Today's Family & Kids Activities in Queens-Nov 24

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!

Autumn Wreaths - Long Island Children's Museum
Through November 27, 2015 - Garden City

Create your own colorful wreath inspired by fall leaves to welcome autumn into your home! Open during museum hours except for Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving Day.

Family Storytime - Flushing Library
Through November 28, 2015 - Flushing

Rise and shine and head to the library for 30 minutes of stories and songs, for children of all ages and their caregivers.

1863 Thanksgiving Celebration - Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Through November 29, 2015 - Old Bethpage

Smells delicious. Come out and see demonstrations of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner prepared in old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, beehive ovens, and open hearths.

Monday Morning Storytime - Barnes and Noble:Bayside
Through November 30, 2015 - Bayside

Kids will enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this weekly storytime.

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month - Middle Village Library
Through November 30, 2015 - Middle Village

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event that challenges participants to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, kids , get to lock away their inner editor, let their imagination take over, and just create! Participants will meet weekly to keep track of one another's progress and share ideas and writing tips. Registration required.

Queens Theatre: Page to Stage - Langston Hughes Library
Through December 21, 2015 - Corona

Kids adapt a piece of literature to the stage. Participants will learn the arts of script-writing, and acting, and the series will end with teens performing their creation.

Visit with Santa and Photos - Queens Center Mall:JCPenny Wing Level 3
Through December 24, 2015 - Elmhurst

Santa Claus is coming to town--He's making a list and checking it twice. Enjoy a visit and have a photo taken with Santa and his helpers at his winter wonderland house. See photo pricing information on website. Dec. 24, 8am-5pm (break 12-1pm)

The Three Bears Holiday Bash - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through December 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through December 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this popular show is great for pre-schoolers. Kids will fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

What Border Have You Crossed?: - Queens Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2015 - Flushing

Visitors will explore the borders of Queens. On a blackboard, an interactive map, through post-its, and with digital technology, Bordr invites visitors to share their own personal border experiences. As inspiration, sixteen 7-foot tall portraits of Bordr project participants in Queens, Sweden, Jordan, Malawi, and Mozambique, and the borders they each have crossed, will cover the main wall of the Queens Museum’s Community Partnership Gallery. “What border have you crossed?” is part of a continuing, and developing Bordr exhibition series. It is a direct descendant of its Swedish predecessor “Project Borders Vision” which was exhibited at the Steneby School of Craft and Design in 2013. These exhibitions are meant to grow and change with input from its local audience. This exhibition and project seeks to reveal as much about Queens as its participants, the local-global world they live in, and the borders they care about. About Bordr: Bordr is a Sweden-based organization that grew out of a project with the Queens Museum New New Yorkers Program in 2011 – 2012. Six first-generation migrants in Queens borrowed cameras while briefly returning to their native countries on five continents to capture the borders between homes. The result became a a border-experience database, an app, exhibitions, and the Bordr methodology. Bordr is now a team of five involved in projects exploring methods to create understanding and curiosity across Europe, in Southern Africa and in the US. The team consists of Chrissie Faniadis (Sweden) Christo de Klerk (US), Erik Faxgård (Sweden), Marcus Haraldsson (Sweden) and Shriya Malhotra (India). Read more: The event and exhibition is being presented as part of the Queens Museum’s Community Partnership and New New Yorkers programs. •

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 09, 2016 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 10, 2016.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Gardens
Through January 18, 2016 - Bronx

Back for its 24th year, this is a must-see tradition where enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarkes. Each are recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials--all under the twinkling glow of the Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at the G-scale locomotives humming between the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and much more.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Gardens
Through January 18, 2016 - Bronx

Back for its 25th year, this is a must-see tradition where enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarkes. Each are recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials--all under the twinkling glow of the Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at the G-scale locomotives humming between the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and much more. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks.

Superheroes in Gotham - The New-York Historical Society
Through February 21, 2016 - Upper West Side

This new exhibit tells the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City. It will focus on the most famous, and oldest superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man, and those inspired by the city. Come and see rare comics like Superman's first appearance in 1938, clips from early radio and film adaptations, paintings and original drawings and a real live Batmobile! Perfect for comic fans young and old and those who missed out on tickets to New York Comic Con this year. Check out the museum's website for special programs to go alongside the exhibit including screenings and a Halloween Party.

Wollman Rink Public Skating - Trump Wollman Rink
Through March 01, 2016 - Central Park

Don't miss a skate around the rink with the amazing view of the Manhattan skyline in front of you. Central Park's famous rink is a tourist favorite but worth doing even if you are a local. There is also a carousel to ride on in between skates ($3 fee).

Bank of America Winter Village - Bryant Park
Through March 06, 2016 - Midtown

Not just for tourists, a festive skate during the holiday season is a fun NYC treat. It does get crowded so make your reservations early in the season. If your'e not skating there's also food, drink, Le Carrousel, and shopping to enjoy.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center - The Rockefeller Center
Through April 30, 2016 - Midtown

The most famous rink in NYC. Skate around this landmark and get in the seasonal mood.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through September 05, 2016 - Midtown

Iconic costumes and other artifacts from “a galaxy far, far away” are presented in this new exhibit that will be a thrill for Star Wars fans. Come and see the actual costumes that shaped the identities of some of the world's most famous movie characters. From the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and a bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 31, 2016 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise?dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.