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The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming! Sometimes mistakenly referred to as “locusts,” these three-eyed insects have spent the past 17 years undergr0und, and they are ready for some fresh air. When the temperature reaches a steady F 64 degrees, baby cicadas (or nymphs) will emerge, and soon the region will be filled with their distinctive singing. The New York Hall of Science is ready for the onslaught, offering patrons the chance to build “cicada detectors” that measure the temperature of the soil. Not only can participants monitor the ground temperature, they can share their findings on the WNYC Cicada Tracker.

Cicada Workshops
New York Hall of Science
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Sunday, April 14
12 pm, 1 pm 2 pm | Free with admission (preregistration is required)

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Bubbles have been very good to Casey Carle. After graduating from the Ringling Brothers Clown College with a Bachelor in Fun Arts (not kidding), this upstate New York native popped onto the scene as a bubble-ologist and developed hilarious, mind-boggling and educational shows from soap and water. He now has a traveling troupe that has dazzled everywhere from Lincoln Center to Japan to the Discovery Channel. Plus, he is the consultant for bubble-based routines and scenes for Cirque de Soleil. On March 25, Casey will begin a six-day run at the New York Hall of Science, which has provided one warning: Come prepared to be wowed! Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of each show.

BubbleMania: Science, Art and Comedy!
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Monday, March 25, until Saturday, March 30
Showtimes at 1pm & 2pm  | $11

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The fix is in. Wreck-It Ralph is a 3D, computer-animated film about a villain who jumps between video games at an arcade. One day, the first-person shooter game Hero’s Duty arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun. Looking to rebel against his lot in life and be a good guy, Ralph sneaks into Hero’s Duty with a plan to win a medal, but instead he destroys everything and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph is doomed to be even more hated until he gets help from Vanellope von Schweetz, a young, troublemaking “glitch” from a candy-coated cart-racing game. On March 15 and the following two Fridays — when admission is free after 2 pm — the New York Hall of Science will screen this 2012 fantasy-comedy, which features voices by Sarah Silverman, Ed O’Neill and John C. Reilly.

Wreck-It Ralph in 3D
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Fridays, March 15, 22 & 29
5pm – 6:45pm | $9

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Shredders, poppers and Ollies help explain the laws of physics as Tony Hawk | Rad Science makes its East Coast debut at the New York Hall of Science on February 2. Co-produced by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, this almost-three-month exhibit showcases the science behind ramp tricks, kickflips and McTwists. Expect to fly high with workshops, demonstrations, videos and fun lessons on gravity, force, velocity, balance and skateboard history. The Loop of Death — where participants learn centripetal force while trying to move a plastic ball around a pipe — is among more than 25 interactive displays, including Bodacious Board Balance, 900 Vert Theatre, Board Drop, Weight vs. Mass, Radical Trick Breakdown, Create-a-Skate, Energy Skate Shop, History Bowl, Video Game Physics, Newton’s Pool, Loop of Centripetal Force, Friction Hills, Momentum Machine, Wipeaout Ambulance, Forces Ramp and Tech Deck Mini Skate Park.

Tony Hawk | Rad Science
New York Hall Of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, February 2, until April 22
9:30am – 5pm | Free with NYSCI admission ($8 children/$11 adults)

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The New York Hall of Science will offer the chance to escape the cold, dry and barren Queens winter and jump into warm, wet and bountiful seas around the world. Starting on Wednesday, January 2, the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park museum and technology center will offer a 3D presentation of The Last Reef. To be shown every day except Monday until June 30, this film will give viewers that chance to explore tropical reefs, brush through jellyfish, marvel at tiny fish and worry about their predators. The documentary will also inform on the increasing acidity of the earth’s oceans and how this is destroying reefs at an alarming rate. According to the Hall of Science, marine experts are now predicting that all the world’s coral reefs could be gone within our lifetime.

The Last Reef in 3D
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Wednesday, January 2 (screens six days a week until June 30)
11am – 1:30pm | $6 adults/$5 children, students & seniors

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Between the egg nog and caroling of Christmas and the hangover and resolutions of New Year’s Day, people can bend, twist, light, sculpt and taste their way to happiness. From December 27 to December 30, the New York Hall of Science presents ReMake the Holidays, a diverse series of daily workshops, demonstrations, artist installations and food-science explorations. Each day focuses on a different theme, and there will be Ice Sculpting Apprentices, Skraptacular, Giant Lite Brite, Recycled Orchestra, Crystal Demonstrations, Soda Tab Bracelets and Bandana Tie-Dying among other educational activities.

ReMake the Holidays
New York Hall of Science
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Thursday, December 27, to Sunday, December 30
noon – 4pm | Free but some activities require materials purchases

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Head to the New York Hall of Science in Flushing for the 2012 World Maker Faire. Deemed “the greatest show and tell on Earth,” the event will draw more than 500 maker exhibits celebrating innovations in technology, craft, fashion, art and food. Attractions this year include a life-sized Mouse Trap and a Mentos Show. You can purchase tickets here, which range between $20 and $50.

Maker Faire [QueensNYC]

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
10am- 7pm

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This weekend, spend time in Long Island City and Flushing to see ordinary objects transformed into art, shop in a forest of teddy bears, dance on a rooftop hotel, and play with the process of animation!

Image source: Untitled by Chase Carlisle, 2011. Materials for the Arts

Waste Diversions Sculpture and Collage From New York’s Waste Stream – This installation at the Materials for the Arts gallery in Long Island City uses unneeded objects from businesses and individuals, and transforms these items into sculptures and collages. It is fascinating to see items we don’t give a second thought to, transformed into art.