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This weekend: Free shuttle bus service now available in Long Island City

A shuttle bus service that can take passengers to various cultural institutions in LIC is now operating out of Socrates Sculpture Park.
A shuttle bus service that can take passengers to various cultural institutions in LIC is now operating out of Socrates Sculpture Park.
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This weekend, families can take advantage of a free shuttle bus service operating within Long Island City. This new service will make it easier for anyone to visit several of Western Queens' prominent cultural institutions, such as the Noguchi Museum, MOMA P.S. 1, and more. Families can also participate in a variety of other special events throughout the weekend, which are listed down below.

LIC Art Bus: May 17-Sept. 14, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Description: A new shuttle bus service has been launched from Socrates Sculpture Park, which will help connect Long Island City's various cultural institutions to each other. The bus will make stops between Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, Sculpture Center, and MOMA P.S. 1 every Saturday and Sunday. The bus can hold up to 25 passengers, and functions on a first come, first served basis. To find out about the bus schedule, please check out the website below.

Age: All ages

Price: Free

Location: 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11106

Phone: 718-956-1819

Website: Socrates Sculpture Park

Princess Particular: May 17 at 2 p.m.

Description: Through this musical, kids can watch Princess Particular go on an adventure pretending to be anything other than a princess. It stars Cari McHugh as Princess Particular, as well as Mary Lauren, Kimberly Wilpon, Lee Goffin-Bonenfant, Miranda Kahn, and more! Directed by Lena Moy-Bergen.

Age: Kids aged 4 to 7

Price: $10-$40

Location: The Little Secret Theatre- 44-02 23rd Street (between 44 Ave and 44th Rd) Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: 718-392-0722

Website: The Little Secret Theatre

Drop-In Moving Image Studio: May 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Description: Kids can engage in various hands-on activities such as making flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys), learning about stop-motion and computer animation, as well as playing video games. Visitors can also explore the ways that various types of moving-image technologies function including projectors, film strips, video tapes, video game consoles and more.

Age: Kids aged 7 to 17

Price: $12adults; $6 children (3-12)

Location: Museum of the Moving Image- 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria, NY 11106

Phone: 718-777-6888

Website: Museum of the Moving Image

Little Makers-Butter Up: May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Description: Families with young children are invited to tinker, design, and create together. Participants will learn to use new materials, tools and processes in order to design a project that they can take home. Be sure to dress yourself and your kids in old clothing that can be splattered upon with things like paint, ink, and glue. In this particular program, kids will learn how to create homemade butter while they get to add in their own ingredients.

Age: Kids aged 4 to 7

Price: $11; $8 for seniors,children ages 2-17, students with ID

Location: New York Hall of Science- 47-01 111th St. Corona, NY

Phone: 718-699-0005

Website: New York Hall of Science

Astoria Flea and Food Market: May 18-June 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Description: Every Sunday this market will feature a variety of Queens' food vendors, antiques, collectibles, arts and more near the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios. Market food vendors include Butcher Bar, Oconomi, Ice & Vice, Sweet Leaf, Bills Balls and Jam Jar.

Flea vendors selling crafts, apparel, Leggo art, organic beauty products and more include Cork Buds, Paradox Thrift, Queens 88, C3Brix, Jewel Dripped, Taproot Organics and Noctua-Diem. Astoria Flea & Food has also partnered with the Museum of the Moving Image to offer Buy 1 Ticket Get 1 Ticket Free to the museum. Visitors to the market can take advantage of this fantastic offer by going to the Museum of the Moving Image's table at the Flea.

Age: All ages

Price: Free to attend

Location: Kaufman Astoria Studios Backlot- 35th Avenue and 36th Street. Astoria, NY

Phone: 718-224-5863

Website: LIC Flea

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