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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER

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Don't miss out on fun family and kids activities this weekend in Westchester! Fairs, theaters, concerts, museums-your choices are endless. Find these and more in our list of this weekend's best family and kids activities in Westchester. Or, browse the NY Metro Parents' calendar for upcoming weekend family and children events.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 21, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meat, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 21, 2012 - White Plains

An authentic, French open-air market offering everything from meats to produce to artisan cheeses and olive oil.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 21, 2012 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Open every Wednesday, through November 21, at the base of Library Allee inside the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

Jr. Gardener's Club @ The Field - The Field Library
November 21, 2012 - Peekskill

Kids age 6 and older will make a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Peekskill. Space is limited; sign-up required.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation -
November 21, 2012 - Upper West Side

It takes a lot of helium to keep the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons afloat. Enjoy this opportunity to see the balloons grow, and get a 1st look at the parade balloons on Thanksgiving eve.

Vacation Drop Off Day (ages 4- 6) - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
November 21, 2012 - Stamford

Drop off your 4-6 year old for a visit with the farm animals, a hike along the trails and age-appropriate arts and crafts. Organic, nut free snack and drink will be served. Limited enrollment for a small group experience. Must be 4 by date of program.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
November 21, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful fall days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. Dress for outdoor activities. For children ages 18 mos.-5 years with a parent/caregiver.

Music and Merriment - Yonkers Public Library - Crestwood Branch
November 21, 2012 - Yonkers

Interactive stories and songs for children ages 1-1/2 to 4 years. No registration required.

86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Manhattan
November 22, 2012 - Manhattan

An annual holiday tradition featuring the signature giant helium character balloons, fantasy-filled floats, marching bands, performance groups and a variety of clowns.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'The Three Musketeers' - Jacob Burns Film Center
November 22, 2012 - Pleasantville

Thrilling swordplay! Derring-do! Sets that make you want to climb up into the screen! The Three Musketeers offers all this and more in gorgeous Technicolor. Starring Gene Kelly as a charming, swashbuckling D'Artagnan, alongside a wonderful cast from cinema's golden age: Lana Turner, June Allyson, Vincent Price, and Angela Lansbury. 1948. 125 min. Not Rated.

86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -
November 22, 2012 - Upper West Side

As much a part of Turkey Day as family feasts, post-consumption naps, and watching football, the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns this year to the delight of families across the nation. The floats, performers, and larger-than-life balloons promise endless entertainment. The parade line-up includes performances by Spirit of America Dance and Camp Broadway Kids, among others, and even younger kids will recognize their favorite characters in balloon form, like the Kool-Aid man, Buzz Lightyear, and SpongeBob. Not brave enough to bundle up the little ones and battle the crowds gathered across Manhattan? Not a problem. You can watch the whole thing on TV while still in your PJs (check your local listings).

East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
November 23, 2012 - White Plains

Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and autograph signings. Free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

The Music Man' - The Musical - Yorktown Stage
November 23, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

In River City, Iowa, "Professor" Harold Hill promises a musical miracle for all the kids by starting a town band. His real plan is to leave town once the kids have paid for their instruments and uniforms, but when he falls in love with the town's librarian, Marian Paroo, he sets his sights on winning her favor. Will he be able to keep his con going with Marian by his side?

School's Out/Art's In - Katonah Museum of Art
November 23, 2012 - Katonah

A recurring art program for children ages 3-12 held on school vacation days in the Museum's Learning Center. Each day a teaching artist leads different art projects inspired by the current exhibition, "Ice Age" to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios. Children will enjoy creating flip books, found object creatures, cut paper animation, digital stop motion, and cartoon drawing. Children and their adult caregivers can drop in any time between 10am-3pm.

