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Autism Awareness Month Great local services & resources for kids

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contents

April 2019 volume twenty-nine | number 4

departments 6 Editor’s Note 8 Events & Offers 10 Bits & Pieces 12 Spotlight: The Arts 26 education

Real-life Skills Your Child Learns in Hebrew School

28 ASK THE SPECIALIST

Green Chimneys: Nature-based Education for Special Learners

30 LET’S GO

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

46 Last BITE

features

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Special Needs Resource Guide 2019 Our comprehensive Special Needs Guide 2019 has moved online. Find out where and what you can find in this online guide.

Merlin’s Magic Wand Opens First Space in New York Area Merlin’s Magic Wand Foundation, a public charity that works to bring magic into the lives of seriously ill, disabled, and disadvantaged children worked in partnership with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and ACDS in Scarsdale, a preschool serving children with developmental disabilities, to design and create a magic room inside ACDS that is devoted to occupational therapy for children with special needs..

Welcome to the Sunny Side “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin gets personal about work, family, and living in Westchester. This country gal keeps bees and has a chicken coop! She’s also co-owner of the award-winning New Rochelle restaurant, Alvin & Friends.

THE NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM • ENTER OUR CONTESTS

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12 The Arts

Sunny Side!

The View star Sunny Hostin talks work, motherhood, living in Westchester, & bee-keeping (seriously!)

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH Great local services & resources for kids

THE ARTS

Why they’re so important

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Welcome to the Sunny Side

31 April Activities 168

AWESOME APRIL ACTIVITIES

46 Spring Recipe 30 National Jazz Musuem

SPRING RECIPE FROM THE SNACKERY BAKESHOP

Cover Photo: Heidi Gutman / ABC

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Mini Birthday Cake Muffins

calendar Family Activities for April

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Top Pick: Day Out with Thomas 2019

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Editor’s Pick: White Plains ComicFest

36 Editor’s Pick: PJ Masks Live 38 Our Extraordinary Earth 39 Hop into Easter 40 #AnimalEncounters 41

City Picks

advertising 14 Arts Directory 20 Special Needs Directory 27 Hebrew School Directory

Coming Next Month STEM/STEAM learning is all the rage these days. Learn why it’s important and what opportunities there are for your kids to explore these fascinating subjects. The American Museum of Natural History is packed with exhibits and activities for kids (and adults) of all ages. Read our parent-tested review with tips on planning your visit. Plus … Westchester Family’s awardwinning searchable calendar for families and much more! Look for it starting April 19!


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editor’s note

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Vote to enter now The Westchester Family 2019 Family Favorite Awards is open for voting - and our ballot is easier and quicker to use than ever before. Take five minutes to give a shout out to your favorite family-friendly places to thank them for their excellence, and to let others know just how good they are. We will publish the results in our July 2019 issue. We’d like to thank you for participating, so just complete the form and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a Family Pack of tickets to see a New York Yankees game! Enjoy seeing this pro baseball team play live. Imagine attending a 2019 season game at Yankee Stadium with your family this season - for free! Ready to vote? Enter now at cng. secondstreetapp.com/Family-Favorites-2019. Or see our website, westchesterfamily. com, for a direct link to the contest on our homepage. Once you have voted, enjoy all the great articles we have for you this month including

We Won Again! Westchester Family is the proud winner of three 2019 Parenting Media Association awards. We received a Silver Award in the category, Special Section Within a Publication, for our STEM & STEAM Education section that the judges say included “… a delightful read on a local bridge project … with coverage that spans ages including how to involve young people in science and math-based play.” We also won a Gold for our Service Feature, “Spontaneous Weeping: Supporting My Teen Daughter Through Cancer Treatments,” which was written by Corrine Zola, who is a Westchester mother, a founder of the Westchester Children’s Museum and

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an interview with Sunny Hostin, a regular on “The View” and a Westchester mom who has a chicken coop, loves keeping bees (who knew), and is co-owner of the award-winning New Rochelle restaurant Alvin & Friends. To mark Autism Awareness month we also have an update on our comprehensive Special Needs Resource Guide, an article on the school Green Chimneys that offers naturebased learning and activities for children who are special learners, and the announcement of a great new LEGOLAND room at ACDS, a Scarsdale preschool for children with special needs. And there’s more, including our calendar of events for a great collection of family fun every day of the year. Happy spring, Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

a former President and current member of the Board of Directors of the Museum. The judges say her article “...is packed with useful advice that feels like it is coming from a good friend.” You can read the article on our website westchesterfamily.com. Our Calendar of Events, written by our esteemed calendar editor Andrea White took home a Silver Award! The judges praised the calendar’s strong navigational tools and breakout sections that highlight unusual and cross-cultural events. We are also proud to report that our sister magazines, Manhattan Family, Queens Family, Brooklyn Family, Bronx/Riverdale Family, and Special Child were also winners.

President and Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis CEO and Co-Publisher Joshua Schneps Westchester Family WestchesterFamily.com Publisher Clifford Luster cluster@schnepsmedia.com co-Publisher/Editor Jean Sheff edit@westchesterfamily.com Calendar Editor Andrea White calendar@westchesterfamily.com ADVERTISING SALES Account Managers LynnMarie Hanley lynnmarie.hanley@westchesterfamily.com Nina Spiegelman nina.spiegelman@westchesterfamily.com PRODUctION Art Director Leah Mitch production@schnepsmedia.com Production Staff Arthur Arutyunov Daria Avvento Gardy Charles John Napoli Marcos Ramos Connie Sulsenti DISTRIBUTION & CIRCULATION Roberto Palacios 718-260-4531

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events & offers Our April Contests Autism Speaks Walk Autism Speaks® says every child with autism is a superhero! We agree! To celebrate the Autism Speaks upcoming Autism Speaks Westchester/Fairfield Walk, held June 2 at NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalWestchester Division in White Plains, Autism Speaks has put together a terrific Superhero Basket. Enter to win this Autism Speaks Superhero Basket that includes an Autism Speaks superhero cape, tote bag, baseball cap, recyclable water bottle, silicon bracelet and a Commemorative Autism Walk Day T-shirt designed by Tommy Hilfiger! Contest ends April 19, 2019. Enter now at WestchesterFamily.com/ Autism. And remember to register now to participate in the walk at autismspeaks.org.

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Autism Awareness April is Autism Awareness month and you should be aware that in 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. According to Autism Speaks®, a national advocacy agency that sponsors research and conducts awareness and outreach activities, boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Although autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2, most children were still being diagnosed after age 4. While there is no medical detection for autism, early intervention is the best opportunity to support healthy development and a lifetime of benefits. Help raise awareness by participating in the Autism Speaks Westchester/Fairfield Walk, to be held June 2 at NewYorkPresbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division in White Plains. Make the commitment and register now at autismspeaks.org.

School District Goes Green As of Feb. 1, 2019 the KatonahLewisboro school district has received 100 percent of its electricity from wind generated by turbines in Texas. Katonah-Lewisboro Assistant Superintendent for Business Mike Jumper says the district accomplished this by participating in an energy-purchasing cooperative. The cost for this energy is slightly more than electricity produced by conventional means. Ultimately, it will add less than 14 hundredths of one cent per kilowatt-hour. But it is an important step in reducing the district’s total carbon footprint. “This change will reduce the district’s overall greenhouse gas inventory by 13 percent,” says Jumper. The district has also upgraded lighting, increased insulation, replaced inefficient boilers, added building system controls, installed occupancy sensors, and other energysaving changes district-wide. What great role-modeling for the students and of course, Mother Earth is very happy! The Center for Green Building Working to help families provide the safest and cleanest home possible this new store carries earth-friendly

products such as Safecoat Paints, Vermont Natural Coating Stains and Finishes, Earth Weave Carpets, Tesoro Woods Flooring as well as building supplies. They also carry air purifiers. If you are considering renovating or sprucing up your home this spring - consider going green. The store is located at 822A Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-777-9111. CenterForGreenBuilding.com.

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Spread the word. In partnership with Westchestergov.com, Operation PROM™, a national 501c3 organization is once again giving away prom dresses and tuxedos so low-income students can attend their prom. Free prom dresses and tuxedos will be available for Westchester High School Seniors at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains on April 26 from noon to 6 p.m. and April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note tuxedos and plussize dresses are limited in quantity. Registration is required for these two dates. Students can view the rules and register at operationPROM.org. Schools may register large groups by

emailing info@helpPROM.org. On April 28 from 10 a.m. to noon any student with a valid school ID can shop for a free dress (no tuxedos) and a public sale will be held that day from noon to 2 p.m. Dresses will be priced at $5 and up, cash and carry.


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spotlight: arts

The Arts A critical component for a child’s education and development By Jean Sheff

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ost parents have heard of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, but maybe not as many know about STEAM (science, technology, education, art and math) education. Some educators contend that adding the “A” for art is essential for a child’s full development and education.

