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#InTheLoop | Play or Watch Sports in Queens
Aug. 2-Aug. 8, Aug. 20-Aug. 26
Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Corona
Get a ticket to a baseball game at the home field of the New York Mets. You can score a freebie on selected days: Free Shirt Fridays for all fans, Bobblehead Saturdays for first 25,000 fans. Upcoming home games will be against the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals.
Saturdays & Sundays, until Aug. 25
Daniel O’Connell Park, 113-1 196th St., St. Albans
Launched in 2005 by rapper LL Cool J, Jump & Ball is a free and fun-filled basketball camp serving hundreds of kids from Southeast Queens. The program is an opportunity for participants ages 8 to 17 to learn the game of basketball and learn team building and leadership skills. Register online.
Wednesdays, 6 pm-9 pm
Riis Park Beach, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway
Watch a game every Wednesday night, presented by the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League. Stay for dinner or drinks from the Riis Park Beach Bazaar food vendors.
Saturday, Aug. 11 & Sunday, Aug. 12
28th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York
Meadow Lake inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park
More than 120 dragon boat teams compete on the fifth moon (or fifth month) of the lunar calendar. In addition to the race, attendees can enjoy a food court, Asian folk arts, family activities, and live performances.
Sunrise Stables at Lindenwood, 80-98 Linden Blvd., Howard Beach, or 88-03 70th Rd., Forest Hills
Although specialized in therapeutic horsemanship programs for those with disabilities and special needs, GallopNYC also offers riding sessions to the general public. Choose from two locations (Lindenwood and Forest Hills) and a variety of packages, including private lessons, semi-private lessons and group trail lessons. Beginner and advanced riders are welcome. Prices start at $55. (718) 261-7679.
Rockaway Jet Ski has all kinds of tours and other water challenges, including kayaking and the Tarzan Boat. The address is 375 Beach 92nd St., Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
KAYAKING & CANOEING
Sunday, Aug. 19, 1-4 pm
Anable Basin, 4-40 44th Dr., Long Island City and 31-02 Vernon Blvd., Astoria
LIC Boathouse offers two locations for free leisure kayaking and canoeing. Wear clothing that can get wet and paddle under the sun for 20 minutes. No experience needed. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Saturday, Aug. 11, 8-10 am
The Corona Mile
100 Flushing Meadows Pedestrian Bridge inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Corona gets its first USA Track & Field Certified 1 Mile Route thanks to Queens Distance Runners, an organization that promotes local races throughout the year. Register to participate or simply stop by to cheer on the runners. Free photos and refreshments after the race.
Aug. 27 to Sept. 9
US Open 2018
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the US Open, and although the Grand Slam tournament has evolved a lot since its first match, it has always taken place in Queens (first in Forest Hills and then in Flushing). Fans can enter the grounds for free on Thursday, Sept. 6, from noon to 5 pm. Tickets are needed for the other days.
11 am – 7 pm daily (for outdoor pools)
Outdoor pool season ends on Sunday, Sept. 9
(mini pools will close on Labor Day, Sept. 3)
Find fun for all ages. Choose from 10 local outdoor and indoor pools, varying from olympic to mini size. Most are free, but a few do require a day pass or membership. Keep in mind the free outdoor pools close for a cleaning break from 3 pm to 4 pm. See list of pools.
This is an ongoing list. More will be added.
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