Events

Here are some special events and fun activities coming up:

New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance

Free and Open to the Public: Speeches and Music at the Empire State Plaza followed by March
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Winter Fest at Grafton Lakes State Park

Join us at Grafton Lakes’ 34th Annual Winter Fest! Bring your family out to this FREE festival to enjoy food, games, exhibitors, and fun in the snow.
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Free Ice Skating at the Rink at Empire State Plaza

Free ice skating! Skate rentals available every day, rentals FREE on Saturday. Located in the shadow of the majestic State Capitol, amenities include a full-service snack bar, and a skate lounge with lockers and music. Open noon to 8 pm seven days a week, weather permitting. Closed daily 3:30 – 4:30 pm for maintenance. Closes early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Rentals are available whenever the rink is open for $3 for children under 12 and $4 for adults. A photo ID is required to rent skates.
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Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum

Take part in a traditional ice harvest, using historic tools and techniques. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides; ice carving, ice fishing, and historic cooking demonstrations; bonfires; hot soup buffet; local farmers and vendors
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Kids’ Art Time

This theme-directed art class is for kids ages 6-12. Various mediums are used, including paint, model magic, tissue paper, crayons, etc.
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Sugar on Snow

Riverside Maple Farms is proud to offer Sugar on Snow every Sunday in January and February from 12-3 pm. This winter tradition invites families to our sugarhouse to try samples of hot maple syrup poured over shaved ice, quickly turning into a taffy. These events are free and open to all.
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And here’s a more complete list:

Sun, Jan 13: The Music Studio Open House at The Music Studio Young children have an innate affinity for music, and they absorb new concepts quickly and easily. Music for the Young classes are a great way to get them started, in small, short-term classes grouped by age. Two-and three-year-olds will be captivated by songs, dances, instruments, rhythm games, and slightly older children will thrill to the puzzle of musical notation.

Sun, Jan 13: Taste of Camp 2019 at the Schenectady JCC at Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) Bouncy-bounce, inflatable slide, swimming, arts & crafts, challah making, archery, sno-cones, raffles and more!

Sun, Jan 13: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites at The Egg (Nelson Rockefeller Center for the Performing Arts) This triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Sun, Jan 13: Family Paint Workshop at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us for an afternoon of painting fun for the whole family!

Sun, Jan 13: I/O Out Loud: Kids Make Music! at Clark Art Institute “All Ears” is a free, one-hour event at which kids and their families can discover new sounds and create live music with students and faculty from Williams College. Join us in exploring the hidden sounds in everyday objects and in uncovering the strange, wonderful noises in the instruments of the orchestra. Open your ears to the sounds all around us, and be prepared to make some noise!

Mon, Jan 14: Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog at Castleton Public Library Lacey loves for kids to read to her! Kids are invited to stop in to read to Lacey, or just pet her and say hi.

Mon, Jan 14: Preschool Nature Hour at Camp Saratoga, Parking Lot 1 This monthly program is for our youngest explorers (ages 3-6 years old) where we use children’s love of nature to teach simple concepts.

Thu, Jan 17: Knee High Naturalist at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event.

Thu, Jan 17: Art Club! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for our fun & educational Art Club Classes! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Thu, Jan 17: Winter Board Art Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Thu, Jan 17: New Family Preview Class at St. George’s Episcopal Church New families, come join Miss Lisa’s Musikids for a free preview class of “Marvelous Me,” a Kindermusik unit for young children up to age 4. This event is the first class of the 5-week series.

Fri, Jan 18: Night Watchman Family Night Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Fri, Jan 18: Paint Starry Night Over the Rhone at the Galway Rock Winery! at Galway Rock Winery Join us at the new Galway Rock Winery (998 Saratoga Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019) for a fun night creating a unique painting! Limited Space

Fri, Jan 18: American Girl Live! at The Egg at The Egg (Nelson Rockefeller Center for the Performing Arts) American Girl Live, a new stage production, features favorite American Girl characters at sleepaway camp as they share their dreams, follow their hearts, and learn the power of friendship through story and song.

Sat, Jan 19: 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, Jan 19: 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, Jan 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Fireworks at Windham Mountain at Windham Mountain Celebrate the long weekend with a fireworks display on the mountain.

