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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on January 8

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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 8, 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 8. 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.

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.

Studio Sunday - Museum of Arts & Design
January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

Intergenerational workshops led by professional artist-educators, artists from the Open Studios Program, and visiting artists in the exhibitions.

'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.

Clifford the Big Red Dog - Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
January 08, 2012 - Brooklyn

Based on the classic children's books by Norman Bridwell, this brand new musical is full of memorable songs and fun choreography, celebrating the timeless values of sharing, respect, and cooperation.

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.

Annie - CM Performing Arts Center
January 08, 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 08, 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.

Frosty - John w. Engeman Theatre
January 08, 2012 - Northport

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

Orion String Quartet and Windscape - The Town Hall
January 08, 2012 -

Exploring Bach's Art of the Fugue

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, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness. The Canterbury Tales Remixed will begin previews on Wednesday, November 23 and will open on Sunday, December 4, running through January 8, 2012 at the SoHo Playhouse (15 Vandam Street). Performances Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30PM; Saturday and Sunday at 3PM. NO SHOWS on November 24 and December 25, 2011. Ticket: $55 (Orchestra), $39 (Rear Section), $27.50 (Group rate of 10 or more), $19.50 (Student Rush with student i.d. 1 hour prior to curtain). To purchase visit www.SoHoPlayhouse.com or call OvationTix customer service toll-free: 866-811-4111.

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Jacob Javits Center
January 08, 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.

90 Minute All Ages Open Bounce! - Bounce U Farmingdale
January 08, 2012 - Farmingdale

You don't need a special occasion to get your bounce on. Give us a call and reserve your spot at our next 6 & Under Open Bounce, then come on by and enjoy our awesome inflatables, fantastic games, and wall-to-wall fun. You bring the socks - we'll take care of music, fun, and everything else!

"The Canterbury Tales Remixed" - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - SoHO

The show 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, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness.

Stam-Pede Percussive Dance - Symphony Space
January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Dancers from seven acclaimed companies introduce kids to the world of percussive dance, with everything from tap to Irish high-stepping and innovative body percussion. Participating companies include: Chicago Tap Theatre; Darrah Carr Dance; David Parker and The Bang Group; Dorrance Dance; Maya de Silva & Flamenco Revolucion; SLURP by Adam Metzger; and Parijat Desai Dance Company. Prepare to be amazed by their virtuosic displays of lightning-fast footwork, intoxicating rhythms, and high-energy musical accompaniment. Expect a rollicking good time as the audience is treated to a sensory feast for sight and sound.

Danceworks - White Plains Public Library (Auditorium)
January 08, 2012 - White Plains

Danceworks, the modern dance troupe from Westchester Community College, will teach the basics of modern dance with audience participation.

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 08, 2012 -

The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene?embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above -- adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.

Louie Prima Jr. - Queensborough Performing Arts Center
January 08, 2012 - Bayside

Since the Queensborough Performing Arts Center received such amazing feedback from the patrons who were lucky enough to see Louis Prima Jr. in concert at QPAC, they decided to bring him back for an “encore performance.” In this tribute show, Louis Prima Jr. carries on the legacy of his father, who was known as the original “King of Swing,” performing hits like Jump, Jive, an Wail, Angelina, Just a Gigolo, That Old Black Magic, Buona Sera, When You’re Smiling and Sing, Sing, Sing. This swinging, rocking show will “jive” you crazy with the feel of Las Vegas – right here in Queens.

A New York Hanukkah - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

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. Hanukkah lamps were made up of eight oil wells or candle-holders, separated from a ninth traditionally used as a shamash, or server, to light the others. These lamps remain distinct from menorahs, which generally have seven candle branches and are not associated with a specific use or holiday. Hanukkah lamps were present in European synagogues by about the 13th century, and often designed in the form of menorahs or as standing table lamps.

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

To celebrate the winter season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus, an installation tracing 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. Clement Clarke Moore's desk is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

Journey to the past: Subway Conductor Mabel Kline - New York Transit Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Journey back in time for a special tale with a costumed storyteller! Join Mabel as she recounts her experiences as the subway's first female conductor in an interactive, imaginary ride on an IRT Localby the vintage cars on our platform level. Then head to the Technology Lab where YOU become the conductor, by creating announcements of your own!

'Rumplestiltskin' - The Duke Theater
January 08, 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.

