Events

Here is this week’s KidsOutAndAbout newsletter.

Here’s some other stuff that’s happening:

 

Zombie Zip Lining

Warning: Zombie Zip Lining is intended for mature audiences only. Ages 14 and above will be strictly adhered. This tour is not for the faint of heart. Your nightmare begins with a corpse-guided tour along a serial killer infested forest to then be hauled into the trees among complete, utter, horror. Once in the trees you will be launched in complete darkness. . . along, afraid, and vulnerable. . . along a screaming steel cable hundreds of feet along Mountain Ridge Adventure’s awesome Zip Line Park. The terror occurs every Friday and Saturday night in the month of October from 7-10 pm.
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Capitol Hauntings

Which two United States Presidents visited the Capitol after they died? What happened to the “lost” Capitol murals and their eccentric artist? Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse? Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol Fire of 1911 still make his rounds? Explore these questions and other tales of sightings and strange things on our Special Capitol Hauntings Tour of the New York State Capitol. The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling tales might haunt you forever. FREE!
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Fall Activities at Ellms Family Farm

You’ll love our newly relocated Corn Maze and Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch. Be sure to check out our brand new Low Ropes Course as well as FIVE brand new all ages ziplines! With all this plus over 40 more family fun attractions, Ellms Family Farm is not to be missed this Fall Season! Did you know that you can book a fall birthday party at Ellms? There are so many different activities for kids to enjoy, plus a covered space with picnic tables where you can all gather and celebrate. For more information about booking a birthday party, click here. Come join the fun and remember to get a delicious homemade apple cider doughnut… WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE FARM!
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Sat, Oct 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, Oct 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, Oct 19: Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! at Fort Ticonderoga Kids of all ages can explore our six-acre corn maze specially designed for Fort Ticonderoga! Getting lost in this life-size puzzle is part of the fun! Use your knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s history to guide you through towering corn stalks. The maze is divided into two phases so you can customize your experience. 

Sat, Oct 19: Hike With Us – Catskills: North Point at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Climb 2 miles to experience North Point’s remarkable views of North-South Lake, Kaaterskill High Peak, and Devil’s Path. 

Sat, Oct 19: 5th Annual Allergen & Gluten Free Expo – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall The Allergen & Gluten Free Expo is a comprehensive educational experience for those who suffer from allergies, asthma, gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. 

Sat, Oct 19: Kids Explore the Erie Canal at New York State Museum Imagine what life was like for children on the Erie Canal. 

Sat, Oct 19: National Chemistry Day at New York State Museum Learning chemistry helps us better understand the world around us. 

Sat, Oct 19: Hot Wheels Monster Trucks LIve at Times Union Center Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live will bring everyone’s favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks to life, combining Hot Wheels’ iconic jumps and stunts with epic crashing and smashing to deliver an exhilarating family entertainment experience for kids of all ages. 

Sat, Oct 19: Addy Academy: Workshops and Intensives at Proctors Workshops and Intensives Saturdays 2019-2020 Ages 7 to Adult 

Sat, Oct 19: Free Halloween Costume Giveaway at Castleton Public Library Browse a selection of donated Halloween costumes, wigs, masks, and accessories & pick out costumes to take home! Donations of clean, gently used items accepted from 9/1/19 through 10/18/19. 

Sat, Oct 19: NEW – Fall Slate Painting! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio NEW – Fall Slate Painting! 10/19/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project with Art in Mind’s latest art medium! Come paint a fall scene on genuine roofing slate! 

Sat, Oct 19: Backyard Birds and Feeder Making! at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center Learn about common feeder birds and make a bird feeder from recycled materials. 

Sat, Oct 19: Light The Night – Siena College, Loudonville, New York-October 19, 2019 at Siena College Registration opens at 6PM and the walk begins at 7PM VIP reception from 5:30 to 6PM and expect 100 sponsors. 

Sat, Oct 19: Stories from the Dirt at Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region A celebration of International Archeology Day – A day of family friendly activities including an archaeological dig, an underground railroad 101 workshop, exploring documents, taking photographs with 19th century clothes, exploring artifacts and more. Lunch will be provided. This program is free but donations toward lunch are welcomed. 

Sat, Oct 19: AUTUMN FEST at Pitney Meadows Community Farm AUTUMN FEST 2019 Celebrating 100 Years of Worldwide Waldorf Education Pitney Meadows Community Farm 223 West Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY Saturday, October 19 11:00-3:00 RAIN OR SHINE FREE ADMISSION Pre-register at www.waldorfsaratoga.org/autumn-fest Pumpkin carving, horse drawn carriage rides, petting animals, pony rides, puppet shows, games, live music and rum circle, food trucks, bake sale and much much more!! 

