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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!

Halloween Family Fun - Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
October 30, 2013 - Flushing

Join the Halloween goblins for some merriment. The spooky spirits will be on the grounds with their trick or treat pranks. Enjoy crafts, stories and surprises. Come in costume and join the fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
October 30, 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.

Worms In The House - Steinway Library
October 30, 2013 - Long Island City

Worms are little troupers in the garden and the compost pile. In this workshop, kids get a hands-on experience when they see the role these little creatures play in composting.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
October 30, 2013 - Garden City

Clapping, singing, playing. Fun, fun, fun. Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest children?s bodies moving. A great opportunity for kids to get acquainted with musical sounds.

Learn To Grow - Steinway Library
October 30, 2013 - Astoria

Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome; children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult.

Toddler Time-Rosedale - Rosedale Library
October 30, 2013 - Rosedale

This is a fun reading program for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Preschoolers are also welcome.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
October 30, 2013 - Garden City

Every day people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join in each week and explore the lives and daily routines of a different community helper. Children will build on their vocabulary as they are introduced to job-specific words through songs and activities. Each class will include a hands-on, themed activity to reinforce information shared during class. For children 3-5 years.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Bronx

Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture imagination. Special events run throughout the month. Through Oct. 31 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities Tuesdays-Fridays; 1:30-5:30pm Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10am-5:30pm in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden: - Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays 1:30pm; weekends 1pm and 3pm. - Collect fallen fruits and seeds in a scavenger hunt bag. - Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater. - Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2pm and 3pm).

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
October 31, 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.

Rockin' Little Monsters - Long Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Garden City

�Rock out� this October in the Museum's Inner Lobby. Come create a special little monster using your imagination and a variety of little bits and pieces. Through October 31.

Teen Zone - Queens Village Library
October 31, 2013 - Queens Village

Teens can use a laptop, work on school projects and homework, or just hang out after school and make new friends.

Drum Beats with Freddy Duggard - East Elmhurst Library
October 31, 2013 - East Elmhurst

Renowned percussionist Freddy Dugard presents a dynamic series on drums for children ages 6-14. This program will introduce music, percussion notation, musical styles and rhythmic patterns. Beginners and experienced students are welcome. Pre-registration required in person or by phone.

Halloween Re-mixed - Flushing Town Hall
October 31, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Halloween and All Saints Day with hands-on festive fun for all ages. Be sure to wear a costume and join the fun. Enjoy ghost stories, making masks, All Saints Day Medallions, Mexican Sugar Skulls and more.

Halloween at The Shops at Atlas Park - The Shops at Atlas Park
October 31, 2013 - Glendale

Come join the fun! This event will provide a safe environment for children to trick-or-treat. Activities include two 30 minute shows with Doctor Diabolical at 4 and 5pm. The show includes magic, music, daring stunts and audience participation.

Toddler Time - Windsor Park Library
October 31, 2013 - Bayside

Young children ages 2-4, enjoy a morning of stories, songs and coloring. Preregistration is required.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
November 01, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
November 01, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
November 01, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
November 01, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own! Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow. WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older. October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
November 01, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more! Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2. For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.

Taylor Mali - Education Lecture - The Madison Theatre at Molloy College
November 01, 2013 - Rockville Centre

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is one of the few people in the world to have no job other than that of a “poet.” Articulate, accessible, passionate, and downright funny, Mali studied drama in Oxford with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and puts those presentation skills to work in all of his performances. He was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and was the “Armani-clad villain” of Paul Devlin’s 1997 documentary film SlamNation. His poem “What Teachers Make” has been viewed over four million times on YouTube and was quoted by The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman in one of his commencement addresses.

Private Country - The Chocolate Factory Theater
November 01, 2013 - Long Island City

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a composer and choreographer whose work explores the relationship of sound and movement within a shared perceptual and dramaturgical framework. Using the voice as a central point of deconstruction, her work aims to utilize the singing body as a bridge between the two disciplines. Her work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, among others. Private Country elicits moments of nostalgia for a classic American pastime. In the tradition of Robert Ashley, Laurie Anderson or Meredith Monk, the musicality straddles a world between song and poem, incurring a series of unexpected shifts in timbre and tone. Movement exists as both evidence and consequence of the singing body. Where song becomes sound, Tatyana Tenenbaum brings dual identities as composer and choreographer into a single form. She explores the permeable relationship between the voice and body through a series of consecutive duets that mine the continuum from spoken word to pitched singing. Gradations of physicality—from gesture to full phonic embodiment—weave a vocal narrative that is at once a deeply physical and astutely musical expression.

