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What You’ll Do:
• Test your lung power in the Scream Chamber! • Create your own movie soundtrack • Conduct an orchestra with your whole body • Learn about the anatomy and physics of how we hear. • Explore decibels, amplitude, pitch and sound waves. • Find hidden “animals” in kitchen cupboards by listening (no peeking!) • Discover ways you can protect your hearing.
Bionic Me - New York Hall of Science
Through May 05, 2019 - Corona
With hands-on displays and full-body experiences, this exhibition explores the inventive and ingenious medical and industrial breakthroughs that have helped enhance the human experience. Visitors can move a ball with their mind, manipulate a robot arm, race against a Paralympian, use night vision to see in the dark, and explore how technology can provide camouflage and make you invisible.
Toddler Learning Center - Forest Hills Library
Through May 10, 2019 - Forest Hills
Open to young children ages 18–38 months and their parents, this five-week workshop is led by early childhood professionals. Parents will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and other parenting topics, while their toddlers play with age-appropriate educational toys and develop social interaction skills. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 3/12/2019. Ask the children's librarian for details.
'Princess Particular' - The Secret Theatre
Through May 11, 2019 - Long Island City
Princess Particular is off her rocker; all she can think about is her latest scheme to become a ballerina. Her Mom and Dad, King Loads-a-dough and Queen Patience, want her to focus on her princessly duties. Luckily, her maids, Chancellor, and Lady-in-Waiting are on hand to help make her dream come true. Join our perky palace-goers each month for pliés, pastries, and and "toe food"!
Color In Milk - PYE Education Center
Through May 18, 2019 - Flushing
Color In Milk is a nonprofit organization started by students from specialized high schools. The goal is to help younger students find and engage in their interest in the STEM field. This is accomplished through fun and interactive lessons and activities, as well as free coding classes!
Bird Walk with NYC Audubon - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 18, 2019 - Flushing
In this special series with NYC Audubon, spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds—like water, shelter, and insects to eat.
Registration required. Drop-ins welcome upon availability.
Photo by Shari Romar
APEC Adventure Time: Crickets & Caterpillars - Alley Pond Environmental Center
Through May 19, 2019 - Douglaston
Enjoy an up-close look at cricket and caterpillars, and learn about other springtime critters. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy some special time together as they socialize with other youngsters and learn about nature. Each class focuses on a different science theme and includes live animal guests, art projects, trail walks, and children’s literature. Limited to 8 participants with one adult per child. No siblings except babies staying in infant seats.
Crochet for Kids - Queens Library - Hillcrest
Through May 20, 2019 - Flushing
Have you always wanted to crochet? Ms. Ashley will help you learn the basics of crocheting. Over several weeks learn the basics of single crochet, finger crocheting, or get adventurous and try out new stitches and projects! This is for kids 7-12.
Zumbini Spring Jam Session - New York Black Belt Center
Through May 28, 2019 - Bayside
Sing, dance, and play as you bond with your little one and make new friends! Created by Zumba and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini program combines music, dance, and educational tools for 45 minutes of can't-stop, won't-stop bonding, learning, and fun. Visit Facebook: Zumbini with Johanna.
Storytime - Hollis Library
Through May 31, 2019 - Hollis
NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park - Astoria Park
Through June 01, 2019 - Astoria
Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.
Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!
This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.
Youth Book Creation Workshop with Libro Abierto/Open Book - Queens Library - Corona Branch
Through June 01, 2019 - Corona
In this series of eight workshops, visual artists and poets are co-teaching to introduce students to creative writing and visual art exercises that will later be bound into a combination of book structures. Students will learn pop-up books, non-adhesive structure using paper interlocking shapes, a combination of accordion folds, and handmade papermaking. This is for ages 8-12; there is limited space. Contact Corona Library for more information.
Open Art Studio for Young Adults with Autism - Queens Museum
Through June 02, 2019 - Flushing
We welcome individuals between 17 and 25. Participants work on projects of their choosing and with mentors, encouraging exploration and expression. This group meets twice a month on select Sundays for forty-five minutes. Registration is required and based on availability.
Circle of Friends for Autistic Children - Queens Library - Astoria Branch
Through June 21, 2019 - Long Island City
Children in our Circle of Friends discover the wonders of science doing simple experiments, develop social skills, and have fun playing games. Caregivers must be present. This program is for children ages 6 -12.
