Party with Fozzy Bear at his mother's house. (Museum of the Moving Image)

The youngsters are “home for the holidays” again. No school. Too much free time. Those darn video games.

Well, various Queens cultural venues are ready to offer workshops, films, activities, and other enrichment activities during the upcoming 10 days. Here’s a guide to keep children – and their parents – occupied, enthralled, and happy.

The Museum of the Moving will host Winter Recess Family Fun on every day expect Christmas from Saturday, Dec. 22, to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

The film “A Muppet Family Christmas” will screen in the Bartos Screening Room, starting at 11 a.m., with complementary drop-in workshops in the Digital Learning Suite at the same time. (Patrons don’t have to attend one activity to attend the other.) Art and animation are the focus of the workshops with puppet-making, Japanese anime, and winter-themed special effects on the program.

The 1987 made-for-television special unites Jim Henson’s three major “families” of characters: Muppets; Fraggles; and Sesame Street residents. The museum will share an uncut, 52-minute version that includes highlights from other productions. It begins with an unaware Fozzie Bear driving some Muppet friends to his mother’s farmhouse for Christmas. However, his mom has rented the property to two Fraggles, Doc and Sprocket, who want to spend a quiet, relaxing holiday in the country. Oh well. Muppet and Sesame Street friends keep showing up. Carols, a pageant, and a heroic rescue of Miss Piggy follow. (Of course, Oscar the Grouch hates Christmas and he’d rather stew alone in his trash can.)

Tickets are $15. The Museum of the Moving Image is at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Queens Museum gets into the spirit with Ornaments of the Season workshops on Sunday, Dec. 23, starting at 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to design and create trinkets during these sessions with storytelling at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Attendance is free. Queens Museum is near the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

After Christmas, the Queens County Farm Museum will open its doors on three days – Dec. 26 to Dec. 28 – from noon to 4 p.m.

Hot cocoa, mulled cider, and snacks are on the menu. Plus, a guide will offer tours of the Adriance Farmhouse, which has NYC Landmark status and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will also be able stroll around the property, which features temporarily dormant growing fields, steers Jethro and Dexter, and alpacas Giorgio and Rocky at this time of year.

Attendance is free. Queens Farm is at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Glen Oaks.

Finally, it’s not too late to catch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. The 16-show run began on Dec. 14, but it will continue through Dec. 30.

Featuring original dance and song numbers, this musical follows the same plot as the eponymous television special that first aired in 1965. Charlie Brown is upset by the commercialization of Christmas. He confides in friends and joins the school pageant, but he just gets more and more jaded. Then when it appears that all hope is lost, he finds the holiday’s true meaning with a little help from Snoopy and his decorated doghouse. (Joe Cool saves the day, again!)

Remaining show times are on Dec. 21, Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 28, Dec. 29, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. There are also matinees on Dec. 22, Dec. 23, Dec. 29, and Dec. 30 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $18 in advance, but $20 at the door. Located at 44-02 23rd St., The Secret Theatre has a three-quarter-round performance space with seating for about 100 people.


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