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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-APR 14

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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!

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.

Dance Workshop - Flushing Town Hall
April 14, 2013 - Flushing

Get ready to dance like a bug! Join the Kinematik Dance Theater and explore Breakdance, House, Vogue and modern dance. Their approach to dance theater is considering choreography not only as a performing art but also as a visual art form. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to dance. This modern dance troupe, nurtures and expands the art of dance by providing visually stimulating and provocative choreography that pushes the boundaries of traditional representations of urban and contemporary dance. KINEMATIK fuses elements of urban vernacular dance such as House, Hip Hop, Breakdance and Voguing and integrates it with contemporary modern dance technique as a means to increase the visibility of urban dance in a concert stage setting. KINEMATIK's aim is to educate existing dance audiences and expose new audiences to the urban art form through public performances and workshops. The company is dedicated to providing outreach programs to foster and inspire creative expression.

Insekta - Flushing Town Hall
April 14, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy this performance by the KINEMATIK Dance Theater as they venture into the bustling world of beetles, spiders, ants and fireflies. Be amazed by this dance exploration of the intricate & complex microorganisms that surround us. Collaborating with technology artist Cheng-I-Wang, KINEMATIK investigates the diversity of insects through dance and motion detection projections; fusing technology with Breakdance, House, Vogue and modern dance.

Little Makers: Bubble Trouble - New York Hall of Science
April 14, 2013 - Flushing

Who doesn't love bubbles? Enjoy this program where families with young children can tinker, design and create together. Children will design and make their own bubble blowing tool and use it to create colorful bubble artwork in this workshop. Additional $8 material fee per family. Preregistration is recommended. Note to parents: Allow 30 to 45 minutes to complete a Little Makers project. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like soap, water, paint and ink.

Charlotte's Web - Queens Theatre
April 14, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy this classic story of friendship. In Theatreworks USA’s production of E.B. White’s beloved story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live. Now that's a great friend.

Family Art Project: Daffy for Daffodils - Wave Hill
April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate our flowering world by becoming a daffodil for a day. Make a hat or costume, complete with a fringed trumpet and circle of petals, and join in a parade of spring blossoms.

Children's Carnival - Queens County Farm Museum
April 14, 2013 - Floral Park

Enjoy an good ole-fashioned carnival in the apple orchard. Carnival rides, midway games, and prizes, hayrides, and children's entertainment, and more. Admission per person includes entry to the farm grounds and carnival rides at no additonal charge. Note: height rules apply at all rides.

Toddlers Adventure Hour - Flowers In April - Alley Pond Environmental Center
April 14, 2013 - Douglaston

Bring your little one between the ages of 18 & 36 months for an afternoon of fun. This program includes games, songs, a snack, a craft, live animals and a nature walk (weather permitting). This is an opportunity to socialize and learn about nature in a relaxed environment. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. No non-participating siblings.

Novels in Nature: Nature Related Reading for Children - Alley Pond Environmental Center
April 14, 2013 - Douglaston

Young children can celebrate Plant Earth, listening to nature related stories about Earth Day followed by craft/activity time. Kids can have a snack, meet an animal, and take a trail walk (weather permitting). Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Dog Days! - Old Westbury Gardens
April 14, 2013 - Old Westbury

Bring your leashed dog for an invigorating walk and healthy exercise in designated garden areas. Meet fellow dog lovers in a beautiful environment. Dog must be leashed. Meet dog exhibitors and vendors from 11am-4pm.

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!


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