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Events and Activities for Preschoolers this October

Fun things to do in the Hudson Valley for kids

Things to do with preschoolers in October

Fall Agritainment at Minard Family Farm. Picking your own apples and pumpkins in a beautiful orchard is just one of the fun and fabulous activities waiting for you at Minard's Family Farm. 9am-6pm. Minard's Family Farm. 250 Hurds Rd, Clintondale. 866-632-7753.

Fall Festival. Tractor drawn hayrides and pony rides on weekends, a straw maze, farm animals and a farm stand are also featured during this festival. Sat and Sun through Oct. 10am-5pm. Manza Family Farm. 730 State Rt. 211, Montgomery. 692-4364.

Fall Festival Weekends. Hay Ride, Corn Maze and u-pick pumpkins. 11am-6pm. Pierson's Farm. 1448 Route 211 West, Middletown. 386-1882.

Harvest Festival. Every weekend enjoy hay rides, apple picking, an open grill, live music, apple cider donuts, lawn games, and more! 9am-6pm. Fishkill Farms. 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction. 897-4377.

4: Tuesday

Pint Size Playgroup. Puzzles, games, toys, and costumes. Tues: 1:30-2:30pm; Fri: 10:30-11:30am. Blodgett Memorial Library. 37 Broad St, Fishkill. 896-9215.

5: Wednesday

Fall Drop-in Preschool Story Time. Drop-in program including stories, rhymes, songs and activities to promote early literacy in preschool children ages 3-5 yrs. Wednesdays, 1-1:45pm. Newburgh Free Library. 124 Grand St, Newburgh. 563-3601.

6: Thursday

Babes in the Woods. Take a leisurely stroll in the Park Preserve with other parents with babies and toddlers. Registration required. 11am-12pm. Minnewaska State Park Preserve. 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson. 255-0752.

7: Friday

Preschool Story Fun and Craft Time. Join us as we explore stories, finger plays, songs, activities and playtime. 1:30pm. Highland Public Library. 30 Church St, Highland. 691-2275 ext. 16.

8: Saturday

24th Annual Apple Harvest Festival. Free Parking. Activities for the kids, vendors and more. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-5pm. Cairo Town Park. Mountain Ave, Cairo. 518-622-3939.

Adams Annual Harvesst Fest. Also on 10/9 in Poughkeepsie, 10/10 in Kingston and 10/16 in Wappingers. Family friendly acitvities, vendors and food. Adams Fairacre Farms. 1240 Route 300, Newburgh. 569-0303.

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. Little ghosts and mummies can experience Halloween every weekend in October with spooktacular activities sure to please the whole family! Sat: 10am-9pm; Sun: 10am-7pm. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. 39 Fitzgerald St, Yonkers. 866-243-0770.

Dalmatian Day. Meet real live Dalmatians and their owners, who will introduce children to this wonderful breed of dog. Kids can also win prizes playing games and make cool crafts Free. 10am-3pm. FASNY Museum of Firefighting. 117 Harry Howard Ave, Hudson. 518-822-1875.

Honey Bee Festival. A fun event which promotes awareness, demonstration, and education about our honey bee population. 10am-5pm. Various locations, Narrowsburg.

Saunderskill Pumpkin Festival and Craft Fair. Lots of Local Craft Vendors, U-Pick Pumpkins, Horse Drawn Hayrides and Corn Maze. 9:30am-4pm. Saunderskill Farms, 5100 Route 209, Accord. 626-2676.

Warwick Children's Book Festival. Celebrate children's literacy with Authors and illustrators who will autograph and inscribe their books and chat with readers. 11am-4pm. Albert Wisner Public Library, 1 McFarland Dr, Warwick. 986-1047.

9: Sunday

Children and Families: Farm Fields. Create a sculptural field of cornstalk bundles out of natural materials, plastics, and fabric. 1pm. Storm King Art Center. 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor. 534-3115.

