Welcome Spring! This season is packed with more great family activities to get you outdoors, enjoying local theater and spending quality time together. The Queens Mamas have rounded up the best events for this weekend.
WOLF! at APEC
APEC is proud to welcome The Wolf Conservation Center and their Arctic Gray Wolf, Atka. Experience an awe-inspiring, up-close encounter with this marvelous predator. Learn the real truth about wolves, their misunderstood lives and perilous history.
When: Saturday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person
Where: Alley Pond Environmental Center – 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
Ages: 7 and up welcome with an adult. Under age 7 not permitted.
Art for Tots
Kids will combine art and nature as they explore “Going Green” at this hands-on morning art workshop. See details at Art for Tots.
When: Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
Family Story Time
Spend a family fun morning together singing songs and listening to great stories at the library. Learn more at Family Storytime.
When: Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue
This exhibition allows kids to experiment with lights, shadow puppets, colored gels and more. Get details at Shadowplay.
When: Saturday, March 24, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows
Seal and Bird Watching Cruises
Kick off spring by setting sail aboard the American Princess and learning about all the wonderful wildlife that exists in our own backyard. Get all details at American Princess Cruises.
When: Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25 at 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Riis Landing, Rockaway Queens (specific directions on website)
March for the Earth
Celebrate the first weekend of spring with a day of volunteering at the Queens Botanical Gardens and the Flushing Meadows Unisphere. For more information, visit March for the Earth.
When: Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing
The Beauty of Ballet
Have you ever wondered how ballerinas get so high on their toes or spin for so long without getting dizzy? All these questions and more will be answered as The School of American Ballet introduces children to the beauty of ballet and children enjoy performance and excerpts from The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and more. Admission is free but reservations are required by calling 718-760-0064. Learn more at The Beauty of Ballet.
When: Sunday, March 25, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Where: Queens Theater in the Park, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows
Ages: 4 and up
Bakers and Shakers
Kids will try new foods and learn how to prepare healthy age appropriate dishes at this family fun cooking class. Learn all about it at Bakers and Shakers.
When: Sunday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
Ages: 3 and up
Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella
All little ballerinas will enjoy this classic tale as told through beautiful choreography of the Moscow Ballet Troupe. Find tickets at Moscow Festival Ballet.
When: Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
Ages: 5 and up
The Theatre By The Bay, the community theater group based in Bayside, will perform the Dickens classic OLIVER! with a cast of 50, including 25 children from Queens and Long Island. Call 718-428-6363 for tickets.
When: March 25, 3:00 p.m.
Where: 13-00 209th Street, Bayside
Ages: 5 and up
By: Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg