Events

Here is this week’s KidsOutAndAbout newsletter.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Tri-City ValleyCats vs. State College Spikes with Fireworks! at Joe Bruno Stadium Field of Dreams Night! We commemorate the 30th anniversary of this classic baseball film! Postgame Fireworks!! Presented By Price Chopper / Market 32

Thu, Jul 11: Music Storytime at Castleton Public Library Join us for a special storytime with local musician Kevin Haran! All ages welcome.

Thu, Jul 11: Build with Keva Planks at Castleton Public Library Want to build something cool? Drop in and make a tower or other exciting structure out of Keva Planks!

Thu, Jul 11: Teen Time: Sharpie Tie Dye at Castleton Public Library Stop by for simple, fun tie-dyeing with Sharpies! Bring your own t-shirt or other item. For teens going into 6th-12th grades in fall.

Thu, Jul 11: Barker Park: Space Carnival at Barker Park in Troy FREE – Join us for an out-of-this world Space Carnival! Make a UFO at our craft station, dance to our space themed playlist, and snap a picture in our photo booth, complete with planet and star props. Face painting, games, books, and so much more – join us for this exciting kick-off to the series!

Thu, Jul 11: Dinoman: Solar System at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Drop-in family program. Recommended for children ages four and up with an adult.

Thu, Jul 11: Space Out STEAM Activities: Rockets at Troy Public Library Hands on Rocket activities and crafts for kids. All ages. No registration required.

Thu, Jul 11: What’s the Scoop?-Lansingburgh Branch at Troy Public Library Lansingburgh Branch Learn how to make your own icecream and enjoy some of this sweet treat. For kids ages 5 and up. Presented by the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology. Located at the Lansingburgh Branch.

Fri, Jul 12: Schenectady County Summer Night at Schenectady County The Schenectady County Legislature proudly announces Smash Mouth will headline Schenectady County SummerNight 2019. This FREE summer family-friendly block party, with support from our presenting sponsors Rivers Casino & Resort, Times Union, and Saratoga Eagle in partnership with B95.5, will be held on Friday July 12, from 5:00pm until 10:00pm in Downtown Schenectady (on State Street between Broadway and Barrett Street and on the Jay Street Pedestrian Mall) – right in the heart of the city’s revitalized and exciting downtown. “The Capital Region’s biggest summer block party just keeps getting bigger and better,” said Cathy Gatta, Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Tourism, Arts and Special Events. “Smash Mouth continues our tradition of bringing big name talent to our rejuvenated downtown, and all for free! So we invite all of our residents and visitors from around the region to come to SummerNight for a fun-filled evening of great music, food, and fun.” This year’s celebration will feature live musical performances, games, and great food. The GE Main Stage on State Street will rock throughout the evening with the sounds of Schenectady County’s 2017 and 2018 Battle of the Bands winners Bendt and Hasty Page. Closing out the show will be Grammy Nominated and Multi-Platinum selling rock band Smash Mouth, followed by the grand finale Price Chopper & Market 32 fireworks. Additional musical performances on the WEQX Stage will be Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Bank, Sly Fox and the Hustlers, and Honey Suckle Vine.

Fri, Jul 12: Community Drum Circle at Landis Arboretum A drum circle is any group of people in a circle playing hand-drums and percussion. It can range in size from a handful of players to thousands of participants. Our drum circle is not focused on ethnic drumming but rather drumming created by folks of all ages who have come together to have a little fun. Anyone can drum, including those who have never drummed — don’t worry: we will teach you.

Fri, Jul 12: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. State College Spikes at Joe Bruno Stadium Wizard Night! A night of magical witchcraft and wizardry fun! Softball Night! We recognize softball leagues throughout the Capital Region!

Fri, Jul 12: Legomania! at Castleton Public Library We’ll have our big Lego bins out for this build-a-thon! Come make something awesome! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Fri, Jul 12: Family Movie Night: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase at Castleton Public Library All ages are welcome at our Family Movie Night! This month’s feature is “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase” (PG). Held Upstairs.

