And here’s what’s coming up:
Thu, May 10: Sister Act at Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC) When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Sister Act is based on the hit 1992 film, featuring original music by Tony- and Oscar-winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors). A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!
Thu, May 10: Preschool Drop-In Storytime at Guilderland Public Library Drop-in storytime is for preschool children and their caregivers. Younger siblings are always welcome. Stories, flannel board activities, music, movement and more are all part of the fun. A short DVD and simple craft are offered each week as well.
Thu, May 10: Outdoors After School at 5 Rivers at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Each week will have a different theme and will include time to explore outdoors. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers.
Thu, May 10: Sensory Play at Childrens Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Help your child improve motor skills and increase his or her understanding of how the world works. Join CMOST staff in the GE Junior Discovery room for a hands-on sensory science activity. No pre-registration required, activity included with museum admission.
Thu, May 10: Toddler Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Central Library Fun with books, songs, finger plays and body movement! Followed by a simple craft.
Thu, May 10: Paddington Comes to America Exhibit at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art This coming April, The Carle is proud to be the first American museum to feature the beloved bear in Paddington™ Comes to America! From 32 Windsor Gardens in London, Paddington brings with him stories of humor, compassion, and marmalade. The exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the first book by Michael Bond, A Bear Called Paddington. Fifteen novels, numerous publishing formats, two television series and two successful movies have ensured the loveable bear from Darkest Peru remains as popular as ever. Original art by Paddington’s various illustrators provides comparisons of the iconic bear over time. Guests can “travel” to Paddington’s favorite sites in London posted around the gallery, stamping special London bus passes at each location.
Thu, May 10: Learn & Play Storytime at Castleton Public Library Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills! Join us for fun and learning every Thursday at 10:30.
Fri, May 11: Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture at Knox Octagon Barn Join us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by a star party if the weather is clear. If you want to see the Milky Way this is the place to be! Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Family friendly. Programs will be held rain or shine. Octagon Barn star parties are held monthly on a Friday night from April-November.
Fri, May 11: PJ Library Playgroup at The Herman & Libbie Michaelson Early Childhood Center of Temple Israel Join us every Friday for playtime in our indoor motor room and a fun Shabbat playtime. This program is open to children ages 3 months- 5 years and a caregiver.
Fri, May 11: SPRING CARDINALS PAINTING CLASS at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Fri, May 11: Wetland Trail Hike at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park A park naturalist will lead this short easy hike around the back pond into the wetland area. This is a great habitat for birds, ducks and turtles so keep your eyes peeled. Reservations are required with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Rating: Beginner
Sat, May 12: Beginner Birding Hike at Grafton Lakes State Park Gather at the Mill Pond parking area for this free 2 mile hike to explore the sounds of our spring visitors. No dogs please. Space is limited, binoculars are available first come first serve. Must pre-register by calling 518-279-1155.
Sat, May 12: Wild Tails of Albany Animals at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium The City of Albany is WILD! Wild Tails of Albany Animals is a first of its kind guided walking tour that leads your family on a safari through downtown Albany. Together with your guide, you will uncover many creatures in the form of carvings and statues hidden in plain sight. Your guide will regale you with historic tails of Albany’s long-time love of furry and feathered friends, big and small, including Owney the Railway Mail Dog and our beloved Nipper!
Sat, May 12: The Recorder Spring Fling at City of Amsterdam Recreation Department Our biggest vendor event! Live music, FREE amusement rides and bounce houses, art, games, food, car show & the Liberty League Baseball Tournament Championship game! (tentatively scheduled)
Sat, May 12: Schenectady County Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon at Schenectady County Schenectady County is proud to once again present this running, biking, and kayaking event. It will be held at Aqueduct Road and Mohawk Bikeway with paddling on the Mohawk River. Participants must be at least 13 years of age on the day of the race. Children 13‐15 must have parent or guardian on site during the race (parent does not need to be registered to accompany their child, but we encourage families to compete as a team!). Children ages 16 or older may compete alone.
