Once you have stuffed yourself silly with all manner of food and beverage, take some Advil and head out with the kids to some of these great happenings in Queens this Thanksgiving weekend.
Gingerbread Village at NYSCI
Gingerbread Village is a collection of 157 gingerbread houses (we counted them!) that are currently being submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gingerbread village in the world. The handmade creations are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year and are on display at the New York Hall of Science through the holiday season. You can check them out on the lower level of the museum during open hours.
WHEN: All Weekend
COST: Free with NYSCI Admission
Toy Drive at the Queens Zoo
Take your kids to visit the Queens Zoo (on Friday since it may be the only nice day of the weekend)and if you bring a new unwrapped toy with you, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo will give you a free ticket for your next visit. The zoo is helping to collect toys for families hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. For every new, unwrapped toy donated from November 16th to December 31st, you will receive one free general admission ticket.
WHEN: All Weekend
COST: Free with Zoo Admission
The Noguchi Museum’s drop-in family program, Open Studio
In this month’s program, Clay, families will spend time looking at examples of Noguchi’s work in clay and make texture rubbings in the galleries. They will then create their own textured clay works. Advanced registration is not required.
WHEN: Sunday, December 1, from 11am-1pm
COST: $10 per family, which includes museum admission and materials.
Hanukkah oh Hanukkah Performance at Flushing Town Hall
Celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with award-winning storyteller Robin Bady, joined by alt-rock violinist Deni Bonet, as she shares her favorite stories and songs of miracles, menorahs, dreidels, and potato latkes. Listen, sing, dance, celebrate and have fun!
WHEN: Sunday December 1 at 1pm and 3pm
Things to Do
Ice Skating for NYC kids is a great way to stay active and many rinks are open for the holiday weekend.
It is supposed to rain for most of the weekend but you can still get out of the house with these rainy day activities in Queens for kids.