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!
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 30, 2014 - Garden City
Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.
Family Art Project: Garden Designs - Wave Hill
March 30, 2014 - Bronx
Visit the various garden areas of Wave Hill and consider which one might be your ideal garden to take home. Then, use textured paper and flower images to create a garden design to your own specifications. Free with Grounds Admission.
Open House - Hillcrest Jewish Center
March 30, 2014 - Fresh Meadows
Visit this Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue and get to know the warm, welcoming spiritual community. A light kosher lunch will be served and visitors can make their own sundaes. Learn about the Jewish Education, Youth and Family programs, Children’s Shabbat Services, Jewish Festival Celebrations, and more. RSVP required.
Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake - Queensborough Community College
March 30, 2014 - Bayside
Simply one of the greatest classical ballets of all time,(with magnificent music by Tchaikovsky) is based on a German fairy tale and follows the heroic young Prince Siegfried as he labors to free the delicately beautiful swan maiden, Odette, from an evil sorcerer's spell. Founded in Moscow in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko, this troupe's principal dancers are from the ranks of Russia's top companies.
Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna - Citi Field, Lot C
March 30, 2014 - Flushing
This show invites audiences to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. The queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth, and balance -- marking the passage of these insights and values from one generation to the next.
Art for Families::Illuminate: Making Art with Light - Noguchi Museum
March 30, 2014 - Long Island City
In this program, families with children ages 5 - 11, engage in discussions about art in the galleries, and work together or individually to make their own works of art. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Musical Masterpieces - St. Joseph's Church
March 30, 2014 - Astoria
The Astoria Symphony Orchestra & Choir join forces to present Germanic masterpieces and dichotomies. This musical program features Classical vs. Romantic pieces,Choral vs. Orchestral pieces, as well as selections from the composters Felix Mendelssohn vs. Richard Wagner.
Aesop?s Fables by Mike Kenny - Long Island Children's Museum
March 30, 2014 - Garden City
Aesop's Fables follows in the tradition of comedy teams like the Marx Brothers or Abbott and Costello. The wacky team of Wolfie, Syd, Barry and Harriet use witty banter, slapstick comedy and song to bring to life the stories of Aesop. Whether it?s The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy who Cried Wolf, or The Lion and the Mouse, everyone has learned a lesson from these classic tales. Join the cast as they bring these tales and many more to life.
Third Annual Mommy to Bee Expo - Villa Barone Manor
March 30, 2014 - Bronx
The Mommy To Bee Expo is THE Baby Shower to take place in the BRONX. It's a trade show for moms-to-be and new moms in the Tri-State area, featuring over 50 top companies in the baby industry, a one-stop-shop for growing families. Parents, friends, and family will enjoy mingling and shopping with other expectant moms while learning how to prepare for their growing families. Hosted by Rhina Valentin.
The first 100 check-in guests will go home with a 'Baby Bag' of sponsored items for Mom and baby, valued at two times the ticket price. Moms can relax and enjoy light fare and 'mommy mocktails' in a stylish setting with the friends and family, while older children can attend onsite daycare.
Tickets include breakfast, door prizes and raffles, onsite childcare for ages 2 and older, conference program from 12-2pm, gift bag, and valet parking.
The Gingebread Players present 'The Boy Friend' - St. Luke's Church
Through April 06, 2014 - Forest Hills
A classic boy-meets-girl romantic romp, set on the freewheeling French Riviera during the Jazz Age, is an affectionate spoof of the madcap musicals of the 1920s. This story of Polly Browne, the poor little rich girl at an elegant school for young ladies, and her search for “that perfect thing called the boy friend” will lift your spirits and set your toes a-tapping with such irresistible tunes as “Room in Bloomsbury,” “Sur La Plage” and “Won’t You Charleston With Me?”
The performance features a whole slew of young performers age 8 and up, along with adults, all playing age-appropriate roles.
The theater company’s trademark gingerbread cookies and cakes will be on sale during intermission.
Information and reservations, call 718-268-7772, or visit www.gingerbreadplayers.org.
