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Halt summer boredom in its tracks

32 things to do in honor of National Anti-Boredom Month

summer boredom busters things to do with kids in the hudson valley

Are you tired of hearing your kids complain about how bored they are? Well, we’ve got you covered. It is National Anti-Boredom Month, so we’ve rounded up some fun things your family can do to halt the “Mom, I’m bored” merry-go-round.  Summer is not over yet so let’s end it with a bang!

1. Go on a forest adventure at Catamount Aerial Adventure Park
Zip line your way through treetop courses for all ability levels. This zip line and obstacle course, located in Hillsdale, is for ages 7 and up with paths ranging from easy to challenging. This fun workout for your upper body and legs will have you feeling accomplished at the end of the courses.

2. Ride bikes at the Waterfront
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront is the perfect destination for a nice walk or bike ride along the river. Take the family out on a beautiful day and enjoy the beautiful views of the Hudson River. A skateboard park is located nearby for kids who love to skateboard. There are many restaurants for your family to eat at or you could even have a picnic at one of the picnic benches.

3. Take a boat cruise on the Pride of the Hudson
What better way to enjoy a beautiful day then going sight-seeing on a boat? See the history along the Hudson River during this 2-hour boat ride that your family will enjoy. Take many pictures of your family with these breath-taking views in the background! Located in Newburgh, this boat has an upper and lower deck where you can catch the views in every direction. There is also a snack bar for a light snack during the trip.

4. Learn about horse racing at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame
Fans of racing horses or horses in general will love this museum located in Goshen. This is the perfect place to learn interesting facts about this sport and how it came to be. Take a stroll to the historic track, view the displays and engage in the interactive exhibits. Make sure you try the fun virtual ride and say hello to the horses!

5. Be a firefighter for the day at the Volunteer Fireman’s Hall and Museum of Kingston
Your family will be able to see a great collection of fire trucks including ones that were horse-drawn! This hands-on museum will engage your family as they are able to experience and touch the numerous artifacts. Your kids will love wearing their own firefighter helmets and climbing aboard a real fire truck!

6. Take a ceramics class at Art Centro
Your child can get creative with clay while creating their own projects in Poughkeepsie. The Kids’ Clay Classes are for children ages 7 to 13 years old. Children will be taught the basic techniques of handling clay so they can make their own creations. Projects include birdhouses, masks, animal sculptures, jewelry, trivets, and vases. There are also classes for parents!

7. Enjoy the outdoors at Bear Mountain State Park
There are plenty of trails here for your family to go on a hike or stroll around in the park area. Your family will appreciate the beauty of the Hudson Valley area with views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge from the peak. Your kids will love the zoo, museum, merry-go-round, playground, and a small pond to go paddle-boating in. Pack up lunch and enjoy a nice picnic at the picnic tables area after a day spent in the great outdoors!

8. Pet the farm animals at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
Located in Wappinger Falls is a small farm that seeks to enhance environmental awareness and appreciation of the world around us. Your family can see farm animals in the fields or visit them in the barn. This farm has sheep, goats, cows, pigs, and chickens. There are small walking trails for your family to have a stroll and beautiful gardens to see. This farm also offers summer classes and programs for kids.

9. Snack on delicious cupcakes at Get Frosted Cupcakery
Take your kids out for a treat at this cupcake bakery! Located in Beacon, your family can choose from a variety of different cupcakes to satisfy any sugary craving. Eight flavors are rotated every week with chocolate cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes being offered every week. Some tasty pairings are Chocolate Sundae, Mint Chocolate Chip, Tiramisu, Deep Fried Oreo, Espresso, Pineapple Right Side Up, M&M and Toffee Crunch. YUM!

10. Kayak the day away at A Day Away Kayak Rentals
Kayaking can be a great family activity. You’ll experience the wonders of nature while getting a workout! Located in Kingston, you and your family can rent kayaks at a reasonable price and spend the day kayaking along the Rondout Creek.  The water is calm and perfect for beginner paddlers.

