Events

Here is this week’s KidsOutAndAbout newsletter.

Here are some big events coming up:


Tulip Festival


The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event. Featuring annual traditions rooted in the city’s rich Dutch heritage, nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and more than 140,000 tulips in 150 different varieties, the Tulip Festival is a sparkling showcase of local culture and business. It all takes place in historic Washington Park, the 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City. For GPS directions to the main park entrance, use 1 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208.
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Lupine Fest


Wild blue lupine is a beautiful native wildflower that blooms in May and June, and is the only food source for the caterpillar of the state and federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Through interactive programs that showcase the globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush, the festival celebrates the wild blue lupine and the inland pitch pine- scrub oak barrens. Visitors can also enjoy nature walks, hands-on activities with community partners, music with the Whipper Snappers and B95.5, games, crafts, food, vendors and more.
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Greek Festival – St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church


The St. Sophia Greek Festival has been a staple in the Capital Region for over 40 years. Join us in celebrating all weekend long. This year we’re featuring an even bigger Tent and more parking on our premises!
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Waterford Canal Festival


Join us for this annual event as we welcome new and returning vendors to line the banks of the Erie Canal. Enjoy live music, dance performances, children’s activities, kayaking, educational walks and presentations and more.
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Here are more events coming up:

Featured Events

Fri, May 10: Family Movie Night – "The LEGO Movie 2" (PG) at Castleton Public Library Movie lovers of all ages are welcome! This month’s movie is “The LEGO Movie 2” (PG).

Fri, May 10: Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Paint Event 5/10/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *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

Sat, May 11: My Way Matinee – Colonie Center Shopping Mall at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Sensory-friendly movie screening with lower sound and more lighting.

Sat, May 11: 2019 Kids' Exchange Consignment Sale at Chase Sports Complex This shopping blockbuster will feature over 20,000 new and gently-used items for EVERY SEASON, with sales benefiting local nonprofits!

Sat, May 11: Chalk the Walk at Castleton Public Library Bring some color to our front walkway with a variety of chalk!

Sat, May 11: Open House at New Covenant Nursery School Want to learn more about our nursery school? Stop by for a visit, meet the teachers and do a spring craft with your child at our Open House on 5/11. Or, stop by our free, open to the public playgroup any Thursday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sat, May 11: Nursery School Open House and Make and Take Craft at New Covenant Nursery School Enrollment for New Covenant Nursery School for 2019 is now open! If you would like to visit us in person and see what we’re all about, please join us on Saturday May 11th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for our Open House.

Sat, May 11: Roots and River 2019 Gala at The Barn at Mabee Farm Come celebrate the bounty and history of our region while raising money for RiverRun Montessori. Taking place at the historic Barn at Mabee Farm, the event will feature local food created by Field Notes, live music by Everest Rising, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds will support RiverRun’s students, programs, and facilities. A memorable evening for a worthy cause!

Sat, May 11: Bird Walk at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Spring has arrived and so have our migrant songbirds!

Sat, May 11: Hovering Love Family Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Hovering Love Family Paint Event 5/11/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun class creating a unique project! *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

Sun, May 12: Tulip Festival at Washington Park The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event. Featuring annual traditions rooted in the city’s rich Dutch heritage, nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and more than 140,000 tulips in 150 different varieties, the Tulip Festival is a sparkling showcase of local culture and business. It all takes place in historic Washington Park, the 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City. For GPS directions to the main park entrance, use 1 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208.

Sun, May 12: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at Proctors Theatre at Proctors Great music in a great space.

Sun, May 12: Annual Mother's Day 5K bRunch/Walk at Central Park Pavilion Women’s Run/Walk bRUNch: Moms can run on teams with their kids, a free kids’ fun run, too.

