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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON MAY 11

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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, May 11, 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 May 11. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Musical - 'The Secret Garden' - White Plains Performing Arts Center
May 11, 2012 - White Plains

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers," spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing "The Secret Garden's" compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style.

National Public Gardens Day - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
May 11, 2012 - Bronx

View the exhibition, "Dibbles and Daisy Grubbers: The Art of the Garden Tool," and enjoy mansion and garden tours.

'Songs from the Homefront' - Actors Conservatory Theatre
May 11, 2012 - Yonkers

A nostalgic look at what was happening here at home, during World War II. The show is presented as a live radio broadcast of radio station "WACT" from "beautiful Buckingham Hall" and highlights music, advertisements, and public service announcements from that time. It honors those who served in battle as well as those who served at home.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
May 11, 2012 - Peekskill

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Interactive, drop-in storytime for tots ages 2 and older with a caregiver.

'Les Miserables' - School Edition - Irvington Town Hall Theater
May 11, 2012 - Irvington

Presented by Clocktower Jr. Teen and Teen Troupes. Part man hunt, part romance, part revolutionary drama, "Les Miserables" tells the tale of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for 19 years because he stole some bread so his family wouldn't starve. Released from prison, he becomes an honest man and a loving adoptive father, but violates his parole. Consequently, the relentless Inspector Javert pursues him, making a decent life impossible. The Tony Award winning musical has been adapted to meet the needs of young performers, while carefully maintaining the integrity of the original musical. The award-winning score includes "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "One Day More," and "Do You Hear The People Sing?"

TGIF - Parents' Night Out! - Jodi's Gym
May 11, 2012 - Mt. Kisco

Drop the kids off for two hours of fun and fitness while you go out and have your own fun. Kids will enjoy a great blend of activities: gymnastics, active games, some relaxing time, and a pizza dinner. Pick them up two hours later...tired, fed, and ready for bed! Space is limited; reservations required.

Plant Sale - Teatown Lake Reservation
May 11, 2012 - Ossining

Celebrate the coming of spring planting weather at Teatown's Annual Plant Sale - a gardener's paradise featuring the unusual, the new, and the tried and true. All proceeds directly benefit Teatown's environmental education programs. A rich abundance of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables and herbs, many of them native, await visitors. Not just for seasoned gardeners, this sale is also ideal for beginners. Volunteer experts guide shoppers through garden planning by helping them choose the appropriate plants, and going step-by-step through their proper maintenance and care.

Library Fair & Book Sale - Preview Party - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
May 11, 2012 - North Salem

Preview Party: "First Dibs and Delicious Nibs." Several of North Salem's best cooks will serve hors d'oeuvres based on their favorite recipes. $50 per ticket covers the cost of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and getting First Choice at the Book Sale.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Ossining Public Library
May 11, 2012 - Ossining

Stories and free play with the Library's collection of cars, trucks, and trains for ages 2 and older with a parent or caregiver. In the Children's Program Room. Ongoing Fridays.

Yoga Together - Wave Hill
May 11, 2012 - Bronx

Child and parent/caregiver practice fun yoga poses that build strength, increase flexibility and relax the body and mind in this class designed for children ages 2-5 years. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat if possible. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call 718-549-3200 x245 by 8am on class day for weather updates.

Hudson River Potters Show and Sale - White Plains Public Library
May 11, 2012 - White Plains

Local artists will diplay unique hand made functional and decorative objects, perfect for Mother's Day. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of the White Plains Library. In the Gallery.

White Plains Baseball Sports Card Show - 'Spring Fever!' - Westchester County Center
May 11, 2012 - White Plains

Sports memorabilia, collectibles, and autograph signings. Free pack of cards to every child under 12 years old.

Vote for Your Favorite Teacher - Straight A's
Through May 12, 2012 - White Plains

From May 1-12, pick up a ballot to vote for your favorite teacher. Children can either draw or write a short paragraph about their favorite teacher. Ballots will be displayed at the store for teachers and families to see. One ballot will be picked at random and announced on May 15. That teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate to Straight A's; the student will receive one for $25.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Spring Fun! - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through May 18, 2012 - Bronx

With the Adventure Garden in spring color, kids can pot up a seed to take home, go on a plant scavenger hunt, and have fun spotting frogs and turtles. April 28-May 18.

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Gardening Activities: Wild, Wiggly Worms - New York Botanical Garden
Through May 18, 2012 - Bronx

Learn all about our slimy friends and how they are hard at work in the garden. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. April 21-May 18.

DANCING BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: The Art of Fred Marcellino - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 20, 2012 - Stamford

Fred Marcellino was an award-winning illustrator of both adult and children's books. His illustrations are considered to be works of art. Come see the covers of classic adult and children's books such as Puss in Boots, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Trumpet of the Swan as well as some of Marcellino's own children's books.

Little Tree Huggers for 2-3 Year-Olds - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through May 24, 2012 - Ossining

Classes for 2-3-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver are packed with age-appropriate crafts, stories, games, and outdoor explorations. Programs begin the week of April 16 and run for 6 sessions. Choose Tuesdays from 10-11:15am or Wednesdays from 12:45-2pm. Call 914-762-2912, x110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

Knee Hi Nature for 4-5 Year-Olds - Teatown Lake Reservation
Through May 24, 2012 - Ossining

Classes for 4-5-year-olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver are packed with age-appropriate crafts, stories, games, and outdoor explorations. Programs begin the week of April 16 and run for 6 sessions. Choose Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm or Thursdays from 10-11:30am. Call 914-762-2912, x110 for more information, or to make a reservation.

