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!!
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.
Peekskill Tale Waggers Winter Stories - The Field Library
February 28, 2013 - Peekskill
Trained Tale Waggers entertain with special winter tales. Or tell your own tale - or a ghostly joke. All storytellers and storyteller wannabes are welcome - along with good listeners of all ages. Refreshments.
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.
Teen Thursdays - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
February 28, 2013 - Yonkers
Hang out with Z, the teen librarian, create arts & crafts, play board games/PS3, take quizzes, enter a monthly raffle, and win small prizes at Bingo...and more. Something different every week. Open to tweens and teens, ages 12-19 in the Teen Scene.
K-2 Club - A Story From Africa - White Plains Public Library
February 28, 2013 - White Plains
After-school storytime for Kindergarten-Grade 2 with a craft and cookie snack. Tickets distributed 30 minutes in advance.
The Annual Black History Month and Trailblazers Award Ceremony - 800 Westchester Avenue
February 28, 2013 - Rye Brook
As part of Black History Month, Westchester County will honor five African Americans, including one posthumously, for their professional and civic accomplishments.
It is sponsored by the office of County Executive Robert P. Astorino, the county Board of Legislators and the county's African American Advisory Board. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It is a pleasure once again to sponsor Trailblazers and to pay tribute to five extraordinary African Americans from Westchester who have accomplished so much," said Astorino. "I thank the county's African American Advisory Board for putting this event together as a way to remind all of us of the significant contributions in our own county of African Americans. This is a fitting way to observe Black History Month."
Barbara L. Edwards, chair of the advisory board, said: "Feb. 28 will provide us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of African American citizens of Westchester County, highlighting yesterday's visionaries and today's leaders. This year's recognition of Black History Month has a special significance because we are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, both monumental events fostering equality and freedom. These historical milestones were made possible by President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., two men of courage. The 2013 Trailblazers embody the same kind of tenacity and commitment to continuing the legacy of our ancestors, while making an indelible impact for future generations."
The following awards will be given:
Harry O. Bright Jr.: The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, for Civil Rights and Civic Engagement. Bright, a resident of White Plains, has been a constant champion of civil rights and social justice for all Westchester residents. He served as executive director of the White Plains Commission on Human Rights from 1985-2003. He was also chair of the board of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, past president of the New York State Association of Human Rights Commissions, co-founder of the White Plains Coalition for Cultural and Racial Harmony and co-founder of Embracing Diversity and Ending Racism.
Dawna M. Fields: The Dr. Valiere Alcena Award, for Health and Human Services. Fields, a resident of Mount Vernon, has bettered the life of many in the county through her work to promote dental care for young people through her job as the national program manager of Colgate-Palmolive Company's "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures." Her community activities are many and include: The Links Incorporated, Black Women's Agenda, National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Sister to Sister, Black Agency Executives, African American Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, The Continental Societies, Selective Corporate Internship Program, The NAACP, and The Network Journal.
Michael D. Armstrong: The Cab Calloway Award, for Arts and Culture. Armstrong, a resident of New Rochelle, is senior vice president and general manager of BET International and Paramount Channel, part of Viacom International Media Networks. VIMN is comprised of many of the world's premier multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, VIVA and BET. He is also a board member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has used his work to advocate for and provide cultural enrichment for residents of Westchester and beyond.
Sharon Epperson: The Madame CJ Walker Award, for Business and Economic Development. Epperson, a resident of New Rochelle, is a well-established financial expert with CNBC TV, where she is currently the senior commodities and personal finance correspondent. She is also a regular contributor to NBC's Today Show and has written for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Self, Essence, Ebony, and Time. Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, especially among young people.
Dillard Boone: The Life Time Achievement Award (posthumously). Boone was a resident of Mount Vernon at the time of his death on Jan. 10, 2013. A former member of the African American Advisory Board, he served as Master of Ceremonies of the Trailblazers events in 2011 and 2012. Boone excelled in many areas and was a producer, radio host, special events coordinator, organizer of business expositions, and was the founder and chairman of the A'vitar Foundation. The foundation was created to develop strategies for the production of events and cultural programs, performances, exhibits, and literary and cultural events. Boone dedicated his life to the arts and enriching the lives of others through the arts. His reach as a volunteer spanned various organizations and geographical boundaries. He had served as Mount Vernon's deputy commissioner for Planning and Community Development and worked for the Agency for Child Development for the City of New York.
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.
'In the Heights' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through March 17, 2013 - Elmsford
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.
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.
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.
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.