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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON DECEMBER 17

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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, December 17, 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 December 17. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Farmer's Market - Larchmont
December 17, 2011 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Bilingual Storytime en Espanol - Barnes & Noble City Center
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

Libros para ninos! Bring the kids for bilingual Spanish Storytime.

Frosty the Snowman - Westchester Broadway Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Elmsford

A winter favorite. Note: there is no food service for Children's Theatre productions.

Dickens' Christmas Carol - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
December 17, 2011 - Sleepy Hollow

Nestle in to the cozy confines of the Old Dutch Church and let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, complete with musical accompaniment, regale you with his adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Afterwards, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. Buy advance tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200.

Calling All Teen Drivers - Open House for Teens - White Plains Public Library
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

Just got your license? Getting your permit soon? Taking a car to college? Stop by the Library to receive a packet of safe driving tips. Sign a safe driving contract and make a pledge to "X the TXT," an Allstate initiative to put an end to texting and driving. Enter a prize drawing for a Nook E-Reader and other great prizes. Auditorium.

Toy Time - White Plains Public Library
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

Today: Trucks. Independent playtime with special Trove toys for parents and young children. Location: Story Trove.

Pink Ribbon Yoga - Hudson Yoga
December 17, 2011 - Croton-on-Hudson

Free classes instructed by a rotation of teachers include yoga, movement, and meditation, offered to breast cancer survivors and those seeking a holistic and supportive environment for healing. Ongoing Sundays.

Bilingual Storytime - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
December 17, 2011 - North Salem

Stories and songs in both English and Spanish with Barbara.

Christmas Bird Count - Teatown Lake Reservation
December 17, 2011 - Ossining

Help Teatown educators count wintering birds.

Wag Your Tale! - Read to a Dog - Scarsdale Public Library
December 17, 2011 - Scarsdale

Independent readers can practice their reading skills with a story-loving dog. Registration required.

Family Art Project: Sparkle & Shine - Wave Hill
December 17, 2011 - Bronx

Combine shiny foil, glittery beads, natural cones, dried herbs and spices all together into a glowing, fragrant decoration. Ecology Building. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Westchester Ballet Company presents 'The Nutcracker' - Westchester County Center
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

For the past 15 years, the Westchester Ballet Company has been entertaining Westchester audiences with its production of this holiday classic that has become a tradition for families. The production features professionally trained student dancers from communities throughout Westchester and neighboring areas, along with professional guest soloists. Under the direction of Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea, the show includes spectacular scenery and beautiful costumes, classic choreography and special stage effects that rival the best productions in the New York metropolitan area. Tickets are available at the County Center box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000, at ticketmaster.com or at all Ticketmaster outlets. December 17 and 18.

Public Marine-Biology Programs - Maritime Aquarium
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

This informative program allows visitors access to the marine-education programming available to school groups. Check the Aquarium's website for today's subject. Fifteen participants are taken on a first come first served basis for each time slot. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

Winter is an ideal time to see a variety of seals and waterfowl. Educators provide informative commentary. Bring binoculars and warm clothes. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. Call 203-852-0700 Ext 2206.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
December 17, 2011 - Norwalk

Stops include the Aquarium's "fish kitchen," where 18 tons of fish a year is prepared and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean tank, where the dorsal fins of 8-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water's surface. Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations call ext. 2206.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Workshop - The Ritz-Carlton Westchester
December 17, 2011 - White Plains

After donning chef's hats and aprons, children will be taken on a tour of the hotel's kitchens, and then will decorate gingerbread cookies alongside The Ritz-Carlton's pastry chef. The child with the best-decorated cookie will even win a special gift! Refreshments will be served. Gingerbread house kits baked and assembled by the hotel will also be available for sale. For children ages 3-10. Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17.

Saturday Specials - Chappaqua Public Library
December 17, 2011 - Chappaqua

A program for special-needs kids and their families. Stories, songs, sensory activities, and schmoozing. Registration requested.

Goldilocks and the Christmas Bears - Westchester Sandbox Theatre
December 17, 2011 - Mamaroneck

A one-hour musical for children and families. Come see all the holiday chaos that ensues when Goldilocks tries to bring the Christmas spirit to the hibernating three bears! December 17, 18 and 24. Call 914-630-0804 for tickets.

Yellowstone Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
December 17, 2011 - South Salem

A special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. Includes insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have had on the nation's first national park, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required.

Holiday Showcase! - Irvington Town Hall Theater
December 17, 2011 - Irvington

Join Sleepy Hollow Performing Artists' youngest performers as they experience being part of a professional show with professional choreography, singers, and dancers. Please call Sleepy Hollow PAC at 914-909-5070 for tickets.

Holiday Crafts - The Field Library
December 17, 2011 - Peekskill

Fun holiday crafts for children of all ages (with a helping adult).

