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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly May 1, 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!

MONTHLY JAZZ JAM - Flushing Town Hall
May 01, 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.

McCarter Theatre Center presents 'Sunjata Kamalenya' - Long Island Children's Museum
May 01, 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.

Toddler Time-Ozone Park - Ozone Park Library
May 01, 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.

Sign, Read and Play - Douglaston/Little Neck Library
May 01, 2013 - Little Neck

Storytime meets signing time with Jacqueline Ciaramella, a certified American Sign Language instructor who will teach basic signing vocabulary reinforced with stories, songs, rhymes and activities for children up to age 3. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
May 01, 2013 - Laurelton

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

Reading for Fun - Laurelton Library
May 01, 2013 - Laurelton

Reading is fundamental for success. This program will teach kids how much fun reading can be, with a great selection of books from the library.

Knights of Queens - Queens Village Library
May 01, 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.

Bugs as Pets: A Live Animal Program - Windsor Park Library
May 01, 2013 - Bayside

Children age 5 and older can explore the realm of bugs with animal educator Ranger Eric. Discover which insects, arachnids and myriapods do and don't make great pets, see them up close and even get to touch some of them.

Broadway Romance - Queens Theatre
May 01, 2013 - Flushing

From the creators of Broadway Rox comes this world premiere event that showcases the great love songs from Broadway' greatest hits, performed by a cast of Broadway vets.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
May 01, 2013 - Old Westbury

Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
May 01, 2013 - Flushing

Now that spring is here give Mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or the garden. A great way to brighten a spring day.

Sunnyside Piano Academy - Sunnyside Reformed Church
May 01, 2013 - Sunnyside

In this open studio, kids can play the keyboards, and get a taste of how Sunnyside Piano Academy founder Evan Mazunik, makes music fun. See how they "gamify" group piano lessons for early elementary students. No prior experience necessary--just come enjoy, observe, and play. The Sunnyside Piano Academy was founded by director Evan Mazunik in 2012 with the mission to demolish boredom in music. "I have a knack for inspiring students who are ready to quit music to fall in love with music all over again," said Mazunik. "I passionately believe that every student can discover music that speaks to them and inspires them to stretch and grow." "Whenever I see that a student has 'checked out' and is not engaged with their piano studies, I am inspired to discover the one thing that can reignite their interest, whether it's Chopin, Miles Davis, or video game theme songs. As soon as my students reconnect with the spark of their own creativity, I am instantly elated and reminded why I love to teach."

Broadway Romance - Queens Theatre
May 02, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate Mom and little romance. From the creators of Broadway Rox comes this world premiere event that showcases the great love songs from Broadway' greatest hits, performed by a cast of Broadway vets.

McCarter Theatre Center presents 'Sunjata Kamalenya' - Long Island Children's Museum
May 02, 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.

Toddler Learning Center - Central Library
May 02, 2013 - Jamaica

Children ages 18-36 months and their parent or adult caregivers interact while playing with toys and listening to a presenter speak on parenting topics. Pre-regesteration is required.

Picture Book Storytime - South Ozone Park Library
May 02, 2013 - South Ozone Park

In this program for children ages 2 to 5 years old, kids can enjoy a morning of storytelling, singing and activities. A parent or caregiver must be present.

Tuney Tots: Music and Movement - South Ozone Park Library
May 02, 2013 - South Ozone Park

This active musical program features a variety of rhythm, balance and coordination activities, along with social skills development, for babies and young children ages 6 months to 4 years. Space is limited.

Stuff Your Own Teddy - Arverne Library
May 02, 2013 - Arverne

Children ages 2-5 will have a fun time with music, stories and stuffing their own Teddy.

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
May 02, 2013 - Old Westbury

Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap and towel.

