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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 9, 2013

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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!

Laptops for Teens - Hollis Library
January 09, 2013 - Hollis

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

Zumba Workshop for Teens - Briarwood Library
January 09, 2013 - Briarwood

Join Audrey Bright for an exhilarating Zumba workout designed especially for teens. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.

Scrappy Scarf: a Sewing Workshop - Pomonok Library
January 09, 2013 - Flushing

A scarf is the perfect way to complete a look while staying warm in the winter. Young people ages 9-14 will use various materials to create unique neckpieces.

Chess Club - Poppenhusen Library
January 09, 2013 - College Point

Teens and children of all ages are invited to enjoy a challenging game of chess. Beginners are welcome.

Toddler Time - Hillcrest Library
January 09, 2013 - Flushing

Children ages 2-3 years and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and lots of fun.

PS 151 Open House - The Magnet School of Global Communicationand Foreign Language School
January 09, 2013 - Woodside

The Magnet Schools of Global Communication and Foreign Language School, PS 151, is part of the international baccalaureate program which is accepted world-wide as an accredited standard of excellence. Students at PS 151 have the opportunity to learn Spanish. The school has a new library, computers in each classroom, music and art classes, and after-school enrichment activities. All classes are rigorous and standards based.

Have No Fear Storytime - Barnes and Noble-Utopia Center
January 09, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Young children can learn all about being brave and overcoming fears. Staff read from kid-friendly books such as Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley and My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 09, 2013 - Garden City

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

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Nassau Coliseum
January 10, 2013 - Uniondale

Treasure Trove is Disney On Ice's newest skating spectacular. Enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses --Tiana, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the 'Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock. Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 10, 2013 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 11-14, can try their hand at acting, and perform in a live show especially for kids. Budding actors, musicians, scenery artists, sound effects techs, and stagehands are needed. Meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Flushing Anime Club - Flushing Library
January 10, 2013 - Flushing

Teens and Otakus can enjoy this meeting spot in front of the television. Find out the latest manga news and recommendations followed by screenings.

Picture Book Time - Cambria Heights Library
January 10, 2013 - Cambria Heights

Children 3-5 years and their caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays.

Slime Time Presented by Mad Science - North Hills Library
January 10, 2013 - Little Neck

Children ages 5-12 can ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around by creating slime with the Mad Science recipe and entering the Slime Olympics. Kids get to take home their very own slime concoction, too. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Beaded Jewelry Creations - Woodside Library
January 10, 2013 - Woodside

Show your creativity and have fun making bracelets and necklaces with an assortment of gorgeous beads in designs ranging from simple to complex. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
January 10, 2013 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These Spanish 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.

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Nassau Coliseum
January 11, 2013 - Uniondale

Treasure Trove is Disney On Ice's newest skating spectacular. Enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses --Tiana, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the 'Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock. Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards.

Fun Wii Friday - Hollis Library
January 11, 2013 - Hollis

Calling all teens. Enjoy an afternoon of socializing and Wii games.

Teen Happy Hour - Flushing Library
January 11, 2013 - Flushing

Teens can end their week playing video games, board games, listening to music, and just hanging out with their friends.

Tiger Tots: Kung Fu for Little Ones - Briarwood Library
January 11, 2013 - Briarwood

Children ages 5 and younger can enjoy a mix of traditional Chinese kung fu exercise, music, fun, and fitness with kung fu black belt and children's music specialist Emily Ellison. Participants should wear comfy clothes and be prepared to take their shoes and socks off to wiggle your toes. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Mother Goose Time - Douglaston-Little Neck Library
January 11, 2013 - Little Neck

Children between 9 and 24 months can enjoy singing nursery rhymes, listening to stories, and learning about Mother Goose and her friends. Space is limited.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 11, 2013 - Garden City

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

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Nassau Coliseum
January 12, 2013 - Uniondale

Treasure Trove is Disney On Ice's newest skating spectacular. Enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses --Tiana, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the 'Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock. Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards.

Family Art Project: HIbernator's Den - Wave Hill
January 12, 2013 - Bronx

Get to know the local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make your own furry bear, bat, toad, or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Recycled Energy - New York Hall of Science
January 12, 2013 - Flushing

Learn about sustainability with hands-on workshops based on the people and projects featured in the ReGeneration exhibition. Make a USB solar charger that charges everyday electronic devices. Tamara Sabler and Zach Smart will explain how photovoltaic systems have been applied to Biomodd [NYC4], a ReGeneration installation. Space is limited, a small materials fee will be charged.

Young Chefs – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Banana Split Shakes - Douglaston Library
January 12, 2013 - Douglaston

Young Chefs between the ages of 7 and 12 come out of the cold and enjoy the morning by preparing delicious homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split shakes. All materials included. Preregistration is required.

Snowfest - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 12, 2013 - Douglaston

Children between the ages of 3-4 can enjoy a day of fun in the "snow". Even if there is no snow outside, children will enjoy the pretend "snow" inside. Make a silly snowperson, do a craft, and have a snack, and sing songs, as well as do games live animals and a nature walk. Participants must be toilet trained. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday Science Lab - Central Library
January 12, 2013 - Jamaica

Discover the wild and amazing world under the guidance of the Discovery Team. Children in Grades 1-6 will execute awesome experiments, learn something new, and enjoy educational fun at this lab.

DOTTY DOT! - The Secret Theatre
January 12, 2013 - Long Island City

This musical delight, depicts a day in the life of a very bossy little girl and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play (which Dotty will OBVIOUSLY direct)! Filled with memorable songs, colorful characters and valuable lessons, this show can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Saltwater Stories: Back to the Bay - Long Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Garden City

Explore the maritime culture of Long Island including fishing, cuisine, industry, history, ecology, arts and crafts. Meet many folk artists that will teach you about the traditional ways of life that help shape the cultural and economic development of Long Island and animals that inhabit our waterways.

Trout Fishing in America - Long Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Garden City

Blending humor with country and folk music, �Trout Fishing in America,� set the standard for family musical duos. Keith Grimwood (bass) and Ezra Idlet (guitar/banjo) have received critical attention for their family music, including four Grammy Award nominations, National Indie and Parents Choice awards.

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.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 01, 2027 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, January 1-27.


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