Things to Do With Kids in Queens on March 27

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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, March 27, 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 March 27. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

Relaxation Creations - Queens Library, Broadway Branch
Through March 27, 2018 - Long Island City

Relax and have fun after a long day at school! Make soaps, scrubs, bath salts, and other pampering products. Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and gentle stretches. Enjoy a calm, stress-free environment. . No registration required but materials are limited--first-come, first-served.


Ping Pong Game Time - Glen Oaks Library
Through March 27, 2018 - Glen Oaks

Let's play ping pong.  Children 13 and younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Tinker-CAD For Kids - Queens Library, Far Rockaway Branch
Through March 28, 2018 - Far Rockaway

Is your child interested in creating three-dimensional models online? Let's experiment using TinkerCad, a free online 3D modeling program. We will re-create real life items or use your creativity to create your own! All you need is your imagination to join our fun program. Children ages 8-12.



Weekly Storytime - Astoria Bookshop
Through March 29, 2018 - Astoria

A wonderful morning of stories and fun.

Craft Thursday - Queensboro Hill Library
Through March 29, 2018 - Flushing

Kids can get crafty.  March 8th Harry Potter Wands, March 15th Groovy Buttons Pete the Cat Puppet, March 22nd A bus for Mo' Willem's Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, March 29th Farm animals based on the Book Click clack Surprise by Doreen Cronin.


NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park - Astoria Park Track
Through March 31, 2018 - 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!

Super Cinema Saturday - Forest Hills Library
Through March 31, 2018 - Forest Hills

Children ages 3-5 years and parents/adult caregivers will hear delightful stories, learn rhymes, sing songs, do fingerplays and movement games--and more, including STEM activities and occasional crafts--while youngsters develop pre-reading and school-readiness skills. Registration required.


Queens College Student Exhibition - Flushing Town Hall
Through March 31, 2018 - Flushing

Newpoli plays upbeat, danceable Southern Italian folk music that bring together influences from the entire Mediterranean region. Hear sounds from Africa, the Middle East and Greece. The concert will be preceded by a dance lesson, so be sure to join your fellow explorers on the dance floor for one of FTH’s Global Dance Hall events, and take a journey through time, culture, and musical styles.


Ocean Odyssey - National Geographic Encounter
Through March 31, 2018 - Times Square

This newly opened, immersive entertainment experience takes families on a simulated underwater adventure to witness Pacific Ocean life firsthand. It's an interactive journey across a 60,000-square-foot marine attraction to meet sea lions, humpback whales, and great white sharks. Catch sight a stunning coral reef and other awe-inspiring sights and sounds thanks to an incredible visual effects team and award-winning designers and sound engineers. This walk-through experience lasts approximately 90 minutes. Buy tickets online for a reserved entry time. A portion of proceeds supports the National Geographic Society's nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.

Photos with the Easter Bunny - Queens Center Mall Level 3, JCPenney Wing
Through April 01, 2018 - Elmhurst

Hop on over to Queens Center Mall for a visit with the Easter Bunny. Pose for photos and a free gift. Reservations now available, but not required. The Easter Bunny is located on Level 3, JCPenney Wing (between Champs and Pretzel Maker).

UniverSoul Circus Big Top - Roy Wilkins Park
Through April 08, 2018 - Jamaica

Celebrating over 20 years under the big top, UniverSoul Circus features music, theatrical performances, incredible circus acts and loads of fun. You'll see flashy Caribbean dancers from Trinidad, acrobats and high-flying trapeze artists from China, mind-boggling contortionists from Ethiopia, funny clowns from South Africa and Guinea, plus lions, zebras and much more. Coming to Queens' Roy Wilkins Park, and led by energetic host Lucky, UniverSoul Circus will challenge your imagination with fun, funky and bold performances that reflect a wide range of cultural diversity.

Macy's Flower Show 2018 - Macy's Herald Square
Through April 08, 2018 - Midtown

Macy's Flower Show has delighted generations of New Yorkers with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe. This year's theme is a celebration of the iconic American carnival.

