Top 10 Kids Events in Queens March 31-April 1

We’ve rounded up some great events this week, from Opening Weekend at the Botanical Gardens to a West Side Story Sing-a-long! Check out the rest and plan a fun filled weekend.

Zoo Science Investigators

There’s a mystery to be solved and kids will be the lead investigators! In this class taught by an Urban Ecologist, kids will use real science skills such as water testing to solve a mystery. They’ll use the zoo as their lab to solve the case. And, at the end of the class, they’ll get up close and personal with some of the species that they have been studying.
Ages 7 – 10 years old. Fee: $30 members / $35 non-members. For more information, call 718-271-1500

When: Saturday, March 31, 11am

Where: The Queens Zoo, 53-51 111 Street, Corona

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Celebrate Spring! at Flushing Town Hall

Mexican Paper Art Workshop:

Join Master Mexican paper artist, Aurelia Fernandez, for a workshop based on the tradition of celebrating spring by giving children feathers in school. This lively workshop will show children and adults alike how to make animal hats from paper and found objects.
Andean Instrument-Making Workshop:

Juan “Pepe” Santana will lead a workshop in making Andean instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Participants will have the opportunity to build a pentatonic panpipe called palla and learn how to play simple Andean Melodies.
All ages. $10 / members free

When: Saturday, March 31, 2pm

Where: Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Boulevard

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LaMicro Children’s Theater Workshop

LaMicro Theater is holding a FREE workshop every Saturday through April 21 for children ages 6-9. Registration is required. To register, please email info@lamicrotheater.org For more information, see www.lamicrotheater.org

When: Saturday, March 31, 3pm

Where: Queens Library – Sunnyside, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue

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West Side Story – Movie Sing-A-long

We know that audiences everywhere are singing and dancing along to their favorite movie musicals. So, QPAC has decided to put together this special series to give you another way to enjoy your favorite movies. Imagine being able to sing along with a movie without annoying everyone in the theater. Here, the crowd sings along without an ounce of apprehension. Song sheets and other fun props/activities will be supplied. The most enthusiastic participant from EACH showing will be awarded a $100 cash prize! Best suited for adults and children over 14. $5 General Admission (Purchase tickets in advance)

When: Saturday, March 31, 7:30pm

Where: Queensborough Performing Arts Center – 222-05 56 Avenue, Bayside

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Language Development Workshop
Monte Simeonidis, M.A. CCC-SLP, is an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice (as well as an Astoria native). She will be the instructor in this educational workshop where you will learn about language development from ages 0-3, followed by a Q&A session. Monte will also be available for one-on-one discussions afterward. Price is $20 per family. If you and your partner or famly member are both attending, you only need to sign up for 1 slot. To reserve your place, visit Raising Astoria.

When: Saturday, March 31, 2-3:30

Where: Raising Astoria, 26-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria

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Opening Weekend at Queens Botanical Garden

Meet Flora, take a Garden tour, plant a seed, and welcome spring at the Garden! While you enjoy the day at QBG, be sure to bring the kids over to the Children’s Activity Table for fun, hands-on demonstrations.

When: Saturday & Sunday, March 31 & April 1

Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing

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Clothing & Textile Recycling Collections

Since 2007 GrowNYC has offered textile recycling drop-off sites at selected Greenmarkets, diverting hundreds of thousands of pounds of material from the landfill. Collections accept clean clothing, shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts and other items. Materials are sorted (usable/nonusable, cotton/synthetics). These commodities are then sold for reuse or to recycle markets that turn the materials into rags, fiber and insulation Your contribution is Tax Deductible! For more information, visit their website.

When: Sunday, April 1, 8am-4pm

Where: Jackson Heights Greenmarket, 34th Ave. between 77th & 78th Streets

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Ramona Quimby

The exasperating but lovable third-grader, Ramona Quimby, has delighted young readers for over fifty years through the books of Newbery Medal-winning writer Beverly Clearly. Now, hold onto your hats as the world’s most animated elementary school student comes to life in this latest breathless adventure! Tickets: $14 FREE Shuttle from #7 Mets-Willets Point Station

When: Sunday, April 1, 1 & 3pm

Where: Queens Theatre 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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Noguchi Open Studio: A Drop-In Program for Families

Open Studio:   A Drop-In Program for Families with children of all ages. Families are encouraged to explore the galleries and then spend time in the education room making art. Educators are present to discuss gallery connections, introduce materials, and assist in artmaking. $5 per family includes Museum admission and materials. First Sunday of every month. No registration is required.

When: Sunday, April 1, 11am

Where: Noguchi Museum 32-37 vernon Blvd., Long Island City

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Free Drop In Art Workshops

Children 5 and up with their adult companions. Designed to develop creative skills, these drop-in studio art workshops allow children and their adult companions time in the museum’s studios to explore materials and themes found in the current exhibitions. Children with special needs are welcome. FREE admission.

When: Sunday, April 1, 1:30 – 4:30pm

Where: Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park