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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on January 7


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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, January 7, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx'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 7. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through January 27, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

Toddler Story Time - Westbury Friends School
Through May 31, 2012 - Westbury

Toddlers can enjoy stories, songs, and finger plays. A light snack and plenty of social interaction will be provided. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child.

Craft-Tastic - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

November 23, 2011 - January 7, 2012 The Art Center's annual artisan exhibit! Our annual artisan exhibit and craft sale will feature one of a kind and affordable crafts and gifts including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and a glass display which will be curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Join us for the opening reception and all-age art workshop on Friday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00pm. Our members will enjoy a 15% discount on all gallery purchases from November 23 - December 10, so become a Pelham Art Center member now!

Diwali: Festival of Light - Pelham Art Center
Through January 07, 2012 - Pelham

The Art Center's annual artisan exhibit! Our annual artisan exhibit and craft sale will feature one of a kind and affordable crafts and gifts including ceramics, artwork, jewelry and a glass display which will be curated by glass artist Lee Silveri. Join us for the opening reception and all-age art workshop on Friday, December 2, from 6:30-8:00pm. Our members will enjoy a 15% discount on all gallery purchases from November 23 - December 10, so become a Pelham Art Center member now!

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
January 07, 2012 -

The Met's wickedly funny production returns as this season's English-language holiday presentation for families, with special prices and midweek matinees. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread.

The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
January 07, 2012 -

In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).

Coastal Birding at the Edith Read Sanctuary - Edith Read Sanctuary with Audubon Greenwich
January 07, 2012 - Rye

Join Audubon Greenwich for a survey of over-wintering ducks, herons, shorebirds, hawks, and other birds frequenting Read Sanctuary and Playland Lake in Rye, NY. Spotting scopes will be provided by the leader. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. RSVP Ted at 203-869-5272 x230. Sign up for a spot in Audubon's van or join the carpool. Loaner binoculars are available.

Pacifica Quartet - Beethoven String Quartets - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 07, 2012 -

Mahler's Ninth Symphony - New York Philharmonic
January 07, 2012 -

August Sander and Seydou Keïta - Portraiture and Social Identity - The Walther Collection Project Space
Through January 07, 2012 -

Thursday - Saturday, 12pm - 6pm. On September 23, the Walther Collection will unite the portraiture of two modern photography masters, August Sander and Seydou Keïta, whose images vividly capture the rapid social transformations of the twentieth century through the faces of everyday people. Encapsulating two distinct cultures in pivotal moments of societal transition, Sander and Keïta's portraits reflect on the experience and role of the individual in Germany and Mali. The dual presentation, on view at the Walther Collection Project Space through January 7, 2012, considers how these prolific photographers documented the visual histories and shifting identities of their two countries. August Sander and Seydou Keïta: Portraiture and Social Identity brings together approximately 60 black-and-white photographs by the two artists, encompassing select works from Sander's portfolio Antlitz der Zeit (Face of our Time) from the 1910s and 1920s, one of the most enduring and influential essays in modern photography, and from Keïta's portraiture of residents in Mali's capital city Bamako in the late 1940s and mid-1950s. The artists were first presented in dialogue as part of the Walther Collection's 2010 inaugural exhibition, Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity, curated by Okwui Enwezor, in Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany. German photographer August Sander (1876-1964) is considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, and like his contemporaries, Karl Blossfeldt and Albert Renger-Patzsch, his style favored objective detail, uncompromising true-to-life representation, and a comparative approach to photography. His visual portrayals of farmers, workers, students, families, tradespeople, artists, and the bourgeoisie from early twentieth-century Germany highlight both the individuality of the sitter and the typical traits of social and occupational groups, genders, and generations. In his Antlitz der Zeit portfolio, a 60-image selection from his ongoing master project, Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the Twentieth Century), Sander worked to create an exact photography that contextualized and highlighted varying social strata and underscored the "true psychology" of a period, unsentimentally capturing a society in transition, shifting from agriculture to industry. By contrast, Seydou Keïta (1929-2001), one of the most renowned West African photographers of the 1950s, worked with a portable studio setting, posing clients against gray or densely-patterned backdrops. Even though his reputation in Mali never dwindled, it was not until the early 1990s that Keïta's work became known internationally, alongside the studio photography of Malick Sidibé and Samuel Fosso. Working during a period of dramatic shifts in Malian familial hierarchies, migration, and political movements, Keïta made portraits of predominantly urban middle-class Bamako residents. His images reflected the society's transition through a merging of traditional and contemporary fashions, and a growing consumer culture, in the decade prior to Mali's independence from France. Frequently pictured with elaborate textiles, jewelry, radios, and cars, in highly-conscious poses, sitters expressed the emerging myth of a modern African city - to be photographed by Keïta was to be made Bamakois, beautiful, and cosmopolitan. Keïta's portrait style, which emphasized the visual interplay between sitter and site and the creation of the ideal, shaped the new image of postcolonial identity.

