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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON JANUARY 19

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by Daily Kids Events Editor January 19, 2015

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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, January 19, 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 January 19. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

2014 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 19, 2015 - Norwalk

As many as 24 imaginative, handcrafted lighthouses will shine in The Maritime Aquarium's 13th annual "Festival of Lighthouses Contest". Visitors can follow the beacons through the aquarium galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The builder of the lighthouse with the most visitor votes wins $1,500. The lighthouses will be the creations of regional artists, crafts people and just individuals, families or friends with an idea. Lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light – pretty much beyond that, it's up to the creators' imaginations. Some entries will come in as scale models of real lighthouses. Others may be highly artistic, comically imaginative or puzzlingly abstract. Lighthouses in past years have been made out of such materials as furnace filters, paper clips, candy and gingerbread.

The New York Botanical Garden's 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 19, 2015 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is a New York tradition that will delight children and adults of all ages; now in its 23rd year. Over 20 large-scale model railway trains and trolleys, from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track. Across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. The trains travel through a magical New York amid the glow of twinkling lights in NYBG's Victorian-style glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It's not just the trains that the crowds come to see. The show features beautiful replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination. The original Pennsylvania Station and Yankee Stadium, St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center are among the favorites in the Botanical Garden's collection of more than 150 replicas. This year only, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York's World Fair held in Queens, the Holiday Train Show features replicas of the World's Fair-famed Unisphere, observatory towers, and the Tent of Tomorrow at the New York State Pavilion, all from the Paul Busse Collection. There is also a plethora of accompanying programming, including children's activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more. Check the website for more details. Advanced booking recommended.

Monday Afternoon Storytime at B & N City Center - Barnes & Noble City Center
January 19, 2015 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Fiddler on the Roof - The Play Group Theatre
January 19, 2015 - White Plains

A musical theater tradition. Tevye the milkman tries to protect his daughters - and his way of life - from a changing world. The show includes some of the most beautiful and recognizable songs in theater history. Celebrate Fiddler's 50th Anniversary with The Play Group Theatre! Book by Joseph Stein. Music by Jerry Block. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Directed by Jill Abusch. Musical direction by Nicholas Nicassio. Choreography by Michael Crawford. Costume design by Niiamar Felder. Set design by Steven Abusch. Tickets are available online at playgroup.org.

Friendly Squares Free Square Dancing Fun Nights - Katonah Methodist Church Parish Hall
January 19, 2015 - Katonah

Join Friendly Squares Dance Club at a free square dancing fun night with professional caller Sandy Corey. Square Dancing is a lot of fun and a great way to exercise body and mind. It is also an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. This event is open to singles, couples, and families. The attire is casual and no experience is necessary. For more information, contact Barbara at 914-248-8554.

America Reads for ages 5-12 - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
January 19, 2015 - Yonkers

Student volunteers from Sarah Lawrence College read with children, ages 5-12. In the Small People's Place.

Meet the Animals on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 19, 2015 - Scarsdale

School is out! So drop in and enjoy an informative program that allows you to get up-close and hands-on with some of the nature center's live animals.

Winter Wolves on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! - Wolf Conservation Center
January 19, 2015 - South Salem

A unique opportunity to visit the wolves on a school holiday. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Dress for cold weather and don't forget a camera! Pre-registration is required.

Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day - Bruce Museum
January 19, 2015 - Greenwich

Bright Star Theater Company performs "Freedom Songs"at 11am and 1pm. The program features songs from the era and offers the audience an opportunity to experience the heroic work of Rosa Parks as she refuses to give up her seat, the March on Washington and many more key moments that shaped the civil rights era. There will also be hands-on activities for all ages in the Education Workshop.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March - Manhattan Country School
January 19, 2015 - East Harlem

Every year Manhattan Country School's eighth graders lead a peaceful and inspirational march through the streets of New York City in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Having chosen the route and theme of the march themselves, MCS students stop at strategic points along the march route to give public speeches they have written addressing contemporary civil rights issues. MCS families, alumni, staff, friends, supporters, and the public are invited to attend. Either from the beginning of the march or meet along the route to hear student speeches, sing freedom songs. Come and participate in a unique event that is educational and uplifting. The march starts at 10am. in Harlem at the site of the Renaissance Ballroom and Casino (2351 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.) and ends at approximately 1pm at Manhattan Country School (7 E. 96th St.). Along the way, the group will stop at four locations of significance to the fight for civil rights.