Toddler Learning Center - Bayside Library
November 01, 2013 - Bayside

This workshop includes toys, games, puzzles and other activities that enhance toddlers' mental and physical development. Preregistration is required.

Toddler Time-North Forest Park - North Forest Park Library
November 01, 2013 - Forest Hills

Young children learn, explore and grow in this morning program featuring stories and songs. Activities are designed especially for children ages 2-3. Caregivers must be present.

Book Buddies - Bayside Library
November 01, 2013 - Bayside

Children in grades K-3 team up with teen buddies to improve literacy and enjoy the fun of reading. Space is limited.

Friday Fun Crafts and Games - Briarwood Library
November 01, 2013 - Briarwood

Don't miss the afterschool fun. Kids can create a different craft project every week from 4-5pm, then enjoy Wii and Board games from 5-6pm.

Chess Club At Woodside - Woodside Library
November 01, 2013 - Woodside

New York Cares offers chess lessons for beginners and an opportunity for experienced players to get in some games.

Teeny Tiny Trick O'Treaters - Alley Pond Environmental Center
November 01, 2013 - Douglaston

Join in the fun. It's a special carnival for the little ones! Kids agees 18 months-4 years create not-so-scary crafts, play Halloween games, eat a haunted snack, and more. All activities included. Registration and parent participation required.

Homework Help - Bayside Library
November 02, 2013 - Bayside

There's a classic Beatles song with lyrics "I get by with a little help from my friends..." In this program, teen volunteers help children in grades K-8 with their school assignments. Space is limited.

Drop-in Moving Image Studio - The Museum of The Moving Image
November 02, 2013 - Astoria

Children ages seven and up will engage in hands-on creative work, making projects ranging from flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys), to stop-motion and computer animations, and video games. Studio visitors also have the opportunity to see, handle, and explore the inner workings of moving-image technology, such as projectors, film strips and video tape, video game consoles, and more.

Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
November 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess? Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess, but want to be something else? Princess Particular can! This new musical starring Cari McHugh as Princess Particular, as well as Mary Lauren, Kimberly Wilpon, Lee Goffin-Bonenfant, Miranda Kahn, and more! Directed by Lena Moy-Bergen.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
Through November 02, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more! Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2. For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
November 02, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

Kids Club - Queens Center Mall-Lower Level, Jcpenney Wing
November 02, 2013 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Powered by National Geographic Kids, this a great opportunity for kids to learn in a fun, interactive setting featuring creative activities and games that focus on discovery through play. 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, Macys Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you.

Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own! Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow. WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older. October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
November 02, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own! Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow. WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older. October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
November 02, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more! Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2. For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.

New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins - Nassau Coliseum
November 02, 2013 - Uniondale

The New York Islanders face off against this rival team. You don't have to hit the ice to come out and root for your favorite team.

Dead or Alive - New York Hall of Science
November 02, 2013 - Corona

Pumpkin chucking, live wolves and bats, and Frankenstein-like projections are all part of the fun. Some activities require an additional fee; see details below. Pumpkin Chucking Watch NYSCI?s catapult, Chuck, toss pumpkins in the air. Free with NYSCI admission. November 2 Dead or Alive Activities: Live Bat Encounters See some live bats, plus find out about the benefits of bats, why we need to conserve them, and what you can do to help them at this special show with Rob Mies from the Organization for Bat Conservation. Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Pumpkin Chucking Watch NYSCI?s catapult, Chuck, toss pumpkins in the air. Free with NYSCI admission. Dead or Alive Party, 3 ? 6 pm Join us for Frankenstein-like projections by Mapathon, forensic science activities, locally made Day of the Dead-inspired treats, and Halloween make projects. Prizes will be awarded to those in costumes. Free with NYSCI admission. November 3 Dead or Alive Activities: Live Bat Encounters See some live bats, plus find out about the benefits of bats, why we need to conserve them, and what you can do to help them at this special show with Rob Mies from the Organization for Bat Conservation. Small fee, plus NYSCI admission. Pumpkin Chucking Watch NYSCI?s catapult, Chuck, toss pumpkins in the air. Free with NYSCI admission.

Wildlife Weekends - Queens County Farm Museum
November 02, 2013 - Floral Park

Here's the chance to really go wild. Bird, bug & wildlife enthusiasts - this event is for you! Get up close with frogs, insects, birds of prey, and animal shows. Price includes hayride, pony ride (80 lb. limit), and goat feeding.

