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When the weather outside is frightful, parents need places to go that won't cost an arm and a leg. Public libraries are the most perfect places to take your kids when you need them out of the house and the park is not an option. Most libraries have a dedicated kid's space with toys, computers and pint size furniture. I am going to highlight a few of my most favorite ones in the Mid-Hudson Library System that have spaces far away from adult areas so there is no worry the kiddies will bother anyone!

First up is Adriance Memorial Library, located in Poughkeepsie. The Adriance Library has a beautiful kids floor, yes a whole floor that is dedicated to the little people! Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and the whole space is full of things to keep the children occupied for hours! There is a large carpeted area with toys as well as lots and lots of computers just for kids. There is also plenty of comfy seating for the adults. They always have special programs for kids on the weekends, you can check their calendar here!

Second up is a much smaller library that is one of my absolute favorites for icky days! The children's room is located all the way in the back of the library, with lots of toys, puppets and blocks. They host some of the most amazing kid's programs as well, such as a life size Candyland game, dinosaur puppet making or family movie nights, just to name a few! The LaGrange Public Library, located right outside of Poughkeepsie in the small town of LaGrange, is perfect for passing a few hours. You can check their events calendar here for all the awesome programs.

Next on our list is the Blodgett Memorial Library in Fishkill. This library is one of the best places for kids to get out of the house because the children's room is located in the basement and there is no worry about them making noise! The brightly lit kid's area is full of trucks, pirate ships and other toys as well as plenty of books and places to sit and relax. They often host playgroups during the week as well as lots of age appropriate kid programs all year round. You can check their calendar here for programs.

The last library on our list is the Howland Public Library located in Beacon. Right smack dab in the middle of the library is the most awesome children's room! Large windows light the space with a train table, toys and computers all ready for the kiddies. They are known for their amazing children's art programs, you can check the calendar here. This library might be my favorite just for the fact that it is in walking distance to the most amazing homemade donuts, Glazed Over. They are not to be missed!

If you have a library card to the Mid-Hudson Library System then you can also take advantage of the library passes that are available. We have visited the aquarium, Mid-Hudson Children's Museum and other museums all for free just by checking out a 24 hour pass from our local library. This is another great way to extend your library day when the weather is not so wonderful.

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