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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON MARCH 4

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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, March 4, 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 March 4. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Sugaring Sunday - Teatown Lake Reservation
March 04, 2012 - Ossining

Stoke up the fire, its sugaring time at Teatown. From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown's naturalists will be in Warren's sugarhouse sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year.

Family Art Project: My Home is in Nature - Wave Hill
March 04, 2012 - Bronx

What would it be like to inhabit a new world for the very first time? Set your imagination free with the help of visionary guest artist Paul Deo, whose roots are in Harlem and New Orleans. Concoct your own ideal landscape with color, light, collage, and paint, to tell your natural dream story. Free with grounds admission.

Maple Sugaring - Muscoot Farm
March 04, 2012 - Katonah

Spend an afternoon finding out all there is to know about making maple syrup. Weather permitting.

Family Yoga - Hudson Yoga
March 04, 2012 - Croton on Hudson

Bond with your child while incorporating playful partner poses, games, and laughter while gaining peace of mind. Due to the intimacy of space, registration is required: info@laughingheartsyoga.com or call 914-319-4010.

Concert with Brian Conway & Brendan Dolan - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
March 04, 2012 - Ossining

Irish fiddler Brian Conway with Brendan Dolan on piano. Doors open at 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Celebrations - Pottery Barn Kids - The Westchester
March 04, 2012 - White Plains

A celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss's classic stories. Join in story times and activities all weekend long in honor of the author's spirit and imagination.

The Wizard of Oz - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX Theater
March 04, 2012 - Norwalk

Experience the tornado, the Munchkins, the yellow-brick road, the horse of a different color, and of course, Dorothy and her three pals on a six-story screen. Reserve your tickets online or by calling ext. 2206.

WINTER CREATURE CRUISES - Maritime Aquarium
March 04, 2012 - Norwalk

Winter is an ideal time to see a variety of seals and waterfowl. Educators provide informative commentary. Bring binoculars and warm clothes. Good for ages eight and older. Advanced reservations strongly recommended. Call Ext 2206.

Family Yoga - Hudson Yoga
March 04, 2012 - Croton on Hudson

Games, partner poses, art projects, dance, and creativity all come together as you spend wonderful time together. Contact info@laughingheartsyoga.com or 914-319-4010 to register; space is limited at the intimate studio.

Iditarod Hike - For Teens and Adults - Westmoreland Sanctuary
March 04, 2012 - Bedford Corners

The famed Iditarod Race begins this weekend in Alaska, but you don't have to travel over 1,100 miles...just brave the elements of late winter snow, slush, or mud, and trek over 2 miles across the preserve's trail system in search of unique winter beauty. Please dress appropriately for the weather and trail conditions (snowshoes may be necessary - no dogs or sleds allowed!). Please register by March 2.

Family Storytime: 'Seven Blind Mice' - White Plains Public Library
March 04, 2012 - White Plains

Listen to a traditional Indian folktale and enjoy traditional henna painting in this program for children ages 3 and older, and their families. Tickets distributed 30 minutes in advance.

BABYTIME Rhythms and Rhymes - Mamaroneck Library
Through March 13, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Nursery rhymes and songs, clapping-, bouncing-, and finger-games, and the occasional picture book story. Caregivers are expected to attend and their participation is an important element of this program. For ages 6-24 months. Registration is required.

2's Company - Stories 'N' More - Mamaroneck Library
Through March 14, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Themed picture book stories, songs, and games, culminating in a craft or other hands-on activity. For 2-year-olds and a grown-up. Caregivers are expected to attend, and their participation is an important element of this program. Registration required.

Rent-a-Bucket - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through March 16, 2012 - Ossining

Love maple syrup? Buy a bucket of your own. Teatown will tap a maple tree and hang a sap bucket with your name on it. After filling the bucket, the sap gets turned into syrup in Warren's Sugar House. The $45 fee includes two tickets to the Pancake Brunch on March 17 and an 8-ounce bottle of award-winning, Grade A, pure maple syrup. Call the Nature Center at 914-762-2912 x110 to purchase a bucket.

STORIES 'N' MORE (for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds) - Mamaroneck Library
Through March 16, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Themed picture book stories, songs, and games, culminating in a craft or other hands-on activity. Caregivers are not required to attend but must be available at the end of the program. Registration required.