Fri, Jul 12: Lollipops Children’s Shop- Hosting Silhouette Artist, Erik Johnson at Lollipops Children’s Shop- Latham, NY Lollipops Children’s Shop will be hosting artist Erik Johnson a highly skilled, 3rd generation silhouette artist, who learned the craft from his father. Within minutes, Erik hand cuts each silhouette just by lookining at the subjects profile. When he’s done you’ll have an amazing keepsake silhouette of your child. Silhouettes make great gifts!

Fri, Jul 12: Tour the Niskayuna Co-Op Nursery School at Niskayuna Cooperative Nursery School Is play-based preschool right for your 3-year-old? Tour the preschool with your child, meet the teacher, and see what play-based school is all about! Potty-training is NOT required.

Sat, Jul 13: Kids Day at the Plaza Presented by MVP Health Care at Empire State Plaza It’s all about the kids with balloons, face painting, bounce rides, magic shows, a Touch-a-Truck display, the Two by Two Zoo, and more. On the main stage, join Jay, Kumi and Crick of the Beat Bugs, for a fun singalong featuring songs made famous by The Beatles.

Sat, Jul 13: Mountain Bike Skills Development Camp at Gore Mountain All-day and morning-only downhill & cross-country mountain biking camps for beginner and intermediate riders.

Sat, Jul 13: American Girl Day at Clermont at Friends of Clermont Bring your favorite 18-inch-tall fashion doll for a fun, history filled adventure at Clermont! American Girl fans and their grownups will go on a special tour of the mansion, meet dolls styled to represent real girls who lived at Clermont, enjoy a tea party, and make doll sized crafts. This program is for children ages 5 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and reservations are required—don’t miss your chance to participate in this great new event at the mansion!

Sat, Jul 13: Modernism at the Woodstock Art Colony at New York State Museum Come learn how the artists from the Woodstock Colony incorporated these new and exciting styles into their own works and try them out for yourself while creating your own art.

Sat, Jul 13: Three Quarter North ~ Bluegrass: A Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Sat, Jul 13: Creative Writing Games at Castleton Public Library Do you like to write? Kids & teens ages 8-18 are invited to join this fun, interactive writing session!

Sat, Jul 13: Connect with Nature! Nature Journaling! at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center Come to Mud Creek ELC for a family friendly nature journaling event!

Sat, Jul 13: Family Movie Night at Woodlawn Park – Feature: A Dog’s Way Home at Woodlawn Park Saturday, July 13th ~ 8 PM ~ A Free Outdoor Movie Event Under the Stars! Door Prizes and Give-Aways for children. Pizza, Popcorn and Beverages provided.

Sun, Jul 14: Performing Arts at the Common at Clifton Common Free concerts at Clifton Common Stage (next to basketball courts.) Performances begin 7 pm rain or shine. Lawn chairs are welcome.

Sun, Jul 14: Eribeth Chamber Players ~ String Quartet: Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Sun, Jul 14: Hansel and Gretel presented by Opera Saratoga at Spa Little Theater Sung in German with English Supertitles The classic fairy tale comes alive anew in this remarkable production for the whole family. Join us as Hansel and Gretel venture out into the forest, where they come upon an irresistible gingerbread house and its owner, a very hungry wicked witch who cooks up plans to turn the kids into her own tasty treats! Hansel and Gretel returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in 29 years in a boundary-breaking production by the Chicago-based theater company Manual Cinema, originally created for La Monnaie in Brussels. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry and cinematic techniques to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. Using vintage overhead projectors, puppets, actors, and live feed cameras, Manual Cinema’s production of Hansel and Gretel is a remarkable hybrid between attending the cinema and the opera. Opera Saratoga presents the East Coast premiere of this truly unique version of one of the most beloved operas in the repertoire, featuring members of Opera Saratoga’s internationally acclaimed Young Artist Program in all of the principal roles, with a guest appearance by members of the Children’s Chorus of the Glens Falls Symphony. This production is suitable for all audiences and is ideal for families!

