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Things to Do With Kids in Westchester on January 29

January 29, 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 29, 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 29. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Thursday Morning Storytime at B&N City Center: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
January 29, 2015 - White Plains

Join Toe, bookseller/entertainer extraordinaire, every Thursday morning for stories, singing, and lively fun.

Family Storytime at MKPL - Mount Kisco Public Library
January 29, 2015 - Mount Kisco

Special storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years with a parent or caregiver.

Read To Rover at MKPL - Mount Kisco Public Library
January 29, 2015 - Mount Kisco

Read to a therapy dog at the library. Bring a book, or choose one from the library's collection. This program is sponsored by the K9 Kids 4H. Call the library to register.

America Reads for ages 5-12 - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
January 29, 2015 - Yonkers

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

Options for College: What Counts in the College Admissions Process - Rye Free Reading Room
January 29, 2015 - Rye

What Counts in the College Admissions Process will cover the following: finding the right match, how colleges admit students, what students have done in the past to get in and get the most out of college, how to stay calm throughout the entire process. Speaker Keith Berman founded Options for College in 2005. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale as well as Bank Street College of Education. Mr. Berman worked for Yale University as a senior interviewer, and a three-year member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Office. He also held an interviewer position at the Harvard College Admissions Office. His in-school counseling experience includes positions at Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) School and Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York, NY. In the Meeting Room.

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.

TechNoBody at Pelham Art Center - Pelham Art Center
Through March 21, 2015 - Pelham

This group exhibition explores the world's impact on and relationship to the physical body in an increasingly virtual world. The exhibition will include video works, drawings, and sculpture that alternately balance and question the hope and desire of the immaterial, extended, digital body against the realities of the physical, fragile, and ephemeral body. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 23 through March 21. A Panel Discussion with the curator and the artists will be held on March 19 at 6pm. Attendees will learn more about how the artists employ a diverse range of contemporary artistic tools, from cyberbodies, avatars, and selfies to facial peel and simple paper and pencil. Curated by Patricia Miranda. Technology has expanded humanity's ability to alter the physical and intellectual worlds in significant ways. Modern digital technologies extend the borders of the body and mind, questioning the relentless tether to the material. Closely intertwined with our bodies, technology acts as our external brain, able to recall enormous amounts of information at a touch. It can act as avatar, realizing our best, worst, and most desired or unexpected self, promising to solve the intractable problems of the world. Utopian and aspirational, technology hints at a fountain of immortality, the imperfect self uploaded to faultless machines, while opening doors for the dystopian world of surveillance and corporate appropriation of our most private desires. We exist, for now, in tangible bodies in real time and space, bodies that reveal our cultural circumstance of place, race, gender, and privilege, that age, fail, and cease to exist in the world. Technology, our intimate companion, develops with us and unbeknownst to us, watches, as we are willingly captivated and held captive to its charms, inspired by and fearful of its possibility. TechNoBody investigates the perceptions and experiences of the body in the technological world, engaging scientific concepts in the ambiguous language of art. These artists examine and problematize the role of the machine for both our private and public selves, deconstructing our tacit agreement to its terms. Artists: Christopher Baker, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Cynthia Lin, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Laura Splan, Victoria Vesna.

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.

'Camelot' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through April 05, 2015 - Elmsford

One of history's greatest love stories and Lerner and Loewe's timeless masterpiece. King Arthur and his new queen, Guinevere, rule their kingdom with ideals of chivalry and peace, but the arrival of Sir Lancelot threatens the foundation of the realm in one of the most fabled love triangles of all time. Revel in the glorious music including, "If Ever I Would Leave You," "The Lusty Month of May," "How to Handle a Woman," "I Loved You Once in Silence," and "What Do the Simple Folk Do?". Directed and choreographed by Broadway's Richard Sabellico, this new, intimate production focuses on the dynamic, rich, and intense characters in this most regal of American musicals. Jan. 29 through Apr. 5.

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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