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.

Click here for more information.


Kids Art Festival 7.19.2018 and 8.9.2018 Newsletter

 

  • Thanks to the Schenectady county legislature, MVP Health Care and the ElectriCity Arts District, Kids Arts Festival becomes a series this year! Go to our website http://www.kidsartsfestivalschenectady.com to check out the full list of where we’ll be this summer and in December!

Especially check out Family Movie Nights. They are free and fun activities starting at 7 p.m. each night!


Howe Caverns 8.9.2018 Newsletter

 

Visit Howe Caverns Saturday, August 18th for the 2nd Annual WMHT Explore More Science Fair!

 

Howe Caverns is hosting the 2nd Annual WMHT Explore More Science Fair Saturday, August 18th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. so bring your children to meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger and enjoy time with your neighbors, experience FREE exhibits and have fun while you learn from WMHT, Wildlife Biologists, Wildlife Technicians, Iroquois Archaeologists and Cave Geologists. Parking is only $2.00. For more information visit howecaverns.com/daniel. Or are you looking for a cool daytrip now that summer is heating up? Enjoy a 90 minute traditional walking tour of the cave that includes an underground boat ride and cool off where it’s always 52 degrees below ground. Plan your adventures above and below ground at howecaverns.com!

 


 

The Philadelphia Orchestra: Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert at SPAC

“The Force is strong with this one…” Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Joined by the quirky droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO, the unlikely team sets out to rescue Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and make use of the stolen plans to destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon. In a legendary confrontation, the rogue group mounts an attack against the Death Star for a climactic battle with the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Click here for more information.


Saratoga Arts Festival

A Juried fine arts, fine crafts, and performing arts festival.
Click here for more information.


James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Featuring the Students of Park Playhouse Kids Directed by Rich Johnson Choreography by Kellie Schweon-Rosati
Click here for more information.


Youth Splash Party at the Schenectady JCC

Swim under the stars, music, food, and fun! For youth ages 8 to 13. August 22 from 8 to 10 pm.
Click here for more information.

 

 

 

And here’s what else is coming up:

 

Featured Events

Fri, Aug 10: The Pop Ups at Guilderland Public Library Two-Time Grammy Nominees, The Pop Ups perform! Don’t miss it! This is a free ticketed event.

Fri, Aug 10: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Hudson Valley Renegades at Tri-City ValleyCats Bowling Bonanza!

Fri, Aug 10: Design Wind Chimes at Castleton Public Library Create a homemade wind chime to bring some music to your home! For ages 5 and up.

Sat, Aug 11: Mountain Bike Skills Development Camp at Gore Mountain All-day and morning-only mountain biking camps for beginner and intermediate riders.

Sat, Aug 11: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Schenectady Music Haven at Music Haven Stage The almost 60-strong SSO performs a starlit “Evening of Pops” under the baton of music director Charles Schneider

Sat, Aug 11: The Philadelphia Orchestra: Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert at SPAC at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) “The Force is strong with this one…” Set 30 years after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: A New Hope, the fourth episode of the saga, returns to the desert planet of Tatooine. A young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins to discover his destiny when, searching for a lost droid, he is saved by reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness). A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Joined by the quirky droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO, the unlikely team sets out to rescue Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and make use of the stolen plans to destroy the Empire’s ultimate weapon. In a legendary confrontation, the rogue group mounts an attack against the Death Star for a climactic battle with the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

Sat, Aug 11: Milkweed and Monarch Conservation at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park The Monarch Butterfly, one of our most vibrant and recognizable species, is on the decline!

Sat, Aug 11: Contra Dance Night: 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, Aug 11: We Are the Music Makers @ Bethlehem YMCA at Bethlehem YMCA A 6 week music program for special learns and their peers. ALL children and abilities are welcome!

Sat, Aug 11: Wonder Walk at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center This event for preschool aged youth will focus on using our five senses to explore the natural environment.