Sat, Jan 19: Full Moon Hike at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply. Rating: Beginner

Sat, Jan 19: Ice Fishing Contest at Grafton Lakes State Park Rise and shine for the Annual Ice Fishing Contest at Grafton Lakes State Park! Grab your poles and your parkas and join us on the ice for a day of angling. Quit hibernating and get the family out on the ice! $10/adult to register and children are free. Big cash prizes for adult categories, goodies for kiddos. Meets at Maintenance Shop. Call the park for more details: 518-279-1155

Sat, Jan 19: The Mopco Family Improv Show at Mopco Improv Theatre An all-ages improv comedy show for kids, teens, and adults. Interactive comedy show with fun intermission dance party for kids. Snacks and drinks available at our cafe.

Sat, Jan 19: Study Week @CPL at Castleton Public Library Busy studying for Regents exams, preparing for tests, or doing homework? Join us for some snacks and use our study space. Groups and individuals welcome. Hours below: Thursday, January 17, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Sat, Jan 19: Timmy Failure Total Takeover Party! at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Join us to celebrate the launch of the final book in the Timmy Failure series with a Total Takeover party! We’ll have a mystery to solve, giveaways, raffles, Timmy Failure sunglasses and, of course, a giant inflatable polar bear named Total. This is a great event for readers of the series & for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants looking for their next great read.

Sat, Jan 19: Preschool Fair at The William K. Sanford Town Library/Colonie Town Library Visit with several local preschools to find the best fit for your child.

Sat, Jan 19: Winter Blues Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Sat, Jan 19: Ronald McDonald House Charities – 18th Annual Radiothon at Crossgates Mall Join RMHC and Albany Broadcasting for our 18th Annual Radiothon, which will once again be presented by our friends at Capital Bank!

Sat, Jan 19: Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Learn all about ice fishing at this free clinic!

Sat, Jan 19: Ice Fishing Contest at Thompson’s Lake at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Join us on the ice for the Annual Ice Fishing Contest!

Sat, Jan 19: Family Fun Night at Guilderland YMCA Is your New Year’s Resolution to spend more time together as a family? Join us for our family fun night! There will pickleball, ping-pong, and arts & crafts for kids! It’s a great way to spend time with your family.

Sun, Jan 20: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Proctors Theatre at Proctors Great music in a great space.

Sun, Jan 20: Model Train Show at miSci at miSci miSci celebrates the holiday season with its annual exhibit, Model Trains in Motion: Full STEAM Ahead, an elaborate 19- by 27-foot layout constructed by Upstate Train Associates, boasting several running O Gauge model trains. In addition to several trains running continuously, visitors can see a host of other items that have been added to the display over the years, including animated toys and various rural and industrial landscapes. The trains that load and unload their cargo of barrels, lumber, and other objects always delight visitors. Watch the trains navigate through a variety of structures or conduct a scavenger hunt for objects and sights throughout the display. Visitors can see the trains running Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM and 11-4 and on Sundays from 12:30 to 4 PM. Model Trains in Motion opens on Friday, November 23, 2018 and runs through January 21, 2019.

Sun, Jan 20: Animania! – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Animania is Back!

Sun, Jan 20: Book Talk & Signing | Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art at Albany Institute of History and Art Local author Hudson Talbott will discuss his most recent work Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art.

Sun, Jan 20: Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Party at miSci (formerly Schenectady Museum) & Suits-Bueche Planetarium Join us late into the night of January 20th for a lunar eclipse party hosted by the Dudley Observatory at miSci! There will be eclipse viewing through telescopes, hands-on activities, planetarium shows, and more! miSci galleries and the trains will be open as well. Event held rain or shine- we will live stream the eclipse if it’s cloudy.

Mon, Jan 21: New York State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance at Empire State Plaza Free and Open to the Public: Speeches and Music at the Empire State Plaza followed by March

Mon, Jan 21: School Break Star Shows at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium January 21 @ 11 am: Zoo In the Sky – Meet a lion, bears and other animals of the night sky. After the show, enjoy an astronomy craft with your family! Approprite for children grades pre-K – 2 and their families. $3 all seats. January 21 @ 1 pm: Wonders of the Universe – Interactive program identifies stars, planets and constellations in the night sky and the tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer. Geared for skywatchers 8 and up. $3 all seats.

Mon, Jan 21: MLK Day Olive Branch Craft at World Awareness Children’s Museum Olive branches are a universal sign of peace. Join us as we make paper collage olive branches in honor of a man who sought peace for all, Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mon, Jan 21: MLK Day Basketball Clinic at Greenbush YMCA Work with our experienced coaches to improve fundamental skills and become better players. Our Skills and Drills clinic will help current players advance their skills and help players new to the game develop the fundamental skills needed to improve their play. This is for all players ages 8-18.

Mon, Jan 21: Free Admission Day | Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Albany Institute of History and Art Visit the Albany Institute of History & Art for free, courtesy of M&T Bank!

Wed, Jan 23: Saratoga Independent School Open House at Saratoga Independent School (SIS) Come see us! For over 25 years, Saratoga Independent School has encouraged students to grow into confident learners, capable of critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. In an environment rich in discovery and excitement, we teach the values of leadership, respect, and community, and equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in an increasingly complex world.

Wed, Jan 23: Beading Bonanza at Castleton Public Library Stop by the library to make bracelets, necklaces, and other creative beaded crafts!

Wed, Jan 23: NEW! Digital Drawing & Illustration Class 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, Jan 24: Preschool Naturalists at Saratoga Spa State Park Preschool Naturalists is a nature class designed for children ages 3 to 5. This hour-long program will focus on using the senses to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. Children will also enjoy a nature related story and craft.

Thu, Jan 24: Study Week @CPL at Castleton Public Library Busy studying for Regents exams, preparing for tests, or doing homework? Join us for some snacks and use our study space. Groups and individuals welcome. Hours below: Thursday, January 17, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Thu, Jan 24: Art Club – Sculptures Series! Figurative Sculpture at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio In our Art Club Sculpture Series we will explore a variety of sculpture forms utilizing several types of media. These classes will run every other week. *Save money by purchasing 3 at once!

Fri, Jan 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, Jan 25: Must Be Love Family Night Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Sat, Jan 26: Ice Fishing Clinic for Kids at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed, participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Sat, Jan 26: Social Saturday at The Wonder Room at The Wonder Room On Saturdays we do something special. Come and bring your family!

Sat, Jan 26: One Man Star Wars Trilogy at Proctors Canadian actor and uber geek, Charles Ross, brings his solo madcap creationOne-Man Star Wars Trilogy to the stage in this mind-bending whirlwind of a show. Ross retells the classic bad hair trilogy in 60 minutes- no costumes, no props, no sets- all the characters, the music, the ships, and the battles. If your kid’s name is Chewbacca, this show is a no-brainer. If not, get your nerd on and experience the global sensation loved by audiences from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, the Sydney Opera House, Lucasfilm, and Charlie’s mom. The Force is strong with this one.

Sat, Jan 26: Winter Fest at Grafton Lakes State Park at Grafton Lakes State Park Join us at Grafton Lakes’ 34th Annual Winter Fest! Bring your family out to this FREE festival to enjoy food, games, exhibitors, and fun in the snow.

Sat, Jan 26: First Book Friendiversary at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Join The Carle and First Book for a FREE day of activities all about friendship and reading!

Sat, Jan 26: Perler Bead Crafts at Castleton Public Library Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Sat, Jan 26: Icy Path Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Sat, Jan 26: “Tunes and Tales from the Towpath” by The Hudson River Ramblers at New York State Museum Come along on a journey in story and song, to when the Erie Canal was the major “super highway” of the young nation. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk and historical balladeer Rich Bala, dressed in period clothing, will be your guides along the way.

Sat, Jan 26: Robert C. Parker School Open House at Robert C. Parker School Pre K Critical thinkers, phenomenal teachers, positive peer culture. Come meet our master teachers, tour the school campus and learn about our rich and responsive program. Parker School is located on a beautiful 77 acre campus, just 2.2 miles off exit 8 of I-90. Robert C. Parker School is an independent school for boys and girls in pre-school through 8th grade, 10 minutes from downtown Albany. We believe that successful learners are confident, caring and creative, capable of defining their own place in the world. Children eager to understand their world energize our classrooms at a time when their capacity for learning is arguably at its peak. They join together in our community of teachers, peers, mentors and families to discover and be discovered, to learn respect and earn respect, and to develop intellectual strategies that will carry them forth in a direction of their own choosing.

