Venture into the woods with music, spend the day at the theater, or take in a puppet show with the kids this January
Arm of the Sea Theater puts on a masterful performance about NYC aqueducts at this year's Puppet Festival
Jan 6–22: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The beloved Charles Schulz comic strip characters come to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical. Featuring all the family favorites — Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally, Snoopy, and of course Charlie Brown — this adaptation, with some music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, celebrates childhood innocence and pays homage to America’s favorite blockhead.
Fri–Sat 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $25–$27. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte 308, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org
Jan 14: Fourth Annual Puppet Festival Back by popular demand, this yearly celebration of all things puppets never fails to delight children. This year’s featured group is Arm of the Sea Theater, which was founded in 1982 by local performers Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden and is famous for its low-tech visual theater. The show — called City That Drinks the Mountain Sky — educates children via the use of puppets on how the aqueduct system of New York City works and transports water from the Catskills to the Big Apple. Following the performance, kids have the opportunity to build their own puppets and put on their own puppet shows. A favorite tradition, milk and cookies are available after the show 11 a.m. $15.
The Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave, Nyack, 855.278.7762; www.artsrock.org
Rock N’ Roll
Jan 14: Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could It might be surprising to learn that a musician who has shared the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Dave Matthews now produces children’s music. But Rymer does, and does it well. His interest in the genre began to grow to match his expanding family, and over the years, he’s assembled a rad band that appeals to children — and parents — of all ages. He now has seven albums under his belt, two of which have snagged Grammy nominations, and it’s been noted that his music “might just be the best” by NPR’s All Things Considered. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $15.
The Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098; www.emelin.org
Jan 14: Saturday Stories: All About the Civil War In conjunction with the Hudson River Museum’s current exhibition, Red Grooms: The Blue and the Gray, this kid-friendly educational program focuses on the history of the American Civil War. A museum docent reads stories from the time period and then guides families on an interactive tour through the exhibition. 1 and 3 p.m. Free with museum admission.
The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, 914.963.4550; www.hrm.org
A Musical Adventure
Jan 21: “Into the Woods” Annual January Family Concert Having historically drawn the largest crowds to the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s concerts, the group is delighted to present this family showcase once again. The repertoire is selected and designed to “appeal to the child in us all,” making it appropriate for both kids and adults. This year, the symphony’s new conductor, Russell Ger, has created a multimedia fairy tale experience, in which the princess Rapunzel adventures into the forest while accompanied by the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi — and very fittingly ending with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. 3 p.m. $30 reserved, $25 general, $20 seniors, free for students.
Mount Saint Mary College’s Aquinas Hall, 300 Powell Ave, Newburgh, 845.913.7157; www.newburghsymphony.org