Kids’ Almanac (April 11-18)

Animal Expo at SUNY-Ulster

Looking for more animals after the Minnewaska program? I have two words for you: Animal Expo. To SUNY-Ulster’s Veterinary Technology Club, Animal Expo means a reptile show, a petting zoo with horses, goats and potbellied pigs, face-painting, arts and crafts, door prizes, a silent auction, a bake sale and more. To me, Animal Expo means wholesome family fun for all ages, from the youngest set who might be content with just petting and feeding live animals to older youth exploring career paths in animal care to those of us who love a good bake sale.

Animal Expo takes place on Saturday, April 13 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Senate Gymnasium at SUNY-Ulster. The reptile show begins at 1 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults, $4 for children aged 5 to 14 years and is free for children age 4 and under. Please note that personal pets are not allowed at the Animal Expo.

SUNY-Ulster is located at 491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge. For more information about the Animal Expo or to learn more about the Veterinary Technology program, call (845) 687-5000 or visit


Could your family theme song be “I Like to Move It”? Are you looking for fun ways for the kids to burn off some of that weekend energy, no matter what the weather? Here’s a special Saturday lineup of two great activities – both indoors, and both on the same road!


Family Fun Day at MAC Park in Kingston

Begin your Saturday, April 13 at Family Fun Day at MAC Park. Organized by Family Friendly Hudson Valley along with MAC Fit Kids, activities include bounce houses, games and demonstrations, crafts with FiberFlame, swag bags, local vendors, door prizes and more. Admission for all of this fun costs only $5 per family (which is good news during tax season), and you might even have enough left over to treat yourself to a caramel mocha from the drive-through up the road.

MAC Park is located at 743 East Chester Street in Kingston. For more information or to ask about representing your business at Family Fun Day, visit or e-mail [email protected]


Bullying Prevention Bowl-a-Thon at HoeBowl in Kingston

Want more fun after Family Fun Day? How about some fun that helps to make a difference? Then head across the street to HoeBowl on the Hill for the Bullying Prevention Bowl-a-Thon! You and your crew can enjoy an afternoon of bowling and pizza while also supporting equality and safe schools, all while wearing those sweet shoes. The cost is $10 per person for two games of bowling, one slice of pizza and shoe rental, cash only.

The Bullying Prevention Bowl-a-thon takes place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Preregistration is strongly recommended. HoeBowl is located at 644 East Chester Street in Kingston. To register, to reserve a table for your organization or for more information, call (845) 331-5300 or visit


Rosendale Theatre screens Ballet’s Greatest Hits

I took our budding ballerina to see First Position at the Rosendale Theatre last year, a documentary about competing in the renowned international Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). We don’t have much experience with the dance world, but we were both moved by the young dancers’ grace, poise, elegance and strength, as well as their personal stories.

We would like to see more films like this, and now our wish has been granted! On Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., the Rosendale Theatre shows Ballet’s Greatest Hits, a film by YAGP: “a filmed gala evening showcasing six of the most beloved classical ballets: Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Giselle, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.”

How did this film come about? “By distributing this film, YAGP will further its mission to educate the next generation of dancers because thousands of artists will have unprecedented access to current interpretations of ballet classics…. This would allow people who do not normally have access to dance artistry to experience firsthand the beauty and excitement of classical ballet.”

Tickets to the film cost $10 for adults, $6 for students. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, call (845) 658-8989 or visit To learn more about the film, visit




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