Sat, Jan 26: Parker School Open House at Robert C. Parker School Active project-based learning, phenomenal teachers, positive peer culture. Come meet our master teachers, tour the school campus and learn about our rich and responsive program. Parker School is located on a beautiful 77 acre campus, just 2.2 miles off exit 8 of I-90.

Sat, Jan 26: Schenectady Soup Stroll Free Sampler Show!!! at The Mopco Improv Theatre The Mop and Bucket Company, the Capital Region’s favorite improvisers, is serving up laughs for the whole family during the Schenectady Soup Stroll! Come in, relax and warm up with some improvised comedy made up entirely on the spot from your suggestions, so no two shows are alike!

Sat, Jan 26: Kids’ Art Time at C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios This theme-directed art class is for kids ages 6-12. Various mediums are used, including paint, model magic, tissue paper, crayons, etc.

Sun, Jan 27: High School Choral Festival at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall This is Albany Pro Musica’s 19th year of hosting this beloved invitational festival of regional high school choirs. Guest composer and conductor Brad Ellingboe, whose more than 150 published compositions and arrangements are favorites of choral ensembles across the world, will share the stage with Maestro Flores-Caraballo to conduct a festival chorus of more than 250 voices. Elingboe has received annual awards in composition from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) since 2000. For his work in making the music of Norway better known among English-speaking singers, Ellingboe was awarded Sankt Olavs Medaljen by His Majesty, King Harald of Norway, in 1994.

Sun, Jan 27: Valentine’s Day Sweets & Treats Culinary Arts Event for Kids & Family! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for our culinary art classes for kids and families! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Sun, Jan 27: Paint a Winter Light-up Wine Bottle and Wine Glass Set with us at the Saratoga Winery! 1/27/19 1:30pm class at Saratoga Winery Join us at the Saratoga Winery (462 Route 29 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866) for a fun afternoon creating a unique project with Art in Mind. We will be painting LIGHT-UP WINE BOTTLES and a matching SET OF WINE GLASSES! Limited Space

Sun, Jan 27: Nature Hike at Saratoga Spa State Park Join a skilled naturalist for a walk in the park searching for signs of wildlife. Lately we’ve spied porcupines and mink in the area. Who knows what you might find! No registration necessary. Hikes meet at Creekside Classroom every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. Snowshoes are available for use.

Mon, Jan 28: Wetland Hike at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park A beautiful walk around a small wetland is sure to impress. While enjoying an easy hike you will have the opportunity to listen and look for wild animals. Our Park Naturalist will be leading the hike and will be sure to slip in some educational facts. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.

Mon, Jan 28: Family Story Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Glenville Branch Fun with books, songs, movement activities and more! Followed by free play time and a simple craft.

Tue, Jan 29: Baby Bookworms at Guilderland Public Library Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to a Storytime full of songs and fun. Make a weekly date to build memories with your baby, lay a foundation for success with pre-literacy skills, and connect with other caregivers in the community.

Tue, Jan 29: Baby Lap Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Glenville Branch This early literacy class will introduce baby to stories, songs, fingerplays and social interaction. For children age from birth to 24 months, with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary.

Tue, Jan 29: Teen Writing Club at Schenectady County Public Library-Niskayuna Branch Do you like to write? Like to share your stories, poems, prose or thoughts?

Tue, Jan 29: Pajama Storytime at Castleton Public Library Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to this evening storytime! Ages birth-8.

Tue, Jan 29: Tent Tales for Tykes – Storytime at L.L. Bean at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Bring your kids for story time on Tuesdays at the LL Bean store!

Tue, Jan 29: Tuesday for Tots at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This is a special time for our younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment.

Tue, Jan 29: STEM Science classes at Robert & Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady Jewish Community Center After School Science Clubs in Niskayuna. We are now offering afternoon classes open to the public at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center. These classes are open to students from all schools. Classes Meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 at Schenectady Jewish Community Center 2565 Balltown Rd, Schenectady, NY 12309 Register today! You won’t want to miss out on all the fun! Colonie.clubscientific.com

Tue, Jan 29: Cool Science: Rainbow Paper at Castleton Public Library We’ll learn how color, light, and rainbows work by using solvents and black paper to make rainbow paper!