Why are the arts important for children? Arts education encompasses many disciplines including music, drama, dance, design, and the visual arts. Yet, it is more than just studying specific disciplines, an arts education can teach children to generally use their imagination to solve problems and approach their work in a variety of ways. “The arts teach discipline, focus, cooperation and creativity - a trait that 72 percent of employers say is the number one skill they seek when hiring,” says Mara Manus, executive director New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). “Students involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, and arts engagement makes low-income students more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.” Many educators agree that arts education can help build determination and resilience in children and can also help them master important skills. Yet, in many school districts funding for arts programs have been slashed to the bone. Providing financial support “Through the Arts Education Program, NYSCA provides $3M statewide in dedicated support to community arts education programs as well as hands-on pre-K to12 inschool instruction,” says Manus. In addition, she says the agency provides nearly $500,000 to support scholarships and training programs for underserved communities and $150,000 to support community music schools. Manus says NYSCA sees the impact of this support in so many ways: students build

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self-esteem and confidence as they learn and excel at new talents; they cultivate empathy as they study the viewpoints of diverse characters through theater and literature; they develop diligence as they practice an instrument or polish dance movies; they learn to express themselves in healthy ways as they write, paint or create their own films and videos. NYSCA in-school grantees must all meet state learning standards. “We are continually impressed by the innovative ways they

connect the arts to school curricula - from a mummy-inspired dance segment tying into a social studies class about Egypt to architecture instruction that integrates math and science concepts as students build their own bridges,” says Manus. In Westchester County, there are so many opportunities for children to explore the arts. “Throughout the county, NYSCA supports 27 arts and cultural organizations directly and an additional 60 through regrant


funding distributed by ArtsWestchester totaling nearly $2M in support in 2019,� explains Manus. Many of these organizations provide programs for children and families, from concerts at Caramoor to Halloween events at Historic Hudson Valley. How parents can help Manus says parents can encourage children of all ages to explore the arts by sharing experiences with them and helping them pursue artistic interests through community arts education programs. Here are some Westchester programs for parents to explore for their children. • The Music Conservatory of Westchester provides instrumental and vocal music programs in classical, jazz, pop and rock for all levels and ages; scholarships are available for low-income students and adapted instruction is available for students with disabilities. • At the Jacob Burns Film Center, students as young as third grade can learn all about filmmaking, with courses focused on cinematography, editing, production,

“Students involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, and arts engagement makes low-income students more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.â€? animation, web series and video game design. • The nationally recognized Clay Art Center in Port Chester offers ceramic instruction for all ages. • The Rye Arts Center, the Pelham Art Center and the new Bethany Arts Community in Ossining all provide classes in a wide range of disciplines, including drawing, painting, music, digital photography, sculpture and even robotics. Manus says it’s also worth noting that museums often have special family programming during school vacations, and local libraries may be able to provide passes for museum admission. Anywhere, Anytime “An increasing number of arts and cultural

organizations also have rich digital offerings, making even snow days or sick days opportunities to engage with the arts, often for free or at a low cost,� says Manus. For example, she points out that the Metropolitan Museum of Art website offers a digital search of its collection, and you can download more than 400,000 public domain images that can be “remixed� to create your own works of art. The New York Philharmonic website includes free video of recent concerts. Audiences of all ages have greater access to the arts than ever before, says Manus, and this means that sharing the arts with children is an attainable and deeply worthwhile goal. Jean Sheff is editor of Westchester Family and an enthusiastic supporter of children’s art programs.

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yoga-pilates-barre.com Owner Jennifer Garden, former professional Broadway dancer, singer and actress, has turned her love of yoga and its calming effects into bringing that calm to others! Yoga for ages 3-13+ years. Seanachai Yoga incorporates stories and games for children as young as ages 3-5. Also offered, Kids Yoga for ages 6-12 and Teen Yoga for ages 13 and up. Find balance this spring when you visit Jennifer Garden Yoga, Pilates and Barre.

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children and parents singing, clapping, and dancing! Introduce your child to the arts early. Their fun performers strum and drum with kids aged 6 months to 6 years. Enjoy chikitas, realistic puppets, story-songs, buddy bands, plus dancing scarves, circle and partner games.

Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Ave., White Plains 914-761-3900 musicconservatory.org Voted Best of Westchester’s “Best Music School” in 2018 and 2017, the Music Conservatory of Westchester offers private and group instrumental and voice lessons, ensembles, and performance opportunities for all ages, genres, and experience levels. From babies in First Notes and Suzuki students ages 4 and up, to young singers and aspiring instrumentalists, the Conservatory’s expert faculty nurtures the talents and

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special needs

Resource Guide 2019 is now online

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e are fortunate that in our area services and support for children with special needs is growing. While there are still needs to be met, parents today have greater options for their children when it comes to special needs education, recreation, therapy, support, and camps. Parents of special needs children have told us that despite additional services and programs it is still difficult to get information. To help, we have compiled an online Special Needs Resource Guide. Log on to westchesterfamily.com and select the tab, Special Needs. It will bring you to a section that is available to you at any time for the following information.

Classes for Children with Special Needs These facilities, groups, classes, and sport programs in Westchester County offer activities for kids with special needs afterschool, on weekends, and during school vacations. Special Needs Camps There are a growing number of camps in our area that specialize in serving the child with special needs. Here you will find some options. Schools for Children with Special Needs Find the best schools, preschools, and

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summer programs in Westchester County for kids with behavioral, developmental, and physical disorders. Special Needs Sports and Recreation Center Programs There are a number of sports leagues and classes, plus recreation center programs in Westchester for your child with special needs. Sign up for swimming, soccer or baseball. Services and Support: Educational, Therapeutic, and Supportive These organizations in Westchester County offer therapy, treatment, and education for children with special needs.

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Merlin’s Magic Wand Opens First Space in New York Area ACDS in Scarsdale receives LEGOLAND Discovery Center room By Jean Sheff

some 75 people in Scarsdale and the school day runs from 9 erlin’s Magic Wand a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Foundation, a public Friday, year-round. While ACDS charity that works to bring adheres to the same holiday and magic into the lives of seriously vacation schedule as the local ill, disabled, and disadvantaged school districts, they are open children worked in partnership during the summer months to with LEGOLAND Discovery prevent learning backslide for the Center Westchester and ACDS children. in Scarsdale, a preschool serving The school’s main campus in children with developmental Plainview, Long Island opened disabilities, to design and create a in 1966. ACDS (Adults and magic room inside ACDS that is Children with Down Syndrome) devoted to occupational therapy historically served the population for children with special needs. affected by Down syndrome, but “The children have been they have since broadened their anticipating the opening of scope and now serve those with a the room and are so excited,” wide variety of disabilities. says Michelle Meyerhoffer an It was Megan Lombardo, occupational therapist at ACDS. a grant writer for ACDS, who courtesy photo She was right. As soon as they approached Tracie Hogencamp, entered the space, 20 students Merlin’s Magic Wand Operations Students at ACDS, a preschool for children with disabilities, enjoy creating with LEGO’s through the support of Merlin’s Magic spotted the 5,000 DUPLO bricks Manager USA, with the concept of Wand and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. and started building with some a Merlin’s Magic Space in ACDS. serious abandon. “We are delighted to be involved “The room meets the needs of our pretone,” she added. in creating this therapeutic play space,” says schoolers ages 3 to 5 in developing fine motor General Manager of LEGOLAND Hogencamp. “This is the 46th Merlin’s Magic tasks,” says Meyerhoffer. “We are delighted Discovery Center Westchester, Chris Mines, Space globally, the eighth in the United States that it will enable us to facilitate much-needed was pleased to bring some of the magic of and the first in the Northeast.” therapy services in an engaging environment.” LEGOLAND’s DUPLO village to the school. In addition to creating Merlin’s Magic Meyerhoffer pointed out the tools “The space was designed to give the children Spaces, the charity works alongside Merlin and features available to the teachers and a taste of what they could experience at Entertainments throughout the United States students. A large magnetic puzzle board LEGOLAND Westchester in a sensoryto host Magical DAys Out and community mounted on one wall enhances children’s friendly environment,” he says. “It’s been a outreach. r vertical grasping skills, and the large LEGO great project to work on. We are committed The LEGOLAND Discovery Center pieces help children develop fine and gross to working with and being an integral part of room at ACDS is a real partnership,” says motor skills. Moving partitions allow the local community.” Smith. And it was clear the involvement teachers to work individually or in small Michael M. Smith, executive director on everyone’s part was heartfelt. Tiana groups with more privacy. The cloud-shaped of ACDS, says the preschool opened in Jones, whose 2-year-old son Cooper attends lighting fixtures offer soft lighting and the September 2016 at 963 Scarsdale Road in a the ACDS Plainview school, was on hand bright graphic walls are inspiring. school formerly run by the Archdiocese. “We to celebrate the new space. “This space is Meyerhoffer was delighted that had two classes and 12 children enrolled,” beyond my wildest dreams, “ says Jones. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester says Smith. “Now the school services 145 “It’s wonderful to see people focusing asked for input from the teachers when children in 15 classes.” Children arrive at on children’s abilities rather than their they were designing the space. “It was a ACDS through school district preschool disabilities.” It appears parents, teachers, and wonderful experience,” she says. Through education programs. Currently ACDS serves the children agree. It’s a joyful, inspiring, and their collaboration the seating was modified. school districts in Southern Westchester magical space. “Seating is especially important for our including Yonkers, New Rochelle, Port children as they generally have low muscle Chester, and Mt. Vernon. ACDS employs Jean Sheff is editor of Westchester Family.

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he first thing you notice about “The View” Sunny Hostin is that she really lives up to her name. When she and I met in her dressing room (complete with chic framed photos, a plush sofa, and an uber-organized makeup vanity) at the ABC studios near Columbus Circle, the temperatures were clocking in at a high of 14 degrees F and a low of 4 degrees F—and yet, she warmed the day right up with her bright smile and cheery demeanor. To be fair, Hostin has plenty in her life to smile about right now. She lives the best of both city life (at

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work in Manhattan) and suburban life (at home in Westchester, where she loves to garden and tend to her bee hives and chicken coop). She’s killing it as part of the tight-knit “sorority” of diverse co-hosts on “The View” (alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, and Abby Huntsman) and as the Senior Legal Correspondent (for which she’s an Emmy-winner) for ABC News. She co-owns a restaurant in New Rochelle called Alvin & Friends that counts Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a regular. And, most importantly in her eyes, she’s enjoying a thriving relationship with her teenage son, Gabriel, and tween daughter, Paloma.