Sat, Aug 11: Music Under the Trees: The Hill Hollow Band at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center FREE outdoor concert at Dyken Pond’s amphitheater!

Sat, Aug 11: Gallery Tour of the Erie Canal Exhibition at New York State Museum Gallery Tour

Sat, Aug 11: Board Game Bonanza at Castleton Public Library Bring your family members or friends to the library to play a variety of board games!

Sat, Aug 11: Story Hour with Firefighter Shuan at Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting Firefighter Shaun will read the exciting story “Firehouse.” After the story, help Firefighter Shaun complete the giant puzzle, putting all the pieces in the right order, based on the story.

Sat, Aug 11: $2 Off Any Attraction! at FunPlex Fun Park Save $2 on any of your favorite attractions! Limit 5 per family. Visit our website for the coupon.

Sun, Aug 12: B’nai Sholom Free Festival at B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation Join us for our countdown to Rosh Hashanah.

Sun, Aug 12: Gazette Kids Day at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam, NY at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam, NY Free community day! Crafts, games, snacks, treats, and more! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Follow link to register.

Sun, Aug 12: 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, Aug 12: Brian Patneaude Quartet ~ Jazz: 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, Aug 12: Schoharie County Sunshine Fair at Schoharie County Sunshine Fair The Board of Directors of the Cobleskill Ag Society would like to welcome everyone to the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair August 7 to August 12.

Sun, Aug 12: The 33rd Annual Run For the Roses 5k Race, Nature Walk & Kids’ Fun Run at Grafton Lakes State Park The 33rd Annual Run for the Roses 5K Foot Race on Sunday, August 12 at Grafton Lakes State Park benefits Grafton Community Library, and includes a 2.5 Mile Nature Walk and Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run in addition to the USATF sanctioned 5K race.

Sun, Aug 12: Music Haven Concert Series: Skerryvore—Scottish folk-rock at Music Haven Stage From the tiny Scottish isle of Tiree, Skerryvore has exploded across the world, bringing a distinctively rocking Celtic sound from New York’s Central Park to the Shanghai Expo. Special Guests: The Schenectady Pipe Band. Rain Site—Niskayuna High School Auditorium.

Sun, Aug 12: Live POLKA at Golden Harvest Farms to benefit Columbia-Greene Humane Society at Golden Harvest Farms Sunday, Aug. 12 from 9-12:00, we’ll be broadcasting polka music from “Polka Spotlight” to raise funds for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA. Open to the public, offering free cider doughnuts, apple cider, and Polka music. Broadcast on 88.3FM radio!

Mon, Aug 13: 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, Aug 13: 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, Aug 13: Bites Camera Action at Times Union Center Bites Camera Action returns on Mondays on South Pearl Street in front of the Times Union Center

Tue, Aug 14: Beaver Adventure at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park This short walk is family friendly and will bring participants close to a beaver lodge and on the edge of some great beaver habitat. A Park Educator will teach you all the things you never knew you wanted to know about these awesome creatures. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511.

Tue, Aug 14: James and the Giant Peach: 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, Aug 14: Music on the Lawn at Castleton Public Library Join us for live music on our front lawn! Sponsored by the Friends of Castleton Public Library. All ages welcome.

Tue, Aug 14: Creative Writing Workshop at Castleton Public Library Do you like writing? Kids and teens are invited to join us for this fun workshop, including writing games and prompts! Ages 8-17.

Tue, Aug 14: Wildlife Family Hour at the Huyck Preserve at Eldridge research station at Huyck Preserve Make Tuesday mornings even better with nature walks, basic plant identification, and close-up encounters with wild animals! This program is run by local wildlife rehabilitator, Kelly Martin.

Wed, Aug 15: The Joey Thomas Big Band: 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, Aug 15: 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.

Wed, Aug 15: Performing Arts Family Series at the Common at Clifton Common Free concerts at Clifton Common Stage (next to basketball courts.) Shows at 7 pm. rain or shine. Lawn chairs are welcome.

