Kid-Friendly Concerts and Musical Activities in Queens in June
By Gail Warren

Kid-Friendly Concerts and Musical Activities in Queens in June

June 2, 2017   |   Upcoming Events  

Music lovers, have fun with local kid-friendly concerts and musical activities for kids in Queens this June. Enjoy the music of Lake Street Drive, a jazz jam, and more!

Hip Pickles FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Jun. 1, 6pm
WHERE: Forest Park - Mary Whalen Playground, Park Lane South and 79th Street, Woodhaven, NY
WHAT: Enjoy the dynamic sounds of the interactive Drum Band.
WANT TO GO? 718-235-4100.

Jazz at Socrates FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Jun. 1, 6:30pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY
WHAT: René McLean is a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, band leader, educator, and producer. He has performed and recorded Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton, and is on the faculty of the Jackie McLean Institute at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
WANT TO GO? 718-956-1819.

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Sbongiseni Duma
WHEN: Sunday, Jun. 4, 2-3pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY
WHAT: When singer, songwriter, dancer, and choreographer Sbongiseni Duma takes the stage, he transports audience members to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. “Bongi” is joined by an ensemble that features African djembe drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass for a family-friendly performance that explores the unique features of South African music.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors and children ages 2-17; free with registration. 718-699-0005.

The New York Pops Plays the Music of John Williams
WHEN: Thursday, Jun. 8, 7:30pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, NY
WHAT: A magical evening under the stars featuring the musicians of the orchestra in some of the most popular music ever written for the silver screen.
WANT TO GO? $22.50 and up.

Suzuki on the Island
WHEN: Saturday, Jun. 10, 3pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
WHAT: The annual outdoor concert featuring students from all classes.
WANT TO GO? $12; $10 seniors; $7 children ages 7-17; free for children younger than 7. 516-333-0048.

Astoria Big Band Concert: 'Women Composers of Popular Music' FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jun. 10, 7-9pm
WHERE: Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, NY
WHAT: The 16-piece Astoria Big Band led by Carol Sudhalter, featuring Marti Mabin, vocalist, highlight the works of women composers of popular music from Bernice Petkere to Kay Swift and Linda Presgrave.
WANT TO GO? 718-426-5997.

Community Concerts for Kids FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jun. 10, 11am
WHERE: The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, NY
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: The first concert in a new series devoted entirely to children and their families. The June concert "Piano Concoctions," hosted by Barbara Podgurski and Beata Moon, explores the ways composers of past and present create for the piano.
WANT TO GO? 718-894-2178.

The World Is Sound
WHEN: Jun. 16 - Sep. 30, Mondays and Thursdays, 11am-5pm; Wednesdays, 11am-9pm; Fridays, 11am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: The Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea, NY
WHAT: A brand new exhibit where visitors will explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. Featuring work by over 20 artists the exhibit features both on site commissions juxtaposed with historical objects from the museum's collection. The museum itself will be turned into a musical instrument and visitors will be able to participate.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 students and seniors; free for children younger than 12. 212-620-5000.

Make Music NY Presents: Porch Stomp FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jun. 17, see website for schedule
WHERE: Governors Island, Nolan Park, Ferries leave from various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, see website for details, New York Harbor, NY
WHAT: Porch Stomp invites more than 60 bands, artists, and performing arts organizations to utilize the historic porches of Nolan Park as a pulpit for performance and education, highlighting artistry ranging from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass, and Americana.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200.

Music and Movement
WHEN: Wednesday, Jun. 21, 11:30am
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Enjoy creative movement exercises and interactive sing-alongs that get little bodies moving to the rhythm.
WANT TO GO? $3 with museum admission: $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 516-224-5800.

Make Music New York FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Jun. 21, see website for times
WHERE: Various venues citywide, see website for addresses, New York, NY
WHAT: Celebrate midsummer day with a festival of 1,000 plus free concerts and music participation in public spaces throughout the five boroughs.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jun. 24, 7pm
WHERE: Socrates Sculpture Park, 2-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY
WHAT: Soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, and baritone Hyung Yun perform favorite arias and duets in this program presented by the Met Opera with pianist Dan Saunders.
WANT TO GO? 212-360-8172.

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