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Things to Do With Kids in Queens on April 15

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Queens today, April 15, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Queens's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening April 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

'SNAP' - The New Victory Theater
Through April 28, 2019 - Midtown

Poof! Presto! Snap! Playing with space, time, and the otherworldly, this eclectic ensemble of South Korean illusionists will boggle your mind with their impressive powers of prestidigitation. Mixing dexterous sleight of hand, Chaplin-esque vaudevillian comedy, and ingenious visual effects, SNAP conjures a marvelous, magical cabaret perfect for the whole family. SNAP has a running time of 70 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for everyone 6 and up.

Photo by Taewon Kim

STEAM: Drip, Drip, Drop - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through April 15, 2019 - Howard Beach

Preschoolers will explore and learn about the properties of water in this hands-on program.

Sensory Storytime - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
April 15, 2019 - Woodhaven

Toddlers and caregivers will have fun together participating in motion stories and sensory activities. This program is open to children of all abilities; however, it is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. This is for ages 2-3. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. Sign-ups start Monday April 1, 2019.

Picnic Poetry - Queens Library- Douglaston-Little Neck Branch
April 15, 2019 - Little Neck

To celebrate National Poetry Month, children 5 to 12 years old will learn different ways of creating poetry in the form of poetry sandwiches, poetry plates, and more.

Earth and Sky Stories with Joy Kelly - Central Library
April 15, 2019 - Jamaica

Children will sharpen their listening skills as they hear famous storyteller Joy Kelly tell her favorite stories. This is for grades K-5.

 

Children's Museum of the Arts: Culture Craft - Queens Library- Pomonok Branch
April 15, 2019 - Flushing

As part of the Culture Pass program, the library will welcome the Children's Museum of the Arts for a fun culture craft!

TechCraft: DIY Balloon Rocket Cars! - Flushing Library
April 15, 2019 - Flushing

Kids ages 11-14, join this TechCraft program. In April they'll be exploring the world of DIY, from making your own automaton machine or jet-powered car to crafting a hologram projector. Registration is required; please call us at 718-661-1212 or visit the children's room. This program is for children in grades 5-8.

Toddler Story and Play Time - Queens Library - Broadway Branch
Through April 17, 2019 - Long Island City

Join for a half hour of free play with educational toys, followed by stories, song, rhymes, and movement for toddlers ages 18-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Space is limited; pick up a free ticket in the Children's Room at least 15 minutes before each session.

Toddler Storytime - Queens Library - LeFrak City Branch
Through April 17, 2019 - Corona

Children ages 12 months to 4 years accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver can join for stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and coloring.

Sky-High: Building Sculptures - Noguchi Museum
Through April 21, 2019 - Long Island City

Learn strategies for engaging your child during museum visits while exploring art materials and Noguchi Museum galleries as a family. This program is for families with children ages 2-4. Space is limited and reservations are required. This program runs from 10:30-11:45am on select Saturdays and Sundays. 

For the spring 2019 season, early registration for members at the Family level and above begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019. General registration begins Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

4/21 session in Japanese language. 

Green Meadows Easter Egg Hunt - Alley Park
Through April 22, 2019 - Bayside

Your children will love the search for treasures at this Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Take photos with Whiskers the Easter Bunny, play in a Giant Corn Box, enjoy the Hay Wagon Slide, and giggle in a Fun House.

Be sure to bring your Easter basket and your bunny smiles! Extra fee activities available: Easter baskets, pony rides, petting zoo.

Toddler Music - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through April 24, 2019 - Woodhaven

Picture Book/Storytime - Queens Library - Rosedale Branch
Through April 24, 2019 - Rosedale

Children under 5 years old and their caregivers enjoy a reading of picture books, interlaced with music, finger plays, and dancing. The program ends with age-appropriate arts and crafts session.

Mommy or Daddy and Me - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through April 24, 2019 - Woodhaven

Join for songs, stories, and simple rhymes followed by free play for ages birth to one. Caregiver must attend.

Toddler Craft - Queens Library - Queens Village Branch
Through April 24, 2019 - Queens Village

Children ages 2-4 and their parents/caregivers are welcome to make a toddler craft.

Toddler Time - Queens Library - Corona Branch
Through April 24, 2019 - Corona

Enjoy an hour of storytime and singing recommended for ages 2 and up.

Yoga Storytime - Queens Library - Court Square Branch
Through April 25, 2019 - Long Island City

Read stories, sing songs, and do some simple yoga poses on Thursday afternoons. Register by calling the branch the Friday before each session. A waiver signed by a parent or caregiver is required for each individual class. Please pick up the waiver ahead of time if you are sending your child to the program with a caregiver. No one will be admitted without a signed waiver. This program is for children ages 2-4 years old.

