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Spring 2018 Activities & Destinations for Families in the Capital Region

The calendar says it’s spring – hopefully the weather will soon cooperate! After a long winter, Capital Region residents are ready to trade in their parkas and head outside to enjoy family time. We’d like to share a few fun, low-cost spring events and other ideas to help your family stay busy and enjoy the spring season.

Spring Events (In Order)

Baby Animal Days at Indian Ladder Farms
Wednesday April 11 – Sunday May 6, 2018 | 9 am – 4 pm (weekdays), 9 am – 6 pm (weekends)
342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY 12009

Each year, Indian Ladder farms offers tours of its baby animal barn, goat playground, and outdoor farm exhibits. Children get to see, pet, and learn about chicks, piglets, ducklings, calves, and more! The cost is $7 per child. Admission is free for parents and infants 12 months and under. Here is more information.

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 1 pm
CMOST, 250 Jordan Road Troy, NY 12180

Join the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) as it celebrates our planet. Kids will learn about the Hudson River watershed, learn ways to keep our area clean, and participate in a creative project. In addition, CMOST invites children “ages 18 months through the tween years” to participate in hands-on exhibits year-round. It offers weekly programs for kids ages 2-6; Science Story Time on Wednesdays at 11 AM and Sensory Play (to help young people improve motor skills) on Thursdays from 10 – 11:30 am. Admission is $5.00 per person for anyone ages 2+. Here is more information.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10 am – 3 pm
215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534

One of New York State’s largest children’s book festivals is held each year in Hudson, NY. If your family doesn’t mind the approximately 30-60-minute drive, kids and parents can enjoy this free event which brings in over 75 children’s book authors and illustrators, musical performers, and speakers. There are also “Read to Me” workshops for preschool – 4th grade students where their favorite authors read to them, do projects, and talk about the books. Here is more information.

STEAM-Powered Saturdays – Tech Valley Center of Gravity
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10 am – 1 pm
30 3rd Street, Troy, NY 12180

On the first Saturday of each month, the ThinQubator at the TechValley Center of Gravity offers a free STEAM project for children ages 4-12. May’s project will give kids the opportunity to create kaleidoscopes out of common household items. TVCOG updates its calendar with events on its website. Here is more information.

Albany Tulip Festival
Saturday May 12 – Sunday May 13, 2018 | Starting at 12 pm
Washington Park, Albany NY, 12203

Did you know that Albany is the oldest Dutch settlement in America? The city celebrates its Dutch heritage each year on Mother’s Day weekend in Washington Park. In addition to over 100,000 beautiful tulips in bloom and full schedule of events, there is a KidZone featuring performances, games, and other family fun activities. Here is more information.

Waterford Canal Festival
Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 10 am – 6 pm
Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford, NY 12188

Each year, Waterford holds their annual Canal Festival. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the Erie Canal’s opening in May 1918. This free event features vendors, food, marine exhibits, boat rides, a fishing contest for kids, cars, boats, a petting zoo and more. Here is more information.

3rd Annual Park and Play Movie Night
Friday, June 1, 2018 | Activities at 7:30 pm; Movie starts at 8:30 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital Lawn, 1300 Massachusetts Ave, Troy, NY 12180

Kick off the summer with a free event brought to you the Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospital Healthy Future, Healthy Troy committee! There will be fun and games, free popcorn and refreshments, a meet-and-greet with SouthPaw and the Tri-City ValleyCats Street Team, and an outdoor screening of “Ferdinand” on the big screen. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and you are encouraged to arrive early and bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

Anytime Spring Activities

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Open Monday through Saturday | 9 am – 4:30 pm
56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054

Get outside! The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center provides free programs for families so that children and parents can explore environmental topics together. The program schedule is available online for events happening each day and in the coming months. Here is more information.

miSci (Museum of Science and Innovation)
Open Monday – Saturday | 9 am – 5 pm
Open Sunday | 12 pm – 5 pm
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

miSci is a very kid-friendly museum with interactive exhibits surrounding science and technology. Admission is free for members, $7.50 for children (3-12), $10.00 for adults (13+), and $9.00 for seniors (65+), along with a planetarium show for an extra fee.  In the spring, miSci features its popular butterfly house exhibit which is free with admission. One the third Saturday of each month, attend the Little Wonders of Science program that introduces a new STEM topic. Here is more information.

New York State Museum
Open Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Monday) | 9:30 am – 5 pm
222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230

It isn’t always sunny in the spring! The New York State Museum is a great, free rainy-day activity. Kids can visit the Discovery Place hands-on learning center, and you can also visit the website for family activities such as free museum labs, story art, and other featured exhibits. Here is more information.

Of course, local parks and state parks are perfect places to exercise and play. We also encourage you to visit your local public libraries to see what types of activities they offer for you and your child!

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