Friday, August 13, 2010

Family Activities and Events for the End of Summer

Fun activities for the whole family to enjoy in the last few weeks of summer. We wanted to share some family friendly activities taking place in Westchester, NY, Greenwich, Conn. and Manhattan to enjoy in the last few weeks of summer. Have a wonderful August!

August 19
Shakespeare in the Park - New Haven - The Elm Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. At 5 p.m., enjoy food and drinks. Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street. 8 p.m. Donation, $5-$20. 203-393-1436. Also Aug. 20-22, 24-29 and Aug. 31-Sept. 5.

Thrilling Thursdays - Wilton - Cowboy Billy will amuse children with his stories and songs of the Wild West. Enjoy comedy, songs and art. For ages 4-9 with caregiver. Pre-register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. 2-3 p.m. Free. 203-762-3950.

August 20
2010 RiverFlicks for Kids: Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series - Hudson River Park's Pier 46, Manhattan
Enjoy family favorite movies outdoors along the Hudson River, every Friday evening from July 9 through August 20. All films are rated G or PG. Complimentary popcorn. Refreshments available for purchase.

August 21
Movies for Kids and Their Families: "The Great Muppet Caper" - Jacob Burns Film Center, Westchester
Jim Henson’s second live-action Muppet feature stars Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo as investigative reporters hot on the trail of a jewel thief. Filled with corny jokes, and musical numbers. Rated G

Behind-the-Scenes Tour - Norwalk - See how the animal husbandry staff meets the varying food and water needs of the resident animals. Ages 10 and up. Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St. 8:15-10 a.m. $20-$30. RSVP. 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.

Explore the Stream - Westport - Learn about the streams and rivers that run through town. Explore Stony Brook. Go into the water so wear sneakers and old clothes. Earthplace-Nature Discovery, 10 Woodside Lane. 11 a.m.-noon. Free with admission. 203-227-7253.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Bridgeport - This lecture will look at Mark Twain's masterpiece in the context of the history of race relations in America from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. Barnum Museum, 820 Main St. 3 p.m. Museum admission. 203-331-1104.

Shakespeare on the Green - Ridgefield - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents an original interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew. Green Expo begins at noon. Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge. 2 p.m. show. Free, tickets must be reserved. 203-438-5795.

Summer Blockbuster Series: 'The Princess Bride'- Symphony Space, Manhattan
See this classic film on the big screen.

Central Park Conservancy's Summer Chess Series - Chess & Checkers House, Central Park, Manhattan
Learn local Grandmasters' secrets to improve your chess game and then test your new skills against theirs or a friend's

August 22
Family Pond Exploration - Audubon Greenwich, Fairfield
Hop around the pond with Audubon staff and get up close to the tiny creatures that call the nearby pond home. Equipment provided. Space limited. RSVP to Store at x221

Family Art Project: Fishy Fun -Wave Hill, Riverdale, NY
Focus on friends with fins, especially those popular goldfish swimming in the Aquatic Garden. Turn colorful paper bags into 3-D fish that can swim through the air and flutter home with you.

August 25
The Boogers - Westport - Anti-Barney and the Wiggles' worst nightmare, they sound like a cross between the Ramones and a book of nursery rhymes! Pre-show festivities at 6:30 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Road. 7 p.m. Free. 203-221-2153.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Interactive Video Games Promote Healthy Aging

Wii Games Promote Healthy Aging
Written By : Diane Carbo

Nintendo Wii games are like using a brain fitness program to promote healthy aging. You flex your mental muscles as well as improve physical fitness at the same time.

Studies show that in 2008, 26 percent of aging individuals over the age of 50 played video games. This is an increase of 9 percent from 1999, according to release of data from the Entertainment Software Association...

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