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 Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
November 11, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson
The tri-state area's biggest Halloween event returns for 22 nights. Meander through an 18th-Century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns! Tens of thousands of visitors saw last year's sold out Blaze. The elaborate walk-through event features original, atmospheric music, sound effects, and synchronized lighting. Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love, and emerge to the incredible sight of a gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Box springing up and bouncing around. Flying pumpkin ghosts soar above the lantern-lit path. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 (phone prices include $2/ticket surcharge).
Gazing Through Time: Portraits at King Manor - King Manor Museum
November 11, 2012 - Jamaica
This portrait collection spans 200 years and through its subjects and artists, embraces both academic and folk art painting in likenesses of King family members, notables of the day and unidentified people. Artist Hannah Barrett will introduce the characters portrayed in these paintings, along with the histories and mysteries of each. Ms. Barrett will also demonstrate the process of creating a portrait.
Wildlife Weekends - Queens County Farm Museum
November 11, 2012 - Floral Park
Enjoy a day on the farm at this pay-one-price event. Admission includes, Birds-of-Prey, Frogs, Bugs, and Animal Shows,
Hayrides, Pony Rides (80 lbs. rider limit), and Animal Feeding.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
November 11, 2012 - Garden City
Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.
Dumas - Black Spectrum Theater
November 11, 2012 - Jamaica
There's adventure and enjoyment for everyone in this passionate performance by famed stage and screen actor Marcus Chong. Best known for his roles in the Sci-Fi mega hit movie, The Matrix and the bio pic Huey P. Newton, Marcus brings passion & conviction to the iconic life of Alexandre Dumas.
The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 11, 2012 - Old Westbury
Westbury House floral designer and head grower, Scott Lucas, fashions one-of-a kind creations representing historic works of floral art from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Enjoy this self-guided visual history tour in Westbury House.
Family Art Project: Print the Palisades - Wave Hill
November 11, 2012 - Bronx
Spot the glowing leaves across the river and sketch the shapes and sizes of leaves and trees outdoors. Using the eye-popping colors of fall foliage, make bright and vibrant collage prints.
Forest Weekends - New York Botanical Garden
November 11, 2012 - Bronx
Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in tand gardening demonstrations, guided tours, and more; check the website for the full schedule.
Farmer's Market Friday - Dahlia Avenue off Main Street
Through November 16, 2012 - Flushing
Shop for fresh produce, nuts, coffee, and nut butters at this market organized by the Queens Botanical Garden.
Game Day - Woodhaven Library
Through November 16, 2012 - Woodhaven
Kids may enjoy an afterschool treat, playing a variety of board games. Make new friends.
Grow NYC GreenMarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through November 17, 2012 - Long Island City
This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities every week.
Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through November 18, 2012 - 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 open Sundays through Nov. 18.
Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through November 20, 2012 - Elmhurst
Families can enjoy this market located along an entrance to Elmhurst hospital, which offers a variety of local produce, orchard fruit, picked at its peak of ripeness, hearty vegetables grown in the nutrient-rich soil of Orange County's "Black Dirt" region, and freshly baked bread, pastries and granola. The market, which is open on Tuesdays thru November 20,2012, promotes healthy living, offering recipes and cooking demonstrations to entice even the most timid of eaters and home cooks.
Compost your Food Scraps! - Queens Public Library at Steinway
Through November 30, 2012 - Astoria
Parents can teach their children about sustainability by modeling green behaviors like composting. Simply bring your food scraps including fruit and vegetable scraps like peels, skins, or seeds), coffee grounds (including the paper filter), tea bags, eggshells, nutshells, plain bread, and pasta (no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop off location. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn the rest of your food waste into a nutrient-rich compost.
Colombia de Fiesta! - Thalia Spanish Theatre
Through December 09, 2012 - Sunnyside
This performance, featuring Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez's band, celebrates the diverse music and dance traditions of Colombia.
Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
"Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."
Molecules and Health - New York Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2012 - Flushing
Molecules come in different shapes and sizes. Their shapes tell us a lot about what they do and how they interact with each other. You can't see molecules, but they're everywhere. These microscopic building blocks make up everything around you.
Discover how molecules shape our bodies, medicines, and world in this hands-on exhibition.
Building Boom with KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City
Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA encourages you to conceive, then build, the design project of your dreams -- bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You?ll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design.
Building Boom with KEVA brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us as you problem solve and think in three dimension. Uniform in size, KEVA planks use only gravity ? no glue or connectors. You'll dabble with physics to achieve balance, proportion and stability. Stumped for a design project? Draw inspiration from 50 permanent building models on display. This exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - Flushing
This exhibit features more than 400 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video, and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States. Transcendent in scope, this exhibit examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North America, and it explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined.
KaleidoZone - Chaos and Containment - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City
Chaos and Containment are two psychological states all human beings experience in varying degrees and intensity. This exhibit intends to inspire and foster conversations pertaining to the differences and parallels between art made by artists and art made by artists with mental disabilities. Visitors will see and appreciate each other�s qualities even if those go hidden behind us being distracted by out-of-the-norm behaviors caused by a disability. This exhibit features a selection of work that was created in an art therapy workshop at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.
ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing
This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science.
Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing
View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.