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Ice Rink at CityIce

CityIce Pavillion

Year Round

42-32 32nd Place, Long Island City, Queens, Queens
Half a mile from Manhattan via the Queensboro bridge and easy access from subway and bus.
CityIcePavillion broke ground in July 2008 and was up and running with a full roster of public skating sessions, hockey and figure skating last winter.  A friendly spot with easy public access and good parking.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Monday-Thursday $5, Friday-Sunday $8. Skate Rental $6.
Ticket info:For more information and to check on schedule changes click here.
Good for:All
Times:Monday – Thursday 1:30 pm to 3:50pm, Saturday Afternoon 12:00 pm to 2:50pm, Saturday Evening 7:30 pm to 9:50pm, Sunday Afternoon 12:00 pm to 2:20 pm
Website:http://www.cityicepavilion.com/
Just a year old, this is an inexpensive indoor rink just a few minutes out of Manhattan and into Queens.
Phone:(718) 505-6230
Train:#7 train to 33rd St-Rawson St. station. Walk two blocks south.
Parking on site:Yes
The building hasan indoor parking lot. Drive south on 32nd Place. You will see an entrance and ramp into the building at the corner near 48th Street. Street parking also available.
Bathrooms:Yes

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Year Round

3605 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens
At 36th Street. During expansion construction, visitors enter on 37th Street, near 35th Avenue.
Founded in 1981, the Museum of the Moving Image holds the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image—one of the most important collections of its kind in the world. The collection has well over 125,000 artifacts including technical apparatus, still photographs, licensed merchandise, design materials, costumes, fan magazines, publicity materials, video and computer games, and historical movie theater furnishings. Over 1,200 of these objects are currently on display in the Museum's core exhibition, Behind the Screen.


Screenings of Jim Hensen movies are in store for families this winter (through January 16, 2012. There will also be moving picture and stop-motion animation workshops held during the school break between Christmas and New Year's.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Adults $12, Senior Citizens, College Students with I.D. $9, Children (5-18) $6 Members, Children under 5: Free
Ticket info:Admission to galleries is free on Fridays, 4-8pm.
Good for:All
Times:The Museum will be open on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Columbus Day (October 10), December 26, and January 2. On Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) the galleries will close at 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving (November 26) and Christmas Day (December 25).
Hours:Tuesday–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (Free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.) Saturdays and Sundays: 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. The Museum will be open on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Columbus Day (October 10), December 26, and January 2. On Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) the galleries will close at 5:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving (November 26) and Christmas Day (December 25).
Website:http://www.movingimage.us/
The Museum of the Moving Image holds the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image—one of the most important collections of its kind in the world.
Phone:(718) 784-4520
Subway:R, V to Steinway station, walk south (V train does not run on weekends, use G train). N to Broadway, walk east.
Bus:Q66, Q101
Parking on site:No
On street parking.
Bathrooms:Yes

New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science

Year Round

47-01 111th Street, Queens
on western side of park, north of Queens Wildlife Center and northeast of the Queens Museum of Art.
The sounds of joy and discovery are deafening here.  If you are an adult, your heart will pound a bit as you come around the corner from the parking lot to the entrance and see a replica of the Mercury capsule balancing above the Science Playground (a real one is inside the hall). Your children will dive right into the hands on, interactive exhibits and convince you that the cow's eye dissection should be your first stop.  Your kids will have a ball and you may even figure out a few things that passed you by in junior high science classes while you were checking out your lab partner. 
The cafeteria is a well run, if sadly non-nutritious school-style cafeteria with a few healthy choices for adults.  (I'm talking milk and a low-cal hot dog if you really want to stay on track. Packed lunches are permitted so consider it if you want to have more fun at the next holiday party you attend.)
Do not miss the Science Shop where a wide variety of great gifts include books, science kits, binoculars, microscopes and many more ideas that boost education and imagination. Even if you’re on a shoestring budget you can still find great gift and unique stocking stuffers.  Santa stops by regularly for ideas.  Armchair visitors can shop online at the museum's store. 

