Schools out this month. Are you
nervously eyeing your calendar, mentally negotiating what seems like miles of empty space?
From sports to arts to recreation, there are plenty
of things for kids to do in Queens this summer.
Defying the laws of gravity.
For children ages five to 13 with WEP
or Transitional Status, the Roy Wilkins Center, located at 177th Street and Baisley
Blvd., Jamaica and JHS 8 at 108-35 167th St., Jamaica, are offering free summer
camps. The camps, to be held from July 6 to September 3, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m.
to 7 p.m., will offer recreational activities like arts and crafts, sports, swimming and
trips. For more information call 276-4630.
The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens,
located at 21-12 30th Road, Long Island City, will soon begin its Summer Program 1999.
Features include breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, recreation and performing arts,
indoor swimming, sports, tournaments, awards, BBQs, carnivals, computers, fun learning,
arts and crafts, trips and much more. Campers must be six years old by July 6, and no
older than 13. Program runs July 6 through August 27, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. Donation is $12 for one years membership. Call 728-0946 for more information.
From Tuesday, July 6 through Aug. 16, City
Parks Foundation and the City of New York Parks and Recreation is offering free
beginner tennis lessons for children ages six to 16 at 40 parks citywide. The
program, called City Parks Youth Tennis, provides children with free use of racquets and
balls and features weekly competition. Free specialized programs are also offered at
selected parks, including Pee Wee for ages four to five and a new program for intermediate
level players ages 10 to 16.
Registration takes places at the park when
the program is in session.
For more information, call Jennifer Ayers or
Mike Silver-man at 669-4233.
Looking for something creative to do this
summer? The Queens Museum of Art is holding its annual Art-On-Site Workshops at the
Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing-Meadows Corona Park. Hour-long
hands-on workshops are scheduled on Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
beginning Thurs-day, July 8 and ending Thursday, August 25. Each program ex-plores a
different technique or artistic medium. This pro-gram is designed for children ages five
through 14. (Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.) Tickets are $3 per
participant and may be purchased at the Museum infor-mation desk on the day of the
workshop. Each workshop is limited to 20 children.
QMA is also hosting "Adventures in
Art," a new art workshop for children ages eight and up. Each week, participants will
explore a theme related to the museum exhibitions "Panorama of the City" and
"Tiffany in Queens: Selections from the Neustadt Museum Collection," see a film
or tour an exhibit and then spend time in workshop creating a project. An emphasis will be
placed on investi-gating different tech-niques and materials.
The two-hour, Wed-nesday art classes are
offered by subscription only at $25 per child. No charge for accompanying adults.
For further information, call 592-9700 ext.
134 or 135.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, located
at 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave., Long Island City, is offering Summer Art Camp for
grades 6-12 and 3-5. Each camp will offer daily artmaking sessions at PS 1, daily athletic
and play activities at Murry Park, weekly visits to galleries within PS 1, visits by
artists and weekly excursions to local cultural sites featuring contemporary and
non-contemporary art. Assignments include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture,
performance and installation. Call 784-2084 for more information.
Langston Hughes Library & Community
Center is offering a variety of activities this summer for children five years and
older. Join in Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. for "Reading to Young and Younger
Children"; Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m. for "Readers Discussion
Group"; Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. for documentary pro-gramming, and Satur-days from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. for chess in-struction. The library is located at 102-09 Northern Blvd.,
Corona. Call 651-1100 for more information.
ARTS IN THE PARK
In addition to their regular events, King
Manor Museum, located at King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, is offering free
"Arts in the Parks" programs, Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3 at 10:30
a.m. Bring your children to this fun series of shows just for kids! These Tuesday
performances are organized by Cultural Collaborative Jamaica and hosted by King Manor
Museum. Call 206-0545 for more information.
THE GARDEN PATH
Hide-and seek works up a sweat!
The Queens Botanical Garden,
located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, is offering two special gardens just for kids: the
Childrens and Writers gardens. Open to budding horticulturists ages five to
14, these outdoor adventures led by Childrens Garden coordinator Marie Comiskey
allow kids to plant, maintain and harvest flowers, vegetables and herbs; design butterfly,
rock and herb gardens; collect insects; identify flowers; participate in workshops and
craft activities; go on field trips and more. Program takes place in two summer sessions.
Fee is $50. To register, call the education department at 886-3800, ext. 229.
The Writers Garden, open Thursdays July
8 through August 26, 12:30 to 2 p.m., is available to young writers ages seven to 13. This
eight-week workshop in creative writing, nature writing, and bookmaking allows
participants to explore the QBG and discover their writers voice through
expeditions, visual art, music, literature and writing exercises. In the end, students
will produce at least two works of poetry or fiction for inclusion in a Garden anthology.
Fee is $35. To register, call 886-3800, ext. 230.
Cooling down after a
hard day at play.
Along the garden path, The Queens
County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, is offering a
six-week program of arts and crafts and nature courses for children ages six to 10. A
variety of activities will be offered in two-week sessions Wednesday through Friday, from
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. A one-hour story, arts and crafts workshop is also being offered to
children ages four to five (10 to 11 a.m.). Call Museum Education at 347-3276, ext. 14 for
information and enrollment. Fee is $40 per two-week session.
Alley Pond Environmental Center,
located at 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, is offering the following summer programs
for kids: "Wee Sprouts" for ages 18-23 months, "Toddler Time" for ages
24-35 months, "Fledglings" for ages three to four, "Sunny Bunnies" for
ages three to four, "Summer Nature Kids" for ages five to 7, "APEC
Explorers" for ages eight to 10, and Conservation Kids, for ages 11-12. Call 229-4000
for registration information.
AT THE ZOO
I don't even need a push!
The Queens Wildlife Center,
located at 53-51 111th Street, Flushing, is hosting daily Summer Fun activities, July 1
through Labor Day. These include Bear Necessities, a discussion of bears; Flipper Facts,
about sea lions, and Animal Chats. Call 271-7361 for more information.
BEHIND THE SCENES
The American Museum of the Moving Image,
located at 35 Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria, has its usual bevy of "Behind the
Screen" exhibitions open for kids. "Video Flipbook" gives children the
opportunity to use a computerized series of photographs to create a flipbook. Digital
animation stands provide the resources for kids to create their own animated shorts. And
the Chroma Key (blue screen) studio allows kids to place themselves in a variety of
bizarre and surreal video environments using video and computer technology. Call 784-4520
for more information.
LEARNING AT PLAY
At the New York Hall of Science,
located at 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, not only is the worlds
largest interactive summer playground open once again, Busytown has returned for the
summer. Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat and Hilda Hippo are some of the friendly Busytown neighbors
who help explain the basic scientific principles behind the exhibits windmills, pulleys
and conveyor belts. Preschoolers can have fun learning how the world works in Richard
Scarrys industrious community through September 26. Admission is $5 for children
four to 17. Call 699-0005 for more information.
Knicks in training.
Finally, the Central Queens YM &
YWHA, located at 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, is holding Summer Sports Clinics for
children ages five to 11. The clinics will feature all major sports, including fitness,
martial arts, gymnastics and swim instruction. Each mornings clinic is capped by a
half-hour of instructional and recreational swim, as well as a snack. The morning session
ends at 12 noon, but for a more well-rounded summer, you can enroll you child in the
Ys "Summer of the Arts" program and receive the transitional supervised
Lunch Bunch period free of charge. For more information, contact the Health & Fitness
Department at 268-5011 ext. 220.
Who said Queens wasnt fun in the
summer? With all of these great things to do, your child will be busy, safe, and learning
all the time.