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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER

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by Directories Editor January 23, 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.

Student Advocacy Training Institute: Promoting Dignity and Respect for All Students - Student Advocacy
January 23, 2013 - Elmsford

This workshop for parents and professionals is presented by Edith Rosenbaum, Esq. Bullying in schools has been widely recognized as a barrier to learning. In July 2012 New York State adopted the Dignity Act, an anti-bullying law that is designed to protect school children from bullying, discrimination, and harassment. How will this new law work to protect your child? What actions must your child's school take to protect your child from being bullied? The workshop will examine the effects of bullying and how the Dignity Act aims to prevent bullying. Pre-registration required. To apply for a scholarship, call Lois Solomon-Neal at 914-347-7039 x100.

Book Babies - The Field Library
January 23, 2013 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 23, 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.

Daddy, Donuts and Me Storytime - Ossining Public Library - Children's Program Room
January 23, 2013 - Ossining

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

Wii Fun For Kids - White Plains Public Library
January 24, 2013 - White Plains

The competition takes place on the big screen in The Trove's Galaxy Hall. For boys and girls in grades 1-5.

Lecture by marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle - Maritime Aquarium
January 24, 2013 - Norwalk

Pioneering diver/marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide, logging 6,000 hours under water. The former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society and also heads Mission Blue, a worldwide alliance for ocean protection. She was Time magazine's first "Hero for the Planet," holds the women's record for deepest solo submersible dive, and is founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), a marine consulting company that aims to engineer creative solutions to underwater exploration problems. Last summer, she co-led the final mission to the Aquarius Reef Base, the world's only undersea lab. Reserve tickets at ext. 2206.

Teen Advisory Board - Larchmont Public Library
January 24, 2013 - Larchmont

Teens discuss how the library's teen programming and collection can best serve them, help create programs, and recommend books and movies for the library to purchase. Pizza will be served. No registration required.

Musical: 'Disney's The Little Mermaid' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
January 25, 2013 - Irvington

Presented by The Clocktower Players Junior Teen Troupe. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the adventurous young mermaid Ariel - who's got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart - longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. All she has to do is defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the mean old sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome, but human, Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Snow Date: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2pm.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
January 25, 2013 - Peekskill

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

New Era Anime Club - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
January 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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.

Musical: 'Disney's The Little Mermaid' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
January 26, 2013 - Irvington

Presented by The Clocktower Players Junior Teen Troupe. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the adventurous young mermaid Ariel - who's got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart - longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. All she has to do is defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the mean old sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome, but human, Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Snow Date: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2pm.

Havdalah in Pajamas - Bet Torah Nursery School
January 26, 2013 - Mt. Kisco

Havdalah is the weekly end of the Jewish Sabbath. This special evening includes bedtime stories, songs, a family Havdalah service, and a light dinner for families with young children (nursery school to age 8 years).

Winter Birdfest - Westmoreland Sanctuary
January 26, 2013 - Mount Kisco

A day of programming highlighting birds in winter. 10am: Breakfast with the Birds/Winter Bird Feeding For Families - enjoy the winter birds at the bird feeders. Learn how to attract a variety of bird species by offering different feeders, seeds, and other foods the birds enjoy. Also, learn how to keep the squirrels entertained without damaging your bird feeders. Binoculars and a field guide are helpful. Refreshments will be available in the museum. 11am: Bird Feeder Workshop For Families - a great program covering all the basics for anyone interested in birds and bird feeding. Make a bird feeder to get started, to add to your collection, or give as a gift. Registration is required since space is limited. Suitable for ages 7 and older. RSVP required by Jan. 25 as space is limited. One feeder limit per person. 2pm: Eagle Watching in the Hudson Valley - an excursion off the Westmoreland grounds in search of the Bald Eagle. Join the Bedford Audubon Society and drive to the location(s) where the latest sightings have occurred.

Ferret Frolic - Teatown Lake Reservation
January 26, 2013 - Ossining

Learn a bit about native weasels, then have a "playdate" with some Teatown ferrets as they romp about in the discovery room. Note: program is for families with children ages 4 and older.

This Victorian Life - Hudson River Museum
January 26, 2013 - Yonkers

Play a "what would you do" game in Glenview, the Museum's historic home, then create your own Victorian calling card to take home. Led by Junior Docents.

