Order Your Letter from Santa TODAY & Support the Children’s Museum at Saratoga

24 Nov

santaGetting mail is so exciting for little kids to begin with, now imagine how excited they’ll be to get a letter from Santa! This is such a cute idea, AND you’ll be helping to support our local Children’s Museum at the same time! Simply fill out the online order form here to send your little one a personal letter from Santa himself! It’s a gift they will never forget! Just $5 per letter!

Order information: To order just click here and fill out their online order form. Letters ordered by 11/30/14 will be mailed out on 12/01/14. Letters ordered after 12/01/14 will be  mailed upon receipt of order.  No orders will be accepted after 12/19/14.

Weekend STUFF TO DO Thurs. Nov 21-Sun. Nov 23

20 Nov

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THURS NOV 20

  • Join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Lighted Tractor Parade in Downtown Greenwich tonight! Choose your favorite tractor as they parade down historic downtown Greenwich. These tractors are sure to catch your eye as each one must have a minimum of 1,000 lights! And each tractor with a float/trailer must have a minimum of 2,000 lights! They will truly be a sight to see! (6:30pm)

FRIDAY NOV 21

  • Head to Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga Springs today for Spanish Language Story Time with Senora Gloria of Capital Region Language Center at 10:30am on their Children’s Floor. Free and open to the public!
  • Wiggle and Giggle is today at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 11:15am to 12pm. This is a special time for younger children to learn what they can do with their bodies through guided free play. Together, care takers and the museum foster the physical development of children in a social and creative environment. Kids can crawl through tunnels, walk the balance beam, roll balls, toss bean bags, and make music with all kinds of instruments. This week’s theme is basketball.
  • Support The Children’s Museum at Saratoga while enjoying a wonderful Italian meal thanks to the Italian Community Center, Principessa Elena Society of Saratoga Springs tonight from 5-7pm. Menu to include: Italian Wedding Soup, Ziti w/ sauce, Meatballs w/ sauce, Sausage, Peppers, & Onions, Salad, Bread & Butter, Dessert, Coffee, and Tea. Seniors eat for $8, adults for $9, children ages 5-12 for $5, children under 5 eat for FREE, and all take-out dinners will be $10. Meals can be purchased at the dinner or tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum. Just stop by the front desk or call the museum at (518) 584-5540 to purchase meal tickets over the phone via credit card. Also, at the dinner The Children’s Museum will be hosting a craft table where children can make a pasta necklace! All proceeds to be donated to The Children’s Museum at Saratoga. Hope to see you there!

SAT NOV 22

  • There is a free breakfast with Santa to welcome Santa’s arrival to the Clifton Park Center for the holidays today from 8-10am! Registration is required and the event fills up fast, so call 371-SHOP to reserve your spot today!
  • FREE  Yoga in the Atrium: Gentle Vinyasa Flow at Healthy Living Market and Cafe today from 8:30–9:30am.  Join Melissa for a gentle yoga class that’s appropriate for all ages and all experience levels; it’s a very easy and relaxing class, and a great stress reliever. This Yoga class is FREE, but pre-registration is required. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900.
  • The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today’s activity is the 12th Annual Potato Turkey Festival! Come to their 12th Annual Make-a-Turkey-Out-of-a-Potato Festival where kids will make holiday centerpieces out of potatoes, pipe-cleaners, feathers, and beads. Create a fantastic bird sculpture to decorate your table!

SUN NOV 23

  • Head to Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga Springs today for an Artsy Afternoon at 2pm! Kids will read “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting and make a Thanksgiving-inspired collage craft to take home. This program is suitable for children ages 4-14 with adult helper. Free and open to the public, on their Children’s Floor.
  • Little Folks Concert: Fiddlefire! is today from 2 to 4pm at Caffe Lena – 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. This Little Folks Concert is Free thanks to generous support from Stewart’s Shops. Reaching more than one million children via numerous TV and radio performances in his native Canada, Parents’ Choice Award Winner Chris McKhool has been hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest eco-troubadour for young people” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre). A champion of environmental issues and inter-cultural exchange, Chris uses his fiddle & a collection of rarely seen instruments to lead young audiences on a journey through the rhythms and melodies of all the places he has travelled: the Canadian Arctic, Indonesia, France, England, Cuba, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Indian Himalayas. Presented in an interactive style to engage kids, FiddleFire! gets the audience clapping, laughing and singing songs in an energetic and eclectic mixture of world music. Call them at 1-800-838-3006 for more info.

