Mark Your Calendars: Saratoga Reads! Lego Fest 2/7/15

19 Dec

legoMark your calendars for Saratoga Reads LegoFest! Taking place on February 7th, 2015 at Division Street Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, Lego Fest will include their 3rd Annual Lego Contest plus Lego Games and Activities (50 cent tickets) and fun for the whole family, you can also purchase raffle tickets for a Mindstorm Robot!

Admission will be free, 9:30am to noon. Entries for the Lego Contest must be in by January 31st, 2015. Anyone can participate all the way from Pre-K up to an adult/family team. Download the entry form and rules here.

Pre-Register for Reindeer Food at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga 12/21

18 Dec

reindeerThis Sunday, December 21st from 2-2:30 head to The Children’s Museum at Saratoga where kids can mix up a batch of “reindeer food” to put out on Christmas Eve for Rudolf and all his friends! Kids will make a magical mix that glistens in the moonlight…Pre-registration is required so call them at (518) 584-5540 to reserve your spot. Cost is $2 per child + museum admission.

December Events at Saratoga Spa State Park

17 Dec

10845920_10152898582838088_1567979544259067230_nIt may be chilly out but there are still plenty of opportunities to get outside and get some fresh air with the kiddos at Saratoga Spa State Park. Scroll through and mark your calendars for these great family friendly activities.

Saturday, December 20th, 11am Ornament Making Workshop
Get in the holiday spirit and make your own unique ornaments using materials found in nature. Open to all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Sunday, December 21st, 10am Winter Solstice Hike
Celebrate the beginning of winter with a walk through an old growth Hemlock forest! This easy one mile hike will feature some of the oldest and largest trees in the park. All ages are welcome, but the trail is not stroller friendly. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register

Monday, December 29th, 10:30am Birds of Winter Walk
Help search for signs of the birds that are brave enough to stick around for the New York winters and learn how they are able to survive until the spring. Open to all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Monday, December 29th, 3pm Hug A Tree and Survive!
The Hug a Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. This program costs $5 per student. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Tuesday, December 30th, 10:30am Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt
Join them for a winter story and help search for signs of winter. This program is recommended for children under the age of 5. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Tuesday, December 30th, 3pm Where Do They Go In Winter?
Learn about the animals that live in Spa Park and how they survive the winter months! Participants will enjoy a fireside lesson before heading out to track our winter wildlife. Snowshoes will be available if there is snow. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Wednesday, December 31st, 10:30am New Year’s Eve Hike
Celebrate the last day of 2014 by spending an hour outdoors on a leisurely walk on nature trails. Open to all ages. This is a free program. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Thursday, January 1st , 11am First Day Hike
Start off the New Year with a fun, family friendly hike into the Vale of Springs! Participants will get a unique glimpse of the mineral springs’ ice formations and a sneak peek of the new education center plans. Snowshoes will be available to rent and families with small children are encouraged to bring sleds for them to ride on. Please come dressed for cold weather, layers preferred. Hot food and beverages will be provided at the conclusion of the hike. This event is free. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

WEEKEND: Stuff to Do Dec. 4th-7th

4 Dec

holidayweekendI’ve got gift guides, Santa info, recipes and more, click here for the Mamatoga Holiday Guide 2014! This is a big weekend for Saratoga holiday fun, with Santa breakfasts, Victorian Streetwalks, tree lightings, parades and Santa’s Cottage opening!
THURS DEC 4

  • Tonight is The 28th Annual Victorian Streetwalk and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Saratoga Springs! There will be over 40 venues with music and entertainment, Festival of Trees, open houses in all the stores, Santa & Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, magic, strolling musicians and more. You can also bring your holiday cards to the post office this night to get them postmarked with a special commemorative Victorian Streetwalk postmark! Such a great family friendly activity, click here for all the info.
  • Santa’s Cottage on Broadway in Saratoga Springs (in front of Putnam Market) will be open for business starting tonight! Click here for the hours and info on when to visit. It is free and open to the public, and be sure to bring your camera to snap a photo of the kids with Santa!
  • Before and during the Victorian Streetwalk, head into Northshire Bookstore on Broadway in Saratoga Springs for a children’s book signing & party with some of their favorite children’s book authors. Healthy Living Market and Cafe will also be on hand serving tasty holiday treats! This is a great chance to purchase a personalized book for every child on your list. Authors include: Jennifer Armstrong, Joseph Bruchac, Kathy Ceceri, Anika & Christopher Denise, Vicki Addesso Dodd, Catherine Golden, Bruce Hiscock (5-6:30 pm), Andrea Mann & Carol Quirk, Will Moses, Dottie Pepper, Jennifer Sattler (5-7 pm) and Steve Sheinkin. From 5-8pm.

