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MADCAP MARCH

BROOKLYN
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, www.bbg.org

MARCH 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join BBG's annual community horticulture, spring gardening kick-off day! This year's event will focus on the topic of growing food in urban areas.  The whole day will feature displays, workshops, and speakers in order to make agriculture more accessible in the city. No pre-registration required, but you must arrive at 10 a.m. to register for the day's workshops.

MARCH 12, 2-4:00 p.m. Brighten your winter day with color! Make your own botanically correct paper flowers. Create a single piece or an entire bouquet to brighten up your home. Explore the indoor plant collections and discover the many plants that bloom under glass during the winter! Free with Garden admission.

MARCH 28, 5 - 7 pm. Have you ever wanted to participate in greening up your block? BBG's annual contest, Greenest Block in Brooklyn, is now in its 12th year. It's a great way to involve residents in a fun and unifying activity. Come hear from block leaders who have won the contest. How did they do it? How did they get people involved? What are the benefits to all? This workshop is for new participants or those who would like to get tips for improvement. Statistics show that blocks with more greenery and flowers are safer, friendlier, and show increased real estate value. We will discuss street trees, front area gardens, containers and window boxes with photograph examples that will inspire you.

NY Aquarium, Surf Avenue and W. 8th St, Brooklyn.  www.nyaquarium.com

MARCH 10, 7 PM - 10 AM: Sleep in the Deep!!! Your adventure begins when you arrive at the aquarium after the other visitors have departed. After stowing your gear, your instructor will lead you on an evening of fun and learning. You'll tour the aquarium after hours, and watch the seals and walruses settling down for the night. In our classroom, you'll explore animal biofacts and the live invertebrates in our touch tank. You will make marine-themed crafts, including an aquarium button to show others that you slept by the sea. Finally, you'll arrange your sleeping bags by the side of our Explore the Shore exhibits (indoors), and doze until morning, when you will tour behind-the-scenes and feed a fish tank. An evening snack and Continental breakfast are included.

MARCH 12, 11 - 12 noon and MARCH 18, 11 - 12 noon: Why do some animals have fins? How do seals stay warm? Investigate the animals of the ocean planet with your child in these engaging, hands-on programs. Role-playing, songs, art activities, and lots of interaction are all included. Choose from three topics--take one or all. Learn about fascinating fish and sharks, touching shark teeth and fish scales and meeting "Mr. Mom'-the seahorse. Or choose scintillating seals and walruses, and examine tusks and fur. If you prefer playful penguins, you'll sing, waddle, and make a penguin puppet to take home. Ages 3-4 with adult. $18. members, $25. non-members.

MARCH 11, 11 - 12 noon:  Engaging marine-themed puzzles, books, animal biofacts, and live invertebrates will captivate you and your child as you explore together in our classroom. There are opportunities to draw, play with sand and water, and interact with others (some people bring friends and make it a play date). The fee includes a soft toy to take home. 6-18 months, with adult.  $18 members; $25 non-members.

MARCH 4, 2 - 4 PM AND MARCH 19, 2 - 4 PM:  Interested in a career in marine research, or just curious about how scientists overcome the difficulties of studying animals that live in a foreign environment? In this session, participants will explore many facets of marine research, using examples from Wildlife Conservation Society scientists. You'll learn how scientists are using animals in aquariums to augment their understanding of animals in the wild, and how modern technology is revolutionizing our ability to track animals in the ocean. You'll find that careful observation is still a vital research tool, and will have the opportunity to record some observations of animals in the New York Aquarium.  12-15. $20 members; $27 non-members.

BRONX
NY Botanical Garden, 200th St and Kazimoff Blvd, Bronx, www.nybg.org.

Every day at the Garden, kids can embark on an exciting adventure--the adventure of discovering the world of plants. In two gardens designed especially for kids, the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, hands-on activities introduce them to the thrill of science exploration and of seeing what seeds and soil can become. Each season brings special programs--things like Chocolate and Vanilla Adventures in winter, Wild Wiggly Worms in spring, and Goodnight, Garden in fall--that let them learn even more about the plants we encounter every day and the joys of making a connection to nature. What's more, puppet shows, dance and music concerts, and other events throughout the year offer fun for the whole family in the beautiful setting of the Garden.

Wave Hill, 675 W. 252nd Street, Bronx, www.wavehill.org.

MARCH 4 and 5, 1 - 4 pm Watch as artist and writer Jorge Crespo performs his shadow puppet plays set in the Caribbean rainforest. Crespo will then show you how to make your own shadow puppets and create your own forest plays.

MARCH 11 and 12, 1 - 4 pm: Observe spiders as they spin webs on a miniature spider island. You can weave your own web to take home!

MARCH 18 and 19, 1 - 4 pm: Winter is almost over!! Spend some time sketching and painting the exotic desert dwellers that live in the cactus greenhouse.