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser - Warrior's Wish Spin Class - THE GYM Armonk
January 08, 2012 - Armonk

THE GYM Armonk is holding classes to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the month of January. Today: Warrior's Wish Spin with Karen and Bridget.

Family Art Project: Sunrise, Sunset - Wave Hill
January 08, 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. Free with admission to grounds.

"Hanna and the Moonlit Dress" - 14th Street Y
January 08, 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.

Hike in the New Year - Teatown Lake Reservation
January 08, 2012 - Ossining

Kick off the New Year with a hearty hike in the frosty air. Hike to Vernay Lake, look for ice formations along the Waterfall Trail, and circle Teatown Lake searching for winter wildlife. Then return to toast the New Year with a hot drink. Please note this program is for adults only. Call 914-762-2912 ext. 110 to make a reservation.

Junior Detective Day: Science, History and Fun! - Greenwich Historical Society
January 08, 2012 - Cos Cob

A valuable letter from the Everyday Heroes exhibition has been stolen. Kids learn to take fingerprints, try their hands at chromatography and test the chemical characteristics of different compounds in pursuit of the culprit. They can also learn how to make paper look old and to write with invisible ink. Reservations required. Register online or call ext 10.

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic! - Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Through January 08, 2012 - Bridgeport

Join Mickey, Minnie as they celebrate 100 years of Disney magic with 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 classic stories.

Disney on Ice presents 'Mickey and Minnie's Magical Journey' - Nassau Coliseum
January 08, 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.

Munchkins and Mishpacha - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 08, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Mommy and Me / Daddy and Me with a Jewish twist. Bring your kids, ages 6 months to 3 years, for stories, songs, games, and more.

Movie - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' - The Picture House
January 08, 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.

Meet the Animals - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
January 08, 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.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
January 08, 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.

New York Metro Reptile Show - Westchester County Center
January 08, 2012 - White Plains

Thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages, and more. 200+ vendor tables. Sorry, no personal pets allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

Professional Bull Riders Madison Square Garden Invitational - Madison Square Garden
Through January 08, 2012 -

For the sixth straight year, the PBR is bringing the pain, as the toughest cowboys and baddest bulls on the planet rock Madison Square Garden in January! It's the season opener of the elite Built Ford Tough Series, as the Top 40 bull riders in the world risk it all for three unforgettable nights. Don't even think about calling it a rodeo...this is BULL RIDING! This is the PBR!

Mulchfest - Prospect Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Park Slope

Bring your holiday tree to Prospect Park, where we'll turn it into healthy ground cover. Watch your tree go into the chipper and become environment-friendly mulch. Plus, you can take some home for your own yard or garden (don't forget to remove all decorations from the trees).

Family Weekend Workshop - Making Miniature Furniture - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
January 08, 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.

Sunday Concert Series - Westchester Klezmer Band - Chappaqua Public Library
January 08, 2012 - Chappaqua

This intergenerational band will bring Eastern European dance and folk music to life in a lively program appropriate for the whole family.

Blooming Babies: Winter Tales - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 08, 2012 - Crown Heights

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

Dino-Mite - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 08, 2012 - Crown Heights

Journey to the time of the dinosaurs. Touch real dino footprints, fossilized amber, and participate in a fossil dig. You'll even learn to identify what you uncover and get to take home a memento of your dino encounter.

Love Notes: Voices a la Carte - Westport Public Library
January 08, 2012 - Westport

Enjoy a selection of musical letters, lists and lamentations from Broadway, opera and Gilbert & Sullivan.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 08, 2012 - Staten Island

Create a New Year's collage.

Sunday Family Bingo Night - The Moxie Spot
January 08, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Small prizes for the winners. Break out some of Moxie Spot's board games, too.

Family Art Project: Sunrise, Sunset - Wave Hill
January 08, 2012 - Bronx

Bring your family to Wave Hill for an art project that involves looking to the sky's palette of colors. Recreate the shades of dusk or dawn by blending and blurring paint and tissue-paper dyes against a silhouette of forest, city skyline, or river and bridge to create an inspirational scene.

Garden and Conservatory Walk - Wave Hill
January 08, 2012 - Bronx

Start your family's new year off with some fitness at Wave Hill. Come to the Perkins Visitor Center to take a midday walk through the grounds and conservatory and experience some seasonal garden highlights along the way.

