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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly April 3, 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!

Queens Courier Kids Expo - New York Hall of Science
April 06, 2013 - Flushing

Register Today for Queens Courier Kids Expo! A fun-filled event for moms-to-be, parents and children, the Queens Kids Expo is free with paid admission to the New York Hall of Science, and the first 200 registrants will receive a goodie bag filled with great items for parents and the kids. At the expo, attendees can interact with other Queens parents and experts while learning about the latest information on local classes, camps, schools, financial planning, health and home improvement. But the parents won't be the only ones having fun. The expo will have plenty for the kids, such as face painting, airbrush and glitter tattoos, cotton candy, and kite-making activity. Kids will be able to meet a clown from the Big Apple Circus and a minion from the upcoming movie Despicable Me 2! There will also be free dental screenings, kick-boxing demonstrations, and snacks from Happy Family. Tons of giveaways and raffle prizes, including a Cancun trip raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Life's WORC School of Autism, a stroller from B-O-B, car seat from Britaxl, a two-week stay at Frost Valley YMCA sleepaway camp, Broadway tickets, Big Apple Circus tickets, a gift basket from Americanstylebaby.com, spa gift certificates, free classes, and many more giveaways. Sponsored by The Queens Courier, Emblem Health, North Shore Animal Hospital, Fidelis Care, Rapid Realty NYC, Party City, Frankie's Carnival Time, Big Apple Circus, Frost Valley YMCA, American Style Baby, PM Pediatrics, Caliper Orthodontics and Happy Family. Register today and enter for a chance to win a free ticket at queenscourier.com/kids-expo or call 718-224-5863 x201.

MONTHLY JAZZ JAM - Flushing Town Hall
April 03, 2013 - Flushing

Open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, and music educators. Meet new contacts, hone your chops and jam each month with your peers. Open to the general public, first Wednesday each month.

Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival - Nassau Coliseum
April 03, 2013 - Uniondale

Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more. The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family. You can't resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters. Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin' memories to last a lifetime.

Toddler Time-Ozone Park - Ozone Park Library
April 03, 2013 - Ozone Park

Enjoy a morning of stories, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, flannelboard stories, circle activities and simple crafts. For ages 2-3. Parent/caregiver stays with child.

Toddler Time-College Point - Poppenhusen Library
April 03, 2013 - College Point

Children ages 2-5 and their adult caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, puppets, fingerplays and circle time. Preregistration is not required.

Eco-Crafts for Preschoolers - Broadway Library
April 03, 2013 - Long Island City

It's never too early for kids to show to be ecology minded. Children ages 2-5 will spend the afternoon creating eco-crafts. A parent or other caregiver must be present.

A Poem As Big As New York City - Flushing Library
April 03, 2013 - Flushing

Kids and teens can use their imaginations in this poetry writing workshop to create their own poetic tributes to New York City.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
April 03, 2013 - Laurelton

Children in grades 3-6 make friends and learn leadership skills.

The Beach Boys! - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
April 04, 2013 - Westbury

Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys' concert presence, spirit and performance. One can capsulize most pop music acts by reciting how many hits they've had and how many millions of albums they've sold. But these conventional measurements fall short when you're assessing the impact of The Beach Boys. To be sure, this band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that it changed the musical landscape so profoundly that every pop act since has been in its debt.

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
April 04, 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 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.

Paint Your Self-Portrait - Arverne Library
April 04, 2013 - Arverne

What makes you strong? What makes you happy? What makes you "you"? Kids can paint their self-portrait and afterward, if they would like, their artwork will be displayed for the Arverne community to see! All supplies will be provided.

Terrific Kids Program - Cambria Heights Library
April 04, 2013 - Cambria Heights

Kids aren't just born terrific, even if their parents and proud grandparents think so. They need guidance and support. This program promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance for children in elementary school. Space is limited. Preregister in person at the branch.

Physics of Toys - Briarwood Library
April 04, 2013 - Briarwood

Yo-Yo's, balloons, and slinkies may be found in any kid's closet, but they probably don't realize that they can learn science from them. Students will use common toys to explore inertia, kinetic energy, laws of motion, and many more physics principles in this fun hands-on class.

Zumba for Kids - Forest Hils
April 04, 2013 - Forest Hills

Children ages 5 and up can explore dance and movement to the sound of international music with Lauren Singer. Steps will be simplified so that all ages can participate. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a towel and bottle of water. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
April 04, 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.

First Friday - The Noguchi Museum
April 05, 2013 - Long Island City

Art lovers can enjoy this program which includes "Center of Attention," an extended conversation around a single work of art, at 6pm, followed by Art21 episodes featuring contemporary artists. Art 21: Place, considers the influence of architectural, local, historical, and psychological place in the work of Sally Mann, Barry McGee and Margarey Kilgallen, Pepon Osorio, and Richard Serra. First Fridays also feature pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar.

Cultural Crossroads: Brazil Meets India - Flushing Town Hall
April 05, 2013 - Flushing

A little mixing up can be fun! 2 cultures come together on 1 stage in this new series with an open dance floor. Dance lessons at 7pm, followed by 2 bands & a musical jam. Velly Bahia features Axe music from Bahia, linking Brazil's African roots with energetic drumming, dancing and homage to the deities - The Orishas. Veena player, Nivedita Shivraj, (former FCCA Composer-in- Residence; Winner Queens Battle of the Boroughs) performs music from India with lush melodies & a strong spiritual connection.

Rainforest Butterfiles - Corona Library
April 05, 2013 - Corona

Join Steve Fratello on a tropical adventure when as he describes this display of various tropical moths and butterfiles from Central and South America.

