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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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Your options are limitless if you're looking for fun and educational family and kids weekend activities in Queens. Whether your child enjoys animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have a few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Aki Sasamoto - Centripetal Run - The Chocolate Factory Theater
November 28, 2012 - Long Island City

There is a proud stalker in pursuit of a perfect opposite. Between them lies the gray mass of a heavy ocean; matter expands and expunges little bubbles of wishes. Centripetal Run explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives, and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe. The sculptural arrangement is a theatrical cosmology, and the performer unfolds, negotiates, and psychologically challenges its matter of factness.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble- Utopia Center
November 28, 2012 - Fresh Meadows

Parents can foster the love of reading in their little ones each week. Different authors and themes will be featured. Note that the weekly Wednesday Storytimes have replaced the weekly Tuesday Storytimes.

Basic Design & Animation - Arverne Library
November 28, 2012 - Arverne

Calling future animators! Teens can show off their creativity and artists flair when they learn how to create logos and animations via PowerPoint.

Family Bounce Night - BounceU of College Point
November 28, 2012 - College Point

Enjoy the endless excitement of the giant inflatables and games. A great way to bond with the whole family. Bounce and play for 2 hours or use the last 30 minutes for dinner(separate price). Whether you have two kids or 12, Family Bounce Night is easy, it's affordable, and it's lots of fun. Adults are free with a paying child. Pre-payment required to secure a reservation and is non-refundable.

Mother Goose - Windsor Park Library
November 29, 2012 - Bayside

Children ages 8 to 23 months, can enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays. Preregistration is required.

Storytime - East Elmhurst Library
November 29, 2012 - East Elmhurst

Children ages 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Story Time - Hollis Library
November 29, 2012 - Hollis

Children ages 3 and up can enjoy listening to wonderful stories.

Picture Book Storytime - Lefferts Library
November 29, 2012 - Richmond Hill

Children ages 2 to 5 years can enjoy stories, songs, and dancing. A parent or other caregiver must be present.

Preschool Storytime - Pomonok Library
November 29, 2012 - Flushing

Young childrend ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Picture Books for Preschoolers - Forest Hills Library
November 29, 2012 - Forest Hills

Children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or other adult caregiver will hear great stories and rhymes, sing songs, learn fingerplays, and do movement activities. Preschoolers develop their language, early literacy, and school readiness skills while having fun. Preregistration begins at 2pm in the Children's Area.

Shirley Valentine - Queens Theatre
November 29, 2012 - Flushing

This event has been cancelled.

Aki Sasamoto - Centripetal Run - The Chocolate Factory Theater
November 29, 2012 - Long Island City

There is a proud stalker in pursuit of a perfect opposite. Between them lies the gray mass of a heavy ocean; matter expands and expunges little bubbles of wishes. Centripetal Run explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives, and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe. The sculptural arrangement is a theatrical cosmology, and the performer unfolds, negotiates, and psychologically challenges its matter of factness.

NY Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers - Nassau Coliseum
November 29, 2012 - Uniondale

Come out and root for your favorite hockey team.

Language Immersion at LICM - Long Island Children's Museum
November 29, 2012 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These French workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. A different theme will be covered each week and a class project and song will be used to reinforce learning. Take home activities will also be distributed at the end of each class.

Compost your Food Scraps! - Queens Public Library at Steinway
Through November 30, 2012 - Astoria

Parents can teach their children about sustainability by modeling green behaviors like composting. Simply bring your food scraps including fruit and vegetable scraps like peels, skins, or seeds), coffee grounds (including the paper filter), tea bags, eggshells, nutshells, plain bread, and pasta (no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop off location. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn the rest of your food waste into a nutrient-rich compost.

Children's Storytime - Arverne Library
November 30, 2012 - Arverne

Children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music, and crafts.

Shirley Valentine - Queens Theatre
November 30, 2012 - Flushing

This event has been cancelled.

Aki Sasamoto - Centripetal Run - The Chocolate Factory Theater
November 30, 2012 - Long Island City

There is a proud stalker in pursuit of a perfect opposite. Between them lies the gray mass of a heavy ocean; matter expands and expunges little bubbles of wishes. Centripetal Run explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives, and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe. The sculptural arrangement is a theatrical cosmology, and the performer unfolds, negotiates, and psychologically challenges its matter of factness.

Lego World Builders - Glendale Library
November 30, 2012 - Glendale

Children ages 6 and up can show their creativity and enjoy building projects.

