Events: Kids' Play Dates in August 2014

Play ball with the prism fly with Peter Pan, stroll under a night sky, and learn stained-glass art

Winged Beauties

Aug. 2-3: Live Butterfly Exhibit Monarchs, Painted Ladies, Swallowtails, oh my! These three species of butterflies are all native to New York — and are part of the Greenburgh Nature Center’s current show. Learn about the different stages of the pretty insect’s life cycle — egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly — as well as where they live and how plants supply them with food. 10 a.m. $7, $6 seniors & students, $5 children 2-12, children under 2 free. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale, 914-723-3470.

Straight on ’til Morning

Aug. 2 & 9: Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. Wendy Darling is terribly upset — her father says she must move out of the nursery and therefore stop telling her brothers John and Michael stories. But on their last night together, a magical boy named Peter Pan flies through the window and takes the children to Neverland. Once there, they have terrific adventures with the Lost Boys, mermaids, and Indians — but they also have to keep a watchful eye out for evil Captain Hook. Filled with fun tunes from Disney’s 1953 film, this production is put on by kids for kids. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. The Rhinebeck Center for Performing Arts. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck, 845-876-3080.

full moon hike

Moon Walk

Aug. 9: Full Moon Hike The Valley is known for its picturesque landscapes, which look completely different — though just as beautiful — at nighttime. See for yourself on the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum trails. The hike begins before sundown. Recommended ages 5 and up. 6:30 p.m. $7, $5 children. Outdoor Discovery Center. 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall, 845-534-5506.

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Going Buggy

Aug. 10: Noisy Neighbors Get the scoop on insects like cicadas, katydids, and crickets. Learn about where they live, what they eat — and why they are always so loud. Recommended ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. $7, $5 children. Museum Village. 1010 Rte. 17M, Monroe, 845-534-5506.

Glass Art

Aug. 25-29: Stained Glass Stained glass is a unique art form; its history, and the technique used to make it, go back centuries. Discover all the basics at this weeklong camp. Kids will (with adult supervision) design the glass, construct it, and cut it. Next comes copper foiling, soldering, and cleaning — until each participant has a unique and colorful piece to take home and display. For children in grades four and five. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $250, $35 materials fee. The Arts Center of the Capital Region. 265 River St., Troy, 518-273-0552.

hudson valley renegades baseball camp

Three Strikes, You’re Out!

Aug. 6-8: Pitcher’s Camp Does your future superstar pitcher still need a little help perfecting that cutter? Does his curve ball tend to go wild? Former Major League pitchers Joe Ausanio (a Valley native who threw for the Yankees in the ’90s) and Rob Bell (who was born in Newburgh and spent much of his career with Tampa Bay and the Texas Rangers) offer tips on how to strike out the side at this three-day camp at Dutchess Stadium. 9 a.m. $125. 1500 Rte. 9D, Wappingers Falls, 845-838-0094, ext. 231.

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