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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON JANUARY 5

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, January 5, 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 January 5. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 05, 2013 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from 50th St. & Seventh Ave. in Times Square at 7pm.

MUMMENSCHANZ - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 05, 2013 -

The troupe creates a playful and uniquely memorable experience through an inventive use of forms, shadow and light and creative manipulation of sculptural, expressive masks. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers. In 2012, it will be forty years since the founding of the legendary Mummenschanz - an important anniversary which the ensemble will celebrate with its audiences all over the world. The witty ideas of the group, founded in Paris in 1972 by Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schurch, have been carrying away audiences all over the world. So much so that Mummenschanz have come to mean far more than a name. The work of the group has become a form of art which has put its mark on the Mime-Masque Theater, and impressed a few generations of audiences. Showgoers of all ages and culture who, led into the creative work of Mummenschanz, witness weird timeless creatures and incredible colorful forms competing to enchant them. Check website for performance schedule.

Gan Shabbat Service - Bet Torah Nursery School
January 05, 2013 - Mt. Kisco

An inter-active introduction to Shabbat songs, stories and prayers for toddlers up to grade 2 and their families. A kid-friendly Kiddush of refreshments follows each service. Unaffiliated families and intermarried families are invited to join this specially-designed, warm, and welcoming children's program.

Craft-Tastic: An Exhibiton and Sale of Handmade Goods - Pelham Art Center
Through January 05, 2013 - Pelham

An annual artisan exhibit and craft sale featuring one-of-a-kind and affordable crafts and gifts, including ceramics, artwork, jewelry, glass, and furniture. Through Jan. 5, 2013.

Craft-Tastic: An Exhibiton and Sale of Handmade Goods - Pelham Art Center
Through January 05, 2013 - Pelham

A lush variety of unique and affordable artisan crafts will be on display and for sale at Pelham Art Center’s annual artisan exhibition, "Craft-Tastic." This year’s exhibition will feature a variety of crafts, large and small, including jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, letterpress, ornaments, furniture, sculpture, and visual arts.

RAMMELLZEE Fine Art Gallery Workshop - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 05, 2013 - SoHo

Experience RAMMELLZEE's unique world of neon color, edgy design, and vast imagination in this series of fine art workshops. To fully explore his vision, CMA Teaching Artists will introduce kids to a variety of mediums and techniques including illustration, painting, sculpture, and music.

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Javits Center
January 05, 2013 - Midtown

The Javits Center transforms into a boat lover's paradise at the 2013 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show. For four days in January, visitors can beat the post-holiday blues and gear up for summer with exciting attractions that are sure to entertain and deals on the best in boating. Avid boaters and those just discovering the boating lifestyle can shop and compare hundreds of boat brands side by side to find competitive deals on everything from luxury motor yachts and sport fishers to performance boats, sailboats, and thousands of marine accessories. Wake boarding superstars Phil and Bob Soven who star in MTV's The Wake Brothers, will chat with fans about their "extreme" experiences as two of the nation's top-rated professional wake boarders. Other highlights include interactive boating workshops, a real American shipwreck, the Dema 'Be a Diver' pool and Paddlepalooza, the nation's first and longest running boat show offers fun for the whole family with plenty of ways to discover why life is better with a boat. Kids can marvel at hundreds of boats of all sizes and enjoy playing "captain" as they take the helm, plus family and kid-friendly features include: kids can paddle their own boat in the mini paddleboat lake, get creative at Create-a-Boat, and try their hand at docking in the Powerboat Docking Challenge! Kids ages 13+ can try SCUBA at the Dema "Be a Diver" Pool and test their paddlesports skills on water and on land at Paddlepalooza.

Winter Exploration - For Families - Westmoreland Sanctuary
January 05, 2013 - Mount Kisco

Bundle up and explore the beauty of the winter landscape. Not sure there's anything to see at this time of the year? This winter walk will illuminate the subtle beauty and hidden wildlife activity of the nature preserve. Not appropriate for children younger than age 5. RSVP by Jan 4.

Winter Creature Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
January 05, 2013 - Norwalk

These cruises seek out the harbor seals, gray seals and even harp seals that have been coming down into the Sound in growing numbers each winter. Educators on board the research vessel Oceanic point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They'll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and Old Squaws. Bring binoculars and plenty of warm clothes. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. The cruises depart from the dock outside the Aquarium's IMAX movie theater. For reservations or more details, call ext. 2206.

'White Christmas' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 05, 2013 - Elmsford

Make your days merry and bright by warming to an unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," that will fill you with the joy of the season. Through January 5, 2013.