Family Movie Time - Kew Gardens Hills Library
Through April 19, 2018 - Flushing

Weekly movie sessions for families, caregivers and children to enjoy. "Wonder" 3/1 (PG), Disney's "Coco" 3/8 (PG), "The Lorax" 3/15 (PG), "The Stray" 3/22 (PG), "Leap" 3/29 (PG), "Wall E" 4/5 (PG), "A Bug's Life" 4/12 (PG), "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" 4/19 (PG)



Crafty Tuesday - Rochdale Village Library
Through April 24, 2018 - Jamaica

Get creative at the library, and enjoy an afternoon of  fun crafts for school age children.  Younger children are invited with a caregiver.  Past crafts have included catapults, painting, collages, making play-dough and more.

Storytime: Wednesday Morning - Rochdale Village Library
Through April 25, 2018 - Jamaica

A morning of stories, songs, crafts, and lots of fun.  A wonderful way for parents and caregivers to meet while participating with their children.

Fun Friday and STEAM Friday - Rochdale Village Library
Through April 26, 2018 - Jamaica

Mix it up with karaoke, board games, chess and more. Every other Friday will have STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activities. Bring your creative thinking!

Moving Image Studio Workshop - Museum of the Moving Image
Through April 29, 2018 - Long Island City

The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns to MoMI and KAS with an incredible roster of international and local films to create a cinematic experience that can not be missed. We will screen short films, feature length films, documentaries and experimental films. There are two locations for this festival, one is at the Museum of the Moving Image and the other is the Zukor Theatre is the historic screening room that is attached to the Kaufman Astoria Studio facilities and can be reached at the corner of 35th Ave. and 35th Street. Join us as we bring the world to Queens and Queens to the world!

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ - Long Island Children's Museum
Through May 13, 2018 - Garden City

Travel back to the Cretaceous Period and come face to face with dinosaurs of all sizes in their prehistoric environments. The immersive bilingual exhibit takes you to two dinosaur habitats (warm and cold environments), as well as a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig component), where junior paleontologists will experiment with materials and tools. What you’ll do: • Examine a touchable T-Rex and Triceratops and make observations and comparisons, important steps in scientific thinking • Climb into a Troodon’s nest and play with dinosaur eggs • Uncover dinosaur bones and examine fossils in a dig station • Cooperate and collaborate as you help complete an over-sized puzzle • Put on insect costumes and buzz around a swampy bog Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ was created by Minnesota Children's Museum and nationally sponsored by The David B. Jones Foundation.

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Bon Appétit - New York Hall of Science
Through May 13, 2018 - Corona

This fun and interactive exhibition helps visitors explore their own personal eating habits, as well as the eating habits of other cultures. Visitors can discover topics such as physical activity versus food intake, the workings of the digestive system, creating a balanced diet, and the origin of foods that populate grocery store shelves.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2018 - Upper West Side

The butterflies are back! For the 20th year, families can hang with as many as 500 fluttering butterflies at the museum's 80-degree warm vivarium full of tropical flowers too. The insects come from farms in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Kenya, Malaysia, and Thailand and species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, scarlet swallowtails, large owl butterflies, and green birdwings.

'The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through May 28, 2018 - Midtown

A play that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure. Four of Keats' best stories are brought to life, including Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets make the 60-minute show fun for all.

'Dream Big: Engineering Our World' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

'Conquest of the Skies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

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. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad - American Museum of Natural History
Through September 01, 2018 - Upper West Side

Families with members on the autism spectrum can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the museum opens to the public.

Children ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America. They will then plunge into the ocean to explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Children ages 10–14 will take a trip through the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 31, 2018 - 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.

The Jim Henson Exhibit - Museum of the Moving Image
Through December 31, 2018 - Astoria

A permanent exhibition devoted to Jim Henson. This dynamic visitor experience—housed in a new gallery space funded by the City of New York—explores Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. The Jim Henson Exhibition features a broad range of artifacts from throughout Jim Henson's remarkable television and film career. It reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. It also includes material from Henson’s lesser known and experimental film projects, presenting Henson as a restlessly creative performer, filmmaker, and technical innovator. Among the nearly 300 objects on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. Film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage are presented on more than 27 monitors and projections throughout. Interactive experiences allow visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on screen and designing a puppet character. Many of the artifacts in the exhibition are drawn from the 2013 donation by Jim Henson’s family to the Museum’s collection, which includes nearly 500 objects related to Henson’s unparalleled career and features historic puppets, costumes, production design material, and licensed merchandise. The exhibition also includes sketches, storyboards, scripts, and other material on loan from The Jim Henson Company Archives. Archival video and photographic material was provided by The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and The Muppets Studio.