Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum With hands-exhibits and programs that promote learning and skill development, MHCM is the ideal destination for families with young children.

MHCM is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas and offers interactive exhibits and programs that promote school readiness, health & wellness, and community-building. MHCM also hosts its public farmers market - The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - on Monday afternoons from May through October. The museum is located in the heart of the histo

MHCM is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas and offers interactive exhibits and programs that promote school readiness, health & wellness, and community-building. MHCM also hosts its public farmers market - The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - on Monday afternoons from May through October. The museum is located in the heart of the histo

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TODAY at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market!
10/25/2021

TODAY at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market!

Demo day can only mean one thing ... NEW EXHIBITS ARE COMING!The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is currently closed for ma...
10/03/2021

Demo day can only mean one thing ... NEW EXHIBITS ARE COMING!

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is currently closed for major renovations. Stay tuned for more information and updates about our grand re-opening in 2022!

Today at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - our friends from Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will be bac...
09/20/2021

Today at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - our friends from Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will be back with free environmental education activities for the kiddos! Check out their “No Child Left Inside” initiative at Dutchess No Child Left Inside (NCLI) and visit the Market from 3/6:30 pm.

Today at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - our friends from Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will be back with free environmental education activities for the kiddos! Check out their “No Child Left Inside” initiative at Dutchess No Child Left Inside (NCLI) and visit the Market from 3/6:30 pm.

It’s always an exciting week when big trucks are on the scene!  We’re sending a HUGE shout out to the Blacktop Maintenan...
09/16/2021

It’s always an exciting week when big trucks are on the scene! We’re sending a HUGE shout out to the Blacktop Maintenance Corp paving crew for giving us a beautiful new parking lot! They’ve been great to work with and their work will help to increase safety and accessibility for our guests when we reopen.

Bye-bye cracks, water pools and divots! Hello new smooth surface, better surface drainage, new striping, and relocated handicapped parking spots!

We've got to start teaching our kids about food. Full stop.
09/09/2021
Teach every child about food

We've got to start teaching our kids about food.
Full stop.

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia -- and a shocking image of the sugar we eat -- TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

TODAY! Bring the kids to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market for free environmental education activities.  We are partner...
08/16/2021

TODAY! Bring the kids to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market for free environmental education activities. We are partnering Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County and their "No Child Left Inside" initiative to bring you these fun hands-on programs. Check them out: Dutchess No Child Left Inside (NCLI)

Activities will be offered TODAY during the Market from 3-6:30pm in the The Pavilion on the Hudson. Free onsite parking in the Museum's lot.

TODAY! Bring the kids to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market for free environmental education activities. We are partnering Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County and their "No Child Left Inside" initiative to bring you these fun hands-on programs. Check them out: Dutchess No Child Left Inside (NCLI)

Activities will be offered TODAY during the Market from 3-6:30pm in the The Pavilion on the Hudson. Free onsite parking in the Museum's lot.

Is your household up for the Hudson Valley Food Waste Challenge??Did you know that Americans throw away 30-40% of the fo...
08/10/2021
Food Waste Challenge | Hudson Valley EATS | New York

Is your household up for the Hudson Valley Food Waste Challenge??

Did you know that Americans throw away 30-40% of the food is produced in the United States? The Hudson Valley is no different than the rest of the country. There are economic, environmental, and social negative repercussions associated with such a large amount of food waste, and studies show that most people toss away much more than they think.

CLICK the image to learn more...

The challenge is designed to help bring awareness to the amount food you maybe throwing out, and to teach you methods that will help you waste less. will help you figure out how much food is really going to waste. By making small shifts in how you shop for, prepare, and store food, you can save time and money, and help make the world a better place.

The Hudson Valley Food Waste Challenge is organized by Hudson Valley Eats.

The Challenge actively engages participants in learning about how they manage food in their household. Early campaigns showed that awareness plays an integral role in motivating participants to adopt new strategies to reduce waste

Join us MONDAY at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market!
08/01/2021

Join us MONDAY at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market!

Today is the start of 2021 National Farmers Market Week! To celebrate, we’ll be bringing you behind-the-scenes of our farmers market to introduce you fun facts, history, and the people that make it so special.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is the first public farmers market in the nation to be created and operated by a children’s museum. In 2017, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum launched the market in support of its health and community-building initiatives in order to fight local food insecurity and connect the families it serves and its City of Poughkeepsie neighbors with fresh, healthy, locally-sourced food.

In 2019, MHCM was recognized internationally in Toronto with the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice by the Association of Science and Technology Centers.

Shop the Market Monday afternoons from 3-6:30 pm in the The Pavilion on the Hudson at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. Always rain or shine with free onsite parking. WIC and SNAP accepted!.

