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Where To Find Activities and Local Events This Summer

A Planning Guide

It’s the final countdown to summer! In just a couple of weeks the kids will be home eating all the good snacks and complaining there is nothing to do. Ah good times. But you can be ready with a plan of action. Planning activities in advance gives me hope that I will survive the summer alone with two kids.  Creating a monthly schedule, even if it is just a loose schedule, gives us something to look forward to.  And I always have a Plan B for rainy days and unexpected schedule changes.

The Hudson Valley is never short on amazing things to do. A few weeks before school releases for summer (like now), I create a monthly calendar for each summer month. I simply print out a one month calendar, and then I fill in our vacation times, or planned trips to visit family.  I load the rest of our calendar with fun things to do locally. Here’s how you can find activities to fill in your calendar:

·         Look around at area libraries. Check out what programs they are offering for summer. Select age appropriate activities, or camps for your kids to attend. Libraries also sponsor family friendly activities like magicians, movie nights, animal shows and summer reading activities- all for free! Not all libraries are created equal; you will find different programs at each library. Check out the activities calendars for libraries in a town or two away.

· Shop the local farmer’s market. Many farmers’ markets include a kid’s tent or activities area just for kids as well as free music. Ulster County offers a stick2local map program where you can collect stickers at each market you visit. Grab a map and start visiting farms to collect your stickers. Once you collect 10 stickers you receive a cook book and 4 passes to play homegrown golf at Kelder’s Farm in Accord (home of the largest gnome). If you fill your map you get a bag of market goodies.

· Check the local parks and recs program schedule.  Check the website for your town, or surrounding towns for community activities. These are usually free and planned with families in mind. You can find programs like movies under the stars, kids’ parades, fireworks displays and more.

· Sign up for local newsletters.  When you subscribe to local publishers like Hudson Valley Parent you’ll get the inside scoop on upcoming activities. You can also sign up for newsletters for a favorite museum, or family friendly businesses to receive event alerts.

· Search Facebook. When you open the events tab on your Facebook page you will notice a link titled “Discover.” If you click on that you can then customize your town and time frame you are looking for something fun to do. Browse through all the local event pages and create a fun week, or month ahead of time.

· Check your county’s chamber of commerce. Find dates for local community events and festivals.  Then mark your calendar!

· Stop by the visitor’s center for your town. As you exit the Thruway you can often find a visitor’s center filled with pamphlets for local businesses and all kinds of local adventures.

· Don’t forget the local colleges. If you live near a college take a look on their website to see what kind of summer programs they are offering. Sometimes you can sign up for affordable swim lessons, or art camps, or even a planetarium tour.

· The YMCA. You can always find family friendly programs from swim lessons, to sports camps to family memberships so you can use the free childcare that’s included.

· Radio station community calendars. If you browse the websites for local radio stations they often list upcoming events on their community calendar. Occasionally you can find great local discounts too.

These are all my go-to places to find what's happening in my town and beyond. You can decide which activities will best suite your family and budget. There are so many free festivals and events that take place every summer in the Hudson Valley that we have yet to duplicate any. We just keep picking new adventures and new places to see. With all the museums, art galleries and unlimited hiking trails and water ways there is no way you will fit it all into one summer.


How do you plan for your summer adventures?

Other adventures you may be interested in: 7 Art-Filled Day Trips To Take This Summer  Visit The Den of Marbletown Mead Orchard Create A Backyard Summer Camp 

The Whatever Mom is a full-time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the BIG potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here. You can also find her musings and popular shares on Facebook and Twitter. Stay up to date with her creative ideas and outings on Pinterest. 

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