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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON JULY 31

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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, July 31, 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 July 31. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Green Currency: Plants in the Economy - New York Botanical Garden
Through July 31, 2011 - Bronx

Green Currency seeks to enrich visitors’ understanding of the important uses of plants through detailed depictions by some of the world’s most accomplished botanical artists. The exhibition, accompanying catalog, and audio tour feature 43 works depicting plants used in medicine, food, clothing, and shelter.

SEUSSICAL The Musical - Westchester Broadway Theatre
July 31, 2011 - Elmsford

Dr. Seuss's characters come to life in this musical adaptation of the author's stories.

FEEDING FUN - Greenburgh Nature Center
July 31, 2011 - Scarsdale

Visit the live animal museum to see what the center's critters consider to be a gourmet meal.

HANDS ON ON THE FARM: EGG COLLECTING - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
July 31, 2011 - Pocantico Hills

Pitch in with hands-on farm activities every Saturday and Sunday in July. Learn about the life of a hen at Stone Barns and help collect eggs. Program appropriate for children ages 2 to 14.

HANDS ON ON THE FARM: GARDENING - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
July 31, 2011 - Pocantico Hills

Learn about what?s growing at Stone Barns and lend a hand in the Greenhouse or Vegetable Field. Pull out a bed of greens to feed to the pigs, plant seeds in the garden, or harvest fresh veggies from the fields. Appropriate for children ages 2 to 14. Registration required.

THE WAY OF WATER: Westchester Watersheds - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through July 31, 2011 - Scarsdale

Covers the watershed systems in Westchester County, with a focus on the Lower Hudson River Estuary and the Bronx River watersheds. Learn about some of the environmental challenges to keeping the water clean and discover ways you can help protect your watershed.

Farmers Market - Muscoot Farm
July 31, 2011 - Katonah

Fresh produce, meat, cheese, soap, candles, honey, maple syrup, flowers, fish and baked goods are all available at the market.

Concert Al Fresco: Prizing the Pulitzer - Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
July 31, 2011 - Katonah

Introduce your family to Caramoor and enjoy the sounds of the concert from the picnic lawns, at an affordable price. No view of stage or performers. All artists and programs are subject to change without notice. Music From Copland House and guest artists.

Captain Blood - Movies for Kids And Their Families - Jacob Burns Film Center
Through July 31, 2011 - Pleasantville

Exciting set pieces and an intense climactic battle at sea set the stage of this 1935 black and white film. The film features Errol Flynn as an enslaved doctor-turned-gentleman pirate. In celebration of the theater's anniversary, children’s tickets to noon weekend kids' films are $1 all year long.

Putnam County Fair - Veterans' Memorial Park
Through July 31, 2011 - Carmel

Visit the Muscoot 4-H Gang and Muscoot's animals.

Merestead Through the Eyes of the Servants - Merestead
July 31, 2011 - Mount Kisco

What was it like to be a servant in a grand estate house in the early 20th century? Visit the servants' wing to see where they lived. Find out what they did for coffee breaks and even how much they earned. Reservation required.

Yiddish Heritage Celebration - Kensico Dam Plaza
July 31, 2011 - Valhalla

Enjoy ethnic music and entertainment.

Pack Chat for Kids - Wolf Conservation Center
July 31, 2011 - 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. Meet The WCC's Ambassador wolf pups Pre-registration is required.

'Curtains' - John Whearty Theatre
July 31, 2011 - Thornwood

The Mt. Pleasant Community Theater performs in this musical comedy whodunnit. The year is 1959 and it's opening night at Boston's Colonial Theater when a leading lady mysteriously dies on stage and the entire cast and crew is under suspicion.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' - Tarrytown Music Hall
July 31, 2011 - Tarrytown

Random Farms Kids Theater presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," a production made up of over 120 experienced young actors from around the tri-state area. Purchase tickets at the door, on the Music Hall website, or by calling TicketForce at 877-840-0457. Through August 7.

Farmer's Market - Rye
July 31, 2011 - Rye

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fruit, hand-made soaps, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

BARNUM - Mercy Hall Rotunda at Mercy College
July 31, 2011 - Dobbs Ferry

Broadway Training Center's Summer Mainstage Production. Based on the life and times of circus showman P.T. Barnum.

FAMILY ART PROJECT - CRAYON FLOWERS - Wave Hill
July 31, 2011 - Bronx

Create a wax mosaic flower with crayon bits and heat from the sun.

Discover Comets! - Hudson River Museum
July 31, 2011 - Yonkers

What is a comet? Why does it have a tail? Learn to spot a comet yourself, and watch Steve Ruff, science lecturer, make a comet nucleus, the heart of this solar body. Ages 6+. Free with museum admission.

"Sweet and Stinky" - New York Botanical Garden
Through August 05, 2011 - Bronx

Kids follow their noses to the Family Garden where they'll discover aromatic alliums such as onions and garlic, and herbs like basil and oregano, ripe for summer. Cooking demonstrations tickle taste buds, and green thumbs can pot herbs to take home. Through August 5.