COVID-19 VACCINE POP-UP CLINIC IN POUGHKEEPSIE! Saturday, July 31st 10am-2pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Caroll Stree...
07/29/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE POP-UP CLINIC IN POUGHKEEPSIE!
Saturday, July 31st 10am-2pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Caroll Street Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pfizer vaccines will be given. No out of pocket costs, regardless of insurance and/or immigration status. Youth between 12 to 17 years of age are eligible to receive the vaccine and must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Walk-ins welcomed. Appointments Recommended. To make an appointment, please call Greg Citarella at 845-452-8220 or email: [email protected]

This COVID-10 Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic is being hosted by Westchester Medical Center in partnership with Christ Episcopal Church and the Newburgh & Poughkeepsie Healthy Black and Latinx Coalition.

It’s mid-summer, and for many kids, this means a well-deserved break from school. As many of you know, some kids have an...
07/19/2021
6 Things to Do Over the Summer to Help Your Child Get Ready for School - Think:Kids

It’s mid-summer, and for many kids, this means a well-deserved break from school. As many of you know, some kids have an extra hard time with the day-to-day demands of school. And with COVID-19 impacting the school environment, there have been even more stressors for students to navigate over the past year.

Has your child struggled? Margaret Johnson, LMSW, Think:Kids CPS Certified Trainer & Consultant, looks at some strategies you can put in place now that may help reduce those struggles when school starts up again in the fall.
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Helpful strategies parents can put in place over the summer to help reduce struggles kids may have when school starts up in the fall.

Are you seeing more and more of these “questions”  pop up in your social media feeds?   DO NOT respond or share them on ...
07/17/2021

Are you seeing more and more of these “questions” pop up in your social media feeds?
DO NOT respond or share them on your feeds. These innocent looking inquiries are designed to get at password hints and could compromise your digital accounts.

Are you seeing more and more of these “questions” pop up in your social media feeds?
DO NOT respond or share them on your feeds. These innocent looking inquiries are designed to get at password hints and could compromise your digital accounts.

Are you a recent college graduate or young professional looking for a transformative work opportunity to make a differen...
06/18/2021

Are you a recent college graduate or young professional looking for a transformative work opportunity to make a difference in Poughkeepsie?

Consider applying to be a Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow with the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet! Lead for Poughkeepsie (LFPK) is an affiliate organization of Lead for America and is recruiting its inaugural group of Fellows to serve on two-year full-time public service placements with social impact organizations in the City of Poughkeepsie.

To learn more, visit: https://www.lead4america.org/lead-for-poughkeepsie.

Are you a recent college graduate or young professional looking for a transformative work opportunity to make a difference in Poughkeepsie?

Consider applying to be a Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow with the Poughkeepsie Children's Cabinet! Lead for Poughkeepsie (LFPK) is an affiliate organization of Lead for America and is recruiting its inaugural group of Fellows to serve on two-year full-time public service placements with social impact organizations in the City of Poughkeepsie.

To learn more, visit: https://www.lead4america.org/lead-for-poughkeepsie.

Phew!  It was a wonderful 24 hours of philanthropic excitement around here on Wednesday!  THANK YOU to all who helped us...
05/20/2021

Phew! It was a wonderful 24 hours of philanthropic excitement around here on Wednesday! THANK YOU to all who helped us surpass our $12,000 goal by making a gift to our 2021 Hudson Valley Gives campaign! As of this morning we stand at $13,581 raised from 88 donors ... and we even captured the Night Owl Power Hour prize of $750 for being the campaign that raised the most money online between 10:00 pm 11:59pm.

All campaign portals will remain open for a few more days. If you were unable to participate in yesterday's Hudson Valley Gives 2021 Day of Giving, there is still time to make a difference for the local organizations you care about. Big gifts. LIttle gifts. They ALL make a difference and are all very much appreciated!

To learn about our campaign and our impact - even in the face of a forced closure due to COVID-19 - please visit:
https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/mid-hudson-children-s-museum

#HVGives #givewhereyoulive #hudsonvalley

Phew! It was a wonderful 24 hours of philanthropic excitement around here on Wednesday! THANK YOU to all who helped us surpass our $12,000 goal by making a gift to our 2021 Hudson Valley Gives campaign! As of this morning we stand at $13,581 raised from 88 donors ... and we even captured the Night Owl Power Hour prize of $750 for being the campaign that raised the most money online between 10:00 pm 11:59pm.

All campaign portals will remain open for a few more days. If you were unable to participate in yesterday's Hudson Valley Gives 2021 Day of Giving, there is still time to make a difference for the local organizations you care about. Big gifts. LIttle gifts. They ALL make a difference and are all very much appreciated!