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“My son is 16 and my daughter is 12 … and I have loved every single stage of being a mom, and I feel like it gets better and better,” she gushes. “Everyone told me that it gets harder … But I just feel like it’s not that it gets harder, it just changes. It’s an important job, being a mom, and I’ve loved every single minute of it.” Hostin, 50, also truly loves the work she does. A lawyer who long harbored dreams of being on television, Hostin came to “The View” via a career path paved first with a law degree and her natural gift for public speaking, and stints at Court TV, Fox News, and CNN. “[Growing up], I definitely wanted to be a journalist and I wanted to tell other people’s stories. But at the time, and this was pre-Oprah, my mother was horrified at the thought of her kid who was smart and who she had invested so much in saying: ‘I want to do television!’ She was like: ‘No one looks like you on television! What are you talking about?’ She really didn’t get it, that I wanted to tell other people’s stories,” Hostin recalls, adding that though her father encouraged her dreams, her mother advised her to pursue law school. “I loved law school and it was such a great fit for me, but in the back of mind I kept thinking: ‘I really should be doing something else.’” After studying journalism undergrad at SUNY Binghamton and then going to law school at Notre Dame, Hostin went on to work as a trial attorney for the Justice Department and federal prosecutor before deciding to give the stay-at-home-mom life a try after giving birth to her son. “After I had my son, I thought I was going to be a stay-at-home mom, but that wasn’t a great fit because I was driving everyone crazy,” she says. “I decided I was going to be the best stay-at-home mom ever! I was making my own food for Gabriel and I was the best dog owner and the best gardener and it was just too much.” During this time, Hostin attended a law conference where she was called upon to speak in public—afterwards, she was approached by Sabrina Thompson, a producer for Court TV, who complimented her on her speaking prowess. Two weeks later, Hostin was on-air on Court TV; about six months after that, she was making appearances on “Nancy Grace” and Fox News; and another short six months later, she was a regular on CNN as a host and legal analyst. Eventually, she came to ABC as an overnight anchor for ABC News, and began guest-hosting on “The View” in 2012, where she has now been an official co-host since 2016. During a moment of calm between taping an episode of “The View,” and rushing

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(Above) Sunny Hostin on “The View” with Martha Stewart and their chickens. (Opposite) Hostin with her children and husband.

back to Westchester to gather snacks for her daughter’s basketball game that day (“I’m the 7th grade basketball parent ... I’m the one who brings the snacks”), I caught up with Hostin about balancing city and country, work and family, and her personal passions and hobbies (“You know who I got into bees? Whoopi Goldberg! She’s becoming a beekeeper this spring!”). Your kids are 16 and 12—how has the adjustment been as a mom as your kids get older? It is going really well. I hear all these horror stories from other parents—like: “Oh! You’re going to hate the teenage years!” But I haven’t really had that. Certainly, they’re growing and trying new things—actually, my son just got his learners’ permit for driving last weekend, and of course, my friends said it was going to be horrible, but it was kind of cool! He’s like: “Can I drive home from the post office?” and I was like: “Sure!” He was driving kind of fast—I had to say: “Hey, wait a minute!”—he’s got kind of lead foot and the speed limit is 35 on our street. But I just liked seeing the independence. What does your family like to do together? Both of my kids are athletes and my daughter plays 7th grade volleyball, basketball, and track and field, and my son just decided to stop swimming—he’d been swimming since he was like 2—and now concentrates just on football and track and field. I spend a lot of time going to the games. I have a game today for my daughter and we spent Saturday at the New Balance indoor track meet. We are also looking at colleges for my son—I can’t believe he’s graduating in 2020! We’re a very active family, so we do a lot of outdoor

things. Yesterday it was about making sure my chickens were warm enough because it was like 1 degree out when we woke up! I love that you keep chickens at home—but I was wondering: How do you keep them warm in the winter? We added extra hay, we made sure that all the windows in the coop were closed, and the kids helped me. We actually bought some heating pads for the chickens and we bought a heated roost bar and we also put Vaseline on their waddles so that they didn’t get frostbite. It sounds crazy, but … we put this blue ointment [on one of them]—we have one Bantam chicken and we were a little worried about her because she’s smaller than the others, and she doesn’t want to huddle with them, so we wanted to make sure she was the warmest one. I’m eager to hear about your bees as well! I’m fascinated by bees because they’re prehistoric and they’ve been around forever. People have used honey as a salve, it’s used to fight infection, and it’s one of our ancient ointments. My grandmother from Puerto Rico used to use it when I would get scrapes. She said it would protect the skin from scars. I always thought that everyone did that but I guess they don’t? So it has been something that I was always interested in … I’ve read a lot about how bees are becoming extinct, and we really have to think about that. If bees become extinct, where’s our food coming from? It’ll be catastrophic! It’s so great that you’ve spoken about your passion for bees quite a bit on “The View.” I found this company Best Bees and they


privilege—but with that comes a tremendous responsibility and that can be very hard sometimes. Because, one, you completely lose your anonymity in a way that I don’t know that I expected. I was on CNN for many, many years … but then all of a sudden I’m on “The View” and three million people watch this show. So you get on the train as a native New Yorker and people are staring at you ... It’s very different for someone like me, a kid from the Bronx.

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installed the bee hives [at my house] … I befriended the owner of the company—his name is Noah—and he is the most interesting guy ever. He comes to our house and what was supposed to be a 30 minute meeting became a three hour lesson on bees and beekeeping and honey … He taught me how to harvest honey and he taught my daughter how to make candles from the bees’ wax. We are out of control! Of course, I brought him to the show because I made honey and beekeeping some of my Favorite Things for Christmas. He works with NASA and Whole Foods—he’s a bee whisperer. I introduced him to [my co-host] Whoopi Goldberg, and now he’s been at Whoopi’s house. But Whoopi’s getting two bee hives so now I have to get another hive because I can’t be out-bee’d by people! I have to be the top beekeeper! You have your bees, chickens, and family all out in Westchester, but you grew up in the Bronx, and you work in Manhattan. Did you always see yourself moving to the suburbs? I always wanted to have a house. I would watch movies and we’d go to Puerto Rico and see houses. I do love the city life, and I don’t think I could live in a place where I couldn’t get to a city within an hour or a half an hour because I love the energy. I remember when I went to law school and undergrad, really, I felt like I missed the pace and the energy. So I’ve always lived within traveling distance to a city, but I did want this kind of life. Do you have any tips for parents

thinking about making the move to the suburbs? To be sure, it’s not the easiest transition, because there’s the travel time, especially if you work in the city—I have to build in at least an hour every day. The restaurants close early and it’s not like the city that never sleeps. You don’t have the same amenities, for sure, but there really is something special about, when you leave the city … I remember seeing the snow fall and actually seeing the glistening of the snow while walking my dog. I love it. Switching gears a bit—let’s talk about your work. What has your experience been like on “The View”? What do you enjoy about it? What I like most about it is that it’s such an incredible, incredible platform. It’s a legacy show—there aren’t that many shows that have been on for over 20 years, and have this mix of pop culture, current events, politics, and you have five women who are from different backgrounds, and we’re talking about the stuff that everyone is talking about. A lot of people have tried to duplicate or replicate what we do, but they don’t do it as well and I’m not sure why. I think that it’s probably multi-factorial, but it’s because we just know how to do this, and it’s just the legacy of it all. I love being part of that—it’s like a sorority that has only 22 members. What are some of the challenges of the job? I love being able to reach people where it matters for them and be a voice for the community—it’s wonderful and it’s a real

What’s the dynamic like with your co-hosts? I think the mix is good because we all understand that this is different and unique and we protect each other. And we’re lead by someone who has been on the show forever, Joy Behar—we listen to her, she’s been through it all, she’s seen it all. Whoopi moderates—and she’s also been through it all and seen it all. So we have a very good support system and that’s extremely helpful. I think, without that, it would be extremely difficult. We also leave our disagreements at the table and, really, if we had people who didn’t understand that, it would be impossible, because we tackle really tough, tough issues. Between work, motherhood, and your personal passions, what does the work-life balance equation look like for you? I really put my family first. It’s more important to me than anything else … There are certain things that will fall by the wayside but I will have the snacks for my daughter’s game today. I prioritize what’s important to me. I have everything on my Google calendar—everything! I print it out, usually on Sunday night so I know what my day and my week and my month all look like. I make sure that my kids’ stuff is prioritized and my family’s stuff is prioritized. To be sure, some things fall by the wayside, unfortunately. I’m sure it has happened to every working mom, and stay-at-home mom … it just happened to me recently: My son is taking this SAT prep course and I could have sworn it started at 1:30pm last week, but it was at 1pm. We showed up at 1:30pm and he missed half an hour. But hey, he was there and he’ll live.

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Real-life Skills Your Child Learns in Hebrew School By Erin Beser

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s we experience an unprecedented period of disruption in our every day, real-world lives, it’s hard to imagine how this could not impact the form and structure of our Jewish communities. Watershed moments in Jewish history have given rise to new models of Jewish education and affiliation, and we are standing at the precipice of just such a shift. If you’re choosing a program for your child to experience the best of Jewish values and tradition, here are five real-life skills you should look for in your child’s program: 1. Act and listen Judaism is an epic story that has been handed down from one generation to the next. In order for an ancient story to become relevant and meaningful, it needs to come alive and be experienced. Storytelling should be an integral part of the Hebrew school experience, with each learner taking active part in telling and retelling the core narratives of the Jewish people. Not only can stories be told by learning drama and improvisational comedy techniques, but through film, memes, presentations, and social media as well. Stories created for and by our learners will translate ancient texts to

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modern methods of communication. 2. Build Secular trends in progressive education have begun to move away from standardized, Industrial-era models of education, and Jewish education should, too! Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics programming — through its emphasis on problem-solving, creativity, curiosity and ingenuity — has the potential to transform the way we think about holiday customs, Torah texts, the Hebrew language, and more. Whether designing Sukkot — a traditional holiday structure — to withstand a certain amount of wind or rain, or engineering candle-lighting robots for Hanukkah, this educational approach must be included in any Hebrew school that considers itself a part of this new generation. 3. Sing and dance Music has not only been proven to enhance learning across disciplines, but it also builds a strong sense of community and connection. Participating in Jewish prayer is an exciting and energetic way to prepare learners for real life in the Jewish world. While you might think it’s just one of those things they’ll need to know if they would like to have a bar or bat mitzvah, Jewish prayer can be so much more

than that. Being able to keep up with the beat of Jewish prayer services, wherever you may choose to attend, will feel empowering to the next generation of Jewish learners to sing out wherever their Jewish journeys take them. 4. Taste Eating Jewishly is a deeply social, cultural, religious, and always enjoyable activity. Learners should have the opportunity to investigate the roots of symbolic Jewish food, prepare and taste cuisines from diverse Jewish communities, and take their study of traditional dietary laws on the road to see how eating Jewishly is alive in their neighborhood and how healthy, organic, and sustainable eating has authentic roots in Jewish environmentalism. 5. Debate Why does Jewish tradition place so much emphasis on question-asking, interpretation, and debate? Why do you think? Debate is a core value in Jewish texts, recognizing the holiness that is sparked by impassioned arguments on both sides. Well-facilitated debate enhances critical thinking and communication skills, while fostering an atmosphere of open-mindedness, and a sense of community and respect. The toxic nature of our national discourse demand that the next generation of Jewish learners model respectful, yet passionate dissent. Erin Beser is the director of Community Learning and Engagement for the Jewish Community Project in Lower Manhattan.