Sat, May 12: Saturday Family Story Time at Saratoga Springs Public Library Incorporating elements of The Very Ready Reading Program (see program info from the Preschool Programs section). Siblings are welcome too! No registration required.
Sat, May 12: Parents’ Night Out at Twist’N Flip Colonie at Twist’N Flip Colonie, 20 Petra Lane, #6, Colonie, NY We’re parents too, so we know the value of relaxation and tired, content children. The quest for that, at times, seems futile. We’ll do our best to help.
Sat, May 12: Forward Tumbling Clinic at Twist’N Flip Gymnastics Glenmont Clinics are held throughout the year, all of which focus on gymnasts mastering a specific skill, or set of skills: back handspring, front walkover, bars, etc.
Sat, May 12: NEW MOON PAINTING CLASS at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Sat, May 12: Moreau Kayak Trip at Moreau Lake State Park Spring is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful spring time paddle is a great way to learn a new fun way to spend time outside. The Park Naturalist will lead this beginner’s paddle around the lake pointing out signs of spring and other wonderful sights that are more enjoyable from an up-close perspective given by a kayak. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.
Sat, May 12: Make a Gift for Mom at Childrens Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Join CMOST Staff in our Tinker Space and make a gift to celebrate Mother’s Day. There will be materials available for you to make your gift special, just like you! Free with museum admission.
Sun, May 13: Mother’s Day Sightseeing Cruise at Dutch Apple Cruises This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River on our Sightseeing Cruise of Albany! Round trip cruise departs from 141 Broadway, Albany, NY 12202 and heads South to Van Weis Point. Hudson River Historian will narrate about the history of Albany and point out sights along the Hudson River. Full cash bar & snack bar available with items for purchase! Welcome to also bring food, but NO BEVERAGES are allowed on board. Free parking lot available on site.
Sun, May 13: Mom’s Get 50% Off on Mother’s Day at Mountain Ridge Adventure Treetop Challenge Course & Zip Line Park Happy Mother’s Day to all the fantastic Moms in upstate NY. As an appreciation for all your hard work and loving kindness, Mountain Ridge Adventure is offering Mom’s 50% for a day of adventure.
Mon, May 14: Member’s Monday Morning at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga To show our appreciation for our members, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is open the second Monday morning of every month for members to enjoy an exclusive playtime at the Museum.
Mon, May 14: Open House at The Music Studio at The Music Studio Hour-long events to introduce parents and their children to The Music Studio. With information about “Let’s Begin”–our short-term summer classes for children ages 3-7, as well as our celebrated school-year program starting in the fall.
Tue, May 15: Preschool Storytime at Voorheesville Public Library Theme-based, multi-age level storytimes with an emphasis on early literacy. Books, rhymes, songs, a short video, and an art activity comprise the program. (Ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver.)
Tue, May 15: May Day Off Camp at the Albany JCC at Albany Jewish Community Center (JCC) -For JCC Members, JCC ASH/Montessori/Holy Names Afterschool Kids, and Olam Campers -Swimming, Games, Guest Entertainers, and more!
Tue, May 15: Kid’s Birding at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park Bring your kid to this fun birding event where we will try to see and learn as many birds as we can. We will walk down to our songbird viewing blind with some binoculars and bird field guides and try to scope out the birds! Please call the park office to register for this event with 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Each child is $1. Registration: Required
Wed, May 16: Yard Yahtzee at Castleton Public Library Come down to the library to play a giant version of one of our favorite games! We’l play Yahtzee on the front lawn. In case of bad weather, we’ll play inside. For ages 7 and up.
Wed, May 16: Homeschool Series – THE GLASS ART OF DALE CHIHULY at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for our Homeschool Art Programs! Explore the elements and principles of art, while learning about prominent artists, cultures, and movements throughout history.
Wed, May 16: Book of the Month Club at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Each month we will be exploring a new book and partnering the story with early‐literacy development activities, multi‐sensory projects, and crafts. For the month of May join us on our adventures as we read “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.