Sat, Oct 19: Radical Reptiles at Grafton Lakes State Park Join us in celebrating Reptile Awareness Day at our welcome center and learn about reptiles found in Grafton! ! Pre-register: (518) 279-1155 ext. 2. 

Sat, Oct 19: Open Gym at Northeast Gymnastics Saturday, October 19th, 2-4 pm. $15 

Sat, Oct 19: Hounds of Halloween at Tricentennial Park Come to this fun dog trick-or-treating and costume contest event! Participating pups and their people will don their spookiest garb for the Costumed Canine Contest and stop by 20+ participating businesses throughout downtown Albany for unique Halloween treats. The winner of the costume contest will be determined by public voting through the Downtown Albany BID’s Facebook page following the event. A map of trick-or-treat stops will be provided. Attendees may register in advance via Eventbrite by noon on Friday, October 18, or onsite at the event. Advance online registration will guarantee a limited edition Hounds of Halloween trick-or-treat bag. Bags will be available to day-of registrants while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Sun, Oct 20: Pumpkin Painting! at Thacher Visitor Center Feeling festive this fall? Decorate a pumpkin! Perfect your pumpkin masterpiece while sipping on cider and snacking on Cider Donuts and fresh apples from Indian Ladder Farms. We’ll have the pumpkins – just bring your artistic vision! Fee is $5 per person, limit is 1 pumpkin per person. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. 

Sun, Oct 20: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Family Fun Day at Palace Theatre A Palace Family Fun Day, featuring pre-film games and activities! All Kids 12 & Under get FREE POPCORN! Doors open at NOON for Activities / Movie starts at 1:00PM Presented by CDPHP Sponsored by Stewart’s TICKETS: By Phone at 518-465-4663 or in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office (19 Clinton Ave. Albany, NY) 

Sun, Oct 20: Boo Fest with Curious George at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join WMHT and Colonie Center for Boo Fest! Curious George will be here, crafts, and MORE! Meet us in Center Court at noon! 

Mon, Oct 21: Castleton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting at Castleton Public Library Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

Tue, Oct 22: Kids Community Music Group (Malta) at Malta Community Center A community music group for kids with special needs and their peers. Run by a Board Certified Music Therapist. ALL abilities are welcome! 

Tue, Oct 22: 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, Oct 22: Creepy Crawly Bookmarks! at Castleton Public Library Reading anything scary? Stop by the library to decorate a spooky bookmark! 

Tue, Oct 22: Reptile Awareness Day at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Reptiles are a very important part of the ecosystem. Join CMOST staff today and learn about the role of reptiles in the environment while enjoying a variety of hands-on activities. Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events. 

Wed, Oct 23: Tots Drop-In Playtime at Grafton Community Library Come play! Meet other parents and their children. 

Wed, Oct 23: Ladies Night at Albany’s Indoor Rock Gym Ladies, join us every Wednesday evening from 6p-10p for a discounted Day Pass. 

Wed, Oct 23: Kids Community Music Group (Delmar) at Capital District YMCA – Bethlehem Branch A community music group for kids with special needs and their peers. Run by a Board Certified Music Therapist. ALL abilities are welcome! 

Wed, Oct 23: Kids Community Music Group (Schenectady) at Schenectady YMCA A community music group for kids with special needs and their peers. Run by a Board Certified Music Therapist. ALL abilities are welcome! 

Wed, Oct 23: Fall Clay Classes at Piéce d’Occasion Join us for our Fall Clay HandBuilding Classes! In this class your child will learn, or expand on, basic clay hand building techniques. All supplies and materials are included. 

Wed, Oct 23: After School Art Club! 10/2/19 **Pre-purchase four classes for less!! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio After School Art Club! 10/2/19 **Pre-purchase four classes for less!! Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for our fun & educational Art Club Classes! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza) 

Thu, Oct 24: Outdoors After School at 5 Rivers at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Are you tired of sitting at a desk all day? Join us after school to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and have fun outdoors. Meet at the visitor center to begin our adventure. Come for as many sessions as you’d like, and dress for outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5 and their caregivers. 

