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HVP May 2015

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Page 21 of 45 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 21 Tour a working farm Show your child how foods make it to grocery store shelves by touring a local farm or dairy. Many local farms offer tours by appoint- ment and schedule themed events. You can find lists of local working farms on regional tourism sites like,,, and Chase reies Fireflies like grassy, humid areas near ponds and lakes, as well as treed areas and fields, away from urban lights. To attract fireflies to your garden or yard try turning off your home's exterior lights. If you capture any fireflies, put them in a ventilated jar with a wet paper towel to keep the jar humid and allow the fireflies to breathe. To learn more about fireflies, visit Birdwatch Learning about birds local to the area helps children appreciate and build interest in their natural surroundings. Hudson Highlands State Park along Route 9D in Dutchess County, the D&H Heritage Corridor in Rond- out Valley, and Black Creek Pre- serve in Esopus are just a few of the kid-friendly parks offering Audubon attractions for families. Plan hometown eld trips New experiences help kids learn, grow and feel a connection to their community. Check out the multitude of museums and explore historical landmarks. Visit for a list of our favorite local day trips. Christa Melnyk Hines is a freelance writer and mother. SPARK Your Child's Creativity In Summer Media Arts Camps 845.485.4480 REGISTER TODAY! Find a Camp Near YOU! 1 & 2 week programs for ages 7 & up animations, movies, music videos & more! JUMP INTO A SADDLE THIS SUMMER Riders of All Levels Welcome! Summer Camp Runs 6/29-8/28 M-F (9-5) Extended Hours Available • Tailored Riding Lessons • Hands-on Demonstrations • Grooming & Tacking • Mini Horse Shows Meadow Creek Farm Horsemanship Academy 321 Skidmore Rd., Pleasant Valley 845-363-6000 Buy 3 Weeks, Get the 4th 1/2 OFF Newburgh Free Library Registration begins June 15. Programs run July 6 - Aug. 7 124 Grand St. Newburgh, NY 12550 845-563-3600 Youth Services 845-563-3616 2015 Summer Reading Programs for Preschoolers, School Kids & Teens Town Branch- Newburgh Mall 845-566-0460 Story Times - Crafts - Special Events FREE TEEN

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