11. Visit your local library
What better way to get your child to read more than taking a trip to your local library? You can help your child to develop a positive attitude towards reading by giving them the opportunity to pick out their own books in the children’s section of the library. Spend time reading to your child in the sitting areas or help your child check out a couple books to read at home. Make sure you are on the lookout for any events or programs that your library has to offer. Our Hudson Valley libraries host a wide array of children programs throughout the year.

12. Cook with your family
Teach your kids how to cook by cooking dinner together! Children will not only learn cooking techniques and cleaning skills, they will also be able to practice their math and time skills. Children love to learn and play through hands–on activities. Cooking will prove to be a fun activity for your children to participate in and be able to eat!

13. See a movie at Hyde Park Drive-In Theatre
Is there a movie out that your kids want to see? Take a look at your local drive-in theatre and see if it’s playing there. Instead of watching a movie at home or in a movie theatre, make it more exciting by watching it in your own car! Your family can even set up lawn chairs and play a game of catch to pass the time before the next movie. Make sure you stop by the snack bar because you can’t watch a movie without popcorn!

14. Take a stroll over the Walkway Over The Hudson
This beautiful flat bridge is perfect for a nice family stroll. The views are spectacular and will really make you appreciate the area. Walk or bike along this bridge and see the boats as they make their way under the bridge. Take a moment to read the displays about the history of the area and about local wildlife. After spending time on this bridge, grab a snack at the snack bar or sit down for a meal at one of the nearby restaurants.

15. Scream for ice cream at Beacon Creamery
Ice cream anyone? Stop by the Beacon Creamery for a delicious treat on a hot summer day. A variety of flavors and creations are offered at this creamery. The Killer Chocolate ice cream is a local favorite! Not in the mood to choose just one flavor? The Sampler which is 5 smaller scoops of any ice cream is also a local favorite. Parents will love their wine flavored ice cream – made with real wine!

16. Family bowling night at Quinnz Pinz
What better way to spend time together than bowling? Try to knock those pins down and compete with your family at Quinnz Pinz located in Middletown. Divide into teams to make it more fun! Your kids will love cosmic bowling with all the strobe lights. If your kids really enjoy it, you can sign them up for Quinnz Pinz Kids Bowl Free program or their Stars of Tomorrow youth bowling league.

17. Check out the antiques at Mystery Spot Antiques
Take a step through time at this unique antique store. Located in Phoenicia, this store has vintage clothing, records, toys, shoes, household items, books, and much more! The endless supply of antiques at a bargain price will surprise you as you discover items that you might recall from your own childhood. This place is definitely worth a visit!

18. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at Innisfree Gardens
Explore this beautiful Asian-inspired garden located in Millbrook. See the beautiful flowers and exotic plants while strolling along the trails and bridges. See the wildlife that inhabits this garden up close including the fish, geese, tadpoles, frogs, and turtles. This is the perfect place to experience the beauty of nature and have a family picnic.

19. Horseback riding at Frog Hollow Farm
Frog Hollow Farm offers an affordable introduction to horseback riding for ages 6 to 16. This farm, located in Esopus, is the perfect place for your kids to learn about caring for and riding horses. They even host an adult rider camp in September! Don’t forget to say hello to the farm’s horses Willie and Belle!

20. Find treasures at Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market
Browse with your family through this huge flea market with over 600 vendors! There are plenty of bargains to discover – apparel, jewelry, handbags, toys, etc. The food vendors have many options including philly cheesesteaks and delicious fried dough. Your children will love the Kids Area where they have bouncy houses, slides, and sand art!

21. Bounce at Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Let your children release their energy at Bounce! located in Poughkeepsie. Here, your children can dive into foam pits and bounce over obstacles while the parents relax. They also have trampoline dodge ball for the older kids. Get your family moving and having fun even on a rainy summer day.