WEEKEND Stuff to Do: Nov 14th-16th

14 Nov

weekendIt’s the WEEKEND! I am busy busy getting the Holiday Issue of Mamatoga Magazine put together for you guys and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. In the meantime, there are some great events going on locally for you and the kiddos to check out. To see the full November calendar click right here, and have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

FRIDAY NOV 14

  • Saratoga Teens! Check out this event at Northshire Bookstore today at 4pm: Don Bredes, author of “Polly and the One and Only World”. From Don Bredes, author of Hard Feelings, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, a New York Times Notable Book, and a 20th Century Fox feature film, comes his new young adult fantasy, Polly and the One and Only World.  Polly and the One and Only World is set in a much-diminished future America called the Christian Protectorates, a poor country ravaged by coastal flooding, drought, and cataclysmic social upheaval, the story features 15-year-old Polly Lightfoot, a maiden witch of rich heritage and tender ability in the craft. His short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Paris Review.
  • Shelters of Saratoga is holding an Open House and Donation Drive today from 4 to 7pm. Help Shelters of Saratoga kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Tour the shelter, learn how they are working to end homelessness in the Greater Saratoga region and enjoy complimentary refreshments graciously donated by local establishments. Bring a food or in-kind donation or sign up to volunteer and be entered to win a $50 gift card from Henry Street Taproom.

SATURDAY NOV 15

  • The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today’s activity is Glittering Geodes. Kids will look at and discuss Erika Verzutti’s geode-like sculptures in her solo exhibition Mineral, then make their own geodes out of Model Magic clay, beads, rhinestones, and more, inspired by her work.
  • The Saturday Club: The Wind Tunnel is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga today from 10am to 12pm. Every Saturday will focus on a new topic that will be both educational and fun! Topics will include magnets, making catapults, puzzles, board games, and more! Call (518) 584-5540 for more information.
  • There is a Book Fair today at the Barnes and Noble on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs from 10am to 3 pm to benefit Saratoga Reads! Purchases made will benefit Saratoga Reads if customes simply MENTION Saratoga Reads at THE REGISTER or provide a voucher that will be available at our greeting table throughout the day. Join them for an 11am Thanksgiving Story Time & Craft, at 1pm there will be an American Girl Tea, Story and Activities time, and all day activities including a chance to win a full-sized Isabelle, 2014 Girl of the Year, American Girl doll. Stop by the Greeting Table for a sweet treat and to discover facts and information about the color meanings symbolism of the North American Native Indians. Spin the Prize Whee for a chance to win small prizes and gift cards throughout the day.

SUNDAY NOV 16

  • The Nutcracker Tea is today at SPAC and this year there are three seatings! Click here to get tickets now, they are going fast!
  • The Petite Retreat is the Adirondack Region’s premier luxury baby experience! This exclusive, educational day at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs will be filled with interactive booths, speakers, demo classes, a stroller terrain track, a child drop off area, deluxe attendee totes and more! Grab your ticket here before they sell out!

Leadership & Mentoring for Girls {Grades 6-12}

10 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 5.47.17 PMHave you heard of Girl Talk? Our area now has a local chapter of this non-profit organization, Girl Talk (www.mygirltalk.org), an international non-profit peer-to-peer mentoring program with a very simple premise: high school girls mentor middle school girls to help them deal with the issues they face during their formative early teenage years. Their mission is to help young teenaged girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and recognize the value of community service. Since 2002, the organization has served more than 40,000 girls in 43 states and 7 countries.