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.
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 21, 2014 - Bronx
A mosaic of classic and exotic orchids greets visitors in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden. Throughout the exhibition, varied events and activities capture the artistic and cultural appeal of the Keys through live weekend music, a curated poetry walk, Orchid Evenings, and more.
During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture to recall this particular island's charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden inspired by a garden originally designed by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones, who is President of the Museum of the City of New York, and Judge Richard K. Eaton. Immerse yourself in an effusion of orchids blooming among still, geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, and sleek benches.
EcoHouse - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2014 - Corona
Step into the EcoHouse, a mobile, cutting-edge exhibit that lets visitors see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. Visitors can see how their house or apartment really works and learn how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. EcoHouse is on display through April 14.
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.
Secrets of Circles - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 04, 2014 - Garden City
Circles are amazing shapes. If you look around, you�ll see that they�re everywhere: wheels, clocks, doorknobs, tortillas, Frisbees and tops. Be the first to explore an exciting exhibit, celebrating the math, science and beauty behind such a simple shape. Children and adults alike will uncover the secrets of the many circles in the world. The exhibit runs through May 4.
Secrets of Circles offer visitors the chance to:
�Draw circles on a glow-in-the dark table
�Go on a circular scavenger hunt
�Build a gear contraption to turn a dancing doll.
�Climb into a circular boat
�Play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe
�Use mirrors to experiment with symmetry
�Learn how circles aid engineers in solving problems.
Heart and Lights - POSTPONED TO 2015 - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 04, 2014 - New York
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2015 DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. SEE THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.
See New York as you never have before in this limited engagement show presented by Chase and starring the Rockettes. The passion New Yorkers have for their city comes to life onstage in this 90-minute spectacular celebrating the greatest city in the world. The show follows the adventures of two cousins as they race uptown and downtown while trying to uncover the secrets of their grandmother's past?-and of New York itself. A 3-D subway ride, an elaborate animatronic Statue of Liberty, and amazing interactive sets bring the city to the stage. As always, an unforgettable soundtrack of original music and pop favorites set the energy for fantastic new choreography and incredible dance numbers by the Rockettes.
Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927-1932 - Noguchi Museum
Through May 25, 2014 - Long Island City
Reflecting in 1973 on his formative years as an artist, Noguchi remarked "I seem to have lost my facility but I was facile at drawing. I could do anything. It was easy for me." Noguchi's Early Drawings bears out this confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi. His search for style is brought into sharp focus by being restricted to the subject he returned to most often: the female nude. The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L'Acad?mie de la Grande Chaumi?re in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York, including traces of artists as diverse as Picasso, Tsuguharu Foujita, Elie Nadelman, Matisse, Egon Schiele, and Arstide Maillol.
Throughout this period, Noguchi relied on drawing to keep his eye sharp for the portrait bust commissions by which he made a living, even as he used it as a tool for learning about abstraction. Like the busts, these drawings show his preternatural adaptability to sitter and circumstance. The ability to effortlessley mimic the styles of established artists has cut short as many careers as lack of talent. Facile technique does not at artist make. In these amazing drawings, so diverse and assured they could be the work of fourteen different artists, we see Noguchi at the critical moment when he could have gone either way.
'Bessie's Big Shot' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 29, 2014 - Upper West Side
It's a bird... it's a plane... no... it's Bessie the cow!
City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Bessie's Big Shot. Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name.
Bessie's Big Shot follows Bessie the cow as she chases her dream of joining the circus. Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey? This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Directed by Bruce Cannon, co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff, and Bruce Cannon and making its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut on Jan. 14, this version of Bessie's Big Shot features several new puppets as well as new and extended scenes.
Show Times & Reservations
Show times for Bessies's Big Shot, beginning January 14, 2014 are:
Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm
Winter Recess schedule
February 18-21 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
Spring Recess schedule
April 15-18 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
The production will run through June 29, 2014.
**Note: Schedule subject to change, please check cityparksfoundation.org/arts for most current schedule.
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.
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.