Events

Here’s this week’s KidsOutAndAbout newsletter.

Here’s the KidsOutAndAbout Summer Camps Guide.

Here’s my big list of free concerts, shows, movies, and more.

Here are some activities coming up that I think are particularly fun:


FREE Tennis Lessons for Kids and Adults in Albany, Troy, and Schenectady available from 15-Love

Giving Kids the Advantage. . . 15-Love can often loan you a racquet for the lesson.

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Damn Yankees at Park Playhouse

Based on the novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees the Broadway mega-hit and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, hits it out of the park! The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic. It’s the perfect way to celebrate 30 years of Park Playhouse in Albany! Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind. But can he reverse the deal and return home to his wife? Or will he be stuck for all eternity? With many familiar faces from Park Playhouse history returning, DAMN YANKEES will be a true testament to the free theatre program in Washington Park this July!

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New York State’s 4th of July Celebration

Price Chopper and Market 32 are proud to present New York State’s 4th of July Celebration featuring classic, multi-platinum pop stars Smash Mouth, officially reunited for the first time in nearly a decade. More music from local favorite Moriah Formica of The Voice. Plus, fun for the kids like the Price Chopper hopper, dozens of vendors, and the most exciting, patriotic fireworks display in Upstate New York! Spend your 4th and your Summer AT THE PLAZA, a Capital Region tradition since 1976!

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Independence Day Celebration at Farmers’ Museum

Hear the muskets blast with our Militia Muster & hear history happen with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green. Enjoy traditional 19th century music throughout the day. Independence Day Celebration is included with regular paid admission. $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members are free.

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Knee High Naturalist at Moreau Lake 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. Each child costs $1.

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Circus Smirkus! at Saratoga Casino Hotel

The 2018 Big Top Tour. With many amazing performances by talented young people. This show is super-fun!
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Run the Ridge

Run the Ridge at Maple Ski Ridge is a 5k mud, trail & obstacle course designed by some of your favorite MSR family, friends and staff. The features consist of untouched terrain from Mother Nature and builds created by some very clever minds looking to test your endurance and skills. Each year challenges are added to and redesigned- ready to offer every challenger a new experience every year. There’s also a special 2K family fun run! Mud, water, ledges, tires, hills, fire and many other types of things for you to climb over, under and get covered in! Come for the challenge stay for the food, friends and to support your fellow mud runners. Maple Ski Ridge along with Best Fitness is proud to partner with Special Olympics for the 2018 Run the Ridge event.

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Electric City Comic Con

This is an awesome FREE family fun event! Cosplay Costume Contest, Artists Alley, and the chance to meet tons of authors and illustrators.

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And here’s what else is coming up:

Fri, Jun 29: 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, Jun 29: Wonder Walk at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.” – Rachel Carson. Join us for this 0.9 mile walk in the Pine Bush. We will use our senses to explore the big and the small, the living and non-living and the seasonal surprises around us. We will use Rachel Carson as inspiration, taking in everything around us, searching for a sense of wonder. All ages.

Fri, Jun 29: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Hudson Valley Renegades at Tri-City ValleyCats Pavilion Fundraiser

Fri, Jun 29: FREEDOM FLAG 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, Jun 29: Marble Run Fun at Castleton Public Library Build a unique maze for a marble to go through, then drop a marble in and watch it work!

Fri, Jun 29: Rusticator ~ acoustic Americana *Fireworks Night* ~ Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park, Collins Park, & Quinlan Park in Scotia-Glenville ( Mohawk Avenue/Schonowee Avenue ) Water ski show at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm, fireworks at dark. Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Fri, Jun 29: Growing Up Green at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This program is best suited for children ages 2 and up. Join us as we prepare our community garden for the season.

Fri, Jun 29: Bird Bingo at Saratoga Spa State Park at Saratoga Spa State Park Join us for a fun introduction to birding. All you have to do is look and listen. We will learn to spot as many local birds as we can while playing bird bingo! Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the classroom. Welcome to people of all ages and all experience levels. This event is free and meets at the Creekside Classroom. Program will be cancelled if there is rain. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 for more information.

Sat, Jun 30: Watchable Wildlife: BLUEBIRDS at Five Rivers at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Our New York State Bird, the eastern bluebird, is recovering, thanks to the bluebird nest box program. Learn more about this beautiful bird and its amazing recovery in this presentation on bluebirds and other nest box inhabitants. If weather permits we will then venture outside to look for eastern bluebirds and other nest box inhabitants on Five Rivers nest box trails.

Sat, Jun 30: Citizen Science: TURKEYS at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Turkeys have made an amazing recovery in New York State but recent surveys suggest that their populations have begun to decline. The reasons for this decline are not fully understood, so the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is conducting a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey. We hope that this data will help us understand the reasons for the decline. Join us for this 45-minute indoor program to learn more about wild turkeys and how you can help participate in this survey.

Sat, Jun 30: Spittlebugs at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Are those bubbles? Is it a cocoon or is it spit? No, it’s a spittlebug! Join us for a 0.9-mile walk and talk about this common and harmless insect here in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Ages 6+.

Sat, Jun 30: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Hudson Valley Renegades with postgame fireworks at Tri-City ValleyCats Fireworks!

Sat, Jun 30: “Wild About Wetlands” at Thacher Park at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Wetlands are fascinating ecosystems where land meets water, and life abounds!

Sat, Jun 30: SUMMER 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, Jun 30: Chalk the Walk at Castleton Public Library Help bring some color to our front walkway. We have plenty of chalk — bring your imagination!

Sat, Jun 30: Magic Show at Rensselaer Public Library Band Together with the Wizard of Books!

Sun, Jul 01: The Legendary Characters: 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

Sun, Jul 01: Parents Park It at Indian Meadows Town Park Yoga class hosted by Lilananda yoga but held at Indian Meadows Park 155 Droms Rd. Schenectady, NY 12302

Sun, Jul 01: Pucker Street Fair at Town of Knox Rides, chicken BBQ, music, skydivers, family fun. . . plus classic cars on Sunday!

Mon, Jul 02: Legomania! at Castleton Public Library We’ll have our big Lego bins out all day for this fun build-a-thon! Come make something awesome!

Mon, Jul 02: Terrific Turtles at Lilananda Yoga Fun art project while learning about nature.

Tue, Jul 03: Schodack Town Park Concert at Town of Schodack The Town of Schodack is presenting a series of free summer concerts this summer in Schodack Town Park. The concerts take place at 6 pm on Tuesdays (rain dates Wednesdays).

Tue, Jul 03: #DaddyMomME: Healthy Eating at Crossgates Mall Albany County Cares will offer FREE family activities. This week’s topic is HEALTHY EATING! The Healthy Families staff partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Community Nutrition Educator to demonstrate some healthy eating tips for families.

Tue, Jul 03: Patriotic Crafts at Castleton Public Library Get ready for the 4th of July with some fun crafts to celebrate and decorate your home!

Tue, Jul 03: Storytime at the Park at Schodack Island State Park Join Miss Joelle for a special storytime outdoors at Schodack Island State Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6. Park entrance fee does not apply after 4:00 pm on weekdays.

Tue, Jul 03: Schenectady Symphony with Fireworks at Mabee Farm Historic Site Join us for an outdoor, riverside performance of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate Independence Day! Fireworks will close the show, and food, beverage, and craft vendors will be on site with free activities for kids and families.

Tue, Jul 03: GE Kids in Free: Tedeschi Trucks Band at SPAC at SPAC — Saratoga Performing Arts Center Tedeschi Trucks Band brings its southern rock-blues songbook back to SPAC this summer, headlining the Wheels of Soul Tour with Drive-By Truckers and The Marcus King Band. Led by the husband-wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, this 12-piece band has garnered an ever-increasing international audience, while developing a musical identity that has yielded a GRAMMY® Award and other honors. We’re pleased to welcome them back for a GE Kids in Free Days performance. Each adult lawn ticket purchased for this show entitles you to one FREE lawn ticket for a child 12 and under, courtesy of GE. (NOTE: Does not include Preferred Lawn Area) Tickets can be purchased at the gate that evening. Or, if you purchase your adult lawn tickets in advance, simply present them at the SPAC gate on the night of the show to receive an equal number of FREE children’s lawn tickets.