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Nature-based Education A positive impact for children who are special learners By Jean Sheff

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reen Chimneys, a fully functioning academic school for “special learners” in Putman County has 110 day and 100 residential students. The school works specifically with children ages 5 to 18 who are either dealing with psychological issues or are on the autism spectrum. These are children who have not experienced success in traditional public schools. Children are referred to Green Chimneys from school districts throughout New York state and each child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). It’s Green Chimneys’ therapeutic approach to special education that makes their school extraordinary. They offer students the opportunity to interact with nature through their Farm & Wildlife Center where the students care for animals and un-releasable wildlife, as well as tend to the gardens. This provides education inside and outside the classroom, as well as the unique therapeutic value that nature-based programming affords.

Animals Michael Kaufmann, the director of the Farm & Wildlife Center and The Sam and Myra Ross Institute, which is Green Chimneys’ advocacy and research entity focused on education and practices in human-animal interaction, says there are more than 200 animals in the program. “We are home to a vast array of animals including horses, cows, pigs, dogs, sheep, goats, and chickens,” says Kaufmann. “The care of these animals is embedded in the daily life of the students, for both therapy and education.” There are also some 50 birds in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. “Because these birds are not domesticated, students do not provide hands-on care for these birds, which include owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures.” The birds arrive injured with the goal to rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. “The Wildlife Center offers an educational

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At Green Chimney’s Farm & Wildlife Center a student and farm staff take care of the animals. This unique program offers educational and therapeutic values.

component,” says Kaufmann. “The students learn about boundaries with wildlife and observe the process of the birds’ healing and release.” Much like Green Chimneys’ goal for the students, which is to return to their family and home school district. How it works Most students arrive at Green Chimneys discouraged from their school failures. “By connecting with nature the program looks to create a mind shift, if you will,” says Kaufmann. “The nature connection can have a profound effect on the students, helping to create trust and enthusiasm.” As a therapeutic tool a student’s social worker, speech or occupational therapist can take the student to the farm or garden and conduct their session there. This helps to build a bridge with nature and the adult as well. Or the student can participate in Animal-Assisted Activities, which Kaufmann describes as interactions almost vocational in nature. And sometimes participation is a mixture of both. “When the students become caretakers of the animals all of a sudden they are not focused on themselves or their failures but the fact that a little lamb needs them,” he says. “This raises their self-esteem and helps them make positive emotional connections. Education follows in short order – the students are measuring the animal’s food and a variety of other tasks that serve as pre-academic skills.” Field horticulture is also a place of

learning and healing. It can also teach disappointment. “We had a tomato blight last summer and the students had to deal with the ramifications,” says Kaufmann. How the program works is individual for each student. Some children develop a greater frustration tolerance, others learn to become less selfcentered and more empathetic - all of which translates into their daily life. Success stories Kaufmann says he sees many children thrive. When one 8-year-old boy arrived at Green Chimneys’ residential program he was extremely food focused. Breakfast is scheduled at 8 a.m. and this youngster was assigned the job of feeding the ponies at 7:30 a.m. with his teacher. It was especially difficult for him to have to tend to the ponies before he had his breakfast. But after a few months he made a connection with the ponies. One day when his teacher explained they had to go to breakfast this same child – who now had learned empathy and selfcontrol – explained they would go, but first they had to finish feeding the ponies. Whether it’s digging in the soil for an hour, feeding ponies or measuring food for a hawk, Kaufman says interaction with nature is very healing. He says they don’t start with big expectations – but it seems clear they get measurable results. Jean Sheff is editor of Westchester Family.


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let’s go highlights at the museum include Harlem Air Shaft sheet music from Duke Ellington and access to the Savory Collection, an acclaimed treasure trove of more than 100 hours of live recordings of jazz legends made from New York City radio broadcasts aired between 1935 and 1941. We liked a map of historic Harlem nightclubs from the 1930s such as The Savoy Ballroom and The Cotton Club. It was clear that the area was once teeming with several dozen nightclubs. The map also mentioned that there were 500 illegal speakeasies where musicians could often be found playing, which my son found interesting.

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Step back in time at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem and see historic sheet music, piano rolls, music catalogs and more.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem By Stacey Pfeffer

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had seen the Jazz Museum posters beckoning me from the Metro-North Harlem 125th Street station. Somehow, despite growing up in a jazz-filled home, I had not yet visited. So on a blustery Sunday, I decided to board the train with my 10-yearold music-loving son and check it out. Free jam session We had chosen this particular Sunday because on the second Sunday of the month, the museum offers free intergenerational jam sessions for visitors from 2 to 5 p.m. On our visit, there was a quintet playing led by pianist Eli Yamin. Yamin heads up the Jazz Power Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to getting youth excited about jazz. Additional musicians in the quintet included a bassist, a drummer, a trumpet player, and an alto saxophonist. The musicians ranged in age from a 19-year-old saxophonist to an elder statesman of jazz - a trumpeter who played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra. “We can get from 70 to 80 people in attendance at these events,” says Yamin, who loves the live events at the museum. “We want to teach kids that jazz is a living art form and these sessions do exactly that.”

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Up close and personal My son loved the intimate space and a chance to see the musicians up close. “Look how quickly the drummer moves his hands,” he pointed out. And he wasn’t the only child in attendance. On our visit, we saw toddlers to teens tapping their feet during the performance, which consisted of three sets. Audience participation was encouraged and in the second set audience members had a chance to jam with the musicians. During the first set, Yamin announced that it was Walter Perkins’ birthday (a deceased drummer) so the band was going to pay homage to him. He noted that Perkins was famous for saying, “There are no stars in the band. We are all part of a team,” and then the quintet played beautifully together. In true jazz fashion, each band member had a chance to improvise as they flexed their musical muscles. Noteworthy displays When you first walk into the 1,900-squarefoot museum, you’ll see Duke Ellington’s white baby grand piano. There was also an old-fashioned phonograph, along with a radio and piano, which were major staples in most living rooms during Harlem’s heyday. Other

Jazz’s influence on pop music The museum seeks to show the evolution of this indigenous American art form and how its roots can be found in songs from other popular musicians such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. “The museum is a great place to explore both the past and future of jazz music. It is the perfect place for parents and their kids to learn together,” explains Sam Ginsberg, the museum’s education and programming assistant. Because the museum is so small in size and the material requires at least a baseline understanding of the music, it is best for kids ages 10 and up. Be sure to check out the calendar of events at jazzmuseuminharlem. org/events so you can catch a free concert with talented musicians on your visit. Otherwise a visit to the museum while carefully looking at all its contents only takes between 45 to 60 minutes. If you are hoping to extend your trip to the city, a number of iconic Harlem restaurants are nearby, including Sylvia’s and Red Rooster and they make the perfect pit stop to round out your visit. Stacey Pfeffer is a writer and editor based in Chappaqua. When You Go…. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem 58 W. 129th St. New York, N.Y. jazzmuseuminharlem.org 212-348-8300 Hours Thursday through Monday: 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday Admission Adults and children ages 12 and up: $10 suggested donation Children under 12 are free


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Take a “toot-ally” terrific ride as Thomas the Tank Engine pulls into the station at Essex Steam Train in Essex, Conn. this month.

Day Out with Thomas 2019 All aboard for a special day with everyone’s favorite engine! Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and go on a short ride, plus meet Sir Topham Hatt and Percy the Small Green Engine. The Day Out also includes carnival rides, face painting, storytelling, music and magic shows, a petting zoo and more! 9am-3:45pm April 20, 27, 28 and May 4, 5. For all ages. $26.50. Children under 2 free. Reservations required. Essex Steam Train, 15 Plains Rd., Essex, Conn. 860-767-0103. essexsteamtrain.com.

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✪ Easter Bunny Photos. Put on your holiday best, and a big smile, for a picture with the Easter Bunny! Kids also receive a free gift. Mondays - Thursdays, 11am-8pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9pm, Sundays, 11am7pm, until April 19. For all ages. Photo packages start at $29.99. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914-9689570. crosscountycenter.com.

✪ The LEGO® Movie™ Days. It’s the ultimate celebration of The LEGO® Movie™ 2! Join Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang for awesome building activities, out-of-this-world character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more! Sundays - Thursdays, 10am-7pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9pm, until April 28. For all ages. Admission: $24.95 and up online, $29.95 and up onsite. Children 2 and under free. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

● ● Storytime with Mr. Ben. A weekly storytime featuring songs and crafts. Mondays, 4pm. Recommended for ages 1-5, but all are welcome. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 3089 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-6275. barnesandnoble. com.

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Hello spring, goodbye wool! See sheep get sheared and celebrate the new season at Stone Barns on April 27.

✪ SuperPower Dogs in IMAX. Go on a journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs that save lives and to discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Daily, 11am, 2pm & 4pm. For all ages. One IMAX movie included with admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org. ● ● ✪ Very Young People’s

Concerts: Forte and Piano. See City Picks page 41.

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✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Wake Up, Garden! Spring into gardening by sowing seeds, digging and watering. Explore the Edible Academy’s soil, plus take worm castings for your home garden. Tuesdays - Fridays, 1:30-5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am5:30pm, today - May 12. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass. Weekdays: $23 adults, $10

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children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.

● Toddlers’ Tuesday Morning Storytime. Join Barnes & Noble booksellers for a story and coloring activity every week in the Children’s Department. Tuesdays, 11am. For toddlers. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 2614 Central

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● older kids ✪ families ✖ adults


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Park Ave., Yonkers. 914-771-6400. barnesandnoble.com.

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The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

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● Pre-K Caretaker and Me.

● ● Budding Bud-

Learn about a different farm animal every week with a story, small walk and craft. Animals include sheep, goats and chickens. 10am & 2pm today and April 12, 19. Ages 4-5 with adult. $25. Preregistration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

dhas’ Yoga for Tots. Stay active with your little one and have fun doing yoga exercises. Meets at the Connect Lounge, Level 4. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. Ages 2 1/2 -5. Reservations not required. The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains. 914-683-8600. simon.com/mall/the-westchester.

