Independence Day Celebration!


Museum CLOSED during the day
Museum OPEN:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fireworks to follow

                                 

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront can’t be beat as a place to see the July 4th fireworks – and MHCM offers the best view with convenient on-site parking!

Enjoy front row viewing of the July 4th fireworks along the Hudson River, reserved on-site parking, a covered picnic area, AND fun inside the children’s Museum before the big show! Price is per car, so pack up the family and friends and come down to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront!


HURRY! Tickets are going fast and spots in our lot WILL sell out.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets online and reserve your spot, or call (845) 471-0589 during normal business hours.

ON-SITE PARKING PASSES
(Includes Museum admission for all occupants; average size parking spot, no oversized vehicles)
MEMBERS: $50 per car
NON-MEMBERS: $60 per car
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

PICNIC PASS ADD-ON: $20 per car
Reserve your spot today by calling (845) 471-0589 during normal business hours.
(Entitles you and your car load to private seating under our waterfront pavilion. Includes one table and seating for everyone arriving with you in your vehicle. Grills, alcohol, and loud music are not permitted.)

WALK-UP MUSEUM ADMISSION ONLY
$12.00 per person
MHCM Members:  FREE

Please Note the Following Rules:

Parking spot is for average sized vehicles. NO over-sized vehicles allowed.

Parking spots are assigned on a first come-first serve basis.

Grills, tailgating, alcohol or smoking, and loud music are strictly prohibited on Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum property. Violators will be asked to leave without a refund.

No refunds are given for NO SHOWS on day of event. If ticket holders do not arrive by 8:30pm, your spot may be cancelled without notice.

Support MHCM through Hudson Valley Gives!

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Our Impact Grows … Even Now

By all measures, this has been a time without parallel – one that has created extraordinary challenges for families, businesses, and organizations throughout our region and beyond.

While the pandemic is still keeping the doors to the Museum closed, we have shifted our public engagement strategies so that we can continue to support our community in this time of need through the following efforts:

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market – our weekly farmers market is now open and runs Monday afternoons from May through October to connect families with fresh, healthy food!

Mobile Pop-up Museum (NEW! Launching June 2021) – we’ve partnered with NASA to create a new museum on wheels that will bring interactive experiences in STEM and space science to communities throughout the Hudson Valley!

Outdoor Programming in the Pavilion – We are once again offering socially-distanced, hands-on educational programs in our riverfront space all summer long!

Tools for Discussing Race with Children – We created an online toolkit for just parents and educators to help guide children through exploring the complex issues of race, justice, and equality.

Why Your Support is Needed

Your gift will help ensure that we can continue to serve families and our community through this time of temporary extended closure – AND – have the funds necessary to reopen when we are able.

CLICK HERE to make a gift

 

About Hudson Valley Gives

HVGives is celebrating its 6th annual day of giving in 2021!  It was created by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) in partnership with the Mid Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for the purpose of advancing philanthropy throughout the Hudson Valley and celebrating the work of our region’s many nonprofit organizations.

 

Touchless Trick-or-Treat

– SOLD OUT –

 

If you have registered for the event and cannot make it, please let us know so that others may take your spot.  We have a full waiting list.

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Grab your little one and join us – in costume – for a one-of-a-kind Halloween trick-or treating event at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market!

We’ll have special Trick-or-Treat stations that deliver treats by parachute, zip line, toy cars and more!  Plus other fun activity stations designed to be festive while keeping you and your little ghoul or goblin safely socially-distanced.

This outdoor event is FREE and held during our last farmers market of the season.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to ensure social distancing.

Face masks are required for children and adults, and social-distancing will be enforced. Shopping is encouraged. Small treat bags provided, or you may bring your own.

Free onsite parking, with overflow parking available at the Waryas Park lower parking lot, or paid parking at the Poughkeepsie Train Station.

 

 

 

Essential Work in the Cultural Field: Food In/Security

ONLINE EVENT hosted by the Museum Association of New York

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Join Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Executive Director, Lara Litchfield-Kimber, plus Meredith Horsford, Executive Director from the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, and Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Museum Hue for a discussion of how museums are stepping in to feed their communities and help alleviate food insecurity.

This program is FREE.  Advanced registration is required.  CLICK HERE to register.
Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day before.

Closed Caption and/or ASL Interpretation will be provided upon request. Please contact MANY via email.

 

Using Books to Engage Young Children in Talk about Race & Justice

This online webinar is part of the Talking Kids & Race series hosted and facilitated by EmbraceRace.

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To raise inclusive, empathetic children who are able to think critically and compassionately about race and racial justice, the conversations have to start early.

Our guests Aija Simmons, Sara Rizik-Baer, and Savitha Moorthy describe Mirrors, Windows, and Glass Doors*, a community-focused effort from Tandem, Partners in Early Learning that uses children’s books as a departure point for expanding the capacity of families with children under 5 to engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

MHCM is pleased to invite you to join EmbraceRace for this online conversation, in which guests will pull back the curtain on the project as it gets off the ground – the factors that led to its creation, how it continues to evolve, the questions the working group is actively grappling with, and what they hope to accomplish.