Wed, Aug 15: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Connecticut Tigers at Tri-City ValleyCats Bobblehead / Premium Giveaway

Wed, Aug 15: 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, Aug 15: Maker Lab at Rensselaer Public Library Summer “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art and math) fun

Wed, Aug 15: Yoga on the Lawn at Castleton Public Library With instructor Patricia McCarthy. In case of bad weather, yoga will be indoors. Please bring your own mat. All skill levels are welcome. For ages 12 and up.

Wed, Aug 15: Making a Mastodon at New York State Museum Hands-on

Wed, Aug 15: Cool Science: Chain Reactions at Castleton Public Library Set up a course of ramps, hammers, pendulums, and more, then watch the chain reaction! Recommended for ages 5-12.

Thu, Aug 16: 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, Aug 16: Town of Cortlandt 2018 Town of Cortlandt Free Concert & Movie Series at Cortlandt Waterfront Park The Town of Cortlandt will be hosting our Summer Concert and Movie Series at our Cortlandt Waterfront Park, beginning mid-June and ending in August.

Thu, Aug 16: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Connecticut Tigers with post game fireworks at Tri-City ValleyCats Fireworks!

Thu, Aug 16: 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, Aug 16: 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, Aug 16: Life Cycles: Seed to Plant, Egg to Adult at New York State Museum Nature

Thu, Aug 16: Free Breakfast at the Crossings Park at The Crossings of Colonie Children can enjoy a free breakfast courtesy of the Regional Food Bank and served by the Colonie Town Library. Everyone is welcome – no financial qualifications.

Thu, Aug 16: Free Lunch at the Crossings Park at The Crossings of Colonie Children can enjoy a free lunch courtesy of the Regional Food Bank and served by the Colonie Town Library. Everyone is welcome – no financial qualifications.

Thu, Aug 16: Music Storytime at Castleton Public Library Join us for a special storytime with local musician Kevin Haran! All ages welcome.

Thu, Aug 16: Summer Reading Finale Party at Castleton Public Library It’s time to celebrate all the reading you’ve done this summer! Join us for a life-sized Candy Land game, fun carnival amusements, and more!

Fri, Aug 17: Academy Award Film Series: Coco at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Join us for the movie “Coco,” an Academy Award winner.

Fri, Aug 17: Rainbow Scratch Art at Castleton Public Library Stop in to make cool rainbow scratch art with special paper!

Fri, Aug 17: Fossil Find Friday at Thacher Park at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Brachiopods, Crinoids and Bryozoans, oh my!

Fri, Aug 17: Movies Under the Stars: The Last Jedi at Sage College Movies Under Stars presents The Last Jedi! Live music and family activities will begin at 7:30 pm, and there will also be snacks, drinks, and fun for the family before the movie plays at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and get there early to get a great spot! Live Music TBD!

Sat, Aug 18: Saturday Star Shows at Henry Hudson Planetarium at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Public astronomy programs are held the third Saturday of each month. Interactive programs exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky. $3 all seats 11:00 am – Children’s Star Sighting: Appropriate for children pre-K – 2nd grades and their families 1:00 pm – Albany Star Sighting: Geared toward skywatchers ages 8 and above PLEASE NOTE: Based on the nature of our programming, once the star program has begun and the planetarium doors are closed, there is no admittance. Best policy is to arrive before the scheduled program time to be assured admittance.

Sat, Aug 18: Anthony Fallacaro–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

Sat, Aug 18: FREE Family Fun Night at the Schenectady JCC at Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) Everyone is welcome, free admission.. Come and swim while watching the animated movie Ferdinand! Snack bar will be open for purchases.

Sat, Aug 18: Little Wonders of Science at miSci at miSci Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly. Preregister online.

Sat, Aug 18: Explore More Science Fair at Howe Caverns at Howe Caverns Howe Caverns is hosting the WMHT Explore More Science Fair on Saturday, August 18th from 11 am to 4 pm. Bring your curious kids to meet and take photos with Daniel Tiger. There will be free, fun and educational exhibits from WMHT.