Family Bonfire Night. Gather ‘round a blazing bonfire at Boscobel for some good old-fashioned, “kindled” fun, and kick up your heels with live music, complimentary marshmallows and toasting sticks. 6-9pm. Boscobel House. 1601 Route 9D, Garrison. 265-3638.

Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival. Food, games, children’s rides, entertainment, and zoo. Free. 10am-4pm. Forsyth Nature Center, Lucas Ave, Kingston. 339-3053.

10: Monday

Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion: Kids Day! A special show for the young ones that won't give them nightmares. 12-3pm. Kevin McCurdys Haunted Mansion. 38 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls. 297-2288.

Kids Craft Day. Make a fun fall craft for only $4. Plus storytime and outdoor smores. Soukup Farms. 271 Halls Corner Rd, Dover Plains.

Pumpkin Fest. Fall fun for the entire family. 11am-3pm. Pine Island Town Park. Kay Rd and Treasure Ln, Pine Island. 258-4792.

11: Tuesday

Singing Books and Circle Time with Sukey Molloy. Musical play activities filled with movement, play and song. Must register. 10:30am. Monroe Free Library. 44 Millpond Pkwy, Monroe. 783-4411.

12: Wednesday

Making Masterpieces: Sugar Skull Decorating.  Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos by decorating a sugar skill and learning about the holiday.

13: Thursday

Dream Time Story Time. Bring your teddy bear and come in your favorite jammies for stories and a craft. 6:30-7:30pm. Highland Public Library. 30 Church St, Highland. 691-2275 ext. 16.

15: Saturday

Family Free Night. Open late and admission is FREE. 5-8pm. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589.

41st Annual Apple Time Fair. Food, shopping, children’s activities and more. 10am-3pm. Cornwall Presbyterian Church. 222 Hudson St, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-2903.

Halloween Parade and Festival. Vendors, children’s costume contest and more. 11am-4pm. Meiser Park. East Main St. and South Ave, Wappingers Falls. 297-8773, ext 7.

Johnny Appleseed Cider Fest. Old-fashioned hands on cider pressing, Hayrides, Build your own scarecrow! 10am-4pm. Prospect Hill Orchards, 73 Clarks Ln, Milton. 795-2383.

NYS Sheep and Wool Family Festival. Enjoy the 300 fiber artists and crafts galore, amazing sheep demos and children’s activities. Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck. 876-4000.

Pumpkin Festival at Hill-Hold Museum. Enjoy an afternoon of all things pumpkin plus face painting, hayrides and lots of fun. 12-4pm. Hill- Hold Museum. 128 Route 416, Campbell Hall. 615-3830.

Pumpkin Fiesta Weekend. Enjoy farm animals, maze and so much more on the farm and end the night with a singalong around the campfire. Weekends in Oct., 9am-5pm. Hurds Family Farm. 2185 State Route 32, Modena. 883-7825.

The “Great Pumpkin” Festival. Jack-o'-lantern carving, bbq, contests, music and other activities at our annual Great Pumpkin Festival! 10am-5pm. DuBois Farms U-Pick. 209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland. 795-4037.

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16: Sunday

Fall Fun Fest. Kids carnival games, Marshall, Mickey, Olaf, and Elmo in attendance, kids Halloween costume contest, silent auction, bounce house, vendors galore. 11am-3pm. Geering Park, Geering Way, Fishkill. 391-1270.

17: Monday

Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, fingerplays, snack and craft. Registration required. Millbrook Library, 3 Friendly Ln, Millbrook. 67-3611.

18: Tuesday

Family Building Night: Fast Food. Register and grab your copies of Jaclyn Sullivan’s fast food series then read together and enjoy trivia, prizes and more. Goshen Library. 203 Main St, Goshen. 294-6606.

20: Thursday

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival. Local foodtrucks with an array of super delicious foods, live music, beer garden and kids’ entertainment. 4-7pm. Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex, Washington Ave, Saugerties. 399-2222.

