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HVP June 2016

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n June 2016 ON OUR COVER In this issue COLUMNS FEATURES 6 Editor's Journal: Have horse, will travel BY FELICIA HODGES 38 Calendar: Great places to go and things to do 46 Marketplace: Hudson Valley products and services HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK What tips do you have for managing long car rides with kids? A portable TV is key!!! — Danielle Bloom Videos! We make a two-day drive a few times a year and while we bring little toys for the kids to play with, the TV is on constantly. Some- times we put on home movies, some- times TV shows, sometimes movies. — Amy Aufdenberg Cracraft Kindles and snacks! — Jocelyn Koch Any drive over 8 hours needs an overnight stay - preferably with a pool. Pack just an overnight bag so you don't have to unload everything. — Rene Brown Barefoot Books audiobooks. — Elisabeth Strand This year we are going to make envelopes with a kid friendly map of where we are going and pictures of things we are doing that day. Each morning she can open up the enve - lope and see what is coming up. — Stephanie Schif ini Volkland The key is to plan ahead and have different activities to pull out along the way. We like bingo, cookie tray magnet boards, new books - and of course the iPad loaded with games and videos. Most important take a kickball and Frisbee and stop often at rest stops so the littles can burn off energy. — Jill Matera Parisella 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Nancy Gilmer: Tales of a traveling mom BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 10 2016 Cover Kid Contest Finalists Vote for your favorites today 12 Hidden treasures: Family fun spots Unique Hudson Valley gems for you to enjoy BY LISA IANNUCCI 19 The parks have it!: Outdoor Hudson Valley adventures Lesser-known parks with cool camping, hiking, and f ishing spots to explore BY STACEY LUTZ 24 Hudson Valley Parent's 2016 Travel Guide The best events and places to go in the Hudson Valley and Capital District 36 Contest Photos Just in time for Father's Day, check out our dads and their little ones 45 Quirky family day trips Of f-the-beaten-path places to visit with the young'uns BY BRITTANY L. MORGAN This month's cover kid is 7-year-old Emron from the Town of Newburgh, a second-grader whose favorite subjects are math and gym. He enjoys soccer, basketball, swimming, and playing video games. Photo by Michael Bloom

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