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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on February 12


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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, February 12, 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 February 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through February 24, 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.

Interplay - New York City Ballet
February 12, 2012 -

Morton Gould (1913-1996) was an American composer, conductor, and arranger whose lighter works generally drew on American subject matter and music. In his later works Gould concentrated on abstract, as opposed to programmatic or popular, works. His style became more contrapuntal, dissonant, and complex in its treatment of musical materials. Throughout his career Gould was a skillful orchestrator, sensitive to color and texture, and original in his combinations of instruments. His ballets include Fall River Legend, choreographed by Agnes de Mille, and Interplay, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and he composed numerous scores for film, Broadway, and television.

The Seven Deadly Sins - New York City Ballet
Through February 12, 2012 -

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's ballet chant� (sung ballet) has a long association with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet. Originally commissioned for Balanchine's experimental Les Ballets 1933, it starred Weill's wife, singer/actress Lotte Lenya and dancer Tilly Losch. In 1958, at the suggestion of Lincoln Kirstein, Balanchine revived the production for City Ballet, again starring Lotte Lenya and young dancer Allegra Kent, with a new English translation from the German by poets W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. The Seven Deadly (or Cardinal) Sins?Sloth, Pride, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Greed, and Envy?do not appear as such in the Bible. Since early Christian times theologians incorporated them into Church teachings as examples of sins that led to other sins. In the Weill-Brecht collaboration, these forbidden human frailties are explored in a cabaret-style melding of music, song, dance, and spectacle. A sometimes bittersweet, sometimes sardonic morality play set in an imagined America (neither composer or librettist had yet been to the United States), it tells the story of two Annas (perhaps sisters, perhaps alter-egos) as they travel to seven cities to earn enough money so their family can "build a little home down by the Mississippi in Louisiana," encountering in each city one of the title sins. The two Annas are very different: Anna 1 sings "[Anna 2's] the one with looks, I'm realistic/She's just a little mad, my head's on straight?" Weill's score combines popular music from the 1920s and 30s (foxtrots, waltzes), with a barbershop quartet, marches and hymns into a melodic symphonic whole filled with the driving rhythms and unusual orchestrations that are a hallmark of his work. Brecht's libretto has been open to various interpretations. At the 1933 premiere, audiences could see a reflection of a decadent Berlin, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, and the turmoil caused by the Great Depression. Over the years, others have viewed it as Brecht's critique of capitalism. One reviewer called the current City Ballet production a depiction of a "not-so-mythical America, a world in which for the sake of money, moral values are turned sharply on their head." Choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett has commented that in light of the country's on-going political, social, and economic polarizations, the nearly 80-year-old work continues to speak to and resonate with today's audiences.

Vienna Waltzes - New York City Ballet
Through February 12, 2012 -

The waltz became popular in the late 1700's. It was banned at first by some authorities who thought it immoral for couples to dance so closely, but by the mid-1800's, it was accepted everywhere. The faster Viennese form, characterized by swift, gliding turns, expressed the vivacity and brilliance of the Hapsburg court. The waltz was a dance form Balanchine revisited and explored often over his career, but never on as grand a scale as the 1977 Vienna Waltzes. Vienna Waltzes — Balanchine's homage to the pleasures and delights of an age that epitomized imperial grandeur — transforms from sylvan forest glen to sassy dance hall to glittering society cafe to, at last, a majestic mirrored ballroom through Rouben Ter-Arutunian's evolving scenery. The music selected for each section of the ballet is associated with the transformation of the waltz across society and over the years. The many elaborate costumes designed by Karinska are the last she created for New York City Ballet. For most of this century, first in Paris, and after 1938, in New York, Karinska, who left Russia after the October Revolution, designed and created many legendary costumes for Broadway, ballet and opera. As one of Balanchine's long-time collaborators, she was for many years New York City Ballet's principal costume-maker.

Zakouski - New York City Ballet
February 12, 2012 -

Zakouski is the Russian term for hors d'oeuvres. This ballet for two dancers set to four short works for violin and piano explores through vernacular gesture and movement the emotional terrain of its musical sources. Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a leading Soviet composer and a brilliant pianist. He left Russia in 1918 and lived in Germany and Paris for the next sixteen years, with frequent trips to America for concert appearances. In 1934 he settled in Moscow and composed prolifically until his death. Among his better known works are the ballet scores Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and The Prodigal Son, the opera Love for Three Oranges, the children's classic Peter and the Wolf, the film score and cantata for Alexander Nevsky, and the Classical Symphony. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Russian composer, conductor and pianist. He studied at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories. His distinctive musical style is characterized by richness of melody, harmony and texture, a particular flair for vocal music and a sensitivity to Russian poetry. His Second Piano Concerto (1900-1) brought him international fame and is still one of the most performed orchestral works. After the Revolution of 1917 he made his home in America, where he gave regular concerts and recitals to support himself and his family. His extensive gramophone recordings preserve his own expressive piano style. He died at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), born in Russia, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. His work encompassed styles as diverse as Romanticism, Neoclassicism and Serialism. His ballets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes included The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Apollo. His music has been used in over thirty ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1987, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes. Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (1840-1893) studied at the Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where Balanchine later studied piano in addition to his studies in dance. Tschaikovsky is one of the most popular and influential of all romantic composers. His work is expressive, melodic, grand in scale, with rich orchestrations. His output was prodigious and included chamber works, symphonies, concerti for various instruments, operas and works for the piano. His creations for the ballet, composed in close partnership with Marius Petipa, include Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty.

