Events: Kid’s Korner in July 2011

Enjoy the outdoors by searching for dragonflies — or cool off inside with a museum tour, a puppet show, or a magic-carpet musical



Eco-friendly

July 9: We Love You, Trees! It’s never too early to be eco-conscious! Bring your future environmentalist to this interactive puppet show at the Greenburgh Nature Center. Take a dip in an imaginary river with lively otter and fish puppets, sing songs about hugging trees, and let Mother Nature know how much you love her. Recommended for ages two through seven. 10:30 a.m. $8. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-813-1280 or www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

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Animal house

July 19: Tuesday Trails If you’ve ever wondered which animals make their homes in the Adirondacks area, you can find out at the New York State Museum. During this program, visitors hear tales and stories about the area; learn which plants are native; and see (and feel) real pelts, bones, and other objects from the critters that dwell in the region. Recommended for children up to age six. 11-11:45 a.m. Madison Ave., Albany. 518-474-5877 or www.nysm.nysed.gov

Birds and bugs and fish and flowers

July 20: Great Symbols of New York State How much do you know about the great state of New York? Learn why New York’s nickname is the Empire State and find out about the official state bird, tree, fish, bug, and flower at this Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum interactive event. Afterwards, participate in an arts and crafts session during which you create your own versions of the state flower and bug. 1 p.m. $2 plus admission. 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589 or www.mhcm.org

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Into the wild

July 23: Dazzling Dragonflies Did you know that the largest dragonfly, found in Costa Rica, had a wingspan of seven-and-a-half inches? Although you probably won’t find these behemoth beauties here in the Valley, you can still search for average-sized flyers in the fields of the Hudson Highland Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center. During this educational event, you’ll learn all kinds of fun facts about these winged jewels before combing the area to find them. 9 & 11 a.m. $7, $5 children. If slithery things are more your speed, you’ll enjoy the Snakes Alive program (July 30), during which guests can get up close and personal with these interesting creatures, and learn about their lives and habitats. 10 & 11:30 a.m. $5. Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or www.hhnaturemuseum.org

Magic carpet ride

July 30: Disney’s Aladdin by Kids on Stage The magic and wonder of Arabian nights come to life as the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck presents a stage adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin. Watch as the namesake main character — with the help of his new pal Genie — saves the day and wins the heart of Princess Jasmine. Cheer on the good guys and sing along to the Academy Award-winning music as the adventure unravels. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or www.centerforperformingarts.com

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