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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER ON JUNE 18

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester today, June 18, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Westchester's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening June 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

Cuddle-Up Storytime - Irvington Public Library
June 18, 2012 - Irvington

An interactive program with books, music, and fingerplays for children ages 12-24 months.

Nature Bugs - Greenburgh Nature Center
June 18, 2012 - Scarsdale

An hour of nature fun for children ages 2-5 years and parents/caregivers. Meet a museum animal, hear a story, do a craft, or nature game. Except in extreme weather conditions, a portion of each class is spent outdoors. Admittance closes 15 minutes after the start of the program. No pre-registration or pre-payment required.

Storytelling with Yoga - Stepping Stones Museum
June 18, 2012 - Norwalk

Enjoy a story accompanied by yoga-based movement in the Performance Gallery.

iCreate - Bruce Museum
Through June 24, 2012 - Greenwich

The exhibition features 40 prize-winning works by regional high school students. The juried selection of two-dimensional pieces features paintings, drawings, mixed media, and hand-drawn or hand-painted digital works.

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

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

Free Craft Saturdays - Straight A's
Through June 30, 2012 - White Plains

Each Saturday, kids can make something special. June 2: An Autograph book for end-of-school friends' signatures. June 9: A bookmark to keep track of summer reading. June 16: a special Father's Day card. June 23: A natural suncatcher using the colors of summer. June 30: A red, white, and blue placemat for July 4th.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through June 30, 2012 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Pre-registration required. June 3 and 24 at 11am; June 9 at 2pm.

Wolves of North America - Wolf Conservation Center
Through June 30, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families. Whether living on the Arctic tundra or the high desert of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey to feed this year's pups. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr as well as the WCCs endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. June 2, 10, 16, 23, and 30 at 11am.

Evening Howl for All Ages - Wolf Conservation Center
Through June 30, 2012 - South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr as well as the WCCs other endangered wolves, and take a sunset hike to howl with the wolves during their favorite hour. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. June 1 and 8 at 6:30pm; June 2, 16, 18, 23, and 30 at 7pm.

Fish Tales Around Westchester - Arts Westchester
Through August 11, 2012 - White Plains

Featuring 18 artists, Fish Tales Around Westchester marries art and science to create a memorable exhibition that will engage visitors and inspire action as they learn about Westchester's vital waterways. For details about the exhibition, artists, workshops, and children's art contest, contact 914-428-4220 x306 or visit artswestchester.org/fish-tales.

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

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

Swimming at Croton Point Park - Croton Point Park
Through August 19, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

May 26-June 21: open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day. June 22-Aug. 19: open Wednesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Swimming is free. Parking $10; $5 with a County Park Pass.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents "Love's Labour's Lost" - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

King Ferdinand and his three friends devote themselves to three years of study. No women will be allowed within a mile of court - that is until the Princess of France arrives with her entourage. Disguise, deception, and mischief abound as the heart proves stronger than the mind. A romantic comedy with a most surprising ending. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'Romeo & Juliet' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers ignite the stage in this romantic tragedy. Love, lust, and revenge fuel the plot of this classic play as a family feud seals the young couple's fate. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents 'The 39 Steps' - Boscobel
Through August 31, 2012 - Garrison

A fast-paced whodunit, packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a wildly talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have an evening of fun for the whole family. Boscobel's grounds open for picnicking two hours before the show; bring your own food or enjoy prepared foods available for purchase on site. For information or to purchase tickets, visit hvshakespeare.org.

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

In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Katonah Museum of Art presents "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," an exhibition of work created by Chinese artists in China since 2000, the last Year of the Dragon. Curated by Miles Barth, many of the 80 works in Rising Dragon have never been seen in the United States. "Rising Dragon" offers an overview of the photographic work that is being done in China today. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, March 25 through September 2, 2012.

The Olympic Games: Art, Culture and Sport - Bruce Museum
Through September 02, 2012 - Greenwich

This exhibition compares the ancient and modern Olympiads through objects, art, science and technology and follows the sports that have endured since antiquity ? footraces, wrestling, boxing, and the ancient pentathlon events of long jump, javelin, discus, sprints, and wrestling. A custom-built six-foot mini-diorama recreates one of the earliest Greek stadiums with 1,200 miniature participants. The exhibit is complemented by the interactive exhibition "The Games: The Science of Sport." On view May 12 through September 2.

Walk Among Live Butterflies - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through September 02, 2012 - Scarsdale

Flying freely among the colorful and fragrant flowers in the greenhouse, experience Monarchs, Painted Ladies, and Swallowtails, fluttering from blossom to blossom in search of nourishing nectar. You may even observe them resting in a shady spot to cool off or sipping water from a puddle. While enjoying the beauty of these delicate creatures, learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, from egg and caterpillar stages, to chrysalis and butterfly, and discover the unique relationship between specific plants and butterflies. Appropriate for all ages. Sponsored in part by Central Animal Hospital, Geraldine Stutz Trust, Inc., ShopRite, WFAS, Whole Foods Market, and Westchester County Parks. Exhibit runs through September 2.

