This Weekend–now with updates!

I’m crabby.  The girls are harmoniously playing a game in which their doll named Kelly (acted out by M, and not to be confused with Barbie’s younger sister) is whining, complaining, and abusing the adorable kitten played by J.  Even though it’s pretend, the whining & complaining is so realistic that it is actually just as irritating as true whining & complaining.  But I can’t seem to get myself up off the couch.

Cute W’s had various obligations that have kept him away from us, we’re missing nursery school, and I haven’t had a decent run in days and days.   I swear: the girls smell weakness on me.  Earlier today I had a conversation with J.  It went like this:

J: Can I please watch some tv?
Me: Would you like me to help you make a sock puppet like M made?
J:  No thanks.  May I please watch some tv?
Me:  Would you like to play a game with me?
J:  No.  Can I watch tv?
Me:  Would you like to cuddle and read some books?
J:  No thank you.  May I please watch tv?
Me:  Would you like me to push you on the swing?
J:  No thank you! Please can I just watch some tv?
Me (sighing):  Okay.

Dude, I couldn’t bring myself to say no, because deep down I knew that it would be the easiest next hour of my day.  (And by hour, I really mean hour and a half.) But oooooh, the guilt.

So, we’ve got some gift cards burning holes in our pockets, and the girls and I are going to go out and seek some retail therapy.  I know it’s wrong.  But it’ll chew up some time, and some days that’s the best you can do, right?

Here’s the weekend–

All Weekend:

  • It’s the Saratoga Arts Fest.  Festivities will be all over, including the Children’s Museum, an open house at the Waldorf School.
  • It’s the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council has its June Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.  There will be art, music, food, and kids’ activities–there’s not too much information on the main site, but their FB page is better.  There will also be craft vendors sponsored by Zonta nearby.
  • At the Malta Community Center, you can watch Metaphasia, a show based on fairy tales and billed as entertainment for all ages.  $10 at the door, shows at 2 pm Saturday & Sunday, and 7 pm on Saturday.
  • St. Peter’s is having their Annual Armenian Festival from 4-8 pm on Saturday and 12-4 pm on Sunday.  Middle Eastern food and music, amusement & pony rides.
  • There’s a Rhythm on the Ridge music festival at Maple Ski Ridge.  Music starts at noon on Saturday, $12/adult, kids 12 and under free.  “Rough camping” available for $15/site.

Friday, June 11th:

Saturday, June 12th:

  • There’s a free walking tour along the West Towpath in Clifton Park at 9 am.
  • Soapbox Derby on Madison Avenue in Albany at 9 am!  See details at All Over Albany.
  • There’s a Family Hike to Bullfrog Pond at Thacher at 10 am.  Call to register.
  • At 10 am at Five Rivers, there’s a Firefly Watch Training Program.  This is for folks who’d like to help them Five Rivers with their summer firefly programs.
  • From 10-11:30 am, take a Natural History Walk at the Saratoga National Historic Park.
  • It’s Family Diversity Day from 11 am to 4 pm at the New York State Museum.
  • Take Time Out for Tales at the Bethlehem Public Library at 11 am.
  • It’s the Old Glory Block Party from noon to 6 in Troy.  I found this at All Over Albany.
  • On Jay Street in Schenectady, there’s a Celtic Faire from noon to 9 pm.
  • Nippertown reports that there will be Nude Bike Riding at noon in Albany’s Washington Park.  Okay, perhaps you don’t want to bring the kids, but sounds like fun!
  • There’s a Family Storytime on Trains at the Rensselaer Public Library at 1 pm.  It’s designed for kids 2-8, and no sign-up is required.
  • Take a hike at 1 pm at Up Yonda Farm.  $4/non-member.
  • It’s the Annual Family Fun Day at Cook Park in Colonie from 2-7 pm.
  • At 3 pm, Coleen Paratore and Eric Luper will be signing their new books at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.
  • There’s some In Your Face Wrestling at 7 pm at the Ballston Area Community Center.  $12/adult, $8/kid.

Sunday, June 13th:


  1. stella

    Loved reading your blog today! I always feel guilty about my son and twins girls watching too much tv! But, sometimes… just have to give in! Okay, maybe not just sometimes….more like a little everyday!

  2. Yeah, but it’s worse when it’s nice out. I only don’t feel guilty if we’ve been at the pool for so long that I know everyone’s exhausted. Oh, well.

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