Barry Manilow - Radio City Music Hall
Through February 12, 2012 -

Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow will return to Radio City Music Hall in New York City and perform three shows, February 10, 11, and 12, 2012. The announcement of these special concerts coincides with the release of 15 MINUTES, Manilow's first original album in 10 years and will be in stores on June 14. Tickets are on sale now! After having recorded six critically acclaimed albums of songs written by the greatest songwriters of all time - from Gershwin to Bacharach, as well as two Platinum Christmas albums-- Barry Manilow returns at last to his true passion: songwriting. Inspired by the Andy Warhol quote, "In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes," this exciting guitar-driven pop album explores the perils and pinnacles of fame's double-edged sword. 15 MINUTES is a compilation of 16 original tracks written by Manilow and lyricist Enoch Anderson. Making a guest appearance on 15 MINUTES is young Nataly Dawn, lead singer of the white-hot group, Pomplamoose. Her rendition of "Letter From A Fan" is both innocent and eerie.

Pop Objects and Icons from the Guggenheim Collection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - New York

This focused exhibition demonstrates various artists' engagement with Pop art and the Guggenheim's ongoing interest in the legacy of the style.

Indoor Farmers' Market - Westchester County Center
February 12, 2012 - White Plains

Featuring fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, meats, wines, and more, grown and produced by New York State Farmers. Live entertainment, too. Parking is $5. Discount parking coupons available at

Charles Dickens at 200 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar.

MSKCC's Cycle for Survival - Equinox Graybar/Equinox 5th Ave
Through February 12, 2012 - New York

Make a difference in the fight against cancer by registering to ride with your friends and family in Cycle for Survival, a nationwide indoor team cycling event that is driving much needed research into rare cancers, including pancreatic cancer, brain cancer and pediatric cancers, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Teams register to ride for a four hour shift, with a maximum of 8 riders per bike. Teams may register multiple bikes. The event also features complimentary yoga classes, massage therapy and children’s activities. The nation’s oldest and largest, private cancer research and treatment institution, Memorial Sloan-Kettering treats more than 400 different types of cancer, and is leading advances in cancer research and treatments, particularly into the rarest forms of the disease, benefitting patients worldwide. Visit to register your team or make a donation.

'Charles Dickens at 200' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar. It includes quite a bit of Christmas-themed material, including the one-and-only manuscript of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's first edition.

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 12, 2012 -

The first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture, HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together more than one hundred works in a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. The exhibition charts the underdocumented role that sexual identity has played in the making of modern art, and highlights the contributions of gay and lesbian artists to American art. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with Thomas Eakins' Realist paintings, HIDE/SEEK traces the often coded narrative of sexual desire in art produced throughout the early modern period and up to the present. The exhibition features pieces by canonical figures in American art—including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Alice Neel, and Berenice Abbott—along with works that openly assert gay and lesbian subjects in modern and contemporary art, by artists such as Jess Collins and Tee Corinne.

Animal Adventures: Animals Underground - Teatown Lake Reservation
February 12, 2012 - Ossining

Families with children ages 4 and older will meet a few of Teatown's animal ambassadors and discover who makes a home underground.

'Brazil! Brazil!' - The New Victory Theater
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Escape the February freeze and bask in the bright sunshine of this sizzling South American celebration that blends the exhilarating rhythms of Rio Carnaval with acrobatics and soccer-inspired street dance. Brazil's National Freestyle Football Champion, Arturo, joins a team of stunning singers, dancers, and musicians to infuse his superstar brand of athleticism and talent into this euphoric production. Lightning-fast flips and footwork, magnetic capoeira, and infectious, non-stop drumbeats create a happy and highly contagious case of futebol fever.

Bari Koral Family Rock Band in Concert - Caspary Auditorium at Rockefeller University
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

On Valentine's Day, the Bari Koral Family Rock Band will release its sophomore CD, "Anna and the Cupcakes," a 10-song collection of indelible melodies that range stylistically from sprightly pop-rock to infectious blues to country-tinged rock. At this interactive live show, kids can "pop like popcorn," "surf the waves," and "run like the gingerbread man." "Anna and the Cupcakes" CDs will be available at the venue for purchase and each purchase will include a FREE cupcake. The show is Presented by the Child Family Center At Rockefeller University.

Munchkins and Mishpacha - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 12, 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.

Munchkins and Mishpacha - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 12, 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.

The Stamford Symphony Presents: Exploring the Orchestra - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
February 12, 2012 - Stamford

Children aged 4-8 are introduced to musicians and their instruments in this 45-minute interactive program designed specifically for this age group. Reservations required. Call Patron Services at 203-325-1407 x10, visit or e-mail

Winter Workspace: Open Studios - Wave Hill
February 12, 2012 - Bronx

For the third winter, Glyndor Gallery is transformed into studio spaces for artists to develop new work and offer opportunities for public interaction in the context of the garden. Individual artists share their studio practice with the public on this open studio day. Artists include Carrie Beckmann, Danielle Durchslag, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Nick Lamia, and Adam Parker Smith. Registration not required. Free with grounds admission.

