Best of Hudson Valley 2010

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Kids & Pets

Relaxing Kid’s Birthday Parties
Happy Buddha Yoga Birthday Parties

This healthy alternative to the usual sugar-filled shindig is a perfect pick for parents who love throwing birthday bashes, but are tired of dealing with hoards of screaming kids. These yoga-themed parties are designed to fit your child’s age group and can include fun yoga games, henna, and hair braiding; the folks at Happy Buddha even assist you with food and décor. And when the kids can relax, mom and dad can, too. • 845-239-8879;

Way to Get Your Kids to Turn Off Their Tech Gadgets
The DEC’s Junior Naturalist Program

Various state forest preserve campgrounds
Kids can test their outdoor knowledge with this fun and rewarding program. Pick up a Junior Naturalist Journal at a participating campground (North-South Lake and Woodland Valley are two nearby ones), complete all of the appropriate activities, then bring it back and receive a patch that displays one of our region’s native animals. Run by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the program aims to teach kids more about the natural environment (and help them have fun in the process). • 518-457-2500;

Maternity/Newborn Boutique
Waddle n Swaddle

Part retail store, part wellness center, this forward-thinking boutique sells an array of necessities — including unique, hard-to-find, and eco-friendly clothes; safe carriers; and natural toys — for your bundle of joy. But new moms have special needs, too; for them, the shop offers nursing bras, breastfeeding classes, groups for new/expectant mothers, and cloth diaper info sessions — all of which can help ease the transition into an exciting (and sometimes overwhelming) new life. • 845-473-5952;

Doggie Camp
The Pet Camp

Up at 7:30 a.m. for walkies; then breakfast; another walk; swimming in the pond; romping and running on 18 fenced acres; group playtime under the guidance of counselors — about the only thing this doggie camp is missing is ghost stories around the campfire. In the made-over barn, each pooch has its own room (a whitewashed, onetime horse stall) with a window and a wooden platform to hold a cushion or bed from home. Dogs from the same family can bunk together. Owner Chuck Elmes, who lives with his dog, Mel, in a house next to the barn, says regular canine campers have so much fun they start getting excited on the way in — especially those who live in New York City. Fees are $30 a night; $45 for two sharing one room. Elmes even has some longterm boarders. If you want your fur-baby to look his best when you pick him up, there are bathing services, too. • 845-692-2922;

Outdoor Pooch-friendly Restaurant
Armadillo Bar & Grill

Man’s best friend can wave a fuzzy paw goodbye to stuffy, locked cars! Not only does this colorful Tex-Mex tavern serve Nuevo Latino fare to Kingston’s (human) crowd, but it provides an outdoor patio for all the well-behaved Fidos and Fifis of the Valley to hang out alongside their owners as they nosh. Proprietor and animal activist Merle Borenstein — who participates in organizations like Paws Unlimited and the Have a Heart Animal Welfare Fund — was tired of seeing pups wait in their owners’ cars while they ate. “Your pets are like family,” she explains, so Lassies are leashed and seated next to their owners under the awning. “We give them all-natural biscuits and poached chicken. They love it!” Borenstein says. “It’s nice just to be able to enjoy the day, and picnic on the patio with your pooch” — and maybe take home a doggie bag or two. • 845-339-1550;

Readers' Picks:

Place to Eat with Kids:
Pizza Mia


Baby/Children’s Boutique:


Toy Store:
Enchanted Toys

New Paltz.

Pet Store:
Sues Zoo & More

New Paltz.


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