Heroes Storywalk: 'Giant Steps to Change the World' By Spike Lee - White Plains Public Library
Through March 25, 2012 - White Plains

Learn about heroes of our time - men and women who stood up for what they believed in. Guess who they are and what they did, and celebrate their achievements along this storywalk in the library. The Storywalk is based on the book entitled, "Giant Steps to Change the World," written by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, and illustrated by Sean Qualls. Open to families with children in grades 1-6 beginning Sunday, February 19 and continuing through Sunday, March 25, 2012. Storywalk instructions are available at the Children's Information Desk (The Compass) in The Trove. Participants must sign in there before proceeding on the walk. Children in grades 1-3 must be accompanied by an adult on the walk. Children in grades 4-6 may follow the walk without an adult.

HANDS ON ON THE FARM: EGG COLLECTING - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Through March 31, 2012 - Pocantico Hills

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

Exhibition: Figure It Out - Clay Art Center
Through March 31, 2012 - Port Chester

A national invitational exhibition featuring functional works inspired by the human form by over 70 clay artists. The works on display will be mostly functionally-based or vessel-oriented, suggestive of or inspired by the human form. The artists were challenged to interpret the theme in a way that best suited their own voice. For instance, the artists could have surface or glaze decoration that incorporates the figure or parts of the body in some way, or they might exaggerate a pot's "human" parts, such as the "foot," "neck," "shoulder," and "body." The gallery will be filled with cups and mugs, plates, platters, bowls, vases, candlesticks, teapots, salt & peppers, vessels, etc. Some will have subtle reference to the human form, others will be more obvious. The exhibit will give viewers the opportunity to view (and take home) works that have the ability to enhance their in-home dining and living experiences. Exhibit runs through March 31.

Teen Comedy Improv Classes - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
Through March 31, 2012 - Ossining

Class clowns in grades 6-12 will learn basic short and long-form improvisation techniques and build hilarious scenes based on a single topic. Improv training is not only fun but also helps teens refine critical thinking, public speaking, and social skills. Call x336 for more information. Mondays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Exhibit: Separation Anxiety - Pelham Art Center
Through March 31, 2012 - Pelham

A multi-media exhibition examining the various facets of parenthood. Artists explore the often unacknowledged worry and unease that all parents, traditional or not, must navigate. Through these investigations, cultural anxieties and debates over the definition of family, parenthood, and childhood are explored in surprising and interesting ways. Through March 31.

Book Babies - The Field Library
Through March 31, 2012 - Peekskill

An interactive program for the littlest library lovers (babies to age 3) and their caregivers. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and play time. Wednesdays at 11am, March 7, 14 and 21.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through March 31, 2012 - Peekskill

Puzzled by a homework assignment? Only understand a fraction of your math? Drop in for homework help from a certified teacher. Homework help is available March 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, and 29, from 4-6pm.

Wolf Tails for Kids - Mythology of a Predator - Wolf Conservation Center
Through March 31, 2012 - South Salem

The WCC's first-ever wolf mythology program teaches kids about the relationship between wolves and humans of the past. Guests will be introduced to various wolf mythologies and have a chance to create their own, and share if desired. Then, they'll visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr and the Center's other wolves. Guests will enjoy hot beverages in a woodstove-heated classroom. Dress for cold weather. Pre-registration is required. Information and registration are available at www.nywolf.org. March 3 at 2pm, March 20 at 1pm, March 25 at 11am.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through March 31, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why this is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. March 3, 6, 11 and 31 at 11am; March 16 and 22 at 1pm.

Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages - Wolf Conservation Center
Through March 31, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why this is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs other endangered wolves, and take a sunset hike to howl with the wolves during their favorite hour. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. March 17 and 31 at 5pm; March 23 and 30 at 5:30pm.

Insider's Tour - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Through March 31, 2012 - Pocantico Hills

An intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Stone Barns with one of the farm or program staff. Get up close and personal with the livestock and take a walk through the greenhouse and planting fields.

