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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-NOV 18

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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!

Kellogg's Gymnastics Tour of Champions - Barclays Center
November 18, 2012 - Brooklyn

See nine of the ten U.S. Gymnastics Team members from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Tour will also include 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Chellsie Memmel, members of the men's and women's 2011 World Championship team, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists in men's, women's, rhythmic, and acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling.

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.

Northern Visitors - Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo/North Channel Bridge
November 18, 2012 - Broad Channel

Enjoy a visit the beach with a ranger to view wintering waterfowl such as brant geese, snow geese, and buffleheads. Learn about how these birds survive extreme winter weather.

Luna Negra Dance Theater - Queens Theatre
November 18, 2012 - Flushing

Enjoy an evening of dance with Luna Negra, a Chicago-based troupe, that blends the discipline of ballet and the dynamic movement of contemporary dance and infuses it with the explosive energy of Latin dance forms.

Broadway Elite Concert - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
November 18, 2012 - Bayside

Lovers of Broadway musicals will enjoy an evening with Donna McKechnie, Ken Page, Lee Roy Reams, three of the most admired and legendary Broadway superstars on this musical journey celebrating their illustrious careers on the Great White Way. Performing the show-stopping songs for which they are best known, these three icons have starred in some of the greatest musicals of all time including Cats, Ain't Misbehavin', A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Promises, Promises, The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, Beauty And The Beast.

For The Birds- Fanciful Follies for Our Feathered Friends - Voelker Orth Museum
November 18, 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.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
November 18, 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.

Art for Tots: Tools and Toys - The Noguchi Museum
November 18, 2012 - Long Island City

Families with children ages 2-4 can experience the museum together through a variety of activities which include hands-on workshops and exploring the galleries. Advance registration is required.

Kids Walk-in Workshop - Bayside Historical Society
November 18, 2012 - Bayside

At the Kids Space - "A Step Back In Time", children ages 6-12, can enjoy crafts and hands-on activities in The Castle. Accompanying parents or guardians are free. No reservations necessary, but visitors should call or email if parking reservations are required.

Zikrayat: Arab Music and Dance - Flushing Town Hall
November 18, 2012 - Flushing

Led by violinist Sami Abu Shumays, Zikrayat (translates as "memory") specializes in smoky, evocative music from mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Shumays, who studied both Western classical music and Arabic maqam, and the other members of Zikrayat, combine Arabic instruments like the nay (end-blown flute) and buzuq (long-necked flute) with violin and percussion to produce their own take on forgotten Egyptian films.

The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 18, 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.

Kids and Family Programs: Feast for the Eyes Floral Arranging - Old Westbury Gardens
November 18, 2012 - Old Westbury

Give thanks this year for the abundance that autumn provides. Grace your table with a handmade holiday floral arrangement honoring symbols of the harvest. For ages 6?10. Class size is limited so register early. Please call 516-333-0048 Ext. 301 for more information and to register, or register online.

Family Art Project: Cornhusk Dolls - Wave Hill
November 18, 2012 - Bronx

Celebrate corn and harvest time by listening to Native American tales and the story of the first cornhusk doll as you tie, weave, and shape your dried husks into a single action figure or corny doll family.

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.

Santa Photos - Queens Center Mall-JC Penny Wing
Through December 24, 2012 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town, Nov 17-Dec 24. He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers. See Santa in his winter wonderland house located on the Level 3. Special hours on Dec. 9 12-4pm, and pet photo night 6-8:30pm.

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.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

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.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.


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