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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER-APR 7

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by Directories Editor April 7, 2013

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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!!

'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.

Guided Spring Nature Hike - Westmoreland Sanctuary
April 07, 2013 - Mount Kisco

Join Westmoreland and Marsh Memorial Sanctuary staff for a guided walk on the Westmoreland Sanctuary nature preserve in search of local wildlife and early signs of spring along the sanctuary's trail system. Please dress for spring trail conditions. Meet in Westmoreland's nature center. All ages welcome. RSVP appreciated but not required. Co-sponsored with the Marsh Memorial Sanctuary.

Starry Sundays - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
April 07, 2013 - Stamford

Enjoy a chance to explore the night sky in the daytime. Discover seasonal constellations and the stories behind them in the planetarium. Shows are approximately 30-45 minutes. Limited seating; doors open 10 minutes before program starts; recommended for ages 4 and up.

Gallery Stage: Interactive Show - 'Two Rivers, Two Cultures' - Hudson River Museum
April 07, 2013 - Yonkers

Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program students, in costume, invite families to journey up the Hudson in a 20-minute performance they wrote for the exhibition, "The Panoramic River." An interactive adventure against a moving backdrop into early American and British cultures. The play stars a BOY who travels up the Hudson and meets an EXPLORER, Henry Hudson; an ARTIST, William Guy Wall; a Native American CHARACTER, Pukwudgie; and, a hungry SQUIRREL. Jokes, magic tricks, and audience involvement are all part of the fun. Appropriate for ages 6 and older.

Family Weekend Workshop - Create a Panoramic Mural - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 07, 2013 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Join local artist Dahlia Broul to create a large-scale panoramic mural. Be a set designer and make your own miniature panorama, or pocket size "endless landscape" to take home.

Gym Buddies - Play with the Big Kids! - Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester
April 07, 2013 - Pleasantville

Children in K-4th get a chance to play with the big kids - tweens and teens who act as role models and engage children with fun games.

Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival - Westchester County Center
April 07, 2013 - White Plains

Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story in their new tour show Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip-hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, and country tunes. Kids will be delighted with the all-star roster including Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Goofy, Ariel and Sebastian, Jasmine and Aladdin, and Woody and Buzz, just to name a few. There will be 25 characters in total performing in this jam session fit for the entire family, and even grown-ups won't be able to resist dancing, singing, and playing air-guitar with this lively band of characters. Tickets are available at the County Center Box Office, ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO - White Plains High School
April 07, 2013 - White Plains

See and learn how everything is made, from robots to bridges, buildings, cars, and cell phones. Chances are whatever you do today, an engineer had a role in it. Find out how engineering impacts what we eat, how we work, play, learn, travel, communicate, and stay healthy, at the 10th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO on Sunday, April 7th, at White Plains High School. This fun, hands-on learning event is free. Doors open at 11am, and the EXPO runs until 4pm at White Plains High School, 550 North Street in White Plains. Free parking is provided and food/beverages will be available for purchase. Plus, there will be plenty of giveaways and prizes, including Apple iPads. More information is available at beanengineer.org, and on facebook/lowerhudsonvalleyengineeringexpo. More than 100 engineering exhibitors are participating, including representatives from over 40 of the region's leading learning institutions such as Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Villanova, Manhattan, RPI, and SUNY. All fields of engineering will be featured: Civil, Structural, Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical, Computer, Mechanical, Petrochemical, Environmental, Materials, and Nuclear. Engineering EXPO founder and organizer Mal McLaren, president and CEO of McLaren Engineering Group of West Nyack, NY says engineering ranks No. 1 in career opportunities for college graduates, and he encourages parents of children as young as middle schoolers to attend Engineering EXPO to expose them to the field. "Engineers play a key role in virtually everything we do," McLaren says. "However, US businesses are experiencing a shortage of engineers, with 89% saying they have difficulty filling engineering positions. Our country and economy needs many more trained engineers, and the EXPO is designed to help meet this demand by encouraging more students to pursue engineering studies." "If you have a child with an aptitude and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it would be a Sunday very well spent April 7th at the Engineering EXPO," McLaren says.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Five Pennies' - Jacob Burns Film Center
April 07, 2013 - Pleasantville

In one of his warmest performances, Danny Kaye plays Loring "Red" Nichols, a real-life 1920s cornet player. At the height of his fame, he must decide whether to quit the music business to care for his daughter. Includes a slew of period favorites, especially "When the Saints Go Marching In" (with the great Louis Armstrong.) 1959. 117 min. Not rated.

Feeding Fun - Greenburgh Nature Center
April 07, 2013 - Scarsdale

See what's on the menu during mealtime at the center's live animal museum.

Family Art Project - Drawn to Nature - Wave Hill
April 07, 2013 - Bronx

Join guest artist Ander Mikalson as she guides families in creating individual drawing projects. Then, on the Lower Lawn from 12-2pm, join guest artists from the spring exhibition "Drawn to Nature" to form a collective, large-scale, winding line of drawings that will weave its way through Wave Hill. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
April 07, 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.

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 [email protected]

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.

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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