Blues Clues Live - The Showplace at the Bellmore Movies
January 05, 2013 - Bellmore

Everyone will enjoy this holiday children's musical. Children are encouraged to meet and greet the actors after the show.

iLuminate Presents: Artist of Light - The Duke on 42nd Street
Through January 05, 2013 - NY

iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits on “America’s Got Talent” and then took to the road, performing for awestruck crowds around the world. Now, iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in their first off-Broadway show! “Artist of Light” tells the story of Jacob, a talented but insecure young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which grants him the power to turn the characters of his imagination into living, breathing creatures. When a jealous bully steals the paintbrush and uses it for evil, turning Jacob ’s sweet creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face danger without the help of his miraculous tool. He fights to save his town and friends, all while knowing the paintbrush that brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a villain bent on destruction. Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles from contemporary to hip-hop to breaking and using the power of light. We invite you to join us for “Artist of Light,” an original and wholly unforgettable theatrical experience!

An All Youth Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
January 05, 2013 - Smithtown

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Viva Viva la Befana! - Westchester Italian Cultural Center
January 05, 2013 - Tuckahoe

A musical retelling of the folk tale of La Befana, featuring Mariuccia Romano of the Coro d'Italia, Italian singing and dancing ensemble. La Befana is an Italian Christmas tradition that has its origins in the 13th century legend of "La Befana," a benevolent old woman who delivers gifts to children on January 5th, the eve of the Epiphany. The program will conclude with a holiday reception and gifts from la Befana. Enjoy a unique family afternoon (appropriate for children ages 4-12) that will include arts and crafts and presents for all!

Strawberry Fields Beatles Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
January 05, 2013 - New York

NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring former members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA Doors: 11am - Show: 12pm Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip $40 adv, $42.50 door STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - John w. Engeman Theatre
January 05, 2013 - Northport

Come see a staged version of the classic holiday story of a reindeer who turns an obstacle into an opportunity to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas eve.

'ELF: The Musical' Autism-Friendly Performance - Al Hirschfeld Theatre
January 05, 2013 - Midtown

For this special performance, accommodations will be made, including a supportive audience environment, designated quiet areas, adjustments to lights and sound, and online resource materials. "ELF: The Musical" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the 2003 movie Elf starring Will Ferrell, "ELF: The Musical" has become a New York holiday tradition.

LYNNE KOPLITZ - Gotham Comedy Club
Through January 05, 2013 - New York

Lynne can be seen starring in the hit comedy Z Rock, which is about to enter its second season on IFC. Recently, Lynne was also featured on Tru TV's The World's Dumbest Criminals, TBS's Bitcoms, and in a national commercial campaign for Midol. Lynne has had her own Comedy Central Presents? � hour special, and co-hosted the syndicated TV talk show Life & Style (w/ Kimora Lee Simmons and Jules Asner). She has also performed at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and on The Nasty Show at the Montreal Comedy Festival. Lynne was the host of the popular TV dating show Change of Heart and the cooking show How To Boil Water on The Food Network. Second show at 10pm.

The Barber of Seville - Metropolitan Opera
Through January 05, 2013 - New York

The Metropolitan Opera's special holiday presentation this year is Bartlett Sher's abridged, English version of Rossini's comic masterpiece. A perfect way to introduce kids and others to the magic of the opera, featuring slapstick comedy and pure romance. The charming and irresistible cast of young stars includes Isabel Leonard as the lovely Rosina, Alek Shrader as the Count who woos her, and Rodion Pogossov as the conspiring barber. Performances on 12/18, 22, 26, 27, 29, 1/3 & 5.

MusicClasses4Kids Trial Class - Germonds Presbyterian Church
January 05, 2013 - New City

MusicClasses4Kids invites parents or caregivers and their newborn through kindergarten-aged children to a trial class of their Winter 2013 “Musical Majesty” Song Collection. Call or visit online for additional information.

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
January 05, 2013 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove - IZOD Center
January 05, 2013 - East Rutherford

Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Then set sail with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Also, trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa, and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Finally, don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards.

Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
January 05, 2013 - Upper Nyack

Parents with children up to age 6 are invited to celebrate Shabbat. Participants will learn about Shabbat, read stories, and play games.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
January 05, 2013 - West Nyack

Children are invited to hear I Ain't Gonna Paint No More. Following the story, they'll do a painting activity on the NOOK Tablet.

Winter Birds at Your Feeder - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
January 05, 2013 - Cornwall

Adults and children ages 5 and up can learn to identify the backyard birds in our Hudspn Valley region.

Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'Cloak and Dagger' - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 05, 2013 - Pleasantville

Fresh from E.T., Henry Thomas plays a kid with a wild imagination who spends a lot of time with his video games. When one of the games begins to blend with reality and his dad (Dabney Coleman) is too busy to help, where does the boy go for help? His imaginary secret-agent friend is the obvious choice. A fun action thriller. 101 mins. PG.

NY Chinese Opera Society Presents The Black Pot - Flushing Library
January 05, 2013 - Flushing

In this production, Liu Shichang, a silk merchant on his way home after three years of traveling, takes shelter on a stormy night in Zhao Da's house. Greed leads to murder, mystery, and eventual justice in this exciting tale of long-ago China.

