Today's Family & Kids Activities in Queens-May 5

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!

The Mamas Expo - New York Hall of Science
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

The Mamas Expo is open to all parents, expectant moms, and children (newborn to age 6). Attendees will have unprecedented, insider access to some of the best local services, specialists, and products currently available for families in Queens and throughout New York City. From finding new local classes and schools to the best innovative products and retail stores, parents will receive an exclusive look at all of the new resources available. Expect free performances by Music Together, The Wildlife Conservation Society, and NYC Parks Marionette Theatre. There will also be free activities and crafts for kids, free food and drink samples, free financial services, free home improvement advice, free massage therapy mini sessions, and more. To purchase tickets in advance, go to

Open Studio: Collaboration: Color - The Noguchi Museum
May 05, 2013 - Long Island City

This arts education program encourages families to explore the galleries and to make art in response to their experiences. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

Book Signing with Lidia Bastianich - Barnes & Noble
May 05, 2013 - Bayside

Mama Mia! Welcome Lidia Bastianich as she signs copies of her new book. Looking for an intergenerational family story or just a fan of America's favorite Italian chef, Nonna's Birthday Surprise delivers a savory treat for all. It's Nonna Mima's birthday, and Nonna Lidia and her grandkids are determined to throw her a surprise feast! While planning the evening's menu, Nonna Lidia shares her memories of growing up on the farm during each season of the year, gardening her own fruits and vegetables, and being surrounded by animals of all kinds. After a trip to the farmers' market, Lidia and the kids prepare a pasta primavera, perfect for a family celebration! Ren�e Graef's warm, heartfelt illustrations capture Lidia Bastianich's love for her family and the food that they share. Included are eighteen recipes that emphasize the ingredients abundant during each season and the use of leftover ingredients, while "Kids Can" suggestions note ways that kids can participate in the making of the meals.

Native Plant Garden Opening Weekend - New York Botanical Garden
May 05, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate the opening of the newly designed Native Plant Garden, a showcase of the beautiful and diverse native plants of the Northeast region.

Let's Hear It For Queens - FSF Community Theatre Group
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

Enjoy this original multi-media musical in tribute to the history and people of the most diversified place on earth. Featuring a multi-generational, multi-ethnic cast of nearly three dozen actors/singers/dancers, the show was written and directed by Queens resident Mark Lord, with original music by Joe Ferrante. Musical direction is by Paul L. Johnson. Choreography is by Amanda Montoni. The show tells the story of the borough's evolution from the early 1600's through the present, with highlights including a salute to some of the world-famous entertainers with roots in Queens, a series of monologues that bring to life memories of several individuals who remember what Queens was like way back when, and a special tribute to the FSF Community Theatre Group, celebrating its own 40th anniversary this season. This is a show that will entertain and enlighten audiences of all ages.

Celebrate Queens Farm - Queens County Farm Museum
May 05, 2013 - Floral Park

Find out what springtime really means at this celebration of things Queens Farm. Watch sheep shearing and spinning demos, learn about the Community Compost Project, enjoy in-depth tours led by farmers, and pick up vegetable seedlings and flowers at the Spring Plant Sale. And be sure to visit the historic Adriance Farmhouse, open exclusively for this event with special treats for all! There will be live music, hayrides, and some of the city's best Food Trucks on the farm all day.

Sheep Shearing Weekend - Queens Zoo
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

Spring is in full swing. That means it's time for the Zoo's sheep to get their annual haircuts. Watch the woolly flock go from shaggy to shorn during live wool-processing demos, and enjoy games and crafts.

Broadway Romance - Queens Theatre
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

From the creators of Broadway Rox comes this world premiere event that showcases the great love songs from Broadway' greatest hits, performed by a cast of Broadway vets.

The Spinners! - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
May 05, 2013 - Bayside

It should come as no surprise that The Spinners have acquired twelve (12) gold records with hits on top of both the Pop and R&B charts. They are one of the few vocal groups who have remained together and whose music remains as popular today and the day each of their 18 Solid Gold Top 40 Hits was released. Their songs can be heard on the motion picture soundtracks of Twins and Spaceballs, and today, this legendary R & B group maintains a full touring schedule performing their crowd pleasing favorites including: Cupid, One Of A Kind (Love Affair), I’ll Be Around, Rubberband Man, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, It’s A Shame, Working My Way Back To You Babe, Games People Play, Then Came You and many more.

