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The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Poughkeepsie, New York
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We visited the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie on our way back to Syracuse from New York City. We timed the trip so that we would arrive in Poughkeepsie in time for lunch, with a bit over an hour left over to play in the museum. The museum was small enough to cover in the space of an hour or two, which worked out great for us. The first floor is geared toward smaller children, with a playhouse, large foam blocks, and an interactive pretend town complete with an ATM and even a construction zone. Upstairs, there is a large replica of a mastodon next to a larger play fort for older kids that has a green tube slide. The second floor is best suited to older kids (4+), with various exhibits geared toward math and science exploration. The museum itself feels a bit worn, and the building has a faint moldy odor reminiscent of a video store (maybe some carpet needs replacing?), but our 3 year old daughter had a wonderful time. If you find yourself in the Poughkeepsie area with little kids, definitely take them.
Tips for Families
If you're stuck at the train station with kids, you are in luck - the children's museum is within walking distance! Also, the museum has clean, one-stall family bathrooms on both floors (convenient!), but they are separated by gender. I didn't realize this - gender is denoted by paintings on the doors, and the door to the bathroom we used was open and the painting wasn't visible when we went in. It wasn't until I noticed a urinal on the wall that I realized I'd been casually hanging out in the men's room! :) So, pay attention to which bathroom you use.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly accommodations
Residence Inn Poughkeepsie (Marriott) - inexpensive, has an indoor pool, and you get a full kitchen in your room. Suite style extended stay hotel chains don't usually have a minimum stay and are perfect for families.
Suggestions for nearby family-friendly restaurants
Cinnamon Indian Bistro is about a minute away by car and has a great lunch buffet most days that goes until 3:30. Kids eat free. It's right next door to Mole Mole (Latin American), which unfortunately we didn't get to try, but plan to if/when we go back to Poughkeepsie.
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