The End of Summer

Phew!  We went and saw the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. at Freedom Park, then found Mary sitting on her front porch and chatted with her, so the kids weren’t in bed (and therefore I hadn’t started this post) until 9:45 pm.  Put it together while watching the Emmys, except that I missed all the fun stuff.  Apparently I have to put the Temple Grandin movie in the Netflix Queue.  I already linked to her TED Talk at the CBS blog.

Anyway, scouting about the internet, I noticed that the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology has started including a detailed list of activities throughout the day–helpful, I think.  I’d love comments on which of these activites are “worth it” and which are perhaps a teensy bit lame–then folks who are visiting can plan better.

Here’s what’s going on this week:

Joyful Jumpers is having a Scholastic Book Fair this week and next week.  Who doesn’t love a little Scholastic Book action?  Okay, I know:  they publish some junkier stuff, too, these days, but they’re still fun.


Monday, August 30th:

  • At 10:30 am, they’re doing a Music Together demonstration at the Pine Hills Branch Library.
  • At 10:30 am, preschoolers can make crafts with recycled materials at the downtown Albany Public Library.
  • Do a Scavenger Hunt at Moreau Lake at 11 am.  You’ll notice that they have something pretty much every day.  If you’ve never visited, now’s a great week to do it, because then you can stay and swim at the beach–it’s still open!
  • It’s Luau Day from noon to 4 pm at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga.  This is the last of the special themed Mondays, I think. Free with admission, drop-in.
  • At 2 pm, they’ll have a Lego Building Blitz for school-aged kids at the Mont Pleasant Branch Library.
  • At 6 pm, they’re showing Up at the Bach Branch Library.
  • The Valleycats game tonight includes Back-to-School giveaways, a drawing for Yankees tickets, and fireworks.

Tuesday, August 31st:

Wednesday, September 1st:

Thursday, September 2nd:

  • It’s Craft Day at 1 pm at Moreau Lake.
  • At 2 pm and 5 pm, you can see Yo Gabba Gabba Live at the Times Union Center.
  • At 7 pm, it’s Lego Night at the Niskayuna Barnes & Noble.
  • At 7  pm, there’s a Children’s Circle Storytime & Playtime at the Bethlehem Public Library.  This program is designed to accommodate children with special needs.

Friday, September 3rd:

  • Not only can you do some stretching with Stuffee from 10-10:30 am at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga,  but there’s a special guest, Scrubby Bear, who’ll teach about handwashing.  Free with admission, drop-in.
  • Take a Hike at Moreau Lake at 10 am.
  • Kids 8 and up can register to Learn How to Yoyo at 3:30 pm at the downtown Albany Public Library.  They’ll learn from yoyo champion Tim Tilstra. Register at 427-4310.
  • At 4 pm, teens (well, 12 and up) can learn Japanese Writing at the Bach Branch Library.  This is a series of classes where they’ll learn  the meaning of Japanese characters and how to write them.  And, they’ll get Japanese snacks too.
  • It’s First Friday in Albany from 5-9 pm.
  • It’s First Friday in Ballston Spa from 6-9 pm

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