Sun, May 12: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Capital Repertory Theatre Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he desperately needs some inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse — Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including donning a moustache) to appear in his next play. As love blossoms, so does the comedy, great romance and playwriting. Join theREP for this immersive and sumptuous adaptation of the Academy Award-winning screenplay, complete with swordfights, secret trysts, backstage disasters, and a dog. “Marvelously fluid, riotously funny, and often intensely, even startlingly poignant…This may be, in part at least, a comedy about Shakespeare falling in love; but joking aside, it could just make you fall, all over again, in love with Shakespeare.” —Chicago Tribune

Sun, May 12: Mother's Day at Sturbridge Village at Old Sturbridge Village Old Sturbridge Village offers FREE Admission to all mothers on Mother’s Day.

Sun, May 12: 42nd Street at Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC) Broadway hopeful, Peggy Sawyer, arrives in NYC armed with her tap shoes and big dreams of starring on Broadway. Does she have what it takes to make those dreams a reality? Filled with crowd-pleasing tap dance and ensemble numbers like “Lullaby of Broadway” and “We’re In the Money,” 42nd Street is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

Sun, May 12: Saratoga Children's Chorus Spring Performance: A Mother's Day Concert at Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church The Saratoga Children’s Chorus presents A Mother’s Day concert filled with uplifting nature themed songs, solos and music. Admission is free and open to the public. Children who may be interested in joining the chorus are welcome to come and hear us sing!

Sun, May 12: Mothers Day Nature Walk at Landis Arboretum Celebrate Mothers Day with an exploration of Mother Nature on an easy walk at the Arboretum looking for plants and animals awakening to spring. Wear footwear for muddy trails and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Sun, May 12: Tortoise & Hare at Cohoes Music Hall Tortoise & Hare is based on the classic fable but with a modern twist! Ancient vs. modern. Brain vs. brawn. Sacred vs. secular. Poor vs. rich. Reptile vs. mammal. Hip Hop vs. Hula… you know. All the classic match-ups. The ultimate culture clash between two tribes and a fantastical race to decide the fate of them all. Musical styles collide in this energetic new re-imagining of the ancient fable.

Sun, May 12: ESYO Wind Orchestra & CHIME Concert at Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose The ESYO Wind Orchestra performs alongside students from ESYO CHIME at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose.

Sun, May 12: Mother’s Day at Texas de Brazil – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Give Mom A Memorable Meal Out With Her Family!

Sun, May 12: Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at The Standard Restaurant & Lounge at Crossgates Mall Treat mom to brunch at The Standard!

Tue, May 14: Preschool Storytime at Voorheesville Public Library Theme-based, multi-level storytimes with an emphasis on early literacy. Books, rhymes, songs, a short video, and an art activity comprise the program. Ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver; no registration required.

Wed, May 15: The Prince & Princess in Me Series at The Prince & Princess in Me Series My Daughters and Me presents a program that focuses on helping to build self-esteem, self-love, and self-respect in young boys and girls.

Wed, May 15: Paper Clip Jewelry at Castleton Public Library Use paper clips and decorative tape to make a bracelet, necklace, or other craft!

Wed, May 15: Friends of Castleton Public Library Monthly Meeting at Castleton Public Library Come get involved with the Friends of Castleton Public Library! In addition to funding our summer reading program and our museum pass program, the Friends also coordinate family-friendly events, volunteer, and raise money to donate to the library for materials and equipment. If you are interested in learning more about the Friends, please consider attending the Friends of CPL meeting at the library.

Wed, May 15: Opening Day at Hanford Mills Museum at Hanford Mills Museum Hanford Mills Museum opens for a new season, with guided tours and demonstrations in its historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop. Tours can be tailored to your interest. Hanford House recreates home life in the 1920s. Picnic tables, Museum shop.