Dominican Film Screening: The Travelers - Langston Hughes Library
January 05, 2013 - Corona

This drama based on real life tells of the plight of a group of Dominicans making an illegal trip to Puerto Rico, one that thousands of Quisqueyanos embark on in an attempt to enter the USA and make a better life for themselves. They pay a high price with little security in a small boat called a yola with only their hopes and dreams.

Wag Your Tale! - Read to a Dog - Scarsdale Public Library
January 05, 2013 - Scarsdale

Independent readers can practice their reading skills with a story-loving dog. Registration required but not limited to Scarsdale Library cardholders.

Parachute Playtime for Toddlers - Scarsdale Public Library
January 05, 2013 - Scarsdale

Big, bright, colorful parachutes and lots of singable songs for children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years. Registration is required but not limited to Scarsdale Library cardholders.

Meet the Animals - Greenburgh Nature Center
January 05, 2013 - Scarsdale

Visit with some of the Nature Center's live animals. A naturalist presents an informative program that allows you to get up-close and even hands-on with some furry, feathery, and scaly friends.

Kids' Weekend Crafts - The Cupcake Corner
January 05, 2013 - Garden City

Bring your children to The Cupcake Corner any Saturday or Sunday (except for Holidays) and they will love creating a fun little craft. The craft differs each weekend and are themed around the holidays. No reservations necessary.

Around the World Creative Kids - Stepping Stones Museum
January 05, 2013 - Norwalk

Design your own decorative Rangoli, folk art from India, using vibrantly colored rice. Free with museum admission, but tickets required. Limited space. For ages 2 and older.

Family Art Project: Sunrise, Sunset - Wave Hill
January 05, 2013 - Bronx

Look to the sky's palette of colors, infused with shades of dusk or dawn, then blend and blur paint and tissue-paper dyes against a silhouette of forest, city skyline, river or bridge, to create an inspirational scene.

Jack Hanna & Animal Friends - It's A Zoo In Here! - Tarrytown Music Hall
January 05, 2013 - Tarrytown

Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, Jack Hanna is famous from countless TV appearances on the "David Letterman Show," "Good Morning America," and "Larry King," as well as his own hugely popular TV shows, such as "Animal Adventures" and his current Emmy-winning show "Jack Hanna's Into The Wild." His stage show features an incredible multitude of real live animals, from insects to large mammals, as well as video clips and bloopers from his TV shows. There will be a large video screen to make sure everyone sees even the tiniest animals well. Note: Children's Discounts available on all non-premium seats: put seats in shopping cart, THEN apply discounts.

Be an Artist Apprentice - Hudson River Museum
January 05, 2013 - Yonkers

Learn how create picture book stories inspired by the work of Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney with Fashion Institute of Technology students who study with Eric Velasquez. Four days over two weekends; attend one or multiple sessions, and bind your story into a book. Today's program: An Animal. Work may be selected to be on view at the Museum's Education Center. For ages 9 and older (younger artists are welcome to collage). Art materials supplied.

First Saturday Books for Babies - Wilton Library
January 05, 2013 - Wilton

Bring your baby to this infant friendly program to sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Bring dad too. Registration suggested.

Jack Frost and Fairy Doll Workshop - Wilton Library
January 05, 2013 - Wilton

Children ages 4 and up can make a fairy doll or Jack Frost doll to take home. Ms. Lesley will help the kids create the dolls using various raft materials including cloth, beads, flowers, and more. No registration.

Wild, Wild Wolves - American Museum of Natural History
January 05, 2013 - New York

Meet Atka, an Arctic gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York, on his visit to the Museum. Learn about wolves, highly endangered predators that play a vital role in sustaining a healthy ecosystem. WCC staff will discuss the organization's participation in a program to reintroduce wolves into their traditional ranges in the western United States. Also at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Animal Care Trainee - Alley Pond Environmental Center
January 05, 2013 - Douglaston

Do you love animals? Help care for APEC's animals. Children will learn about the interesting job of an animal caretaker, and enjoy hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the animals' needs. Animal care trainee certificate included. Preregistration is required.

Watson Adventures' Fright at the Museum Family Scavenger Hunt - American Museum of Natural History
January 05, 2013 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids ages 7 & up! If you enjoyed ?Night at the Museum?, you?ll love this adventure, which features exhibits in the Museum of Natural History that inspired scenes in the hit movie. Kids and adults work together to take on a not-so-woolly mammoth with tooth trouble, a scary Easter Island statue, an attack by a monster whale, humongous warring moose, dangerous dinosaurs and more. Please note that if you would not take your kids to see ?Night at the Museum?, then you should not take them on this hunt. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa?teams with only adults are not permitted on this hunt. Advance purchase is required. Prices include museum admission. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.

