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!
Drop-in Moving Image Studio - The Museum of The Moving Image
November 16, 2013 - 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.
Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
November 16, 2013 - Long Island City
Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess? Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess, but want to be something else? Princess Particular can! This new musical starring Cari McHugh as Princess Particular, as well as Mary Lauren, Kimberly Wilpon, Lee Goffin-Bonenfant, Miranda Kahn, and more! Directed by Lena Moy-Bergen.
GrowNYC Greenmarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through November 16, 2013 - Long Island City
This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities every Saturday. With workshops, yoga classes, exhibitions and stunning views, the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket is a great place to spend a Saturday morning. Shoppers will find a bountiful selection of seasonal produce from the Black Dirt region of Orange County, Mexican specialty produce from Richmond County, orchard fruit and juice, meat, poultry and eggs and multi-ethnic artisan breads. Free cooking demonstrations are held weekly featuring seasonal items from the market, and family friendly activities take place throughout the season.
New York Islanders vs. Detroit Redwings - Nassau Coliseum
November 16, 2013 - Uniondale
The New York Islanders face off against this rival team. You don't have to hit the ice to come out and root for your favorite team.
90?s Boy Bands Concert Reunion - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
November 16, 2013 - Bayside
From the early to mid 1990?s a plethora of harmony groups emerged but only few survived: Dubbed the ?Dukes of R&B? All-4-One?s hit I Swear won a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group and enjoyed an eleven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The song has been named by ASCAP as one of the greatest love songs of the 20th Century. With their unique sound they went on to make more chart-topping hits that include I Can Love You Like That, She?s Got Skillz, Beautiful As U and Someday (the title single from the Disney animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame).
Discovered first by Jon Bon Jovi and then mentored by Robert ?Kool? Bell of Kool & The Gang, Color Me Badd dominated the pop charts in 1990 with their hit I Wanna Sex You Up which became the anthem of the summer of 1991 and their all-time most recognized song. Their debut album C.M.B. produced several hits for the group including All 4 Love and I Adore Mi Amor (both #1 in the U.S.). Let?s go back on time to when cable and the internet was brand new and boy bands were all the rage!
The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 16, 2013 - 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 on Saturdays and Sundays in November.
Will Rawls - The Chocolate Factory Theater
November 16, 2013 - Long Island City
The Planet-Eaters is a reconfiguration of Balkan folklore that takes place somewhere between the United States, Serbia and a space station. Will Rawls explores the language of rhythm to encounter himself as a different kind of performer, mapping out the shifting territory that binds self to other. Conceived, choreographed, composed and performed by Will Rawls with live musical performance and additional composition by guitarist Chris Kuklis.
Will Rawls is a performer, independent choreographer and curator based in New York City. His work has appeared at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Museum, ISE Cultural Foundation and Mount Tremper Arts. Since 2006, Rawls has collaborated with Kennis Hawkins as the performance art duo, Dance Gang. He has performed with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Noemie LaFrance, nicholasleichterdance, Katie Workum, Neal Medlyn and David Neumann / advanced beginner group. In 2010, Rawls was an interpreter in Tino Sehgal's "This Progress" at the The Guggenheim Museum, New York, and re-performed works by Marina Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art. Rawls has been a guest artist at Bard College and a student mentor for Colorado College's Department of Drama and Dance. Rawls presented a new solo, Collected Fictions, at Danspace Project in February 2012 and appeared in Alain Buffard's Baron Samedi.
Family Art Project: Dances with Leaves - Wave Hill
November 16, 2013 - Bronx
Fashion a festive crown from fall leaves and leaf rubbings, toss leaves in the wind, and walk through the leaf piles. Make artful arrangements of leaves on the lawn and collage leaf designs to carry home. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.
Homework Help - Bayside Library
November 16, 2013 - Bayside
There's a classic Beatles song with lyrics "I get by with a little help from my friends..." In this program, teen volunteers help children in grades K-8 with their school assignments. Space is limited.
