Kids’ Almanac (April 9-16)

“There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light.”
– Rumi




Vernal pools family walk at Woodstock’s Sloan Gorge

If the place where you had your first date with your significant other is now gone, that’s kind of how it works with vernal pools. These small bodies of water are temporary, drying up by summer, but provide critical habitat and breeding grounds for a variety of species. This Saturday, April 11 at 10 a.m., join the Woodstock Land Conservancy at Sloan Gorge to take a vernal pools family walk together. This is also a dream opportunity to quote Robert Frost freely by referencing his poem, “Spring Pools.”

Sloan Gorge is located at 487 Stoll Road in Woodstock. For more information, call (845) 679-6481 or visit


“Sugaring Off: 18th-Century Style” at Kingston’s Senate House

You like your maple syrup with pancakes, but how about changing things up this year and getting your maple on with a side of history? “Sugaring Off: 18th-Century Style” takes place this Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Senate House demonstrates boiling sap into syrup, making jack wax candy, baking molasses cornbread and waffles, hewing a log into a sap trough and making wooden buckets and spiles. Living history actors bring to life 18th-century camp life, and Mark Rust plays live music, including banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, guitar and spoons. Guided tours are available for $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for kids ages 12 and under.

The Senate House is located at 296 Fair Street in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 338-2786 or visit


Improv Acting Workshop for Teens at Poughkeepsie’s Adriance Library

Calling all teens to this weekend’s improv workshop at the Adriance Memorial Library! On Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., join Marguerite San Millan for her Improv Acting Workshop for Teens. The session concludes with a performance from 12:30 to 1 p.m. for family and friends.

The Adriance Memorial Library is located at 93 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. To register or for more information, call (845) 485-3445 or visit


Monroe’s Museum Village opens

Museum Village opens for the season on Saturday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the buildings will be open, and kids will love seeing the chickens casually walking around the grounds. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $8 for children aged 4 to 12 years, and children under 4 get in free.

Museum Village is located at 1010 State Route 17M in Monroe. For more information, call (845) 782-8248 or visit


Stargazing at Olana

The Olana State Historic Site is known for its sweeping views of the Hudson Valley, but that’s in the daylight: Come back at night for this weekend’s stargazing. On Saturday, April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., participants of all ages will be introduced to major features in the night sky, including telescope viewings of the Moon, comets and stellar clusters. Registration is not required, and the fee is $5 for non-members.

Olana’s Wagon House Education Center is located at 5720 Route 9G in Hudson. For more information, call (518) 828-0135 or visit



Tom Chapin performs at Boardman Road Library’s Grand Opening

The Boardman Road Branch Library opens this Sunday, April 12, which ties in nicely with the beginning of National Library Week from April 12 to 18. The Grand Opening celebration begins at 2 p.m., including a live performance by renowned musician Tom Chapin. The Boardman Road Branch Library is located at 141 Boardman Road in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 485-3445, extension 3702, or visit


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