Watson Adventures Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt - American Museum of Natural History
January 05, 2013 - New York

Join Watson Adventures at the American Museum of Natural History on a unique scavenger hunt for adults! Do you dare discover the dark side of the Museum of Natural History? On this hunt you?ll see how nature sees you as a walking target. Mother Nature is red in tooth and claw, and that includes some of the warriors and tribes on display. Highlights include a headhunter?s ax, venomous liquor, killer earthquakes, real shrunken heads, X-rated Aztecs, a skeleton or two, and a dinosaur larger than a T-Rex. This ain?t your elementary school field trip to the museum. This hunt is for adults only. Prices include museum admission. Advance purchase required. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
January 05, 2013 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults! Discover little-known passageways, the latest exhibit at the Transit Museum Gallery, the gourmet foods of the Grand Central Market, the stunning Art Deco lobby of the Chrysler Building, the fate of the famed Biltmore Hotel clock, a hidden waiting room, the eclectic food court, mysterious marks on the main hall’s constellation ceiling, the secret symbol of the Vanderbilts, the uncanny Whispering Gallery and more. The hunt is all indoors, so no need to worry about the weather. Price per person: $24.50. Advance purchase is required via http://www.watsonadventures.com. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

Survival Snowshoes - Connecticut Audubon Society
January 05, 2013 - Fairfield

This instructional class provides children with all the basics to fashion a pair of back country snowshoes. Participants will make an actual pair of decorative snowshoes constructed from white pine boughs. While the snowshoes are really for decorative purposes, the skills learned can be used to make an emergency pair of snowshoes. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. To register call ext.109.

Workshop for Kids-Glendale - Home Depot
January 05, 2013 - Glendale

Build a Diamond Birdhouse for the new year. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy this hands-on workshops designed teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Saturday Science Lab - Central Library
January 05, 2013 - Jamaica

Discover the wild and amazing world under the guidance of the Discovery Team. Children in Grades 1-6 will execute awesome experiments, learn something new, and enjoy educational fun at this lab.

Family Story Time - Flushing Library
January 05, 2013 - Flushing

Rise and shine and head to the library to enjoy stories and songs for all ages.

Sounds Like Music - Long Island Children's Museum
January 05, 2013 - Garden City

Immerse yourself in a shower of sound and music as you step into soundscapes of the imagination as you view this exhibit Sound Showers. Participate in fun hands-on activities as you create fun sounds and play along rhythm.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
January 05, 2013 - Garden City

Tots will be up to their elbows in goo, shaving cream, and Play Doh in this class full of artistic activities that makes being messy lots of fun. The session offers a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to 4 years.

Create a Grand Central City - New York Transit Museum
January 05, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The 100-year-old Grand Central Terminal a world unto itself: trains below, buildings above, set amidst the maze of midtown Manhattan. Kids of all ages will fashion a Terminal City of our own with trains, tunnels, skyscrapers, roadways, and more.

Blooming Babies: Baby it's Cold Outside - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 05, 2013 - Crown Heights

Warm up at the Brooklyn Children's Museum and discover how people and animals around the world keep warm during the cold winter months. Explore Inuit dolls from the Museum's collection, and enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa.

Follow That Star - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 05, 2013 - Crown Heights

The Museum explores the traditions of Three Kings Day and the secret to the 12 days of Christmas. Design a star-filled craft to take home.

Meet the Holiday: Three King's Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 05, 2013 - Crown Heights

Kids, age 5 and older, discover the holiday of the Three Kings Day, learn its cultural connection, and create a jeweled crown to take home.

Nintendo Wii Dance Night - The Moxie Spot
January 05, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

Kids play Just Dance, that video game dance in which they stomp around like beheaded chickens to robust dance music.

Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
January 05, 2013 - Staten Island

Tease your brain and create art from octagons plus squares.

FLAPPER HEADBAND WORKSHOP - Westport Library
January 05, 2013 - Westport

Celebrate the '20s and make a glitzy flapper headband. Register online.

Tavern Concert: Bob Conroy and Norm Pederson - Historic Richmond Town
January 05, 2013 - Staten Island

Story tellling and old tunes as told and played by Bob and Norm with their banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandola.

Coloring Fun Magic - Brooklyn Public Library, Sheepshead Bay branch
January 05, 2013 - Sheepshead Bay

Drop by the library and create some pages that can be used for coloring.

Coffee Bark - Prospect Park Picnic House
January 05, 2013 - Park Slope

Bring your canines to the park for treats and great company. FIDO in Prospect Park offers free goodies for dogs and their owners, and also provides information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues. Meet in the Meadow beside the Picnic House. Rain or Shine.

Holiday Express: Can You Spot It? - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 05, 2013 - Upper West Side

Families take this i-spy hunt into the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection to spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes, composed of miniature trains, stations, people, and decorations made by the Marklin model train company. Can you spot the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your hunt, and see who can spot the most.