MARCH 25 and 26, 1 - 4 pm:  Listen as storyteller Jill Olesker tells tall tales to welcome in spring, then launch your own stories into the breeze on a mini-kite.

Remember to take a stroll in VAN CORTLANDT PARK (open daily), Broadway and 246th Street, Bronx, www.vancortlandt.org

Bronx Zoo, Fordham Rd, Bronx, www.bronxzoo.com

RetumbaMARCH 12, All day:  Woman's Day Celebration. March has been designated National Women's Month and to honor all of the wonderful women in our lives, the Bronx Zoo has some special reasons to celebrate with a visit on the wild side at the Bronx Zoo. Mommy and Me Mondays:buy one adult admission and receive a child's admission free ... and Grandma's count too!

Two for Tuesdays: It's "Ladies' Day Out" -- bring a friend and pay one price for the price of two!

MARCH 13, 12 noon, 2 and 4: Don't miss the live performances by Retumba!

MARCH 19, 9 -11 AM: The langurs are leaping, the gibbons are whooping, and the tapirs are trotting in celebration of JungleWorld turning 20. Join the animals for a morning filled with tropical treats. Start off the morning with a tasty challenge to figure out which breakfast ingredients originate from the rain forest. We'll remember back to this extraordinary building's beginnings as your family gets the inside scoop on how exhibit designers and builders recreated the Asian rain forest in the Bronx. Then, before the building opens to the public, you'll explore the montane and mangrove forests as tree kangaroos, fruit bats, and small-clawed otters greet you for the start of a new day. The festivities will continue as you and your family unwrap our Rain Forest Riches to discover all of the gifts people receive from the most diverse habitat on the planet.Children under 7 not admitted
Continental breakfast provided

Child Member $37.00 / Child Non-Member $43.00
Adult Member $37.00 / Adult Non-Member $43.00

MANHATTAN

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, NYC - www.amnh.org

Okay we told you to get outside...but these films at AMNH are worth seeing!! Playing throughout the month of March.

Galápagos : Showing daily in the LeFrak Theater at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Galápagos follows a marine biologist's astonishing first-time expedition to the Galápagos islands--located on the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador, and made famous by Charles Darwin's scientific research voyage 160 years earlier--and into the depths of its surrounding waters.  Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Kenneth Branagh, viewers experience a stunning journey both above and below the surface of the water, where they come face to face with iguanas, boobies, giant tortoises, hammerhead sharks and moray eels, while discovering species never before seen by humankind.

The Search for Life: Are We Alone? is presented daily at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 4:00 p.m.  Additional Friday show times: 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m.

Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ancient mythologies and contemporary science fiction have presented imaginative possibilities, but how does modern science approach this question? The Search for Life: Are We Alone? at the Rose Center for Earth and Space begins to answer this intriguing question in a breathtaking new Space Show narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Harrison Ford.

Passport to the Universe is presented daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:30, and 4:30 p.m.  Additional Friday show times: 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The breathtaking Passport to the Universe, narrated by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, reveals the wonders of our universe in a way never before possible in a planetarium. No longer dependent on a single, multi-lens projector, the presentation is driven by computers and processors that treat the audiences to realistic close-up views of star fields and planets, taking them on an exhilarating flight through a virtual re-creation of our universe, into the Orion Nebula, out of our galaxy, and deep into intergalactic space. After reaching the edges of our known universe, the tour takes a "virtual shortcut" back to Earth -- in a free fall, headlong through a black hole.

CONTINUING EVENTS:

Central Park, www.centralparknyc.org

TUES - SAT, 10 AM - 2 PM:  Beginner Climbing Course for Ages 8 to 17, North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid Central Park at 97th Street, www.centralparknyc.org.

TUES - FRI, 10 AM - 2:30 PM:Challenge Course for Ages 12 to 17, North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid Central Park at 97th Street, www.centralparknyc.org.

TUES - SUN, 10 AM - 5 PM: Woods and Water Exhibit at Belvedere Castle, Mid Central Park at 79th Street, www.centralparknyc.org.

QUEENS

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd, Queens, www.alleypond.com.

MARCH 25, 2 pm:  Take a wonderful nature walk along the wetland trails.  Bring the whole family!!

Make sure you check out all of the cool clubs for kids at Alley Pond including Wee Sprouts, Toddler Time, Fledglings, Sunny Bunnies and Nature Club - dates and times subject to change so make sure you check the website.

Visit some of the other wonderful parks in Queens including Forest Park in Jamaica (www.nyforestpark.org)!!!

STATEN ISLAND

Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island, www.sigreenbelt.org
MARCH 12, 10 am:  Yeah! a hike with the Urban Park Rangers!!!

MARCH 19, 11 am and 1 pm:  Greet Atka, the arctic gray wolf, as he returns to Staten Island.  Learn all about wolf conservation.  $10. for non-members, $9. for members.