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

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

Meerkats - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

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

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

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

Search for the Great Sharks - IMAX Theater, Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Join shark experts Dr. Eugenie Clark and Rodney Fox on a round-the-globe expedition for close encounters with some of the world's largest sharks, including whale sharks and great whites. Jan 3-Sep 3, 2012.

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

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

White Alligator - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

See a very rare 8-foot-long white alligator. Of some 5 million or so American alligators thought to be alive, fewer than 100 are albino. The alligator will be visiting the aquarium through Sept. 3.

Born to Be Wild - Maritime Aquarium
Through September 03, 2012 - Norwalk

Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman lends his voice to this film which follows orphaned baby orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them for eventual release back into the wild. April 25-Sep 3, 2012.

Swimming at Playland Beach - Rye Playland Park
Through September 03, 2012 - Rye

May 26-June 21: open Saturdays and Sundays only. June 22-Sept. 3: open Wednesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). Parking fees are $5 weekdays, $7 weekends, and $10 holidays.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilded Age Magic - Hudson River Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Yonkers

Modern stage magic has its roots in the Gilded Age showmanship of Harry Keller (1849-1922), who performed around the world but made Yonkers his home between tours. With his theatrical spectacles, Keller founded a "Royal Dynasty" of American magicians including Harry Houdini (1874-1926), a friend and colleague of Keller's later years, and Howard Thurston (1869-1936), with whom Keller toured at the end of his career. These modern magicians cultivated a debonair stage persona that set them apart from earlier traveling sideshow artists, who dressed and posed as traditional Chinese conjurers. Despite the supernatural imagery on their posters, these magicians were not occultists but entertainers. Part of their audience appeal was the mystery of how their illusions were accomplished, not any claims to supernatural powers. The exhibition will feature vintage theatrical posters, costumes, and magic ephemera from little-seen private collections, as well as planned performances in the galleries by local magician Benjamin Levy and others. Through September 9.

Blue Man Group – Making Waves - Stepping Stones Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Norwalk

This exhibit is a playful, multisensory exploration of sound and interactive entertainment for the whole family. Utilizing extraordinary speaker technology, the exhibit features the dynamic Blue Man Group as a guide to the science of sound. On view May 19-September 9, 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drop-In Nature Activities: Observe and Create - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all its different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind some of Monet's most classic of subjects: water lilies. Through September 30.

Observe & Create - Children's Outdoor Nature Explorations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind aquatic plants. Nature is art, and kids can discover it at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

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

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

"Monet's Garden" - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 21, 2012 - Bronx

This stunning tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist will be on view, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master.

Yorktown Farmers' Market - Yorktown
Through October 27, 2012 - Yorktown

Vendors offer fresh, local, and organic produce, bread and bakery items, cheese, pickles and much more.

Muscoot Farmers' Market - Muscoot Farm
Through October 28, 2012 - Katonah

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

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

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

Farmers' Market @ PepsiCo - PepsiCo
Through November 14, 2012 - Purchase

Local produce and specialty items made from local ingredients every Wednesday.

Bronxville Farmers' Market - Bronxville
Through November 17, 2012 - Bronxville

Vendors offer fresh produce, including organic produce, pasture raised meats, and eggs, fish fresh from Montauk, honey, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, breads, baked goods, quiche, dips, soups, herbs, lavender and lavender products, local wines, field-cut wild flowers, bottled milk, granola, soups, cookies, hand made soaps and lotions, home spun fibers for knitting, and chutney.

Pelham Farmers' Market - Pelham
Through November 17, 2012 - Pelham

Fresh, local baked goods, cut flowers, fruit, herbs, plants, prepared foods, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Croton-on-Hudson Farmers' Market - Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 21, 2012 - Croton-on-Hudson

Fresh, local baked goods, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meat, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

White Plains Outdoor Farmers' Market - White Plains
Through November 21, 2012 - White Plains

An authentic, French open-air market offering everything from meats to produce to artisan cheeses and olive oil.

Larchmont Farmers' Market - Larchmont
Through December 15, 2012 - Larchmont

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Ossining Farmers' Market - Ossining
Through December 15, 2012 - Ossining

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more. No Market on 6/9/12.

Pleasantville Farmers' Market - Pleasantville
Through December 15, 2012 - Pleasantville

Fresh, local baked goods, artisinal bread, cheese, cut flowers, dairy products, fish, fruit, herbs, meats, organic produce, plants, specialty foods, vegetables, wines, and more.

Rye Farmers' Market - Rye
Through December 16, 2012 - Rye

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

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

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

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