Frolicking fun for children of all ages.
Here’s lots of cool stuff for children to do while enjoying those final precious days
of summer vacation
HISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET Three hundred years of history are showcased in this hamlet just outside the heart of New Paltz. Colonial Overnight Aug. 11-12, 24-25: Experience the life of a colonial kid for a night by cooking over an open fire, sleeping on a straw mattress, playing period games, and venturing into the 18th-century houses (which are said to be haunted) after sundown. Fri. -Sat. $35. Huguenot Street Family Programs Aug. 18: Learn about Huguenot Street’s historic houses in a fun and engaging program tailored for kids ages 5-10, and then take part in this month’s marbled paper craft activity. 3-4:30 p.m. $5. u
BARD SUMMERSCAPE This world-class performing arts summer series offers events that will entertain kids and parents alike. The Chicken Show Aug. 5: Bringing together musical theater and a love for puppets, the Goat on a Boat Theater Company presents a comedy with lots of heart. Join Henrietta, the Singing Chicken, and her friends as she escapes from the clutches of Mean Ol’ Farmer on the road to becoming a Broadway starlet. For ages under 9. The Deedle Deedle Dees Aug. 12: Have you heard the one about "The Vegetarian Tyrannosaurus Rex?” Check out this Brooklyn-based rock band for kids (and their parents) that entertains audiences with historically-based songs, plus some silly ones. Both shows at 1 & $15, $5 children under 13. u
WILDERSTEIN HISTORIC SITE Hudson Valley Home Alone: Children Let Loose at Wilderstein Through Oct. 28: When the parents are away, these Victorian upper-class munchkins come out to play! Banishing the common belief that Victorian mansions are dark and dull, the house museum has been reinvented to show what life might have been like if the children were in charge. High jinks — like turning the dining room table into a pirate ship and creating a stuffed animal hospital in the parlor — are just the beginning for these youngsters in power. Check out the rest of the house to view toys, clothing, books, and sporting equipment from the site’s collection, but more importantly to see what other mischief they’ve gotten into. Thurs.-Sun. 12-4 p.m. $10, $9 for seniors & students, 12 and under free. u
ANTHONY WAYNE RECREATION AREA Native American Heritage Festival Aug. 4-5: Immerse yourself in Native American culture by attending this annual celebration filled with fun for the entire family. There’ll be 40 different artist’s booths, authentic cuisine and jewelry, and musical performances starting at noon. For the kids, events such as a live birds-of-prey exhibit, pony rides, and tipi raising will be sure to catch their interest. $10, $5 for seniors & children, children 5 and under free. $6 parking fee. u
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside From a Child’s Perspective Thursdays in Aug.: Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to be a kid in the 1800s? Experience the world of a 19th-century child as you tour the home of Washington Irving, which is filled with hands-on craft activities and period toys. Take part in the ongoing scavenger hunt as you listen to the tales of children from yesteryear. $12, $10 seniors, $6 children 5-17, children under 5 free. u