Things to Do With Kids in Queens on January 4

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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, January 4, 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 January 4. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

JCAL First Friday: Silk Road: An Exploration of the Jaap or Bajan Tradition - Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
January 04, 2019 - Jamaica

Indo-Caribbean artists group Gangadai was created to increase the visibility of the underserved Indo-Caribbean community and share the inherited classical and folk musical traditions of the underrepresented demographic of East Indians from the Caribbean and South America in New York City. Their new project "Silk Road" documents the dying art of the mantra or "Jaap" Bajan song tradition to conserve Indo-Caribbean culture for future generations and share this ancient art form to bridge divides and invite dialogue.

Toddler Art: Snow - Queens Library - Glendale Branch
January 04, 2019 - Glendale

Toddlers and their caregivers are invited to a special snow-themed storytime followed by an art project.

Traveling Exhibit -TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 06, 2019 - Garden City

With LICM’S 25th birthday approaching, we wanted an exhibit in place that would highlight the innovation, collaboration and play LICM is known for!  Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Visitors can explore a walk-in size replica of the iconic canister, create their own designs in an open play area, experiment with renewable energy and water filtration and take part in a special scavenger hunt.

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2019 - Upper West Side

This interactive exhibit will give families access to 11 different funhouse-like spaces full of adventures in sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, and balance. Explore rooms full of changing lights that alter perception, an audio collage that invites you to track individual sounds, a garden viewed through the eyes of a bee or butterfly, a smell test that challenges your ability to recognize individual fragrances, and more.

Second Annual Winter ONEderland - One World Observatory
Through January 07, 2019 - World Trade Center

One World Observatory's holiday celebration, Winter ONEderland, is back for a second year. The magical journey starts with a snowy ride to the top of One World Trade Center, includes family-friendly displays, festive food and beverage, and visits with Santa on his brand-new sleigh.

Four Seasons - Flushing Town Hall
Through January 12, 2019 - Flushing

Infinite Potentials - New York Hall of Science
Through January 13, 2019 - Corona

More than three dozen pieces capture the future possibilities of stem cell research and therapeutic opportunities. The artists represented come from around the world, including Egypt, Lebanon, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. This exhibition of stem cell-inspired art is created in collaboration with Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, UK and SciArt Center, NY.

Langston Hughes Spelling Bee 2019 - Queens Library - Langston Hughes Branch
Through January 16, 2019 - Corona

Children will compete in one of three spelling bees. Winners will compete in the Queens Library Spelling Bee in April.

Teen LGBTQIA Club - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through January 18, 2019 - Flushing

A welcome club for LGBTQIA teens and their allies. Dive into teen-led topics every meeting.

Guess What: A PG Stand Up Comedy Show for Families - The Creek and the Cave Comedy Club
Through January 19, 2019 - Long Island City

A stand up comedy show with the perfect recipe for parents and kids: funny jokes and no sailor talk. Plus parents now don't need a babysitter to see a comedy show. Watch top NYC comics do their PG best jokes and, in between, kids gets a chance to go on stage and tell a joke themselves. The vibe is definitely kid friendly as the hosts of the show are a dad comic and his 9-year-old daughter. Tickets are free. Different comedians each month. Great brunch and kids menu. 3rd Saturday of Each Month Doors open at 12:30pm. Show starts at 1pm.

Gingerbread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 21, 2019 - Corona

Visitors marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show will showcase Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—in the 27th year of this beloved tradition. Enchanting model trains will zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, including the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center, the Battery Maritime Building, and the Terminal Warehouse. This year, for the first time ever, the Holiday Train show will feature replicas of two vintage ferry boats from the 1900s. 

Moving Image Studio - Museum of the Moving Image
Through January 21, 2019 - Astoria

Visitors 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.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure.

Musical Bubble Mother Goose - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through January 23, 2019 - Flushing

Children birth to 17 months and their parents/caregivers will learn hand ryhmes, hear stories, and enjoy music and bubbles.

Game Day for Kids - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through January 25, 2019 - Flushing

Children can play various board games such as Scrabble, Life, Jenga, Monopoly, and chess.

