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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-JUL 5

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by Directories Editor July 5, 2014

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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!

Kids Club - Queens Center Mall-Lower Level, Jcpenney Wing
July 05, 2014 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Powered by National Geographic Kids, this a great opportunity for kids to learn in a fun, interactive setting featuring creative activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macys Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you.

Eat the Rainbow with GrowNYC Greenmarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
July 05, 2014 - Long Island City

In this interactive (and delicious) workshop, find out how easy and beneficial it is to eat a colorful array of farm fresh produce every day, while using a variety of colorful produce from the market, drawing materials, and visual displays.

Kayaking from Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove - Socrates Sculpture Park- LIC Boathouse
July 05, 2014 - Long Island City

A comfortable introduction for families to kayaking during a short trip to the shallow waters of Hallets Cove. No prior boating experience is required, and participants may sign up on a first come, first serve basis. Minors (under 18 yrs.) must have a parent or guardian present. Life preservers are now available for your pets who want to join the fun.

Champu the Magician - Forest Park Carousel
July 05, 2014 - Forest Park

If you're looking for some family-friendly fun for the kids the holiday weekend then the Forest Park Carousel is the place to be! This historic, antique carousel, this regarded as the No. 2 Most Magical Carousel in America! Champu is the talk of the town! His energetic and interactive style is sure to engage guests in a magical and hilarious experience. His magical talents and quick wit will keep the audience wondering and laughing! Note: Although the entertainment is free, there is a fee to ride the carousel and purchase items from the concession stand.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
July 05, 2014 - Long Island City

Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

Family Art Project: Marvelous Mushrooms - Wave Hill
July 05, 2014 - Bronx

Visiting artist Jan Mun shows different kinds of mushrooms and explains how they can help the environment. Join in a group project to make an outdoor, mushroom fairy-ring. As a special treat, get your own mushroom starter kit and watch your mushrooms grow at home.

Storybook Stroll - Old Westbury Gardens
July 05, 2014 - Old Westbury

Children will enjoy touring the gardens after a reading of Susie and Her Shadow by author Enid Blyton.

Mets vs. Texas Rangers - Citi Field
July 05, 2014 - Flushing

Cheer on David Wright, Curtis Granderson and the Amazin's take on the guys from the Lone Star State. The first 20,000 fans in attendance at the game receive a Mets Floppy Hat.

Summer on the Green Kickoff - The Shops at Atlas Park
July 05, 2014 - Glendale

Bring the whole family and enjoy the fresh air and the fun! Enjoy a variety of activities including two concerts, kids entertainment, and fireworks.

Green Teens- Energetic Environmental Explorations - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 22, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for an energetic exploration of the environment. Each week the Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities. Visit the website for program updates.

Whale & Dolphin Adventure Cruises - Riis Landing
Through August 28, 2014 - Breezy Point

Rockaway has visitors. Yes, it's true...whales and dolphins have been spotted in the waters of Rockaway, New York! Set sail in search of these beautiful mammals, hop aboard The American Princess for a Whale Watch / Dolphin Watch Adventure Cruise for a relaxing cruise and what promises to be an amazing afternoon.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 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.

Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern - Noguchi Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Long Island City

The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise?dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

Alice's Wonderland: a most curious adventure - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Garden City

Be the first to journey down the rabbit hole as you explore Wonderland in this award-winning traveling exhibit, based on Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibit inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and helps make the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and certainly fun. The exhibit runs through August 31.

The World Comes to Queens: Films from the World's Fairs - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

Nearly 100 million people came to Queens for two World's Fairs that opened 25 years apart, in 1939 and 1964. On the eve of World War II, the 1939-1940 fair looked to the future, with the optimistic slogan 'the Dawn of a New Day.' The 1964-1965 fair, organized by Robert Moses, was largely a celebration of mid-century American industry, symbolized by the twelve-story-high stainless steel Unisphere built by U.S. Steel. Sponsored films made for the fairs capture the excitement and ingenuity behind the fairs while also revealing the goals of the companies behind them. Films to be shown continuously in the Video Screening Amphitheater, in excerpts or their entirety, include The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair and To New Horizons from 1939, and Sinclair at the World's Fair, World's Fair Report with Lowell Thomas, To The Fair, and Unisphere: The Biggest World on Earth from 1964.

The Designing Eye: Exposition Posters from 1893-2000 - Queens Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Flushing

The celebration of the World's Fair continues at this exhibit of 30 World�s Fair posters from a 100-year period and spanning several continents. This exhibit runs through August 31.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 07, 2014 - Bronx

Celebrate great American gardens of the early 20th century and the extraordinary women who designed them. This garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design, as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory - an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine - and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetry, music, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture. Through Sep. 7.

LIC Art Bus - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through September 14, 2014 - Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park has launched a new summer shuttle bus service to promote and connect Long Island City's cultural institutions, while linking the Western Queens waterfront to a major transit hub at Court Square. The bus, which will stop at the entrances of Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1. (see website schedule ). The bus holds twenty-five passengers, seated on a first come, first served basis. Each Museum is open until 6PM, Socrates Sculpture Park closes at sunset. SculptureCenter will be closed on the following dates: 5/17?18, 5/24?25, 5/31, 8/3, 8/9?10, 8/16?17, 8/23?24, 8/30?31, 9/6?7, 9/13?14. *The 5:30 bus returns to Socrates for the final stop. This free service is made possible by generous support from Shelley and Donald Rubin, and is a partnership between Socrates, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1.

