I am not quite sure what happened to May, it certainly seemed to disappear before our eyes. As I looked ahead to June I quickly started filling up our days with the typical end of the year busy-ness, PreK graduation, school picnics, birthday celebrations, teacher gifts and the list goes on. Then I started working on the Hudson Valley Parent calendar and the rest of our June days were filled in with local day trips, festivals, carnivals, fireworks, berry picking and more. As busy as this time of the year can get I love it. I love making those precious memories with my boys and even if we only make it to half the things on my list this month it will truly be about those special moment we share together during these fleeting childhood years.
So I have rounded up to share with you this week 10 of the must- dos on my June bucket list, so you too can start making summer memories with your crew. (Don’t forget, if you make it to any of the events on our list or HVParent calendar share a photo with us on our Facebook Page! We love to see Hudson Valley Parents having fun around town!)
1. Enjoy a free festival like the Annual Children’s Earth and Water Festival.
2. Take a trip to the theater. The New York Academy of Ballet is performing a Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty. You can also see Shrek the Musical at the Forestburgh Playhouse or Monster Intelligence at Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center.
3. Explore the big rigs at the New Paltz Rotary Club’s Touch a Truck event on June 7th!
4. Complete challenges with Wilson, Brewster and the gang of Chugginton aboard the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Young trainees can also participate in activities, enjoy face painting, music, tattoos, food and a Chuggington Train Ride!
5. Go strawberry picking or enjoy all the best strawberry treats at the Beacon Strawberry Festival! If you haven’t already, check out the super adorable readers’ picking berries in our Top UPICK farm list!
6. New York sure does have some amazing pizza and the Hudson Valley is no exception! You be the judge of the best slice while listening to live music, games, raffles and fun for the whole family at Hudson Valley Pizza Fest on June 14th. Kids under 12 are free!
7. Visit the Car Show at Bear Mountain. Pack a picnic, it is a beautiful spot to sit by the lake, walk across the street to the trailside zoo, hike the mountain or take the paddle boats out to the lake. If warm enough, there are quite a few local family- friendly swimming holes to cool off in. (List coming soon!)
9. Learn all about local resources, businesses and more while the kids play, create and have fun. The best part of Hudson Valley Family Fest is that each business vendor will have something for the kids to do! (Rescheduled from May 31st)
10. Attend a summer kick off event such as the kick- off party at the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum on June 26th! It’s all about having a healthy summer with snacks, crafts, activities, demos, music and lots of fun for the whole family.
11. Take a ride on the ferris wheel (or other awesome rides) at the carnival! June 17th is the start date of the Amenia Fire Co. Carnival and staring on June 25th in Warwick. Plus each have awesome firework displays, or you can see fireworks on June 22nd after the Renegades Opening Game, at Bear Mountain on June 26th or at the Stars and Stripes Celebration in Middletown on June 27th.
12. Listen to live music under the stars! Many towns begin their outdoor summer concerts this month. Check our calendar or your local town site to find this free family concert closest to you!
13. Is there a town near you hosting a community day or block party? These events are usually free and so much fun! Poughkidsie is celebrating their first birthday on June 14th with a block party, Also the Greenwood Lake Street Fair on June 13, Community Celebration in Kingston on June 18th, Pleasant Valley Community Day on June 20 and the Union Vale Community Day on the 6th. One last one, not technically a community day event, but can’t resist not posting about, The Rosendale Farmer’s Market is hosting a Mermaid Parade and festival on June 28th.
In addition to all these fun events, visit and bookmark Hudson Valley Parent’s complete Summer Fun Guide! All the best in ice cream spots, drive- ins, camps, festivals and fairs… plus, tips, tricks and more summer fun!
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