First Saturday Books for Babies - Wilton Library
January 07, 2012 - Wilton

Bring your baby to this infant friendly program to sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. Registration suggested.

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.

Art Opening: Douglas Beasley - Earth Meets Spirit - New York Open Center Gallery
Through January 07, 2012 - New York

Art Opening for: Douglas Beasley - Earth Meets Spirit Opening Reception: Saturday,December 03,2011 6:30–9pm Exhibition Dates: December 03,2011–January 07, 2012 Location: New York Open Center Gallery Coinciding with the publication of his photography book, Beasley’s Earth Meets Spirit explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. Much of his personal projects, including “Sacred Sites of the Lakota,” “Disappearing Green Space,” “Silent Witness: Genocide and the Landscape,” “Sacred Places” and “Earth Meets Spirit” are supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited and collected. His work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, Shots, PDN, PhotoVision. Free and open to the Public. For more information, Email: Tel: 212-219-2527 x153 New York Open Center 22 East 30th St. between 5th and Madison Ave.) 2nd Flr. NY, NY 10016 T: 212-219-2527

The Firefly Star - PS 3, The Bedford Village School
Through January 07, 2012 - Brooklyn

The Shadow Box Theatre presents "The Firefly Star: a Hispanic Tale for Three Kings Day," a magical story of El Dia de los Reyes (January 6th) – and how one year it almost didn't happen! But the holiday is saved by the clever little mouse Raton Perez, and his ladybug friend Senora Margarita. Our storyteller and guitarist use puppets and a rich mix of Spanish and medieval songs and music to celebrate the Hispanic folk tradition. (Auditorium Entrance at back of school on Hancock Street between Bedford & Franklin) Public transportation: C train to Franklin Ave. 12/13 - 10:30am 12/14 – 10:30 am 12/15 - 10:30am 12/16- 10:30am 12/17 – 11am 12/20 – 10/11:30 am 12/21 – 10:30am 12/22 – 10 / 11:30am 1/5 – 10:30am 1/6 – 10:30am 1/7 – 11am

Annie - CM Performing Arts Center
January 07, 2012 - Oakdale

Leapin Lizards. The comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the best-loved musicals. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.,” and “Tomorrow,” Annie is a theatrical experience for the entire family.

A Wonderful Life - John w. Engeman Theatre
January 07, 2012 - Northport

Frank Capra's iconic film comes to the stage. George Bailey desire to see the world is stymied by his loyalty to the family business. Eventually he learns the true meaning of friendship, community and love and that the good guy eventually prevails.

Hudson Vagabond Puppets: The Snow Queen - SUNY Rockland Community College
January 07, 2012 - Suffern

Looking for something warm to do on a cold winter day? Bring your children or grandchildren to this spectacular show as Hans Christian Anderson's classic story is set to the music of Archangelo Corelli and danced to by large-scale puppets including a 12-foot tall Snow Queen.

Young Musicians of Rockland with the Pomona String Quartet - Suffern Free Library
January 07, 2012 - Suffern

Local high school students perform with professional violinist Laura Seaton.

Frosty - John w. Engeman Theatre
January 07, 2012 - Northport

Frosty and his magic hat come to the stage in this live version of the popular television show.

Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour - The Town Hall
January 07, 2012 -

Glen Campbell, the legendary Arkansas-born singer and guitarist, who rose to prominence in Los Angeles in the 1960s and '70s is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for hosting a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television. During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and racked up 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Of his 74 trips up the country charts, 27 landed in the Top 10. Campbell's hits include John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind", Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston", Larry Weiss's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights". Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For "Gentle on My Mind" he received two awards in country & western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA's top honor as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. In 1969 Campbell was hand picked by actor John Wayne to play alongside him in the film True Grit, which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Kotchegna Dance Company Presents African Heritage Concert - Museum of the City of New York
January 07, 2012 - Upper East Side

The company will perform from a repertoire of 60 regional dances and songs of the Ivory Coast, celebrating the cultural traditions of the peoples of this West African country.

