This Weekend

Wow, did this week go by fast for everybody?  We had aspirations to try to go skiing at Maple Ski Ridge in preparation for a ski trip later this month, but something about that first ski outing of the season always seems so daunting.  Although, turns out that Plaine and Son is having a tent sale on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm there.  I got super-bargain skis from them during the off-season. . . unfortunately they say “Hot Spice” on them in fancy girly script. . . how embarrassing!   Are there any women out there who say, wow, I have to have these skis because they say I’m hot and spicy?  These ski manufacturers need to go check out a Target sometime.

Speaking of shopping, if you need to get some errands done with the kids, Rotterdam Square Mall is having an RV show all weekend.  Now, I’m not saying you should buy one, but generally for these shows, they leave the vehicles open and you can climb around inside.  So, really, it’s like having a bunch of fabulous playhouses set up.  This can be annoying if you want to get things done fast, but if you’re trying to kill an hour or two outside of the house and you don’t want to snowshoe, then–voilà, you’ve got yourself a free indoor playground.  Hey man, I’m not proud.

So, what else?

Friday, January 8
The East Greenbush library is showing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at 7 pm for free.

Saturday, January 9
There’s a program on winter birds at 11 am at Grafton Lakes State Park with an activity for the kids:  they’ll make a pine cone bird feeder to take home. Registration is required, and it’s $2/person or $5/family.

Little Red Riding Hood, by The Village Stage Children’s Interactive Theater, will be showing at the New York State Museum from 1-1:45 pm.  It’s free, but if you’re late, they won’t let you in once they get started.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is playing at 2 pm at the Bethlehem Public Library. Free.

At 2 pm at Five Rivers, they’ll be looking for empty birds nests and talking about who lived there and who might be living there now.

The Albany Latin Festival Association is holding a Three King’s Day celebration for families from 3-8 pm.  It’s at  Ballingers Latin Night Club.  It’s $5/person.

Sunday, January 10

Ellen Sinopoli and Bairbre McCarthy are doing a special program for families that’s a preview of a bigger show called “Celtic Footprints” at 2 pm at the East Greenbush Community Library.  They say that it will include storytelling, books, and creative movement.  We recently hosted the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at our church for a service (yes, I know!  It’s that kind of funky church), and I thought it was great.  Sometimes things are so modern that it’s just. . .  beyond me a little bit.  I once went to this Picasso Museum that had all of his works in chronological order and I was like, I’m so with him! Love it!  I get this!  And then by the time he’d aged to his mid-20s, I was just lost.  Anyway, I thought that the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s stuff was very accessible, and they included the kids in some of the movement and they all had a great time.  So, I’m a big ol’ fan of Ellen Sinopoli’s—maybe you should try it.  There’s another preview on Monday as well—check out their website for more info.

There’s a dinosaur craft for families with children aged 3-8 from 2-3 pm at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.

At the downtown Schenectady Public Library, there’s a free storytelling program at 2:30 pm.

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