What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

The largest gingerbread village, GingerBread Lane, opens at the New York Hall of Science this Saturday.
Photos by Ann-Sophie Fjelloe-Jensen/NY Hall of Science

Enjoy an enormously sweet exhibit, get your children to relax with yoga, take a tour of Long Island City and do more at these events around Queens.

Saturday, Nov. 14

The New York Hall of Science’s GingerBread Lane exhibit, filled with gingerbread houses made my chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year, opens on Nov. 14 and runs through Jan. 9. GingerBread Lane won the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread village in 2013 and 2014 and will compete for its third consecutive title this year. The 2015 version will cover 500 square feet, with more than 1,050 houses and structures. Lovitch will also lead gingerbread workshops on select dates, only for NYSCI members. 47-01 111th St., Corona. Call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org for additional information.

Do you want to let your children take a break after a frenetic week of school? They can join Liza Lopez at her yoga class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. The class is open to kids between the ages of 9 and 15. They only need to bring water and a towel. The mat will be provided. Admission is $16 per child. The number of participants is limited to 8. Visit alleypond.com or call 718-229-4000 for further information.

The Theatre by the Bay will host the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The story is based on the plays of Plautus. 8 p.m. 13-00 209 St., Bayside. Tickets are $22 for adults, and $20 for seniors (62 and over) and children (12 and under). To make a reservation and to gather more information, visit theatrebythebayny.com or call 718-428-6363.

The Emanuel United Church of Christ will host its annual fair and flea market. Several vendors, a giant raffle table, books and used items will be present at the event. Baked goods, refreshments and lunch will be served. 93-12 91st Ave., Woodhaven. 718-849-1153. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.

The Gingerbread Players of Saint Luke’s Church will bring Shakespeare alive again. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be playing on stage at 7:30 p.m. Suggested admission is $12, $10 for groups of six people or more. 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills. Call 718-268-7772, or e-mail [email protected] for information about the event and tickets.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of the masterpiece “The Great Dictator,” interpreted by Charlie Chaplin. 1 p.m. Admission is free. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City. Call 718-278-0700 for more information.

Sunday, Nov. 15

Take part in a 90-minute tour at the Mill Neck Manor House, the historic mansion in Long Island. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments, custom-blended tea and homemade scones. The admission must be paid before the event and is non-refundable. The price for adults is $25, $20 for seniors (55 and over), $15 for students, and $5 for children 12 and up. It is possible to have special deals for groups bigger than 10 members. 40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck, NY. You can sign up online at millneckmanorhouse.org or call 516-628-4243.

Do you want to enjoy the beauty of Long Island City? Join the tour Queens Cool Uncovered. Participants will have the opportunity to visit different art exhibitions and an artist’s studio. The tour also includes a beer and wine tasting. The tour will end with a visit to a rooftop lounge, which will allow visitors to see Manhattan as they never have before. From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission $65 per person. Call 800-979-3370 or 212-209-3370 or visit the bqetours.com for more information.

Monday, Nov. 16

The Queens Library is presenting an event dedicated to Keith Perrin, one of the co-founders of the successful company FUBU (For Us, By Us). He will share his experience and how the company came to be worth $350 million. 5 to 6 p.m. Registration not required. 312 Beach 54th Street, Arverne. Call 718-634-4784 for more information.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

You still don’t know what your children want to study? Join the open house at STEM Magnet Institute of Queens to see if science, technology, engineering and math can be the right path. 6 p.m. You must RSVP. Free admission. 126-10 Bedell St. 718-276-1348.

If you are a senior and singing is what you do in you spare time, Peter Cardella Senior Center might be the place for you. Join the class from 1 to 3 p.m. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy lunch if your classmates at noon for $1.50. Due to space limitation, you should pre-register. 6852 Fresh Pond Rd., Flushing. Call 718-497-2908 for more information.

The Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Multimedia and Communication will open its doors to families to visit the school. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP required. Call 718-759-4977 for more information.

Take part of the Douglaston Garden Club for its program on Floral Design. The class starts at 1 p.m. Free. 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston Little Neck.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Esther Chung Marks will be the guest of The Association of Piano Teachers of Long Island during the event Teaching Artistry and Expression. The event will be held at Garden City Community Church, Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard, Garden City. 10 a.m. to noon. Piano teachers are welcome. Call 516-326-8122 for more information.

If you ever wondered how New York City looks from the eyes of a bird, you should go the Queens Museum of Art. An exhibition called Panorama of the City of New York will display architectural pieces of the city of New York. Admission are $8 for adults and $4 forchildren.111-01 Corona Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. Call 718-592-970 or visit queensmuseum.org for museum hours.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Did you ever think about having dinner with an artist? Queen Museum will give you the opportunity to have dinner with the artist Pablo Helguera. The dinner will be organized as an open discussion in which you can ask question and share your work with the artist. Don’t forget to submit the answer to Helguera’s question, “What are the responsibilities of artists today?” by Nov. 11. Ten lucky artists will be selected. There is an entry fee. Dinner is completely free, but drinks cost extra. 7 to 9 p.m. Casa Enrique, 5-48 49th Ave., Long Island City.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society will have an informative and educational event called Economics for Working People. The event will explain the role banks have in our society and how they make money. Admission is free. 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City. Call 718-278-0700 or email [email protected] for more information.

Immerse yourself in the Jewish culture by joining an early Sabbath Dinner at Q.E.D. The guests, Tovah Silbermann and Eitan Levine, are two comedians, and they will make fun of some true Jewish stories. Laughs are guaranteed. Admission $5. 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call 347-451-3873 for more information.

The Jamaica Center for Art and Learning will run a Broadway-style event celebrating Melvin the Monster’s birthday. Up in Arms Puppetry will perform the event, putting together different music styles and his stuffed monster animals. The event starts at 10 a.m. Admissions $5. 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Call 718-658-7400 for more information, or go to the website jamaicapac.org to download the registration form for the event.

Queens Library at Flushing will provide an insight discussion on the Greek Crisis. The event is free. Must be RSVP. The discussion will start at 5:30 p.m. 41-17 Main St., Flushing. Visit eventbrite.com for more information about the event.