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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER-APR 13

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There's so much to do in Westchester! Take a look below at today's events. Whether your child is a fan of animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Looking ahead to the weekend or some vacation time? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!!

Zephyr Farm Horse Show! - Zephyr Farm Inc.
April 13, 2013 - Mahopac

Join Zephyr Farm at their home show opener and learn more about what they have to offer. Founded in 1994, Zephyr Farm is a full-service equestrian training facility, owned and operated by leading horsewoman and trainer, Carla Sacco. The farm is located in Mahopac, New York, just one hour north of New York City. Whether you are an accomplished junior, amateur, adult, or beginner rider, the staff will hone your skills to help you achieve your riding goals. Riders of all levels are welcomed and are afforded the very best training by a staff of experienced, caring professionals committed to excellence in equitation, hunters, and jumpers.

Family Weekend Workshop - Migration Physics - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 13, 2013 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Today: in the Hudson Riverama, discover the structure and functions of feathers of migrating birds as they return to the Hudson Valley.

Engineering Workshop with LEGO for kids! - Westchester Community College Center for the Arts
April 13, 2013 - White Plains

A one-day workshop using the LEGO building system. Kids will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture, while playing with their favorite creations. Utilizing over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, the program strives to build students' problem-solving skills, foster a greater appreciation of how things work, and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in children. Projects for the workshop will be selected by the instructor based on the ages, experience levels, and interests of the children.

Bluebirds in Hidden Valley - Teatown Lake Reservation
April 13, 2013 - Ossining

The old fields in Hidden Valley provide shelter and a plentiful source of food for our state bird, the Eastern Bluebird. After a short hike to look for bluebirds, return to the Nature Center to construct a bluebird box to put in your own backyard. Please note that this program is for families with children ages 6 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. One box per family.

Thumbelina - Ridgefield Playhouse
April 13, 2013 - Ridgefield

Thumbelina, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, follows the story of Thumbelina and her friends toad, fish, field mouse, mole and swallow as they experience a series of adventures in nature's tiny, enchanted world.

Polish Celebration! - Scarsdale Public Library
April 13, 2013 - Scarsdale

Enjoy a performance by the Polish American Folk Dance Company.

Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show - Westchester County Center
April 13, 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.

International Gem and Jewelry Show - Westchester County Center
April 13, 2013 - White Plains

Exhibitors from around the World offer a huge selection of quality jewelry of all kinds including loose colored gemstones, fine finished jewelry, fashion jewelry, beads, and more. Enjoy discounts of 20-40% off regular retail price. Children under age 8 not admitted.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Inspector General' - Jacob Burns Film Center
April 13, 2013 - Pleasantville

A typically riotous Danny Kaye mistaken-identity comedy. He plays a shill in a traveling medicine show who is first arrested by officials in an isolated village and then mistaken for the authority figure of the title. Hijinks, Kaye's trademark nonsense songs, and slapstick comedy abound, and it's all tied up in a happy ending. 1949. 102 min. Not rated.

Caring for Trees in a Time of Climate Change - Greenburgh Nature Center
April 13, 2013 - Scarsdale

Recent hurricanes and super-storms have caused many trees to topple over or lose parts of their canopies. Scientists predict an intensification of such extreme weather events and conditions. International tree expert Frank Buddingh will teach participants how to support the overall health of trees, and to look for 'signatures' - the subtle signs that often indicate a tree needs structural attention. Early recognition of these 'signatures' allows us to take adequate measures to care for trees before weather brings disaster to trees and properties. Learn how to care for and protect the trees on your property. Program includes an illustrated talk and outside walk to study GNC trees. Raindate: Sunday, April 14 at 2pm.

FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
April 13, 2013 - Larchmont

A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 1-5 years with an active grown-up. Registration required. Note new times!

Saturday Night Chillin' - Rosenthal JCC
April 13, 2013 - Pleasantville

Does your tween or teen need support negotiating the teen social scene? One Saturday night a month, they can hang out with other tweens and teens, enjoy a pizza dinner, and participate in a fun recreational activity, while gaining the skills needed to be a part of a social peer group. Intake interview required; call to schedule.

