Looking for local children's events this weekend? Kids can catch a free outdoor movie complete with treats, see a live theater performance, watch a bird banding demonstration or marvel at a magic show. And all weekend long, they can enjoy rides, games and entertainment at a county fair. Find all the details here.
Friday: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
You don't need a golden ticket for this all-ages event – just bring your blanket or lawn chair to see a free screening of this 1971 children's favorite, presented by Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars. The evening kicks off with a pre-movie session of Zumba in the Park at 7:30 p.m. After a fun dance workout, kids can indulge in free popcorn and special Wonka-themed sweets: candy and a chocolate fountain. The G-rated, 100-minute film begins at 8:30.
When: 7:30-10:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3
Saturday: Bird banding demonstration
Watch the safe capture, banding and release of live wild songbirds at Westmoreland Sanctuary's bird banding demonstration. No reservations are necessary for this all-ages program. Just drop by between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to observe this important science project, which studies bird biology and contributes to habitat conservation. The program will be canceled for wind or rain.
When: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4
Saturday: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
Will Charlie Brown's kite get stuck in a tree? Will he ever get the attention of the little red-haired girl? "Peanuts" fans of all ages are invited to join Chuck, Snoopy and the gang for music and laughs in this stage adaptation of the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The show is directed by Diana di Grandi for Kids on Stage. The book, music and lyrics are by Clark Gesner.
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4
Info: Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org; $9 for adults and seniors, $7 for children
Now through Sunday: Ulster County Fair
There's an action-packed entertainment schedule at this annual county fair, including live musical performances, animal acts, juggling, fireworks and more. The fair, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, also features games, amusement rides and traditional carnival treats. Visit the website for the complete schedule of events.
When: Gates open at 10 a.m., rides open at 11 a.m. daily through Sunday, Aug. 5. Gates close at 10 p.m. Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Info: 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz; 845-255-1380; www.ulstercountyfair.com; $15 per person includes parking, rides and entertainment; free for children four and under
Sunday: Magic at the Hudson River Museum
Kids will be mystified by illusions such as rope, card and balloon tricks performed by the Yonkers Society of American Magicians' Assembly 194. The family-friendly magic shows are part of the Hudson River Museum's Gilded Age of Magic exhibit, which also features vintage theatrical posters, costumes and more.
When: 1 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 2:10 p.m., and 2:45 p.m., Sundays, Aug. 5 and 12
Info: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers; 914-963-4550; www.hrm.org; free with museum admission, $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids ages 5 to 16, free for members and kids under 5 years old.