April 2011: Kid Friendly Events in Queens

Flowers in Forest Hills

In celebration of the official end to one of the worst winter’s on record, take a few minutes to pack away the winter gear, and then get ready to get out and get moving!  There is so much going on this month and Queens Mamas brings you some of the best events around the borough to usher in the warmer weather and get you in the spring spirit!

Queens Easter Egg Hunt at the Mall

The Queens Mamas Meetup Group is going to be at the Queens Center Mall on April 2nd.  Dress up in your favorite Spring outfit and come join us! There’ll be eggs-traordinary magic, prizes and a few surprises” Register for the event here.

Face the Music Youth Ensemble at the Queens Museum of Art
Sunday, April 3, 3:15 PM  – 4:15 PM, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Join this ensemble of incredibly talented teenage musicians and they perform a variety of musical pieces from the hip-hop era to rockin’ chamber pieces.  Face the Music introduces children and families to some of the greatest musical minds of tomorrow.
Visit Face the Music to learn more.

The Noguchi Museum Present Open Studio
Sunday, April 3, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM , Long Island City
The museum present Open Studio, a Collaboration of Science and Structures, which encourages families and children to create original works of art based on their experience at the museum.  For more information visit Open Art Studio.

Animals Alive at the Astoria Library

Wednesday, April 6, 3:30 PM, Astoria
Young children will love getting up close with and learning about animals from the Alley Pond Environmental Center.  For further details visit Animals Alive.

MillionTreesNYC Workshop at the Queens Botantical Garden
Saturday, April 9, 3:30-5:30 PM , Flushing
Make the pledge to take care of a street tree in your neighborhood.  This workshop will teach kids everything they need to know about the importance of tree care and how it impacts our neighborhood.  Registration is required for this event. Visit Tree Workshop to enroll.

New York Restoration Project in Forest Hills
Saturday, April 9, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, MacDonald Park, Forest Hills, Queens
Jet Blue and the New York Restoration Project team up to help revitalize and beautify McDonald Park in Forest Hills. This past September, much of the lush life at the park was destroyed, but now families can help restore this wonderful area as hundreds of trees are planted.  Volunteers will receive breakfast, lunch, t-shirts and will enjoy great activities all day.  Perfect for all ages!

Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum
Saturday and Sunday April 9 & 10/April 16 & 17, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Glen Oaks
Get in the spring spirit at this fantastic carnival featuring rides, magic shows, games and hayrides.  Get additional details and show times at Children’s Carnival

Alice in Wonderland Follies at the Kupferberg Center
Sunday, April 17, 3:00 PM,  Flushing
From its Once Upon a Ballet Series, The New York Theatre Ballet brings this wonderful classic to life for your littlest dance fans.  Recommended for ages 5 and up, the New York Times calls this performance “a discreet little pearl in the oyster of New York dance.”
Get additional details at Alice in Wonderland

Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo

Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24/11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Meet the Easter bunny, go on an egg hunt and enjoy a variety of spring crafts and activities.
Visit Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo for more information.

Kite Flight, DYI & Fly at Socrates Sculpture Park

Sunday, April 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM , Long Island City
In conjunction with the Noguchi Museum, this free-hands on workshop welcomes kids of all ages to build their own kites out of recycled materials and watch the wind take them away.
To learn more visit Kite Flight.

Jennie Abrams-Rosenberg