Wed, Jul 04: Independence Day Celebration at Schuyler Mansion at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site Enjoy an early American July 4th celebration on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion! 18th century- inspired games, activities and performances, along with Stewarts Shops ice cream, will be free of charge to commemorate this important holiday. The mansion will be available for Open House (self-guided) tours, noon to 4:00 p.m. Open House Admission: $3.00 per person (age 12 and under free).

Wed, Jul 04: New York State’s 4th of July Celebration at Empire State Plaza Price Chopper and Market 32 are proud to present New York State’s 4th of July Celebration featuring classic, multi-platinum pop stars Smash Mouth, officially reunited for the first time in nearly a decade. More music from local favorite Moriah Formica of The Voice. Plus, fun for the kids like the Price Chopper hopper, dozens of vendors, and the most exciting, patriotic fireworks display in Upstate New York! Spend your 4th and your Summer AT THE PLAZA, a Capital Region tradition since 1976!

Wed, Jul 04: July 4th Fest at Great Escape at The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it’s the ultimate American tradition. For five consecutive days – Saturday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 4 – join us as we celebrate our country, enjoy the summer, and share great times with friends at Coca-Cola July 4th Fest.

Wed, Jul 04: Independence Day Celebration at The Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day with the sights and sounds of the mid-1800s. Hear the muskets blast with our militia muster and hear history happen. Hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green. There will also be traditional music during the day and food will be available.

Wed, Jul 04: Independence Day Celebration at Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum Hear the muskets blast with our Militia Muster & hear history happen with a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the historic village green. Enjoy traditional 19th century music throughout the day. Independence Day Celebration is included with regular paid admission. $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members are free.

Wed, Jul 04: July 4th Celebration at Clifton Common at Clifton Commons Bring your family, friends and neighbors as we mark the birth of our nation in small-town America style! Clifton Park’s July Fourth Celebration culminates in great entertainment and the Capital Region’s largest locally sponsored fireworks display! Parade begins at 12:00 pm. Parade route begins on Route 146 in front of Shenendehowa School campus and ends at Clifton Common. Rides, games, food and craft vendors at Clifton Common following parade.

Wed, Jul 04: Play Date at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us at Colonie Center on the first Wednesday of Every Month for Play Date! Located on the upper level between Christmas Tree Shop & Nordstrom Rack | 10-11 am

Wed, Jul 04: Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum at Hanford Mills Museum Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth! Family-friendly event includes a kids’ fishing derby, frog-jumping contests, homemade ice cream (chilled with ice from the Ice Harvest Festival), steam power demonstrations, Mill tours, field games. music, food truck.

Wed, Jul 04: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Vermont Lake Monsters at Tri-City ValleyCats Fireworks!

Wed, Jul 04: Kids Club at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us for KIDS CLUB This is a monthly event that is the 1st Wednesday of every month on the upper level in front of Nordstrom Rack.

Thu, Jul 05: 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. Each child costs $1

Thu, Jul 05: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Vermont Lake Monsters with postgame fireworks at Tri-City ValleyCats Pavilion Fundraiser Fireworks!

Thu, Jul 05: Moreau Kayak Trip at Moreau Lake State Park Warm weather is here, come learn kayaking with us! This wonderful summer time paddle is a fantastic 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 summer 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

Thu, Jul 05: Meet the Rats Storytime at Castleton Public Library We’ll read a story about rats, then get to meet some rats and their owner in real life! All ages welcome.

Thu, Jul 05: Cool Science: Elephant Toothpaste at Castleton Public Library In this week’s exploration, we’ll create a fantastic foamy fountain of “toothpaste” fit for an elephant!

Thu, Jul 05: Barker Park: Troy Fire Department and Troy Police Department at Barker Park in Troy We kick off the Barker Park series with a visit from the Troy Fire and Police Departments! The Fire Department will bring one of the big rigs (and maybe an antique Fire Truck) and children will have a chance to get up close!

Fri, Jul 06: First Friday Ballston Spa at Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions.

Fri, Jul 06: 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, Jul 06: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Vermont Lake Monsters at Tri-City ValleyCats Mystery Promo Night

Fri, Jul 06: CPL @Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers and Artisans Market at Castleton Public Library Location: Intersection of Scott Avenue and Main Street, Castleton, NY 12033 Visiting the Farmer’s Market? Stop by our table and learn about what’s going on at the library. We’ll also have a fun craft that kids can make!

