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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON FEBRUARY 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, February 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 February 2. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Thursday Morning Storytime: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
February 02, 2012 - White Plains

Join Toe for stories and singing.

Tales for Tails - The Field Library
February 02, 2012 - Peekskill

Children in Grade 1 and up are invited (with a parent) to read to a special dog. All volunteer dogs are certified through The Good Dog Foundation. Sign-up required.

Look and See for Young Museum Visitors: Printmaking - Bruce Museum
February 02, 2012 - Greenwich

Children explore the exhibition The Prints of Martin Lewis and then create their own scratchboard prints. Call for for reservations or email details to info@brucemuseum.org.

Get Into It! FREE - Stepping Stones Museum
February 02, 2012 - Norwalk

Stepping Stones stays open late with free admission and a free book distribution from literacy advocacy organization Norwalk Reads.

Toddler Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
Through February 02, 2012 - West Nyack

Children can use their hand prints to design a trivet, mug, or dish. Jill's also has many St. Patrick's Day-themed items to choose from. Fee includes materials and instructions. Pre-registration is requested.

"Eat Smart New York" Series - Mount Kisco Public Library
February 02, 2012 - Mount Kisco

This nutrition program is a series of 8 Thursday sessions given by food and nutrition educator Doris Elena Argote. The program is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County. All graduates of the program will receive a gift bag. Registration required by calling 914-864-0137. Program is free and open to all.

Caribbean Garden at The New York Botanical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through February 26, 2012 - Bronx

Discover the Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection, including orange-yellow crotons, fuchsia bromeliads, and rosy-red hibiscus. Tour the many surprises in the Victorian-style glasshouse, where the harsh outdoor weather gives way to warm rain forest mists, soaring palm trees, and bright desert landscapes.

Book Babies - The Field Library
Through February 29, 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, February 1, 8 and 15.

CRITTERS, CRAFTS, AND KIDS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through February 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

Enjoy wonderful winter days at the Nature Center with walks, live animals, and stories. Portion of program held outside except in extreme conditions. 10am Wednesdays: February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

NATURE BUGS - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through February 29, 2012 - Scarsdale

Meet a museum animal, hear a story, do a craft or play a nature game. Portion of program held outside except in extreme conditions. 1:30pm Mondays: February 6, 11, 20 and 27.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through February 29, 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 February 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 27 & 28 from 4-6pm.

Little Tree Huggers for 2-3 Year-Olds - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through February 29, 2012 - Ossining

Classes for 2-3-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver are packed with age-appropriate crafts, stories, games, and outdoor explorations. Programs begin the week of Feb. 6 (no class week of Feb. 20) and run for 4 sessions. Choose Tuesdays from 10-11:15am or Wednesdays from 12:45-2pm. Call 914-762-2912, ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

Knee Hi Nature for 4-5 Year-Olds - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through February 29, 2012 - Ossining

Classes for 4-5-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver are packed with age-appropriate crafts, stories, games, and outdoor explorations. Programs begin the week of Feb. 6 (no class week of Feb. 20) and run for 4 sessions. Choose Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm or Thursdays from 10-11:30am. Call 914-762-2912, ext. 110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

Winter Wolves! - Wolf Conservation Center
Through February 29, 2012 - 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 5, 18 and 26; 2pm February 11; 1pm February 22.

Wolf Tails for Kids - Mythology of a Predator - Wolf Conservation Center
Through February 29, 2012 - South Salem

The WCC's first-ever wolf mythology program will teach kids about the relationship between wolves and humans of the past. Guests will be introduced to various wolf mythologies and have a chance to create their own, and share if desired. Then, they'll visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr and the Center's other wolves. Guests will enjoy hot beverages in a woodstove-heated classroom. Dress for cold weather. Pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available at www.nywolf.org. 11am February 5, 11 and 23.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through February 29, 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. 11am February 20 and 25; 2pm February 18.

