July 4: Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebrate America the way people did when the country was first born. Mingle with re-enactors garbed in long skirts and tricorn hats, sing along to period-appropriate music, and try your hand at 18th-century games and crafts. When the sun goes down, snag a seat on the lawn to watch the Saugerties fireworks display across the river. 2-10 p.m. $10 per car, $8 members. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave., Germantown. 518-573-4240; www.friendsofclermont.org
July 4: Elizabeth Mitchell and Family Part of the Maverick Concert Series Young People’s Concerts, this Grammy-nominated artist brings her folk music to the Woodstock stage. Mitchell and her band sing tracks from their eight albums, each with a theme from nature — like flowers, sunshine, and birds. July 18: Bari Koral Family Band This children’s performer makes her Maverick debut and rocks out to tunes from her new album The Apple Tree and the Honeybee. 11 a.m. $5, under 16 free. 120 Maverick Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-8217; www.maverickconcerts.org
July 11: Monster Intelligence Puppet Show The Up in Arms puppet theater company tells the story of Melvin the Monster as he tries to get his license to scream. In order to obtain it, he has to first pass a test. July 18: Robin Hood The world’s most famous bandit is at it again, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Some audience members can even help him do it. July 25 & Aug. 1: Shrek Jr. Performed by kids for kids, this show tells the tale of loveable, but misunderstood, ogre Shrek as he and his friend Donkey set out on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. Center for Performing Arts. 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080; www.centerforperformingarts.org
July 11: Movie Night: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Boy wizard Harry Potter must once again struggle for survival when he learns a dangerous criminal has escaped and wants to kill him in the third installment of the smash-hit series. But it’s not just Sirius Black that’s after Harry. Lord Voldemort is still hankering for his head and creepy dementors are guarding the school — plus he still has his exams to study for.
8 p.m. Free admission. Hudson River Museum. 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-963-4550; www.hrm.org
July 13-17: Summer Workshop Have you ever wondered what it was like to live on a grand estate during the early 19th century? Find out for yourself at this week-long camp where you play games, do arts and crafts, watch historic simulations, and participate in hands-on activities. Registration required. Ages 7-9. 8:30 a.m-12 p.m. $50 per day or $200 for the week for members, $60 per day or $250 a week for non-members. 845-265-3638 ext. 140. July 25: Boscobel for Scouts Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts gather for a day of fun history lessons, guided tours of the mansion, and all-day access to the beautiful grounds. Registration recommended. Ages 12 and under. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $5 scouts, $9 adults. Boscobel House and Gardens. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-3638 ext. 132; www.boscobel.org