Events: Kids' Play Dates in December 2014

The holidays are here! Celebrate with storytelling, arts and crafts, and some fun performances

Visions of Sugarplums

Dec. 13: Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite Beloved bunnies Max and Ruby have always loved the story of The Nutcracker — and now they get to be in it. Thanks to their creative imaginations, they get to become characters in the famous ballet. 3 p.m. $18. The Egg. Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518-473-1845;

Old-Time Celebrations

Dec. 6-7: A Child’s Christmas Take a tour of a historic house — in your stockinged feet! The Clermont mansion is decorated for Christmas, and the kitchen is well-stocked with holiday treats. Listen to stories and sing songs in the oak-paneled library with Ollie the nursemaid, who is dressed in full 19th-century garb. Recommended ages 3-10. 6 p.m. $3. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-537-4240;

Arts and Crafts

Dec. 6: Holiday Gifts Give a gift to someone special — and to the environment, too. Use natural materials like pine cones to make the perfect present. Prepaid registration required. Recommended ages 7 and up. Dec. 13: Seed Wreaths Everywhere you look, festive wreaths are hanging. Make one for yourself out of seeds; then take your creation home and display it. Recommended ages 5 and up. 10 a.m. $7, $5 children. Outdoor Discovery Center, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506.

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Friends Forever

Dec. 5-7: Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend Meeting new friends can be scary, especially when you are from a different country. That’s exactly what happens to Grover’s cousin Chamki, who is from India. But Grover and Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and other Sesame Street buddies soon make Chamki feel comfortable by singing fun songs, learning about her home, and sharing cookies. Ticket prices range from $16 to $60. Call or visit Web site for show times. Mid-Hudson Civic Center. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800;

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Story Time

Dec. 12: A Christmas Carol Join master storyteller Jonathan Kruk as he brings to life Ebeneezer Scrooge and other beloved characters from Charles Dickens’s classic story. Complete with 1840s costume and music from a portable pipe organ, the performance follows Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of Christmas with a little help from some otherworldly beings. 7 p.m. $25, $10 children. Olana State Historic Site. 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson. 518-828-0135;

Hopping Good Time

Dec. 30: The Bossy Frog Band Happy New Year Concert Ring in the New Year with the Bossy Frog and his friends, a dancing monkey and a hula-hooping fiddler. After the show, kids have the chance to try different instruments for themselves — and eat some cookies. Recommended ages 1-8. 11 a.m. $15. The Nyack Center. 58 Depew Ave., Nyack. 855-278-7762;

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