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9. Be pirates for a day. Bring your young scallywags and seafaring lasses to the Pirates of the Hudson Valley festival at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, where they can hunt for treasure, get a (temporary) tattoo, climb aboard a shipwreck and meet a mermaid. The festival takes place July 4 to 7. >>Read more about the festival

35 fun things to do with the kids this summer in the Hudson Valley

The carefree days of summer vacation are so sweet - and so fleeting. June 26 is the last day of school in New York State this year; then you've got 74 days to play. Making the most of the kids' time off will take some planning. To get you started, here are 35 fun things to do with kids in the Hudson Valley before September rolls around. -Compiled by Kristin Taveira

1. Make a splash. Think there's no way
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1. Make a splash. Think there's no way to beat the heat? One million gallons of gushing water say otherwise at Splashdown Beach water park in Fishkill. Kids can zip down a half-pipe tube ride or a fast-moving water slide, float along in a lazy river or play in the spray in the toddler zone. >>Read more about the water park

2. Ruffle some feathers at a rolling hen
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2. Ruffle some feathers at a rolling hen house. Kids can help collect eggs from the "egg mobiles" – chicken coops on wheels – and try fun activities such as hands-on gardening, scavenger hunts and more at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills. >>Read more about Stone Barns

3. Visit Legoland. Lego aficionados can build and
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3. Visit Legoland. Lego aficionados can build and test a race car, learn from a Lego Master Builder, challenge their skills at the earthquake tables and more at the new 32,300-square-foot Legoland Discovery Center, which opened this spring in Westchester's Ridge Hill in Yonkers. Two rides, a 4-D movie experience, building activities and a themed playscape ensure hours of nonstop Lego fun. >>Read more about Legoland Discovery Center

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4. Hop over to Grasshopper Grove. Hudson Highland
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4. Hop over to Grasshopper Grove. Hudson Highland Nature Museum recently opened Grasshopper Grove, an enclosed half-acre play area where kids ages 2-6 can get a pint-sized dose of outdoor adventure as they climb and play on real boulders and logs. >>Read more about Grasshopper Grove

5. Catch a ballgame. Baseball season is in
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5. Catch a ballgame. Baseball season is in full swing, and there’s always something extra going on at Rockland Boulders games in Provident Bank Park in Pomona. Fireworks, giveaways and chances for kids to run the bases are all on this season's schedule. >>Read more about events at Provident Bank Park

6. Travel back in time. Bring the rich
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6. Travel back in time. Bring the rich history of the Hudson Valley to life through kid-friendly festivals, tours and activities at local historic sites. Try a tour of Washington Irving's Sunnyside in Tarrytown, where a guide in period dress will show youngsters what life was like when the famous author resided there. >>See photos of Sunnyside

7. Act like a squirrel. Kids ages 2-12
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7. Act like a squirrel. Kids ages 2-12 can let their imaginations run wild as they climb on play structures designed to resemble animal habitats at Nature's Discovery Playground, located in Scarsdale's Greenburgh Nature Center. >>Read more about Nature's Discovery Playground.

8. Go fishing. Kids can try their luck
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8. Go fishing. Kids can try their luck at catching small- and largemouth bass, trout, sunfish, perch, pickerel and carp at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, where in-season fishing is permitted in both Swan Lake and the Pocantico River. >>Read more about kid-friendly fishing spots

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9. Be pirates for a day. Bring your
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9. Be pirates for a day. Bring your young scallywags and seafaring lasses to the Pirates of the Hudson Valley festival at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, where they can hunt for treasure, get a (temporary) tattoo, climb aboard a shipwreck and meet a mermaid. The festival takes place July 4 to 7. >>Read more about the festival

10. Go bowling. Escape the summer heat with
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10. Go bowling. Escape the summer heat with an air-conditioned, indoor sport that any kid can play. Spins Bowl at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco features 12 public lanes and seven VIP lanes, all aglow with cool effects such as neon lights, lasers and videos displayed on LCD-projection screens. >>Read more about Grand Prix New York

11. Ride the rides at Playland. Rye’s iconic
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11. Ride the rides at Playland. Rye’s iconic amusement park reopened right on schedule, despite a merciless beating by Hurricane Sandy that has caused delays in reopening the park's beach, pool and ice rinks. The park features a range of rides to suit everyone from thrill-seeking daredevils to those with tamer tastes. >>Read more about Playland

