Once summer begins and the weather warms up, our experienced staff members at Farenga Family Funeral Home love to be out and about enjoying time with family and friends. There are many fun things to do in Greater Queens, from museums to parks to festivals.
If you’re looking for family-friendly summer activities in our area, here are a few exciting upcoming events to put in your calendar:
Museum of the Moving Image
You may think the Museum of the Moving Image is strictly focused on film, but this is not the case. The museum hosts rotating exhibitions along with screenings, workshops and even summer camps. Events and exhibits are geared toward visitors of all ages. There’s an international array of art to take in, including an exhibit on visionary Spanish artist and filmmaker José Val del Omar showing now till October 1. The museum is open Thursday-Sunday with holiday hours on Juneteenth.
Venezuelan Cultural Fest
On Saturday, July 1, head over to the Venezuelan Cultural Fest at Culture Lab LIC on 46th Avenue in Queens. Learn about Venezuelan culture and enjoy delicious food, live music, family-friendly activities, and entertainment for children. Venezuelan artists and dancers will be sharing their talents with participants. Attendance is free, and the event lasts from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Queens Zoo is a great place to spend a summer afternoon with your family. Connect with animals from North and South America, from parrots to otters to Andean bears. The zoo places emphasis on conservation and has saved animals like toads and bison. Attend educational programs and summer camp or plan a child’s birthday party at the zoo. Tickets are less than $10 for both adults and children, and the zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Socrates Sculpture Park on Vernon Boulevard makes a fun and free summer activity for the entire family. International artists exhibit their sculptures on the beautiful green in rotating exhibitions. The park has no permanent collection, making the sculptures on display extra special.
Queens Botanical Garden
During the summer months, the Queens Botanical Garden comes to life with educational workshops and special events. Visit the garden from June through September to see seasonal beauties like roses, black-eyed Susan, and bird of paradise in full bloom. The garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you live in Queens or Astoria, we hope this list inspires you to get out and enjoy all our community has to offer at this time of year!