Winter Farm Tour - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Through March 31, 2012 - Pocantico Hills

Get face-to-face with Stone Barns Center's livestock in their winter shelters and learn about what's growing in the four-season greenhouse and main production field. This tour will focus on winter growing techniques and how the farm manages their animals and cultivates delicious vegetables through the cold winter months. Register on the website.

Coming Full Circle: The Greenwich Art Society Celebrates 100 at the Bruce Museum - Bruce Museum
Through April 01, 2012 - Greenwich

The Bruce Museum and the Greenwich Art Society both mark their 100th birthday this year with an exhibit that highlights each decade of the Greenwich Art Society's history. Forty-three paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures are on display by exhibiting artists and/or teachers such as Leonard, Mina Fonda and Dorothy Ochtman; Childe Hassam; Simka Simkhovitch; Margaret Brassler Kane; Ann Chernow; and Leo Manso. Many of the works are drawn from the Bruce Museum's collection.

Chiku Awali Fundraiser - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through April 09, 2012 - Spring Valley

Drop off your empty ink jet and laser cartridges, cell phone, and other unused or out-of-date small electronics for recycling. Funds from the collection will support Chiku Awali's Rites of Passage Program, which is designed to help adolescents make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Items can be dropped off on Monday evenings.

Chiku Awali Fundraiser - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through April 09, 2012 - Spring Valley

Drop off your empty ink jet and laser cartridges, cell phone, and other unused or out-of-date small electronics for recycling. Funds from the collection will support Chiku Awali's Rites of Passage Program, which is designed to help adolescents make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Items can be dropped off on Monday evenings.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through April 19, 2012 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurus ? enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through April 19, 2012 - Norwalk

Join shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks, including whale sharks and great whites.

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic - Bruce Museum
Through April 22, 2012 - Greenwich

Wick is the creator of the Can You See What I See? books and co-creator of the I Spy series for children. His photos are on display through April 22, 2012.

The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx

Guest designer for this year's 10th Annual Orchid Show is Patrick Blanc, world-renowned French botanist and artist who will transform the Haupt Conservatory with his spectacular vertical walls of living foliate. Using thousands of orchids and companion planting as his palette, Blanc introduces towering spectacles of tropical life to the Conservatory. In an explosion of alluring design and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above, creating this season's not-to-be missed exhibition for garden lovers, orchid fans, and those desiring a one-day tropical retreat. Through April 22.

History and Mystery of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx

With over 25,000 species growing on six continents, orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture from the jungles of Brazil to vanilla farms in Mexico. This series of exciting presentations and demonstrations takes you on a journey around the world of orchids and shows you how to grow and care for them at home.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Little Landscapes - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through April 23, 2012 - Bronx

The plant world comes alive in a big way at the Discovery Center this winter. Kids step inside the world of plants and create their own terrarium to bring home. They'll be inspired to create a rocky, mossy, or desert world in a jar by looking closely at a wide array of artistic and scientific terrariums, and while they're at it, they can use a microscope to take a closer look at some classic terrarium characters like moss, lichens, and rocks. The Discovery Center will feature an exhibition of detailed and whimsical terrariums made by Twig Terrarium. Through April 23.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action - Stepping Stones Museum
Through April 29, 2012 - Norwalk

This temporary exhibit is designed to get kids moving by introducing them to non-competitive activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and horizontal climbing. Developers worked to make the exhibit activities accessible to visitors with varying physical abilities and developmental needs.

AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE, 1927-1942 - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through April 29, 2012 - Purchase

From the late 1920s to the early 1940s, many of America's most inventive and important artists, including Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Adolph Gottlieb, forged their identities, dramatically transforming conceptions of what a painting or sculpture could be. A group linked by friendship and common aspirations, many had shared experiences in the classes of influential Czech Cubist Jan Matulka at the Art Students League and in the Federal Art Project during the Great Depression. Most significantly, they were all closely associated with John Graham (1887-1961), the enigmatic Russian-born artist, connoisseur, and theorist. They, along with others such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, all drawn together by their common commitment to modernism and their eagerness to exchange ideas, played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. This exhibition showcases more than sixty works of art from these vital years by Graham and the members of his circle, providing compelling testimony to the dialogue and cross-fertilization that existed during this period in the history of American art. The high level of the work these artists made not only points ahead to their future accomplishments, but also demonstrates that the decade of the thirties, far from being solely a period of depression and retrenchment, was a time of exciting and important innovation. The exhibition sheds new light on the New York School, abstract Expressionism and the vitality of American modernism between the two world wars, providing a long overdue examination of an important and little-studied period in American art. Through April 29.