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Jacob Javits Center
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

The northeast's premier boating event docks this January in NYC, inviting attendees to discover the best in boating at the Javits Center, which is transformed into a nautical paradise to provide the ideal escape for novice and experienced boaters to start thinking about summer fun. The annual Progressive� New York Boat Show offers the unique opportunity to board and compare hundreds of boat brands and models side by side at competitive bargains, and reel in exclusive show specials on the newest marine accessories and electronics. From luxury yachts and family cruisers to fishing boats and personal watercraft, the 2012 show offers something for every on-the-water enthusiast, plus entertainment and education for all ages.

'Hansel & Gretel' - Metropolitan Playhouse
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

A special holiday presentation of the classic fairytale told through music (sung in English) and humor. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread. The Grand Tier Restaurant will introduce prix-fixe menus to run concurrently with the show and pair with its theme. There will be prix-fixe adult and children menus, comprised of authentic dishes that reflect the German fairytale opera. Guests can enjoy delicacies including roasted weisswurst, chicken wiener schnitzel, German almond torte, and gingerbread cupcakes.

Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals - Emelin Theatre
January 07, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Originally written for use in his "Music for Aardvarks" kids' classes, David Weinstone's songs run the gamut, from rock to folk to reggae to blues. Ages 2 and older. Call 914-698-0098 or visit for tickets.

FREE Trial Class- MusicClasses4Kids Winter 2012 Boppin' to the Beat Song Collection - Germonds Presbyterian Church
January 07, 2012 - New City

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children to experience their Winter 2012 Boppin' to the Beat song collection. Pre-registration is required.

AGA-Boom European Clowning - Symphony Space
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

The show, rooted in a distinct European theatrical style, is interactive mayhem that carries audience members to the other side of the funhouse mirror through the art of slapstick, humor of physical comedy, and excitement of childhood.

Watson Adventures' Whodunit Family Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 07, 2012 - Upper East Side

Join Watson Adventures on a unique murder mystery scavenger hunt for kids 10 & up! A crazed killer is on the loose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it's up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt that, when completed, reveals his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body in the museum. He sent the hunt to the police and dared them to try to solve it, and now they need your help. You'll get a list of suspects, weapons, and hiding places that are all items in the museum. By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you'll narrow the list of suspects, weapons, and places and provide the police with the evidence they need to catch and convict the killer. No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary; you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This hunt is for ages 10 and older. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six per team (more than two people per team is recommended for the best sleuthing). Advance purchase is required at

'Rumplestiltskin' - The Duke Theater
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

Part of the New Victory's Zoem! New Dutch Theater festival, "Rumplestiltskin" tell the story of how the enchanting Esmiralda becomes frantic when pretentious Prince Edward demands she spin straw into gold. While mourning her dire fate, dear Esmi encounters a "gnome, goblin, whatever you want to call me" and, out of desperation, strikes a dreadful bargain. In this artful and eerie rendition of the fairytale known to Dutch children as "Niemand Weet, Niemand Weet..." ("Nobody Knows, Nobody Knows..."), visceral live music, excellent storytelling, and dynamic theatricality intertwine to turn the classic story into an enthralling, contemporary play.

Family Art Project: Sunrise, Sunset - Wave Hill
January 07, 2012 - Bronx

Looking to the sky's palette of colors infused with shades of dusk or dawn, blend and blur paint and tissue-paper dyes against a silhouette of forest, city skyline, or river and bridge, to create an inspirational scene. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Performance: Branch Dances - Wave Hill
January 07, 2012 - Bronx

Wave Hill has commissioned award-winning choreographer Merian Soto to return to the Bronx, her artistic home, to develop a site-specific project during a one-year residency. Soto's project is Wave Hill's 2011-2012 generated@wavehill commission, a program that provides artists the opportunity to create temporal work for the grounds. Over the next 12 months, Soto will develop and perform Branch Dances at Wave Hill. This year-long work consists of four outdoor performances, one each season. Branch Dances at Wave Hill performances are slow and meditative, yet powerfully communicative. Soto works with her team of five dancers ― Beau Hancock, Shavon Norris, Jumatatu Poe, Olive Prince, and Marion Ramirez ― and percussionist Robert (Tigger) Benford, to connect body, mind, place, and elements to stillness. She selects locations that respond to seasonal aspects of the landscape, taking advantage of Wave Hill's brilliant foliage, sweeping vistas, and sculptural trees. Audiences are invited to slow down and enter a state of heightened receptivity to nature. Visitors who attend the whole series will gain an enhanced experience of seasonal change, as well as a deeper understanding of body and self as part of nature. On the grounds.

'Hanna and the Moonlit Dress' - 14th Street Y
January 07, 2012 - East Village

Woken' Glacier Theater Company and LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture present the premiere of the musical theater adaptation of the famous Israeli children's book "Hanna's Shabbat Dress" by Itzchak Damiel. Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman, and the Moon, in an interactive musical theater experience. Hanna helps a stranger, and in the process accidentally dirties her white dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat. Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed. Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors.