Poetic License: festival of new poetic theater - The Wild Project
Through January 08, 2012 - New York

15 shows in 5 days for $5-$15! Poetic Theater Productions presents Poetic License, a festival of new poetic theater addressing social justice through spoken word, hip hop and slam. The festival includes performers who have been featured on and off Broadway, on HBO's Def Poetry Jam & Brave New Voices, members of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team & Urban Word NYC, and Poetic Theater Productions' award-winning 2011 production, Goliath.

Gospel Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 08, 2012 -

EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, join us for GOSPEL BRUNCH THE WORLD FAMOUS HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Get your dose of the Holy Ghost! Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip Doors: 12:30pm Show: 1:30pm $40 adv, $42.50 door Every Sunday, for the past 9 years, the world famous HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR has brought their experience of Harlem & the Black Church to BB King's in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, joyous gospel brunch-buffet show. The homestyle "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.

Professional Bull Riders Invitational Event - Madison Square Garden
January 08, 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.

Trout Birthday Party - Cold Spring Fish Hatchery and Aquarium
January 08, 2012 - Cold Spring Harbor

Celebrate the hatching of baby trout. Enjoy cake and sing "Happy Birthday Baby Trout!"

Seal Cruise - Riverhead Foundation with Captain Lou Fleet
January 08, 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.

Seal Hike - Montauk Point State Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Montauk

Come on a hike to see all the different types of seals that inhabit Montauk. Dress warm and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Registration required.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

Three English children are evacuated from war-torn London to live in a quiet village - with a trainee witch (played by Angela Lansbury). To ensure the children keep her secret, she gives them a magic bedknob that allows them to travel anywhere they wish on a flying bed. Featuring the eye-popping scene on the Isle of Naboombu, this film uses a delightful mix of live and animated characters. (Robert Stevenson, U.S., 1971, Digital; 139 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).

101 Dalmatians Kids - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
January 08, 2012 - Bellmore

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

Blue?s Clues - Lawrence Woodmere Academy
January 08, 2012 - Woodmere

A children?s musical that's sure to delight the littlest ones. Then after the show, it's time to meet and greet the cast.

Evening Tower Tour - Fire Island Lighthouse
January 08, 2012 - Fire Island

Experience the sunset from a new perspective. View the night sky from the top of the Lighthouse. Sunset 4:42 pm and Moonrise 4:24 pm. Reservations Required.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 08, 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.

Broadway Playhouse: George & Ira Gershwin - Merkin Concert Hall
January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

An exploration for family audiences of the Gershwin brothers' Broadway legacy, with songs from "Strike Up The Band," "Porgy and Bess," and "Girl Crazy."

Dance Gotham - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
January 08, 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.

Kids in the Kitchen with Grandparents - 92nd Street Y
January 08, 2012 - Upper East Side

Mix, stir, and taste delicious recipes in this one-session version of the popular class, especially for grandparents.

Sunday Story Hour: Subway Lines - Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library at New-York Historical Society
January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

What subway do you take? Hear stories about the NYC subways system and learn about its history.

Caring for Your Newborn Baby - Prenatal Yoga Center
January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, international board-certified lactation consultant, helps pre- and post-natal parents find the humor and joy in care routines for their new baby.

Chocolate Sauce Books Tibet House Tea Party - Tibet House
January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

An afternoon of family fun featuring the "Now I Know" book series by Chocolate Sauce books, a vibrant series of storybooks based on the 1,000-year-old eight-verse mind training of Tibetan Master Geshe Langri Thangpa. This collection of children's books gives ancient Buddhist teachings a modern twist in order to provide the young generation with spiritual growth and positive emotional development. Published by Chocolate Sauce, written and illustrated by Sally Devorsine, and endorsed with foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Matthieu Ricard, these Buddhist-inspired stories are about learning how to cultivate wholesome states of mind. Check out the books and enjoy complimentary beverages from Izze Soda and cupcakes from Elegant Cupcakes. Chocolate Sauce is a publishing brand for children creating wholesome content designed to nourish the hearts and minds of children for goodness inside and out. Our co philosophy promotes the importance of looking within to find fulfillment and meaning in one's life! For every book you buy, the company donates $1 to help feed the world's hungry children. For more information, visit www.chocolatesaucebooks.com.