21: Friday

Halloween Party and Haunted House. Halloween fun for all ages including games and activities for little ones. Tymor Park. 8 Tymor Park Rd, LaGrangeville. 724-5691.

22: Saturday

"Fall into Fall" Festival. Entertainment, music, contests with terrific prizes and children’s activities in addition to picking fall fruits and veggies. 10am-5pm. DuBois Farms U-Pick. 209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland. 795-4037.

Halloween Kids Night Out. Drop the kids off for some yoga, pizza and crafts! Mindful Yoga with Liz. Residence Inn. 2525 South Rd, Poughkeepsie. 242-3319.

Special Nature Play Events in Grasshopper Grove. Young children enjoy this unique natural play area where they can find adventure and explore outside. 10am-12pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center. Muser Dr, Cornwall. 534-5506.

The Third Annual Great Extension Duck Derby. Adopt a small, rubber duck to “race” down the river! Plus games, crafts and food. 10:30am-2pm. D&H Canal Museum Park, 26 Hoag Rd, Cuddeback. 344-1234.

23: Sunday

 Corn Maze and Pick Your Own Pumpkins. Featuring Gem Mining at the Lost Irishman's Mine. 11am-5pm. Cunningham Family Farms. 233 Hurd Parks Rd, Swan Lake. 583-4083.

Pumpkin Painting Party. Pumpkin decorating, ghoulish games, spooky snacks and a frightening fun time! 1:30-5:30pm. Catskill Recreation Center. 651 County Highway 38, Arkville. 586-6250.

25: Tuesday

Little Rascals. An Open Gym atmosphere for 4 year olds and under and their parents. Tuesdays, 10-11:30am. Fishkill Recreation Center. 793 Route 52, Fishkill. 831-3371.

26: Wednesday

Art Hour. Make something together. All ages welcome. Wednesdays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Phoenicia Library. 48 Main St, Phoenicia. 688-7811.

28: Friday

Halloween Spooktacular! Art activities, a costume parade and of course…trick-or treating! 5:30-7:30pm. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie. 471-0589

29: Saturday

Annual Halloween Extravaganza. Children's costume parade down Main Street. 12:45pm. Downtown Callicoon. Main St, Callicoon. 887-5155.

"I Spy" Halloween Trail. Come find all the objects cleverly hidden along the "I Spy" Halloween Trail. 12-4pm. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center. Muser Dr, Cornwall. 534-5506 x204.

Boo at the Zoo. Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears plus family-friendly fun and activities. 10:30am-3pm. Trailside Museums and Zoo. Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 786-2701.

Decorate a (Little!) Pumpkin. Children will enjoy the traditional Halloween fun of decorating their own pumpkin! Must register. 10:30am. Frida's Bakery & Cafe . 26 Main St, Milton. 795-5550.

Halloween Fun Festival at DuBois Farms. Apples and pumpkins to pick, and kids in costume get a treat! 10am-5pm. DuBois Farms U-Pick. 209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland. 795-4037.

No Scare Halloween. Safe and fun environment where the children can enjoy the festivities. 11am-4pm. Museum Village. 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe. 782-8248.

30: Sunday

Halloween Parade at Fishkill Farms. Get your costumes ready for the Halloween Parade for kids and pumpkin picking! 9am-6pm. Fishkill Farms. 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction. 897-4377.

Halloween Parade. Candy will be given out to the kids. 12:30pm. Village of Monroe. 7 Stage Rd, Monroe. 782-8341.

Kingston Model Train and Hobby Railroad Show. Marvel at unique modular operations, Lego© cities and a large garden-scale railroad train display. 10am-4pm. Murphy Midtown Recreation Center. 467 Bdwy, Kingston. 616-0931.

31: Monday

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street. 4-6pm. Historic Huguenot Street. 81 Huguenot St, New Paltz. 255-1660. 

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