Kid’s Korner in May 2011

This month, the circus rolls into town, a fairy tale comes to life onstage, and other whimsical activities take place as the May flowers bloom

Lions, and tigers, and bears
May 5-8: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Call in the clowns — the greatest show on Earth is traveling to the Valley! This beloved group brings their Barnum’s Funundrum tour to the Times Union Center. Funundrum celebrates founder P.T. Barnum with an event 200 years in the making, and this particular show goes all out with daring acrobatics (ever see a tight-rope walker do back flips on stilts?)and other mind-blowing stunts — such as the Spherical Miracle, a globe-shaped cage containing motorcyclists speeding past each other. You’ll get to see performers and contortionists from all over the world, whimsical costumes, ferocious tigers, enormous elephants, and more. Call for complete schedule. $12-$80. • 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 518-487-2000 or

Into the woods
May 7: Hansel and Gretel by Kids on Stage When Hansel and Gretel travel into the woods, they have no idea what’s in store for them. Along their journey, they encounter a grouchy troll guarding a bridge in their path, talking critters, mythical creatures, and fierce goblins working for a hilarious-yet-wicked witch who captures children and turns them into cookies. See the clever pair’s adventure unfold at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, as they fend off the evil woman and attempt to rescue other lost children. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. • 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or


Hello, Dollface
May 7: Pine Hill Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale As kids, many of us had a favorite doll or Teddy bear (or eight), but collector Mary Herrman shows off a whole assortment of beautiful and whimsical figures at the Pine Hill Community Center. Although she’s grown now, she’s been collecting dolls and sewing outfits for them since she was young. Herrman currently creates and sells pint-sized clothing for the popular American Girl dolls, in addition to other mini high-fashion duds. The show highlights Herrman’s personal collection, and offers dolls and Teddys for sale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. • 287 Main St., Pine Hill. 845-254-5469 or

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Feeling froggy
May 22: Creatures of Woodfrog Pond Explore the great outdoors, and get to know some of the creatures that dwell there, with this fun Greenburgh Nature Center program. After viewing and learning about different types of reptiles and amphibians, participants walk down to Woodfrog Pond, armed with nets to see if they can catch a critter. Remember to bring your outdoorsy clothes — it can get muddy! 2 p.m. $6. • 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-813-1280 or

A mime’s a terrible thing to waste
May 28-30: Animals and Acrobats Prepare to be amazed — and entertained. Magicians, acrobats, mimes, storytellers, and jugglers are just some of the performers you’ll see at this Memorial Day weekend celebration at Van Cortlandt Manor. What does the future hold? Ask a fortune teller. Feel like boogeying down? There’s live music, too. Cool dinosaur exhibits and horse-drawn wagon rides are also available for your enjoyment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 children 5-17, under five free. • 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-8981 or

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