Billy Kelly in Concert - 92Y Tribeca
January 08, 2012 - Tribeca

Billy Kelly brings his humorous tunes and endearingly oddball aura to the stage, encouraging kids to sing along, dance along, and yell along to hits from "Thank You for Joining the Happy Club."

Feasts for Beasts Opening Weekend - Long Island Children's Museum
January 08, 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: The Language of Everyday Objects - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 08, 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. Spend an afternoon with Yanqui exploring everyday objects and they ways you can give them a new sense of life. Participants will work with many materials, learning how to bring a pizza box, purple shoelaces, and even some Cheetos to life, ultimately creating a performance out of them. Using your imagination, you'll learn to think like an inanimate object, incorporating interesting dialogues and impromptu performances into a final project.

Family Fitness Fest - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Primavera Salva will lead families in a fun and active Naam Yoga journey. Participants will run, clap, stretch, and jump.

Snowman Cupcake Challenge - Taste Buds
January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

Take this class with friends and challenge each other to a cupcake making duel. Learn how to use a piping bag and work with icing tips to create beautiful designs on top of cupcakes. Become a fondant master and learn fancy finishing techniques. This class ends with a competition: Each team will present a cupcake to judges who will vote on a winner based on taste, presentation, and creativity. Each student takes home a box of uniquely designed and created cupcakes to share with family and friends.

The Intergalactic Nemesis - Village East Cinema
January 08, 2012 - New York

The Zygonians have been to New York before, but never like this. We take the artwork from our original comic-book series, remove the word balloons, and project it panel-by-panel on a huge screen while three actors, a foley artist, and a keyboardist perform the voices, sound effects, and music LIVE AND IN PERSON. You've never seen anything like it. When Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her assistant Timmy Mendez witness the murder of one of their contacts, they begin to uncover the story of the century. The year is 1933. Are you ready for the adventure?

Mighty/Bold Warriors - Wee Warriors Yoga - Prism Wellness
January 08, 2012 - St. James

Children aged 3-5 can learn yoga poses through songs, puppets and stories. Children develop social, sensory and motor skills while increasing their flexibility. Registration Required.

E-Waste Recycling Event - Queens Botanical Garden
January 08, 2012 - Flushing

Bring your unwanted and broken electronics to the Queens Botanical Garden on Sunday January 8, 2012 from 10 am to 4pm. The electronic waste (e-waste) recycling event will accept computers, fax machines, copiers, cell phones, televisions, cameras, and stereo equipment – devices that often contain materials hazardous to the environment if not properly recycled. Co-sponsor Tekserve, will offer recyclers free entry into a raffle for an Apple MacBook Air and a special Mystery Coupon worth $5 to $500.

Music for Aardvarks Family Drop in Class - JCC Rockland
January 08, 2012 - West Nyack

Sing, dance, and have a blast at this drop-in dance party. Half price for siblings; free for parents.

Turbo Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
January 08, 2012 - Farmingdale

You don't need a special occasion to get your bounce on. Give us a call and reserve your spot at our Turbo Bounce, then come on by and enjoy our awesome inflatables, fantastic games, and wall-to-wall fun. You bring the socks - we'll take care of music, fun, and everything else!

All Ages Open Bounce - Bounce U Farmingdale
January 08, 2012 - Farmingdale

You don't need a special occasion to get your bounce on. Give us a call and reserve your spot at our next All-Ages Open Bounce, then come on by and enjoy our awesome inflatables, fantastic games, and wall-to-wall fun. You bring the socks - we'll take care of music, fun, and everything else!

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends Mini-Performance - New York Botanical Garden
January 08, 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.

Sunday Concert Series - Chamber Music - John C. Hart Memorial Library
January 08, 2012 - Shrub Oak

Jameson Platte (cello) and Matthew Quayle (piano). Hear chamber music in the intimate setting for which it was intended. This vibrant classical duo will bring to life music of the masters.

