Looking for fun activities for children this weekend? Imaginative imps can go on a fairy safari or have a simulated space adventure. Young theater buffs can see a live performance of a tale as old as time or watch a movie under the stars. And little literature lovers can listen to a reading of a children’s story. It’s all happening in the Hudson Valley, and we’ve got the details right here.
Friday: Outdoor celebration and "Superman" screening
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a free outdoor screening of “Superman.” Bring your blanket or lawn chair to watch Christopher Reeve as the man of steel in the 1978 original. Music, food and fun will kick off the final night of the Kingston Parks Movies Under the Stars series.
When: 6:30 p.m. celebration; 8:30 p.m. film, Friday, Aug. 17
Info: Kings Inn site, 615 Broadway, Kingston; 845-332-6600; kingstonparksmovies.wordpress.com; free
Friday: "Mouse and the Moon" story time and craft
Listen to a reading of this colorful children’s story, written by Christina Butler and illustrated by Tina Macnaughton, and find out what happens when Mouse, Duck, Squirrel and Rabbit lose track of the warm glow of the moon one stormy night. Then make your own glow-in-the-dark craft to take home. The approximately 45-minute program will appeal to ages 7 and younger.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17
Info: Barnes and Noble, The Palisades Center, 4416 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack; 845-348-4701; free
Saturday: Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast, Jr."
Go on a musical adventure with the beautiful Belle and her beastly captor in this stage adaptation of Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated feature. The all-ages show will be performed by Kids on Stage and directed by Lisa Lynds.
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 and 25
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
Sunday: Fairy Walk at Muscoot Farm
Grab your wand, flutter your wings, sprinkle some pixie dust and make a wish -- it’s time for the Muscoot Farm Fairy Walk. Dress up like a fairy or just bring your imagination and join the interactive walk to search for hidden fairies in the woods. Listen to a magical story and make a fairy-themed craft at this two-hour event.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19
Info: Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah; 914-864-7286; muscootfarm.org; free
Sunday: "Rendezvous with a Comet"
Aspiring astronauts, get ready for liftoff! Kids can join the crew and carry out a simulated space mission using teamwork at the Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center this Sunday.
Just like real astronauts, the young crew will begin with a briefing session. Next, they will enter either the Spacecraft or Mission Control, where they’ll use teamwork to complete tasks such as research, science experiments and deploying a probe. Then it’s time for the crews to trade places, so that each team can get a chance to experience both simulators. All participants will learn about the ancient and mysterious heavenly bodies known as comets.
When: 1:45 p.m. arrival time, 2 p.m. mission, Sunday, Aug. 19
Info: Town of Ramapo Challenger Learning Center, 225 Rte. 59, Airmont; 845-357-3416; $10 per person age 9 and up; $5 for seniors; $5 for kids under 9 (must be accompanied by a ticketed adult