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 November to help you plan a fun-filled day.
Freckleface Strawberry at Nassau Community College (1 Education Dr., Garden City) on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2. p.m. A musical based on the children’s book by Julianne Moore. It tells the story of a little girl with bright red hair who ultimately learns to accept herself, freckles and all. Price: $9, $6 for children younger than 18.
Not Just for Kids: Kamikaze Fireflies at Stony Brook University Staller Center (Nicolls Road, Stony Brook) on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. Vaudeville-style performers Rob Williams and Casey Martin mix comedy and acrobatic skills such as juggling, cube spinning and stilt-walking. Price: $15.
The Wizard of Oz at BroadHollow Theatre Company (700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont) on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon. A live performance of the classic tale. Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Beauty and the Beast at BroadHollow BayWay Arts Center (265 E. Main St., East Islip) on Saturday, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 24, at noon. A live performance of the beloved Disney tale. Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Bunnicula at John W. Engeman Theater (250 Main St., Northport) on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m. A musical adaptation of the children's book by Deborah and James Howe about a cat and dog who become convinced that the new family pet is a vampire bunny. Appropriate for all ages. Price: $15.
Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale) starting Nov. 5 through Nov. 10. Families can enjoy a live skating performance featuring lots of familiar Disney characters. Price: $15-$165.
Stinky Kids: The Musical at Studio Theatre (141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst) on Saturdays at 2 p.m. starting Nov. 9 through Nov. 30. This musical performance tells the story of Britt, a little girl who never gets in trouble. When she accidentally gets a wad of gum stuck in her hair, she needs her friends' help before her parents find out. Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Stuart Little at LIU Tilles Center on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. A Dallas Children's Theater production based on the book by E.B. White, in which Stuart learns to survive in this super-sized world of humans and discovers the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Price: $15-$23.
Annie Jr. at BroadHollow Theatre Company (700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont) on Saturday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. A shortened version of the classic musical. Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
The Paper Bay Players: Hiccup Help! at John Drew Theater at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton) on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. A family-friendly performance of three numbers, including "Cookies," "Bicycle Race" and "A Perfect Picture." Price: $13 for children, $16 for adults.