Toddler Storytime - Queens Library - Bellerose Branch
Through January 25, 2019 - Bellerose

Babies, tots, and preschoolers can take part in stories, songs, and finger plays. This program is for children ages 0-4 and their parents or caregivers.

Storytime - Queens Library - South Hollis Branch
Through January 25, 2019 - South Hollis

Littlest ones ages 18-36 months can partake in stories, finger plays, songs, and fun at the library.

Coloring Club - Queens Library - Mitchell-Linden Branch
Through January 25, 2019 - Flushing

A chance for toddlers and their caregivers to dig in and color together.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic - New-York Historical Society
Through January 27, 2019 - Upper West Side

Following a blockbuster run in London, Harry Potter: A History of Magic captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Organized by the British Library, the exhibition features centuries-old treasures, including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library, the New-York Historical Society, and other museums, as well as original material from American publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. Unique to New York Historical’s presentation—and on public view for the very first time—are Mary GrandPré’s pastel illustrations of Scholastic’s original editions of the novels; Brian Selznick’s newly created artwork for the covers of the 20th anniversary edition of the Harry Potter series published by Scholastic; cover art by Kazu Kibuishi featured in Scholastic’s 15th anniversary box set; and costumes and set models from the theatrical production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. An exciting line-up of exhibition-related events for Harry Potter fans of all ages will also be presented. 

Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center
Through January 27, 2019 - Upper West Side

The Big Apple Circus brings together the most acclaimed circus acts from all over the world. See horizontal juggling for the first time in America, the award-winning aerial duo Desire in Flight, the astonishing quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze, horses and dogs, clowns, acrobats, and so many more wonders—all in the magical and intimate one-ring big top tent!

Mother Goose - Queens Library - Mitchell-Linden Branch
Through January 28, 2019 - Flushing

Join for songs and finger plays for toddlers and their parents.

Homework Help - Queens Library - Mitchell-Linden Branch
Through January 28, 2019 - Flushing

Need help with your homework? Head to the Mitchell-Linden Library where teen volunteers will help you with your work. Grades K-6 are welcome.

The Analog Line - New York Hall of Science
Through January 29, 2019 - Corona

Stop by and see how NYSCI’s model railroading experiment is progressing. The model railway was built with analog (not digital) equipment from the German model train maker Marklin. Marklin was founded in 1859 and pioneered the Gauge H0model in 1935. The bulk of the equipment on this layout dates from the 1950 – 80s. The starting and stopping of the trains on this automatic layout are controlled by the signals. The signals are connected to contact tracks that send an electrical impulse to the signal when a locomotive rolls over a contact track. This sets the signal to red or green accordingly. The switching of the electromagnetic turnouts is accomplished in the same manner.


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Model railroading teaches principals of electrical circuitry, planning and working within a system. It also teaches problem-solving and promotes creativity. Most of the trains, rails, and buildings from The Analog Line experiment is from the collection of NYSCI’s Exhibit Prototyper Karl Szilagi, with some recent additions provided by the museum to complete the layout. Karl was given his first train by his mother in 1968 and the transformer from that little set is helping to power this layout.

STEM Lego Building Fun for Kids - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through January 30, 2019 - Flushing

Children ages 5-12 will build a different project each week as a team.

Mother Goose Time - Queens Library - Flushing Branch
Through January 30, 2019 - Flushing

Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, and more.

Toddler Time - Queens Library - Corona Branch
Through January 30, 2019 - Corona

Take your toddlers to an hour of storytime and singing. Recommended for ages 2 and older.

Graphic Novel Club - Queens Library - Poppenhusen Branch
Through January 30, 2019 - College Point

Do you like graphic novels? Here's a chance to talk about your favorite characters and learn about some new ones. For school-age kids.

LEGO Building Club - Queens Library - Bellerose Branch
Through January 30, 2019 - Bellerose

Children in grades K-6 can have fun being creative with Legos!

Toddler Time - Queens Library - Flushing Branch
Through January 31, 2019 - Flushing

Children ages 2 to 3½ and their caregivers can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and activities just right for them.

