Things to Do With Kids in Queens on November 30

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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, November 30, 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 November 30. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Queens, check out our complete calendar of events.

Queens College Orchestra Concert - LeFrak Concert Hall
November 30, 2018 - Flushing

Join Guest Conductor, Mark Powell for an evening of beautiful music. Program highlights include: 

Theofanidis              Rainbow Body

Vieuxtemps              Concerto No. 4, Op.31, Emma Dong, violin

Mozart                      Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551

Tree Lighting Ceremony - Lawn South of Rivercross
November 30, 2018 - Roosevelt Island

Holiday tree lighting ceremony, includes live music, holiday performances from community groups, gift and food giveaways, raffle prizes, and Santa!

Kids in the Kitchen - Long Island Children's Museum
November 30, 2018 - Garden City

Little chefs use real cooking tools (with some help from adults) as we make easy, yummy, kid-friendly snacks from start to finish.   As they make their treat, kids gain experience measuring ingredients, following directions and building their vocabulary. This Week: Cheesy Garlic Bread. Allergy Note: Ingredients contain parsley, soy, wheat and dairy.

'Electra' - LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College
Through December 01, 2018 - Long Island City

Directed by Professor Stefanie Sertich, is a tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Electra and her brother Orestes revenge their mother Clytemnestra and step-father Aegisthus for the murder of their father Agamemnon. It is considered one of Sophocles’ most successful dramas. Director Sertich’s production is set in the 1990’s, war-torn Croatia, in memory of her Croatian family members and friends.

   

Osmo 4-Day Pop Up at Queens Center - Queens Center
Through December 02, 2018 - Elmhurst

Osmo, the company that sparked the New Play Movement let’s kids test drive all their games for FREE at their 4-day pop-up. Games kids can play with include: Super Studio, Coding Awbie and Pizza Co; and they can become their own animator using Super Studio (3 versions -- Mickey Mouse & Friends, Princesses, and Incredibles), where Osmo brings their favorite Disney characters--Mickey, Minnie, Aurora and Frozone--to life on the iPad or Amazon Fire tablet. Backed by decades of research on the power of hands-on play, Osmo creates an entirely new way for kids to interact with the screen. Guiding early education into a new era, Osmo bridges the gap between physical and digital play that gives kids the hands-on play they need and the screen time they want. Adopted by one-third of US schools and half a million families, the company is going on tour to get its engaging universe of experiences into the hands of even more kids.

The 2018 Fall Faculty Dance Concert: Dimensions - Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Through December 02, 2018 - Flushing

Britten’s War Requiem is a reflection and warning on the senselessness of war.  Together these three works emphasize a theme of unity, and focus on bringing people together through music.

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
Through December 02, 2018 - Rockville Centre

We ring in the holiday season with our twentieth annual Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet “The Nutcracker.” Rockville Centre Guild for The Arts and Leggz Ltd. Ballet Company present the full-length production that has no equal anywhere on Long Island!! The South Shore Symphony summons all its forces to accompany the Corps De Ballet. With a full score, this magical extravaganza features guest ballet stars of international prestige and talented young dancers from the metropolitan area. You are sure to want to make this Nutcracker a holiday family tradition.

Fall 2018 Film Series: Therapeutic Cinema - Queens Museum
Through December 12, 2018 - Flushing

Films that explore the psychological challenges of creating and maintaining an identity. Whether the focus is on a patient or a therapist, these movies offer a peek into the myriad workings of the mind. Each film is introduced by Mark Ethan Toporek, who also leads a post-screening discussion. He is a member of the Actors Studio, who has appeared in films including The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Confessionand Lesser Prophets. He has been presenting the Film Series at the Queens Museum since 1998, and at Manhattan’s 92Y since 2003.

Screenings Schedule:

ArtAccess: Open Studio For Young Adults with Autism - Queens Museum
Through December 16, 2018 - Flushing

Individuals between 17 and 25, work on 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. Participants must be accompanied to the Museum

'Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas' - Thalia Spanish Theatre
Through December 16, 2018 - Sunnyside

Celebrates the holiday traditions experienced by a young person of Mexican immigrant parents growing up in New York City. From Aztec-inspired dance to Christmas carols, the youngster tries to bring their two worlds together. In a dream, they imagine the fusion of Mariachi music with Tchaikovsky, folk dance with classical ballet, and the wonderment of their two cultures. But a tempting character preaches the separation of these customs, and the youngster must choose. The company of dancers and musicians led by Calpulli's Music Director George Saenz.     

Kids' Discovery Club - Queens Library - Howard Beach Branch
Through December 18, 2018 - Howard Beach

Something new every week! Will it be science? Art? Math? There is always a surprise for kids ages 6-12 and their friends and families.

Retold with Tech - Broadway Library
Through December 18, 2018 - Long Island City

This an innovative 12- week program lets tweens (ages 9-12) reinterpret their favorite books using tech tools, apps, and programs. Participants will develop technological, analytic, and interpersonal skills while creating book-inspired temporary tattoos and stickers, pin-backed buttons, postcards, comic strips, stop-motion animation, video games using Scratch coding, and video slideshows. Registration required. Customers are required to attend all sessions of this program. Registering for this session will reserve your spot for the entire program.

 

Virtual Realiteen - Glen Oaks Library
Through December 20, 2018 - Glen Oaks

Come use the Oculus Rift headset!  Have fun, tour Venice, take a space walk, or punch robots really hard.

 

 

Santaland - Macy's
Through December 24, 2018 - Midtown

An annual tradition for so many families, visiting Santaland at Macy's means entering a fantasy world of glittering pine trees, snow-capped mountains, twinkling lights, cuddly animals, and gingerbread cookies. The 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village is filled with holiday treasures, the biggest of which is Santa Claus himself. After meeting Santa, guests can buy a photo package with images taken by on-site staff. This year, visits are by reservation only.

Musical Bubble Mother Goose and Toddler Time - Queensboro Hill LIbrary
Through December 26, 2018 - Flushing

 Parents will learn how to create a bond with their babies and books. Baby Bounces, creative movement, Interactive stories, and hand rhymes are included. Bubbles and Music are included as well. Musical Bubble Toddler Time Wednesdays 11:15-11:45 a.m. For ages 18 months-36 months. Caregivers and/or Parents will learn how to make reading fun. Families will listen to interactive stories and hand rhymes. Also included are music and bubbles. Then it will end with short educational alphabet craft.

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 publicprograms@nysci.org 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.