Ambassador Satchmo at the World�s Fair - Queens Museum
Through September 14, 2014 - Flushing

The exhibit includes rare photographs taken by Louis Armstrong�s close friend and personal photographer, Jack Bradley. June 30, 1964 was declared �Louis Armstrong Day� by the World�s Fair in honor of Pops and these photos capture Armstrong on that day. This series of photos has never been published until now. Co-organized by the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Science at the Fairs - NY Hall of Science
Through September 27, 2014 - Corona

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World�s Fair, NYSCI is collaborating with Queens Historical Society curator, Richard Hourahan, to bring the history of science at the World�s Fairs to NYSCI with a photo exhibit. Get a snapshot of how science was viewed and presented to the public 75 and 50 years ago. The ideas, the excitement, and the latest achievements, hopes and fears are told through a compelling series of black and white photographs and audio and video excerpts of the presentations, exhibits and visitors who flocked to the fairs. The exhibit runs through Sept. 27.

Art in the Garden: Harvesting our History NY World's Fairs - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 28, 2014 - Flushing

Get a sense of QBG's past and how both the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs influenced the Garden's development. This exhibit in the Visitor & Administration Building is created largely from the Garden's archives with images that illustrate these important events in New York City's history.

Art in the Garden: Harvesting our History NY World's Fairs - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 28, 2014 - Flushing

Get a sense of QBG's past and how both the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs influenced the Garden's development. This exhibit in the Visitor & Administration Building is created largely from the Garden's archives with images that illustrate these important events in New York City's history.

Forest Park Carousel Celebrate Spring Break! - Forest Park Carousel
Through September 30, 2014 - Forest Park

If you're looking for some family-friendly fun for the kids this Spring Break then the Forest Park Carousel is the place to be! This historic, antique carousel, this regarded as the No. 2Most Magical Carousel in America!

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park Open for the Season - Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Through September 30, 2014 - Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Fantasy Forest offers the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel (from the 1964-1965 NY World's Fair) as well as several other attractions, including the Fantasy Frog Hopper and Queens' only roller coaster, the Corona Cobra Coaster.

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel Open Full-Time - Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Through October 31, 2014 - Queens

The Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens) kicks off its full-season schedule! Come by for great thrills, fun, and adventure! Fantasy Forest has several great amusement rides, including the Fantasy Frog Hopper, the Corona Choo Choo, and Queens' only roller coaster, the Corona Cobra Coaster! The amusement park and carousel are located right next to the Queens Zoo! Come celebrate Spring with us and enjoy the exciting rides of Fantasy Forest! Tickets, pricing, and hours are available on our website at www.fantasyforestnyc.com! We also are home to the most thrilling birthday parties in Queens!

Worlding - Queens Museum of Art
Through October 31, 2014 - Flushing

An exhibition inspired by the Panorama of the City of New York, the 9,355-square-foot architectural model of New York City commissioned by the controversial master builder Robert Moses for the 1964 Fair.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

World's Fair In Legos - Queens Theatre-Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Through November 02, 2014 - Flushing

Didn't see the 1964 World's Fair? No worries, families can experience some of the highlights of the fair in this fun and unique display featuring 7 iconic symbols reimagined by expert Lego builder Cody Wells.

Bundith Phunsombatlert's Wayfinding - Queens Museum
Through November 14, 2014 - Flushing

100 NYC Public Sculptures at Queens Museum is a site-specific project that guides viewers without the need for travel or motion, and questions how a journey within a specific geographic sphere can be a work of art in itself. The installation is composed of 100 directional signs, each with a drawing of a public sculpture in NYC and the distance (mapped with GPS coordinates) between the source- sculpture and the sign. Viewers participate in this project by experiencing each sculpture, whether through the original works or their representational drawn counterparts, calling attention to the very specific, transformative space between object and audience. (Architectural historian John Kriskiewics will offer a walk through the Public Sculptures in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on June 8.)

Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through November 22, 2014 - Long Island City

Located inside the Socrates Sculpture Park, this market is at the center of a favorite destination for neighboring communities. Alongside the Park's workshops, yoga classes, sculpture exhibitions and stunning views, the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket is a great place to spend a Saturday morning. Shoppers will find a bountiful selection of seasonal produce from the Black Dirt region of Orange County, Mexican specialty produce from Richmond County, orchard fruit and juice, meat, poultry and eggs and multi-ethnic artisan breads. Free cooking demonstrations are held weekly featuring seasonal items from the market, and family friendly activities take place throughout the season.

Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through December 23, 2014 - Elmhurst

Enjoy this market located along an entrance to Elmhurst hospital, which offers a variety of local produce, orchard fruit, picked at its peak of ripeness, hearty vegetables grown in the nutrient-rich soil of Orange County's "Black Dirt" region, and freshly baked bread, pastries and granola. The market, which is open on Tuesdays thru December 23, promotes healthy living, offering recipes and cooking demonstrations to entice even the most timid of eaters and home cooks.

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.

Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its NY World�s Fairs. - Queens Historical Society at Kingsland Homestead
Through May 31, 2015 - Flushing

The historical society for the largest borough in New York City is dedicated to preserving the history of Queens through educational programs, exhibitions and its role as a local history research center. An exhibition on the 1939 and 1964 World�s Fairs from the perspective of the common visitor through artifacts and photographs from individual collections.


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