October happenings for school-aged children

Your kids are sure to love these events

Looking for something to do with your school-aged child this October? Never fear... Hudson Valley Parent has you covered. Check out these great events geared towards school-aged children going on this October.

Casting Call for "A Christmas Story"   
October 6. By appointment only. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Rd., Woodstock. 846-679-6900
Now Casting: A Christmas Story, the musical, based on the classic 1983 film of the same name, complete with all of Ralphie's Christmas adventures, his desire for a Red Ryder BB gun and the famous leg lamp. Interested parties should email the executive director, Randy Conti at woodstockplayhousecasting@gmail.com

Fertile Minds Gardening Time
October 6, 13, & 20. 10:30am. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589
Head outside to The Children’s Garden @MHCM to learn about growing your own food and practice gardening techniques.

LEGO Club Building Challenge
October 6. 4:30-5:30pm. Tuxedo Park Library, 227 Rte. 17, Tuxedo Park. 845-351-2207
LEGOs will be supplied, you bring the ideas! LEGOs encourage children to use their imagination and learn lots of useful skills while having fun. This session’s challenge is a “Building Challenge.”

Kids Night Out
October 7. 6:30-9pm. YMCA of Sullivan County, 98 Wild Tpke., Rock Hill. 845-796-0160
Drop the kids off at the Y so they can spend an evening having fun with friends and you can enjoy an evening all to yourself. Open to children ages 5-12.

Lego Club
October 7. 5:30-6:30pm. Phoenicia Library, 48 Main St., Phoenicia. 845-688-7811
Join a friendly group of kids and parents to create whatever catches your fancy.

Story Hour
October 7. 4-5:30pm. Town of Esopus Library, 128 Canal St., Port Ewen. 845-338-558
Crafts, songs, and games for ages 5-8.

Video Game Club
October 7. 4-5pm. Goshen Public Library, 203 Main St., Goshen. 845-294-6606
Play Wii games and Legos with fellow gamers! Fun and snacks for everyone!

READ MORE: 50 events to attend this October

Brick-or-Treat at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester  
October 8. 10am-9pm. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. 866-243-0770
Little ghosts and mummies can experience Halloween with spooktacular activities sure to please the whole family! Wear your Halloween costume and receive $5 off admission.

Bring the Kids
October 8. 9-11am. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638
Explore the seasons inside and outside of Boscobel with a brief, focused tour followed by a hands-on themed activity and craft to take home with you. Designed for children ages 5-11 with an adult.

Dalmatian Day
October 8. 10am-3pm. FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson. 518-822-1875
This free event features of variety of family-friendly activates to celebrate Dalmatians and firefighting.

DIY Make and Take Kit- DIY Book Pumpkin
October 8. 11am-1pm. Newburgh Free Library Town Branch, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 845-563-3601
Learn how to make a Pumpkin out of a book.

Kids Yoga
October 8. 12:30-1:30pm. Hudson River Yoga, 2600 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-204-9111
This program is designed to help support mind and body awareness and development.

Warwick Children's Book Festival
October 8. 11am-4pm. Albert Wisner Public Library, One McFarland Dr., Warwick. 845-986-1047
Join over 50 authors and illustrators on Railroad Avenue in Warwick to celebrate children's literacy. Authors and illustrators will autograph and inscribe their books, chat with readers and share their love of the written word.

I’m an Engineer - Wind Workshop
October 10. 10am-11:30am. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589
Learn about the engineering process and more as children and their caregivers work together with wind energy. Each child will design, build and test their own wind powered turbines and wind-powered cars.

READ MORE: October events and activities for Preschoolers

Monday Morning Storytime

October 10. 10am. Barnes & Nobles. 2518 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-2224
A delightful morning of stories, music, singing, dancing and craft activities for children of all ages!

