Beacon is filled with opportunities for kids and families to attend a variety of classes, from Mommy and Me, to drop-off art classes, to various Vacation Camps. This Kids Classes Guide has been developed with Beacon families in mind; it's for people who attend classes in town as well as anyone who drives to neighboring areas for popular programs. We highlight Guide Updates on the blog in different articles and keep this list updated throughout the year. To be connected with A Little Beacon Blog on all updates, be sure you are subscribed to our free newsletter!

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Last updated: 9/20/2017


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After-School Program
The City of Beacon Recreation Department
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This program offers more than just child care; the program offers exposure to many different activities. Some activities may be familiar, while some might be new to you and your child. It is our goal to provide a safe and fun recreational experience to all participating children while providing opportunity for enrichment. Each day, the children are dismissed from their classroom to the gymnasium, where they have about 30 minutes of free play followed by a snack. Children select their activities each day. From 4 to 4:50 is the first activity period, followed by a second 50-minute activity period. Scheduled activities are complete by 5:45. Parents are welcome to pick their child up any time prior to 6 pm.
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RECURRING THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS
This at-a-glance section highlights events from the listings below that happen on the same day each week. Keep reading for more details about these classes, provided in their official listing below in the appropriate category.

Saturdays

TUESDAYS

  • Kids in Motion 
    All Sport
    9:15- 10:15am

THURSDAYS

  • Baby Play Time
    Waddle 'N Swaddle
    1 -2:30pm
  • Lego Tech Club 
    Howland Public Library
    3:30-5pm

 

Mondays

  • Block Party from Wee Play Community Project
    Beacon Rec Center
    9:30-11 am
  • Spanish Story Time
    Howland Public Library
    9:45am
  • Free Play from Wee Play Community Project
    Howland Public Library
    Ages: 0-4
    9:45-11:30am
    October 2016 - April 2017
  • Bhakti Beans Yoga Drop-off Class + Ma Class (2 years+)

WEDNESDAYS

Fridays


Special Holiday School's Out Classes - One Time Only

ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY

Holiday Vacation Camp
Ages: 5-12
Day: Click for dates Fall 2017 to Spring 2018
Time: 8am-5pm
When school is out, keep your kids active. A fun place to be while parents are working or just working out.
Pre-registration $55/day (members), $65/day (non-members)
Day of registration $60 (members, $70 (non-members)


Open House

Hudson Hills Montessori - Beacon Campus
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Hudson Hills Montessori, 12 Hanna Lane, Beacon, NY
SMALL CLASS SIZES / INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION / TODDLER — 8TH / ALTERNATIVE TO THE COMMON CORE
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Art & Craft Classes for Kids

ATELIER ROOM 205 
20 Kent St. - Room 205
Beacon, NY

Parent & Child Portrait Class
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BEACON ART ADVENTURES
Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St., Beacon, NY
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Clay Creations
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: Tuesdays, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10

Out of This World Art
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: Wednesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2017

Fabulous Fabric
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: Thursdays, September 14, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 2017

Fall Into Art
Days
: Tuesdays, October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28, 2017

Clay for Older Kids
Days: Wednesdays, October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 2017

Printmaking Studio
Days:  Thursdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, 2017

BEACON ART STUDIOS - 211 Fishkill Ave., Beacon, NY
Fiber Arts and Sewing
Ages: 7 to 10

Tween Sewing
Ages: 10 to 13

Teen Sewing
Ages: 13 and up

BEACON CRAFT WORKSHOP - At Illana's home in Beacon

Clay Harvest
Ages: 5-10
Days: Wednesdays, September 27-October 18, 2017
Time:4:15-5:45pm

Welcoming Winter
Ages: 5-10
Days: Wednesdays, October 25-November 15, 2017
Time: 4:15-5:45pm

Portrait Play Intensive
Ages: 5-10
Days: Wednesdays, November 29-December 6, 2017
Time: 4:15-5:45pm

COMPASS ARTS - 395 Main St., Beacon, NY
Drop-ins are welcome even after a class has already begun!