Wed, May 15: Paint our Spring Blossom Light-up Wine Bottle and Wine Glass Set at the Saratoga Winery! at Saratoga Winery and Tasting Room Paint our Spring Blossom Light-up Wine Bottle and Wine Glass Set at the Saratoga Winery! 5/15/19 6:00pm Join us at the Saratoga Winery (462 Route 29 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866) for a fun evening creating a unique project with Art in Mind. We will be painting LIGHT-UP WINE BOTTLES and a matching SET OF WINE GLASSES! Limited Space

Thu, May 16: Library Tots at Voorheesville Public Library Join Miss Lisa for an early literacy program that emphasizes sharing books, flannel board stories, music, rhymes, and playtime together. Babies and toddlers will enjoy lap bounces, choral book reading and action rhymes and songs all focused on developing skills. For newborns to 30 months with a caregiver. No registration required.

Thu, May 16: Spring Board Art Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Spring Board Art Paint Event 5/16/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience!

Fri, May 17: Family Movie Night at The William K. Sanford Town Library/Colonie Town Library The LEGO Movie 2

Fri, May 17: New Beginnings Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio New Beginnings Paint Event 5/17/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *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

Sat, May 18: Niska-Day at Niskayuna, Town of “Hats off to Nisky” is the theme for Niska-Day 38! This year we celebrate all the hats each of us in the community wear to make Niskayuna an amazing place to live, work and learn. It’s hard to believe May 18th will be the 38th year Niska-Day has been brought to the community by the Niskayuna Community Action Program (N-CAP). From the parade to fireworks and everything in between the spirit of Niska-Day will be felt. All the favorites will return with a new surprise or two to enhance the day as we gather to celebrate living, working and learning in Niskayuna. The day will begin with a family fun run starting behind Van Antwerp School, followed by our ever popular parade kicking off at 10:00 AM from the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, reaching the Niskayuna High School parking lot around 11:30 AM. At Craig Elementary School, there will be craft vendors, a bike action conducted by the Niskayuna Police Department, a community tent featuring local not-for-profit organizations, games for children, rides, a day long food court and a gigantic fireworks display. Local businesses will again be present to promote their products and services. Other favorites returning will be pony rides, clowns, photo magnets, face painting and caricatures. Evening entertainment will be provided by the ever popular group, TS Ensemble!

Sat, May 18: 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, May 18: 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, May 18: Lupine Fest at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Wild blue lupine is a beautiful native wildflower that blooms in May and June, and is the only food source for the caterpillar of the state and federally endangered Karner blue butterfly. Through interactive programs that showcase the globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct Albany Pine Bush, the festival celebrates the wild blue lupine and the inland pitch pine- scrub oak barrens. Visitors can also enjoy nature walks, hands-on activities with community partners, music with the Whipper Snappers and B95.5, games, crafts, food, vendors and more.

Sat, May 18: Mother/Daughter Tea at The Pottery Place- Albany, NY Big hats with flowers, high heels and pearls, it’s dress up time for Moms and girls. Come ready to paint and sip some tea. Oh, what fun it will be! For: Moms & Daughters of all ages

Sat, May 18: Perler Bead Crafts at Castleton Public Library Come make something awesome out of perler beads!

Sat, May 18: Herbs 101: Introduction to Herbs at Landis Arboretum Love the scent of fresh herbs? Want to grow herbs in your garden, in containers, or in a sunny window? In this hands on program, learn what herbs go with what foods and how to use some of those herbs and spices on the kitchen shelf to enhance your health. Join herbalist Gert Coleman for tips and techniques on growing and using herbs for flavor, fun, and remedies.

Sat, May 18: Tour the Native Plant Trail at Landis Arboretum May 18, Saturday, 2PM Tour the Native Plant Trail Join Fred Breglia on a FREE walking tour of the Arboretum’s unique Native Plant Trail, a 3/4-mile trail which highlights every native plant in New York State.

Sat, May 18: Touch-A-Truck at Empire State Aerosciences Museum A wide variety of vehicles will be on display including trucks, police cars, ambulances, fire, military and antique trucks as well as dump trucks, flatbeds, tractors and more! Come early and enjoy our monthly all you can eat breakfast, which will be available from 8:30am – 10:30 am. Lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers) will also be available from 11 am – 2 pm. Museum (ESAM) admission will be discounted. Food and raffle tickets extra.

