Events: Kids’ Play Dates in September 2014

Honor our nation, play by the Hudson, and wiggle the day away

Wiggle Time

Sept. 26: Ready, Steady, Wiggle An international sensation — we’re talking more than 50 CDs recorded and seven million copies sold — the Wiggles are at it again. Join pals Anthony, Emma, Simon, and Lachy as they light up the stage with their fun songs, which the Chicago Tribune dubbed “preschool pop.” Friends Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and Captain Feathersword get in on the fun too, entertaining with silly antics of their own. 6:30 p.m. $28-$38. Mid-Hudson Civic Center. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, 845-454-5800.

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Playing with Words

Sept. 5, 12, 19, & 26: Rhyme Time by the Hudson Enjoy the last days of warm weather on the scenic grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens. Gather under the large pavilion tent and listen to nursery rhymes like “Humpty Dumpty” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Sing interactive songs, listen to an engaging storyteller, play fun games — and learn a little bit about the Hudson River and its rich history along the way. Ages 1-5. Advance registration required. 10 a.m. $45 for two (caregiver and child), $15 each additional child. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison, 845-265-3638.

A Day with Grandma and Grandpa

Sept. 6: Aren’t They Grand National Grandparents Day is September 7 — but why not get a day’s head start on the celebration? Bring the whole family to the Greenburgh Nature Center to get an up-close and personal look at its animals. The center is home to more than 100 critters and a large variety of exotic plants. Why not bring your grandparents, and explore it together? 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8. 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale, 914-723-3470.

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Proud to be an American

Sept. 19-20: Spirit of America Presented by none other than the United States Army itself, this show tells the story of our great nation — from its humble beginnings all the way up through the present day. But this presentation includes more than just the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln stories we’ve heard over and over: The show features accounts taken directly from soldiers’ personal letters and diaries, adding authenticity to the narrative. What’s more, the 300 performers are all active duty soldiers from the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment and the U.S. Army Band. Recommended ages 10 and up. 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Free admission, but tickets required. The Times Union Center. 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 518-487-2100.

March On

Sept. 27: Endangered Species Parade Have you ever heard of the passenger pigeon? Probably not, seeing as these birds — which were once the most abundant breed of fowl in North America — went extinct 100 years ago. Sadly, 53 other species in our state (including several types of turtles, a cougar, and an eagle) could head down that path too, says the Department of Environmental Conservation. The parade at the Trailside Museum and Zoo raises awareness of these critters’ plight: Animal lovers of all ages dress up as an endangered creature (preregistration required) in costumes they create themselves. Following the march, participants and spectators can roam through various educational exhibits and activities. 11 a.m. $8 parking fee, $1 suggested donation. Bear Mountain State Park, Seven Lakes Dr., Bear Mountain, 845-786-2701, ext. 293.

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