Free Summer Programs for Kids in Hudson

by Sandra Foyt on July 7, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

moroccan You don’t have to live in Hudson, NY to enroll children in the free summer programs at the Hudson Opera House

Back in 2008, when money was tight but time wasn’t, my kids signed up for a couple of culinary arts programs. While my daughter attended a Moroccan Cooking Workshop or my son sat in on the Tea Tasting Class (I credit this class with inspiring my son’s penchant for drinking tea!) at the Verdigris Tea Shop, I roamed the small town photographing the Best In Show cat sculptures, and discovering all the new and delightful renovations effected in recent years. En route to classes, we visited the pick-your-own fruit stands and vowed that next time(!) we would stop to explore the Martin Van Buren House or one of the many parks and hiking trails.

So many options, so little time!

Hudson Opera House Offers Youth Activities for All Ages this July and August

HUDSON (July 6, 2010) – The Hudson Opera House is offering a series of summer programs for children ages 3 – 18 years old. These summer programs are a continuation of the children’s programs sponsored by HOH throughout the year.

BookCoverTeenCuisine_000-(2 For teens ages 12 and up, HOH offers free opportunities to participate in culinary arts, visual arts, creative writing and even singing for beginners! Sight Singing for Beginners is led by Sheri Bauer-Mayorga and is on Thursdays at 6:30pm; Creative Writing with poet Kathe Izzo runs July 12 – 14 from 1-4pm; Teen Cuisine with Chef Matthew Locricchio runs from August 18 –20 from 11am – 1pm; printmaking with artist Amy Madden runs July 26 through 30 from 1 – 4pm; and on Saturday, August 7, families can hear New York Times best selling novelist, and children’s book author Da Chen at 2pm.

For younger kids, HOH also offers Music & Movement with Abby Lappen Wednesdays in July 7 – 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Hudson Community Book Group Tuesdays, July 6 – August 17, 6 – 7:30pm; Beginner Chess, Fridays July 9 through August 13 on Fridays from 11 –12:30pm; Open Studio for Young Artists, July 8 through 29, Thursdays 10am to noon; and a special appearance by local children’s book author Nancy Castaldo on Friday July 9 at 10am.

Youth activities and workshops at HOH are always free. To register, please call the Opera House at (518) 822-1438 or e-mail to

The Hudson Opera House, a multi-arts center in downtown Hudson, offers cultural programs each year for adults and children, including readings, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, workshops and a Junior Membership Program which provides access to free performances and other art making activities for children.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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