Top Ten Events: Veteran’s Day Weekend 2011

We’ve really hit the jackpot with the great weather over the last few days, and what better way to take advantage of the unusually warm November weather, and long weekend, than by getting out and exploring before we’re knee deep in snow? Here are the top ten picks for Veteran’s Day weekend.



Quidditch World Cup

November 12 – 13

The event will feature 95 teams from all over the US and the world, plus circus acts, food and wizarding-merchandise vendors, live animals, actors and performers (including some from the popular A Very Potter Musical), demonstrations of ‘kidditch’–kids quidditch–and over a dozen family-friendly bands. For more information, click here.

Randall’s Island

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert

November 13, 2:00p.m.

Charlie Porter Jazz Quartet, led by multi-genre trumpeter and composer Charlie Porter, plays with an imagination and expertise that sets him apart from other jazz musicians. This concert is free, but you need to RSVP by calling 718-463-7700 ext. 222. For more information, click here.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

Historic New York: The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour

November 12 & 13, 1:00p.m.

Walking through tunnels and hidden chambers can be very exciting, especially when you have a guide who knows them well and is armed with a lantern.  Come see an unfamiliar park of Fort Totten for free. For more information, call (718) 352-1769

Fort Totten Visitor’s Center, 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside

Imagination Playground Day  of Play

November 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come to an entire day of play at the NYSCI’s Day of Play.  Kids will love playing with oversized blocks and more.  While at the museum also check out the Rocket Park Mini Golf, great 3D films including Wild Ocean and Tornado Valley, and enjoy the Shadowplay exhibit .  See it all at Day of Play.

New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows

Young Chefs

November 12, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Kids ages 7-12 will learn how to make a hearty and nutritious vegetable soup just in time for winter.  Learn more at Alley Pond Environmental Center.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, Douglaston

The Short  Films of Sesame Street

November 12, 1:00 p.m.

Kids of all ages will enjoy both the animated and live action films from the early days of Sesame Street.  Classic shorts as well as films created by Jim Henson will be shown. Get details at The Museum of the Moving Image.

The Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria

The Electric Company

November 12, 2:00 p.m.

Parents will love to watch their kids as they experience being part of the hit kids TV show, The Electric Company at this free and fun Queens Library event.  Seating is limited so get your tickets in advance.   Get ticket information at The Electric Company.

Central Library, Jamaica

Child ID Program

November 12, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come to the library to receive a free and fast ID card for your child featuring your child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information and other pertinent information needed by the police in case of an emergency.   Learn more at Child ID Program.

Ridgewood Library


November 12, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For a special Saturday night, head to APEC to learn more about the beauty of the universe with outdoor viewings and well as lectures.  Get in on the fun at Alley Pond Environmental Center.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, Douglaston

Wildlife Weekend

November 12 & 13, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come feed and meet a variety of animals and enjoy fall fun including hay and pony rides at this annual wildlife weekend. See more at Queens County Farm Museum.

Queens County Farm Museum, Floral Park


Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg