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Enjoy a variety of holiday shows for kids

"Baobab Cross-Cultural Adventure" is performed at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Credit: Robert Etcheverry

A late-autumn cornucopia of shows for kids hits Long Island over the coming week -- from a recounting of the West African legend of the baobab tree to an Austrian puppet performance of "The Sound of Music" to a poetry slam geared to teenagers.

WHAT "Baobab," a crosscultural adventure

WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach

INFO $10; 631-288-2350 ext. 102,

Puppets, live actors and musicians drumming and singing depict the legend of a baobab tree in West Africa. The tree gives forth an egg that turns into a boy who ends a drought. Performed by Le Théâtre Motus of Quebec; for ages 6 to 11

WHAT The Fresh Beat Band Live

WHEN|WHERE 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury

INFO $39.50, $59.50 (currently sold out); 800-745-3000,

Shout, Twist, Marina and Kiki from the Nick Jr. TV show "The Fresh Beat Band" perform their pop hits.

WHAT "Jack Frost: A Family Musical"

WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue

INFO $10-$21 adults, $8- $16 children 12 and younger; 631-207-1313,

The wise groundhog Pardon-Me-Pete narrates the tale of Jack Frost and Elisa, a resident of January Junction so beautiful she melts Jack's heart. Performed by Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc.

WHAT "The Sound of Music"

WHEN|WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Staller Center's Main Stage, Nicolls Road, West Campus, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

INFO $34; children 12 and younger $17 631-632-2787,

Austria's Salzburg Marionette Theatre performs the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical using hand-carved puppets. With voices of Broadway's Christian Noll, Martin Vidnovic and Jonathan Groff. For ages 8 and older

WHAT "Moey's Fairy Tale Adventure"

WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills

INFO $10; 631-656-2148,

A musical retelling of classic fairy tales with rewritten endings -- for instance, the Princess from the Princess and the Pea gives her mattresses to the homeless. The play follows a girl named Tina and fairy godmother Moey on Tina's quest to save Storyland from doom; with songs by Melissa Levis of Manhattan, leader of the children's band "Moey's Music Party." Based on the CD-DVD called "Happily Ever Moey! A Fairy Tale Lark in Central Park." Performed by Five Towns College theater students; Moey doesn't appear in the show.

WHAT "A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Musical"

WHEN|WHERE 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7  and Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Clare Rose Playhouse at St. Joseph's College, Sunrise Highway Service Road, Patchogue

INFO $8; 631-654-0199,

Winnie and friends ensure Eeyore's merry Christmas by helping him find his tail. Based on A.A. Milne's stories. Performed by St. Joseph's College theater students

WHAT Slam Poetry by the Mayhem Poets

WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 10 and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach

INFO $10; 631-288-2350, ext. 102,

A trio of "spoken word" poets performs material for kids ages 12 to 18. Combines hip-hop, theater, improv and stand-up comedy.

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