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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS

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by Directories Editor - Weekly July 3, 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!

MONTHLY JAZZ JAM - Flushing Town Hall
July 03, 2013 - Flushing

Open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, and music educators. Meet new contacts, hone your chops and jam each month with your peers. Open to the general public, first Wednesday each month.

Tai Chi in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
July 03, 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.

Making Books Sing- My City Park - Sunnyside Library
July 03, 2013 - Long Island City

When Milo finds out that his favorite city park is going to be torn down and replaced with a shopping mall, he seeks the help of his two best friends, Odessa the Owl and Bucky the Squirrel. Best for ages 3-10, this 45-minute educational performance featuring puppetry, original songs and audience participation teaches children the importance of shared community spaces. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

Toddler Story Time-Court Square - Court Square Library
July 03, 2013 - Long Island City

Fun,laughter, and learning. Enjoy reading picture books, singing songs, and more.

Beach Campfire - Jacob Riis Park
July 03, 2013 - Rockaway Park

Enjoy a National Park Service tradition, and kick off the Independence Day weekend with a beach campfire. Bring fixings for s'mores, and take part in the sing - along. Campers might even spy fireworks shows on Long Island, or in New Jersey. Bring a chair, or blanket.

Mets vs. Diamondbacks - Citi Field
July 03, 2013 - Flushing

Cheer on David Wright, Marlon Byrd and the Amazin's when they take on Kurt Gibson's Arizona Diamondbacks. Enjoy a special 4th of July fireworks celebration after the game.

Outdoor Cinema 2013 - Socrates Sculpture Park
July 03, 2013 - Long Island City

Relax, enjoy a movie, and celebrate the cultural diversity of our borough. This international film festival focuses on a different country or culture each week. Families can picnic on the grass and watch international films on an outdoor screen. Pre-screening performances begin at 7pm (weather permitting) Films begin at sunset. See website for film titles and descriptions.

Yoga in the Gardens - Old Westbury Gardens
July 04, 2013 - Old Westbury

Professional Kripalu Yoga instructor, Lorili Henry, will lead students through a dynamic, yet gentle, continuous flow of postures and conscious breathing. Participants must bring a yoga mat, yoga strap and towel.

Hot Jazz / Cool Garden - Louis Armstrong House Museum
July 04, 2013 - Corona

Celebrate Louis Armstrong's Birthday and America's Birthday when the Louis Armstrong House Museum as the Armstrong House kicks off its Hot Jazz / Cool Garden Summer Concert Series! Sample some of Louis' favorite foods -- red beans n' rice, sweet tea and birthday cake. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy Bria's Hot Five with Bria Skonberg in Louis's Garden. Advance Single Tickets: $18 and include Historic House Tour Pass (good for 6 months). Tickets can be purchased online at LouisArmstrongHouse.org. Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in NYC, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation." She recently earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists? Association nomination for ?Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year.? Bria got her start as a professional big band singer at age sixteen doubling on trumpet and has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist all over the world. Since arriving in New York two years ago she has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, and Dizzy's. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide adventure, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans grooves, featuring world percussion and contemporary soul influenced vocals. Her debut American release, SO IS THE DAY, peaked at #7 on the US National jazz charts and features an all-star ensemble including John Pizzarelli, Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon. Released on Random Act Records, 10% of album sales go to support the Jazz Foundation of America. She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages.

Independence Day Celebration - Fantasy Forest at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
July 04, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate Independence Day with Omar Ollusion. Enjoy magic shows at 2 and 4pm. A great way to spend the holiday.

4th of July Festival - Forest Park Carousel
July 04, 2013 - Woodhaven

The Circus is in town! Celebrate the holiday with Zabo's Circus Show.

Walk up and Paddle! - Riis Landing
July 04, 2013 - Rockaway

Kayak tryouts for kids ages 6 and up with an adult. Dress to get wet, bring water, sunscreen and a snack. Kayaks or canoes, personal floatation devices, paddles and instruction will be provided. No reservation required.

Mets vs. Diamondbacks - Citi Field
July 04, 2013 - Flushing

Cheer on David Wright, Marlon Byrd and the Amazin's when they take on Kurt Gibson's Arizona Diamondbacks. The first 25,000 fans entering the game receive a Met All-Star Gnome.