● ● Itsy Bitsy Playgroup. Connect with other parents over the joys and bumps of parenthood while engaging your little one in a group setting through music, motor play and story time. 10:30-11:30am today and April 10, 17. For parents of infants and toddlers. Reservations not required. Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-7191. templesholom.com.

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Keep an eye out for the Bat-Signal at the White Plains Comic­ Fest on April 27, a day for comics and movie fans.

White Plains ComicFest ✪ From superheroes to Star Wars characters, come in costume and celebrate all things pop culture! The White Plains ComicFest is the fastest growing ComicFest in New York, featuring comics, special guests, independent artists, cosplay, video games, face painting, button making and more. Presented by The White Plains Cares Coalition. 11am-6pm April 27. For all ages. Fees charged for Cosplay and Gaming Tournaments. Reservations not required. The Galleria at White Plains (Food Court Level), 100 Main St., White Plains. 914-422-1378. theconatwp.com.

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● ● Doll Spring Bonnet Workshop. Get your favorite American Girl doll ready for the warmer weather and spring holidays by creating a unique, colorful spring bonnet for her to wear. 11am-noon. Ages 7 and up. $15. All supplies included. Preregistration required. Girl AGain, 4 Martine Ave., Store 2B, White Plains. 914-358-1460. girlagain. com.

● ● ✪ ✖ Newsies. Extra!

✪ Drop In and Create: Person-

Extra! Direct from Broadway comes the smash-hit musical based on Disney’s 1992 film. This defiant tale of feisty kids making a difference is a high-energy explosion of song and dance. Wednesdays - Sundays, until May 26. Check website for show schedule. For children ages 5 and up. $53-$89. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, One Broadway Plz., Elmsford. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

able Planters. Design an expressive planter to grow a potted plant, modeled after the colorful sculpture of Maria Nepomuceno. Take it home and watch your art flourish! Saturdays, 1-4pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $5 children 8 and up, children under 8 free. Reservations not required. Hudson Valley MOCA, 1701 Main St., Peekskill. 914-788-0100. hudsonvalleymoca. org.

✪ Storm King Season Opening. Visit this 500-acre outdoor museum and experience largescale sculpture under open sky. A beautiful place to appreciate both art and nature. Wednesdays - Sundays, 10am-5:30pm, beginning today. For all ages. $18 adults, $8 children 5-18, children 4 and under free. Reservations not required. Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd., Mountainville. 845-534-3115. stormking.org.

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Ridge Hill, 167 Market St., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com.

● Chloe’s Baby Gym. Learn fun and useful ways to play with your little one in baby’s first gym class! Enjoy music, movement games, sensory exploration and play experiences designed with baby’s specific developmental milestones in mind. Thursdays, 2:30-3:15pm. For ages 2-9 months. $20 per class. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-3465148. lilchameleon.com.

● ● Cooking with Your Tot. Learn some new family cooking tips and meet other parents, too! Chef Jessica leads valuable, hands-on lessons for you and your little one. This month’s theme is “Mornings are for Muffins!” 9:30am. For ages 18 months-4 years. $29.95 for adult and child. Reservations required on Eventbrite. Search “Cooking with Your Tot.” Sur La Table

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● ● Exploring Play. Every month features a new theme brought to life for young children through creative and fun movement activities, song, story and a take home project for all. Fridays, 11-11:30am. Ages 2-4. Free with $7 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm.org.

● ● Fish Tales. Enjoy stories, songs and games for toddlers that encourage their emerging language skills, followed by a play time. Fridays, 10:15-11am. For ages 5 and under with caregiver. Free with admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Space is limited.

✪ Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages. See #AnimalEncounters page 40.

● ● ✪ Family Saturdays @ The Lab. Budding media-makers explore, discover and create amazing projects. Learn all about green screens with three hands-on media activities. 10:30am-12:30pm. Recommended for ages 3-13. Reservations not required. Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab, 405 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-773-7663. burnsfilmcenter.org.


✪ Feed the Animals. It’s feeding time at Teatown. What nutritious foods are in the animals’ lunchboxes? Help prepare food for and feed a few Animal Ambassadors. 11am-noon. For all ages. $8. Preregistration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-7622912, ext. 110. teatown.org.

✪ First Saturday Art Workshop. Learn about paper quilling - the art of rolling, shaping and gluing paper together to create beautiful pictures. Investigate patterns and forms found in nature and how to recreate those in this form. 11am-1pm. For all ages. Free with $7 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

✪ Free Arts Day. An afternoon of hands-on opportunities to explore everything from painting and ceramics to 3D printing and robotics. Plus, enjoy a children’s concert and then “meet the instruments” and the instructors who play them. 1pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Rd., Rye. 914-967-0700. ryeartscenter.org. ✪ The Jungle Book. Take a walk on the wild side in this musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. Join young Mowgli as he learns about the “laws” of the jungle, survival and friendship. 1pm. For all ages. $15. Reservations required. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-5795. ridgefieldplayhouse.org. ● ✪ Kids’ Workshop: Birdhouse. Encourage a love of nature and birds in this hands-on workshop. Build a birdhouse and then decorate it with paint and stickers. Take it home and watch for winged visitors! 9am-noon. Recommended for ages 5-12 with a parent or caregiver. Pre-registration required. Home Depot

stores in Mt. Pleasant, Nanuet, New Rochelle, Port Chester, W. Nyack, Yonkers. homedepot.com.

✪ Lyndhurst Flower Show. Lyndhurst mansion is transformed into a wonderland of color and fragrance with amazing floral displays which you can see without a guided tour. From 11am-12:30pm on both days of the show, check out special Floral Weaving Family Workshops, included with admission. 10am-4pm today and April 7. For all ages. $25 adults, $15 children 6-16, children under 6 free. Reservations required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914631-4481. lyndhurst.org. ● ● ✪ Meet the Eels. See #AnimalEncounters page 40.

✪ The Nature of Birds. Birds seem so fragile, yet they survive many challenges in nature. Learn what special traits, adaptations and survival strategies our feathered friends employ. 10-11:30am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Park, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. friendsofreadwildlifesanctuary. org.

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✪ Pleasantville Farmers’ Market. The largest year-round farmers’ market in Westchester is back at its outdoor location. With over 50 vendors selling a variety of foods and other goods, you can always discover something new or find returning favorites. Plus, enjoy live music, kids’ events and more. Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm. Reservations not required. Memorial Plaza (near Metro-North station), Pleasantville. 914-205-4545. pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org. ● ● ✪ Saturday Art Project for Families. Create whimsical terrariums, a fun environment for your favorite creature figurines. Beginners welcome! 10amnoon. For ages 6 and up. $40 for parent and child, $10 each additional person. Pre-registration April 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com

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required. Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, 196 Central Ave., White Plains. 914606-7500. sunywcc.edu.

✪ Stomping Grounds. It’s the grand opening of this new exhibit! Find out more about the vast array of habitat types in our area as you explore new interactive elements, toys, books and games. Opening weekend activities also include special “Meet the Animals” programs about native animals. Noon-4pm today and April 7. For all ages. $5. Children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center, 25 Boulevard, Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org. ✪ Weekend Admission. Experience what’s happening on the farm with a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours. Go at your own pace! Dress for a day outdoors. Rain or shine. 10am-5pm today and April 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 and 28. For all ages. $22 adults, $10 children 2-14, children under 2 free. Reservations required. Tickets available for purchase four weeks in advance. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills. 914366-6200. stonebarnscenter.org.

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PJ Masks, they’re the PJ Masks! See the kid superheroes on stage at The Palace Theatre in Stamford, Conn. on April 30.

PJ MASKS LIVE: Save The Day ✪ Everyone’s favorite heroic trio is leaping, flipping and climbing live on stage in an all-new musical show. Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they work into the night to thwart some familiar sneaky villains. 3pm & 6pm April 30. For all ages. $35-$110. Reservations required. The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford, Conn. 203-325-4466. palacestamford.org.

into the river. A Wave Hill Hudson River Eel Weekend event. 2-3:30pm. Ages 8 and up. $10. Pre-registration required. Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St., Yonkers. 914-3771900. wavehill.org.

✪ Family Art Project: The Epic

You caught a shadow cross the street out of the corner of your eye. Something has raided your bird feeder. Could it be a Sasquatch? Look for clues together as a family. 10am. For all ages. $10. Pre-registration requested. Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St., Larchmont. 914834-1443. sheldrakecenter.org.

of an Eel. Celebrate the arduous journey eels make during their annual migration. Create your own puppet theater to act out stories about these epic underwater adventures. Hudson River Eel Weekend event. 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill. org.

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CURB. Put on waders and head out into the Hudson River to collect eels and other creatures in fyke (bag) nets. Assist with recording valuable data, including counting and weighing the little eels before releasing them back

bernation time is over! Explore the trails with a naturalist and identify the different signs of spring. See who is awake after a long winter’s nap and how they welcome the new season. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Reservations

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For older kids and adults. $18 adults, $15 children under 12. Reservations required. The Play Group Theatre, One N. Broadway, White Plains. 914-946-4433. playgroup.org.

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not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

✪ Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. Herald in the start of spring and the blooming of the cherry trees with a Japanese Taiko drum performance and colorful Japanese dances. Following the performance, take part in flower arrangement and origami workshops. Parents note that the drums are loud, so use judgment for sensory-sensitive children. 1:30-3:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-738-2525. pelhamartcenter.org. ● ✖ Miss You Like Hell. A timely, powerful new musical that follows a mother on the verge of deportation and her troubled relationship with her daughter. The two embark on a road trip and meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams and complicated truths. 2pm & 7pm today and April 14.

✪ Sensory-Friendly Morning. Lights are turned lower and music and other sounds are turned down or off to give guests with sensory-processing differences a fun, comfortable and accepting environment. Specially selected IMAX movies are also sensoryfriendly. 8am-noon. For all ages. Admission: $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org. ✪ Spring Sunday Explorers. Early spring means fun and discoveries! Check out animal meet and greets, take a farm tour, take a hike and do an art project and other crafts. Check website for schedule of activities. 1-4pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $12 adults, $6 children 4-17, children under 4 free. Reservations not required. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203-3221646. stamfordmuseum.org. ✪ The Wizard of Oz. Family fun isn’t somewhere over the rainbow - it’s here in Westchester! Share the story of Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow with your kids at this special screening. Before the movie, enjoy activities, a musical performance and more. 1pm. For all ages. Reservations required. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390. tarrytownmusichall.org.