Registration is FREE.  To register, CLICK HERE.

When you register, you’ll receive a link to the recording, the transcript, and relevant resources in the days following the live event.

About the Presenters

Savitha Moorthy is a fierce advocate for equity, especially in early childhood education. She is the Executive Director of Tandem, Partners in Early Learning — a job that offers her the opportunity and privilege to work with a diverse, talented team on the systemic challenges facing families with young children. Savitha’s work is shaped by her training as a teacher and researcher and by her experiences as an immigrant, woman of color, member of a multi-racial family, and the mother of a four-year-old son.

Sara Rizik-Baer believes in the power of children’s books to foster critical thinking and the life-long pursuit of knowledge. She currently serves as Director of Curriculum and Learning at Tandem, Partners in Early Learning, a Bay Area non-profit dedicated to closing the opportunity gap for young children through the power of meaningful early learning experiences. Sara’s holistic view of the urban education landscape is informed by the multiple roles she has assumed as a trainer, literacy coach, and bilingual teacher.

Aija Simmons is a passionate educator mom.  She currently serves as Program Manager in the Department of Social and Emotional Learning in the Oakland Unified School District. Drawing from her experience as an educator and instructional coach, Aija supports leaders in creating the optimal conditions for adult professional learning that can lead to transformational learning spaces for students. Central to Aija’s work is an emphasis on equity, identity, critical literacy, and social-emotional awareness.

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market – Halloween Market

Join us on Monday afternoons through October for our first ever FALL MARKET.  At our open-air Market, you’ll find an incredible selection of fresh, locally-sourced late-season produce, eggs, poultry, apples, cider, honey, sourdough bread, baked goods, goat cheese and milk, prepared foods and more!

Eat healthy.  Support our local farms.  Celebrate Community.  It’s WIN-WIN-WIN!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

 

Please note:  our Market is operating with social distancing guidelines and precautions in place.  For the safety of our staff, vendors and patrons, we request that you wear protective face coverings at all times and limit your group size to one or two people.

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market – Harvest Celebration

It’s harvest season in the Hudson Valley!

Join us on Monday afternoon at the Market for seasonal specials and an incredible selection of fresh, locally-sourced produce, eggs, poultry, apples, cider, honey, sourdough bread, baked goods, goat cheese and milk, prepared foods, and more!

Enter to win a signed copy of Toques in Black: A Celebration of Black Chefs, a cookbook featuring local celebrity Chef Brandon Walker of Poughkeepsie’s Essie’s Restaurant, as well as other Market prizes!

Eat healthy.  Support our local farms.  Celebrate Community.  It’s WIN-WIN-WIN!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

 

Please note:  our Market is operating with social distancing guidelines and precautions in place.  For the safety of our staff, vendors and patrons, we request that you wear protective face coverings at all times and limit your group size to one or two people.

Support MHCM through Hudson Valley Gives!

Your charitable contribution is especially important at this time, as it will help us put fresh, health food on the tables – and into the bellies – of our neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis.

With school closed, public transportation restricted, and many restaurants only offering limited service, COVID-19 has created a drastic reduction in the already limited access to food for many children, families, residents ,and seniors living in our local community.

As museums across the nation are shuttered in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, MHCM stands alone in the field in that one of our core programs – our public farmers market – has been deemed an “essential business.”  In response to the crisis, MHCM and its market vendors rallied to open the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market ONE MONTH EARLY so that we could connect our neighbors with fresh, healthy food during the coronavirus crisis.

A significant challenge exists, however, in that at this time the Museum – which financially supports the farmers market as part of its operational budget – remains closed and unable to generate revenue critical to supporting the Market.

Your gift during 2020 HVGives helps to ensure we can continue to operate and staff our farmers market and connect families with food – even in the face of an unknown length of closure of the Museum.

To Support Us:

On Wednesday May 20th visit the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum profile on the Hudson Valley Gives website and make your gift online using your credit card.

About Hudson Valley Gives

HVGives is celebrating its 5th annual day of giving in 2020!  It was created by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS) in partnership with the Mid Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for the purpose of advancing philanthropy throughout the Hudson Valley and celebrating the work of our region’s many nonprofit organizations.

 

Bubble Gum Science Workshop

This workshop begins with some fun experiments about our sense of taste.  We’ll learn about our taste buds and what different tastes might tell us about the foods we are eating.  Parents and kids will then get to make their own homemade bubblegum, complete with wacky flavors!  As they do, they’ll learn the science behind the different ingredients they’re adding.

Warning:  this workshop is bound to get sticky and gooey!  (But in a FUN way!)

Three sessions:  11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

COST:  $5 per child, plus museum admission

Foodology: Mock Apple Pie

Can the taste and texture of food really be trusted?  At this workshop children will experiment with the ways food scientists can trick our tongues when they make processed foods.  Then we’ll make two kinds of mini apple pies – one normal, and one “deceptive” apple pie (…from a recipe that goes all the way back to the Great Depression!)

Note:  the pies are “take and bake” style, so you will need to bake them in your own oven at home.

Three sessions:  11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

COST:  $7 per child, plus museum admission