I have to admit, when I found out there was more to do than sightseeing in the Catskill Mountains, I was surprised. Living in the heart of the Midwest, mountains aren’t a natural part of a our scenery. I thought when you went to the mountains, you packed all the necessary gear for climbing, or maybe skiing. Call me naive, but I didn’t realize that family adventure awaits in the Catskill Mountains, and all kinds of it!
Family Adventure Awaits in the Catskill Mountains
If you are planning a family fun weekend, head to the Catskill Mountains this Summer! The Catskill Mountain Foundation has a line up of entertainment the whole family will love. From the story of Peter Rabbit told through puppets, to the spirit of the winter holidays with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the Christmases Past, and enjoy Present and To Come shared through music and dance. Add to that locally-sourced cuisine, toy stores, festivals at Hunter Mountain you have the perfect family-friendly itinerary for a weekend in the Catskills all year long!
Enjoy World-Class Theatre at the Catskill Mountain Foundation
- Watershed Month: Each May, the Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Schoharie Watershed Program hosts the annual Schoharie Watershed Month to provide education about water quality, watershed protection, and local stewardship to the general public. The theme for this year’s Schoharie Watershed Month is “Journey through the Watershed” and the goal is to provide free, family-friendly events focused on watershed protection and appreciation. On Sunday, May 1, students from schools around the mountaintop will be displaying their films, sculptures, photographs and other artwork for the “Now Streaming: Life in the Schoharie Watershed” art show at the Doctorow Center for the Arts, available through the end of May. On Saturday, May 21, enjoy the free Arm-Of-the-Sea’s “Rejuvenary River Circus” Theater Performance in front of the Red Barn at 7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter, New York.
- Enchantment Theatre in Peter Rabbit: “Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter…” These famous opening lines of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” have enchanted young audiences for over one hundred years with the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures (and misadventures) in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
- Join us at the Orpheum to experience the powerful vibrations of Grammy Award Winner Koji Nakamura and OMNY Taiko’s traditional Japanese taiko drumming. Taiko drumming is a spiritual art that is thought to date as far back as 2,000 years.
- New York Theatre Ballet performs Cinderella: This timeless, enchanting story ballet, performed by the outstanding dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet, is a delight for the entire family. Includes winning choreography by Donald Mahler and the jubilant music of Sergei Prokofiev.
- Scrooge & Son, or The Last Spirit: Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the Christmases Past, Present and To Come has moved to the Catskill Mountains during the post-Civil War era. Spirits, ballet, history, kids and everyone’s favorite Mean Old Man mix to make a truly special evening of local lore, old-time music, laughter and song. Join your friends and neighbors for one of the season’s most beloved and heartening rituals: the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge.
- The Nutcracker: Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with Victoria Rinaldi, the Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory New York, and Margo Sappington, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, which enchants audiences young and old across the world during the holiday season. The long tradition of The Nutcracker will draw you into its magical realm, never to be forgotten. In the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s special production, Valentina Kozlova will stage the snow scene and second act, inspired by the Bolshoi Ballet production of her youth. Margo Sappington will play the role of Auntie Drosselmeyer. Victoria Rinaldi will once again work with local children and adults to stage the party scene, the battle, the second act angels and Mother Ginger.
Browse Through Toy Stores and Candy Shops in Woodstock
- Tinker Toys of Woodstock is a unique toy store for children of all ages. They carry a wide range of unusual toys and are best known for quirky, artistic, and quality toys from around the world.
- The Rare Bear: One of the great toy shops in Woodstock that carries really big stuffed animals. Stop in and get your kid a fuzzy giraffe as big as they are.
- Fruition Chocolates: Fruition is a small batch bean to bar chocolate workshop located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. With meticulous attention to detail, they slowly roast and stone grind carefully selected cocoa beans to accentuate their inherent flavor.
Reconnect and Dine Together Without the Hassle of Cleaning Up
- Mama’s Boy Burgers: Located in the iconic Smiley’s Ice Cream location at 6067 Main Street, Mama’s Boy Burgers include five signature double-patty burgers, as well as turkey and veggie burger offerings, along with hand-cut fries, house-made onion rings and a variety of wedge salads, all of which are already wowing the crowds. Desserts include local Hudson Valley favorite Jane’s Ice Cream, pies and 26 flavors of frozen yogurt and frozen custard.
- Catskill Mountain Country Store & Restaurant: This town-favorite is not just a store for local products. The restaurant serves homemade specials and breakfast all day. The menu features local favorites like locally smoked trout, fresh and fluffy buttermilk pancakes and organic greens with house-made dressings.
Visit Hunter Mountain for Family-Friendly Seasonal Events
- Mountain Jam Festival: Kick off the summer music festival season on Thursday, June 2 – Sunday, June 5 with four days of musical performances from headliners including Beck, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Umphrey’s McGee and Gov’t Mule. This year’s workshops include Yoga with Michael Franti, hula hooping with Miss 360 and Paul Green Rock Academy, a performance-based music school. Camp or RV and rock out for four days with your best buds, bring the kids and turn them loose to enjoy the wide variety of kids-only activities offered during the festival, including arts and crafts, concerts, and yoga.
- International Celtic Festival: Enjoy the sights and sounds of Ireland right at Hunter Mountain on Saturday, August 6. Featuring live Irish-American bands, dancers and bands from Ireland and traditional cuisine, the International Celtic Festival offers an array of Irish entertainment. Enjoy a bagpipe competition and the Mass March, where all of the festival musicians march down the mountain, playing as one at the bottom. Enjoy a week long immersion featuring world-class traditional Irish artists. Participate in workshops, lectures, and sessions around the village of East Durham. Evening concerts and finale festival on Saturday, July 16 called the “East Durham Trad Fest.”
Learn more and get tickets to these events on The Catskill Mountain Foundation website.