Family Art Project: Daffy for Daffodils - Wave Hill
April 13, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate our flowering world by becoming a daffodil for a day. Make a hat or costume, complete with a fringed trumpet and circle of petals, and join in a parade of spring blossoms. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Health & Wellness Expo - Mercy College
April 13, 2013 - Dobbs Ferry

Free health screenings. Learn from experts. Attend a seminar or workshop. Bring the entire family for a day of fun with kids' activities. More information about the schedule and participating sponsors at mercy.edu/healthexpo. ABOUT THE EXPO Mercy College's first annual Health & Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:30am-2:30pm on the Dobbs Ferry campus (555 Broadway). This multi-disciplinary health and wellness expo provided by the faculty and students of the School of Health and Natural Sciences and partnering agencies will feature free health screenings, interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops (see event activities). Main themes include 1) Fitness, Exercise, and Health for all ages, 2) Management of Special Needs or Chronic Conditions, and 3) Health Profession Careers. The expo will provide information and resources to the community to foster healthy lifestyles, increase understanding of health issues and risk factors, and enhance management of special needs or chronic conditions. The expo will feature keynote speaker Shannon White, an Emmy-nominated TV journalist, award-winning speaker, and author of "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" and "How was School Today? Fine." At the same time, it is an opportunity to learn about careers in health by watching students and faculty in action, and by speaking with students or faculty in health profession programs. The Mercy College Health & Wellness Expo will set the foundation for healthy lifestyles for each and every community member. Note about Amenities: The event is wheelchair accessible. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided on campus. Mercy College's cafeteria will be open throughout the event. The full menu will be offered for purchase. Refresh yourself with lunch, coffee or a snack break while enjoying views that overlook the Hudson River. Contact healthexpo@mercy.edu with questions.

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 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.

Hurricane Sandy: Through the Lens of Local Photographers - ArtsWestchester
Through April 27, 2013 - White Plains

A photographic exhibition documenting the local devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, as well as the stories of endurance, community, and kindness during the wake of the storm. The exhibition will feature over 100 images submitted by professional and amateur photographers in addition to photos from The Journal News' archives. To RSVP to the opening, email lbanks@artswestchester.org.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through April 30, 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. Apr. 4, 11, 18, and 25.

High School Art Salon Exhibition - Pelham Art Center
Through April 30, 2013 - Pelham

Advanced Placement art students from Bronxville, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, and Pelham high schools exhibit their works side by side creating a unique collective display. Pelham Art Center is delighted to announce the return of its high school student show (last year entitled "Advanced Art Student Exhibition"). The exhibition will feature artwork by students in advanced placement (AP) or upper-level art classes from four local high schools: Bronxville High School, Mount Vernon High School, New Rochelle High School, and Pelham Memorial High School. Over 60 works in a variety of media will be shown. For many of the artists, this exhibition will be the first time they show their works in public. AP art courses are designed for upper level high school students who are interested in pursuing art with added intensity. Many are preparing art portfolios as part of their applications to college. The High School Art Salon will be on view for one week, April 16-23, 2012.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through April 30, 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. April 6: Welcome Spring with an Umbrella Suncatcher; April 13: Craft your own Rain Cloud wall Hanging; April 20: Hug the Earth to celebrate Earth Day; April 27: Create a Flowering Crafty Collage.

'The Importance of Being Ernest' - White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC)
Through April 30, 2013 - White Plains

Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece about manners, class, and society. Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities - not to mention the disapproval of the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde's play is a humorous expose on British society and pokes gentle fun at pretense, all in the context of well-crafted language and delightful repartee. April 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8pm; April 7 and 14 at 2pm.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through April 30, 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 April from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

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.

'Guys and Dolls' - NOTE NEW DATES! - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through June 06, 2013 - Elmsford

NOTE NEW DATES! Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Subtitled "A Musical Fable of Broadway," the show is set in the colorful world of New York City in the mid 20th century. "Guys and Dolls" is populated with gangsters and gamblers, missionary dolls, and beautiful showgirls, and has one of the great musical scores in American theatre. Including Frank Loesser's hits "Luck Be A Lady," "Guys and Dolls," "If I Were A Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat." Show runs through June 6, 2013. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.

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.

BANK ON THIS - Yorktown Museum
Through July 20, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

An extensive collection of glass banks will be on display in this patrons' showcase. Most of the banks are from the early half of the 20th century. Many of the banks served a duel purpose. Candy, condiments, syrup, and drink mixes would be sold, and the containers would later serve as banks. Pigs, globes, patriotic, and holiday shapes will be shown. Jean and Roy Russo have generously given the Yorktown Museum their large collection of banks and this is the first time it will be on display.

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.

Eggs-hibition: Unscrambling Their History - Bruce Museum
Through October 20, 2013 - Greenwich

This new exhibition will delight visitors with an array of eggs. From food to children's fairy tales, Fabergé eggs to pharmacology, Eggs-hibition explores the evolution of the egg, its prominent inclusion in creation myths worldwide, the complex simplicity of its design, and the inspiration it imparts to artists who have painted, bejeweled, photographed, and written about them. March 23-October 20, 2013.


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