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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.

Student Advocacy Training Institute: Transition Planning for 14 to 21 Year Olds - Student Advocacy
March 06, 2013 - Elmsford

This workshop is presented for parents by Maria Suchy-Kozak. By the time a special education student reaches age 15, his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) should include a transition plan to prepare for leaving high school. Exactly what is it and who does it? Hear how Transition should work and what you can do now for a better outcome. The goal is for parents to leave the workshop knowing what their next steps are. Pre-registration required. To apply for a scholarship, call Lois Solomon-Neal at 914-347-7039 x100.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
March 06, 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.

Breastfeeding for Beginners - Rivertown Mamas
March 06, 2013 - Dobbs Ferry

Breastfeeding is unquestionably natural, but by definition every first-time mama is a first-time breastfeeder and therefore can benefit from a little instruction. Breastfeeding for Beginners is informative, practical, and insightful, but it's also relaxed. A wide range of topics will be covered, including: * how to initiate breastfeeding * recognizing feeding cues * techniques for ensuring a good latch * different positions for breastfeeding * how to know if baby is getting "enough" * common myths and misconceptions * nursing gear (bras, pumps, milk storage, etc.) * working and breastfeeding * and much more The class is highly interactive, with ample time for discussion and questions. It is recommended for women in their 34th week of pregnancy and beyond. Registration is on an ongoing basis, with participants limited to 10 expectant moms per class plus one additional support person each, if desired.

Book Babies - The Field Library
March 06, 2013 - Peekskill

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

Y Theatre Presents Washington Irving Students in 'Time Machine 2' - Washington Irving School
March 06, 2013 - Tarrytown

This is the SEQUEL to last year's exciting "Time Machine" play! Our heroes - The Time Traveler, Molly, and Brian - find themselves trapped in a maze at the center of time created by the evil Morlocks! While in the maze, they meet Peacemakers, Warriors, Artists, and Athletes from history, like Frida Kahlo, George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, and Pablo Picasso! Can our heroes escape the Maze, even with the help of escape artist Harry Houdini? Or will they fall before the forces of the Morlocks, led by the infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold? Will they be trapped in the Maze of the Morlocks FOREVER? Only time will tell! Over 100 Washington Irving School students will perform in this show, sure to delight audiences young and old!

Look and See: Creatures of the Seas - Bruce Museum
March 06, 2013 - Greenwich

A program especially designed for children ages 3– 5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum's galleries through hands-on experiences, crafts, stories and more. Parents/guardians are free. For reservations, call 203-869-0376 or email your names and event date to info@brucemuseum.org.

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - A New Musical' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater Jellybeans - Yorktown Stage
March 07, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Random Farms Jellybeans (performers in grades K-2) present this family musical adapted from Mark Twain's beloved novel, and specially commissioned by The Random Farms Kids' Theater. In the story, Tom meets and falls in love with Becky Thatcher. However, Becky's father, Judge Thatcher, does not approve of Becky fraternizing with a mischievous boy like Tom. Tom prevails when he secretly takes Becky's punishment for her after she spills ink on the schoolmaster's prized book of verses. Then, he returns home from a pirate adventure, unwittingly returning a stolen treasure to its rightful owner. Memorable scenes from the classic book appear in this musical: Tom incurring Aunt Polly's wrath, whitewashing the fence, pirating on Pirate Island, getting engaged to Becky Thatcher, and dedicating himself to adventures with Huck Finn. Tickets are sold at the door on the day of the performance (cash only).

Drop-in Crafts - Scarsdale Public Library
March 07, 2013 - Scarsdale

Crafty fun for ages 3-1/2 to 7 years.

Tales for Tails - The Field Library
March 07, 2013 - Peekskill

Children in Grade 1 and up are invited (with a parent) to read to a special dog. All volunteer dogs are certified through The Good Dog Foundation. Sign-up required.

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
March 07, 2013 - White Plains

Join Toe, bookseller/entertainer extraordinaire, every Thursday morning for stories, singing and lively fun.

