Aug. 5: Games for the Mind With psychological techniques, a sharp eye and a quick wit, illusionist Marc Salem engages you in mesmerizing mind games. 8 p.m., free with admission.  Aug. 19: Gardening for Kids Childcare Development Associate Francene Pimenta gives children respect for the natural world through gardening. 2 p.m., free with admission. • Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, 914.963.4550;

Aug. 12: Mr. Pennygraff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle Keith Bindlestiff takes you on an entertaining circus tour from the Sideshow to the Big Top presenting amazing stunts and feats such as spinning tops, plates, ropes, and even machetes. Aug. 19–20: James and the Giant Peach Jr. with Kids on Stage A musical adventure performed on stage about a young boy sent to live with his conniving aunts who discover a giant peach, which James rides across the ocean. Both shows 11 a.m., $7. • Center for the Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, 845.876.3080; 

Aug. 12–13:  Butterfly Weekend Flutter in this weekend to discover the beauty of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars. Illustrated presentation about common local butterflies, guided field butterfly walk, butterfly tent, crafts for kids, and admission to Grasshopper Grove included. 10–2 p.m., Museum Members: $6 Adults, $4 Children, Not-Yet-Members: $8 Adults, $6 Children. • Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, 845.534.5506;

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