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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-OCT 7

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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!

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
October 07, 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.

History Lecture - King Manor Museum
October 07, 2012 - Jamaica

Author Sarah Rose will discuss her best-seller "For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History." Tea tasting afterward with Harney & Sons Tea Co. Reservations only.

The RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 07, 2012 - Old Westbury

See over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens. The RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Advanced tickets are required. Tickets are valid for specific dates and times.

Apple Festival - Queens County Farm Museum
October 07, 2012 - Floral Park

Families will learn fun apple facts at this delightful event. A large variety of apples, apple products, and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation's largest apple cobbler will be baked on site. Vendors will have a variety of collectibles for sale, food, hayrides, and free children's games will make this event fun for all ages.

Open Studio - Found Objects - The Noguchi Museum
October 07, 2012 - Long Island City

Families are encouraged to explore the galleries and then make art in the Education Room in response to their experience. Educators are present to discuss gallery connections, introduce materials, and assist with art making. Price includes museum admission and materials.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin - Queens County Farm Museum
October 07, 2012 - Floral Park

A fun farm treat for the whole family. October is pumpkin month at the Farm Museum. Families can enjoy wandering through the pumpkin patch to find their favorite pumpkin. Price of the pumpkin is based on pumpkin size.

Family Art Project: Sailing the Sky - Wave Hill
October 07, 2012 - Bronx

Look for migrating hawks soaring, circling and gliding above the Hudson, then create a windsock or raptor and take flight.

Concerts at Central: Shusmo - Central Library
October 07, 2012 - Jamaica

Families can enjoy a concert by this NY band playing innovative and original music using a wide range of influences, with Arabic music at its core. Their versatile repertoire blends different genres and winds past all the barriers dividing Arabic maqam from down-and-dirty funk, Latin spark, and swinging jazz.

Legend Celebration - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
October 07, 2012 - Tarrytown

Spend a haunt-filled day at the homestead of Washington Irving, creator of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." There will be ghost stories, live musicians, magicians, puppeteers, a spooky mime scarecrow, old-fashioned games, tasty treats, hands-on activities like make-your-own scarecrow, and tours of the house where Irving lived until his death in 1859. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
October 07, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Performances on the hour. Admission for this 45-minute performance are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 (phone prices include $2/ticket surcharge).

Horseman's Hollow - Philipsburg Manor
October 07, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Note: This event is NOT suitable for small children, or for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 (phone prices include $2/ticket surcharge).

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
October 07, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest Halloween event returns for 22 nights. Meander through an 18th-Century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns! Tens of thousands of visitors saw last year's sold out Blaze. The elaborate walk-through event features original, atmospheric music, sound effects, and synchronized lighting. Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love, and emerge to the incredible sight of a gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Box springing up and bouncing around. Flying pumpkin ghosts soar above the lantern-lit path. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 (phone prices include $2/ticket surcharge).

Bella Vista - Dance from Pacific Coast of Colombia - Flushing Town Hall
October 07, 2012 - Flushing

Families and dance lovers, may enjoy this contemporary dance piece in memory of the 10th anniversary of the massacre in Bojaya, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. The dance seeks to tell this sad history while also celebrating the strength of the survivors and life itself. Daniel Fetecua Soto does this by incorporating traditional dances and rhythms from the Pacific Coast of Colombia, with modern and contemporary dance.

Children's Garden Fall Sessions - Queens Botanical Garden
October 07, 2012 - Flushing

The leaves changing color doesn't signal the end of discovery at QBG. Chilren ages 5-12, can help the birds stay warm this winter by making a bird house, and enjoy a bird walk, and will take home an autumn plant.

The Amazing Maize Maize - Queens County Farm Museum
October 07, 2012 - Floral Park

Who knew getting lost could be fun? Families can enjoy the fun of getting lost and loving it at this three-acre interactive corn maze. The adventure begins with a "Stalk Talk" to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the maze.

Ridgewood Youthmarket - GrowNYC: Ridgewood Farmers Market
Through October 27, 2012 - Ridgewood

Families can support this special market,now in its fourth season. Youth from the Bushwick and Ridgewood community come out to this lively market each Saturday to sell fresh fruits and vegetables. Modeled after Greenmarket, Youthmarket is a unique solution to food access in NYC. GrowNYC purchases produce from Greenmarket farmers and trains young people from underserved areas of the city to operate a farm stand in their neighborhood as their own small business.

