June 2012

Every Sunday, from July through October, the Science Barge on Yonkers’ waterfront invites children ages 4-10 for hands-on Art & Science workshops. Children and adults can cross the gangplank and come aboard the Barge to learn about everything from growing hydroponic plants to making kaleidoscopes to the dynamics of juggling.  And, back by popular demand are Blue Crab Blitz days. Learn all about the crabs that you catch with Science Barge Director Bob Walters.  So get your sea legs ready and come aboard on Sundays from 2-4 pm.   July 1: Pinwheels and Thaumatropes (turning marvels),  July 8: Solar Cooking and Photovoltaic Panels, July 15: Anatomy of Plants and Hydroponic Farming, July 22: Jacob Kim and the Dynamics of Juggling, July 29: Blue Crab Blitz, August 5: Hunting for Oxygen, August 12: Blue Crab Blitz, August 19: Magnetic Attraction, August 26: Blue Crab Blitz, September 2: The Language of Liquids, September 9: Blue Crab Blitz, September 16: Where Science and Magic Collide, September 23: Mosaics from Scratch, September 30: Harvest Moon Kaleidoscopes, October 7: Biological Vectors-Nature’s Railroad, October 14: Static Electricity-A Touchy Subject, October 21: Fun with Fractals (irregular shapes), October 28: Pumpkins become Jack-O-Lanterns.  The Science Barge is located at 99 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY   10701.  Suggested $5 donation for supplies. Please rsvp to jamiekorb@gmail.com.   For more info, visit www.groundworkhv.org, or call 914-375-2151.

Caramoor and Little Joe’s Books Join Forces to Create Four GREAT Family Evenings this Summer.  Do you know about Caramoor’s Dancing at Dusk?  Children of all ages have the opportunity to dance to live music, interact with the musicians, get to know their instruments, and ask questions. Designed for toddlers through pre-teens, these evenings are a wonderful way to have your child introduced, up close, to music in a relaxed and joyful way.  This year Caramoor’s Dancing at Dusk 4-part series explores the music of 4 regions of the world. And they asked Little Joe’s Books to pair each region with a children’s book – so your family can learn more about that region before or after the evening!  Wednesday Night, June 27th – 5 pm: Paradise in the South Pacific!  Paired with:  Children Just Like Me by DK and UNICEF.  Wednesday Night, July 11th – 5 pm: Flamenco Vivo! Paired with: Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte.  Wednesday Night, July 25th – 5 pm: Bhangra Night!  Paired with Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling, adapted and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.  Wednesday Night, August 8th – 5 pm: Brazil!  Paired with The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.  Wednesdays on Friends Field at 5:00 pm, Tickets: $10.00 Adult, $5.00 Children.  All books are available now at Little Joe’s Books.  Learn more about the Dancing at Dusk programs and Caramoor’s summer season of music at www.caramoor.org.  Bring a picnic, spread out a blanket, and enjoy great music and books together.  We hope these evenings create wonderful summer memories!  Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536, 914-232-7278, www.littlejoesbooks.com.

Join Mount Kisco Child Care Center on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, starting at 6:00 PM, in the beautiful Amy’s Garden at Crabtree’s Kittle House, for a Sparkling Wine and Martini Menu – all for a special price and a great cause!   Come celebrate Mount Kisco Child Care Center at Sparkle for a Cause.   Team Amy, the charitable foundation named for the late Amy Marie Crabtree, will be donating a percentage of all sparkling wine and martini sales, as well as any small eats, Tap Room or Dining Room items diners at The Kittle House enjoy that evening, to MKCCC.  Bring a friend or two or three or four…the more the merrier!  Kindly RSVP: Keri Reitman 914.241.2135 x 243, kreitman@mkccc.org.  Crabtree’s Kittle House is located at Eleven Kittle Road off Route 117, in Chappaqua.   Crabtree’s Kittle House will host “Sparkle for a Cause” each Tuesday night this summer, with a different local charity benefiting each week.  MKCCC thanks Team Amy and Crabtree’s Kittle House for providing us with this opportunity.  We hope to see you on July 17th!  No cover charge. Visit www.mkccc.org.