Fri, Jul 06: Recycled Art: Robots and Monsters! at Castleton Public Library Get creative and make your own unique robot or monster out of a tin can or paper tube!

Fri, Jul 06: Story Art at New York State Museum Enjoy the Museum by listening to a story, exploring objects from the teaching collection, and creating a fun art project to take home. Themes will be announced the day of the program. Pick up tickets at lobby desk before event.

Sat, Jul 07: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra: 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 07: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Auburn Doubledays at Tri-City ValleyCats Pavilion Fundraiser

Sat, Jul 07: Fish Wade at Thompson’s Lake at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Come and check out who’s swimming in Thompson’s Lake!

Sat, Jul 07: Saturday Storytime at Castleton Public Library Join Miss Joelle for stories and a craft! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Sat, Jul 07: Storytime at the Park at Schodack Island State Park Location: Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156. Join Miss Joelle for a special storytime at Schodack Island State Park! Recommended for ages birth to 6. Subject to standard park admission fee.

Sat, Jul 07: Paperclip Jewelry at Castleton Public Library Create a unique necklace or bracelet using paper clips and washi tape! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Sat, Jul 07: Super Hero Hike at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Adopt the superpowers of animals on a guided hike!

Sun, Jul 08: Lustre Kings–Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park, Collins Park, & Quinlan Park in Scotia-Glenville ( Mohawk Avenue/Schonowee Avenue ) Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Sun, Jul 08: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Auburn Doubledays at Tri-City ValleyCats Pavilion Fundraiser

Sun, Jul 08: Music Haven Concert Series: Bombino—North African blues at Music Haven Stage Hosting the World’s Finest International Touring Artists in Schenectady’s Central Park! Niger’s Bombino kicks off the season with stunning guitar work and hypnotic North African Tuareg blues. Dubbed “the world’s best guitarist” by Noisey, Bombino brings the fierce grace of the Tuareg tradition to his instrument, drawing comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Young and Jerry Garcia Special Guest: Innov Gnawa

Mon, Jul 09: Stories and Art in the Parks at Washington Park Join APL and the City of Albany Department of Recreation at Washington Park for an outdoor story time and crafts. Rain site is at the Washington Ave branch at 161 Washington Ave, Youth Services Department.

Mon, Jul 09: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Auburn Doubledays at Tri-City ValleyCats Camp Day

Mon, Jul 09: Kids 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.

Mon, Jul 09: Read to Lacey at Castleton Public Library Children are invited to read aloud to Lacey, the therapy dog! Reading to an animal can improve children’s reading and communication skills. Individual reading time with Lacey is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mon, Jul 09: Circle Weaving at Lilananda Yoga Adults, children, families…all are welcome!

Mon, Jul 09: Family Sing-a-Long with Kevin Smith at Castleton Public Library From things that go bump in the night, to songs that wow and delight, let’s sing, laugh and clap together on a summer night with local musician Kevin Smith! Recommended for ages birth-8.

Tue, Jul 10: Turtle Time at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park Come and spend some time learning about our turtles’ 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, Jul 10: 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, July 10, 10am- 12pm, 344 Moe Rd., Clifton Park.

Tue, Jul 10: TOT’S PLAYTIME at Grace Chapel Join us for a morning of play, friendship, and conversation. All moms, dads and caregivers with children are welcome to come! 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 9 am – 11 am.

Tue, Jul 10: Empire Jazz Orchestra at Schenectady Music Haven at Music Haven Stage “Encore” will mark retiring SUNY Schenectady County Community College Dean of Music and EJO founder Dr. William Meckley’s final performance at the helm of his beloved big band https://sunysccc.edu/Academics/School-of-Music/-Empire-Jazz-Orchestra Co-presented by SUNY Schenectady—School of Music Rain site: Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, SUNY Schenectady

