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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!

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
December 12, 2012 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

'The Knickerbocker Suite' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
December 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

"The Knickerbocker Suite," a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention.

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show - Barnes and Noble-Utopia Center
December 12, 2012 - Fresh Meadows

Kids ages 4-7 can enjoy the author Michael Buckley when he reads from this book that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary. The story unfolds as a performance in which readers themselves become part of the audience, encouraging Kel to get dressed all by himself(without a net), eat new foods like broccoli(eww), and take a bath(gasp).

Picture Book and Storytelling Hour - Rosedale Library
December 12, 2012 - Rosedale

Children and their parents or other caregivers enjoy looking at picture books, listening to stories, interlaced with singing, fingerplays, and dancing.

Arts and Crafts - Auburndale Library
December 12, 2012 - Flushing

Children ages 5-12 will create seasonal decorations in time for the holidays.

Laptops for Teens - Hollis Library
December 13, 2012 - Hollis

Calling all teens: Come learn how to use a laptop to complete homework assignments, and play fun games.

Video Game Academy - Pomonok Library
December 13, 2012 - Flushing

Do you eat, sleep, and breathe video games? During this program, kids learn how to design and build games and mazes using the software program Scratch. This series is recommended for ages 10-14.

Origami Workshop - Seaside Library
December 13, 2012 - Rockaway Park

Kids can learn how to make fun and easy origami projects. Make something different every week. Free supplies!

Language Immersion at LICM - Long Island Children's Museum
December 13, 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.

Cream Tea and Tour - Old Westbury Gardens
December 13, 2012 - Old Westbury

Call a group of friends and relatives and enjoy cream tea, which features scones, clotted cream and jam, and tea. Then take a tour of magical Westbury House. Each room is designed and decorated with natural greenery to produce a wonderful aroma of the season. End the tour by purchasing unique gifts for loved ones in the Gift Shop. Call 516-333-0048 Ext. 301 to register or go online.

'The Knickerbocker Suite' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
December 13, 2012 - Upper West Side

"The Knickerbocker Suite," a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention.

Toddler Storytime - Forest Hills Library
December 14, 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.

NYC Puppet Theatre's 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' Holiday Musical - Springfield Gardens High School Auditorium
December 14, 2012 - Springfield Gardens

Geared towards elementary school children, this unique holiday puppet show will showcase holiday puppets and holiday themes. Starring puppets Santa Claus and his Elves, some of the musical and dramatic presentations include traditional holiday standards : “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”; “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”; “Jingle Bells”; “Feliz Navidad”; “Happy Hanukkah”; “Happy Kwanzaa”, and “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

Carols 'n' Cookies 'n' Cocoa 'n' Cheer - The Center at Maple Grove
December 14, 2012 - Kew Gardens

The Friends of Maple Grove presents this happy holiday event for the entire family. Celebrate the joy of the season with warm wishes, delicious treats and music by the renowned choral group, Voices That Blend. They will sing many of the old time favorites providing an elixir against the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and will regenerate your holiday spirit. There will also be a video presentation of Jacob's Gift. The story of how Jacob Riis brought Christmas Caroling to America in 1911 and it all began here in Queens New York!

Read to Me - Briarwood Library
December 14, 2012 - Briarwood

Children ages 3-7 can enjoy an exciting picture book storytime every Friday afternoon.

Jazz Clinic - Flushing Town Hall
December 14, 2012 - Flushing

Jazz isn't just great to listen to, but even more fun to play. If you are interested in jazz and looking to play with other musicians your age, this jazz program is for you. Curriculum/ arrangements by Professor Michael Mossman, Queens College, equipment provided; free round trip metro cards.

'Peter and the Wolf' - Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 14, 2012 - Upper East Side

In what has become an annual holiday tradition, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents ten live performances of Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, "Peter & the Wolf," in a brand-new production combining the visual and the performing arts. Renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will narrate and George Manahan will conduct the Juilliard Ensemble. Artist Will Cotton will bring the production to life with a newly commissioned installation, in which the familiar characters are set within a gingerbread chalet in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim. The audience is invited to view the artwork on stage following the program. The story brings 30 minutes of suspense, including a happy ending, and allows the young and young-at-heart to learn and remember the various instruments in the orchestra.

Celtic Christmas - Old Westbury Gardens
December 14, 2012 - Old Westbury

Nollaig Shona. Light the welcome candle in the window and learn of Celtic Christmas customs during this enchanting night of traditional music, song, and storytelling. Advance registration required. Please call 516-333-0048 Ext. 301 or register online.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
December 14, 2012 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

'The Knickerbocker Suite' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
December 14, 2012 - Upper West Side

"The Knickerbocker Suite," a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention.

