Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Queens! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Making plans for next weekend for your family? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
Wii Game Day - Poppenhusen Library
April 12, 2013 - College Point
Kids can play fun Wii games and test their skills. For teens, but all ages are welcome. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Kowai: Japanese Monsters - Briarwood Library
April 12, 2013 - Briarwood
Think you know monsters? Think again! Explore the creepy denizens of the island of Japan, from shapeshifting foxes and ghostly cats to hopping umbrellas, burning wheels, and other strange creatures of the weird. Bring an open mind--filling it with some crazy new stories of things that go bump on the night!
Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
April 12, 2013 - Laurelton
Children in grades 3-6 make friends and learn leadership skills.
Toddler Learning Center - Bellerose Library
April 12, 2013 - Bellerose
Children ages 18-36 months, with parent or caregiver, play with educational toys and games, do simple craft projects, learn songs and rhymes. Preregistration required.
Board Games - Windsor Park Library
April 12, 2013 - Bayside
Enjoy a fun time playing board games such as chess, Candy Land, Sorry, and much more.
Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx
Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space.
The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.
Cirque Du Solieil Presents 'Totem' - Citi Field Lot C.
Through April 21, 2013 - Flushing
Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona
Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx
The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory.
There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.
Rainbows - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2013 - Garden City
Come learn the colors of the rainbow and how they are made. Have fun painting your own beautiful rainbow to brighten up April's spring showers. The program runs through April 30.
Spectacle: The Music Video - Museum of the Moving Image
Through June 16, 2013 - Astoria
This groundbreaking exhibition explores music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture and is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date. Spectacle highlights the form's place at the forefront of creative technology, its role in pushing the boundaries of innovative production, its important role as an experimental sandbox for filmmakers, and its lasting effects on popular culture globally. The exhibition features more than 300 videos, presented alongside artifacts and interactive experiences, and will be installed in the Museum's 4,000 sq.-ft. changing exhibitions gallery, amphitheater gallery, and other spaces.
ESOL Family Literacy Class - CIET/LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City
English Classes for parents with children in NYC public schools. Pre-registration is required.
ESL Classes - LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City
In this class for parents with children in NYC public schools, participants will learn how to talk to their child’s teacher, prepare for parent-teacher conferences, information about homework resources and computer classes, and much more.
Family Swim - Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens
Through June 22, 2013 - Astoria
Bring the family out every Saturday and make a splash at the wonderful Aquatic Center! Family swim is a great way for the family to have fun and/or exercise. Come and spend quality time together, and enjoy the water toys!