1861 Independence Day Celebration - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
July 04, 2013 - Old Bethpage

A re-creation of a Long Island July 4th celebration at the beginning of the Civil War, honoring the soldier recruits of the New York Volunteers. Festivities will include a National Patriotic Picnic (bring your own picnic lunch), band concerts and fiddle music, children's games, rifled-musket firings and a patriotic parade and ceremony.

Summertime Arts and Crafts - McGoldrick Library
July 05, 2013 - Flushing

Children ages 6-11, can show their creativity and have fun making summer crafts.

First Friday - The Noguchi Museum
July 05, 2013 - Long Island City

Art lovers can enjoy this program which includes "Center of Attention," an extended conversation around a single work of art, at 6pm, followed by series of short films curated by the Architecture and Design Film Festival. First Fridays also feature pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar.

Yoga Together - Wave Hill
July 05, 2013 - Bronx

Child and parent/caregiver practice fun yoga poses that build strength, increase flexibility and relax the body and mind in this class designed for children ages 3-5 years. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat if possible. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call 718-549-3200 x245 by 8am on class day for weather updates.

Summer Games - Peninsula Library
July 05, 2013 - Rockaway Beach

School's over, kid's yelling that they're bored. What's a family to do? Come to library to board games, and have a great time.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
July 06, 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!

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore - Utopia Center
July 06, 2013 - Fresh Meadows

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

Princess Particular - The Little Secret Theatre
July 06, 2013 - Long Island City

Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess? Can you imagine what it's like to be a princess, but want to be something else? Princess Particular can! This new musical starring Cari McHugh as Princess Particular, as well as Mary Lauren, Kimberly Wilpon, Lee Goffin-Bonenfant, Miranda Kahn, and more! Directed by Lena Moy-Bergen.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
July 06, 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.

Family Art Project: Pineapple Welcome Wishes - Wave Hill
July 06, 2013 - Bronx

The Family Art Project returns to its newly renovated space in the Kerlin Learning Center! Help inaugurate the new home by making a fancy, welcoming pineapple hat, and decorate it as you like. Event is free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend for the Target Free Welcome Home Weekend event.

Free Welcome Home Weekend - Wave Hill
July 06, 2013 - Bronx

Wave Hill House reopens to visitors this festive weekend, after a two-year renovation of this historic mansion. Built as a country home, Wave Hill House has a distinguished history that aligns closely with the garden's mission of helping people connect with the world of nature. Help celebrate the occasion with free activities for all ages, all weekend. Enjoy house tours, plein-air wellness, music, a collaborative quilting project, and an especially welcoming Family Art Project as it returns to Wave Hill House's Kerlin Learning Center. Naturally, you'll want to include the stunningly restored Cafe in your visit. In honor of the occasion, admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target. Call or visit the website for full schedule.

Live Music - Mary Courtney and Morning Star - Wave Hill
July 06, 2013 - Bronx

This Bronx-based trio delivers a lively mix of traditional Irish music and original songs that beguiles listeners with compelling grace and boundless energy, certain to lift your feet and your spirit. Admission to the grounds is free all weekend.

Cool Herbal Drinks - Wave Hill
July 06, 2013 - Bronx

Stop by the Mark Twain Room in Wave Hill House for a demonstration, and sample refreshing herbal beverages. Admission to the grounds is free all weekend.

Family Programs - Museum of Biblical Art
July 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

The museum hosts a family program on the first Saturday of every month. Registration is suggested but not required. The programs introduce kids ages 4-12 and their accompanying adults to artwork on view through thematic, interactive tours and art-making activities.

Sculpture Workshop: Upcycled Art - Socrates Sculpture Park
July 06, 2013 - Long Island City

Explore innovative art mediums and a variety of subject matter. Join artists Bernard Klevickas and Barbara Lubliner to make a collaborative sculpture while recycling plastic waste. Kids learn techniques to transform plastic bottles and scraps into sculptural elements that will become part of a beautiful, glistening hanging sculpture.

Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story - Mixed Media - Queens Botanical Garden
Through July 21, 2013 - Flushing

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can and illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery.

Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match - Old Bethpage Village Restoration- Fairgrounds
Through August 24, 2013 - Old Bethpage

Step back into the late 1800s and watch history come alive as cowboys saddle up and engage in a shooting match. Experience the excitement of the Old West and witness a fast action event in which cowboys with single action revolvers are scored on accuracy and time.

Swingin' with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball - Louis Armstrong House Museum
Through August 31, 2013 - Corona

Baseball was Louis Armstrong's favorite sport and he followed it passionately. A longtime Brooklyn Dodgers fan, Louis switched to the New York Mets in the late 60s, even attending the deciding game 5 of the 1969 World Series. This exhibit includes photos and artifacts exploring Louis's relationship with the game. Though a Mets and Dodgers fan, this exhibit features Louis's connections to the Yankees, namely through his manager, Joe Glaser, who was a legendary Yankee fan who attended nearly every home game. When Louis was mobbed by fans during a tour of Buenos Aires in 1957, he asked Glaser to have Yogi Berra send a catcher's mask to protect his "chops." Swingin' with the All Stars includes a photo of Louis in Yogi's mask! Includes Louis's handwritten list of "my four choice Dodger players at all times," a photo of Louis backstage with Dodgers Don Newcombe and Junior Gilliam, a rare Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald "baseball card" from Holland, and one of Louis's famed tape box collages featuring a photo of the trumpeter with New York Yankees Phil Rizzuto and Joe Collins. The exhibit also contains information about Louis's "Secret 9" baseball team. In the summer of 1931, Louis returned to New Orleans for the first time since leaving it for Chicago in 1922. While there, Armstrong took interest in a sandlot team, bought them brand new equipment and uniforms and renamed them "Armstrong's Secret 9." The exhibit will include a photo of the Secret 9, an advertisement for one of their games taken from one of Louis's oldest scrapbooks, and a humorous excerpt from an unpublished 1955 manuscript in which Armstrong details how the players were so proud of their new uniforms that they refused to slide and lost every game!

Design Zone - New York Hall of Science
Through September 01, 2013 - Flushing

Kids can create a video game, practice their DJ Skills, or build a roller coaster while exploring how each uses math and science. Find out how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to meet their design challenges. Price includes NYSCi admission.

Playland Amusement Park - Rye Playland
Through September 02, 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: - 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. 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.

Blue Star Museums - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 02, 2013 - Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden is pleased to participate in Blue Star Museums. This is a collaboration between National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Blue Star Military Families can enjoy the grounds and plant displays over the coming months. Check the website (www.queensbotanical.org) for special events, such as Summer Solstice on June 23rd and the evening concerts in our Music in the Garden series, to which they are warmly invited. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning. This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

Naturally Curious - New York Botanical Garden - Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 08, 2013 - Bronx

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, adventure abounds for kids of all ages with art and science activities such as mixing paints and creating science notebooks. Kids will discover their inner scientists and ask questions about the world. Each child will practice problem-solving skills before setting off on an adventure to find medicinal plants. In the tradition of the Renaissance, students will also use an album amicorum, or "Book of Memories," to record any plant observations or descriptions that they make during their visit.

GrowNYC Greenmarket - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through November 16, 2013 - Long Island City

This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities every Saturday. With workshops, yoga classes, exhibitions and stunning views, the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket is a great place to spend a Saturday morning. Shoppers will find a bountiful selection of seasonal produce from the Black Dirt region of Orange County, Mexican specialty produce from Richmond County, orchard fruit and juice, meat, poultry and eggs and multi-ethnic artisan breads. Free cooking demonstrations are held weekly featuring seasonal items from the market, and family friendly activities take place throughout the season.

Farmer's Market Fridays - Queens Botanical Garden
Through November 22, 2013 - Flushing

Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, coffee and nut butters from the Farmer's Market. Every Friday, June 21 through November 22, from 8:30am to 4pm, on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street, directly outside the Garden gates.

Grow NYC: Elmhurst Greenmarket - Elmhurst Hospital
Through November 26, 2013 - Elmhurst

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

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 22, 2013 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise—dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

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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