Kids and Family Programs: Dash Thru the Decades - Old Westbury Gardens
November 02, 2013 - Old Westbury

Good old-fashioned fun transports children back in time across an array of eras! Children will dash through the decades at Westbury House with vintage games and entertainment experiencing what life was like for kids nearly 100 years ago.

The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 02, 2013 - Old Westbury

Westbury House floral designer and Head Grower, Scott Lucas, fashions one-of-a kind creations representing historic works of floral art from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Enjoy this self-guided visual history tour on Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Private Country - The Chocolate Factory Theater
November 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a composer and choreographer whose work explores the relationship of sound and movement within a shared perceptual and dramaturgical framework. Using the voice as a central point of deconstruction, her work aims to utilize the singing body as a bridge between the two disciplines. Her work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, among others. Private Country elicits moments of nostalgia for a classic American pastime. In the tradition of Robert Ashley, Laurie Anderson or Meredith Monk, the musicality straddles a world between song and poem, incurring a series of unexpected shifts in timbre and tone. Movement exists as both evidence and consequence of the singing body. Where song becomes sound, Tatyana Tenenbaum brings dual identities as composer and choreographer into a single form. She explores the permeable relationship between the voice and body through a series of consecutive duets that mine the continuum from spoken word to pitched singing. Gradations of physicality from gesture to full phonic embodiment weave a vocal narrative that is at once a deeply physical and astutely musical expression.

Project LeafDrop - Sunnyside Library
November 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Queens families can bring their bags of leaves to be turned into mulch during the regularly-scheduled compost collections. Contact the library for the schedule at Broadway, Steinway, and Woodside libraries.

Family Art Project: Armored Insects Parade - Wave Hill
November 02, 2013 - Bronx

Learn about the funny things insects do for protection, then invent an insect mask of your own. Make a spider shaker, then march your wears in a fall parade at 12:30pm, weather permitting. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Sail a Mighty Ship... - Home Depot-Bulova/Queens #6844
November 02, 2013 - East Elmhurst

Come build The Home Depot's spectacular Tabletop Ship! This hands-on workshop is designed for children ages 5 - 12. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. This workshops teaches children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

Sail a Mighty Ship... - Home Depot-LIC
November 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Come build The Home Depot's spectacular Tabletop Ship! This hands-on workshop is designed for children ages 5 - 12. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. This workshops teaches children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

Sail a Mighty Ship... - Home Depot-Woodhaven
November 02, 2013 - Glendale

Come build The Home Depot's spectacular Tabletop Ship! This hands-on workshop is designed for children ages 5 - 12. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. This workshops teaches children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

Celebration the Festival of Lights - Resorts World Casino New York City
November 02, 2013 - Jamaica

The holiday Diwali is the most widely celebrated event amongst Asian-Indians. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali symbolizes new beginnings, a renewed commitment to past values such as family, love, knowledge, righteousness, happiness and wealth. To embrace true multiculturalism in the community, Resorts World Casino New York City encourages all to experience the charms of Indian culture. Festival attractions include: ? Traditional and Contemporary live music and dances ? Indo-Caribbean Fashion Display ? Taste of India and the Caribbean Authentic vegetarian cuisine ? Spiritual & Holistic Fair ? Traditional Henna paintings ? Indian Art displays ? Kids Corner

Young Discoverers - As the Leaf Turns - Alley Pond Environmental Center
November 02, 2013 - Douglaston

Why do the trees change color in the fall? Where do those colors come from? Chromatography is the means by which kids will discover the many colors in the leaves of the deciduous trees during the fall season. Young Discoverers will participate in a chromatography experiment designed to illustrate the color profile of deciduous leaves as well as explore the beautiful deciduous forest. Calling all scientists to put on their thinking caps and answer important environmental questions with fun and easy experiments. Come learn about the environment through scientific studies and tests. Snack included. Much of the class will take place outdoors, rain or shine, please dress appropriately. Space is limited.

