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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-MAR 2

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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!

Family Art Project: Family Roots and Branches - Wave Hill
March 02, 2013 - Bronx

Make a family album featuring your family's global roots. See and sketch trees from around the world, and use your sketch in a collaged, hand-made book bound with a found twig. Bring family photos, if you like, to adorn your album.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
March 02, 2013 - 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.

Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater Presents: Polar Opposites - Central Library
March 02, 2013 - Jamaica

Although Antarctica and the Arctic Circle look and feel the same, they are on opposite sides of the earth, and very different types of animals call these icy lands home. Explore their similarities and differences with the Wildlife Theater in Polar Bear and the Beat, and A Penguin State of Mind. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at 12 p.m. the day of the program, at the Children's Library Discovery Center.

The Wizard of Oz - Bay Terrace Jewish Center
March 02, 2013 - Bayside

See why Dorothy says no place like home. Enjoy this family-friendly classic, featuring Dorothy, Toto and all their friends, and a company of over 40 performing one of the most memorable productions and singing such well known songs as Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Museum Explorers Club for Families Affected by Autism - No Longer Empty, Bank of Manhattan
March 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Families will have the opportunity to make art in the studio inspired by the work in the exhibitions. Explorations and play will help bridge connections to the artwork and build literacy. Groups will include up to 6 families affected by autism. Feel free to include parents, grandparents, and siblings when registering for the workshop. The only requirement is that all registered guests must make art!

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
March 02, 2013 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! 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, Macy*s Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then enjoy the meeting and be a part of the fun!

Workshop for Kids-Glendale - Home Depot
March 02, 2013 - Glendale

Children ages 5-12 can enjoy this hands-on workshops designed teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
March 02, 2013 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! 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, Macy*s Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then join us at the Monthly Meetings and be a part of the fun!

Art For Tots- Playscapes - Noguchi Museum
March 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents can learn strategies for engaging their children during museum visits while exploring art materials and The Noguchi Museum galleries as a family. This program is for families with children ages 2-4. Space is limited and reservations are required.

4 Kids' Acting Classes - The Secret Theatre
March 02, 2013 - Long Island City

Parents interested in acting for their children can turn their tiny turnip into a scintillating thespian. Children learn diction, poise, and creativity, all aspects used in acting, as well as everyday life. This program, which runs over 4 weekends, on Feb 23, March 2,9,and 16, gives children a sample of the full-length classes, which includes monologues, scenework, improv, and character development.

Read Across America Celebration - Long Island Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Garden City

Do you have favorite book? Do you love to read? Come join big kids and little kids as they celebrate Read Across America and the birthday of the beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss. Meet Olivia the Pig and the Cat in the Hat as you join in on story times throughout the day. Have fun making creative crafts and activities to inspire reading all year long.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 02, 2013 - Garden City

Kids will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream and play-doh. It's the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the museum staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

Kids with Cameras- Making Movies - Center at Maple Grove Cemetery
March 02, 2013 - Kew Gardens

Interested in making movies? Creative kids and film buffs alike can enjoy this experiential educational program seeking to provide students ages 11-15 with the opportunity to learn the art of documentary filmmaking with the guidance of industry professionals. Students will learn to identify various forms of documentary filmmaking ranging from MTV reality to the traditional narrative made popular by Ken Burns. Students will learn to develop a story idea all the way through to the interview, and learn to effectively use a video camera and proper sound recording. Lastly, students will edit footage and use soundtracks to further shape their story into a powerful, visual form. Kids with Cameras honors the great Hollywood Era Film Director Irving Rapper, who is interred at Maple Grove. Pre-registration required.

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.

The Wizard of Oz - Bay Terrace Jewish Center
Through March 17, 2013 - Bayside

See why Dorothy says no place like home. Enjoy this family-friendly classic, featuring Dorothy, Toto and all their friends, and a company of over 40 performing one of the most memorable productions and singing such well known songs as Over the Rainbow and Follow the Yellow Brick Road.

Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off - Queens Library at Sunnyside
Through March 23, 2013 - Sunnyside

Families can bring their food scraps (fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, including paper filter; tea bags; egg and nut shells; bread and pasta with no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop-off outside Queens Library at Sunnyside, Saturdays through March 23. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn them into nutrient-rich compost. No meat, dairy, bones, or oily foods, please.

Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibit - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through March 31, 2013 - Astoria

Lovers of modern art can enjoy this exhibit through the month of March which features works by 2013 Emerging Artists, who were selected by the Museum to produce outdoor artworks within the Park. These artisits are making public sculptures, which are reflective of the time, subtly mysterious, and visually compelling.

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.

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.

Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth; pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" - a buggy variation on the game Twister. This exhibition runs through May 5, 2013.


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