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!
Halloween Family Fun - Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
October 30, 2013 - Flushing
Join the Halloween goblins for some merriment. The spooky spirits will be on the grounds with their trick or treat pranks. Enjoy crafts, stories and surprises. Come in costume and join the fun. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
October 30, 2013 - Old Westbury
Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.
Worms In The House - Steinway Library
October 30, 2013 - Long Island City
Worms are little troupers in the garden and the compost pile. In this workshop, kids get a hands-on experience when they see the role these little creatures play in composting.
Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
October 30, 2013 - Garden City
Clapping, singing, playing. Fun, fun, fun. Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest children?s bodies moving. A great opportunity for kids to get acquainted with musical sounds.
Learn To Grow - Steinway Library
October 30, 2013 - Astoria
Learn to grow food organically in our learning gardens. Hands-on activities include seed planting, transplanting, watering, making compost and harvesting. All ages are welcome; children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult.
Toddler Time-Rosedale - Rosedale Library
October 30, 2013 - Rosedale
This is a fun reading program for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. Preschoolers are also welcome.
Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
October 30, 2013 - Garden City
Every day people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join in each week and explore the lives and daily routines of a different community helper. Children will build on their vocabulary as they are introduced to job-specific words through songs and activities. Each class will include a hands-on, themed activity to reinforce information shared during class. For children 3-5 years.
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Bronx
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture imagination. Special events run throughout the month. Through Oct. 31 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.
Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10am-5:30pm in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden:
- Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays 1:30pm; weekends 1pm and 3pm.
- Collect fallen fruits and seeds in a scavenger hunt bag.
- Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater.
- Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2pm and 3pm).
Rockin' Little Monsters - Long Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2013 - Garden City
�Rock out� this October in the Museum's Inner Lobby. Come create a special little monster using your imagination and a variety of little bits and pieces. Through October 31.
Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.
Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
Through November 02, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor
For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more!
Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8.
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2.
For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.
Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings.
Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real.
Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own!
Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow.
WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.
Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure - The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries - headline the festivities and have been enhanced for this year's Dragons and Dinosaurs theme. Visitors will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades in addition to traditional guest favorites including the hay maze, extinction graveyard, carved pumpkin demonstrations, treat stations, and seasonal craft workshops. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season and highlight wildlife like bats, snakes, and nocturnal animals. Note: some activities require an additional fee.
Boo at the Zoo activities include:
The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries
This Museum, created by Dr. B. Zarre, houses a remarkable collection of mysterious creatures, evidence of how the dinosaurs were destroyed, and anomalies collected from earth and space. Dr. B. Zarre has amassed this through years of exploration and adventure, and brought this fascinating "believe it or not" collection as a special exhibition exclusive to the Bronx Zoo. Location: by Somba Village. Time: 11am-5pm.
3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations
Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza.
Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. Location: starts at Zoo Center. Times: 12pm and 2pm. Photos will be available at the end of each performance.
Musical Theater: Beasts of the Magical World
This puppetry musical tells stories of owls and sorcerers, snakes, komodo dragons and frogs and magic. It was created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, and numerous Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets were created by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho. Location: Asia Plaza Theater. Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.
Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure. Location: Butterfly Patio. Time: 11am-5pm.
Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi's Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm.
Animal Themed Magic Shows
Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable sleight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.
Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit. Time: 11am-5pm.
Make a one-of-a-kind kimodo dragon puppet. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-4pm.
Extinct Animal Graveyard
Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display. Location: Mouse House lawn.
Bronx Zoo animal experts celebrate wildlife iconic to Halloween season.
Visit bronxzoo.com for full schedule.
The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson
The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 25 nights in 2013! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden.
New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins.
Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.
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.
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.
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.
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.