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!!
Breakfast with the Birds - For All Ages - Westmoreland Sanctuary
January 12, 2013 - Mount Kisco
Enjoy morning refreshments inside the museum while watching the birds enjoy breakfast at the feeding station outdoors. This is also a great opportunity to learn about bird behavior, feeding habits, and using bird feeders to attract birds to your yard. RSVP by Jan. 10.
The Little Prince - Bergen PAC
January 12, 2013 - Englewood
In association with Emmy Award Winning puppet designer Michael Schupbach, and Monkey Boys Productions (puppet builders on the West End production of Avenue Q and the most recent Broadway production/tour of Little Shop of Horrors) this beautiful new production uses inventive puppets, live actors, original music, and magnificent design to bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter. The Little Prince, by Antione de St. Exupery, is one of the most beloved books of all time. Written in 1943, it has sold over 80 million copies in almost 200 languages.
'Legally Blonde, The Musical' - The Play Group Theatre
January 12, 2013 - White Plains
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn't take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School!
Based on the hit movie, Legally Blonde is the award-winning musical sensation brought to the Broadway stage by a top-of-their-class team of producers, including PGT's own Barbara Whitman! This fun and fabulous feel-good musical comedy is a delightful reminder that being yourself never goes out of style.
Hop from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard's Halls of Justice with Westchester's brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser - who comes from the Broadway production to the PGT stage.)
The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal!
Tickets are available online at playgroup.org or by calling the PGT box office at 914-946-4433.
Opossum Debut! - Teatown Lake Reservation
January 12, 2013 - Ossining
Kick off the year by meeting one of Teatown's newest additions to the wildlife ambassador team. Wake her up for a snack, then chat about opossums and how they cope with winter weather.
Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'Cloak and Dagger' - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 12, 2013 - Pleasantville
Fresh from E.T., Henry Thomas plays a kid with a wild imagination who spends a lot of time with his video games. When one of the games begins to blend with reality and his dad (Dabney Coleman) is too busy to help, where does the boy go for help? His imaginary secret-agent friend is the obvious choice. A fun action thriller. 101 mins. PG.
Exit Stage Left - Emelin Theatre
January 12, 2013 - Mamaroneck
Harkening back to the days of vaudeville, this fresh, energetic, show packs more entertainment in a single performance than a three-ring circus, featuring tap dance, live music, and slapstick comedy. Be prepared for moments of simple magic for audiences of all ages. A Parallel Exit production for ages 4 and older.
Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
January 12, 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.
The Bully Plays - Irvington Town Hall Theater
January 12, 2013 - Irvington
A collection of plays and songs on the theme of bullying that are powerful, uplifting, and funny. Presented by the Little Village Playhouse. All tickets purchased at the door. Call 914-747-6206 for information.
Saturday Crafts - Field Library
January 12, 2013 - Peekskill
Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a simple drop-in craft.
Shakespeare in the Church - St. Paul's Church N.H.S.
January 12, 2013 - Mt. Vernon
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be performed by the Red Monkey Theatre Group. Also view the site's feature exhibition, "A Clash of Cultures: Anne Hutchinson's Brief Life near St. Paul's Church."
Family Art Project: HIbernator's Den - Wave Hill
January 12, 2013 - Bronx
Get to know the local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make your own furry bear, bat, toad, or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.
Be an Artist Apprentice - Hudson River Museum
January 12, 2013 - Yonkers
Learn how create picture book stories inspired by the work of Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney with Fashion Institute of Technology students who study with Eric Velasquez. Four days over two weekends; attend one or multiple sessions, and bind your story into a book. Today's program: A Look at Well-Loved Stories. Work may be selected to be on view at the Museum's Education Center. For ages 9 and older (younger artists are welcome to collage). Art materials supplied.
