Play Dates: Featured Kids Events in November 2015

Watch a little magic, see a classic story come to life, and learn how to write like a pro

Bedtime Stories

Nov. 5-7: Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny Author Margaret Wise Brown captured the hearts of children more than 60 years ago with her charming tales of motherly love and bedtime rituals. In this stage production that features puppets, music, and beautiful scenery, Goodnight Moon follows a young boy as he prepares to drift off to sleep. The Runaway Bunny is the story of a small rabbit who wants to run away, but is told by his mother that wherever he goes she will follow because she loves him so much. Nov. 5 performance: 10:30 a.m. UPAC. 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088; Nov. 6 performances: 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; Nov. 7 performance: 11 a.m. $10, $6 children. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072;


Magic Mickey

Nov. 7: Fantasia In honor of the innovative — and now classic — film’s 75th anniversary, the Jacob Burns Film Center presents a special screening. Combining classical music with imaginative (and even surreal) imagery, the 1940 animated feature is a series of eight sequences, including the iconic “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” in which America’s favorite mouse gets into a bit of trouble with brooms and buckets. 12 p.m. $12, $7 members, $7.50 children under 14. 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555;

A Day at the Theater

Nov. 7: The Wizard of Oz The Lion, Tin Man, and the Scarecrow need the audience’s help to rescue Dorothy, who’s been captured by the Wicked Witch of the West. Nov. 14: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis’s classic story of four children who step through a wardrobe and into a magical land is brought to the stage. Nov. 28: Magic and Beyond Illusionist David Garrity astounds theatergoers with tricks such as sunglasses popping up from fireballs and floating tables. All performances 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080;

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The Art of Writing

Nov. 14: Fancy Writing With cursive writing facing an uncertain future in our tech-obsessed age, it’s nice to know that some people still appreciate beautiful handwriting. A calligraphy artist examines some 19th-century hand-written letters and teaches participants how to pen beautiful-looking lines themselves. Recommended ages 8 and up. 3 p.m. $30 (includes pen and ink set, paper, and snacks). Nov. 28: Zentangle: The Art of Doodling We’ve all been known to doodle in the margins of our notebooks, but did you know there can be a structured method to this form of drawing? A professional artist teaches Zentangle: the relaxing, fun way to create beautiful images with only doodles. Recommended ages 6 and up. 10 a.m. $10. Olana State Historic Site. 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson. 518-828-0135;


Of Turkeys and Trains

Nov. 15: Turkey Scavenger Hunt Tons of toddlers traipse along woodland paths on a traditional “turkey token” hunt. Tots search for specific items and then munch on snacks and try their hand at some arts and crafts. 1:30 p.m. $9, $6 members, under 2 free. Nov. 28-29: Trains — Your Ticket to the Great Outdoors! The Yonkers Model Railroad Club sets up dozens of model locomotives for guests to view and ask questions about. 10 a.m. $10, $9 seniors, $8 children, under 2 free. Greenburgh Nature Center. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470;

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