TWILIGHT TOURS - Boscobel
November 23, 2012 - Garrison

Elegantly decorated for receiving visitors, Boscobel House will be awash in the soft glow of candlelight for tours guided by docents in period costumes. Learn about 19th Century entertaining customs in an enchanting atmosphere. Cider and cookies served. Three tours per evening. Space limited-advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'The Three Musketeers' - Jacob Burns Film Center
November 23, 2012 - Pleasantville

Thrilling swordplay! Derring-do! Sets that make you want to climb up into the screen! The Three Musketeers offers all this and more in gorgeous Technicolor. Starring Gene Kelly as a charming, swashbuckling D'Artagnan, alongside a wonderful cast from cinema's golden age: Lana Turner, June Allyson, Vincent Price, and Angela Lansbury. 1948. 125 min. Not Rated.

Hear a Story, Wear a Story - Hudson River Museum
November 23, 2012 - Yonkers

Christopher Agostino performs stories and illustrates them on the faces of audience volunteers. Wear characters from Aesop's Fables and other global stories such as "The Peacock and the Sun Goddess" or "The Tiger That Went to the House of the Sun."

'Stones in His Pockets' - THIS IS A NEW DATE DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY - Woodward Hall Theatre, Pace University
November 23, 2012 - Briarcliff Manor

The Irish spirit meets the American dream in this Irish comedy written by Marie Jones, which won two Olivier awards and garnered a Tony nominee for Best Comedy. A rural Irish community is turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew on location to capture the REAL Ireland. Two actors (Richard Hollis and Jay Stratton) play a cavalcade of local characters and Tinseltown types. Directed by Dan Foster.

Trove @ The Movies: 'Chimpanzee' - White Plains Public Library
November 23, 2012 - White Plains

Disneynature's "Chimpanzee" is a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. In this inspiring adventure, journey deep into the African rain forest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. Rated G, 78 mins.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
November 23, 2012 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required.

Dickens' Christmas Carol - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
November 23, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. Buy advance tickets online at hudsonvalley.org. Select dates through Dec. 22.

Bedford Turkey Trot - Bedford Elementary School
November 24, 2012 - Bedford

A 5k run through Bedford Village, followed by a Fun Run after the 5k. No baby strollers/joggers, rollerblades, or dogs. Please note: registration for this year's race is capped at 475 total runners. There will be no walk-in registration this year. Contact [email protected] for more information.

East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
November 24, 2012 - White Plains

Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and autograph signings. Free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

The Music Man' - The Musical - Yorktown Stage
November 24, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

In River City, Iowa, "Professor" Harold Hill promises a musical miracle for all the kids by starting a town band. His real plan is to leave town once the kids have paid for their instruments and uniforms, but when he falls in love with the town's librarian, Marian Paroo, he sets his sights on winning her favor. Will he be able to keep his con going with Marian by his side?

2012 Westchester Teen Idol - Irvington Town Hall Theater
November 24, 2012 - Irvington

A singing competition for teens between 13 and 19 years old. The 25 finalists from the September auditions compete in a final live concert, featuring celebrity judges, cash prizes, and an exciting evening of the top singers from the Tri-State area. Snow Date: Sunday, November 25 at 7:30pm.

TWILIGHT TOURS - Boscobel
November 24, 2012 - Garrison

Elegantly decorated for receiving visitors, Boscobel House will be awash in the soft glow of candlelight for tours guided by docents in period costumes. Learn about 19th Century entertaining customs in an enchanting atmosphere. Cider and cookies served. Three tours per evening. Space limited-advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Movies for Kids (and Their Families) - 'The Three Musketeers' - Jacob Burns Film Center
November 24, 2012 - Pleasantville

Thrilling swordplay! Derring-do! Sets that make you want to climb up into the screen! The Three Musketeers offers all this and more in gorgeous Technicolor. Starring Gene Kelly as a charming, swashbuckling D'Artagnan, alongside a wonderful cast from cinema's golden age: Lana Turner, June Allyson, Vincent Price, and Angela Lansbury. 1948. 125 min. Not Rated.

Theatreworks USA Presents 'Martha Speaks' - Emelin Theatre
November 24, 2012 - Mamaroneck

When an ordinary dog named Martha eats a bowl full of alphabet soup, something unusual happens: All those letters go to Martha's brain instead of down to her stomach. Martha's clever way with words saves the day in this doggone funny new musical based on the delightful Martha Speaks series of books by Susan Meddaugh.

Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings - Wave Hill
November 24, 2012 - Bronx

Gather fall leaves, cones, pods, and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season.

'Stones in His Pockets' - THIS IS A NEW DATE DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY - Woodward Hall Theatre, Pace University
November 24, 2012 - Briarcliff Manor

The Irish spirit meets the American dream in this Irish comedy written by Marie Jones, which won two Olivier awards and garnered a Tony nominee for Best Comedy. A rural Irish community is turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew on location to capture the REAL Ireland. Two actors (Richard Hollis and Jay Stratton) play a cavalcade of local characters and Tinseltown types. Directed by Dan Foster.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
November 24, 2012 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. Today: craft your own Family Portrait.

Animal Feast! - Teatown Lake Reservation
November 24, 2012 - Ossining

Learn what some of Teatown's animal ambassadors eat, and help assist animal care staff with feeding duties. Programs fill quickly so registration is strongly recommended. Call 914-762-2912 x110 to reserve.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
November 24, 2012 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required.

Western Howls - Bringing Balance Back to Yellowstone - Wolf Conservation Center
November 24, 2012 - South Salem

A special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park, including insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West. Guests will visit the WCC's wolves, and enjoy weather-appropriate treats. Pre-registration is required.

The Great Turkey Walk-Off - Cranberry Lake Preserve
November 24, 2012 - White Plains

Eat too much pumpkin pie on Thursday? Feeling a little sluggish? Make this post-feast hike part of your annual tradition and your pants will be on the way to fitting again.

Walk Off the 'Turkey Gut' - Marshlands Conservancy
November 24, 2012 - Rye

A relaxing stroll through the habitats of the preserve.

Dickens' Christmas Carol - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
November 24, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. Buy advance tickets online at hudsonvalley.org. Select dates through Dec. 22.

Rudolph and the Reindeer Games - Downtown Cabaret Theatre
November 24, 2012 - Bridgeport

The 73rd annual Reindeer Games features familiar names, characters along with music and dance. Santa's North Pole Team is hoping the odds are in their favor for the Games. Rudy, the young, new contestant who's a "chip off the old buck," looks like he may "sleigh" the competition, but five-time Champion Donner isn't giving up his title without a fight.

EXHIBIT - VIVIAN BERGENTHAL: A JOYFUL JOURNEY WITH NATURE - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Scarsdale

Scarsdale resident Vivian Bergenthal is an artist, poet, and environmental activist. Her work reflects "the spiritual and visceral connections that bind us to both the natural and man-made environment with which we engage." Working in mixed media, her work depicts her reaction to landscapes within her local neighborhood and the world she has traveled. Opening Reception with refreshments Oct. 6 from 2-4pm. Exhibit runs through Sunday, November 25.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through November 25, 2012 - Stamford

Every Sunday, the education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. September 9-November 25, 2012. No class October 21.

'Fiddler on the Roof' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 25, 2012 - Elmsford

Composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick teamed up with librettist Joseph Stein to create this timeless classic musical, magically woven with universal themes, music, dance, poignancy, and laughter. "Fiddler on the Roof" is based on "Tevye and His Daughters" and other tales by Sholem Aleichem that he wrote in Yiddish and published in 1894. Set in 1905, the musical takes place in Anatevka, a small Jewish village in Russia. The story revolves around the dairyman, Tevye, and his attempts to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world. In this production, Tevye the dairyman is brought to life by Bill Nolte. His wife Golde will be played by Emily Zacharias. The daughters are Rachel Prather (Tzeitel), Sarah Rolleston (Hodel), Dana Glaus (Chava), and local children Gianna Florio and Julia Gold, who will alternate as Bielke, and Samantha Robins and Shannon Stout who will alternate as Shprintze. Terry Palasz is the meddling Matchmaker, Yente. The girls' suitors are Andrew Boza as Motel the tailor, Eric Johnson as the butcher, Lazar Wolfe, Joe Longthorne as the student revolutionary, Perchik, and Chris Giordano as Fyedka, the Russian Cossack. The cast also features Michael J. Farina as Mordcha the Innkeeper, Drew Martin as the Rabbi, Benjamin Dean as Mendel, Stephen Tewksbury as the constable, Lucas Thompson as Nachum, and Stephen Valenti as Avram. The production is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. Jesse Factor is the associate choreographer. The musical director is Leo P. Carusone, set design is by John Farrell, technical director is Steve Loftus, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, sound design by Jonathan Hatton, costume design by Michael Bottari and Ronald Case, production stage manager is Victor Lukas and the assistant stage Mmnager is Ron Rogell. Properties are by Grumpy?s Props. As with all our productions, Lisa Tiso is the associate producer.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through November 30, 2012 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Nov. 1, 8, 13, and 29.

