Spend the week after Christmas enjoying a musical tour, a holiday workshop or one of the many New Year’s Eve events going on in the borough.
Friday, Dec. 26
The Queens Farm Museum invites children and adults to their Adriance Farmhouse for the annual Holiday Open House. The Farmhouse has been specially decorated for this occasion. There are craft activities designed for children while all visitors will be served freshly mulled cider. The event is free and there is no gate admission either. The open house spreads over three days, ending on Sunday. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. Call 718-347-3276 for more information.
Guitarist Matt Dickey and his band 3 of Queens (3Q) will perform live at The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Come support this new jazz/groove band that is based in our own borough. The night will feature covers of songs by Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Lonnie Smith, among others, as well as the band’s original pieces. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway.
Saturday, Dec. 27
Celebrate Kwanzaa all day with the Afrikan Poetry Theatre at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The event, Kwanzaa 2014, will feature a memorial tribute to Baba John Watusi Branch. There will be a candle lighting ceremony and free Zawadi and fruit will be distributed. Food from Africa and the Caribbean Islands will also be available. 1 to 8 p.m. Admission: $5 adults/ $1 children. For more information, call 718-523-3312. 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Queens is known for its diversity and now, four performing arts academies are showcasing that through their adaptation of “The Nutcracker.” The Urzua Queens Center of Performing Arts, Mestizo Arts Center, Cali Salsa and EC Squared Studio are staging an adaptation of “The Nutcracker” in which ballet only plays a small part. The rest of the production will include salsa, belly dance, hip hop, jazz and even hula hoops. It’s a show for the entire family. Tickets cost $20. For more information, call 347-507-1603. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. South. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Don’t. Miss. This. Singer/ songwriter D.B. Rielly and his band will perform live at McLoughlin’s in Astoria. The music is expected to go across genres and include Blues and Al-Country. It promises to be a night to remember. Free. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 31-06 Broadway.
The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse plastic bags to make jump ropes. They’ll also learn to make holiday cards and plastic bottle lanterns. Noon to 4 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission. Call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.
Sunday, Dec. 28
It’s the last day of the annual Holiday Open House at the Queens Farm museum. Children and adults are welcome to enjoy the Adriance Farmhouse, which has been specially decorated for this occasion. There are craft activities designed for children while all visitors will be served freshly mulled cider. The event is free and there is no gate admission either. The open house spreads over three days, ending on Sunday. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. Call 718-347-3276 for more information.
Winter and snow mean hot cocoa! Children can learn to experiment with cocoa and various spices at the Little Makers: Hot Cocoa To Go workshop. The two-hour workshop is meant for children aged 18 months and older, and advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission/ $5 per family for members of the New York Hall of Science. Visit nysci.org or call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.
Experience the holidays at the Louis Armstrong House Museum by going on their annual holiday tour. The special tour will feature rare audio recordings of Louis rendering classic favorites such as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas).” Admission to the museum includes candy canes. Admission: $10 adults/$7 seniors (65 and older), students and children/ free for children under 4 and members. 34-56 107th St. Call 718-478-8274 for more information.
The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse paper to make pop-up puppets and paper lanterns. They’ll also learn to include light and sound into their paper sculptures. Button-making and recycle-gami (along the lines of origami) will also be taught. Noon to 4 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission. Call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.
‘Tis the season of lights. What better time to learn how to make those really cute Tiffany candle lights? Children aged 5 to 12 and their adult companions can learn to make Tiffany candle lights at the Queens Museum’s Drop-in Family Workshop. Participants will make candle holders and use tissue collages inspired by the museum’s Tiffany Collections to cover the outside. The workshop encourages children with special needs to participate. Free. Advance registration not required. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. New York City building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call the museum at 718-592-9700 for more information.
Monday, Dec. 29
The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse scrap fabric to make outfits for dolls. They’ll also learn to embroider fabric and to sew bow ties. Preregistration is required and can be done on nysci.org. It runs from noon to 4 p.m., but session times and prices vary. The Print Fabric with NYSCI Explainers workshop requires participants to bring their own fabric. Visit nysci.org or call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.