Tue, Jan 29: Preschool Storytime at Voorheesville Public Library Theme-based, multi-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; no registration required.

Wed, Jan 30: Baby Bounce Time at APL Main Branch at Albany Public Library: Main Branch [Ages 0-2] Songs and stories especially for pre-walkers. Playgroup immediately following.

Wed, Jan 30: Science Story Time at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Story and project-based activity for ages 2 to 6, with a different theme each month.

Wed, Jan 30: WONDER TIME Session 2 at The Wonder Room Wonder Time is a playgroup for our youngest visitors (ages 2-3) and their accompanying adult. We have a new theme each week. Each week ends with a song, a story and an opportunity for show and tell.

Wed, Jan 30: Diavolo at Proctors Following their success as one of the top 10 finalists in Season 12 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Los Angeles-based DIAVOLO continues pushing a new edge of performance with Artistic Director Jacques Heim’s inventive genius and his fearless, athletic daredevils. With a unique style that encompasses dance, acrobatics, and gymnastics, DIAVOLO explores the relationship between the human body and its surrounding architectural environment.

Wed, Jan 30: The Story Corner at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This program is best suited for children ages 3 and up. Join us on our front patio* as we explore new stories and develop early-literacy skills through multi-sensory activities, projects and crafts. *we will be indoors during inclement weather

Wed, Jan 30: 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!

Wed, Jan 30: Family Storytime at Albany Public Library: Delaware Branch Stories and fun for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and their caregivers. Ages 0 to 5

Thu, Jan 31: Baby Bookworms (babies up to 18 months) at East Greenbush Community Library Parents and caregivers participate with their babies in this program that emphasizes songs, rhymes, bounces, and short stories. The program concludes with a play session. We even provide the toys!

Thu, Jan 31: Sensory Play at Children’s 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, Jan 31: 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 every Thursday for fun and learning.

Thu, Jan 31: 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, Jan 31: Early Explorers Play Group at World Awareness Children’s Museum Early Explorers Play Group is a time for caregivers and their children to visit the museum, enjoy some light snacks, and form a community of encouragement and acceptance.

Thu, Jan 31: Kindermusik with Miss Lisa at St. George’s Episcopal Church Come join Miss Lisa’s Musikids for a five week class of “Marvelous Me,” a Kindermusik unit for young children up to age 4.

Fri, Feb 01: 1st Friday Of Albany at The Upstate Artists Guild Celebrating The Arts and Culture of New York’s Capital with First Friday! The first Friday night of each month.

Fri, Feb 01: The Wonder Room Drop In Play! at The Wonder Room Drop in play is a time for children and caregivers to explore our activities. Our sensory activities, block room and dramatic play areas are open. Our art room is open. Our yard is available when the weather cooperates! Come play with us!

Fri, Feb 01: 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, Feb 01: Investigate the A in STEaM Fridays at Children’s 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, Feb 01: Story Art at New York State Museum Listen to a story and explore parts of the Museum teaching collection.

Fri, Feb 01: Bethlehem Youth Basketball Instructional League at Bethlehem Youth Basketball Instructional League Bethlehem Youth Basketball Winter League – for Grades K thru 3rd Grade. Youth can “play up or down” a grade level so Pre-K & 4th can participate. Format – FIRST 30 minutes players work on fundamental drills; NEXT 30 minutes is a running time game.

Fri, Feb 01: Family Movie Night- “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” (PG) at Castleton Public Library Movie lovers of all ages are welcome at our family movie night! This month’s movie is Goosebumps 2 (PG)

Fri, Feb 01: Winter Birch Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Sat, Feb 02: ESYO’s Annual Playathon at Crossgates Mall Over 500 ESYO youth musicians will transform Crossgates Mall into a symphony hall for its annual Playathon. This free, family event takes place from 11 am through 6:30 pm and showcases 11 ESYO ensembles–from the deep rumble of the percussion ensembles to the uplifting trills of the wind orchestra. The day will also include a Musical Petting Zoo from our friends at John Keal Music and live auctions to earn a chance to lead one of the ensembles! The marathon display of musical talent is more than simply a community concert; it helps ESYO ensure no qualified musician is ever turned away from the ESYO Experience because of inability to pay. The money raised will fund a substantial portion of ESYO’s operating expenses and musician scholarships.