Mon, Jul 15: Castleton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting at Castleton Public Library Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Mon, Jul 15: Candy Sushi at Castleton Public Library Unleash your inner sushi chef by crafting candy into edible works of art! Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Mon, Jul 15: Reptile Adventure! @Woodlawn Branch, Schenectady Public Library at Schenectady County Public Library Join presenter Jessica Shea for an hands-on presentation with live reptiles including tortoise, lizards, and snakes!

Mon, Jul 15: Beat The Heat at FunPlex Fun Park Stay cool by enjoying half price Bumper Boats and Water Wars (2 teams catapulting water balloons at each other!). Visit www.funplexfunpark.com for the coupon and more information. Limit 5 total per family.

Tue, Jul 16: Sing – Free Summer Movie at Palace Theatre Doors Open at NOON for Fun & Activities / Movie Begins at 1PM

Tue, Jul 16: Afternoon Book Club – “Frankenstein” at Castleton Public Library Join us the third Tuesday of each month for a book discussion! July’s book is “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley. Books available at front desk. For adults.

Tue, Jul 16: Cool Science: Glowing and Exploding Art! at Castleton Public Library Join us at the library to learn about chemical reactions and make special glow-in-the-dark art!

Tue, Jul 16: Heldeberg Marionettes-The Prince Swan at Troy Public Library The Heldeberg Marionettes will be presenting their puppet show The Prince Swan, performed with hand crafted puppets. For kids ages 3 and up. Children under 7 must be accompanied by caregiver. No registration required.

Wed, Jul 17: Screaming Orphans: A Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Wed, Jul 17: Capital Concert Series at Empire State Plaza — New York State Office of General Services Free concert series at Empire State Plaza.

Wed, Jul 17: Family Storytime at Albany Public Library: Delaware Branch Stories and fun for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and their caregivers. Ages 0 to 5

Wed, Jul 17: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Lowell Spinners with Fireworks! at Joe Bruno Stadium Heroes Night! A night of superheroes & community heroes! Postgame Fireworks!! Presented By Price Chopper / Market 32

Wed, Jul 17: Friends of Castleton Public Library Monthly Meeting at Castleton Public Library Come get involved with the Friends of Castleton Public Library! In addition to funding our summer reading program and our museum pass program, the Friends also coordinate family-friendly events, volunteer, and raise money to donate to the library for materials and equipment. If you are interested in learning more about the Friends, please consider attending the Friends of CPL meeting at the library.

Wed, Jul 17: Babywearing Stay and Play at King of Kings Lutheran Church Learn about babywearing, try on carriers from our lending library, and then stay for a play date. We will be meeting at a church with a large activity center and a large open field for playing. We are family friendly and encourage siblings and older children join in the fun for the summer.

Wed, Jul 17: Crafternoon at Castleton Public Library We have lots of craft supplies – bring your imagination and make something awesome!

Wed, Jul 17: Reptile Adventure at Castleton Public Library Meet live tortoises, lizards, and snakes! Participants will get the opportunity to touch and hold some animals, and they’ll be able to watch animals eat fruit & eggs. We’ll also discuss ecology, adaptations, and invasive species. Funding for this event provided by Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match Program.

Wed, Jul 17: Karner Blue Butterfly Walks At the Old Gick Farm Trail at Old Gick Farm Trail Head off of Route 50 Come on a butterfly-seeking walk with us! We will be looking for adults that are searching for nectar and mates in the open pine/oak savannah meadows.

Wed, Jul 17: Karner Blue Butterfly Walks At the Old Gick Farm Trail at Old Gick Farm Trail Head off of Route 50 Come on a butterfly-seeking walk with us! We will be looking for adults that are searching for nectar and mates in the open pine/oak savannah meadows.

Wed, Jul 17: Space Out STEAM Activities: Space Unicorns at Troy Public Library Hands on space and unicorn themed activities and crafts at the library. All ages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Thu, Jul 18: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Lowell Spinners at Joe Bruno Stadium Veterans Night!

Thu, Jul 18: Meet a Policeman Storytime at Castleton Public Library We’ll read a book about police officers, and then get to meet a real-life police officer and see his police car! All ages.

Thu, Jul 18: Water Balloon Baseball at Castleton Public Library Beat the heat with this exciting version of baseball using water balloons — be prepared to get wet! Ages 7 and up.

