5 Inexpensive Places to Take the Kids



Mommy and Baby, Inexpensive fun for kids

1.The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Poughkeepsie, NY

A brand new fire truck, reading nook and other improvements offers lots of hands on fun for kids of most ages. You can easily spend hours here exploring. Admission is only $8 and the third Saturday each month (from 5-8pm) is FREE! As an added bonus, they offer free (with cost of admission) drop- in programs such as story times, craft workshops and more.


Related: Rainy day? Top indoor play spots for getting energy out indoors


2.The Trevor Zoo

Millbrook, NY

The zoo is open all year round and at only $5 an adult and $3 a child it makes a great day trip. Bring a lunch, there are grassy areas you can have a picnic!

Tip: if you can’t make it to the zoo, a quick trip to a local pet store would do the trick too!

3.State Parks

Bear Mountain, Washington Headquarters, Olana, FDR, Vanderbilt

Activities include swimming, hiking, boating, picnicking and more at most of the above state parks but the Bear Mountain state park is our favorite for the carousel house, lake and trailside zoo for a small fee plus the cost of parking.


Related: 11 Hudson Valley Zoos for Learning and Fun


4.Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Cornwall, NY

HHNM almost always has a family friendly event going on, on the weekends. Grasshopper Grove, a unique all natural kids playground, is perfect for the under 5 kids at only $3/person and free for under 2.

5.Story time

Most of the libraries offer a slew of story times including arts and crafts, free play, structured activities and more! Summer reading activities fill the calendar with tons of awesome events and activities. Also check out free story times at Barnes and Noble*Confirm with your local libraries before planning your trips: Top picks for drop- in storytimes

The best kid-friendly bookstores in the Hudson Valley

 

More great places to visit and things to do on the calendar.



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