Check out these great activities for the whole family to love this weekend.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th:
- Hands-on History: Be My Valentine, 12-3pm, King Manor Museum — Celebrate with your loved ones at King Manor! Decorate a picture frame and create 19th century-inspired Valentines to give to your sweetheart. All ages are welcome, 5-minute walk from the Jamaica Center, Parsons/Archer station (E/J trains). FREE!
- Great Backyard Bird Count at the Queens Botanical Garden, 11:00am – 1:00pm — Join QBG for the 18th annual bird counting event. Our results will be added to those submitted from around the world. Meet at the Visitor & Administration Building lobby. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE!
- Getting to the heart of Democracy in Flushing, 1pm-2p, Kingsland Homestead — Join the folks at Kingsland Homestead for Community Conversation for Kids: Democracy, a NY Council for the Humanities-sponsored event Listen to the story of Pearl Moscowitz’s Last Stand by Arthur A. Levine. In this story, Pearl takes a radical stand when the city threatens to cut down the last tree on her shattered block. After the reading, kids will participate in a discussion of the book’s themes: standing up for justice, accepting change, having pride, and getting involved in your community. Targeted to upper elementary/middle school kids, but all ages are welcome. 10-minute walk from the Flushing Main Street station (7 train) FREE!
Valentine’s Day at the NY Aquarium — (Not in Queens, but definitely worth the trip!) The New York Aquarium will host a free Valentine’s Day family program called Love is in the Air and Water at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, and again from 2 to 3 pm. The program is geared toward young children and families. Participants will make Valentine’s cards featuring aquatic themes.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15th:
- Don’t be Baaa-shful , Celebrate the Year of the Sheep and the Goat, 1:30-4:30pm, Queens Museum – Head over to the Queens Museum for a party to kick off the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities. Drop in for an art workshop to make your own Chinese Zodiac animals, learn the art of Chinese paper cutting and from 2-3pm, enjoy a performance of traditional dances from China’s diverse regions. Suggested Admission, $12 Adults, $4 students and seniors, free for children 12 and under. 20 minute walk from the 111th Street station (7 train)
By: Julie Nymann
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