Family Art Project: Hearts and Flowers - Wave Hill
February 12, 2012 - Bronx

Breathe in the fragrance of greenhouse blossoms and appreciate their colorful blooms. Use them as inspiration to make lovely, lacy and flowerful Valentine's Day cards. Free with grounds admission.

Gospel Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
February 12, 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.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Golden Heart Symphony - Symphony Space
February 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

Morgan Taylor will bring the multimedia magic of his indie-rock Gustafer Yellowgold shows to a whole new level with this premiere, filling the stage with the lush orchestral sounds of The Chelsea Symphony. Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Morgan Taylor developed the Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, in which the music is coordinated with full-color, large screen, gorgeously animated images of Gustafer and his friends. At Symphony Space, Morgan Taylor and The Yellowgold Band will be joined by The Chelsea Symphony for a breathtakingly epic symphonic journey into Gustafer's world. Because The Chelsea Symphony is noted for cutting-edge repertoire that challenges and expands the traditional parameters of a symphonic ensemble, pairing the orchestra with Gustafer Yellowgold is a match made in heaven. With the Gustafer Yellowgold's Golden Heart Symphony show, Morgan Taylor layers the traditional Gustafer Yellowgold experience over the sumptuous and vivid orchestrations of Robert Nelson (who, with librettist Buck Ross, gave E.M. Foster's beloved "A Room With a View" new life as an operatic masterpiece).

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents 'Time Bandits' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

A young boy meets a restless band of little people through a time hole in his closet. He joins them on their escape from their employer (the Supreme Being) after "borrowing" his map of the universe's time holes to hunt for treasure. They run through different periods of history before encountering the Fortress of Ultimate Darkess, where evil lives and must be defeated. Terry Gilliam's lovingly crafted adventure is a funny, rambunctious delight (featuring, along the way, John Cleese, Sean Connery, and Michael Palin). (Terry Gilliam, UK, 1981, Digital; 110 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).

Debbie and Friends in Concert - 92YTribeca
February 12, 2012 - Tribeca

The band takes a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, including pop, country, rock, and reggae. Kids become the Big Bad Wolf and blow the house down, fix Rosie's wrong rhymes, and test their skills with the "Simon Says Song." The band includes a variety of musicians and instruments, including keyboard, all sorts of hand percussion, energetic and sometimes zany backing vocalists, saxophones, banjo, fiddle, flute, and even whistles. Kids are active participants in every song and the audience is as much a part of the show as Debbie and her band.

Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport: SCRABBLE for Success - Fairfield Country Day School
February 12, 2012 - Fairfield

Play scrabble and raise money to benefit the Mercy Learning Center. The center provides literacy, adult basic education, ESL, GED, and life skills to over 500 women each year in the greater Bridgeport area. This is a team event played tournament style. Teams of up to six players compete in two games. You must be 21 years or older to attend. To register, complete and mail the registration form found on the website.

Celebrate Black History Month - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
February 12, 2012 - Garnerville

Families are invited to celebrate Black History Month with crafts and games. Pre-registration is required.

Munchkins and Mishpacha (Mommy/Daddy and Me) - Congregation Sons of Israel
February 12, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Mother, fathers, grandmas, or grandpas are invited to spend the morning with their favorite toddler.

Maple Sugaring - Tenafly Nature Center
February 12, 2012 - Tenafly

Learn how to identify a maple tree as well as a little history of syrup-making. Then check tapped trees and help boil down sap to make fresh, warm, maple syrup. Pre-registration is suggested. Guided nature walk follows February 5 program.

"The Festival of the Vegetables" - The Metropoiltan Playhouse
February 12, 2012 - East Village

If you're finished with "Nutcracker" sweets, savor this ballet in which the props are crops and the produce aisle comes to life in a sparkling salad of color, music, and poetry.

Sister City: Cairo, Egypt - New York Transit Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

The ancient city of Cairo has a modern transit system underground. Learn about New York's "sister city" and the story of Africa's only subway system.

Open Gym for Preschoolers - Rosenthal JCC Main Branch
February 12, 2012 - Pleasantville

Have fun and meet new friends in the gym.

Family Flicks - 'Mia and the Migoo' - The Picture House - Family Flicks
February 12, 2012 - Pelham

Created from an astonishing 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, the story is a family adventure that pits plucky, wild-haired young Mia against profit-hungry developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. The Migoo are allies that help Mia on her journey. (Recommended for ages 5 and older; 92 minutes; English.)

YWCA Valentine's Day Carnival & The Bossy Frog Band Show - YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
February 12, 2012 - White Plains

This Family Fun Day will feature The Bossy Frog Band, Zumba and Gymnastics demos, Valentine's Day crafts, face painting, and bake sale. The Bossy Frog Band is a fun and funky musical experience for children, young and old. Led by Jeffrey Friedberg, certified music therapist, on banjo, The Bossy Frog Band creates a safe environment for children to let loose and discover the world around them. Songs are composed specifically to facilitate growth socially, personally, cognitively, and physically. Children will dance, sing and immerse themselves in the Bossy Frog experience. The witty and catchy tunes fully engage children, while providing them opportunities to grow and develop. The Valentine's Day Carnival begins at 2pm. Come early, get artsy with crafts, face paint, and start the party with a free Zumba demonstration. The Bossy Band show begins at 3pm. A bake sale will be ongoing throughout the event to benefit the YWCA Children's Learning Center. Each ticket includes an entrance to The Bossy Frog Band show, a pass to the Valentine's Day craft project, and face painting. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA Children's Learning Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact or call 914-949-6227, ext. 127.

Movies for Kids (And Their Families): The Black Hole - Jacob Burns Film Center
February 12, 2012 - Pleasantville

The USS Cygnus is perched precariously at the edge of a black hole. Disney's post-"Star Wars" foray into big-budget science fiction includes a mad scientist set on finding the source of the universe's energy, an unflappable captain, zombie-like drones, robots, and lots of futuristic phenomena. (Rated "PG." 1979, 98 min.)

Old Fashioned Valentines - Muscoot Farm
February 12, 2012 - Katonah

Make a unique Victorian Valentine's Day card for a family member or a special friend.

Astronomy Family Day - Bruce Museum
February 12, 2012 - Greenwich

Activities and crafts focusing on the stars and planets. STARLAB Planetarium runs continuous shows throughout the day featuring our local night skies. Members of the Astronomical Society are on hand to show off telescopes and share information about the Bowman Observatory. All activities are inclusive, suitable for children five years and up and free with admission.

'The Glass Menagerie' - YCP TheaterWorks
February 12, 2012 - Mohegan Lake

Tennessee Williams' classic drama focuses on the story of outsiders in St. Louis on the eve of World War II.

Yellowstone Howl! - Wolf Conservation Center
February 12, 2012 - South Salem

A special talk about the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. The Wolf Conservation Center hosted some Yellowstone adventures last year and is eager to share their insights about wolf reintroduction, the beneficial ecological effect wolves have, and the debate that surrounds this controversial predator in the West. Guests will visit the WCC's wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom. Pre-registration is required.

Library Theatre: 'Almost, Maine' - John C. Hart Memorial Library
February 12, 2012 - Shrub Oak

M&M Productions presents a romantic comedy. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky, the residents of mythical Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. No registration; open seating. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Book Discussion with Elaine Hall, co-author 'Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Making Miracles in the Classroom' - JCC Mid-Westchester
February 12, 2012 - Scarsdale

A discussion with the author of a groundbreaking book outlining seven integrated keys for educators and parents to make meaningful connections with children on the autism spectrum.

'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' - Theatre Three
February 12, 2012 - Port Jefferson

Reminisce as you enjoy the songs of Neil Sedaka, including "Where the Boys Are," "Calendar Girl," "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Laughter in the Rain," and "Stairway to Heaven," among others. The show runs through March 17, 2012.

Sweetheart Day - Staten Island Zoo
February 12, 2012 - Staten Island

Couples can take advantage of Valentine's Day with a special buy one, get one admission.

Nature Exploration - Prospect Park Audobon Center
February 12, 2012 - Flatbush

The Urban Park Rangers lead a moderate-level hike through Prospect Park. Burn some calories while discovering some of the Park's hidden secrets.

Concert for Black History Month with Ted Daniel - Ossining Public Library - Budarz Theater
February 12, 2012 - Ossining

Celebrate Black History Month with a concert from Ossining resident Ted Daniel. Doors open at 2:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Valentine's Day Eco Crafts - Blue Heron Park
February 12, 2012 - Staten Island

Create a special gift for a Valentine using natural materials found in the Blue Heron Park.

You Will Believe a Pig Can Fly: Lynda Carter (Episode 91) / Christopher Reeve (Episode 90) - Museum of the Moving Image
February 12, 2012 - Astoria

Best known for playing superheroes, Lynda Carter and Christopher Reeve turned in their D.C. Comics uniforms to take on The Muppet Show. In Lynda's episode, the Muppets try their hand at the superhero business as Ms. Carter sings. Julliard-trained Reeve revisits his classical roots with a performance from Hamlet and plays doctor in a "Veterinarian's Hospital" sketch.

Earthworks: Garbage Grab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 12, 2012 - Crown Heights

Garbage is gross and sometimes dangerous to handle. How do we grab it without getting our hands dirty? Make your own grabber as we explore the repellent world of refuse.

Family Day Celebration: African-American Arts, Amazing Grace - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
February 12, 2012 - Yonkers

An entire day of family activities around artist Winfred Rembert's exhibition, "Amazing Grace." From 1-1:30pm, walk around the gallery and talk with scholar Clifton Watson to learn about Rembert's life in civil rights-era Georgia. At 12:30pm or 2pm, take in a Planetarium show, "Follow the Drinking Gourd, Fact and Fiction," exploring whether slaves in the South really used the Big Dipper to find the way north. From 12-3pm, families can participate in one or more drop-in workshops: Leather Art-making led by artist John Ashford, or Felt and Carved Colorful Reliefs led by junior docents. From 2-3pm, storyteller and singer Vienna Carroll will sing gospel songs, and from 3:15-4:15pm, the 25-member Harambee Dance Company, in vibrant costume, weaves together African-based movement, dance, and percussion. All programs are free with museum admission.

