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FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WESTCHESTER WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25

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by Kids Events Editor February 25, 2013

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester Find FREE kids events and family events in Westchester this week, February 25, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on this week 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 free fairs or holiday festivals happening this week. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Westchester, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Mixing in Math: Gingerbread Man Math - White Plains Public Library
February 26, 2013 - White Plains

Decorate a paper gingerbread man buddy and play some challenging math games.

Colorful Tuesdays - PURPLE! - Chappaqua Public Library
February 26, 2013 - Chappaqua

Children ages 3-5 fight back against winter's dreariness with color on Tuesday afternoons. Registration required.

Kiddie Kabaret - Scarsdale Public Library
February 26, 2013 - Scarsdale

Music, puppets, and fun with Nancie Schnur. For ages 1-1/2 to 3-1/2. No registration required.

Story Time Book Club - Pottery Barn Kids
February 26, 2013 - White Plains

Kids are invited to join the Story Time Club which meets every Tuesday. First-time members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first Story Time, and a special gift after five visits.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through February 28, 2013 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through February 28, 2013 - White Plains

Every Friday from 7:30-9:30pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through February 28, 2013 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. Feb. 2: Create a Ground Hog Day Placemat; Feb. 9: Craft a Valentine Day Hand Rabbit; Feb. 16: Make a Snowy Owl Hanging; Feb. 23: Craft an Overlapping Icicle Picture.

Peekskill Tale Waggers Winter Stories - The Field Library
February 28, 2013 - Peekskill

Trained Tale Waggers entertain with special winter tales. Or tell your own tale - or a ghostly joke. All storytellers and storyteller wannabes are welcome - along with good listeners of all ages. Refreshments.

ZOOB Playdate - Straight A's
Through February 28, 2013 - White Plains

A special playdate during February vacation break. Boys and girls are invited to build with easy-to-use ZOOB pieces that snap, click, and pop together to make moveable creations. Unlimited, open ended building spurs kids' imaginations. February 16-24, from 10am-5pm.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
Through February 28, 2013 - Port Chester

Kids learn to build or create a useful product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and 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. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm for children ages 5-12.

Teen Thursdays - Yonkers Public Library - Riverfront
February 28, 2013 - Yonkers

Hang out with Z, the teen librarian, create arts & crafts, play board games/PS3, take quizzes, enter a monthly raffle, and win small prizes at Bingo...and more. Something different every week. Open to tweens and teens, ages 12-19 in the Teen Scene.

K-2 Club - A Story From Africa - White Plains Public Library
February 28, 2013 - White Plains

After-school storytime for Kindergarten-Grade 2 with a craft and cookie snack. Tickets distributed 30 minutes in advance.

The Annual Black History Month and Trailblazers Award Ceremony - 800 Westchester Avenue
February 28, 2013 - Rye Brook

As part of Black History Month, Westchester County will honor five African Americans, including one posthumously, for their professional and civic accomplishments. It is sponsored by the office of County Executive Robert P. Astorino, the county Board of Legislators and the county's African American Advisory Board. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP. to wctrailblazers@gmail.com. "It is a pleasure once again to sponsor Trailblazers and to pay tribute to five extraordinary African Americans from Westchester who have accomplished so much," said Astorino. "I thank the county's African American Advisory Board for putting this event together as a way to remind all of us of the significant contributions in our own county of African Americans. This is a fitting way to observe Black History Month." Barbara L. Edwards, chair of the advisory board, said: "Feb. 28 will provide us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of African American citizens of Westchester County, highlighting yesterday's visionaries and today's leaders. This year's recognition of Black History Month has a special significance because we are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, both monumental events fostering equality and freedom. These historical milestones were made possible by President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., two men of courage. The 2013 Trailblazers embody the same kind of tenacity and commitment to continuing the legacy of our ancestors, while making an indelible impact for future generations." The following awards will be given: Harry O. Bright Jr.: The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, for Civil Rights and Civic Engagement. Bright, a resident of White Plains, has been a constant champion of civil rights and social justice for all Westchester residents. He served as executive director of the White Plains Commission on Human Rights from 1985-2003. He was also chair of the board of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, past president of the New York State Association of Human Rights Commissions, co-founder of the White Plains Coalition for Cultural and Racial Harmony and co-founder of Embracing Diversity and Ending Racism. Dawna M. Fields: The Dr. Valiere Alcena Award, for Health and Human Services. Fields, a resident of Mount Vernon, has bettered the life of many in the county through her work to promote dental care for young people through her job as the national program manager of Colgate-Palmolive Company's "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures." Her community activities are many and include: The Links Incorporated, Black Women's Agenda, National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Sister to Sister, Black Agency Executives, African American Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, The Continental Societies, Selective Corporate Internship Program, The NAACP, and The Network Journal. Michael D. Armstrong: The Cab Calloway Award, for Arts and Culture. Armstrong, a resident of New Rochelle, is senior vice president and general manager of BET International and Paramount Channel, part of Viacom International Media Networks. VIMN is comprised of many of the world's premier multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, VIVA and BET. He is also a board member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has used his work to advocate for and provide cultural enrichment for residents of Westchester and beyond. Sharon Epperson: The Madame CJ Walker Award, for Business and Economic Development. Epperson, a resident of New Rochelle, is a well-established financial expert with CNBC TV, where she is currently the senior commodities and personal finance correspondent. She is also a regular contributor to NBC's Today Show and has written for many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Self, Essence, Ebony, and Time. Epperson is committed to improving financial literacy, especially among young people. Dillard Boone: The Life Time Achievement Award (posthumously). Boone was a resident of Mount Vernon at the time of his death on Jan. 10, 2013. A former member of the African American Advisory Board, he served as Master of Ceremonies of the Trailblazers events in 2011 and 2012. Boone excelled in many areas and was a producer, radio host, special events coordinator, organizer of business expositions, and was the founder and chairman of the A'vitar Foundation. The foundation was created to develop strategies for the production of events and cultural programs, performances, exhibits, and literary and cultural events. Boone dedicated his life to the arts and enriching the lives of others through the arts. His reach as a volunteer spanned various organizations and geographical boundaries. He had served as Mount Vernon's deputy commissioner for Planning and Community Development and worked for the Agency for Child Development for the City of New York.

