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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN QUEENS ON FEBRUARY 4

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by Daily Kids Events Editor February 4, 2015

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens today, February 4, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Queens's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening February 4. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

Babies Sing and Play - Bellerose Library
February 04, 2015 - Bellerose

Babies ages 12-24 months accompanied by caregivers learn simple songs and rhymes and play with educational toys and puzzles. Registration is required.

Earn Prizes for Reading! - South Jamaica Library
February 04, 2015 - South Jamaica

It's easy! Kids tell Ms. Lucy about every book they've read on their own reading level, either to themselves or someone else, and earn a star. The four readers with the most stars every Friday will win a cool prize. Kids must be age 12 or under to participate.

Earn Prizes for Reading! - South Jamaica Library
February 04, 2015 - South Jamaica

It's easy! Kids tell Ms. Lucy about every book they've read on their own reading level, either to themselves or someone else, and earn a star. The four readers with the most stars every Friday will win a cool prize. Kids must be age 12 or under to participate.

Play and Learn - Laurelton Library
February 04, 2015 - Laurelton

Parents and their toddlers, ages 18-36 months, interact in a classroom with toys, games and other materials designed to educate and encourage gross motor skills, cognitive development and creative expression. Registration is required.

Storytime:Broad Channel - Broad Channel Library
February 04, 2015 - Broad Channel

Don't miss an afternoon of stories, coloring, and fun.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 04, 2015 - Garden City

Musical instruments and sing-along songs get our youngest visitors’ bodies moving.

Blooming with Love Flowers - Long Island Children's Museum
February 04, 2015 - Garden City

Create and decorate a blooming flower with heart shaped petals to give to someone you love!

That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs - Queens Museum
Through February 08, 2015 - Corona

Inspired by the generous donation of over 1,200 medium format color slides taken by fashion photographer Jerry Kean and theater photographer Van Williams at the 1964-65 Fair, this exhibit reveals materials from the museum's permanent collection never seen before by the public such as vintage photographs, albums and scrapbooks, ephemera and books such as "How to Make Good Pictures," a Kodak publication from the '30s.

That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs - Queens Museum
Through February 08, 2015 - Corona

Inspired by the donation of 1,200 Ektachrome slides taken by photographers Jerry Kean and Van Williams at the 1964-54 Fair, this exhibition will reveal materials from the museum’s permanent collection never seen before by the public as well as artifacts from local and national collections. This exhibit will be on view through Feb 8, 2015.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Annual Dance Concert and Pow-Wow - Theater for the New City
Through February 08, 2015 - East Village

This 40th Annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow brings together the ritual and social dances from 17 different tribes throughout the United States. This is the only Native American Dance Concert and Pow-Wow in the East where Native Americans can see the dances of each other's tribes. Native foods and crafts are sold in the lobby. All proceeds from the Box Office for this event go to the Native American Scholarship Fund. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating diversity by honoring the culture of the first Americans. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods.

Lights, Camera, Astoria! - The Museum of The Moving Image
Through March 15, 2015 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria studio, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The 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. 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.

Ying Nung Ma's Touch of New York - Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden
Through March 22, 2015 - Flushing

Ying Nung (aka Susan) Ma's photographs can make you fall in love with NYC. Having emigrated from Taiwan, she sees the City with fresh eyes. Ms. Ma captures the excitement and energy of New York's iconic sites with her camera, and shows equal aplomb in documenting people and events. This is her first solo exhibition. The January 24th reception includes a musical interlude, with a performance by Iris Ma, an accomplished flautist who is the artist's daughter. On faculty at several colleges in Taiwan, where she also has an active concert career, she joins us for a musical offering.

KaleidoZone – Paint Me a Story: The Art of Javaka Steptoe - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 26, 2015 - Garden City

Javaka Steptoe is an award-winning artist and book illustrator. The Harlem born, Brooklyn raised visual artist uses diverse and eclectic materials -- from candy wrappers to 14k jewelry -- to create playful images with three-dimensional qualities. Explore the different materials he uses to collage images that tell stories that delight children and their grownup companions.

Traveling Exhibit - Healthyville® - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 03, 2015 - Garden City

Healthyville is a place for everybody. This bilingual (English/Spanish), interactive exhibit teaches health and wellness lessons through play-filled activities and educational messages that foster learning by doing. The young “residents” of Healthyville present fun facts about nutrition, fitness, safety, hygiene and the functions of the body. The exhibit encourages healthy living and making smart decisions. Be the first visitors to: • Ride and row with a skeleton • Discover Go, Slow and Whoa foods • Touch boogers inside a giant nose • Get the inside view of digestion • Measure your vertical leap • Exercise your heart

Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its NY World's Fairs. - Queens Historical Society at Kingsland Homestead
Through May 31, 2015 - Flushing

The historical society for the largest borough in New York City is dedicated to preserving the history of Queens through educational programs, exhibitions and its role as a local history research center. An exhibition on the 1939 and 1964 World�s Fairs from the perspective of the common visitor through artifacts and photographs from individual collections.

Noguchi as Photographer: The Jantar Mantars of Northern India - The Noguchi Museum
Through May 31, 2015 - Long Island City

As part of his extended tour to investigate people's daily interaction with civic spaces and sacred sites throughout Europe, Asia, and the Far East, Isamu Noguchi first traveled to Northern India in 1949. Camera in hand, Noguchi discovered the eighteenth-century astronomical observatories in Delhi and Jaipur. Known as Jantar Mantar (translating loosely to "instruments and formulae"), these open-air campuses were comprised of astronomical instruments built on a grand architectural scale. Individual structures measured solar time, the celestial paths of the sun and moon and the latitudes and longitudes of planets and constellations, among other functions. This exhibition, the first in a series focusing on Noguchi's photographs, will feature a selection from Noguchi's visits to the observatories between 1949 and 1960, a number of which were published contemporaneously in prestigious periodicals. A handful of objects related to Noguchi's interest in linking mankind and its rituals to the cosmos will also be on display, among them his Skyviewing Sculpture for Western Washington University and Sky Gate in Honolulu.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive. Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 31, 2015 - 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.

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