Looking for fun and affordable things to do with your kids in Queens this March? We've got details on the 10 not-to-be-missed family events in the borough this month, including outdoor events that celebrate spring, cultural concerts and theater, and the Ringling Bros. return.
Begins March 3
Dickens on Stage
Oliver!, the heartwarming story of a tough-as-nails orphan boy, is one of Charles Dickens’ most memorable works. To celebrate the beloved author’s 200th birthday, Theatre by the Bay will feature seven performances of Oliver! this month, with children from Queens and Long Island comprising half of the 50-member cast. The theater is also hosting a food drive and encourages audience members to bring non-perishable food items to the show to be donated to City Harvest. Saturdays and Sundays, March 3-25, 3pm and 8:30pm. Each Sunday matinee performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast.
The Magic of Learning
The Magic School Bus’s Ms. Frizzle and her students are learning about global warming, and they want you to join the adventure. The students need some cold, hard facts, and the Friz and her reptilian sidekick Liz know just where to find them. Join them in The Magic School Bus – Live! for a whirlwind musical tour from the Arctic to the equator. See telltale signs of climate change and learn how conservation, recycling, and alternative energy can make a difference. Recommended for ages 5-8.
The Circus Returns
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons brings together circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth to celebrate the Chinese New Year through astonishing acts of athleticism. The show includes Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, charging Cossack riders, magnificent Asian elephants, fierce tigers, and frenzied feats in the Globe of Steel, all of which will pay tribute to the dragon. The show opens with an all-access preshow (available to all ticket holders), where families can join host Andre McClain to learn juggling and balancing skills, get performer autographs, see one of the Ringling Bros.’s Asian elephant’s paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, and meet the Ringling Bros. clowns.
See Tom Wopat, the star of stage shows like "Guys and Dolls" and TV programs like "Cybill," perform Broadway hits of the ‘40s and ‘50s at Queens Theatre.
Want to know how ballerinas dance on their toes or spin in place without getting dizzy? Curious about how many years of training it takes to become a ballet dancer? Those questions and more will be answered at Beauty of Ballet, when the world-famous School of American Ballet (the official academy of the New York City Ballet) returns to Queens Theatre for its second year to introduce children to—you guessed it—the beauty of ballet. A member of the school’s faculty and advanced students will illustrate how talented youngsters develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. They will present examples of advanced classroom training exercises and excerpts from notable classical ballets like The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. Suggested for ages 4 and older. FREE!
Introduce the kids to a new culture as you take a folk-style musical journey through Mexico and South America with Tlen-Huicani at Queens Theatre.
There's nothing better than welcoming the start of spring after a long winter. Throughout the month of March, several Queens venues are giving families the opportunity to do just that. Click here for a list of our outdoor favorites.