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Kids Stuff Winter 2018: Winter wolves, bull riders, sea turtles & The Royal Hanneford Circus. Eaglefest, Mike Piazza, Bubble-mania and The Harlem Wizards in Chappaqua.  

January

Theater, Dance & Comedy November 2017The Hunchback of Notre Dame, WPPAC – Through 1/14/18: This musical based on the Victor Hugo novel showcases songs from the Disney film with music and lyrics from the Academy Award-winning composing team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. (White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor, White Plains; www.wppac.com)

WTD Fave Rave: New York Botanical Garden Train Show –Through Mon, 1/15/18: 10am-6pm: NYBG’s Holiday Train Show features over a dozen large scale & super-sized model train sets zipping across a half mile of track and a landscape of 140 scaled replicas of iconic NYC buildings made of bark, twigs and pine cones. Including the original Penn Station & Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral & the Brooklyn Bridge. (2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx; www.nybg.org)

Editors Choice! Springs, Sprocket & Pulleys, The Mechanical Sculptures of Steve Gerberich, Stamford Museum –Through Sat, 2/3: 18: Sculptor Steve Gerberich has gathered his most outlandish large-scale kinetic sculptures and installations for this exhibition. Working with old machine parts, kitchen utensils, furniture scraps, lighting fixtures, medical supplies, toys, and carnival figurines, he mixes the aesthetics of contemporary sculpture with the principles of mechanical motion. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm & Sun, 11am-5pm. (39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford; www.stamfordmuseum.org)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Unique! Winter Wolves – Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem: Learn the mythology and ecology of wolf families and discover why winter is a magical time for packs in North America. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in January and February the Wolf Conservation center offers meet and greets with Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai, Zephyr, and their critically endangered red and Mexican gray wolves. Pre-registration required. Check dates and times. (Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, www.nywolf.org)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Planetarium Shows, Hudson River Museum, Sat-Sun: 12:30, 2 & 3:30pm: HRM presents three star shows every weekend for kids of all ages. Showing in January: Earth, Moon & Sun narrated by Coyote, an animated character adapted from Native-American traditions, for ages 5+ @ 12:30pm; The Sky Tonight, a live tour of the heavens with a planetarium educator for ages 8+ @ 2pm and Moons: Worlds of Mystery for 8+ @ 3:30pm). (511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers; www.hrm.org) 

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Sea Turtle Nursery – Maritime Aquarium – Sun-Sat, 10am-5pm: Follow a rescued baby loggerhead sea turtle through its first year of life at this new exhibit at the Maritime Aquarium. Other new exhibits include Journey With Jellies, their bigger/better jellyfish exhibit and Coral Reef with 40 species of brilliantly colored reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific. (The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, www.maritimeaquarium.org)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Disney on Ice, Reach for the Stars, Prudential Center – Thurs-Sun, 1/4-7: Mickey and Pals present a talent extravaganza at Disney on Ice! Sing along with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Sebastian and his band introduce Ariel. Rapunzel and Flynn visit a chorus of harmless hooligans. Belle opens her heart and the enchanted castle staff takes center stage for a dazzling spectacle. www.prucenter.com

Byram Hills HS Basketball, County Center – Fri, 1/5: 5pm: The Byram Hills Bobcats varsity boys basketball team take on Ardsley HS at the County Center at 5pm. Iona Prep plays Stepinac at 7:30pm. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; www.countycenter.biz)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018No BS! Professional Bull Riders, Madison Square Garden – Fri-Sun, 1/5-7: First comes the pyrotechnics and then the Top 35 bull riders in the world compete against some serious bucking bulls. Skip the trip to Apache Junction, AZ – you don’t see this everyday on 34th Street. www.msg.com

Dr. J, Mike Piazza Alert! Winter Extravaganza Baseball Card Show, County Center – Fri-Sun, 1/12-14: Autograph-ops with sports legends Julius Erving, Rod Carew, Mike Piazza, Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and many more. Plus thousands of autographed/game used inserts, modern and vintage sports cards (Pre 1900’s – current) memorabilia and more. Plus on-site autograph authentication. . (198 Central Ave., White Plains; www.countycenter.biz)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018How cool is this? The Underwater Bubble Show, Palace Theatre Stamford – Sat, 1/13: 7pm: Mr. B. and his cast of underwater characters takes you on a trip to Bubblelandia to meet seahorses, dragon fish, starfish, mermaids, clown fish and millions of bubbles of all shapes and colors. Don’t be afraid of the giant jellyfish or whale that will appear next to you – Mr. B. will guide you through this imaginary journey. (61 Atlantic St., Stamford; www.palacestamford.org)

Puppet Alert! Cardboard Explosion, Stamford Palace – Sun, 1/14: 3pm: One of a kind interactive puppet show brings original stories to life using nothing but cardboard. You’ll meet dragons, train adorable animal sidekicks and chose your own superpower. Ages 5+. (61 Atlantic St., Stamford; www.palacestamford.org) 

