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Things to Do with Kids in Queens this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids in Queens this Weekend

Plan your family's best weekend yet in Queens!

Enjoy these fun things to do this weekend with your kids in Queens. Start planning your weekend now with our robust list of the top things to do in Queens.

Editor's Picks for This Weekend

The Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink

WHEN: Apr. 15 - Nov. 27, Fridays, 4-8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 12-8pm
WHERE: TWA Hotel, One Idlewild Drive, Jamaica, NY
WHAT: Take a spin around this outdoor rink (to retro tunes, naturally) near the 1958 Lockheed Constellation "Connie" airplane turned cocktail lounge. WANT TO GO? $20; $16 per child younger than 12. 212-806-9000.
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End of Summer Bash FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 20, 2-5pm
WHERE: The Shops at Skyview Center, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing, NY
WHAT: It's an afternoon of summer themed fun with Carnival Games, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Photo Booth, Live DJ, magician, book swap, and more!
  WANT TO GO? 718-460-2000.
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Even More Weekend Fun

Rock N' Roll Family Jam

WHEN: Apr. 9 - Nov. 19, Saturdays, 11am
WHERE: Astoria Park, 19 19th St., Astoria, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Bring the kids out for a jam packed adventure including family dancing and singing, parachute, "what's in the box", and the best bubble party in NYC!  WANT TO GO? $25. 513-319-4606.
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Queens Night Market

WHEN: Apr. 16 - Aug. 20, Saturdays, 5pm-12am
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 4701 111th St., Corona, NY
WHAT: This large, family-friendly open-air night market features up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances. WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods.
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United Skates at Atlas Park

WHEN: Apr. 26 - Oct. 16, Mondays, 10am-10pm; Tuesdays, 4-9pm; Wednesdays, 10am-10pm; Thursdays, 4-9pm; Fridays, 4-10pm; Saturdays, 12:30-10pm; Sundays, 12:30-9pm
WHERE: The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale , NY
WHAT: Go for a roll at this outdoor skating rink! WANT TO GO? Admission starts at $6; $6 skate rental. 347-475-5141.
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Sleeping Beauty introduced by John Canemaker

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 20, 3:30pm
WHERE: Museum of the Moving Image , 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, NY

Dirs. Clyde Geronimi, Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark. 1959. 70mm. At the time of its release, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was the most expensive animated film ever made, a passion project for the studio that ventured into new frontiers for the form and was originally formatted for Super Technirama 70mm exhibition. With art direction inspired by medieval and Renaissance painting and tapestries and music adapted from Tchaikovsky, this visually spectacular fairy tale, in which the deliriously evil and remarkably designed villain Maleficent makes things very difficult for betrothed royal lovers Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, remains one of the most evocative, exquisitely detailed of all hand-drawn animated movies.

John Canemaker is an Academy Award–, Emmy Award–, and Peabody Award–winning animation filmmaker, historian, and NYU professor. He has authored twelve books on film animation history—with subjects including Winsor McCay, Felix the Cat, Tex Avery, and numerous Disney artists. His essays/reviews on animation have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Print Magazine, and Esopus. He is professor emeritus of Animation Studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he headed the animation program from 1988–2022.

WANT TO GO? $20; $15 members. 718-429-2579.
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Mini-Global Mashup: Ukraine Meets Cuba

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 21, 1pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY

Ukraine Meets Cuba presents Ukrainian bandura (Ukrainian lute/harp) master Julian Kytasty and Havana based singer Danae Blanco, accompanied by Grammy-nominated Cuban guitarist Juan Carlos Formell. Julian Kytasty is one of the world’s premier players of the bandura (Ukrainian lute-harp), and the instrument’s leading North American exponent. A singer, multi-instrumentalist and third-generation bandurist, he has concertized and taught instrumental and choral music throughout the Americas and Europe. Born in Detroit, he has a BFA in Theory and Composition from Concordia University in Montreal. Mr. Kytasty is especially recognized for his expertise in epic songs and early bandura repertoire. In 1989-1990 Kytasty was one of the first North American-born bandurists to tour Ukraine, performing over one hundred concerts. He has often returned to tour in Ukraine and in the summer of 2014 he traveled to sites associated with Taras Shevchenko’s life and poetry at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine’s Shevchenko Bicentennial Project. He played both formal concerts and on-site performances which were filmed for an upcoming documentary Slidamy Shevchenka (In Shevchen ko’s Footsteps) With her feisty delivery and immediate lyrics, Danae Blanco provides a counterpoint to typically male boy and timba musics of Cuba and it has been attributed with getting salsa romantica in to the twenty-first hundred years. Although she released her debut single recording, Pido, in 2003, Danae continues to be singing for near 2 decades. In her youngsters, Blanco participated in regional organizations and choirs within the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus. Relocating to the administrative centre Havana in 1985 to review music in the Ignacio Cervantes College, Danae became a member of the Alfredo Rodriguez Group. In 1993, Blanco became vocalist with 5U4, the long-standing Cuban group celebrated for his or her underground undertake rock ‘n’ move through the 60s and later on dubbed the Beatles from the Americas. Danae documented the recording U-Turn using the group, ahead of recording her personal debut. Pido – the name means ‘I Request You’ – was documented over an interval of 2 yrs alongside the revered Argentinean arranger Diego Rivas and Jaquin Betancourt and presented renowned musicians such as for example Antonio Pérez González, Roberto Riverón Mederos, and Tomas Ramos Ortiz. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Juan-Carlos Formell is in the vanguard of a new generation of musicians from Cuba who are redefining the parameters of Cuban music. A classically trained bassist and virtuoso guitarist gifted with a groundbreaking and powerful writing style, Formell has been hailed as a successor to the iconic singer/songwriters Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto, Jackson Browne, and Nick Drake. Internationally recognized as an innovative troubadour, gifted composer, and an inspired multi-instrumentalist, his discography and list of collaborations sets him apart as one of the most accomplished cosmopolitan artists on the scene today. Raised in Cuba in one of the most prominent families in Cuban music, he represents the fourth generation of musicians in the Formell family. His father, bassist Juan Formell, is the founder and leader of the seminal Cuban group Los Van Van, an ensemble that has been instrumental in defining the sound of Cuban music for the past forty years. 

WANT TO GO? $15; $12 members. 718-463-7700.
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Whether you're looking for fun things to do with your kids right here in Queens or you're itching to get out of the city with a day trip to a nearby family-friendly destination, there’s lots to do this weekend with your family in the World's Borough, from concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, parades, and more. Check out our picks for kids' activities in Queens—you're sure to find something to do that keeps the whole family happy and having fun! Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in Queens with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly (virtual and in-person) events happening in and around your neighborhood, including family fun in Astoria, Floral Park, Flushing Meadows, Corona, Jamaica, Bayside, Woodside, Corona Park, Flushing, Long Island City, Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens, and the Rockaways, and check out our calendar for hundreds of things to do each month! You can also find things to do around the area in our ManhattanBrooklynWestchesterRockland, and Long Island roundups.

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