Weekend Plans: Fun in Flushing, Purim and Phagwah!

Plan a fun filled family weekend right here with the Queens Mamas weekend guide.  

Saturday Highlights

Fun in Flushing with The Snail and the Whale

A Beloved Children’s Book Brought to Life – Flushing Town Hall is opening their 35th season with a newly renovated, beautiful theatre a special performance.  The Snail and The Whale, based on the book by Julia Donaldson, is a funny and inspiring story about a tiny snail who dreams of seeing the world.  She hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale and the story begins.  A wonderful story, live music and lots of laughs, The Snail and The Whale is a show for everyone ages 4 and up.

The Snail and The Whale will be at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday March 15.

The Snail and The Whale will be at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, March 15.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:15 PM

Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354)

$12 /$8 Children

SPECIAL OFFER FOR QUEENS MAMAS – KIDS COME FREE!*  (mention the code “QM50” – must call with promotion code; up to 12-year old; limited 2 free kids tickets per adult)

More info: (718) 463-7700 x222 or www.flushingtownhall.org



Children’s Garden Family Day at the Queens Botanical Garden

All plants need water!

The forecast for Saturday is a balmy 56 degrees and sunny!  It is a great day to head to one of the most beautiful spots in Queens. The Queens Botanical Garden is having Children’s Garden Family Day on Saturday from 2 to 4 PM.  Get a taste of the HSBC Children’s Garden program as you plant seeds while learning about gardening and the environment.

Saturday, March 15, 2 to 4 pm

Queens Botanical Garden- 43-50 Main Street; Flushing, NY

Free to all.

More info at: www.queensbotanical.org/childrensgarden

Sunday Highlights

Purim Carnival at the Forest Hills Jewish Center

Come to the FHJC Youth Department 10th Annual Purim Carnival! Moon Bounce, Games, Prizes & Raffles. Arts & Crafts, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Hot Dogs & More. Costumes welcome!

Saturday, Mar 16, 2014  11:30 am –  2:00 pm

FHJC 106-06 Queens Blvd. Forest Hills, NY

Free admission

More info: http://www.fhjc.org

Purim Carnival Astoria Center of Israel

Enjoy games, carnival booths, costume parade, face-painting. Hebrew School Purim shpiel, snacks and lots of fun!

Sunday, March 16, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

27-35 Crescent Street, Long Island City, NY 11102

Non-members – $8 per adult or $15 per family, members – donation only.

More info: http://www.astoriacenter.org

Meet the Farmer – Learn More About the Flushing CSA

Ever wonder where your food comes from, when it was picked, what is in it, or if it is safe and nutritious? Partnering  with local farmers lets us know what we put on our family’s table. By eating smarter, we also help our local farmers. Access to high-quality, organic, super-fresh food grown locally by regional farmers. Please come and meet the farmers from Golden Earthworm Organic Farm to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Also attending will be organic food vendors and representatives from Just Food, Green Earth Urban Gardens, and Queens Community House.

Sunday, March 16, 2:00 pm

Quaker Meetinghouse, 136 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

Free event

For more information about Flushing CSA, contact flushingcsa@gmail.com, (646) 801-4021 or www.FlushingCSA.com.

The 26th Annual Phagwah Parade

Come celebrate Phagwah, or Holi, the Indo-Caribbean Hindu New Year. The Phagwah Parade is the largest celebration of it’s kind on our continent and tens of thousands of spectators are expected. The celebration takes place on the concrete section of the park rather than in the fields. After the parade, enjoy cultural performances at Phil Rizutto Park (Smokey Oval Park) where festivities will end at 6 pm.

Sunday, March 16, 2014; parade formation starts at 10 am.

Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11419. Route is as follows: Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street to west on Liberty to  north on 125th Street and then to Smokey Oval Park at 125th Street.

Free event

More Info: phagwahparade.us