Thu, Jul 18: Barker Park: Andy the Music Man at Barker Park in Troy Andy “The Music Man” Morse is a popular children’s musician renowned for the special way he connects with his audiences. A talented guitarist, mandolin player and songwriter, Andy mingles traditional and original songs and novelty, delighting and involving kids through sing-a-longs, dancing, play-acting and storytelling.

Thu, Jul 18: Out of this World-Lansingburgh Branch at Troy Public Library Lansingburgh Branch Learn about the constellations in our sky and try to defy gravity in our space program, presented by CMOST. For kids ages 5-11. No registration required. Located at the Lansingburgh Branch.

Fri, Jul 19: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Lowell Spinners with Fireworks! at Joe Bruno Stadium Public Safety Awareness Night! Learn many different ways to stay safe by visiting vendors along our concourse! | Presented By National Grid Faith & Family Night! Enjoy fellowship with family and friends. Call us to inquire how you can be part of our pre-game festivities. Postgame Fireworks!! Presented By Price Chopper / Market 32

Fri, Jul 19: Live at Landis 2019 Full Moon Music Series at Landis Arboretum Tonight’s performers: THE HOP CITY HELL CATS These events are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Fri, Jul 19: Bridge Club at Castleton Public Library Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher

Fri, Jul 19: Recycled Art: Magazine Collages at Castleton Public Library Create a one-of-a-kind collage using pictures, patterns, and words from magazines!

Fri, Jul 19: Exciting Eyes at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us to admire striking eyes in artwork on view and draw your own eyes which can be used to create a dynamic necklace pendant!

Sat, Jul 20: Children’s Star Sighting Show at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Interactive program exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky. Geared to children ages 3-7 and their families.

Sat, Jul 20: Albany Star Sighting at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Interactive program identifies stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky and the tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer. Geared for skywatchers ages 8 and above.

Sat, Jul 20: Praise in the Park ~ Christian rock: A Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Sat, Jul 20: Mountaintop Yoga Class at Gore Mountain Gentle Yoga & Vinyasa Power 1-hour class, Scenic Skyride Included!

Sat, Jul 20: Mettawee River Theater Company: “The Ringdove” at Landis Arboretum The Mettawee River Theater Company, founded in 1975, creates original theater productions that incorporate masks, giant figures, puppets, and other visual elements with live music, movement, and text. Its productions are drawn from the myths, legends, and folklore of the world’s diverse cultures. This year’s offering, “The Ringdove,” is based on “The Panchatantra,” a collection of allegorical tales from ancient India.

Sat, Jul 20: Dragonflies and Damselflies at Landis Arboretum Dragonflies love hot summer days! You will learn what to look for, how to tell dragonflies from damselflies, how to recognize habitat preferences, and how to capture and identify using a field guide.

Sat, Jul 20: Make With Me Princess Tree Class at The Pottery Place- Albany, NY This class is for an Adult and a Child to paint an adorable “Princess Tree” together that you can keep out year round!

Sat, Jul 20: Silent Disco – Colonie Center Shopping Mall at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Rock out to the Silent Disco (headphone rental required), AND get a free show from In Real Life at Center Court in Colonie Center on Saturday, July 20th starting at 7pm!!

Sat, Jul 20: Mr. Twisty’s Super Silly Magical Show at Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting Spend a magical and silly morning, on July 20th at 10:30am at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting, with Mr. Twisty and his sidekick, Izzy the dog!

Sat, Jul 20: Jingle In The Jungle at Christmas Land Come make an edible ornament for the forest animals and take an Elf Trail Walk to hear a reading of the Night Tree in the Christmas Land Magical Forest. Meet the Forest Animals all the way from the Utica Zoo. Zoo will be there from 1pm to 4pm. Water balloon games, Wood stove pizza, beverage and frozen treat. All of these activities including pizza ,beverage and frozen treat for $15 a child. Kitten angels adoption clinic from 12pm to 4pm. ADULTS DO NOT NEED TICKETS!! TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR!!

