This weekend offers a rare, blockbuster confluence of live children's entertainment events on Long Island. Dan Zanes and Bari Koral sing separately in Garden City, Gustafer Yellowgold performs in Huntington,
FOR AGES: 2 to 8
Zanes will touch down on Long Island between gigs in Los Angeles and Omaha, as part of a nationwide tour. Zanes' concerts are what he describes as "wild dance parties before noon." The Brooklyn resident encourages children and grown-ups to sing along and move while he performs lyrics such as, "Wave your hair and make it fly, let's shake." Zanes was a member of the Del Fuegos musical group in the 1980s before he made his foray into children's music. He's won a Grammy and a Parents' Choice award for his work, which includes CDs and concert DVDs.
INFO: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., East Garden City, 516-224-5801; licm.org, barikoral.com
FOR AGES: 18 months to elementary school
COST: Reservations suggested; $4 with museum admission of $10 a person; $8 for performance only
Everyone who attends the 45-minute show gets a mini cupcake from The Cupcake Corner in Garden City in honor of the band's new song, "Anna and the Cupcakes." The group won the 2010 Nappa Gold Award, a Parent's Choice Silver Award and a citation from "Time Out Kids" for its CD "Rock and Roll Garden." A new album is scheduled for release in 2012. Koral was born and raised on Long Island and now splits her time between Manhattan and Long Beach.
INFO: Noon Sunday at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, 631-423-7611; cinemaartscentre.org
FOR AGES: 3 to 10
This is a new, 45-minute show featuring animated bright-yellow character Gustafer Yellowgold, a cone-headed being who came to Earth from the sun. He is projected onto a screen in a multimedia presentation that includes live music by Morgan Taylor. This version of the show has Gustafer searching for the end of the universe's longest sock.
FOR AGES: 3 to 9
COST: $14 to $22
A musical comedy adaptation of the children's book by Doreen Cronin is performed by the Dallas Children's Theater. Farmer Brown leaves his brother Bob in charge of the farm while he goes on vacation. He makes a list for Bob of everything he should do to take care of the animals, but, unbeknownst to Bob, Duck gets ahold of the to-do list and changes it.
"Giggle, Giggle, Quack" was a sequel to Cronin's book "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type."
FOR AGES: 5 and older
This one-hour show features Nizer, who bills himself as a comedy juggler. The audience wears 3-D glasses and is immersed in a laser-light extravaganza that includes a robot onstage juggling neon balls. Nizer also does tricks such as juggling flaming torches while telling jokes like: "My wife's former boyfriend was a mime. So every time I'm with her and she doesn't say anything, I know she's thinking of him."