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

Vento Trio: 'Wind, Water and Motion' Original and Latin American Music - Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
January 12, 2019 - Yonkers

Join Vento Trio as they perform original and Latin American chamber music reflecting the theme of “Wind, Water and Motion” at Philipse Manor Hall.

Janet Grice – bassoon

Kevin Willois – flute

Sarah Bednarcik – clarinet

'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' - Jacob Burns Film Center
January 12, 2019 - Pleasantville

Who doesn’t love the Harry Potter movies, based on J.K Rowling’s wildly popular series of books? Here’s where it all begins: meet Harry, an orphan who lives with his unpleasant relatives, the Dursleys, who pick on him and force him to sleep in a closet. But everything changes on Harry’s 11th birthday when a mysterious bearded man delivers a letter from Hogwarts, a prestigious boarding school for witches and wizards. A whirlwind of a journey ensues, complete with magic wands, flying brooms, and a dark force Harry must confront if he is to discover the truth about his past.

Join for a five- to ten-minute discussion following the film. Ask those burning questions, or answer the ones provided, and get to know your fellow moviegoers!

'The Victory Gardens Plays' - St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
January 12, 2019 - Mount Vernon

Enjoy a performance of "The Victory Gardens Plays" by Tara Meddaugh, a new play, based on the popular Victory Gardens of the World War II era.

Winter Wonderland Photo Session with the Wolves of the WCC - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 12, 2019 - So Salem

Dino Day - Andersons Larchmont
January 12, 2019 - Larchmont

Stomp and roar and be a dinosaur! Stories, music and Dino-Mite fun! Ages 2-6

Daddy & Me Animal Show - Friends of Rye Nature Center
January 12, 2019 - RYE

Fathers can drop in with their children for this fun-filled animal adventure. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No pre-registration required. Suggested for ages 3 to 7.

Nature Movie - Cranberry Lake Preserve
January 12, 2019 - West Harrison

Come in from the cold and take in a nature movie. Popcorn will be served. Pre-registration required by January 8.

'Feeding Time!' - Maritime Aquarium
January 12, 2019 - Norwalk

Make the early rounds and help as Aquarium staff feeds an amazing assortment of hungry animals. Prior to the Aquarium opening for the morning, participants can take a turn feeding the diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and rays. They’ll enjoy a close connection with a trainer during a private feeding of the harbor seals. Best of all, they’ll go behind-the-scenes as an aquarist feeds the big sharks in the Aquarium’s Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit – with the chance to toss in some food to see who’s hungry. 

Advance registration is required.

Aquarium Yoga - Maritime Aquarium
January 12, 2019 - Norwalk

This unique slow flow yoga class takes place in the serene environment in front of the big sharks before the Aquarium opens. 

Mantra Yoga & Aerial Arts in Stamford will lead this all-levels class, which is for ages 14 and older. Modifications will be offered for beginners, as well as for advanced practitioners. Class ends with each student receiving a shoulder and neck massage to ease them into their final resting pose. 

A limited number of mats are available; please bring your own, if possible. Class size limited, so advance registration strongly recommended.

Saw Mill River Audubon Second Saturday Walk - Brinton Brook Sanctuary
January 12, 2019 - Croton-on-Hudson

These monthly walks will continue year-round on second Saturdays. Good for ages 8 and up. No pre-registration necessary. For weather cancellations check the website at sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Family Art Project: Sunrise, Sunset - Wave Hill
Through January 13, 2019 - Bronx

With Wave Hill’s grounds as inspiration, design your favorite dawn or dusk landscape with the silhouette of a forest, city skyline, or bridge. Create the multitude of shades in the twilight sky by blending together different colors of paint and using dyed tissue paper to construct your stunning scenes.

Disney's 'Beauty & the Beast' - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through January 13, 2019 - White Plains

Showcasing spectacular costumes and scenery, this show is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, with songs including “Be Our Guest”, “Gaston,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

The Winter Extravaganza Baseball Card Show - Westchester County Center
Through January 13, 2019 - White Plains

Thousands of autographed/game used inserts, modern and vintage sports cards (pre-1900s through current), factory/hand collated sets (new and old), hobby and wax boxes - all sports and non-sport, graded cards - PSA/BGS/SGC commons and set fillers for your new or old sets. Sports and card supplies, ball holders and autographed holders, on-site autograph authentication (JSA or PSA). It's the largest show in the tri-state area.  

'The Addams Family, Jr.' - The Emelin Theater
Through January 13, 2019 - Mamaroneck

For a spooky good time see this Elementary and Middle School Production of The Addam's Family.

'Hairspray, Jr.!' - The Emelin Theater
Through January 13, 2019 - Mamaroneck

You can't stop the beat! Come on out and see Artistree Performing Arts' Middle and High School production of Hairspray, Jr.!

