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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly May 8, 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!

Reading for Fun - Laurelton Library
May 08, 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.

Knights of Queens - Queens Village Library
May 08, 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.

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
May 08, 2013 - Laurelton

Real leaders are made not born. Learn to be a leader at this program for children in grades 3-6.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
May 08, 2013 - Old Westbury

Tai Chi, a unique form of "moving meditation" calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Sessions taught by professional Tai Chi instructor, Linda Cafiero, are designed for all experience levels.

Sunnyside Piano Academy - Sunnyside Reformed Church
May 08, 2013 - Sunnyside

In this open studio, kids can 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."

A Reptile 'Edventure' - Corona Library
May 09, 2013 - Corona

Join Erik Callender in this fun-filled educational experience for children ages 6 and up that allows participants the unique opportunity to see, touch, and learn about some of the world's most fascinating creatures.

Kids Club - Hillcrest Library
May 09, 2013 - Flushing

Kids Club is just for you: a free, fun program that offers something new and different to do for children ages 8-12.

Mother's Day Craft - Queens Village Library
May 09, 2013 - Queens Village

Kids can show off their creativity and their love for Mom, by making her a beautiful craft in honor of her special day.

Origami Math Games with Karen Wellington - East Elmhurst Library
May 09, 2013 - East Elmhurst

Paper folding meets game playing! Origami not only helps clarify math concepts and impresses teachers, but is lots of fun and creative, too. Kids will complete a different game to take home. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

Girl Scout Cookies Pop-Up - Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 09, 2013 - Bellerose

Have a craving for Samoas or Thin Mints? If so, don't miss the chance to get delicious cookies at this pop-up shop while supporting a local Girl Scout troop. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls who participate. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls develop five essential skills that help them become strong leaders, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program in New York City remain in the five boroughs and fund the Girl Scout Leadership Experience locally. Revenue from the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides approximately 43% of the operating budget for Girl Scouts of Greater New York - so don't miss the chance to get delicious cookies while supporting your local Girl Scout troop! About the Girl Scouts of Greater New York The Girl Scouts of Greater New York (GSGNY) is New York City's largest girls-only leadership development program, reaching 26,500 girls ages 5 to 17 in every zip code of the five boroughs, two-thirds of which come from low-income homes. GSGNY serves girls in public and private schools, public housing, transitional housing, and community-based organizations with the help of over 9,000 volunteers. ,

Young Leaders Institute of Laurelton - Laurelton Library
May 10, 2013 - Laurelton

Real leaders are made not born. Learn to be a leader at this program for children in grades 3-6.

Rhododendron Sale - Old Westbury Gardens
May 10, 2013 - Old Westbury

Members of American Rhododendron Society-New York will sell rhododendrons and azaleas, answer questions and provide tips.

Cirque Du Soleil: Totem - CitiField-Lot C
May 10, 2013 - Flushing

The mission of Cirque du Soleil is to invoke the imagination, provokethe senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. The world's most famous circus traces the human species from its amphibian state to its human desire to fly. Characters evolve on stage. This production traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, this show illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. The word "totem" contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly --like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Picture Book Time - North Forest Park Library
May 10, 2013 - Forest Hills

Enjoy stories and coloring in this program for children ages 4-5 and their caregivers.

Craft Time-Ozone Park - Ozone Park Library
May 10, 2013 - Ozone Park

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

Mother's Day Story and Craft - Douglaston/Little Neck Library
May 10, 2013 - Little Neck

Children ages 2-5 years and their parent or adult caregiver will listen to stories, sing songs, do fingerplays and make a special gift for mother or grandmother. Preregistration is required. The program will last 45 minutes.

Design a Mother's Day Bracelet - Central Library
May 10, 2013 - Jamaica

Yvette Powell guides children age 8 and up through the process of designing and making a bracelet as a Mother's Day gift. All materials will be provided, including a gift box in which to take the bracelet home. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

11th Annual Kite Making Workshop - Socrates Sculpture Park
May 11, 2013 - Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum present this annual kite event. Using recycled materials, children and their families draw inspiration from the Park's fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline to build and decorate kites, then fly them in the Park. (Rain or Shine). This season artist Miguel Luciano will lead a workshop centered on Caribbean kite traditions. Participants will produce handmade paper kites, personalizing them with text and graphics, which form poems or personal statements in the sky that explore ideas of flying, freedom, and community.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party - New York Botanical Garden
May 11, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate the opening of the Native Plant Garden and treat mom to a beautiful green retreat. Play lawn games such as badminton and croquet, fly a kite, and have a picnic among the Garden's spectacular spring color. A professional photographer will be on hand to snap pictures for you to take home. Kids can enjoy hands-on nature activities and create a greeting card for the occasion. Live musical accompaniment provided.

Let's Hear It For Queens - FSF Community Theatre Group
May 11, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy this original multi-media musical in tribute to the history and people of the most diversified place on earth. Featuring a multi-generational, multi-ethnic cast of nearly three dozen actors/singers/dancers, the show was written and directed by Queens resident Mark Lord, with original music by Joe Ferrante. Musical direction is by Paul L. Johnson. Choreography is by Amanda Montoni. The show tells the story of the borough's evolution from the early 1600's through the present, with highlights including a salute to some of the world-famous entertainers with roots in Queens, a series of monologues that bring to life memories of several individuals who remember what Queens was like way back when, and a special tribute to the FSF Community Theatre Group, celebrating its own 40th anniversary this season. This is a show that will entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
May 11, 2013 - 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.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Utopia Center
May 11, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

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

Annual Tap Extravaganza - Flushing Town Hall
May 11, 2013 - Flushing

Hoofers can bring their tap shoes and join the Tap Jam. Featured artists include: Dormesha Sumbry Edwards; Jason Samuels Smith; Omar Edwards; Baakari Wilder; Michelle Dorrance, Andrew Nemr,. Michela Lerman, Dance Captain; Frank Owens, Music Director.

