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KIDS THEATER IN QUEENS WEEK OF MAY 27

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Theater for Kids in Queens Check out these free and low-cost family and children's theater performances playing the week of May 27 in Queens. See if your favorite play or musical will be in town and get all the details on the performance, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new show that your family can go see together. In the warmer months, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Queens or will just be visiting during the week of May 27, you'll find plenty of entertainment in the theaters. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Queens, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Sunnyside Piano Academy - Sunnyside Reformed Church
May 27, 2013 - Sunnyside

In this open studio, kids can come play the keyboards, and get a taste of how Sunnyside Piano Academy founder Evan Mazunik, makes music fun. See how they "gamify" group piano lessons for early elementary students. No prior experience necessary--just come enjoy, observe, and play. The Sunnyside Piano Academy was founded by director Evan Mazunik in 2012 with the mission to demolish boredom in music. "I have a knack for inspiring students who are ready to quit music to fall in love with music all over again," said Mazunik. "I passionately believe that every student can discover music that speaks to them and inspires them to stretch and grow." "Whenever I see that a student has 'checked out' and is not engaged with their piano studies, I am inspired to discover the one thing that can reignite their interest, whether it's Chopin, Miles Davis, or video game theme songs. As soon as my students reconnect with the spark of their own creativity, I am instantly elated and reminded why I love to teach."

Game Night for Kids - Richmond Hill Library
May 27, 2013 - Richmond Hill

School-age children can enjoy playing a variety of board games.

Mother Goose Time - Flushing Library
May 27, 2013 - Flushing

This interactive program features nursery rhymes, fingerplays and songs for infants 12-24 months accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade -
May 27, 2013 - Little Neck

Do more than just show the flag on this holiday. Honor the great men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the USA free. Drawing 80,000 spectators and participants, this parade is the largest in the county. Highlights include an interfaith service, wreath-laying ceremonies, local HS marching bands, civic groups, and military organizations. Honorary Grand Marshals for this year include Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and Boro Pres. Helen Marshall. Route ends at Alameda Boulevard in Douglaston.

InterFaith Memorial Service - Community Church of Little Neck
May 27, 2013 - Little Neck

This service has traditionally been an integral part of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade observations. It represents an opportunity for the community to come together in houses of worship to honor those who fought for the freedom of the country, and to offer thanks for those freedoms enjoyed by everyone. Following the service, a Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Veterans Monument and Flagpole, on Alameda Avenue and Northern Boulevard.

Sandy Memory Collage - Arverne Library
May 28, 2013 - Arverne

Participants will make picture-and-word collages based on their experiences and memories of Hurricane Sandy to help them express their feelings and celebrate hope and renewal.

Health and Science - McGoldrick Library
May 28, 2013 - Flushing

Learn basic concepts of health and science through fun and creative activities.

Reading for Fun - Laurelton Library
May 29, 2013 - Laurelton

Reading is fundamental for success. This program will teach kids how much fun reading can be, with a great selection of books from the library.

Sunnyside Piano Academy - Sunnyside Reformed Church
May 29, 2013 - Sunnyside

In this open studio, kids can come play the keyboards, and get a taste of how Sunnyside Piano Academy founder Evan Mazunik, makes music fun. See how they "gamify" group piano lessons for early elementary students. No prior experience necessary--just come enjoy, observe, and play. The Sunnyside Piano Academy was founded by director Evan Mazunik in 2012 with the mission to demolish boredom in music. "I have a knack for inspiring students who are ready to quit music to fall in love with music all over again," said Mazunik. "I passionately believe that every student can discover music that speaks to them and inspires them to stretch and grow." "Whenever I see that a student has 'checked out' and is not engaged with their piano studies, I am inspired to discover the one thing that can reignite their interest, whether it's Chopin, Miles Davis, or video game theme songs. As soon as my students reconnect with the spark of their own creativity, I am instantly elated and reminded why I love to teach."

Friendship Bracelet - Flushing Library
May 29, 2013 - Flushing

Kids ages 5-12, can let their creative skills shine, when will make their own friendship bracelet.

Artist Lecture: Sana Musasama - INSPIRE COMMIT ACT: My Journey from Harlem, New York to Phnom Penh Cambodia; Art, Travel & Social Activism - One World
May 30, 2013 - Port Chester

Reception and Artist Talk at Clay Art Center following the lecture. Artist, Sana Musasama, will talk about her world travel experiences and their impact on her as a woman and an artist. She will explain how the traditional villages of Cambodia have been her home away from home, and share how her extended families, predominately women and little girls, became her guides. Observing the lives of women and little girls, Sana noticed radical differences in their lives from the lives of girls in our culture. Her work is a response to what she saw and what she wants to change.

Craft Time-Ozone Park - Ozone Park Library
May 31, 2013 - Ozone Park

Kids can show off their creativity and design skills in this arts and crafts program.