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what they have in store for you today. 9am-4pm. For all ages. $15 adults, $12 children 3-11, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203-394-6565. beardsleyzoo.org.

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● Tech Toy Smorgasbord. Go from station to station playing with an array of tech toys such as Makey Makey, Squishy Circuits, Ozobots and littleBits. 4:30pm. For grades K-5. Preregistration required. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem. 914-875-9004. lewisborolibrary. org.

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Parr. Enjoy a special afternoon of storytelling with awardwinning author and illustrator Todd Parr. Hear several of his family-themed books, including The Family Book, which celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. 4:305pm. Recommended for ages 3-7. Pre-registration requested. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-428-4220. artswestchester.org.

● ● Storytime for Toddlers. Imagine yourself on the moon in this fun, upbeat storytime session. 11:30am-noon today and April 24. Ages 1-4. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

● ● Wiggle, Giggle Time with Dawny Dew. Wiggle to music, giggle to funny rhymes and pretend to be wild and wonderful animals in this lively interactive program with “Dawny Dew” Halasz. Wednesdays, 9:30am, 10:15am & 11:00am. Choose one session only per day. For ages 2-4. Reservations not required. Rye Free Reading Room,

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✪ Earth & Arbor Day Fun! A dual celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day with plenty of activities for all. 10am3pm April 28. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte. 35 and Rte. 121, Cross River. 914-864-7322. friendsoftrailside.org. ✪ Earth Day Celebration 2019. A party for Mother Earth! Get in on the fun with storytelling and puppetry, meeting live animals, live music, interactive games, hay rides and more. Check website for full activity list. 11am-3pm April 27. For all ages. $5 per car. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm. org.

● ● Earth Day Upcycled Flower Craft. Using recycled egg cartons and a few other fun materials, craft a beautiful flower arrangement. Reduce, reuse and recycle on Earth Day and every day! 4-4:40pm April 22. Ages 3-6. $20 children, $5 siblings. Pre-registration required. Lil

1061 Boston Post Rd., Rye. 914967-0480. ryelibrary.org.

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✪ Budding Botanist. Search for plants and animals in the Children’s Garden as they grow and

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Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

✪ Earth Week Celebration. Dig in and make a difference for Mother Earth. This day of volunteer projects includes planting in the gardens, turning the compost, clearing trails and more. Plus, check out workshops on beekeeping and backyard composting and be an environmental steward in a tree planting ceremony. Noon-4pm April 28. For all ages. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. ✪ Party for the Planet. Get ready to celebrate Earth Day by admiring the planet’s diverse and amazing wildlife. Learn about the Zoo’s conservation initiatives and how to become a Citizen Scientist. Plus, enjoy music performances and fun family games. Noon-3pm April 13 and 14. For all ages. $15 adults, $12 children 3-11, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203394-6565. beardsleyzoo.org.

change through the season. Make a seed sprouting tape to plant at home and design a button that proclaims why you love plants. Tuesdays - Fridays, 1:30-5:30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am5:30pm, until June 7. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass.

Weekdays: $23 adults, $10 children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.


April ● Museum Minis. Meet up in Toddler Beach for songs, movement, stories and plenty of fun. Thursdays, 10:30-11am. Ages 1824 months. Free with $7 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

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✪ Easter Bunny Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch. See Hop into Easter page 39.

Friday ● Fun with Seeds. Enjoy

a snack, read a book and plant your own vegetable seeds to take home. 1pm. For preschoolers. Pre-registration required. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem. 914-875-9004. lewisborolibrary.org.

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What a busy bunny! Meet the Easter Bunny during special meals at Stew Leonard’s in Yonkers and at other exciting holiday events!

✪ Yuri’s Night. Venture into orbit during this celebration of humanity’s past, present and future in space (named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin). Enjoy planetarium shows, fun projects, a Vostok capsule photo-op, moon-themed food, space karaoke and more. 7-10pm. For all ages. $15. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550. hrm. org.

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● ✖ Working. The Harrison Players Community Theatre Group Presents the musical Working, which follows a variety of workers representing different regions and occupations. With songs by James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more. 8pm today; 2pm & 8pm April 13; 2pm April 14. Ages 12 and up. $25. Reservations required. The Veterans’ Memorial Building, 210 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-6301089. harrisonplayers.org.

✪ Denet Family 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Holiday fun for a great cause! All of the money raised by this event, organized by a Shrub Oak family for the 12th year running, goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to thousands of eggs to find, kids can enjoy crafts, games, food and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Remember to take baskets. 11am April 13. For all ages. $20 per family. Reservations not required. Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, 3401 Old Yorktown Rd., Yorktown Heights. 914-299-4071. fundraising. stjude.org/egghunt2019. ✪ Easter Bunny Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch. Share a special meal - and get a picture - with the Easter Bunny! Stew Leonard’s chefs offer a farm fresh menu for the family featuring the store’s most-loved items. 10am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm April 13 and 14. For all ages. $16.95 adults, $14.95 children 2-12, children under 2 free. Reservations required. Stew Leonard’s 1 Stew Leonard Dr., Yonkers. 914-375-4700. stewleonards.com.

✪ Hopping with the Bunny. An early Easter celebration at New Roc City! Visit with the Easter Bunny, plus enjoy games, crafts, snacks and more. 5:30-7:00pm April 19. For all ages. Pre-registration required. FunFuzion at New Roc City, 29 LeCount Pl., New Rochelle. 914-637-7575. funfuziononline.com.

✪ Birthday Howl for Zephyr, Alawa & Nikai. Celebrate the birthdays of three of the WCC’s most popular wolves. Assemble “wolfy” gifts and then enjoy watching Zephyr, Alawa and Nikai tear them open! 2pm

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today; 11am & 2pm April 20. For all ages. $14 adults, $11 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.

✪ Denet Family 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. See Hop into Easter page 39.

● ● ● ✪ Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz. See City

✪ Family Birding Program. Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! With a naturalist, explore Sheldrake in search of resident and migrating birds. Learn how to use binoculars, your eyes and your ears to find and identify birds. Take binoculars if you have. 9am. For all ages. $10. Pre-registration requested. Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St., Larchmont. 914834-1443. sheldrakecenter.org. ● ● ● ✪ Family Tour: Portrait MOVES. Dive into the portraits featured in the exhibition “Art & Identity.” Focus on the subjects’ posture and gesture, discuss the connections between our minds and our bodies and engage in simple, movement-based activities. 2:30pm. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Admission: $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-9634550. hrm.org.

✪ Kids in the Kitchen: Cassatedde. Create a version of this Sicilian half-moon-shaped pastry with a sweet filling. Variations of these pastries are made all over southern Italy around Eastertime. 12:30pm. For all ages. $70 for adult and child. Pre-registration required. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Pl., Tuckahoe. 914-771-8700. wiccny.org.

✪ Laurie Berkner LIVE! The Greatest Hits Solo Tour. Sing and dance along during a live solo concert by this legendary children’s recording artist. The show features popular hits like “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “We Are The Dinosaurs,” plus songs that are not often heard at Laurie’s full-band concerts. Kids

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should take a stuffed animal (for their heads). 11am. For all ages. $20-$35. Reservations required. Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-831-5004. wallstreettheater.com.

start to finish. Younger kids work on simpler tasks, while older kids have the opportunity to work independently, and acquire some advanced kitchen skills. 10:45am & 3pm today and April 28. For all ages. $50. Pre-registration required. Fiddleheads Cooking Studio, 143 Armonk Rd., Mt. Kisco. 646-853-6046. fiddleheadscookingstudio.com.

● ● ✪ Morning Farm Chores.

✪ PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue. See City Picks page 41.

✪ Party for the Planet. See Our Extraordinary Earth page 38.

✪ Performing Families. Celebrate the bonds of music with four family ensembles from around the world as they perform and discuss the meaning of kinship, tradition and the arts. 7-9pm. For all ages. $10. Children under 10 free. Reservations required. ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-428-4220. artswestchester.org. ● Rhyme & Read. Get a head start on reading skills through this innovative program featuring nursery rhymes set to song. Support materials include instructions in both English and Spanish. 11-11:30am today and April 20. For ages 2-5. Free with $7 museum admission. Space is limited. First-come, first-served. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

● ● ✖ Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises. Journey out onto Long Island Sound in hopes of seeing some of the seals and waterfowl just off the Aquarium’s shores. Final cruises of the

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Rise and shine at Muscoot for this hands-on farming experience. Learn the morning routine at the farm and help feed cows, collect hen eggs, get up close and personal with sheep and pygmy goats and more! Dress for farm work. 8am. Ages 8 and up with an adult. $6 or $20 for family of four. Pre-registration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm. org.

✪ Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages. Visit the wolves during their favorite hour - dusk - and learn all about wolf families. Take a short sunset hike to howl with Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr. Treats served. Take flashlights. 5:30pm April 6. For all ages. $16 adults, $13 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.

● ● ✪ Feeding Time! Make the early rounds and help as Aquarium staff feed all sorts of hungry animals from diamondback terrapins and rays to harbor seals. Plus, go behind-the-scenes as an aquarist feeds the big sharks - with the chance to toss in some food to see who bites. 8:30-10am April 17. Ages 5 and up. $40 adults, $20 children 12 and under. Pre-registration required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

● ● ✪ Meet the Eels. Drop in to see live eels! Learn more about them from a science educator from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Eel Project. Hudson River Eel Weekend event. 1-1:30pm April 6. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

season! Binoculars are provided. 2pm today; 2:30pm April 14. All passengers must be at least 42 inches tall. $29.95. Reservations required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700.

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Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. Severe weather cancels. 1pm. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● ● Family Sundays: Butterflies & Dragonflies. Make and decorate beautiful creatures with movable wings. Class begins with a demonstration of the art project, which is meant to be done by adult and child. Dress for mess. 3-4pm. Recommended for ages 2-8. Adults free, $30 children, $20 siblings. Pre-registration required. Young at Art, 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale. 914-723-9229. youngatartworkshop.com.

✪ Great Green Eggstravaganza. Celebrate the emergence of spring with an environmentallyfriendly egg hunt! Plus, make egg-citing crafts, meet some of the Center’s animals on the great lawn and join a naturalist to discover signs of the season. Held rain or shine. 11am-3pm. For all ages. $10 in advance, $15 onsite. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

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✪ NY Metro Reptile Expo.