Pirate Pete's Parrot - The Secret Theatre
December 15, 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.

SPAM V. 3.0 - A Party of Experimental Performance - Flushing Town Hall
December 15, 2012 - Flushing

Performed by some of the most versatile and engaging young musicians in New York, this is a community-curated party of experimental and classical music and performance art. Queens-based new music ensemble thingNY takes over Flushing Town Hall with a marathon of new compositions and non-positions from composers, writers, video artists, friends, relatives and strangers.

Hands-on History: Decorate the Manor - King Manor Museum
December 15, 2012 - Jamaica

Fun for the entire family. When King Manor was home to Rufus and his family, winter was a time for decorating and bringing greenery inside. Learn about and make historic winter decorations for your own home.

Vienna Boys Choir - Colden Auditorium at Queens College
December 15, 2012 - Flushing

Celebrate the holiday season. The rich musical experience of the Vienna Boys Choir is a fusion of extraordinary talent, singular training, and master artistic direction. Their repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music, providing a varied evening of styles to enthrall every member of the family and audience.

Make Your Own Gingerbread House - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 15, 2012 - Douglaston

Young Chefs between the ages of 7 and 12 come out of the cold and design, build, and decorate their own graham cracker Gingerbread House. Come join the fun and take home a completed masterpiece to show off this holiday season. All materials included. Space is limited,pre-registration required.

An Evening With The Stars - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 15, 2012 - Douglaston

Understand and appreciate the mystery and beauty of the universe with astronomer Mark Freilich. View the moon close up, the Orion Nebula, the Andrometer Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Saturn and Sirius. The program comprises an indoor lecture on basic astronomy and outdoor viewing with a professional telescope, weather permitting. Call 718-229-4000 to register. To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops the venue reserves the right to cancel if the weather forecast calls for rain.

'Peter and the Wolf' - Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 15, 2012 - Upper East Side

In what has become an annual holiday tradition, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents ten live performances of Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, "Peter & the Wolf," in a brand-new production combining the visual and the performing arts. Renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will narrate and George Manahan will conduct the Juilliard Ensemble. Artist Will Cotton will bring the production to life with a newly commissioned installation, in which the familiar characters are set within a gingerbread chalet in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim. The audience is invited to view the artwork on stage following the program. The story brings 30 minutes of suspense, including a happy ending, and allows the young and young-at-heart to learn and remember the various instruments in the orchestra.

Westbury House Visit and Craft Workshop - Old Westbury Gardens
December 15, 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.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
December 15, 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.

Dino'mite Dinosaurs - Alley Pond Environmental Center
December 15, 2012 - Douglaston

Aspiring paleontologists ages 5 and 6 can enjoy a dynamite day of dinosaurs, learn how these prehistoric creatures lived and then pretend to go on an archeological dig. This event includes a craft, a snack, and non-prehistoric animals. Call 718-229-4000 to preregister.

Museum Explorers Club for Families Affected by Autism - Queens Museum Of Art
December 15, 2012 - Flushing

Come explore the Queens Museum of Art with the ArtAccess team. Participants can enjoy new exciting opportunities,travel to partnering museums and cultural spaces; highlights of the Carribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibition. Learn how to view art with your children; make art in the studio inspired by the work in the exhibitions. Exploration and play will help bridge connections to the artwork and build literacy. Groups will include up to 6 families affected by autism. Feel free to include parents, grandparents, and siblings when registering for the workshop. The only requirement is that all registered guests must make art. Call to register.

'The Knickerbocker Suite' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
December 15, 2012 - Upper West Side

"The Knickerbocker Suite," a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention.

Owl Prowl - Old Westbury Gardens
December 15, 2012 - Old Westbury

A wildlife expert from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center will bring live owls for a meet and greet, and later will lead an outdoor search. Following the walk, participants are welcome to visit beautifully decorated Westbury House. Advanced tickets are required.

Family Art Project: Sparkle and Shine - Wave Hill
December 15, 2012 - Bronx

Visiting artist Esperanza Cortes helps ornament soft, fragrant pine boughs with shiny foil, glittery beads, and natural objects, like cones, dried herbs, and spices. Tie up a small sachet to create a glowing, deliciously scented decoration.

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.

Cup o� Snow, Man! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2012 - Garden City

Meet in the Inner Lobby to build your own snowman to take home. Bring to life a �cute as a button� pal with its own unique personality using cups and other fun materials. This program runs through December 21, 2012.

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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