Snug Beneath the Snow - Teatown Lake Reservation
January 07, 2012 - Ossining

Learn the survival strategies of animals and plants that use snow as an insulator, then take a short hike in the frosty weather to look for animals' winter homes. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

Public Marine-Biology Programs - Maritime Aquarium
January 07, 2012 - 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.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 07, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Families with toddlers are invited to celebrate Shabbat with singing, dancing, praying, story-telling, and other activities.

Mutt-i-grees� - Stepping Stones Museum
January 07, 2012 - Norwalk

Dog puppet Dash teaches children about the uniqueness and desirability of shelter dogs.

Disney on Ice presents 'Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey' - Nassau Coliseum
January 07, 2012 - Uniondale

A fascinating and exciting show on ice that takes you with Mickey and Minnie to visit the magical worlds of The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, the Lion King, and others. Children will be delighted at the sheer magic and beauty of the characters they know and love.

Musical Storytime - The Playroom
January 07, 2012 - Nyack

Mr. Ric, owner/director/teacher at The Busy Bee Playschool of Rockland, shares his musical versions of such popular children's book as Green Eggs and Ham; Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?; Chicka chicka boom boom; and many others. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy coffee and the newspaper at an adult-friendly lounge at the front of The Playroom?

Free Craft Saturdays - Make a Winter Bookmark - Straight A's
January 07, 2012 - White Plains

Today, kids can drop in to make a winter bookmark. Design a bookmark using stickers, gluing paper cut outs and coloring. When done it will be laminated, to keep forever. Straight A's sells educational toys, gifts and teacher supplies.

Movie - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' - The Picture House
January 07, 2012 - Pelham

After being exposed to radiation, four average teenage turtles - Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello - mutate into ninjas and live in city sewers. With master Splinter and reporter April O'Neil, the quartet embarks on a mission to run crime out of the city and battle the warlord Shredder. This live-action film adaptation of the cult comic book and TV show features early innovations in puppetry techniques from Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Recommended for ages 7+. Rated PG; 93 min. 1990.

Family Program: Viva Viva la Befana! - Westchester Italian Cultural Center
January 07, 2012 - Tuckahoe

A musical retelling of the folk tale of "La Befana," featuring Mariuccia Romano of The Coro d'Italia, Italian Singing and Dancing Ensemble. La Befana is an Italian Christmas tradition that has its origins in the 13th century legend of "La Befana". Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children on January 5th, the eve of the Epiphany. Enjoy a unique family afternoon (appropriate for children ages 4-12) that will include arts and crafts and presents for all!

Gan Shabbat Service - Bet Torah
January 07, 2012 - Mt. Kisco

Gan Shabbat is a program of children's Sabbath services for nursery-school-age students and their families open to all. It is interactive introduction to Shabbat songs, stories, and prayers for toddlers up to grade 2. A kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments follows each service. Unaffiliated families and intermarried families are invited to join this specially-designed, warm and welcoming children's program.

Meet the Animals - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
January 07, 2012 - Cornwall

The nature center and surrounding grounds are beautiful any time of year, plus they're a scenic drive from Rockland County. Stop by for the World of Bees and Brook Trout Exhibits then at 2:30pm join a Museum Educator to "Meet the Animal" of the week. Museum hours are 12-4pm.

Yellowstone Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
January 07, 2012 - South Salem

A special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. The Wolf Conservation Center hosted some Yellowstone adventures last year and is eager to share their insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West. Guests will visit the WCC's wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration is required.

Open House: AMNH Master of Arts in Teaching Program - American Museum of Natural History
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

To address a critical shortage of qualified science teachers in New York State, particularly in high-needs schools, and help address the national crisis in student achievement in science, the American Museum of Natural History is launching a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program, the first free-standing program of its kind. With funding from the New York State Education Department and the National Science Foundation, the opportunity offers candidates a full-time, paid Master's degree program with science and pedagogy coursework and real-world teaching experience. The AMNH MAT Program seeks a student body with diverse life and career experiences, such as recent college graduates, veterans, former participants in volunteer corps, and career changers. It is open to college graduates with a bachelor's degree in Earth Science or related discipline or any bachelor's degree with a minimum of 24 credits in Earth Science plus six additional credits in physics, chemistry, environmental science, or biology. Visitors will meet faculty and staff, have questions answered, and go on exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum campus. Check-in at West 77th Street entrance between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. Additional program information can be found at

The Reluctant Dragon - Puppetworks
January 07, 2012 - Park Slope

Puppetworks presents its amazing marionettes in two special performances of The Steadfast Tin Solder and Nutcracker Sweets, an adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Land of Sweets dances.

