10-11am. This applies throughout the months of September to June; free hours are suspended during July and August. The New York Hall of Science has a variety of fun exhibits for older kids, and a fabulous play space for toddlers.
The Queens Museum of Art is free the second Sunday of each month, from 1-4pm, courtesy MetLife foundation. Enjoy family-friendly gallery tours and live music/dance performances.
On Sundays from 1:30-4:30pm, The Queens Museum of Art also offers free drop-in art workshops for children ages 5-12. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a variety of artistic mediums, and get messy with your children.
The Museum of the Moving Image is free from 4-8pm on Fridays. Although separate tickets must be purchased for special exhibits, you can explore the daily film screenings and exhibitions during these hours.
The Queens County Farm Museum is always free (except on special events days). Explore the tranquil fields with your family; you will feel a million miles away from New York City.
The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City is (almost) free on Fridays; it’s pay what you wish day. Admission for children under 12 is always free during operating hours. The museum is devoted to the work of the modern sculptor, Isamu Noguchi. Of particular interest is the museum’s small, serene, rock garden.
Socrates Sculpture Parkis an open studio and exhibition space in Long Island City. A great place to explore; beginning May 8th the park also offers a series of outdoor art workshops for kids.
Other Free Ideas
Hit Queens’ Best Playgrounds - Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to hit the playground. Consider spending an afternoon at one of the borough’s best playgrounds.
Go Planespotting- Visit a family location to “plane spot”; watch planes take off and land.
Free Indoor Fun - Host a play date, play dress up, go “camping” – all in the comfort of your own home. Get creative with things you have sitting around. Click here for more ideas
Explore a new neighborhood with your children. Organize a “hot chocolate” crawl; visit new cafes and restaurants. Click here for some ideas on where to start