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - A New Musical' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater Jellybeans - Yorktown Stage
March 08, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Random Farms Random Farms Jellybeans (performers in grades K-2) present this family musical adapted from Mark Twain's beloved novel, and specially commissioned by The Random Farms Kids' Theater. In the story, Tom meets and falls in love with Becky Thatcher. However, Becky's father, Judge Thatcher, does not approve of Becky fraternizing with a mischievous boy like Tom. Tom prevails when he secretly takes Becky's punishment for her after she spills ink on the schoolmaster's prized book of verses. Then, he returns home from a pirate adventure, unwittingly returning a stolen treasure to its rightful owner. Memorable scenes from the classic book appear in this musical: Tom incurring Aunt Polly's wrath, whitewashing the fence, pirating on Pirate Island, getting engaged to Becky Thatcher, and dedicating himself to adventures with Huck Finn. Tickets are sold at the door on the day of the performance (cash only).

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
March 08, 2013 - Peekskill

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

Free Fridays Parent-Child Play Date - Rosenthal JCC Yorktown Branch
March 08, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Meet other families with children 18-36 months. Adults can engage with their children and each other in various enriching activities.

Family Art Project: Stylish Seed Pots - Wave Hill
March 09, 2013 - Bronx

Be inspired by colorful and varied mosaics from many cultures, and invent patterns of your own. Then, take an ordinary terra cotta pot and embellish it with stones, beads, and ceramic tiles. Add a precious seed and plant it in your new pot.

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - A New Musical' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater Jellybeans - Yorktown Stage
March 09, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Random Farms Random Farms Jellybeans (performers in grades K-2) present this family musical adapted from Mark Twain's beloved novel, and specially commissioned by The Random Farms Kids' Theater. In the story, Tom meets and falls in love with Becky Thatcher. However, Becky's father, Judge Thatcher, does not approve of Becky fraternizing with a mischievous boy like Tom. Tom prevails when he secretly takes Becky's punishment for her after she spills ink on the schoolmaster's prized book of verses. Then, he returns home from a pirate adventure, unwittingly returning a stolen treasure to its rightful owner. Memorable scenes from the classic book appear in this musical: Tom incurring Aunt Polly's wrath, whitewashing the fence, pirating on Pirate Island, getting engaged to Becky Thatcher, and dedicating himself to adventures with Huck Finn. Tickets are sold at the door on the day of the performance (cash only).

Tom Chapin's Birthday Party - Tarrytown Music Hall
March 09, 2013 - Tarrytown

Celebrate Tom Chapin's birthday with a concert for the whole family. In a career that spans five decades, 22 albums, and three Grammy awards, multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and films. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank.

Pond Program - Rye Nature Center
March 09, 2013 - Rye

Learn all about pond animals. Look for frogs at every stage of their life cycle, and see what other types of pond life can be found.

3rd Annual Children's Carnival for Charity - The Harvey School
March 09, 2013 - Katonah

Food, crafts, games, a fun slide, and more. Sponsored by Harvey Community Service. Proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Pencils of Promise. Snow Date: Mar. 10.

The Berenstain Bears Live - Ridgefield Playhouse
March 09, 2013 - Ridgefield

In this live musical production, the Berenstain Bears learn important life lessons. In the end, it becomes clear to each of the bears that what truly matters is family. Meet The Berenstain Bear Family in the lobby after the show.

AjkunBT's Women Dancing Through History - St. Paul's Historic Site
March 09, 2013 - Mount Vernon

In recognition of March as Women's History Month, AjkunBT presents a special performance evoking the lives of three prominent women from American history associated with St. Paul's - Anne Hutchinson, Abigail Adams, and the indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt. Introductory lecture offered at 1pm by a historian with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

Music Conservatory of Westchester Spring & Summer Program Open Houses - Music Conservatory of Westchester
March 09, 2013 - White Plains

Saturday, March 2 & Saturday, March 9, 2013: Music Conservatory of Westchester will host open houses for their spring and summer programs with an early bird discount available to those who sign up in advance. Music and arts programs are available for children, adults, and seniors and will include electives in band, orchestra, chorus, arts & crafts, jazz, rock, music technology, dance, and visual arts. 10am-1pm.

