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Family-friendly performances on Long Island in December

"Beauty and the Beast" will run at the

"Beauty and the Beast" will run at the Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts starting Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 29.

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 December to help you plan a fun-filled day.

Madeline and the Bad Hat at Molloy College (1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre) on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. A live performance based on the popular children's book series that focuses on the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family. Price: $25 for adults, $15 for children

Rapunzel at Bellmore Movies (22 Pettit Ave., Bellmore) on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. A live musical performance based on the classic fairy tale. Price: $10


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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main St., Westhampton Beach) on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy presentations of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Little Cloud," and "The Mixed-Up Chameleon." Appropriate for children ages 3 to 7. Price: $10

The Fresh Beat Band at NYCB Theatre at Westbury (960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury) on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Families can enjoy a live performance by the Fresh Beat Band.

Le Theatre Motus: Baobab at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (76 Main St., Westhampton Beach) on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A live performance and cross-cultural adventure featuring puppets, actors and musicians depicting the legend of the Baobab tree. Appropriate for children ages 6 to 11. Price: $10

Moey's Fairy Tale Adventure at Dix Hills Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at noon and 3 p.m. An interactive live musical that tells the story of a young girl on a quest to save Storyland.

Winnie the Pooh at St. Joseph's College (155 Roe Blvd., Patchogue) on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A live performance based on the classic children's tale of a honey-loving bear and his pals. Price: $8

Beauty and the Beast at Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts (71 E. Main St., Patchogue) starting Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 29. Show times vary. Families can enjoy a live performance of the classic Disney tale. Price: $25-$69

Gary Ferrar's Real Magic at Sudio Theatre (141 Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst) on Friday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. A kid-friendly magic show. Price: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
 

Click here to see a list of family-friendly holiday-themed performances throughout the month of December.

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