Thu, Oct 24: Mugs and Hugs FREE Playgroup at New Covenant Nursery School One of the longest running (if not the longest) FREE playgroups in the Capital District area. Every week we will hang out between 10am and noon to play. Dads welcome too. It’s completely drop-in, so stop by anytime between 10am and Noon. Park in the lot at the back and come in the door with the awning. This group is lead by Pastor Katy. The focus is to build community for the parents and for the children. 

Thu, Oct 24: Horse Explorers at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame presents “Horse Explorers,” a hands-on series intended to creatively educate children about horses by developing age-appropriate skills in art, literacy, science and math. Recommended for ages 3-6, the program is staffed by the Museum’s educators. Time: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (except November 28 and December 26). Cost: Free. 

Thu, Oct 24: Spider Trifle! – *NEW Cooking for Kids Program! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Spider Trifle! – *NEW Cooking for Kids Program! 10/24/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for our Cooking for Kids program! We will be running this program on Thursday evenings with a different food each week. Join in for one class or for all! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza) 

Thu, Oct 24: 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, Oct 24: Open Gym at School 12- 475 1st St. Troy N.Y. 12180 Come get in some open hoop and/or short games. Weekly open gyms, every Thursday evening from 6:45 – 8:15 pm during the school year except on school breaks and days off. High school coaches available. Free of charge and no registration required but insurance waiver must be on file or signed to participate. Location: School 12, 475 1st Street, Troy. For ages 9-15. 

Thu, Oct 24: Teen Time: Design Your Own Bookends at Castleton Public Library Come design and decorate your own bookends to take home! For teens in grades 6-12. 

Thu, Oct 24: Open Art Studio October Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Thursdays **Senior Discount Day! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Special during Open Art Studio this month: Paint one of the featured CANVAS PAINTINGS for only $14! Paint a BOARD ART with one of the featured quotes for only $22! All ages! * SENIORS PAINT FOR $12 ON THURSDAYS! (9″X 12″ canvases) 

Thu, Oct 24: Choosing Toys with High Play Value at The Wonder Room As the holiday season approaches, you may wonder how to choose the best toys. We’ll share some tips for selecting toys and materials that nurture wonder. Which ones will be used the most as your child grows? Also, how can you extend play with toys that you already own? 

Fri, Oct 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, Oct 25: Candlelight Walking Tours at Schenectady County Historical Society Spooky tales of Schenectady’s haunting past! new spooky tales for 2019! Join us as we explore the historic Stockade after dark, and discover the neighborhood’s ghost stories. Tickets are $12 and include entry to the SCHS museum and refreshments and live music after the tour. Your choice of the “Colonial Hauntings” or “Ghostly Victorian” tour. Co-sponsored by the Schenectady Heritage Foundation. Pre-registration required at schenectadyhistorical.org/programs. 

Fri, Oct 25: NYS BIG APPLE CRUNCH at FarmOn! Foundation Join millions of fellow New Yorkers and share your crunch! Your school, college campus, business, nonprofit, or group of friends can host a crunch of your own on October 25th. All you need are apples and a camera! FarmOn! Hosts this statewide event in hopes of encouraging our residents to purchase local apples to promote sourcing locally, eating healthy, and supporting our farmers with a coordinated CRUNCH. Join us as we celebrate Farm-to-School Month in October by committing to supporting local farmers and CRUNCHING into and NYState Grown apple on October 25th for the BIG APPLE CRUNCH! 

Fri, Oct 25: Trick or Treat with Chuck E Cheese at Chuck E Cheese’s Latham Enjoy costume parades with Chuck E Cheese every hour on the half hour! Enjoy our Halloween special of $10.00 per player for one Hour of All You can Play Games, a drink and 2 slices of pizza . 

Fri, Oct 25: Homeschool Art Series October 2019 – Elementary, Middle/High School, & Preschool at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Homeschool Art Series October 2019 – Elementary, Middle/High School, & Preschool *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza 2019–2020 HOMESCHOOL ART PROGRAM OCTOBER: DRAWING & PAINTING SKILLS/VAN GOGH Our October Homeschool Art program will focus on technical skills in drawing and painting and include an exploration of the artist Vincent van Gogh. Fridays (Class): 10/11/19, 10/18/19, 10/25/19 

Fri, Oct 25: Early Literacy Playtime at Castleton Public Library Playing is learning! With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks provided, this playtime is designed for children ages birth to 5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends. 

Fri, Oct 25: Bridge Club at Castleton Public Library Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher.  