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney - Hudson River Museum
Through January 13, 2013 - Yonkers
In 100 books, Jerry Pinkney has turned his artist's eye and hand to the story - a classic, a folktale, a fable - and readers all over the world saw something new, something they wanted to read and to remember. Pinkney is the master of the American picture book. More than 120 watercolor illustrations by the artist, who lives in Westchester, will be on view in the first major overview of his career as a designer and illustrator in "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney." The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." The Hudson River Museum is the only New York showing for this exhibition on national tour, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Pinkney has found it interesting to trace how the chapters of his life have knitted themselves into his art, touching on the cultural themes of the African-American experience. He uncovers, again and again, the energy in a small moment that surprisingly can change a life or turn an event in history. Most recently in his almost wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and The Mouse," two creatures on a faraway African plain choose not the hard chase and bloody battle but, instead, exchange kindnesses. Fascinated with wildlife, Pinkney, in many books including "The Brer Rabbit" in "The Last Tales of Uncle Remus" shows us the human qualities of an animal as he shows us the animal in its natural setting. Pinkney, Philadelphia born and bred, and now a long-time New Yorker, has illustrated children's books since 1964, but it was not an easy path. Blacks were not expected to be able to forge careers in the art field. Trained as a commercial artist at a vocational school, he persisted and won a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art where his work took on the shading and detail for which he is now renowned, and he where he began to use color to convey mood and emotion. He has most often worked on children's books that celebrate multiculturalism and African-American heritage, as he took on the task of reshaping the perceptions of the stereotypes of blacks. He designed the first nine stamps of the US Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Art critics will look at the color of Pinkney's illustrations, the scarlet curve of Little Red Riding Hood's cloak, the golden blade of grass on the Serengeti plane. Sociologists will look at Pinkney the little boy, who without a visit to a museum or an art class, drew at home on the back of wallpaper samples. What the viewer will see though, in "The Art of Jerry Pinkney" is his wish: "It has always been my intent for my work to continue to breathe after publication. My hope is that (museum visitors) will believe that Jerry Pinkney cares deeply for people, making art, and visual storytelling." The exhibition includes a 96-page illustrated catalog that provides new scholarship into Pinkney's work in essays by the exhibition's co-curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, and others. On view through January 13, 2013.
Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx
Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps.
Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk
Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Through January 17, 2013.
To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk
The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates. Through January 17, 2013.
Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 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 January 17, 2013.
Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through January 17, 2013 - Norwalk
Join shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks, including whale sharks and great whites. Swim with a whale shark (life-sized on the giant IMAX screen), witness the birth of a baby shark and see if Fox survives when dropped into great white-infested waters while inside a clear diving tube. Through January 17, 2013.
'Ice Age' to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios - Katonah Museum of Art
Through January 20, 2013 - Katonah
This unique interactive exhibition looks at the imaginative work of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, a leader in the animation industry for over 20 years. Creator of such blockbuster films as the "Ice Age" series, "Robots," and "Rio," the studio prides itself on technical innovation, while retaining a strong narrative heart. '"Ice Age" to the Digital Age' will guide visitors through Blue Sky's entire process of creating computer-animated films: from initial concepts, storyboards, character design, background art, and three-dimensional modeling, to the highly technical work of animation, rigging, materials, lighting, special effects, and sound. In addition to final movie clips, the exhibition will feature rarely-seen original concept drawings, sculptural models, props, and digital stills. Interactive stations will allow visitors to sketch a scene or manipulate computer-generated images to better understand the innovative technology that brings the films to life. Katonah resident Chris Wedge, a co-founder of Blue Sky in 1987, believes that the secret to the studio's success is in its inventive process. In his view, the art challenges technology and technology inspires the art. The Museum will be turning all the galleries, including the Learning Center, over to this exhibit. There will be gallery talks with Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge and "Ice Age: Continental Drift" directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, as well as a calendar of programming in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center. Details about these programs are available at katonahmuseum.org. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, September 16, 2012 through January 20, 2013.
2012 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 21, 2013 - Norwalk
The Maritime Aquarium is decorated for the holidays with 24 hand-crafted lighthouses. Visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most votes will receive $1,500 at an awards ceremony on Jan. 25.
All Aboard with Bill Probert and Friends III - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 27, 2013 - Stamford
Bill Probert will be making an encore performance with his All Aboard LEGO train exhibition. He creates visual puns, pastoral scenes with unexpected surprises, and urban scenes where railroad tracks, weeds, carefully-tended gardens, and busy streets blend seamlessly into one another. A special feature in this year's exhibition will be the addition of four creations from winners of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center's All Aboard competition. LEGO enthusiasts in four age categories from five-years-old and up will be submitting entries for inclusion in the exhibition. Through January 27, 2013.
Visions of Gingerbread: The Sweetest Architects IV - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 27, 2013 - Stamford
See creative confections, consisting completely of edible materials, from the area?s bakers, chefs and caterers. Returning favorites, along with new competitors, will show off their gingerbread skills. Visitors will be able to vote for their Fan Favorite." Through January 27, 2013.
All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - Bronx
Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, Jan. 1-27.
Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through January 31, 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. Jan. 5: Flip and Check Snowpals: make-your-own flashcard snowman puppets; Jan. 12: Snowflake Snowman: create a fabulous snowman out of snowflakes. Also, from 12-1pm, KID'S YOGA presented by LEAPSMART; Jan. 19: I Have a Dream Quilt: in honor of Martin Luther King, kids tell their special dream on a crafted paper quilt; Jan. 26: Winter Wonderland Mural: help create a store display with crafted penguins, snowflakes, and snowmen. Hot Chocolate and cookies for all who attend.
Winter Wolves! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 31, 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 January 5, 19, and 20; 2pm January 12; 1pm January 27.
Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through January 31, 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 January from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.
Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through January 31, 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. Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.
Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through January 31, 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. Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.