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Summer 2019 Activities & Events for Families in the Capital Region

The school year is almost over, and it’s getting consistently warmer outside (finally!). There are a lot of fun summer activities for families in the Capital Region. We’d like to share a few enjoyable, low-cost summer 2019 Capital Region family activities and events to help your family stay busy this June, July and August!

Junior League of Albany’s Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 10 am – 3 pm
SUNY Albany State Gold Parking Lot, 1400 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12222

The Junior League of Albany will be holding its fourth annual Touch-A-Truck event, a family fun day offering kids of all ages a hands-on experience with big trucks. There will be 30-40 different vehicles that children and adults can touch, sit in, honk horns, and get to know the people who drive them along with food, radio, entertainment, vendors, raffles and bounce houses. The cost is $8.00 kids individual ticket (kids ten and under), $2.00 adult individual ticket, and free for kids under two. They will also be offering horn free hours from 10am-12pm for children with special needs and sensitive ears.  Here is more information.

The 25th Schenectady Kids Arts Festival
Saturday, June 1, 2019 12 pm – 4 pm
Outside Schenectady City Hall, 105 Jay St Schenectady, NY 12305

This free event for all ages features 50 groups painting, sculpting, performing, dancing and inspiring kids. This year’s theme encourages all participating artists and groups to share a historic milestone of their own, and happenings will take place around Schenectady City Hall on Jay and Franklin Streets. Here is more information.

4th Annual Park and Play Movie Night
Friday, June 7, 2019 | Activities at 7:30 pm; Movie starts at 8:30 pm
Samaritan Hospital’s St. Mary’s Campus Lawn, 1300 Massachusetts Ave, Troy, NY 12180

Kick off the summer with a free event brought to you the Samaritan 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. Here is more information.

Ballston Spa Movies in the Park
Friday, June 7, 2019 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm “Hotel Transylvania 3”
Friday, July 5, 2019 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
Friday, August 2, 2019 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm “Incredibles 2”
Friday, September 6, 2019 | 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm “Mary Poppins Returns”
Wiswall Park, Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Every Friday during the summer on First Friday, families can watch movies projected onto the wall of the adjacent Front Street Deli building on Front Street. The movies are free, and families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The schedule is listed above.

BGCCA’s Capital Area Community Celebration (Albany and Troy)
Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 10:30 am – 2 pm
Troy Clubhouse, 1700 7th Ave. Troy, NY 12180
Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 2 pm – 9 pm
Albany Clubhouse, 21 Delaware Ave. Albany, NY 12210

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and the Troy Boys & Girls Club are merging, and to celebrate, they are hosting all day long events in both cities. In Troy, there will be a barbeque and a block party, and in Albany a basketball game, basketball clinical, dinner and community resource fair. All events are free. Here is more information.

Troy River Fest
Saturday, June 16, 2019 | 9 am – 3 pm
Monument Square & River Street, Downtown Troy, NY

Troy River Fest showcases historic downtown Troy. There are children’s programs such as the Kids Chalk Art Contest from 10 am – 1 pm, magic shows, face painting, all-day fun with the Troy Boys & Girls Club and story time with the Troy Public Library. Here is more information.

Tri-City ValleyCats
Sunday, June 16, 2019 (first home game) – Monday, September 2, 2019 (last home game)
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY  12180

The Tri-City ValleyCats kick off their season at “The Joe” on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16) at 6 pm against the Staten Island Yankees. The ValleyCats are a Class-A, Short Season Affiliate of the Houston Astros. Here is their full season schedule and a list of fun promotions that are great for children and the whole family.

Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival
Friday, June 21, 2019 | 3 pm – 8 pm (marketplace open); 6 pm – 8 pm (balloon rides); 9 pm – 10 pm (balloon glow)
Saturday, June 22, 2019 | 5:30 am – 6:30 am, 6 pm – 8 pm (balloon rides);
11 am – 8 pm (marketplace open)
Sunday, June 23, 2019 | 5:30 am – 6:30 am (balloon rides);
11 am – 5 pm (marketplace open)
Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

This is a family-friendly event that has food, live entertainment, shopping, children’s activities, and of course, hot air balloons. The Kids Zone is open each day of the festival. Balloon rides take place at sunrise and sunset, which are the safest times. Daily admission costs are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-15 and children under 2 are free. There are weekend passes available and free parking. Hot air balloon rides and helicopter rides do cost extra. Here is more information.

