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!
'Les Moutons' (The Sheep) - Long Island Children's Museum
April 22, 2012 - Garden City
Reality meets fantasy in this live installation that recreates a country scene in a typical urban setting. Travel to a strange and hilarious universe as CORPUS takes you through a carefully studied, surrealistic overview of sheep behavior. Meet Julie, Marie-Louise, Bernadette, and Cesar, three healthy ewes and a young ram as you take part in their daily routines, including shearing, feeding, milking and much more. This innovative performance twists reality in surprising ways and takes audience interaction to new heights. Performances will be held in outside, weather permitting.
The Bronx Wanderers - Queens Theatre
April 22, 2012 - Corona
Be transported to a street corner in the 1950’s when the soulful, melodic sounds of doo-wop and a new style of music called rock-and-roll ruled the airwaves. Bring your family to spend a toe-tapping, hand-clapping and dancing-in-the-aisles evening with The Bronx Wanderers.
Rex Reed’s The Man That Got Away: Ira Without George - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
April 22, 2012 - Bayside
Internationally renowned critic/author/lecturer Rex Reed hosts this star-studded tribute, which follows the life of lyricist Ira Gershwin, George’s older brother. “The Man That Got Away: Ira Without George” focuses on the songs he wrote without his brother, including collaborations with Vernon Duke, Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, and Jerome Kern. This all-star cast performs 27 numbers including classic standards "I Can’t Get Started," "Spring Again," "My Ship," "Long Ago and Far Away," and "The Man That Got Away."
Children's Carnival - Queens County Farm Museum
April 22, 2012 - Floral Park
Join the Queens County Farm Museum for a carnival in the apple orchard. Carnival rides, midway games and prizes, hayrides, and children’s entertainment all await you and your family. Carnival rides included at no additional charge. Height rules apply at all rides.
Family Art Project: Who Will Speak for the Trees? - Wave Hill
April 22, 2012 - Bronx
Listen to guest storyteller Rama Mandel read "The Lorax," by Dr. Seuss, and "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein. Working with your hands, form burlap and mixed papers into a portrait that honors trees. Then fashion a tiny Earth Day gem to wear as a charm or pin. Free with grounds admission.
Corpus Dance presents 'A Flock of Flyers' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 22, 2012 - Garden City
Due to severe budget cutbacks the 217th Canadian Flying Squadron has been left without any planes. Determined to fly at any cost, the five flyers continue their regimented training in an imaginary airfield. Choreographed down to the millimeter, the flyers have paraded their hilarious maneuvers to audiences around the world. Part dance, part theatre, the performance invites audience members to learn the "flight patterns" of the flyers, with exceedingly humorous results.
Gingerbread Players Present Annie - St. Lukes Church
April 22, 2012 - Forest Hills
Annie, the classic family musical is this tale of a little orphan girl who wins the love of a hard-bitten tycoon in Depression-era New York. The score, including such unforgettable numbers as ?The Sun?ll Come Out Tomorrow,? ?Easy Street? and ?Hard-Knock Life,? is a toe-tapping delight. Call 718-268-7772 or visit GingerBreadPlayers.org for more information.
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre Co. - Kupferberg Center for the Performing Arts
April 22, 2012 - Flushing
Fast-paced, universally engaging, and theatrically clever, Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. has won the praise and affection of audiences worldwide. Now your family has the opportunity to see big blow-up shapes shimmer, as well as balloon deflate and bounce in a rainbow of colors.
Let's Go Fly a Kite - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 27, 2012 - Garden City
Sail into spring as you design a kite decoration to celebrate the new season. Use special dot markers, yarn, and paper to create a one-of-kind kite. The program runs through April 27, 2012.
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. The exhibit runs through May 20, 2012.
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.