This Weekend's Kids & Family Activities in Queens


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Your options are limitless if you're looking for fun and educational family and kids weekend activities in Queens. Whether your child enjoys animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have a few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Children's Storytime - Barnes and Noble-Forest Hills
January 15, 2014 - Forest Hills

Reading makes mornings fun. Staff from B&N Booksellers will read stories that are appropriate for all ages, and then lead the children in a fun and creative related activity.

Smartphone Use for Teens - Flushing Library
January 15, 2014 - Flushing

Being smart is more than just having the phone. Teens will learn healthy smartphone use and proper smartphone etiquette through videos, discussion and a fun Jeopardy quiz.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
January 15, 2014 - Garden City

Every day people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join in each week and explore the lives and daily routines of a different community helper. Children will build on their vocabulary as they are introduced to job-specific words through songs and activities. Each class will include a hands-on, themed activity to reinforce information shared during class. For children 3-5 years.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 15, 2014 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving.

Food Bank For NY - Campus Pantry
January 15, 2014 - Jackson Heights

Make a direct impact on the lives of hungry children and families in the Queens community during these monthly grocery distributions at high need public schools in New York City. Each child leaves the Meals for Minds pantry with 30 pounds of groceries: enough food for 25 meals and a chance at a full future. Volunteers help sort food, set up food stations, provide friendly service and put food directly into the hands of those in need.

Open Mic Poetry Night - Barnes and Noble Utopia Center
January 16, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

All are welcome to share their original works, read their favorite poems and support and cheer for aspiring new poets or famous invitees. Join multi-talented host Susan Xia Yang Horiuchi for an exciting, unforgettable evening.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 16, 2014 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 8-14, can try their hand at acting, and perform in a live show especially for kids. Budding actors, musicians, scenery artists, sound effects techs, and stagehands are needed. Weekly meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Circle of Friends - Glen Oaks Library
January 16, 2014 - Glen Oaks

A morning of fun for children ages 3-5. A variety of fun-filled activities include listening to stories, singing songs and doing arts and crafts.

Zumba Fitness Fun - Windsor Park Library
January 16, 2014 - Bayside

Explore dance and movement to the sound of international music with Lauren Singer. Steps will be broken down so that all ages can join the Zumba party. Please wear shoes you can move in. Space is limited and preregistration is required by calling or visiting the library. This program is for children age 5 and up.

Financial Aid in a Nutshell - LeFrak City Library
January 16, 2014 - Corona

College bound teens can benefit from this seminar presented by the Lefrak City College Club. Learn the the ins and outs of applying for financial aid and gain insight into the steps to can take towards enrolling in college.

Storytime Series for Toddlers - North Forest Park Library
January 17, 2014 - Forest Hills

In this program children ages 14-30 months and their caregivers sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. (Note: Families may attend the toddler OR preschooler Storytime program, not both. Families with a mix of ages are encouraged to attend the preschool program.)

Storytime Series for Preschoolers - North Forest Park Library
January 17, 2014 - Forest Hills

Children ages 31 months-5 years and their caregivers are sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. (Note: Families may attend the toddler OR preschooler Storytime program, not both.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
January 17, 2014 - Garden City

Every day people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join in each week and explore the lives and daily routines of a different community helper. Children will build on their vocabulary as they are introduced to job-specific words through songs and activities. Each class will include a hands-on, themed activity to reinforce information shared during class. For children 3-5 years.

Reading Partners Program - PS 86
January 17, 2014 - Jamaica

Be Someone's Hero. Reading Partners empowers volunteers like to become leaders in their communities by helping struggling readers succeed. Meet one-on-one with a reading partner to help him or her develop strong literacy skills and discover a passion for reading. With no prior experience in the classroom, volunteers can change a child's life. Be someone's hero. Over the past decade, volunteers have helped more than 10,000 students become confident readers by using the Reading Partners curriculum. Volunteer tutors make a huge impact in the lives of their reading partners. By sharing their passion and knowledge, tutors become mentors, friends, and heroes to their students. Have fun. Change a life. Tutoring in the Reading Partners program helps a child develop a life skill. By working one-on-one with a struggling reader, voluteers will help a student strengthen their literacy skills, build confidence, and discover that reading can be fun.

