15 things to do in Queens – QNS.com

February is coming to an end, but there are still plenty of activities in Queens to take part in!

On Friday, take a tap lesson at the Al Oerter Leisure Centre. On Saturdays, learn to identify local Queens winter trees at Crocheron Park. On Sunday, Alley Pond Environmental Center is offering a virtual cooking class on Bangladeshi fish curry.

For more information on these events and more, here are some things to do in Queens from February 25-27.


Before doing anything in person, be sure to get tested for COVID-19 and get vaccinated and boosted! Also, remember to wear your mask indoors and socially distance whenever possible.

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the New York City Department of Health suggests getting tested often. Here’s where you can find several places in Queens to get tested this weekend:

The United States Postal Service is also offering four free at-home test kits per address. Visit special.usps.com/testkits to find out how to order your test kits.

To visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov to find a Queens vaccination site near you.


Cardio Sculpt (Torsney Playground): If daily movements are a challenge, this cardio class may be for you! This low-impact cardio-sculpture class consists of functional exercises that will help you relax and make your daily activities easier. Registration is mandatory. Torsney Playground. nycparks.org. Free. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Feb. 25.

Cunningham Park Forest Restoration (Cunningham Park): The Stewardship Team is looking for volunteers to help protect the wooded areas of Cunningham Park. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove harmful plants. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothes that can get dirty. Registration is mandatory. 210th Street and 67th Avenue at Cunningham Park. nycparks.org. Free. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., February 25.

Children’s Week: Gather Around the Campfire (Alley Pond Park): While the kids are on vacation in the middle of winter, take them to Alley Pond Park, where they can enjoy an afternoon by the fire with storytelling and fireside activities. Alley Pond Adventure Course in Alley Pond Park. nycparks.org. Free. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., February 25.

Series of tap dancing workshops (Al Oerter Leisure Centre): In partnership with New York City Center, learn all the moves for Encores! Production of The Tap Dance Kid with an NYCC dance teacher. Flip-flops are not mandatory and sneakers may be worn. Registration is mandatory. Al Oerter Leisure Center at 131-40 Fowler Ave. nycparks.org. Free. 4:30 to 6 p.m., February 25.
21st Annual Winter Art Show (Bayside Historical Society): Discover impressive works of art by local designers at the annual BHS Winter Art Exhibition. By the end of the month, discover paintings, sculptures, drawings and more from some of Queens’ top artists. Virtual. baysidehistorical.org. Free. All day, from February 25 to 28.


Zumba (Al Oerter Leisure Center): Get your heart pumping first thing in the morning with an energizing Zumba class, which combines fun dance moves with fast-paced music. This fitness dance class was founded in 2001 by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Pérez. Registration is mandatory. Gymnasium (Courtyard) of the Al Oerter Leisure Centre; 131-40 Fowler Ave. nycparks.org. Free. 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Feb. 26.

Winter Tree ID (Crocheron Park): Trees are an important part of our environment and ecosystem. During this hike around the park, learn about the different species of trees and learn how to identify these trees as the seasons change. 33rd road and 215th place at Crocheron park. nycparks.org. Free. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Feb. 26.

Hike and Gather (Ridgewood Reservoir): Calling all volunteers to walk around the Ridgewood Reservoir while picking up litter along the way. Registration is mandatory. Ridgewood Reservoir. nycparks.org. Free. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., February 26.


Hike and Gather – Blue Trail (Forest Park): On this hike and scoop session, experience the beauty of Forest Park while picking up litter on the Blue Trail this weekend. Registration is mandatory. Blue trail head in the forest park. nycparks.org. Free. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., February 27.

Hike the Forest Park Orange Trail (Forest Park): Take a hike in Forest Park with the Urban Park Rangers, who will introduce you to the nature of this urban forest. Dress warmly and be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes or sneakers. Registration is mandatory. Forest Park Lookout. nycparks.org. Free. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., February 27.

I want to be a veterinarian (Alley Pond Environmental Center): Budding veterinarians will learn about the special needs of various APEC Animal Ambassadors and observe them up close. Registration is mandatory. Alley Pond Environmental Center at 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens. alleypond.org. $20 per child. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., February 27.

Walking Group (Flushing Meadows Corona Park): The program begins with a warm-up led by a Shape Up NYC instructor, followed by a walking workout suitable for walkers of all levels and paces. The workout ends with a cool down and stretching. The drive is weatherproof and will not meet when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. nycparks.org. Free. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., February 27.

Bangladeshi Fish Curry Cooking Class (Alley Pond Environmental Center): Learn how to make Bangladeshi fish curry in this hands-on Zoom course. Use your favorite white fish. Participants will receive a confirmation with a Zoom link to the course and an email with the list of ingredients. The recipe serves four. Funds raised from the workshop will go to the care of APEC Animal Ambassadors. Registration is mandatory. Virtual. alleypond.org. $10 per person. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., February 27.

Forest Bathing Walk (Alley Pond Environmental Center): This 90-minute meditative walk is led by certified guide Linda Lombardo. Based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, the walk inspires a mindful connection with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthy benefits. Registration is mandatory. Alley Pond Environmental Center at 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens. alleypond.org. $24 per adult. 1 to 2:30 p.m., February 27.

Vet Tech 101 (Alley Pond Environmental Center): During this course, students will learn the basics of animal health and animal handling, with a new emphasis on animal cognition. Students will learn about different forms of intelligence, which animals are smarter than others, and the cognitive needs of ambassador animals. Registration is mandatory. Alley Pond Environmental Center at 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens. alleypond.org. $32 per child. 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 27.

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