Fri, Oct 25: Hip Hop Ages 6-8 at Inspirational Movement Dance Come in for some fun and exercise! Hip hop for ages 6-8 starts this week on Fridays from 5:00-5:30. Register now at www.inspirationalmovementdance.com 

Fri, Oct 25: FREE Trunk-or-Treat at St. Thomas the Apostle Church Join us for a FREE fun evening of Trunk-or-Treating hosted by St. Thomas the Apostle School. Open to all Capital District families. FREE tickets available at https://sts-trunk-or-treat.eventbrite.com. 

Fri, Oct 25: Open Art Studio October Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Thursdays **Senior Discount Day! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Special during Open Art Studio this month: Paint one of the featured CANVAS PAINTINGS for only $14! Paint a BOARD ART with one of the featured quotes for only $22! All ages!* 

Fri, Oct 25: Club Sc-AIR at Airdrenaline Adventure Park Halloween is in the air at Airdrenaline and things are getting spooky at the park- join us for our Halloween edition of Club Air on 10/25 from 9-11 PM! Purchase your tickets online in advance using code CLUBSCAIR to receive $2 off your ticket(s)! 

Fri, Oct 25: Homeschool Ninja Class at Crossgates Mall Happening at Albany Ninja Lab located at Crossgates Commons. It’s time to release your INNER-NINJA!!!! 

Fri, Oct 25: Mommy and Me Gym and Swim at the SJCC at Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) Treat yourself and your child to some quality instructed exercise in our gym and indoor pool! 

Fri, Oct 25: Ballston Spa Witch Walk at American Legion in Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Witch Walk was established in 2005 to raise money for local animal organizations and charities. The Walk is ALWAYS the Friday before Halloween. 

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

Sat, Oct 26: Zombie Zip Lining at Mountain Ridge Adventure Treetop Challenge Course & Zip Line Park Warning: Zombie Zip Lining is intended for mature audiences only. Ages 14 and above will be strictly adhered. This tour is not for the faint of heart. Your nightmare begins with a corpse-guided tour along a serial killer infested forest to then be hauled into the trees among complete, utter, horror. Once in the trees you will be launched in complete darkness. . . along, afraid, and vulnerable. . . along a screaming steel cable hundreds of feet along Mountain Ridge Adventure’s awesome Zip Line Park. The terror occurs every Friday and Saturday night in the month of October from 7-10 pm. 

Sat, Oct 26: Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours at Clermont at Clermont State Historic Site The highlight of Clermont’s fall season! Guests will find themselves traveling back in time, as the house is filled with ghosts from throughout the mansion’s 250-year history. Tours followed by roasted marshmallows. Each year features dozens of hand-carved, flickering jack-o-lanterns. 

Sat, Oct 26: Hike With Us – Catskills: Overlook Mountain Fire Tower at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Meet at Meads Meadow Trailhead and experience views from the newest of the five fire towers left in the Catskill Park. The Overlook Tower is 60 feet tall, and offers incredible views of the Hudson River Valley, Ashokan Reservoir, and Devil’s Path. 

Sat, Oct 26: Hike With Us – Catskills: Trout Pond at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Trout Pond is bordered by 2 lean-tos and is a great location to view Cherry Ridge and take advantage of wonderful wildlife watching. 

Sat, Oct 26: ‘Nature’s Creepy’ Mystery Trail at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park ‘Nature’s Creepy’ Mystery Trail at Thacher Nature Center Take a walk on the Nature Center Trail and discover cool and creepy natural objects and oddities along the way. Use the clues to complete the challenge and win a prize! Wear your Halloween costume if you like. Make Halloween crafts and enjoy warm cider and donuts. This fun (not scary) program is appropriate for all ages. Please call 518-872-0800 for more information. 

Sat, Oct 26: Concerts for Tots TUNES & TREATS! Children’s Halloween Concert at The College of Saint Rose Hearst Center Delight your ears with musical treats! Our boo-tiful Children’s Halloween Concert designed for young children and their families will include favorite children’s songs, fun, festive classical music and sing-alongs.The concert will be followed by a costume parade. 

Sat, Oct 26: Halloween Parade & Party at Castleton Public Library Join the parade, which begins at the library at 2:30 led by a fire truck! Parade ends at the firehouse, where we’ll enjoy treats and crafts. Co-sponsored by CPL, Castleton Fire Department, and 52 Hilton on Main. 

Sat, Oct 26: Howling at the Moon Paint Event with Guest Artist Noreen Powell at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! With guest artist Noreen Powell! 