Magician Philip Klipper Performs - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through November 30, 2012 - White Plains

Every Friday from 7:30-9:30pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through November 30, 2012 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite. Parents can enjoy three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids under 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in November from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Chanukah Wonderland - Ardsley Shopping Center
Through December 13, 2012 - Ardsley

A Chanukah gift shop and family fun house with Judaica, toys, Chanukah merchandise, and activities for every age group. Featuring a clay bar, giving menorah, Chanukah art and edible crafts, a Tot Zone, a giant holiday piano mat, Lego menorah competition, glow-in-the-dark room, and Dreidel Movie House, plus special events all month long.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 15, 2012 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 15, 2012 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through December 15, 2012 - Pleasantville

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 16, 2012 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Co.
Through December 23, 2012 - White Plains

Various sizes and types of trees available. Proceeds benefit the North White Plains Fire Company. For more information, email [email protected]

4th Annual Greenwich Reindeer Festival & Santa's Workshop - McArdle's Florist & Garden Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Greenwich

Families can visit Santa's live reindeer and have their photo taken with Santa at his workshop. Hours for the Photos with Santa are: Monday-Friday 12-5:30pm; Saturday 9am-5:30 pm; Sunday 9am-4pm. Reindeer feedings will take place daily, 9am-4pm. Reindeer facts and educational information about reindeer will also be available.

Visit with Santa - Cross County Shopping Center
Through December 24, 2012 - Yonkers

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland House and receive a free gift. Santa's hours: Mondays-Saturdays 11am-8pm; Sundays 12-6pm. Friday Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 9am-6pm; Sunday Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 23 11am-7pm; Christmas Eve 9am-6pm.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

'The Polar Express' - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 01, 2013 - Norwalk

See this popular holiday film about a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus and gets taken on a magical Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole. Through January 1, 2013.

'White Christmas' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 05, 2013 - Elmsford

Make your days merry and bright by warming to an unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," that will fill you with the joy of the season. Through January 5, 2013.

Native Voices: New England Tribal Families - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

This exhibit is an introduction to Native Americans living in New England today. By visiting five different communities from northern to southern New England, visitors learn about Native American traditions and how modern families balance contemporary life with preservation of important cultural identities through stories and songs.

Holiday Happenings at Stepping Stones - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 06, 2013 - Norwalk

Enjoy sock skating, a life-sized igloo, festive train rides (weather permitting), caroling, decorative snowmen, a Celebrations Maze and visits with Santa, Frosty and other friends from the North Pole.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney - Hudson River Museum
Through January 13, 2013 - Yonkers