Family Weekend Workshop - Making Miniature Furniture - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
January 07, 2012 - Yonkers

Make miniature furniture to decorate your own dollhouse after visiting Nybelwyck Hall, a 24-room dollhouse suggestive of 19th-century Hudson Valley homes.

Story Time - Greenlight Booksstore
January 07, 2012 - Fort Greene

A different Brooklyn-based author comes in to read their work aloud to preschoolers and young elementary kids.

Free Crafts for Kids - Lakeshore Learning Store
January 07, 2012 - New Hyde Park

Keep those little hands busy as they create craft projects every Saturday this month. Children ages 3 and up are welcome at all Lakeshore Learning locations. For more information, visit

Blooming Babies: Winter Tales - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 07, 2012 - Crown Heights

Bundle up for a winter's tale. Listen to cherished winter stories and create a special craft to take home.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 07, 2012 - Staten Island

Create a New Year's collage.

Beatles Rock Band Night - The Moxie Spot
January 07, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Go ahead, try and play that guitar solo from "Taxman." Just try! Eat dinner at Moxie and then indulge in the Beatles Rock Band competition.

Branch Dances at Wave Hill - Wave Hill
January 07, 2012 - Bronx

Wave Hill has commissioned award-winning choreographer Merián Soto to return to the Bronx to develop a site-specific project during a one-year residency. Over the next 12 months, Soto will develop and perform Branch Dances at Wave Hill. This year-long work consists of four outdoor performances, one each season. Branch Dances at Wave Hill performances are slow and meditative, yet powerfully communicative. Audiences are invited to slow down and enter a state of heightened receptivity to nature.

Shadow Box Theatre Presents: The FireFly Star - PS 3
January 07, 2012 - Bedford Stuyvesant

This event has been cancelled.

Henna Hand Painting Workshop with Farzana Fatema - Queens Library: Broadway Branch
January 07, 2012 - Flushing

Are your kids begging you for a tattoo? Why not opt for a less permanent option. Made from a powder derived from the leaf of the henna plant and mixed with lemon juice and lavender or tea tree oil, Henna is a product that is 100 percent natural and safe for everyone. Farzana Fatema is an artist with over 15 years experience in henna hand painting. Materials are limited, and participation is first come, first serve.

Winter Moonlight Walk - Audubon Greenwich
January 07, 2012 - Greenwich

Hike Mead Lake to enjoy the moonlit woods and lakeshore and listen for ice shifting, hooting owls, coyotes or other wildlife. Dress warmly with soft, quiet outer layers. Recommended for ages 8 and up. RSVP required to Ted at ext.230.

Beatles Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 07, 2012 -

NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring former members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA Doors: 11am - Show: 12pm Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip $40 adv, $42.50 door STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

Free Admission for Kids! - Pequot Museum
January 07, 2012 - Mashantucket

Free admission for children ages 15 and younger.

Professional Bull Riders Invitational Event - Madison Square Garden
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

Calling all city slickers! Get ready for an adrenaline-soaked three-day event featuring the top 40 professional bull riders from all corners of the globe, including the 2011 Madison Square Garden Invitational champion Valdiron de Oliveira. These athletes will risk it all for an eight-second ride on athletic animals weighing as much as 2,000 pounds. This event kicks off the Professional Bull Riders (PBR)'s 2012 Built Ford Tough Series, which will culminate in Las Vegas at the 2012 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, October 24-28.

Seal Cruise - Riverhead Foundation with Captain Lou Fleet
January 07, 2012 - Freeport

View winter harbor seal populations throughout Hempstead Bay. A naturalist is on board to discuss biology and behavior of seals and other marine life encountered. Proceeds support the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. Reservations required.

Pinkalicious - BayWay Arts Center
January 07, 2012 - East Islip

Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink. Follow her through this musical romp of the famous children's book.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents 'Explorers' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

In this delightful 1980s caper, three restless boys find a way to journey into outer space. Science fiction fan Ben (Ethan Hawke), boy genius Wolfgang (River Phoenix), and bored buddy Darren (Jason Presson) travel in a cool see-through space bubble, make contact, and find out an eternal truth: aliens love television. Featuring kids who talk like kids and a real sense of play, director Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "Innerspace") gets what it's like to be a kid and, just sometimes, go intergalactic. (Joe Dante, U.S., 1985, Digital; 109 minutes.) Family Film goers can stop at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box," a meal that features a New York State cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on multi-grain bread with an apple and house-made hot chocolate ($6).

