Events: Kids' Play Dates in January 2014

Dane with fancy Nancy, learn about mammals, see some puppet shows

Musical Marvels

Jan. 31: Sesame Street Live, Elmo Makes Music Some of television’s most beloved characters — Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby — light up the stage at the Palace Theatre. Elmo and friends want to form a band, but they can’t seem to find any traditional musical instruments. Thanks to their imaginations and improvisation, they learn that even ordinary objects — like pots, pans, trashcan lids, and spoons — can make music. Featuring more than a dozen songs, the show includes kids’ favorites like “The Alphabet Song” as well as classics like “Rockin’ Robin” that adults love. 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. $21-$71. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334 or

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Fancy Dancing

Jan. 11: Fancy Nancy the Musical Nancy —— a little girl with a love of all things glittery, sparkly, and above all fancy — is going to be in a play. She and her best friends — Bree, Wanda, Rhonda, and Lionel — practice very hard to land the parts they want. Nancy wants desperately to be one of the glamorous mermaids, but another little girl gets the coveted role, and Nancy is stuck being a boring old tree. Join Nancy as she realizes that even though the role isn’t the one she wanted, she can still give it her special flair. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. $30, $20 children. Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or

Warm and Cozy

Jan. 12: Warm Up with Mammals We humans have snug houses with heaters and fireplaces — not to mention moms who make us hot chocolate — to keep us warm in the winter. But what about the animals who are left out in the cold? How do they keep warm? Do they burrow down in the snow? Do they huddle together in their dens? Teatown Lake Reservation has the answers to all of these questions and more, showing you how our furry neighbors survive the frigid temperatures. 11 a.m. $5, preregistration required. 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 or

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Puppet People

Jan. 18: ArtsRock Puppet Festival Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a puppet show? Find out with Rick Lyon, one of the puppeteers behind Sesame Street and Avenue Q. In conjunction with the nonprofit ArtsRock, Lyon leads a hands-on workshop where kids can learn for themselves how to make and use puppets. Be sure to also stick around for a show — which is accompanied by complimentary milk and cookies. 2 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, children under two free. The Nyack Center. 58 Depew Ave., Nyack. 855-278- 7762 or

Story Time

Jan. 18: Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia — which is known throughout the U.S. and Canada for adapting children’s books for the stage with larger-than-life puppets — offers three stories written by 1960s children’s author Leo Lionni. In “Swimmy,” a little fish has to think fast in order to avoid lurking danger; “Frederick” shows how a tiny mouse with big daydreams can help the other mice through a long, dreary winter; and “Inch by Inch” follows a lovable inchworm who can’t help but measure absolutely everything in sight. 11 a.m. $12, adults accompanied by a child free. The Egg. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518- 473-1845 or

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