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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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Your options are limitless if you're looking for fun and educational family and kids weekend activities in Queens. Whether your child enjoys animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have a few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Storytime - Barnes and Noble- Utopia Center
November 14, 2012 - Fresh Meadows

Parents can foster the love of reading in their little ones each week. Different authors and themes will be featured. Note that the weekly Wednesday Storytimes have replaced the weekly Tuesday Storytimes.

For The Birds- Fanciful Follies for Our Feathered Friends - Voelker Orth Museum
November 14, 2012 - Flushing

Enjoy this sanctuary for backyard birds featuring a new exhibit by artist Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, featuring over 20 unique handcrafted birdhouses. Gutierrez-Solana draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, from Bali to Madame Butterfly. Whimsical, classical, rustic, ornate, or exotic, the houses are all functional, and can offer shelter to the backyard birds one finds in the City.

Books in the Ballroom: The Panther by Nelson DeMille - Old Westbury Gardens
November 14, 2012 - Old Westbury

Join the Friends of Old Westbury Gardens for an evening benefit with best-selling author Nelson DeMille for a question and answer session and book-signing for his new John Corey novel. Books will be available for purchase.

Family Bounce Night - BounceU of College Point
November 14, 2012 - College Point

Enjoy the endless excitement of the giant inflatables and games. A great way to bond with the whole family. Bounce and play for 2 hours or use the last 30 minutes for dinner(separate price). Whether you have two kids or 12, Family Bounce Night is easy, it's affordable, and it's lots of fun. Adults are free with a paying child. Pre-payment required to secure a reservation and is non-refundable.

Homework Help - McGoldrick Library
November 14, 2012 - Flushing

Children in grades 1 to 6 can recieve homework help from library educator.

Mother Goose - Windsor Park Library
November 15, 2012 - Bayside

Children ages 8 to 23 months, can enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays. Preregistration is required.

Storytime - East Elmhurst Library
November 15, 2012 - East Elmhurst

Children ages 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, and crafts.

Story Time - Hollis Library
November 15, 2012 - Hollis

Children ages 3 and up can enjoy listening to wonderful stories.

Picture Book Storytime - Lefferts Library
November 15, 2012 - Richmond Hill

Children ages 2 to 5 years can enjoy stories, songs, and dancing. A parent or other caregiver must be present.

Preschool Storytime - Pomonok Library
November 15, 2012 - Flushing

Young childrend ages 3-5 can enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Picture Books for Preschoolers - Forest Hills Library
November 15, 2012 - Forest Hills

Children ages 3 to 5 and their parents or other adult caregiver will hear great stories and rhymes, sing songs, learn fingerplays, and do movement activities. Preschoolers develop their language, early literacy, and school readiness skills while having fun. Preregistration begins at 2pm in the Children's Area.

Craft Time - Howard Beach Library
November 15, 2012 - Howard Beach

Children ages 4-12 along with their favorite adult can create something wonderful.

Book Buddies - South Jamaica Library
November 15, 2012 - Jamaica

Children in grades K-5 are invited to share stories and build their reading skills with Book Buddies.

Language Immersion at LICM - Long Island Children's Museum
November 15, 2012 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These French workshops are drop in and do not require advance sign up. A different theme will be covered each week and a class project and song will be used to reinforce learning. Take home activities will also be distributed at the end of each class.

Farmer's Market Friday - Dahlia Avenue off Main Street
Through November 16, 2012 - Flushing

Shop for fresh produce, nuts, coffee, and nut butters at this market organized by the Queens Botanical Garden.

Children's Storytime - Arverne Library
November 16, 2012 - Arverne

Children and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music, and crafts.

Get Crafty! - Glendale Library
November 16, 2012 - Glendale

Kids ages 6 and up can cxercise their creativity and imagination doing a craft project.

Preschool Bounce - Bounce U–College Point
November 16, 2012 - College Point

Little ones can play like Tiger and bounce, bounce, bounce. Enjoy the inflatables, giggles and fun. Adults or Guardians are free with a paying child. Walk-ins will not be accepted if an event is full. Pre-payment is required to secure a reservation and is non-refundable.

Toddler Storytime - Forest Hills Library
November 16, 2012 - Forest Hills

Toddlers 18 to 35 months and their parents or adult caregivers may enjoy listening to picture books, singing songs, learning fingerplays, and joining in lively movement games, all while developing vocabulary and social skills. Preregistration is required.

