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!
Storytime Series for Toddlers - North Forest Park Library
February 28, 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 28, 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 28, 2014 - Bayside
Kids ages 5-12 can spend an evening making new friends and a have a fun time playing board games such as chess, Candy Land, Sorry, and much more.
Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
February 28, 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 28, 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."
13 Moons - Flushing Town Hall
February 28, 2014 - Flushing
This show features GrayHawk Perkins, a New Orleans born Native American from the Choctaw and Houma tribes, who will perform a unique blend of blues, folk and jazz, intertwined with tribal rhythms, language and storytelling, with the France-based Mezcal Jazz Unit band.
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.
Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through December 31, 2014 - Forest Hills
Features fresh, locally-grown vegetables, orchard fruit, nuts, coffee, berries, potted plants, flowers, honey, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, and more. This market is now open Sundays year-around.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket - Travers Park
Through December 31, 2014 - Jackson Heights
Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, the recently expanded Jackson Heights Greenmarket is the largest and busiest Greenmarket in Queens. Wrapping around the edge of Travers Park, this bustling Sunday market draws a large crowd of families, long-time residents and young couples who come out to shop, enjoy the lively scene, and meet and greet their neighbors. The Friends of Travers Park designated 78th a "playstreet" where they host family-friendly events each Sunday adjacent to the market. Reflecting the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, the Jackson Heights market offers a broad selection of vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, honey, chicken and specialty Mexican produce.