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!
Countdown to 12! - Out of this World - Long Island Children's Museum
December 31, 2013 - Garden City
Join in this �Out of this World� New Year�s Eve party! Celebrate the arrival of the new year in the tradition of New York�s famed Times Square party. LICM is adding a twist to its party this year -- an outer space theme. The afternoon will be filled with fun activities, a 4pm ball drop, and an extreme dance party. Come ring in the new year all afternoon long as we welcome 2014!
'Noon' Year's Eve Jump - Pump It Up of Great Neck
December 31, 2013 - Great Neck
Looking for a safe place to celebrate the New Year with the family? Here's the perfect "Noon" Year's Eve event for young and old alike. Kids get to bounce and play for 80 minutes followed by 40 minutes in the party room for pizza and drinks. Then they will put on party hats, get out the sparkling cider and noisemakers and countdown to the "Noon" Year! Adults play for free. Food option for adults available for an additional $3.95 per person.
Holiday Puppet Party Workshop - Museum of the Moving Image
December 31, 2013 - Astoria
Kids ages 7 and older become puppet makers and performers in this hour-long holiday workshop. Using simple materials, children will design their own unique characters, and then take turns performing with them in a short televised puppet show.
Canned Goods Drive - Hillcrest Library
December 31, 2013 - Flushing
Help the library feed those in need during the holidays. Bring unexpired cans and boxes of nonperishable food to distribute to neighbors in the community. Donations will be accepted from 2:00-6:00pm.
Annual Gingerbread House Display - Le Parker Meridien
Through January 06, 2014 - New York
City Harvest and Le Parker Meridien New York have once again partnered up for their annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, bringing New Yorkers a holiday gingerbread display for the fifth year in a row. Now through January 6, 2014, these edible masterpieces are on display in the atrium of Le Parker Meridien and in other locations across the city, all under the theme "Quintessential New York."
Structures on display at Le Parker Meridien include the "Chrysler Building" by David Burke Kitchen, "Subway Cars" by NORMA's, and "Coney Island" by Rolling Pin Productions. Other participants who created structures for display at Le Parker Meridien include Baked Ideas, Butterfly Bakeshop, Cupcake Cafe, and Le Monde.
Citarella, Hecho en Dumbo, Il Ristorante Rosi, Liddabit Sweets, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, and Sirio Ristorante are displaying Gingerbread structures in their own locations.
Additionally, visitors can enjoy various gingerbread-inspired treats and promotions to benefit City Harvest at participating locations across the city, including gingerbread scones at Beauty & Essex, gingerbread milkshakes at burger joint (8th street location), as well as gingerbread classes at the Institute of Culinary Education. A full list of treats and promotions is listed on the website at www.cityharvest.org/gingerbread.
Each $1 ticket, available through the Le Parker Meridien concierge, will enable visitors to cast a vote for their favorite house. In addition, City Harvest supporters can cast votes online at www.cityharvest.org/gingerbread.
GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 12, 2014 - Queens
Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 20th.
The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving.
Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make.
GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures.
The 2013 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever.
While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit.
This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage.
GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread.
All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display.
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Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx
The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York.
Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed and - new this year - features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.
Explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done too...it's a whole day of fun!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 09, 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.
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.