Preschool Bounce - Bounce U–College Point
November 30, 2012 - College Point

Little ones can play like Tiger and bounce, bounce, bounce. Enjoy the inflatables, giggles and fun. Adults or Guardians are free with a paying child. Walk-ins will not be accepted if an event is full. Pre-payment is required to secure a reservation and is non-refundable.

Toddler Storytime - Forest Hills Library
November 30, 2012 - Forest Hills

Toddlers 18 to 35 months and their parents or adult caregivers may enjoy listening to picture books, singing songs, learning fingerplays, and joining in lively movement games, all while developing vocabulary and social skills. Preregistration is required.

Aki Sasamoto - Centripetal Run - The Chocolate Factory Theater
December 01, 2012 - Long Island City

There is a proud stalker in pursuit of a perfect opposite. Between them lies the gray mass of a heavy ocean; matter expands and expunges little bubbles of wishes. Centripetal Run explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives, and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe. The sculptural arrangement is a theatrical cosmology, and the performer unfolds, negotiates, and psychologically challenges its matter of factness.

Pirate Pete's Parrot - The Secret Theatre
December 01, 2012 - Long Island City

Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

Karaoke At The Movies - The Lion King - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
December 01, 2012 - Bayside

The highest-grossing animated film of the 20th century, The Lion King, will be shown at QPAC as part of a one-of-a-kind interactive family-oriented film series. Here, the crowd sings (and dances) along with their favorite characters without an ounce of apprehension. These movies are captioned. Trivia contest with prizes before each showing. The most enthusiastic singalong participant wins a $100 cash prize.

Holiday Kids' Bazaar in Astoria - Minoas Cretan Social Club
December 01, 2012 - Astoria

Come shop for unique items and beautiful hand-crafted gifts for children created by talented local artisans and designers, at this bazzar sponsored by The Story Nook Children's Bookstore and babyNOIR Boutique. A portion of the funds that day will be raised for the Queens Library. In addition The Story Nook will be showcasing a wonderful selection of educational book/toy gifts and babyNOIR with their new winter children's clothing line, a local photographer will have a photo corner set up for kids’ portrait session,raffles, live music and more.

Sea Turtle Cold Stun Lectures - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 01, 2012 - Douglaston

Learn how you can help rescue sea turtles. "Cold-stunning? is a process that causes sea turtles to become immobile due to the dramatic decrease in water temperature (usually below 50�F) making it impossible for them to escape the cold water and migrate to warmer water. Once these turtles wash up on our beaches, it is a race for time. A cold-stunned sea turtle may appear to be dead, but may actually be alive!

Leaf Fest - Rainey Park
December 01, 2012 - Astoria

Rake leaves with family and friends. good way to get some exercise and care for the waterfront. Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
December 01, 2012 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macy Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then join us at the Monthly Meetings and be a part of the fun!

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 01, 2012 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

First Night and Tree Lighting - Old Westbury Gardens
December 01, 2012 - Old Westbury

Be among the first to view Westbury House in its holiday splendor, enchantingly illuminated for this special evening. The House will be filled with live holiday music and will feature a performance by members of the Bethel Concert Choir, a visit by Santa Claus, a tree lighting ceremony on the South Terrace at 8:15pm, and light refreshments. Advance registration required. Please call 516-333-0048 Ext. 301 or register online. Present a non-expired Bank of America ATM, debit or credit card for free general admission this weekend.

Westbury House Visit and Craft Workshop - Old Westbury Gardens
December 01, 2012 - Old Westbury

Visit Westbury House as part of your holiday tradition. With decorated period rooms, Santa, cookies and cider, the holiday celebration is a must for the entire family. Extend the fun as kids create holiday crafts at 10am-1pm when they make ornaments to decorate Santa's tree. Present a non-expired Bank of America ATM, debit or credit card for free general admission this weekend.

Wreath-Making Workshop - Queens County Farm Museum
December 01, 2012 - Floral Park

Enjoy making a beautiful evergreen wreath at these workshops. All materials provided, you only need to bring a garden shear. Advance registration and payment required.

