For a delightful afternoon of puppets and storytelling, parents who live in Queens should check out the workshop hosted by Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, May 18th at 1 p.m. Kids eight and up who live in Queens will have the opportunity to work with The Queen of Colors puppeteers from the Company Les Voisins. Sign up soon, as the workshop is limited to only twenty participants. The workshop will help kids in Queens homes unleash their creative storytelling voices. This is a perfect class for the budding raconteur living in your Queens home.
After the workshop, stay for the wonderful performance of The Queen of Colors, based on a German’s children’s story by Jutta Bauer. The story is vividly imagined and about releasing creativity. The puppet performance by the Company Les Voisins, accompanied by a “Court Musician” will enchant audience members who live in Queens.
Tickets for the workshop are $6, $4 for children, and free for members with tickets to the 2:15 p.m. show. Flushing Town Hall is a venue for the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and is dedicated to providing arts and educational programs for children who live in Queens. For full details, visit the Flushing Hall website.
Memorial Day is coming up on Monday, May 27th for those who live in Queens. It’s a solemn day to remember those who have fallen in battle while serving their country, but it also has a community feel, as people come together to remember and to celebrate with barbeques and parades. The largest Memorial Day Parade is the Little-Neck Douglaston, and you won’t want to miss this celebration which includes the 82nd annual parade, taking place close to your Queens home.
Those who live in Queens and want to remember and honor fallen soldiers can also come to Community Church of Little Neck, where an interfaith service will be held at 10 a.m. The service will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Monument and Flagpole in St. Anastasia’s courtyard.
Get your family and friends who live in Queens together for the parade, which starts at 2 p.m. The route goes along Northern Boulevard, beginning at Jayson Street in Great Neck, then turns west toward St. Anastasia’s courtyard at Alameda Boulevard in Douglaston. Enjoy the marching bands and floats from community organizations and schools near Queens homes and being a part of your community. For more information, please click here.
When you live in Queens, everyday can be filled with unusual experiences. Take for instance a trip you might make this spring to the Queens Zoo. You and your family can witness an annual event like none other if you mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th for the Queens Zoo Sheep Shearing Weekend! It’s time for the sheep to get their spring haircuts. You and your family can observe the process, as well as enjoy many crafts and other sheepy activities on your day of fun and exploration.
An expert sheep-shearer will help the sheep out of their winter coats, then you can learn about how artisans spin and dye the wool to make textiles at special demonstrations. Peter Sepe, an expert wool processor, will show you and the kids living in your Queens home how different spinning and dyeing techniques are used to make your favorite sweaters. The kids can also make fun sheep-themed crafts to take home. Learn about the Zoo’s other domestic animals, including pigs, goats, llamas, as well as the sheep, at education stations.
It’s going to be a sheep-tastic weekend at the Queens Zoo! Bring your farm-loving family and enjoy a great outing. Learn more at by visiting the Queens Zoo online.
If you live in Queens, you are super close to JFK airport and the JFK Runway Run! The 5K race is sponsored by the Rotary Club of JFK International Airport. The race’s $25 registration fee will go to support the Rotary Club’s scholarship program and their Gift of Life Program, which sponsors heart operations for children in countries with limited medical technology. Race funds will also be used to fund Christmas parties for handicapped children.
Take the short trip from your Queens home to JFK on Sunday, April 14th for the Runway Run. Registration goes from 7 to 8:15 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. Race on the main runway at JFK, while aircraft are routed to take off and land on a secondary runway. Where else can you run where jets have raced? After the race, enjoy fruit and bagels with the other runners and enjoy your accomplishment. Online registration is available until 11:59 p.m. on April 12th to be a part of the race. You can also mail in your registration form, but it must be received by April 10th. For registration information or to get more details about the race and about the work of the JFK Rotary Club, please visit the JFK Runway website.
Living in a Queens home means living in one of the country’s most active cultural hubs. Showcasing some of the best of the old and the new is The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New York Public Radio’s open gathering place. Many events are free and ticketed events are quite affordable for those who live in Queens.
Tickets are still available for the March 21st event, “Inside Look: The Madrid.” Join WQXR’s Elliot Forrest for a conversation about the new Off-Broadway play “The Madrid”, with actors John Ellison Conlee and Edie Falco, playwright Liz Flahvie and director Leigh Silverman.
On March 23rd, you can listen to a cross-genre celebration of the work of Bach. Tickets are still available. Bach appears on the schedule of events again on March 28th, this time for a free afternoon concert of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
You also won’t want to miss the lively Friday evening party and concert on April 5th, called the Battle of the Boroughs: The Bronx, featuring Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band. Tickets are still available for this show, as well.
