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But What Does it Mean? If you've been driving past the signs on I-87 for Zoom Flume Waterpark, wondering, among other things, when, oh when, you could pack up the kids, and click that giant "refresh" button, your time has come! For the little ones, under three feet, there's the Riptide Cove Wave Pool for bobbing about. And for the more vertically robust, you can take your pick among rides like the Thrill Hill, the Canyon Plunge, and, for the truly fearless, the Black Vortex. Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets for those eight and over, $26.99 per person; seven and under, 19.99, and babes under two are free. East Durham.

What's a Saturday without Orphans and Emotional Eating? Don't think too much about why kids (especially girls) love stories about orphans, and just indulge in a Saturday morning performance of "The Secret Garden." Presented by the Center of Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, this production is put together by the Hampstead Stage Company. July 20, 11 am. Tickets are $7 for kids, and $9 for adults. On your way out of town, drop in to the Matchbox Café;, home of atmospheric (and appropriately raised) burgers, fried chicken, fries, old-fashioned soda bottles, picnic table—the works. Rhinebeck.

Chalk it Up to living in the Hudson Valley Last year's 4,000-person Chalk Festival in New Paltz was such a smash hit that it's back. Visit and view chalk art like you have never seen before from the country's most celebrated artists in this medium. And what would be a festival without local bands, face painting, and raffles? July 12-14. Water Street Market, New Paltz.

The Only Thing Better than Finding a Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza: Making It Yourself! Tonya and Michael Kefer are determined to "change the way Americans eat pizza, one pizza at a time." That's quite a mission, but it looks like they are on the right track, serving up organic, hormone-free, locally sourced pizzas with names like "Barn Classic" (Applegate Farms pepperoni, local mushrooms, and artichoke hears), "The Moveable Beast" (a classic ground beef pie with grass-fed, local meat), and "Joan's Gluten Free." And better yet, kids can make their own for $6.99. The only thing wrong with this picture is that the Pizza Barn is only open on weekends. So plan ahead! Accord.

What do The Sandlot, Casablanca, Indiana Jones, and The Lion King All Have in Common? Kingston Parks Movie Night! Medium-town living doesn't get any better than this. Great, classic movies shown in different Kingston parks on an inflatable screen, free popcorn and bottled water, and the old-timey Jitney Trolley will pick you up and deliver you and yours from various Kingston locations. Bring a picnic and have yourself a ball. And in the case of rain, the dates will be rescheduled. July dates are: 7/5: The Sandlot; 7/13: Casablanca; 7/19: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; 7/26: The Lion King.

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