Sat, Feb 02: Free Learn-to-Skate Clinic at the Rink at Empire State Plaza at Empire State Plaza Thank you for your interest in the Empire “Skate” Plaza’s FREE Learn-to-Skate Clinics sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and hosted by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club On the registration page, please indicate skater’s skill level that matches the descriptions below. Beginner: Little-to-no skating experience. Intermediate: Some experience & ability to stop. Advanced: Ability to skate backwards. Please note: the ice rink will be closed to the public during each skating clinic and No Walk-In Registrations will be allowed.

Sat, Feb 02: Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum at Hanford Mills Museum Take part in a traditional ice harvest, using historic tools and techniques. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides; ice carving, ice fishing, and historic cooking demonstrations; bonfires; hot soup buffet; local farmers and vendors

Sat, Feb 02: Kids Club at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us for KIDS CLUB This is a monthly event that is the 1st Saturday of every month on the upper level in front of Nordstrom Rack.

Sat, Feb 02: Winter Festival and Artisan Market at Eldridge Research Center Join the Huyck Preserve for sledding, ice skating, hot cocoa and tasty food, shopping local and handmade goods, an upcycling workshop, and live rescue demonstrations! All ages welcome!

Sat, Feb 02: Take Your Child to the Library Day at Castleton Public Library Visit to learn about all the fun you can have with us (plus – pick up a special goodie bag to take home!). Drop in for a special storytime at 10:30, and drop in from 11:30-4:00 to make your own library card holder!

Sat, Feb 02: Snow Barn Paint Event 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! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may be available at the studio’s discretion, though we cannot guarantee a spot after the 24 hour deadline.

Sat, Feb 02: Empire State Youth Orchestra – Annual Playathon – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Support ESYO’s most important friend-raiser and fundraiser, and support the future of music!

Sat, Feb 02: Art for All | Cardboard Jewelry at Albany Institute of History and Art Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative with fun drop-in art-making projects! Offered most Saturdays mid-October through early May, our drop-in art projects in the art studio are included with museum admission and open to adults and children of all ages. Activities change monthly, are inspired by our current exhibitions, and include techniques like painting, drawing, multimedia work, collage, and more!

Sat, Feb 02: Family Gallery Tours with the Junior Interpreters at Albany Institute of History and Art These tours are a fun, engaging experience for visitors of all ages!

Sat, Feb 02: Winter Scavenger Hunt! at Town of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation Department Cabin fever got you down?! Bundle up and head over to Elm Avenue Park for a family Scavenger Hunt!

Sat, Feb 02: Chinese New Year at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Our annual celebration includes children’s songs and a real dragon parade followed by performances of Chinese musicians, drummers and dancers.

Sat, Feb 02: Take Your Child to the Library Day at The William K. Sanford Town Library/Colonie Town Library Celebrate your library! Come in for storytime, the opportunity to read to a therapy dog, games, contests, giveaways and more!

Sat, Feb 02: Balloon Gal Jenny at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library No registration required, just stop in. Not safe for babies.

Sun, Feb 03: Sugar on Snow at Riverside Maple Farms Riverside Maple Farms is proud to offer Sugar on Snow every Sunday in January and February from 12-3 pm. This winter tradition invites families to our sugarhouse to try samples of hot maple syrup poured over shaved ice, quickly turning into a taffy. These events are free and open to all.

Sun, Feb 03: Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals at Camp Saratoga, Parking Lot 1 Get outside and explore our winter trails!

Sun, Feb 03: Open Art Studio *Canvas Painting Special $12 / Board Art Special $22 at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Special during Open Art Studio this month: Paint one of the featured CANVAS PAINTINGS for only $12! Paint a BOARD ART with one of the featured quotes for only $22! All ages!*

Sun, Feb 03: Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Join us on a winter walk through woods and fields on Nature Center Trails!

Sun, Feb 03: First Sunday Free: Hearth & Home at Clark Art Institute On this First Sunday Free at the Clark, check winter doldrums at the door and spend the day celebrating all things cozy in the spirit of the Danish concept of hygge and other heartwarming traditions from around the world. Settle in by the digital hearth in the Michael Conforti Pavilion to write “warm fuzzies” to friends and family, make your own cocoa blend to enjoy on a frosty day, and use our fiber art materials to create a weaving project that’s soft to the touch.