Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts some of the biggest events and festivals in Queens, New York—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 performances, and shows for families. In addition, the park hosts events, such as 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 Avenue 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.
There is no shortage of activities to entertain the little ones at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. From arts and crafts and 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 teacups 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 (one ticket is $3.50—discounts are offered per ticket the more you buy; a weekday unlimited ride wristband is available for $25).
Fantasy Forest is open every day at 11:00 a.m. though it could close for bad weather. Check its website or Facebook page for weather-related closures or delays.
Every Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., Fantasy Forest features entertainment just for kids—including The Magic of Rogue, a magic show with a bit of comedy mixed in; Cido the Clown, who has been making children laugh for more than 10 years; and 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 senior, $5 child 3-12, 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.