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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON APRIL 2

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, April 2, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening April 2. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

CPR/AED Course - Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
April 02, 2012 - Scarsdale

CPR course includes the use of an AED and choking rescue for adults, children and infants. Participants will receive an American Heart Association CPR Certification valid for two years.

Morning Farm Chores - Muscoot Farm
April 02, 2012 - Katonah

Help the farm staff care for the animals and enjoy breakfast afterwards. Pre-registration required; space is limited.

Spring Break Mini Camp - Top Secret! Become a Spymaster! - John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
April 02, 2012 - Katonah

Top Secret! Do you have what it takes to become a Spymaster? During the American Revolution, John Jay ran a secret network of spies. Learn about these spies and their stories as you tour the museum. Then try your hand at using invisible ink and decoding secret messages. This is a 2-hour drop-off program for children ages 5-10. Advance registration required; call the Education Department at 914-232-5651, x101.

Science Spot - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
April 02, 2012 - Stamford

Stop by the Overbrook Nature Center to learn the science behind some favorite natural wonders. Study amphibians and make slime, discover color science through making our own watercolors, build with magnets and more. Each week is different theme and features a take home project. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
April 02, 2012 - Scarsdale

Meet a museum animal, hear a story, do a craft, or play a nature game. Dress for outdoor activity.

Night Time Arts - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
April 02, 2012 - North Salem

Join this weekly art workshop with Maggie Zander for casual creative fun. You do not need to be an artist or an expert to come - fresh faces are always welcome! The program is free, and there is no registration. Basic materials are supplied by the library. Co-sponsored with the North Salem Recreation Department.

One Puzzle Piece at a Time - Yonkers Public Library-Riverfront
April 02, 2012 - Yonkers

Meeting for parents of Special Needs children. Community Room A.

SPLURGE 5th Annual Easter Basket Drive for Kids In Need - SPLURGE
Through April 04, 2012 - Greenwich

SPLURGE is proud to partner with Kids in Crisis and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County again this year to collect filled Easter Baskets for kids in need. Easter baskets for kids aged two to 17 will be accepted at SPLURGE and SPLURGE Kids at 39 and 60 Lewis Street in Greenwich, through Wednesday, April 4th. Cellophane wrapped Easter Baskets can be filled with toys, journals, personal care items, gift cards, packaged healthy snacks and traditional Easter candy.

Chiku Awali Fundraiser - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through April 09, 2012 - Spring Valley

Drop off your empty ink jet and laser cartridges, cell phone, and other unused or out-of-date small electronics for recycling. Funds from the collection will support Chiku Awali's Rites of Passage Program, which is designed to help adolescents make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Items can be dropped off on Monday evenings.

Chiku Awali Fundraiser - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through April 09, 2012 - Spring Valley

Drop off your empty ink jet and laser cartridges, cell phone, and other unused or out-of-date small electronics for recycling. Funds from the collection will support Chiku Awali's Rites of Passage Program, which is designed to help adolescents make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Items can be dropped off on Monday evenings.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through April 19, 2012 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurus ? enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through April 19, 2012 - 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.

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic - Bruce Museum
Through April 22, 2012 - Greenwich

Wick is the creator of the Can You See What I See? books and co-creator of the I Spy series for children. His photos are on display through April 22, 2012.

The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx

Guest designer for this year's 10th Annual Orchid Show is Patrick Blanc, world-renowned French botanist and artist who will transform the Haupt Conservatory with his spectacular vertical walls of living foliate. Using thousands of orchids and companion planting as his palette, Blanc introduces towering spectacles of tropical life to the Conservatory. In an explosion of alluring design and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above, creating this season's not-to-be missed exhibition for garden lovers, orchid fans, and those desiring a one-day tropical retreat. Through April 22.

