The Last Full Week of August

Okay, my parents are visiting and we’re meeting cute W in downtown Albany for lunch tomorrow, but any suggestions on what else we should do?  Went to State Museum with them last time, Albany Institute & Albany Art Room are closed on Mondays, too wet & chilly for outdoor fun, don’t want to stray too far from Albany. . . any suggestions?  If so, let me know.  Meanwhile, here’s what’s going on this week:

All Week:

  • Missed out on Altamont or just can’t get enough fair?  The Washington County Fair runs from August 23-29.
  • From Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30-7 pm, the Lynwood Reformed Church is having a Block Party for kids from 4-12.  Free, but they’d like you to bring paper goods for a food pantry.

Monday, August 23rd:

Tuesday, August 24th:

Wednesday, August 25th:

  • At 9:30 am, there’s a free kids’ music program at the Open Door Bookstore.  Please call them to register.
  • Alas, it’s the last week of the Regal Cinema free movies at 10 am.  It’s Muppets from Space and Madagascar 2 at Crossgates and Jimmy Neutron and Akeelah and the Bee at Clifton Park Center.
  • Take a Mud Pond Hike at Moreau Lake State Park.
  • Preschoolers can participate in the ‘Tute for Tots at the Albany Institute of History & Art from 10-11:30 am.  It’s $5/non-member, and today’s theme is landscape collage.  Then, from 1-4 pm, 12- to 15-year-olds can do a more sophisticated version for a more sophisticated price of $20/non-member.
  • There’s Super Summer Science from 11 am to noon at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga.  Pre-register and pre-pay.
  • Lucky Ticket are playing at Half Moon Town Hall at 6 pm.
  • It’s the last of the Freedom Park concerts–the Rymanowski Bros. play at 7 pm.

Thursday, August 26th:

Friday, August 27th:


  1. amy

    what about the visitor’s center in quakenbush square? or the albany institute, which has an awesome children’s room? when i went solo with my eldest, we bought postcards of current exhibits in the giftshop beforehand and made a makeshift scavenger hunt out of looking for them. both are indoors!

  2. Thanks, Jenn and Amy, for the suggestions. The scavenger hunt idea is a great one, Amy. As it turns out, kids and grandparents had decided the plan by the time I stumbled out of bed this morning–it was Nanny McPhee Returns. I never saw the first movie, but I really liked this one. Even got a little weepy. Especially loved that there were tween girl characters who were not romantic or sexual in any way, because I am a little bit of a freak about that.

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