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Hudson Valley Balloon Festival 2017: Best Places to See the Show with Kids

What kid doesn't love a balloon, especially a entire sky filled with huge, colorful, hot-air balloons? Every year, families flock to the annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival, which includes synchronized launches from sites across the area. Even if you don't live in the Hudson Valley, this experience is worth a day trip—spectators come from all over the tri-state area!

As with last year, the 2017 Balloon Festival will be held at Barton Orchards in Poughquag as part of a weekend-long festival. Read on for details about this annual favorite, and be sure to check out our Summer Activity Guide for more fun all season long.

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Water Fun for Westchester Kids: Pools, Splash Pads and Lazy Rivers

Summer is heating up, which probably means you're looking for ways to cool down. If you're searching for more than just a backyard sprinkler, check out one of Westchester's stunning community parks. Many local parks and playgrounds have elaborate water features that rival the best amusement parks around. From lazy rivers to splash pads and wave pools, the county parks system is a water lover's paradise—and all wonderfully close to home!

Read on for the scoop on this summer's must-visit locales, including everything you need to know about Westchester County's park pass and how to get one. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Day Trip to Saugerties: Lighthouse Picnic, Mini Golf & More

Looking for a day adventure that will be great fun for the entire family? How about exploring a lighthouse and then continuing on to have some fun at mini golf! A day trip to Saugerties, NY, has something for everyone. With fresh air, fishing, exploring and then some family-friendly game time, it is sure to be a day full of memories and laughter.

Saugerties is about an hour and a half from central Westchester. I have visited several times with my family and there are always new things to explore every time we go! Read on for what to do and where to go in this charming town.

Interactive Exploration at Westchester Nature Centers

We've told you about great places to go hiking with kids and where to find authentic farms in Westchester. Well, if you find yourself looking for even more ways to commune with nature, head to one of the many nature centers located throughout Westchester County. These centers allow children (and adults) to learn about their natural environment, explore undisturbed habitats and encounter wildlife up close, often in a smaller and less zany environment than, say, a big, crowded zoo.

Westchester County offers fantastic nature centers full of exploration opportunities, scenic trails and landscapes, interactive fun and even a playground or two. Learn about honeybees, visit a dragonfly pond, get up close and personal with resident animals, check out historic artifacts and more. Read on for our top picks for nature centers in Westchester.

7 Great Hikes with Kids in Westchester and Hudson Valley

Are the kids getting restless? Do you need some outdoor activity that will get them away from the TV, expending energy and enjoying the great outdoors? Have you thought about taking a hike? Not a hike away from the kids...a hike with the kids! Westchester County offers great trails that will get you out there together, enjoying nature and taking in the sights and sounds.

The Westchester County Parks system has an amazing array of hiking opportunities and trails with gorgeous views that are easy enough for tikes to keeps up while still offering plenty of fun for older kids. Hiking is a great activity that can be enjoyed in all kinds of weather. So fill your water bottle, lace up the hiking shoes and head out to the trails. Read more to find some easy hikes along lakes, fields and waterfalls and enjoy some great hiking with your family.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Kid Week at Dutchess Stadium

America's pastime is alive and well in Hudson Valley! If you're looking for a family outing that won't break the bank (like major league games can easily do), Dutchess Stadium (affectionately known as The Dutch) offers fun for the whole family. In addition to catching a game starring resident minor league team, the Hudson Valley Renegades, there are lots of other kid-friendly programs and events at The Dutch. We briefly mentioned the Hudson Valley Renegades in our post about minor leagues in the NY metro area but it's definitely worth mentioning again, especially since this week is Kid's Week, which means kids 12 & under get free admission to games this Tuesday-Thursday! Read on for more details about Dutchess Stadium, the Hudson Valley Renegades, free entry for kids this week and other events happening this season and year round.