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Things to Do With Kids in Queens on May 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, May 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 May 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

Toddler Learning Center - Flushing Library
Through May 16, 2019 - Flushing

Open to young children ages 18–38 months and their parents/caregivers, this five-week workshop is led by early childhood professionals. Adults will learn about nutrition, speech development, early literacy, and other parenting topics, while toddlers play with age-appropriate educational toys and develop social interaction skills. Registration required. Please visit or call the Children's Room: 718-661-1212.

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!

Traditions: Old and New - Noguchi Museum
Through May 18, 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. 

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.

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.

8th Annual Queens New Music Festival - The Secret Theatre
Through May 19, 2019 - Long Island City

This festival, which was first produced in 2012, is an annual event that brings new music front and center into Queens. Each year, its presenters invite ensembles to participate and accepts dozens of concert proposals from various artists. RAM then selects and curates the proposals, and invites other ensembles, to create a multi-day festival celebrating the diversity of styles and voices in new music today.

Earthly Creations: Nature and Art - Noguchi Museum
Through May 19, 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 10:30–11:45 am 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.

Spring Origami for Kids - Queens Library - Peninsula
Through May 20, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Enjoy a spring origami for kids program. Supplies are limited.

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.

Basic Guitar Lessons - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through May 21, 2019 - Woodhaven

Learn chords and songs in this four-week class for ages 6-12. Participants must attend all four classes. Guitars available with library card. Pre-registration required. Limited space. Sign-ups start Monday April 15.

Cinema Saturdays - Forest Hills Library
Through May 25, 2019 - Forest Hills

Kids ages 6 and older and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' Story Hour Room. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies!
Join us in May for the following movies:
5/4: Megamind (2010, PG)
5/11: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG)
5/18: A Bug’s Life (1998, G)
5/25: Stuart Little (1999, PG)

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
Through May 25, 2019 - Long Island City

Climb on board and get ready for adventure at The Secret Theatre's longest-running children's musical in Queens: Pirate Pete's Parrot. A melodic medley of misfits promises music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults. 

Pirate Pete is a lovable rogue on a mission: to find his beloved runaway parrot Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed), to find his buried treasure, and to pay the rent to Baron Big-Butt. Children and adults will find a lot to love in this quirky production filled with memorable characters! Directed by Terrance O'Lear.

Audience interaction. Photo opportunity after the performance with the actors. Feel free to dress up in costume!

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.

Music for Tots - Queens Library - Corona Branch
Through May 29, 2019 - Corona

Come sing and dance to wonderful children's tunes! A few songs in Spanish are included. This program is recommended for ages 2+.

 

Music and Movement for Infants and Toddlers - Glen Oaks Library
Through May 29, 2019 - Glen Oaks

Infants, toddlers, and caregivers can enjoy songs, movement, finger plays, puppets, and other activities.

Family Playtime - Queens Library - Auburndale Branch
Through May 31, 2019 - Flushing

Children ages 12 months to 3 years and their caretakers can enjoy bonding, doing finger plays, singing, dancing, and throwing and catching bean bags. Registration not required.

Friday Morning Storytime - Kew Gardens Hills Library
Through May 31, 2019 - Flushing

Head to the library for stories, songs, and finger plays for children ages 18-36 months old.

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.

100th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight! - Rockaway Artist Alliance’s T-7 Gallery at Fort Tilden
Through June 02, 2019 - Rockaway Point

Meditation for Kids - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through June 05, 2019 - Woodhaven

Learn the benefits and different techniques of meditation for ages 5-12.

Culture Pass Community Programs: Learning Through Art for Children - Long Island City Library
Through June 06, 2019 - Long Island City

Join the Culture Pass Community Programs with The Noguchi Museum.

Thursday May 2nd, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm
"Playground Design"

Thursday, June 6th, 2019 from 3:30-5:30pm
"Mixed Media Sculpture"

This program is for children 7-11 years old. Space is limited for all sessions. First-come, first-served.

Little Kids Craft - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through June 06, 2019 - Howard Beach

Join for arts and crafts fun.

Pajama Storytime! - Queens Library - Hillcrest
Through June 06, 2019 - Flushing

Children can dress in their pajamas, listen to stories, sing songs, and dance.

Children and Tween Creative Art Studio - Queens Library- South Jamaica Branch
Through June 08, 2019 - South Jamaica

Kids and tweens are invited to join the creative art studio at the South Jamaica Community Library to enjoy a variety of art projects. Ages 6 and older are welcome.

Cirque du Soleil Presents 'LUZIA' - Citi Field
Through June 09, 2019 - Corona

Cirque du Soleil returns to New York City with its delightfully imaginative and visually stunning production LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. Audiences are invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at CITI Field to escape to an imaginary Mexico, a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality. In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness, and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces, and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes, a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

STEM Storytime - Queens Library - South Jamaica Branch
Through June 14, 2019 - South Jamaica

Children in pre-K to grade 1 are invited to join weekly for a story and various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. This fun and hands-on program will include a read-aloud of a popular children's picture book along with a STEM craft and activity.