Dia de los Muertos - Long Island Children's Museum
November 02, 2013 - Garden City

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. Learn about the customs of this Latin American holiday of celebration and remembrance, and then create your own traditional sugar skull to commemorate this event.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure - The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries - headline the festivities and have been enhanced for this year's Dragons and Dinosaurs theme. Visitors will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades in addition to traditional guest favorites including the hay maze, extinction graveyard, carved pumpkin demonstrations, treat stations, and seasonal craft workshops. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season and highlight wildlife like bats, snakes, and nocturnal animals. Note: some activities require an additional fee. Boo at the Zoo activities include: The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries This Museum, created by Dr. B. Zarre, houses a remarkable collection of mysterious creatures, evidence of how the dinosaurs were destroyed, and anomalies collected from earth and space. Dr. B. Zarre has amassed this through years of exploration and adventure, and brought this fascinating "believe it or not" collection as a special exhibition exclusive to the Bronx Zoo. Location: by Somba Village. Time: 11am-5pm. 3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-5pm. Costume Parade Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. Location: starts at Zoo Center. Times: 12pm and 2pm. Photos will be available at the end of each performance. Musical Theater: Beasts of the Magical World This puppetry musical tells stories of owls and sorcerers, snakes, komodo dragons and frogs and magic. It was created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, and numerous Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets were created by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho. Location: Asia Plaza Theater. Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Hay Maze Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure. Location: Butterfly Patio. Time: 11am-5pm. Live Music Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi's Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm. Animal Themed Magic Shows Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable sleight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. Treat Stations Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit. Time: 11am-5pm. Crafts Workshop Make a one-of-a-kind kimodo dragon puppet. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-4pm. Extinct Animal Graveyard Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display. Location: Mouse House lawn. Creature Chats Bronx Zoo animal experts celebrate wildlife iconic to Halloween season. Visit bronxzoo.com for full schedule.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 25 nights in 2013! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

GrowNYC Greenmarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through November 16, 2013 - Long Island City

This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities every Saturday. With workshops, yoga classes, exhibitions and stunning views, the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket is a great place to spend a Saturday morning. Shoppers will find a bountiful selection of seasonal produce from the Black Dirt region of Orange County, Mexican specialty produce from Richmond County, orchard fruit and juice, meat, poultry and eggs and multi-ethnic artisan breads. Free cooking demonstrations are held weekly featuring seasonal items from the market, and family friendly activities take place throughout the season.

Farmer's Market Fridays - Queens Botanical Garden
Through November 22, 2013 - Flushing

Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, coffee and nut butters from the Farmer's Market. Every Friday, June 21 through November 22, from 8:30am to 4pm, on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, directly outside the Garden gates.

From Immigrant Home to Neighborhood Museum - Voelker Orth Museum
Through November 24, 2013 - Flushing

10th Anniversary Exhibition takes a look at the transformation of the property from the late 19th century through the restoration of the house and opening of the Voelker Orth Museum. It offers the story of the how and the why it is a museum today. Once part of the Parson�s family estate lands, the house was built in 1881 as the new Murray Hill suburb developed with the arrival of the Long Island Rail Road. Through photographs, documents and materials visitors look back at a piece of Flushing, NY history and a family�s story, offering fresh air and a comfortable life-style to New York�s expanded middle-class. The exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of the property in the late 1990s when the Museum was in formation. Lectures, workshops and a walking tour related to the exhibition will be scheduled in the fall.

Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through November 26, 2013 - Elmhurst

Enjoy this market located along an entrance to Elmhurst hospital, which offers a variety of local produce, orchard fruit, picked at its peak of ripeness, hearty vegetables grown in the nutrient-rich soil of Orange County's "Black Dirt" region, and freshly baked bread, pastries and granola. The market, which is open on Tuesdays thru November 26, promotes healthy living, offering recipes and cooking demonstrations to entice even the most timid of eaters and home cooks.

Superman in Tut's Fever Movie Palace - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through November 30, 2013 - Astoria

Enjoy 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. Now showing Superman (dir. Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr. 1948. With Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Carol Forman). Kirk Alyn became the first actor to portray Superman on screen in this successful, action-packedserial. Due to budgetary constraints, all of Superman�s flying sequences were animated. Still, a sequel followed in 1950, and the television series starring George Reeves two years later. Approx. 15 mins. per episode.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 22, 2013 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise—dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

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!

Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through December 29, 2013 - Forest Hills

Features fresh, locally-grown vegetables, orchard fruit, nuts, coffee, berries, potted plants, flowers, honey, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, and more. This market is open Sundays through December 29.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket - Travers Park
Through December 29, 2013 - Jackson Heights

Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, the recently expanded Jackson Heights Greenmarket is the largest and busiest Greenmarket in Queens. Wrapping around the edge of Travers Park, this bustling Sunday market draws a large crowd of families, long-time residents and young couples who come out to shop, enjoy the lively scene, and meet and greet their neighbors. The Friends of Travers Park designated 78th a "playstreet" where they host family-friendly events each Sunday adjacent to the market. Reflecting the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, the Jackson Heights market offers a broad selection of vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, honey, chicken and specialty Mexican produce.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 09, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.


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