Parents Guide

Play Dates: Featured Kids Events in March 2016

Find local maple syrup, spot unique toys and trains, or head over to a magic show


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The Greenburgh Nature Center’s Maple Sugaring Party teaches parents and kids all about the maple sugaring process

What a Sweet Party

Mar. 6: Maple Sugaring Party This family-centered fest never fails to run out of fun. Kids and their parents have the chance to watch sap collection demonstrations from the trees, see what early Native American and Colonial sugaring sites would have looked like back in the day, and try their hand at making candy, porridge, and crafts out of the sap. Preregistration and pre-payment required. 2 p.m. $10. Greenburgh Nature Center. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

Off to the Circus

Mar. 11: Toying with Science Combining circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement, Garry Krinsky teaches kids about the principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines in a hilarious and upbeat show. Developed with the help of the Museum of Science in Boston, the audience learns the basics of science while expanding their imaginations. 10:15 a.m. Call for tickets. Mar. 26: Comedy Pet Theatre Gregory Popovich blends his comedic and juggling skills with the natural abilities of his pets (including dogs, cats, mice, and more) to perform myriad stunts in the style of European clowning. 3 p.m. $18. Egg Center for Performing Arts. Empire State Plaza, Albany. 518-473-1845; www.theegg.org

Bugging Out

Mar. 12: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Based on the sensational book series (there are more than 3.3 million copies in print), this musical celebrates the wonderful and vast imaginations that children possess. When Lulu is told by her older brother that she cannot play baseball with him and his friends, she rounds up a ragtag group of her own pals to form the Bug Squad. On their way to the park, they embark upon many adventures and ultimately have to fight off the Mean Alien... or is that really Lulu’s brother? 2 p.m. $25-$35. Tarrytown Music Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390, ext. 100; www.tarrytownmusichall.org

pirate school
Billy Bones sails to Rhinebeck for a madcap adventure

Ahoy Mateys!

Mar. 19: Pirate School Billy Bones takes kids on a wild ride upon the high seas. The madcap adventure includes antics like slapstick comedy, eccentric props, original music, special effects, swordplay, magic, a mischievous water-squirting cannon, a furry puppet sidekick, and much more. Recommended ages 4 and up. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org

Musical Power

Mar. 20: Albany Symphony Orchestra The world’s greatest superhero is back! Super Orchestra Man conducts another action-packed musical concert featuring pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” Come see if Super Orchestra Man can rescue two out-of-work superheroes, Brunnhilde and Kastchei the Immortal, with the right instrumental compositions to jump-start their careers. 3 p.m. $20, children free. Palace Theatre. 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. 518-465-3334; www.palacealbany.com

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