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Summer Fun Day #22: Take a swan boat for a spin



Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

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Looking for fun ways to fill your long summer days? Already hearing "I'm Bored!"? Don't miss our 'Summer Fun Days'!


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Outdoor exploration, grasshopper grove

Grasshopper Grove is a true gem to the Hudson Valley. First opened in 2013, Grasshopper Grove is a half-acre of safe, accessible nature play space where young children can run down hills, balance on logs, use their imaginations and develop their motor skills. Natural elements give young children the opportunity to find adventure and appreciate the wonder of nature by climbing on fallen trees, digging in dirt piles, balancing on boulders and creating imaginative worlds with sticks, pine cones and bark. Admission is free for members, $3 for nonmembers.

outdoor fun, grasshopper grove

Natural elements are at the heart of the child- centered play area. At Grasshopper Grove children are encouraged to explore, get dirty and have fun doing it! Activities that strengthen hand- eye coordination and muscle development but also foster creativity, critical thinking, appropriate risk- taking, problem solving and cooperation skills is all you will find here. Children will enjoy jumping among the tree stumps, creating houses from sticks and leaves, create rain art, read stories, cloud watch and more.


Lunch and after school Grasshopper clubs for 4 and 5 year old are also available. Through unstructured play children will learn to develop coordination, cooperation skills and a connection with the environment. Children in these programs will have access to Grasshopper Grove during appropriate weather.

grasshopper grove

In addition to Grasshopper Grover, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum also offers visitors hiking trails, wildlife education programs, Discovery Quests, Exhibits and special events. The calendar is almost always full- take a look before you plan your visit!

Also visit our daily calendar page filled with activities and events in every county!

Share your fun by posting and tagging us on social media! Use hashtag #HVPsummer and tag @hudsonvalleyparent on Facebook or {@HVParent} on Twitter or Instagram and we may share your photos with our followers too!

Pamela is the Community Liaison at Hudson Valley Parent. She resides in Dutchess County with her husband and two boys and enjoys crossing things off their bucket list each summer.



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