Game Day - Woodhaven Library
Through November 16, 2012 - Woodhaven

Kids may enjoy an afterschool treat, playing a variety of board games. Make new friends.

Game Day - Woodhaven Library
November 16, 2012 - Woodhaven

Play games, make new friends. Kids may enjoy an afterschool treat, playing a variety of board games.

NEA Jazz Masters - Flushing Town Hall
November 16, 2012 - Flushing

Jazz lovers will enjoy this concert featuring 5 NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, saxophone; Barry Harris, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Jimmy Owens, trumpet, with Tootie Heath, drums, playing classic standards from the Great American Songbook. The concert is dedicated to Phoebe Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, who passed away this year.

Introduction to Scratch - Central Library
November 16, 2012 - Jamaica

Scratch is a programming language for everyone. With it, tweens and teens can create interactive stories, games, music, and art, and share them online. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Children's Library Discovery Center for more information.

Grow NYC GreenMarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through November 17, 2012 - Long Island City

This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities every week.

NYC Audubon Winter Waterfowl Workshop - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
November 17, 2012 - Broad Channel

Join Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society as he leads a 1.7 mile hike around the West Pond to observe the many species of ducks and geese that winter on the Bay. Pre-registration required.

Luna Negra Dance Theater - Queens Theatre
November 17, 2012 - Flushing

Enjoy an evening of dance with Luna Negra, a Chicago-based troupe, that blends the discipline of ballet and the dynamic movement of contemporary dance and infuses it with the explosive energy of Latin dance forms.

Hands-on History: All Aboard! - King Manor Museum
November 17, 2012 - Jamaica

Rufus Kings? son John was the President of the Railroad. Children will learn about trains and how they helped change this Jamaica area neighborhood from farmland to the Queens borough we know today. Enjoy train related stories, crafts, and more.

Rob Schneider Live! - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
November 17, 2012 - Bayside

Teens and their parents can enjoy an evening of comedy. See Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider, well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, brings his zany comedy to QPAC. Schneider has starred in several Happy Madison projects, including Bedtime Stories, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, The Benchwarmers, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, Eight Crazy Nights, Little Nicky and Mr. Deeds.

For The Birds- Fanciful Follies for Our Feathered Friends - Voelker Orth Museum
November 17, 2012 - Flushing

Enjoy this sanctuary for backyard birds featuring a new exhibit by artist Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, featuring over 20 unique handcrafted birdhouses. Gutierrez-Solana draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, from Bali to Madame Butterfly. Whimsical, classical, rustic, ornate, or exotic, the houses are all functional, and can offer shelter to the backyard birds one finds in the City.

Storybook Discovery Days - The Voelker Orth Museum
November 17, 2012 - Flushing

Children ages 6 and younger can come to the parlor for Dr. Marge Hendler's reading series, which cultivates the joys of reading. The session includes an art or nature activity.

Pirate Pete's Parrot - The Secret Theatre
November 17, 2012 - Long Island City

Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
November 17, 2012 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

An Evening With The Stars - Alley Pond Environmental Ctr
November 17, 2012 - Douglaston

Understand and appreciate the mystery and the beauty of the universe with astronomer Mark Freilich. Participants can enjoy a view of the moon upclose, the Orion Nebular, and more starry delights. This astronomy program comprises an indoor lecture and an outdoor viewing with a professional telescope. Pre-registration required.

Young Chefs-Alphabet Soup - Alley Pond Environmental Ctr.
November 17, 2012 - Douglaston

Calling all kid-chefs. Soup's On. Children ages of 7-12 will learn how to prepare a nice bowl of soup. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Art for Families-Tools of the Trade - The Noguchi Museum
November 17, 2012 - Long Island City

Parents can engage with their children in discussions about art in the galleries, and work together or individually to make their own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited and reservations are required.

The Age of Flowers - Old Westbury Gardens
November 17, 2012 - Old Westbury

Westbury House floral designer and head grower, Scott Lucas, fashions one-of-a kind creations representing historic works of floral art from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Enjoy this self-guided visual history tour in Westbury House.

NY Islanders vs. NJ Devils - Nassau Coliseum
November 17, 2012 - Uniondale

Come out and root for your favorite hockey team.