To learn about our campaign and our impact - even in the face of a forced closure due to COVID-19 - please visit:
https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/mid-hudson-children-s-museum

#HVGives #givewhereyoulive #hudsonvalley

TODAY'S THE DAY!Please support MHCM by making a gift to our 2021 Hudson Valley Gives by visiting:  https://www.hvgives.o...
05/19/2021

TODAY'S THE DAY!

Please support MHCM by making a gift to our 2021 Hudson Valley Gives by visiting: https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/mid-hudson-children-s-museum

On this very special day of giving, your generous gift will put our campaign in the running to win additional cash prizes!

#HVGives

TODAY'S THE DAY!

Please support MHCM by making a gift to our 2021 Hudson Valley Gives by visiting: https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/mid-hudson-children-s-museum

On this very special day of giving, your generous gift will put our campaign in the running to win additional cash prizes!

#HVGives

It’s almost here!  Hudson Valley Gives is Wednesday, May 19th! Your gift to MHCM’s campaign will help ensure we can cont...
05/18/2021

It’s almost here! Hudson Valley Gives is Wednesday, May 19th!

Your gift to MHCM’s campaign will help ensure we can continue to serve families and our community through this time of extended closure of our main building - AND - have the funds necessary to reopen we can safely do so!

To make a contribution, visit: https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/mid-hudson-children-s-museum

Our giving portal is open now, but gifts made on Wednesday (5/19) between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm qualify us to win additional cash prizes

This is a big day for us. We hope we can count on your support!

#HVGives

It’s almost here! Hudson Valley Gives is Wednesday, May 19th!

Your gift to MHCM’s campaign will help ensure we can continue to serve families and our community through this time of extended closure of our main building - AND - have the funds necessary to reopen we can safely do so!

To make a contribution, visit: https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/mid-hudson-children-s-museum

Our giving portal is open now, but gifts made on Wednesday (5/19) between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm qualify us to win additional cash prizes

This is a big day for us. We hope we can count on your support!

#HVGives

DID YOU KNOW? Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic flight aboard Freedom 7, making him the fir...
05/05/2021

DID YOU KNOW? Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic flight aboard Freedom 7, making him the first American in space.

We LOVE rockets - so much so that our first Outdoor Pop-up Museum Experience is all about them.

For more information on how to register your little rocket scientist, visit: https://mhcm.org/event/outdoor-program-space-science-2/

In the meantime, be sure to check out NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's archival footage and a replay of the May 5, 1961 launch broadcast.

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic flight aboard Freedom 7, making him the first American in space. Here a how you can celebrate with us (all times Eastern):

📺 Starting at 8:30 a.m., watch archival footage and a replay of the May 5, 1961 launch broadcast.

🚀 At 11 a.m., join NASA History and National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution for a discussion on six decades of American spaceflight.

💻 And at 12 p.m., they'll answer your questions on @Reddit:

➡️ nasa.gov/live

TODAY is the kick-off of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market's FIFTH season!  Rain or shine, we'll be running every Monda...
05/03/2021

TODAY is the kick-off of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market's FIFTH season! Rain or shine, we'll be running every Monday afternoon through October from 3-6:30 pm in our Pavilion. JOIN US!

BTW - Ever wonder WHY a children's museum would ever run a farmers market?

When we began offering healthy eating programs as part of our school readiness work for local families with young children in 2015, we quickly learned how difficult it was for some of our closest neighbors to get nutritious food. Our museum is located in a food desert - meaning that for many residents fresh, healthy food is both inaccessible and unaffordable. With support from Dutchess Outreach and other local farmers markets, MHCM decided we wanted to help connect families with food.

In 2018, we became a SNAP-certified Market, which means that families receiving SNAP/EBT benefits can shop here and use their benefits to purchase fresh, locally-sourced food. Starting June 1, we also participate in WIC's Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which allows our produce vendors to accept FMNP checks for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.

If you've never shopped a farmers market with your child, we strongly encourage you to do so. You will find fresh items and varieties not available anywhere else. You will also be able to introduce your child to farmers, chefs, and other food producers and help them become educated consumers.

Hope to see you at the Market!

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TODAY is the kick-off of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market's FIFTH season! Rain or shine, we'll be running every Monday afternoon through October from 3-6:30 pm in our Pavilion. JOIN US!

BTW - Ever wonder WHY a children's museum would ever run a farmers market?

When we began offering healthy eating programs as part of our school readiness work for local families with young children in 2015, we quickly learned how difficult it was for some of our closest neighbors to get nutritious food. Our museum is located in a food desert - meaning that for many residents fresh, healthy food is both inaccessible and unaffordable. With support from Dutchess Outreach and other local farmers markets, MHCM decided we wanted to help connect families with food.

In 2018, we became a SNAP-certified Market, which means that families receiving SNAP/EBT benefits can shop here and use their benefits to purchase fresh, locally-sourced food. Starting June 1, we also participate in WIC's Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which allows our produce vendors to accept FMNP checks for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.