12. Create at a pottery studio. The all-inclusive
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12. Create at a pottery studio. The all-inclusive Glaze Pottery and Art Studio in Orangeburg has kids programs such as Friday Night Crafts for school-agers and Mommy and Me story time and painting sessions for the preschool set. The studio is also open for walk-ins every day except Tuesdays. >>Read more about local pottery studios and classes

13. Hit the beach. You don’t have to
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13. Hit the beach. You don’t have to travel to exotic locales to sun yourself on the sand: Glen Island Beach, a 105-acre island with beach access to the Long Island Sound, is right around the corner. The Westchester County park, originally developed as a summer resort, is connected to New Rochelle by a drawbridge. >>Visit the website

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14. Bounce on a trampoline. Kids will jump
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14. Bounce on a trampoline. Kids will jump for joy when you tell them you're going to Bounce! in Valley Cottage. The 25,000-square-foot facility features five all-ages jumping courts, plus a Bounce! Jr. section for ages 2-6 with a separate jumping court and inflatables. >>Read more about indoor spots to jump and play

15. Meet a Mastodon. Kids can scramble up
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15. Meet a Mastodon. Kids can scramble up the inside of a giant tree trunk-themed climber for a face-to-face encounter with a full-scale mastodon skeleton replica at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie. Interactive math games, science demos and other hands-on activities make learning fun for kids. >>Read more about the museum

16. Get cooking. Budding chefs can hone their
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16. Get cooking. Budding chefs can hone their culinary skills as they prepare yummy meals like pizza and pasta at Sur La Table, which offers cooking classes for kids at its culinary locations at Ridge Hill in Yonkers and the Westchester Mall in White Plains. >>Read more about local cooking classes

17. Howl with the wolves. Red Riding Hood
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17. Howl with the wolves. Red Riding Hood had it wrong – wolves aren’t so big and bad. At the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, kids can learn how and why these wild canines can and should be protected; then get ready to howl a greeting to some of the center’s four-legged residents. >>Read more about the Wolf Conservation Center

18. Go hiking with the kids. Stretch your
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18. Go hiking with the kids. Stretch your legs and take in the scenery at local state parks. Black Rock Forest, Hudson Highland State Park and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (pictured here) are among the places that offer good trails for hikers of all ages. >>Read more about kid-friendly hikes

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19. See a children’s theater performance. The Center
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19. See a children’s theater performance. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck has a Saturday Morning Family Series each week at 11 a.m. The kid-friendly lineup includes live performances of classics such as "The Secret Garden" (pictured), as well as magicians, musicals, puppet shows and more. >>Visit the website

20. Go medieval. Upwards of 1,000 costumed performers,
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20. Go medieval. Upwards of 1,000 costumed performers, including acrobats, singers, jugglers, jousting knights, pirates, storytellers and magicians await at Tuxedo Park in Orange County, where the New York Renaissance Faire is scheduled to run summer weekends through Labor Day. >>Read more about the festival

21. Visit a floating greenhouse. Take a day
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21. Visit a floating greenhouse. Take a day trip to a sustainable farm in an unlikely locale: a barge in the Hudson River in Yonkers. The Science Barge, an urban farm and education center, holds weekly Art and Science Sundays programs where kids can learn about cool topics like solar cooking, static electricity, kaleidoscopes and more. >>Read more about the Science Barge

22. Take your baby to the art museum.
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22. Take your baby to the art museum. Parents don’t have to postpone their passion for the arts till the kids go off to college. Once a month, the Katonah Museum of Art holds before-hours tours especially for adults with infants – even fussy ones. Adults with newborns and babies up to 18 months are welcome, and admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. The museum also hosts art classes for kids, story times and more. >>Visit the museum website

23. Race in a go-kart. Buckle up! Kids
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23. Race in a go-kart. Buckle up! Kids with a need for speed will thrill at the chance to strap on a helmet and race around the go kart tracks. Try Grand Prix in Mount Kisco (pictured) or Speedway Go Karts at New Roc City in New Rochelle. >>Read more about New Roc City

