THIS WEEK: Oct. 25 to 31, 2013
Story Time, themed events with songs and crafts. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 22. Sign up by the previous Wednesday. 570-654-9847.
Halloween Story Time, spooky stories with Ms. Michelle for ages 2 to 5. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 1:30 p.m. today. 570-474-9313.
Trunk or Treat at the Wilkes-Barre Car Club show on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 5:30 to 7:30 tonight. 823-6799, ext. 221.
Shiver by the River: A Halloween Spooktacular, with trick or treating, Halloween stories, costume parade, pumpkin contest (bring a pre-carved pumpkin), Group Monster Mash, Shivers the River Cat, giveaways, munchkins and hot chocolate and more. For ages 2 to 8. Millennium Circle Portal, River Common, North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. (Rain location: Downtown Arts, 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre). 6 to 8 tonight. Info at riverfrontparks.org.
Halloween Story Time, with crafts, games and refreshments. Come in costume to collect treats. Laflin Public Library, 47 Laflin Road. 6 tonight. Registration: 570-654-3323.
Halloween Bash, with storytime, games and crafts. Come in costume and leave with a bag of goodies. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 tonight. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Seussical the Musical Jr., all of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories set to music and performed by the Music Box Youth Players. Music Box Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. 7 tonight and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $12. 570-283-2195.
Fifth Quarter, games and refreshments for youths after the Lake-Lehman High School home football games. Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, 1011 Mountainview Drive, Lehman Township. 9 to 11 tonight. Free. 570-675-1216.
Girl Scout Badge Fest, a fun day of earning badges. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. $12 half day; $20 full day. Registration: 570-828-2319.
Preschool Storytime, for ages 3.5 to 5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturdays through Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.; Wednesdays through Nov. 13 at 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Registration: 570-823-0156.
Furry Tales Reading Group. Practice your reading skills with a trained therapy dog. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 10 a.m. Saturday. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Bunnicula, a children’s theater production about the vampire bunny who sucks the color from vegetables. Presented by Theatreworks USA at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. Saturday with a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop at 10 a.m. ($5) and show at 11 a.m. ($8). 570-344-1111.
Gymboree Family Music Class, a parent/child session of singing, dancing and playing instruments. Building Blocks Learning Center, 502 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 570-947-6680.
Halloween Storytime, a reading of “Go Away, Big Green Monster!” along with activities, costume parade, treats and an appearance by costume character Wild Thing. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11 a.m. Saturday. 570-829-4210.
Pumpkinland, with hayrides, haunted barn, corn maze and pony rides. Dundee Gardens, 2407 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 570-735-5452.
Halloween Book Signing and Storytime, with Angela DeMuro, author of “The Boy Who Loved Halloween” and “Kat Sinclaire the Pink-Haired Girl.” Come in costume. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Saturday with book signing at 11 a.m. and storytime at noon. 570-829-4210.
Halloween Tricks or Treats, with Halloween-themed activities including making caramel apples, candy jewelry and Frankenstein boxes. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Trick-or-Treat Weekend. Come in costume to visit participating businesses in downtown Jim Thorpe for treats. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info at jimthorpe.org.
Halloween Parade and Party, sponsored by the Hughestown Lions Club. Parade begins in the parking lot of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rock and Center streets, Hughestown and proceeds to the pavilion for a party with food, treats and prizes for best costumes. 1 p.m. Saturday. 570-655-4552.
Children’s Halloween Party. Wavery Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 570-586-8191.
Goosebumps Party, with refreshments and activities. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 4:30 p.m. Saturday. $3. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Halloween Spooktacular, with a Haunted House, DJ music, hayrides, food and Halloween treats. Sponsored by the Duryea Recreation Board at Healey Park, Foote Avenue, Duryea. Saturday beginning with a parade at 5 p.m. behind the Post Office on Brown Street. Free.
Trunk or Treat. Wear your costume and visit decorated car trunks for Halloween treats. Also: food and fire-truck tours. Sponsored by the Olyphant Crime Watch at Joe Beckage Baseball Park, 700 block of East Grant Street, Olyphant. 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 570-766-1570.
Halloween Party. Come in costume for treats, games and crafts. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Parish House, 414 Berwick St., White Haven. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For school-age children from kindergarten and up. Registration: 570-443-8776.
Halloween Party, with a costume parade, DJ music and treat bags. Sponsored by the Dallas Kiwanis at the Dallas Township Fire Hall, East Center Hill Road and Church Street, Dallas. Sunday with registration at noon and parade at 1 p.m., followed by the party.
Halloween Open House, with a pumpkin-carving contest, costume parade, games, prizes, treats, fire-prevention material and equipment demonstrations. Jackson Township Fire Department, 1160 Chase Road, Shavertown. 1 p.m. Sunday. 570-696-1818.
Trunk or Treat. Gather Halloween candy from cars in the parking lot of Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, 1011 Mountainview Drive, Lehman Township. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 570-675-1216.
Safe Trick-or-Treat Event. Visit the University’s residence halls for treats, Halloween-themed activities, face painting and crafts. Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 570-674-6178.
Trunk or Treat. Collect Halloween candy from decorated cars along with games, food, hayrides and a campfire with s’mores. Sweet Valley Church of Christ, 5439 Main Road, Sweet Valley. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free. 570-477-2320.
Infant Storytime, for up to age 2. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Tuesdays through Nov. 12 at 10 and 11 a.m. Free. Registration: 570-823-0156.
Secret Pizza Party Storytime, a reading of Adam Rubin’s book about the pizza-loving raccoon. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 570-829-4210.
