Poughkidsie


frequently asked questions

Please see below for the answers to these common questions about Poughkidsie:

What is Poughkidsie?

Poughkidsie is an indoor playspace designed to offer families a safe and clean outlet for imaginative and creative play. (No batteries here!)

Our space is also home to The Create Workspace, a creative arts studio, and Coffee Studio, a small café offering hand-crafted coffee drinks, baked goods, and light snacks.

What ages are recommended?

All ages are welcome at Poughkidsie, and we've seen everyone from babies through 12-year-olds enjoying the Village. We recommend the Village to all children who enjoy or could benefit from creative and imaginative play. Our target ages for the Village are generally crawlers through age 8.

How much does it cost?

Admission to the Village is $11.95 per child for all-day play. There is no charge for adults or pre-crawling siblings. We also have seasonal and annual memberships available; click here for more information.

Why do I need socks?

Socks are only needed for those entering the Village. (Shoes are fine for all other areas of our space.) This is to limit the amount of dirt brought into the playspace and to protect the hands of our crawlers!

Do you offer parties?

Yes! Not only do we offer them, we're proud to have been awarded the "Best of Hudson Valley" for our parties in 2015 and 2016. Click here to learn more about our Village Party, and use the menu at the top to explore all of our party options.

What is there for my older child to do?

We share our space with our sister business, The Create Workspace, which offers walk-in craft projects for all ages, from children through adults. Click here to visit The Create Workspace site.

Do you offer memberships?

We offer both seasonal and annual Village memberships. Click here to learn more.

Where are you located?

Poughkidsie is located within the Arlington section of Poughkeepsie, just north of Vassar College and across the arterial from Holy Trinity Church. Click here for map and directions.

Are you a daycare?

No, we are not a daycare or nursery school facility. Parents or caregivers must stay on-site with their children at all times, except for certain special programs with prior arrangement.

Can I drop my child off?

Parents or caregivers must stay on-site with their children at all times, except for certain special programs with prior arrangement.

Do you offer classes?

Yes! We offer a new semester of classes each season. To see the current offerings, click here for our Calendar.

Do you have bouncy houses?

No, our emphasis at Poughkidsie is on imaginative and creative play.

What is there for crawlers to do?

Crawlers are welcome to experience all that the Village has to offer! They may particularly enjoy our "school bus" at the back of the Village as a perfect opportunity to practice gross motor skills, climbing stairs, and sliding. Additionally, near the school bus, we have a set of foam blocks and a small foam climbing area that is perfect for crawlers and for tummy time.

Where can I nurse my child?

We have a cozy Quiet Room with a rocking chair and padded changing table that is perfect for feeding easily distracted babies. We also have extensive seating and benches throughout our space, and you are welcome to nurse your child wherever you are comfortable.

What type of bathroom facilities do you have?

We have three family-style gender-neutral bathrooms. Each is outfitted with a changing table and potty seat. We also have a cozy Quiet Room with a rocking chair and padded changing table.

Where do I park and how do I enter?

We have a large parking lot that leads directly to our main entrance. Click here for map and directions.

My child loves art. What do you have?

We share our space with our sister business, The Create Workspace, which offers walk-in craft projects for all ages, from children through adults. Click here to visit The Create Workspace site. We also offer classes each season; check our calendar for current offerings.

Can I bring my own food?

Yes, food is welcome to be brought in and eaten within designated areas. Please remember that products containing peanuts are strictly forbidden.

What do you have in your café?

Coffee Studio offers hand-crafted beverages from local Hudson Valley providers, baked goods, and small snacks. We do not have a restaurant kitchen and cannot prepare meals.

Do you have anything for children with food allergies to eat?

We try to offer a variety of snacks to accommodate different dietary needs, including gluten free and kosher snacks. You are also welcome to bring your own food to eat within designated areas. Please remember that products containing peanuts are strictly forbidden.

What kind of coffee do you have?

At Coffee Studio, we grind and brew our coffee to order, offering espresso-based drinks and hand-brewed offerings (Aeropress and pourover). Our beans are roasted locally by Poughkeepsie's very own North River Roasters. We are also a pick-up location for their Community Supported Coffee Roaster program.

Is there an admission fee for my 1-year-old?

Admission is charged for crawlers and up. There is no fee for adults or for pre-crawling siblings.

What is there for adults to do?

Free wifi, a reading library, and comfortable seating are available for adults to enjoy. We share our space with our sister business, The Create Workspace, which offers walk-in craft projects for all ages, from children through adults. Click here for more information on The Create Workspace site. We also offer classes and events each season, including wine tastings, trivia nights, and Pinterest Parties; check our calendar for current offerings.