'Super WHY! Live: You've Got the Power!' - Beacon Theatre
May 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Based on the top-rated, Emmy-nominated preschool TV series that airs on PBS KIDS everyday across the US, "Super WHY Live: You've Got the Power!" brings entertainment and education together in an interactive live experience. "Super WHY Live" was written by "Super WHY" creator Angela Santomero. The TV series has a proven ability to help boost preschoolers' early literacy skills, according to research by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. "Super WHY Live" dimensionalizes this "edu-tainment" experience for Super WHY fans in a new way. To top that off, Jack Antonoff of the Grammy-nominated band "fun." wrote and produced the live show's soundtrack. The live show was developed and is produced by S2BN Entertainment ("Yo Gabba Gabba! Live" and "Spider-Man" on Broadway), in association with Out of the Blue Enterprises. "Super WHY Live" will stop in 27 cities across the US in April and May, taking kids and parents on a live reading adventure traveling inside a book to find the answer to the question, "Who has the Greatest Super Power in the World?" The show is uplifting, entertaining, and educational. It features kids' favorite literacy-powered super heroes: Alpha Pig with "Alphabet Power," Wonder Red with "Word Power," Princess Presto with "Spelling Power," Super Why with the "Power to Read," and their puppy pal Woofster. Fans who want to sing along at the show can get a head start learning the music, as the soundtrack album, "Super WHY Live: You've Got the Power Soundtrack" from Razor & Tie is available now at iTunes, Amazon.com, and retailers nationwide.

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
May 02, 2013 - Flushing

Now that spring is here give Mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or the garden. A great way to brighten a spring day.

Girl Scout Cookies Pop-Up - Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 02, 2013 - Bellerose

Have a craving for Samoas or Thin Mints? If so, don't miss the chance to get delicious cookies at this pop-up shop while supporting a local Girl Scout troop. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls who participate. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop five essential skills that help them become strong leaders, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program in New York City remain in the five boroughs and fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience locally. Revenue from the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides approximately 43% of the operating budget for Girl Scouts of Greater New York - so don't miss the chance to get delicious cookies while supporting your local Girl Scout troop! About the Girl Scouts of Greater New York The Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) is New York City's largest girls-only leadership development program, reaching 26,500 girls ages 5 to 17 in every zip code of the five boroughs, two-thirds of which come from low-income homes. GSGNY serves girls in public and private schools, public housing, transitional housing, and community-based organizations with the help of over 9,000 volunteers. ,

Broadway Romance - Queens Theatre
May 03, 2013 - Flushing

Love is in the air. Celebrate mom and a little rommance. From the creators of Broadway Rox comes this world premiere event that showcases the great love songs from Broadway' greatest hits, performed by a cast of Broadway vets.

First Friday - The Noguchi Museum
May 03, 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 a film Modern Tide: Mid-Century Architecture on Long Island, presented in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival, at 7pm. This film inaugurates the second year of collaborative programming with the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Jake Gorst's film Modern Tide takes viewers through the history of the modernist housing boom that took place on Long Island, NY in the period between the Great Depression of the 1970's, and highlights the importance of architectural preservation. First Fridays also feature pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar.

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

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

Cultural Crossroads: Jamaica Meets Spain - Flushing Town Hall
May 03, 2013 - Flushing

Come mix it up! 2 cultures, 1 stage, plus an open dance floor. Tribal Legacy and Flamenco Latino share the stage with dance lessons, 2 sets and a musical jam. Be seduced by the passion of Spanish Flamenco, and Reggae, with its deep African roots. Both styles will keep dancers and music lovers moving to an upbeat pulse.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
May 03, 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.

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
May 03, 2013 - Flushing

Now that spring is here give Mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or the garden. A great way to brighten a spring day.

Picture Book Time - North Forest Park Library
May 03, 2013 - Forest Hills

Enjoy stories and coloring in this program for children ages 4-5 and their caregivers.

Native Plant Garden Opening Weekend - New York Botanical Garden
May 04, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate the opening of the newly designed Native Plant Garden, a showcase of the beautiful and diverse native plants of the Northeast region.

Let's Hear It For Queens - FSF Community Theatre Group
May 04, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy this original multi-media musical in tribute to the history and people of the most diversified place on earth. Featuring a multi-generational, multi-ethnic cast of nearly three dozen actors/singers/dancers, the show was written and directed by Queens resident Mark Lord, with original music by Joe Ferrante. Musical direction is by Paul L. Johnson. Choreography is by Amanda Montoni. The show tells the story of the borough's evolution from the early 1600's through the present, with highlights including a salute to some of the world-famous entertainers with roots in Queens, a series of monologues that bring to life memories of several individuals who remember what Queens was like way back when, and a special tribute to the FSF Community Theatre Group, celebrating its own 40th anniversary this season. This is a show that will entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages.