22. Play and eat at Frida’s Bakery and Café
Looking for a great place to meet a play date and eat brunch? Try Frida’s Bakery and Café located in Milton. This café has delicious breakfast and lunch food options, a bakery full of treats, and an upstairs play area for your young ones. Parents can enjoy an egg sandwich or build their own salad while the children can pick their own from the kid’s menu. Your children will love the toys from the play area!

23. See the baby goats at Sprout Creek Farm
This farm, located in Poughkeepsie, has some of the cutest baby goats! The farm has a lot of other animals including cows, chickens, donkeys, sheep, and much more. Purchase fresh foods from this working dairy farm such as the fan favorite goat cheese. They also offer sheep and cow cheese! Meats, eggs and homemade ice cream also available for purchase.

24. See the collection of motorcycles at the Motorcyclepedia Museum
Are your family motorcycle fans? Then they are going to love this museum which boasts a huge motorcycle collection. Located in Newburgh, your family will learn about the history of motorcycles and how they were used. Then head over to OCC Café for a bite to eat.

25. Get active at DC Sports
Your family can choose from mini golf, bumper boats, indoor golf simulator, or beach volleyball. Have some fun in the sun with each other while playing these summer games. Enjoy their pub food after working up an appetite from the fun games. This family-friendly complex will have people of all ages laughing!

26. Play at Julie’s Jungle
This playground is designed for children of all abilities. Located in Hopewell Junction, Julie’s Jungle is handicapped accessible and has just opened this month! There are plenty of accommodations especially for children with special abilities. The playground is looking to extend even more for 2017 with additional park equipment, a sensory garden, safety surfaces, and benches.

27. Roller Skate at Wood’n Wheel
Located in Ulster Park, this family fun center has many indoor and outdoor attractions including roller skating, laser tag, arcades, bumper cars, rock climbing, trampolines, and much more! With lots to do, your kids will never get bored! Make sure you try the roller skating which is their biggest attraction. This is a place where you children will definitely have fun.

28. Explore the caves at Howe Caverns
Take your family on an adventure 156 feet below the Earth’s surface in this six million year old cave! The tour is great for all ages and provides interesting information about the discovery of the cave. Children can sift mining “rough” through water and cut through Geodes to discover mineral treasures. Your family will love the Four Tower Zip Line from 40 feet in the air where you can catch some incredible views!

29. Make a splash at Splashdown Beach
Cool off on a hot summer day at this family-friendly waterpark! Located in Fishkill, this waterpark has a lazy river, wave pool, regular pool, and an endless amount of thrilling slides! Your young ones will love Shipwreck Lagoon where they get to explore a pirate ship, go on the mini waterslides, and get wet from the dumping buckets.

30. Catch a foul ball at a Hudson Valley Renegades game
Take your family out to the ballgame! Check the schedule for a minor league baseball game located in Wappinger Falls. The cost of tickets and food are at a reasonable price for your whole family to enjoy. There is entertainment for kids and adults throughout the game. If you’re lucky, you might get some of the player’s autographs!

31. Go swimming at Francis A. Hanofee Park
Swim with your family at the outdoor pool at Francis A. Hanofee Park located in Liberty. This family oriented park has many fun facilities including a playground, tennis and basketball courts, volleyball court, and more! Families of all ages can enjoy fishing in the lake, strolling on the walking trails, and bringing outdoor games from home to play such as Kan Jam.

32. See a Play at Forestburgh Playhouse
Is your family in love with drama and theatre shows? Now you can watch them with your family at a reasonable price in at this playhouse. The acting and singing will amaze you from these professional and local actors and actresses. They have a variety of different shows for their 2016 Summer Season and shows for their younger audiences. Their family show, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” will be presented from Thu, Jun 23, 2016- Sat, Aug 20, 2016. Make sure you get your tickets!


Jacqueline Kavana is a student at Mount Saint Mary College and an editorial intern at Hudson Valley Parent.