Happy July 4th!  I’m going to keep it short and simple because we are celebrating with our family as we do every year and I hope you are celebrating too.  However, next week begins the lazy days of summer.  To help us stay active and about, here are 5 more free/low cost things to do this summer in the Hudson Valley.  To see the first five, click here.


6. It is July 4th so fireworks are always on the agenda.  Be sure to check out Hudson Valley Parent’s list of fireworks for a show near you this weekend.


7. Get out those bikes and hit the rail trails!



8.  No pool? No problem.  Split Rock at Mohonk, Lake Minnewaska, and the beach at Waywayanda State Park are all scenic ways to cool off this summer.




9. We have some awesome, local playgrounds that are both free and fun.  A few of our favorites are this one, this one, and this one.


10.  For those hot days, Barnes and Noble in Newburgh has a free story time on Thursdays at 1pm, Poughkeepsie’s B&N story hour is on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10.  The kids will listen to a story, participate in an activity, and can play in the children’s area.  They also have a reading rewards program: have your k-6 grader read 8 books, fill out a brief journal entry for each, and at the end your child can pick out a free book from B&N’s list.


Enjoy your weekend!