This Weekend

Did you get outside for some of those precious hours of sunshine today? We let the girls stay up a bit too late, and then when they did come in, they were filthy. I had to set up a foot-washing station at the kitchen sink before sending them upstairs to brush teeth. In fact, they were lined up on the counter and J was singing It’s a Hard Knock Life. Which seemed rather iroic, since they were still up at 8:20 pm and I was lovingly soaping up their tootsies and spraying them clean with warm water.

It’s Niska-Day weekend! That’s a big deal at our house. This will be the first time in years that we won’t be marching in the parade. Here are M and I with the nursery school banner years ago.

But there’s some other stuff going on, too, of course.

All Weekend:

Friday, May 20th:

Saturday, May 21st:

  • It’s National Kids to Parks Day.
  • It’s Niska-Day with a fun run, parade, carnival, and fireworks.
  • Celebrate World Turtle Day at 10 am at Five Rivers.
  • From 10 am to 1 pm, Albany PAL is running a Bike Rodeo at the Boat Launch under the Bridge at the Corning Preserve.
  • From 10 am to 7 pm, it’s the Main Street Spring Fling in Amsterdam.
  • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will close at 2 pm today.
  • Take a Wildflower Walk at 10 am at Thacher Park. Call to reserve.
  • My Place to Play is having an Indoor Beach Party from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $6 if you pre-register by Thursday or $7.50 at the door.
  • From 10 am to 4 pm it’s LupineFest at Albany Pine Bush. It’s free.
  • It’s Little Wonders of Science from 11 am-noon at the Schenectady Museum. The theme is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and it’s free with museum admission.
  • At 11 am, there’s a family gardening program called Sowing Seed of Summer Fun at the Guilderland Public Library. It’s designed for kids 4-8. Family registration is required.
  • Go on a Treasure Hunt at Grafton Lakes at 1 pm. Parents will need to help, but kids 5 and up will enjoy this adventure.
  • Take a Twilight Kayak at Moreau Lake. They don’t list a specific time. Kayak rentals are available first-come, first-serve, so call to reserve and get details.

Sunday, May 22nd:

  • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is closed today.
  • There’s a free Wildflower Walk from 9-10:30 am at Vischer Ferry Preserve.
  • Junior birders can learn about Bird Banding at 9:30 am at Thacher Nature Center.
  • From 10 am to 3 pm, it’s the Great American Pet Festival at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. Pony rides, a bounce house, on-site adoptions.
  • It’s the Montgomery County May Fest at Fonda Fairgrounds (a 40-minute drive northwest) from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt at 11 am at Moreau Lake.
  • At noon it’s Family Yoga at Breathing Room in Delmar. It’s $20/family.
  • There’s a Free Electronics Recycling Day at Clifton Park Center from noon to 4 pm. Yeah, okay: I know that this doesn’t particularly sound like fun. But recently two different friends ran into each other at some electronics recycling event and people were literally waiting for hours to recycle, so I thought that there might be some readers who are interested.
  • At 1 pm, learn about Alien Invaders! The Truth about Invasive Speciesat the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology.  Pre-register; it’s $2/non-member.
  • Take a Wildflower Walk at Dyken Pond at 2 pm.
  • It’s The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! at the Palace Theatre at 3 pm. $25/adult,  $12.50/child.

Okay, when I was looking for a Niska-Day photo, I found this one, and it was just too unbelievably adorable. It had to be shared.


Their Aunt T sent the fab-o sunhats. I don’t think that the two of them ever wore the hats simultaneously again. Also, I’m pretty sure that I ditched this borrowed stroller pretty quick: the stadium seating just didn’t work for us.



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