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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly March 27, 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!

Spring Break: Papermaking 101 - Wave Hill
March 27, 2013 - Bronx

Learn how to make sheets of beautifully textured paper and experiment with using different kinds of pulp. Geared for children ages 5-10 and a parent or caregiver. Space is limited; program requires paid pre-registration.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
March 27, 2013 - Laurelton

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

BubbleMania: Science, Art & Comedy! - New York Hall of Science
March 27, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance.

Chess Club - Poppenhusen Library
March 27, 2013 - College Point

Teens and tweens can enjoy a challenging game of chess. Beginners are welcome.

Moon Shine - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
March 27, 2013 - Broad Channel

Enjoy a night of the full moon along Jamaica Bay Wildlife trail with a ranger guide. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring a flashlight.

Flamenco Workshop - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Let's Dance. Come out for an introduction to the rhythms and emotions of flamenco, its origins in Southern Spain, and its multicultural influences with members of the Flamenco Vivo II dance company. View the colorful, traditional flamenco costumes, and musical instruments used in this vibrant dance form.

Flamenco Vivo II - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Experience the passion and excitement of flamenco dance with Flamenco Vivo II, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies. During its 30-year history, the company has used this multicultural art form to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds.

Knitting and Crocheting with Loving Hands - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 2013 - Garden City

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit or crochet? Join members of Loving Hands as you learn some basic stitches used in the art of knitting and crocheting. Learn about the process of making yarn and see wool spinning demonstrations by Bethpage Village Restoration. Loving Hands is an ongoing community group that meets monthly at the East Meadow Library to knit and crochet for charity.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
March 27, 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 27, 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.

BubbleMania: Science, Art & Comedy! - New York Hall of Science
March 28, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
March 28, 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 28, 2013 - Jamaica

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

Nature's First Green - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
March 28, 2013 - Broad Channel

A harbinger of Spring! Join a ranger for a nature walk to seek out the signs of spring in the refuge. Explore plant lore and look for birds returning from the south while getting exercise on a one mile hike.

Spring Break: New Paper from Old - Wave Hill
March 28, 2013 - Bronx

Use a variety of recycled papers including tissue paper, wrapping paper, and construction paper, plus assorted bits of chopped leaves and other found materials, to create new papers with different colors, textures, and patterns. Geared for children ages 5-10 and a parent or caregiver. Space is limited; program requires paid pre-registration.

Treehouse Shakers presents 'Hatched' - Long Island Children's Museum
March 28, 2013 - Garden City

Welcome back the cast of "Hatched," an early childhood drama created by Treehouse Shakers for the smallest of children. "Hatched" takes place in a farmyard where the audience will meet the babies of the farm. Handcrafted puppets feature chicks, calves, kittens, lambs and much more. The interactive performance allows children to touch, feed and dance with the menagerie and even be a baby chick themselves.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
March 28, 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.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
March 29, 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 29, 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.

BubbleMania: Science, Art & Comedy! - New York Hall of Science
March 29, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance.

Rad Workshop with Jon Santiago - New York Hall of Science
March 29, 2013 - Flushing

Learn the basics of controllers to make a wearable, electronic turn signal for more safe and rad biking and skating. Space is limited; pre-registration required.

Spring Break: 3-D Paper Sculpting - Wave Hill
March 29, 2013 - Bronx

Make sheets of paper from pulp, and turn them into an array of free-form or object-based three-dimensional sculptures, like a vase, bowl, or animal, adorned with ribbons, lace, and other paraphernalia. Geared for children ages 5-10 and a parent or caregiver. Space is limited; program requires paid pre-registration.

Treehouse Shakers presents 'Hatched' - Long Island Children's Museum
March 29, 2013 - Garden City

Welcome back the cast of "Hatched," an early childhood drama created by Treehouse Shakers for the smallest of children. "Hatched" takes place in a farmyard where the audience will meet the babies of the farm. Handcrafted puppets feature chicks, calves, kittens, lambs and much more. The interactive performance allows children to touch, feed and dance with the menagerie and even be a baby chick themselves.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
March 29, 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 29, 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.

Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt - Queens County Farm Museum
March 30, 2013 - Floral Park

Hop on over to the orchard for an egg-hunting goodtime. Enjoy a visit with the farm animals and take a hayride. Egg hunts will be ongoing throughout the day. "Whiskers" the bunny will be hopping around the farm to greet children and pose for pictures, bring your camera. Dance the "Bunny Hop", play egg toss and egg rolling games on the farmhouse lawn.

Spring Egg Hunt - Queens Botanical Garden
March 30, 2013 - Flushing

Come enjoy the beauty of the Garden at QBG's first Spring Egg Hunt! Kids bring their own basket to collect eggs hidden in the crabapple orchard in the Arboretum. The fun continues with seasonal crafts activities for children and a special visit from Flora the Flower, QBG's mascot! Adults, don't forget to bring the camera. (NOTE: The Parking Garden will be open for this event; $5 per vehicle.)

BubbleMania: Science, Art & Comedy! - New York Hall of Science
March 30, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Enjoy the hilarious humor and spectacular science of this fun show by comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Warning! Come prepared to be wowed! Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each performance.

Peter Rabbit - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
March 30, 2013 - Westbury

The many adventures of Peter and his friends bring this beloved story to life in this musical fantasy filled with songs, dance, and laughter that will delight you and your children.

Creepy Crawlies - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
March 30, 2013 - Broad Channel

The itsy bitsy spider is fun to learn about, and the insects are too! Hear all about creepy crawlies during this interactive family-friendly program.

Family Art Project: Eco Fair - Wave Hill
March 30, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate nature by making arty, nature-inspired crafts from a variety of recycled materials. Make a plastic flower, make a cork animal, or decorate an Earth Day pin to display your care for the planet in this fun fair.

12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - Saint Albans Park
March 30, 2013 - Jamaica

Attended by thousands of people each year, this annual event, sponsored by Affinity Health Plan, is the largest Easter event in New York City! Entertainment for all ages and loads of family fun. The event will feature live performances, rides, games, ponies, popcorn, cotton candy, and so much more.

Spring Eggstravaganza - Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
March 30, 2013 - Flushing

Take part in an egg hunt, meet the Easter Bunny and their Flemish giant rabbits, and enjoy a variety of spring-themed activities. Plus, participants will have the chance to enter to win tickets to see Disney's Phineas and Ferb Live Tour.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 30, 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 30, 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.

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.

Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt - Queens County Farm Museum
March 30, 2013 - Floral Park

The Farm Museum will hold its annual Egg Hunt in the orchard. Egg hunts will be ongoing throughout the day. "Whiskers" the bunny will be hopping around the farm to greet children and pose for pictures, bring your camera. Dance the "Bunny Hop", play egg toss and egg rolling games on the farmhouse lawn. Visit the farm animals and take a hayride.

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.

Awesome Osprey - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Through May 31, 2013 - Broad Channel

Nature lovers can observe the South Marsh Osprey as they prepare to raise a family. Stop by between 2pm-4pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between March 24 and May 31. Hear the remarkable stories of their annual long-distance migrations and their recovery in the US. Spotting scope provided for up-close views of these majestic birds of prey.

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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