Get details on fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens this May, including the annual Mamas Expo in Flushing, the return of the Big Apple Circus to Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, the 2013 Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, and more.
The Mamas Expo
New York Hall of Science, Flushing
Despite the name, The Mamas Expo is as much for children—ages newborn to 6—as it is for parents. This year’s expo, the third annual, will be jam-packed with parent workshops, products for purchase, shopping discounts, and activities for kids. You can sample kid-friendly treats and gather information and giveaways from services and specialists in Queens and throughout NYC. There will be a designated play areas for the kids, musical performances, puppet shows, book signings, and more.
NYRR Youth Jamboree
Icahn Stadium, Randalls Island
At the NYRR Youth Jamboree, kids as young as 4 can experience all the fun of a track and field competition—no experience necessary. In this daylong event, kids in pre-K through high school will participate in races ranging from 55 to 800 meters as well as relays, long jump, and shot put events. First-, second-, and third-place finishers will receive ribbons, and all other finishers will receive participation ribbons. Online registration is strongly recommended.
Girl Scout Cookies Pop-Up
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bellerose
May 2-9 (select dates)
Want to help a girl build a lifetime of skills and confidence while supporting the largest girl-led business in the country? At the Girl Scout Cookies Pop-Up, you can support the Girl Scouts and indulge your sweet tooth too. Buying Girl Scout cookies is more than just handing over money for a box. It’s about the skills the girls gain while running their own business and working with others. Can’t decide between the Samoas, Thin Mints, or Trefoils? Get a box of each—after all, the cookie sale only happens once a year! (And thankfully, these yummy treats freeze well.)
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Paul Taylor Dance Company
Queens Theatre, Flushing
The audience buzzes with electricity, then hushes as the house goes dark. The music begins, the curtain rises, and the lights come up on some of the world’s greatest dancers. When the Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to the borough, lovers of modern dance will by captivated by the troupe’s creativity and innovative style.
Storybook Discovery: Get Caught Reading
Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing
Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” During Storybook Discovery: Get Caught Reading, little ones will have fun traveling through their imaginations and discovering the joys of learning from their favorite books. Bring your own book or borrow one from the museum’s collection. Then make a bookmark to take home.
Big Apple Circus Presents 'Dream Big'
Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows
Travel back to when circus traditions were born, and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days when the Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big. Watch artists from around the world perform spectacular feats, laugh along with the hijinks of hilarious clowns, and enjoy the antics of magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats, and more.
Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade
Parade begins at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Little Neck
Marching bands, floats, military troops, and lots of flag waving will be the order of the day during the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. One of the largest holiday parades in the country (now in its 87th year), drawing an estimated 80,000 spectators and participants to Northeast Queens, the parade is a wonderful tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. Honorary Grand Marshals this year include Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and Borough President Helen Marshall.
An interfaith service will be held at 10am at the Community Church of Little Neck (46-16 Little Neck Parkway), followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Monument and Flagpole (Alameda Avenue and Northern Boulevard).
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