Sat, Jul 20: Jingle In The Jungle at Christmas Land Summer Fun at Christmas Land on July 20! Meet the Forest Animals from Utica Zoo. Take an Elf Trail Walk. Make an Edible Ornament for Forest Animals. Hear a reading of the Night Tree in the Christmas Land Magical Forest. Feast on wood stove pizza. Water balloon games. Surprise visit by Santa. Meet the Forest Animals all the way from the Utica Zoo.

Sat, Jul 20: Perler Bead Crafts at Castleton Public Library Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Sat, Jul 20: Lunar Engagement Day – miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Join us for a fun filled day all about our Moon! We have film screenings, hands-on activities, solar observing and more!

Sat, Jul 20: Justice “Back to School” Fashion Show – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall We are ready for the runway! Join Justice for a fashion show and discover all the latest trends for the new school year.

Sun, Jul 21: Route Fifty 5 ~ brass quintet: A Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Mon, Jul 22: Marble Run Fun at Castleton Public Library Use your imagination to make a maze for a marble to travel through using our special kit. Then drop in a marble and watch it work! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Mon, Jul 22: Miss Lisa’s MusicKids @Woodlawn Branch, Schenectady Public Library at Schenectady County Public Library Rock out with songs, instruments and movement at the library with Miss Lisa!

Tue, Jul 23: Finding Nemo – Free Summer Movie at Palace Theatre Doors Open at NOON for Fun & Activities / Movie Begins at 1PM

Tue, Jul 23: Tykes Tuesday Presented by SEFCU – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Crossgates is proud to announce the 2019 Tykes Tuesday schedule of events presented by SEFCU.

Tue, Jul 23: Cool Science: Slime! at Castleton Public Library We’ll get messy learning about the science behind slime, then we’ll make some slime to take home!

Tue, Jul 23: Space Out STEAM Activities: Galaxy Rocks at Troy Public Library Hands on Galaxy Rocks themed activities and crafts. All ages. Kids under 7 must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Tue, Jul 23: Nature Arts Hour at Camp Saratoga, Parking Lot 1 Join us under the pavilion each Tuesday for a new creative nature arts project. Please use Parking Lot #1 located on Scout Road directly across from Delegan Pond. Registration is suggested so we can have enough supplies.

Wed, Jul 24: Refrigerators ~ party rock: A Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Wed, Jul 24: Knock Hockey at Castleton Public Library Bring a friend to the library and play a game of tabletop hockey!

Wed, Jul 24: Color Me Calm: Coloring for Grown-Ups at Castleton Public Library Coloring for adults? Absolutely! It’s a relaxing, stress-relieving, and fun way to spend an hour or two. We’ll also have soothing music and herbal tea to help you unwind.

Wed, Jul 24: Birds of Prey at Troy Public Library Meet and learn about live birds of prey at the library. All ages. No registration required.

Thu, Jul 25: Free Concerts at The Crossings at The Crossings of Colonie All shows in the gazebo, rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families, dancing partners and picnics to the Crossings of Colonie, awarded the Capital Region’s #1 Best Park! Thursdays from 6-8 pm.

Thu, Jul 25: Rock the Block Concert Series at City of Cohoes Free admission to these concerts held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm in Cohoes.

Thu, Jul 25: Concerts in the Park at Village of Delanson, NY Concerts every Thursday beginning at 6:30 pm from June to September 7th a FREE Concert in the Park by the Gazebo on Main Street (opposite the Post Office). Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the Show!

Thu, Jul 25: Artful Mornings at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us as we explore creative movement, string art, painting, and more as we make beautiful pieces of art! In these weekly, three-day morning programs, children will create vibrant works of art inspired by our summer exhibitions and permanent collections. Summer class techniques will include drawing, painting, macramé, tile work, sculpture, and more.

Thu, Jul 25: Free Fitness: HIIT with Catrina K Fitness and Sunshine Flow Yoga with Anni at Empire State Plaza — New York State Office of General Services Free and open to everyone regardless of age, fitness level, or experience. All participants are required to sign a waiver in-order to participate. You may register for individual classes to sign the waiver in advance and allow us to contact you regarding updates to the schedule. Walk-ins are always welcome. See registration below. *Please note, there are no classes the week of July 4

Thu, Jul 25: Barker Park: Watch Reggie Run – Dave Graham at Barker Park in Troy Formed in 2017 by Dave and his son Luke who has autism, WATCH REGGIE RUN, is named after how they spend their time when not making music (watching Luke’s sister Reggie run in Track and XC meets).