Beading Bonanza - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through April 25, 2019 - College Point

Ccreate bracelets, necklaces, and more with colorful beads! This is for school-age children; those under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are in a Play!' - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 26, 2019 - Garden City

Enjoy a musical adventure, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books. Willems’ classic characters Elephant and Piggie storm the stage in a rollicking musical romp filled with plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense perfect for young audiences. Carefully cautious Gerald and spirited playful Piggie share a day where anything is possible in an imaginative exploration of the meaning of friendship. The comedic duo addresses such important questions as, What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Together with nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre.

Game Day - Queens Village Library
Through April 26, 2019 - Queens Village

Children of all ages are welcome to join game day for some board game fun.

Mother Goose Time - Queens Library- Rochdale Village Branch
Through April 27, 2019 - Jamaica

In this 30-minute program, infants and toddlers enjoy bouncing rhymes, puppets, and free play with toys and puzzles. An adult must accompany the child.

Music Appreciation for Kids - Queens Library- McGoldrick branch
Through April 27, 2019 - Flushing

Listen to classical music and discuss the lives of the composers.

 

Saturday Storytime - Queens Library - Windsor Park Branch
Through April 27, 2019 - Bayside

Children (infants to four-year-olds) and their parents/caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays.

Playdate for Infants and Toddlers - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through April 27, 2019 - Howard Beach

Bring your babies! Join us for early development fun and socialization using books and toys. There is space for everyone.

LEGO Robotics Club - Queens Library- McGoldrick branch
Through April 27, 2019 - Flushing

In partnership with NYC First, McGoldrick Library brings robotics and coding to the community. Kids and teens (grade 4-8) will learn how to code and use LEGO EV3. By following simple directions, they will be able to code and control their own robot to walk, talk, drive, grab, and spin. Registration is required.

Cinema Saturdays - Forest Hills Library
Through April 27, 2019 - Forest Hills

Kids ages 5 and up and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' Story Hour Room. Be entertained by the magic of the movies!
April movies:
4/6: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (2018, PG)
4/13: "Nutcracker and the Four Realms" (2018, PG)
4/20: "Mary Poppins Returns" (2018, PG)
4/27: "A Dog’s Way Home" (2019, PG)

Tell Me Again: Stories We Share - Noguchi Museum
Through April 28, 2019 - Long Island City

Engage with your children in discussions about art in the galleries and work together or individually to make your own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5–11. Space is limited and reservations are required. This program runs from 10:30 am–12:30 pm on select Saturdays and Sundays. 4/28 session is in Japanese language. 

For the spring 2019 season, early registration for members at the Family level and above begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019. General registration begins Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Bilingual Baby Storytime - Queens Library- Corona Branch
Through April 29, 2019 - Corona

Spanish: Disfrute de canciones y libros sencillos en inglés y español con su bebé en Cuentos Bilingües Para Bebés. Recomendado para las edades de 0 a 24 meses.
English: Enjoy songs, knee-bouncers, and simple books in English and Spanish with your baby at bilingual baby storytime. This program is recommended for ages 0-24 months.

Toy Time - Queens Library - Queens Village Branch
Through April 30, 2019 - Queens Village

Play with toys and socialize with other toddlers and their guardians. This is a fun time for ages 2-4 years with a parent or guardian.

American Girl Book Club - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through April 30, 2019 - Howard Beach

This book club is for anyone interested in American history. Read "American Girl" books to discuss the different periods. There will also be crafts and activities to add to the fun.

JCAL Presents BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Visual Art/Poetry by Emmet Wigglesworth - Jamaica Art Center (JAC)
Through April 30, 2019 - Jamaica

JCAL Black History Month Presents: Emmett Wigglesworth “Jazz...Rhythm & Blues...Gospel Music..to make you see….with written notes from a trip around the world.” - Jamaica Arts Center (JAC)
Through April 30, 2019 - Jamaica

Kids' Garden Club - Queens Library - Peninsula
Through April 30, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Join for Kids’ Garden Club. Children ages 5-12 will learn the importance of gardening, develop a connection with nature, and grow their own plants and vegetables. Space is limited.

Mother Goose - North Hills Library
Through May 01, 2019 - Little Neck

Boys and girls ages 6 months to 2 years and their caregiver are welcome to enjoy songs, stories, finger plays, and all sorts of fun. No registration is required for this program. Just bring yourselves and have fun!

New Traveling Exhibit- Sonic Sensation - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 05, 2019 - Garden City

Listen up! The newest LICM traveling exhibit offers children the opportunity to see, feel and hear sound. Visitors will experience our sonic world while exploring 14 interactive learning stations. Children will discover key listening skills through the science of sound and hearing.

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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 ScreenFree 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