Alastair Moock - Symphony Space
January 05, 2013 - Upper West Side

Delta blues meets traditional folk and rowdy roots, with timeless music from yesterday and today.

Arena Players Repertory Theatre Presents: Cheating Cheaters - Vanderbilt Carriage House
January 05, 2013 - Centerport

In this touching, funny play, two sisters impersonate begging nuns in order to put their niece through art school. All this is complicated by a burglar, who makes off with the nuns' ill-gotten gains and a suspicious policeman, who has followed them home.

$10 Tango Trial - pearl Studios
January 05, 2013 - new york

$10 Tango Trial Introductory Tango Lesson Twice a month we offer a taste of tango for totally beginners for just $10. You will get a 45 minute class introducing you to all the basic fundamentals of tango. It is guaranteed you will be dancing at the end of the class. It is a good way to have fun starting out with tango for those that have never danced it before. January • Saturday, January 5th, at 2pm • Monday, January 7th, at 7pm • Saturday, January 26th, at 2pm • Monday, January 28th, at 7pm February • Saturday, February 23rd, at 2pm • Monday, February 25th, at 7pm Where: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave. 12th fl. (and 35th St.). Ask for Strictly Tango NYC dance school at the desk. SPECIAL OFFER: All attendants to the $10 trial will receive $30 toward an 8 week Beginners Class Package. (Reg $180) NO PARTNER REQUIRED BRING COMFORTABLE SHOES See you there! To pre-register contact strictlytangonyc@gmail.com http://www.learnargentinetango.com/introductory-lesson/5-tango-trial/

ALICE IN WONDERLAND - BayWay Arts Center
January 05, 2013 - East Islip

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole as she encounters various Wonderland characters on their way to tea with the queen.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island's FIRST Robotics Competition Season Kickoff - Stony Brook University
January 05, 2013 - Stony Brook

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. kicks off the 2013 season for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) as students from across Long Island connect via a NASA satellite feed from FIRST's headquarters in New Hampshire to learn the rules of the game for this year's competition. After the name of the competition and the rules are released, they will receive their kits of parts and begin strategizing the design and construction of their 120-pound robots.

Sensory-Friendly Film: Monsters, Inc. 2D - AMC Lowes Theater - Stonybrook 17
January 05, 2013 - Stony Brook

AMC Theaters has partnered with the Autism Society to provide monthly children's films in an accepting environment for children with autism. The auditorium has the lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Sensory-Friendly Film: Monsters, Inc. 2D - AMC Loews Shore 8
January 05, 2013 - Huntington

AMC Theaters has partnered with the Autism Society to provide monthly children's films in an accepting environment for children with autism. The auditorium has the lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Open House - Precious Lambs, Inc.
January 05, 2013 - Holbrook

Learn about the programs the pre-school and childcare center has to offer.

SHIRLEY VALENTINE - BayWay Arts Center
January 05, 2013 - East Islip

For Shirley, the years have gone by too fast, and she is now mired in an "unused life." Unhappy in her doldrums, she jumps at the chance to escape. Shirley commits subtle anarchy and has the adventure of a lifetime, but what does she do when it is time to head home? This is a play that speaks to everyone who has ever wanted more.

Child Safety 101 - Modern Warrior
January 05, 2013 - Lindenhurst

Get vital tips on choosing a day care facility or babysitter and how to help keep kids safe from internet predators. All proceeds benefit the Modern Warrior Scholarship Fund, in order to help violent crime survivors obtain Modern Warrior training.

Hit & Run Shakespeare: TWELFTH NIGHT - American Globe Theatre
January 05, 2013 - New York City

American Globe Theatre and Accidental Shakespeare Company are proud to present TWELFTH NIGHT on Twelfth Night! Prepare yourself for fast-paced, high-stakes bardolatry. In Hit & Run Shakespeare, there is NO director, NO rehearsal, and NO plan: just pure, spontaneous PLAY! Our ensemble of actors will come together, fully memorized and with fully developed characters, to create a one-night-only production of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT. A referee will ensure that any mistakes on stage are punished appropriately. You, our audience, supply random objects which the actors must use as props. We believe that the joy of live theater lies in its accidents — and watching actors deal with them creatively. The hilarity, the life, the truth of TWELFTH NIGHT will emerge from this sense of play, and the dynamic it creates with you — our audience! Visit accidentalshakespeare.tumblr.com/hit&run for more information about the ‘Hit & Run’ style and the rules of the game! Come Play With Us!