Sat, Aug 18: Saturday Storytime at Castleton Public Library Join Miss Joelle for stories and a craft! Recommended for ages birth to 6.

Sat, Aug 18: 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, Aug 18: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying at Park Playhouse at Park Playhouse Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser, including “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man” and “The Company Way.” A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. Come see the students of Park Playhouse II bring this wonderful Broadway classic to life in Washington Park this August!

Sat, Aug 18: Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Gather round a crackling fire to hear stories from our favorite storyteller Claire Nolan!

Sat, Aug 18: Edible Art at Castleton Public Library Create your own unique artistic sculptures and structures out of food and eat them when you’re all finished!

Sun, Aug 19: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company ~ Modern Dance: 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, Aug 19: Gazette Kids Day at ViaPort Rotterdam (Rotterdam Square Mall) at ViaPort Rotterdam (Rotterdam Square Mall) Free community day! Crafts, games, snacks, treats, and more! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Follow link to register.

Sun, Aug 19: Blues BBQ featuring Toronzo Cannon at Schenectady Music Haven at Music Haven Stage When Chicago Transit Authority bus driver Toronzo Cannon puts down his keys and grabs his guitar pick, watch out—he’s the real thing, playing his music, as his album states, The Chicago Way Special Guests: The Matt Mirabile Band

Mon, Aug 20: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Brooklyn Cyclones at Tri-City ValleyCats Not So Scary Halloween!

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

Mon, Aug 20: Mover, Shakers and History Makers! at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This program is best suited for children 3 and up. Take a trip back in time to learn how ordinary people became extraordinary with this playful and hands‐on look at some of history’s most remarkable inventors, activists, and leaders.

Tue, Aug 21: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Brooklyn Cyclones at Tri-City ValleyCats Tunes for Tuesday

Tue, Aug 21: 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, Aug 21: The Lion King: 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, Aug 21: Cool Science: Musical Water Glasses at Castleton Public Library In this week’s scientific exploration, we will experiment with water-filled glasses to make different sounds! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Tue, Aug 21: Melissa & Doug Toy Tinkerer Event at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Wednesday, August 8th at 10:30AM and Tuesday, August 21st at 2:30PM‐ Come join us for a special, interactive experience sure to launch kids imaginations.

Wed, Aug 22: Youth Splash Party at the Schenectady JCC at Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) Swim under the stars, music, food, and fun! For youth ages 8 to 13.

Wed, Aug 22: SIRSY: 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, Aug 22: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Brooklyn Cyclones with post game fireworks at Tri-City ValleyCats Fireworks!

Wed, Aug 22: Crafternoon at Castleton Public Library We’ve got plenty of supplies – bring your imagination!

Thu, Aug 23: Going Dutch at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium The Albany Dutch are more than just tulips and wooden shoes! Echoes of Albany’s Dutch roots can be felt throughout the City, from our street names to our architectural gems. Going Dutch is a guided walking tour within the original perimeter of Beverwyck. Learn how the tenacious Dutch adapted to the New World, formed relationships with the Native Americans and adjusted to English rule before the Revolution.

Thu, Aug 23: Barker Park: Seth & The Moodymelix at Barker Park in Troy Borrowing from a wonderfully diverse mix of musical styles, this toe-tapping trio plays lyrically rich music for kids that parents can appreciate, too!

Thu, Aug 23: Learn & Play Storytime at Castleton Public Library Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills! Join us for fun and learning every Thursday at 10:30.

Thu, Aug 23: Teen Time: Sharpie Tie Dye at Castleton Public Library Love tie dye? Stop by for simple and fun tie dyeing with Sharpies! Bring your own t-shirt or other item to tie-dye. For teens entering 6th-12th grades in the fall.

Fri, Aug 24: Libraries Rock! Summer Wind Down at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Join us as we wind down our summer reading series with an afternoon of music and refreshments. This program for all ages has something for everyone with different musical performances located throughout the Library!

