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Toddler and Preschool Playdate - Queens Village Library
Through December 27, 2018 - Queens Village
Children and their caretakers can drop in for circle time, stories, and open play. Come join this great opportunity for socialization and early literacy development.
The Big Bolt! - Long Island Children's Museum
Through December 30, 2018 - Garden City
Jimmi is a confident, curious girl and aspiring engineer who loves to build and explore the neighborhood with her friendly dog Conrad. Her curiosity can sometimes get her into trouble, though. While visiting a local construction site, Jimmi decides to take a big, important-looking bolt home with her. A hilarious chain of events unfold, involving a confused mail carrier, a melodramatic opera singer and an overly confident construction supervisor. With Conrad’s guidance, Jimmi learns to take responsibility for her choices. Laugh along with Jimmi in this comical romp, and learn important lessons about honesty, consequences and forgiveness.
2018 Gingerbread Lane Workshops - New York Hall of Science
Through December 30, 2018 - Corona
Make a GingerBread Lane house or train! This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will give participants the option to design and build their own ginger bread house or train — it’s up to you to decide which one you want to create. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit including: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.
Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing and candy provided, parents of children with food allergies should email [email protected] to decide if this workshop is appropriate for them. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer. Registration 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.
STACKS Program - Poppenhusen Library
Through December 31, 2018 - College Point
This program will enhance learning experiences through structured and unstructured age (6-14) appropriate activities in a safe and welcoming environment that helps build emotional, social, and academic skills. Participate in a variety of enrichment activities that are informative, hands-on, and fun! Activities include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and literacy-based activities that complement the school curriculum.
Our Senses: An Immersive Experience - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2019 - Upper West Side
This new 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.
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.
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!
NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park - Astoria Park Track
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.