In 100 books, Jerry Pinkney has turned his artist's eye and hand to the story - a classic, a folktale, a fable - and readers all over the world saw something new, something they wanted to read and to remember. Pinkney is the master of the American picture book. More than 120 watercolor illustrations by the artist, who lives in Westchester, will be on view in the first major overview of his career as a designer and illustrator in "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney." The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." The Hudson River Museum is the only New York showing for this exhibition on national tour, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Pinkney has found it interesting to trace how the chapters of his life have knitted themselves into his art, touching on the cultural themes of the African-American experience. He uncovers, again and again, the energy in a small moment that surprisingly can change a life or turn an event in history. Most recently in his almost wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and The Mouse," two creatures on a faraway African plain choose not the hard chase and bloody battle but, instead, exchange kindnesses. Fascinated with wildlife, Pinkney, in many books including "The Brer Rabbit" in "The Last Tales of Uncle Remus" shows us the human qualities of an animal as he shows us the animal in its natural setting. Pinkney, Philadelphia born and bred, and now a long-time New Yorker, has illustrated children's books since 1964, but it was not an easy path. Blacks were not expected to be able to forge careers in the art field. Trained as a commercial artist at a vocational school, he persisted and won a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art where his work took on the shading and detail for which he is now renowned, and he where he began to use color to convey mood and emotion. He has most often worked on children's books that celebrate multiculturalism and African-American heritage, as he took on the task of reshaping the perceptions of the stereotypes of blacks. He designed the first nine stamps of the US Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Art critics will look at the color of Pinkney's illustrations, the scarlet curve of Little Red Riding Hood's cloak, the golden blade of grass on the Serengeti plane. Sociologists will look at Pinkney the little boy, who without a visit to a museum or an art class, drew at home on the back of wallpaper samples. What the viewer will see though, in "The Art of Jerry Pinkney" is his wish: "It has always been my intent for my work to continue to breathe after publication. My hope is that (museum visitors) will believe that Jerry Pinkney cares deeply for people, making art, and visual storytelling." The exhibition includes a 96-page illustrated catalog that provides new scholarship into Pinkney's work in essays by the exhibition's co-curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, and others. On view through January 13, 2013.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx

Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps. Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Through January 17, 2013.

To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates. Through January 17, 2013.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through January 17, 2013.

'Ice Age' to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 20, 2013 - Katonah

This unique interactive exhibition looks at the imaginative work of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, a leader in the animation industry for over 20 years. Creator of such blockbuster films as the "Ice Age" series, "Robots," and "Rio," the studio prides itself on technical innovation, while retaining a strong narrative heart. '"Ice Age" to the Digital Age' will guide visitors through Blue Sky's entire process of creating computer-animated films: from initial concepts, storyboards, character design, background art, and three-dimensional modeling, to the highly technical work of animation, rigging, materials, lighting, special effects, and sound. In addition to final movie clips, the exhibition will feature rarely-seen original concept drawings, sculptural models, props, and digital stills. Interactive stations will allow visitors to sketch a scene or manipulate computer-generated images to better understand the innovative technology that brings the films to life. Katonah resident Chris Wedge, a co-founder of Blue Sky in 1987, believes that the secret to the studio's success is in its inventive process. In his view, the art challenges technology and technology inspires the art. The Museum will be turning all the galleries, including the Learning Center, over to this exhibit. There will be gallery talks with Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, as well as a calendar of programming in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center. Details about these programs are available at katonahmuseum.org. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, September 16, 2012 through January 20, 2013.

2012 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 21, 2013 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is decorated for the holidays with 24 hand-crafted lighthouses. Visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most votes will receive $1,500 at an awards ceremony on Jan. 25.

All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 27, 2013 - Stamford

Bill Probert will be making an encore performance with his All Aboard LEGO train exhibition. He creates visual puns, pastoral scenes with unexpected surprises, and urban scenes where railroad tracks, weeds, carefully-tended gardens, and busy streets blend seamlessly into one another. A special feature in this year's exhibition will be the addition of four creations from winners of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's All Aboard competition. LEGO enthusiasts in four age categories from five-years-old and up will be submitting entries for inclusion in the exhibition. Through January 27, 2013.

Visions of Gingerbread: The Sweetest Architects IV - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 27, 2013 - Stamford

See creative confections, consisting completely of edible materials, from the area?s bakers, chefs and caterers. Returning favorites, along with new competitors, will show off their gingerbread skills. Visitors will be able to vote for their Fan Favorite." Through January 27, 2013.

Annual Holiday Exhibit - 'It Takes A Village' - Yorktown Museum
Through March 16, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

The museum's annual holiday exhibit takes you on a stroll down memory lane through miniature rural towns, farms, and village shops sprinkled with antique toys and foreign dolls. A French lithographed dollhouse, 1950's diner, and New England fishing hamlet are just some of the buildings that will be on display. On view through March 16, 2013.

Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx

Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space. The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.

Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculptures - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 26, 2013 - Bronx

Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdes showcase the relationship between art and nature.


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