Kid's Korner

When you’re not outside jumping through sky-high piles of leaves, enjoy an indoor puppet show, visit a not-too spooky Halloween event, and learn all about some four-legged friends

Puppets for bookworms

Oct. 26 & 27: Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch The Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia brings to life three of Leo Lionni’s lovable children’s stories — Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch — using puppets. Swimmy is a tiny fish cast aside by the others in his school because he looks different, but in the end is able to use that trait to help save them from trouble. Frederick is a clever mouse with a love of poetry and the arts; and Inchworm, the star of Inch by Inch, loves to measure anything and everything. Meet all these colorful characters at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House (Oct. 26, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.) or the Ulster Performing Arts Center (Oct. 27, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.). Suitable for children pre-K through second grade. • 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or; 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or

Hot dogs

Oct. 9: Dalmatian Day What’s black and white and lots of fun? It’s Dalmatian Day at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting. This interactive event will have you seeing spots with a variety of Dalmatian-themed activities, including a puppet show, live magic, do-it-yourself arts and crafts, and more. You’ll even learn about the important roles these dotted dogs have played in firefighting history, leading them to become a mascot for many firehouses. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson. 877-347-3687 or


Oct. 16: Dinosaurs! Travel back in time to the Stone Age with a storytelling puppet show about dinosaurs at the Emelin Theater. Fun, fictional tales mixed with prehistoric facts bring the T-Rex and his buddies to life, accompanied by a musical score featuring the works of classical masters. After the show, kids get to learn about how these playful puppets were made. 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $18, $13 children. • 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098 or

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wolfInto the wild: The wolf takes center stage at the Mid-Hudson’s Children’s Museum this month

Howlin’ good time

Oct. 11: The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Cries “Wolf!” The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum teams up with the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem to prove that not all wolves are big and bad. In this interactive program, you’ll meet Atka, an eight-year-old Arctic gray wolf, and learn about his life. Discover why wolves are important in the U.S., and learn about the efforts being made to save these howling creatures. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. $5. • 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589 or

Friendly ghosts

Oct. 23-24 & 30-31: Legend Celebration Have you figured out your Halloween costume yet? Well, don’t forget to wear it to this annual celebration of all things spooky at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside. This daytime event has just the right amount of ghostly fun without being too frightening. See The Legend of Sleepy Hollow acted out by shadow puppets; go on an eerie woodland walk; experience a 19th-century magic show; and enjoy games, food, and music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 children five-17, free under five. • 3 W. Sunnyside Ln., Irvington. 914-631-8200 or

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