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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN WESTCHESTER-FEB 9

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by Directories Editor February 9, 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!!

'Legally Blonde, The Musical' - Irvington Town Hall Theater
February 09, 2013 - Irvington

Presented by The Clocktower Players Teen Troupe. A funny, romantic comedy about knowing who you are and showing what you've got. When sorority star Elle Woods' boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Snow Date: Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2pm.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Last Mimzy' - Jacob Burns Film Center
February 09, 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.

Chinese New Year Celebration! - Pelham Art Center
February 09, 2013 - Pelham

As part of this Folk Arts Series, Pelham Art Center rings in the Year of the Snake with a lively demonstration of a traditional "Lion Dance," performed by Kwan's Kung Fu Studio of Peekskill, and an art-making workshop. The dance begins at 2:30pm. Don't forget to wear red for good luck!

Saturday Crafts - The Field Library
February 09, 2013 - Peekskill

Crafty kids can drop in for simple crafts from 11am-12pm, and make a Unity Quilt Square, too.

Hudson River EagleFest - Croton Point Park
February 09, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO FEB. 10 DUE TO WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS.

Victorian Valentine Workshop - Bartow Pell Mansion Museum
February 09, 2013 - Bronx

Show that you care - not with a boring, store-bought card, but with a handmade, full-of-charm, sure-to-woo original creation. Learn about the history of valentines and the use of printed "scraps" used to make them in the 19th century while you craft your own memorable valentine. A fun workshop for the whole family. Registration required.

White Plains Antique Show - The Westchester County Center
February 09, 2013 - White Plains

60 premium exhibitors, all in formal room setting displays, Features a wide range of quality antiques, art, and decorative accessories, plus an expert glass repair clinic by Paul Nulton. Discount coupons available at jmkshows.com.

First Annual Larchmont LEGO-FEST for Family Fun! - Larchmont Village Center
February 09, 2013 - Larchmont

At LegoFest, discover and explore an entire Lego world created by professional Lego artists. The visually interactive, 300-square-foot display will be bursting with whimsical scenes, hidden surprises, Seek-and-Find Challenges, Lego-Building Events, and a variety of premium Lego sets for raffle. Tickets can only be purchased online at friendsoflarchmontlibrary.org/legofest. LegoFest is a fundraiser for Friends of the Larchmont Public Library, sponsored by BlocStudio Design + Construction, Rolling Stone Masonry Ltd., The Lazy Gardener, Beacon Hill Technology Solutions, and Julia B Fee Sotheby's International Realty.

St. Paul's Church and the Civil War - St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
February 09, 2013 - Mt. Vernon

Opening of new exhibition, "St. Paul's & the Civil War," and a recognition of President's Day & Black History Month. The exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the great national conflict, including a talk about the role of religion in the Civil War by Professor Robert T. Valentine of Lehman College. There will be talks and re-enactments commemorating President's Day and February as Black History Month, including appearances by Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and underground railroad icon, Harriet Tubman. Many activities are suitable for children.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
February 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.

Danceworks Chicago - Westchester Community College - Academic Arts Theatre
February 09, 2013 - Valhalla

Vibrant and innovative, DanceWorks Chicago shares a diverse repertory featuring who's new and what's next in contemporary dance, as well as exciting works from established choreographers. The company creates an environment conducive to nurturing both artist and audience. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa and CEO Andreas Bottcher, the duo (who founded Hubbard Street 2) has now created an exceptional ensemble of six dancers who bring integrity, passion, and excellence to performances.

The Children's Theatre Company of Peekskill presents: 'Queen Kunka Bunka and The Rotten Royal Rascals' - The Ford Theatre
February 09, 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.

'The Color Purple - The Musical About Love - White Plains Performing Arts Center
February 09, 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: Hearts and Flowers - Wave Hill
February 09, 2013 - Bronx

Breathe in the fragrance of greenhouse flowers and enjoy their colorful blooms. Use them as inspiration to make lovely, lacy, feathery and flowerful Valentine's Day cards.

Old-Fashioned Winter's Afternoon - Rye Nature Center
February 09, 2013 - Rye

A traditional favorite event in Rye. Log sawing contests, fire-roasted marshmallows, and fun crafts to warm everyone up.

Valentine's Day Letter-Writing Station - Pottery Barn Kids - The Westchester
February 09, 2013 - White Plains

Kids can create a Valentine for a special friend or loved one, and the store will even mail it if you provide an address.

Valentine's Day Doll Tea Party - Pottery Barn Kids - The Westchester
February 09, 2013 - White Plains

A special tea-time celebration for Valentine's Day. Kids can get dressed up and bring their favorite doll or teddy bear for an afternoon of refreshments, stories, and crafts. Space is extremely limited; RSVP required and pre-payment required. Call 914-949-4947 for details.

Storytime: Valentines Day - Barnes & Noble City Center
February 09, 2013 - White Plains

Barnes & Noble hosts a special event to celebrate the holiday of love. Children are invited to hear "The Perfect Hug," by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot. This fabulous, feel-good picture book is bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. This special event also includes fresh-baked cookies and a Valentines Day craft.

Angelina Ballerina Story Time & Book Signing With Author Katharine Holabird - Anderson's Book Shop
February 09, 2013 - Larchmont

Angelina Ballerina is dancing into Mamaroneck! In anticipation of the off-Broadway hit, "Angelina Ballerina The Musical," which comes to Mamaroneck on February 16 & 17, bestselling author of the beloved Angelina Ballerina series, Katharine Holabird, will be doing a reading and signing books on Saturday February 9. Holabird will be at Anderson's Book Shop in Larchmont at 1pm at and at the Mamaroneck Library at 3 pm. Attendees of the book reading will have a chance to win tickets to the musical stage show at both locations, as well as enjoy a short performance by ballerinas from local dance studio, Studio B Dance Center in Eastchester, NY. Studio B is an official Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy studio, with beginner ballet classes based on the Angelina Ballerina books. Katharine Holabird began writing children's books in 1982 and published Angelina Ballerina with English illustrator Helen Craig in 1983. The Angelina storybooks relate to childhood themes such as friendship, jealousy, loyalty, and dedication. The 24 books have inspired an animated series as well as more than 30 Home Entertainment titles.

Young Artists 2013 - Katonah Museum of Art
Through February 10, 2013 - Katonah

Marking its 30th year, the Young Artists exhibition showcases the extraordinary talents of 300 seniors from the Museum's member high schools in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties. Concurrently on view are the exhibitions "Young Artists and Writers: Thinking Through Art," based on a program that uses the KMA's exhibitions to engage students' observation, critical thinking, writing, and artistic skills through encounters with original art, and "Make Your Mark," a show of younger students' work in the Learning Center. Together, the three exhibitions and their related programs have become an annual event in which community and family come together to celebrate children's art. February 3 through February 10, 2013.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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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