Kid's Korner

Don’t let April showers keep you indoors — whimsical dancing, a funky jam band, and even a couple of Earth-friendly programs await you



Down the rabbit hole
Apr. 3: The Alice in Wonderland Follies Fans of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass will love this new onstage retelling of these classic fairy tales at the Paramount Center for the Arts. The whimsical stories are performed in a series of vignettes, which include vaudeville-style dancing to a variety of musical genres, from ragtime to modern pop. The program also includes a “Celebrating the Masters” portion, in which works by famed choreographers Merce Cunningham, José Limón, and George Balanchine are featured. 3 p.m. $30, $15 seniors & children. • 1008 Brown St., Peekskill. 914-739-2333 or www.paramountcenter.org

Tree hugger
Apr. 2: The Man Who Planted Trees Celebrate Earth Day a bit early with this unique, interactive puppet show at the Ulster Performing Arts Center. A French shepherd sees a growing need to help the environment, so he sets out with his trusty dog to transform a barren wasteland into a thriving forest. Audience members sit onstage and experience the shepherd’s journey firsthand by hearing the sounds of the wind, feeling the rain, and smelling the lavender along his path. Based on French author Jean Giono’s classic novel of the same name, the play is performed by the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. $19. • 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-473-2072 or www.upac.org

Tricks are for kids
Apr. 1-3: April Fools Olana! For April Fools Day, someone has played a mischievous prank at Olana State Historic Site — the elegant home of renowned painter Frederic Edwin Church — and placed odd items all around the house that just don’t belong. Some of these silly things are plain to see, but others require a second, deeper look. Bring the whole family and see who can spot the most! 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $9, $8 students & seniors, free under 12. • 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson. 518-828-0135 or www.olana.org

botanical hike

Natural medicine
Apr. 16: Native American Botanical Hike Follow in the footsteps of the Native Americans who once lived in the Valley by taking an educational hike along the trails surrounding the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. During this sojourn, you’ll learn how the early dwellers in our region used local plants, shrubs, and trees for food, medicine, and other day-to-day purposes. 10 a.m. $5. • Outdoor Discovery Center. Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or www.hhnaturemuseum.org

dream jam band

Livin’ the dream
Apr. 30: The Dream Jam Band This four-piece band puts the “fun” in “funky.” Shine up your dancing shoes and head on over to the Emelin Theater, where the group — whose debut record was listed as one of NPR’s top 10 best family and children’s albums — gives an energetic performance with onstage antics that will leave kids of all ages cheering for more. 11 a.m. $18, $13 children. • 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098 or www.emelin.org

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