Art Against Abuse - Hammond Museum
March 01, 2013 - N. Salem

North Salem Middle and High School students created original artwork and poems for this special exhibit, "Art Against Abuse," which is sponsored by the Elizabeth G. Butler Angel Foundation, focusing on the importance of healthy relationships and prevention of date abuse and domestic violence.

Tales for Tots - The Field Library
March 01, 2013 - Peekskill

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

Free Fridays Parent-Child Play Date - Rosenthal JCC Yorktown Branch
March 01, 2013 - Yorktown Heights

Meet other families with children 18-36 months. Adults can engage with their children and each other in various enriching activities.

Gan Shabbat Service - Bet Torah Nursery School
March 02, 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.

Family Art Project: Family Roots and Branches - Wave Hill
March 02, 2013 - Bronx

Make a family album featuring your family's global roots. See and sketch trees from around the world, and use your sketch in a collaged, hand-made book bound with a found twig. Bring family photos, if you like, to adorn your album.

Child Safety Seat Check Event - Big Dee Volvo Service Center
March 02, 2013 - White Plains

Car crashes kill hundreds of children each year and injure tens of thousands. Many die unnecessarily because 9 out of 10 kids aren't buckled up correctly and their car seats aren't properly installed. The Greenburgh Police Department will be conducting Child Seat Safety Check events at the Big Dee Volvo Service Center. Certified Technicians will inspect your child's car seat for recalls and expiration dates, and make sure it's installed properly. If you are having difficulty installing the seat yourself, trained technicians will assist you. No appointment is necessary. This service is free of charge and made possible through a grant from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and hosted by Big Dee Volvo. Call P.O. Peter Dandreano at 914-682-5334 with questions.

Music Conservatory of Westchester Spring & Summer Program Open Houses - Music Conservatory of Westchester
March 02, 2013 - White Plains

Saturday, March 2 & Saturday, March 9, 2013: Music Conservatory of Westchester will host open houses for their spring and summer programs with an early bird discount available to those who sign up in advance. Music and arts programs are available for children, adults, and seniors and will include electives in band, orchestra, chorus, arts & crafts, jazz, rock, music technology, dance, and visual arts. 10am-1pm.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Port Chester
March 02, 2013 - Port Chester

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and 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. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Mohegan Lake
March 02, 2013 - New Rochelle

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and 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. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - New Rochelle
March 02, 2013 - New Rochelle

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and 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. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Yonkers
March 02, 2013 - Yonkers

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and 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. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Kids Workshop - Home Depot - Hawthorne
March 02, 2013 - Hawthorne

Kids learn to build or create a useful, fun product. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and 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. Workshops are offered the first Saturday of each month for children ages 5-12. Today's Project: a #20 Race Car.

Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Celebrations - Pottery Barn Kids - The Westchester
March 02, 2013 - White Plains

Celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's birthday with a special story time. Kids will enjoy Dr. Seuss classics and crafting activities, plus they'll take home a special Certificate of Participation.

Super, Spectacular Spelling Bee! - Straight A's
March 02, 2013 - White Plains

Join the Straight A's spellers for a fun and challenging spelling bee. Prizes for everyone who participates. Ages 5-12. The program will start with a Mad Lib story, and free crafts will follow at 1pm.

