Ice skate with a Ranger -- and more kids' events this weekend

Kids can meet a former New York Ranger, Kids can meet a former New York Ranger, get a lesson on the ice and receive a hockey stick, all for free, Sunday, Nov. 4 at Playland Ice Casino in Rye. Photo Credit: Handout

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Looking for family-friendly fun in the Hudson Valley after being cooped up indoors post-Sandy? This weekend, youngsters can take a night hike in search of owls, see a screening of an early monster movie or watch some swashbucklers on stage. Crafty kids can recycle materials into holiday cards or mix their own paint and create sand art. And aspiring athletes can give ice hockey a try for free. Find all the details here.

Note: Due to storm damage and possible power outages, call and confirm that the event is taking place before heading out.

Friday: Arts and crafts in Orangeburg

Creative kids in grades one through six are invited to roll up their sleeves and show their colors as they learn how to make and use sidewalk chalk paint during Glaze Pottery and Art Studio’s Friday Night Crafts. The students can also experiment and create with sand art during the 90-minute class. Call to register.

When: 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

Info: Glaze Pottery and Art Studio, 34 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg; www.glazeartstudio.com; 845-359-9020; $25 per child per class


Saturday: "Treasure Island" live on stage in Rhinebeck

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Ahoy, mateys! Join Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and a band of pirates on an interactive adventure across the seven seas in search of Captain Flint’s buried treasure. Learn the perils of being greedy and the virtues of being helpful during this original adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, “Treasure Island.” Hampstead Stage Company, a not-for-profit educational touring company, will perform the one-hour show.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

Info: Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org; $9 for adults and seniors, $7 for children

Saturday: Make your own holiday cards in Scarsdale

Turn trash into treasure by recycling paper from used books, magazines and newspapers into unique holiday greeting cards or gift tags. Artist Anne Shaw will be on hand to demonstrate paper techniques such as collage and origami, so participants can create up to four cards or gift tags at this all-ages program. The class size is limited to 25, so register online in advance.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

Info: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale; 914-723-3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org; $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers, $25 per family

Saturday and Sunday: "King Kong" screening in Pleasantville

Take a cinematic journey to an uncharted island where prehistoric creatures still roam, and meet the giant beast with a weakness for beauty. The 1933 “King Kong” will be shown on the big screen in its original black and white, giving kids a rare opportunity to see the stop-motion ancestors of today’s high-tech animated monsters. The 104-minute Warner Bros. film is rated PG.

When: Noon Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4

Info: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville; 914-747-5555; burnsfilmcenter.org; $11 for adults, $6 for members, $6.50 for kids under 12, $1 service charge per ticket for online purchases

Saturday: Owl Prowl in Katonah

Who, who, who is listening in the dark evening sky? Night owls of all ages are invited to find out as they call to the nocturnal birds during a moonlight stroll with naturalist and owl expert Frank Gallo. The two-hour program will begin at Muscoot Farm’s Activity Building. Don’t forget your flashlight.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

Info: Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah; 914-864-7286; muscootfarm.org; free

Sunday: Meet a New York Ranger and try ice hockey in Rye

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If you’ve never laced up a pair of skates, now is your chance: Boys and girls ages 4 to 9 are invited to hit the ice and learn the basics of ice skating or ice hockey in a free, one-hour session as part of the second annual Try Ice Hockey for Free Day. All equipment will be provided. Former New York Ranger Dave Maloney will sign autographs, and all participants will go home with a free New York Rangers hockey stick.

When: 1:30 p.m. and 2:35 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

Info: Playland Ice Casino, Playland Park, Rye; 914-813-7059; newyorkrangers.com; free

NOTE: Playland Ice Casino suffered serious damage during Hurricane Sandy and may not be functional by the time of the event. The same event will take place at Brewster Ice Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 6 (www.brewstericearena.com); at Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh on Saturday, Dec. 1 (www.icetimesports.org); and at McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, Dec. 2 (www.midhudsonciviccenter.org). Find full details on the 10 area rinks offering the event at rangers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=83448.

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