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace - Hudson River Museum
Through May 05, 2012 - Yonkers

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to this mid-career, self-taught artist. The exhibit shows the dramatic, biographical nature of Rembert's art as it documents the tumultuous moments of civil rights history. More than 50 original works that Rembert created from stretched, stained, and etched leather, historical photographs of his life, and a new documentary of his work, created by noted filmmaker Vivian Ducat, will be on view. In the galleries, traditional gospel music, pivotal for Rembert, will be heard in recordings, and Rembert will both sing gospel songs and discuss his experiences in the galleries on several dates. Rembert, a boy growing up in 1950s rural Georgia, did backbreaking labor in the cotton fields. As a young man, he barely escaped arrest during a 1960's civil rights march, and survived a near lynching. A prisoner serving an unjust seven-year sentence, he learned to make pattern and design on hand tooled leather by watching a fellow inmate create tooled leather wallets. Years later in colorful tableaux on tanned leather, Rembert conjured a world of incredible brutality and close personal ties existing in discomforting proximity. Amazing Grace's riveting themes include the Cotton Field series, where cotton balls snake relentlessly through rows where field hands toiled. Another theme explores the lighter side of Rembert's memories of small town Cuthbert, Georgia. He populates his canvases with the town's characters and scenes of a pool hall, jazz club, cafe, and church meetings. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by Bartholomew F. Bland. Through May 5.

Joseph Wheelwright: Tree Figures - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2012 - Katonah

New England artist Joseph Wheelwright's haunting tree figures invite a dialogue between the natural and the manmade. Ranging up to 27 feet tall, these fantastic, anthropomorphic sculptures were created from trees on Wheelwright's land in Vermont. Turned upside down, bifurcated trunks become legs, and roots are transformed into heads and arms. The exhibition will be on view through May, 2012.

Africa: From the Desert to the Sea - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Learn about the importance of habitat preservation and conservation while observing such exotic African species as the air-breathing lungfish and electric catfish that use bioelectric radar to sense surroundings and zap their food.

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Six sibling meerkats visit from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Windows will offer close up views into their underground burrows as well as viewing bubbles to see above ground. These animals will be familiar to anyone who has seen the Lion King.

Women's Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

A light-hearted class open to women of all ages and interests, suitable for beginners. Stretch, strengthen, manage weight or just relax. Yoga balls and props are used to build balance and core strength. Mats provided. Tuesdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Mommy & Me Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 06, 2012 - White Plains

Strengthen your body, center yourself, and re-energize with a fun workout with your baby. Babies will fuss, fidget and cry and it's all fine. Babies should be 6 weeks old and not yet crawling. Bring a baby blanket, mats provided. Drop in any day, no registration required. Sundays 11am; Tuesdays 10:30am; Thursdays 11:30am.

Fertility Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 08, 2012 - White Plains

Fertility Yoga aids women who are open to conception. This restorative yoga class increases pelvic circulation and guides you into deep relaxation. It is safe to attend during IVF treatment. The class has been a great support to many women who have conceived after long fertility journeys. Thursdays 7:30-8:45pm.

Prenatal Yoga - Full Circle Family Care
Through September 11, 2012 - White Plains

Drop in any time to ease the anxiety and sensations of pregnancy and prepare for the challenges of labor, birth, and motherhood. Best during 2nd and 3rd trimester. Mats provided. Purchase a multi-class card and get a 10% discount at The Shop at Full Circle.

Annual Natural History Exhibit - Beautiful Dirt: A Look Into The Amazing Story Underfoot - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 30, 2012 - Scarsdale

Dirt is everywhere - there's no getting away from it – nor should you want to! Mankind cannot survive without dirt. It is the starting (and ending) point for almost everything we find in our environment and use in our daily lives. This exhibit is an introduction to the astonishing world of dirt. Come dig your hands in and discover the secret world that lies beneath us all. Through September 30, 2012.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

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