Winterfest - Taconic Outdoor Education Center
January 08, 2012 - Cold Spring

Enjoy a winter day outdoors. As part of National Winter Trails Day there will be Tubbs snowshoes available for use courtesy of Hudson Valley Outfitters of Cold Spring, NY. On a first come/first served basis, participants will have a chance to use a pair of snowshoes for a short period of time. Garrison Fish & Game Club will be ice fishing on Duck Pond, come join them and learn about this fun way to fish in the winter. REI will also be on hand. Let the Instructors from REI's Outdoor School show you how to set up a comfortable Winter Camp site, as well as an Emergency Backcountry Shelter. The back hill will be open for tubing, the lake open for skating (bring your own skates or "boot" skate). In the Lodge, food will be available along with crafts, Putnam Highland Audubon, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. REI will also offer mini clinics covering Winter Clothing, XC Skiing, and Ice Climbing. There will be a wildlife presentation at 3pm by Bill Robinson. Winterfest is a rain or shine (snow, or no snow) event. Activities will be adjusted to fit the weather (such as nature hikes, or birding activities). Please call 845-265-3773 for more information. Sorry, no pets.

'The NYPD Motorcycle Squad: A Century of Service to New York City' - New York City Police Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Motorcycle Squad. See vintage department-used motorcycles, including a late 1940s-model classic Red Indian Motorcycle and a late 1960s model silver Harley.

de Kooning: A Retrospective - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 09, 2012 - New York

This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Willem de Kooning, widely considered to be among the most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will only be seen at MoMA, presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the artist's development over nearly seven decades, beginning with his early academic works, made in Holland before he moved to the United States in 1926, and concluding with his final, sparely abstract paintings of the late 1980s. Bringing together nearly 200 works from public and private collections, the exhibition will occupy the Museum's entire sixth-floor gallery space, totaling approximately 17,000 square feet. Representing nearly every type of work de Kooning made, in both technique and subject matter, this retrospective includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Among these are the artist's most famous, landmark paintings—among them Pink Angels (1945), Excavation (1950), and the celebrated third Woman series (1950–53)—plus in-depth presentations of all his most important series, ranging from his figurative paintings of the early 1940s to the breakthrough black-and-white compositions of 1948–49, and from the urban abstractions of the mid 1950s to the artist's return to figuration in the 1960s, and the large gestural abstractions of the following decade. Also included is de Kooning's famous yet largely unseen theatrical backdrop, the 17-foot-square Labyrinth (1946).

"From Candlelight to Bubble Light: A 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House" - Merchant's House Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

This holiday season, the museum's halls, which date back to the 1850s, will be retro-decked for a 1950s-themed Christmas celebration, with vintage trees and over-the-tinsel-top decorations, while strains of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" play in the background. Learn how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s and today in this doubly nostalgic display.

Performance Space 122 - SPiN New York
Through January 09, 2012 - NYC

You're invited! The 2012 Red & White Party is Sunday, January 8 at SPiN NY - the ping pong club of NYC. This year's party is presented by both PS122 & SPiN NY and is hosted by our good Friend (with Benefits) Bobby Hernreich. With performances by REGGIE WATTS, JACK FERVER, and DJ SPOOKY, drink specials and raffle prizes as well as free ping pong all night long, downtown's definitive holiday bash is moving into January to ring in the new year and celebrate COIL. Please plan on joining us for this year's Red & White Party and forward this to anyone you know who might be interested in being there to mingle with PS122 artists, board members, staff, COIL festival partners, interational arts professionals and our beloved friends. Tell us what you think of this video featuring Reggie, Jack and a whole new kind of competition and then join us at SPiN NY (48 East 23rd St.) on Sunday, January 8 beginning at 7pm. SPiN NY is part of SPiN Galactic - a galaxy of ping pong social clubs created by Franck Raharinosy, Andrew Gordon, Jonathan Bricklin, and Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon. - Single tickets $30 - Donate $300 to PS122 today and enjoy (2) complimentary tickets to the Red & White Party Your donation directly supports our programming and shows us your passion for and committment to live performance. - VIP Tables: $500 Enjoy 10 tickets, a ping pong table with your name on it, and access to the VIP lounge all night long. EVENING OVERVIEW: 7p FREE ping pong (all night long) & FREE drinks ('til 8p); 8p Performances by critically acclaimed artists Reggie Watts & Jack Ferver, Ping pong competition hosted by Crumpler; 10p DJ Spooky spins. PS122's special events have been designed to provide a social atmosphere for our patrons, partners, and stakeholders while maintaining an authentic PS122 experience. Learn more about PS122, and the 7th annual COIL Festival - an annual winter festival of performance “aimed at the head, the guts, and the heart” - NY Post Special thanks to Crumpler, Bulldog Gin, and Paulie Gee's for their generous support of this event.

