What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Gaze at the night sky, spend the evening watching an outdoor flick, yoga in the elements and do more at these events around Queens.


The Alley Pond Environmental Center invites children ages 5 and 6 to play in their indoor sand table for “Fun in the Sand.” Create beautiful pictures using colored sand, meet live sand-dwelling animals, and enjoy a snack. $18 per child. Pre-registration is required online. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, contact 718-229-4000 or visit www.alleypond.com.

Chatpati Mela – CHHAYA returns to the Plaza in Travers Park with Chatpati Mela, a community celebration with cultural performances, music, activities for kids and adults, raffles, and South Asian snacks. Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights. Free. 2 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.jhgreen.org.

Yoga in the Elements will help adults find serenity as they practice yoga in nature. Certified master yoga instructor Mike Mancini will create a multilevel approach for beginners to experienced students. Bring your own mat, towel, insect repellent and water bottle. Pre-registration is required online and is $16 per person. 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, contact 718-229-4000 or visit www.alleypond.com.

Star Searchers – Exploring the Night Sky is an interactive astronomy program for adults and children 9 and up, lead by seasoned professor and astronomer Mark Freilich. The program features an indoor question-and-answer session on basic astronomy, followed by outdoor viewings of stars such as Vega, Albeiro, as well as remnant meteors from the Perseid Meteor shower, and the rings of Saturn and its moon, Titan. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars, and handout information packets are included. $15 per person. Pre-registration is required online. 8 to 10 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, contact 718-229-4000 or visit www.alleypond.com.


The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure for ages 8 and up that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park. The program is a two-hour adventure, which includes both low and high elements. The adventure course is open for individuals and small groups of friends and family. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Valid photo identification required. Sneakers required. Free. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Alley Pond Park, Cross Island Parkway and Grand Central Parkway, Little Neck. For more information, contact 718-217-4685.

Join Urban Park Rangers in a Moderate Nature Exploration Hike, as they guide you the trails of Cunningham Park. Discover plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest on rugged terrain. Wearing comfortable shoes or boots and packing water and a light snack are recommended. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cunningham Park Parking Lot, Union Turnpike and 197th Street,  Fresh Meadows. For more information, contact 718-352-1769.


Bring the entire family to watch “The Incredibles” as the final part of the Central Astoria Movies on the Waterfront series. Everyone will enjoy this film about a family of undercover superheroes who, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Free. 8:30 p.m. Astoria Park Great Lawn, 24-02 19th St. For more information, contact 718-728-7820 or visit www.centralastoria.org/news.

The Friends of Cunningham Park will present “Big Hero 6” as part of their Movies Under the Stars series. All ages will enjoy this film about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Free. 8 to 10 p.m. Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196 Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. For more information, contact 718-217-6452 or visit www.friendsofcunninghampark.org.

At Summer Intergenerational Game Time: Chess and Domino Club you will learn how to play chess and dominoes from experienced players. Players of all skill levels are welcome, including absolute beginners! Families with youngsters, of ages 6 and up, are welcome to join. Noon to 3:00 p.m. Queens Library at Glen Oaks, 256-04 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks. For more information, contact 718-831-8636.


Queens Theatre is partnering with Lincoln Center Education to present a free outdoor screening of some of the most impactful Lincoln Center performances of the past three years. Celebrate the great voices of Olga Borodina, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ailyn Pérez, winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award and the first Latina to win a major American opera award. The performances will be projected on a 26-foot screen on the festival site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, right behind Queens Theatre. In case of inclement weather, the screenings will be held on Queens Theatre’s main stage. Bring your own chair, blanket, picnic, and as many friends as you want! Free. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Festival site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. For more information, contact 718-760-0064.

Enjoy a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy with the Movies from Across the Golden Pond film series in Crocheron Park. All ages will enjoy this film about a group of interstellar outlaws who team up to save the galaxy from a villain who seeks ultimate power in this comic book space adventure. Please bring a blanket or low chair. Free. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside. For more information, call 718-352-4793 ext. 302.


There is an application information session for Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations producing cultural programming in all arts discipline applying to the 2016 Queens Arts Fund grant program. Applicants must be eligible, meet requirements and attend an application information session. 6 p.m. Workshop will last approximately 2 hours. Pre-registration is not required. Afrikan Poetry Theater, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. For more information, visit www.queenscouncilarts.org/qaf.

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a screening of “Enchanted,” a film about a beautiful princess who leaves a cartoon world for a live-action world of New York City. Spots are a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your own chair or blanket. 8:30 to 10 p.m. A.R.R.O.W. Field House, 35-38 35th St., Long Island City.


Enjoy the music of the Forest Hills natives Jonny Meyers & The Trio, a rock ‘n’ roll group rooted in blues, soul and country. Bring your own chair or blanket. Free. 7 to 8 p.m. Center Blvd. and Borden Ave. in Hunter’s Point South Park, 4-09 Center Blvd., Long Island City. For more information, contact 718-393-7272.

Rockaway Civic Association will be presenting “Despicable Me” at Rockaway Beach as part of the Beach Flix movie series. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Beach 97th Street and Shorefront Parkway in Rockaway Beach. For more information, visit www.rockawaybeachflix.com.


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