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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly February 6, 2013

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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!

Toddler Time - Langston Hughes Library
February 06, 2013 - Corona

Share stories, songs, finger plays, and animal friends for a fun-filled program. For children 1 through 3 years old. Accompanied by a caregiver.

Welcome the Year of the Snake! - Hillcrest Library
February 06, 2013 - Flushing

Happy Chinese New Year! Enjoy this program for ages children 6-14 and celebrate the Year of the Snake. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served. Preregistration is required.

Magic Tricks Workshop with Jeremy Pasternak - Briarwood Library
February 06, 2013 - Briarwood

Enjoy fun and illusions in Jeremy Pasternak's magic tricks workshop. Preregistration is required.

Knights of Queens - Queens Village Library
February 06, 2013 - Queens Village

Calling all budding Chess Masters! Children Ages 6-16 will learn chess basics or sharpen their skills and strategies. Chess equipment will be provided.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 06, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

'The Little Moon Theater' - TADA! Theater
February 06, 2013 - Chelsea

A travelling troupe of actors grants wishes through performances. They meet an odd assortment of characters including an endearing fairy god-mother.

Language Immersion at LICM-Spanish - Long Island Children's Museum
February 07, 2013 - Garden City

Why not introduce another language to your child while they are young and receptive to new things? These Spanish 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.

Take a Free Practice SAT Test - Briarwood Library
February 07, 2013 - Briarwood

Teens can warm up for the test and find out how they would score. Get a realistic practice and try their hand at the types of questions they'll face on the actual exam. Participants receive a personalized score report pinpointing their strengths and weaknesses. Preregistration is required. Reserve a seat at PrincetonReview.com/Events or call 800-273-8439. This is event #87926.

Attraction or Distraction - Rosedale Library
February 07, 2013 - Rosedale

Girls ages 11-21 talk about some major distractions of the teen years, and how to prevent them from interfering with life goals.

Design and Create Your Own Jewelry with Yvette Powell - Rosedale Library
February 07, 2013 - Rosedale

Yvette Powell leads a workshop that guides children and teens through the process of designing and making jewelry, using their own style to create unique pieces. All materials are included; preregistration is required.

Drum Workshop - Rochdale Village Library
February 07, 2013 - Jamaica

Make some noise at this hands-on drum and percussion workshop for teens with professional musician Tony Genovese.

Fun Wii Fridays - Hollis Library
February 08, 2013 - Hollis

Calling all teens! Enjoy an afternoon for lots of socializing and Wii games.

Game Day - Sunnyside Library
February 08, 2013 - Sunnyside

Enjoy some friendly competition at this weekly game program for tweens and teens. Play Monopoly, checkers, chess, Connect 4, Uno, and more.

Valentine Crafts - Whitestone Library
February 08, 2013 - Whitestone

Enjoy making a craft for that special someone in the family. Participants will make 3-D Valentine cards, finger puppet hearts, and more.

Valentine Jewelry Design for Tweens - Langston Hughes Library
February 08, 2013 - Corona

Tweens ages 8-13 will learn how to make jewelry as a gift for themselves or someone they love this Valentine season.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
February 08, 2013 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Story Songs with Debbie and Friends - Long Island Children's Museum
February 09, 2013 - Garden City

This full-band performance takes you on a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae. This family concert will include Debbie and Friends songs and some classic favorites, delivered by a cast of top-shelf musicians. Get ready for some sing-along, dance-along, laugh-along fun.

Happy Hearts - Long Island Children's Museum
February 09, 2013 - Garden City

Come make an enjoyable Valentine's Day craft with your family. Use cupcake liners, fun heart shapes, and colorful ribbons to design a wonderful token for the person you love, and then personalize them with a heartwarming message.

Victorian Valentine Workshop - Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
February 09, 2013 - Bronx

Show that you care - not with a boring, store-bought card, but with a handmade, full-of-charm, sure-to-woo original creation. Learn about the history of valentines and the use of printed "scraps" used to make them in the 19th century while you craft your own memorable valentine. A fun workshop for the whole family. Registration required.