Four Score and Seven Years Ago - College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
February 12, 2012 - Staten Island

Black History Month gets further acknowledgement via this is a powerful tale about two men of different races. Although on opposite sides of the Civil War, Lemuel and Jacob teach each other about bravery and loyalty in this emotionally charged musical.

Paws A While to Read - Mamaroneck Public Library
February 12, 2012 - Mamaroneck

Reference Librarian Lori Friedli and her Bernese Mountain Dogs, Charly and Nettie, read with children of all ages. Charly and Nettie are registered CGC/TDI (Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog International) therapy dogs. No registration is required and adults are invited to come along too.

Pinkalicious, The Musical - Westport Country Playhouse
February 12, 2012 - Westport

Find out the consequences of eating too many pink cupcakes.

Sunday Explorers Drop-In Programming - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
February 12, 2012 - Stamford

Every Sunday, 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.

Sunday Family Bingo Night - The Moxie Spot
February 12, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

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

Cloud Gate 2 - Joyce Theater
Through February 12, 2012 -

Renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min founded Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in 1973, creating a new form of dance that fused Eastern and Western cultures. In 1999, he founded Cloud Gate 2, a company making its New York debut at The Joyce with the work of remarkable international choreographers Bulareyaung Pagarlava, commissioned by the Martha Graham Company; Huang Yi, one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch, 2011"; Wu Kuo-chu, former Artistic Director of Tanztheater at Staatstheater Kassel, Germany; and Cheng Tsung-lung, winner of the Roma Choreography Competition 2011.

Elaine Paige - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
February 12, 2012 -

A legend comes to American Songbook. The reigning queen of British musical theater and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige first astounded theater audiences with her creation of the role of Eva Peron in Evita. Her subsequent roles as Grizabella in Cats, Florenz in Chess, Edith Piaf in Piaf, and the leads in Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes and The King and I added to her luster. She performs concerts around the world, has a weekly BBC 2 radio program, sells multi-platinum CDs, was awarded the Order of the British Empire and is currently giving a critically-acclaimed performance as Carlotta in Follies on Broadway. Now she is ready to conquer The Allen Room.

Art Works - Brooklyn Children's Museum
February 12, 2012 - Crown Heights

Visit the Totally Tots Art Studio and see what activity is in store for your young Picasso.

Masters of Illusion - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
February 12, 2012 - Westbury

A touring magic show based on the award-winning TV series. Over half a dozen renown performers-from daring escapologists, eye-popping illusionists and amazing quick change artists, to exotic wild animals and beautiful dancers. All live.

February 12, 2012 - Hicksville

A chocolate lover's delight. Each guest is provided with their own handmade chocolate candy house along with delicious, colorful confections, holiday accessories, and special icing. No valentine will be able to resist this chocolate masterpiece.

CUPCAKES FOR YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE - Celebrations in the Kitchen
February 12, 2012 - Hicksville

Kids 7 years and up will smile sweetly as they custom make and decorate a dozen tasty cupcakes for the special people in their lives. They'll add special decorations and sayings to their treats.

The Culture of Chocolate - Long Island Children's Museum
February 12, 2012 - Garden City

The word chocolate is said to be derived from the Mayan word for a popular drink, xocoatl. Learn more about the Mayans by listening to stories of their culture and tasting variations of ancient recipes.

Dan Stevens & the Fiery Band - Westport Public Library
February 12, 2012 - Westport

The band performs an eclectic mix of upbeat acoustic, electric blues, and American roots music.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 12, 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.

Bj�rk's Biophilia Live Show - NY Hall of Science
February 12, 2012 - Corona

Bj�rk is set to bring her live Biophilia show to NYSCI. In addition to the live performance, Bj�rk will collaborate with NYSCI on a three-week-long Biophilia education series. Featuring interactive science and music workshops for middle-school children, the series leads students on an intensive study of the scientific concepts at the core of Biophilia's songs, including crystalline structures, lunar phases, viruses, and more. Students will also learn to use the Biophilia Apps as tools for music composition and delve into the study of how musicology relates to nature.

Illstyle & Peace productions: Becoming Your Dreams - Flushing Town Hall
February 12, 2012 - Flushing

Rooted in contemporary and old-school hip-hop and blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, Djing, and beatboxing. I&PP has toured to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally and is committed to delivering a positive message to audiences young and old.

Hip-Hop for All Ages - Flushing Town Hall
February 12, 2012 - Flushing

A fun, challenging class to introduce children and adults to various dance styles such as B-Boying/B-Girling, hip-hop, moder, jazz, African, and more. Learn basic movements and techniques, and develop the movements into combinations. All ages and levels are welcome!

Exploring the Orchestra: Play Me a Story - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
February 12, 2012 - Stamford

Enjoy some favorite well-known (and not so well-known) stories as you listen and interact with a string quartet, playing music that brings these stories to life. This 45-minute interactive program from the Stamford Symphony is geared for children aged 4 to 8. Call 203-325-1407 x10 to register.

