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Precincts take Western Queens for night out on the town

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:15 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

110th Precinct

The 110th Precinct pulled out all the stops for the Corona community during its Night Out Against Crime event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Kids were granted free access to the Queens Zoo’s petting farm as well as unlimited rides on the park’s carousel, roller coaster and bumper cars.

As if that wasn’t enough, inflatable obstacle courses and a bouncy castle were set up for kids to play on.

In addition to hot dogs, ice cream, soda and other treats, attendees could line up for a free New York Mets T-shirt at the team’s table where a surprise visit from Mr. Met himself took all the children by surprise.

The Fire Department was on hand to give out information and allow any aspiring firefighters to try on their heavy coats to see if they have what it takes.

Of course there were balloon animals, games and face painting. Jasleen, 5, was very patient for her Hello Kitty ink.

Community Board 4, the Queens Library and other groups had tables set up to answer questions and offer free giveaways for the kids.

Toward the end of the event, officers participated in a scrimmage softball game and Mr. Met threw out the first pitch.

115th Precinct

The 115th Precinct’s Night Out event was a wet and wild experience for all.

Set in Northern Playground, just across the street from the precinct in Jackson Heights, kids ran and splashed in the sprinklers and took part in a water balloon fight that quickly turned into a game of boys versus girls.

The girls came out victorious.

Hot 97, the radio station, brought its van and offered giveaways and played music.

The New York Mets also had a table set up and Mr. Met or his wife Mrs. Met was scheduled to make a brief appearance.

Elected officials, including state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), all had tables set up.

Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) was on hand to meet and greet some of his constituents.

The face painters were particularly skilled and created special designs for each kid who wanted one, including Spider-Man, Batman and a tiger.

The longest line was for the food, which included rice and beans, pasta and free White Castle hamburgers.

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