Spectacular fireworks will illuminate the sky over two Westchester County Parks as the summer season gets underway. On Tuesday, July 3, the annual free Kensico Dam Music Fest will feature a performance by the Bensen-Scott Big Band. Pre-concert entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and the band will perform at 8 p.m. A fireworks display in front of the dam will follow at approximately 9:15 p.m. Playland Park in Rye will present fireworks displays, computer-fired and choreographed to a musical soundtrack, Wednesday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m. and Friday July 6, at 9:15 p.m. and then every Wednesday and Friday evening through August 31, 9:15 p.m. Find the park’s operating schedule and admission prices at RyePlayland.org or call (914) 813-7010. Parking is $5 weekdays, $7 weekends and $10 on July 4. For information, call (914) 864-PARK or go to www.westchestergov.com/parks.

Camp for Children and Teens.  June 25 – August 10, 2012.  Explore a different aspect of filmmaking and create something new each day. This series of hands-on  workshops takes advantage of the screening room, sound stage, recording studio, animation studio, and so much more!  Projects may include: digital storytelling, documentary, music video, video game design, multimedia installation, stop-motion animation.  Each session’s mix of activities will vary, but all feature: demonstrations, creative collaboration, and opportunities for hands-on experiences using all the resources of our state-of-the-art facility. Small groups (maximum: 10) are led by our renowned faculty and special guest instructors, assisted by trained counselors. Specialists include Foley artists, actors, production designers, songwriters and more! We maintain a ratio of 1 adult to every 5 campers.  A Typical Day, 4–7 years:  9:00  Drop-off, 9:15  Projects and production, 12:00 Pickup.  A Typical Day, 8–15 years*:  9:00  Drop-off, 9:15  Projects and production, 12:00 Lunch and games, 1:00  Projects and production, 4:00 Pickup.  Questions? email: registrar@burnsfilmcenter.org, call: 914.773.7663, ext. 8, or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org/education/summer12.

Looking for good summer reading? Want to meet your favorite authors and hear about their creative process? Want to learn more about the time period in which the story is set? Reading into History is a book club for young historians.   Each month families read a historical fiction book and participate in on-line discussions with authors, educators, and other families. Get ideas for discussion, ask authors questions, and respond to other book club members’ posts! At the end of each month families can attend a Book Wrap event, where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum objects and documents related to the story, and meet other historical fiction fans! Ages 9-12. E-mail familyprograms@nyhistory.org or click here  for more information.

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Today we picked up the best new travel toy — it’s small, easy to pack and can be used inside and out.  Pack it in your purse, take it on a trip, or just use it for some rainy day fun. A simple concept, the Pocket Disc, is a soft crocheted disc for throwing — Frisbee style — but it is soft, so no worries about breaking things if throw in your house (or hotel room), packs up to nothing for throwing in your purse to take to the park or a friend’s party, and is easy to catch (no fears of it whacking someone in the nose and breaking it).  The perfect item for kids of all ages (or siblings who might get aggressive and throw it bit hard at their little brother’s head).  Check it out at The Pocket Disc, www.pocketdisc.com (some great ideas of games to play or alternate uses), or grab one right at Kelloggs & Lawrence, 26 Parkway, Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 232-3351, www.kelloggsandlawrence.com.  Enjoy!

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June 25th through August 31st.  The Katonah Art Center Weekly Camps offer children the opportunity to experience art, crafts, jewelry, clay and much more.  We provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can express their creativity in small informal groups.  Paint, act, play games, make friends, sculpt and be silly with other like-minded kids, and create with our fun and talented staff.  Your child is invited to join us for one or more weeks of art.  Camps for kids and teens of all ages.  AM class: 9:30am to 12:30pm, PM class: 1pm to 4pm.  Extended hours available.  Katonah Art Center, 131 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY, 914.232.4843, www.katonahartcenter.com.

Summer is here!  Make a new friend.  Meet a new instrument.  Don’t stop learning.  Groove offers Music for Aardvarks and Those Art Kids Monday through Friday during the summer months.   Family JAMS are offered on select Saturdays in July.   Avoid disappointment and register for the summer session today!  Siblings are 1/2 price all summer.  Limited single classes are posted weekly when available.   Summer classes begin Tuesday, June 26.   Groove Performing Arts, 108 Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont, NY, 914-834-3383, www.findgroove.com.