Long Island Flute Club Spring Recital - Old Westbury Gardens
May 05, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come out for the annual spring recital of the Long Island Flute Club. The acclaimed LIFC concert series has become an integral part of the Long Island arts scene, attracting an audience of flutists and the general public.

Korean Children's Day and Cinco de Mayo - Flushing Town Hall
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate these two unqiue cultures and enjoy fun and interactive programs including: Korean Traditional Marching Band, Mexican food workshop, pinata making and more.

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

Now that spring is here give Mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or the garden. A great way to brighten a spring day.

Family Art Project: Time to Hatch! - Wave Hill
May 05, 2013 - Bronx

Who comes to life in the spring? Chicks! Tadpoles! Bunnies! Participants will learn about different spring babies and, with colorful clay, hatch their own baby critters in make-believe scenarios, or mold homes for a family of critters.

Tortilla Making - Voelker Orth Museum
May 05, 2013 - Flushing

Celebrate Mexican Independence and culture in style - learn how to make homemade corn tortillas from featured artist Monica Rodriguez. There'll be great music, a tortilla press for everyone to try, and samples to taste,(including salsa and queso fresco). Kids can learn about Monica's recycled paper art, Mexican cultural heritage, and make new friends.

Good Bug/Bad Bug - Long Island Children's Museum
May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Follow your seasoned entomologist, Bernard F. Wendell Jr. from Arrow Exterminating, Inc. as he leads you on an entertaining and educational expedition through the world of bugs. Find out what makes a bug good or bad, helpful or dangerous. Explore the fascinating world of various insects including Subterranean Termites, Carpenter Ants, Black Widow Spiders and more. Tickets are limited and can be obtained at the LICM Box Office on a first come, first serve basis.

Bug Bonanza! - Long Island Children's Museum
May 05, 2013 - Garden City

Join in for a Bug Bonanza at LICM. Discover the amazing lives and natural history of insects, spiders and other creepy crawly creatures. Learn about bug anatomy and fascinating insects that help make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth. Create fun insect crafts, participate in activity challenges and even enjoy a tasty treat made with edible insects.

NYRR Youth Jamboree - Icahn Stadium
May 05, 2013 - Randalls Island

NYRR Youth Jamborees are excellent places to learn about track and field. These free, day-long events are held three times a year in premier New York City athletic facilities. Children of all ages can participate in running, jumping, or throwing events. No experience necessary. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Butterflies - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Come to the Inner Lobby and design your own beautiful butterfly with assorted materials to ?flutter? through your garden. This program runs through May 31.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2013 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery and view the mixed media artwork created by students from Columbus Avenue School in Freeport. This exhibit runs through May 31.

Spectacle: The Music Video - Museum of the Moving Image
Through June 16, 2013 - Astoria

This groundbreaking exhibition explores music video as an important and influential art form in contemporary culture and is the most comprehensive museum exhibition on music videos presented to date. Spectacle highlights the form's place at the forefront of creative technology, its role in pushing the boundaries of innovative production, its important role as an experimental sandbox for filmmakers, and its lasting effects on popular culture globally. The exhibition features more than 300 videos, presented alongside artifacts and interactive experiences, and will be installed in the Museum's 4,000 sq.-ft. changing exhibitions gallery, amphitheater gallery, and other spaces.

ESOL Family Literacy Class - CIET/LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

English Classes for parents with children in NYC public schools. Pre-registration is required.

ESL Classes - LaGuardia Community College
Through June 20, 2013 - Long Island City

In this class for parents with children in NYC public schools, participants will learn how to talk to their child’s teacher, prepare for parent-teacher conferences, information about homework resources and computer classes, and much more.

Family Swim - Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens
Through June 22, 2013 - Astoria

Bring the family out every Saturday and make a splash at the wonderful Aquatic Center! Family swim is a great way for the family to have fun and/or exercise. Come and spend quality time together, and enjoy the water toys!

Classic Cinema Screenings - Museum Of The Moving Image
Through June 30, 2013 - Astoria

Enjoy daily screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut's Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. From May 1 through June 30, see selected episodes of The Muppet Show, with a new special guest host each week.

Kids Club Meeting - Queens Center Mall-Guest Services
Through December 28, 2013 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macy*s Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you. Then join us at the Monthly Meetings on the 1st Saturday of every month and be a part of the fun!