Fri, Aug 24: 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.

Sat, Aug 25: James and the Giant Peach Jr. at Cohoes Music Hall Book by Timothy Allen McDonald Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Based on the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Featuring the Students of Park Playhouse Kids Directed by Rich Johnson Choreography by Kellie Schweon-Rosati

Sat, Aug 25: Free Riverlink Concert in Amsterdam at Riverlink Concerts Amsterdam Riverlink Park concerts are free during the summer months on the waterfront of the Mohawk River

Sat, Aug 25: ADK LIGHTS 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, Aug 25: Hot Club of Saratoga ~ gypsy jazz / swing : 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, Aug 25: Fishing 101 : Jr. Naturalist Program at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Ever wonder what fish live in Dyken Pond?

Sat, Aug 25: Movies in the Park at Schodack Island State Park Location: Schodack Island State Park, 1 Schodack Island Way, Schodack Landing, NY 12156. Join us every Saturday in August for a family movie under the stars at Schodack Island State Park! Call 518-732-0879 for movie title.

Sat, Aug 25: Knock Hockey at Castleton Public Library Bring a friend to the library and play a game of tabletop hockey!

Sat, Aug 25: Teen Songwriting Workshop at Castleton Public Library Learn the art of songwriting with instructor Kevin Haran. For teens entering 6th-12th grades in the fall. Please register; call 518-732-0879.

Sat, Aug 25: GO Batty! at Thacher Park Visitor Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Thacher State park is home to several species of bats!

Sat, Aug 25: Exploring Geology at the Huyck Preserve at Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station The rocks of Rensselaerville record local history from long before dinosaurs. Explore the local geology and deep-time history on a walk along the falls with Dr. Charles Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum.

Sat, Aug 25: Mountaintop Yoga Classes at Gore Mountain Gentle Class 1pm, Vinyasa Power Class 2pm, Scenic Gondola Ride Included!

Sat, Aug 25: World’s Largest Fossil Dig at Penn Dixie — the #1 fossil park in the U.S. at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve Unearth the Unexpected and help set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the World’s Largest Fossil Dig at Penn Dixie! Admission is reduced to $5 per person and includes a commemorative shirt, fossil collecting bag, and all of the amazing Penn Dixie fossils that our guests may collect. No fossil digging experience is necessary as volunteer stewards from several community groups will be on hand to facilitate the dig. Or, invite your friends and register a team of up to ten diggers for just $40. Stay after the dig to collect fossils and enjoy food trucks at Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to be one of the inaugural title holders in this new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ category for World’s Largest Fossil Dig!

Sun, Aug 26: Washington County Fair at Washington County Welcome to the Washington County Fair!

Sun, Aug 26: Howlin’ at the Moon Concert Series at Mabee Farm Historic Site Join us each month on the full moon for an energetic night of local Americana, folk, and bluegrass tunes. Summer is almost here, and we’re ready to howl!

Sun, Aug 26: 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, Aug 26: 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, Aug 26: Gazette Kids Day at Proctors Theatre at Proctors Free community day! Crafts, games, snacks, treats, and more! Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Follow link to register.

Sun, Aug 26: Tri-City ValleyCats vsAberdeen IronBirds with post game fireworks at Tri-City ValleyCats Fireworks!

Sun, Aug 26: Annie and the Hedonists ~ Americana: 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, Aug 26: Making Connections Autism Program at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Sunday, August 26th from 9:30am‐12:00pm. Free for children on the spectrum and their families.

Mon, Aug 27: Family Mondays at Saratoga Race Course at Saratoga Race Track Family Mondays will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities – including the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred at the Horse Sense exhibit. The Family Mondays series will be held each Monday of the meet from 11 am to 4 pm in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion

Mon, Aug 27: Free Concert at Rotterdam Senior Center The Town of Rotterdam this summer, through our Parks and Recreation Department and in conjunction with the Schenectady Musical Union Community Performance and Scholarship Fund, will be sponsoring a series of band concerts. The concerts, free to all residents, will be held at the Rotterdam Senior Center, 2639 Hamburg Street, on Monday evenings from 7-8 pm. In inclement weather, the concerts will be held indoors in the Auditorium at the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center.