Studio Art: Foundational Skills
Taught by Kathy Moss
Ages: Grade 3-5
Days: Mondays, September 25 to December 4 (no class 11/9)
Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Studio Art: Drawing into Painting
Taught by Kathy Moss
Ages: Grades 6-12
Days: Mondays, September 25 to December 4, 2017 (no class 11/9)
Time6pm-8pm

Beginning Metal Fabrication for 5th-8th grade
Taught by Kit Burke-Smith
Days: Wednesdays, September 27 to December 6 2017 (no class 11/22)
Time: 5pm-6:15pm

Cartooning I for K-2nd grade
Taught by Ed Murr
Days: Thursdays, September 28 to December 7, 2017
Time: 4pm-4:45pm

Cartooning II for 3rd-5th grade
Taught by Ed Murr
Days: Thursdays, September 28-December 7, 2017 (no class11/23)
Time: 5pm-6:15pm

HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St., Beacon, NY

Rigamajig Creative Building
Day: Fridays, August 11, 18, & 25, 2017
Time: TBA
In collaboration with Gina Samarge from Compass Arts, children are invited to participate in creative building with Rigamajig, a large building kit designed for hands-on free play and learning. Rigamajig consists of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts & bolts, and rope. What can you invent? Space is limited so please register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions by contacting Ginny at youth@beaconlibrary.org or 831-1134, x.103.

Zine Meetup @ Z!ne Club
Ages: 10 to 14
Days: Check back in Fall 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Zine Club is open to middle school and high school students. Collaborate with other Beacon area teens to publish a zine for teens, by teens. The Zine Club will meet monthly to work on individual and collaborative zines. Members will participate in every step of the process from creation and editing to printing and distribution. Meeting topics will include new art and book making techniques as well as the occasional guest artist. The zines created by the group will become part of the collection of the library. There will also be opportunities to trade zines with other library zine clubs in the area and across the country. All supplies are provided; no experience is necessary.

Saturday Morning Makers
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 11am-12pm
Learn how to carve your own custom rubber stamps. No experience needed, all supplies provided. This program is open to students 11 and up.. All supplies provided, no experience needed. Saturday Makers is open to students ages 10 and up. Registration is required as supplies are limited. To register in advance, stop by the library or contact Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org or 845-831-1134, x101.  

Anime & Manga Club
Day: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Anime watchers & Manga readers alike, come join us the 4th Friday of each month from 3-5pm for Anime & Manga Club. Watch your favorite anime streaming on Crunchyroll.com of select one of the DVDs from the library. Anime Club is open to middle & high school students. **Parents please note, some programs may be PG13 or TV14.  No registration needed. New members always welcome.  

View our Repeating Events Guide for regular monthly classes offered at Howland Public Library.

Battle of the Books 2018
Day: Check back in 2018!
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
Do you like to read, show off your literary talents, enjoy a little competition with friends? Well, then join the Battle of the Books Team this summer!

The Mid-Hudson Library System's 13th annual Battle of the Books, a nationally recognized literature contest, begins on June 29th. Read great books and meet with coaches every Thurs. from 5-7 pm to learn book-trivia, enjoy pizza and snacks, and participate in book-related activities. You will compete in mini-battles, based on the books you've read, with local libraries in August. 

An All-Star Team will be formed to compete on Sept. 16th against twenty-four other library teams to Battle it out for the Regional Championship.

(The Beacon Bees were the 2010, 2013, & 2015 Regional Champions!)

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY

The Artist's Corner - Fall Session
Ages: 5 to 12
Day: October 19, 26 November 2, 9, 16, 30 December 7, 14
Time: 4:45-5:45pm
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Crafty Mama & Me with Keely Sheehan
Ages: 2 to 4
Days: September 18, 2017 (six week sessions)
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 am
Cost: $85 six-week session
Come spend creative time with your child and craft up some memories. We will be painting, working with clay, collage, printing and more. Children will have fun exploring all of the different materials as they develop fine motor skills. We keep those creative minds working and those little hands busy with good, messy fun. 
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(While you're out of Beacon, check out County Fare, the restaurant Keely is involved with opening in Wappingers Falls!)

GARRISON ART CENTER - 23 Garrison's Lndg, Garrison, New York 10524

MID-HUDSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY
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STONY KILL FARM - 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls, NY
Free Dreamcatcher Family Workshop
Ages: All ages
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Hosted by Elemental Love, connect with your inner Dream Weaver. All ages welcome. Email lisalovecreate@gmail.com for information.

Baby/Infant

WADDLE n SWADDLE - 484 Main St., Beacon, NY
Infant Massage
Ages: Birth to 2 years  
Days: Check back soon!
Time: Check back soon!

Playdates
A Mommy and Me Class
Ages: 0 to 3 years
Days: Thursdays
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm

Grip.Grab.Grow - Arts & Sensory
Ages: 18 mos to 3 years
Day: Saturdays
Time: 10am-10:45am

Babysitting

ALL SPORT - 17 Old Main St., Fishkill, NY
Babysitters Preparedness Course
Ages:
12 and up
Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 9am

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Babysitting Course
Ages: 10-17
Day: Check back soon!
Time: 9:30am-1:30 pm