40th Annual Art Show: Bedford - St. Matthew's Church
January 26, 2013 - Bedford

A celebration of 40 years of supporting outreach programs with the art show proceeds. Show features contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography by local artists. Co-chairs: Laura Blau of Bedford and Laurie Sturz of Pound Ridge. Show curators are Susan Grissom, Manager of Contemporary Art at Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, and parishioner Leslie Henshaw. Refreshments are provided by Table in Bedford Hills. All proceeds benefit local charities supported by the Women of St. Matthew's.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'Tarzan and His Mate' - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 26, 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.

Meet the Beatles - Ridgefield Playhouse
January 26, 2013 - Ridgefield

The cast of Beatlemania perform Beatle songs and bring the one of the most popular bands to life by immitating the groups hair, clothes and costumes.

Rolling Stones: Shine A Light - Maritime Aquarium
January 26, 2013 - Norwalk

Celebrate the band's 50th anniversary watching this Martin Scorese directed film of their "Shine A Light" concert. Watch for guest appearances by Christina Aguilera, blues legend Buddy Guy and White Stripes guitarist Jack White. The film also integrates rarely seen archival footage of the band – singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood, and drummer Charlie Watts.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
January 26, 2013 - 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.

Full Moon Wolf Walk - Wolf Conservation Center
January 26, 2013 - South Salem

Celebrate the first full moon of 2013 with wolves. While keeping warm by the outdoor fire pit, guests will enjoy warm drinks, sweet treats, and likely the symphony of howls from the 24 wolves that call the WCC home. Guests will learn about the history of wolves in the United States, the importance of wolves in a healthy ecosystem, and the efforts to save these magnificent creatures for future generations. Guests then take will take a short moonlit walk to visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr. Please bring flashlights. Pre-registration is required. Dress for COLD weather.

Alex and Matt 'C' Variations: A Musical Experience for Children on the Autism Spectrum - Warner Library
January 26, 2013 - Tarrytown

Does your family love Broadway, folk, rock n' roll and classic children's tunes? Are you looking for a fun music show for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum? Then check out Alex and Matt's "C" Variations. Alex and Matt lead families through 45 minutes of participatory music where children get to move, sing and "C" variations between different instruments. The show incorporates rhythm intervention techniques that are helpful for body awareness and visual-spatial development. Designed for children ages 3-9 years old, but parents and family members are invited to participate in this positive music experience. At the end of the show there will also be demonstrations of larger instruments including guitars, a viola, and an electric violin. Sign up by visiting or calling the Children's Room.

Saturday Crafts - Field Library
January 26, 2013 - Peekskill

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a simple drop-in craft.

Daycare Open House - The Seed Day Care Center
January 26, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Groups served: Preschool, Pre-kindergarten, and full-day Kindergarten. The Seed is licensed by NYSOCFS, registered with the NYS Education Department, and accredited by NAEYC. Head teachers and assistant head teachers have Master's Degrees and are NYS Certified. For information, call 962-9622.

Family Art Project: Give a Winter Bird a Home or a Feeder - Wave Hill
January 26, 2013 - Bronx

Using recycled materials like plastic bottles and juice cartons, learn how to make a bird home or feeder. Decorate it with natural materials to welcome in new feathery friends.

Westchester County Bridal Expo - Westchester County Center
January 26, 2013 - White Plains

The Westchester County Bridal Expo opens for one sparkling day at the Westchester County Center! Westchester County is a hot spot for weddings. With the proven format of combining fashion shows with a large vendor presence, this bridal shows offer couples the unique opportunity to shop for every facet of their wedding needs in one location. It's a time saver for busy working people, to find everything they need in one day and at one bridal show - and not just one, but several of each bridal product or service, providing a wide variety of styles and prices to suit every taste and budget. It's a day of elegant fashion shows, live bands, breathtaking displays, mouthwatering samples of fine foods and confections, and the convenience of finding it all in one place.

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.

Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China - Bruce Museum
Through April 21, 2013 - Greenwich

This exhibition features skeletons, skulls, nests and eggs of more than a dozen rare Asian dinosaurs, some highlighting new evidence of the close relationship between birds and dinosaurs. January 26, 2013-April 21, 2013.

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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