Harvest moon hike and more Hudson Valley kids' events

Two kids' events put the weekend harvest moon

Two kids' events put the weekend harvest moon front and center. This harvest moon was captured at Randleman Lake in Randolph County, N.C. (Sept. 22, 2010) Photo Credit: AP Photo

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This weekend, local youngsters can celebrate the harvest moon with a spooky night hike, have their faces painted at a museum’s Family Day or see a hand-drawn animated film. Creative kids can build a Lego Star Wars spaceship, make a kaleidoscope or do an activity led by the author of a children’s crafting book. Find all the details here.

Friday: Harvest Moon Walk in Highland

Grab your flashlight and follow the 2.5-mile trail by the light of the full harvest moon. The evening’s festivities will include a bonfire, storytelling and high school students performing monologues along the optional “Ghost Walk.” Cider, popcorn and doughnuts will be served at the pavilion.

When: 7-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28

Info: Hudson Valley Rail Trail, 101 New Paltz Rd., Highland; 845-691-2066; www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net; $5, free for children under 6

Saturday: Author visit and craft in Katonah

Little Joe’s Books, a Katonah shop for young readers, invites kids to get their creative juices flowing with a craft especially designed to inspire storytelling. The project will be led by Emily Neuburger, an artist, educator and the author of “Show Me A Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling.” The 90-minute program will appeal to ages 5 to 12.

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When: 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28

Info: Little Joe's Books, 25 Katonah Ave., Katonah; 914-232-7278; littlejoesbooks.com; free

Saturday: Lego Star Wars Club meeting in West Nyack

The Lego store will provide all the Star Wars-themed bricks needed for an hour of creative building. This month’s mission is to build a Republic ship to help stop Malevolence. Show off your spaceship to fellow builders and receive a T-shirt, a coupon and a small Lego set to take home. Space is limited, so registration is required.

When: 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29


Info: Lego Store, 3462 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack; 845-358-2222; stores.lego.com; $25, $20 for VIP members

Sunday: Museum “Family Day” in Yonkers

Art projects, puppets, face painting and a planetarium show are all part of the fun at the Hudson River Museum’s Family Day, an all-ages event. Be sure to check out the new exhibit, “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney” and enjoy free snacks from Whole Foods Markets.

When: noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30

Info: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers; 914-963-4550; www.hrm.org; $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children, free for members; planetarium admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children, free for members

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Sunday: “A Cat in Paris” animated film screening in Pleasantville

Kids and adults will love the tale of a Parisian feline leading a double life. By day, Dino is the cuddly pet of a detective’s daughter; but by night, he’s an alleyway adventurer on the wrong side of the law. This hand-drawn film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. The 65-minute movie is rated PG.

When: noon, Sunday, Sept. 30

Info: Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville; 914-747-5555; burnsfilmcenter.org; $11 for adults, $6 for members, $8 for students, $6.50 for kids under 12, $1 service charge per ticket for online purchases

Sunday: Make a Harvest Moon kaleidoscope in Yonkers

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The full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox is known as the Harvest Moon. Rising shortly after sunset, it treats observers to a warm, orange glow. That’s the inspiration for this week’s Art and Science Workshop project: a Harvest Moon Kaleidocope. Kids ages 4 to 10 are invited to climb aboard The Science Barge and learn how a kaleidoscope creates colorful images using reflected light from mirrors and shiny objects. Then, they can make one to take home.

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30

Info: The Science Barge, 99 Dock St., Yonkers; 914-513-7354; www.groundworkhv.org/programs/science-barge/events-workshops; $3 suggested donation; free admission for kids 10 and under; $5 suggested supplies fee


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