Events: Kids' Play Dates in December 2013

Don’t be a Scrooge! Get into the holiday spirit with crafts, a train ride, and special shows



All Aboard!

Weekends in Dec: Winter Holiday Trains Bundle up and travel on the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Decked out in colorful ornaments and bright lights, the vintage diesel locomotive chugs through the historic city of Kingston. The rides last for 45 minutes and follow the old railroad tracks that brought visitors to the Catskills during the 1800s. Keep your eyes peeled for a very special rider wearing a big red suit. Trains leave on the hour from 1-4 p.m. $6, $4 children 2-11, under 2 free. Kingston Westbrook Station. 149 Aaron Ct., Kingston. 845-688-7400 or www.catskillmtrailroad.com

Winter Wonderland

Dec. 6: Winterfest with Sukey Molloy & Friends Winter is here and there is so much to celebrate. Join Sukey Molloy — who appears on BabyFirst TV — and her felt friends Sunny, Tick Tock, Little Brella, and Frosty for wintry fun. The pals have selected cheerful songs from winter holidays from around the globe, whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, or Winter Solstice. Get ready to sing along to well-known tunes like “Jingle Bells” and “I Have a Little Dreidel,” as well as Sukey’s own composition, “Soon It Will Be Kwanzaa.” 6:15 p.m. Reservations recommended. The Nyack Center. 58 Depew Ave., Nyack. 845-358-2600 or www.nyackcenter.org

A Trail of Bread Crumbs

Dec. 15: Hansel and Gretel The Delaware Valley Opera brings this classic tale to the stage. Brother and sister Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods, but leave a trail of bread crumbs to help them find their way home — and escape from a nasty old witch. Arrive early for arts and crafts, and stick around after the show for yummy gingerbread cookies. 12:30 p.m. art activity; 2 p.m. show time. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Home for the Holidays

Dec. 7: Decorate for the Birds During the holiday season, we decorate our homes to make them look more festive. So why should birdhouses be any different? Make and decorate your own bird feeder to take home — either to hang in the yard and feed local birds, or to use as a pretty ornament in your house. While making your birdhouse, learn how winter birds brave the cold and snow, where they live, and what they like to eat. 10 a.m. $7, $5 children. Outdoor Discovery Center, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506 or www.hhnaturemuseum.org

Bah, Humbug!

Dec. 21: A Christmas Carol Crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge thinks only about himself. He doesn’t give money to the poor even though he is very rich, and  he doesn’t like Christmas! But he must change his ways before he ends up alone. Luckily, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future appear in his dreams to help him become a better person. The Puppet People retell Dickens’s tale with marionettes and toe-tapping music. Hang out after the show for goodies and a visit from Santa. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org

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