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 04, 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).
Wildlife Weekends - Queens County Farm Museum
November 04, 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.
Apec Adventure Hour - Alley Pond Env. Ctr.
November 04, 2012 - Douglaston
Bring the little ones for an afternoon of fall fun. Young children between the ages of 18 and 36 months will enjoy games, songs, snacks, crafts, live animals, and a nature walk.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
November 04, 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.
The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 04, 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: Dances with Leaves - Wave Hill
November 04, 2012 - Bronx
Play in the leaves on the lawn and fashion a festive crown or costume from fall leaves and leaf rubbings.
Forest Weekends - New York Botanical Garden
November 04, 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.
Sunday Concerts at Central: Acapella Soul - Central Library
November 04, 2012 - Jamaica
The entire family can enjoy the musical stylings of this NYC based ensemble, a powerhouse of doo wop, R&B, gospel, and soul that performs classic hits from the '50s through the '70s.
Celebrate Urban Birds - The Queens Zoo
November 04, 2012 - Flushing
In this class, kids will not only meet some of the birds that live at the zoo, but go on a bird scavenger hunt to find wild birds using the zoo as a stopover on their long migration. A special bird guest will also make an appearance! For children ages 7 – 10 years old.
Marvin Hamlisch Memorial Concert - Lefrak Concert Hall- QUEENS COLLEGE
November 04, 2012 - Flushing
The whole family can join an afternoon of musical delights. The Queens College Orchestra led by Maurice Peress will perform works by Copland, Bernstein, and Hamlisch. Broadway star Donna McKechnie and other guest artists, will perform selections by Marvin Hamlisch.
All ticket proceeds to benefit the Marvin Hamlisch Scholarship Endowment at Queens College.
ING New York City Marathon -
November 04, 2012 - New York
This is the big one -- a sporting event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the NYC race is 26.2 miles from start to finish, but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds, and sheer excitement of the marathon's five-borough course, which runs from Staten Island to Central Park. Thousands will run; join the millions who will watch. Cheer for your family, friends, and neighbors as they run from Staten Island to Brooklyn, through Queens and the Bronx, and on into Manhattan.
Community Gallery -Presidents Helping Children - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 06, 2012 - Garden City
Explore the contributions 11 United States presidents have made to the advancements of child well-being over the last century in areas of nutrition, health, education and child safety in this exhibit developed by Every Child Matters. The exhibit features 30 photographs chosen from an international photo competition to draw attention to the plight of children. The exhibit runs through November 6, 2012.
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.
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.
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.