I am so excited about spring break this year and the fact that it will actually (hopefully) feel like spring by then.   If your family is planning a staycation like we are,  here are 10 local activities to keep your kids busy…

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1.  The parks are open! We haven’t been to a park since a blustery day sometime in November.  Get your friends together and meet up for a play date at the park.  We really love Sally’s Dream at Orange County Park.

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2. The Outdoor Discovery Center in Cornwall will open mid April.   Enjoy a family friendly hike and play time at Grasshopper Grove!

3. Have to work?  The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will be providing day camp where kids will be hiking, crafting, and playing.

4. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will be open and will have special spring break events (TBA) all week.

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5. Last spring I took my girls, ages 1 & 4 for a hike and picnic at Croton Gorge Park, and they loved it.  You can read about our experience here.

6. The Bear Mountain Zoo is open and all the animals should be waking from their long winter’s nap.

7. In addition to a trip to the museum, Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center will be hosting an Arts Exploration Workshop for kids k-6 grade, Monday through Friday, 9-4.  The cost is $150 for the week, but they are offering needs based scholarships as well as a sliding fee scale and possibly transportation for those in need.

8.  Want to spend a few nights away with the kids but don’t want to travel far?  Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland is a family friendly adventure, and they have midweek and spring break packages available.

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9. Grab your bikes and your strollers and hop on one of the Hudson Valley’s rail trails.

10. Walkway Over the Hudson– Spring is the perfect time to embark on this adventure.  It’s not too hot or too cold, and the kids will love being up so high and the fact that it used to be a train track really impressed my kids.

Bonus: At the risk of sounding annoying and repetitive,  I will say it one more time: don’t forget your local library.  Borrow books and movies, play in their children’s section, or pick up free passes to area attractions.  Most have special events going on during the break as well.

If you have any tips on area attractions for spring break, please let us know!  Happy Spring!

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