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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: 4/18/2017


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After-School Program - Session 4
The City of Beacon Recreation Department
April 17-June 16, 2017

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

SPRING BREAK: Explore Nature, Plants at these Fun & Free Events
Grades: K-8th
Days: April 11-14, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
During spring break, Scenic Hudson will offer four days’ worth of fun farm- and garden-inspired activities that combine arts and crafts with hands-on learning. The free events—taking place from Tuesday, April 11, through Friday, April 14—will transform the River Center at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in Beacon into a science museum with exhibits and specimens encouraging children and families to take a closer look at the natural world. The programs—geared for children in kindergarten through eighth grade—are free and all supplies will be provided.
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Spring Break Vacation Camp
Ages: 5-12
Days: April 10-14, 2017
Time: 8am-5pm
Fee: $50/day $45 2nd child (members), $60/day $55 2nd child (non-members)
Location: All Sport Health & Fitness, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill, NY
When school is out, keep your kids active during their Spring Break.  All Sport Health & Fitness offers kids ages 5-12 a safe, fun place to be while parentsare working or just working out.  Camp activities may include swimming, arts & crafts, sports & games, and fun with friends.  Please pack a lunch, snack, sneakers, a swim suit, and a towel.  
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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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Recycled Sewing
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 4/3-5/9

Mini Masterpieces
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 4/4-5/10

Clay Creations
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 4/5-5/11

Clay Creations 2
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 5/16-6/13

Crazy for Collage
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 5/17-6/14

Super Sculpture!
Ages: 6 to 12
Days: 5/18-6/15

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

Family-Style Sewing
Ages:
5 to 105 
Days:
Thursdays
Time: 5:30-7pm
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Knit, Slip and Beyond with Kit Burke-Smith
Age: All ages
Days: Mondays
Time: 7-9pm
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Dates: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 (KN306)

BEACON CRAFT WORKSHOP - At Illana's home in Beacon
Animals! Animals!
Ages: 5 to 10
Days: Check back soon
Time: 4-5:30pm

Clay Garden
Ages: 5 to 10
Days: 4 Tuesdays, 3/28 - 4/25, or 4Wednesdays, 3/29 - 4/26
Time: 4-5:30pm

Clay Garden - Summer Feast
Ages: 5 to 10
Days: 4 Tuesdays, 5/2-5/23, or 4 Wednesdays, 5/3 - 5/24
Time: 4-5:30pm

Mad Science:Mad Art (full)
Ages: 4 and up
Days: Check back soon
Time: 1:15-3:15pm

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

Cartooning I
Ages:
4 to 8
Days: Thursdays, April 20-June 15, 2017
Time: 4-4:45pm
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Cartooning II
Ages: 
8 to 12 
Days: 
Thursdays, April 20-June 15, 2017 
Time:
5-6:15pm
Details

Studio Art: Foundational Skills for Students by Kathy Moss
Ages:
4 to 10
Days: Tuesdays, April 18 to June 13, 2017
Time: 4pm-5:30pm
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HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
Zine Meetup @ Z!ne Club
Ages: 10 to 14
Days: Friday, May 19, 2017 (Third Friday every month)
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: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11am-1pm
This month we'll be experimenting with Relief Printing. During this session we'll work on 2 projects. First, we'll warm up by creating our own custom rubber stamp. Next we'll experiment with block printing. Our makers will carve their designs on special EZ-Cut rubber blocks and print multiple copies of their design. 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, April 28, 2017
Time: 3-5pm
Anime watchers and Manga readers alike, come join us for Anime & Manga Club on the fourth Friday of each month, from 3 to 5 pm. Each month teens choose the anime to be shown from our current Anime DVDs or streaming from crunchyroll.com. Teens may bring their own Anime DVDs and favorite Manga books to share. Refreshments served. No registration needed. New members always welcome.  

Saturday Morning Makers - Printmaking Workshop
Ages: 10-18 years old
Day: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11am-1pm
Young people ages 10 and up are invited to The Howland Public Library on Saturday, April 29th from 11am – 1pm for Saturday Morning Makers. This month we'll be experimenting with Relief Printing. During this session we'll work on 2 projects. First, we'll warm up by creating our own custom rubber stamp. Next we'll experiment with block printing. Our makers will carve their designs on special EZ-Cut rubber blocks and print multiple copies of their design. All supplies provided, no experience needed. Saturday Makers is part of the library’s new expanded offerings for Middle School & High School Students. Registration is required as supplies are limited. To register stop by the library or contact Michelle at community@beaconlibrary.org or 845-831-1134, x101. To find out more about programs for teens at the library go to www.beaconlibrary.org

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

Rigamajig Creative Building
Ages: 5 to 9 years old
Days: Check back soon!
Time: 3:45-5pm
In collaboration with Compass Arts and the Howland Public Library, children ages 5 to 9 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 and bolts, and rope. What can you invent?
 
"Rigamajig allows young makers to think three-dimensionally and work collaboratively through play. Conceived and designed as a custom play feature for the High Line Park in New York City, the Rigamajig was developed by Cas Holman and Friends of the High Line in collaboration with early learning educators, woodworkers, and children."

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration is currently full. Please contact Ginny at youth@beaconlibrary.org or 845-831-1134 x103 if you would like more information or are interested in registering for future sessions.

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY

The Artist's Corner - Summer
Ages: 5 to 12
Day: August 14-18, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
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Crafty Mama & Me with Keely Sheehan
Ages: 20 months to 4 years old
Days: Will return in September 2017
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 am
Cost: $80 six-week session (siblings receive $20 discount)
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
Check back soon!

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.

LITTLE FRIENDS OF BEACON - Beacon Recreation Building
23 West Center St., Beacon, NY
Drop-ins are welcome, but register first online
Age: 2 to 11
Days: Sundays (Two per month, check website schedule)  
Time: 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm
The mission of Little Friends of Beacon is to provide quality literacy- and art-based education for children in a natural environment while fostering their sense of community. Little Friends of Beacon offers morning and afternoon sessions two Sundays per month. Their morning session focuses on nature education and immersion activities. The afternoon session is art and sensory-based fun. Sessions are $20 per child with discounts offered for siblings. Both sessions also aim to cater to the interests of the participants, and are continuously evolving.
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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, April 29, 2017
Time: 9am-4pm

BEACON RECREATION CENTER - 23 West Center St., Beacon, NY
Babysitters Trainers Course
Day: TBD
Time: TBD

FISHKILL RECREATION - 792 Route 52, Fishkill, NY
Babysitting Course
Ages: 10-17
Day: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

HOWLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY - 313 Main St., Beacon, NY
Babysitters Trainers Course
Ages: 10 & up
Day: TBD
Time: TBD