Tuesday, Dec. 30
It is the last day to experience the holidays at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The museum’s annual holiday tours come to an end today. The tour will feature rare audio recordings of Louis rendering classic favorites such as “’Twas the Night before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)” and “Zat You Santa Claus.” The best part? Visitors can hear these never-before-revealed segments in the very den where Armstrong recorded them. And the fact that admission to the museum includes candy canes doesn’t hurt! Admission: $10 adults/$7 seniors (65 and older), students and children/free for children under 4 and members. 34-56 107th St. Call 718-478-8274 for more information.
What’s the holidays without pomanders? Learn to make your own at this Cocoa and Pomanders Get Together at the Voelker Orth Museum. Decorate fruits with the best spices and ribbons, which you can take home to show off to your family! Be rewarded for your handwork with a cup of hot cocoa at the end of the workshop. Suggested donation: $5. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 718-359-6227 for more details. 149-19 38th Ave.
The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse wire and glass to make corks, dolls and lanterns out of soda cans. Participants attending the Glass Bottle Vase Etching Workshop will have to preregister and bring their own glass bottle. $3 ($2 for members) plus NYSCI admission. Noon to 4 p.m. but session times for the etching workshop vary. Call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org for more details. 47-01 111th St.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
Ring out the old, ring in the new with a five-course meal specially prepared for the occasion at The Queens Kickshaw. Chef Kenji will incorporate seasonal ingredients in the meal, which can be paired with beer or cider. There are three seatings, with the first one starting between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m., the second from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. and the third from 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. Reservations required. Cost for first seating is $55, for second is $60 and for third is $65 (inclusive of a cover charge for the music and a midnight sparkling cider toast). Additional fee applies. Music starts at 10 p.m. Call 718-777-0913 or visit thequeenskickshaw.com for more information. 40-17 Broadway.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Terrace on The Park, where there will be delicious food and music by Bravo Sounds. The ball drop at Times Square will be telecast live. The party includes cocktail hour and an unlimited premium bar open all evening. Tickets cost $125, but they have to be prepurchased as they won’t be sold at the door. For tickets or more information, call 718-592-5000. The event is open only to those who are at least 21 years old. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 52-11 111th St.
The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and the World Afrikan Diaspora Union have teamed up to organize Harare 2015 – A Celebration of Kuumba and Imani. The event features a libation/ancestral recognition and a Kwanzaa lighting ceremony. There will also be drumming and dancing. Free. 9 p.m. 176-03 Jamaica Ave.
Villa Enrico @ The Z Hotel is hosting a New Year’s Eve buffet from 9 p.m. to midnight. Attendees can enjoy a live DJ performance, festive party favors, a premium open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Valet parking is free. Tickets: $173.58 per person and available via Eventbrite. 1101 43rd Ave.
The Resorts World Casino is organizing a Countdown to 2015 at its Bar 360. There will be music by 12X followed by DJ Fame Cohen. $25. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Visit www.rwnewyork.com to buy tickets. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
If a countdown party is not enough fun for you, head to the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Its New Year’s Eve party includes a fashion show. The party, which starts at 9 p.m., will run till 2 a.m. There will be a live band, musical performances, a raffle and a champagne toast at midnight. It’s a family-friendly event with special tickets for those younger than 21 years and an open bar serving non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets: $95 general admission/$65 junior admission (under 21 years). Additional fees apply. You can book tickets online at Eventbrite.com or at www.chinesemodels.us/camodels or by calling Sheraton at 718-670-7490, 718-670-7404 or CA Model at 347-559-7799. 135-20 39th Ave.
The Pop Bar in Astoria is hosting an Endless Champagne New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. There will be music, drink specials, food, party favors and, of course, champagne. Partygoers can also watch the Times Square ball drop live on the projector. DJ Teetunez will start taking requests from 10 p.m. Ticket prices vary depending on what’s included, but range from $25 online ($30 at door) to $100 online($110 at door). Ring 12-21 Astoria Blvd. Call 718-204-8313 for more information.
Thursday, Jan. 1
Have some fun with bunnies, hares, ducks and dogs. The Museum of the Moving Image is showing a series of cartoons directed by Chuck Jones to accompany What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, the exhibition dedicated to the artist. Starting at 1 p.m., the cartoons being screened include Hair-Raising Hare, For Scent-imental Reasons, Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century and Broom-Stick Bunny, among others. Total run time of the series is 56 mins. Free with museum admission ($12 adults 18 and above/$9 senior citizens 65 and above/$9 students with valid ID/$6 children between the ages of 3 and 12 years/free for museum members and children under 3) on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.
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