Family Art Project: Cornhusk Dolls - Wave Hill
November 17, 2012 - Bronx

Celebrate corn and harvest time by listening to Native American tales and the story of the first cornhusk doll as you tie, weave, and shape your dried husks into a single action figure or corny doll family.

Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through November 18, 2012 - 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 Nov. 18.

Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through November 20, 2012 - Elmhurst

Families can 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 20,2012, promotes healthy living, offering recipes and cooking demonstrations to entice even the most timid of eaters and home cooks.

Compost your Food Scraps! - Queens Public Library at Steinway
Through November 30, 2012 - Astoria

Parents can teach their children about sustainability by modeling green behaviors like composting. Simply bring your food scraps including fruit and vegetable scraps like peels, skins, or seeds), coffee grounds (including the paper filter), tea bags, eggshells, nutshells, plain bread, and pasta (no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop off location. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn the rest of your food waste into a nutrient-rich compost.

Colombia de Fiesta! - Thalia Spanish Theatre
Through December 09, 2012 - Sunnyside

This performance, featuring Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez's band, celebrates the diverse music and dance traditions of Colombia.

Santa Photos - Queens Center Mall-JC Penny Wing
Through December 24, 2012 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town, Nov 17-Dec 24. He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers. See Santa in his winter wonderland house located on the Level 3. Special hours on Dec. 9 12-4pm, and pet photo night 6-8:30pm.

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. "Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."

Molecules and Health - New York Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2012 - Flushing

Molecules come in different shapes and sizes. Their shapes tell us a lot about what they do and how they interact with each other. You can't see molecules, but they're everywhere. These microscopic building blocks make up everything around you. Discover how molecules shape our bodies, medicines, and world in this hands-on exhibition.

Building Boom with KEVA (Knowledge-Exploration-Visual Arts) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Get ready to explore the simple and complex possibilities of construction as you move from the drawing board to the construction crew. Building Boom with KEVA encourages you to conceive, then build, the design project of your dreams -- bridges, skyscrapers, castles, airplanes, trestles, spirals and more. You?ll develop a first-hand understanding of the physical forces at work in the design process as you apply principles of balance, proportion and geometry to your design. Building Boom with KEVA brings out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us as you problem solve and think in three dimension. Uniform in size, KEVA planks use only gravity ? no glue or connectors. You'll dabble with physics to achieve balance, proportion and stability. Stumped for a design project? Draw inspiration from 50 permanent building models on display. This exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibit features more than 400 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, video, and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe and the United States. Transcendent in scope, this exhibit examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe, and North America, and it explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined.

KaleidoZone - Chaos and Containment - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Garden City

Chaos and Containment are two psychological states all human beings experience in varying degrees and intensity. This exhibit intends to inspire and foster conversations pertaining to the differences and parallels between art made by artists and art made by artists with mental disabilities. Visitors will see and appreciate each other�s qualities even if those go hidden behind us being distracted by out-of-the-norm behaviors caused by a disability. This exhibit features a selection of work that was created in an art therapy workshop at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013.

ReGeneration - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2013 - Flushing

This exhibition explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology, and science. Fourteen artists/groups will participate to connect audiences through active participation, aesthetic beauty, technology, culturally shared symbols, and vocabulary. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

Vital Signs - New York Hall of Science
Through February 03, 2013 - Flushing

View original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Art of 'Rise of the Guardians' - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 03, 2013 - Astoria

"Rise of the Guardians," the new animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, is a visually enthralling film based on William Joyce's "The Guardians of Childhood" book series, with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and other beloved characters reinterpreted as action heroes in a parable about the ongoing struggle between good and evil. This gallery exhibition takes a look behind the scenes, revealing the innovative collaborative process behind the making of the film. Original artwork, both digital and hand-drawn, an exclusive time-lapse video presentation of in-process footage progressing to the finished film, and a revealing documentary that takes us into the DreamWorks Animation studio, show how the colorful world of the movie and its memorable characters were created. An accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and special holiday screenings, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the finest films from DreamWorks Animation, including the Shrek and Madagascar series, "Antz," "How to Train Your Dragon," and much more, in a theatrical setting. Note: The documentary "Creating an Epic" (directed by Patrick Hanenberger; 70 minutes) will screen continuously in the Bartos Screening Room from 2pm-close on weekdays and 12-6pm on weekends. The exhibit is organized by guest curator Jenny He and chief curator David Schwartz, presented with support from DreamWorks Animation.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.


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