Poets in the Galleries - Queens Museum of Art
November 16, 2013 - Flushing
The Poets in the Galleries (PinG) series utilizes the Museum's exhibition space as an invigorating site for exploration, interactive readings and discussions. For four Saturdays over November and December 2013, a different poet will conduct a lively presentation in response to the Museum's current biennial of Queens-based artists, Queens International 2013. Meet in the QM Cafe and then stroll through the galleries as the poet of the day selects key pieces to highlight, reads work along the way, and invites you to participate in discussion throughout. This year's PinG series was curated by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, based upon a concept initially developed by Amir Parsa.
Farmer's Market Fridays - Queens Botanical Garden
Through November 22, 2013 - Flushing
Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, coffee and nut butters from the Farmer's Market. Every Friday, June 21 through November 22, from 8:30am to 4pm, on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, directly outside the Garden gates.
From Immigrant Home to Neighborhood Museum - Voelker Orth Museum
Through November 24, 2013 - Flushing
10th Anniversary Exhibition takes a look at the transformation of the property from the late 19th century through the restoration of the house and opening of the Voelker Orth Museum. It offers the story of the how and the why it is a museum today.
Once part of the Parson�s family estate lands, the house was built in 1881 as the new Murray Hill suburb developed with the arrival of the Long Island Rail Road. Through photographs, documents and materials visitors look back at a piece of Flushing, NY history and a family�s story, offering fresh air and a comfortable life-style to New York�s expanded middle-class.
The exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration of the property in the late 1990s when the Museum was in formation.
Lectures, workshops and a walking tour related to the exhibition will be scheduled in the fall.
Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through November 26, 2013 - Elmhurst
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 26, promotes healthy living, offering recipes and cooking demonstrations to entice even the most timid of eaters and home cooks.
Tree-mendous Thanksgiving Cards - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 29, 2013 - Garden City
It?s time to express your thanks. Create a textured autumn-inspired tree greeting card to give to someone you are thankful for. This event runs through November 29.
Superman in Tut's Fever Movie Palace - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through November 30, 2013 - Astoria
Enjoy screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut�s Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. Now showing Superman (dir. Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr. 1948. With Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Carol Forman). Kirk Alyn became the first actor to portray Superman on screen in this successful, action-packedserial. Due to budgetary constraints, all of Superman�s flying sequences were animated. Still, a sequel followed in 1950, and the television series starring George Reeves two years later. Approx. 15 mins. per episode.
Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 22, 2013 - 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.
Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
Through December 28, 2013 - Elmhurst
Join a cool club in Queens! Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macy*s Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then join us at the Monthly Meetings on the 1st Saturday of every month and be a part of the fun!
Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through December 29, 2013 - 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 December 29.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket - Travers Park
Through December 29, 2013 - 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.
Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx
The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York.
Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed and - new this year - features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.
Explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done too...it's a whole day of fun!
Deconstructed Flowers - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 25, 2014 - Flushing
H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in this exhibit, a series of intricate photographs that pull out the detailed beauty of flowers, using a special technique that layers several photographs into a single picture for a view of amazing depth.
Dr. Stein's work as the former chairman of surgery at Flushing Hospital instilled a dedication to the importance of detail. Since his retirement from the medical profession, his interest in photography has intensified. Studying at the International Center of Photography, and with several professionals he has garnered a renewed focus on the technical and visual aspects, and adapted a style that allows him to create photographs that express many aspects of a flower at the same time.
"There are many features of flowers that are beautiful and interesting, but each individual photograph can only show a single element of the flower". Unhappy with losing the depth and beauty of his subject, Stein focused on pulling out the dimensional presence of the flower.
"This meant taking multiple photographs and merging then into a single montage. I then allowed the flower to grow more naturally over the image's matting. The end result is a floral image that shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image."
Dr. Stein's prize-winning photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the Northeast, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Salmagundi Club, The Mamaroneck Artist Guild, and other galleries in New York. His photographs can also be found in commercial establishments and in numerous private collections.
The exhibit will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm, thur Jan 25, 2014 and is free to the public. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or [email protected]
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.
Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing
H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.
Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 09, 2014 - Astoria
This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image.
Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.
Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona
Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.
The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.