Professional Bull Riders - Madison Square Garden
January 05, 2013 - Midtown

Buckle up! Professional Bull Riding returns to Madison Square Garden with the 2013 Monster Energy Invitational. Following three consecutive sold-out performances in 2012, the PBR returns to New York City for the seventh consecutive year to open the 2013 elite Built Ford Tough Series season and kick-off the 20th anniversary of PBR competition. Two decades ago, 20 cowboys with one dream transformed bull riding into a global sports phenomenon that is now televised worldwide. Their vision and determination made PBR one of the fastest growing sports in history which has awarded over $120 million dollars in prize money over to date. The 20th Anniversary celebration includes stops in at least 15 different states over 27 events on the 2013 Built Ford Tough Series tour. This seventh annual event, the Monster Energy Invitational, will feature the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the country's fiercest bucking bulls. Fans will be able to experience three action-packed nights of intense 8-second rides and outrageous wrecks as 150-pound cowboys ? including 2012 MSG Invitational Champion Cody Nance and reigning World Champion Silvano Alves ? have their chance in the arena against their 2,000-pound opponents. The PBR is the world's premier bull riding organization. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of PBR competition. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon that is televised worldwide. More than 100 million viewers annually watch primetime PBR programming on networks around the world and nearly two million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. 25 riders have earned over $1 million each, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million ? the most of any Western-sports athlete in history. PBR World Champion Silvano Alves also reached $2 million in 23 months and 58 events, which is faster than any bull rider in history. The Built Ford Tough Series will make 26 stops around the U.S. before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 23-27, 2013. The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted championship buckle and a $1 million bonus. Known as the richest bull riding event to take place, the World Finals awards over $2 million to participating riders each year. Prior to PBR, there was not a bull rider who earned $1 million during their career, including eight-time world champion Donnie Gray. Top-ranked rodeo bull riders could earn $100,000 at most in a season, compared to 20 or more riders earning over $100,000 apiece in each of the last seven years of PBR. In 2011, 22 riders earned over $100,000, 10 of which won more than $200,000. PBR has awarded over $120 million dollars in prize money over 20 years of competition. For more information on the PBR, go to pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.

'The Adventures of Maya the Bee' - Culture Project
January 05, 2013 - Greenwich Village

The new revamped production, back after its first successful run at 45 Bleecker, will feature the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. The production will feature a sparkling new set and props by Joe Silovsky and the original dazzling array of puppets from Poland, as well as new staging by Will Pomerantz to the glorious jazz-themed score by Nancy Harrow.

Restorative Yoga for Adults - Karma Kids Yoga - Peace In Studio
January 05, 2013 - West Village

This is the dessert of yoga classes. Experience the zen of the class in restful postures that will relax the body and still the mind, leaving you nourished and well rested. Gentle stretching and melting into bolsters, blocks, blankets, and other props will help you to find inner peace and a place of deep relaxation.

Watson Adventures' Fright at the Museum Family Scavenger Hunt - American Museum of Natural History
January 05, 2013 - Upper West Side

If you enjoyed "Night at the Museum," you'll love this adventure, which features exhibitions in the Museum of Natural History that inspired scenes in the hit movie. Kids and adults work together to take on a not-so-woolly mammoth with tooth trouble, a scary Easter Island statue, an attack by a monster whale, humongous warring moose, dangerous dinosaurs and more. Please note that if you would not take your kids to see "Night at the Museum," then you should not take them on this hunt. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. Teams with only adults are not permitted on this hunt. Advance purchase is required. Prices include museum admission. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.

PAWS for Reading - Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
January 05, 2013 - Garnerville

Kids are invited to sign up for a 15-minute session to read to a therapy dog. Pre-registration is required.

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Family Overture Series - City Center
January 05, 2013 - Midtown West

This season runs from Jan. 4-Jan. 20 and features three fully-staged productions including "The Mikado," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and "The Yeomen of the Guard." But along with the productions is the Family Overture Series, which is offered on three consecutive Saturdays and comes included with the price of your matinee ticket. Hosted by artistic director Albert Bergeret, the 45 minute sessions aim to immerse children in the worlds of the plays, and incorporate history, plot summary, and musical appreciation.

Beleza NYC 6th Anniversary January 5th at Le Poisson Rouge The post New Years Hangover Party - Le Poisson Rouge
January 05, 2013 - NEW YORK

Beleza NYC 6th Anniversary January 5th at Le Poisson Rouge The post New Years Hangover Party Live Band: Brazilian Marivaldo Dos Santos (STOMP Member ) (mixing Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-Brazilian and Electronic) Live floor drummer: TOCA Ale Ale and friends Special guest DJ: Geko Jones ( Que Bajo ) (electro-tinged folkloric Latin and Afro music style) AND DJ Alex Carioca Brazilian style spinning Samba, Broken beat, Salsa, Soulful House, Forró, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae & House music and etc... COVER: $10 - $15 TKTS Online in advance $20 at door AGE 21+ http://www.belezanyc.com/tickets/ Offering B-day Specials for party groups if contacted in advance Contact: email: info@belezanyc.com web: www.belezanyc.com For more details visit us on Belezanyc.com or Facebook:Beleza phone: 646-801-9390

'Dora The Explorer: World Adventure' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
January 05, 2013 - Upper East Side

See a free screening of "Dora The Explorer: World Adventure" at the 73-seat High Definition Theater. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date a screening is scheduled by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Remaining tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the screening on a first come first served basis. Admission will be closed to ticket holders 15 minutes after the screening begins. In "Dora The Explorer: World Adventure," all over the world, everyone's celebrating Friendship Day. When Swiper mistakenly swipes all the special glowing friendship bracelets, Dora needs to team up to get all of the bracelets back for her friends around the world. 45 minutes, rated G. There will be a Family Workshop after this film.

