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by Directories Editor - Weekly January 22, 2014

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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!

RCSN: Special Camp Fair - Hotel Pennsylvania
January 25, 2014 - Midtown

For all children-even those with special needs-summer is a time to learn new skills, meet new friends, play, experience new environments, learn to trust in new adults, and develop self-confidence. At this fair, parents and guardians of children with special needs can connect with experts from more than 70 summer programs, find out about their child's right to reasonable accommodations, learn how to prepare kids for camp. Remember that the Americans with Disabilities Act supports your child's right to be included in mainstream programs. The law says that your child with special needs is entitled to be given "reasonable accommodations." You are the best person to tell the camp what those accommodation might be. If at all possible, try to visit a camp while it is in session to see if it is really appropriate for your child. If you can?t do that, ask the camp for a link to a video about the program. You can also speak to other parents about their experiences with camp. Resources for Children with Special Needs creates bright futures for the city's at-risk children and youth with special needs by empowering their parents. The organization provides personal, knowledgeable, and compassionate direct assistance to 2,500 families each year, and over 200 workshops and information events for over 3,000 people. RCSN trainings and materials are available in Spanish and English, with growing availability in Chinese. Call for workshop info/free one-on-one expert support.

Children's Storytime - Barnes and Noble-Forest Hills
January 22, 2014 - Forest Hills

Reading makes mornings fun. Staff from B&N Booksellers will read stories that are appropriate for all ages, and then lead the children in a fun and creative related activity.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
January 22, 2014 - 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.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 22, 2014 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving.

Picture Book Time - Richmond Hill Library
January 22, 2014 - Richmond Hill

A morning of fun for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. Enjoy stories, silly songs, and a simple craft.

Gallery Talks - The Noguchi Museum
January 22, 2014 - Long Island City

In keeping with Noguchi's interest in the visitor's personal experience of the Museum, participants will be encouraged to share their observations and interpretations throughout the course of the tour. Reservations are not required. On the first Fridays and second Sundays of the month gallery talks are also available in Japanese.

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - Nassau Coliseum
January 23, 2014 - Uniondale

It will be a hot, hot time on the ice. Get ready to root for your favorite team as the Islanders take on their rivals.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 23, 2014 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 8-14, 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.

Zumba Fitness Fun - Windsor Park Library
January 23, 2014 - Bayside

Explore dance and movement to the sound of international music with Lauren Singer. Steps will be broken down so that all ages can join the Zumba party. Please wear shoes you can move in. Space is limited and preregistration is required by calling or visiting the library. This program is for children age 5 and up.

Picture Book Time - Auburndale Library
January 23, 2014 - Flushing

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers read picture books for half an hour with Ms. Marianne G.

Gallery Talks - The Noguchi Museum
January 23, 2014 - Long Island City

In keeping with Noguchi's interest in the visitor's personal experience of the Museum, participants will be encouraged to share their observations and interpretations throughout the course of the tour. Reservations are not required. On the first Fridays and second Sundays of the month gallery talks are also available in Japanese.

Storytime Series for Toddlers - North Forest Park Library
January 24, 2014 - Forest Hills

In this program children ages 14-30 months and their caregivers sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. (Note: Families may attend the toddler OR preschooler Storytime program, not both. Families with a mix of ages are encouraged to attend the preschool program.)

Storytime Series for Preschoolers - North Forest Park Library
January 24, 2014 - Forest Hills

Children ages 31 months-5 years and their caregivers are sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. (Note: Families may attend the toddler OR preschooler Storytime program, not both.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
January 24, 2014 - 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.

Gallery Talks - The Noguchi Museum
January 24, 2014 - Long Island City

In keeping with Noguchi's interest in the visitor's personal experience of the Museum, participants will be encouraged to share their observations and interpretations throughout the course of the tour. Reservations are not required. On the first Fridays and second Sundays of the month gallery talks are also available in Japanese.

Deconstructed Flowers - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 25, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in this exhibit, a series of intricate photographs that pull out the detailed beauty of flowers, using a special technique that layers several photographs into a single picture for a view of amazing depth. Dr. Stein's work as the former chairman of surgery at Flushing Hospital instilled a dedication to the importance of detail. Since his retirement from the medical profession, his interest in photography has intensified. Studying at the International Center of Photography, and with several professionals he has garnered a renewed focus on the technical and visual aspects, and adapted a style that allows him to create photographs that express many aspects of a flower at the same time. "There are many features of flowers that are beautiful and interesting, but each individual photograph can only show a single element of the flower". Unhappy with losing the depth and beauty of his subject, Stein focused on pulling out the dimensional presence of the flower. "This meant taking multiple photographs and merging then into a single montage. I then allowed the flower to grow more naturally over the image's matting. The end result is a floral image that shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image." Dr. Stein's prize-winning photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the Northeast, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Salmagundi Club, The Mamaroneck Artist Guild, and other galleries in New York. His photographs can also be found in commercial establishments and in numerous private collections. The exhibit will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm, thur Jan 25, 2014 and is free to the public. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or dhector@queensbotanical.org. Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Open Play - Chilibeans Party Place
January 25, 2014 - Hempstead

Games, fun, entertainment. Perfect for a family with kids to get together with friends. Call to reserve spot.

Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
January 25, 2014 - 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.

Blue Suede Birthday - The Elvis Bash - Queensborough Community College
January 25, 2014 - Bayside

Master performers Scot Bruce & Mike Albert deliver an Elvis experience with superb reverence and a purity that will give you chills. Scot opens the show performing his renditions of the early hits. It is sixty minutes of charismatic shake, rattle & roll taking you through Elvis' career through the Hollywood years. When Mike Albert takes over the look is reminiscent of the later years: with "dazzling" jump suits made just for "the King". Mike is truly untouchable as the older Elvis. Not only is he vocally stunning, but the reverent passion that he infuses into the songs, has reduced many a hard core Elvis fan to tears as seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Together, they recreate the electrifying musical excitement of the King.

Family Art Project: Hibernators' Den - Wave Hill
January 25, 2014 - Bronx

Get to know the local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make a furry bear, bat, toad, or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. This is a free Hibernators' Pajama Pop-in Weekend event, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Interactive Performance: Tales of the Hibernators - Wave Hill
January 25, 2014 - Bronx

Actress, singer, storyteller, and songwriter Flor Bromley entertains with the story of "Bear Wants More" by Karma Wilson, and other fun tales of hibernation in her musical, interactive performance featuring original songs and friendly puppets. This is a free Hibernators' Pajama Pop-in Weekend event, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Nature Walk: Winter Wake-up - Wave Hill
January 25, 2014 - Bronx

Not everyone's napping! Take a break from the indoor Hibernator festivities and join naturalists Gabriel Willow or Paul Keim on a quest to find active birds, scurrying squirrels, and even winter-blooming plants on the grounds. Ages 5 and older welcome with an adult. Dress warmly. This is a free Hibernators' Pajama Pop-in Weekend event, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 25, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

Natural Facials - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 25, 2014 - Douglaston

Come and enjoy the skin rejuvenating benefits of nature! With soothing music and sweet scented candles creating a relaxing atmosphere. Children ages 7-8 will combine natural products such as cucumbers, honey, mint, crushed almonds & egg whites to cleanse and soften their skin. Remember to wear comfortable clothes. A healthy snack and all materials included. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

PUBLIQuartet - The Church in the Gardens
January 25, 2014 - Forest Hlls

Formed in 2010, PUBLIQuartet (PQ) injects fresh perspective into the world of Classical music. Graduates of Eastman School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, each member contributes to a collective background in classical, jazz, world and electro acoustic performance. They aim to present music from the classical cannon, contemporary compositions, and open-form improvisations which extend the stylistic norms of the traditional string quartet. PUBLIQuartet has been presented by The American Composers Orchestra, Queens College, Music of Now Marathon, Turtle Bay Music School, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, Cirlcles and Lines and the Ridotto Concert Series, and were the featured artists for the Socrates Sculpture Park's annual Gala, supporting their endeavor to encourage "strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public." They have performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the WMP Concert Hall, University Settlement, LeFrak Auditorium, Cornelia Street Cafe, Norwalk Symphony Hali, and numerous historical community spaces in NYC. They have worked with members of the Muir, Juilliard, Orion, Brentano, Mendelssohn, Tokyo and American String Quartets, as well as acclaimed composers Joan Tower and Don Byron. PQ supports their artistic community by presenting New York City's emerging and established composers, as well as providing educational workshops to teach string improvisation. Their new concert series, MIND|THE|GAP, explores ways to connect old and new music by bridging musical content through improvisation. Current and upcoming projects include the continuation of their MIND|THE|GAP concert series and the inaugural emerging composers competition, PUBLIQ Access.

Adriance Farmhouse Tours - Queens County Farm Museum
January 25, 2014 - Floral Park

The Museum's history dates back to 1697; it occupies New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. The farm encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard, herb garden and vineyard. Our farm animals and tranquil agrarian environment provide the opportunity to leave the hectic daily pace behind for an enjoyable visit to a farm without leaving the City.

The Lego Movie Hands-On Learning - Barnes and Noble-Utopia Center
January 25, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

Count down to the The Lego Movie in this special "learn about it" event. Activities, fun and surprises for all who attend! Poster giveaway, color activity sheets and more!

Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

LICM & Plaza Theatrical present �Go, Dog. Go!� - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 26, 2014 - Garden City

P.D. Eastman�s classic beginner book "Go, Dog. Go!" comes to life on the LICM stage. Singing, dancing and plenty of humor surround Red Dog, Blue Dog, Green Dog and Yellow Dog. Watch these dogs at work and play, going in and going out, moving over the water and under the water and asking and answering that important question, "Do you like my hat?" The story is adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory with music by Michael Koerner. This event runs through January 26.

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.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through April 27, 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.


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