Game Day - Sunnyside Library
April 05, 2013 - Sunnyside

Enjoy some friendly competition at this weekly game program for tweens and teens. Play Monopoly, checkers, chess, Connect 4, Uno, and more.

Fun Wii Fridays - Hollis Library
April 05, 2013 - Hollis

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

Teen Happy Hour - Flushing Library
April 05, 2013 - Flushing

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

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
April 05, 2013 - Laurelton

Children in grades 3-6 make friends and learn leadership skills.

Toddler Learning Center - Bellerose Library
April 05, 2013 - Bellerose

Children ages 18-36 months, with parent or caregiver, play with educational toys and games, do simple craft projects, learn songs and rhymes. Preregistration required.

DOTTY DOT! - The Secret Theatre
April 06, 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.

Bill Cosby - Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
April 06, 2013 - Flushing

Bill Cosby is one of the most beloved and respected comedians of all time! His famous wit and hilarious outlook on life and family make him universally entertaining for every member of the audience. A true pioneer in comedy, Bill Cosby’s appeal transcends age, gender and cultural boundaries, for the perfect evening event for the entire family. Bill Cosby brought laughter into the homes of millions every week, as the creator of one of the longest running, critically acclaimed television programs in history, The Cosby Show. He is also the best-selling author of Fatherhood and I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was. And now, he is bringing his humor and warmth to the stage at Colden Auditorium for one memorable evening.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
April 06, 2013 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macy*s Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then join us at the Monthly Meetings and be a part of the fun!

Artist Tools: Hands, Eyes, Ears - Noguchi Museum
April 06, 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.

New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - Nassau Coliseum
April 06, 2013 - Uniondale

Here's your chance to root for your favorite team. Watch them delight fans as they romp on the ice to settle old scores and win new victories.

Brady Rymer presents 'Jump Up, It's a Good Day!' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 06, 2013 - Garden City

Join Grammy-nominated musical artists Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could as they perform high energy, interactive, and uplifting songs from all of their award winning CD's. Brady Rymer's down-home, foot stomping rootsy tunes resonate through American culture, bringing an honest, joyful spirit to music for all generations. "His music has a rock 'n' roll heart," declares The New York Times.

Up in the Air - Long Island Children's Museum
April 06, 2013 - Garden City

This special LICM workshop will explore the ins and outs of air, space, and flight. Discover the history of aviation on Long Island, including the famous balloon flight by W.H. Donaldson in 1873, and the �Golden Age� that transformed aviation from a sport to a growing industry. Engineer your own �AIR-MAZING� gliders with simple items like paper and drinking straws.

Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater Presents: Butterfly Boogie - Central Library
April 06, 2013 - Jamaica

Bugs aren't gross—they're great! Learn why with the help of a cockroach puppet. Then, take off on a 3,000-mile adventure with Wildlife Theater's interactive musical performance "The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle," which introduces children 6 and up to the interdependence of plants and animals. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed at 12 p.m. the day of performance at the Children's Library Discovery Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

Family Art Project - Drawn to Nature - Wave Hill
April 06, 2013 - Bronx

Join guest artist Ander Mikalson as she guides families in creating individual drawing projects. Then, on the Lower Lawn from 12-2pm, join guest artists from the spring exhibition "Drawn to Nature" to form a collective, large-scale, winding line of drawings that will weave its way through Wave Hill. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Opening Weekend - Queens Botanical Garden
April 06, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy garden tours, crafts, and meet Flora, QBG's colorful mascot!

Save The Earth - Alley Pond Environmental Center
April 06, 2013 - Douglaston

Young children ages 3-4 will learn about ways to Save the Earth. Meet some live animals and make a craft that relates to the story. Participants will take a nature walk (weather permitting). Space is limited. This is a drop-off class, all participants must be toilet trained. Pre-registration is required.

The Ebony Hillbilies - Flushing Town Hall
April 06, 2013 - Flushing

One of the last black string bands in the U.S, keeping an important legacy alive with a rootsy, homegrown style of All American Music - Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Rock + Roll, and Country. Inspiring heartstring tugs and toe-taps in fans of all types of music using Violin, Mountain Dulcimer, Banjo, Washboard, percussion, bones, and vocals.

Collective Drawing - Wave Hill
Through April 07, 2013 - Bronx

Join guest artists from the spring exhibition, "Drawn to Nature," in creating a large-scale, winding line of drawings that will weave through Wave Hill. Artists will be stationed at different areas on the grounds offering guided drawing activities. Guest artists include exhibiting artists and workshop leaders Ellie Irons and Gisela Insuaste on Saturday, and Paul Lambermont, Mia Rosenthal and Charlotte Schultz on Sunday, when this program also takes place.

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.

Cirque Du Solieil Presents 'Totem' - Citi Field Lot C.
Through April 21, 2013 - Flushing

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.

Rainbows - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Garden City

Come learn the colors of the rainbow and how they are made. Have fun painting your own beautiful rainbow to brighten up April's spring showers. The program runs through April 30.

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.

Spectacle: The Music Video - Museum of the Moving Image
Through June 16, 2013 - Astoria

This groundbreaking exhibition explores music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture and is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date. Spectacle highlights the form's place at the forefront of creative technology, its role in pushing the boundaries of innovative production, its important role as an experimental sandbox for filmmakers, and its lasting effects on popular culture globally. The exhibition features more than 300 videos, presented alongside artifacts and interactive experiences, and will be installed in the Museum's 4,000 sq.-ft. changing exhibitions gallery, amphitheater gallery, and other spaces.

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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