 

Mother Goose - Queens Library: Briarwood Branch
Through June 19, 2019 - Brairwood

Children ages 6-18 months and their parent/caregiver are invited to join for simple picture books, nursery rhyme finger plays, and playtime.

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.

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Pre-K Stories - Flushing Library
Through June 21, 2019 - Flushing

Parents/caregivers with Pre-K three and four year olds will enjoy storytime and activities. Explore a new theme and skill every week!

 

Chess Club - Queens Library - Rochdale Village Branch
Through June 24, 2019 - Jamaica

Children and teens can learn and improve their knowledge of chess.

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 Music - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through June 26, 2019 - Woodhaven

Join for songs, creative movement, instruments, and a simple craft for ages 1 - 3. Caregiver must attend.

Toddler Time - Bay Terrace Library
Through June 26, 2019 - Bayside

Toddlers ages 18-36 months, with adult caregivers, listen to stories, learn songs and finger play rhymes, and enjoy movement activities.

 

Toddler Time - Queens Library - Peninsula
Through June 26, 2019 - Rockaway Beach

Children ages 18-36 months are welcome to join for stories, songs, finger plays, and rhymes. Space is limited.

 

Toddler Time - Queens Library - Queens Village Branch
Through June 26, 2019 - Queens Village

Children ages 2-4 and their parents or caregivers are welcome to join for songs and stories.

Mommy or Daddy and Me - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through June 26, 2019 - Woodhaven

Join for stories, simple rhymes, and songs, followed by free play for infants and their caregivers.

Toddler Craft - Queens Library - Queens Village Branch
Through June 26, 2019 - Queens Village

Come and join for toddler arts and crafts! This program is designed for children that are 18 months to 5 years old.

 

Chat and Cards - Queens Library - Queens Village Branch
Through June 26, 2019 - Queens Village

Children ages 5 to 12 are welcome to enjoy friendly games of cards and Uno.

Summer Reading: Wednesday Craft Series - Queens Library - Hillcrest
Through June 26, 2019 - Flushing

Kids ages 5 and older can join for a Wednesday craft series in May and June.

Toddler Time - Bay Terrace Library
Through June 26, 2019 - Bayside

Toddlers ages 18-36 months, with adult caregivers, listen to stories, learn songs and finger play rhymes, and enjoy movement activities.

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.

Summer Reading: Hour of Code Club - Queens Library - Hillcrest
Through June 27, 2019 - Flushing

Use the library's laptops for our Hour of Code gaming session! This club will focus on understanding how coding controls everything on computers and technology through gaming. This program is for kids ages 7 and older.

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

Toddler Time - Queens Library - Woodhaven Branch
Through June 28, 2019 - Woodhaven

Join for stories, songs, and finger plays, followed by a coloring page for ages 1-3. Caregiver must attend.

Storytime - Queens Library - Rochdale Village Branch
Through June 28, 2019 - Jamaica

Children birth to age 5 and their parent or caregiver are welcome to join for stories, songs, crafts, and lots of fun. A great way to meet other families with young children in the neighborhood. Siblings are always welcome!

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.

The Hour of Misfit Crafts - Queens Library- Woodhaven Branch
Through June 29, 2019 - Woodhaven

Make a craft from the fourth dimension and beyond. For ages 6-12.

'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.

 

Activity Table - Queens Botanical Garden
Through June 30, 2019 - Flushing

Have fun with family-friendly botanically themed arts and crafts activities. Included with Garden admission. Drop-in.

Queens Night Market - New York Hall of Science
Through August 17, 2019 - Corona

The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.

Photo: Queens Night Market // Storm Garner

Storytime and Me - Queens Library - Douglaston-Little Neck Branch
Through August 30, 2019 - Little Neck

Children between the ages of 8 to 18 months and their caregivers are welcome to enjoy a storytime and activity time together.

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

Roots Saturdays - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through October 26, 2019 - Long Island City

Every Saturday at the Park, join Hellgate Farm and a rotation of local partners like The Connected ChefBig ReuseSmiling Hogshead RanchQueens Action Council (QuAC), and the Queens Beekeepers Guild for drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families.

Hellgate Farm will also be selling their micro-local fresh cut produce and small batch products like signature hot sauce, honey, and dried herbs.

In partnership with The NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse, Socrates now offers free compost drop-off every day of the week!

Roots Saturdays is part of Back to Our Roots programming at Socrates that aims to create opportunities for connecting directly with the community and empowering healthy food choices along the way.

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

'Guess What' - The Family-Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show - The Creek & The Cave
Through March 21, 2020 - Long Island City

A stand up comedy show for families! Come see comedy and don't worry about getting a babysitter.

NYC comics that perform at clubs, colleges and on TV come here to try their PG best to make your whole family laugh. The show is super kid-friendly: It is hosted by fun 11-year and her lame Dad.

All kids get a chance to tell jokes in between the comedians. Doors open at 12:30. Show starts at 1pm.