While in Queens, cinema lovers make sure to walk past KAS, the studio that has been in Astoria for over 90 years. It can be seen when visiting the Museum of the Moving Image, however there is no public access. The studio has produced over 100 silent films during the Silent Era of films, and today shows such as “Orange is the New Black,” “The Slap” and “Sesame Street” have been filmed in the studio.
The charming farmhouse, built by a Dutch family at the end of the Revolutionary War and situated in Prospect Park, is a museum of family life in Brooklyn in the 1820s. The period rooms and working garden are open to the public. Hands-on craft activities for children can include candle making, playtime with traditional toys, and butter churning.
Th-Su noon-5 pm
Suggested donation: $3
Inquisitive children and parents engage in hands-on discovery and fun with models and exhibits centered around such topics as the environment, health and invention. The facility also contains the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater and the Joseph D. Williams 3-D Science Theater.
Hours: M-F 9 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-5:30 pm
General admission: $22.75 adults, $18.75 children ages 2-12
This guided bike tour is a fun way to see the city and learn about NYC through storytelling. Loudest Yeller uses bright yellow Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bikes and provides helmets (though feel free to bring your own!) for a safe ride. Rain or shine, up to 16 people can take a tour at a time and all guides have their NYC Sightseeing Guide Licenses. Tours are currently available by reservation only.
Hours: Living City Day Tour begins at 11:00am (daily) and lasts 4.5 hours; Two Bridges Night Bike Tour (nightly) begins at 7:00pm and lasts 4 hours.
Admission: $45 per person
Extravagantly decorated by his wife, Lucille, the house in which Satchmo lived for nearly 30 years is now a museum dedicated to one of the most influential figures in jazz history. Escorted tours (40 mins) are offered on the hour (last tour at 4 pm).
Hours: Tu-F 10 am-5 pm, Sa-Su noon-5 pm
Admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors (65+)/students/children, children under 5 free
The 85,000-square-foot NYC incarnation of the British-based wax attraction features lifelike sculptures of sports legends, political figures, musical icons and entertainment A-listers, plus Ghostbusters: Dimension, a hyper-reality experience; Marvel Super Heroes 4-D Experience, including interactive areas, wax figures and a film adventure; and Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway, a new interactive exhibition. Photo ops abound and selfies are encouraged.
Standard Hours: Su-Th 9 am-10 pm, F-Sa 9 am-midnight. Standard admission: $34
This historic structure, built in 1873, is an exquisite series of rooms, including the Corinthian Room, which includes handwrought plaster details set in gilt and vibrant colors. The hall is operated by the Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Home, and is headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York and The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Library and Museum. Tours are free and are conducted M-Sa, 10:30 am and 2:15 pm.