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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly March 13, 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!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! - Nassau Coliseum
March 13, 2013 - Uniondale

Experience high-energy, high-jinx, and hilarity when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze! The colorful circus comes into town as ringmaster Andre McClain, leads his funny and mischievous crew to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart-pounding performances. Clutch your heart as aerial athletes do seemingly impossible feats to the amazement of the crowd. Cheer for a New York City unicycle troupe that mixes a competitive game of basketball while riding their unicycles. This circus is one not to be missed. Amazing.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
March 13, 2013 - Laurelton

Real leaders are made not born. Learn to be a leader at this program for children in grades 3-6.

Timeless Tales - Central Library
March 13, 2013 - Jamaica

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers can story times with a children's librarian. Participants enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, learning activities, and lots of fun. Preregistration is required.

Toddler Story Time - Court Square Library
March 13, 2013 - Long Island City

Read picture books and sing songs. Thirty minutes of fun, laughter, and learning.

Toddler Time - Langston Hughes Library
March 13, 2013 - Corona

Songs, picture books, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts make a fun program for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
March 13, 2013 - Garden City

Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving. Join in for a fun, friendly time.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! - Nassau Coliseum
March 14, 2013 - Uniondale

Experience high-energy, high-jinx, and hilarity when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze! The colorful circus comes into town as ringmaster Andre McClain, leads his funny and mischievous crew to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart-pounding performances. Clutch your heart as aerial athletes do seemingly impossible feats to the amazement of the crowd. Cheer for a New York City unicycle troupe that mixes a competitive game of basketball while riding their unicycles. This circus is one not to be missed. Amazing.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
March 14, 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.

Chess Club - Rochdale Village Library
March 14, 2013 - Jamaica

Calling all budding chess masters. Kids can learn to play chess while making new friends.

Picture Book Time - Jackson Heights Library
March 14, 2013 - Jackson Heights

Children ages 3-6 with their parent or other caregiver, can enjoy afternoon of picture book stories, songs, movement and dance, and coloring or a craft.

Language Immersion at LICM-Korean - Long Island Children's Museum
March 14, 2013 - Garden City

Children's language skills develop rapidly, absorbing everything they hear. Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? Explore basic themes in Korean in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. The series will explore a different theme each week (numbers, fruits, animals, etc). A class project and song will be used each week to reinforce learning.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! - Nassau Coliseum
March 15, 2013 - Uniondale

Experience high-energy, high-jinx, and hilarity when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze! The colorful circus comes into town as ringmaster Andre McClain, leads his funny and mischievous crew to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart-pounding performances. Clutch your heart as aerial athletes do seemingly impossible feats to the amazement of the crowd. Cheer for a New York City unicycle troupe that mixes a competitive game of basketball while riding their unicycles. This circus is one not to be missed. Amazing.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
March 15, 2013 - Laurelton

Real leaders are made not born. Learn to be a leader at this program for children in grades 3-6.

Arts and Crafts - East Flushing Library
March 15, 2013 - East Flushing

Children age 4 and up can participate in arts and crafts sessions Friday afternoons. Preregistration is required prior to the start of class, preferably in person with the instructor.

Fun Wii Fridays - Hollis Library
March 15, 2013 - Hollis

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

Tablao Flamenco- 2013 Spring Season Opener - The Chian Federation
March 15, 2013 - Astoria

Tablao Flamenco is American Bolero Dance Company’s ongoing series of live performances of Flamenco and other styles of dance and music from Spain and Latin America. Under the direction of Gabriela Granados, shows are presented in a cabaret-type format and setting similar to the flamenco clubs (or “tablaos”) in Spain. Each month’s showcase features a varying roster of exceptionally talented artists from New York City and abroad. Food and beverages available a-la-carte, provided by CF Catering. The cast for Tablao Flamenco’s 2013 Spring Season Opener on Friday, March 15 includes dancers Gabriela Granados, Rosa Olympia Estrella, Xianix Barrera, and Erika de Julia, singers Alfonso Cid and Aurora Reyes, guitarist Basilio Georges, and the Ballet Español de Gabriela Granados.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
March 15, 2013 - Garden City

Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving. Join in for a fun, friendly time.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
March 15, 2013 - Flushing

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provokethe senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The world's most famous circus traces the human species from its amphibian state to its human desire to fly. Characters evolve on stage. This production traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, this show illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly?like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze! - Nassau Coliseum
March 16, 2013 - Uniondale

Experience high-energy, high-jinx, and hilarity when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Built To Amaze! The colorful circus comes into town as ringmaster Andre McClain, leads his funny and mischievous crew to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world's best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart-pounding performances. Clutch your heart as aerial athletes do seemingly impossible feats to the amazement of the crowd. Cheer for a New York City unicycle troupe that mixes a competitive game of basketball while riding their unicycles. This circus is one not to be missed. Amazing.

Nature Photography Workshops - Queens Botanical Garden
March 16, 2013 - Flushing

This workshop focuses on Flowers and Macro Photography. Kids, bring their own cameras and learn how to take better nature photos with QBG as their backdrop. Photographer H. David Stein will offer a slide show of examples, and offer pointers on light and composition. Workshops include approximately 45 minutes of outdoor photography followed by a critique of participants' work. Beginning photographers are welcome. Participants must bring their own camera. Registration required. See March 9 for other workshop.

East of the River: Levantera? 5 Boroughs of Music Festival - Flushing Town Hall
March 16, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy musical performances of the highest caliber from all parts of NYC. In their 5BMF debut, the unique ensemble offers a new program, exploring Medieval music of the Mediterranean, Balkans, and Middle East.

