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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON JANUARY 8

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by Daily Kids Events Editor January 8, 2015

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, January 8, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening January 8. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Thursday Morning Storytime at B&N City Center: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
January 08, 2015 - White Plains

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

Tales for Tails @ The Field - The Field Library
January 08, 2015 - Peekskill

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

K-2 Club - A Story from Russia - White Plains Public Library
January 08, 2015 - White Plains

Afterschool storytime for grades K-2 with a craft and cookie snack. Tickets distributed 30 minutes in advance. Location: Story Trove.

Family Storytime at MKPL - Mount Kisco Public Library
January 08, 2015 - Mount Kisco

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

Read To Rover at MKPL - Mount Kisco Public Library
January 08, 2015 - Mount Kisco

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

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
January 08, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Decorated Glenview - Peacock Holidays - Hudson River Museum
Through January 11, 2015 - Yonkers

Christmas balls and mistletoe are a must in homes decorated for the holidays, but few have a peacock to join the fun! Glenview's peacock, which stands in front of the parlor fireplace, provided the provided the inspiration for "Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art." In fact, peacocks are soon to strut through the holiday evergreens that deck Glenview, the museum's Victorian mansion home. In the parlor, artist Kymara Lonergan's gown installation, "Madame Laurent," will be dressed for the holidays, too, in a Victorian-style peacock dress, with its train of flowing feathers. Visit the dining room to see its centerpiece, an interpretation of "peacock roast" — a dish served in Victorian homes for holiday dinners. Through Jan. 11, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art - Hudson River Museum
Through January 18, 2015 - Yonkers

Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art explores our fascination with this most glamorous of birds, a symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters. Strutting in its sapphire-blue and emerald-green feathers, the peacock symbolizes all things vain and beautiful in centuries of painting and sculpture, in books and myth, and on clothes that swirl and shine like the iridescent bird itself. Intrigued by the exotic art of Asia that prized and portrayed the peacock, Western artists and craftsmen chose the peacock as a multi-faceted motif for designs on canvas and for objets d'art in the home. The Hudson River Museum presents Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art from October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Organized by the museum, it is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art. Paintings and decorative objects for the home present concepts of beauty symbolized by the luxurious bird and its famous fan of feathers, from the 19th-century's Gilded Age and 1920s Art Nouveau and Art Deco, until Modernism's ethos of "less is more" caused a brief decline in the peacock's popularity. As the contemporary art world re-embraces beauty in a new "Gilded Age," the peacock struts its way back into the art world. Among the highlights of The Peacock in Beauty and Art are images of women bedecked in peacock feathers, such as Robert Henri's full-length portrait of Ruth St. Denis in the Peacock Dance, 1913; William Baxter Palmer Closson's Feeding the Peacocks, 1910; and Aubrey Beardsley's The Peacock Skirt, created for Oscar Wilde's Salome. The bird itself receives its own glamorous portraits in paintings like Louis Rhead's Peacocks, 1897; Jesse Arms Botkes' Black Peacock, c. 1930; and sculptures like Anna Hyatt Huntington's Peacocks Fighting, 1914. Peacock feathers are extracted into beguiling geometric patterns in the lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany and gilded Crown Derby porcelains. The peacock also appears to whimsical effect in parade costumes, pictures of Elvis, strutting peacock-style, and images of silent-era Hollywood starlets ready for their close-ups. The peacock's origins as a bird of the Indian jungles comes to the fore in Charles R. Knight's (famed for his murals at the American Museum of Natural History) fearsome Bengal Tiger and Peacock, 1928. Contemporary artists show the peacock's gift of line: Laura Ball, Barbara Takenaga, and Federico Uribe find inspiration in the bird's striking feathers, brilliant coloration, and the sensuous s-curves of its body. Two Westchester-based artists highlighted in the show are Tricia Wright from Irvington, and Dillon Lundeen Goldschlag from Tarrytown. The exhibition includes works from more than three dozen museums, galleries, and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Yale Center for British Art. Bartholomew F. Bland, the museum's director of curatorial affairs, and Laura L. Vookles, chief curator of collections, are co-curators for the exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated 200-page catalogue co-published by the museum and Fordham University Press, and distributed nationally by Oxford University Press. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mamaroneck Indoor Winter Farmers' Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through May 02, 2015 - Mamaroneck

Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days, and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Specialty foods, baked goods, eggs, dairy, honey, pantry staples, beverages, meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through May 2.

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

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. Through May 21,2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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