Sat, Oct 26: Colonie Creepy Craze at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join MVP Healthcare and Colonie Center for our Colonie Creepy Craze on October 26 from 11AM-12:30PM. 

Sat, Oct 26: Halloween Boo Bash at Boscov’s at Boscov’s Clifton Park Center Wear your favorite Halloween costume while you trick-or-treat at Boscov’s Clifton Park. 

Sat, Oct 26: Halloween Boo Bash at Boscov’s at Boscov’s Colonie Center Mall Wear your favorite Halloween costume while you trick-or-treat at Boscov’s Colonie Center. 

Sat, Oct 26: Halloween Open House at Northeast Gymnastics Open House with Halloween obstacle courses. FREE! Open to the public, children can wear costumes. 

Sat, Oct 26: Family Fun: Leeches – the Real Vampires at Five Rivers at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Lurking in the depths of New York’s ponds, lakes, and streams are bloodsuckers fit for any Halloween tale. Come to Fiver Rivers to learn about leeches, vampires that aren’t restricted to the nighttime. We’ll be giving a presentation about these fascinating creatures, followed by a short hike to one of our ponds in search of these fluid feeders. All ages are welcome. 

Sat, Oct 26: The Mysterious Lives of Crows at Five Rivers at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Have you ever wondered why you see small groups of crows in summer and large flocks in winter? Did you ever wonder what they eat or what the sounds they are making mean? Learn the answers to these questions and many more while getting up close to one of New York’s most brilliant birds. This indoor program featuring live crows is designed for teenagers and adults 

Sat, Oct 26: Chemistry Day at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) CMOST will be celebrating the end of National Chemistry Week by offering a day long chemistry event. There will also be a special demonstration at 12:00PM by the RPI Society of Women Engineers. Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events 

Sun, Oct 27: Double M Haunted Hayrides 2013 at Double M Haunted Hayrides Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa. Reservations required. SCARY–not recommended for kids under 8. Scary Harry, the iconic ghost cowboy of Double M, has a horrifying experience awaiting you yet again this year. Your journey will begin with a true Haunted Hayride on a tractor-drawn wagon, winding through the dark woods that are rumored to be filled with spirits and creatures of unimaginable beings. At the conclusion of the hayride, your journey will continue on foot into Brutality, the deep woods compound of a tortuous family. Next up is The Last Inn, a residence that is known for a disappearing guest or two and a vicious staff. From here you will enter the not-so-merry and bright realm of Jingle Hell. Your final destination is Maximum Outage, a total darkness experience where you must rely on all of your senses to navigate and survive. The fun continues in our midway area with The Grand Apocalypse Variety Show and Killshot Zombie Laser Tag. 

Sun, Oct 27: Village Trick-or-Treat at Old Sturbridge Village Visit Old Sturbridge Village after hours for a family-friendly evening of trick or treating! Kids in costume can collect candy from house to house. 

Sun, Oct 27: SenseAble Science – miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Each month, miSci hosts SenseAble Science, a special time for children on the autism spectrum and their families! 

Sun, Oct 27: Halloween Spooktacular 2019 at New York State Museum Join the New York State Museum for an afternoon of Halloween fun. 

Sun, Oct 27: Tinkergarten Classes at Prospect Park, Troy, NY Tinkergarten offers classes for children ages 18 months to 8 years, supporting all learners where they are. All of our classes take place outside at your local park- currently hosting in beautiful Prospect Park, Troy. 

Sun, Oct 27: Batty for Bats! at Thacher Visitor Center Batty for Bats! at Thacher Visitor Center Feeling a bit batty this October? Bats often get a bad rap, but Halloween’s most popular mascot is an integral part of our ecosystem! Join us for a bat themed story and learn the truth about these cute Chiropterans – bat craft drop-in activity and informational table after each story-time. Lower level of Thacher Visitor Center. The park entrance fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 518-872-0800 for more information. 

Sun, Oct 27: Fall Activities at Ellms Family Farm at Ellms Family Farm You’ll love our newly relocated Corn Maze and Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch. Be sure to check out our brand new Low Ropes Course as well as FIVE brand new all ages ziplines! With all this plus over 40 more family fun attractions, Ellms Family Farm is not to be missed this Fall Season!  Did you know that you can book a fall birthday party at Ellms? There are so many different activities for kids to enjoy, plus a covered space with picnic tables where you can all gather and celebrate. For more information about booking a birthday party, click here. Come join the fun and remember to get a delicious homemade apple cider doughnut… WE’LL SEE YOU ON THE FARM! 

