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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-APR 7

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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!

Brady Rymer presents 'Jump Up, It's a Good Day!' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 07, 2013 - Garden City

Join Grammy-nominated musical artists Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could as they perform high energy, interactive, and uplifting songs from all of their award winning CD's. Brady Rymer's down-home, foot stomping rootsy tunes resonate through American culture, bringing an honest, joyful spirit to music for all generations. "His music has a rock 'n' roll heart," declares The New York Times.

Open Studio: Collaboration: Building Big - The Noguchi Museum
April 07, 2013 - Long Island City

This arts education program encourages families to explore the galleries and to make art in response to their experiences. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

Drawing Workshop - Flushing Town Hall
April 07, 2013 - Flushing

The whole family can get in touch with their inner artist at this interactive arts workshop! Teaching artist Tina Seligman introduces participants to Andy Warhol's "Multiples" and his use of commercial advertising concepts to produce fine art. After a brief discussion, participants will create a hands-on project with oil pastels while listening to music composed by Steve Reich.

Little Makers: Butter Basics - New York Hall of Science
April 07, 2013 - Flushing

Kids can invent their own yummy flavor when they shake up a batch of homemade butter in this workshop. Materials fee $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission. Preregistration is recommended. Note to parents: Allow 30-45 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 paint and ink.

Duquesne University Tamburitzans - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
April 07, 2013 - Bayside

Artistically representing the dances, music and songs of East European and neighboring cultures, the Tamburitzans present a wonderful two-hour journey through the towns, back roads and villages of the “Old Country.” This dazzling program is features 36 performers playing fresh, live music performed on authentic instruments with hundreds of colorful costumes. This show will take you on a musical tour traveling through such countries as Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakis, Greece, Russia and many more.

Family Art Project - Drawn to Nature - Wave Hill
April 07, 2013 - Bronx

Join guest artist Ander Mikalson as she guides families in creating individual drawing projects. Then, on the Lower Lawn from 12-2pm, join guest artists from the spring exhibition "Drawn to Nature" to form a collective, large-scale, winding line of drawings that will weave its way through Wave Hill. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Opening Weekend - Queens Botanical Garden
April 07, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy garden tours, crafts, and meet Flora, QBG's colorful mascot!

Collective Drawing - Wave Hill
Through April 07, 2013 - Bronx

Join guest artists from the spring exhibition, "Drawn to Nature," in creating a large-scale, winding line of drawings that will weave through Wave Hill. Artists will be stationed at different areas on the grounds offering guided drawing activities. Guest artists include exhibiting artists and workshop leaders Ellie Irons and Gisela Insuaste on Saturday, and Paul Lambermont, Mia Rosenthal and Charlotte Schultz on Sunday, when this program also takes place.

Collective Drawing - Wave Hill
April 07, 2013 - Bronx

Join guest artists from the spring exhibition," Drawn to Nature," in creating a large-scale, winding line of drawings that will weave through Wave Hill. Artists will be stationed at different areas on the grounds offering guided drawing activities. Guest artists include exhibiting artists and workshop leaders Ellie Irons and Gisela Insuaste on Saturday, and Paul Lambermont, Mia Rosenthal and Charlotte Schultz on Sunday, when this program also takes place.

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.

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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