Looking for something to do with the kids in the Hudson Valley this weekend? From a kid-friendly concert to a science experiment demo, here are six fun ideas.
Friday: The StoryWalk Project at Gedney Park
The Chappaqua Library invites children to walk the path at Gedney Park while reading a different page from a popular children’s book at each stop. The book selection, “A Rainbow of My Own” by author Don Freeman of “Corduroy” fame, is appropriate for all ages. The walk begins at the rear park entrance near the picnic shelter.
When: 9 a.m., Friday, June 22
Info: Gedney Park, Route 120, Chappaqua; 914-238-4779; www.chappaqualibrary.org; free
Saturday: The Great Sunflower Project
Be a part of an important (and fun) project that studies the effects of a decline in bee populations. Participants will receive a sunflower plant to take home, and environmental educator Pam Golben will explain how to record and report the number of bee visits to an international database. Recommended for adults and kids ages 5 and up.
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23
Info: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Avenue, Cornwall; 845-534-5506; www.hhnaturemuseum.org; $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under; members pay $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under
Saturday: Laurie Berkner in concert
The beloved children’s musician has a song in her tummy… actually, a whole list of them. She’ll perform tunes from her new DVD, “Party Day,” as well as old favorites, during her “You and Me Tour” in Poughkeepsie.
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23; doors open at 10 a.m.
Info: Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; 845-473-2072; upac.org/event_info.php?id=559&venue=bardavon; $35-$100; complimentary tickets for lap-sitting babies ages 1 year and under will be available at the box office the day of the show
Saturday-Sunday: Porky Pig shorts
A selection of Looney Tunes cartoons by various directors will give the lovable, stuttering pig his moment in the spotlight. Fans of all ages will enjoy the 70-minute presentation, which will include old favorites like the 1953 Chuck Jones classic, “Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century.”
When: Noon, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24
Info: Jacob Burns Film Center Theater, 364 Maville Rd., Pleasantville; 914-747-5555; www.burnsfilmcenter.org; $11 for adults, $6 for members, $6.50 for kids under 12; $1 service charge per ticket for online purchases
Sunday: Campfire 101 for Families
Come to the Westmoreland Sanctuary for this important primer that will teach parents and kids the basics of safely constructing and maintaining a campfire. The approximately one-hour program is recommended for kids in first grade and up and their parents. The event will be canceled for rain or wind.
When: 11 a.m., Sunday, June 24
Info: Westmoreland Sanctuary Preserve, 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco; 914-666-8448; www.westmorelandsanctuary.org; free for members; suggested donation of $5 per person for nonmembers; RSVP by June 23
Sunday: The Science Genie
Kids will marvel at the sight of super-cold liquid nitrogen, color changing chemical reactions and other weird experiments that look like magic but are done with science. The Science Genie, a visiting program from The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Conn., will perform the demonstrations. The 90-minute program is recommended for ages 6 and up.
When: 2 p.m., Sunday, June 24
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 five to 16, free for members and kids under 5