Game Day - Queens Village Library
May 31, 2013 - Queens Village

Kids in Grades 1-6 can have fun afterschool, and make new friends playing a variety of board games, card games and more.

Mother Goose-Sunnyside - Sunnyside Library
May 31, 2013 - Sunnyside

This is an interactive program featuring nursery rhymes, fingerplays and songs for infants ages 6-18 months with a parent or other adult caregiver.

Awesome Osprey - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
May 31, 2013 - Broad Channel

Nature lovers can stop by to observe the South Marsh Osprey, Coley, as he and his mate prepare to raise a family. Hear the remarkable stories of their annual long distance migrations and their recovery in the US. Spotting Scope provided for up-close views of these majestic birds of prey.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
June 01, 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 and be a part of the fun!

Heads on Sticks - Socrates Sculpture Park
June 01, 2013 - Long Island City

Join Beth Garrett and repurpose plastic bags and help save the environment. Kids can experience how to turn their plastic bags into expressive puppet-like heads that they can stick in the ground like a scarecrow or raise up as they march around the Park in a parade. Discover the beauty in the color and print of the plastic bags while working in this environmentally friendly, sculptural art form.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Utopia Center
June 01, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

Foster the love of reading. A variety of authors and themes will be featured.

Family Art Project: A Tree Lives Here - Wave Hill
June 01, 2013 - Bronx

Explore the qualities of some of Wave Hill's special trees with visiting artist Richard Lewis and the Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble and create a tree of your own imagining with oil pastels on black paper. Enjoy a performance by the ensemble at 11:30am, followed by a parade with your tree at 12:30pm.

Strawberry Festival - Highland Park
June 01, 2013 - Cypress Hills

Celebrate summer with all things strawberry! Enjoy crafts, games, face painting and more! Performances of Freckle Face Strawberry by Broadhollow Theatre and dynamic percussion sensation Hip Pickles.

Community Volunteer Day - Queens Botanical Garden
June 02, 2013 - Flushing

Led by staff from QBG, Queens residents can roll up their sleeves and join their neighbors in volunteering to keep the garden clean and green. Participate in a variety of activities from seeding to weeding. Registration required.

Dancing Under the Stars - Forest Park
June 03, 2013 - Woodhaven

Everybody dance! Come to Wallenberg Square for a night of family fun, ballroom dance lessons, and a finale featuring the Nick Russo Latin Jazz Quintet.

Toddler Time - Hillcrest Library
June 03, 2013 - Flushing

Children ages 2-3 years old and their caregivers enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, age appropriate crafts and lots of fun.

Family Storytime - Auburndale Library
June 03, 2013 - Flushing

This hour of storytime with Ms. Stella G. features books and a simple craft or activity for children in grades pre-K to 2 and their caregivers.

Word Games - McGoldrick Library
June 03, 2013 - Flushing

Word games improve literacy skills and vocabulary, and they're also lots of fun to do together!

ESOL Family Literacy Class - CIET/LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

English Classes for parents with children in NYC public schools. Pre-registration is required.

ESL Classes - LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

In this class for parents with children in NYC public schools, participants will learn how to talk to their child’s teacher, prepare for parent-teacher conferences, information about homework resources and computer classes, and much more.

Exhibition: SANA MUSASAMA: My Journey - Clay Art Center
Through June 22, 2013 - Port Chester

