Frolicking fun for children of all ages.
By Laura Calhoon
The Big Apple Circus June 15-24: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: Step Right Up! for exciting family entertainment at the
RIVERSPACE ARTS Junie B. Jones: The Musical June 2: Everyone’s favorite first-grader comes to life in this musical adaptation of Barbara Park’s best-selling book series. 2 p.m. $10. Danna Banana June 9: Children’s singer/songwriter Dan Cohen gives a musical performance at the Milk ‘N Cookies Playhouse that both kids and adults can get into. You’ll laugh and sing your way through the show, with such favorites as “My Favorite Meatball” and “Doohickey.” $9, $7 seniors & children under 12.
MOHONK PRESERVE Nature at Night Campout June 29-30: It seems silly to be afraid of the dark when there’s so much fun to be had at night in the great outdoors. Join your friends (and maybe make some new ones, too) at this parent/child campout. Tell stories around the campfire, play nature games, go stargazing, and even learn how to hoot for owls. Children ages 8-12 and their parents only. 4 p.m.-10 a.m. 3197 Route 44/55, Gardiner. 845-255-0919 or www.mohonkpreserve.org
BOSCOBEL Afternoon Tea With Mrs. Dyckman June 2: Join the mistress of Boscobel, Elizabeth Dyckman (played by Eileen Charbonneau), as she takes you on an insider’s tour of her home. Afterwards, learn early 19th century American manners and etiquette at a formal tea in the museum room. Dress in your very best and bring an adult! For girls ages 8-12 only. 2 p.m. $20, children $15. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638 or www.boscobel.org
MID-HUDSON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM At the Turning of the Tide June 22: See the story of our own
MUSEUM OF THE HUDSON HIGHLANDS Meet the Animals Through Dec. 31: Come in close contact with a new animal friend each week — and learn everything there is to know about him, including where he lives and what he eats for dinner. Also see other live animals on display, including frogs, birds, owls, turtles, snakes, mice, and even a giant millipede. Call ahead of time to find out what animal you’ll be meeting. 2:30 p.m. every Sat. and Sun. $3, children under two free. The Boulevard,
KINGSTON LIBRARY Leela Puppet Theater June 9: Be amazed at stupendous feats of skill and bravery by Tarot’s Street Show. Marionettes fly on the trapeze, ride horses, and even belly dance in a circus-style showcase you won’t want to miss. 10:30 a.m. 55 Franklin St., Kingston. 845-331-0507 or www.kingstonlibrary.org
Father's Day Finds
Looking for a way to show your pop just how much you care? We found some family fun destinations that will make Dad’s day.
NEVERSINK VALLEY AREA MUSEUM Father’s Day Strawberry Pancake Breakfast June 17: Both the kids and dad will love this fun-filled (and filling) family breakfast, complete with sausage, eggs, beverages, and all the pancakes you can eat. Interested in grabbing an after-meal deal? There’s a flea market at the museum, too. $5, $2.75 children. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 26 Hoag Rd., Cuddebackville. 845-754-8870 or www.neversinkmuseum.org
GERMAN-AMERICAN CLUB OF ALBANY Father’s Day/German Day Festival June 17: Snack on schnitzel with dad under shady pine trees at this all-day family event. Kids activities galore, including arts and crafts and a parade (where kids can participate), round out the German meal and music. 1-7 p.m. $3. Schuetzenpark, Albany. 518-482-5845 or http://www.timesunion.com/communities/gaca
VANDERBILT MANSION Father’s Day Ice Cream Social June 17: Given in the spirit of Mrs. Vanderbilt, who loved having ice cream parties for estate children, this event is sure to be the cherry on top of your Father’s Day weekend. Enjoy games, entertainment and other family fun at the mansion’s Italian Gardens — and a free scoop of ice cream for each dad accompanied by his kids. 12-3 p.m. Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 800-337-8474 or www.vanderbiltgarden.org