Feb. 28: Big Time Rush The stars of Nickelodeon’s hit TV show bring their current tour to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Kendall, James, Carlos, and Logan — four hockey-playing friends from Minnesota — are thrust into zany Hollywood adventures when they decide to form a boy band. Teens and tweens will swoon to the pop beats of this singing quartet. 7 p.m. $25-$45. • 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or www.palacealbany.com
Feb. 3-5: Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3 Imagine! Travel to far-off places with Elmo and your favorite Sesame Street characters, as Ernie captains the “Good Ship Rubber Duckie,” Big Bird teaches the hula in Hawaii, and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. The stage show of the popular TV series comes to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center with its theatrical glow-in-the-dark scenes, African rainforest dances, and friends who help you to sing along. Call or visit Web site for times and ticket information. • 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-5800 or www.midhudsonciviccenter.org
Feb. 4: Geology Fair Enjoy a rockin’ good time and dig some fun facts at the Orange County Mineral Society’s rock, gem, and fossils exhibit. Kids can excavate their own rock specimens at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center. For ages 5 and up. 10 a.m. $7, $5 children. Feb. 10: Owl Prowl Whooo says owls are elusive creatures? This evening program separates fact from fiction about these intriguing birds; see if you can spot one during a walk around the grounds. For ages 5 and up. 7 p.m. $10, prepaid registration required. • Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506 or www.hhnaturemuseum.org
Feb. 12: Animal Adventures — Animals Underground When the weather gets chilly, it’s time for us humans to snuggle up indoors. But some animals make cozy homes underground. Meet Teatown Lake Reservation’s animal ambassadors — like the furry ferret and timid mole — and learn how these burrowing creatures thrive during the winter. For ages 4 and above. 1 p.m. $5. • 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 or www.teatown.org
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Feb. 11: Magic and Beyond Have you ever seen a table float high in the air? Illusionist David Garrity dazzles the imagination in this one-man show filled with magic, audience participation, and laughter. Sunglasses emerge from fire, hula hoops become puzzles, and bowling balls appear from drawings in this theatrical performance at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. • 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org