Through weekly chapter meetings facilitated by high school Girl Talk leaders, Girl Talk helps middle schools learn from their peer mentors and better understand and address the issues they face. In doing so, the girls develop confidence, leadership skills and compassion. Girl Talk provides the curriculum of life lessons used to facilitate the discussions at no charge.

Girl Talk’s program is twofold: high school leaders have the opportunity to share their experiences as positive role models. And middle school girls have the chance to learn that they are not alone in the issue they face and that understanding, kindness and compassion can be the foundation for better relationships with others. Research consistently reveals that grades 5-8 are the most formative years of a young person’s life. Girl Talk also helps women become stronger leaders in the work place and more effective as parents.

Click the flyer above to learn more about how to get your daughter involved locally. They meet every Wednesday night from 6-7:15, upstairs at the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church. Each week a different leader discusses a topic of choice and it is open to any girl in the capital region in grades 6-12.

STUFF TO DO Mon and Tues Nov. 10 & 11

9 Nov

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MONDAY
  • Have you heard about Flight Trampoline Park in Colonie? This cutting-edge entertainment, fitness and sports facility is unlike anything you have ever experienced. The first of its kind, they are the Ultimate Trampoline Park! Click here to buy tickets to jump!
  • The Children’s Museum will be OPEN on Veteran’s Day (Monday, November 10th) from 9:30am to 4:30pm where kids and their caregivers can drop-in anytime between 1:30pm and 3pm for a special program, Let’s Go! Join them as they make healthy choices fun! Explore concepts on health, nutrition, and physical activity – all of which promote a healthy lifestyle. Meet “Stuffee”, their 7′ doll that gives children a peek at what is inside us, have fun moving with special guest, GoKids during fun exercise programs from 1:30-2:30, create veggie prints, and enjoy other hands-on activities! Program is free with museum admission.
  • Preschool Storytime is today at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 10:15 to 10:45am. Incorporating elements of The Very Ready Reading Program, these preschool storytimes are geared towards children ages 3 to 5 years old and will include stories, music, and participation. Children attend this preschool program independent of a parent or caregiver. The Very Ready Reading Program incorporates the artwork of Eric Carle and is based on the collaborative effort between early literacy experts to create an early literacy development program that incorporates seven early literacy skills.

Did you pre-order your turkey yet? Healthy Living Market and Cafe sources their turkeys from three local, family owned and operated farms from our region – Misty Knoll Farm, Stonewood Farm and Buckley Farm. You can also order delicious sides and their amazing pies, click here to order today!

TUESDAY
  • Take the kids ice skating at where they have Open Public ice skating today at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks on Weibel Avenue from 12:30-2:30pm. Please call 583-3462 to verify times – schedule subject to change without notice Admission: Family Skate / Open Public Saratoga Springs city residents w/ card $4 Adult $3 Child/Senior. Non Saratoga Springs city residents $5 Adult $4 Child/Senior. Rental skates are available, and all children must wear a helmet.
  • Go! World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls is open Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th for the Veteran’s Day Holiday from 9:30am-5pm. Click here to learn more about Go!

Tickets are still available for the 5:30pm seating for the Nutcracker Tea (we’ll be at that one!), click here to get yours today and don’t miss this special holiday event!

  • Tuesday for Tots: Veteran’s Day Cards is today at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 10am to 12pm. Cost is free with museum admission. In honor of Veteran’s Day, kids will be making thank you cards to send to our troops and collecting items for The Adopt a Soldier organization. Stop in any time from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm to make a card for a soldier. If you can’t make it that day you can still help! Donate an item to their drive and they will make sure it gets to the Adopt a Soldier program where they will send these much needed items to our service men and women. Items include lip balm, gum, razors, handy wipes, magazines, hard candy, and feminine care products. They will also have other patriotic crafts for you to take home and display.

Did you check out the November Bites yet? Shannon swears that after trying this recipe you’ll never buy another can of cranberry sauce again, try it and let us know what you think!

