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!!
Gan Shabbat Service - Bet Torah Nursery School
February 02, 2013 - Mt. Kisco
An inter-active introduction to Shabbat songs, stories and prayers for toddlers up to grade 2 and their families. A kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments follows each service. Unaffiliated families and intermarried families are invited to join this specially-designed, warm, and welcoming children's program.
2nd Annual Mike Chace Memorial Walk - Westmoreland Sanctuary
February 02, 2013 - Mount Kisco
Join director, Steve Ricker, for this hike that celebrates the life and legacy of Mike Chace, who served as president of
Westmoreland for many years and enjoyed hiking in all seasons. Dress for weather conditions.
Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Last Mimzy' - Jacob Burns Film Center
February 02, 2013 - Pleasantville
In this family-friendly, science-fiction adventure, the lives of a brother and sister are transformed by a box of mysterious objects they find. After being around the objects, the kids develop a host of mind-blowing new skills, and ultimately even have to use their new-found powers to do nothing less than prevent the end of the world. 2007. 96 mins. PG.
Take Your Child to the Library Day - The Field Library
February 02, 2013 - Peekskill
A nationwide campaign dedicated to bringing more children to the library. There will be a family storytime and craft at 12pm, plus a free book for every child! Check the website for more information.
Groundhog Day - Teatown Lake Reservation
February 02, 2013 - Ossining
Take a hike in search of these elusive mammals and discover a bit about their habits and behavior.
The Children's Theatre Company of Peekskill presents: 'Queen Kunka Bunka and The Rotten Royal Rascals' - The Ford Theatre
February 02, 2013 - Peekskill
Celebrating its 7th consecutive season, The Children's Theatre Company (CTC) of Peekskill presents an original musical treat, appropriate for children and adults. The story is set in the land of Kunka Bunka, which is ruled by a kind and benevolent Queen, who is consumed with worry as she discovers that none of her children have the leadership qualities suited to govern the land. Tickets can be purchased prior to each performance at The Ford Theatre. For information, call 914-930-6600 or 914-325-1053. For more information about CTC, visit ctcpeekskill.org.
'Legally Blonde The Musical' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater - Tarrytown Music Hall
February 02, 2013 - Tarrytown
Sorority Girl Elle Woods chases her ex-boyfriend all the way to Harvard Law School. Presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater. The production is made up of over 100 young people who are divided into four casts. They come from throughout the tri-state area and have a wealth of theater, film, and television experience.
'The Color Purple - The Musical About Love - White Plains Performing Arts Center
February 02, 2013 - White Plains
A soul-stirring musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film by Steven Spielberg. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, "The Color Purple" is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. Adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Directed by Jeremy Quinn with musical direction by Stephen Ferri.
Family Art Project: March Out the Mardi Gras - Wave Hill
February 02, 2013 - Bronx
Join visiting native New Orleans artist and instructor Paul Deo to make a colorful parasol, hat, nature mask, or funky bead necklace. Then join an imaginative indoor parade to create the sights, colors, and sounds of the Mardi Gras.
Daddy & Me Animal Show - Rye Nature Center
February 02, 2013 - Rye
Fathers can drop-in with their kids to this fun-filled animal adventure.
Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
February 02, 2013 - Norwalk
These cruises seek out the harbor seals, gray seals and even harp seals that have been coming down into the Sound in growing numbers each winter. Educators on board the research vessel Oceanic point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and Old Squaws.
Bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call ext. 2206.
'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.
Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through February 28, 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. Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through February 28, 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. Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22.
Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through February 28, 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. Feb. 2: Create a Ground Hog Day Placemat; Feb. 9: Craft a Valentine Day Hand Rabbit; Feb. 16: Make a Snowy Owl Hanging; Feb. 23: Craft an Overlapping Icicle Picture.
ZOOB Playdate - Straight A's
Through February 28, 2013 - White Plains
A special playdate during February vacation break. Boys and girls are invited to build with easy-to-use ZOOB pieces that snap, click, and pop together to make moveable creations. Unlimited, open ended building spurs kids' imaginations. February 16-24, from 10am-5pm.
Winter Wolves! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through February 28, 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 February 2, 9, 16, and 19.
Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
Through February 28, 2013 - Port Chester
Kids learn to build or create a useful product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm for children ages 5-12.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.