Acrobat class, pet circus top kids' weekend events in the Hudson Valley
Looking for local children’s events this weekend? Kids can unlock their creativity in an art studio or a writing workshop; test their skills in a spelling bee; tumble and flip in an acrobatics class; satisfy a sweet tooth at a maple sugar festival; or see rescued animals perform in a pet circus. Find the details here.
Saturday: Grand opening of The Whole Child in Croton-on-Hudson
At this grand opening event, kids ages 6-13 can try out one-hour creative workshops for free. Students might design their own Mad Libs, practice storytelling through art or music, engage in partnered scene writing or use improvisation for writing inspiration. This new creative writing-based enrichment program is designed to encourage exploration and self-expression through a variety of kid-friendly media and activities, such as painting, music, nature studies, cooking, gardening and, of course, writing.
When: 10 a.m. for ages 6-7; 11 a.m. for ages 8-9; noon for ages 10-11; 1 p.m. for ages 12-13 on Saturday, March 2
Info: The Ajna Wellness Center, 18 Old Post Rd., Croton-on-Hudson; 917-715-7592; www.thewholechildny.com; free
Saturday: Spelling bee in White Plains
Little spellers are invited to get their game faces on for the Straight A’s “Super Spectacular Spelling Bee.” The event will kick off with a Mad Libs story for some fun and friendly wordplay before the spelling challenge begins. The bee is open to everyone in kindergarten-grade 6. Words will be chosen according to the child’s grade level; those who spell all the words correctly at their own level can choose to try words at the next grade level for an extra challenge. All participants will receive prizes for their efforts, and a free craft activity will follow.
When: Noon Saturday, March 2
Info: Straight A’s, 180 E. Post Rd., White Plains; 914-437-8922; straightaseducational.com; free
Saturday: Maple sugar festival in Cornwall
Bundle up for some sweet, sticky fun at an outdoor celebration of maple-sugaring season. Children can play games, create craft projects and listen to Native American stories by the campfire. Tours of the museum’s sugar bush will start every 30 minutes and last about an hour. Sample some seasonal sweets for sale at the gift shop – and take home some recipes to make your own. Boots are strongly recommended.
When: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Info: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall; 845-534-5506; hhnaturemuseum.org; $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-11; members pay $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11
Saturday: Acrobat class in Valley Cottage
Turn your kids’ exercise routines upside down in a fun alternative to ordinary fitness classes. Thanks to a bouncy surface, a safety harness and a creative coach, kids (and adults) can learn cool skills and tricks such as jumps and flips during a 45-minute acrobat class. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to put away coats and shoes and to sign the waiver (available online).
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2
Info: Bounce! Trampoline Sports, 612 Corporate Way, Valley Cottage; 845-268-4000; bounceonit.com; $14; check the website for discounts
Sunday: Pet circus in Tarrytown
Assorted animals with startling skills will ham it up for the crowd, performing everything from stunts to sketch comedy, during a European-style circus. The four-legged cast includes 10 dogs and 15 cats – yes, cooperative cats -- that were rescued from shelters and taught to show off their talents by award-winning circus performer and animal trainer Gregory Popovich. Clowns, jugglers and acrobats will also amaze and amuse at this family-friendly show.
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3
Info: Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown; 1-877-840-0457; www.tarrytownmusichall.org; $25-$35