The kids will certainly be all right.

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will present the Queens International Children’s Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on both days this weekend.

To take place on Jamaica Avenue about one block from the Parsons/Archer transportation hub, this third annual collaboration between local nonprofits and private-sector sponsors will feature art, cats, dance, hands-on activities, magic, music, pirates, and science. And of course, a bubble truck and mini-golf course will provide plenty of entertainment.

The Lunettes will open with “QUEEN[S] BEE,” an interactive drama piece that will bring the audience into a bee colony on Saturday, June 16, at noon. The trainers, Bibi and Polli, will serve as guides on an adventure to meet the Queen Bee. Then at 1 p.m., troupes that are part of the Queensboro Dance Festival will showcase multi-cultural choreography, movement, and style, followed by performances by JCAL’s after-school students.

The Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show will take the stage with a comedy musical sketch based on stories written by elementary school students from around the United States at 2 p.m. Then, the Bangladesh Institute for Performing Arts will offer a special music-and-dance session.

The day’s final activity will be Bounce, Balance and Play, presented by the New York Hall of Science. Participants will learn how balance is related to athletic prowess and look at the relationship between kinetic and positive energy. They will also study different-shaped balls and how they bounce, roll, and fly.

The fun will pick up again on Sunday, June 17, with performances by members of the local art group Prototype Music at noon. The Ifetayo Youth Ensemble will go next, followed by Sonny Joseph, who will teach Bollywood and Bhangra steps and incorporate them into hip hop.

At 3 p.m., the Rally Cat Band, which is currently a JCAL artist-in-residence, will lead a song-writing workshop so youngsters can write ditties for Father’s Day.

Again, the New York Hall of Science will proffer the final activity, The Eyes Have It. A lesson in optic illusions and how the brain can deceive vision, participants will learn about depth perception and make 3D glasses.

All activities are free.

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