Go larger than life with dinos or stay on the small side with mini dolls
Roaring into Town
Jan. 9: Dinosaurs! Travel back to a time when the now-extinct dinos reigned supreme. Jim West Productions brings prehistoric dwellers such as the Stegosaurus and almighty Tyrannosaurus rex to life at the Emelin Theatre. Stories about past and present dinosaur discoveries — set to the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and other composers — make this event both fun and educational. 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $18, $13 children. • 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098.
Growing up Sesame
Jan. 29-31: When Elmo Grows Up Just in time to celebrate their 40th anniversary, the Sesame Street gang makes their way to the Valley for a visit to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Elmo needs help: he can’t decide what he wants to be when he grows up — he wants to do everything! He and his pals share their dreams for the future in this colorful musical that teaches children determination, imagination, and teamwork. Special “Sunny Seats” performance (Jan. 30) offers special seating and photo ops with some of the show’s characters. $15-$34; call for schedule. • 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334.
The cast of the Aluminum Show brings metal to life
Jan. 9: The Aluminum Show Lifeless metal tubes are transformed into strange living creatures from an alternate universe during this unique show. Dance, puppetry, and illusion combine to take you far away from Earth, where strange and unusual things can happen. 2 & 8 p.m. $20-$35. • Proctors. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204.
All the Small Things
Thru Feb. 28: The 34th Annual Miniature and Dollhouse Show Kids of all ages are invited to marvel at two galleries worth of dollhouses and other tiny treasures at this Historical Society of Rockland County event. Tues.-Sun. 12-4 p.m. $7, $3 under 12. Jan. 3: Puppeteer Ana Vargas performs “Shingebiss” — a Native American tale about a little duck who survives the wicked winter-maker’s wrath to become a symbol of perseverance and hope. 1 & 2:30 p.m. $10; ticket price includes admission to Miniature and Dollhouse Show. • 20 Zukor Rd., New City. 845-634-9629.
Jan. 29-31: Beauty and the Beast Jr. Introduce a “tale as old as time” to the kiddies when Random Farms Kids’ Theater performs this Disney classic at Tarrytown Music Hall. Amid lots of music, dancing, and fun, a young woman falls in love with a beast and breaks the spell that has been cast over him and his castle. Fri. 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m. $18, $16 seniors & children. • 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390.
Jan. 31: Mars: Beautiful, but Hostile to Life (as we know it) Take a tour of Mars at the Hudson River Museum’s planetarium. Dr. Mary Lou West explains the challenges humans would face if we tried to live on this mysterious red planet. 2:30 p.m. $5, $3 seniors & children. • 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550.