2013-07-03 / Front Page

More Summer Fun In Queens

By Nicole Diane Sanchez

Are you running out of stuff to do this summer?
Queens has plenty of entertainment to offer to families and youngsters alike. Forgo the typical playground visit for these more unusual outings that are offered for free or at affordable prices.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy.
Floral Park

Free for all ages and open year round, the extensive farm is filled with the rich history of old New York, before the towering buildings and winding highways. It is especially family friendly – the kids can pet alpacas and go on hayrides while parents can buy fresh produce and make their own wine.  Other attractions include a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Great for picnics, though site rentals are available for anything from birthday parties to corporate events.
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place
Long Island City

This indoors public skating rink is a great way to escape the heat and cool down. Pricing is hard to beat – $5 on weekdays, $8 on weekends/holidays, $5 skate rentals,  $2 helmets, and $.75 coin operated lockers.  Free garage parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Make sure to check the hours before visiting on weekdays, for skating and hockey camp sessions are held all summer.
5 Pointz
Jackson Ave. at Crane St.
Long Island City

Jonathan Cohen, aka “Meres One”, established 5 Pointz over a decade ago to connect the boroughs through street art.  Every inch of the vicinity is covered in graffiti—lampposts, dumpsters, even sidewalks. Since artists from all corners of the world update the murals weekly, there is always something new to see. This “graffiti Mecca” is in danger of removal for new buildings.
Kew Gardens Cinema
8105 Lefferts Blvd.
Kew Gardens

Long past its XXX cinema days, this small theater gem is quaint, never crowded and has matinees for $7.50. Classic movie posters lining the halls and an old fashioned telephone booth give the place an old school vibe. Kew Gardens is most popular for screening indie and Sundance films, though mainstream films make their way here. If you’re looking for a different movie experience, this is the place.
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
2919 24th Ave.

A cool evening in a beer garden is good way for adults to wind down after a long day. The highlight is the full bar, particularly the German, Czech and craft beer. Dinner options ranging from potato pierogies to baked “palacinka” are also available at decent prices – note that the kitchen is closed on Tuesdays. Drop into the next sampling event, listen to live music or hold your next party in New York City’s oldest beer garden.

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