Ice Skating Rink - Cross County Shopping Center
Through January 13, 2019 - Yonkers

Visit the pop-up Holiday Ice Skating Rink for a chance to glide on a synthetic floor using real ice skates. You'll move a little slower than on real ice -- perfect for young and first-time skaters. See the schedule for special Skate with the Characters events.

Holiday Landmarks Tour - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 20, 2019 - Bronx

Meet at the Reflecting Pool for a fascinating overview of the Garden’s history and its importance as a vital NYC cultural destination since 1891. With an expert guide, explore the Tulip Tree Allee, the Fountain of Life, and the Library. The tour concludes at the Garden’s “must-see” destination—the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Sunday Cinema @ the TROVE - White Plains Public Library
Through January 20, 2019 - White Plains

This month's movies include Curious George, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, and Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle.

Winter Wonderland Tree Tour - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

Embark on an invigorating 45-minute walk to view the Garden’s stately conifer collection and old growth forest in the beauty of winter. Even in cold weather there’s plenty of interest in the gardens and collections.

27th Annual Holiday Train Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show will showcase Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—in the 27th year of this beloved tradition. Enchanting model trains will zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, including the Woolworth Building, One World Trade Center, the Battery Maritime Building, and the Terminal Warehouse. This year, for the first time ever, the Holiday Train show will feature replicas of two vintage ferry boats from the 1900s. 

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure.

Story Time for Toddlers - Hudson River Museum
Through January 23, 2019 - Yonkers

Meet in the Early Explorers space for stories, music, movement, and art. 

Marilyn's Musical Maracas - A Bilingual Storytime - Rye Free Reading Room
Through January 24, 2019 - Rye

Join Marilyn Castillo at the library on alternating Thursday mornings for a blast of culture, music, and language in Spanish. Have fun learning simple words, numbers, and colors en espanol through simple songs and rhymes, while moving to the music Fiesta style!

Cuentos y Canciones - Warner Library
Through January 25, 2019 - Tarrytown

Share songs, finger plays, rhymes, and more in two languages.

Storytelling Sing-A-Long - Lil Chameleon
Through January 25, 2019 - Tuckahoe

Enjoy nursery rhymes, stories, and songs with Flor Bromley. Sign, dance, and join in the fun!

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Winter Wolves for Kids - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 26, 2019 - South Salem

This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids will learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. This is an exciting time for wolves; they're out searching for prey as their growing pups experience their first winter season. Guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr, as well as potentially behold the WCC’s critically endangered red wolves and Mexican gray wolves. Guests will enjoy hot beverages in a woodstove-heated classroom. Dress for cold weather. Pre-registration is required.

'PHANTOM' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 27, 2019 - Elmsford

"PHANTOM" was written by Arthur Kopit, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston who were the Tony Award-winning collaborators for the Broadway Musi­cal "Nine".  "PHANTOM" is not to be confused with Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera", which is currently running on Broadway. Both shows are based on the same Gaston LeRoux novel, with the Webber extravaganza being more like an opera, compl­etely sung. The Yeston/Kop­it "PHANTOM" is more of a traditional Broadway Musical with dia­logue and songs throug­hout.

The story revolves around the central character of a man named Erik, (also known as the Phantom) who was born and raised in the cata­combs under the Paris Opera House. Through a series of circum­stances, he takes on as a pupil a young woman named Christ­ine, who has been a street singer. She has a natural talent and a beauti­ful voice, but she lacks the special training to perform in an Opera company. He agrees to take her on as a student with certain condit­ions, the main one being that she will never see his face. After a lot of hard work she eventually auditions for the company and is not only accepted but is given the oppor­tunity to play a principal part in an Opera. Without realizing it, they fall in love with each other. The rela­tionship becomes obsessive and impossi­ble, leading to a stunning conclusion which can only be experi­enced by attending a live perfor­mance. 

Winter Wolves - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 27, 2019 - So Salem

Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 27, 2019 - Norwalk

Journey out onto Long Island Sound in hopes of seeing some of the seals and waterfowl that spend the winter just off the shores. These invigorating cruises seek out the harbor seals and gray seals that come into the Sound each winter. Maritime Aquarium educators will 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 long-tailed ducks. 

Binoculars will be provided. The Aquarium’s boat has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should bring plenty of warm clothes. All passengers must be at least 42 inches tall. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.

Photo credit: © Patty Doyle

Winter Farm Tour - Stone Barns
Through January 27, 2019 - Pocantico Hills

Visit favorite places on the property while discussing the ways in which the staff farms and their diverse work to build a healthy and sustainable food system. This is an adult walking tour and not recommended for those younger than 14.