Tue, Jul 10: Coco: Summer in the City Free Movie Event at Palace Theatre Tuesday afternoons in JULY & AUGUST, get out of the heat and step inside the Palace Theatre for a cool family friendly movie on our Big Screen. From modern classics to brand new favorites, bring the whole family to Downtown Albany for Free Family Fun! DOORS OPEN AT NOON for Fun, Games and Healthy Activities and the MOVIE STARTS AT 1 pm. All Kids 12 & Under get Free Popcorn. Presented by SEFCU and ALBANY MED. FREE tickets are available at the Palace Theatre Box Office in advance or on your way into the movie. For more info call 518-465-4663 or visit www.palacealbany.org

Tue, Jul 10: Cool Science: Slime! at Castleton Public Library In this week’s exploration, we’ll learn about polymers and get messy making icky, gooey slime! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Tue, Jul 10: Pajama Storytime at Castleton Public Library Feel free to wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to our evening storytime. Recommended for ages birth-8.

Tue, Jul 10: Outdoor Petting Zoo at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Drop-in program for all ages; no registration necessary. Meet and greet some furry friends on our lawn, including lambs, goats, chicks and more!

Wed, Jul 11: Rockin’ on the River at Riverfront Park/Monument Square in Troy Held on most Wednesday nights between June and August in Riverfront Park, this free, outdoor concert series gives music fans a wonderful excuse to stay out and about on a Wednesday night in Downtown Troy, attracting 5,000 to 8,000 guests per night.

Wed, Jul 11: Nature Arts Hour at Camp Saratoga at Camp Saratoga, Parking Lot 1 Join us under the pavilion for an hour of musical instrument making, water color painting, poetry writing, and many other arts related activities.

Wed, Jul 11: Capital District Youth Pipe Band–Free Concert at Freedom Park in Scotia at Freedom Park, Collins Park, & Quinlan Park in Scotia-Glenville ( Mohawk Avenue/Schonowee Avenue ) Part of a series of free, family-oriented summer concerts, located near Jumpin’ Jacks and Collins Park

Wed, Jul 11: Maker Lab at Rensselaer Public Library Summer “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art and math) fun

Wed, Jul 11: Capital Concert Series at Empire State Plaza — New York State Office of General Services Free concert series at Empire State Plaza.

Wed, Jul 11: Grafton Rocks!: Jr. Naturalist Program at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Youth and families will hunt for rocks to paint and decorate before taking hikes to hide the rocks at the locations of their choice.

Wed, Jul 11: Beading Bonanza at Castleton Public Library Stop by the library to make bracelets, necklaces, and other creative beaded crafts! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Thu, Jul 12: Alive at Five at Jennings Landing in Albany Corning Preserve Celebrating 29 years of music, Albany’s signature free concert series premiered in the summer of 1990 with a performance by legendary folk artist Richie Havens, and has since grown into a staple of summer in the Capital Region. Showcasing a diverse lineup of big names, up-and-coming acts and the region’s most talented original artists, Alive at Five offers eight weeks of free, critically-acclaimed performances catering to nearly every taste.The concerts take place from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday nights.

Thu, Jul 12: Free Concerts at the Gazebo at Niskayuna Town Hall at Niskayuna, Town of Bring a picnic & lawn chair to enjoy these free hour-long concerts with your neighbors and friends. Concerts begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Thu, Jul 12: Artful Mornings at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us as we explore landscapes, portraits, illustrations, and more as we make beautiful pieces of art!

Thu, Jul 12: Open Pond Hours at Delegan Pond at Camp Saratoga, Parking Lot 1 Drop in anytime between 10:00 and noon to discover the aquatic wildlife found at Delegan Pond!

Thu, Jul 12: Barker Park: Movement Story Hour with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Barker Park in Troy Appropriate for children, toddler to age eight, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s workshops are designed to nurture the creative potential of each child.

Thu, Jul 12: Main Street Memories Storytime at Castleton Public Library Learn about what it was like to be a kid in Castleton in days gone by. After we hear stories, we’ll take a walk on Main Street and talk about what we see! All ages welcome.

Thu, Jul 12: 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! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Thu, Jul 12: Teen Time: Music Trivia at Castleton Public Library Are you a music expert? Test your music knowledge with our interactive trivia contest. You could be one of our winners! For teens entering 6th – 12th grades in the fall.