Sat, May 18: ADK Serenity Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio ADK Serenity Paint Event 5/18/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *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

Sat, May 18: Free Kite Day for Families at Maalwyck Park in Glenville, NY Free Kite Day for Families Celebrates Parents, Children Friends and Families United, a coalition of parents, businesses, foster care agencies, and concerned families is hosting a day in the park to celebrate families and their children

Sat, May 18: Greek Festival – St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church The St. Sophia Greek Festival has been a staple in the Capital Region for over 40 years. Join us in celebrating all weekend long. This year we’re featuring an even bigger Tent and more parking on our premises!

Sun, May 19: Modernism at the Woodstock Art Colony at New York State Museum Come learn how the artists incorporated these new and exciting styles into their own works and try them out for yourself while creating your own art.

Sun, May 19: 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, May 19: Would You Like to Meet Some Honeybees? at Landis Arboretum The Arboretum now owns a few hives of honeybees! If you are interested in learning about the basics of their life cycle and their critical importance in our ecosystem, come and join us. Master Beekeeper Anne Frey will give a short presentation, then lead the group to inspect the hives, with plenty of opportunities for Q&A.

Sun, May 19: ESYO Concertino Strings & CHIME Concert with Wind Orchestra Choirs at Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose ESYO Concertino Strings performs alongside students from ESYO CHIME at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose. With special guests from ESYO Wind Orchestra’s Brass & Woodwind Choirs

Sun, May 19: RiverRun Open House at RiverRun Community Montessori Still trying to find the right school for your child? Come check out RiverRun Montessori! We will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 PM. Meet the teachers and administrators, get a feel for the classrooms, and find out what makes RiverRun such an extraordinary Montessori learning experience.

Mon, May 20: 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, May 21: Cool Science: Optical Illusions at Castleton Public Library Learn about the science behind optical illusions and create your own. You won’t believe your eyes!

Tue, May 21: Cool Science: Optical Illusions at Castleton Public Library Learn about the science behind optical illusions and create your own. You won’t believe your eyes!

Tue, May 21: Legal Clinic at Castleton Public Library Get a free, private, confidential consultation with an attorney. Appointment required; call 518-435-1770.

Tue, May 21: Afternoon Book Club: "Artemis," by Andy Weir at Castleton Public Library Join us the third Tuesday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk. This month’s selection is “Artemis,” by Andy Weir.

Tue, May 21: Sensory Playtime at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Drop-in program for children ages 12-36 months accompanied by an adult.

Wed, May 22: Fitness Program at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Come to Colonie for one of our monthly fitness programs!

Wed, May 22: Fun on Two Wheels: A Short History of the Bicycle at Castleton Public Library It’s National Bike Month! Join David Chinery as he traces the history of bicycles from 1815 to 1900, including the draisine, the velocipede, the boneshaker, the high wheel, and the safety bicycle. He’ll also discuss the social changes bicycles brought about for men and women. On display will be an 1898 Columbia bicycle, which lacks one of today’s most crucial bicycle elements.

Wed, May 22: Drop-in Preschool Movies at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Families with children ages 3-6 and siblings are welcome to attend this series of short, literature-based films.

Thu, May 23: Teen Time: Duct Tape Crafts at Castleton Public Library Enjoy snacks as you create your unique duct tape designs! For teens in grades 6-12.

Fri, May 24: Family Story Time at the Scotia Library at Schenectady County Public Library – Scotia Branch Early literacy class for children birth to age 5, with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs, activities and social interaction for the whole family. No registration necessary.

Fri, May 24: Albany LGBTQA Youth Group (Ages 18 & under) at Pride Center of the Capital Region This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 18 and under to discuss issues of coming out, school, work, and relationships in a group of their peers and to socialize and meet new friends. Facilitated by trained volunteers, and supervised by Pride Center staff, the group empowers youth to become strong, independent, and community-minded and provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded peers across school districts. For more information about any of our Youth Groups, please contact programs@capitalpridecenter.org or call 462-6138.

