Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Queens! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Making plans for next weekend for your family? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam - Nassau Coliseum
January 26, 2013 - Uniondale
The event will feature some of the most powerful monster trucks on the circuit, including the legendary Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Advanced Auto Parts Grinder, El Toro Loco, Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit, Aftershock and more. This four-wheeled extravaganza features heart-pounding racing and unbelievable freestyle driving. Standing at 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, monster trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air. The Party in the Pits gives fans the opportunity to view the trucks up close and meet the drivers of the massive monster trucks.
Family Art Project: Give a Winter Bird a Home or a Feeder - Wave Hill
January 26, 2013 - Bronx
Using recycled materials like plastic bottles and juice cartons, learn how to make a bird home or feeder. Decorate it with natural materials to welcome in new feathery friends.
Langston Hughes in Harlem - Rochdale Village Library
January 26, 2013 - Jamaica
Celebrate the Harlem Renaissance with writer Langston Hughes in this one-person-dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes' poems and short stories featuring David Mills.
Pianist Jean Park in Concert - Forest Hills Library
January 26, 2013 - Forest Hills
Enjoy an afternoon of classical music. Distinguished and talented pianist Jean (Huang) Park presents a program of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Ligeti, and Liszt.
Snowfest - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 26, 2013 - Douglaston
Children between the ages of 5-6 can enjoy a day of fun in the "snow". Even if there is no snow outside, children will enjoy the pretend "snow" inside. Make a silly snowperson, do a craft, and have a snack, and sing songs, as well as do games live animals and a nature walk. Participants must be toilet trained. Limited to 12 participants. Pre-registration is required.
Dinosaur Storytime - Barnes and Noble - Utopia Center
January 26, 2013 - Fresh Meadows
Young children can enjoy a morning of fun listening to silly stories about dinosaurs. Staff will be reading titles such as Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen.
DOTTY DOT! - The Secret Theatre
January 26, 2013 - Long Island City
This musical delight, depicts a day in the life of a very bossy little girl and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play (which Dotty will OBVIOUSLY direct)! Filled with memorable songs, colorful characters and valuable lessons, this show can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
Batty for Blood - Long Island Children's Museum
January 26, 2013 - Garden City
What has small ears and a short tail, lives in the dark and has front teeth that are designed for cutting into skin to drink blood? Vampire bats. Explore the new exhibit, Attack of the Bloodsuckers, and join a workshop where you will learn about different species of vampire bats and how they feed. Then, make a friendly bat project. It may have you feeling like Dracula.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 26, 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.
All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - Bronx
Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, Jan. 1-27.
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.
Traveling Exhibit: Attack of the Bloodsuckers! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through February 03, 2013 - Garden City
Be the first to explore the science of what's eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition. Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem -- and how to keep them out of your system. Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to look a real leech in the mouth;
pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor;
receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick;
get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" — a buggy variation on Twister. The exhibit runs through February 3, 2013.
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.
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.
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.