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A Family Day in Queens: MoMI, Arepas, and More!

Open your kids’ minds to design and film—and some of the many cultures in the most diverse borough in NYC.

Photo by Nicholas Knight

Spend a sophisticated day of design and film in the most royal of our boroughs. Grade-schoolers through college kids will love these inspiring, off-the-beaten-path spots.

SNACK: Turkish Pastries at Güllüoglu Baklava Cafe

Choose from an array of Turkish desserts, like walnut- or pistachio-filled baklava and kazandibi (a thick, milky pudding topped with a caramelized coating). 30-92 31st Street, Astoria

DO: Go Zen at the Noguchi Museum

This elegant temple to design (dedicated to the work of Japanese artist and designer Isamu Noguchi) is minimalist, with a very zen feeling, but the art is sculptural and sensual—kids can walk around it and experience it more physically than they could if it were hanging on a wall. 9-10 33rd Street, Long Island City

EAT: Arepas at Arepas Cafe

Queens is known for its wide-ranging ethnic cuisine, but under-the-radar Venezuelan spot Arepas Cafe offers a rare treat for lunch. 33-07 36th Avenue, Astoria

DO: Visit the Museum of the Moving Image

The star of the show at this young filmmaker’s paradise is “The Jim Henson Exhibition.” 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria

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