Events: Kids’ Korner in August 2013

Have fun in the sun while learning about the Valley’s diverse wildlife — or relax at local performances


Animal House

Aug. 10: My, What Large Ears You Have Do you know the reason why a rabbit’s ears are so very long? The better to hear you with, of course! Absorb fun facts about bunnies and other critters with unique features at Teatown Lake Reservation. Preregistration suggested. 1 p.m. $5. Aug. 11: Turtle Tracks There’s much more to these reptiles than meets the eye. Learn more about them — like where they live, what they eat, and why they never seem to be in a hurry. Recommended ages 4 and up. Preregistration suggested. 11 a.m. $5. 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 or

It’s a Small World After All

Aug. 9: Vanaver Caravan SummerDance on Tour This troupe performs various dances from around the world. Skirts swirl and castanets clack during flamenco routines, while toes tap to Bulgarian beats. Cloggers stomp on stage to American folk music tunes, and African drums keep a good rhythm. 1 p.m. $10, $5 18 and under. PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century. 2980 Rte. 66, Chatham. 518-392-6121 or


Aug. 10: Berger’s and Frank’s Magic Show Local magicians Derrin Berger and Frank Monaco combine magic tricks and silly jokes in this performance. Try your hand at being a magician’s assistant — there are plenty of opportunities for audience participation. While you’re on stage, pay close attention and see if you can spot how the trick is done — or if it’s really magic. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or


Bugging Out

Aug. 24: Festival of Bugs Do you know how many different species of insects can live together in one meadow? How many ants live in an anthill? What sort of critters swim in ponds besides fish and frogs? Find out the answers to these and other buggy questions at Mountain Top Arboretum. 11 a.m. $10 per family. Rain date Aug. 25. 4 Maude Adams Rd., Tannersville. 518-589-3903 or


Prehistory Rocks!

Aug. 4: Mastodons We’ve all seen the drawings of the massive, shaggy creatures that resemble elephants — tusks and all — that lived during the Ice Age. Find out more about these prehistoric pachyderms at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s presentation and exhibit. 4:30 p.m. $7, $5 children. Aug. 17: Fascinating Fossils Fossils are the footprints of the past. Discover how these unique rocks are formed, what they tell us about times gone by — and make a replica fossil of your own. 10 a.m. $7, $5 children. Outdoor Discovery Center. 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506 or

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