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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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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!

Toddler Time-Ozone Park - Ozone Park Library
April 24, 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.

Picture Book Time - McGoldrick Library
April 24, 2013 - Flushing

This program, for children ages 3 to 5 years and their caregivers, includes stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.

Kowai: Japanese Monsters - Astoria Library
April 24, 2013 - Long Island City

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--filling it with some crazy new stories of things that go bump on the night!

Knights of Queens - Queens Village Library
April 24, 2013 - Queens Village

Calling all budding Chess Masters! Children ages 6-16 will learn chess basics or sharpen their skills and strategies. Chess equipment will be provided.

Crafty Fun with Brenda - Briarwood Library
April 24, 2013 - Briarwood

Enjoy a variety of arts and craft activities, from card making to cake decorating, with crafting expert Brenda Liu. Students ages 6 to 12 will learn basic skills and techniques using various materials to express themselves creatively. Space is limited and available first come, first serve.

Toddler Story Time-Court Square - Court Square Library
April 24, 2013 - Long Island City

Fun,laughter, and learning. Enjoy reading picture books, singing songs, and more.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
April 24, 2013 - Laurelton

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

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
April 25, 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.

Read to a Dog - North Hills Library
April 25, 2013 - Little Neck

Children can select a book to read aloud to Jami the therapy dog, a certified therapy pet partner. Reading aloud improves literacy skills, and animals are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
April 25, 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.

Picture Book Time - Jackson Heights Library
April 25, 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.

Manga Drawing Time - South Ozone Park
April 25, 2013 - South Ozone Park

In this drawing group kids bring their creativity, and the library provides the supplies.

Chess Club - Queens Village Library
April 25, 2013 - Queens Village

Participants can practice their chess skills weekly on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Sunset and the Pink Moon - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
April 25, 2013 - Broad Channel

Take a sunset stroll along the West Pond Trail and through the woodlands with a ranger. Enjoy watching the sun set over Jamaica Bay and the rise of the full moon, called the Pink Moon in folklore. Paarticipants are encouraged to bring a flashlight and a camera. This 2.2 mile walk is a great heart-healthy program. Rain date: Sunday, April 28

Wii Game Day - Poppenhusen Library
April 26, 2013 - College Point

Kids can play fun Wii games and test their skills. For teens, but all ages are welcome. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Teen Happy Hour - Flushing Library
April 26, 2013 - Flushing

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

Mother Goose TIme - Poppenhusen Library
April 26, 2013 - College Point

Infants and toddlers up to age two can enjoy bouncing rhymes and songs, short books and circle time designed to support children on the road to reading. Parents and other adult caregivers are welcome.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
April 26, 2013 - Laurelton

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

Toddler Learning Center - Bellerose Library
April 26, 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.

Run for the Wild 5K & Family Fun Run/Walk - Bronx Zoo
April 27, 2013 - Bronx

This year's 5K run/walk is dedicated to saving some of the biggest of the big animals: elephants. There will be two start times: one for runners at 8am, and a second for the Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:45am. All adults and senior registrants must also raise at least $30 before the run in order to participate on April 27. The minimum fundraising requirement is waived for children. Included: complimentary Bronx Zoo admission for the entire day, and a commemorative WCS Run for the Wild T-shirt. Last year's run sold out early; register ASAP.

Carnival! Dinner & Dance Fundraiser to benefit Jamaica Drum Jam - St. Patrick Church (Basement)
April 27, 2013 - Long Island City

Help the community while enjoying live music, dance performances and a mini-carnival at this fundraiser. The ticket donation will benefit Jamaica Drum Jam, a non-profit program which provides music education and musical performances to low and moderate income individuals in New York City, and will be used to pay for our new instruments, instrument repairs, printing, postage, facilitator and performer fees, non-musical workshops supplies, storage, engraving and hand trucks to transport instruments. About Jamaica Drum Jam: Jamaica Drum Jam is an unincorporated association formed exclusively for the charitable, educational and cultural purposes of providing music education and musical performances to low and moderate income individuals in New York City. Jamaica Drum Jam develops and provides interactive lectures, lessons, workshops, public recitals and concerts. At the current time, it is not a 501(c)(3) organization & donations are not tax-deductible. Admission includes: All You Can Eat Buffet Sexy Singles Auction Dance classes by Rodrigo Dance Studio and Cashel Campbell Belly dance performance by Cashel Campbell Salsa performance by Junyversal Dance Company Musical Performances by Nelson Jenkins, Albert Bencosme, Linda LaPorte and Jamaica Drum Jam Drum Corps Mini-Carnival featuring: Classic Carnival Games & Prizes A Hug & Kiss Booth Gurudan, the Soothsayer and Bad Advice Dan Jamaica Drum Jam Souvenirs Occasion Creations Stationery and Favors Amber Ray Accoutrements Sage Healing Massage Therapy

McCarter Theatre Center presents 'Sunjata Kamalenya' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 27, 2013 - Garden City

One of the greatest legends of West African Mand? tradition is brought to life in a completely interactive experiential theater production. The tale of Sunjata is the saga of a boy who is prophesied to be the greatest king of his people, and his loving mother, who must help him to overcome the adversity of a very dangerous world of sorcery and hostility. Traditional music, costumes, and scenery set the stage for an unforgettable experience as students realize that they are not there merely to watch the production, but are being immersed and involved in helping to create the magical world of 12th century Mali.

Art for Families: Once Upon a Time: Stories and Art - The Noguchi Museum
April 27, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents can engage with their children in discussions about art in the galleries, and work together or individually to make their own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Queens Jazz Over Ground: Jazz Fest - Flushing Town Hall
April 27, 2013 - Flushing

A great day of Jazz! Performances by Queens-based musicians and students, plus free workshops and clinics for jazz fans of all ages. QJOG is a collective of Queens-based musicians, that stimulates a wider awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of Queens.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
April 27, 2013 - Long Island City

Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

Family Art Project: Fly Me to the Dove Tree - Wave Hill
April 27, 2013 - Bronx

Visit Wave Hill's dove tree and observe the flower-like bracts that give it its name. Then, using natural materials and paper, make a dove tree sculpture, or use plaster of Paris to create a flock of doves. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Utopia Center
April 27, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Foster the love of reading. A variety of authors and themes will be featured.

Dora Priate Adventures - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
April 27, 2013 - Bayside

Ahoy Matey! Dora, her best buddy Boots the monkey and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island.

Arbor Day Celebration - Alley Pond Environmental Center
April 27, 2013 - Douglaston

Come celebrate the Earth through action on Arbor Day. Give something back to the planet. With each tree planted participants will help improve the air quality, provide homes and shelter for wildlife, conserve topsoil and help keep the atmosphere in balance. Each participant is asked to bring a native shrub (that will provide food and ground cover for some of the native animals), work gloves, sturdy shoes and clothing that is weather appropriate. Tree planting will take place rain or shine, pre-registration required.

Garden Sculpture and Antique Fair: 1750-2013 - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 28, 2013 - Bronx

This beautiful show has been refreshed to include many new and exciting dealers specializing in sculpture, ornament, and furniture for the garden, and garden-related art and objects for the home. Bold and refined, contemporary and classic - and more engaging than ever. All-Garden Pass also includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more.

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.

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.

ESOL Family Literacy Class - CIET/LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

English Classes for parents with children in NYC public schools. Pre-registration is required.

ESL Classes - LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

In this class for parents with children in NYC public schools, participants will learn how to talk to their child’s teacher, prepare for parent-teacher conferences, information about homework resources and computer classes, and much more.

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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