History and Mystery of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx

With over 25,000 species growing on six continents, orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture from the jungles of Brazil to vanilla farms in Mexico. This series of exciting presentations and demonstrations takes you on a journey around the world of orchids and shows you how to grow and care for them at home.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Little Landscapes - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through April 23, 2012 - Bronx

The plant world comes alive in a big way at the Discovery Center this winter. Kids step inside the world of plants and create their own terrarium to bring home. They'll be inspired to create a rocky, mossy, or desert world in a jar by looking closely at a wide array of artistic and scientific terrariums, and while they're at it, they can use a microscope to take a closer look at some classic terrarium characters like moss, lichens, and rocks. The Discovery Center will feature an exhibition of detailed and whimsical terrariums made by Twig Terrarium. Through April 23.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action - Stepping Stones Museum
Through April 29, 2012 - Norwalk

This temporary exhibit is designed to get kids moving by introducing them to non-competitive activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and horizontal climbing. Developers worked to make the exhibit activities accessible to visitors with varying physical abilities and developmental needs.

AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE, 1927-1942 - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through April 29, 2012 - Purchase

From the late 1920s to the early 1940s, many of America's most inventive and important artists, including Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Adolph Gottlieb, forged their identities, dramatically transforming conceptions of what a painting or sculpture could be. A group linked by friendship and common aspirations, many had shared experiences in the classes of influential Czech Cubist Jan Matulka at the Art Students League and in the Federal Art Project during the Great Depression. Most significantly, they were all closely associated with John Graham (1887-1961), the enigmatic Russian-born artist, connoisseur, and theorist. They, along with others such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, all drawn together by their common commitment to modernism and their eagerness to exchange ideas, played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. This exhibition showcases more than sixty works of art from these vital years by Graham and the members of his circle, providing compelling testimony to the dialogue and cross-fertilization that existed during this period in the history of American art. The high level of the work these artists made not only points ahead to their future accomplishments, but also demonstrates that the decade of the thirties, far from being solely a period of depression and retrenchment, was a time of exciting and important innovation. The exhibition sheds new light on the New York School, abstract Expressionism and the vitality of American modernism between the two world wars, providing a long overdue examination of an important and little-studied period in American art. Through April 29.

'Legally Blonde' - The Musical - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 29, 2012 - Elmsford

Based on the hit movie, "Legally Blonde" is a fresh and effervescent evening of musical fun. When Sorority girl, Elle Woods gets dumped, she decides to get "serious" to win her boyfriend back. But once at Harvard Law, she discovers the true power behind being legally blonde. This seven-time Tony Award-nominated musical is an all-singing, all-dancing, feel-good musical comedy that proves being true to yourself never goes out of style. Show runs March 29 through April 29. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through April 30, 2012 - South Salem

An 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, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration required. April 1, 5, 14, 22 and 29 at 11am.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through April 30, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why this is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. April 3, 6, and 21 at 11am; April 29 at 2pm; April 11 at 4pm.

Evening Howl for All Ages - Wolf Conservation Center
Through April 30, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why this is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs other endangered wolves, and take a sunset hike to howl with the wolves during their favorite hour. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. April 6, 17 and 21 at 6pm.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through April 30, 2012 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. Homework help is available April 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 23, 24, 26, and 30, from 4-6pm.

Book Babies - The Field Library
Through April 30, 2012 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time. Wednesdays at 11am, April 11, 18, and 25.

Free Saturday Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through April 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

Free crafts for kids ages 3 and older. April 7 (Fun Bunny Basket), 14 (Cowboy Boot Bag), 21 (Little Gardener Apron for Earth Day), and 28 (Fancy Feathered Bird). Please visit www.LakeshoreLearning.com/FreeCrafts4Kids for more information.

Croton-on-Hudson Winter Market (Formerly Briarcliff Indoor) - Van Wyck Shopping Plaza II
Through April 30, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Mamaroneck Indoor Market - St. Thomas' Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through April 30, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Bi-Lingual Story Time at the Ossining Public Library - Ossining Public Library
Through April 30, 2012 - Ossining

Bi-lingual stories and crafts in English and Spanish for all ages (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Ongoing Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace - Hudson River Museum
Through May 05, 2012 - Yonkers