Things That Go Boom in the Night! The traditional ghoulish exhibition of chemical delights by the King’s Chemistry Club including fiery demonstrations, balloon explosions and a flaming pumpkin finale. Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 570-208-5900.
Lapsit Program, for 6 months to age 2. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 570-474-9313.
Things That Go Boom in the Night! An evening of chemical experiments with a Halloween twist by the Dead Alchemist Society including slime-making and vomiting and fiery pumpkins. Wells Fargo Amphitheater, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Come in costume and get a candy bag. Free. 570-674-6400.
Halloween Party for preschool children. White Haven Area Community Library, 243 Main St. 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Registration: 570-443-8776.
Halloween Fun Night, with candy, popcorn, dirt-and-worms dessert, Green Slime Punch, costume contest and games including Pin the Smile on the Jack O’Lantern, Skeleton Bone Scavenger Hunt and Thriller Freeze Dance. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. For children from infants to age 10. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Registration: 570-287-2013.
Boy Scout Badge Fest, a fun day of earning badges. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. $12 half day; $20 full day. Registration: 570-828-2319.
Picture Day Storytime, a reading of Deborah Diesen’s book “Picture Day Perfection.” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 10 a.m. Nov. 5; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7. 570-829-4210.
What’s That Sound? Learn about air movement, vibration, sound waves and aerodynamics. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 p.m. Nov. 5. 570-654-9847.
Hard Luck Release Party, celebrating Jeff Kinney’s latest release in his series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck” with Wimpy Bingo, trivia, luck-themed activities and snacks. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. 570-829-4210.
Natural Wonders: Fur, Feathers and Scales, discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor exploration for ages 3 to 5. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Registration: 570-842-1506.
Pirate and Princess Adventure, a “Disney Junior Live on Tour” performance with characters from “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” along with appearances by Cinderella, Doc McStuffins and Peter Pan. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 and 5 p.m. Nov. 10; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 11. $82.50, $57.50, $32.50. 800-745-3000.
Zombie Zelebration, with gorey games, a zombie walk and zombie dancing. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Madeline and the Bad Hat, a ArtsPower children’s theater production in which Madeline learns that first impressions aren’t everything. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 11 a.m. Nov. 16 $8. Preceded by a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop at 10 a.m. $5. 344-1111.
Scout Day, nature-based activities including a short hike for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Tigers, Cubs and Webelos. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16. $2. Registration: 570-403-2006.
Please Don’t Be a Bully, an illustrated talk on physical, verbal, social and cyber bullying. Light refreshments served. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Nov. 18. Registration: 570-287-2013.
Toddler Storytime, for ages 2 to 3.5. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Wednesdays from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11 at 10 and 11 a.m.; Saturdays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Free. Registration: 570-823-0156.
Natural Wonders: Animal Aerobics, discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor exploration for ages 3 to 5. Lackawanna Environmental Institute, 10 Moffat Drive, Moscow. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Registration: 570-842-1506.
Taking Care of Yourself: Healthy Tips for Teens, including healthy eating, physical activity, personal and internet safety and teen depression. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:15 p.m. Nov. 21. Light refreshments. Registration: 570-287-2013.
Turkey Time, with Thanksgiving-themed activities including turkey cookies and pilgrim pins. Wyoming Free Library 358 Wyoming Ave. Noon Nov. 23. Free. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Laurie Berkner Band: A Holiday Celebration, the children’s music superstars and preschool television favorites performing holiday songs and festive favorites. Alice C. Wiltsie Center, 700 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton. 2 p.m. Nov. 23. $19, $39. 855-945-8743.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, a free screening of the Jim Henson movie about a poor otter family hoping to win a talent contest at Christmas. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 5:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. 570-996-1500.
Brunch with Santa, with professional photo opportunities. Cougar’s Den, Banks Student Life Center, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7. $10, $5 children (ages 5 to 12), free under age 5. Reservations: 570-674-6768.
Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Free. 570-996-1500.
Breakfast with Santa. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 10 a.m. Dec. 14. $10. Reservations: 570-586-8191.
Cookies and Milk with Santa. Decorate cookies and visit with Santa. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Noon Dec. 14. Free. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Max & Ruby in The Nutcracker Suite, the cartoon bunnies take to the stage in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Dec. 19. $30, $20. 570-826-1100.
Sleigh Bells and Christmas Card Bonanza, with Christmas-themed activities including decorating Christmas cards and making a candy-cane sleigh. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Noon Dec. 21. Free. Registration: 570-693-1364.
Wreck It Ralph, a free screening of the Disney movie sponsored by the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn open to all families with children under 12 years of age. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Dec. 21 with pre-movie entertainment at 1:30 p.m. and show at 2 p.m. 570-287-3000.
Doktor Kaboom, spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, educate and entertain children while exploring the world of science. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. Feb. 13. $9. 570-826-1100.
Junie B. Jones, a musical about Junie’s first-grade experiences performed by Theatreworks USA. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. March 28. $9. 570-826-1100.
The Monster Who Ate My Peas, ArtsPower’s newest musical about the young boy who hates peas. Based on the multi award-winning book by Danny Schnitzlein. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. April 4. $9. 570-826-1100.
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Storybooks, Theatreworks USA’s production about first-day-of-school jitters. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 11 a.m. May 3. $8. Preceded by a Wiggles & Giggles Workshop at 10 a.m. $5. 570-344-1111.
Peter Pan, an adapted version of the story of three London children who fly off to Never Never Land with a magical boy who refuses to grow up. Performed by Theatreworks USA at the F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. May 15. $9. 570-826-1100.