Enjoy some St. Paddy’s day fun near your Forest Hills home at the Irish Cottage Restaurant & Pub! A fixture in Queens for the last 50 years, the Irish Cottage boasts excellent draft beer, voted ‘Best Guinness in NYC’. The atmosphere is cozy and homey and the barkeep will take good care of you. Enjoy your pint and a plate of their famous shepherd’s pie or delicious fish and chips while listening to the tunes on the jukebox or watching the game.
Just a short walk from your Queens home and you’ll step into a little piece of Dublin! Why go far from home when your neighborhood pub is so fantastic? You’ll quickly become a regular part of the family, bantering with the bartenders and chatting warmly with the owner Kathleen McNulty.
What are you waiting for? Step out the front door of your Forest Meadows home and come on down to the Irish Cottage Restaurant & Pub for a pint and a snack. Bring your friends and discover a gem right in your back yard. The perfect pub for St. Patrick’s Day, you may even consider making this your regular stop near your Forest Hills home on other days, as well! The pub is located at 10807 72nd Avenue in Forest Hills.
Pretty soon Queens County Farm Museum will be gearing up for their annual Barnyard Easter Egg Hunt, held near your Queens home! On Saturday, March 30th, from 12 to 4 p.m., you and your family can attend an event designed for all ages at the orchard. Planned seasonal activities and tons of eggs for gatherers make this one of the best ways you could spend your weekend play time. You’ll also be able to visit with Whiskers the bunny and run around to your heart’s content. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, and photographers will all enjoy the games and beautiful day, too.
From dancing the “bunny hop”, a suspenseful egg toss, to other historical and hysterical egg rolling relays and games. The Queens County Farm Museum is the place for traditional fun and you can also visit the farm animals and petting stations or ride on the Queens County Farm Museum hayride. Only $5 per person or free with your Farm PLUS Membership. Located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, in Floral Park, plan your day at the farm now and get ready to have a fantastic time. The farm is also open daily for your outdoor pleasure. See the events scheduled throughout the year by clicking here or call 718.347.3276 for more information.
Queens Zoo is offering a “freeze” on family memberships to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) this week. For $164, families who live in Queens can purchase a yearlong admission pass that includes entry for two adults, their children, and one additional guest. The WCS pass is good for more than just the zoo near your Queens home, however. It can also be used at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Play Zoo, and the New York Aquarium.
Queens Zoo is full of active fun with programs designed for children and teens. Trained guides can teach you about the animals and wildlife at the zoo with themed occasions, close encounters, and even overnight adventures for families! Study the trails and see lynx and other assorted animals as you explore and tour the zoo on your own, as well.
With a family membership, you also will receive priority admission, free parking, and notice of special events occurring in the parks. Individual zoo memberships and conservation memberships are also being offered at lower than normal rates, making this the time to act if you have been thinking about purchasing a pass. Please visit the Wildlife Conservation Society to find out more. Queens Zoo can be found at 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
This year’s Flushing’s Lunar New Year Parade will take place on February 16th, bringing with it a host of Chinese New Year celebrations, near your Queens home. From dragon dancers and steel drummers to fireworks, the nearly 5,000 person parade is definitely a show-stopper! In year’s past bystanders who live in Queens have watch the parade from the Flushing Library and Main Street, as it begins at 11 a.m. at Union Street and 39th Avenue and concludes at 39th Avenue and Main. Following the parade, Queens Crossing Mall is the site of the traditional New Year Festival with plenty of booths, activities, and food to welcome in the new year!
You can also join in the fun and festivities of celebrating the Year of the Snake at the Flushing Town Hall where you can see an exhibit beginning on February 10th of Taiwan’s New Year Prints. Families can also make the most of the New Lunar Year by making their own prints or Lunar Lanterns, as well. Find out more by visiting the Town Hall by clicking here. The Korean Lunar New Year celebration is sure to have plenty for you to do, too, with music, food, dancing and even martial arts displays. Call the Korea Village Open Center to find our more at 718.353.8969.
Whether you live in Queens or any other part of New York, a special treat awaits you in the Bronx. There, at the New York Botanical Garden, you will find All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™. An amazing day where young children and their families can meet Thomas and Driver Sam and embark on a mini-adventure and puppet show as they assist Thomas in finding his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks. Cameras are essential for this day packed with photo opportunities with Thomas and and friends near your Queens home to capture the memories.
Show tickets are still available for the following dates and times:
- January 15-18: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- January 19-21: 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
- January 22-25: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- January 26-27: 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
We suggest you hurry and book your trip now as time is running out (Thomas leaves on January 27th). Tickets and more information, including details on visiting the garden exhibits can be purchased by clicking here. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx and you can also call 718.817.8700 for more details.