Tips:
Organized groups of 10 or more can arrange a group rate. Call ahead :718.699.0301.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Free admission September through June on Fridays from 2 – 5 pm and Sundays from 10 – 11 am. All other times/days: Adults $11, Seniors, Students with ID, Children 2-17 $8
Ticket info:Science Playground is open until December, weather permitting: $4 per person, $3 for groups, plus general Hall admission fee
Good for:All
Especially recommended for children. Organize your local T-ball team or Brownie troop and benefit from a pre-reserved group rate, a nice outing during the school holidays.
Hours:September – March closed Mondays Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 am -2 pm Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm (free 2 – 5 pm) Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm (free Sunday 10 – 11 am) Holiday Weeks: Monday–Friday 9:30 am–5 pm Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Website:http://www.nyhallsci.org/
Phone:(718) 699-0005
Subway:#7 to 111th St. station and walk 3 blocks south along 111th.
Bus:Q23 or Q58 to Corona Ave. and 108 St.
Parking on site:Yes
Parking is available in the Hall’s private lot. There is a $10 parking fee for cars, $20 for buses on weekends and holidays. Parking is free to schools and camp groups arriving by bus. Ask about free parking for reserved groups.
Bathrooms:Yes

Noguchi Musum

Noguchi Museum

Year Round

9-01 33rd Road, Queens
at Vernon Boulevard
Smoothly modern with deep roots in art's classical traditions, this museum explores the depth and breadth of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi's work and influence on art and contemporary design.  One of the museums in Queens that has undergone renovation this year, this is an  extremely manageable and highly recommended place to see the work of an artist's artist.  The exhibits are displayed in meditative grandeur, just the anecdote during a busy holiday season.  If you are seeking a Christmas icon, may we suggest what might be the most abstract "wreath" we've seen in the city-- Noguchi's "Sun at Noon," a free standing circle of alternating French Red and Spanish Alicante marble.  The curators may wince at our interpretation, but it would look great on a holiday card.

Noguchi was part of the founding of the museum during the mid-80s and continued his prodigious production here until his death in 1988.  His work is considered a bridge between east and west, classical and modern and a visit will show you how he influenced current design in your life with with more frequency than you might imagine.  You will recognize the impact of his furniture and paper lamps, landscape design and public works. 

The museum has a small cafe and gift shop where you can purchase Noguchi's paper lamps and other works.  The cafe is intimate and seating is on banquettes within the gift shop. If you have a large group (or one prone to spilling food on the merchandise), you may want to consider lunch off premises.

Tips:
See some of Noguchi's public work in Manhattan including Red Cube (1968) at HSBC Building, 140 Broadway and Landscape of the Cloud, in the lobby of 666 Fifth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd. A really powerful work, News, is part of the public art at Rockefeller Center. The bas-relief is located at the main entrance of the Associated Press Building, 50 Rockefeller Center between 50th and 51st Streets.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Adults $10, Seniors and Students with ID $5, New York City public high school students with a valid ID and children under 12 are free. The museum has a "pay what you wish" policy the first Friday of every month.
Ticket info:Wednesday-Sunday catch the free 2pm tour open to all museum visitors.
Good for:All
Hours:Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm Closed Mondays-Tuesdays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Website:http://www.noguchi.org/
Phone:(718) 204-7088
Subway:N, W to Broadway station, walk west 7 short blocks and follow signs F to Queensbridge-21st St station, transfer to Q103 bus to museum or the Q69 to Broadway, walk west and follow signs
Bus:Q103, Q104, Q69. Q100
Other:Sundays a $5 shuttle runs from the northwest corner of Park Avenue & 70th St. in Manhattan to the museum on the half hour between 12:30 and 3:30pm from Manhattan and on the hour between 1 and 5pm from The Noguchi Museum. Noguchi traveled to the museum from Manhattan via the Roosevelt Island Tram, a short bus hop on Rooselvelt Island to the 36th Street Bridge than a stroll across the bridge. Explicit directions can be found at http://www.noguchi.org/directions.html for true Noguchi pilgrims.
Parking on site:No
On street parking.
Bathrooms:Yes

Omania Cafe

Omania Cafe

Year Round

32-20 Broadway, Queens
between 32nd and 33rd in Astoria, Queens
Just follow your nose to this wonderful bakery and restaurant.  This is the place that baked the wedding cake used in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  You can see the cake topper in the bakery section of the cafe where you can either take away a cake or pastries or sit down in the bright, well decorated dining room for a full meal and including some terrific desserts. 

Tips:
Omania has a second location in Brooklyn at 7612 Third Avenue.
Fees:Fee
Good for:All
Hours:Open 7am -2am for breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday brunch starts at 11am.
Phone:(718) 274-6650
Subway:N,R to Broadway station. Walk east on Broadway 2-3 blocks.
Bus:Q101, Q102 to Broadway.
Parking on site:No
On-street nearby, watch the meters!
Bathrooms:Yes
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