Hooray! The sun’s finally coming out! Good thing, because we’ve got a lot of outdoorsville happening at our house, and I was really beginning to freak out about it.
I am actively working on a restaurant post, so if you have suggestions for good places to take the whole family, I’d love to hear them.
Okay, I missed that tomorrow is Irish Day at the National Museum of Dance from 1-3:30 pm.
- It’s a bit of a drive, but there’s a Firefighter’s Convention that will include parades on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Lake George. If you have a kid who’s a firefighting fanatic, it might be worth the trip.
- It’s Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery, in Schenectady. Most of the activities take place in Central Park.
Evening of Friday, June 18th:
- It’s Art Night Schenectady from 5-9 pm.
- Staging Youths’ Future presents Seussical the Musical as dinner theater. At 6 pm there’s spaghetti dinner, and the show is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for dinner and the show. This is for 6/17 & 6/18.
- There’s a Drop-in Chess Club at the Guilderland Public Library at 6:30 pm.
- At 6:30 pm, the Saratoga Barnes & Noble will have their American Girl Book Club.
- The Altamont Free Library will have Chicken Barbecue followed by Contra Dancing led by Paul Rosenberg and friends from 6:45-7:45 pm at the Gazebo in Orsini Park. If you plan to go, you should pre-order dinner to ensure it’s not sold out.
- They’re showing Bedknobs and Broomsticks at the Guilderland Public Library at 7 pm. Oh yes, there will be popcorn.
- Brookside Museum is having an outdoor Benefit Concert featuring Gravity at 7 pm. $15/grown up, kids free, burgers and dogs will be available for purchase.
- Take a Nightwalk at Five Rivers and look for some birds. It’s at 7 pm.
- Take an Almost Summer Solstice Sunset Hike from 7:30-9 pm at the Albany Pine Bush. $2/person, $5/family.
- It’s Star Watch time at 9 pm at Grafton Lakes State Park.
Saturday, June 19th:
- It’s the Scottish Festival at Fort Ticonderoga all day.
- At 10 am, learn about Wildflower Identification at Five Rivers.
- From 10 am to 3 pm, it’s the Upper Union Street (Schenectady) Strawberry Festival. Kids’ stuff includes pony rides and a petting zoo.
- From 10 am to 6 pm, it’s Troy’s River Street Festival.
- From 10-11:30 am, learn about Edible and Practical Uses of Plants at Wilton Wildlife Preserve. It’s free and designed for all ages, but you need to pre-register.
- It’s Planting Day at 10:30 am at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga.
- At 10:30 am it’s Little Wonders of Science: Fancy Nancy Sees Stars at the Schenectady Museum.
- From 11 am to 12:30 pm, take a hike and learn about restoration at the Albany Pine Bush. $2/person, $5/family, and pre-registration is required.
- At 11 am & 1 pm there are Planetarium Shows at the Henry Hudson Planetarium in Albany.
- From 11 am to 3 pm, there’s a World Refugee Day Picnic at Albany’s Washington Park.
- There’s a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. Doors open at 11 am, and there’s a Demolition Derby in the evening. $10/adult, $5/ kids 7 and up, kids 6 and under free.
- It’s Family Fun Weekend–Saturday only–from 1-4 pm at the New York State Museum. The theme is Birds and Butterflies.
- At 1 pm learn about Slipperies & Slimies at the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology in Troy. Ages 4 +, pre-registration is required, and it’s $2/non-member.
- From 1-3 pm, you can play Outdoor Games at the Chapman Historical Museum. It’s $3/child and reservations are required.
- At 2 pm, Rose Kent will be signing her book Rocky Road at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, and they’ll have ice cream tastings, too.
- At 2 pm, go on a Salamander Search at Thacher Park. It’s best for older kids–8 and up–and they ask you to call to register.
- At 2 pm, you can learn A Dozen Ways to Make Fire Without Matches at Grafton Lakes State Park. Again, not the best toddler activity.
- At 2 pm, learn about The Green World with hands-on activities at Five Rivers.
- Take a Twilight Kayak from 7-9 pm at Moreau Lake State Park. A limited number of kayaks are available for rent.
Sunday, June 20th:
- I am doing the 5k at the Crossings. It will be my first-ever 5k, and I am a bit nervous. When I first started out running a couple of months ago I was feeling pretty cocky, but my progress has absolutely slowed down. At this point, 5k is about as far as I am able to go, period, and the last time I took a serious run I hurt myself a teensy bit. So send happy-healthy running karma my way, please.
- Eagle Mills Cider Mill & Family Fun Park in Broadalbin opens for the season with a Father’s Day breakfast. I’d never heard of this place until I saw the notice about yummy pancakes. . . . Anyone been here? Worth it?
- Get The Dirt on Dirt at the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology in Troy. Ages 3+, pre-register, $2/non-member. Admission is free for dads and grandpas all day at the museum.
- From noon to 4 pm, it’s Sundae on the Farm at Arnoldhaven Farm in West Charlton. For more information, check out the TU’s Parenting Blog.
- Take a Father-Daughter Hike from 1-2 pm at the Albany Pine Bush.