Local! 35th Annual Young Artists Exhibition, Katonah Museum of Arts – Tues-Sun: 1/21-2/11. More than 400 artworks by high school students from 40 schools across Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, and Fairfield counties fill the KMA galleries. This unique program gives teens the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes and assume the roles of graphic designer, curator, exhibition designer, art installer, and artist to produce a museum exhibition with KMA staff. (134 Jay St., Katonah; www.katonahmuseum.org)

What To Do: With the Kids Winter 2017 Kids Stuff Winter 2018Editors Choice! Piff the Magic Dragon, Paramount Hudson Valley – Sat, 1/27: 8pm: The stand out star of season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent returns to the Paramount. Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing magic tricks with his trademark Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles. With over 12 million YouTube hits, Piff has performed at Radio City Music Hall and the London and Sydney Opera House. (1008 Brown St., Peekskill; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com)

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sat, 1/27: 2pm: Ten-year old Sheila Tubman, otherwise known as Sheila the Great, comes of age and learns how to take the pain out of having an older sister, being afraid of everything and… just being ten, in this musical based on Judy Blume’s popular novel. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

Fall Events 2017 Kids Stuff Winter 2018Local! Harlem Wizards vs. The Chappaqua Challengers, Horace Greeley HS – Sun, 1/28: 1:30 pm: Chappaqua school district teachers and administrators take on the Harlem Wizards in an afternoon of basketball and comedy. This event is sponsored by the Chappaqua School Foundation and benefits all Chappaqua schools. (70 Roaring Brook Rd., Chappaqua; www.chappaquaschoolfoundation.org)

February

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Kids’ Comedy! Presto Pete & Incredulous Chris, The Palace Stamford ­ Sun, 2/4: 3pm: This pair of comedians, magicians and brothers have appeared four times at WEBE108’s KidsFest, the Stepping Stones Museum, Mark Twain House and 92 New York public libraries with their kids show.(61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford; www.palacestamford)

Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest, Croton Point Park – Sat, 2/10: 9am-4pm. Celebrate Kids Stuff Winter 2018the return of the bald eagle to the Lower Hudson Valley. Live eagle shows, music from Dar Williams, kids activities, heated tents, food trucks, bus tours to viewing sites and more. (1 Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson; www.teatown.org)

Local! Victorian Valentine’s Tea and Craft Party – New Castle Historical Society – Sat, 2/10: 11am-4pm: Join the NCHS for a special Victorian Tea at the Horace Greeley House. This event, recommended for kids up to 12, includes Victorian tea, snacks, crafts and a tour. To register call 914-238-4666, director@newcastlehs.org or online. (Horace Greeley House, 100 King St., Chappaqua; www.newcastlehs.org)

Under 17 goes FREE! The Westchester Philharmonic, Friends & Family Concert with Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Performing Arts Center – Sun, 2/11: 3pm: Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin soloist for the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, solos with The Phil on Beethoven’s Eroica, Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for violin and orchestra and Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo capriccioso. Ted Sperling conducts. (735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase; www.westhcesterphil.org) 

Masters of Illusion, Ridgefield Playhouse – Tues, 2/13: 7pm: This fast paced production features a wide variety of magic acts from sleight of hand experts to Kids Stuff Winter 2018escape artists, comedians, magicians and illusionists. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

Local! Swallows and Amazons, Jacob Burns – Sat-Sun: 2/17-18: 12pm: This 2017 flick (for kids 8 & up) about four brothers and sisters camping out on an island in the English Lake District received a critic’s score of 94 on Rotten Tomatoes. Their adventure turns into a territorial dispute when they discover they’re not the only kids on the island and that’s not all… (364 Mannville Rd., Pleasantville; www.burnsfilmcenter.org)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Lions, tigers and bears alert! Royal Hanneford Circus, County Center – Sat- Mon, 2/17-19: 10am, 2pm & 6pm: The Royal Hanneford Circus returns to the County Center with it’s aerial acts (flying trapeze, Motorcycle Glob of Death, human cannonball…) ground acts (Juggling Diablos, Clowns, Risley Foot Juggling) and animal acts (elephants, tigers, bears, zebras and house cats). Plus pony, elephant and camel rides and face painting at intermission. (198 Central Ave., White Plains; www.countycenter.biz)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Sleeping Beauty, Tanglewood Marionettes, Palace Stamford – Sun, 2/18: 3pm: Large, hand-crafted marionettes, colorful storybook sets and integrated lighting and sound are manipulated by Tanglewood’s puppet masters (Two-time UNIMA Award recipients) to retell this timeless tale from the Brothers Grimm. (61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford; www.palacestamford)

Marvel Universe Live, Barclays Center – Thurs-Sun, 2/22-25: A live action battle of superheroes as Kids Stuff Winter 2018this show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctors Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. Filled with special effect, aerial stunts and immersive video projection. www.barclayscenter.com