Gallery Talks - The Noguchi Museum
January 17, 2014 - Long Island City

In keeping with Noguchi's interest in the visitor's personal experience of the Museum, participants will be encouraged to share their observations and interpretations throughout the course of the tour. Reservations are not required. On the first Fridays and second Sundays of the month gallery talks are also available in Japanese.

Storytime - Barnes and Noble Utopia Center
January 18, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

To quote a line from Dr. Seuss..."Oh the places you'll go!" Kids can travel the world through reading, parents can foster the love of reading in their children. Each week different authors and themes will be featured. A wonderful parent-child activity, with something for everyone.

Open Play - Chilibeans Party Place
January 18, 2014 - Hempstead

Games, fun, entertainment. Perfect for a family with kids to get together with friends. Call to reserve spot.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
January 18, 2014 - Long Island City

Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

Family Art Project: Mapping Freedom - Wave Hill
January 18, 2014 - Bronx

As was the practice during the era of the Underground Railroad, draw a secret map of the places you want to go. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King - and with a nod toward traditional African American quilts - transfer the maps to muslin and decorate them with cloth, yarn, and felt to embellish your own personal dream of freedom. Admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Winter Workspace Workshop: Color in the Garden - Wave Hill
January 18, 2014 - Bronx

Winter Workspace artist Cheryl Molnar's creative process explores the winter landscape as a source of inspiration. The artist demonstrates how collage can be used to discover the basic principles of color. Then, using found images of plants, flowers, stone, and wood, create color combinations for the garden while making mixed-media collages. Art materials are provided, but participants may bring their own magazine clippings. Workshop is open to all visitors ages 12 and older when accompanied by an adult. Registration required, online at, onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x251. Free with admission to the grounds.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 18, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

Animal Adaptations ? Bird Brains! - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 18, 2014 - Douglaston

Calling all scientists! Kids ages 8-12 can be a part of the Young Discovers Club. Birds come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. These variations are adaptations to their environment. Come learn why adaptations are important for birds. See how wonderfully birds are designed to live and feed where they do, realize that being called a bird brain is a compliment after this class is through! Kids can put on their thinking caps and answer important environmental questions with fun and easy experiments. Learn about the environment through studies and tests, some can be done with simple household supplies. Snack included.

Star Safari - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 18, 2014 - Douglaston

Join professor/astronomer Mark Freilich for an exciting evening of star gazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebular, the Pleiades Star Cluster, and Deep Space Phenomenon. This program includes an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy, fun and games followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Dress warm! While this is an adult program, children ages 9 and up are welcome to attend as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Funded in part by Capital One Bank. To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops the venue reserves the right to cancel if the weather forecast calls for rain.

Nature Nook - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 18, 2014 - Douglaston

Families, don't let the barren trees and chilly weather keep you inside! Make the most of the short daylight hours, bundle up and hit the trails. See the sun glitter through the snow-lined branches and observe the birds and squirrels in peaceful, bug-free silence. This might not be the way people are used to enjoying the park, the plants and animals also adapt to the colder temperatures and lack of food through hibernation, migration and other strategies. Snowshoe rabbits even turn white to camouflage in the snow. Most of the park's trees are deciduous, which means they shed their leaves, which then decay and become hummus on the forest floor. The trees themselves stand dormant as they endure frigid temperatures and strong winds. Conifers, or evergreens, are better suited to cold weather. Their waxy, cutin-coated needles last two or three years and help retain water, so they don't dry out. Squirrels, owls, wood ducks, and songbirds take refuge from severe weather beneath the needles of conifers and within the cavities of hardwoods. Other animals take shelter in holes, logs,under rocks, leaves or underground. Chipmunks and other rodents dig tunnels to store food and hibernate. Trees and bushes produce hearty fruits and nuts to help animals survive the winter, such as crab apples and berries. Some animals gather extra food in the fall, store it for the winter, while some spend the season nibbling on moss, twigs and bark. And though many birds are known for flying south, some stick around. Cardinals, blue jays, woodpeckers, chickadees, and gold finches stay and feed off the thickets of berry bushes in the park. Keep an ear out for bird calls and an eye out for animal tracks in the snow when walking in this local winter wonderland!

