Kids’ Almanac (June 26-July 3)

(Photo by Dion Ogust)

“I hold you as high as the stars.”
– Steve Maraboli



Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum celebrates summer

The annual refrain of No more pencils, no more books… means that it’s time to “Celebrate Summer,” Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum-style! On Friday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum hosts Celebrate Summer, including special guests and activities such as the Two by Two Petting Zoo, Bossy Frog Band at 11 a.m., arts and crafts, free cupcakes and cake, as well as additional food for sale.

Tickets cost $12 per person, $8 for museum members and are available online, by phone or at the door. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is located at 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 471-0589 or visit


Live animals at Red Hook Library

With so many stuffies and loveys in the kids’ rooms, let alone this summer’s forthcoming additions from the county fairs, it’s nice to connect with live animals for a change. On Friday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m., the Red Hook Public Library hosts “Animal Embassy,” an educational and entertaining program for all ages featuring live animals. Speaking of animals, you can take your family to nearby Holy Cow for some ice cream on your way home.

The Red Hook Public Library is located at 7444 South Broadway in Red Hook. For more information, call (845) 758-3241 or visit



Volunteers needed at Poets’ Walk in Red Hook

You love the peace, the serenity, the easy accessibility and the gorgeous river views of Poets’ Walk. Here’s a chance for all ages to give back: On Saturday, June 28, join the Scenic Hudson Volunteer Restoration Workday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. removing a patch of invasive black swallowwort located near the Summer House. Remember to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water, a lunch and gloves.

Poets’ Walk is located on River Road in Red Hook. For more information or to let Scenic Hudson know that you’ll be participating, call (845) 473-4440, extension 273, or visit


Shoe String Band plays for kids at Gardiner Library

For some all-ages toe-tapping, thigh-slapping, hand-clapping Appalachian live music fun, head over to the Gardiner Library on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. to hear the Shoe String Band’s “KidShoes” program for children, which includes a performance of this traditional music, introduces the instruments and gets the kids up for some “flatfoot” dancing.

The Gardiner Library is located at 133 Farmers’ Turnpike in Gardiner. For more information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit To learn more about the band, visit


Eribeth Chamber Players play Young People’s Concert at the Maverick in Woodstock

It’s not just that she goes by the excellent first name of Erica, or that her Mom directs the fabulous Ars Choralis; what defines cellist Erica Pickhardt is her commitment to connecting children with music. On Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m., Pickhardt’s ensemble, the Eribeth Chamber Players, kicks off the 2014 Maverick Young People’s Summer Concert Series with a performance to help kids experience music as a way to tell a story, featuring a Native American legend of Grandmother Spider.

Children are admitted free to Maverick’s Young People’s Concerts; adults pay $5. Maverick Concerts are held at 120 Maverick Road in Woodstock. For more information, call (845) 679-8217 or visit




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