Family Workshop: Friends Forever - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
January 05, 2013 - Upper East Side

Do you have a BFF? Is it a classmate or sister or brother or even mom and dad? Make a special friendship bracelet just for them as you explore what makes family and friends an important part of our lives. No reservation required and space is limited. Especially for younger audience.

The Post New Years Hangover Party - Le Poisson Rouge
January 05, 2013 - NEW YORK

The post New Years HangoverParty Beleza NYC 6th Anniversary on January 5th, 2013 @ Le PoissonRouge (158 Bleecker Street) Live Band: Brazilian Marivaldo Dos Santos (STOMP Member ) (mixing Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-Brazilian and Electronic) Live floor drummer: TOCA Ale Ale and friends Special guest DJ: Geko Jones ( Que Bajo ) (electro-tinged folkloric Latin and Afro music style) AND DJ Alex Carioca Brazilian style spinning Samba, Broken beat, Salsa, Soulful House, Forró, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae & House music and etc... COVER: $10 - $15 TKTS Online in advance ?$20 at door AGE 21+ www.belezanyc.com/tickets Offering B-day Specials for party groups if contacted in advance

Open House - Music Institute of Long Island
January 05, 2013 - Manhasset

All are welcome at this music school open house. Learn about the way classes are taught. For ages 18 months to adult. Please reserve your spot.

Family Yoga - Pilates on Hudson
January 05, 2013 - Peekskill

Designed to bring the whole family together to play. Class includes games, circus yoga activities, partner work, discussion, and the opportunity to quiet the mind through visualization and relaxation. Helps strengthen the family bond while promoting individual growth. Designed for families with kids ages 7 and older. What to bring/wear: Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle and their own mats, although mats are available at the studio. Dress in fitted, yet comfortable clothing, and be ready for movement.

Daddy & Me Animal Show - Rye Nature Center
January 05, 2013 - Rye

Fathers can drop-in with their kids to this fun-filled animal adventure.

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC – January 5th – Wishes Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
January 05, 2013 - New York

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC – January 5th – Wishes Day! WHO: Children’s Art Project: Deepening our Connections to the New Year, The Mind and Body Retreat Center with Seth Lieberman: Meditation Session, Community Cinema: The Little Princess, Current Events Discussion Group: Schmooze on the News with Shawn Shafner, Mario the Magician's One-Man Magic Show, Performing Arts Workshop with Gia Pace: Improv, Adult Crafts: Stippled Wish Box, Let’s Make Slime, New York City’s Restated A Capella Concert and much, much, more! WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: Saturday January 5, 2013, 2:00pm-5:00pm (until March 23rd) WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and... IT'S ALL FREE! For more information: www.jccmanhattan.org/rr or join our Facebook page for updated information https://www.facebook.com/pages/RR-Shabbat-at-The-JCC-in-Manhattan/193553367387562

'Mulan The Musical' At Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Extreme Sleepover - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
Through January 05, 2013 - Times Square

"Mulan the Musical" comes to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square for a special "Extreme Sleepover" event that brings a theatrical twist on the Odditorium's famed overnight experience. This one-of-a-kind sleepover features a performance and meet-and-greet with cast members from "Mulan the Musical", games, late-night scavenger hunt, and more. Cast members of the "Mulan the Musical" will head to Ripley's Times Square for a 10pm performance and group music lesson on how to play the show's unique percussion instruments. Ripley's "Extreme Sleepover" includes admission to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium featuring more than 500 real, astonishing artifacts; Ripley's scavenger hunt; a family-friendly movie; access to Ripley's Impossible LaseRace; pizza party, snacks and full breakfast; Ripley's limited edition t-shirt; survivor certificate; and games and activities throughout the night. All guests need to bring is a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, flashlight, and their curiosity. For the first time in the United States, China's world-renowned female percussion group, The Red Poppy Ladies, the first female-only percussion group in the world, reinterprets this timeless, classic tale of one young girl's bravery in the face of adversity. An inspiring journey for the entire family, "Mulan the Musical" tells the story of a peasant girl so committed to her ailing father that she disguises herself as a man and takes his place in the Emperor's army. For more information or to book, call 212-398-3133 between the hours of 9am-5pm or email groupsales@ripleysnewyork.com.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