APEC Adventure Hour: Snowfest - Alley Pond Environmental Center
February 12, 2012 - Douglaston

Please bring your little one and join us for a day of fun in the "snow". Even if there is no snow outside, we will have our own pretend snow inside. Make your own silly snowperson. This program includes games, songs, a snack, a craft, live animals and a nature walk (weather permitting). No non-participating siblings are allowed except for infants in infant seats. The class is limited to eight parent/child pairs.

Student Theatre Showcase - Fairfield Museum and History Center
February 12, 2012 - Fairfield

Enjoy an afternoon of skits, improv, musical theatre and more from talented students in the Fairfield region, including the Greens Farms Academy’s “Bloopers” and actors from New Pond Farm’s Shakespeare program.

How to Succeed in the Business of Show Business with Rozanne Gates - Fairfield Museum and History Center
February 12, 2012 - Fairfield

Rozanne Gates gives parents and students an overview of the theatre business explaining terminology, how to stay in the game and what students can expect after they graduate from acting school.

Little Club Heads Family Dance Party: 'Valentine's Jam' - Broad Street Ballroom
February 12, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

Join a Valentine's Day-themed afternoon dance party for families with DJs, face painting, clowns, a balloon twister, cartoon characters, games, and special performances.

Interiors of the Islamic World: How Did They Do That? - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Peek at technique, through handling tools and materials, and learn how works of art were created.

The Tale of the Frog Prince - Arena Players Repertory Theater
February 12, 2012 - Centerport

The Tale of the Frog Prince is an audience participation comedy based on the story of a lonely Frog Prince who lives in a swamp on a large kingly estate. Can he find a beautiful princess to break the spell and turn him back into a real prince? Reservations recommended.

Kids 'N Comedy Presents 'Comics in love' - Gotham Comedy Club
February 12, 2012 - New York

Kids 'N Comedy, New York's leading presenter of young comic talent, will present "Comics in Love," a one-of-a-kind show of original standup material by teenage comedians, February 12 at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street. Love hurts. Especially when you have braces. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the teen Romeos and Juliets of Kids 'N Comedy will make light of the brutal, unforgiving experience that is 'first love.' Do you remember the first time you felt that warm, fuzzy feeling deep in your chest? For most of us, it's a time better left forgotten. Let Kids 'n Comedy remind you why you stayed single. With: Val Bodurtha, Ryan Drum, Eric Kurn, Daniel Laitman, Jake Sidransky, David Thompson and Conor Williams. Kids 'N Comedy presents monthly shows at Gotham Comedy Club with a turntable of talented teens and 'tweens from the tri-state area. In the company's shows, each comic performs his/her own material, which is screened to be free of profanity and abrasive or cheap "low" humor (like fart jokes). They do, however, venture into edgy comic terrain: politics, getting old, even death. Laura Weiss wrote in Big Apple Parent, "This kid humor is quirky and often slightly mordant, with a sophistication that belies the comedians' youth. Plus, these kids are hilarious." The show is at 1:00 PM; the reservations number is 212-877-6115 and online ticketing is available on the Kids 'N Comedy website,

Second Sunday Family Tour: Collection Connection - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

What makes a group of artwork a collection? Find connections among the works in the Thannhauser Collection in this tour that incorporates conversation and hands-on gallery activities for families with children ages 5-10. Registration required; call 212-423-3587.

"Boeing-Boeing" - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through February 12, 2012 - Millburn

Bernard, an American playboy in swinging '60s Paris, juggles three flight-attendant fiancées - one American, one German, and one Italian. With the help of airline timetables and a phenomenally efficient housekeeper, he convinces each she is his only love. But then - mon dieu! - a fast new Boeing jet puts the flight attendants on a collision course, hurtles his cunning deception toward disaster, and provides the lift-off for laugh after laugh.

Student Art Festival Part I, Grades K-8 - Guild Hall
February 12, 2012 - East Hampton

Part I of the Student Art Festival features work created by elementary and middle school students from Bridgehampton to Montauk. Throughout the exhibition, Guild Hall offers free do-it-yourself crafts on the weekends.

Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees in Concert - Joe's Pub
February 12, 2012 - NoHo

Laura Veirs celebrates the release of her first family music CD, "Tumble Bee," with her only NYC appearance. The Tumble Bees Tim Young and Alex Guy will perform on electric guitar and viola/keyboards, respectively, enchanting the audience with colorful and fanciful costumes and an interactive performance style. The youthful innocence in Veirs' voice lends itself well to the jaunty spirit of the album. The recording covers a wide range of folk songs, from early 20th century work songs to the ballads of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Harry Belafonte. The title track is an original by Karl Blau. Veirs and renowned record producer Tucker Martine, her long-time collaborator on seven of her eight records, have created a piece of art that is sure to appeal to children as well as adult fans of Veirs' previous work. The album features guest appearances by Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bela Fleck, and Brian Blade (drummer for Bob Dylan) among many others.

DIY Crafts for Kids - Guild Hall
February 12, 2012 - East Hampton

In conjunction with the Student Art Festival Part I, Guild Hall offers free do-it-yourself crafts. Materials included.

