Kids’ Almanac (Mar. 17-24)

(Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

(Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Munch Haman’s hat, take things apart, care for critters or try Irish Zumba


“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
– Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina


Preview college life at Marist

My friends’ kids travel to Massachusetts for these college experiences. How cool finally to have something offered right here! Registration is now open for Marist Splash, a one-day college immersion program for youth in seventh to 12th grades.

Marist Splash takes place on Saturday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students register for fun classes, which are taught by Marist students, while parents can spend the day however they like, including touring the Marist campus or going sightseeing. The cost is $10 for the program, plus $5 for the optional lunch. Students can register ahead of time, but payment is made on the day of the event.

Marist College is located at 3399 North Road in Poughkeepsie. For more information or to register, call (845) 575-3174 or visit


Intro to Veterinary Science at SUNY-Ulster

So, your kids love animals? Help them shape a vision of a future working with animals at the 4-H Introduction to Veterinary Science program! Sign up now for this day of hands-on workshops and fun, which takes place on Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SUNY-Ulster. Youth will learn from rehabilitation specialists, veterinarians, SUNY-Ulster professors, students and other area professionals. The cost is $15 for enrolled 4-H members and $20 for non-4-H members. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

SUNY-Ulster is located at 491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge. For more information or to register, call (845) 340-3900, extension 340, e-mail [email protected] or visit


Family Spanish Immersion at Unison in New Paltz

Family Spanish Immersion is a chance to do something together where you’re not El Jefe. Let your kids see firsthand how you are willing to try something nuevo! Family Spanish Immersion is a six-week series that takes place at Unison at 4:15 p.m. on Thursdays from March 24 to April 28, including a special Cinco de Mayo celebration at the end. Learning takes place through games, songs, stories, conversations, roleplays and more.

The cost for the series is $90 for adults and $42 for each accompanying child. Individual classes cost $18 for adults and $10 for each child. A materials fee of $15 is payable directly to the instructor. Unison is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz. For more information or to register, call (845) 255-1559 or visit



Irish Zumba at Plattekill Library

What can I say? I saw Irish Zumba and just had to share! This Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m., head over to the Plattekill Public Library for some St. Patrick’s Day family fun: Enjoy stories, snacks, and Irish Zumba! Remember to wear green and your sneakers.

This event is free and open to the public of all ages. The Plattekill Public Library is located at 2047 Route 32 in Modena. For more information, call (845) 883-7286 or visit



Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck presents Solas an Lae

Indoor performances of Irish dance are a special treat because performers can do more dances, simply because they’re not freezing outside, such as in a parade setting. Come on out and enjoy Solas an Lae this Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Tickets cost $20, and as you know, every seat at the Center is awesome!

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is located at 661 Route 308 in Rhinebeck. For tickets or more information, call (845) 876-3080 or visit To learn more about the performance, visit


“Apples!” at Tivoli Library

Agricultural Literacy Week? How do you like them apples? Well, the Tivoli Free Library is all about apple fun as it presents “Apples!” this Friday, March 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Kids from kindergarten through fifth grade will learn how apples are grown, enjoy an apple snack and make an apple craft. This event is free and open to the public.

The Tivoli Free Library is located at 86 Broadway in Tivoli. For more information, call (845) 757-3771 or visit



OptiMystiks Magic Show at Seven 21 Media Center in Kingston

Warm up your neck and stretch out your facial muscles to prepare for the inevitable jaw-dropping at this weekend’s magic show! On Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m., the Kingston Library presents the OptiMystiks Magic Show at the Seven 21 Media Center’s Studio A. Magician Stephen Christopher and his live animal friends put on a show with comedy, amazing magic and illusions and audience participation. This show is free and open to the public, family-friendly and geared for school-aged children.

The Seven 21 Media Center is located at 721 Broadway in Kingston. For more information, call (845) 331-0507, extension 7, or visit To learn more about the performer, visit


Shadowland in Ellenville screens 1942 The Jungle Book

With the new Jungle Book movie slated for release next month, here’s a chance for your kids to see the 1942 version first. This Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m., Shadowland Stages (formerly known as the Shadowland Theatre) presents The Jungle Book, along with Horton Hatches the Egg and Command Performance. Admission costs $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Shadowland Stages is located at 157 Canal Street in Ellenville. For more information, call (845) 647-5511 or visit


FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson challenges girls

“If she can see it, she can be it,” the motto of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, can be applied to all kinds of scenarios, including career choices. This weekend, give your family the opportunity to meet women who love being firefighters, and inspire your girls to reach for any career that interests them. On Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m., join local female firefighters for a tea party at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, as well as a chance to do the Junior Firefighter Challenge. All children who bring an 18-inch doll to the tea party will receive a free firefighter doll coat.

Reservations are recommended. Admission to FASNY costs $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 and up; families of two adults and two children pay $20, and children under 3 get in free. FASNY is located at 117 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson. For reservations or more information, call (518) 822-1875, extension 10, or visit


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