Children love watching their favorite characters come to life on stage, and there's no shortage of theatrical events on Long Island. Since many of the shows require some forethought, here's a sampling of family-friendly shows throughout July to help you plan a fun-filled day.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport) on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays, at 10:30 a.m. through July 13. This funny musical follows Alexander during his very bad day: He wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend abandons him on the playground and his mom forgets to pack dessert in his lunchbox. Price: $15.
"The Wizard of Oz" at Carriage House Theater, Vanderbilt Mansion (180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport) on Saturdays and Sundays in July at 1 p.m. A musical based on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, in which a young girl embarks on a quest to see the wizard who can help her return home. Price: $10, $8 children, free children ages 3 and younger.
"Disney's Cinderella Kids" at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E. Main St., Patchogue) on Fridays and Saturdays through July 19, at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, July 18 at 1 p.m. The classic fairy tale comes to life on stage, featuring all your favorite characters. Price: $12-$18.
"Peter Pan The Musical" at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts (2 E. Main St., Smithtown) on Saturdays in July (starting July 12), at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 13, at 3 p.m.; Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 27, at 3 p.m. and Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m. Follow a mischievous boy who can fly and spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland. Price: $30 adults, $20 children.
"Disney's My Son Pinocchio, Jr." at CM Performing Arts Center (931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale) on Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m.; Monday, July 7, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, July 10, at 2 p.m.; Friday, July 11, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m.; Monday July 14, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, July 17 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Friday, July 18, at 10 a.m.; Friday, July 18, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. A children's musical based on the classic tale of the toymaker Geppetto and his little wooden puppet. Price: $12.
"The Wizard of Oz" at Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) on Saturday, July 12 and 19, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, July 13 and 20, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Follow Dorothy, the Tinman, Scarecrow and Lion as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to Oz. Price: $12.
Zoppe: An Italiam Family Circus at Westhampton Beach Great Lawn (The corner of Main Street and Potunk Lane) on Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. (runs through Aug. 3). Nino the clown leads the one-ring cirucs with acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers and plenty of audience participation. Price: $29-$54.
"Disney's The Jungle Book" at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E. Main St., Patchogue) on Fridays and Saturdays, starting July 25, at 10:30 a.m. A family-friendly performance based on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale adapted from the film by Disney. Price: $18.
"Beauty and the Beast", a live performance by Plaza Productions of this classic fairy tale, will take place at Heckscher Park (2 Prime Ave., Huntington) on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Ellsworth Allen Park (Motor Avenue, Farmingdale) on Monday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m.; Marjorie R. Post Community Park (Unqua and Merrick roads, Massapequa) on Monday, July 21, at 10:30 p.m.; Theodore Roosevelt Park (West End Avenue, Oyster Bay) on Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m.; Harry Tappen Beach (Shore Road, Glenwood Landing) on Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m.; Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park (Washington Avenue, Plainview) on Wednesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m.; Syosset-Woodbury Community Park (7800 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury) on Wednesday, July 23, at 1:30 p.m. and Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater of Eisenhower Park (Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue, East Meadow) on Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m. Price: Free.