Museums @ the Library Day - Chappaqua Public Library
March 02, 2013 - Chappaqua

Thirteen museums under one roof! Sample the riches of the art museums, historic sites, nature centers, and other cultural institutions catering to families at the Chappaqua Library's annual "Museums @ the Library Day" on Saturday, March 2nd from 1-4pm. Both adults and children of all ages are welcome to attend this open-house-style afternoon and partake of the hands-on activities on offer. There will be live animals visiting, as well as origami, colonial crafts, and games, Hudson River-themed crafts, mask-making, paper "quilts," and more. This year's participating institutions are Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, Hudson River Museum, Jacob Burns Film Center, John Jay Homestead, Katonah Museum, Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, New Castle Historic Society, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Van Cortlandt Manor, Westchester Children's Museum, Westmoreland Sanctuary, and the Wolf Conservation Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Paws to Reading with Scooby Doo - Port Chester - Rye Brook Public Library
March 02, 2013 - Port Chester

Dogs are wonderful, non-judgmental listeners for kids in 2nd grade and up who may not like to read. Space is limited; pre-Registration is required. Call 914-939-6710 x108 or register in person.

Sugarhouse Chat - Trailside Nature Museum - Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
March 02, 2013 - Cross River

Stop by the sugarhouse anytime for an informal chat with the museum staff as they turn sap into syrup.

Yoga-A-Go-Go for Special Needs Kids with Nora LeMorin - Scarsdale Public Library
March 03, 2013 - Scarsdale

Yoga can not only aid in teaching a child focus and balance, but self-acceptance and confidence. Traditional yoga poses and practices have been modified into a playful, non-judgmental format for fun and relaxation. No registration required.

Peter Rabbit Appearance - Pottery Barn Kids - The Westchester
March 03, 2013 - White Plains

Catch Peter Rabbit when he hops over to Pottery Barn Kids in The Westchester. Enjoy timeless tales and a fun photo opportunity with the beloved bunny...don't forget your camera!

Maple Sugaring - Muscoot Farm
March 03, 2013 - Katonah

The evaporator is hot, the sap is boiling, and the syrup is coming. Spend some time in the sugar house learning about how maple syrup is made, the process, and its history. Weather permitting.

Monday Afternoon Storytime - Barnes & Noble City Center
March 04, 2013 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Black History StoryWalk: 'Molly, By Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams? - White Plains Public Library
Through March 17, 2013 - White Plains

Along this StoryWalk, kids in grades 1-6 and their families will learn about Molly Williams, an African American cook for NYC's Fire Company 11 in 1818, who is thought to be America's first female firefighter. The StoryWalk is based on the book entitled, ?Molly, by Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter," written by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Kathleen Kemly. The StoryWalk opens Sunday, February 17 at 1pm, and continues through Sunday, March 17.

Public Art Installation: "Organic Abstracts" by Dianne Smith - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through March 24, 2013 - Bronx

"Organic Abstracts" consists of two large-scale, outdoor sculptures by Bronx-born artist Dianne Smith. The installation showcases her minimalist approach to large, abstract works made from repurposed materials that are incorporated into the landscape.

VITAL SIGNS Art Exhibition - Pelham Art Center
Through March 30, 2013 - Pelham

A colorful, larger-than-life exhibition of photographs, installation art, and video, questioning our conventional notions of identity, beauty, gender, and the body politic. Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm, through March 30.

Free Crafts Saturdays - Straight A's
Through March 31, 2013 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary. March. 2: Create your own Weather Wheel; March 9: In Like a Lion out Like a Lamb Puppets; March 16: Craft a St. Patrick's Day Mobile; March 23: Make a Winter to Spring Cherry Blossom Tree; March 20: Create an Under-the-Sea Wall Hanging.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Ciao! Restaurant
Through March 31, 2013 - Eastchester

Every Thursday from 6-8pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand during dinner. March 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Magician Philip Klipper Will Astound You! - Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant
Through March 31, 2013 - White Plains

Every Friday from 7:30-9:30pm, Magician Philip Klipper will astound and delight the whole family with his incredible sleight of hand at tableside. Hours/dates are subject to change; please check with restaurant. March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Mamaroneck Indoor Winter Farmers' Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Heathcote Hall
Through May 18, 2013 - Mamaroneck

Farm-fresh foods from local vendors. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days, and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Down to Earth Markets has confirmed the following vendors for the 2013 season: Amazing Real Live Food Company (day vendor), American Pride Seafood, Bombay Emerald Chutney Company, Dr. Pickle, Feather Ridge Farm, Flourish Baking Company, Gaia's Breath Farm, Gajeski Produce, Maura & Nuccia, Meredith's Country Bakery, Orchards of Concklin, Orwashers Bakery, Red Barn Bakery, Stone & Thistle Farm, and Tierra Farm. Saturdays, 9am-1pm, through May 18.

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