EXHIBITIONS: A BILLION BRICKS 2: LEGO® Trains, Planes and Rocket Ships! - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through January 25, 2015 - Stamford

Trains, planes and rocket ships made from LEGO® will speed through the Stamford Museum galleries throughout the holiday season. November 22 - January 25, 2015.

Public Ice Skating - EJ Murray Skating Center
Through January 31, 2015 - Yonkers

Voted "Best Ice Skating Rink 2006" by Westchester magazine, the Murray Skating Center offers a well-maintained ice surface and attractive public skating session program. Skate rentals and food service are available as well. Most weekend sessions feature current popular music provided by a DJ. Plenty of free parking. Note: Although the rink is covered, it is not indoors. Dress warmly. For the month of January, public skating hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am-12pm; Friday from 10am-2pm and 8-10pm; Saturday from 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, and 8-10pm; Sunday from 11am-1pm, 2-4pm, and 5:20-7:20pm. Special sessions will be offered on New Year's Day. Call the rink for details.

Public Ice Skating - Hommocks Park Ice Rink
Through January 31, 2015 - Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck's popular enclosed public skating facility has been offering fun for the entire family since 1975, and is newly renovated. Parking is free. The snack bar is open for the obligatory hot cocoa...and more. For the month of January, public skating hours are Monday, from 12:30-2:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday, from 1-5:15pm; Friday from 1:15-5:15pm and 7:15-9:15pm for Cosmic Friday Nights with lights and music; Saturday from 1-5:15pm; Sunday from 11am-5:15pm. Special sessions will be offered Jan. 1-4 for holiday recess. Call the rink for details.

Fondue and a Show - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through January 31, 2015 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite...plus, it's fun! Every Saturday in January from 12-4pm, enjoy a three course meal (cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate fondue) for $30, including a complimentary ticket to a movie at the City Center Cinema. (Tickets are not valid for full value of IMAX, 3D, or director's hall showings, but may be used towards the purchase of one of those showings.) Add on an entree for $12.95 per person. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Guided Trail Experience - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 31, 2015 - Scarsdale

Discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which mushrooms make the best dinner. Program runs approximately 45 minutes. Every Saturday and Sunday in January at 11:30am: Jan. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31. With support from Con Edison.

Line Describing a Cone: Tri-State Juried Exhibition - Katonah Museum of Art
Through February 15, 2015 - Katonah

The definition of space is one of the fundamental features of visual representation in twentieth and twenty-first century art. From the oscillating layers of a Cezanne painting, to the deep corridors of depth in a de Chirico work, artists have addressed the elements of three dimensions in various and often competing ways. Using film as light cutting through space, contemporary artist Anthony McCall's work, Line Describing a Cone (1973) inspires this year's theme; the piece is spatial and temporary, with light the primary medium giving form to an environment. Artists are invited to explore the meaning of space in their work, using whatever materials and expressive outlets they require. Representing space is but one potential feature; experiencing with works that proclaim their physical relationship to their environment another. Artists from the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) were invited to submit up to three paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media works, sculptures, photographs, or videos for consideration. All work must have be executed since 2010. On view from Jan. 18 through Feb. 19. In the Beitzel and Righter Galleries. Juror Eva Respini is curator at The Museum of Modern Art. She has organized one-person exhibitions with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Robert Heinecken, Akram Zaatari, Vik Muniz, Klara Liden, and Boris Mikhailov, and group exhibitions with artists as diverse as Sara VanDerBeek, Ai Wei Wei, Michele Abeles, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Katy Granan, Lewis Baltz, Sterling Ruby, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Walead Beshty, among others. Her writing appears in many museum publications and periodicals. She is currently a faculty member in the MFA program for Visual Arts at Columbia University, and has been visiting critic at Yale University’s School of Art and the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Sunday Explorers - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through February 22, 2015 - Stamford

The education staff offers a hands-on, interactive exploration of the Museum's many favorite features. Each week focuses on a different topic and includes self-guided and staff-led activities which run throughout the time period. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free with gate admission. No class 12/21 or 12/28. Through February 22, 2015.