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

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

Kandinsky's Painting With White Border - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - New York

This focused exhibition, co-organized with the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., brings the Guggenheim's final version of the painting from May 1913 together with twelve related drawings and watercolors and one major oil sketch, and features the results of an extensive conservation study of the Guggenheim and Phillips paintings.

reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Brooklyn-based design firm Situ Studio has taken over the Museum's 10,000-square-foot hall on the first floor and puts a very different take on the collonaded space, reimagining it with stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns. Children will be captivated by the looming structures and fabrics, and their interplay with light and shadows.

Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think - New York Hall of Science
Through January 15, 2012 - Queens

Have you ever looked at the family dog and wondered what was going on in her head? Do your kids swear the cat has a mind of his own? Find out what your pets and other animals are thinking about at New York Hall of Science. Discover the similarities between human and animal cognition in their new exhibition, Wild Minds.

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

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

"Annie" - CM Performing Arts Center
Through January 15, 2012 - Oakdale

This popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. The timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie gives children a chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. The production runs through January 15, 2012.

Student Art Exhibition - Parrish Art Museum
Through January 15, 2012 - Southampton

Students and teachers from the areas private and public schools used the current exhibit, American Portraits: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum, as inspiration for their own artwork currently being displayed at the museum. Artwork submissions are from children ranging in age from pre-K to 8th.

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

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps, break for lunch and hot chocolate, and shop for everyone on your list. About the Holiday Train Show - Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. Artist's Studio - NEW - This year visitors will get an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed. Models in different stages of completion will show how a structure destined for the Holiday Train Show is framed and begins taking shape through the addition of plant material. Photos, interpretive panels, tools, and supplies help tell the story of how the magic comes together.

New Photography 2011 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 16, 2012 - New York

This year, MoMA's annual New Photography series expands to feature the work of six artists, with the aim of capturing the diversity and international scope of contemporary photographic work. New Photography 2011: Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, Zhang Dali includes the work of Davey (Canada), whose mailed-photograph grids feature the stamps, postmarks, and return addresses that have accreted on each photograph -- analog elements that are particularly unique in these digital times; Georgiou (England), who looks at modern-day Turkey as it seeks to hold on to its traditions and landscape amid the oncoming wave of Westernization and development; Lawson (U.S.), whose work showcases the African American experience, with a particular emphasis on the human figure and form, in powerfully intimate portraits of people from all walks of life; Rickard (U.S.), whose photographs document the blurred faces of people and crumbling American cities as captured by the Google Streetview lens, and explore issues of poverty, race, and privacy; Sassen (The Netherlands), who incorporates images of the people and places of the African continent in an attempt to recapture her surreal dreams and memories of growing up in Kenya; and Dali (China), who uses original source materials, including Chinese archives, books, and periodicals, to trace the lineage of propaganda made during Mao Tse Tung's Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. The artists in New Photography 2011 approach image-making from very different perspectives, making for a truly dynamic combination.

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

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

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

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

Lisbon's Hebrew Bible - Medieval Jewish Art in Context - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 16, 2012 -

The second in a series of installations that focus, one at a time, on masterworks of Hebrew manuscript illumination from a national or international collection. The display highlights Jewish artistic culture in the Middle Ages by presenting it alongside contemporary works of art, mostly created for Christians, from the Museum's own collection. This installment will feature the Cervera Bible, a designated National Treasure from the National Library of Portugal in Lisbon. The pages of this Hebrew Bible, one of the most splendid manuscripts of the Middle Ages, will be turned weekly, giving viewers the rare opportunity to see many of its beautiful illustrations.

Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light - Aperture Gallery
Through January 19, 2012 - New York

Aperture Gallery presents an exhibition of Alex Webb’s work to accompany his recently published monograph, The Suffering of Light. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography, since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and light. His work, with its richly layered and complex composition, touches on multiple genres, including street photography, photojournalism, and fine art, but as Webb claims, “To me it all is photography. You have to go out and explore the world with a camera.” Webb’s ability to distill gesture, color, and contrasting cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of enigma, irony, and humor. Featuring key works alongside previously unpublished photographs, The Suffering of Light provides the most thorough examination to date of this modern master’s prolific, thirty-year career

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