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✪ Family Cooking. A recipe for fun! During this class, children learn how to cook a meal from

Slither on over to the Northeast’s largest reptile show. More than 150 breeders have thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians and arachnids on display and for sale,


along with other reptile-related items. 9am-4pm. For all ages. $10 adults, $5 children 7-12, children under 7 free. Reservations not required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 845-526-4845. reptileexpo. com.

● Science Sunday. Drop in for hands-on science exploration, with a different theme every month. 11:30am-12:15pm. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Free with $7 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org. ● ● ● ✪ Signs of Spring Family Play Date. Emerge from your winter slumber at this fun event featuring a puppet show, games, music, a scavenger hunt and other family activities! Plus, look for the sights, sounds, smells and other amazing signs of the new season. 10am-noon. Ages 2 and up. $8. Reservations not required. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-5272. greenwich. audubon.org.

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✪ Afternoon Studios: Spring Wreaths. Help our feathered friends get ready for spring in this nature-themed afternoon workshop. Create your own outdoor wreaths full of the things that birds need to make their nests. 2-4pm. For all ages. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org.

● ● ✪ Bring the Kids! Spring Break. Enjoy a family-focused tour of the Historic House Museum. Explore the past through hands-on activities. Then, take a break with a snack and bring the memories home with a special craft. Themes include “Laundry Time” and “Quill Writing.”

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● ● ● ✪ Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz. Dorothy is whisked away by tornado from her New York City apartment! What happens next? Follow the Yellow Brick Road for this world premiere of a new take on the classic tale. Featuring an original score, memorable characters and thrilling dance. 1pm April 13 and 14. Recommended for ages 2-11. $18. Reservations required. 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at E. 91st St., New York. 212-415-5500. 92y.org.

✪ Earth Day New York 2019. Join the most high-traffic Earth Day event in the country! Featuring kids’ activities, live performances, green businesses and dozens of organizations. Plus, learn how to green your life in simple and impactful ways! Noon-6:30pm April 23. For all ages. Reservations not required. Union Square Park, E. 17th St. and Broadway, New York. 212-922-0048. dojust1thing.org. ✪ New York International Auto Show. Kick it into high gear at this annual New York tradition featuring hundreds of the latest and greatest cars and trucks. Kids can take the wheel in the displays, plus there are giveaways and other activities. Mondays - Saturdays, 10am-10pm, Sundays, 10am-7pm, April 19 - April 28. For all ages. $17 adults, $7 children 3-12, children 2 and under free. Reservations not required. Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., New York. 212-216-2000. autoshowny.com. ✪ PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue. No job is too big, no pup is too small! Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everyone’s favorite heroic pups work together to save the day during the Great Adventure Bay Race. 10:30am, 2pm & 5:30pm April 13 and 14. For all ages. $29 and up. Children under 1 free.

9:30-11:30am & 1-3pm today and April 17. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $12. Pre-registration required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.

● Spring Nature Experience Camp. Spend spring break exploring the wonders of nature! Each day of camp includes

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Hit the road for family fun at the New York International Auto Show, pulling in to the Javits Center April 19-28.

Reservations required. Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 2 Pennsylvania Plz., New York. 212-465-6741. msg.com.

● ● ● ✪ Spring Storytime. Listen to stories about the arrival of spring and find out what 19th century ladies would have added to their wardrobes as the weather got warmer. Following storytime, make a pipe cleaner bug to take home. 10:30am. Recommended for ages 6 and under. Reservations not required. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., New York. 212-838-6878. mvhm.org. ● ● ✪ Very Young People’s Concerts: Forte and Piano. It’s never too early to give little ones an appreciation of music. In one fun-filled hour, the New York Philharmonic combines games, storytelling and great music, unlocking young children’s imaginations. 10:30am April 1. For ages 3-6. $26-$31. Reservations required. Merkin Hall, 129 W. 67th St., New York. 212-875-5656. nyphil.org.

fun crafts, games and outdoor adventures (in case of inclement weather, the program is held indoors). Children take their own lunches, but nutritious snacks are provided. Daily, 9:30am-1:30pm; today - April 19. For grades K-3. $350. Pre-registration required. Must be a GNC member to sign up. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-

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revved up for a morning of exploring - you got it - big trucks in the library parking lot. 10amnoon. For all ages. Reservations not required. Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua.

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914-238-4779. chappaqualibrary. org.

● ● Crafting Around the Corner: Kids’ Bedroom Sign. Kids create their very own personalized sign with their name and first initial. A great bedroom decoration! All materials, step-by-step instruction and a light snack included. 3:30pm. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Younger children can attend if a parent stays and helps them. $30. Pre-registration required. The Studio Around the Corner, 67 Main St., Suite 101, Brewster. 845363-8330. culturalartsco.com.

✪ School’s Out/Art’s In. Get creative during spring break! Drop in for activities led by teaching artists and explore landscapes, natural worlds, imagined lands and materials from nature. 10am-3pm today and April 17, 18, 19. For all ages. $10. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

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Rosie Revere and her friends save the day thanks to the power of STEM in a fun musical at the Emelin Theatre on April 27.

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● ● ✪ Bring the Kids! Spring ● ● ● Spring Break JAM. Get grooving during Spring Break with an immersive music experience. A class leader and musicians lead the way through songs celebrating spring, favorite tunes, interactive chants and dances. 9:30am & 10:30am. For ages 6 months-4 years with a participating adult. $35 children, $20 siblings. Pre-registration required. GROOVE @ Koryo Martial Arts, 13 Addison St., Larchmont. 914834-3383. findgroove.com.

✪ Stop & Shake. Meet members of the Yonkers Police Department and shake their hands as you encounter them throughout the mall. Kids can also take a tour inside the Mobile Command Center. This initiative is meant to build strong personal relationships and communication between law enforcement and the community they serve. 1-3pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914-968-9570. cross-

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● ● ✪ Feeding Time! See #AnimalEncounters page 40.

✪ Free Movie Screening: Disneynature’s Penguins. In honor of Earth Day, see Disneynature’s newest film and go on an amazing journey with an Adélie penguin named Steve. Presented by White Plains BID. 10am. For all ages. Reservations required. City Center 15: Cinema de Lux, 19 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-328-5166. wpbid.com.

● ● Jeffrey Friedberg of the Bossy Frog Band. Music and fun help kids learn! This program develops memory skills and an ability to recognize patterns and sequences through echo, call and response and add-on songs. 10:30-11am. Ages 1-5. Reservations not required. Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., Harrison. 914-835-0324. harrisonpl.org.

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● Young Discoverers. Stimulate curious minds at this weekly science-based “drop-in” program. Simple experiments and craft projects add to the excitement of learning something new. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. For ages 2-5. Free with $7 admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

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✪ Afternoon Studios: Spring Staycation. Use art to transport yourself to your favorite vacation spot in this imaginative painting workshop. 2-4pm. For all ages. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org.

● Open Studio for Kids. Make art inspired by the figures, shapes and paintings of Nina Chanel Abney and the works in her “Royal Flush” exhibition. Young artists should wear play clothes or take a smock so they can get extra creative. Snack and juice

provided. 3:30-4:45pm. Recommended for ages 5-10, but all are welcome. $15. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914251-6100. neuberger.org.

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✪ Dinosaur Safari. A roaring good time is back at the Bronx Zoo! Take the biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America to see 40 life-size animatronic dinos. Learn about a variety of species and connections between animals at the zoo and their prehistoric predecessors. Plus, visit the fossil dig area, take photos and more. Weekdays, 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am5:30pm, beginning today. For all ages. Included in Total Experience Tickets. $39.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

✪ Hopping with the Bunny. See Hop into Easter page 39.

✪ Interfaith Musical Seder.


April Share the story of Passover and a festive meal during this traditional Passover seder for people of all faiths. Led by Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz and special musical guest Sheldon Low. 6pm. For all ages. $54 adults, $18 children 12 and under. Reservations required by April 12. Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-7191. templesholom.com.

$14 adults, $11 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.

✪ Family Art Project: The Earth on the Turtle’s Back. Listen to the Iroquois story of how Earth came to be. Honor all our planet has given us by screen-printing a turtle image and building layers of earth atop its shell, creating a printing plate using natural and upcycled materials. 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

✪ New York International Auto Show. See City Picks page 41.

● ● ● ✪ Spring Storytime. See City Picks page 41.

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Saturday

✪ Birthday Howl for Zephyr,

✪ Margaret Steele Magic

Alawa & Nikai. See April 13.

Show. A performance full of colorful magic and music. Catch it before she disappears! 1-3pm. For all ages. $6. Pre-registration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

✪ Day Out with Thomas 2019. See page 31.

● ● ✪ Drop-In Clay Class. Play with clay while spending quality time together as a family. Professional ceramic artists guide these themed weekly handbuilding projects. No previous experience necessary! Saturdays, 1-3pm. Ages 5 and up. Children under 12 must attend with a guardian enrolled in the class. $30 adults, $20 children 12 and under. Space is limited. Spaces go on sale at the front desk at 10am. Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St., Port Chester. 914-937-2047. clayartcenter.org. ● ● Free Crafts for Kids. Drop in and make a different craft every week. Materials and templates provided. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. For ages 3 and up. Reservations not required. Lakeshore Learning Store, 969A Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914472-1820. lakeshorelearning.com. ● ● Kit’s Easter Basket Craft Workshop. Kit Kittredge liked to make sweet Easter treats in the 1930s. Honor Kit in this sweet tradition and decorate Easter baskets for American Girl dolls.

Naila Ruechel Flowers by Seasons on the Hudson

Spring is in bloom at the Lyndhurst Flower show April 6 and 7.

Craft small eggs and treats to fill the baskets. 11am-noon. Ages 7 and up. $15. All supplies included. Pre-registration required. Girl AGain, 4 Martine Ave., Store 2B, White Plains. 914-358-1460. girlagain.com.

✪ PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens. Art and nature exist in harmony on the grounds of PepsiCo’s headquarters. Marvel at over three dozen works by major twentieth century artists as you walk through the carefully tended landscape. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens, 700 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914253-3150. pepsico.com/sculpturegardens. ✪ Sky & Earth Day. Celebrate our planet and beyond! Create eco-friendly art and science projects, see planetarium shows about the environment and enjoy a live music performance in honor of Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday. Noon-5pm. For all ages. $7 adults, $4 children 3-18,

children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550. hrm.org.