Sweet Valentine Special Event with the Princess - The Castle at Westhampton
February 12, 2012 - Westhampton

Decorate sweet treats and enjoy sipping hot chocolate. Brave knights receive a tattoo. Mini mani and organic makeup opportunity with the Princess for $5. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Y Act Out Teen Theatre Presents: The Wizard of Oz - Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
February 12, 2012 - Bay Shore

Students aged 12 - 18 act out the classic tale about a girls journey from Kansas to Oz.

STAND UP 8 - Staller Center for the Arts
February 12, 2012 - Stony Brook

With extraordinary ability and edge-of-your-seat stunts, the cast of world-class athletes shares not only their tricks but also their trials—the funny, poignant, terrifying and triumphant journeys that brought them to the stage. Their unique background of festival and street routines, American elite gymnastics and Cirque du Soleil style are reflected in their diverse program.

The Paper Bag Players in "Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!" - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Make friends with a paper-bag dragon and help superhero Amazing Amy save the day. A dancing broom will teach you a lesson about keeping the planet clean, and Kevin will teach you the latest dance craze, the "Shakey Shake."

Beatles Love Celebration with Gathering Time, - The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
February 12, 2012 - Dix Hills

Valentine's Day comes early to the Center when Gathering Time brings their acoustic harmonies back to town in celebration of "The Fab Four."

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers - Nassau Coliseum
February 12, 2012 - Uniondale

Kids, have you ever wanted to meet your favorite superhero? Join the Islanders for Marvel Super Hero Celebration Day when the Islanders faceoff against the Florida Panthers. Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Thor will be taking pictures and signing autographs at an exclusive meet-and-greet beginning at 1:30pm. Bring the whole family for a day of Islanders hockey and super hero fun. For more information, call 1-800-882-ISLES, Ext.3 or visit

Kids 'N Comedy Presents 'Comics in Love' - Gotham Comedy Club
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Kids 'N Comedy, New York's leading presenter of young comic talent, will present "Comics in Love," a one-of-a-kind show of original standup material by teenage comedians. Love hurts. Especially when you have braces. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the teen Romeos and Juliets of Kids 'N Comedy will make light of the brutal, unforgiving experience that is 'first love.' Do you remember the first time you felt that warm, fuzzy feeling deep in your chest? For most of us, it's a time better left forgotten. Let Kids 'n Comedy remind you why you stayed single. With: Val Bodurtha, Ryan Drum, Eric Kurn, Daniel Laitman, Jake Sidransky, David Thompson and Conor Williams.

Sunday Science Spectacular: The Human Body - 92nd Street Y
February 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell are the great communicators to the brain about the world of feeling. Learn the fascinating ways they work, then explore a mystery bag of "sense" items and take it home.

Create Ability Series: Film - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

A program for individuals with learning and developmental disabilities and their families. Participants will view films and create their own "art in motion." Registration required; call 212-408-6347 or email

'Giggle, Giggle, Quack' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

Based on the book by Doreen Cronin, this musical is the sequel to the barnyard blockbuster "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type." Farmer Brown is going on vacation. He asks his brother, Bob, to take care of the animals. "But," he warns, "keep an eye on Duck. She's trouble." Bob follows the instructions in Farmer Brown's notes exactly...but is that giggling he hears? Who's REALLY running this farm?

Music for Autism - The JCC in Manhattan
February 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

An interactive, autism-friendly concert featuring a performance by renowned Broadway stars. Open for individuals with autism and their families. Advance registration required; visit Part of Reel Abilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival.

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival - Cinema Arts Centre
February 12, 2012 - Huntington

Watch two films, Girlfriend and Musical Chairs. Between the two films there is a reception to discuss both films. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

'Perfect Catch A Throwmantic Comedy' - Canal Park Playhouse
February 12, 2012 - Tribeca

Jen and Michael are co-workers who appear to have nothing in common except a love of office pranks. But these two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers also share a secret that throws them (and other things) together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling, and physical comedy. Office romances have never been so magical. A special Valentine's Day Classic Brunch is available for an additional $15 and includes a decadent dark chocolate waffle with your choice of a mimosa, a strawberry champagne cocktail, wine, or beer. The regular brunch menu (additional $10) is also available. It includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter as well as the house specialty, The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream).

New York Theatre Ballet's 'The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies' - Florence Gould Hall
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) kicks off the New Year with Keith Michael's "The-Alice-in-Wonderland Follies." The hour-long production is part of the family-friendly Once Upon A Ballet series, which is the ideal introduction to ballet for children ages 3-8. The high-spirited show with rapid-fire staging and droll humor features an enchanting set by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith and opulent costumes by Sylvia Nolan (resident costume designer for the Metropolitan Opera). "The-Alice-in-Wonderland Follies" recreates a gala at New York City's Palace Theater in 1915 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lewis Carroll classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Set in the electric atmosphere of a vaudeville extravaganza, Keith Michael's choreography incorporates burlesque, soft-shoe, acrobatics, ballroom dance, African juba and, of course, classical on-pointe dancing. The show is sure to enchant your inner child, no matter your age.

eBay and Brad Pitt?s 'Make It Right' Exhibition - Chelsea Market
February 12, 2012 - Chelsea

eBay and Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" invite you to a special exhibition of celebrity experiences and memorabilia for auction on eBay Celebrity, benefiting New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. The gallery is open to the public February 9-12 at the vibrant Chelsea Market in Manhattan. It will feature creative displays of a variety of items such a signed guitar by Katy Perry, a tennis match with Kevin Spacey, a gown worn by Charlize Theron, and much more.

