2018 Capital Region Winter Break Activities for Families

Holiday break for many Capital Region children runs this year from December 22 – January 1. If your family is having cabin fever or you’re looking for something to do with your children, there are quite a few activities going on throughout the week that are good for children of varying ages that are low cost, educational and fun!

Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)
GE Kids in Free Day | Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm
Sensory Play Thursday | Investigate the A in STEAM Fridays | Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 10 am – 11:30 am
Investigate the A in STEAM Fridays | Friday, December 28, 2018 | 11 am
GE Kids in Free Day | Saturday, December 29, 2018 | 10 am – 5 pm

Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST), 250 Jordan Road, Troy, NY 12180
CMOST is closed from December 24 – 26, 2018 in observance of the holiday. However, children under 12 receive free admission every Saturday at CMOST as part of GE Kids in Free Days. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm during the school year. Regular admission is $8 per person for children ages 2 and older. On Thursdays, children ages 2-6 can improve motor skills with hands-on sensory science activities. On Fridays, children of all ages can participate in creative art activities. Here is more information.

miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)
GE Kids in Free Day | Sunday, December 23, 2018 | 12 pm – 5 pm
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

As part of GE Kids in Free Day, all children under 12 are admitted free to MiSci. All other days, admission is free for members, $8 for children (3-12), $12 for adults (13+) and $10 for seniors (65+). The museum is closed on December 24 and 25. Here is more information.

Holiday Vacation Week at the New York State Museum
Sunday, December 23 – Saturday, December 29, 2018 | 11 am – 4 pm
New York State Museum, 222 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12230

The New York State Museum is free to attend and they have a few special exhibits to check out for some educational family fun. Programs highlight the 1920s, early 1900s New York City for immigrants, the Erie Canal, a Starlab, whales and the history of whaling in New York State, fire engines, and a New Year’s Mid-Day Celebration. Here is a full schedule and more information.

Kids Day Off Bowling Specials
Wednesday, December 26 – Friday December 28, 2018 | 9 am
Saratoga Strike Zone, 522 Ballston Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Did you know that Saratoga Strike Zone has ‘Kid’s Day Off’ specials? They have dates posted through April 2019, including three days during this upcoming winter break. For $14 per person, you get two hours of bowling, shoe rental, two slices of pizza, soda, bumper card rides and ballocity. Here is more information.

Palace Theater Movie Series: A Muppet Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 12 pm
19 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12207

It’s Family Fun Day at the Palace Theater; all children ages 12 and under are admitted for free. There are pre-film games and activities followed by a showing of The Princess and the Frog. Here is more information.

A Very Mabee Christmas
Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 12 pm
Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1100 Main St, Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

The Capital Region has a rich Dutch heritage. The Mabee Farm, fun by the Schenectady County Historical Society, offers a program for families to learn about and participate in these traditions. The cost is $8 per person. Here is more information.

Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park
Paint a Snowy Owl Workshop | Thursday, December 27, 2018 | 2 pm – 4 pm
Evergreen Walk | Saturday, December 29, 2018 | 10 am
87 Nature Center Way Voorheesville, NY 12186

If the weather is not too cold this winter break, then try some nature activities. The Paint a Snowy Owl Workshop is a guided painting class, recommended for children ages 8 and older with a fee of $10 for materials. The evergreen walk for adults and children ages 5 and older. Both events require registration. Here is more information.

We also recommend checking with your local public library to see what events they have each day. Enjoy your holiday break and time spent with your families!

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