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 June to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Aladdin and the Lamp, or It's All in the Giving at Theatre Three (412 main St., Port Jefferson) on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Follow Aladdin as he teams up with an outrageous genie to win the hand of beautiful Princess Jasmine. Price: $10.
The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood at CM Performing Arts Center (931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale) on Saturdays in June through 6/15 with shows at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. The famous fairy tale retold from the wolf's point of view. Price: $12.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A New Musical at Centerport United Methodist Church (97 Little Neck Rd., Centerport) on Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Check out a live performance of this Mark Twain’s classic. Price: $16 adult; $12 ages 10 and under.
Pinkalicious at the Long Island Children's Museum (11 Davis Ave., Garden City) on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Join Pinkalicious as she eats pink cupcakes and deals with a case of Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe -- a dream come true for this pink loving girl. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Price: $12.
Oz at Studio Theatre (141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst) every Saturday in June at 2 p.m. Follow Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodsman on their journey to the magical Land of Oz as they battle the Wicked Witch of the West. Price: $12 ($10 in advance).
Princess Tea Party at Ballet Long Island (1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma) on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. Enjoy a tea party with Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and other princesses. Don't forget your camera to take photos of the characters after the performance. Price: $19, $32 for 2 guests.
Acrobats of Cirque-tacular at Staller Center for the Arts (Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road in Stony Brook) on Sunday, June 23, at 4 p.m. Performances include aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, illusionists and more. Price: $15.
Magic of Robert Austin at Take-One Performing Arts Academy (1021 Portion Rd., Farmingville) on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m. Watch animals appear and then disappear, someone being sawed in half and someone being suspended in midair. Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.