'Rumpelstiltskin The Musical' - Main Stage Theater
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

The WorkShop Theater Company's co-production with Broadway Youth Ensemble features child-star performers from Broadway's "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," and "Ragtime," plus national tours of "Billy Elliot," "Shrek," "101 Dalmations," and more.

Madame Tussauds New York Launches Search For A Teen Who Can Wax Eloquent - Madame Tussauds
February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This open audition for teens who want to become a reporter for a national TV news show will be held in Madame Tussauds New York's new B&H Television Studios. Madame Tussauds New York is hosting an open casting call in search of a new entertainment reporter for the award-winning TV news show "Teen/Kids News." Kids ages 13-19 are invited to audition at the newly installed B&H television studio in the heart of Times Square. Seated at a news desk amid wax figures of famous journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Oprah Winfrey, and Barbara Walters, each applicant will be given the chance to read (on camera) a pre-written 15-second story for a panel of judges. The producers of "Teen/Kids News" and Madame Tussauds will choose the teen who has the right stuff to become the show's next entertainment reporter. The weekly half-hour program airs on more than 200 TV stations and is carried by educational channels to 12,600 schools. All teens auditioning are encouraged to register in advance at If younger than 18, teens must be accompanied to the audition by a parent or guardian. Because "Teen/Kids News" will be shooting a report on the casting call, everyone auditioning who is younger than 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian sign a release form. The selected teen reporter will be given the opportunity to work with a professional news crew and cover a story for a future program. Please note that the teen will not receive any compensation for appearing on "Teen/Kids News."

Meet The Instruments - The Woodwind Family - White Plains Public Library
February 12, 2012 - White Plains

A concert by MCW Kids – students of Music Conservatory of Westchester. Meet the instruments in the woodwind family.

Black History Month Celebration - Sarah Lawrence College Reisinger Auditorium
February 12, 2012 - Bronxville

"Voices: Those Who Wore The Shoe," a performance by Harlin Kearsley depicting the oral history of those who actually experienced the pain, sorrow, and reality of being owned by another human being. Based on actual slave narratives from the 1934-1941 Federal Writers' Project interviews.

Jazz Brunch Featuring The Bob Mover Trio - Wainwright House
February 12, 2012 - Rye

Mover has an explosive sound and style on the sax, directly influenced by Charlie Parker, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, and Sonny Rollins. His improvisations are melodically based, with lyrical melodies interspersed with complex bebop type lines. His selection of repertoire is wide and varied, with an encyclopedic knowledge of both standard and unconventional Broadway and movie musical tunes. Enjoy a delicious brunch by Corner Stone Catering and a tranquil view of scenic Milton Harbor. There will be special raffle gifts. Reservations are Required. Called 914-967-60-80 or register online at

Concentric Circle Works - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 12, 2012 - SoHo

Take a look at works by the artist Hundertwasser, then create your own art works consisting of concentric rings. For ages 5 and older.

Disney's Beauty & the Beast Jr - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
February 12, 2012 - Smithtown

A Tale as Old as Time performed by Long Island's most talented youth.

El Baile- Interactive Concert of Flamenco dance, music and song - Flamenco Latino Studio Theater
February 12, 2012 - New York

Flamenco Latino and Lotus Music & Dance presents El Baile! Sunday, February 12, 2012 4:30 PM (theater opens at 4PM) at Flamenco Latino Studio Theater 244 W 54th St, 4th Fl. (B'way-8th Ave) Info: 212-399-8519 Featuring Alfonso Cid (voice, flute), Maya De Silva (dance), Aurora Reyes (dance & voice), Sol "La Argentinita" (dance & voice), and Christian Puig (guitar) Tickets: $10 Lotus members $15 general admission (advance purchase) $17 general admission (at the door) $50 VIP (includes reserved seat and post-performance reception) Buy online at: If you want to know how all the elements of flamenco dance interact with each other, then this is your opportunity to learn!! "El Baile" is a lecture demonstration in which artists will analyze every aspect of flamenco choreography — from the lyrics and rhythms of the singer to the structure of the guitar harmony and the footwork. Alegrias, Tientos/Tangos, Solea/Bulerias and other flamenco styles will be covered. Handouts with lyric translations and explanations of the structure of each style will be given to the audience. Presentations will be casual, fun and interactive where audience members will be encouraged to participate.

iStar Charity Shootout 5 Borough Basketball Tour presenting Allan Houston’s Father Knows Best Program - Wagner College
February 12, 2012 - Staten Island

The iStar Charity Shootout 5 Borough Basketball Tour, presenting Allan Houston’s Father Knows Best Program, stops in Staten Island for its second stop, which includes a fun and interactive basketball event series with the purpose of strengthening family relationships, educating youth, promoting human rights, and fighting poverty. Registration is required.

2012 Valentine's Day Singles Ball - Southern Hospitality Upper East Side
Through February 12, 2012 - New York

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