Knit and Crochet Circle - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through June 24, 2019 - College Point
Learn to knit, get help with projects, share patterns and techniques, or have an enjoyable chat as you work on your projects. All handicrafts welcome! We have some supplies, but please bring your own if you have them.
Toddler Time - Queens Library- Seaside Branch
Through June 26, 2019 - Rockaway Park
Join us picture books, finger plays, action rhymes, and songs for children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers.
Ping Pong - Queens Library - Cambria Heights Branch
Through June 27, 2019 - Cambria Heights
Play ping pong in the library with friends both old and new.
Kids' Film - Queens Library - South Hollis Branch
Through June 28, 2019 - South Hollis
Wii Games - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through June 28, 2019 - College Point
Classic Movie Thursday - Queens Library - Central Library
Through June 28, 2019 - Jamaica
Babies and Books - Queens Library- Seaside Branch
Through June 28, 2019 - Rockaway Park
You are your child's first teacher. Enjoy a wide variety of board books, nurture preliteracy skills, meet up with other caregivers, and discover the joy of reading with your baby at the library! This program is for infants ages 6-17 months.
Mornings @ MoMI - Museum of the Moving Image
Through June 29, 2019 - Astoria
Ping Pong Club - Queens Library - South Hollis Branch
Through June 29, 2019 - South Hollis
Challenge friends to ping pong every Saturday afternoon.
Coloring Time - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through June 29, 2019 - College Point
Relax and unwind at Poppenhusen Library and make new friends while having fun with family coloring time. Coloring sheets and pencils provided.
'Planet Power 3-D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona
Planet Power 3D explores the history of electricity – from the first spark created by man’s hand to today’s industrial power plants. We meet scientists who changed the world, like Faraday, Franklin, and Tesla and we glimpse the future, as Solar Impulse becomes the first plane to complete a round-the-world flight powered only by the sun. With a mix of chalk animation, CGI, archival footage and spectacular aerials, the film also explores the challenges ahead: how to meet the growing energy needs of our industrialized world, while also protecting the health of our planet.
Photo courtesy of nWave Pictures
Museum Exhibition: Flowering Trees in Victorian Richmond Hill - Voelker Orth Museum
Through June 30, 2019 - Flushing
Curated by Janet Schneider April 6 - June 30. Artist Talk, April 28, Sunday 2pm. Victorian era homes with gardens can be found to this day in Richmond Hill, in Flushing, and pocket neighborhoods throughout the region. Over the years, Irene Buszko has painted her family neighborhood in the plein-air tradition. She sets up her easel on site to paint each of the Victorian homes lovingly tended by families today.
'Flight of the Butterflies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona
The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.
Moving Image Studio - Museum of the Moving Image
Through September 01, 2019 - Astoria
Moving Image Studio is the Museum's drop-in space where visitors of all ages can create media and other projects. Families are welcome to stop by and experiment with puppet making and animation inspired by The Jim Henson Exhibition and the core exhibition Behind the Screen. Free with Museum admission, recommended for ages 4 and up and their adult companions.
'Backyard Wilderness' 3-D - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2019 - Corona
Backyard Wilderness will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.
We follow Katie, a young girl, and her modern family living next to the woods who are blind to the real-life spectacle around them, absorbed by an array of electronic devices in their busy lives. Katie gradually discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden so close to her front door and we experience the joy she finds in her interactions with this new world. The film reminds us that Wi-Fi is not the only connection that matters and that sometimes in ordinary places, you can uncover extraordinary things that could transform you forever – you just need to step outside.
Photo courtesy of SK Films
Nail Polish Workshop - Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch
Through December 27, 2019 - Ridgewood
Design and polish your own nails or have them done for you. All nail polishes and supplies will be provided.
Sit & Think (Sudoku) - Queens Library - Richmond Hill Branch
Through December 31, 2019 -
Try your hand at a Sudoku puzzle for fun or just refresh your math skills. All levels of difficulty are offered.
Sea Lion Feeding - Queens Zoo
Through January 31, 2020 - Corona
See the sea lions get their meals and maybe do a trick or two!
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher