Things to Do This Weekend With Kids in Queens, Nov. 17-18

Planning your weekend? Be sure to include some of these great family friendly activities that are going on in Queens!

Storybook Discovery Saturdays

Head to the parlor of the Voelker Orth Museum for a special treat- a storybook and discovery activity for young children (6 and under) with Dr. Marge Hendler and Karyn Mooney. Each session includes an art or nature activity. Suggested contribution of $2

When: Nov. 17 11:00 am to Noon

Where: Voelker Orth Museum – 149-19 38 Ave, Flushing



The Urban Park Rangers will be your guide to the solar system! Use telescopes and binoculars to observe the night sky.

When: Nov. 17 6:00 pm

Where: Ft. Totten Visitors Centerat Toten Road & the Cross Island Parkway


Hands-On History

FREE Drop-In programs designed designed for families with children. Tours of the King Manor are FREE on Hands-On History Weekends. Enjoy family-friendly stories, crafts and other activities

When: Nov. 17 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: The King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica


Art for Families

Families are invited to experience The Noguchi Museum together through a variety of activities which include hands-on workshops. $10 for families with up to 4 members. Advance registration is required. Call 718-204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail

When: Nov. 17 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Noguchi Museum, 32-37 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City


Zikrayat – Belly Dance Workshop

Learn the basic dance moves of Raqs Sharqi (also known as “Belly-Dance”) to the accompaniment of live music by Zikrayat! They’ll cover simple steps and learn some of the rhythms used in Arabic Dance.

Admission: $6/$4 Children/Free for members with tickets to 2:15 show

When: Nov. 18 1:00 pm

Where: Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Boulevard


Zikrayat – Arab Music and Dance

Led by violinist Sami Abu Shumays, Zikrayat (translates as “memory”) specializes in smoky, evocative music from mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Shumays, who studied both Western classical music and Arabic maqam, and the other members of Zikrayat, combine Arabic instruments like the nay (end-blown flute) and buzuq (long-necked flute) with violin and percussion to produce their own take on forgotten Egyptian films.

Admission: $12/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

When: Nov. 18 2:15 pm

Where: Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Boulevard


NYSCI presentsReGeneration, an exhibition that explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization and sustainability through the intersection of art, technology and science. Free with NYSCI admission.
When: Nov. 17-18 (through January 2013)
Where: NYSCI – 47-01 111th Street, Corona

Potato Chip Science

Join Allen Kurzweil, author of Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments, as he performs a few of his snack-based science projects. Free with NYSCI admission.
When: November 17, 1 pm
Where: NYSCI- 47-01 111th Street, Corona

Little Makers: Playdough!
Measure, mix, knead, and shape edible and non-edible doughs. Recommended for ages 2 and older. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission ($5 per family for members.) Preregistration is recommended.
When: November 18, 2012; 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: NYSCI-47-01 111th Street, Corona

SCREENING-How to Train Your Dragon

Take the kids to see  How to Train Your Dragon at the Museum of the Moving Image. Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.

When: Saturday, November 17, & Sunday, November 18 1:00 p.m

Where: 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria