Snow and cold are beautiful to look at, but after the holidays, icy weather makes parenting in the Hudson Valley, New York, a unique challenge. As mom blogger Sarah Cottrell writes, snow is Mother Nature’s glitter bomb: It’s nice to look at from inside, but once you touch it, “You become wet, frozen, and miserable…the kids become wiggling beings that will drag that white slushy stuff into the house.” If you live near Milton, New York (or nearby in Orange, Ulster or Dutchess counties), and are looking for ways to get through the depth of winter, channel kids’ interest—and provide an outlet for that boundless energy—with these ideas.
Children love to paint, and it’s great for them: It teaches fine motor skills, it develops vision, perspective-taking and more. But if the image of kids running around in your living room with dripping paint brushes and soggy paper makes you cringe, you may have avoided the idea.
Take the stress and mess out of painting with a Little Picasso Painting Class at Frida’s Bakery. On February 24, children can create a mini-masterpiece or a winter scene while someone else gathers the supplies, supervises the process and cleans up after them. And if you miss the February classes, sign up for Earth Day Flower Pot Painting on April 22.
It’s never too early to learn to cook: Toddlers learn how things work by exploring with their eyes and hands. Preschoolers develop fine motor skills and sequential reasoning when they work through the steps of a recipe. Grade school children practice following directions and measuring fractional quantities.
Come to bake cupcakes on Friday, March 30, or April Fool’s Day Scones on April 2.
Sometimes the most amazing events happen just because; parties don’t have to be for birthdays and holidays. So be your kids’ (and other parents’) hero with a private playdate for your kids’ closest friends.
For free play, Frida’s is a kid-oriented bakery with a loft area and playroom full of educational toys for infants to age 5.
Or if you want something more structured, there are many planned activities, such as a Family Yoga Class on March 11 or a March 17 St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with craft-making and baking of traditional soda bread.
You, too, may need an break from the winter blues, so how about a quick escape to Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa for an evening or a weekend? The 75-acre estate has a wide range of lodgings, a world-class spa and farm-fresh fare at their inviting restaurant.
Winter lasts a long time in the lower Hudson Valley, but you don’t have to wait for the spring thaw to enjoy yourselves. Plan regular activities that allow everyone in the family to have fun this season – Contact Frida’s Bakery for more on our playroom and events.
Sat Feb 24th – Mini Picasso Painitng Class at 10am – Mini Masterpiece
Sat Feb 24th – Little Picasso Painting Class at 11.30am – Winter Scene
Sun March 11th – Family Yoga Class at 2.30pm
Sat March 17th – St Patrick’s Day class – Soda bread & Rainbow Paper chain Craft at 10am
Weds March 28th – Bunny Cake Pops at 10.30am
Tuesday 27th March – Kitchen baking class at 3pm – Cake Decorating (12 – 16 year olds)
Friday March 30th – Chick cupcake making at 10.30am
Thursday 29th March – Kitchen baking class at 3pm – Scone Making (12 – 16 year olds)
Sat March 31st – Egg Coloring & Basket making at 10am
Mon April 2nd – April Fools Day Scone making at 10.30am
Sunday April 22nd – Earth Day Flower Pot Painting & planting at 10am
Frida’s Bakery and Café
26 Main St
Milton, NY 12547
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