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Things to Do With Kids in Queens on March 18

March 18, 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, March 18, 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 March 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

A Southern Queens Salon Series Concert - West End Temple
March 18, 2015 - Neponsit

Don't miss the Queens Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos. This series of concerts will reach hundreds of area residents with informative and inspiring concerts that these patrons may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend as well as instill a love of classical and orchestral music within members of the community, both young and old. These concerts will allow area residents the opportunity to not only experience the music of their own culture, but the music of the cultures of those that live around them. Each concert is designed to be an international salon wherein people can not only experience music but have an opportunity to discuss it and learn more about it than they can during any other concert experience. This week's concert features the Sounds of Broadway. The concerts are free, but reservations are required.

Playgroup - Steinway Library
March 18, 2015 - Astoria

Calling all toddlers for a morning of fun.

Simple Science Wednesdays - Lefferts Library
March 18, 2015 - Richmond Hill

Do fun science experiments and learn a little something in the process.

Year of South Africa: Collection of Violet and Les Payne - Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College
Through March 21, 2015 - Flushing

The Collection of Violet and Les Payne, a selection of artwork collected by Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, during his time reporting in Johannesburg, South Africa between 1976-1985, will be on display on the first floor of the gallery.

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.

New York International Children's Film Festival 2015 - IFC Center and other theaters
Through March 22, 2015 -

Explore the world without leaving New York City. Every year, New York International Children's Film Festival presents hundreds of the best new films from around the world for kids and teens ages 3-18. Highlights include US and North American feature film premieres of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (Japan), BBC’s Enchanted Kingdom 3D (UK), Mune (France), and Moomins on the Riviera (France), the US premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (Various Countries), the east coast premiere of the new Aardman feature Shaun the Sheep the Movie (UK). For complete listings see website. NYICFF is offering NYMetroParents readers a special discount on tickets to the festival when purchased online. Use special code BAP15 for $2 off each ticket.

Toddler Time :Howard Beach - Howard Beach
Through March 25, 2015 - Howard Beach

Children ages 12-36 months and their caregivers read stories, and color together in this afternoon of fun.

Children's Storytime - The Astoria Bookshop
Through March 26, 2015 - Astoria

A special morning of fun for the little ones. Listen to stories from authors and staff featuring selections from some of the current and classic children's books.

Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
Through March 28, 2015 - 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.

Lights, Camera, Astoria! - The Museum of The Moving Image
Through March 29, 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.

Belleza y Felicidad - Sculpture Center
Through March 30, 2015 - Long Island City

A mini-retrospective of poetry booklets by Buenos Aires literature and art collection. This program highlights a single artwork or project in areas throughout SculptureCenter's building and is an exploratory and flexible mode for presenting artworks and projects to the audience.

Monday Morning Storytime - Barnes and Noble:Bayside
Through March 31, 2015 - Bayside

Enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page. Each week different authors and themes will be featured. A wonderful parent-child activity, with something for everyone.

Toddler Time:Fresh Meadows - Fresh Meadows Library
Through March 31, 2015 - Fresh Meadows

Toddlers spend the afternoon at the library with songs, stories, fingerplays and movement activities.

Cool Cat Masks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 31, 2015 - Garden City

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) all month long and create a “Cat in the Hat” mask inspired by his popular book!

Easter Bunny Photos - Green Acres Mall
Through April 04, 2015 - Valley Stream

Everyone loves the Easter Bunny. Make sure you get a photo to remember. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos in Macy’s Men/Kohl’s Wing. Stop by and say, "Cheese!"

The Orchid Show: Chandeliers - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 19, 2015 - Bronx

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic hanging displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

Seal & Bird Watching Adventure - Riis Landing
Through April 19, 2015 - Breezy Point

Anyone interested in setting sail in search of beautiful seals and birds, should hop aboard The American Princess docked in Rockaway, Queens. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about the wildlife that exists so close to home. A naturalist will be aboard to provide insight and information about seals and marine life. Video/slide presentations will be available during the trip. Enjoy a large heated cabin, beverage and snack bar onboard. Weekends 3/1-4/19 and Fri. 4/3 No cruise Sunday 4/5.

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.

Power Skating & Cross Ice Program - World Ice Area-Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Through April 28, 2015 - Flushing

Join former National and World International Figure Skating competitor and current National Speed Skater Jacki Munzel, who has gone on to instruct in power skating, and has coached players with the NHL, IHL, OHL and Division One college hockey. Mastering the art of edges and gaining strength in technique and speed, Jacki teaches her students how to get pressure into the ice to generate speed, working with each player to find their individual technique and to understand how to use it to their advantage. IMPROVE ? Endurance ? Balance ? Strength ? Starts and Stops After the Power skating, players will be divided into teams for a scrimmage. The scrimmage will teach offensive and defensive concepts through team play and game like situations. For more information, please contact Alex Shtarr, Hockey Coordinator

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

The New York Spring Spectacular starring The Rockettes, Laura Benanti and Derek Hough - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 03, 2015 - Midtown

This all new show stars the legendary Rockettes, Derek Hough, Laura Benanti, and the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne. Billed as a whirlwind adventure across New York City, the production celebrates the wonder of springtime in Manhattan with a story about three New Yorkers who change each other's lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Exuberant and energetic, it features all new Rockettes dance numbers, 3D effects, live action puppets and a fun soundtrack of both new songs and classic hits. Spring Spectacular is sure to be an instant hit with dance and musical theater fans, as well as Rockettes aficionados. This brand-new live theatrical production is led by an award-winning creative team that includes Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Warren Carlyle as director and choreographer, Tony Award winning director and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Diane Paulus and American playwright and Drama Desk Award winner Randy Weiner as the show's co-creative directors and up-and-coming playwright Joshua Harmon. Previews start March 12, opens on March 26.

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.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

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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