S.A.T. Prep Class - Hampton Bays Libary
January 07, 2012 - Hampton Bays

A professional SAT tutor is on hand to give testing strategies, time management tips, and help you figure out SAT fact vs. fiction. You will also receive a packet of information including SAT practice questions. Bring a pencil and a calculator.

Lego Club - Children's Museum of the East End
January 07, 2012 - Bridgehampton

Older siblings are dropped off to construct works of art from LEGOs while the rest of the family is playing in the museum. Their creations will be on display until the next club meets. The program is designed to encourage older siblings to continue visiting the museum. To help CMEE develop this new program call (631) 537-8250 or email to donate LEGOs.

Yoga Stretch Class - The Family Wellness Center
January 07, 2012 - Plainview

Class includes instruction in various breathing techniques, gentle and deep stretching, and strengthening muscles and bones. The intention of this class is to create deeper connection to self and deep peace. Call to register.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 07, 2012 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream, and Play-Doh in this class full of artistic activities that everyone loves but no one wants to clean up after. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children 18 months to 4 years.

Sensory Friendly Screening: 'The Adventures of Tin Tin' - AMC Loews 84th Street
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

This special screening allows children with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families to enjoy the new movie in a safe and accepting environment. The auditorium will keep its lights up and turn down the sound, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing during the film.

Dance Gotham - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

This annual dance festival returns for its sixth year to present a thrilling range of aesthetics and artistry. From post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these artists offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent, and revealing. Scheduled to perform in two separate programs over two nights are artists from across the nation, including dance companies from Philadelphia, Portland, Houston, Chicago, New York City, and an international company from Italy.

Meet the Artist Saturday: Attacca Quartet - David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

Violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming, and cellist Andrew Yee formed Attacca Quartet at The Juilliard School in 2003. The Quartet will offer an interactive program to bring young listeners inside the music and the process of sharing and collaboration that is at the heart of performing chamber music.

The New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt - New-York Historical Society
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

Test your wits and see how much you know about history at the New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt. Participants will form teams, compete for a special prize, and search for answers to tricky and humorous questions about revolutions in America, France, and Haiti; historical, literary, and religious subjects of the varied tastes of 19th-century New Yorkers; civil rights; and photography. Contestants will search for clues in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Teams will also find clues and solutions in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture - home to some 40,000 historical objects of Americana including George Washington's camp bed at Valley Forge, and his inaugural armchair, the world's largest collection of Tiffany lamps and glasswork, and many other paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects. To purchase tickets, visit

101 Dalmatians Kids - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
January 07, 2012 - Bellmore

This delightful play will be performed by students in Plaza Theatrical's Performing Arts Academy.

Winnie the Pooh?s Winter ?Tail? - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
January 07, 2012 - Bellmore

Children will enjoy this musical with the beloved Winnie the Pooh and they will be thrilled to meet and greet the actors following the show.

Louise Reichlin and Dancers presents 'The Patchwork Girl of Oz' - Long Island Children's Museum
January 07, 2012 - Garden City

This modern-day fable brings to life the adventures of Ojo as he goes on a quest to bring his uncle, who has been turned into marble, back to life. Along the way he makes new friends, including the contemporary Patchwork Girl and learns the importance of working together as part of a community.

Feasts for Beasts Opening Weekend - Long Island Children's Museum
January 07, 2012 - Garden City

Discover the amazing ways animals find and eat their food and participate in fun themed activities as this new exhibition opens. Meet the new additions to the animal menagerie.

Art Workshop: Dancing Hats, Glasses, and Necklaces - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 07, 2012 - SoHo

Street artist Tranqui Yanqui (Spanish for "Chill American") is well known for his colorful art works and vibrant wearable art that merge American popular culture, Latin icons, and the tropical symbols of his native Miami. Join Yanqui in this workshop to focus on your favorite music and what you wish you could be wearing when that music starts pumping. Participants will imagine themselves on a stage in front of hundreds of fans, then make the perfect hat, glasses, and necklace to help them get into a groove and feel comfortable. The class will end with a photo shoot.

Family Fitness Fest - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

Join Equinox and move to the beat with easy-to-learn Zumba dance steps. Enter to win a free three-month Equinox membership.

Vines and Canines Vineyard Walk - Martha Clara Vineyards
January 07, 2012 - Riverhead

Bring your dog down for a family-friendly walk through the vineyards with winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez and his dog Satchmo. A donation of a non-perishable pet food item is requested.

