Where to Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend in the Hudson Valley
Snowshoeing, birthday cake, and a film screening await during the holiday break.
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125 Washington Ave, Albany
February 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free
View images of America’s first president at Albany Institute of History & Art, where visitors can learn more about George Washington’s iconic history and experience a special exhibition, Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region. The event is free and courtesy of M&T Bank.
Gore Mountain, 739 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek
February 16-17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $235, or $180 for passholders and participants, plus cost for rental equipment
Children ages four to 12 can explore the holiday weekend skiing on the slopes and learning from trained coaches. Cost for the camp includes lunch, supervision, and lift tickets. Registration is required for the two-day experience.
Windham Civic & Performing Arts Center, 5379 Route 23, Windham
February 15-23, free matinee on Presidents’ Day
Families and couples are welcome to attend magical nights at the Windham Civic & Performing Arts Center. Sean “The Prankster” Magician will perform a free matinee show at 2 p.m. on Presidents’ Day, and The Mental Madness Show featuring Garrett Thomas and Kozmo will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.
4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
February 16, 1 p.m. film screening, 2-4 p.m. document display
The 1936 film “The President’s Mystery,” written by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will begin at 1 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center. Guests can then visit the archives of the American presidential autographs. The display will be open from 2-4 p.m. in the research room in the library building. Registration is required for the film screening.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie
February 15, 11-11:45 a.m.
February 18, 11-11:45, 1-1:45, $10
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum offers multiple sessions of science workshops focusing on electricity and the power of magnetism. Children ages five and up have the chance to build miniature cranes to take back home.
Sam’s Point Rd, Cragsmoor
February 16, 10 a.m., $10 vehicle parking
Learn how to walk in snowshoes on Saturday morning at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Thruway Sporting Goods, MSR, and Tubbs employees will teach beginners the basic moves and techniques, and a three-mile hike with a park ranger will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park entry is $10, and the event is free to the public.
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St, Newburgh
February 16-18, 12-4 p.m.
Sing “Happy Birthday” to the first president of the United States at Washington’s Headquarters Historic Site in Newburgh. Musical performances, reenactments, military demonstrations, and crafts will be available during the weekend for families as well.
Sterling Forest State Park Visitors Center, 116 Old Forge Rd, Tuxedo Park
February 17, 1-3 p.m.
Explore the geography and history of known sites in the Hudson Valley with experienced outdoorsmen Andy Mills and Fred Isseks. Kayaking is a key factor of the event, and there will be a lecture about Washington’s Newburgh Headquarters, Gomez Mill House, Cold Spring Foundry, and more. Registration is recommended.
100 Temple Ave, Newburgh
February 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free
The second annual Winter Fest partners with the community to host a ton of activities for the family. Look forward to snowflake art installations, kids’ crafts, guided treks, and snowshoeing. Gather around the campfire and indulge in treats and baked goods. Parking is limited, and a free shuttle will drop attendees off every 10 minutes.