Thu, Jul 25: Science Explorers at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This program is best suited for all ages. Join us for this popular weekly program where we discover the different ways in which science is all around us.

Thu, Jul 25: Evenings with the Dudley Observatory at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Every Thursday, Rain or Shine join us for “Evenings at the Dudley Observatory”. There will be fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory at miSci will operate our 14-inch telescope inside the roll-top roof observatory, allowing visitors to see stars, planets, galaxies, and more each night! In the event of poor weather, we will have hands-on activities indoors instead.

Thu, Jul 25: Family Storytime at Washington Avenue Branch at Albany Public Library – Washington Ave. Branch – Youth Services Stories, songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, with their caregivers. Ages 0-5.

Thu, Jul 25: Space Rocks! at Castleton Public Library Paint your own space rock to take home at this cosmic craft time!

Thu, Jul 25: Meet a Mechanic Storytime at Castleton Public Library We’ll read a story about cars, then walk over to Grant’s Auto and see a real mechanic in action! All ages welcome.

Thu, Jul 25: Teen Time: Clue Mystery Night at Castleton Public Library Join us at the library after closing to solve a mystery in a live-action version of the classic board game Clue. Enjoy snacks and a prize for the winner! For teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall.

Thu, Jul 25: Space Technology-Lansingburgh Branch at Troy Public Library Lansingburgh Branch Explore space-related technology used on Earth in this program presented by Mad Science. For kids ages 5-11. No registration required. Located at the Lansingburgh Branch.

Fri, Jul 26: FREE Tennis Lessons for Kids and Adults in Albany, Troy, and Schenectady available from 15-Love at 15-LOVE The 15-LOVE program offers free tennis lessons for children ages 4-18, with adult classes offered over the summer. Lessons are offered indoors over the winter (October – April) and outdoors over the summer at numerous locations throughout Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Rensselaer (June – August). Our instructors receive exensive training and act as positive role models for our youth participants. The primary success of the program, in fulfilling our mission of positively impacting the lives of young people, stems from the relationship developed between our instructors and participants. We have an outstanding group of instructors who do an extraordinary job providing encouragement and building self-esteem. Many of our instructors are, themselves, graduates of the program.

Fri, Jul 26: ‘Tute for Tots at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us for a bright world of fun as we discover color! Together we’ll explore the galleries, read stories, and create our own exciting art projects. In the studio we’ll create our artwork using methods like dip and dye, shaving cream painting, collage, and more! Each week will relate to and build upon the previous classes; however, classes can be taken individually.

Fri, Jul 26: Minne Ha Ha Pirate Adventure Cruise at Lake George Steamboat Company Join us on Summer Friday evenings for a family oriented fun Pirate Adventure Cruise aboard the Minne Ha Ha!

Fri, Jul 26: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Connecticut Tigers at Joe Bruno Stadium Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger! Donate three non-perishable food items and receive a free ticket to this night’s ballgame. If you already have a ticket, you may obtain a voucher to a future game. | Presented By Hannaford Supermarkets

Fri, Jul 26: CPL @Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market at Castleton Public Library Location: Intersection of Scott Avenue and Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033 Come visit our table at the Farmers Market! We’ll have a fun craft and LEGOs for the kids.

Fri, Jul 26: AAU HOOP: Basketball Fundamentals Summer Camp in Saratoga at Lake Avenue School at AAU HOOP: Basketball Fundamentals Summer Camp in Saratoga at Lake Avenue There will be 2 weeks of summer camps in Saratoga at Lake Avenue School which focus on teaching the basketball fundamentals by doing a wide array of fun and competitive drills. The trainers will provide the necessary feedback to the youth throughout the sessions so they will improve their basketball skill sets. Players will learn the fundamentals in basketball stations, group lecture mini sessions, team practices, and games.