Tea & Tour - Muscoot Farm
December 17, 2011 - Katonah

Tour the upstairs of the main house, then sit down for a formal tea in the living room. Pre-registration required beginning November 1; download form at www.muscootfarm.org.

It's A Wonderful Life - Movies for Kids And Their Families - Jacob Burns Film Center
December 17, 2011 - Pleasantville

Enjoy this holiday favorite on the big screen, as it was meant to be seen. Directed by Frank Capra. 1946. 130 minutes. Not rated. In celebration of the theater's anniversary, children's tickets to 12pm weekend kids' films are $1 until the end of 2011.

Bowling with Santa - FunFuzion at New Roc City
December 17, 2011 - New Rochelle

Join Santa for Bowling. Admission includes one game of bowling, shoe rental, a slice of pizza and soda, and a 1-hour Fuze card for unlimited, non-redemption Funhouse video games and rides.

Holiday Exhibit - Trains: Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through December 18, 2011 - Scarsdale

A display of model trains, presented by the Westchester Model Railroad Club. See the model-sized scenic wonders of New England, upstate New York, and even the Greenburgh Nature Center. December 10-18.

'Hair' presented by Random Farms Kids' Theater - Tarrytown Music Hall
Through December 19, 2011 - Tarrytown

The story of a group of friends who choose to speak up and sing out in celebration of love, life, and freedom. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair." The production is made up of 45 young people who are divided into two casts. They come from throughout the tri-state area and have a wealth of theater, film and television experience. To reserve tickets, go to www.tarrytownmusichall.org or call TicketForce at 877-840-0457. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit www.randomfarms.com.

Christmas Tree Sale - North White Plains Fire Company #1
Through December 24, 2011 - North White Plains

Proceeds of all trees sold will benefit the North White Plains Fire Co. No. 1. Hours: 4-8pm Thursdays & Fridays; 9am-8pm Saturdays & Sundays November 25-December 24. For additional information call 914-949-3575 or e-mail ncsfd1@optonline.net.

'CATS' - A WPPAC Professional Mainstage Production - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through December 30, 2011 - White Plains

Based on "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and other poems by T.S. Eliot, the musical takes place in a junkyard where the local cats are auditioning to be chosen by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to journey to the Heavyside Lair to be reborn. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber & lyrics by TS Eliot; this professional mainstage production of CATS is directed by Jeremy Quinn, choreographed by Greg Baccarini, and musical directed by Kurt Kelley. CATS ran on the London stage for 21 years, and on Broadway for over 18 years. Performances are: December 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm; December 10, 11, 17, 18, 28, 29 & 30 at 2pm; December 28, 29, 30 at 7pm.

Storied City: New York in Picture Book Art - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York has long held special appeal for the illustrators and writers of children's books. Storied City, showcasing original art from more than 35 picture books, examines the city's iconic landmarks, neighborhoods, parks, and modes of transportation. Featured illustrators include seven Caldecott Medal winners (Richard Egielski, Mordicai Gerstein, Jerry Pinkney, Brian Selznick, Marc Simont, David Small, and David Wiesner); several artists long associated with The New Yorker magazine (Maira Kalman, James McMullan, Roxie Munro, Edward Sorel), and many other leading illustrators from the world of children's books. Through December 31.

New York, New York! The 20th Century - Katonah Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2011 - Katonah

New York, New York! The 20th Century celebrates the city as muse to photographers, painters, and sculptors, encompassing the varied cultures and lifestyles of its inhabitants. The exhibition features over 50 works from the Norton collection, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Stuart Davis, Andreas Feininger, William Gropper, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, and Edward Steichen, among others. Through December 31, 2011.

Teen Comedy Improv Classes - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
Through December 31, 2011 - Ossining

Class clowns in grades 6-12 will learn basic short and long-form improvisation techniques and build hilarious scenes based on a single topic. Improv training is not only fun but also helps teens refine critical thinking, public speaking, and social skills. Call x336 for more information. Mondays, December 5, 12, 19.

Multilingual Mother Goose - Chappaqua Library
Through December 31, 2011 - Chappaqua

Learn and share songs and rhymes in other languages. Birth-5 years with adult. Please register. December 1, 8 and 15.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why the fall 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. December 3, 11 at 11am; December 27 at 2pm.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - 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. Pre-registration required. December 4, 17, and 29.

Howliday Fest! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

Celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families. Guests will help decorate the ambassador wolf HOWLIDAY tree, then observe how the wolves react as they discover the ornaments! They will also visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required. December 10 at 2:30pm; December 18 at 11am.

Holiday Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through December 31, 2011 - South Salem

Get outside during the holidays at the Wolf Conservation Center. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families. Guests will assemble lupine gifts for Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Guests will also visit the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required. December 26 and 28 at 11am; December 30 at 2pm.