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to this mid-career, self-taught artist. The exhibit shows the dramatic, biographical nature of Rembert's art as it documents the tumultuous moments of civil rights history. More than 50 original works that Rembert created from stretched, stained, and etched leather, historical photographs of his life, and a new documentary of his work, created by noted filmmaker Vivian Ducat, will be on view. In the galleries, traditional gospel music, pivotal for Rembert, will be heard in recordings, and Rembert will both sing gospel songs and discuss his experiences in the galleries on several dates. Rembert, a boy growing up in 1950s rural Georgia, did backbreaking labor in the cotton fields. As a young man, he barely escaped arrest during a 1960's civil rights march, and survived a near lynching. A prisoner serving an unjust seven-year sentence, he learned to make pattern and design on hand tooled leather by watching a fellow inmate create tooled leather wallets. Years later in colorful tableaux on tanned leather, Rembert conjured a world of incredible brutality and close personal ties existing in discomforting proximity. Amazing Grace's riveting themes include the Cotton Field series, where cotton balls snake relentlessly through rows where field hands toiled. Another theme explores the lighter side of Rembert's memories of small town Cuthbert, Georgia. He populates his canvases with the town's characters and scenes of a pool hall, jazz club, cafe, and church meetings. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by Bartholomew F. Bland. Through May 5.

Joseph Wheelwright: Tree Figures - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 30, 2012 - Katonah

New England artist Joseph Wheelwright's haunting tree figures invite a dialogue between the natural and the manmade. Ranging up to 27 feet tall, these fantastic, anthropomorphic sculptures were created from trees on Wheelwright's land in Vermont. Turned upside down, bifurcated trunks become legs, and roots are transformed into heads and arms. The exhibition will be on view through May, 2012.

The Games--The Science of Sport - The Bruce Museum
Through August 12, 2012 - Greenwich

This interactive exhibition about the Olympics features SuperBodies, a cutting-edge 3D animation and original video production presented in both a big screen video and mobile app game formats. Also featured is hands-on exploratory stations and athletic gear including boxing gloves, javelins, and timing and other devices that record participants' strength and reaction times. Also on view will be pins and collector memorabilia from past Olympic Games.

EXHIBIT: RISING DRAGON: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY - Katonah Museum of Art
Through September 02, 2012 - Katonah

In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Katonah Museum of Art presents "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," an exhibition of work created by Chinese artists in China since 2000, the last Year of the Dragon. Curated by Miles Barth, many of the 80 works in Rising Dragon have never been seen in the United States. "Rising Dragon" offers an overview of the photographic work that is being done in China today. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, March 25 through September 2, 2012.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Six sibling meerkats visit from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Windows will offer close up views into their underground burrows as well as viewing bubbles to see above ground. These animals will be familiar to anyone who has seen the Lion King.

Women's Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

A light-hearted class open to women of all ages and interests, suitable for beginners. Stretch, strengthen, manage weight or just relax. Yoga balls and props are used to build balance and core strength. Mats provided. Tuesdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Mommy & Me Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

Strengthen your body, center yourself, and re-energize with a fun workout with your baby. Babies will fuss, fidget and cry and it's all fine. Babies should be 6 weeks old and not yet crawling. Bring a baby blanket, mats provided. Drop in any day, no registration required. Sundays 11am; Tuesdays 10:30am; Thursdays 11:30am.

Fertility Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 08, 2012 - White Plains

Fertility Yoga aids women who are open to conception. This restorative yoga class increases pelvic circulation and guides you into deep relaxation. It is safe to attend during IVF treatment. The class has been a great support to many women who have conceived after long fertility journeys. Thursdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Prenatal Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 11, 2012 - White Plains

Drop in any time to ease the anxiety and sensations of pregnancy and prepare for the challenges of labor, birth, and motherhood. Best during 2nd and 3rd trimester. Mats provided. Purchase a multi-class card and get a 10% discount at The Shop at Full Circle.

Annual Natural History Exhibit - Beautiful Dirt: A Look Into The Amazing Story Underfoot - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

Dirt is everywhere - there's no getting away from it – nor should you want to! Mankind cannot survive without dirt. It is the starting (and ending) point for almost everything we find in our environment and use in our daily lives. This exhibit is an introduction to the astonishing world of dirt. Come dig your hands in and discover the secret world that lies beneath us all. Through September 30, 2012.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

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