Easter Weekend is coming up soon and Spring Break is not far off – that means the kids will be home from school and looking for fun things to do. We’ve got you covered! There are plenty of family-friendly attractions here in Dutchess County this time of year, from egg hunts and farm experiences to drive-in movies and professional baseball games.
Of course, the Poughkeepsie Children’s Book Festival on April 1 at Dutchess Community College is a must for young readers, and the Saturday Morning Family Series at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is a great introduction to the theater.
Here is a list of 10 more can’t-miss Dutchess County events for kids in April. Take lots of pictures, and feel free to share them with us here. Enjoy!
April 1, 2 and 8, 10:30 a.m. at Lilymoore Alpaca Farm, Pleasant Valley
The animals are putting on their fanciest Easter bonnets -- and you should, too! Participate in a parade, take advantage of photo opportunities, and enjoy meeting and greeting the friendly animals. The entire family will love it! The parade will march around the farm, so you will see many of the other animals as well. Click here for details.
Saturday, April 1, 7:20 p.m. at Four Brothers Drive-In, Amenia
The action is already heating up at the Four Brothers Drive-In movie theater with a double feature screening of “John Wick: Chapter 4” (rated R) and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (rated PG-13). This one is better suited for teenagers because of the ratings of the two movies. This is a pre-season opening, and the theater’s Grand Shack and other amenities will not be available until later in the spring. Click here for details.
Sunday, April 2, 2-4 p.m. at McCann Ice Arena, Poughkeepsie
Lace up the skates and take to the ice for an egg hunt like no other. All ages are welcome. The hunt will held during the public skating session. Public skating sessions are open to recreational ice skaters of all ages and abilities. Call (845) 454-5800 for details. Click here to reserve tickets.
Saturday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. at Tymor Park, LaGrangeville
Grab your Easter baskets and join in the fun at scenic Tymor Park, where the Town of Union Vale Parks and Recreation Department hosts free egg hunts for everyone! Along with traditional egg hunts (one for ages 6 and younger and one for ages 7-10), there will be a visually impaired egg hunt, a sensory-friendly egg hunt and a wheelchair accessible egg hunt. Click here to complete the required registration.
Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Eastdale Village, Poughkeepsie
Bring the family to browse in the shops and boutiques of Eastdale Village and visit with the Easter Bunny for adorable photo opportunities with the kiddos. There are plenty of places to grab a tasty lunch and some sweet treats at Eastdale Village, Poughkeepsie’s newest live/work/play community. Click here to learn more.
Sunday, April 16, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum, Poughkeepsie
The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum has so many wonderful exhibitions and activities for children, and on the third Sunday of every month, they stay open late, free of charge! Adult supervision is required at all times. Intended for kids 12 and younger. For a list of all the exciting events coming up at the MHDM, click here.
Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Overlook Park, LaGrange
No New York State fishing license is required to participate in this free event. Bait and some fishing rods will be available, and there will be plenty of hot dogs and soda. Spots are limited, so call (914) 755-9667 or (914) 474-7740 to reserve yours. This event is presented by the Federation of Dutchess County Fish and Game Clubs, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Sundays, 1 p.m. at Clover Brooke Farm, Hyde Park
Enjoy the fresh air as you hike through scenic trails and green pastures at a slow, donkey’s pace alongside a “faithful steed.” You’ll begin with a brief tour of the farm so you can meet the other animals, including sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas. Fun for kids and adults alike! For details, click here.
Select dates, April through September at Heritage Financial Park, Wappingers Falls
What could be better than a warm, sunny day at the ballpark? The Hudson Valley Renegades -- the High-A minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees – open the season with a nine-game homestand from April 7-16 at Heritage Financial Park, formerly Dutchess Stadium. See tomorrow’s Major League Baseball stars today! Since the team’s inception in 1994, more than 100 Renegades players have reached the major leagues, including the Yankees’ new starting shortstop, Anthony Volpe, who was a Renegade in 2021. The Renegades play 66 home games in the South Atlantic League, and every game has its own promotional there; Field of Dragons Night, for instance, is April 12. The action never stops at “The Dutch,” with plenty of in-game activities and entertainment. Stick around for fireworks following night games on Fridays and Saturdays. To see the schedule of games and nightly promotions, click here.
April 28, 29 and 30 at the MJN Convention Center, Poughkeepsie
Royal Hanneford Circus presents an action-packed performance full of laughs and excitement. Producers Adrian Poema and Nellie Hanneford Poema, along with their four talented children, have created a fresh, wholesome family show appropriate for all ages. Acts include Grumpy’s Pork Chop Revue (direct from "America’s Got Talent"), motorcycle thrill riders in the Globe of Death, lots of twisting, twirling daredevil antics, the Star-Spangled Finale and more! To purchase tickets, click here.
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