ALS 23rd Annual Holiday Party - Broad Channel VFW
December 01, 2012 - Broad Channel

Show your support for the American Littoral Society at this holiday fundraiser in scenic Broad Channel. Cost includes buffet dinner, drinks, dessert, and great door prizes, a Silent Auction, a fun Ugly Auction, and performances by the Don Diego Flamenco Dance Company. Enjoy a guided nature hike at nearby Jamaica Bay Refuge at 3pm. Send check to: American Littoral Society, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693 or pay online at http://alsholidayparty.eventbrite.com

Colombia de Fiesta! - Thalia Spanish Theatre
Through December 09, 2012 - Sunnyside

This performance, featuring Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez's band, celebrates the diverse music and dance traditions of Colombia.

Nintendo Holiday Mall Experience - Queens Center Mall
Through December 16, 2012 - Elmhurst

Brighten the holiday season with Nintendo and check out all of the latest games for the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Nov.9-Dec. 16. Receive expert gaming tips from the Nintendo Gurus, and get gift ideas for your friends and family. Located in the Nintendo Home Entertainment Area.

Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales at the Farm - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 24, 2012 - Floral Park

Enjoy shopping at this holiday sale Dec. 1 through Dec. 24. Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.

Santa Photos - Queens Center Mall-JC Penny Wing
Through December 24, 2012 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town, Nov 17-Dec 24. He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers. See Santa in his winter wonderland house located on the Level 3. Special hours on Dec. 9 12-4pm, and pet photo night 6-8:30pm.

New York City Ballet Presents George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through December 30, 2012 - Upper West Side

A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets. You'll meet marching toy soldiers, little Marie, and the valiant Nutcracker who saves her from the villainous, seven-headed Mouse King. Tschaikovsky's incomparable score is joined by hundreds of dazzling costumes, a one-ton tree that magically grows and grows, and a million watts of illuminated excitement.

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. "Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."

Molecules and Health - New York Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2012 - Flushing

Molecules come in different shapes and sizes. Their shapes tell us a lot about what they do and how they interact with each other. You can't see molecules, but they're everywhere. These microscopic building blocks make up everything around you. Discover how molecules shape our bodies, medicines, and world in this hands-on exhibition.

'The Little Engine That Could' Puppet Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through December 31, 2012 - Bronx

This classic tale is brought to life in a presentation by New York City-based puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain.

Building Boom with KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA encourages you to conceive, then build, the design project of your dreams -- bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You?ll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design. Building Boom with KEVA brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us as you problem solve and think in three dimension. Uniform in size, KEVA planks use only gravity ? no glue or connectors. You'll dabble with physics to achieve balance, proportion and stability. Stumped for a design project? Draw inspiration from 50 permanent building models on display. This exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibit features more than 400 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video, and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States. Transcendent in scope, this exhibit examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North America, and it explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined.

KaleidoZone - Chaos and Containment - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Chaos and Containment are two psychological states all human beings experience in varying degrees and intensity. This exhibit intends to inspire and foster conversations pertaining to the differences and parallels between art made by artists and art made by artists with mental disabilities. Visitors will see and appreciate each other�s qualities even if those go hidden behind us being distracted by out-of-the-norm behaviors caused by a disability. This exhibit features a selection of work that was created in an art therapy workshop at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science. Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing

View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dick Tracy Returns in Tut's Fever - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through February 28, 2013 - Astoria

Kids can spend the winter with an original super hero, Dec.1 through Feb. 28. Enjoy screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut's Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. This sequel to the original Dick Tracy serial finds Dick battling spies and saboteurs in his quest to bring the notorious Stark crime gang to justice.

The Art of 'Rise of the Guardians' - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 03, 2013 - Astoria

"Rise of the Guardians," the new animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, is a visually enthralling film based on William Joyce's "The Guardians of Childhood" book series, with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and other beloved characters reinterpreted as action heroes in a parable about the ongoing struggle between good and evil. This gallery exhibition takes a look behind the scenes, revealing the innovative collaborative process behind the making of the film. Original artwork, both digital and hand-drawn, an exclusive time-lapse video presentation of in-process footage progressing to the finished film, and a revealing documentary that takes us into the DreamWorks Animation studio, show how the colorful world of the movie and its memorable characters were created. An accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and special holiday screenings, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the finest films from DreamWorks Animation, including the Shrek and Madagascar series, "Antz," "How to Train Your Dragon," and much more, in a theatrical setting. Note: The documentary "Creating an Epic" (directed by Patrick Hanenberger; 70 minutes) will screen continuously in the Bartos Screening Room from 2pm-close on weekdays and 12-6pm on weekends. The exhibit is organized by guest curator Jenny He and chief curator David Schwartz, presented with support from DreamWorks Animation.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.


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