Joseph Wheelwright: Tree Figures - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 30, 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.

Teacher in the Library - The Field Library
Through May 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 May 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 29 & 31, from 4-6pm.

Free Crafts for Kids Every Saturday - Lakeshore Learning Store
Through May 31, 2012 - Scarsdale

Every Saturday from 11am-3pm, Lakeshore Learning Store offers free crafts for kids ages 3 years and older. Visit the website, LakeshoreLearning.com/FreeCrafts4Kids, for more information.

Free Craft Saturdays - Straight A's
Through May 31, 2012 - White Plains

Each Saturday, kids can make something special. May 5: A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Ring. May 12: A Special Bouquet of Flowers for Mom. May 19: A "Moo-velous" puppet craft. May 26: A Patriotic Palms Flag.

Math Tutoring - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

Students in grades 6 and up will demystify differential equations and tackle tricky trigonometry with certified math tutors. Please bring homework assignments and problem sets to each session. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Ongoing Mondays, May 7, 14, and 21.

Chess - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

Chess lovers of all ages are welcome to come play. Contact the Reference Department for more information. In the 2nd Floor Conference Room. Ongoing Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Homework Help - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

A teacher is available in the Children's Room to help children with homework and projects. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, May 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 30, and 31.

Time for Twos - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

Short stories, finger plays, and activities for 2-year-olds with a parent or caregiver. In the Children's Program Room. Ongoing Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

First Steps at the Library - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

For preschoolers with a parent or caregiver. In the Children's Program Room. Ongoing Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Brick Builders - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

A Lego building club for children in grades 1 and up. Ongoing Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Baby Laptime - Ossining Public Library
Through May 31, 2012 - Ossining

Finger plays and lap games in a small group setting, for babies who are not yet walking. In the Children's Program Room. Ongoing Mondays, May 7, 14, and 21.

Evening Howl for All Ages - Wolf Conservation Center
Through May 31, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families. 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. May 4 at 6pm; May 11, 19, and 25 at 6:30pm.

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

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families. Whether living on the Arctic tundra or the high desert of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey to feed this year's pups. 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. May 18 at 4pm; May 19, 26, and 28 (Memorial Day) at 11am.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through May 31, 2012 - South Salem

An excellent 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. Pre-registration required. May 6, 20, and 27 at 11am.

Animal Tales Extravaganza - Bronx Zoo
Through June 30, 2012 - Bronx

On weekends in April, May, and June, visitors to the zoo can enjoy author readings, animal-themed musical theater, character meet-and-greets, craft activities, and rain forest character parades. This year's headliners will include Yo Gabba Gabba, Curious George, Marvel's Avengers, Disney's Choo Choo Soul, Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego, and more! Plus a special story book reading with actor LeVar Burton of "Reading Rainbow," and appearance by Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo's Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate storytime corner, presented by Plum Organics. Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area. Visit bronxzoo.com for a detailed schedule of showtimes and appearances.

The Games: The Science of Sport - The Bruce Museum
Through August 12, 2012 - Greenwich

This interactive exhibition about the Olympics features SuperBodies, a cutting-edge 3D animation and original video production presented in both a big screen video and mobile app game formats. Also featured is hands-on exploratory stations and athletic gear including boxing gloves, javelins, and timing and other devices that record participants' strength and reaction times. Also on view will be pins and collector memorabilia from past Olympic Games.

EXHIBIT: RISING DRAGON: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY - Katonah Museum of Art
Through September 02, 2012 - Katonah

In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Katonah Museum of Art presents "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," an exhibition of work created by Chinese artists in China since 2000, the last Year of the Dragon. Curated by Miles Barth, many of the 80 works in Rising Dragon have never been seen in the United States. "Rising Dragon" offers an overview of the photographic work that is being done in China today. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, March 25 through September 2, 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.

Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Explore an underwater universe inhabited by such creatures as Liopleurodon and long-necked Elasmosaurss, enormous animals that were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. Encounter the gigantic Shonisaurus, the T-Rex of the sea. Jan 12-Sep 3, 2012.

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 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. Jan 3-Sep 3, 2012.

To the Arctic - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

The changing climate of the earth has effected people and animals that call the Artic home. See the impact on polar bears, a migrating herd of caribou and walruses. Meryl Streep narrates.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - 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. April 25-Sep 3, 2012.

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.

Avenue ZOO - Bronx Zoo
Through September 09, 2012 - Bronx

Running each weekend during Animal Tales Extravaganza and beyond, Avenue ZOO - featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical "AVENUE Q" - will take place on the zoo's Asia Plaza Stage. Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each weekend day through Sunday, Sept. 9. Highlights of this season's main stage entertainment include: Marvel's Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego: We Did It!; Sportacus from Sprout's Lazytown; Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve; Ferdinand the Bull; Barney Sing-Along; Super Sprowtz; and Spider-Man.

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.

Spring Fever - Yorktown Museum
Through October 20, 2012 - Yorktown Heights,

Items related to baseball players who contributed to the popularity of our national pastime are on display. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, and Sandy Koufax are just a few of the men represented. Among the many uniforms shown is one from the Mollys, a women's team from the WWII era, and one from the House of David team, who were known as the Bearded Boys. Opening reception is May 5 at 12pm. Exhibit runs through October.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 04, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Tours are available daily throughout the season except Tuesdays. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

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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