Mon, Aug 27: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Aberdeen IronBirds at Tri-City ValleyCats Pavilion Fundraiser

Mon, Aug 27: Monday Mile Community Walk at Castleton Public Library Let’s walk the Main Street Mile together every Monday (weather permitting)! We’ll meet at the intersection of Main & Scott. All ages welcome (children age 10 and under must be accompanied by adult).

Tue, Aug 28: Tuesday Nights in the Park: Free Concerts in Colonie! at Cook Park Tuesday nights at 6:30 in the Frank A. Leak Amphitheater For The Arts at Cook Park.

Tue, Aug 28: FREE Summer Concerts in Saratoga’s Congress Park! at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs Gather your friends and family, bring your blankets and chairs, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy some of our areas favorite performers. This FREE Saratoga Summer Concert Series is a program of the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center in cooperation with the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and the City of Saratoga Springs. Shows begin at 7:00 pm at the War Memorial in beautiful Congress Park. Each concert will last approximately 90 minutes. The Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center will be the concert rain location.

Tue, Aug 28: Pre-K Story Time at Rensselaer Public Library Children ages 2-5 and their parents can drop in for story-time, siblings welcome.

Tue, Aug 28: Tri-City ValleyCats vs Aberdeen IronBirds with post game fireworks at Tri-City ValleyCats Fireworks! Tunes for Tuesday

Tue, Aug 28: Moana: 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, Aug 28: Legomania! at Castleton Public Library We’ll have all of our Lego bins out for this all-day build-a-thon! Come make something awesome! Recommended for ages 3 & up.

Tue, Aug 28: 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, Aug 28: Tuesday for Tots at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This program is best suited for children ages 2‐5. This is a special time for our younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment.

Wed, Aug 29: Grand Central Station–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, Aug 29: Capitol Park After Dark Free Outdoor Movies: Key Largo at West Capitol Park Free movies! Bring chairs or blankets and take in a show! August 15: Out of the Past | August 22: Vertigo | August 29: West Side Story

Wed, Aug 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!

Wed, Aug 29: Summer Fun Series at FANs of Ballston Spa Wednesdays in August, at 6:30pm, we are having fun with free ice cream! Activities will vary from crafts to fairy gardens to various options as well as open play time. Lawn games for the big kids too! Great playground! 39 Ralph St, 12020, Kelley Park

Thu, Aug 30: Jazz on Jay at ElectriCity Arts District Nothing says summer like a saxophone on the street! Jazz on Jay is back, with free lunchtime performances every week throughout the summer, on the city’s Jay Street arcade. Each Thursday, from noon–1:30 p.m., top artists will perform in a variety of jazz styles, from the strut of Dixieland and the fire of flamenco, to edgy sweet and modern and all points between. Rain location is Robb Alley at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady.

Thu, Aug 30: 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!

Thu, Aug 30: Concerts in the Park Series at Wiswall Park in Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is proud to once again present its free Concerts in the Park series at Wiswall Park, Front Street in the village of Ballston Spa. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and dine al fresco while enjoying the best in local music, from pop to folk to jazz to bluegrass. For 2018, the concert series continues to offer a diverse line-up of musicians, including local favorites and new performers. The concerts run for 10 weeks, every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm, starting June 28.

Thu, Aug 30: 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, Aug 30: 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, Aug 30: Glenville Thursdays: Free Concerts and Movies at Indian Meadows Town Park Join us for family fun at Indian Meadows Park. Bring a picnic, a chair, or blanket, and celebrate Glenville!

Thu, Aug 30: OPEN ART STUDIO *August Painting Specials $12! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY art studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun & creative activity!

Thu, Aug 30: Apple Orchard Storytime at Castleton Public Library Join us for a fun and delicious storytime with a special visitor from Goold Orchards! All ages welcome.

