President's Day Events and Activities

Family-Friendly things to do over the holiday weekend

family-friendly getaways and activities for the Holiday Weekend

Kids are off from school for the long holiday weekend and you know staying indoors will have you all clawing at the walls before long. We are rounding up the best family-friendly events and activities throughout the Hudson Valley to help you plan your weekend fun. Both indoors and out, there is something going on this weekend for everyone.

We will continue to update and add more events as we find them.

February 15-18th, 2019

Family Winter Weekend at East Valley Ranch. Visit a pristine Catskill winter wonderland with your family for three days! East Valley Ranch is a glistening landscape of snow and splendor in the wintertime. Try cross-country skiing or a half-day snowshoe hike and explore the true beauty of winter*. Staff can also teach you survival skills for the cold, including shelter building, how to start a fire in winter, and campfire cooking techniques. Learn to track animals in the snow and how they adapt and thrive in this unique environment. Join them for our family winter weekend and spend time exploring the Catskills. *Weather permitting. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are provided. East Valley Ranch. 21 Straus Lane, Claryville. Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Valley Rd. Claryville, 12725. 845-985-2291 ext 240.

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Presidents Day Fun. February 15th 2 pm -3 pm for grades 3-5.  Celebrate the birthdays of two great Presidents, Washington & Lincoln. Play President Bingo & Matching Game& make an all about the Presidents Poster. Take a photo with President Lincoln at the Woodbury Public Library, Ida Cornell Branch. 23 Smith Clove Rd., Central Valley. 845-928-2114.

President's Weekend Holiday Camp February 16-17th 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $235, or $180 for pass holders and participants, plus the cost for rental equipment) Children ages 4-12 can explore the holiday weekend skiing on the slopes and learning from trained coaches. Cost for the camp includes lunch, supervision, and lift tickets. Registration is required for the two-day experience. Gore Mountain, 739 Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek. 518-251-2411.

Magic Madness  February 15-23.  Free matinee on Presidents’ Day Families and couples are welcome to attend magical nights. Sean “The Prankster” Magician will perform a free matinee show at 2 p.m. on Presidents’ Day, and The Mental Madness Show featuring Garrett Thomas and Kozmo will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Windham Civic & Performing Arts Center, 5379 Route 23, Windham, 518-734-3868.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidental Library & Museum Saturday, February 16 at 1 pm. film screening, 2-4 p.m. document display. The 1936 film “The President’s Mystery,” written by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will begin at 1 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center. Guests can then visit the archives of the American presidential autographs. The display will be open from 2-4 p.m. in the research room in the library building. Registration is required for the film screening. 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-486-7770.

Presidents' Day Electormagnetic Crane Workshop  February 15, 11-11:45 a.m. February 18, 11-11:45, 1-1:45, $10 The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum offers multiple sessions of science workshops focusing on electricity and the power of magnetism. Children ages five and up have the chance to build miniature cranes to take back home. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.

George Washington's Birthday Celebration  February 16-18, 12-4 p.m. Sing “Happy Birthday” to the first president of the United States at Washington’s Headquarters Historic Site in Newburgh. Musical performances, reenactments, military demonstrations, and crafts will be available during the weekend for families as well. Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St, Newburgh. 845-562-1195Image result for george washington's birthday celebration washington's headqUARTERS

Lecture: Historical Sites in the Hudson Highlands by Kayak  February 17th, 1-3 p.m. Explore the geography and history of known sites in the Hudson Valley with experienced outdoorsmen Andy Mills and Fred Isseks. Kayaking is a key factor of the event, and there will be a lecture about Washington’s Newburgh Headquarters, Gomez Mill House, Cold Spring Foundry, and more. Registration is recommended. Sterling Forest State Park Visitors Center, 116 Old Forge Rd, Tuxedo Park. 845 351-5907.

Winter Fest at Crystal Lake February 18th, 10 am -2 pm, Free. The second annual Winter Fest partners with the community to host a ton of activities for the family. Look forward to snowflake art installations, kids’ crafts, guided treks, and snowshoeing. Gather around the campfire and indulge in treats and baked goods. Parking is limited, and a free shuttle will drop attendees off every 10 minutes. 100 Temple Ave, Newburgh. 845-473-4440.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Feb. 15th- March 3. Rhinebeck Theatre Society is excited to bring you the 2015 Tonny Winner for Best Play, directed by Andy Weintraub. Center for Performing Arts. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

The Wizard of Oz for Kids February 16th. Dorothy has been captured by the Wicked Witch of the West and her friends, the Lion, the Tin Man the Scarecrow and the audience must save her! Center for Performing Arts. 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080.

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Bellayre Gives Back/ Food Drive February 15th. Belleayre Mountain will be helping to restock the shelves to some of our local food pantries.  When skiers and snowboarders make a charitable donation of a bag of non-perishable food items (value $10 or more), they will be able to purchase a ticket for $34. Belleayre Mountain. 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount. 845-254-5600.

Rail Jam February 16th at 4pm-5pm at Discovery Lodge. We have a rail jam on Saturday afternoon from four to five outside the Discovery Lodge open to all ages and abilities! We want to see you throw it down and see what kind of tricks you may have. While you're here, check out the local band The Ex-Files -- they will also be Discovery playing from 3-6pm. Belleayre Mountain. 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount. 845-254-5600.


Video Game Club Sunday, February 16th at 2:30 pm. Meet your fellow gamers and hone your skills. Try the new switch. (Ages 13& up.) In the Library Meeting Room in Goshen Public Library. 203 Main St, Goshen. 845-294-6606.

Meet the Animals at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm & 2:30 pm *year round (*Except 3/30-3/31) Please note: We have some big changes coming soon with our new “Stomping Grounds” exhibit opening in April! Keep your eyes open for changes, and please excuse our mess as we prepare. We hope you will join us this spring to learn about our local habitats!  At the Wildlife Education Center 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson, 12520. 845-534-7781.