Events: Kid’s Korner in June 2011

Planning on staying in or around town this summer? There are plenty of ways to keep the kids happy, from fishing clinics and toad exhibits to tea parties and ballet performances

Tutus and tiaras
June 11: Sleeping Beauty The beloved fairy tale of a beautiful princess cast under a spell that could only be broken through true love’s kiss becomes even more whimsical when performed as a ballet. Watch graceful dancers in elegant costumes interpret this story at the Bardavon Theater. Presented by the Poughkeepsie City Ballet, the show features students from the New York Academy of Ballet and other acclaimed schools of dance. 2 & 6:30 p.m. $15, $12 students & seniors. • 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or

Island Sounds
June 4: Los Caribeños Turn up the heat! Prepare for summer with the musical sounds of the tropics as this cultural group performs traditional Puerto Rican tunes at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Bring your dancin’ shoes: Their rhythmic, energetic set is sure to make you want to get up and get down. ¡Me gusta! 4 p.m. $3 (plus $7.50 museum admission). • 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589 or


Gone fishin’
June 4: 4-H Fishing Clinic: Learn How to Fish Live out your Tom Sawyer fantasies and learn how to cast a line across the open water. For this fun, educational event — cosponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County — all participants will receive a rod, reel, tackle kit, 2011 fishing directory, and a hat (just throw on some sunscreen and you’re good to go). Preregistration is required (a form is available on the Web site) and the event is limited to 100 youths ages eight through 14. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Veterans Memorial Park. 201 Gipsy Trail Rd., Carmel. 845-278-6738 or

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High jumpers
June 18: Toads Does touching a toad really give you warts? What’s the difference between a frog and a toad? If you kiss one, will it become a handsome prince? Learn tons of fascinating facts about the life cycle and habits of these amphibians at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. 10 a.m. $5. • Outdoor Discovery Center. Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506 or

iced tea

June 18: Young Ladies’ Tea Party Wear your prettiest hat and make some new friends at the Hill-Hold Museum’s old-fashioned tea party. This year’s theme is “Butterflies in the Garden,” and prior to sitting down to sip iced herbal tea with mint and nosh on an assortment of crackers, finger sandwiches, salads, and sweets, guests will stroll around the museum grounds on a search for beautiful butterflies. Girls interested in arts and crafts can create a butterfly fan, and the event also features various outdoor games loved by children of the past, such as stilts, croquet, hoops-with-sticks, and more. Advance reservations and prepayment are required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. • 128 Rte. 416, Campbell Hall. 845-615-3833 or

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