Fri, May 24: Kids Day at Saratoga Automobile Museum Kids days at the Saratoga Automobile Museum are a great way to introduce families to what the Museum has to offer. Each kids day in our spring series will include hands on activities that will guide them throughout the Museum. Examples include scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, book readings from local authors and arts and crafts projects. Enjoy the day off of school with your children by visiting the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Whether you have visited before or are exploring it for the first t

Fri, May 24: Legomania! at Castleton Public Library We’ll have our big Lego bins out all day for this huge build-a-thon! Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Fri, May 24: Memorial Flag Family Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Memorial Flag Family Paint Event 5/24/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun class creating a unique project! *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

Sat, May 25: Family Story Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Central Library Early literacy class for children birth to age 5, with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs, activities and social interaction for the whole family. No registration necessary.

Sat, May 25: Art Adventures at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga This program is best suited for children of all ages. Young budding artists explore their creativity, while learning new art processes and techniques using various mediums.

Sat, May 25: Family Gallery Tours with the Junior Interpreters at Albany Institute of History and Art These tours are a fun, engaging experience for visitors of all ages!

Sat, May 25: Early Literacy Class: Sing, Dance & Play! at Castleton Public Library Children ages birth to 5 enjoy an interactive class with songs, dance, and movement, followed by playtime!

Sat, May 25: Yard Yahtzee at Castleton Public Library Come down to the library to play a giant version of one of our favorite games! We’ll play Yahtzee on the front lawn, but in case of bad weather we’ll play inside. For ages 7 and up.

Sat, May 25: Family Yoga at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Registration required. All ages can enjoy practicing yoga together in this playful family yoga and mindfulness class.

Sun, May 26: Sunday Funday Diving Clinic at Union College Come try out the Olympic sport of Springboard diving in a safe and fun environment.

Sun, May 26: The GottaGetGon Festival at Saratoga County Fair Grounds in Ballston Spa, New York The GottaGetGon festival is a public function of the Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’, a folk music club near Albany NY. We started it in 1970. The PSG’s traditional refrain on Memorial Day Weekend is “Gotta Get Gone!” from the city and out to where music and friendship takes over for the weekend. It’s a time to lean back, sit around, and be with friends and family, play some music, sing some songs, and listen to some of the best music around, day and night. The GottaGetGon is an intimate family folk festival, put on by a small handful of volunteers, and designed for folks who believe that music is part of life. It is a place where grownups, teens, and children can be part of the experience of sharing music, time, and friendship. It’s a special gather’n’ where PSG invites a few select performers to join us for a weekend of fine music.

Sun, May 26: Making Connections Autism Program at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Free for children on the spectrum and their families. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is offering an early intervention program for children on the spectrum and their families.

Sun, May 26: Sunny Sundays at miSci (formerly Schenectady Museum) & Suits-Bueche Planetarium Educators from the Dudley Observatory at miSci will operate our 14inch telescope inside the roll-top roof observatory, allowing visitors to safely look at the sun and search for sunspots.

Sun, May 26: Sunny Sundays – miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Sunny Sundays are your opportunity to take a safe glimpse at the sun!

Sun, May 26: Zerbini Family Circus at Museum Village at Museum Village The Zerbini Family Circus will be at Museum Village again under the big top tent! Come see jugglers, aerialists, high wire acts, camels, clowns & more! This is a fun event for the whole family!

Sun, May 26: Writing Poetry, Fiction, and Memoir with a Nature Theme at Landis Arboretum Participants will explore the effective use of nature themes to develop their own writing of fiction, poetry, and/or memoir. The instructor will share the work of authors who have used nature themes, as well as provide prompts and feedback to participants.

Sun, May 26: Kids Bowl Free at Spare Time Entertainment- Clifton Park Sign your children up for 2 free games of bowling all summer long!