Bow Tie Cinemas Summer Kids Series 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (first showing) – Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (last showing) | 10 am
Wilton Mall Cinemas, 3050 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866
Movieland 6, 400 State Street, Schenectady, NY, 12304

Summer days can be hot! If you want to cool off in the air conditioning and watch a movie, you can – for free! Every Tuesday and Wednesday, starting on June 25, the Wilton and Schenectady Bow Tie Cinema locations will show children’s movies starting at 10 am. Tickets are first come, first served. A tentative schedule is available on their website.

Free Fishing Days
Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30, 2019

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), during Free Fishing Days/Weekends, anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply. Here is more information.

Proctors Theater Free Summer Movies
Sunday, July 7, 2019 (first showing) – Sunday, August 25, 2019 (last showing) | 10:30 am and 1 pm
432 State Street, Schenectady, NY, 12305

Every Sunday in July and August, families can head over to the GE Theater at Proctor’s for free movies. Showtimes are at 10:30 am and 1 pm. Here is more information.

Palace Theater Summer in the City Free Movie Series
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (first showing) – Wednesday, August 28, 2019 (last showing) | 12 pm
The Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207

Families can come out and enjoy the screening of eight movies during the summertime for free at the Palace Theater. Showings are every Wednesday during July and August.  The doors open at 12:00 PM for fun and activities. The movie begins at 1:00 PM. Here is more information.

“Parkfest” – Wilton’s Community Day
Saturday, July 13, 2019 | Events all day; Fireworks at 9:15 pm
Gavin Park, 10 Lewis Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The town of Wilton celebrates its bicentennial this year. Admission is free, and there are free activities for all ages. There are amusement park rides, pony rides, and a rock-climbing wall for an extra charge. Fireworks go off at 9:30 pm. Here is more information.

Performing Arts at the Common (Family Series)
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (first performance) – Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (last performance)
Clifton Common Stage, 7 Clifton Common Boulevard, Clifton Park, NY 12065

The Town of Clifton Park is sponsoring a 2018 Performing Arts at the Common at the outdoor Clifton Common Stage. On Wednesday evenings, the children’s series will feature a wide range of musicians and performers. Admission is free, and all performances begin at 7 pm. Here is more information.

Park Playhouse “Disney’s Newsies”
Tuesday, August 6 – Saturday, 24, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Lakehouse in Albany’s Washington Park, 12208

The Park Playhouse has been producing free, outdoor summer theater productions in Albany’s Washington Park for over 30 years. Throughout August, families can watch “Disney’s Newsies every Tuesday through Saturday evening at the Park Playhouse in Washington Park. Here is more information.

Fairs

Each weekend, different fairs are hosted throughout the Capital Region and surrounding areas that offer amusement park rides, entertainment, games, children’s activities, exhibits and more. Here is a list of the local fairs coming up this summer.

The Saratoga County Fair
Tuesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Here is more information.

The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair
Tuesday, August 6 – Sunday August 11, 2019
113 Sunshine Drive Cobleskill, NY 12043

Here is more information.

The Altamont Fair
Tuesday, August 12 – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Altamont Fair, 129 Grand Street, Altamont, NY 12009

Here is more information.

The Washington County Fair 
Monday, August 19 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
Washington County Fairgrounds, 392 Old Schuylerville Road, Greenwich, NY 12834

Here is more information.

The Columbia County Fair
Wednesday, August 28 – Monday, September 2, 2019
182 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY

Here is more information.

The Fonda Fair 
Wednesday, August 28 – Monday, September 2, 2019
21 South Bridge Street, Fonda, NY 12068

Here is more information.

The Schaghticoke Fair
Wednesday, August 28 – Monday, September 2, 2018
Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154

Here is more information.

Of course, town pools and spray pads, local parks and state parks are perfect places to exercise and play. Just always remember to protect your baby from the sun. 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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