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24. See a feature film on the big
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24. See a feature film on the big screen – the really, really big screen. There are four local IMAX theaters where you can see a new take on an old favorite such as "Jurassic Park 3D," or catch a larger-than-life version of a new release such as "Despicable Me 2" (pictured). There are IMAX theaters in White Plains, Port Chester, New Rochelle and West Nyack. >>Read more about summer movies

25. See Carly Rose in concert. If your
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25. See Carly Rose in concert. If your kids are fans of Carly Rose Sonenclar, they'll be thrilled to see the 14-year-old perform at Rye Playland on June 29. The concert will mark the first time the Mamaroneck teen has performed in Westchester since earning second place on “The X Factor” in 2012. Carly Rose will also perform shows in New Jersey and Manhattan this summer. >>Read more about Carly Rose in concert

26. Meet the animals. Little animal lovers can
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26. Meet the animals. Little animal lovers can quack at the ducks, moo at the cows, cluck at the chickens and more as they stroll through Muscoot Farm, a historic working farm in Katonah offering educational programs and seasonal activities for kids throughout the year. >>Read more about Muscoot Farm

27. Go bird watching. Westmoreland Sanctuary, a 640-acre
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27. Go bird watching. Westmoreland Sanctuary, a 640-acre nature preserve located in Mount Kisco, offers a host of public programs for kids and adults including bird watching and bird banding (the capture, tracking and release of wild songbirds). >>Read more about Westmoreland Sanctuary

28. Visit the Hudson River Museum. Workshops, performances

28. Visit the Hudson River Museum. Workshops, performances and exhibits spanning subjects as varied as art, ecology, astronomy and history will spark the imaginations of visitors of all ages at this multidisciplinary complex on the banks of the Hudson. The family-friendly exhibit "Frederico Uribe: Fantasy River" opens June 1, and the pieces (such as "Bull," pictured) are crafted out of materials such as wood, leather bags and shoes. >>Read more about the Hudson River Museum

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29. Ride a trolley.The Trolley Museum of New
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29. Ride a trolley.The Trolley Museum of New York, located in Kingston, offers 1.5-mile excursion rides from downtown Kingston to the shore of the Hudson River at Kingston Point. Visit the nonprofit educational museum for a look at the history of rail transportation, then take a trolley ride down to the beach for a family picnic. >>Visit the museum's website

30. Climb the walls. There are more than
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30. Climb the walls. There are more than 15,000 square feet of climbing terrain at The Rock Club, an indoor climbing gym in New Rochelle. Everyone age 5 and up can test their strength and skills on the facility’s 80 climbing stations, which range from an enclosed training area for beginners to the extreme 40-foot main wall for the skilled. >>See video of climbers at The Rock Club

31. Visit a lighthouse. Tours of the historic
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31. Visit a lighthouse. Tours of the historic Stony Point Lighthouse in Stony Point are usually scheduled at 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Everyone ages 6 and up can climb the lighthouse ladders – weather permitting, of course. >>See photos of Stony Point Lighthouse

32. Go to the zoo. Children can observe
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32. Go to the zoo. Children can observe black bears, Eastern coyotes, an endangered rattlesnake and more at the Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, located on Seven Lakes Drive in Bear Mountain. The facility, which is open seven days a week, also holds a number of kid-friendly events and programs designed to make youngsters go wild about wildlife. >>See photos of Bear Mountain Park

33. See a traveling circus. Jugglers, acrobats, mimes
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33. See a traveling circus. Jugglers, acrobats, mimes and more will entertain the whole family during Animals and Acrobats, which comes to Van Cortlandt Manor in June. Wondering what’s in store? Last year’s animal cast included such surprising sights as kangaroos, pythons and flying lemurs. >>Visit the Historic Hudson Valley website

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34. Treat the kids to a simulated space
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34. Treat the kids to a simulated space mission: Have an aspiring astronaut? The Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center in Airmont offers planetarium programs and simulated space missions on the second and third Sunday of every month, respectively. These hands-on experiences are just $10 for adults and kids ages 9 and up, and $5 for children under 9 (with a ticketed adult). >>See photos of the Challenger Learning Center

35. Drop off the kids for a parents’
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35. Drop off the kids for a parents’ night out. Great Play, a 3,500-square-foot kiddie gym in Scarsdale, periodically holds Parents’ Night Out, where pizza, a G-rated movie and active games will keep kids supervised and entertained when it’s date night for Mom and Dad. >>See photos of Great Play

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