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sat, 2/24: 8pm & Sun, 2/25: 2pm: This family friendly musical from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis, debuted on Broadway in 1982 and was nominated for six Tony Awards. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Sugaring Sundays, Teatown Lake Reservation – Sun, 2/25, 3/4 & 3/11: 1-4pm: Stoke up the fire; it’s sugaring time at Teatown. From tapping to collecting, boiling to bottling, Teatown’s naturalists will be in Warren’s Sugar House sharing facts and folklore about this sweet time of year. (1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining; www.teatown.org)

Big Ten College Basketball Conference Championship Tournament, Madison Square Garden – Wed-Sun, 2/28-3/4: For the first time in conference history, the Big Ten Tournament will be held in New York City. The Big Ten includes nationally ranked University of Michigan (3) and University of Minnesota (12). msg.com

March

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Hot ticket alert! Shen Yun, Palace Stamford – Thurs-Sun, 3/1-4: six shows: This “awe-inspiring sensation” (ABC) has drawn praise from the likes of Cate Blanchett, Donna Karan, Siegfried & Roy and Kenn Wells of the English National Ballet. The New York Times called it “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance, in one night.” With original orchestral works and graphic scenography. (61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford; www.palacestamford)

Maple Sugar Festival Weekend, Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Sat-Sun, 3/3-4: 11am-2pm. It’s a weekend of maple sugar madness as kids learn not trees are tapped and see how sap is collected. There’s live music, sweet maple treats, face painting, kids crafts, a scavenger hunt, tree tapping, and a pancake brunch on Sunday. (39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT; www.stamfordmuseum.org)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Moon Mouse, White Plains Performing Arts Center – Sun, 3/4: 2pm: Follow Marvin the mouse in this Lightwire Theater’s electro-luminescent production, as his quest to be popular with the cool kids takes him on a heroic cosmic adventure to the moon in a homemade rocket ship where he meets strange creatures, learns of infinite peril and experiences awesome beauty. Ages: 5-10. (11 City Place, White Plains; www.wppac.org)

Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament, MSG – Wed-Fri, 3/7-10: March madness comes to NYC when the Big East Championship Tournament hits Madison Square Garden for three days and nights of big-time college hoops action. PS Xavier and Marquette are already 9-1 and Butler is 8-2. msg.com

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Oklahoma, Byram Hills Varley Players – Thurs-Fri, 3/8-9: 7pm & Sat, 3/10: 2 & 7pm: Byram Hills’ Varley Players take on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical based on the 1931 play Green Grow the Lilacs. The original Broadway production, with songs like “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin”, “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top”, “Kansas City”, “I Cain’t Say No”, “Many a New Day” and “People Will Say We’re in Love”, was a 1943 box office smash and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 1955. (BHHS, 12 Tripp Ln., Armonk)

SugarFest 2018, Westmoreland Sanctuary– Sat, 3/10: 9am, 10:30am & 12pm: Westmoreland’s Sugarfest! Kids Stuff Winter 2018celebrates the sugaring season with their Maple Sugaring Through the Ages program that explores the harvesting and processing techniques used by the Native Americans and early colonists through present day. Plus their delectable all-you-can-eat Pancake Feast served with 100% New York Maple Syrup. (260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mt. Kisco; www.westmorelandsanctuary.org)

Casey Carle’s Bubblemania, Palace Stamford – Sun, 3/11: 3pm: A return engagement at the Palace from comic bubble artist Casey Carle. Set to jazzy music, Carle will bubble up fog-filled bubble sculptures, a cube bubble, funky foam and more. Raise your hand to play bubble pin-pong inside a gigantic soup bubble. (61 Atlantic Ave., Stamford; www.palacestamford)

Kids Stuff Winter 2018Doctor Kaboom! Live Wire! The Electricity Tour, Emelin Theatre – Sun, 3/11: 11am & 1:30pm: Dr. Kaboom’s interactive science comedy show, first performed at the Kennedy Center in DC, explores the fundamentals of electrical energy from Edison and Faraday to Tesla; lightning bolts to electric arcs and magnetic fields. Ages 7-12. (153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck; www.emelin.org)

Pancake Brunch, Teatown Lake Reservation – Sat, 3/17: 8:30am-1pm: Bring your appetite for Teatown’s tastiest annual tradition—the Pancake Brunch. Start your day off with stacks of hotcakes and maple syrup, hot coffee, sausages and more. Then visit Warren’s Sugar House to watch a demonstration about how their ‘liquid gold’ is produced. For everyone. (1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining; www.teatown.org) 

Kids Stuff Winter 2018

The New Shanghai Circus, Acrobats of China, Ridgefield Playhouse – Sun, 3/18: 4pm: Take a break from Western culture to see Chinese circus traditions that date back 2000 years. Including jugglers, comic knife throwers and the bicyclist who piles 10 on his bike. (80 E. Ridge, Ridgefield, CT; www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org)

Dino Light, Emelin Theatre – Sun, 3/25: 11am & 1:30pm: The acclaimed Lightwire Theatre, creators of Moonmouse, present their new glow in the dark production about a scientist who brings a friendly Kids Stuff Winter 2018dinosaur to life. Dino Light was the recipient of the prestigious Jim Henson Foundation Grant. (153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck; www.emelin.org)

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