Just because it is cold outside doesn't mean you have to hibernate. Kick off the new year at these can't-miss events, exhibits and more happening around Queens.
Queens Botanical Garden’s Winter Family Programs
On each Saturday in January, the Queens Botanical Garden is hosting kid-friendly programs and activities like Plants We Eat, Bugging Out, Winter Trees, and Tabletop Gardening from 11am-noon.
Bring the whole family and experience winter’s splendor with indoor garden activities and an outdoor nature walk. Click for more information and to purchase tickets.
While there, families are invited to work on collaborative sculptures to celebrate the Year of the Pig from 12-1pm. (The completed project will be displayed in the Garden for QBG’s Lunar New Year Celebration on February 9 and for the remainder of February. Please note: this family-friendly activity involves paper maché and paint.)
Cinema Saturdays at Forest Hills Library
Kids ages five and up and their caregivers can sit back and enjoy a great feature film in the comfort of Forest Hills' Story Hour Room. Come be entertained by the magic of the movies this January:
1/12: The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018, PG)
1/19: Jungle Book (1967, G)
1/26: Born In China (2016, G)
The Jim Henson Exhibition Guided Tour
The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria (at 35th Avenue and 36th Street) is hosting guided tours of The Jim Hansen Exhibition every Saturday beginning at 11:30am and 12:30pm.
With a Museum educator as your guide, visitors explore Henson’s groundbreaking work during the 45-minute tour.
The exhibition includes puppets, character sketches, scripts, interactive experiences, and costumes from the worlds of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and more.
Why celebrate Halloween only once a year? For the past seven years, the Queens Museum has hosted an annual Spooktacular family fundraiser – in January. The theme for this year’s fun-filled costume party is Boneyard Boogie.
During the event, the Museum’s second-floor galleries will be transformed into a super spooky space for the most fun-filled and distinct costume party of the year. Families will enjoy an afternoon full of exciting performances, live music, face-painting, art-making, scavenger hunts, raffle prizes, and tasty treats for all ages. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. All proceeds support the Queens Museum’s Education Department.
Save NYC from Zombies at the NY Hall of Science
How many zombies are too many zombies? Find out the answer by playing the newest simulation game at the New York Hall of Science in Corona.
Visitors work together to predict what would happen if a zombie outbreak were to occur in New York City tomorrow using math. The game will run every day of the week in January.
If zombies aren't your thing, visitors can discover over 450 exhibits, events, and workshops designed to engage ages 1 to 100. Additional activities this month include Flight of the Butterflies 3D, Bots!, “In Saturn’s Rings” and more.
Central Park Winter Jam 2019
Ok, ok! This one isn’t in Queens, but this free event is worth the trek into Manhattan. Winter Jam is chock-full of events for New Yorkers of all ages, including free skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, live ice sculpting, and more. Gore Mountain brings in a snow machine, creating an urban snowfield for all to enjoy.
They'll provide the necessary equipment — all you need to do is show up at the Central Park Bandshell Area at 72nd Street. Bring an ID and note that everyone will need to sign waivers to participate in the skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing classes. Kids under 18 must have an adult to sign them up for lessons.
Winter Jam’s Taste Market will also set up shop, serving snacks, baked goods, cider, and hot chocolate. Come join the fun on Saturday, January 26* from 11am-3pm. (Rain Date: February 2.)
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