Edwin McCain - Highline Ballroom
January 07, 2012 -

Edwin McCain, the voice that is romance incarnate, has launched a thousand marriages and stirred up Southern soul for over 20 years. Blending equal parts folk, soul, and rock, the platinum-selling singer-songwriter has garnered the attention of millions with the Top 10 smash "I'll Be" (voted the best wedding song by over one million viewers of The Dr. Phil Show) and the Diane Warren-penned Top 40 hit "I Could Not Ask for More." Since his 1993 debut, he has been a tireless troubadour who regularly sells out his rapturous live performances all across the country. The seeds for McCain's blend of Southern soul and acoustic storytelling were planted in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was born and raised. In 1993, he formed the Edwin McCain Band and released Solitude. A quartet of albums on Lava/Atlantic Records followed, starting with Honor Among Thieves (1995), the breakthrough album Misguided Roses (1997), which featured "I'll Be," and Messenger (1999), which included "I Could Not Ask for More." After 2001's Far From Over, McCain stepped off the major label treadmill for his next few releases, including The Austin Sessions (2003), Scream & Whisper (2004), Lost in America (2006), and Nobody's Fault But Mine (2008). Mercy Bound (2011), McCain's 10th album and first for 429 Records, marks two decades since he first entered the studio. The songs on the album are the fruit of an on-again, off-again collaboration with fellow singer-songwriter Maia Sharp that began in 2004 with their lovely duet "Say Anything." That collaboration has offered McCain, some 20 years into his career, a chance to try something new. "It's not about chart positions or record sales or anything like that," insists the man with 11 albums, a wall of platinum and gold albums that have sold in the millions, and reams of Top 10, 20, and 40 hits. "It just has to do with people coming together and sharing a moment."

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2011/2012 Season of R&R @ the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
January 07, 2012 - New York

WHO: NEW Adult Crafts, Celebrating the Life of Debbie Friedman: Making Musical Instruments, Balance & Spice Spa Smart Snacking Workshop, A Cappella Concert: The Youtube Sensations: The Pella Singers and much, much more! WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, origami for all ages, creative art projects , Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: Saturdays, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Now - March 24 (EXCEPT December 31st & January 21st) WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 Why: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and... IT'S ALL FREE! For more information: or join our Facebook page for updated information

FAM LAB: Robots - Orange Splot Art Spot
January 07, 2012 - Peekskill

Play games with art ideas, explore the art of robotics, and sculpt a custom-made robot with the whole family.

Saw Mill River Audubon Field Trip: Croton Point Eagles - Croton Point
January 07, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

An annual tradition continues with this popular birding walk at Croton Point County Park, led by Charlie Roberto. Dress warmly! Suggested for ages 6 and older. To register, please call Saw Mill River Audubon's office at 914-666-6503 or email in advance. Meet at the Croton River boat ramp.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends Mini-Performance - New York Botanical Garden
January 07, 2012 - Bronx

Beloved children's favorites Thomas & Friends are pulling into The New York Botanical Garden during the final two weeks of this season's spectacular Holiday Train Show, January 2-16, 2012. Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Bring your camera; each mini-performance includes a photo-op with Thomas. Kids can get an honorary engineer certificate and Take home coloring sheets, stickers, and temporary tattoos of Thomas and his engine friends. In the Ross Hall.

College Advisory Panel - Hoff-Barthelson Music School
January 07, 2012 - Scarsdale

Music Resource Center Director Wilma Machover leads an informational session dedicated to conservatories and colleges where strong music programs are available. Q & A with a panel of HB Faculty & Alumni. Sponsored by the Friends of Hoff-Barthelson.

Introduction to Shen Yun - Mamaroneck Library
January 07, 2012 - Mamaroneck

For 5,000 years, Chinese culture was heralded as a divine gift. Its values of benevolence, honor, etiquette, wisdom, and sincerity have inspired countless artists and poets. This program will provide a brief overview of key dynasties, classic stories, and fascinating characters from Chinese literature, classical Chinese dance (Shen Yun), and Chinese musical instruments, before explaining how Shen Yun uses dance to express Chinese civilization and its values. A question and answer period will follow.

Big Apple Circus Presents Dream Big - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 -

It's an All-New Show, where the World's Greatest Circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Let your imagination soar and summon the most amazing acts -- A juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork! A mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act! Spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, and a capybara and porcupine to perk up the sawdust party! Audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace! Comical conjurors with magical moments of grand illusion! The aerial daring of the trapeze flyers! A singing Ringmistress and the Big Apple Circus Band creating the ringing melodies of memories to last! And Grandma !! Yes, Grandma, apogee of comical aspiration and mirthful joy! Your dreams will inspire a Big Apple Circus of living thrills and marvelous delight -- a celebration of the imagination -- an astonishing circus world of wonder!

