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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER

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by Directories Editor January 16, 2013

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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.

Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2012 - Norwalk

This film offers an unflinching look at the oceans� ultimate predator � with an emphasis on why shark populations are dropping. A sea turtle with a British accent help make this a family-friendly show, even for the youngest members. January 18-June 20, 2013.

Parents 4 Parents Special Needs Support Group Monthly Meeting - Rosenthal JCC
January 16, 2013 - Pleasantville

Parents 4 Parents is a support network for parents of children with special needs who have been through the emotions of receiving a diagnosis for their children, navigating the evaluation process and educational programs (EI, CPSE, CSE), and living with the day-to-day challenges of raising and caring for their beloved children. All are welcome. RSVP required.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 16, 2013 - 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.

Look and See: Let It Snow: Children's Book Art. - Bruce Museum
January 16, 2013 - Greenwich

This program is especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who explore the Museum's galleries through hands-on experiences, crafts, stories and more. Children will explore the exhibition and then make their own "snow" pictures. Parents/guardians are free. Call the museum for reservations or email your name and the event date to info@brucemuseum.org.

New York Metro Reptile Show - Westchester County Center
January 16, 2013 - White Plains

Thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages, and more. 200+ vendor tables. No personal pets allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

Daddy, Donuts and Me Storytime - Ossining Public Library - Children's Program Room
January 16, 2013 - Ossining

After work, unwind with some stories, crafts, snacks, and more. Dad, uncles, grandpas welcome - Moms too! For all ages with a grownup.

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.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk

Join shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks, including whale sharks and great whites. Swim with a whale shark (life-sized on the giant IMAX screen), witness the birth of a baby shark and see if Fox survives when dropped into great white-infested waters while inside a clear diving tube. Through January 17, 2013.

The Little Prince - Irvington Town Hall Theater
January 18, 2013 - Irvington

The beloved classic comes alive on stage, filled with enchanting music and heartfelt lyrics. Presented by the Little Village Playhouse. All tickets purchased at the door. Call 914-747-6206 for information.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
January 18, 2013 - Peekskill

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Interactive, drop-in storytime for tots ages 2 and older with a caregiver.

East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
January 18, 2013 - White Plains

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

Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show - Westchester County Center
January 18, 2013 - White Plains

The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 49 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards.

New Era Anime Club - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
January 18, 2013 - Yonkers

Teens and tweens ages 12-19 discuss and read Manga, watch and talk about Anime, draw, debate, and answer trivia questions. Light snacks provided.

Story Time Fridays - Paint Your Own Pottery
January 18, 2013 - Scarsdale

Children ages 3 and older listen to a story, then paint a ceramic character from the book. Parent or caretaker must remain with their children throughout each class. Includes instruction, pottery, materials, cleanup, glazing, and firing. Pottery will be ready for pick up in one week. Note: Due to the popularity of this program, space is limited. Reservations are required and will be taken on a first come first served basis. Payment must be made in full at the time of reservation.

Friday Family Fun - Spinsbowl
January 18, 2013 - Mt. Kisco

Fun family bowling all afternoon, with fun bowling games and competitions on the big screen. The bowling mascot will be on hand passing out free gifts, and a bowling coach will be available to give pointers.

The 3 B's of Tree ID - For Teens and Adults - Westmoreland Sanctuary
January 19, 2013 - Mount Kisco

Bark, buds, and branches. Familiarize yourself with the varying appearance of winter trees minus their leaves. A great introduction to common tree identification, and an important skill for those interested in backyard maple sugaring. RSVP by Jan 18.

'Legally Blonde, The Musical' - The Play Group Theatre
January 19, 2013 - White Plains

College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School! Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde is the award-winning musical sensation brought to the Broadway stage by a top-of-their-class team of producers, including PGT's own Barbara Whitman! This fun and fabulous feel-good musical comedy is a delightful reminder that being yourself never goes out of style. Hop from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard's Halls of Justice with Westchester's brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser - who comes from the Broadway production to the PGT stage.) The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal! Tickets are available online at playgroup.org or by calling the PGT box office at 914-946-4433.

Around the Frozen Lake - Teatown Lake Reservation
January 19, 2013 - Ossining

Hike around Teatown Lake while learning about life under the ice and how wildlife adapt to winter in this region.

Make A Ceramic Story Tile - Hudson River Museum
January 19, 2013 - Yonkers

Tour historic Glenview and visit the storytelling tiles on the fireplace, then create your own. Led by Junior Docents.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'Tarzan and His Mate' - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 19, 2013 - Pleasantville

With Olympic champion Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan and Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane who rejects civilization for his love (and famously goes skinny dipping with him, too). It's both romantic and exciting, as the "King of the Apes" pounces on lions, wrestles crocodiles, leads an elephant stampede, and utters plenty of examples of his famous yell. 1932. 100 mins. Not rated.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
January 19, 2013 - Norwalk

Stops include the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water's surface. Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call ext. 2206.

Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
January 19, 2013 - Norwalk

These cruises seek out the harbor seals, gray seals and even harp seals that have been coming down into the Sound in growing numbers each winter. Educators on board the research vessel Oceanic point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and Old Squaws. Bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call ext. 2206.

The Little Prince - Irvington Town Hall Theater
January 19, 2013 - Irvington

The beloved classic comes alive on stage, filled with enchanting music and heartfelt lyrics. Presented by the Little Village Playhouse. All tickets purchased at the door. Call 914-747-6206 for information.

Dancers Fighting Cancer - The Dance Gallery
January 19, 2013 - Tuckahoe

Join The Dance Gallery for its first annual Dancers Fighting Cancer. The event will include dance classes for all ages and levels along with treats and giveaways. Each class will be $10 per student. ALL of the proceeds will go to a young dancer who is fighting cancer.

Family Art Project: Freedom Pillows - Wave Hill
January 19, 2013 - Bronx

Draw on the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and traditional African American quilts to display your own personal dream of freedom. Choose from a wide array of cloth, yarn, and felt to embellish a pillowcase for your dream-time wish.

East Coast National Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
January 19, 2013 - White Plains

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

Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show - Westchester County Center
January 19, 2013 - White Plains

The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 49 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards.

Miss New York USA & Miss New York Teen USA Pageants - Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College
January 19, 2013 - Purchase

Miss New York Teen USA and Miss New York USA, presented by The Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, and K2 Productions. Watch an amazing group of young women take the stage live to compete for the crowns.

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale - Pruyn Sanctuary
January 19, 2013 - Chappaqua

The Seed Shed is staffed by volunteers every third Saturday in the winter. Bird seed sales benefit the local conservation work of Saw Mill River Audubon. Seed is also available during the week on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, from 10:30am-3:30pm. Please call or email the office if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online at sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Saturday Specials - Chappaqua Public Library
January 19, 2013 - Chappaqua

A program for special needs kids and their families: stories, songs, sensory activities, and schmoozing. For all ages. Registration required; space is limited.

'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.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, Jan. 1-27.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through January 31, 2013 - 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. Jan. 5: Flip and Check Snowpals: make-your-own flashcard snowman puppets; Jan. 12: Snowflake Snowman: create a fabulous snowman out of snowflakes. Also, from 12-1pm, KID'S YOGA presented by LEAPSMART; Jan. 19: I Have a Dream Quilt: in honor of Martin Luther King, kids tell their special dream on a crafted paper quilt; Jan. 26: Winter Wonderland Mural: help create a store display with crafted penguins, snowflakes, and snowmen. Hot Chocolate and cookies for all who attend.

Winter Wolves! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 31, 2013 - South Salem

Winter offers families a unique opportunity to visit the wolves during their favorite time of year. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration is required. 11am January 5, 19, and 20; 2pm January 12; 1pm January 27.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through January 31, 2013 - 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 January from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through January 31, 2013 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through January 31, 2013 - 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. Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25.

'Fiddler on the Roof' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through February 03, 2013 - 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.

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 24, 2013 - Bronx

Take refuge from winter by retreating to Tropical Paradise - a showcase of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. You'll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York. View The Beauty of Paradise: A Photographic Tour during regular Garden hours. See a photographic display of tropical paradises around the world. Learn about plants and flowers found in tropical climes through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the US partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone. Inside the cozy Discovery Center in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants in Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders. Pot up a specimen plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood; make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season. On view January 19-February 24. Please confirm hours on the day of your visit by calling 718-817-8700.

Let It Snow! Children's Book Art - BRUCE MUSEUM
Through February 24, 2013 - Greenwich

This family-friendly exhibition of winter scenes from children's books features more than thirty original artworks from favorite illustrators, including many living in the Connecticut region such as Lizzy Rockwell, Jennifer Thermes and Wendell Minor. The snowy season is depicted in vivid winter landscapes, frolicking animals, and popular sports and games such as sledding, ice skating, and snowball fights. Displayed works present the range of media available to illustrators, including pen and ink, colored pencil, oil, watercolor, gouache, papercut, collage, and digital media. December 1, 2012-February 24 ,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.

Mamaroneck Indoor Winter Farmers' Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through May 18, 2013 - Mamaroneck

Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days, and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Down to Earth Markets has confirmed the following vendors for the 2013 season: Amazing Real Live Food Company (day vendor), American Pride Seafood, Bombay Emerald Chutney Company, Dr. Pickle, Feather Ridge Farm, Flourish Baking Company, Gaia's Breath Farm, Gajeski Produce, Maura & Nuccia, Meredith's Country Bakery, Orchards of Concklin, Orwashers Bakery, Red Barn Bakery, Stone & Thistle Farm, and Tierra Farm. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through May 18.

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.

The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - Norwalk

Coral reefs are considered exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea, with a parallel existence to ours. Maritime Aquarium audiences will recognize scenes from New York City as the film compares reef communities to human communities. The film?s imagery immerses audiences in reef communities, among familiar dolphins, sharks and rays but also lesser-known species, such as crocodile fish, colorful nudibranchs and delicate flatworms. January 18-June 20, 2013.


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