Interactive Arts Drawing Workshop - Flushing Town Hall
May 11, 2013 - Flushing

Families can get in touch with their inner artist while exploring the work of Georgia O'Keeffe,with teaching artist Tina Seligman. Learn techniques for seeing and understanding shape relationships. This approach to drawing shapes interlocking-like puzzle pieces that will make any subject easy to draw. Classical music with nature sounds will be played while the participants are creating their masterpieces.

Mother's Day Floral Design - Old Westbury Gardens
May 11, 2013 - Old Westbury

Work alongside an on-site floral designer to help create an arrangement that Mom, Grandma, or any special lady will be happy to display. Using fresh flowers and modern design techniques, children will enjoy this hands-on program to create a one of a kind gift straight from the heart (includes materials). For ages 6?10. Registration required. Class size is limited so register early.

Talk & Tours: Bulb Show - Old Westbury Gardens
May 11, 2013 - Old Westbury

Discover the spring bulb displays of the Walled Garden and Cottage Garden with Walled Garden Supervisor Kim Johnson.

Rhododendron Sale - Old Westbury Gardens
May 11, 2013 - Old Westbury

Members of American Rhododendron Society-New York will sell rhododendrons and azaleas, answer questions and provide tips.

Hands-on History: A Garden for Mary - King Manor Museum
May 11, 2013 - Jamaica

Mary and Rufus King both loved the gardens of King Manor. Help plant a vegetable garden at the museum in honor of Mary -- come back and watch the vegetables grow throughout the summer. Participants will learn about plants, enjoy listening to stories about gardens, and make thier own compostable flowerpot -- they even get to plant seeds in it so they can grow their own flowers or beans at home.

Mother's Day Weekend Picnic in the Garden - Queens Botanical Garden
May 11, 2013 - Flushing

Take Mom to lunch on her special day. Pack a picnic basket or a brown-bag lunch and spend a delightful afternoon in the Crabapple Orchard of the Arboretum, then stay to stroll through the Garden. Please: No barbeques, tents, or similar items.

Animal Care Trainee - Alley Pond Environmental Center
May 11, 2013 - Douglaston

This program teaches children ages 8-12, about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning, and learning all about the needs of Apec's animals. Come and enjoy the experience of being a caretaker and have a snack and get a certificate. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mom - Wave Hill
May 11, 2013 - Bronx

Honor Mom with paper flowers and unique floral gifts, including fragrant sachets filled with lavender, tied with ribbon and bows, and decorated with buds and other natural material. Admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Birds in the Web of Life - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
May 11, 2013 - Broad Channel

What wild birds help prevent people from getting sick? What birds act like farmers? Hear how common birds of the refuge benefit humans and the rest of the ecosystem on this family friendly bird walk. A small number of binoculars available to borrow, but participants should bring their own if they have them.

Playland Opening Day - Rye Playland
May 11, 2013 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 11. The fun gets underway with a parade and entertainment beginning at 11am and rides opening at noon. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admissions go on sale at 10:30am. The opening celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11am, followed by the traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by local dignitaries, staff, and Playland's mascot, Coaster the Dragon. Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Unique, science-based entertainment will leave children and their families laughing and mesmerized at "Mad About Science," the featured act in Kiddyland for two shows at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Playland's Kiddyland DJ will also entertain with the "Play it DJ" show, in four performances at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 6pm. Kids will move, groove, and be smooth as the DJ plays their favorite dance tunes. Admission Prices: - $15 Weekends: May 11, 12, 18 and 19: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48") - Starting Friday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48") Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 18.

Young Chefs - Pasta Primavera - Alley Pond Environmental Center
May 11, 2013 - Douglaston

Spring is in the air so there is nothing better than fresh garden vegetables and pasta. Young Chefs ages 7-12, will enjoy cooking during this class. All materials included. Pre-registration required.

Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 23, 2013 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites! Admission Prices: - $15 Weekends: May 11, 12, 18 and 19: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48") - Starting Friday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48") Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.

Butterflies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Come to the Inner Lobby and design your own beautiful butterfly with assorted materials to ?flutter? through your garden. This program runs through May 31.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and view the mixed media artwork created by students from Columbus Avenue School in Freeport. This exhibit runs through May 31.

KaleidoZone - Feeling Colors with de Kooning - Long Island Children's Museum
Through June 05, 2013 - Garden City

View abstract paintings inspired by the famous artist Willem de Kooning created this year by local children in two different programs at LICM. Artists explored the design and rhythm of line, plus the sound, feel, and story of color to create the artwork you see on display. This exhibit runs through June 5.

Spectacle: The Music Video - Museum of the Moving Image
Through June 16, 2013 - Astoria

This groundbreaking exhibition explores music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture and is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date. Spectacle highlights the form's place at the forefront of creative technology, its role in pushing the boundaries of innovative production, its important role as an experimental sandbox for filmmakers, and its lasting effects on popular culture globally. The exhibition features more than 300 videos, presented alongside artifacts and interactive experiences, and will be installed in the Museum's 4,000 sq.-ft. changing exhibitions gallery, amphitheater gallery, and other spaces.

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.

Family Swim - Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens
Through June 22, 2013 - Astoria

Bring the family out every Saturday and make a splash at the wonderful Aquatic Center! Family swim is a great way for the family to have fun and/or exercise. Come and spend quality time together, and enjoy the water toys!

Classic Cinema Screenings - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through June 30, 2013 - Astoria

Enjoy daily 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. From May 1 through June 30, see selected episodes of The Muppet Show, with a new special guest host each week.

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!


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