Open Play Mahjong - Larchmont Public Library
Through January 28, 2019 - Larchmont

Meet in the Michael P. Coords Activity Room to play this traditional Chinese tile-based game. No registration required. 

Tales for Tots - Warner Library
Through January 29, 2019 - Tarrytown

Share terrific tales, engage in play, create cool crafts, and have lots of fun with your growing little ones.

Mother Goose for Babies - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
Through January 29, 2019 - North Salem

Babies from birth to 2.5 years can enjoy this classic story time.

Storybook Yoga - Croton Free Library
Through January 30, 2019 - Croton-on-Hudson

Encourage your little ones to stretch and move as they act out familiar stories from favorite authors through creative movement and yoga. Kristy Cohen has taught Yoga to children of all ages for over a decade. She is a Certified Yoga Kid’s Yoga Teacher and holds a M.S. in Ed. Her classes cultivate a exploration of movement, breath and sound in a supportive space. For children ages 6 months and older.

Itsy Bitsy Playgroup - Temple Sholom
Through January 30, 2019 - Greenwich

Whether you are a first-time parent or have multiple children, come chat and play at this free, drop-in playgroup for parents with children under two years old. Connect with other parents over the joys and bumps of parenthood, while engaging your infant/toddler in a group setting through music, motor play, and story time. For more information, contact David Cohen at 203-622-8121 or david.cohen@templesholom.com.

Young Discoverers: The Science of Music - Westchester Children's Museum
Through January 30, 2019 - Rye

A weekly science-based "drop-in" program designed for children 2-5. Simple experiments and craft projects all add to the excitement of learning something new. January's theme is The Science of Music.

Nursery Rhyme Time - Chappaqua Library
Through January 31, 2019 - Chappaqua

An interactive storytime for 2- and 3-year-olds with an adult. No registration is necessary.

Books and Puppets - Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
Through January 31, 2019 - North Salem

A family story time for kids of all ages.

Teen Foodie Club - Somers Library
Through January 31, 2019 - Somers

Make snacks and small meals that the group can enjoy using the library staff kitchen. There will also be discussion and planning for the next meeting’s meal while cooking. Space is limited. Register online or call.

Pleasantville Farmers Market - Pleasantville Middle School Cafeteria
Through March 30, 2019 - Pleasantville

Enjoy fresh, winter-grown produce along with a diverse variety of meats, cheeses, breads, prepared foods, and more. It's a great way to support local agriculture and eat healthy year-round.

Mamaroneck's Down to Earth Farmers Market - St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Through April 13, 2019 - Mamaroneck

From fish and vegetables to cheese and baked goods, shop all the delicious flavors of winter and find out what the season has in store.

Daddy-and-Me Animal Show - Friends of Rye Nature Center
Through May 04, 2019 - Rye

Fathers can drop in with their children for this fun-filled animal adventure. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver. No pre-registration required. Suggested for ages 3 to 7.

Mommy & Me - Friends of Rye Nature Center
Through May 20, 2019 - Rye

Stop by this fun-filled hour with your little one to make crafts and meet animals while learning about the natural world. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Drop-in class, no pre-registration required. Suggested for ages 18 months to 4 years.

Babies & Bagels - Temple Israel Center
Through May 21, 2019 - White Plains

Looking to connect with other parents of young babies while learning from the experts? Join this free monthly drop-in group for to share breakfast and conversation with other parents. Each month will feature a different speaker, on topics including sleep issues, nutrition, dealing with in-laws, separation, and more.

October 23
November 11
December 13
January 15
February 12
March 14
April 11
May 21

RSVP Nursery School Director, Patty Goldstick: 914-948-2800 or at p.goldstick@templeisraelcenter.org

Westchester Children's Museum Pop Up Shop - Westchester Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2019 - Rye

The Museum is partnering with Melissa & Doug Toys and Scattered Books of Chappaqua, NY, to offer a colorful, vibrant, enriching selection of toys and books for infants through middle school-aged children. All the books and toys will reflect the Museum’s own goals of encouraging play and imagination, critical thinking, problem solving, and fun. 

A portion of the proceeds from sales from the shop will support the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits. The shop will feature a range of books curated by Scattered Books, from touch books for our youngest children to chapter books for middle school readers. The toys selection offered exclusively by Melissa & Doug will range from child-scaled grocery stores to the puzzles, toys, and imagination-building playsets that the company is known for. 

The Pop Up Shop is a pre-cursor to a permanent gift shop planned for the expansion of the Westchester Children’s Museum, with construction set to begin in early 2019.

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience - 218 W. 57th St.
Through May 31, 2019 - Midtown

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.