It’s almost time to go back to school, so be sure to fill the last few weeks of summer with some super fun activities, such as do-it-yourself fashion, a pirate adventure on stage, and an all-day storytelling celebration
Go with the flow
Aug. 11: Flow Circus Now you see it, now you don’t: This fun juggling, comedy, and magic show at the Mahopac Library runs for one evening only. Flow Circus’ exciting and energetic performances are not only entertaining to watch (how do they do that?), but their hilarious jokes and stories will crack you up. And while you’re at the library, maybe you can even find a couple of books that can teach you how to perform a few tricks of your own. The show is suitable for children of all ages but registration is required. 7 p.m. Call for ticket information. • 668 Rte. 6, Mahopac. 845-628-2009 or www.mahopaclibrary.org
Aug. 7: Treasure Island Ahoy, matey! For those who love pirate adventures, the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck has the show for you: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is being performed live onstage by the Hampstead Stage Company. The play tells the exciting tale of a young man named Jim Hawkins and his search for buried treasure. Along the way, he must fight off Long John Silver and his gang of marauding pirates — who aim to take over the journey and cause trouble. Through Hawkins’ brave expedition, this story teaches children the value of helping others and the woes that come from being too greedy. 11 a.m. $8, $6 children. • 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.org
Fact and fable
Aug. 14: Storytelling and Music Festival An enchanting day of song and prose awaits you at the Mohegan Colony’s 10th Annual Storytelling and Music Festival. Esteemed poets and storytellers — including Valley favorite Jonathan Kruk — invite listeners of all ages to escape to another world with tales and folklore that celebrate the colony’s heritage. The event also features live jazz performances and an interactive storytelling workshop. But when the sun goes down, braver souls can enjoy ghost stories by flickering candlelight and an open mic show. The festivities take place rain or shine from 12:30-10:30 p.m. All-day fees are $20, $5 children; or $15, $3 children for either the daytime or evening events. $20 extra for the workshop, preregistration suggested. • Garden Road School. 99 Baron de Hirsch Rd., Crompond. 914-528-5830.
Aug. 18: Tee Shirt Redo Looking for some fab, new back-to-school threads? Why not recycle last year’s fashions? Make your old tee shirts new again at the New York State Museum’s fun D.I.Y. workshop. Bring your old, worn-out tees and learn fun techniques to give them an updated look, such as cutting up and mixing materials for a completely new design. Not only will you have truly unique additions to your wardrobe, but when someone stops you in the hallway and says how cool your shirt is, you can proudly reply, “Thanks, I made it myself.” Suggested for ages eight and older. 1-4 p.m. $5. (Due to limited class size, please preregister by Aug. 13.) • Madison Ave., Albany. 518-473-7154 or www.nysm.nysed.gov
Aug. 21: Fascinating Fossils Rediscover the plants and creatures that roamed the Earth before civilization at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. In this engaging event, you’ll view an extensive collection of fossils at the museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center and learn tons of fun facts about where they were collected and how they were formed. After that, you’ll get the chance to take home your very own fossil (and we don’t mean mom or dad) by creating a replica of one of the center’s specimens. 10 a.m. $5. • Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-4506 or www.hhnaturemuseum.com