Apr. 25: The Gruffalo It’s tough for Mouse to be so small when there are bigger, hungrier animals out there looking for a snack. So he makes up the story of the nasty Gruffalo to scare the other creatures away. But soon he comes face to face with his own made-up monster! This musical adaptation of the book by the same name follows Mouse on his adventure with the beast. For grades pre-K through 3. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $10. • The Bardavon Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.org
Apr. 6: Wildflower Walk Take a stroll in the woods at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and search for the blooms that herald the coming of spring. Recommended ages 5 and up. 10 a.m. $7, $5 children.
Apr. 21: Rascally Raccoon If all you know about these creatures of the night is that they sometimes get into your garbage can, think again. This guided hike leads you through the forest to find hidden signs of raccoon activity. 10 a.m. $7, $5 children, preregistration required. • 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506 or www.hhnaturemuseum.org
Apr. 14: The Velveteen Rabbit Based on the beloved children’s book, this show combines music, dance, and life-sized puppets to tell the tale of a toy rabbit who yearns to become real. After an emotional journey, the bunny earns the unconditional love of his owner, and his wish is granted. 1 p.m. $20-$30. • Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org
Apr. 27: Pine Bush UFO Fair The aliens are here! Not real aliens of course, but people acting the part in alien costumes. Be sure to get to the festival in time to watch the extraterrestrial parade; have your face painted; view the otherworldly car show; and collect goodies from the secret prize tent. 9 a.m. • Main St., Pine Bush. www.pinebushufofair.com
Apr. 27: Charlotte’s Web Wilbur the pig is desperate to avoid being turned into dinner. Soon he finds an unlikely ally in Charlotte the spider. Charlotte weaves creative words into her webs to make people see how special Wilbur really is, and that’s what makes him a prize pig. For grades K through 5. $13. • Emelin Theatre. 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098 or www.emelin.org