Musical: 'La Cage Aux Folles' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
March 09, 2013 - Irvington

The Clocktower Players Adult Troupe presents the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancee's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! La Cage is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together...stay fabulous...and above all else, stay true to themselves! With a score of hummable melodies, and featuring the "notorious and dangerous Cagelles," this indisputable musical comedy classic is fabulously outrageous and outrageously fabulous! Winner of 11 Tony Awards. Please note: this show contains adult themes. Snow Date: March 17, 7:30pm.

Wag Your Tale! - Read to a Dog - Scarsdale Public Library
March 09, 2013 - Scarsdale

Independent readers can practice their reading skills with a story-loving dog. Registration required but not limited to Scarsdale Library cardholders.

Parachute Playtime for Toddlers - Scarsdale Public Library
March 09, 2013 - Scarsdale

Big, bright, colorful parachutes and lots of singable songs for children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years. Registration is required, but not limited to Scarsdale Library cardholders.

Picture This! Saturday Story Time - Katonah Museum of Art
March 09, 2013 - Katonah

This is a monthly story time series featuring great children's stories and illustrations. This month's theme is "Crazy for Quilting." A quilter brings her favorite children's books about quilts, and shares some easy quilting techniques. Children will have the opportunity to create artwork in the Learning Center following the story. Presented by Little Joe's Books in Katonah, NY.

Saturday Crafts @ The Field - The Field Library
March 09, 2013 - Peekskill

Crafty kids can drop in for simple crafts.

Animal Adventures & Discovery Hike - Weinberg Nature Center
March 09, 2013 - Scarsdale

Animal Adventures at 11am. Meet some of the furry, feathery, scaly, slimy, and cuddly animals at the Center. At 12:15, join in the Discovery Hike. You never know what you'll find on this guided walk (aproximately 30 minutes). Dress appropriately for weather and trail conditions. Binoculars are optional.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Court Jester' - Jacob Burns Film Center
March 09, 2013 - Pleasantville

The throne of England has been usurped! Who will make things right? When Danny Kaye's on the scene - playing the hapless, bumbling title character - the answer is obvious. And don't forget: "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle!" Costarring Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. 1955. 101 min. Not rated.

Open House - Introductory Session and Campus Tour - Blue Rock School
March 09, 2013 - W. Nyack

Blue Rock School invites parents interested in Kindergarten through 8th grade to visit the four-acre campus Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10am. Meet Blue Rock faculty, and hear how the school's vibrant and creative learning environment nurtures children's natural curiosity and fosters a lifelong love of learning. Discover how Blue Rock School's unique educational approach brings learning to life. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Admissions Director, Beverly Stycos, at 845-535-3353 or bluerockschool@verizon.net. Blue Rock School is a progressive, independent day school serving students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and is located on a beautiful, four-acre, wooded campus in W. Nyack, NY. The school was founded in 1987 with the purpose of providing a rich educational experience based on a child-centered and hands-on approach that nurtures children's innate love of learning, enables them to follow their own natural curiosity, develop as independent thinkers, and grow in a dynamic learning community. At Blue Rock School, class sizes are small and students engage in a challenging academic curriculum which is balanced and fully integrated with the arts, nature, and play. Blue Rock School also offers a 5-week Summer Play Camp which is open to the community. For more information call 845-627-0234 or visit bluerockschool.org. Blue Rock School - Where Learning Comes Alive!

Open House for Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock School - Blue Rock School
March 09, 2013 - W. Nyack

Parents and their children, ages 3-1/2 to 12, are invited to visit Blue Rock's beautiful, four-acre campus, including the new Arts & Nature Studies Annex and pool Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2pm. Meet Summer Play staff and hear all about Blue Rock's unique and adventure-filled summer program, while children participate in a variety of fun, staff-led activities and games. Summer Play at Blue Rock School is a fun and enriching place for your child to spend summer days engaging in a variety of hands-on, creative and playful activities that take place both in the classrooms of Blue Rock School's 18th-century stone farmhouse, the new Arts & Nature Studies Annex, and outdoors. Here, playgrounds abound and there are enough magical play spaces for the most vivid imaginations. It is an enchanting place where lasting memories are made. Summer Play is run by a warm and dedicated staff which include Blue Rock School faculty, local artists, and teachers. The program includes the following activities daily: Art & Music, Nature & Science, Woodworking, Drama, Games, Free play, and Swimming. Children in older groups are eligible to choose an Excursion Option one day each week. These excursions are a special opportunity for sharing unique experiences and forming lasting friendships. Space is limited so that students may explore activities more intimately and extensively. Veteran environmental educators and hikers lead the children on a variety of walks on hiking trails, in local parks, and near lakes and rivers. This five-week program was started in 2001 by parents and teachers to provide a safe, child-centered, and joyous experience for all children, and to share the "Blue Rock experience" with the broader community. A major component of this unique experience is the celebration and nurturing of childhood itself. The program is specially designed for children ages 3-1/2 through 10-1/2. By allowing children the time to explore, collaborate, connect with the natural world, express themselves creatively, and play, each day is a journey of self discovery. Summer Play also offers a Junior CIT program for children ages 11 and 12. Tuition is highly affordable, and each summer, the program typically draws over half of its campers from other area schools, both public and private, and from the home-schooled community as well. Space for the March 9th Open House is limited. Please contact Blue Rock School to reserve your spot at 845-627-0234.

