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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-MAY 10

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by Directories Editor May 10, 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!

Star Safari Astronomy Adventure - Alley Pond Environmental Center
May 10, 2014 - Douglaston

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter, and brightest star Sirius. These programs comprise an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Experience different and exciting viewings at each workshop. While this is an adult program, we welcome children ages 9 and up to join us as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank. * To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops we reserve the right to cancel if the weather forecast calls for rain. In case of inclement weather, please call to check for rescheduled date.

Momix - Queens Theatre-Flushing Meadows Corona Park
May 10, 2014 - Flushing

Audiences will be transported from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through the use of magical lighting and imagery. This troupe has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen, and television. In an endless search for another gravity, Artistic Director Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
May 10, 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.

The Whispers and Jeffery Osborne - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
May 10, 2014 - Westbury

Come listen to the music of The Whispers and Jeffery Osborne!

Mother's Day Floral Design - Old Westbury Gardens
May 10, 2014 - Old Westbury

Work alongside an on-site floral designer to help create an arrangement that Mom, Grandma, or any special lady will be happy to display. Using fresh flowers and modern design techniques, children will enjoy this hands-on program to create a one of a kind gift straight from the heart (includes materials). For ages 6-10. Registration required. Class size is limited so register early.

Animal Care Trainee - Alley Pond Environmental Center
May 10, 2014 - Douglaston

This program teaches children ages 8-12 about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Snack and animal care trainee certificate included.

Mother's Day Storytime - Barnes and Noble Utopia Center
May 10, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

A special event to celebrate Mom featuring Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do. Wonderful, heart-warming stories celebrating mom and card-making, too!

Drop-in Moving Image Studio - The Museum of The Moving Image
May 10, 2014 - Astoria

Children ages seven and up will engage in hands-on creative work, making projects ranging from flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys), to stop-motion and computer animations, and video games. Studio visitors also have the opportunity to see, handle, and explore the inner workings of moving-image technology, such as projectors, film strips and video tape, video game consoles, and more.

Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mother's Day - Wave Hill
May 10, 2014 - Bronx

Honor Mom with paper flowers, sachets and unique flowery gifts. Participants will make a fragrant sachet filled with lavender, tied with ribbon and bows, and decorated with buds. Visiting artist Lina Puerta will help families create unique jewelry out of paper beads, found objects, and other materials from nature. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Allegro: Presented by The Astoria Performing Arts Center - Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
May 10, 2014 - Astoria

Life ? a set of circumstances, a series of choices, leading to this moment in time. Are you where you thought you'd be? Are you proud of the decisions you've made? Maybe going forward is easier than standing still. In this production from the Astoria Performing Arts Center, follow the journey of Joseph Taylor, Jr., the son of a small-town doctor, from birth to age 35 ? from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. When he loses sight of his goals, he struggles to avoid compromising his principles in this rarely seen musical from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Playland Opening Day - Rye Playland
May 10, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10.) Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 17.) The fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11am, and rides opening at noon. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admissions go on sale at 10:30am. The opening celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11am, followed by a traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by local dignitaries, staff, and Playland's mascot, Coaster the Dragon. Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the '50s, '60s and '70s. at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Erik's Reptile Edventures will educate and entertain with his animal ambassadors, featuring Wally the five-foot-long American alligator. Shows take place in Kiddyland and at the Music Tower Theater stage; show times will be posted in the park. Playland's Kiddyland DJ will entertain with the "Play it DJ" show, in four performances at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 6pm. Kids will move, groove, and be smooth as the DJ plays their favorite dance tunes. Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 17. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices: - $15 Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Friday, May 23: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

Storybook Discovery Days - The Voelker Orth Museum and Garden
May 10, 2014 - Flushing

Relax in a cozy parlor setting, while the joys of reading are shared with young children, well before they can read on their own. Children ages 6 and younger can join Karyn Mooney for a stimulating experience that is fun. Each session includes an art or nature discovery activity, as well.

The Elephant Letters - Long Island Children's Museum
May 10, 2014 - Garden City

Imagine if elephants wrote letters as people do. "The Elephant Letters" tells the story of two elephants in two different parts of the world; one in the wild and one in captivity. They share with each other reflections of their daily lives through their letters to each other. This live action, multimedia experiences is a first-of-its-kind.

Mother, May I? - Long Island Children's Museum
May 10, 2014 - Garden City

Come and celebrate Mom this May! Use tissue paper to create a blooming bouquet of colorful May flowers to give to your special mom for Mother�s Day.

LIGHTSCAPES - Van Cortlandt Ma or
May 10, 2014 - Croton-on-Hudson

The creators of the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze present an exciting, new experience: An immersive journey into a springtime garden fantasy featuring colorful creatures and fantastic flowers. Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Walk through a rainbow and emerge from a bubbly haze into a dreamland of curiosities spread throughout this historic landscape as far as the eye can see. Reclaimed elements serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures. Otherworldly mushrooms, floating fairies, and beautiful butterflies are among the thousands of treasures you'll find. State-of-the-art illumination will highlight these incredible works of art and showcase Van Cortlandt Manor's natural landscape and specimen trees. Featuring all-original sculpture designed and handmade on site by the team that brings you the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, LIGHTSCAPES is an elegantly enchanting evening event that brightens Van Cortlandt Manor like never before. Appropriate for all ages. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org before April 10 for substantial discounts or call 914-631-8200. May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-25, and 30-31.

Mets vs. Phillies - Citi Field
May 10, 2014 - Flushing

Cheer on David Wright, former Yankee Curtis Ganderson and the Amazin's when they take their NL rivals from the city of brotherly love. First 20,000 fans in attendance receive a 1969 Commemorative Nolan Ryan Bobblehead.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party - New York Botanical Garden
Through May 11, 2014 - Bronx

Treat mom to the day out she deserves, with a vintage twist! Celebrate Mother's Day with a garden party for the whole family featuring live music, games, casual picnicking, and more - all surrounded by a spectacular spring landscape. Kids can make an afternoon of crafting birds' nests, Mother's Day cards, and giant chalk drawings in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, fly kites, or play croquet. Hop between visiting food trucks and snack vendors, with beer and wine available for adults to purchase. From 11am-5pm on Daffodil Hill, Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra bring the music of the 1920s and early 1930s to the Garden. From 11am-5pm at the Azalea Garden Overlook, vintage-style photographer R. A. Friedman will be on hand to snap pictures of your family with the brilliant Azalea Garden as your backdrop. From 11am-5pm, have a go at favorite garden party games like badminton and croquet. If the wind is right, fly a kite! New this year, take part in a hula hooping contest, or challenge your family to a game on the NYBG's new giant chess boards. There will be a Mother's Day Brunch Sunday, May 11 in the Garden Terrace Room. Advance reservations are required. Take Afternoon Tea on the Stone Mill Terrace. Light refreshments will be available for purchase this weekend. Enjoy a stop for tea and treats alongside the babbling Bronx River. Enjoy Tours and Walks, learn about birds and butterflies, and explore the Native Plant Garden and Azalea Garden. Additional programs will take place throughout the Garden. View the full list of programs and events at nybg.org/exhibitions/2014/festivals/mothers-day-weekend/mother-day-events.php.

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.

Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 31, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices (May 11-23): - $15 Pre-Season Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Saturday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

'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.

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.

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 Celebrate Spring Break! - 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!

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.

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.


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