Exhibit: Monica Marrow - Creation - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through March 08, 2015 - Scarsdale

Creation is a selection of artwork in which the artist illustrates her expressionist interpretation of nature. In this exhibition of photography, nature is captured in a traditional way, as well as to utilize alternative photographic processes. Many of the images are abstract, with an emphasis on light, movement, depth of field, and color. Exhibit is included with admission. Runs through Sunday, March 8.

Ossining Winter Farmers' Market - Claremont Elementary School
Through March 28, 2015 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, through March 28.

Mamaroneck Indoor Winter Farmers' Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through May 02, 2015 - 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. Specialty foods, baked goods, eggs, dairy, honey, pantry staples, beverages, meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through May 2.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through May 21, 2015 - 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 May 21,2015.

John Ruppert's Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015 - Katonah

Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA. Ruppert transforms prison-grade chain link fabric into large, vessel-like forms. Chain link typically connotes danger and boundaries; it is a commercial product intended to confine, protect, and keep out. The material reflects the urban environs of Ruppert's Baltimore studio, and is one that the artist often employs for his sculptures. The industrial fencing is an unexpected element in the bucolic landscape of the Katonah Museum of Art. Also surprising is its intense yellow color, which is luminous and joyful. The woven wire mesh creates shifting optical patterns that animate the work in surprising ways. On view through May 31, 2015. The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located at 134 Jay St. (Route 22) in Katonah, NY, is a cultural destination offering changing exhibitions that feature art from all cultures and time periods. The Museum attracts visitors from Westchester and Fairfield Counties, as well as the larger tri-state region. Located at the northern end of Katonah's "Museum Mile" just off of Route 22, and neighboring John Jay Homestead and Caramoor, the Katonah Museum of Art is a two-minute taxi ride from the Katonah Metro North train station. The KMA offers lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience, as well as innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools. The Learning Center is an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. Among the many programs for children and families are Stroller Tours, Family Days, Saturday Story Time, Schools Out/Arts In vacation day programs, and art classes for children ages 3-12. The Museum's innovative Arte Juntos/Art Together program for new immigrant families has been recognized as a model program by the federal government. The KMA mounts ten exhibitions per year in its main galleries, Sculpture Garden, and Learning Center. Influential modernist architect Edward Larrabee Barnes designed the 10,000-square-foot building. On view through May 31, 2015 during Museum hours: Sunday: 12-5pm; Tuesday through Saturday: 10am-5pm. Closed Monday.

Evening Film Club (Grades 9 - 12) - The Picture House Regional Film Center
Through June 30, 2015 - Pelham

Students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in a deeper involvement with filmmaking can join The Evening Film Club. This dynamic and interactive year long course is held weekly from October through June in the Picture House's screening room. Students are immersed in the inner working of film production as they move through the cycle of writing, casting, directing, and producing their original short feature. There is no charge for this course, however enrollment is limited to 10 students.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Explore the aquatic wonders of Africa, including amazing fish from the Nile River, the lakes of Africa's Great Rift Valley and the Red Sea. Species highlighted include exotic air-breathing lungfish that can survive for a year if their waterhole goes dry, and colorful cichlids and coral reef species that shine in shimmering rainbows. January 1 2014 - December 31, 2015.

Mt. Kisco Farmers' Market - St. Marks Church
Through December 31, 2015 - Mt. Kisco

Includes fresh, wholesome food and a large selection of natural items - soaps, lotions, candles, knitted items, lavender and more. The market is managed by Sandra Lena of John Boy's Farm. Each week the Market will feature a local chef preparing the "$5 Slow Food Local Harvest Meal" using the freshest local ingredients. Bring the family and enjoy!

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