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HVP August 2018

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28 Hudson Valley Parent n August 2018 Stick to Local Farms map. Simply pick up a fold out map at a partici- pating farmer's market and plan out a route. You can also download a map at Gloria Darmanin of Saugerties completed the adventure with her three young sons, "The reward of filling it in is a bonus compared to the fun and memories you make along the way!" she says about the experience. Your family will receive a sticker for each stand they visit and collect a prize for each group of stickers they collect. Tried and true traditions For some it just doesn't feel like summer until they race down a gigantic slide on a burlap sack, ride a merry-go-round, pet a farm animal and wash down a funnel cake with a freshly made milkshake. Noel McKenna of Newburgh takes her young son Steven to the fair each year, "The Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck is always on our summer family fun list because of the great rides, food, animals and entertainment. We By ROXANNE FERBER A s the new school year approaches, you may feel like you are rushing to check off left over items on your bucket list while quickly filling your back-to-school shopping cart. If it seems the summer has flown by (again), don't worry, there is still enough time to enjoy with the kiddos before the turn of the calendar. The Hudson Valley regularly has an abundance of activities to choose from, but the summer season brings every corner to life. There are plenty of ways to wind-down the summer. Plan a day trip Maybe you have already scoped out all of the fun things to do in your hometown, but what about hopping a town or two over? There are new Main Streets waiting to be discovered, food to try and sights to see. Find great places to act like a tourist at Just type in your zip code, or the zip code you are interested in visiting and pull up a list of go-to, tried and true places to explore. Visit a water park like Splashdown Beach or Zoom Flume for a chance to cool off. Pack a lunch or buy lunch there and spend the whole day splashing around. Everyone will wear themselves out running through the sprinklers and slipping down the slides. Stay local Take the kids along on a hyper local adventure by following the always have a blast," she says. Show some local pride at a Renegades baseball game and enjoy an evening cheering on your favorite players. Goretti Benca of Poughkeepsie has several summer traditions with her kids. Besides local water parks and historical mansions she says, "Every summer we go to at least one Renegades game." A fun night out at the old ball game singing along as a family and dancing in the stands is a great way to wind-down a summer evening. Each summer, Hudson Valley Parent partners with the Hudson Valley Renegades to provide families with awesome tickets and even skyboxes. Check out for opportunities to win. Try something new Try the newest craze hitting the Hudson Valley and explore the railways by pedal car. Reserve a rail car in advance to enjoy an eight mile round trip along the Esopus creek. Bring along a picnic to enjoy at the turnaround before heading back. Bring your fur baby along as this is hailed as pet and family friendly. 5 things to do before summer ends Have you crossed off everything from your summer bucket list? A local farm is a great place for family fun! Follow the Stick to Local Farms map for an unforgettable adventure. Check out the contest page on for your chance to see the Hudson Valley Renegades.

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