Playdates: Featured Kids Events in June 2015
Kick off summer the right way — get outside!
June 6: Law Enforcement Day
Learn what it’s like to be a police officer. Law-enforcement equipment and vehicles will be set up on the Vassar Alumni Lawn for a fun day of interaction. Kids get the chance to be up close and personal with police cars, flashing lights, and whirring sirens, and to ask the officers questions, too. Free activities and information about local youth services are also available. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.; free admission. Rain date: June 7. Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. www.arlingtonhasit.org
June 20: 21st Century Damsels and Dragons
Did you know that dragonflies can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour when they fly? Do you know the difference between dragonflies and damselflies? Learn these fun facts and more from an insect expert — and, if you’re brave enough, you can even try your hand at catching the winged beauties. Pre-registration is required by June 18. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $5, free for members. Olana State Historic Site. 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson. Rain location: Wagon House Education Center. 518-828-0135; www.olana.org
June 20: Little Grasshoppers
Learn about these little leapers — things like what they eat and where they live — in the museum’s own Grasshopper Grove, then enjoy some free playtime. Recommended ages: 2-6. 10 a.m. $3, museum members free. June 27-28: Butterfly Weekend View colorful illustrations — and live butterflies. Knowledgeable guides give walking tours, and kids have the opportunity to create their own butterfly-themed crafts. Recommended ages: 5 and up. $8, $6 children, $6 members, $4 children members. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center. 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext. 204; www.hhnaturemuseum.org
June 26: Celebrate Summer
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum welcomes the heat with its annual festival. With both indoor and outdoor activities, the fest promotes healthy living. Performer Jay Mankita plays songs that teach kids about good diets and sustainable living from his album Eat Like a Rainbow. Kids have the opportunity to make their own healthy snacks, do arts and crafts, and participate in a bike rodeo. Talented skateboarders from the nearby skate park even show off their skills in a special demonstration. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $12, $8 members. 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589; www.mhcm.org
June 28: Story Walk Kickoff
The annual Story Walk program is back. Participants are led down a wooded trail while listening to a classic children’s story. This year’s book is Red Fox at Hickory Lane by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck. California Pizza Kitchen will be on hand with food and drinks to sample, and each child will get a free bookmark. Program runs through September 27. Recommended ages 8 and younger.
1 p.m.; free admission. Greenburgh Nature Center. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org