START (Story+Art) - Long Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2012 - Garden City

Kids listen to a different story each week that relates to the season. After the story, all little hands are on deck to create an art project in response to the story. Program runs through October 31.

Bronx Haunted Warehouse (formerly Nightmare: Z-Day) - Commerce Avenue
Through October 31, 2012 - Bronx

This dynamic, modern version of a classic zombie haunted house is bigger, badder, and scarier than before! With multiple new rooms and added scares and effects, this Haunted Warehouse promises to amp up the terrifying fear factor from last year's horrifying and much-raved-about debut. There will be plenty of screams as zombies chase you from every angle and surprise you in the most unexpected places. It's the Zombie Apocalypse, and it's time to put your survival skills to the test. Will you survive? Or will they eat your...braaaaaaiiiiiins?! Parents are strongly cautioned. This is an intense experience, not recommended for children younger than age 12. No children under age 10 will be admitted. Ages 14 and younger will be admitted only with a parent or guardian. Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 25, and 28 from 7-10pm; Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, and 31 from 7-11pm; October 7, 14, and 21 from 7-9pm.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House & The Terror Trail - Playland Amusement Park
Through October 31, 2012 - Rye

For the 2012 season, Scared by the Sound, a walk-through style, interactive haunted house, is expanding with two new Halloween-themed attractions combined on one additional ticket. Both are located outdoors in the area next to the original haunt. These are also walking experiences, but totally outdoors, unprotected from the elements (and lost wandering souls!). In The Demented Pumpkin Patch, intricately carved and lit gourds adorn a walking path which is closely guarded by its demented inhabitants. The Terror Trail sends visitors to wander through dark farmland, amongst the corn stalks. Approaching the entrance to the Slaughter House, one has no choice but to enter and witness in person the horror within. Although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Note: Tickets may be purchased online with a credit card; tickets purchased at the ticket booth located in the Playland Courtyard are cash only. An ATM is located a few steps from the ticket booth. Through October 31.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through October 31, 2012 - Bronx

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities including The Haunting at Habitat Mansion, Creepy Hollows Hayride, Hay Maze, Costume Parade, Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations and Display, musical performances, wildlife magic shows, craft workshops, and treat stations. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season and highlight wildlife like bats, snakes, and nocturnal animals. Note: some activities require an additional fee. Children 12 and under wearing a Halloween costume will receive free admission.

Fall Flyers - Long Island Children's Museum
Through October 31, 2012 - Garden City

Join in the fun as you design your own autumn-themed wind spinner using fun fall materials.

Great Neck Farmers Market: Open For Business - Village Green
Through November 01, 2012 - Great Neck

Looking for some fresh produce or eggs? For some pasta, tomato sauce, fresh baked breads and pies? Or maybe some locally made pickles or cheese? The Great Neck Farmers Market has a wide range of high-quality, locally-produced offerings. You can even purchase freshly made doggie treats. Call 516-487-2975, x 123 for more information.

Community Gallery -Presidents Helping Children - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 06, 2012 - Garden City

Explore the contributions 11 United States presidents have made to the advancements of child well-being over the last century in areas of nutrition, health, education and child safety in this exhibit developed by Every Child Matters. The exhibit features 30 photographs chosen from an international photo competition to draw attention to the plight of children. The exhibit runs through November 6, 2012.

Farmer's Market Friday - Queens Botanical Garden
Through November 16, 2012 - Flushing

Get fresh produce, nuts, coffee, and nut butters from the Farmer's Market! Every Friday through November 16 from 8:30am to 4pm on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street.

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.

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 frozen 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.

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.

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 Collage Asethetic of Louis Armstrong - Flushing Town Hall
Through December 28, 2013 - Flushing

Did you know that jazz great Louis Armstrong was an avid collage artist? Made for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, this exhibition features reproductions of some of the remarkable collages he created for his boxes of his audio tapes, and introduces audiences to this very public man who could turn his irrepressible creativity to arts other than music. This exhibit runs from Oct.6-Dec.28, 2013.


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