Sun, Oct 27: HMT Presents Mamma Mia! at The Dee Sarno Theater, Saratoga Arts ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. 

Sun, Oct 27: Field of Horrors at Field of Horrors New this year! Condemned Manor: Disturbing residents of the past are vying for sole ownership of the condemned manor…As the floor creeps with every step, your hair stands up and you’ll soon regret that you got in the way of these strange spirits and their hunt to eliminate anyone who enters their home! Plus 4 other Haunt Attractions, 1 LOW price! Gates open at 6, attractions open at SUNSET! (Activities weather permitting) Proudly serving Goold’s Apple Cider Donuts & Cider! Also Carol’s To Go w/: FRIED DOUGH/sliders/wraps/salads! Come out & ENJOY the FUN! 

Sun, Oct 27: Winter Flag Football Open House at Sportsplex of Halfmoon Winter Flag Football Open House 

Sun, Oct 27: Trunk or Treat at Saratoga Automobile Museum Come trick or treat in your Halloween best at the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Trunk or Treat event! Free to participate and to bring your own car with a decorated trunk. 

Sun, Oct 27: Batty about Bats at Grafton Lakes State Park With Halloween just around the corner, take a chance to learn about conservation concerns and what you can do to help one of the more misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom. Please call ahead to pre-register (518) 279-1155, ext. 2. 

Sun, Oct 27: Trunk or Treat at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) CMOST will be participating in the annual “Trunk or Treat” at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. #CMOSTGivesBack 

Mon, Oct 28: 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! 

Mon, Oct 28: CMOST will be closed for Spring Clean-Up in the Fall at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Thanks to our amazing volunteers from Regeneron who will be painting, organizing and even adding a mural to one of our walls. We will re-open on October 31 at 9:00AM. 

Tue, Oct 29: Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival at Hudson Valley Community College This fall festival is free and open to the public and campus community Caricatures! Carnival Games! Prizes! Music! Heartfelt Clowns! Free Refreshments! Big Give-Away! Halloween Costumes Welcome! We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the college’s food pantry. 

Tue, Oct 29: Halloween Hoot – Drop-in program for ages 3 & up, with an adult at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Join Diane Payette (aka Grama Tippy Toes) and friends for the annual Halloween Hoot and parade! Cotumes encouraged. It will be a “Real Thriller!” Light refreshments will be served. 

Tue, Oct 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, Oct 29: Cool Science: Music! at Castleton Public Library Join us at the library to learn about how sound works and make your own musical instruments. 

Wed, Oct 30: After School Art Club! 10/2/19 **Pre-purchase four classes for less!! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio After School Art Club! 10/2/19 **Pre-purchase four classes for less!! Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for our fun & educational Art Club Classes! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza) 

Wed, Oct 30: CMOST will be closed for Spring Clean-Up in the Fall at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Thanks to our amazing volunteers from Regeneron who will be painting, organizing and even adding a mural to one of our walls. We will re-open on October 31 at 9:00AM. 

Thu, Oct 31: Double M Haunted Hayrides 2013 at Double M Haunted Hayrides Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa. Reservations required. SCARY–not recommended for kids under 8. Scary Harry, the iconic ghost cowboy of Double M, has a horrifying experience awaiting you yet again this year. Your journey will begin with a true Haunted Hayride on a tractor-drawn wagon, winding through the dark woods that are rumored to be filled with spirits and creatures of unimaginable beings. At the conclusion of the hayride, your journey will continue on foot into Brutality, the deep woods compound of a tortuous family. Next up is The Last Inn, a residence that is known for a disappearing guest or two and a vicious staff. From here you will enter the not-so-merry and bright realm of Jingle Hell. Your final destination is Maximum Outage, a total darkness experience where you must rely on all of your senses to navigate and survive. The fun continues in our midway area with The Grand Apocalypse Variety Show and Killshot Zombie Laser Tag. 

