Astoria, Children, Event
Sep 22, 2016

Family Friendly Events Galore

A variety of events and classes for kids, including Kiwanis Kids Day, shows at QED, toddler French classes, and SHASTYE’s anniversary.

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A number of family-friendly events have come across our collective desks and we thought we’d share them here.

Kiwanis Kids Day

The Kiwanis Club of LaGuardia Airport and the Port Authority have organized a great day for kids (of all ages, frankly). On Saturday, October 1 from noon to 4pm you can roam around the grounds at LaGuardia Airport where you’ll get to check out all sorts of small and larger aircraft—civilian, commercial, and military. There will also be free food and drink, a dunk tank, face painting, and more. Call Veta Brome at 718-397-0184 or email at for more info.



QED. has a bunch of shows coming up for the whole family, too. Thanks to the staff for their writeups.


Baby and Me Comedy Show
Saturday, September 24, 3:30pm
Ever wish you could just get out of the house at a decent hour to watch a comedy show and not have to find a babysitter? We thought so. Nationally touring comedian Sally Brooks hosts NYC’s funniest parents for an afternoon of hilarity and the best part is, it’s baby friendly. QED will have a changing station and open play for older potty-trained children with”Raising Astoria”.
TICKETS: $5 or $20 for show + open play for one child at Raising Astoria.

2 Juice Minimum with Mark Malkoff
Saturday, October 1, 10am
It’s the first late night style comedy show just for kids… in the daytime! This brilliant, interactive show features hilarious kids comedy sketches, jokes, and videos. Hilarity ensues when kids get to put their own parents in time out. It’s a big laugh for both kids and adults, we promise! Recommended for ages 3 – 9.

Welcome to the Club: Show & Book Signing
Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm
Rachel D’Apice ( has a hilarious new book out about parenting titled Welcome to the Club: 100 Parenting Milestones You Never Saw Coming. This fun storytelling show will be followed by a book signing. Whether you have kids or parents or both, you’re in for a treat.

The Improviser’s Guide to being a Better Birth Partner
Saturday, October 22, 4pm
This one-man show comically explores how the principles of improvisation saved one expectant father from being just another guy handing out cigars in a waiting room.

Toddler French Classes

Local Astoria mom Laura Quéré has organized French classes for children. They’ve started the 12-week session already but drop-ins are encouraged (plus there’s the 5-class pack). Here’s more info:

“Classes are Fridays at 10am and Saturdays at 9am at Steinway Reformed Church and run for 45 minutes. They are suitable for both bilingual families and beginners who are looking to introduce their child to a second language. Classes are interactive, hands-on, and play-based to build a foundation in French in a fun and relaxed setting. Each class is organized by topic and includes a variety of relevant learning activities, such as bilingual story time, didactic songs, imaginative play, and age-appropriate art projects. Vocabulary sheets are be given at the end of each class for at-home practice.

Drop-ins are welcome and are $20. The full 12-week session is $180, and there is a 5-class pack available for $80. Anyone who is interested can RSVP here.


Petite Ballroom

On Thursdays, dance classes for children are presented by Petite Ballroom, where a “unique blend of classical ballet and ballroom dance” is taught. More:

This class is suitable for toddlers as young as 14 months. Developed by Eastern European ballroom dance champions and mothers of busy tots, the class is designed to spark a lifelong love and appreciation of dance, music, and European and Hispanic cultures. Despite its fun nature, it will educate, not merely entertain. Moms, caregivers and petite dancers will learn together, dance, get a great workout, and develop a special bond that will last for years to come!

Learn more, here. Classes take place at 11am at Sol Dance Center, 30-16 Steinway Street.


SHASTYE First Anniversary Party

This tiny play space at 26-16 23rd Avenue (former home of Baby Noir) is celebrating their first anniversary on Saturday, October 1. Stop by for the opening of their first official Children’s Art Show, and an appearance by Michael Jackson tribute performer Jesse Valencia (you may have seen him do his thing in front of the now demolished CVS on 31st Street).

And according to the SHASTYE folks, “All monies raised will go towards paying for art supplies at SHASTYE for students of SHASTYE. Two artists exhibiting exceptional passion and performance will receive one month of free art classes of their choice!”


About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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