Jingle Jams featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove
Through December 31, 2011 - Larchmont

Jingle all the way to Groove for a festive Jingle Jam in celebration of the coming of Winter, the first snowfall, and everyone's favorite holidays! Jams at Groove are interactive musical experiences for the whole family. The music is live and the vibe is truly original. Each Jam is led by talented musician/educators who really know how to play. Most appropriate for ages 6 months-5 years. 9:30am and 10:30am Tuesdays, December 6, 13, 20; Wednesdays December 7, 14, 21; Thursdays December 8, 15, 22; Fridays December 9, 16; Saturdays December 3, 10, 17. Registration required at findgroove.com.

Saturday Night Grooves - Playland Ice Casino
Through December 31, 2011 - Rye

Skate to the sounds of the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today. December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Holiday Tours - Boscobel House & Gardens
Through December 31, 2011 - Garrison

Docent guides will direct and entertain visitors with stories of early 19-Century yuletide traditions and at-home entertaining during the Federal period. Last tour is at 3pm. Tours are approximately one hour in length. Through December 31.

EXHIBIT - CATHERINE LATSON: BRINGING NATURE INDOORS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through December 31, 2011 - Scarsdale

The Tarrytown artist uses the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet to make works of art. Exhibit runs through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Get Your Gears Turning - The Curious World of Patent Models - Hudson River Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Yonkers

America's manufacturing success is primarily due to the dreams and inventions of its many citizens. Few people realize that from the time Thomas Jefferson formed the U.S. Patent Office in 1790, and throughout the American Industrial Revolution, inventors were required to submit a working, scale model of their inventions, when applying for a patent. "Problem-solving with American ingenuity" is seen in more than 50 intricately crafted, working scale, one-of-a-kind models of inventions that were submitted to the U.S. Patent Office from the 1880s through the early 1900s. Intriguing to viewers of all ages, gadget- and invention-buffs, and everyday folks, the inventions are now a permanent part of our culture from the first patented rocking chair and foldout bed to a burglar alarm. The Rothschild Collection is the world's largest gathering of viewable U.S. Patent Models. Through January 1, 2012.

Holiday Film Festival - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 01, 2012 - Bronx

Enjoy holiday classics and cartoon favorites, plus an insider's look at the creation of the Holiday Train Show in a PBS documentary. Check times and pricing at www.nybg.org. Through January 1, 2012.

Craft-Tastic/Visions in Glass - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

Duel exhibitions featuring unique and affordable hand-made crafts for sale and exhibit, including ceramics, artwork, jewelry, and a glass display curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Opening reception on Friday, December 2, 6:30-8pm.

Elihu Vedder: Voyage on the Nile - Hudson River Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Yonkers

American painter Elihu Vedder journeyed up the Nile from December 1889 to April 1990 and recorded his fascination with Egypt's panoramas. He drew and painted the Nile's sand, cliffs and ancient ruins, often aboard a rented dahabeya, a traditional Egyptian houseboat. His artwork is presented, for the first time, in this exhibition. Museum closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Through January 8, 2012.

Coral Reef Adventure - Maritime Aquarium - Imax Theater
Through January 12, 2012 - Norwalk

Voyage to coral reefs in the South Pacific to view their contribution to life on earth and the imminent dangers they face. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson with music by Crosby, Stills &?Nash.

Gingerbread Adventures - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 15, 2012 - Bronx

Children explore the spices that make up a classic gingerbread recipe. Kids can stop inside a child-sized gingerbread playhouse and decorate gingersnap cookies. Daily, check times and pricing at www.nybg.org. Through January 15, 2012.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2012 - Bronx

Experience the wonder of large-gauge model trains and trolleys winding past more than 140 miniature replicas of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and Radio City Music Hall - all created from plant materials. The show is particularly magical at in the evening, when the lights twinkle. Check times and pricing, and purchase advance tickets at www.nybg.org.

2011 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2012 - Norwalk

Visitors enjoy viewing and judging two dozen hand-crafted lighthouses placed throughout the aquarium.

EXHIBIT - CATHERINE LATSON: BRINGING NATURE INDOORS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

The Tarrytown artist uses the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet to make works of art. November 6: Opening Reception with refreshments. Exhibit runs through Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through February 01, 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 February 01, 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.

Time To Celebrate - Yorktown Museum
Through March 15, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

The exhibit "Time to Celebrate" features vignettes created by miniaturists Carole & Neal Pruzan. Many of the scenes are displayed in clock cases, rescued and refurbished to reflect many holiday events of the season. Also on display will be favorite toys and games from your childhood, no matter your age.

Time To Celebrate - Yorktown Museum
Through March 15, 2012 - Yorktown Heights

Vignettes created by miniaturists Carole & Neal Pruzan. Many of the scenes are displayed in clock cases, rescued and refurbished to reflect many holiday events of the seasons. Also on display will be favorite toys and games from childhood, no matter how old you are. December 10, Noon-4pm; Saturdays, 1-4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm; and by appointment.

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.

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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