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!
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!
Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna - Citi Field, Lot C
May 01, 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.
Fragrance of Spring - Central Library
May 01, 2014 - Jamaica
Toddlers ages 18-36 months will dance with scarves, ribbons, fabric, soft pom poms, and will create their own 3D mobiles, spring pop-up cards and fancy butterflies.
Come, Sit, Read! - Long Island City Library
May 01, 2014 - Long Island City
Children ages 5-12 can select homework or a book to read aloud to Twinkie the therapy dog, who has been certified as a R.E.A.D. Pet Partner. Reading aloud improves literacy skills, and animals are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment. Space is limited and registration is required.
Kids Craft Time - Howard Beach Library
May 01, 2014 - Howard Beach
Children ages 4-12 can show off their artistic skills with their favorite adult to create something wonderful for mom or another special lady in their life.
Allegro: Presented by The Astoria Performing Arts Center - Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
May 01, 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.
Creative Writing for Children - Auburndale Library
May 01, 2014 - Flushing
Children ages 8-12 will learn how to write creatively and have fun in the process.
The Elephant Letters - Long Island Children's Museum
May 01, 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.
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.
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.
- $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.
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!
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.