Sugarfest 2013 - Westmoreland Sanctuary
March 09, 2013 - Bedford Corners

A hugely popular event, Sugarfest will be two days this year. Sign up for either Saturday, March 9 or Sunday, March 10. The schedule is the same for each day. First, enjoy an all-you-can-eat homemade Pancake Feast served with 100% New York Maple Syrup. There will be plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, and melon. Two seating times are available each day; seating is limited. Call to pre-register by March 7. Following each seating is the "Maple Sugaring Through the Ages" program, which looks at the evolution of making maple syrup, from the harvesting and processing techniques used by the Native Americans and early colonists, through present day. Learn how to tap a tree, and even test yourself to see if you can tell the difference between 100% maple and imitation syrup. Visit westmorelandsanctuary.org.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
March 09, 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.

FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
March 09, 2013 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 6 mos.-5 years. Registration required.

Radical Tricks with Torro! Skateboards NYC - New York Hall of Science
March 09, 2013 - Corona

Skateboard enthusiasts can enjoy this program created by Professional Skateboarder and Queens native Rodney Torres, as he brings to life the skateboarding tricks featured in the Radical Tricks section of the Tony Hawk | Rad Science exhibition. Activities include: Screening of TORRO! NYC Skate Team videos and demos.

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.

Black History StoryWalk: 'Molly, By Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams? - White Plains Public Library
Through March 17, 2013 - White Plains

Along this StoryWalk, kids in grades 1-6 and their families will learn about Molly Williams, an African American cook for NYC's Fire Company 11 in 1818, who is thought to be America's first female firefighter. The StoryWalk is based on the book entitled, ?Molly, by Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter," written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Kathleen Kemly. The StoryWalk opens Sunday, February 17 at 1pm, and continues through Sunday, March 17.

Public Art Installation: "Organic Abstracts" by Dianne Smith - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through March 24, 2013 - Bronx

"Organic Abstracts" consists of two large-scale, outdoor sculptures by Bronx-born artist Dianne Smith. The installation showcases her minimalist approach to large, abstract works made from repurposed materials that are incorporated into the landscape.

VITAL SIGNS Art Exhibition - Pelham Art Center
Through March 30, 2013 - Pelham

A colorful, larger-than-life exhibition of photographs, installation art, and video, questioning our conventional notions of identity, beauty, gender, and the body politic. Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm, through March 30.

From Italy to America - Greenwich Historical Society
Through March 30, 2013 - Greenwich

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Italian-American communities in Connecticut through objects, documents and film drawn from local families. Also featured is a complementary collection of 26 black and white photographs from a show entitled From Italy to America: The Photographs of Anthony Riccio that was originally organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University. March 1-June 30, 2013.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week - Over 200 Restaurants in Seven Counties
Through March 31, 2013 -

