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!
President's Week with The Muppets - Museum of the Moving Image
February 23, 2012 - Astoria
Dudley Moore and Lily Tomlin join the Muppets in an hour of hilarious movie spoofs. Kermit hosts the festivities, introducing Muppet-fied versions of Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, and Heat Wave with you-know-who in the part of Marilyn Monroe, and many others.
Delighting in de Kooning - Long Island Children's Museum
February 23, 2012 - Garden City
Calling all artists! Learn about abstract art and what inspired the artist Willem de Kooning. Be inspired by nature. Mix your own paint palette to capture the feelings of the winter season.
Tall Stories presents 'Twinkle Twonkle' - Long Island Children's Museum
February 23, 2012 - Garden City
Stella loves the stars and every evening she gazes at them through her telescope. Her little brother Ryan loves nursery rhymes and one night he wishes on a star. He disappears through her telescope. An adventure into space with science and nursery rhymes.
Tin for Ten - Long Island Children's Museum
February 23, 2012 - Garden City
The traditional 10th anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. Help LICM celebrate its 10th year on Museum Row by helping to build the ultimate tin trophy. Add to the artwork by building a collaborative sculpture using an exciting array of tin, aluminum, and other shiny materials.
Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 23, 2012 - Garden City
Tots will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and Play-Doh in this class full of artistic activities that everyone loves but no one wants to clean up after. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children 18 months to 4 years.
The Electric Company - NY Hall of Science
February 23, 2012 - Corona
Be a part of the Electric Company! Electric Company Cast member Shock brings the popular PBS show to life with an interactive screening, a stage game, giveaways, and more. The live, 45-minute show includes cast member Shock leading audience members through an interactive screening of "Fistful of Confetti," an episode of The Electric Company. Continue the fun by joining a 30-minute game, which immediately follows the show. Check www.discoverqueens.info for discount coupons.
NYC Compost Project in Queens: I Love Worms For Kids - Queens Botanical Garden
February 23, 2012 - Flushing
Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (ages 5 and up, accompanied by an adult) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms! Featured activity includes making heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants. Be prepared to get your hands dirty! Registration required. Email email@example.com or call 718-539-5296 to register.
Jackson Heights 3am - Queens Theatre
Through February 25, 2012 - Corona
Curious about what kind of Jackson Heights comes out after dark? Gather the family to see a multicultural cast of 24 actors bring to life livery cab drivers, police officers, Bangladeshi insomniacs, expatriate ER doctors, Ecuadorian waitresses, Colombian drag queens, and other denizens of the neighborhood.
Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 26, 2012 - Bronx
Discover the Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. Tour the many surprises in the Victorian-style glasshouse, where the harsh outdoor weather gives way to warm rain forest mists, soaring palm trees, and bright desert landscapes.
Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through March 01, 2012 - Garden City
Stop by the Community Gallery and enjoy the mixed media art work created by the students from North Babylon Schools. The exhibit runs through March 1, 2012.
Children's Program - Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders - New York Botanical Garden
Through March 02, 2012 - Bronx
Go on a scavenger hunt to discover tropical plants inside the warm Conservatory, then explore plants native to New York in the winter wonderland of the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Children sort fruits and leaves from around the world and pot plants to take home.
Jim Henson's Fantastic World - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 04, 2012 -
The exhibition features more than 120 artifacts, including drawings, storyboards, and props, and video material that illustrate Henson's boundless creativity and innumerable accomplishments. A special addition to the exhibition at Museum of the Moving Image is a puppet of Miss Piggy from The Muppets Take Manhattan. Among other highlights are fourteen additional iconic original puppets of such characters as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Bert, and Ernie; photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work; and excerpts from Henson's early projects and experimental films. The exhibition spans Henson's entire career, beginning with drawings, cartoons, and posters produced during his college years in the late 1950s and concluding with objects related to the inspired imaginary worlds of his popular fantasy film The Dark Crystal (1982). Visitors will encounter materials from Henson's best-known projects, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie and its sequels, and Fraggle Rock, as well as objects related to his Sesame Street characters. Visitors will also learn about Sam and Friends, an early show Henson created in the 1950s, Henson's television commercial work in the 1960s, and the segments Henson made for The Ed Sullivan Show.
Bilingual Storytime - Queens Library: Far Rockaway Branch
Through March 21, 2012 - Far Rockaway
Play and learn with your child at the library. The bilingual story time is designed for children from birth to 36 months of age. Exposure to the rhythms of language and music can help introduce very young children to books and reading.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Rocket Park Mini Golf - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2012 - Queens
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.