by Sue Cannon
•J.M. Barrie’s timeless story of adventure, imagination and wonder springs to life on the School of the Arts Main Stage Theatre, 45 Prince Street, from November 30 thru December 9. PETER PAN – the enchanting and endearing story of a young boy who refuses to grow up, will be told by SOTA students – complete with music, featuring the beloved characters of Peter, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Captain Hook and all. Call (585) 242-7682.
•Gary the Happy Pirate will perform at the NEWS 10 NBC PIRATE TOY FUND DRIVE CELEBRATION on December 1st at Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for kids in need. Call (585) 263-2700.
•On December 1 & 2 and 8 & 9, the LITERATURE LIVE series at Strong National Museum of Play continues. The events bring literary characters to life; and on the 1st and 2nd, “Frosty the Snowman” will stop by; while on the 8th and 9th, “The Grinch” will be there. Strong is located at One Manhattan Square. Call (585) 263-2700.
•DINO DAYS are being offered at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 645 Titus Avenue, on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 29 & 30. Specifically designed for kids to complement the exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue, youngsters will be shown what it was like to ‘live like a dinosaur.’ Call (585) 271-180.
•TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy) presents KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL from December 1 thru 9 at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue. Based on the Caldecott –winning picture book, this hilarious tale is by Emmy Award winner, Mow Willems. Call (585) 461-2000.
•A NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL FAMILY DAY will be celebrated on December 2nd at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. The event features hands-on activities, music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, and a variety of cultural displays. Call (585) 276-8900.
•You can discover how animals survive in their natural homes at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, on December 8. The Seneca Park Zoo Society will use the Wegmans ZooMobile to explain HOW TO HAVE A HABITAT. Call (585) 697-1942.
•All kids love a train show, especially at this time of years. So, take the little ones to THE TIGER TRACKS TRAIN SHOW & SALE, on December 8 & 9 in Gordon Field House on the RIT Campus. The RIT Model Railroad Club event features operating layouts, vendors and displays, refreshments and more. Call (585) 475-2227.
•The Strong National Museum of Play, at One Manhattan Square, celebrates snowy tales this month at their TODDLER BOOK CLUB meetings, in a series called “Wintry Stories.” Events are held on Mondays, on December 3, 10 & 17. Call (585) 263-2700.
•It’s time for MONDAY KICKS FOR AGES 2 TO 6 on December 10 as youngsters ages two through six enjoy playful learning activities centered around “Winter Wonders.” Call (585) 263-2700.
Editor’s Note: Details on Holiday Fun For the Little Ones can be found in our Holiday Happenings section.