It’s cold. There are some big football games on television. Laundry awaits. In other words, it’s the perfect time to head to the Queens Zoo. During the winter, the alligators aren’t around, but the meandering marsh is full of ducks and swans doing their thing without worrying about their big-jawed predators. Meanwhile, the Andean bear, American bison and puma roam other areas of the 11-acre venue. The zoo also features an indoor Discovery Center, where a Lunar New Year celebration will take place on February 1st and February 2nd. It’s the year of the horse, and the zoo’s equine residents will be the focus of the activities, which are geared toward children. Scavenger hunts and dragon- and lantern-making will begin at 11 am these days, followed by story time and a dance workshop by the Chinese Theater Works. At 12:30 pm, attendees can spend some time with the horses before the dragon mask parade starts at 3:15 pm.
Details: Lunar New Year Celebration, Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, February 1st and February 2nd, 11 am to 5 pm, free with admission, $8 adults/$6 seniors/$5 children.