● ✖ The Triplets of Belleville. Experience this Oscarnominated animated film in an unforgettable way. Featuring dancing, singing, sound effects and the original hot swing score performed live by its composer Benoît Charest and his eightpiece Orchestre Terrible de Belleville band. 8pm. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $20-$40 adults, $11.25-$21.25 children 16 and under. Reservations required. The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6200. artscenter.org.

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Sunday

✪ Egg Hunt with Wolves. Make your holiday the wildest one yet by joining in an egg hunt with a twist! Instead of looking for eggs, help hide them for Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr to find. 11am & 2pm. For all ages.

✪ New York International Auto Show. See City Picks page 41.

● ● ✪ ✖ Newsies. See April 3.

✪ Weekend Admission. See April 6.

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Monday

● ● ● Celebrate Earth Day. Get moving on Earth Day with this immersive music experience. A class leader and musicians lead the way through songs about nature, favorite tunes, interactive chants and dances. 9:30am & 10:30am. For ages 6 months-4 years with participating adult. $35 children, $20 siblings. Pre-registration required. JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale. 914-834-3383. findgroove.com.

● ● Earth Day Upcycled Flower Craft. See Our Extraordinary Earth page 38.

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✪ Monday Opening. Surround yourself with the beauty of nature on Earth Day at the New York Botanical Garden. Explore everything the 250-acre landmark has to offer during this rare Monday opening, including the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. 10am-6pm. For all ages. $28 adults, $12 children 2-12, children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718817-8700. nybg.org. ● ● Nature Art. Have fun drawing animals and plants, plus learn some cool things to do with paint so you can take home a piece of Sheldrake with you. 10am. Ages 8 and up. $20. Pre-registration required. Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St., Larchmont. 914-8341443. sheldrakecenter.org.

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Tuesday

✪ Earth Day New York 2019. See City Picks page 41.

● ● Paper Bag Pirate Puppets. Ahoy matey! Make your own swash-buckling pirate puppet. Choose your eyes, ears, mouth and hat or bandana style. 9:4510:15am. Ages 2-5. $20 children, $15 siblings. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

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Wednesday

● ✖ Ballet des Ameriques’ Westchester Wednesday Dance. Treat yourself to a night of vibrant culture. Witness the original work of the Ballet des Amériques, the Tarrytown Music Hall’s dance company in residence. Choreographer Carole Alexis presents a rich and sprawling repertoire. 7pm. For older kids and adults. $20-$35. Reservations required. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390. tarrytownmusichall.org.

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● ● Storytime for Toddlers. See April 10.

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Thursday

✪ The Orchid Show: Singapore. It’s the final days for this beautiful tradition. Step inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to see mesmerizing tropical orchids in displays that pay homage to Singapore’s achievements in orchid cultivation and conservation. 10am-6pm today and April 26, 27, 28. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.

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Friday

✪ Artful After School. Activities inspired by the art on view pop up around the KMA campus. Get creative and have fun with friends. 3-5pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, children under 12 free. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914-232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

● ● ✪ Mamma Mia! This live show features non-stop laughs, explosive dance numbers and, of course, timeless ABBA songs . Performed by a professional cast in two acts. 7:30pm today; 2pm & 7:30pm April 27; 2pm April 28. For school-aged children and up. $21-$29. Reservations not required. Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St., Yorktown Heights. 914-952-0606. yorktownstage.org. ● ● Stroller Tours. Pop your little one into a stroller and join other parents and caregivers for an interactive tour of the KMA’s current exhibitions. Fussy babies welcome. 9:30-10:30am. Recommended for adults with children under 18 months. Free with $10 admission. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914-2329555. katonahmuseum.org.

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Saturday

✪ Birds of Prey. Spread your wings and see falcons, hawks, owls and kestrels in person at the farm. With Pace University’s James Eyring. 1-2pm. For all ages. $6. Pre-registration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org. ✪ Cherry Blossom Festival. A day to celebrate spring and the blooming of the 100 cherry trees planted along the riverfront walkway in Peekskill. Kids can enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, candle making, flower pot painting, a scavenger hunt and more. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Peekskill. 10am5pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Peekskill Riverfront Green, Requa St., Peekskill. peekskillrotary.com. ✪ Earth Day Celebration 2019. See Our Extraordinary Earth page 38.

● ● ✪ Family Walk: Totally Trees. Discover how trees grow by looking at a tree’s parts and the role each part plays in a tree’s life cycle. With trees as your inspiration, embark on an adventure across the grounds with an environmental educator. Arbor Weekend event. 1pm today and April 28. Ages 6 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill. org.

● ● Junior Arborist Station. Get a bird’s-eye view of Wave Hill! Kids don harnesses and hardhats and ascend into the canopy of an old black cherry tree. Arborists are on hand to assist and answer questions about trees throughout the garden. Arbor Weekend event. 11am. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children

under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● ✪ Pond Exploration. Be prepared to get dirty as a naturalist accompanies you to one of the Center’s many bodies of water with dip nets in tow. Sort through the muck in hopes of finding fairy shrimp, tadpoles and even salamanders! 1pm. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $8. Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Rd., Rye. 914-967-5150. ryenaturecenter.org. ● ✪ Rosie Revere, Engineer. A fun new musical that puts the spotlight on STEM. Rosie Revere and her friends must save the day with engineering prowess and problem-solving skills when a class trip takes an unexpected turn. Based on the book series by Andrea Beaty. 11am & 1:30pm. Recommended for ages 5-9. $20 adults, $15 children. Reservations required. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098. emelin.org.

✪ Sheep Shearing Fest 2019. A giant baa-sh celebrating spring! See sheep being sheared and help herd them out to pasture for the season. Take part in cooking activities and watch farm demonstrations, plus enjoy fiber arts crafts, live music and much more. Held rain or shine. 10am3pm. For all ages. $60 adults, $25 children 2-15, children under 2 free. Reservations required. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills. 914-366-6200. stonebarnscenter.org. ● ● So You Wanna Be a Songwriter?! A workshop designed for writers of all levels who want to learn how to harness their melodies and lyrics into a great song! Share a finished work or emerging ideas for critique and discussion. With professional songwriter Nina Ossoff. 2-4pm. Ages 9-12. $30. Pre-registration required. The Rye Arts Center, 51


Milton Rd., Rye. 914-967-0700. ryeartscenter.org.

Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 888-274-3711. marchforbabies.org.

✪ Stuart Little. The classic story by E. B. White comes to life in this merry musical which mixes gorgeous, child-size puppets with live actors. 1pm. For all ages. $15. Reservations required. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn. 203-4385795. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

● ● Nature Origami. Create spring-themed works of art out of paper. Class is held outside, weather permitting. 1-2:30pm. Ages 7 and up with a parent. $4. Pre-registration required. Cranberry Lake Preserve, 1609 Old Orchard St., North White Plains. 914-428-1005. parks.westchestergov.com.

✪ White Plains ComicFest. See Editor’s Pick page 34.

✪ New York International

● ● Workshop for Kids: Make

Auto Show. See City Picks page 41.

Your Own Decorative Sampler. Make a decorative burlap sampler featuring a fish and a variety of decorative borders. Children may also choose to make an initial sampler instead. The program includes a daytime viewing of the exhibition “A Stitch in Time: Needlework from Westchester, 1774 to the Present.” 1pm & 3pm. For ages 7 and up. $5 suggested donation. Pre-registration required. Horace Greeley House, 100 King St., Chappaqua. 914-239-4666. newcastlehs.org.

✪ Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. Hit the pavement for the 10th year of this important Lustgarten Foundation walk in Westchester. 8am-12:30pm. For all ages. Registration fee: $50 adults, $15 children 15 and under. Pre-registration required. Rye Playland, 1 Playland Park, Rye. 866-789-1000. lustgarten.org.

✪ Earth & Arbor Day Fun! See Our Extraordinary Earth page 38.

✪ Weekend Admission. See

Sunday

✪ Day Out with Thomas 2019. See page 31.

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✪ Rock On! Join in a rock hunt to find one that catches your eye, whether it is igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary, before putting it in your pocket and taking it home! 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Pre-registration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914762-2912 x110. teatown.org.

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✪ Earth Week Celebration. See Our Extraordinary Earth page 38.

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Monday

✪ Dinosaur Safari. See ✪ Family Cooking. See

April 19.

April 14.

✪ SuperPower Dogs in IMAX. ✪ March for Babies. Take big steps for the smallest among us and their families during this annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes. The money raised helps make sure moms and babies get the best possible care, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. 10am. For all ages. Sign up on the website to raise funds for this event. Reservations not required. Saxon Woods Pool, 1800

See April 1.

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Tuesday

✪ Budding Botanist. See April 11.

✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Wake Up, Garden! See April 2.

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last bite

courtesy photo

Hello Spring!

Mini Birthday Cake Muffins

And isn’t it yummy?

Ingredients

From The Snackery Bakeshop

1/2 cup butter, room temperature softened

I

t is finally spring, and even if we see the rare flurry or some big splotchy raindrops the days are longer and warmer. So let’s celebrate with a little color! The Snackery Bakeshop™, a new Larchmont bakery opened by Sara Leland, a former television executive, who “cooked up” the idea 10 years ago, helps us sprinkle a little pizzazz in a traditional muffin. Her Mini Birthday Cake Muffin recipe that she shares isn’t just for birthdays – it’s for delicious fun. This recipe is simple enough to do with the kids and it doesn’t take long to bake – so your wee-ones can reap their rewards in child-sized time.

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Yield: one dozen mini muffins

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 2/3 cup milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 eggs 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles Plus some additional sprinkles for top of muffins

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. 3. In a separate bowl stir together milk, butter, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. 4. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined. 5. Add in 1 cup of rainbow sprinkles and gently mix with spoon to equally distribute them. 6. Spray a nonstick mini-muffin pan with cooking spray and pour batter into muffin cups, filling them 2/3 of the way. 7. Sprinkle additional rainbow sprinkles on the top of each muffin. 8. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes or until slightly browned on the sides.


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