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As the freezing temperatures approach, we’re ready for that quintessential urban winter sport: ice skating. Whether you do it for exercise, to show off your double axels, for a date night, to get the kids out of the house, or to people-watch… here are the best spots for ice skating in Queens.

Image source: City ice Pavilion

Long Island City has the City Ice Pavilion (GMAP), a rooftop bubble that you can spot from the 7 train, just west of the 33rd Street station.

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Holiday Season Kickoff with Snowflake Lighting – Enjoy face painting and balloon twisting and do not forget to stop by the holiday arts and crafts station. Don’t forget to bring a camera and get a photo with Santa at Macy’s (GMAP).

Also, watch as the sky turns into a kaleidoscope of beauty, lighting the Macy’s Snowflake and marking the official start of the holiday season!

Holiday Season Kickoff
Macy’s Flushing, 136-50 Roosevelt Avenue
Monday, November 19  |   FREE

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Image Source: R.U.S.H

Restaurants Unite for Sandy Help (R.U.S.H) and Sunnyside Cares join together to offer an extravaganza featuring music, food, libation, children’s activities and a monster raffle at Sunnyside Community Services (GMAP). All money raised will go directly to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Consider the following: $10 all-you-can-eat bracelet; $10 bar bracelet; $15 combo bar-food bracelet; and $5 children’s bracelet.

Can’t make it today but would like to donate? Make an online contribution here.

The R.U.S.H
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street
4 pm-8pm | $5 – $15

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Image source: Warm Sleepy on Flickr

As parents with young children know, hiring a babysitter is expensive, and a lot of the time you end up not going out at all to avoid the cost and hassle. To get around these issues, some Queens residents have started sharing childcare tasks with other parents in their neighborhood.

The SunnyBaby childcare cooperative launched in October and covers all of Sunnyside and parts of Woodside.

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Image Source: Queens Economic Development Corporation

Corona Cares for the Rockaways  is a cultural festival/hurricane relief event at the newly refurbished Corona Plaza (GMAP). Enjoy an afternoon of diverse dance performances, concerts, children’s activities, and art. Plus, there will be a checkpoint where people can donate materials to a van that will make nonstop round trips to The Rockaways and back.

Corona Cares for the Rockaways
Saturday, Nov. 10
Corona Plaza, Roosevelt Ave., between 103 and 104 Streets
12 noon-4 pm | Free

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In many parts of NYC, children forgo trick-or-treating altogether or only visit stores, restaurants, and other businesses for candy handouts, because their residential areas just aren’t conducive to knocking on doors, and no one knows which doors are OK to knock on anyway. The more famous Halloween shenanigans in the city are for basically for adults.

But Queens is home to several safe, family-friendly neighborhoods where the tradition of going house to house is thriving. Here’s our guide to the best hoods for trick-or-treating in the borough.