Best places to take your kids in April

Top activities for families in the Hudson Valley this month

things to do with the kids in April

The weather has certainly been crazy lately. We aren’t sure if we should be ‘thinking spring’ or stuck on winter. Last weekend we dug out the snow pants and ventured to our favorite sledding spot but being stuck in the house for another month with little ones just isn’t going to cut it. So we took a good look around town and came up with some family- fun activities that don’t necessarily rely on the weather this month.

1. A bakery hot spot

One of our most favorite kid- friendly restaurants here in the Hudson Valley, Frida’s Bakery and café not only offers a beautiful playroom for children to explore while parents chat but they also offer a number of kid classes each month. On April 9th from 10:30am-1pm bring the family by for a tour of the bakery and kitchen and enjoy some delicious treats while the children make their own personal pizza.

2. A jump into a children's book

Everyone’s favorite storybook character, Splat the Cat is making a special guest appearance at the Boardman Branch Library in Poughkeepsie in celebration of national Library Week. On April 13th, stop in with your children in pre-k or older for a chance to meet Splat the Cat!

3. A free family fair

On April 17th, Hudson Valley Parent Magazine will bring together some of the best camps, doctors and more in the Hudson Valley at the Cover Kid, Free Family Fair. Kids will enjoy a bounce house, petting zoo, a ton of crafts and performances all entirely free. Talent agents from the New York Talent Club will be on hand to chat with kids who want to be on a cover of our magazine too! The event takes place at the Newburgh Mall from 11am-4pm.

4. A spring fairy garden

Imagine walking through with a bright eyed child, a beautiful spring garden full of blooming roses and fairies. Well you don’t have to imagine any more because the Orange County Arboretum is offering kids the chance to connect with nature as they visit the fairies and then have a chance to make their own special fairy garden to take home. Pre- registration is required and cost is $10 a child. April 23rd, call 845-615-3828. Children’s classes are held at the Kosuga Education Building from 1-2:30.

5. A festival of sweet sugar

The celebration of the Maple Syrup season isn’t quite over yet! Head up to Jeffersonville on April 23rd for a full day- 11am-5pm to be exact- of maple syrup festivities. Activities include pancake breakfast, live music, craft and food vendors, face painting, sugar shack demo and our favorite- Maple Cotton Candy! Festival is held at the Backyard Park off Swiss Hill Rd. in Jeffersonville.

6. A celebration of farming and agriculture

Is your child a truck and tractor aficionado? Then the Spring Plow Day at the Orange County Farmers Museum is an event for you. Free and open to the public, the antique tractors will be plowing, fertilizing and planting the corn fields for the next crop. Families are invited to jump right in with hands- on planting activities, a visit with the barn animals, wood shop and more. Open 11am-3pm on April 30th.

7. A vineyard festival 

Traditionally held on either May 1st or halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice, the Palaia Vineyard is hosting this year's Beltane Festival. Come dressed in your Renaissance best and dance the Maypole, participate in a workshop, enjoy wonderful music and grown ups can enjoy a glass of fine wine, craft beer or Mead. Festival opens at 9am until 4pm in Highland Mills. Cost is $20/ person and children 12 and under are free. 

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