Stuff Going on This Weekend BESIDES My Kid’s Birthday

Hooray!  The sun’s finally coming out!  Good thing, because we’ve got a lot of outdoorsville happening at our house, and I was really beginning to freak out about it.

I am actively working on a restaurant post, so if you have suggestions for good places to take the whole family, I’d love to hear them.

Okay, I missed that tomorrow is Irish Day at the National Museum of Dance from 1-3:30 pm.

All Weekend:

  • It’s a bit of a drive, but there’s a Firefighter’s Convention that will include parades on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Lake George.  If you have a kid who’s a firefighting fanatic, it might be worth the trip.
  • It’s Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery, in Schenectady.  Most of the activities take place in Central Park.

Evening of Friday, June 18th:

Saturday, June 19th:

  • It’s the Scottish Festival at Fort Ticonderoga all day.
  • At 10 am, learn about Wildflower Identification at Five Rivers.
  • From 10 am to 3 pm, it’s the Upper Union Street (Schenectady) Strawberry Festival.  Kids’ stuff includes pony rides and a petting zoo.
  • From 10 am to 6 pm, it’s Troy’s River Street Festival.
  • From 10-11:30 am, learn about Edible and Practical Uses of Plants at Wilton Wildlife Preserve.  It’s free and designed for all ages, but you need to pre-register.
  • It’s Planting Day at 10:30 am at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga.
  • At 10:30 am it’s Little Wonders of Science:  Fancy Nancy Sees Stars at the Schenectady Museum.
  • From 11 am to 12:30 pm, take a hike and learn about restoration at the Albany Pine Bush.  $2/person, $5/family, and pre-registration is required.
  • At 11 am & 1 pm there are Planetarium Shows at the Henry Hudson Planetarium in Albany.
  • From 11 am to 3 pm, there’s a World Refugee Day Picnic at Albany’s Washington Park.
  • There’s a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 11 am, and there’s a Demolition Derby in the evening.  $10/adult, $5/ kids 7 and up, kids 6 and under free.
  • It’s Family Fun Weekend–Saturday only–from 1-4 pm at the New York State Museum.  The theme is Birds and Butterflies.
  • At 1 pm learn about Slipperies & Slimies at the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology in Troy.  Ages 4 +, pre-registration is required, and it’s $2/non-member.
  • From 1-3 pm, you can play Outdoor Games at the Chapman Historical Museum.  It’s $3/child and reservations are required.
  • At 2 pm, Rose Kent will be signing her book Rocky Road at the Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza, and they’ll have ice cream tastings, too.
  • At 2 pm, go on a Salamander Search at Thacher Park.  It’s best for older kids–8 and up–and they ask you to call to register.
  • At 2 pm, you can learn A Dozen Ways to Make Fire Without Matches at Grafton Lakes State Park.  Again, not the best toddler activity.
  • At 2 pm, learn about The Green World with hands-on activities at Five Rivers.
  • Take a Twilight Kayak from 7-9 pm at Moreau Lake State Park.  A limited number of kayaks are available for rent.

Sunday, June 20th:

  • I am doing the 5k at the Crossings.  It will be my first-ever 5k, and I am a bit nervous.  When I first started out running a couple of months ago I was feeling pretty cocky, but my progress has absolutely slowed down.  At this point, 5k is  about as far as I am able to go, period, and the last time I took a serious run I hurt myself a teensy bit.  So send happy-healthy running karma my way, please.
  • Eagle Mills Cider Mill & Family Fun Park in Broadalbin opens for the season with a Father’s Day breakfast.  I’d never heard of this place until I saw the notice about yummy pancakes. . . . Anyone been here?  Worth it?
  • Get The Dirt on Dirt at the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology in Troy.  Ages 3+, pre-register, $2/non-member.  Admission is free for dads and grandpas all day at the museum.
  • From noon to 4 pm, it’s Sundae on the Farm at Arnoldhaven Farm in West Charlton.  For more information, check out the TU’s Parenting Blog.
  • Take a Father-Daughter Hike from 1-2 pm at the Albany Pine Bush.


  1. Dawn

    Thanks for all of this! I really appreciate all the effort it takes to put this together.

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