It’s an old problem. What do you get the dad who has everything?
Easy, a ticket to the Father’s Day Virtual Reality Bike Ride with E.T. at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District on Sunday, June 18.
Of course, this two-part parent-child bonding experience includes a screening of “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” in the Redstone Theater. This 1982 classic film by Steven Spielberg won various Academy and Golden Globe awards, but it also brought a friendly alien to the big screen. (The plot follows a gentle extraterrestrial who is stranded in suburban California and adopted by two young children.)
With this Hollywood-style inspiration, families will get creative during a workshop that combines hands-on art-making with Virtual Reality. They will use clay and drawing materials to produce 3D versions of outer space populated by extraterrestrials. Then they will take turns pedaling through their collective outer space world using a stationary bike and Google Cardboard VR viewers.
Youngsters will get to decorate their own cardboard VR viewers to take home along with their clay projects.
The workshops are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., while the movie is set for 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per parent-child duo with $35 charges for each additional child. They include same-day admission to the screening and the workshop.
Editor’s note: This Father’s Day promotion is part of the museum’s See It Big! Spielberg Summer series, which is showing movies by the prolific director, producer, and screenwriter who co-founded DreamWorks Studios. The program began on June 3, and some movies have already screened. However, it runs until July 16, and there’s still a chance to watch blockbusters such as “The Color Purple,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”