Thu, Oct 31: Mall-O-Ween at Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Its one spook-tacular sight with ghosts, goblins and ghouls running through the night. Crossgates’ MALL-O-WEEN, presented by Fidelis Care, will be one haunting good time. We welcome families, children and costumes of all kind to visit each cauldron for a trick or for a treat. Grab an eerie scavenger map from Fidelis, play some hair-raising games with Disney, and sign up with the ValleyCats for the mysterious costume contest, all located on the lower level by Apple. This thrilling Mall-o-ween 

Thu, Oct 31: The Saratoga Giant Pumpkinfest at Sunnyside Gardens We fill our patch with the biggest and best pumpkins around so you find that perfect jack o’lantern. Come wander through and see what hay sculptures and scarecrows we’ve come up with this year. Once you arrive at Sunnyside you’ll have to decide where you want to go first. Here are a few ideas to get you started: • Take a hay ride through the spooky woods • Have a ride on our little blue train • Search for the perfect pumpkin in the patch • Walk through the Hall of Flame-over 300 carved jack o’lanterns • Dance along to our live bluegrass band • Pose for a picture in one of our funny cut-outs • Visit the monarch butterflies in our butterfly room • Watch the model trains roll by • Dig in to a delicious, homemade cider doughnut 

Thu, Oct 31: Halloween Party/Parade at East Greenbush Library Halloween story, craft, snacks and parade for Preschoolers and toddlers. 

Thu, Oct 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, Oct 31: BATMAN – Manchester Community Library – HALLOWEEN at Meet Batman on Halloween Meet Batman in person! 

Thu, Oct 31: Open Art Studio October Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Thursdays **Senior Discount Day! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Special during Open Art Studio this month: Paint one of the featured CANVAS PAINTINGS for only $14! Paint a BOARD ART with one of the featured quotes for only $22! All ages! * SENIORS PAINT FOR $12 ON THURSDAYS! (9″X 12″ canvases) 

Thu, Oct 31: Trunk or Treat at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us for our Candy Crazed Event! 

Thu, Oct 31: Westmere Elementary School Sneaker Drive at Crossgates Mall Crossgates and Macy’s are partnering with the Westmere Elementary School (Guilderland School District) PTA for a sneaker drive to raise funds to go towards a new inclusive playground that will serve students in kindergarten through second grade. 

Thu, Oct 31: Happy Halloween at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) All of our activities today will have something to do with the fun, spooky, sparkly holiday we celebrate on October 31st. Any child who comes in costume will receive a pass for a free future admission to the museum. Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events. 

Thu, Oct 31: Trunk or Treat at New Covenant Nursery School A great “starter” event for your littlest ghouls and goblins, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Bring kids to trick or treat *OR* sign up to hand out candy to neighborhood children (for more information call the church office at 518-482-8063). 

Fri, Nov 01: Capitol Hauntings at Empire State Plaza Which two United States Presidents visited the Capitol after they died? What happened to the “lost” Capitol murals and their eccentric artist? Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse? Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol Fire of 1911 still make his rounds? Explore these questions and other tales of sightings and strange things on our Special Capitol Hauntings Tour of the New York State Capitol. The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling tales might haunt you forever. FREE! 

Fri, Nov 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, Nov 01: Early Literacy Playtime at Castleton Public Library Playing is learning! With a variety of age-appropriate toys and blocks provided, this playtime is designed for children ages birth to 5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing with caregivers & friends. 

Fri, Nov 01: United States Navy Band Commodores at Palace Theatre The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble from Washington D.C, will present a Free Concert at the Palace Theatre on November 1 at 7:00 PM. The 18-member group has been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years with some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world. 

Fri, Nov 01: A Place for Jazz at Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady Started in 1987 by Butch Conn, A Place for Jazz has brought hundreds of nationally known jazz musicians to the Capital Region to participate in the fall concert series, public workshops and school-based clinics. A Place for Jazz is made possible with public funds from the Schenectady County Initiative Program, Stewart’s Shops and the Price Chopper Golub Foundation. In addition to grant funding, revenue is generated through ticket sales and membership contributions. 

Fri, Nov 01: Author Talk and Book Signing for “We Got This” – Dr. Marika Lindholm shares Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor at Oblong Books & Music Author talk and book signing! In “We Got This”, Dr. Marika Lindholm and her fellow editors have brought together seventy-five solo mom writers to tell the truth about their lives―their hopes and fears, their resilience and setbacks, their embarrassments and triumphs. Includes essays from Amy Poehler, Anne Lamott, Elizabeth Alexander and others. Children are welcome at this event! For more information + to RSVP please visit the Oblong Books website. 

Sat, Nov 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, Nov 02: Art Lab: Felt Banner at University Art Museum Visitors will use felt and paint to create banners with their own message inspired by the work of Cheryl Pope. Pope is an exhibiting artist in ‘ACE; art on sports, promise, and selfhood’. 

Sat, Nov 02: Saturdays on Stage Fall Classes at Theatre Institute at Sage Get your kids started with a skill they will need for the rest of their lives…IMPROVISATION! Kids who improvise become better at communicating, better at taking responsibility, better at acting, and at focusing. 