Thu, Jul 12: Erie Canal for Kids at New York State Museum Erie Canal Exhibit

Fri, Jul 13: FREE Tennis Lessons for Kids and Adults in Albany, Troy, and Schenectady available from 15-Love at 15-LOVE Giving Kids the Advantage. . . 15-Love can often loan you a racquet for the lesson.

Fri, Jul 13: The Wonder Room Summer Enrichment: Create a House at The Wonder Room We will be starting with pre-constructed unfinished wooden houses (about 2 feet x 2 feet x 8 inches) and will spend the week finishing and outfitting them to suit our tastes and imagination!

Fri, Jul 13: Hudson River Kayak at Moreau Lake State Park at Moreau Lake State Park Warm weather is here, come learn to kayak with us! This wonderful paddle is a fantastic 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.

Fri, Jul 13: ‘Tute for Tots at Albany Institute of History and Art ‘Tute for Tots classes give children and adult companions a chance to discover the world of art together.

Fri, Jul 13: Fine-Free Fridays at Castleton Public Library Have overdue items checked out on your card? Return them with no fines on Fridays — all summer long! Questions? Call 518-732-0879.

Fri, Jul 13: Block Party at Castleton Public Library Join us for group play with wooden blocks every Friday this summer! Recommended for ages birth-6.

Fri, Jul 13: Afrim’s Sports Open Bounce at Afrim’s Sports Open Bounce is for ages 3-9 for just $5 per child to come in and use our bounce houses to burn off some energy!

Fri, Jul 13: Music Under the Trees: The Stray Dogs at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center FREE outdoor concert!

Fri, Jul 13: Family Fitness Class at Castleton Public Library Sing, dance, and stretch with your child in this interactive family fitness class led by instructor Barbara Kam! Please bring a towel or yoga mat. Please register; call 518-732-0879. Recommended for ages 3-10.

Fri, Jul 13: Family Film Friday: Ferdinand at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Drop in program For children ages 4 and up and their families.

Sat, Jul 14: Electric City Comic Con at Schenectady County Public Library Our SECOND Comic Con. Keynote Speaker is Dave Roman, Author & Illustrator of Astronaut Academy Series. With special guest Greg Capullo, artist for Batman & Spawn. Family Fun Event! Cosplay Costume Contest!

Sat, Jul 14: Kids Day at the Plaza Presented by MVP Health Care at Empire State Plaza This is the place to be for kids of all ages!! Featuring Thomas & Friends™ Sing Along Adventure and much more!

Sat, Jul 14: 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, Jul 14: Run the Ridge at Maple Ski Ridge Run the Ridge at Maple Ski Ridge is a 5k mud, trail & obstacle course designed by some of your favorite MSR family, friends and staff. The features consist of untouched terrain from Mother Nature and builds created by some very clever minds looking to test your endurance and skills. Each year challenges are added to and redesigned- ready to offer every challenger a new experience every year. There’s also a special 2K family fun run! Mud, water, ledges, tires, hills, fire and many other types of things for you to climb over, under and get covered in! Come for the challenge stay for the food, friends and to support your fellow mud runners. Maple Ski Ridge along with Best Fitness is proud to partner with Special Olympics for the 2018 Run the Ridge event.

Sat, Jul 14: Summer Festival at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities at the Arts, Crafts & Lifestyle Show as well as Colonie Center’s merchants.

Sat, Jul 14: 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 14: Perler Bead Crafts at Castleton Public Library Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Sat, Jul 14: Gallery Tour of the Erie Canal Exhibition at New York State Museum Gallery Tour

Sun, Jul 15: 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

Sun, Jul 15: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

Sun, Jul 15: 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 24 through August 26.

Sun, Jul 15: Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Common at Clifton Common Summer musical performed by Clifton Park Not So Common Players at the Clifton Park Commons.

Sun, Jul 15: Music Haven Concert Series: Gabacho Maroc—Global jazz at Music Haven Stage Hosting the World’s Finest International Touring Artists in Schenectady’s Central Park! Gabacho Maroc freely crosses cultural and musical boundaries to create an open-minded, open-hearted conception of jazz with African, Moroccan, Arabic and Gnawan influences. Special Guests: Heard.

Sun, Jul 15: 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.