Fri, Jul 26: Early Literacy Playtime at Castleton Public Library Playing is learning! With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks provided, this drop-in playtime is designed for children ages birth to 5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends.

Fri, Jul 26: Pipe Cleaner Crafts at Castleton Public Library Stop by to make a pipe cleaner monster, animal, or any other pipe cleaner craft you can imagine!

Fri, Jul 26: Family Film Friday: Ralph Breaks the Internet at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Drop-in family program with children ages 3 and up

Sat, Jul 27: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Connecticut Tigers with Fireworks! at Joe Bruno Stadium Star Wars Night! May The Force Be With You! Be sure to dress as your favorite Star Wars character!

Sat, Jul 27: Saturday Storytime at Castleton Public Library Join Miss Joelle for story time and crafts! Suggested age range birth to age 6.

Sat, Jul 27: Storytime in the Park at Schodack Island State Park Location: Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156 Enjoy storytime at Schodack Island! Recommended for ages birth to 6. Park admission fee may apply.

Sat, Jul 27: Ratboy Jr. ~ Kids Music: A Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park – Scotia Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Sat, Jul 27: Free Performance in the Park: King Lear at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PRESENTS KING LEAR Free Admission to all performances (Rain at Showtime Cancels Performance)

Sat, Jul 27: Tie Dye at Castleton Public Library Bring plain cotton tees, socks, or other clothing and twist some color into your life!

Sun, Jul 28: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Ticketed performances are only part of the excitement. Each summer, the Festival features more than 350 free performances, talks & tours, exhibits, community events, classes, special and members-only events, and more. Visitors can explore the National Historic Landmark grounds, visit The School at Jacob’s Pillow, picnic and dine at our on-site restaurants, and more

Sun, Jul 28: Free Fitness in the Park at Riverfront Park/Monument Square in Troy The perfect way to start your Sundays in Troy. Weekend workout, brunch with friends, browse the shops, enjoy Troy! Exercise among the downtown Troy community at Free Fitness in The Park each Sunday, June 23 through August 25.

Sun, Jul 28: FREE Summer Concerts in Saratoga’s Congress Park! at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs Concerts are held from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm during July and August. In July, concerts are held on Sunday evenings. In August, concerts are held on Tuesday evenings. Grab a blanket, some snacks, and prepare for an evening of relaxing and FREE fun! Perfect for a summer outing with the whole family, you won’t want to miss the Congress Park Summer Concert Series.

Sun, Jul 28: Free Summer Family Movies at Proctors at Proctors Once again, Proctors is offering Free Summer Family Movies, Sundays through July and August. Grab some popcorn and plop down in front of the GIANT screen at the GE Theatre at Proctors. The kids will love you for it, and you’ll have a grand time, too. Free Summer Family Movies at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, screen at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on select Sundays listed below. Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.

Sun, Jul 28: Wax ‘n’ Wix Candle Making Workshop at Gore Mountain Create your own candle with custom colors, shapes, and scents!

Sun, Jul 28: KIDZ BOP Live 2019-Saratoga Springs at SPAC — Saratoga Performing Arts Center KIDZ BOP records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids. Over the past 15 years, KIDZ BOP has created the #1 music brand for kids, selling more than 16,000,000 albums. Since 2001, families have welcomed KIDZ BOP into their homes and cars, making KIDZ BOP a fun and safe part of their daily lives. KIDZ BOP is proud to be a part of kids’ music “firsts.” For millions of kids each year, KIDZ BOP is their first introduction to pop music, and for tens of thousands of kids, the KIDZ BOP Kids Live Tour is their first concert experience.

Sun, Jul 28: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Common at Clifton Common Summer musical performed by Clifton Park Not So Common Players at the Clifton Park Commons.

Sun, Jul 28: Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Connecticut Tigers at Joe Bruno Stadium Swishes for Wishes! The ValleyCats have partnered with Make-A-Wish Northeast New York and the Harlem Globetrotters as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish! The team will be wearing Globetrotters-themed baseball jerseys to be auctioned off during the game. | Presented By Make-A-Wish Northeast New York