The spring 2013 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week will take place March 11-24. The Valley Table presents the region's largest dining event, with more than 200 participating restaurants from seven counties. Restaurants include Crabtree's Kittle House, La Cremaillere, Harvest on Hudson, Red Hat on the River, and X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Fig & Olive, Restaurant 42 at the Ritz Carlton, plus many family-friendly restaurants, which will offer delicious, pre-fixe dining. Others joining the roster this spring are Gaucho Grill, Myong Gourmet, Swift and more. Pricing: three-course dinner for $29.95 and/or three-course lunch for $20.95 (excluding beverage, tax and tip). For more information and a growing list of participating restaurants, visit hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week takes place in the spring and fall, and is a great time for families to try cuisine at some of the region's best restaurants by taking advantage of the prix-fixe menus.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through March 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. March. 2: Create your own Weather Wheel; March 9: In Like a Lion out Like a Lamb Puppets; March 16: Craft a St. Patrick's Day Mobile; March 23: Make a Winter to Spring Cherry Blossom Tree; March 20: Create an Under-the-Sea Wall Hanging.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through March 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. March 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through March 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. March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

'In the Heights' (EXTENDED!) - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 07, 2013 - Elmsford

Now extended for 17 more performances through April 7, 2013! The 2008 Tony Award winning musical weaves a tale about three days in the life of Washington Heights, a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. It's a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. The unique and exhilarating score is a dazzling array of hip-hop, salsa, pop, soul, reggae, cha-cha, and mambo, including, "When You're Home," "It Won't Be Long Now," and "In The Heights." Show runs through March 17, 2013. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.

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.

African Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through April 21, 2013 - Norwalk

Back for a celebratory but brief encore, a small exhibit of Africa penguins will be on special display for two months. They waddle comically on land but swim gracefully in the water, all while dressed semi-formally in black-and-white attire. And they're not all from the South Pole. African penguins actually are native to temperate South Africa. Come learn more about these birds, whose conservation status is listed as vulnerable. Penguin encounters are are available for an additional fee.

Tony Hawk / Rad Science - New York Hall of Science
Through April 22, 2013 - Corona

Find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports in this program that runs through April 22. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

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.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.

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.

NIGHTWATCH: The Art of Greg Mort - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 27, 2013 - Stamford

Greg Mort, a Maryland artist with a well-established national reputation, has his eyes firmly in the sky in this selection of original artworks. Mort conveys his awe, respect, and love of nature in his artworks, which can be found at the White House, the Smithsonian Institution and in the collection of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA). February 16 - May 27, 2013.

THE PRINTS OF ETIENNE LEOPOLD TROUVELOT - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 27, 2013 - Stamford

Etienne Leopold Trouvelot (1827 ? 1895) had a career as an astronomical artist, after a disastrous career as an entomologist. He introduced the Gypsy Moth to North America accidentally, in 1869. Trouvelot?s exacting details and nuanced shading produced imagery that rivaled even the finest and most technologically advanced photographic images of the time. Today, Trouvelot?s works endure as the most detailed and meticulous illustrations of celestial phenomena ever complied. Included in the exhibition will be images as varied as the Planet Jupiter, The Great Comet of 1881 and the Partial Eclipse of the Moon.

Lure of the Ocean: The Art of Stanley Meltzoff - Bruce Museum
Through June 02, 2013 - Greenwich

This new art and science exhibition features approximately 30 paintings by Stanley Meltzoff, the master of portraying fish in their environments -– from the New Jersey shore to the shallows of the Caribbean and the deep Atlantic waters. February 9-June 2, 2013.

Beyond the Bed: The American Quilt Evolution - Katonah Museum of Art
Through June 16, 2013 - Katonah

Quilts have evolved dramatically in form, fashion, and function during their long and distinguished history. In this exhibition Jean Burks, senior curator at the Shelburne Museum, will explore the wide range of quilts intended as bed coverings, articles of clothing, furniture accessories, wall decoration, and finally, three-dimensional room sculpture. Illustrating a variety of techniques, designs, and cultural styles, the pieces selected will showcase the work of North American quilters working from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. February 24 through June 16, 2013. Major funding for this exhibition was generously provided by The Coby Foundation.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 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 June 20, 2013.

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.

Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through June 20, 2013 - Norwalk

This film offers an unflinching look at the ocean's 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.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 02, 2013 - Norwalk

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social �mobs� in the Kalahari Desert, in the southern African nations of Botswana and South Africa. No mere cats, meerkats are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat. The meerkats� exhibit offers opportunities for climbing, digging and exploring, with several feeding locations to keep them on the alert for incoming crickets. A viewing bubble lets visitors pop up right among the meerkats. Through September 2, 2013.


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