Bill Robinson Wildlife Show Feel the gust of a bird's wings and the stroke the scales on a reptile's back as Bill Robinson brings his World of Animals to Unison in New Paltz. On October 26, certified New York State teacher Bill Robinson will expose children to the creatures of their imaginations, bringing in live hawks, owls, vultures, falcons, snakes, and lizards. Kids will learn the animals' adaptations for survival, as well as the unity between the animals and nature. (845) 255-1559; Unisonarts.org.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Workshops Get over the hump of your week with a little family fun as each could be spent learning the age-old art of the circus. Spend every Wednesday between October 3 and December 18 defying gravity and human expectations by towering on stilts, spinning on unicycles, and perfecting the feat of acrobalancing. With both introductory and advanced courses, kids can hone their improvisation and clowning capabilities, while conditioning fitness and mental growth. Through working in groups, children can learn leadership skills, build their peer mentorship abilities, and mature their confidence. Both the City of Hudson Department of Youth in Hudson and Morris Memorial in Chatham will host this interactive event. Bindlestiff.org.
18th Century Autumn Festival Take a trip back in time and experience autumn in the ways of 18th-century Americans on October 5 at the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston. From 11am to 3pm, guests can act as an apprentice and learn blacksmithing, press apples into homemade apple cider, and smoke meat in wooden barrels. Hang up your kids' dipped candles, cornhusk dolls, and dried-apple wreaths at home after they have engaged in the day's arts and crafts activities. Guests will further be transported in time as the 3rd Ulster County Militia treads the ground demonstrating camp life, while Salamgundi performs music of the period. (845) 338-2786; Nysparks.com.
11th Annual Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival Enjoy the merriment of live folk music as Friends of Forsyth Nature Center hosts the ideal fall family afternoon. The fundraising event will include crafts, games, home-baked dishes, and an opportunity to win prizes. Guests can venture into corn mazes, relax on hayrides, and delight in the many animal exhibitions featured by the event. Though small payments will be necessary for food, games, and crafts, many of the activities will be free of charge. Proceeds will help benefit the Forsyth Nature Center, an environmental habitat located in Kingston for 77 years, in their quest to repair and maintain on site buildings and animal exposures. Forsythnaturecenter.org
Children's Day at Headless Horseman Hayrides On October 12, Headless Horseman will feature Children's Day: A Tiny Taste of Terror at the highly acclaimed Headless Horseman Hayrides in Ulster Park. The park adapts its award-winning level of scare to a PG-oriented crowd, presenting a daylight hayride with gentle readings of spooky tales. Families can venture through corn mazes and haunted gardens, while enjoying country games and face painting. The Headless Horseman park will run on Halloween day and every Friday through Sunday through the month of October, with the exception of October 6. Headlesshorseman.com.