A day in the country is good for everybody.

The Queens County Farm Museum will host its Autism-Friendly Program for Families on Wednesday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please note that this event was postponed after this article’s publication to Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 9 a.m.

Experienced educators will lead small, interactive tours of the growing fields, sensory gardens, and landmarked Cornell Farmhouse slightly before regular visitor hours when the venue is quiet.

Participants will also observe Queens Farm’s livestock, which includes alpaca, goats, hens, pigs, sheep, and steer. They will be able to feed alfalfa to the goats.

Plus, hayrides via a tractor-pulled cart will be available.

Structure breaks are included, and a special trip preparation sheet – called a “Social Story” — is available.

Developed in collaboration with the Historic House Trust of NYC and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, this program was created for families with children between six and 18 years of age, at least one of whom is on the Autism spectrum. This is the third summer that Queens Farm has offered it.

Tickets cost $8 per person, and pre-registration is required. Caregivers are required to stay with their children at all times.

In operation since 1697, Queens Farm is New York City’s largest remaining farmland. It’s located on a bit more than 47 acres in Glen Oaks, and in addition to the historic farmhouse, it features a glass greenhouse, restored barns, fields, a vineyard, a corn patch, beehives, and heavy farm machinery.

The entrance is at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. The venue is fully handicap accessible, but it’s not easily accessible by subway. The Q46 and QM6 express buses have nearby stops.

Images: Queens Farm


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