Flushing Meadows Park is the home of the Queens Museum of Art which offers free drop-in art workshops on Sundays from 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm. Children ages 5-12 are invited to work on art projects the art educators have cooked up for the day. In addition to this ongoing program, Met Life sponsors a free workshop every Second Sunday at the museum. This Sunday the theme is "Asian Americans in the City." After viewing photographs of cultural activities by Asian Americans in our city taken by photographer Corky Lee. You will be making Asian themed arts and crafts and Chinese snacks will be served. After the kids are done flexing their creative skills, be sure to check out the Panorama of the City of New York, a permanent exhibit in the museum. Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World's Fair, the panorama is a 9,335 square foot architectural model that includes every single building constructed before 1992 in all five boroughs. You and your family get a birds eye view of it from a balcony/ramp. A very popular and cool exhibit.
The park itself is a melting pot of ethnic groups enjoying the soccer fields, playgrounds, carousel, children's zoo, great Spanish food street vendors, and the Queens Science Museum. On our recent stroll around the park we came upon a group of kids drawing and writing comments on three blank canvases that were propped up side by side on some park benches. My daughter naturally gravitated to the activity and was handed a marker by a smiling young woman named Hadaya. Her project is called RELEASE. She and some friends plan to display all of the completed works in a show next year, till then she plans to re-create this art happening in many more spots in and around the city and it's boroughs. Be sure to stop by and make your mark.