Bear Necessities - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 18, 2014 - Douglaston

What is necessary for polar bears to live in the ice and snow? Children ages 5-6 will study polar bears and find out. Learn the bear facts through story time, experiments, a craft and more. This program includes a snack, live animals, (sorry no polar bears), and a nature walk (weather permitting). Participants must be toilet trained. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

Rev. Martin Luther King Youth Day - Brooklyn Public Library, central branch
January 18, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Celebrate Dr. King's legacy with readings and performances by young poets and music from the Noel Pointer Foundation.

The 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Scholarship Breakfast - First Baptist Church - Fellow Hall
January 18, 2014 - East Elmhurst

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, this memorial and ecumenical event provides college scholarships to students in the Queens community. In an attempt to keep the dream alive, and youth aware of the mighty works of Dr. King in his attempt to "eradicate racism and bring about justice, students are required to submit an essay theme, on various events of the Life of Dr. King, or the events of the Civil Rights Movement. The program features greetings from community orginations, an Afro centric dance salute to Dr. King, music and more. The winners of the essay contest will read their submission- 29 Years of Keeping The Dream Alive.

Superstorm Sandy Recovery Saturdays - World Cares Center Far Rockaway VCRC
January 18, 2014 - Far Rockaway

Volunteer to help Sandy survivors return to safe and healthy homes! World Cares Center's mission is to empower communities through disaster response training, support, and coordination. Build hands-on and leadership skills by volunteering to gut and remove mold from homes affected by Sandy. WCC will provide the tools, training, and safety gear to make a difference in the lives of Sandy survivors. Volunteer schedules are flexible, Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Visit the website for more information or register to volunteer!

Deconstructed Flowers - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 25, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in this exhibit, a series of intricate photographs that pull out the detailed beauty of flowers, using a special technique that layers several photographs into a single picture for a view of amazing depth. Dr. Stein's work as the former chairman of surgery at Flushing Hospital instilled a dedication to the importance of detail. Since his retirement from the medical profession, his interest in photography has intensified. Studying at the International Center of Photography, and with several professionals he has garnered a renewed focus on the technical and visual aspects, and adapted a style that allows him to create photographs that express many aspects of a flower at the same time. "There are many features of flowers that are beautiful and interesting, but each individual photograph can only show a single element of the flower". Unhappy with losing the depth and beauty of his subject, Stein focused on pulling out the dimensional presence of the flower. "This meant taking multiple photographs and merging then into a single montage. I then allowed the flower to grow more naturally over the image's matting. The end result is a floral image that shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image." Dr. Stein's prize-winning photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the Northeast, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Salmagundi Club, The Mamaroneck Artist Guild, and other galleries in New York. His photographs can also be found in commercial establishments and in numerous private collections. The exhibit will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm, thur Jan 25, 2014 and is free to the public. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

LICM & Plaza Theatrical present �Go, Dog. Go!� - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 26, 2014 - Garden City

P.D. Eastman�s classic beginner book "Go, Dog. Go!" comes to life on the LICM stage. Singing, dancing and plenty of humor surround Red Dog, Blue Dog, Green Dog and Yellow Dog. Watch these dogs at work and play, going in and going out, moving over the water and under the water and asking and answering that important question, "Do you like my hat?" The story is adapted for the stage by Steven Dietz and Allison Gregory with music by Michael Koerner. This event runs through January 26.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through April 27, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.