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!
Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove - Nassau Coliseum
January 12, 2013 - Uniondale
Treasure Trove is Disney On Ice's newest skating spectacular. Enter the worlds of your favorite Disney princesses --Tiana, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the 'Circle of Life.' Tick-Tock. Don't be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts' Army Of Cards.
Family Art Project: HIbernator's Den - Wave Hill
January 12, 2013 - Bronx
Get to know the local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make your own furry bear, bat, toad, or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.
Recycled Energy - New York Hall of Science
January 12, 2013 - Flushing
Learn about sustainability with hands-on workshops based on the people and projects featured in the ReGeneration exhibition.
Make a USB solar charger that charges everyday electronic devices. Tamara Sabler and Zach Smart will explain how photovoltaic systems have been applied to Biomodd [NYC4], a ReGeneration installation. Space is limited, a small materials fee will be charged.
Young Chefs – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Banana Split Shakes - Douglaston Library
January 12, 2013 - Douglaston
Young Chefs between the ages of 7 and 12 come out of the cold and enjoy the morning by preparing delicious homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split shakes. All materials included. Preregistration is required.
Snowfest - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 12, 2013 - Douglaston
Children between the ages of 3-4 can enjoy a day of fun in the "snow". Even if there is no snow outside, children will enjoy the pretend "snow" inside. Make a silly snowperson, do a craft, and have a snack, and sing songs, as well as do games live animals and a nature walk. Participants must be toilet trained. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required.
Saturday Science Lab - Central Library
January 12, 2013 - Jamaica
Discover the wild and amazing world under the guidance of the Discovery Team. Children in Grades 1-6 will execute awesome experiments, learn something new, and enjoy educational fun at this lab.
DOTTY DOT! - The Secret Theatre
January 12, 2013 - Long Island City
This musical delight, depicts a day in the life of a very bossy little girl and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play (which Dotty will OBVIOUSLY direct)! Filled with memorable songs, colorful characters and valuable lessons, this show can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
Saltwater Stories: Back to the Bay - Long Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Garden City
Explore the maritime culture of Long Island including fishing, cuisine, industry, history, ecology, arts and crafts. Meet many folk artists that will teach you about the traditional ways of life that help shape the cultural and economic development of Long Island and animals that inhabit our waterways.
Trout Fishing in America - Long Island Children's Museum
January 12, 2013 - Garden City
Blending humor with country and folk music, �Trout Fishing in America,� set the standard for family musical duos. Keith Grimwood (bass) and Ezra Idlet (guitar/banjo) have received critical attention for their family music, including four Grammy Award nominations, National Indie and Parents Choice awards.
ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing
This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science.
Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx
Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps.
Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.
All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - Bronx
Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, Jan. 1-27.
Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing
View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dick Tracy Returns in Tut's Fever - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through February 28, 2013 - Astoria
Kids can spend the winter with an original super hero, Dec.1 through Feb. 28. Enjoy screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut's Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. This sequel to the original Dick Tracy serial finds Dick battling spies and saboteurs in his quest to bring the notorious Stark crime gang to justice.
The Art of 'Rise of the Guardians' - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 03, 2013 - Astoria
"Rise of the Guardians," the new animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, is a visually enthralling film based on William Joyce's "The Guardians of Childhood" book series, with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and other beloved characters reinterpreted as action heroes in a parable about the ongoing struggle between good and evil.
This gallery exhibition takes a look behind the scenes, revealing the innovative collaborative process behind the making of the film. Original artwork, both digital and hand-drawn, an exclusive time-lapse video presentation of in-process footage progressing to the finished film, and a revealing documentary that takes us into the DreamWorks Animation studio, show how the colorful world of the movie and its memorable characters were created.
An accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and special holiday screenings, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the finest films from DreamWorks Animation, including the Shrek and Madagascar series, "Antz," "How to Train Your Dragon," and much more, in a theatrical setting. Note: The documentary "Creating an Epic" (directed by Patrick Hanenberger; 70 minutes) will screen continuously in the Bartos Screening Room from 2pm-close on weekdays and 12-6pm on weekends.
The exhibit is organized by guest curator Jenny He and chief curator David Schwartz, presented with support from DreamWorks Animation.
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.