Thu, Aug 30: 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.

Fri, Aug 31: 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, Aug 31: ‘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, Aug 31: Make a Glider! at Castleton Public Library Make a flying glider using styrofoam and a penny!

Sat, Sep 01: Family Saturday at Hanford Mills Museum Family Saturdays at Hanford Mills Museum provide a field trip for families, with special kid-friendly activities at this water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Kids 12 and under always get free admission at Hanford Mills

Sat, Sep 01: Wildlife Presentation at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Meet some wild neighbors up close and personal!

Sat, Sep 01: Chalk the Walk at Castleton Public Library Help bring some color to our front walkway!

Sun, Sep 02: Summer Hours for empire State Aerosciences Museum at Empire State Aerosciences Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum at 250 Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, NY, is now open for Summer Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm. It is closed on Mondays only. For more information call (518) 377-2191.

Mon, Sep 03: Backyard Learn to Swim Lessons at Serrago’s Swimmers I travel to your home and give your children professional water safety swim lessons, while you watch and relax next to your pool!

Tue, Sep 04: 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, Sep 04: Foam Paint Fun at Castleton Public Library Stop in and get creative with our fun foam paint! Ages 3 and up.

Tue, Sep 04: 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!

Wed, Sep 05: 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.

Wed, Sep 05: 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

Thu, Sep 06: Learn & Play Storytime at Castleton Public Library Children from birth to age 5 are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building their early literacy and motor skills! Join us for fun and learning every Thursday at 10:30.

Fri, Sep 07: 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 Farmers’ Market? Stop by our table and learn about what’s going on at the library. We’ll also have a fun craft for kids to make!

Fri, Sep 07: Movies Under the Stars: Wonder Woman at Washington Park Movies Under Stars presents Wonder Woman! Live music and family activities will begin at 7:30 pm, and there will also be snacks, drinks, and fun for the family before the movie plays at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and get there early to get a great spot! Live Music from Ryan Leddick Trios!

Fri, Sep 07: 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, Sep 07: First Friday Ballston Spa at Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions.

Sat, Sep 08: Little Italy StreetFest Schenectady at Jay Street near Schenectady City Hall Featuring some of Schenectady’s most well-known Italian bakeries, restaurants, pastry and spumoni shops; live music, craft vendors, and more!

Sat, Sep 08: FAMILY STORY TIME: Tales of Birds and Beasts at Albany Institute of History and Art Enjoy a special animal themed story time at the museum!

Sat, Sep 08: Friends of CPL Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Castleton Public Library Location: Applebee’s Restaurant, 594 N. Troy Road, Rensselaer, NY 12144 Cost: $8.00 per person Enjoy breakfast and help benefit the library! Meal includes 3 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, and a beverage.

Sat, Sep 08: Giant Games on Main Street! at Castleton Public Library Location: Intersection of Scott Avenue and Main Street, Castleton. Come down for Main Street Day and enjoy games, music, food, and more. We’ll be on the grass at the intersection of Scott and Main – come play giant versions of some of our favorite games.

Sat, Sep 08: First Responders Day at Playland at Playland Amusement Park First Responders will recieve one free wristband with proof of service.

Sat, Sep 08: Autumn Shaker Craft & Artisan Fair at Shaker Heritage Society Browse booths of local crafters and artisans in a beautiful, historic setting.

Sat, Sep 08: Insane Inflatable 5k-Albany at Ellms Family Farm The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to Albany! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice!

Sat, Sep 08: Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest at Hanford Mills Museum See a great variety of tractors, cars, engines, model boats, farm machines, firetrucks plus the Mill’s steam boiler and steam engine. Music, food and kids’ activities.

Sat, Sep 08: Wax ‘n’ Wix Candle Making Workshop at Gore Mountain Create your own candle with custom colors, scents, shapes, and sizes!

Sat, Sep 08: Hudson River Valley Ramble at Hudson River Valley Ramble The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region.