Fri, May 18: Slithering Snakes at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park Don’t fear our friendly snakes. Come and learn about the different kinds we take care of right here in our nature center that are also found in our park. We will talk about habitat, predators, prey and the habits of these misunderstood creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Registration: Required
Fri, May 18: LEARN TO SWIM- PRIVATE LESSONS at Serrago’s Swimmers Registration for Serrago’s Swimmers Spring 2018 Learn to Swim program is now open! Join us starting March 26 for Monday – Friday swim lessons in Albany. PRIVATE swim lessons and expert instruction are the key to learning how to swim!
Fri, May 18: UNDER THE STARS PAINTING CLASS *Special $25 *ALL AGES NIGHT at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Sat, May 19: Saturday Star Shows at Henry Hudson Planetarium at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Public astronomy programs are held the third Saturday of each month. Interactive programs exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky. $3 all seats 11:00 am – Children’s Star Sighting: Appropriate for children pre-K – 2nd grades and their families 1:00 pm – Albany Star Sighting: Geared toward skywatchers ages 8 and above PLEASE NOTE: Based on the nature of our programming, once the star program has begun and the planetarium doors are closed, there is no admittance. Best policy is to arrive before the scheduled program time to be assured admittance.
Sat, May 19: Niska-Day at Niskayuna, Town of WOW….37 YEARS and still going strong!!!! It’s hard to believe this is the 37th year Niska-Day has been brought to the community by the Niskayuna Community Action Program (N-CAP). On May 19th, “Magic will be in the air” as we celebrate living, working and learning in Niskayuna! Magicians will be on hand all day to entertain and amaze us with illusions of all types. From the parade to the festivities at the Craig Elementary School grounds, the magic of Niska-Day will be felt.
Sat, May 19: Waterford Canal Festival at Waterford Harbor Visitors Center and Lock E-2 Park Join us for this annual event as we welcome new and returning vendors to line the banks of the Erie Canal. Enjoy live music, dance performances, children’s activities, kayaking, educational walks and presentations and more.
Sat, May 19: Parents’ Night Out at Twist’N Flip Rotterdam at Twist’N Flip Rotterdam We’re parents too, so we know the value of relaxation and tired, content children. The quest for that, at times, seems futile. We’ll do our best to help
Sat, May 19: 2018 Finger Lakes Celtic Games And Festival at Finger Lakes Celtic Society We have undertaken the task of producing not just a festival, but an Annual Cultural Event in the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region, including Highland Heavy Games, A Gathering of Clans, Bag Piping competition, Irish and Scottish Dance, Celtic Music, History, Heritage, and so much more.
Sat, May 19: Open House at Clifton Park Nursery School Come visit our cooperative, family-centered preschool to learn how our play-based program can be the perfect first step for your child. Clifton Park Nursery School Open House, May 19, 1-3PM, 344 Moe Rd., Clifton Park.
Sat, May 19: SPRING BIRCH PAINTING CLASS at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Sat, May 19: Little Wonders of Science at miSci at miSci Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly. Preregister online.
Sat, May 19: Watchable Wildlife: Wildlife Walk at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center This outdoor walk is suitable for people of all ages. Join us on Five Rivers trails to look and listen for signs of wildlife on this mile-long walk on relatively flat trails. We hope to encounter birds, turtles and mammals. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
Sat, May 19: Birding with Rich Guthrie at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Spring is here and birdsong is in the air!
Sat, May 19: Saturday Storytimes at The William K. Sanford Town Library/Colonie Town Library Storytime for children of all ages with a caregiver.
Sat, May 19: Kids to Parks Day – Nature Walk at Schoharie Crossing at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Spring is in the Air! Bring the kids or grandkids out to Schoharie Crossing for a nature program and exploration of the natural wonders of this rich historic site! We’ll traverse the trail*, watching for birds and spotting wildflowers along the way! After the walk, enjoy a picnic lunch at the site and create new memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited to once again be part of National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day! We will conduct a Nature Walk leaving the Visitor Center at 11am – *roundtrip approx. 90 minutes with interpretive staff. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is partnered with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (yes! we have a National Parks Stamp too!)
Sat, May 19: Touch-a-Truck Event at Bestpass, Inc. The Touch-a-Truck Event family fundraiser will give children, their parents and other attendees up-close access to a variety of trucks and emergency vehicles while also raising funds to provide critical and timely financial assistance to veterans.
Sun, May 20: Greek Festival – St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church Join us as Albany Goes Greek for 3 days with continuous LIVE Greek Music & Greek dancers in traditional costumes, authentic Greek Casual Dining, a Greek Pastry Shop featuring homemade pastries, various Greek foods under the tent, souvenir and jewelry shops, amusement rides for young children, and Church Tours.
Sun, May 20: The Mopco Family Improv Show at Mopco Improv Theatre Fun and highly interactive all-ages comedy show for kids, teens, and adults! Based off of suggestions from the audience, our improvisers create scenes and songs off the top of their heads. Kid-friendly snacks and drinks available in our cafe 🙂
Sun, May 20: Family Paint Workshop at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us for an afternoon of painting fun for the whole family! This special paint workshop is a great parent child bonding opportunity and makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift, too. To start we’ll get experimental as we try out mark marking by painting without brushes. Engaging materials like feathers, and bubble wrap will be used to create movement, pattern and lines. We’ll also paint our own masterworks as our teaching artist leads us through a beautiful birch tree landscape painting created on canvas board.
Sun, May 20: Family Paint Workshop at Albany Institute of History and Art This special paint workshop is a great opportunity for parents and children to make art together! (It makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift, too!)
Mon, May 21: PAWS for Reading at Schenectady County Public Library – Glenville Branch Come read to our therapy dog, Louis!
Tue, May 22: Mud Pond Hike at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park This hike is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is fairly easy, at about 2.5 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.
Tue, May 22: Organ Concert Series at Proctors at Proctors Proctors invites all Capital Region residents and visitors to attend a free noontime organ concert featuring “Goldie” — Proctors mighty Wurlitzer Organ on the Mainstage at Proctors. The Organ Concert Series is performed by member of the Hudson – Mohawk Theatre Organ Society.
Tue, May 22: Turtle Talk at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park Harrelson and Daryl are our two resident terrestrial turtles that we care for here at the park. Come and spend some time learning about their habits, habitat, diet and what life would look like in the wild. Afterwards we will take a little walk with them on the beach. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Children and seniors are $1, everyone else is $2.
Tue, May 22: Cool Science: The Case of the Floating Ping Pong Ball at Castleton Public Library In this month’s exploration, we’ll use a hairdryer to float ping pong balls and learn about gravity!
Wed, May 23: World Turtle Day Celebration at Childrens Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Did you know that CMOST is home to several different types of turtles? From 11:00-3:00 today we will be learning about turtles, reading turtle stories and making turtle art & craft projects. All activities are free with museum admission and are suitable for children of all ages.
Wed, May 23: Character Design & Storytelling for Comics at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY art studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun & creative kids class!
Thu, May 24: Schenectady LGBTQA Youth Group (Ages 18 & under) at Schenectady YMCA Meets every Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm at YMCA Schenectady (433 State Street, Schenectady) This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 18 and under to discuss issues of coming out, school, work, and relationships in a group of their peers and to socialize and meet new friends. Facilitated by trained volunteers, this group empowers youth to become advocates from themselves and provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded peers across school districts.
Thu, May 24: Play Group at New Covenant Nursery School FREE PLAYGROUP: Mugs & Hugs Playgroup for little ones of all ages Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Open to the public, drop-ins encouraged!
Thu, May 24: Citizen Science: EARLY BIRDERS at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Come celebrate the dawn chorus as we monitor the progression of spring bird migration. These outdoor surveys begin at 7:30 AM. Meet at the bird-viewing window in the visitor center. After a brief introduction, we’ll head out on the trails. Beginners are always welcome. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. In case of inclement weather, these programs will be canceled. For more information, call 518-475-0291. NOTE: Organized groups (scouts, schools, hiking clubs, etc.) are welcome, but are asked to call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register.