If you've never shopped a farmers market with your child, we strongly encourage you to do so. You will find fresh items and varieties not available anywhere else. You will also be able to introduce your child to farmers, chefs, and other food producers and help them become educated consumers.

Hope to see you at the Market!

PLEASE SHARE

One year ago today we turned down the lights and closed our doors in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in...
03/15/2021

One year ago today we turned down the lights and closed our doors in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This little guy was left behind from our last workshop, which was on space exploration in celebration of the NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mars 2020 and Artemis missions.

In a year that brought so much uncertainty and loss, we seek inspiration in these little things found around the museum for they remind us of amazing things that can be accomplished in the face of adversity.

We are still closed, but look forward to sharing exciting news about our programming soon! Stay safe, everyone!

One year ago today we turned down the lights and closed our doors in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This little guy was left behind from our last workshop, which was on space exploration in celebration of the NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mars 2020 and Artemis missions.

In a year that brought so much uncertainty and loss, we seek inspiration in these little things found around the museum for they remind us of amazing things that can be accomplished in the face of adversity.

We are still closed, but look forward to sharing exciting news about our programming soon! Stay safe, everyone!

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The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that promote learning through interactive play, the Museum welcomes over 75,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, Tell Me a Story, Rivertown, The Science Center @ MHCM, Imagination Playground, and The Children's Garden @ MHCM (Seasonal). The Museum also features weekly drop-In educational programs, and is a popular location for birthday parties as well as weddings and other private functions in its outdoor riverfront pavilion. MHCM is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson's Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park.

In 2017, MHCM launched the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market - a new farmers market bringing farm fresh produce to City of Poughkeepsie families, residents and visitors. The Market operates Monday afternoons from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm June through August. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization that is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).


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In case anyone is interested, Primrose Hill School is hosting their winter open house on January 25th from 10am – 12pm. Tour the campus, learn about their Waldorf curriculum, meet the farm animals and enjoy a children's craft. https://www.facebook.com/events/473996006609100/
Had a great time and it took awhile but got the right rhythm.
Two Master Classes, performance and tango milonga with Guillermina Quiroga on the same day! And for a great cause! Come out THIS SATURDAY, May 18th for a day of tango in support of La Voz magazine, celebrating 15 years of serving the Spanish speaking communities in the Hudson Valley. La Voz and the Bard Tango Program are hosting renowned tango dancer, Guillermina Quiroga to perform, teach and host a tango milonga, or dance party. Quiroga will be accompanied by her longtime dance partner, Mariano Loguidice, for a full day of dance and connection. The Master Classes are designed for all levels. So if you would like to experience learning tango from one of the top dancers in the world, now is your chance! Saturday, May 18th, MPR, Campus Center, Bard College. Master Class I: 11:00AM - 1:00PM $40 Embrace, connection, walking, musicality, skills for social dance Master Class II: 2:00PM - 4:00PM $40 Playing with rhythm, syncopation, traspié in tango and milonga Buy your tickets for Master Class I here and for Master Class II here Milonga 6:30 - midnight $30 6:30 - 7:00 PM La Voz Reception with Eduardo Parra 7:00 - 8:00 PM Beginner Lesson with Chungin Goodstein 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Milonga, let's dance! 10:00 - 10:30 PM Performance by Guillermina Quiroga and Mariano Logiudice Buy your tickets here Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. All proceeds benefit La Voz magazine, celebrating 15 years tinyurl.com/milongalavoz #milongalavoz #lavozmilonga #lavozmagazine #lavozhudsonvalley @lavozhudsonvalley #cultureinthehudsonvalley #culturaenelvalledelhudson #hudsonvalleytango #letscelebrate
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Hey! Guess What? Mid-Hudson Children's Museum was featured in our March issue! Thank you for providing a comfortable and controllable space for kids :)
Hoping you are open today.
IDK if you still have the bicycle generator exhibit, but here it is all grown up: https://www.facebook.com/OurPlanetbyattn/videos/195587411270697
Lecture filmed at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.
Love this place. Great activities without electronics. My 16 month old granddaughter has enjoyed coming here almost every week and each week she can master something new.
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Any Black Friday discounts on memberships?
Yes it's nice to get your kids out an see new things. Explore, learn and do some hands on. This place is nice, nothing crazy special. I don't mind paying $9 a child so I can watch the girls play. What I do mind and find totally absurd is that you charge $9 for adults as well. Is that just because we're occupying space as we watch our kids play? Because we are not playing ourselves so that must be it. This to me is nuts, and can't imagine that everyone is fine with that. This is my first time here and probably my last. I know of many other places I can go and pay the same or less and not be charged to watch them as they go crazy playing.