Look At Me: A Cross-Section of Contemporary Portraiture - RYE ARTS CENTER
Through February 29, 2012 - Rye

Portraits, in a variety of styles, that go beyond merely a record of their subject but convey a deeper meaning or vision of the artist. In this unique exhibition artists from all over the country come together to show how diverse contemporary portraiture is. Through February 11.

Homework Help from a Teacher - Ossining Public Library
Through February 29, 2012 - Ossining

A teacher is available in the Children's Room to help children with homework and projects. February 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 22, 27 & 29 from 4-6pm.

Teen Comedy Improv Classes - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
Through February 29, 2012 - 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, February 6, 13 and 27.

Math Tutoring for Teens - Ossining Public Library
Through February 29, 2012 - Ossining

Math tutoring for teens is available in the Conference Room. February 6, 13 and 27 from 6-9pm.

Big River - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through February 29, 2012 - Elmsford

Join Huck Finn and a host of colorful characters on a journey down the Mississippi River. Based on the timeless classic novel by Mark Twain, "Big River" features a toe-tapping score by Roger Miller. A theatrical celebration of pure Americana. The winner of seven Tony Awards in 1985, including Best Musical. Show runs February 2 through February 26. Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday & Sunday Evenings including dinner.

Children's Program - Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders - New York Botanical Garden
Through March 02, 2012 - Bronx

Go on a scavenger hunt to discover tropical plants inside the warm Conservatory, then explore plants native to New York in the winter wonderland of the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Children sort fruits and leaves from around the world and pot plants to take home.

Time To Celebrate - Yorktown Museum
Through March 03, 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. Saturdays, 1-4pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm; and by appointment.

BABYTIME Rhythms and Rhymes - Mamaroneck Library
Through March 13, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Nursery rhymes and songs, clapping-, bouncing-, and finger-games, and the occasional picture book story. Caregivers are expected to attend and their participation is an important element of this program. For ages 6-24 months. Registration is required.

2's Company - Stories 'N' More - Mamaroneck Library
Through March 14, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Themed picture book stories, songs, and games, culminating in a craft or other hands-on activity. For 2-year-olds and a grown-up. Caregivers are expected to attend, and their participation is an important element of this program. Registration required.

Rent-a-Bucket - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through March 16, 2012 - Ossining

Love maple syrup? Buy a bucket of your own. Teatown will tap a maple tree and hang a sap bucket with your name on it. After filling the bucket, the sap gets turned into syrup in Warren's Sugar House. The $45 fee includes two tickets to the Pancake Brunch on March 17 and an 8-ounce bottle of award-winning, Grade A, pure maple syrup. Call the Nature Center at 914-762-2912 x110 to purchase a bucket.

STORIES 'N' MORE (for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds) - Mamaroneck Library
Through March 16, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Themed picture book stories, songs, and games, culminating in a craft or other hands-on activity. Caregivers are not required to attend but must be available at the end of the program. Registration required.

Heroes Storywalk: 'Giant Steps to Change the World' By Spike Lee - White Plains Public Library
Through March 25, 2012 - White Plains

Learn about heroes of our time - men and women who stood up for what they believed in. Guess who they are and what they did, and celebrate their achievements along this storywalk in the library. The Storywalk is based on the book entitled, "Giant Steps to Change the World," written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, and illustrated by Sean Qualls. Open to families with children in grades 1-6 beginning Sunday, February 19 and continuing through Sunday, March 25, 2012. Storywalk instructions are available at the Children's Information Desk (The Compass) in The Trove. Participants must sign in there before proceeding on the walk. Children in grades 1-3 must be accompanied by an adult on the walk. Children in grades 4-6 may follow the walk without an adult.

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.

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.

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 31, 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.

Bird Walk - New York Botanical Garden
Through June 30, 2012 - Bronx

The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with expert Debbie Becker, searching for birds of the season and learning about bird-friendly plants that provide food, shelter, and nesting sites. Meet at the Reflecting Pool.

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.

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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