Looking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Our event picks include three ways to support a good cause, two events focused on wild animals, one bumbling Buccaneer and a rhyming cat in a red and white hat.
Friday: Evening Howl for Pups of All Ages
Grab a flashlight and head out for a sunset hike — it’s time to howl with the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. Kids can meet “ambassador” wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr and learn some facts about the animal, like why spring is a special time of year for wolf families in North America. All ages are welcome, but parents and pups ages five and up will get the most enjoyment out of this 90-minute program. Treats will be served.
When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 1
Info: Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem; 914-763-2373; nywolf.org; $16 for adults, $13 for children under 12; pre-registration is required
Saturday: Shave for a Cure SplashDown Beach Party
For a $30 pledge, you can get your head shaved as a show of support for kids who’ve lost theirs after undergoing chemotherapy. You’ll also gain admittance to the beach party, where Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas is scheduled to make a guest appearance. If you want to attend the party but keep your tresses intact, proceeds from the sale of event souvenirs will go to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 2
Info: SplashDown Beach Water Park, 16 Old Route 9W, Fishkill; 845-897-9600; splashdownbeach.com; $30 pledge to attend the beach party; special $25.99 park admission for both kids and adults
Saturday: “Pirate School”
Young scallywags and swashbucklers aged 4 and up are invited to join pirate professor Billy Bones at Mamaroneck’s Emelin Theatre for a lesson in how to be Buccaneers. The one-hour comic vaudeville performance features magic, music, bubbles and high seas high jinks for the whole family.
Saturday-Sunday: Eat, Play, Give!
Come for the day or stay overnight at the 250-acre Camp Ramapo and enjoy outdoor activities and games including ropes courses, a climbing wall, swimming, crafts and more. Guests of all ages are invited to join Ramapo for Children in celebrating 90 years of service to children with social, emotional or learning challenges.
When: 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2 through noon, Sunday, June 3
Info: Ramapo for Children, Rhinebeck Campus, Rt. 52, Salisbury Turnpike, Rhinebeck; 845-876-8409; ramapoforchildren.org; $60 per person for Saturday only; includes all activities, lunch and dinner; $90 per person to camp overnight in a cabin or with your own tent; includes activities, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast on Sunday; free for kids under three.
Saturday-Sunday: “Seussical the Musical”
Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters as they embark on a musical adventure presented by the New York Conservatory for the Arts. The production is based on the works of Dr. Seuss, with music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. The two-hour performance, which has one intermission, is appropriate for all ages.
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2; 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3
Info: Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston; 845-339-6088 (box office) or 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster); nyca.org; upac.org; $21, $18 for students and seniors
Sunday: Discover the Sly Fox
Adults and kids age 5 and up can learn about this cute and crafty canine at the Hudson Highlands Museum in Cornwall. After the presentation, visitors are invited to take a walk with the environmental educator to search for signs of fox at the Outdoor Discovery Center.
When: 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday, June 3
Info: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall; 845-534-5506, ext. 204; hhnaturemuseum.org; $7 for adults ($5 members), $5 for children ages 5-12 ($3 for members)
Experiment with balsa wood airplanes, a wind tunnel, bubbles and other hands-on "Exploration Stations" modeled after future museum exhibits. This annual outdoor event is designed to give kids of all ages an interactive, children’s museum experience and help raise funds to build the planned Westchester Children’s Museum, to be located at Rye Playland.
When: 9 a.m.-noon, Sunday, June 3
Info: 2012 Explore-a-Thon, Playland Boardwalk and Rye Town Park, Rye; 914-421-5050; discoverwcm.org/exploreathon.cfm; $5 per person