Top 5 Weekend Events

With tennis fever heating up Queens, great ways to enjoy nature in NYC and wonderful cultural events, this weekend is loaded with numerous ways to relax and enjoy some family fun!  With Sunday shaping up to be a soaker throughout the area, make the most of your outdoor time this Saturday with these events…

Arthur Ashe Kids Day

Saturday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It’s that time of year again!  Queens is buzzing as we anticipate the start of the 2011 US Open at Flushing Meadows Park.  Two days prior to kick-off, families can get in on all the excitement at the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day!  Kids will rule the tennis stadium as a variety of great performers, activities and events aim to introduce and immerse them in the sport.  Check out all the fun at

Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Chinese Music, Dance and Opera

Saturday, August 27, 6:45 p.m.

Artists from the Chinese Cultural Center will present a dance program and lead an interactive, colorful Ribbon Dance for children.  A variety of music and martial arts demonstrations will also be featured. See details at Queens Botantical Garden.

Queens Botantical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing

Sixth Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival

Saturday, August 27, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This wonderful annual event will teach families and give them an up close and personal look at the peak shorebird migration.  Kids will love the early morning educational presentations and the two mile bird hike with experienced park rangers.  Call 718-318-4340 to reserve a spot.  Visit Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for further details.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, 1 Cross Bay Blvd.

Do-It-Yourself Book Making

Saturday, August 27, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Families are welcomed to drop in to make their own books out of paper, features, glitter and a variety of other creative materials.  Visit Saturday Sculpture Workshop for details.

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway, Long Island City

Family Story Times

Saturday, August 28, 11:00 a.m.

Families and children of all ages are invited to hear stories, sing songs and participate in a variety of other fun activities at these wonderful family story times.  For details visit Queens Library.

Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Avenue, and Ridgewood Library, 20-12 Madison Street


Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg