Hudson Valley Parent

HVP June 2018

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n June 2018 H H H H H Marks the spot! Be on the lookout for huge summer giveaways from places marked with a H Go to for even more! ON OUR COVER In this issue FEATURES 7 Struggling to make last minute camp decisions? Summer camp experts answer your questions about what makes their camp unique 10 Me Time: Just for Women Make time for yourself this month. Plan a girl's night, share your story with other moms and steal a page from your kids' coloring book 14 I am a Hudson Valley Parent With a newspaper, a regional currency and an estate caretaking business, how does Chris Hewitt find time to raise two teenagers? BY BRIAN PJ CRONIN 16 Is your teen struggling with their gender identity? In honor of Pride Month, a local family shares their journey as their teen transitions BY LISA IANNUCCI 18 5 places to go in Orange County that your family will love Learn about motorcycles, meet some furry friends, treat yourself to a homemade ice cream cone and more! BY KATIE RANDALL 20 Great dads, happy kids Pictures of kids and their favorite guy…Dad! Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Renegades 22 Top spots to add to your summer bucket list Historical hot spots! Plus the best places to go for great day trips 30 Calendar Festivals and fairs to kick off a summer full of family fun This month's cover kid is Nicholas, a 4th grader at Berea Elementary School. He loves being outdoors and riding 4-wheelers with his dad. Photo by Michael Bloom HV PARENT READER FEEDBACK We asked our readers: What is your favorite outdoor place for family fun? My family loves Circleville Park! — Jovan S. Grasshopper Grove at the Hudson Highland Nature Museum is our favorite. — Nicole T. I love going to the JL Performance Horses riding center in Poughquag with my daughter. They even have a groomed, private trail system with obstacles and sensory activity stations. It's a well marked trail system, color coded (like the Candyland game!). — Leah S. My family loves packing a picnic and heading to Kingston Rotary Park. It's right by the water and a really beautiful spot. Great place for a family photo op! — Christine B. My kids and I love taking the dogs for a walk around Chadwick Lake. It's clean and fun and a great place on a beautiful day. — Caroline M. My sons love riding their bikes on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. There are spots of shade and benches along the way for us to take a break. And there are always tons of cute chipmunks running around! — Jennifer B. A day at the farm is my family's favorite way to spend outdoor time together. Every year we try to check out a new one in the area. — Teresa S.

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