July 3, 2012 (rain date July 5) entertainment begins at 5:30. The Amazing Andy Show, Dance to the Music with DJ Nuzzo, Bill Genuariuo & Destiny Band — plus terrific fireworks display! $20 parking fee without Norwalk beach sticker. Calf Pasture Beach, 99 Calf Pasture Beach Road, Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 854-7807 www.norwalkct.org.

Registration is open for weekly summer art programs at the Art School at Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, CT 05853. RAC Art School instructor Joanne Roy Askildsen is organizing these programs for youngsters ages 6-11. Each session is from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout July and August. Tuition is 1 week – $135, 2 weeks – $245, 3 weeks – $380, 4 weeks – $490. Register now by calling 203-866-2744 or download registration form at www.rowaytonartscenter.org.

Ride the Circus Train from off-site parking to the “Big Top Show!”  July 21-22 & 28-29.  Tickets: $25.00 each. The Ringmaster welcomes you aboard an authentic Circus Train ride from off-site parking to the event grounds at Essex Steam Train.  Experience the thrills of an Acrobat Show in the “Big Top Tent” and laugh along with a “Punch & Judy” puppet show.  Partake in the circus midway including amusement rides, clowns, a petting zoo, live entertainment and circus food.Visit www.essexsteamtrain.com

Slated for opening July 16, 2012: The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum!  The Adventure Park will be situated on five acres of forestland in Veterans Memorial Park, behind the Discovery Museum & Planetarium and will consist of about 110 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood and rope to form bridges and challenges of different kinds including the ever-popular zip lines. Groups of bridges link together to form “aerial trails” throughout the forest. There will be a total of 8 different trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty from beginner level to expert. Trails are suitable for ages seven to adult. Participants wear harnesses which are doubly secured to safety cables using the Park’s own “always locked on” climbing system of interlocking carabineers (coupling links). Park goers receive a thorough orientation before going on the trails.  For more information please visit www.DiscoveryAdventurePark.org.

The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT functions as both a tourist attraction featuring science and space science exhibits and as an informal science education center. Through its exhibits, it enhances public understanding of science and technology by providing fun, instructive experiences that encourage participant interaction. As an informal science education center, it provides an extensive range of educational programs in science and technology.  The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80 seat auditorium, and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted for schools, groups and the general public.  Permanent exhibits include Green Energy, Sound, Light and Space Galleries and a simulated Moon Base Discovery play area for very young visitors. The recently upgraded Henry B. duPont III Planetarium offers traditional star shows and fulldome digital planetarium shows daily for both very young children and for ages 8 and up. The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604, 203-372-3521, www.discoverymuseum.org.

 

If you are starting to plan some summer day trips — consider this one!  I haven’t been yet but below is from their site and it sounds awesome…

The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT functions as both a tourist attraction featuring science and space science exhibits and as an informal science education center. Through its exhibits, it enhances public understanding of science and technology by providing fun, instructive experiences that encourage participant interaction. As an informal science education center, it provides an extensive range of educational programs in science and technology.  The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80 seat auditorium, and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted for schools, groups and the general public.  Permanent exhibits include Green Energy, Sound, Light and Space Galleries and a simulated Moon Base Discovery play area for very young visitors. The recently upgraded Henry B. duPont III Planetarium offers traditional star shows and fulldome digital planetarium shows daily for both very young children and for ages 8 and up.

And slated for opening July 16th: The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum!  The Adventure Park will be situated on five acres of forestland in Veterans Memorial Park, behind the Discovery Museum & Planetarium and will consist of about 110 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood and rope to form bridges and challenges of different kinds including the ever-popular zip lines. Groups of bridges link together to form “aerial trails” throughout the forest. There will be a total of 8 different trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty from beginner level to expert. Trails are suitable for ages seven to adult. Participants wear harnesses which are doubly secured to safety cables using the Park’s own “always locked on” climbing system of interlocking carabineers (coupling links). Park goers receive a thorough orientation before going on the trails.  For more information please visit www.DiscoveryAdventurePark.org.

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604, 203-372-3521, www.discoverymuseum.org.