Kids’ Almanac (5/31-6/7)

“I know well that
the June rains just fall.”
– Onitsura


Breakfast Trout Run via Rail Explorers

Curious to ride the rails? No, not to New York City or across the country; I’m talking right in Phoenicia with Rail Explorers: passenger-driven rail cars on the train tracks! On Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 to 9 a.m., join the Catskill Rail Explorers for a Breakfast Trout Run. Departure from the Phoenicia Depot takes place at 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast above Esopus Creek at 7:30 a.m. Then, enjoy your ride back to the Depot on an electric-assist Rail Explorer! What a blast!

The Phoenicia Depot is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia. For more information or to register, call (877) 833-8588 or visit



Summer Fun Film/Performance Series for Families begins at Rosendale Theatre

And…action! That’s what’s happening this summer at the Rosendale Theatre’s 2018 Summer Fun Film and Performance Series for Families. Head over to the Theatre beginning June 1 so the kids can get their Fan Club card. The more shows attended, the more credits earned. With three live shows and three special movies, you are going to want to put Rosendale at the top of your events list.

Mark your calendars with live acts Aesop Bops on Saturday, June 23; the Vanaver Caravan on Saturday, July 28; and Truth on Saturday, August 11. The featured movies are The Breadwinner on Saturday, June 30; Te Ata on Saturday, July 7; and the New York Children’s International Film Festival on Saturday, July 14, with a morning set for ages 3 to 7 years and an afternoon showing for ages 8 and up.

The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. For more information, call (845) 658-8989 or visit


Family fun for Bethel Woods’ 10th anniversary

Happy tenth birthday to Bethel Woods, but they’re giving us the gift! This Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., be a part of the Museum’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration & Open House. This family fun day includes tours, hands-on art projects, games and live music. Sullivan County residents are admitted free into the museum, and others are given a special discount in honor of the anniversary. Located on the site of the original 1969 Woodstock music festival, this is a memory your family will treasure, and you’ll keep coming back for shows all year.

Bethel Woods is located at 200 Hurd Road in Bethel. For more information, call (866) 781-2922 or visit

Children’s Earth & Water Festival at Thomas Bull Park

“Earth, water, fire and wind. Where there is energy there is life.” writes Suzy Kassem. You and your family are in for a treat this weekend: Get thee to the 11th annual Children’s Earth and Water Festival taking place this Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. And so much free: free admission, free parking, demos, environmental education, free activities and games for children. I suggest that you make it to the 1 p.m. performance of Arm-of-the-Sea’s City that Drinks the Mountain Sky: Part 2. Ensure that your kids get their event “passport” stamped a few times, and they can choose a small prize! Stay for an hour or all day; young and old will have a terrific time at the festival.

Thomas Bull Memorial Park’s Day Camp Site is located at 93 Grove Street in Montgomery. For more information about the festival, vending or volunteering, visit or


Pride March & Festival in New Paltz

Does “Love Makes a Family” resonate with you? This Sunday, June 3, dress in your rainbow best and join the Hudson Valley Pride March and Festival in New Paltz! The parade takes place at 1 p.m. down Main Street, and ends with fun, music and live entertainment at Hasbrouck Park, along Hasbrouck Avenue. Whether you’re interested in marching, volunteering, sponsoring, donating or vending, you can get the forms and details you need at, including a schedule of Pride events all month long!

Kingston Multicultural Festival

Leave your passports at home and experience the world right in your backyard! Experience the richness of Kingston’s long and diverse heritage at the Kingston Multicultural Festival: A Celebration of Community this Sunday, June 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at T. R. Gallo Park. Enjoy an afternoon with the family listening to world music, viewing international dance, trying a variety of ethnic food and participating in children’s activities throughout the day. Admission is free.

T. R. Gallo Park is located along the West Strand in the Rondout District in Kingston. If it rains, head over to the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center at 467 Broadway in Midtown Kingston. For more information, call (845) 338-8131 or visit, or

Gardening for kids

Q: What kind of flowers do you give to King Tut?

A: Chrysanthemummies.

Calling all budding horticulturists, landscapers and growers! Do you dig gardening? Here are two opportunities for kids to have the thyme of their lives cultivating their green thumbs:

• Sunday, June 3, 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 5 to 10 plant cuttings, plant seeds and design bouquets. Free; registration required. Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street, Hudson, (518) 828-1792, extension 101,

• Thursday, June 7, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ages 5 and up learn about garden design and help plant a variety of perennials and annuals in the library garden. Free; registration required. Kingston Library, 55 Franklin Street, Kingston, (845) 331-0507, extension 7,,

Erica Chase-Salerno needs a bunch of garden tags that read “Plantus Unknownus.” She can be reached at