Clay Art Center is proud to present "SANA MUSASAMA: My Journey," a solo exhibition that combines art, social justice advocacy, and community arts outreach with New York artist and global citizen, Sana Musasama. The exhibition, which features ceramic sculpture and installation inspired from Musasama's travels around the world, will be on exhibit May 18-June 22, 2013, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 18, from 6-8pm. In conjunction, the artist will be an artist in residence at Clay Art Center for the duration of the exhibit, and Clay Art Center has initiated a string of community arts outreach events entitled, Inspire, Commit, Act... Admission to Clay Art Center is free. In her twenties, when she began traveling, Sana Musasama realized that clay existed all over the world. After her education in the public school system in New York, she felt limited, locked in, and undereducated. Traveling became her way of relearning the world and its inhabitants. Her work is informed by history, women's studies, culture, and her journals of global citizenship. "My Journey," an exhibition of large scale sculpture and installation, will speak of those experiences, from the "Maple Tree" series about the abolitionist movement involved with indigenous Americans, African indentured servants, and Dutch colonialists, and "The Unspeakable" series, an inquiry into the nature of violence and healing in women's lives, to her current work, "The UnKnown/UnNamed" series, which focuses on honoring the lives of those lost to war and genocide. Sana has spent the past 5 years working and traveling in Cambodia. It is there that she found herself in the killing fields, walking on fragments of souls that once were. Sana Musasama's work is grounded in the ceremonies of living. It guards their integrity and memory, and acts as a reliquary of historic events and her personal narratives. In her inquiry into the world, she sought to understand the human landscape. This transformed Sana and her approach to clay. There is no dichotomy between her life and her work, as her extensive traveling has made her relearn seeing. Her mission speaks of a global citizen who walks through the artwork heart first. Inspire, Commit, Act?: Community Events with Sana Musasama. For the duration of the exhibition, Sana will be an Artist in Residence at Clay Art Center, acting as an advocate for her work in the exhibition and the social justice issues it invokes. While in residence, she will also be working on a new body of work. As part of her residency at CAC, Sana will have the opportunity to work with Latino and African-American youth of Westchester County, NY, especially young women, and will be a visual presence for them, inspiring them to commit and act on the belief that they too could be artists, should they want to be. She will be working with Port Chester's Carver Center's NIA group, a young women's leadership group, mostly made up of Latino and African American individuals, Port Chester High School students in CAC's "Around the World in Clay" community arts outreach program, and teen girls from Westhab shelter of Family Coachman Center, which is the largest homeless shelter in Westchester. In addition, Sana will lead three public hands-on workshops in June in the gallery (alongside her artwork). For more details on these workshops, visit clayartcenter.org. ABOUT THE WORK IN THE EXHIBIT About her "Unknown/Unnamed" series, Sana states, "My newest ceramic work was born out of the devastation of the 9/11 attacks and the hundreds of workers and others whose identity was buried under the rubble, the faceless whispers out of concentration camps, the endless mass graves throughout the world. It stems from my global travels to Cambodia, Vietnam and Rwanda - into the homes and hearts of the people I've encountered; these pieces represent their silent voices, which remain unknown and unnamed." "The earth carries the memories built on the backs of oppressed/unrepresented people and their buried bones throughout the world. At My Lai, Vietnam, I walk on the site of a massacre where the lives of hundreds of women and babies were taken in revenge. I touch the soil. At the Holocaust museum, I look at the hundreds of pairs of eye glasses, shoes, gold-capped teeth, and briefcases, and I wonder who they belonged to. In Rwanda, a young woman tells how she searched for her family at a mass burial site. I have worked in Cambodia with former sex slaves, wondering who enslaved them, and walked the killing fields, with their fragments of what once were human beings." "Will it ever stop? These new works are meant to slow us down, make us look closely at our world, silence us for the moment. They are created in homage to the Unknown/Unnamed." Additionally, work from Sana's "Unspeakable" series will be on view. About this challenging and poignant body of work, Sana shares this story: "Twenty-five years ago, while living in Mendeland, Sierra Leone, there was a group of young girls, ages 10-15, who would visit my hut every day. We began our rituals of sisterhood: they combed my hair, tried on my clothing, and applied my makeup. They taught me the formal greetings in Mende, how to sit like a Mende woman, eat with my tongue, and to never allow food to touch my lips. They showed me how to cook on three rocks and wash my clothes in the river, beating on washing stones. They taught me the birth chants, and I learned, too soon, to recognize the death song." "Suddenly, one morning, there were no young girls in the village. They returned thirteen weeks later, changed. Our ritual of sisterhood was no more. They no longer had the sparkle of wonderment in their eyes; they weren't carefree young girls any longer. They didn't want to have anything to do with me. I could not understand. I know now that they were circumcised (incised)." "MY JOURNEY" will also feature two large-scale sculptures from Sana's "Maple Tree" series. These sculptures were inspired by the Maple Tree abolitionist movement in the late 18th century in New York and Holland. Dutch colonists, Native Americans, and free indentured African servants joined together in protest against slave labor on sugar cane plantations in the West Indies. They took as their symbol the maple tree - a source of sugar without exploiting slave labor. At once trees and aspects of the human body, these sculptures explore links between trees and human sexuality, between trees and human agency. Sana Musasama (b. 1957, NYC, lives in Queens, NY) received her BA from City College of New York, NY (1973), her MFA from Alfred (1988), and studied at Mende Pottery, Sierra Leone (1974-75). Feeling undereducated by her public school education, Musasama began traveling as a way to recover identity and cultural place. Clay was a geographic catalyst that brought her first to West Africa, venturing later to Japan, China, and South America. She has continued her quest, expanding her interests to tribal adornment practices in various indigenous cultures. She is challenged by the concerns surrounding the safety of women, specifically the rituals involving rites of passage, female chastity, and the "purification" of the female body. She teaches at Hunter College, NYC; the 92 Street Y, NYC; and through CASES, a program which offers an alternative to incarceration. Clay Art Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ceramic art organization offering exhibitions, clay classes for adults and children, studio spaces for clay artists and outreach programs in the community. It is located in the heart of Port Chester at 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

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.


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