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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly February 5, 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!

Homework Help - Laurelton Library
February 05, 2014 - Laurelton

Afterschool homework assistance in math, writing and other subjects is available for children in Grades 1-6.

Toddler Story Time-Court Square - Court Square Library
February 05, 2014 - Long Island City

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

Toddler Time -Seaside - Seaside Library
February 05, 2014 - Rockaway Park

Children ages 18 months to 3 years participate in an exciting storytime which will include music, movement, nursery rhymes, and a craft.

Game Day - Howard Beach Library
February 05, 2014 - Howard Beach

Enjoy some friendly competition with a variety of board games for teens and tweens, including checkers, Scrabble, Sorry and more.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 05, 2014 - Garden City

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

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
February 05, 2014 - Garden City

Every day, people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join us each week as we 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.

'Whooo' Loves You? - Long Island Children's Museum
February 05, 2014 - Garden City

At this special arts and crafts program, participants can hatch a little owl friend to send their loving wishes and show them they give a "hoot."

MONTHLY JAZZ JAM - Flushing Town Hall
February 05, 2014 - 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.

New York Islanders vs. Calgary Flames - Nassau Coliseum
February 06, 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
February 06, 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.

Circle of Friends - Glen Oaks Library
February 06, 2014 - Glen Oaks

A morning of fun for children ages 3-5. A variety of fun-filled activities include listening to stories, singing songs and doing arts and crafts.

'Whooo' Loves You? - Long Island Children's Museum
February 06, 2014 - Garden City

At this special arts and crafts program, participants can hatch a little owl friend to send their loving wishes and show them they give a "hoot."

stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
February 06, 2014 - Garden City

Join in each week as kids read childhood classics and are introduced to new favorites; followed by literature-inspired activities and crafts. Then musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving.

Storytime Series for Toddlers - North Forest Park Library
February 07, 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
February 07, 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.

Board Games - Windsor Park Library
February 07, 2014 - Bayside

Kids ages 5-12 can spend an evening making new friends and have a fun time playing board games such as chess, Candy Land, Sorry, and much more.

Homework Help - Laurelton Library
February 07, 2014 - Laurelton

Afterschool homework assistance in math, writing and other subjects is available for children in Grades 1-6.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
February 07, 2014 - Garden City

Every day, people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join us each week as we 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.

'Whooo' Loves You? - Long Island Children's Museum
February 07, 2014 - Garden City

At this special arts and crafts program, participants can hatch a little owl friend to send their loving wishes and show them they give a "hoot."

Masters of Illusion Live! - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
February 07, 2014 - Westbury

Masters of Illusion Live! is the touring magic show based on the award winning television show. Seen nationwide and internationally, the live show will feature over a half dozen renowned performers - from daring escapologists, eye-popping illusionists and amazing quick-change artists to exotic wild animals and beautiful dancers.

Lunar New Year Parade -
February 08, 2014 - Flushing

Celebrate 2014, the Year of the Horse, with the Flushing's famous Lunar New Year Parade. There'll be dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. Indoor cultural performances and food will be available for purchase after the parade.

Picture Book Time-Ridgewood - Ridgewood Library
February 08, 2014 - Ridgewood

Children ages 5 and younger accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver enjoy songs, rhymes and fingerplays.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 08, 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.

American Influences: Ragtime, Light Opera and More - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
February 08, 2014 - Rockville Centre

Join in for an evening of American Influences, performed by the Madison Theatre�s Artist in Residence, Ittai Shapira and pianist and composer, John Novacek. The performers explore how international music influenced American music in a number of genres, and in turn, how American music influenced masters like Dvorak. Come hear John Novacek performing his own dazzling rags for violin and piano.

Family Art Project: Hearts, Flowers and Love Birds - Wave Hill
February 08, 2014 - Bronx

Breathe in the fragrance of greenhouse flowers, enjoy their colorful blooms, and learn about cuddly winter doves. Using the wintry inspiration of Wave Hill, make your own lovely, lacy, feathery, and flowerful Valentine's Day cards. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
February 08, 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.

