Get on board at the Queens Botanical Garden, embark on a canoeing adventure, find some comic relief and do more at these events around the borough.
Saturday, May 23
Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by Jean Loscalzo of the Queens County Bird Club. Binoculars recommended. Free. 8 to 10 a.m. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.
Get your summer started right. Enjoy a party hosted by Omar Olusion at Family Fun Day. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, amusement and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained. Come celebrate the holiday weekend with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games and magic shows. Free. 2 to 6 p.m. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org
Watch working G scale model trains make their merry way through an outdoor display that includes a miniature of the World’s Fair Unisphere, presented by the Long Island Garden Railway Society Inc. At the World’s Fair Train Show, the whole family can grab the “express” for a motorized train ride through select parts of the Garden. Free with garden admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.
Join the Queens Botanical Garden for a lively performance of popular music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Music in the Garden presents The New York Exceptions, a doo-wop band that will have you singing and dancing to your favorite oldies. Free. 3 to 5 p.m. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.
Do you quilt, sew or just love fabric and textiles? Or would you like to learn? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing at Open Sew at the Castle. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.
Learn how caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies. Search the trail for munched leaves, creeping caterpillars and hanging chrysalises. Take home your very own caterpillar and watch it change into a painted lady butterfly. Snack included. $24. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.
Sunday, May 24
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. Basic canoe programs are great for all skill levels. The program is for ages 8 and up. Free. 1 to 2 p.m. Crocheron Park, 35th Ave. and Corbett Rd. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.
Join Queens Museum for a free special World’s Fair anniversary event featuring rare (and some never before seen) films and photographs presented by two of the leading World’s Fair authorities, Alfred Fisher and Bill Cotter, who will discuss the legacy of both the 1939 and 1964 fairs, show photographs and videos, and have an extensive Q&A with the audience. Free with museum admission. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.
The Queens Museum invites children ages 5 to 12 and their adult companions to explore different works on view each week through a variety of fun hands-on art making activities. Children with special needs welcome, adaptations available. No fee or advance registration required. Just show up and stay for as long as you like. This week we will build small block sculptures. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.
Learn skills that combine art, engineering, design, and construction, while taking inspiration from Noguchi’s sculpture and design work at the Design/Build Workshop for Adults at Socrates Sculpture Park. Join Socrates instructor Luz Fleming and educators from The Noguchi Museum in Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio as they guide you to create simple yet well-crafted furnishings for your home. Each project begins with an introduction at The Noguchi Museum and is followed by two consecutive workshops at Socrates. Runs through Sunday, June 28. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Please pre-register at socratessculpturepark.org.
Masaki Kobayashi’s follow-up to “The Human Condition” was as intimate in scale as its predecessor had been epic—and every bit as masterful. A rich businessman is dying, and his three illegitimate children must be located to receive their share of his fortune, a process complicated by the machinations of his young wife (Watanabe) and his secretary (Kishi). In a rare depiction of the bourgeois milieu, Kobayashi creates a vision of modern life that has been completely corrupted by materialism. 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.
Monday, May 25
Champu is the talk of the town. His energetic and interactive style is sure to engage guests in a magical and hilarious experience in this Memorial Day magic show. Champu’s magical talents and quick wit will keep guests wondering and laughing. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.
The Kaleidoscope is an experiment where friends and strangers get together and perform. Every week, four improvisers will form teams with people they have never performed with to create teams that have never existed and will never exist again. Like a kaleidoscope, every time you look you will see something different. Hosted by Nicole Pasquale. 8 p.m. Free. The Creek and the Cave. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Tuesday, May 26
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is the funny and moving story of a high school senior who tries to avoid getting entangled in deep relationships, preferring to make short film parodies of classic movies. His mother insists that he spend time with a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer. “Variety” wrote that the film is “destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but also to endure as a touchstone for its generation.” 8 p.m. $20 general admission, $12 museum members. Museum of Moving Image. 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.
Mike Guild knows everything about movies and films. He will take you through the landscape of the cinema, along with some very funny guests, to discuss everything going on the weird landscape that is Hollywood. Mike and friends will play games and everyone in the audience will win a unique price. The show is free so it’s like you are getting a prize while watching the best show about movies at The Creek and the Cave. 10 p.m. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Wednesday, May 27
Your Wednesday nights are going to get a lot more milk chocolate-y. It’s the Chocolate Wednesday mic at The Creek and the Cave. Your nougat-filled host, Benel Germosen, is going to guide you into a Candy Factory of jokes all night long. Come down, put your name in the bucket, and get three and a half minutes to drizzle your rich, delicious bits all over the audience. It’s comedy so sweet, it’ll give you a toothache. 11 p.m. Free. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Join the fun at the Q.E.D. singalong for kids. Led by the delightful Louie Pearlman, the fun-filled half hour includes original songs made up by Louie and his ukulele.
$10. Cost of admission is per family and includes snacks for the kiddos. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.
Thursday, May 28
Six comedians answer your anonymous relationship and dating questions with the wisdom and ridiculous insight only a comedian has. It’s an “anything can happen” stand-up comedy experience. The comedians weave their own dating experiences, stories and jokes with random and unexpected questions. Stand-up comedy with a twist. 10 p.m. Free. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.
Come join authors Kyle Knoke and Amy Plitt as they celebrate the release of their much anticipated guidebook, “Subway Adventure Guide: New York City,” which features tons of cool things to check out at the end of each subway line. The authors will be on hand to sign copies of the book and host a storytelling show featuring NYC locals regaling you with their harrowing and hilarious tales of dealing with New York public transit. $5. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.