Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
There's still time to register for the free UFT Queens parent conference, the year's major UFT-sponsored event for parents of children in Queens public schools.
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 10
- Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Location: PS 721 at 57-12 94th St. in Elmhurst. Directions »
Join parents, guardians, grandparents and neighbors for a free, fun-filled day of networking, exhibitors and giveaways. We'll offer informative workshops on topics including how to read a school budget, how to be a more effective parent advocate at the school and district levels, and how to navigate the college application process.
Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Saturday, Nov. 3: There is a free, family-friendly concert at Lincoln Center in the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between West 62nd and 63rd streets in Manhattan. Listen to Elena Moon Park and Friends perform folk and children's music from all over eastern Asia. This concert is recommended for children ages 2 to 5. See the event listing »
This concert is offered as part of the Lincoln Center Kids at the Atrium series, which provides free children's concerts every first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Find out more »
- Saturday, Nov. 10: Come to a free workshop in Spanish about banking and financial literacy at 11 a.m. at the Corona branch of the Queens Public Library. This workshop is the first of a three-part series that continues on Dec. 1 and 8. For details and to register, visit the website »
- Tuesday, Nov. 27: The next UFT Queens parent workshop will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., 8th floor. This month's topic is self development. Dinner will be served and child care will be available. For a flier and to register, see the event listing »
Free things to do in Queens
- Free admission at the Queens Botanical Garden: From Nov. 1 through the end of March, the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing will offer free admission to all visitors. The garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the website »
- Storytime Thursdays at the Astoria Bookshop: The Astoria Bookshop at 31-29 31st St. hosts free storytime every Thursday at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome, but the audience is usually babies and toddlers. For more information about this and other events, visit the website »
- Free admission on Fridays at the Museum of the Moving Image: Every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., the Museum of the Moving Image at 36-01 35th Ave. offers free admission to all visitors. The museum is always free for children under the age of 3. To learn about current exhibitions and plan your visit, see the website »
- Free admission on Fridays and Sundays at the New York Hall of Science: Every Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. and every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m., the New York Hall of Science at 47-01 111th St. offers free admission to all visitors. To learn about current exhibits and plan your trip, see the website »
- Visit the Queens County Farm Museum for free: The grounds of the Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families are welcome to come visit a working farm with goats, hens, pigs and historic farm buildings. Visit the website »
- Take a coding class online for free: 190 universities just launched 600 free online courses in programming, computer science and more. To get the full list and start studying, check out this article »
- Use your library card for free museum admissions: The Culture Pass program grants library card holders free admission to NYC museums and attractions. Find out more »
- Apply for a $1,000 grant to improve your block: The Citizens Committee for a Clean New York City and NYC Service invite you to apply for a $1,000 grant for a block clean-up or improvement project. Applications are due by Wednesday, Nov. 7. For more information, visit the website »
- UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don't forget that help is always available to you from two UFT programs: Dial-A-Teacher and BRAVE.
- The Dial-A-Teacher hotline, 212-777-3380, provides homework help to elementary and middle school students on Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher on the UFT website »
- The UFT's BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) works to create safe spaces for children who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. BRAVE's help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the campaign offers. You can also text "BRAVE" to 43961 to get support via text, and there are anti-bullying workshops you can bring to your parent-teacher association. Learn more about BRAVE on the UFT website »