Colorful clothing, upbeat music, and fun outdoor activities: What better way to welcome spring?
April 7: Tie-Dye Workshop It’s the groovy, colorful fad that keeps coming back (or for some, never goes out of style). Dust off those old bell-bottoms and head over to the New York State Museum, where you’ll discover all kinds of far-out techniques to make an array of psychedelic styles. They provide the dyes, so all you have to bring are the items you want to transform and a little creativity. At the end of the demonstration, participants receive a detailed workbook so that you — um, the kids — can keep creating at home. Pre-registration required. 1-4 p.m. $5. • Madison Ave., Albany. 518-473-7154 or www.nysm.nysed.gov
April 6-May 4: Earth Explorations! Earth, Wind, Water, and Animals Learn all about the basic elements that make up our world at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Children are given the chance to discover the science of weather, rocks, water, fish, and amphibians in this weekly class. While studying these subjects, kids get to go outside, collect and examine objects, and play games that mix fun and knowledge about the natural world. This five-week session for children in kindergarten through grade two meets every Tuesday from 3:45-5 p.m. $90. Pre-paid registration required. • Outdoor Discovery Center. Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or www.hhnaturemuseum.org
April 10: Shakespeare for Kids What was Shakespeare like before he knew whether he was meant to be — or not to be — famous? The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck gives audience members an introduction to some of the Bard’s most prominent plays — with a humorous twist, of course — from his own point of view. The performance is set during the time in which Henry V, Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet were written; all three are featured briefly within the show. Performed by the Hampstead Stage Company, this play is part of the art center’s annual Shakespeare Festival. 11 a.m. $8, $6 children. • 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org
Rock Your Socks Off
April 17: Dirty Sock Funtime Band Join Mr. Clown and the rest of the gang for a rockin’ good time at the Emelin Theatre. With upbeat music and zany lyrics, this eight-piece, classic rock-inspired children’s group sings songs about fun, music, imagination, and everything in between. Making kids of all ages want to get up and dance, these catchy tunes have been dubbed “the most exciting and innovative children’s music ever” by MTV. Some might recognize the hits “Music Everywhere” and “Dino-Soaring” from TV’s Jack’s Big Music Show. 11 a.m. $18, $13 children. • 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098 or www.emelin.org
Photograph by Audra Napolitano
April 17-18: Sheep-to-Shawl Festival Flock to Philipsburg Manor for a weekend of fun at the farm. Learn about the origins of your favorite sweater by taking part in hands-on activities such as sheep-shearing and wool dyeing. Then, find out which techniques were used by 18th-century farmers to weave cloth. Ever see a four-legged shepherd? Be sure to catch the demonstrations of robust Scottish border collies herding sheep across a field — or just coo at adorable newborn lambs as they frolic playfully. Ah, springtime! 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 children 5-17, free under five. • 381 N. Broadway (Rte. 9), Sleepy Hollow. 914-631-3992 or www.hudsonvalley.org