Ballet Hispanico - Kupferberg Center for The Arts
February 08, 2014 - Flushing

This dance troupe takes the stage possessing a diverse and rich repertory of over 100 works by the leading choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works explore the diversity of Latino culture through the fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance fueled by theatricality and passion that audiences of all ages can enjoy.

Love Monster - Barnes and Noble-Utopia Center
February 08, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

Kids can celebrate Valentine's Day with stories, activities, and valentine treats.

Lunar New Year Celebration - Queens Botanical Garden
February 08, 2014 - Flushing

After watching the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade, come to QBG for additional festivities. Beginning at 1pm, the Children's Activity Table will offer botanical crafts ($2/child) and visitors can learn about and mix their own bags in our Herbal Tea Workshop ($5/participant). And don't miss two performances of the New York Chinese Chorus -- 2 to 2:45pm and 3 to 3:45pm. Activities are first come, first served and supplies are limited; limited seating available for both performances.

Storybook Discovery: Me & My Shadow - Voelker Orth Museum
February 08, 2014 - Flushing

Just because groundhogs are afraid of their shadows doesn't mean that kids have to be afraid of there's! Children wwill read all about shadows and then cast some with their family to make silhouette portraits together.

Storybook Discovery: Welcome the Year of the Horse - Voelker Orth Museum
February 08, 2014 - Flushing

Cultivate the joys of reading and creative fun. Join Ms. Karen in the Victorian parlor has she shares some winter tales and celebrate Lunar New Year welcoming the year of the horse. Parents can join their children in enacting fun books then fashion horse puppets with long colorful tails and manes. If the sun is out, participants will parade their creations across the lawn. Storybook Discovery Days are best for families with children ages 6 and under.

Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 23, 2014 - Astoria

As New York and New Jersey play host to Super Bowl XLVIII, Museum of the Moving Image and EA SPORTS look back on 25 years of the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. On view and available for play are five editions of the game ranging from the original John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II to the latest Madden NFL 25 (2013) on Xbox One. In addition to the games, the exhibition features a dynamic timeline showing milestones in the development of the franchise highlighted by gameplay footage from every year.

Celebrating Black History Through The Arts - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Through February 28, 2014 - Jamaica

During the month of February, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center will excite the mind and soul for Black History Month, with a celebration of the African Diaspora via dance, theatre, and art.

Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 02, 2014 - Astoria

Museum of the Moving Image and IndieCade will present Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, an exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games that represent the breadth and depth of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles?most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, presented alongside a selection of independent games from the last decade that have had great impact on game design and culture. Indie Essentials will be on view in the Museum's third-floor changing exhibitions gallery. The 2013 IndieCade award-winning games will be announced at the festival on October 6; a complete list of games in Indie Essentials will be available on the Museum's website by the end of October. The designers and developers of the games presented in Indie Essentials are individuals or small teams working independently of large studios and publishers. They take daring creative risks to explore new forms and methods of play. Independent games are a fountain of innovation and experimentation, pushing the whole game industry forward as one of today's most dynamic and important cultural forms. Access to Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games is included with Museum admission (and free for Museum members). All games in the exhibition are free play. Towards the end of the exhibition's run, the second annual IndieCade East will take place at the Museum on February 14 through 16, 2014. This non-competitive East Coast edition offers a lively weekend of games, talks, panels, and workshops celebrating independent games and the people who make and play them. The popular Night Games segment of the festival, with its freewheeling interactive game play for hundreds, will also return. Ticket information and advance purchase options will be announced soon.

Puppet Show - The Long Island Puppet Theater
Through March 02, 2014 - Hicksville

"Sirena, The Little Mermaid: It's A Whole New World!" is an original musical marionette puppet show with a surprise ending! After the show, the kids and parents get to rock out on the dance floor. The show runs through March 2.

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.

Landmarks of New York - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments have been protected from destruction through landmark designation. Explore the history of New York through the lens of its landmark buildings in this exhibit of photographs, The show documents architectural structures of all types that reflect the city's history, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

Art in the Garden at QBG: 'Get The Picture?' - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 04, 2014 - Flushing

Artist Alan Richards's colorful satirical composite images, or photomanipulations, feature elements juxtaposed to create pieces that portray humor and whimsy. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, February 16, from 1 to 4pm.


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