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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Feb. 1-3

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 1:02 pm | Updated: 1:50 pm, Fri Feb 1, 2019.

On Saturday and Sunday we’re supposed to be back to more normal winter temperatures, even a bit above average on the latter, following these frigid last few days. What a relief, and what a perfect time to get out and about in Queens! But where to go and what to do? If you’re looking for ideas, here’s our weekly list of just five events happening this weekend, and you can always find plenty more in our two calendars, located here and here.

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Sure, this is Mets territory, but we’ve got some fans of that other ball club over the river and through the streets living here too. If you’re one of them, Saturday marks your chance to meet Didi Gregorius, the Yankees’ shortstop. He’ll be doing a meet and greet during an open house at Retro Fitness, the team’s official fitness center. The open house is all day, but Gregorius will be there from 10 to 11 a.m. only. The site is the Forest Hills Retro Fitness, located at 89-89 Union Tpke. (in what is actually a sliver of Glendale: fun fact!). Both the meet and greet and the full open house are free to attend. Info: (718) 878-6161, retrofitness.com/foresthillsny

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The weather probably doesn’t bring gardening to mind, though the growing season may come sooner than you think (you actually can plant some vegetables, like onions, radishes and carrots, in February if the ground has thawed; we’ll see when it does). Meanwhile, there’s tabletop gardening! AKA growing things indoors. If you’ve got youngsters you’d like to introduce to the joy of growing things, you might head to the Queens Botanical Garden for a tabletop gardening workshop Saturday from 11 to 12. Described as best for kids ages 4 to 10, it’ll see participants learn how to grow plants in winter and take some home. Each kid must be accompanied by an adult. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing, and the cost is $12 per child. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

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There’s a new play being staged by the Astoria Performing Arts Center: “Queen.” It tells the tale of two female scientists studying vanishing bee populations who discover an error in their research that could ruin their careers. They have to decide whether to admit that or look the other way in an effort to save the bees. The show runs through Feb. 16, with performances each Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.; and each Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, located at 21-12 30 Road, with the entrance on 21st Street. Tickets are $25; or $20 for students and seniors. Info: (718) 706-5750, apacny.org.

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The Museum of the Moving Image is running a series called “See It Big! Costumes by Edith Head,” with classic films the designer worked on in Hollywood’s Golden Age. It starts this weekend with “The Uninvited,” “Double Indemnity” and “The Lady Eve.” These are all high-quality films from the ’40s. The first screens Saturday at 2 p.m., the second Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the third Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. More classics follow on subsequent weekends through Sunday, March 10. MoMI sits at 36-01 35 Ave. in Astoria, and tickets, which include full museum admission, are $15; or $11 for seniors and students; and $9 for kids ages 3 to 17. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

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Among the New York Hall of Science’s many programs for children is Little Makers, a drop-in workshop in which kids get to do fun activities that also teach them something about a given discipline. This weekend it’s Cornstarch Chemistry, which will see youngsters exploring cornstarch “to create radical reactions” with it and getting messy. NYSCI says it’s best for ages 18 months to 7 years. The program is open 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday, and NYSCI sits at 47-01 111 St. in Corona. The cost is $5 per child plus admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

 

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