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!
Storytime - Barnes and Noble- Utopia Center
November 14, 2012 - Fresh Meadows
Parents can foster the love of reading in their little ones each week. Different authors and themes will be featured. Note that the weekly Wednesday Storytimes have replaced the weekly Tuesday Storytimes.
For The Birds- Fanciful Follies for Our Feathered Friends - Voelker Orth Museum
November 14, 2012 - Flushing
Enjoy this sanctuary for backyard birds featuring a new exhibit by artist Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, featuring over 20 unique handcrafted birdhouses. Gutierrez-Solana draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, from Bali to Madame Butterfly. Whimsical, classical, rustic, ornate, or exotic, the houses are all functional, and can offer shelter to the backyard birds one finds in the City.
Books in the Ballroom: The Panther by Nelson DeMille - Old Westbury Gardens
November 14, 2012 - Old Westbury
Join the Friends of Old Westbury Gardens for an evening benefit with best-selling author Nelson DeMille for a question and answer session and book-signing for his new John Corey novel. Books will be available for purchase.
Family Bounce Night - BounceU of College Point
November 14, 2012 - College Point
Enjoy the endless excitement of the giant inflatables and games. A great way to bond with the whole family. Bounce and play for 2 hours or use the last 30 minutes for dinner(separate price). Whether you have two kids or 12, Family Bounce Night is easy, it's affordable, and it's lots of fun. Adults are free with a paying child. Pre-payment required to secure a reservation and is non-refundable.
Homework Help - McGoldrick Library
November 14, 2012 - Flushing
Children in grades 1 to 6 can recieve homework help from library educator.
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.
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.