All things entertaining in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley
BloggersChris Serico Kirthana Ramisetti Georgette Yacoub Kristin Taveira Anne Machalinski Estelle Lander
Grasshopper Grove opens Saturday in Cornwall
Kids can explore the wonders of the great outdoors when Grasshopper Grove, a neat little play space outside the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall, opens Saturday.
The play space, which was designed to appeal to 2- to 6-year-olds, will give young adventurers access to the natural world, minus some of nature’s minor perils and discomforts. A whimsical gateway designed with natural branches will beckon little ones to enter a half-acre field surrounded by rough stonewalls. Inside, the play area is dotted with natural goodies such as boulders, pinecones, sticks and dirt piles, all carefully arranged to promote climbing, digging, building and imaginative play.
Kids can climb across a “fallen” tree -- really an uprooted oak that was recovered post-hurricane and given new life here as a balance beam -- listen to the babbling sounds of a cedar trough water feature or play hide-and-seek in the shrub maze. The park includes man-made elements such as the Learning Gazebo, an Adirondack lean-to, bridges and platforms. A sensory garden is planned, as well.
Grasshopper Grove opens at noon Saturday, April 27, at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center (100 Muser Dr., Cornwall). There is a $5 suggested donation to use the space. Call 845-534-5506 or visit www.hhnaturemuseum.org for more information.