Check out these great family activities scheduled for the month of August in Queens. Whether you're looking to kick off the US Open tennis tournament, celebrate the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, or catch a free outdoor movie with the family, we've got all the information a Queens family needs.
Release the Dragon
Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts the 2010 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival the first full weekend in August. The festival is a multicultural celebration and sporting event that features boat races, on-stage cultural performances, sponsor booths, arts and crafts, and an international food court.
August 7-8, 9am-5pm. All ages. FREE. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing. For more information, visit www.hkdbf-ny.org.
Celebrate Latin Culture
The Chase 2010 Latino Cultural Festival is an 11-day celebration of Latino culture and heritage at Queens Theatre in the Park. Now in its 14th year, the festival boasts a full schedule of music, dance, comedy, spoken word, film, and family-friendly performances, daily through August 8.
The festival celebrates the cultural legacies of the communities living in our borough, and invites international, national, and local artists to showcase their work. Highlights include concerts by Leon Gieco, a pop-folk musician who has been called the Argentine Bob Dylan; Colombian folk musician Jorge Velosa (pictured), who will perform his creation, a new musical style called "carranguero:" and singer Susana Baca, who has been instrumental in the international popularity of Afro-Peruvian music. This year's participants hail from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela.
Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. The festival is appropriate for all ages. Show times and ticket prices vary by performance. For a schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit www.queenstheatre.org.
FREE Outdoor Movie Screenings
Catch a flick with the family this summer without setting foot inside a theater. Here are some local options:
Movies on the Waterfront
Mondays, August 2-23
Settle in for a screening on the Astoria Park lawn. Titles include West Side Story, Fame, The Lion King, and March of the Penguins. Start time is 8:30pm. Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool. 718-728-7820. www.nycgovparks.org.
Movies Under the Stars
Mondays, August 16-30
Head to Cunningham Park to see Up, The Blind Side, and Casablanca. Get there early for free popcorn. Start time is 8pm. Cunningham Park, 193rd and Aberdeen Road. 718-846-2731. www.nycgovparks.org/parks/cunninghampark.
Movies Under the Bridge
Tuesdays, August 17-31
Enjoy free family films while overlooking the beautiful Long Island Sound. Bring a chair or blanket. Titles to be determined; check www.nyc.gov/parks or call 718-352-4793 for more information. Little Bay Park, 212 Street at Bell Boulevard and the Cross Island Service Road, Bayside.
Outdoor Cinema 2010
Wednesdays, August 4-25
This annual international film festival spotlights a different country or culture each Wednesday evening (weather permitting). Visitors are also invited to sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass, and watch music and dance performances. August titles to be announced; check www.socratessculpturepark.org for updates or call 718-956-1819. Start time is 7pm. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
The Wiggles, the Australian children's music group, put on a show for kids, featuring lots of singing, dancing, and audience participation, at Nassau Coliseum, August 18, 2:30pm and 6:30pm. The Wiggles' Wiggly Circus presents all the excitement of the big top with a wiggly twist. All ages. $15 and up. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. For more information: 800-745-3000 or www.nassaucoliseum.com.
US Open Kick-Off
The 2010 US Open tennis tournament commences Saturday, August 28, with the 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, a day-long, family-friendly tennis and music festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The day begins at 9:30am with a free festival on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center grounds, where children of all ages and skill levels can participate in tennis clinics, play interactive games, and enjoy live entertainment. A live tennis and music show begins at 1pm in Arthur Ashe Stadium, featuring exhibition matches and skills competitions between top tennis players like Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Novak Djokovic, and others. There will be musical performances by the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, and celebrity guests like Nick Cannon will make an appearance.
Tickets are required for the stadium show and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), www.usopen.org, or at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. $10 general admission promenade tickets; $20 loge tickets. For more information, visit www.usopen.org.
Sports + Science = Fun
Putt your way through the New York Hall of Science's (NYSCI) Rocket Park, a nine-hole mini golf course, and learn about propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist and more, all while trying to make par. With two real NASA rockets looming in the background, the course reveals to its golfers that the same laws of motion and gravity that guide the path of a spaceship also control the motion of golf balls here on Earth. Ages 6 and up. $6; $5 children and seniors, plus general NYSCI admission. Open through December 31, weather permitting. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-699-0005. www.nyscience.org.
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