Faculty and Student Showcase - Pelham Art Center
Through August 13, 2011 - Pelham

An annual exhibit featuring selected artworks in a variety of mediums by the Art Center's teachers and students. Through August 13.

One World, Many Stories (Un Mundo, Muchas Historias) - The Field Library
Through August 20, 2011 - Peekskill

Kids 4 and up read books at home and then report to teenage volunteers. Travel the globe in a world of books and earn prizes along the way. Check the Frog Blog (www.fieldkids.wordpress.com) for details, hours, etc.

'Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra' - The New York Botanical Garden
Through August 21, 2011 - Bronx

The lush gardens and poetic vistas of the Alhambra — the legendary Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain — are re-imagined in a large-scale, multipart exhibition.

Born to be Wild - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2011 - Norwalk

Travel to the rain forests of Borneo as orphan orangutans and elephants are rescued, rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Morgan Freeman narrates.

Summer Extravaganza - Fun Craft
Through September 01, 2011 - Scarsdale

An indoor festival packed with crafts, music, video games, face painting, refreshments and more. Pre-registration required.

"Flowers to Fruits" - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 02, 2011 - Bronx

Nature exploration activities teach kids about pollinators that help flowers become fruits. Make a Nature Field Notebook and discover the diversity of flowers and pollinators inhabiting the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Create a pollinator puppet, pot a plant, and visit the pond to spot frogs, turtles, and other wetland wildlife. Through September 2.

'Farm to Table' - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 05, 2011 - Bronx

Introduce youngsters to the source of favorite foods through play in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. They'll play farmer and see real plants under a "windmill," and a "barn," complete with hay, then pretend to harvest fruits and vegetables, using them to "cook" yummy recipes at the nearby "cafe." Through September 5.

Storywalk - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 18, 2011 - Scarsdale

Reading and nature walks - this innovative program combines the two. Naturalist John Mancuso leads you along a woodland trail to enjoy Farfallina & Marcel, a favorite children's storybook. Kids can come by to enjoy Farfallina & Marcel as many times as they want, all summer long. Recommended for ages 8 and younger. Through September 18.

WALK AMONG LIVE BUTTERFLIES - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 30, 2011 - Scarsdale

Step into the greenhouse and be greeted by native butterflies flying freely among the greenery. Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and discover the relationship between specific plants and butterflies.

Time Passes - Yorktown Museum
Through September 30, 2011 - Yorktown Heights,

Imaginative clocks with miniature scenes inside are interspersed with nostalgic artifacts from the Museum collection. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - A LEGO Wildlife Expedition - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

LEGO Master Builders have created a safari of LEGO block wildlife sculptures that will be on display throughout the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. The expedition brings to life the challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat loss and threats to their survival, and aims to imspire visitors to help build a future for wildlife. Each guest will be given a complimentary Zoofari passport to help them plot their adventure through the zoo and guide them to each of the LEGO displays. Participants can stamp their passport at each of the six stations located throughout the park as they enjoy all of the LEGO creations including a tiger, Chilean flamingos, a gorilla mother and child, penguins, a giraffe, and Khansi spray toads, while learning about the real animals and WCS's work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. There will be a Build Zone construction area and interactive activities where visitors will be able to construct their own LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Certified Professionals on one weekend each month of the program. Wildlife Theater shows, crafts and activities with the Museum for African Art, and conservation learning stations will keep the whole family busy. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - Bank of America Explorer Zone - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

Hands-on activities and educational displays teach visitors about the tools of conservation. Visitors will learn how field scientists track animals in the wild with camera traps, how gorilla conservationists use data to determine which habitat areas to safeguard, and facts about animal diets. At the lunch tray station, kids can try their hand at preparing "lunch" for gorillas, tigers, and bears. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - Disney Vacation Club Adventure - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the wild. From animal mask decorating to storytelling from the savanna, plus meet Camp Safari Mickey. At the Dancing Crane Pavilion. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.

The Way of Water: Westchester Watersheds - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through October 02, 2011 - Scarsdale

An exhibit that covers the watershed systems in Westchester County, with a focus on the Lower Hudson River Estuary and the Bronx River watersheds, and the life they support. Learn about some of the environmental challenges to keeping the water clean, such as stormwater runoff and chemical pollutants, and discover ways you can help protect your watershed. The exhibit includes pictures, local watershed maps, hands-on water displays, and live aquatic animal exhibits.

ANNUAL NATURAL HISTORY EXHIBIT 2011 - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through October 02, 2011 - Scarsdale

Learn about the watershed systems in Westchester County, with a focus on the Lower Hudson River Estuary and the Bronx River watersheds, and the life they support and their environmental status.

Farmer's Market - John Jay Homestead
Through October 15, 2011 - Katonah

For more information or for a full list of vendors visit the website at www.johnjayhomestead.org.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through January 01, 2012 - White Plains

Strengthen your body while you bond with your baby.

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