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1. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. The Mowgli Brothers. Toomai.

Rudyard Kipling at his best -- despite the odd names. This weekend, "The Jungle Book" roars into Lockport as the Missoula Children's Theatre returns for two performances of this song fest that features 50 to 60 local children!

At 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday in Lockport High School, 250 Lincoln Ave., one block south of the Kenan Center.

Missoula is the nation's largest touring children's theatre, and has traveled the globe for 30 years -- from Montana to Japan.

All tickets $4.

2. Celebrate the big day early this year at "Christmas Time in the City." One day only: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Arts, crafts, milk and cookies, too. And the jolly guy himself. At Buffalo State Sports Arena between Elmwood Avenue and Grant Street.

Admission: $4 adults; $2 everyone else. To benefit the Buffalo State College scholarship fund.

3. Quick. What slimy reptile is the size of a small dinner plate?

The Giant African Bullfrog, of course.

See one in person Saturday at the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls. Meet his friends, too: a Gabon viper, the man-eating Nile crocodile and the rhinoceros iguana.

Presented by Nickel City Reptiles at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Regular aquarium admission: $7.50 adults, $5.50 children ages 4 to 12 and seniors.

4. Another kids' musical!

Mount St. Mary's Academy presents "Seussical -- The Musical" featuring Seuss stories including "The Cat in the Hat" and "Horton Hears A Who."

Performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium, 3756 Delaware, Kenmore. General admission seats Friday and Saturday, $7. Sunday matinee seats: $5 adults, $3 children ages 12 and under (includes a free gift bag for the first 200 wee ones).

For tickets and more information, call 877-1358.

e-mail: jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com

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