Workshop for Kids-Glendale - Home Depot
May 04, 2013 - Glendale

Kids can create an EPIC World right in their own backyard. Build an herb planter and use "EPIC" stickers to decorate from Energy Star. Enjoy an "EPIC" activity sheet with loads of fun things to do. Paint will be provided at the workshop for children to personalize their herb planter. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy this hands-on workshops designed teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. EPIC World Right in Your Own Back Yard! � �Check out "EPIC", only in theaters, starting May 24th, from Twentieth Century Fox. �Enjoy an "EPIC" activity sheet with loads of fun things to do. �FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. �All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. �

Sheep Shearing Weekend - Queens Zoo
May 04, 2013 - Flushing

Spring is in full swing. That means it's time for the Zoo's sheep to get their annual haircuts. Watch the woolly flock go from shaggy to shorn during live wool-processing demos, and enjoy games and crafts.

Broadway Romance - Queens Theatre
May 04, 2013 - Flushing

From the creators of Broadway Rox comes this world premiere event that showcases the great love songs from Broadway' greatest hits, performed by a cast of Broadway vets.

DOTTY DOT! - The Secret Theatre
May 04, 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.

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
May 04, 2013 - Old Westbury

Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap and towel.

Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Weekend - Old Westbury Gardens
May 04, 2013 - Old Westbury

Purchase select annuals and perennials, including the Gardens' signature varieties. Not sure what plants are right for your landscape? Gardens' horticulturists along with members of various plant societies and Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you select the right plants and answer your questions.

Kids & Family Programs: The Basics of Companion Planting - Old Westbury Gardens
May 04, 2013 - Old Westbury

Companion planting is the art of pairing plants with collaborative qualities that benefit one another for natural pest control, increased pollination, and, in turn, productivity. Visit the Plant Shop information station to learn the basics of experimenting with this age old garden technique. Plant a natural helper all your own to take home to improve your garden beds.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Utopia Center
May 04, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

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

New York Indian Film Festival - Flushing Town Hall
May 04, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy the Indo-American Arts Council's 13th Annual festival, featuring a variety of screenings followed by a discussion. This festival gives filmmaker's from,of, and about the Indian subcontinent platforms to tell their stories. Call for the names of films to be screened.

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
May 04, 2013 - Flushing

Now that spring is here give Mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or the garden. A great way to brighten a spring day.

Family Art Project: Time to Hatch! - Wave Hill
May 04, 2013 - Bronx

Who comes to life in the spring? Chicks! Tadpoles! Bunnies! Participants will learn about different spring babies and, with colorful clay, hatch their own baby critters in make-believe scenarios, or mold homes for a family of critters. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Family Walk - Spring in Full Swing! - Wave Hill
May 04, 2013 - Bronx

Check out the hustle and bustle of activity as insects, spiders, birds, snails, and other garden creatures "spring" into action on a stroll through garden and woodlands with naturalist Paul Keim. Ages 6 and older welcome with an adult. Free with admission to the grounds. Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Spring Into Spring - Alley Pond Environmental Center
May 04, 2013 - Douglaston

In this Spring Fan Club for 3 & 4 year olds, kids learn about ways to Save the Earth, meet some live animals and make a craft that relates to the story. Take a nature walk (weather permitting). As this is a drop-off class, all participants must be toilet trained. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

2nd Annual I Love My Park Day - Gantry Plaza State Park
May 04, 2013 - Long Island City

Come join the Friends of Gantry Plaza State Park and celebrate an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites, and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Join volunteers as they spruce up the park with weeding, mulching, and a shore clean-up. Please bring water. Registration required.

Cinco de Mayo! - Long Island Children's Museum
May 04, 2013 - Garden City

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration of the Mexican heritage. People throughout the United States and Mexico eat special food, hold parades, and play lively music on every 5th of May to honor the Mexican culture. Come make a fun miniature sombrero and join in on the festivities.

Butterflies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Come to the Inner Lobby and design your own beautiful butterfly with assorted materials to ?flutter? through your garden. This program runs through May 31.

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

Stop by the Community Gallery and view the mixed media artwork created by students from Columbus Avenue School in Freeport. This exhibit runs through May 31.

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!

Classic Cinema Screenings - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through June 30, 2013 - Astoria

Enjoy daily 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. From May 1 through June 30, see selected episodes of The Muppet Show, with a new special guest host each week.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
Through December 28, 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 on the 1st Saturday of every month and be a part of the fun!

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