2016-12-21 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 22 to Dec. 28)

The youngsters are home for the holidays, but they don’t have t be bored, mischievous or attached to their cell phones. Queens hosts various enrichment activities, including hands-on workshops, family-friendly musicals, and educational open houses. Here’s the rundown.

Dec. 22, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dec. 30. A family-friendly musical based on the animated television special of the same name. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and friends dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. (7 pm every night except for a 2 pm matinee on Dec. 24 and no show on Dec. 25) $18($20 at-door)/$12. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gU0Ivh.

Dec. 23, Nostalgia for the Light, 7:30 pm. Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzman travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the Atacama Desert, where astronomers observe the stars. The blistering Atacama sun keeps human remains intact, from Pre-Columbian mummies to the political prisoners “disappeared” by the Chilean army after the 1973 military coup. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2hAuMjk.

Dec. 24, Christmas, Again, 2 pm. A heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman returns to NYC to put his past behind him. Living in a seasonal trailer and working the night shift, his mood continually darkens until he saves a mysterious woman who is passed out on a park bench. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2hABh5U.

Dec. 26, App Design 101, 9 am to 3 pm. Participants learn the fundamentals of app design and useful applications such as product design, animation, and medicine. (Suggested for third through fifth grades.) $85. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2h2o8le.

Dec. 26, Holiday Open House, Dec. 28. Tour the decorated, 1772 Adriance Farmhouse with seasonal crafts, a Victorian tree, and freshly mulled cider. Free. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2cScYMr.

Dec. 26, Kubo and the Two Strings, Jan. 2, 2017. Daily matinees of the Japanese anime Kubo and the Two Strings accompanied by Winter Warrior family workshops, except on Dec. 25, when the museum is closed. Times vary, but the movie and workshops usually take place at around noon. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2hMTWvO.

Dec. 27, Peace Table Open Call for Submissions, 5 pm. Queens Museum hosts an afternoon of readings on peace and inclusion on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To participate, click here http://bit.ly/2hLVBzf.

Dec. 28, Gingerbread House Workshop with Victorian Crafts and Cocoa, 11 am. Decorate mini-gingerbread houses and cookies to take home. Enjoy a cup of cocoa, stay for a reading of Hansel and Gretel, and tour the museum, which is dressed in a German style for the holidays. $5/$8 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.

Dec. 28, Winter Wildlife, 10 am. Learn about physical and behavioral adaptations that forest mammals, birds, and reptiles make to survive the winter cold. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2h4brrR.

Dec. 28, Winter Break and Family Work Shops, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Children (ages 5-12) and their adult companions explore different works on view through hands-on art-making activities. This week takes a close look at the exhibition Nonstop Metropolis: The Remix. Youngsters create maps using routes as inspiration. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2h3T7PD.

Dec. 28, GingerBread Lane House-Making Workshops, 1 pm and 3 pm (Dec. 29, 1 pm). Participants receive a kit of the materials that chef/artist Jon Lovitch used to create GingerBread Lane, which is on display. $10. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2hMNtkC.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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