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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-MAR 3

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by Directories Editor March 3, 2013

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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!

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.

Family Art Project: Family Roots and Branches - Wave Hill
March 03, 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.

Sunday Concerts @ Central: The Bel-Aires - Central Library
March 03, 2013 - Jamaica

Name that tune. Good music, great fun. This rock'n' roll group performs classic tunes from the '50s to the '80s with a 4-part vocalback fond memories. harmony and three-piece rhythm section.

Lunar New Year Print Making - Flushing Town Hall
March 03, 2013 - Flushing

Lunar New Year Prints are a venerable form of Chinese folk art closely connected with the thoughts, emotions and lives of ordinary people. This printmaking workshop allows hands-on experience, and to learn to appreciate the beauty of prints and to understand the culture of Chinese New Year Prints. Space is limited to 20 participants. Registration required.

Family Workshop: Lunar Latern Making - Flushing Town Hall
March 03, 2013 - Flushing

According to Buddhist beliefs, the lighting of a lotus-shaped lantern symbolizes a devotion to performing good deeds and brings light to the dark parts of the world. Be part of the ceremony and learn how to make a beautiful paper lotus lantern. All materials are provided.

Live From The Poemobile: A Lunar New Year Celebration - Flushing Town Hall
March 03, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Chinese poetry by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou and the POEMobile (sponsored by Bowery Arts + Science and City Lore). Performances will be accompanied by projections of the poems in the original Chinese texts and English language translations.

The Wizard of Oz - Bay Terrace Jewish Center
March 03, 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.

First Sundays for Families - Queens Museum of Art
March 03, 2013 - Corona

At this family fun day, sponsored by Met Life, participants can enjoy an exciting array of interactive dance, art, and music workshops.

Family Art Workshops - Queens Museum of Art
March 03, 2013 - Corona

Children ages 5-12 and their adult companions, can develop art skills through a variety of materials and themes. This program offers fun and educational activities to fuel conversations about art on view. Children with special needs welcomed, adaptations available.

Full As a Tick - Long Island Children's Museum
March 03, 2013 - Garden City

Did you know that ticks are arachnids? Come and learn some more interesting facts about the lifespan, habitat, and species of ticks, as you create your own engorged tick marionette puppet.

Puppetkabob presents 'Under Night Sky' - Long Island Children's Museum
March 03, 2013 - Garden City

Puppetkabob artist Sarah Frechette has created three stories hidden within the patches of an old quilt. The quilt holds memories of the Underground Railroad, an Irish overseas journey, and an old school house; each journey united by threads of courage, love, and hope. This production blends hand-held lights, illustrated paper puppets, composed music and character storytelling to create a style of cinematic puppetry that flows like film.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
March 03, 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.

New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators - Nassau Coliseum
March 03, 2013 - Uniondale

Here's your chance to root for your favorite team. Watch them delight fans as they romp on the ice to settle old scores and win new victories.

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.

Exhibit: Happiness A Visual Poem - Queens Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2013 - Flushing

Peace visonary Sri Chinmony believes "Wherever you go, take happiness with you." Celebrate the first UN International Day of Happiness (March 20, 2013), recognizing happiness as a fundamental human goal. This exhibit, sponsored by The United Nations Staff Recreation Council, combines the poetry of peace visionary, Sri Chinmoy, with vivid photographic images, the viewer is invited to participate in an interactive experience of the heart. The program includes a panel discussion, selected film screenings, children's events and participatory opportunities, including work from the Kingdom of Bhutan, sponsor of the UN General Assembly Resolution, Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development. The program runs from March 3-24. The exhibit will also The exhibit will also include a panel discussion, selected film screenings, children's events and participatory opportunities. © 2013 QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART | New York City Building | Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Queens, NY 11368 | (718) 592-9700 | info@queensmuseum.org site: deSIGN EVOLution

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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