Art Hour

October 12. 5:30pm-6:30pm. Phoenicia Library, 48 Main St., Phoenicia. 845-688-7811
Frannie always comes up with something creative to do each week. She is known for her work with natural, found objects as well as jewelry. All ages!

Making Masterpieces - Sugar Skull Decorating
October 12. 2:30pm. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589
Children will decorate their own traditional sugar skull. Registration required.

Chimpanzees for Tea
October 12. 1-2pm. Goshen Public Library, 203 Main St., Goshen. 845-294-6606
Get a taste for book discussions by reading Chimpanzees for Tea by Jo Empson. Enjoy some tea treats too!

Minecraft Meetup
October 13. 5-6pm. Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 845-563-3601
Complete Minecraft puzzles and missions with other players at the library. Open to ages 7-13. Registration required.

The Beacon Players present Macbeth
October 14. 7:30pm. Beacon High School Seeger Theatre, 101 Matteawan Rd., Beacon
Beacon High School Drama Club presents Macbeth.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Discussion
October 15. 3-4pm. Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 845-563-3601
Discussion and activities related to the book "Rodrick Rules" by Jeff Kinney. Open to ages 8-12.

Go Pokemon Go!
October 16. 11am-12pm. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912
Meet the live animals that gave rise to imaginary pokemon in an interactive program. All welcome. Registration required.

READ MORE: Your guide to Halloween Family Fun

Book Chat
October 17. 6-7pm. Goshen Public Library, 203 Main St., Goshen. 845-294-6606
YA book discussion group for kids in grades 8-12.

Homework Help  
October 19. 4-6pm. Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 845-563-3601
Children in grades 1-6 receive homework help from Newburgh School District teachers. Bilingual teachers available.

Paper Bag Monster Craft
October 20. 4:30-5:00pm. Tivoli Free Library, 86 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-757-3771
Make a scary (or funny) paper bag monster! All materials provided. For kids ages 6-10. Registration suggested.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
October 20. 6:30-7:30pm. Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 845-563-3601
Stuffed animals of all ages (and their kids!) are invited to attend a sleepover story time! After some bedtime stories, stuffed animals only are invited to stay for an overnight library adventure. Kids can pick up their stuffed animals the next day.

Growing Together

October 21. 10am-12pm. North East Community Center, 51 South Center St., Millerton. 518-789-4259
Fun group learning activities, play and socialization for kids, led by child care leader John Mahoney and special guests. Meaningful conversations and support for parents with Lauren Astor, MA.Ed.

Starlab: What’s a Constellation?  
October 21. 4pm. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589
Journey into the museum’s Starlab planetarium to learn basic astronomy concepts. After the program you’ll be able to find real constellations in the night sky!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie and Discussion
October 22. 1-4:30pm. Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand St., Newburgh. 845-563-3601
Read (or re-read!) the first Harry Potter book and watch a screening of the movie. Discussion to follow. Snacks will be provided. Wizards and muggles of all ages are welcome to attend.

Halloween Hoot
October 26. 6:30pm. Tuxedo Park Library, 227 Rte. 17, Tuxedo Park. 845-351-2207
Storytime StageItchy witches, dancing demons, and jumping jack o’ lanterns are all on hand in this highly participatory, not too scary Halloween treat for families. Costumes are welcome!

Teen Pumpkin Carving
October 27. 4pm. Tuxedo Park Library, 227 Rte. 17, Tuxedo Park. 845-351-2207
Use spooky stencils or design your own Jack O’ Lantern just in time for Halloween.

Boo at the Zoo
October 29. 10:30am-3pm. Trailside Museums and Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701
Touch real animal skulls. See stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums. Make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures.

READ MORE: Check out our calendar for more October happenings

No Scare Halloween
October 29. 11am-4pm. Museum Village, 1010 State Rte. 17M , Monroe. 845-782-8248
Enjoy not so scary Halloween fun on the green at Museum Village.  

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street
October 31. 4-6pm. Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz. 845-255-1660
Trick or treat on historic Huguenot Street.