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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 16, 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 16, 2013 - Hollis

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

Smarty Pants: Upcycled Tote Bag - Woodside Library
January 16, 2013 - Woodside

In this sewing workshop participants ages 9-14 will learn how to recycle a pair of old pants into a sassy tote using fancy stitching and rescued fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind bag to add to their collections.

Japanese Monsters - Far Rockaway Library
January 16, 2013 - Far Rockaway

Think you know monsters? Think again! Explore the creepy denizens of the island of Japan, from shapeshifting foxes and ghostly cats to hopping umbrellas, burning wheels, and other strange creatures of the weird. Bring an open mind; we'll be filling it with some crazy new stories of things that go bump on the night.

NOOK Night - Barnes and Noble- Utopia Center
January 16, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Welcome to the wonderful world of NOOK! Guest can bring their NOOK to this workshop and learn all they need to know about these award-winning eBook Readers. Attendees can learn how the family of NOOKs will fit in with their family.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 16, 2013 - Garden City

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

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 17, 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. Weekly meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Smarty Pants: Upcycled Tote Bag - Woodside Library
January 17, 2013 - Woodside

In this sewing workshop participants ages 9-14 will learn how to recycle a pair of old pants into a sassy tote using fancy stitching and rescued fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind bag to add to their collections.

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
January 17, 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.

Fun Wii Friday - Hollis Library
January 18, 2013 - Hollis

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

Teen Happy Hour - Flushing Library
January 18, 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 18, 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.

Video and Board Games - Rochdale Village Library
January 18, 2013 - Jamaica

Children can enjoy various board and video game activities.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 18, 2013 - Garden City

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

Pirate Pete's Parrot - The Little Secret Theatre
January 19, 2013 - Long Island City

Climb on board and get ready for adventure in this new children's musical. The play revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly, who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed.

New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - Nassau Coliseum
January 19, 2013 - Uniondale

It will be a hot, hot time on the ice. Get ready to root for your favorite team.

Storybook Discovery Days - The Voelker Orth Museum
January 19, 2013 - Flushing

Parents can cultivate the joys of reading in their young children when they come into the parlor for a special treat. Join Karyn Mooney and Dr. Marge Hendler at this reading series for young children six and under. The session includes an art or nature activity.

Family Art Project: Freedom Pillows - Wave Hill
January 19, 2013 - Bronx

Draw on the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and traditional African American quilts to display your own personal dream of freedom. Choose from a wide array of cloth, yarn, and felt to embellish a pillowcase for your dream-time wish.

Top 40 Rock and Dance Music with Stir Crazy - Flushing Library
January 19, 2013 - Flushing

Rock like crazy, with bassist Arty, lead guitarist Glenn, vocalist Nikki, and drummer Nick. The beat never stops. Teens can enjoy dancing to the music of Pink, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and more.

Real Ninjas - Flushing Library
January 19, 2013 - Flushing

Think you know ninjas? Think again! Discover the shadowy history of the shinobi, and learn about some ninjas who actually lived and how they struck fear into the hearts of samurai and soldier alike.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Central Library
January 19, 2013 - Jamaica

Everyone can enjoy this annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joy Kelley will share amazing tales of the civil rights movement along with her personal connection to this great historical figure. Afterward participants can create an art project inspired by King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Winter Fan Club - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 19, 2013 - Douglaston

Children between the ages of 3-4 can enjoy a snack while listening to wonderful stories about winter. Experiences include dramatic play, movement games, meeting live animals, and crafts that are related to these fantastic stories. Participants must be toilet trained.

Young Discoverers Club: Watching Weather - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 19, 2013 - Douglaston

Calling all scientists! Put on your thinking caps and answer important environmental questions with fun and easy experiments. Learn about the environment through studies and tests, some can be done with simple household supplies. Discoverers will be taught, hands on, how to create their own weather instruments by using these household materials.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 19, 2013 - 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.

The 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Scholarship Breakfast - First Baptist Church - Fellow Hall
January 19, 2013 - East Elmhurst

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, this memorial and ecumenical event provides college scholarships to students in the Queens community. In an attempt to keep the dream alive, and youth aware of the mighty works of Dr. King in his attempt to "eradicate racism and bring about justice, students are required to submit an essay theme, on various events of the Life of Dr. King, or the events of the Civil Rights Movement. The program features greetings from community orginations, an Afro centric dance salute to Dr. King, music and more. The winners of the essay contest will read their submission- 28 Years of Keeping The Dream Alive.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - 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, Jan. 1-27.

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.

Traveling Exhibit: Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Garden City

Be the first to explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem -- and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth; pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" — a buggy variation on Twister. The exhibit runs through February 3, 2013.

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 24, 2013 - Bronx

Take refuge from winter by retreating to Tropical Paradise - a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. You'll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York. View The Beauty of Paradise: A Photographic Tour during regular Garden hours. See a photographic display of tropical paradises around the world. Learn about plants and flowers found in tropical climes through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the US partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone. Inside the cozy Discovery Center in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants in Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders. Pot up a specimen plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood; make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season. On view January 19-February 24. Please confirm hours on the day of your visit by calling 718-817-8700.

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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