Storybook Discovery: The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss! - Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
March 16, 2013 - Flushing

One Fish, Two Fish, let's celebrate! Children can read a selection of Dr. Seuss' most loved books in celebration of his birthday! After reading "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" in the museum's parlor, families will create fish to add to the "fishing pond." The more fish visitors create, the more fish everyone can catch and identify together! Families will also see the museum's koi pond, weather permitting.

The Wizard of Oz - Bay Terrace Jewish Center
March 16, 2013 - Bayside

See why Dorothy says no place like home. Enjoy this family-friendly classic, featuring Dorothy, Toto and all their friends, and a company of over 40 performing one of the most memorable productions and singing such well known songs as Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Family Art Project: Primitive Prints - Wave Hill
March 16, 2013 - Bronx

Search for prints made by critters venturing out into the March mud. Then, with just a few, simple gestures―plus tempera paint and an easy printmaking method―make big, bright, bold prints of your own.

Art For Tots- Playscapes - Noguchi Museum
March 16, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents can learn strategies for engaging their children during museum visits while exploring art materials and The Noguchi Museum galleries as a family. This program is for families with children ages 2-4. Space is limited and reservations are required.

4 Kids' Acting Classes - The Secret Theatre
March 16, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents interested in acting for their children can turn their tiny turnip into a scintillating thespian. Children learn diction, poise, and creativity, all aspects used in acting, as well as everyday life. This program, which runs over 4 weekends, on Feb 23, March 2,9,and 16, gives children a sample of the full-length classes, which includes monologues, scenework, improv, and character development.

Blarney Stone - Long Island Children's Museum
March 16, 2013 - Garden City

The Blarney Stone is a famous stone in Ireland that is thought to have a special power. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab, also referred to as "Blarney Talk," and that you will become a very persuasive speaker. Come decorate your own Blarney Stone and test the legend out for yourself.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 16, 2013 - Garden City

Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream and play-doh. It's the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the museum staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
March 16, 2013 - Flushing

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provokethe senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The world's most famous circus traces the human species from its amphibian state to its human desire to fly. Characters evolve on stage. This production traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, this show illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly --like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Kids with Cameras- Making Movies - Center at Maple Grove Cemetery
March 16, 2013 - Kew Gardens

Interested in making movies? Creative kids and film buffs alike can enjoy this experiential educational program seeking to provide students ages 11-15 with the opportunity to learn the art of documentary filmmaking with the guidance of industry professionals. Students will learn to identify various forms of documentary filmmaking ranging from MTV reality to the traditional narrative made popular by Ken Burns. Students will learn to develop a story idea all the way through to the interview, and learn to effectively use a video camera and proper sound recording. Lastly, students will edit footage and use soundtracks to further shape their story into a powerful, visual form. Kids with Cameras honors the great Hollywood Era Film Director Irving Rapper, who is interred at Maple Grove. Pre-registration required.

The Wizard of Oz - Bay Terrace Jewish Center
Through March 17, 2013 - Bayside

See why Dorothy says no place like home. Enjoy this family-friendly classic, featuring Dorothy, Toto and all their friends, and a company of over 40 performing one of the most memorable productions and singing such well known songs as Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off - Queens Library at Sunnyside
Through March 23, 2013 - Sunnyside

Families can bring their food scraps (fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, including paper filter; tea bags; egg and nut shells; bread and pasta with no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop-off outside Queens Library at Sunnyside, Saturdays through March 23. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn them into nutrient-rich compost. No meat, dairy, bones, or oily foods, please.

Exhibit: Happiness A Visual Poem - Queens Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Flushing

Peace visonary Sri Chinmony believes "Wherever you go, take happiness with you." Celebrate the first UN International Day of Happiness (March 20, 2013), recognizing happiness as a fundamental human goal. This exhibit, sponsored by The United Nations Staff Recreation Council, combines the poetry of peace visionary, Sri Chinmoy, with vivid photographic images, the viewer is invited to participate in an interactive experience of the heart. The program includes a panel discussion, selected film screenings, children's events and participatory opportunities, including work from the Kingdom of Bhutan, sponsor of the UN General Assembly Resolution, Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development. The program runs from March 3-24. The exhibit will also The exhibit will also include a panel discussion, selected film screenings, children's events and participatory opportunities. © 2013 QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART | New York City Building | Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Queens, NY 11368 | (718) 592-9700 | info@queensmuseum.org site: deSIGN EVOLution

Easter Bunny Photos - Queens Center Mall
Through March 30, 2013 - Elmhurst

Hippity-Hoppity, Easter is on it's way. Enjoy at visit with the Easter Bunny March 9 through March 30: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Level 3, JCpenney Wing, for Photos and a Free Gift, while supplies last. Peter will be working hard, and will need a little Bunny Break. See break schedule as follows: Monday - Saturday: 2:15pm-2:45pm and 5:15pm-5:45pm; Sunday: 2:15pm-3pm.

Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibit - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through March 31, 2013 - Astoria

Lovers of modern art can enjoy this exhibit through the month of March which features works by 2013 Emerging Artists, who were selected by the Museum to produce outdoor artworks within the Park. These artisits are making public sculptures, which are reflective of the time, subtly mysterious, and visually compelling.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 31, 2013 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and enjoy the mixed media artwork created by students from North Babylon Schools. Students were inspired by lighthouses on Long Island and the world.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - Citi Field, Lot C
Through March 31, 2013 - Flushing

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provokethe senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The world's most famous circus traces the human species from its amphibian state to its human desire to fly. Characters evolve on stage. This production traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, this show illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly - like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

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.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2013 - Garden City

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 the game Twister. This exhibition runs through May 5, 2013.

Family Swim - Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens
Through June 22, 2013 - Astoria

Bring the family out every Saturday and make a splash at the wonderful Aquatic Center! Family swim is a great way for the family to have fun and/or exercise. Come and spend quality time together, and enjoy the water toys!


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