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WEEKEND Stuff to Do: November 7th-9th

6 Nov

weekendIt’s the WEEKEND! I am busy busy getting the Holiday Issue of Mamatoga Magazine put together for you guys and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. In the meantime, there are some great events going on locally for you and the kiddos to check out. To see the full November calendar click right here, and have a great weekend everyone! xoxo

FRIDAY NOV 7

  • Kids story time is today at Northshire Bookstore 10:30am, free and open to the public, on their Children’s Floor. Story time will continue to take place every Friday at 10:30 am through November 21. They will then go on hiatus until early January.
  • FYI! Tickets for the Northshire Bookstore Saratoga November 13th Jeff Kinney event are still available and are free with the purchase of any full price Jeff Kinney book from Northshire Bookstore Saratoga (one child’s ticket per book, and adults are free when purchasing the child’s book). Tickets are only available by phone (518-682-4200) or in their Saratoga store only. Sorry, no web sales. Click here for more info.
  • Busy Bees is today from 9:30 to 10:45am at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga. Cost is free with Museum Admission ($6 per person, under 1 is free). This play group is designed exclusively for their youngest visitors and their caregivers. They will provide the space and the activities to create an environment that fosters early childhood development in a social setting. Meet new families, make new friends, and lasting memories! Children MUST be birth-24 months. Call them at (518) 584-5540 for more info.
  • Movement and Dance with Lili Loveday is today from 4:30 to 5:15pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library for children in grades K-3, this workshop gives participants the chance to dance and express themselves through creative movement and music. Call them at 584-7860 to register.

SATURDAY NOV 8

  • The Holiday Reindeer Open House is today from 2 to 4pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Kids can meet & greet Bob & Wendy Smith’s live reindeer and listen to author Bruce Hiscock read from his book “The Big Caribou Herd”, show slides of his Alaskan travels, draw reindeer and make reindeer antlers. For all ages. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
  • The Saturday Club‘s topic for this week is Roller Coaster Building at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga today from 10am to 12pm. Every Saturday they will focus on a new topic that will be both educational and fun! Topics will include magnets, making catapults, puzzles, board games, and more!
  • The Tang’s series of nine Family Saturday programs accompany work in their exhibitions. Reservations can be made one week before each week’s program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. Today’s activity is Mirror Image Art. Kids will explore Sarah Cain’s two-part artwork Separated at Birth in I was a double, then by cutting one sheet of cardstock to use as a stencil for the other, they will make two images that are the mirror inverse of each other.
  • Stop by Healthy Living Market and Cafe Saratoga today from 12-4 pm for a demo with The Flour Girl Bakeshop where they will be sampling a variety of their desserts: seasonal fruit pies, cookie cakes, and whoopie pies just in time for your Thanksgiving feast!

SUNDAY NOV 9

  • Puppet People is today at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $10-$15. Puppet People will be returning to the Dance Museum’s School of the Arts Studios performing, “The Wizard of Oz”, and a puppet-making workshop will follow at 12:30 pm. Cost is $10 for the show & $15 for the workshop. Bring a brown bag lunch to eat during the break from 12:00-12:30 pm, beverages will be provided.  Walk-ins are welcome – space is limited. For more information call them at 584-2225 ext 3001.
  • At Northshire Saratoga today there is Saratoga Teens: Pizza Party with the authors of the Futures & Fairy Tales Group at 5pm. This is a free event – but space is limited. Registration required at the store, by phone at 518-682-4200 or by email at rperson@northshire.com. Join them for a pizza party with the authors of the Futures and Fairy Tales Group Tour. Three authors of great fiction for young adults will join in for a pizza dinner and great conversation about writing and about their books.

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Holiday Reindeer Open House at Saratoga Springs Public Library 11/8

6 Nov

reindeerI love this event! Happening this Saturday at the Saratoga Springs Public Library is the Holiday Reindeer Open House from 2-4pm. Kids can meet & greet Bob & Wendy Smith’s live reindeer, listen to author Bruce Hiscock read from his book “The Big Caribou Herd”, draw reindeer and make reindeer antlers. For all ages. No registration required. Free and open to the public!

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