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 08, 2012 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from 50th St. & Seventh Ave. in Times Square at 7pm. $59.99; $49.99, children under 12.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

This delightful exhibition will introduce visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 200 live frogs, from tiny dart poison frogs (some less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (as big as eight inches in diameter) will be shown in their re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Approximately 25 species native to Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, Madagascar, Myanmar, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam, will be featured. The exhibition will explore the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition will invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs. Admission to the exhibition is $24 for adults, $14 for children, and $18 for seniors and students.

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

More than 200 live frogs are shown in their re-created habitats from around the world. The exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs.

Invasion of the Bloodsuckers: Bedbugs and Beyond - Yale Peabody Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - New Haven

Learn the biology and habitats of bedbugs, head lice, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Learn where and how they live, how to deal with them and how to tell them apart from lookalikes.

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 - El Museo Del Barrio
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio's sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year's edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in six different venues. Aiming to expand the definition of contemporary Latino and Latin American art, The (S) Files 2011 takes on a broad exploration of the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street. While considering the more conventional understandings of street art such as graffiti and mural painting, The (S) Files 2011 extends the definition of street art by also considering non-traditional art objects as well as works from other disciplines, including music and fashion. The (S) Files 2011 explores how the boundaries between public/private and personal/universal are blurred by urban culture, and examines the street as catalyst for change in mainstream culture. The exhibition looks at how these social borders mix and dissolve in urban environments, and how artists use these social alterations as points of creative departure. Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress. In addition to its overall focus on New York-based artists, The (S) Files 2011 celebrates the Biennial of the Central American Isthmus (Bienal del Istmo Centroamericano) by showcasing the work of a group of artists featured in its most recent edition.

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.

Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam through Folktales - Long Island Children's Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Garden City

Enter a magical place where five centuries-old folktales bring to life the culture and traditions of Viet Nam. Aspects of modern day life in Viet Nam are interwoven with the presentation of old folktale in interactive "theaters." Traditions explored include wedding ceremonies, ancestral worship practices, cultural dances, and the Vietnamese bonds to their land and water. The exhibit demonstrates the connection between folktales and the enduring values and traditions they represent. The exhibit runs through January 8, 2012.

FOCUS DANCE - Joyce Theater
Through January 08, 2012 -

FOCUS Dance, an exciting week-long celebration showcasing eight dance companies, is a new initiative aimed at promoting American dance to the national and international community. The Joyce partners with Gotham Arts Exchange and the Dance/USA Agents Council for this exciting project that will feature some of the most riveting companies in America today.

Ripped: The Allure of Collage - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through January 08, 2012 - Huntington

This exhibition presents approximately 50 collages by a diverse range of European and American artists.

Big Apple Circus Presents "Dream Big" - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

For its 34th season, the Big Apple Circus presents an all-new show under the big top showcasing stunning acts including a juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork, a mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act, spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace, comical conjurors, a singing ringmistress who will be accompanied by the Big Apple Circus Band, and of course, Grandma, in her last season with the circus.

Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk--An Introspective - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Biggers addresses some challenging themes (among them racial tension) in this exhibit, yet children will be mesmerized by such multi-media fare as a tree that pierces a grand piano.

'A New York Hanukkah' - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Hanukkah lamp currently on display was made in 1999 by NYC silversmith Bernard Bernstein in his Bronx workshop.

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

To celebrate the winter season, this installation traces the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York. The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. The desk of New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore, who originally penned the "Twas the night before Christmas" poem, is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park - Bryant Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

The park's tree-lined alleys are transformed into one of the city's premiere holiday shopping destinations, with dozens of custom-designed jewel box kiosks and food vendors. Visit the website for more information.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Engeman Theater presents 'A Wonderful Life' - John W. Engeman Theater
Through January 08, 2012 - Northport

A fable of dreams, disillusionment, and the power of love. Ticket sales will help raise money for the Education & Assistance Corporation, a non-profit that provides programs and services that protect children, promotes healthy families and communities, and helps individuals take control of their lives. The show runs through January 8, 2012.

The Canterbury Tales Remixed - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

After a successful run of The Rap Guide to Evolution, SoHo Playhouse, Inc. is proud to premiere The Canterbury Tales Remixed, written and performed by Baba Brinkman with music and turntablism by Mr. Simmonds and directed by Darren Lee Cole. The Canterbury Tales Remixed brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless Canterbury Tales to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient Tales are infused with lust, betrayal,

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