Last Weekend in August

On my hunt for events this weekend, I found another $5 off coupon for Water Slide World in today’s Gazette.  Poking around the internet for special events, I noticed a For the Love of Dance 10-week program at the National Museum of Dance designed to offer 2- to 5-year-olds a smorgasbord of dancing experiences.  Here’s what I found for this weekend:

All Weekend:

  • The Washington County Fair runs from August 23-29, 10 am to 10 pm.
  • There are Valleycats games Saturday through Monday, with fireworks and an early (5 pm) game on Sunday.
  • This is Travers Weekend, the highlight of the Saratoga Racing Season.  I’m not a huge racing fan, so for me, this precludes heading anywhere north of the weekend, but perhaps I’m just a spoilsport.
  • It’s Restoration Fest from noon to 10 pm on Saturday & Sunday: this is mostly young-grown-up music, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tote kids along.
  • There’s a Mountain Bike World Cup Festival all weekend at Windham, including at Kids’ Race at 1 pm on Sunday.

Evening of Friday, August 27th:

Saturday, August 28th:

  • At 9 am, you can take a hike at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and learn some amateur birdwatching techniques.  Call to register, and it’s $3/adult, $1/child.
  • Starting at 9 am, there’s a Bike the Byway event at the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway starting in Colonie.  I heard about this via the TU’s Clifton Park Blog.
  • Take a Bird Walk at 9 am at Five Rivers.
  • From 9-11:30 am there’s a Beginner’s Class in Wildflower Identification at the Albany Pine Bush.  Pre-register, and it’s $2/person, $5/family.
  • At 10 am, you can learn about Summer Insects at Thacher Nature Center.  Call to register, and bring water, but no nets!  This must be the perfect insect season, because everywhere I turn there are people organizing insect outings.
  • There’s an Arts & Crafts Festival from 10 am to 5 pm at Mabee Farm.  It’s $4/adults, $3/child or $10/carload.
  • It’s Albany Latinfest from 11 am to 6 pm at Washington Park in Albany.  They’ll have a pretty extensive Kidzone.
  • Learn to fish on a Moreau Lake Fishing Trip at 10 am.  Register; this event costs $15, which includes boat rental and supplies.
  • At 1 pm, you can take a hike at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and learn about medicinal plants.  Call to register, and it’s $3/adult, $1/child.
  • From 2-8 pm, it’s the Uncle Sam Jam Celebration in Troy.
  • At 2 pm, learn about Berried Treasure at Five Rivers.
  • Go Stargazing at Thacher Nature Center at 9 pm–as long as it’s not cloudy.

Sunday, August 29th:

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