The perpetually dark deep ocean comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable environments where approximately 90 percent of the organisms are bioluminescent and provide the only source of light. Many of these environments are threatened habitats where organisms are in danger of disappearing, some before they have been discovered and studied. Creatures of Light introduces visitors to the astonishing variety of bioluminescent creatures; explores the different ways in which organisms glow, as well as explains the physics and chemistry of natural light; reveals how the ability to glow can be advantageous; and considers how scientists study -- and use -- bioluminescence. Visitors enter the exhibition through a forest of bioluminescent mushrooms surrounding a large-scale mushroom at the center. One section evokes a New England meadow on a summer night and highlights how fireflies use patterns of flashing light to communicate and attract mates; another invites visitors to peer into Waitomo Cave of New Zealand and learn how glowworms attract prey. The exhibition includes live flashlight fish that harbor bioluminescent bacteria. Creatures of Light also features an interactive environment that introduces visitors to the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a glowing, luminescent halo around anything that moves through the bay; and a large interactive image of the Bloody Bay coral wall in the Cayman Islands. A "deep sea theater" reveals the amazing diversity of living light that marine biologists have captured on camera including anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. The theme of this year's 13-foot tree is Museum Collections, with ornaments inspired by current exhibitions Spiders Alive!, Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence, and the upcoming 2013 exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep. The Origami Holiday Tree will display models folded by local, national, and international origami artists. Expect to see a pod of whales, a cluster of spiders, a barrel of monkeys, a flight of butterflies, a flock of birds, a school of fish, a large herd of dinosaurs, and more. Past themes have included "Fantastic Creatures: Mythic and Real," "Under the Sea," and "Origami Safari."

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene?embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above -- adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

This exhibition features the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards across the Northeast to the alien deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow--that is, generate light through a chemical reaction--is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters are bioluminescent, including many unknown to science. Like the crystal jelly whose glow led to a revolution in cell biology, these animals may hold important clues to essential questions, but scientists are in a race against time as habitats are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing, and global climate change. Visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon. Throughout the exhibition, iPads featuring videos, infographics, photo albums, and animations will provide opportunities to hear directly from researchers about their work. Starting in a local meadow on "a summer's night," where fireflies use unique patterns of flashing light to communicate with potential mates, visitors will descend into "a mysterious cave" in New Zealand to watch a fantastic spectacle of luminescent "fishing lines" strung by larval gnats (glowworms) to trap prey. A unique interactive environment in "a sparkling sea" will introduce the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a halo around anything that moves through the water. Visitors will activate the bioluminescent bay as they move through this section. "The night dive" will feature a large-scale, day-and-night interactive image of the Cayman Islands' Bloody Bay Wall, a remarkable coral wall that is home to both bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals, which glow only after exposure to light. In "altered light," visitors will encounter the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which combines bioluminescence with biofluorescence (in which an organism's molecules absorb blue light, then radiate it at a lower energy, longer wavelength) to emit flashes of green light. The protein found in its light organs, known as the green fluorescent protein (GFP), has become a critical tool in cellular and developmental biology, used for mapping neural circuits, observing cancer cells, and much more. Borrowed Light will feature live flashlight fishes, which harbor bioluminescent bacteria in an organ under their eyes, and highlight symbiotic relationships. "The deep ocean" will take visitors into the perpetually dark deep ocean, which comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable space. A deep sea theater will reveal the diversity of animals that marine biologists have captured on camera, including female anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and mates, and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.

Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

For centuries, spiders have inspired storytellers, from Ovid to E. B. White to the creators of the eponymous superhero, but their actual role in diverse ecosystems around the globe is just as captivating. Spiders Alive! immerses visitors in the fascinating and complex world of spiders, among the most versatile animals on the planet: they inhabit every continent but Antarctica and are able to survive in environments that range from deserts to rainforests to crowded cities. Spiders are also important predators. By one estimate, the spiders on one acre of woodland alone consume more than 80 pounds of insects a year. Scientists have identified over 42,000 species of spiders to date, and there are at least as many more to be discovered. Among the live spiders visitors will encounter in this exhibition are the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world, whose prey includes snakes, mice, and frogs; the venomous western black widow, one of the few North American spiders harmful to people; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders, whose whip-like feelers, up to 10 inches in length, help the animal find its way. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders' silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise making. The exhibition will also include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils, and Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close. Gallery 77, first floor

Colors of the Universe - Chinese Hardstone Carving - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2013 - New York

Stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, its beginnings dating back to remote antiquity. Although jade, the mineral nephrite, was held in the highest esteem, all stones that could achieve a luster after polishing, be it agate, turquoise, malachite, chalcedony, quartz, jasper, or lapis lazuli, were also appreciated. Stone carving experienced an efflorescence during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), when an abundant supply of raw materials, exceptionally accomplished craftsmen, and, in particular, keen imperial patronage contributed to the creation of numerous superb works.

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