Kid's Korner

School’s out this month, and we’ve got even more reasons for kids to love June. Learn about ladybug lore, watch an enchanting musical, and step back in time for some old-fashioned fun.

A Slipper Saves the Day

June 4-20: Cinderella The magical story of Cinderella has been transformed through numerous cultures and decades, but Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical love story from the 1950s still enchants the hearts of the young and old. In this classic story, a young woman’s dreams of marrying a prince are scoffed at by her evil stepsisters, but end up coming true with the help of some magical friends. Throughout the month, the tale is retold onstage at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, and features the unforgettable tunes “My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible: It’s Possible.” Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $22, $20 seniors & children. • 661 Rte. 308, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080 or

Little Girl, Big Heart

June 5-6: Annie Leapin’ lizards! This popular comic strip-turned-musical tells the heartwarming tale of Little Orphan Annie and her adventures living in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan. She makes new friends along the way, helps to put a stop to Miss Hannigan’s shenanigans, and even finds a loving family to live with at billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks’ home. The production is brought to life on the Ulster Performing Arts Center stage by the New York Conservatory for the Arts of Hurley. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $21, $18 seniors & students. • 601 Broadway, Kingston. 845-339-6088 or

Get Crafty

June 12-13: Hands-on Heritage Crafts For some kids, the phrase “back in the old days” refers to cassette tapes, VCRs, and telephones with cords. But Van Cortlandt Manor wants to bring you back even further in time. At this fun, interactive crafting event, visitors of all ages have the opportunity to take part in creating some historic handiwork. You’ll make your own candles, try your hand at operating a blacksmith’s bellows, and participate in all types of spinning, weaving, quilting, cooking, churning, and other activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 children 5-17, free under 5. • 525 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-8981 or

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Luck be a Lady

June 19: LadyBugs Have you ever wondered how ladybugs got their reputation for being lucky? Or why they have all those spots? Visit the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum to learn all about these speckled cuties. In addition to discovering the exciting facts about and history of this insect’s life, you’ll get to take home a fun ladybug craft of your own. 10 a.m. $5. • Outdoor Discovery Center. 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall. 845-534-5506, ext. 204 or

Lions and Tigers and Bears

June 20: Circus, Circus The beauty of art is that it’s open to interpretation; this guided tour through Storm King Art Center aims to help young participants envision the grounds’ sculptures as various circus animals and acts. Do you see a flying trapeze? Or how about a giant elephant? After the tour, create your own mini-circus using mixed media in a workshop given by tour guide and artist Browning Kay. 2-4 p.m. Free with the price of admission ($12, $10 seniors, $8 students & children five and up). • Old Pleasant Hill Rd., Mountainville. 845-534-3115 or

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