Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts some of the biggest events and festivals in Queens, NY—the Mets play at Citi Field, and every August and September millions tune in to the US Tennis Open held in Flushing Meadows at the USTA.
But there are a lot more events held in the Park. Almost every weekend the Queens Museum of Science has activities for both adults and children, and there are performances year round at the Queens Theatre in the Park, including plays, readings, dance, and shows for families.
In addition, the park itself hosts events, from open runs to movies under the stars to crafts for kids. Pick a day of the week and you're sure to find something interesting to do at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
If you are into running but not into training for a marathon, or if you've been trying to find a way to get the whole family moving, the NYRR Open Run may be just what you're looking for. Every Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. a free, community-based running initiative begins at the United Nations Ave. South entrance, and is open to all ages and experience, as well as strollers and dogs. You can run or walk, and no check-in is required, but take note that there is not a bag check so leave your valuables at home.
Film and Theater
Central and Bryant Parks aren't the only places to enjoy movies and theater under the stars—the Unisphere hosts free family-friendly films, as well as performances of Shakespeare plays, certain Wednesdays and Saturdays.
For the Movies Under the Stars, it is recommended you arrive an hour early to score a spot—there are a limited number of chairs available, so bring your blanket along with a picnic dinner or popcorn and candy! Just note there are no glass containers permitted. Movies begin at 8:30 p.m.
The Shakespeare in the Park performance begins at 7:30 p.m., but if you have children in tow, arrive at 7:00 for Kids and the Classics—an interactive workshop that teaches children the theatrical process by engaging them in games and activities to introduce them to the language and style of William Shakespeare.
Bring a blanket or low chair and some snacks. Performance ends at 9:30 p.m.
There is no shortage of activities to entertain the little ones at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. From arts and crafts to magic shows to a full-fledged children's amusement park and zoo, there's a reason to bring your kids to the park almost every day of the week.
The Fantasy Forest amusement park is centered around the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel. From twirling tea cups to bouncy buggies to a children's sized choo choo, the rides provide a full day of fun, including a turn on the Corona Cobra Coaster—the only roller coaster in queens! When the kiddos are ready for a break, play a carnival game or two and enjoy a treat from one of the concession stands. Admission is free but each ride and game costs a ticket (1 ticket is $3.50—discounts offered the more you buy; a weekday unlimited ride wristband is available for $25). Fantasy Forest is open every day at 11:00 a.m. and closes at either 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. Check the calendar for the specific schedule.
Every Sunday between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., Fantasy Forest features entertainment just for kids—from The Magic of Rogue, magic with a bit of comedy mixed in, to Cido the Clown, who has been making children laugh for over 10 years, to a world-class juggling show with Michael Karas, your kids will be thoroughly amused!
The Queens Zoo is located inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park and is the perfect size for little feet. The kids will love to walk the animal trail and see the bison and bear, explore the historic aviary, and watch the sea lions play in their pool. You can purchase tickets online ($8 adult, $6 child 2-12, free for ages 2 and under). Open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park was created as the site to host the 1939/1940 World's Fair. Learn about these World's Fair sites as you enjoy a free walking tour exploring the historic buildings—hear the stories behind the Unisphere, Hall of Science, Queens Zoo Aviary, and so much more. Tours run the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from the Unisphere. No registration is required.