Sat, Nov 02: Rainbow Scratch Art at Castleton Public Library Stop in to make cool rainbow scratch art with special paper! 

Sat, Nov 02: The Co-op garage sale is BACK! at Niskayuna High School The Niskayuna Co-op Nursery School will hold its annual fundraising garage sale on November 2 at the Niskayuna High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 30 families contributing! 

Sat, Nov 02: Amazing Water Bear Hunt at Grafton Lakes State Park Stop in to help a scientist find microscopic creatures, known affectionately as water bears, that live in your own backyard! Learn about these incredibly resilient animals and get a chance to view one through a microscope. 

Sat, Nov 02: Science Story Saturday at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Come to CMOST and learn about the lives and times of some extraordinary scientists. We will be exploring their contributions through biographical picture books and themed activities. Feel free to dress like your favorite scientist! Suitable for all ages. Check the website for a full schedule of the day’s events. 

Sun, Nov 03: Explore! Ancient Egypt at Albany Institute of History and Art Explore the art and culture of Ancient Egypt in a lively family day! 

Sun, Nov 03: Shadows and Light at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Daylight Savings Time has ended and we will see it getting dark earlier in the evening. Today, CMOST educators will explore light, dark and shadows in this fun, hands on workshop. Suitable for all ages, free with museum admission. 

Tue, Nov 05: Special Needs Night at Airdrenaline Adventure Park A time exclusively for our jumpers with special needs and their parents/caretakers! 

Tue, Nov 05: Ninja Warrior Camp at Northeast Gymnastics Half Day Ninja Warrior Camp. 

Thu, Nov 07: Story Art at New York State Museum Enjoy the Museum by listening to a story. 

Sat, Nov 09: Social Saturday at The Wonder Room at The Wonder Room On Saturdays we do something special. Come and bring your family! 

Sat, Nov 09: Herb-Infused Holiday Candles at Clermont at Clermont State Historic Site Just in time for the holidays! Using dried herbs, create aromatic and colorful homemade candles. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Sat, Nov 09: Try Hockey for Free! Nov 2019 at See various locations On Saturday, November 9, USA Hockey and 350 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey for Free Day! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey. All locations will have limited equipment available for use. 

Sat, Nov 09: Addy Academy: Workshops and Intensives at Proctors Workshops and Intensives Saturdays 2019-2020 Ages 7 to Adult 

Sat, Nov 09: Scarecrow Science at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) What is a scarecrow? What are they used for? Why do they work? Join CMOST staff as we explore the secrets of scarecrows create one to take home. Suitable for all ages, free with museum admission. 

Sat, Nov 09: Great Big Toy Sale at New Covenant Nursery School Come and start your Christmas shopping early and support our Messy Church Kids’ Programming. Gently used and loved toys will be for sale at a fraction of their original prices! Help us recycle some toys!!! 

Sat, Nov 09: Beaver Moon – Family Night Hike! at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center Join us on November 9th just before the Full Beaver Moon and learn about the North American Beaver! Then, without the use of flashlights, we will moon gaze, and test our own night vision – or lack thereof. All are welcome to enjoy this fun and reflective opportunity! 

Sun, Nov 10: Mary Poppins at Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC) Let your imagination take wing with everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins! Tag along with Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael Banks, as they experience many magical and memorable adventures. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” 

Sun, Nov 10: Disney’s Frozen at Proctors A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first. FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has a cumulative 16 Tonys to its credit, including the EGOT-winning composer Robert Lopez, Oscar-winning lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Oscar-winning writer Jennifer Lee and Tony Award®-winning director Michael Grandage. 

Mon, Nov 11: 2019 Veterans Day Aboard the USS SLATER! at USS SLATER USS SLATER will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony at 0900. Following the ceremony we will be open for tours until 4 PM. Come honor our Vets by visiting the last destroyer escort afloat in America! 

Mon, Nov 11: Mercury Transit – miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Join the Dudley Observatory at miSci to watch Mercury transit the sun! Our 14inch telescope will be equipped with a solar filter to safely watch Mercury march across the face of the sun. A Mercury transit will not be visible from our location again until the year 2049!! 

Mon, Nov 11: Maker Monday at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Today CMOST will celebrate Veterans Day with a variety of fun maker activities. We will have a station set up for visitors to draw pictures or write cards & letters for veterans. Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events.