MoMA Presents: Jacob Lawrence and the Migration Series-1941 - Langston Hughes Library
February 09, 2013 - Corona

In honor of Black History Month, this event will showcase the works by Jacob Lawrence from the Migration Series, depicting the struggles and achievements of African Americans in their massive northern migration from the South during the first half of the 20th century.

Music from the Mind of the Trumpet - Langston Hughes Library
February 09, 2013 - Corona

The Eddie Allen Quintet pays tribute to such legendary trumpeters as Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Clifford Brown, Blue Mitchell, Lee Morgan, and, of course, Eddie Allen himself.

Queens Winter Train and Toy Show - Queens College
February 09, 2013 - Flushing

All Aboard-calling all train lovers! This show features operating model railroads, dealers selling trains and collectable toys, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. Admission is good for Feb. 10 as well.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 09, 2013 - 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.

Celebrate Black History Month with Javaka Steptoe - Central Library
February 09, 2013 - Jamaica

Enjoy an afternoon with this celebrated children's book author and illustrator, has he shares his work and inspires children of all ages. Space is limited; tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1pm on the day of the program, at the Children's Library Discovery Center.

Family Art Project: Hearts and Flowers - Wave Hill
February 09, 2013 - Bronx

Breathe in the fragrance of greenhouse flowers and enjoy their colorful blooms. Use them as inspiration to make lovely, lacy, feathery and flowerful Valentine's Day cards.

Hands-on History: I Love Rufus & Mary - King Manor Museum
February 09, 2013 - Jamaica

Celebrate love this month and learn about the King family and how much they loved their family and friends. Mary King gave her friend Sarah a very special piece of jewelry to go in her hair. Children can make their own hair clip and valentines for the people they love.

Jazz Concert - Sunnyside Reformed Church
February 09, 2013 - Sunnyside

Lovers of jazz piano can enjoy an evening of American standards, bebop, and more by the Charles Sibirsky Trio.

'The Little Moon Theater' - TADA! Theater
February 09, 2013 - Chelsea

A travelling troupe of actors grants wishes through performances. They meet an odd assortment of characters including an endearing fairy god-mother.

Young Chefs: Valentine Munchies - Alley Pond Environmental Center
February 09, 2013 - Douglaston

Enjoy making mouthwatering chocolate-covered strawberries and yummy rice crispy treats. All materials included. Space is limited. Registered is required.

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 24, 2013 - Bronx

Take refuge from winter by retreating to Tropical Paradise - a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. You'll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York. View The Beauty of Paradise: A Photographic Tour during regular Garden hours. See a photographic display of tropical paradises around the world. Learn about plants and flowers found in tropical climes through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the US partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone. Inside the cozy Discovery Center in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants in Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders. Pot up a specimen plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood; make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season. On view January 19-February 24. Please confirm hours on the day of your visit by calling 718-817-8700.

stART (Story + Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 27, 2013 - Garden City

Each week Ms. Ashley will read a different story that relates to the season. Afterwards, the children will create a art project about the story they read. The program runs through February 27, 2013.

Dick Tracy Returns in Tut's Fever - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through February 28, 2013 - Astoria

Kids can spend the winter with an original super hero, Dec.1 through Feb. 28. Enjoy screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut's Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. This sequel to the original Dick Tracy serial finds Dick battling spies and saboteurs in his quest to bring the notorious Stark crime gang to justice.

Love Rocks - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2013 - Garden City

Come out to the Museum's Inner Lobby to decorate an adorable little rock "buddy" to show your love for a special person in your life. This program runs through February 28, 2013.

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.

Weekly Food Waste Drop-Off - Queens Library at Sunnyside
Through March 23, 2013 - Sunnyside

Families can bring their frozen food scraps (fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds, including paper filter; tea bags; egg and nut shells; bread and pasta with no toppings) to the weekly food waste drop-off outside Queens Library at Sunnyside, Saturdays thru March 23. The Western Queens Compost Initiative will turn them into nutrient-rich compost. No meat, dairy, bones, or oily foods, please.

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.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


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