Thu, May 24: Going Dutch at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium The Albany Dutch are more than just tulips and wooden shoes! Echoes of Albany’s Dutch roots can be felt throughout the City, from our street names to our architectural gems. Going Dutch is a guided walking tour within the original perimeter of Beverwyck. Learn how the tenacious Dutch adapted to the New World, formed relationships with the Native Americans and adjusted to English rule before the Revolution.
Fri, May 25: Troy Night Out at Troy, New York Downtown Business Improvement District A monthly arts and cultural event that takes place the last Friday of EVERY month in downtown Troy
Fri, May 25: Albany LGBTQA Youth Group (Ages 18 & under) at Pride Center of the Capital Region Meets every Friday at from 5-6:30 pm at the Pride Center (332 Hudson Avenue, Albany) This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 18 and under to discuss issues of coming out, school, work, and relationships in a group of their peers and to socialize and meet new friends. Facilitated by trained volunteers, and supervised by Pride Center staff, the group empowers youth to become strong, independent, and community-minded and provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded peers across school districts.
Fri, May 25: Investigate the A in STEaM Fridays at Childrens Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Designed for our younger visitors, children will have an opportunity to explore a different creative art activity each week.
Fri, May 25: FULL BLOOM PAINTING CLASS *Special $25 *ALL AGES NIGHT at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Fri, May 25: Busy Bees at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This open playgroup style program is exclusively for our youngest visitors and their caregivers. We provide the space and activities for you to create an environment that fosters early childhood development in a social setting. Meet new families; make ne
Fri, May 25: Let’s Grown Green at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Join us as we prepare our community garden for the season. This program will introduce the art and science of gardening to your child, as well as, increase their awareness of botany, outdoor recreation and nutrition.
Sat, May 26: Terrific Turtles at Albany Pine Bush at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Have you ever seen a turtle in the Pine Bush? They’re here! In this program, we will learn what kinds of turtles live in the Pine Bush, where they live, and how they survive. We will start our program indoors with a live turtle presentation and continue outside for a hike into turtle habitat. We will caravan to another trailhead where we will hike approximately one-half mile. Participants must provide their own transportation. All ages.
Sat, May 26: Hudson River Kayak at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park Spring is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a great way to start. The Park Naturalist will lead this paddle along the river pointing out signs of wildlife and other wonderful sights while teaching strokes and kayaking safety. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.
Sat, May 26: TIME TO BLOOM PAINTING CLASS at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Sat, May 26: “What is a Vernal Pond?” at Thacher Park at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Come and find out what a Vernal Pool is all about!
Sat, May 26: Family Saturday at Hanford Mills Museum Family Saturdays at Hanford Mills Museum provide a field trip for families, with special kid-friendly activities at this water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Kids 12 and under always get free admission at Hanford Mills
Sun, May 27: The GottaGetGon Festival at Saratoga County Fair Grounds in Ballston Spa, New York A traditional, family friendly Folk Music Festival held annually at the Saratoga County NY Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa NY. Live performances, workshops, camping.
Sun, May 27: Making Connections Autism Program at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 10am-noon, FREE for children on the autism spectrum and their families. This once a month program is offered by the Museum as an early intervention program for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Sun, May 27: Making Connections Autism Program at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga FREE for children on the autism spectrum and their families. This once a month program is offered by the Museum as an early intervention program for children on the autism spectrum and their families.
Mon, May 28: Meandering Mondays at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park Join a park educator on a morning adventure. This is the first of a series to get out and go hiking. Our first hike we will start off with something a little less challenging and hike along the back pond on the Wetland trail. This is an easy, flat and short route that still has some exciting scenery. Please call the park office with 24-hour advanced notice to reserve a spot, 518-793-0511, all are welcome. Adults 62 and under are $2. Children and seniors are $1. We will meet and check in at the office. Rating: Beginner