Events: Kids’ Korner in September 2013

Summer is taking its curtain call and autumn is rolling in — so be sure to spend some time outdoors before winter’s chill keeps you inside



Down on the Farm

Sept. 7-8: Apple of Our Eye Hurd’s Family Farm celebrates the special relationship between grandparents and grandkids; any grandparent who arrives with a grandchild receives free admission. Spend the day together taking hayrides or answering trivia questions in the Pumpkins and Presidents maze. Stop by the Critter Corral to feed the farm animals; or play with pedal cars, a train (painted black and white like a cow), and a tractor. 9 a.m. $12 activity fee for children and parents. 2187 Rte. 32, Modena. 845-833-7825 or www.hurdsfamilyfarm.com

Fall Fest

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods What’s the best way to teach kids the importance of local agriculture, economy, and sustainability? Make it fun, of course! Little tykes can take a pony ride just down the way from where local farmers sell their produce. Or they can make personalized art projects near where craftsmen display their own creations. And let’s not forget about the corn and hay mazes, which have been sourced from regional fields. 10:30 a.m. $2 parking fee. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922 or www.bethelwoodscenter.org

Hit the Trails

Sept. 21: Cliffdale Hike Pack a lunch and lace up those hiking boots to journey from Teatown to Cliffdale farm and back. As you go, keep your eyes peeled for some creepy, crawly creatures in Griffin Swamp; then say hello to the farm animals, and have lunch at a Native American site. For ages 7 and up. Preregistration recommended. 10 a.m. $5. Sept. 29: Finding Your Way Don’t ever worry about getting lost again. Venture out in the woods — with a guide — and learn how to use a compass and read a map. Preregistration recommended. 10 a.m. $20. Teatown Lake Reservation. 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 or www.teatown.org

Interactive Nature

Through Sept. 29: Story Walk Here’s a recipe for a good day: Combine reading and the great outdoors. One of the trails at Greenburgh Nature Center allows guests to do just that. Upon arrival, pick up a copy of the children’s book Chipmunk at Hollow Lane, which follows the little critter as she gathers food to store away for the winter and outsmarts some other animals along the way. Certain sections of the trail highlight portions of the book, so kids can see real nature in action. Mon.-Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $7, $6 seniors & students, $5 children, under 2 free. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470 or www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

mid hudson children's museum

Imagination Station

Tues.-Sun. throughout the year: Imagination Playground Stop by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and spend some time in the newest exhibit. Billed as a “pop-up adventure playground,” the museum’s play area is home to a set of giant blue blocks. Staffers can move the blocks to various places — including other rooms in the building, outside on the pavilion, or even to nearby Waryas Park (weather permitting). Kids then use the blocks to build anything they can think of — from animals and pets to cities and forts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $7.50. 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589 or www.mhcm.org

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