Bilingual Birdies presents Movin' to Music in Spanish - Queens Library - Ridgewood Branch
Through January 31, 2019 - Ridgewood

Bilingual Birdies presents adventures under the sea, a trip to discover fun arctic animals, and the celebration of an authentic Carnaval! This program includes live music, movement, dance, and puppetry.

Teen Time - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through January 31, 2019 - Flushing

Teens can wind down after each school day with their friends. Games and other programs available daily. Dedicated quiet space available for homework and studying.

Mind Blowing Puzzles for Kids - Queens Library - Queensboro Hill Branch
Through January 31, 2019 - Flushing

Kids get to do cardboard puzzles, Sudoku, message decoding, crossword puzzles, word searches, and more.

In Saturn's Rings 2D - New York Hall of Science
Through January 31, 2019 - Corona

Narrated by LeVar Burton, In Saturn’s Rings is a grand tour of the universe starring Saturn. Seven and a half million mostly unseen images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Hubble Telescope and Milky Way time lapses are brought to life in a groundbreaking epic immersive journey across space and time. 40 minutes.

S.T.E.A.M Workshops - Okabaloo
Through January 31, 2019 - Long Island City

Lanyard Club - Queens Library - Richmond Hill Branch
Through January 31, 2019 -

Teens and tweens can make a lanyard keychain or bracelet.

Homework Help - Queens Library - Bellerose Branch
Through January 31, 2019 - Bellerose

Homework help is available after school on Mondays through Thursdays for children in grades K-6.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition - 60 Tenth Ave.
Through February 10, 2019 - Chelsea

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture. This immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Guests will have the chance to explore the 16,000-square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? - New York Hall of Science
Through February 15, 2019 - Corona

In How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? players take on the role of scientists helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Facilitators introduce participants to mathematical modeling and the ways they can be used to simulate, analyze and make predictions about the complex real-world phenomenon. Players help modify the simulation by suggesting different parameters, such as the number of steps zombies can take in the Zombie Outbreak Simulator, a turn-based game of zombie tag. Then participants play through the simulation, embodying the very parameters they’ve chosen, while the facilitator tracks the population of zombies and humans. At the end, players see graphs detailing the population swings and can further tweak parameters and see different results through play.

The Socrates Annual, 2018 Exhibition - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through March 10, 2019 - Long Island City

Each year Socrates presents an exhibition of new commissions made by artists awarded the Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Conceived for the landscape and produced on-site in the outdoor studio over the course of the summer, these pieces respond to the Park’s unique history, landscape, and community. The Socrates Annual, 2018 exhibition does not adhere to a specific theme but rather presents the diversity of processes, material approaches, and subjects that comprise the most compelling public art practice today.

For the 2018 exhibition, projects range from a decolonial greenhouse to audio-sculptural portraits of Queens hip-hop legends. Approaches vary among community-centered pedagogy and production, material experimentation, and redeployment of historical forms of construction, among others. This year contemporary and historical land-use is examined by several artists in projects including a labyrinth of fences and gates, and a steel and textile installation that traces the East River ecology of waste flows through land, water, and biological life. Additionally, several artists employ representations of the human figure, perhaps suggesting a time for reflection upon the Humanist philosophies that seem precarious with looming climate change and ongoing political conflict.

The 2018 Artist Fellows join the ranks of over 300 artists who have received grants for producing work at Socrates since the Park’s first grant in 1995 and the formalization of the Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2000.

Artists: Leilah Babirye, Sherwin Banfield, Amy Brener, Lionel Cruet, Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert, Ronen Gamil, Jesse Harrod, Carlos Jiménez Cahua, Antone Konst, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Leander Mienarus Knust, Joiri Minaya, Nicholas Missel, Nancy Nowacek, Audrey Snyder & Joe Riley

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience - 218 W. 57th St.
Through May 31, 2019 - Midtown

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.

'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.


Toddler Time - Queens Library - Mitchell-Linden Branch
Through November 29, 2019 - Flushing

Join Mrs. H for songs, finger plays, and simple picture books for toddlers ages 6-36 months. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.