NYC has thousands of things for families and children to do, and during the spring and summer, the city has activities that include museum exhibitions, concerts, arts and crafts, sports, nature walks in local parks, and many other outdoor activities. Here are some of today's kid-friendly activities in Queens, from performances to exhibitions!
Welcome to Ms. B's Cultural Enrichment Corner - Queens Library: Pomonok Branch
Through March 02, 2012 - Flushing
Velma Banks, also known as Ms. B., has an enchanted corner where your children will learn about the accomplishments of such special people as Madam C. J. Walker, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. George Washington Carver, and King Tutankhamen. Through Ms. B., kids learn about the hardships that each of these people had to overcome, their unique talents and strength of character, and how we are benefiting from their contributions today.
How We Came to Queens: An Intergenerational Storytelling Workshop - Queens Library: Hollis Branch
April 02, 2012 - Hollis
Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week at the library by creating your own stories. Storyteller Robin Bady will guide parents and children to work together and create a story about how their own families or others arrived in Queens. Storytelling and theater techniques will be taught. Preregistration is required.
Painting And Collage - Queens Library: Langston Hughes Branch
April 02, 2012 - Corona
Learn watercolor painting and collage techniques with professional artist Beth Bailis. We'll be using artist materials including watercolors and various types of paper collage. Teens, please register in person at the Reference Desk or by telephone at 718-651-1100.
April's Fool - St. Sebastian Parish Center
Through April 03, 2012 - Woodside
Movement Theater workshop for children 8-9 years old. Mare Nostrum Elements, a theater company located in Woodside, Queens is presenting an eight session Movement Theater workshop being held every Tuesday night from 3pm-5pm. This is a free workshop and space is limited so please register by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 718-545-6665.
'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through April 08, 2012 - Manhattan
City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet."
"Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away.
As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.
Seal and Bird Watching Cruises - Riis Landing
Through April 15, 2012 - Breezy Point
Come experience a wonderful, two-and-a-half hour narrated adventure as we seek out these playful mammals in their natural habitat as well as a variety of seabirds.
The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 29, 2012 - Garden City
Get a taste of what it's like to be an archaeologist as you join in the treasure quest and immerse yourself in the intrigue of Maya culture. Watch the video left behind by the missing archaeological team, then piece together their clues to find the jade medallion. The exhibits runs through April 29, 2012.
'Walkin' After Midnight' -Kaleidozone - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2012 - Garden City
Using her childhood as inspiration, artist Danielle O'Malley has created an interactive exhibit where visitors can move through a miniature neighborhood with the help of small dolls and folk stories. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2012.
Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2012 - Garden City
Stop by the Community Gallery to view a mixed media exhibition featuring the artwork of elementary school students from Elmont School District. The exhibit runs Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, through April 30, 2012
Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. - Museum of the Moving Image
Through May 01, 2012 - Astoria
There are daily screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut's Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. is a thrilled-filled serial about the iron-jawed crime fighter whose adversary, the Ghost, can turn himself invisible. Families can enjoy fifteen episodes, with new episodes available weekly.
Frank Oscar Larson: 1950s New York Street Stories - Queens Museum of Art
Through May 20, 2012 - Corona
Larson was an avid empathetic observer of life on the streets of New York City. The everyday person is honored in his candid portraits of "working stiffs," families, and children.
Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through August 19, 2012 - Manhattan
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
"Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."
Rocket Park Mini Golf - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2012 - Flushing
Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.
Zumbatomic - Vibez Studio
Through October 01, 2012 - Bayside
Zumbatomic® is an upbeat dance workout designed exclusively for kids (ages 4-12). Zumbatomic classes are high-energy fitness parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines, and all the music kids love. Parents love Zumbatomic because of the effects it has on kids such as increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism, and enhancing coordination. Zumbatomic rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym – for themselves, for their kids, for a fun family experience.