FRI DEC 5

  • The Firefly Store at Waldorf School of Saratoga is having their Annual Winter Sale today and Saturday featuring local artisans including some really great wooden toys (which you know I love). 3-7pm on Friday December 5th, and 10am – 3pm on Saturday December 6th. 10% off with any purchase over $100. At The Firefly Store, 212 Lake Ave in Saratoga Springs.
  • The Tree Lighting Ceremony & Reception at Gavin Park is tonight from 6-8:45pm at Gavin Park in Wilton. The fun begins at 6pm, with holiday songs, led by Glenn Dorman at the piano and accompanied by the Wilton Baptist Choir, Frosty, Rudolph and Santa’s elves. At 6:30pm, the lights will go up on Gavin Park’s beautiful Colorado Spruce tree. Then, at 6:45pm, Santa will arrive to meet and greet the crowd. From 6:45 – 8:45pm, the fun will continue, inside the Dailey Gym, where Santa will hand out candy, treats, and gifts. There will be holiday movies for the little ones and more opportunities for everyone to sing songs of the season. Refreshments will be served from 7 – 8:30pm. Maple Avenue Fire Department makes the night possible, with assistance from the Wilton EMS, Hannaford Bros., and Walmart. The evening is sponsored by Applebee’s. This event will take place, rain, snow, or moonlight and is free to the public. For more information, contact Gavin Park, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at (518) 584-9455.
  • Also on December 5th is the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. The parade steps off at 6:30pm, proceeding down Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa lighting the Christmas tree. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids, and Santa parading down the main street of the village. Before and after the parade, there will be carolers and musicians on the street corners. Many village shops and restaurants will be open with music, demonstrations, and displays as part of First Friday, which also falls on this festive evening.

productThe 10th Annual Saratoga County Winter Restaurant Week begins tonight and runs through Thu, Dec 11th at Participating Restaurants in Saratoga County. Restaurants will be offering 3 Course Menus For Just $10, $20 Or $30 & Lunch For $5 Or $10!
Participating local restaurants offer lunch & dinner specials during the Saratoga County Winter Restaurant Week. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

SAT DEC 6

  • The Wilton Fire House is having a Breakfast with Santa today from 8-10am at their firehouse at 270 Ballard Road in Wilton. Pancakes, French Toast, sausages, scrambled eggs, donuts, juice and hot chocolate! Santa will be there so bring your camera, donations accepted!
  • The Saratoga Festival of Trees Family Day is today, Saturday December 6th, 2014: Hours 11am to 6pm. Tickets: $8 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Children over 10, Children under 10 are FREE. Breakfast with Santa – Seatings at 8am, 9:30 and 11am – $8 per person
    Sundaes with Santa – Seating at 12:30pm – $8 per person
    Santa’s Workshop – 8am – 2pm – Admission FREE ($1 per activity). To purchase tickets for any of these events, please call 587-5000.
  • Make a Mini Furniture Set at The Tang! Today from 2-3:30pm at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College children ages 5 and older get a chance to express their creativity in the museum through its Family Saturdays programs. These free programs use current exhibitions as a starting point to give children (and their adult companions) the opportunity to express their creativity in fun and inspiring ways. Each program includes a brief tour followed by a hands-on art activity, with all materials provided. Space is limited. Reservations can be made starting one week before the program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080. This week Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson have created a new seating installation of custom couches, chairs, and platform for our exhibition I was a double. Kids will make whimsical mini-sofas and chairs inspired by their work.
  • Northeast Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker is tonight starting at 7pm at Proctors Mainstage, 432 State Street, Schenectady. Making its annual return to the Mainstage is everyone’s favorite holiday ballet! Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in this whimsical celebration of the season. This year’s spectacular performance features soloist Lauren Lovette and principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia of the New York City Ballet. Look for the blue Gingerbread this year, my little Lev will be dancing in the production for her second year, we can’t wait! Click here for tickets. There will also be a show on Sunday, hurry up though, tickets sell out quickly!
  • Also tonight is an event near and dear to my heart since I have delivered two babies at Saratoga Hospital, it is The Flower and Fruit Mission’s Annual Snow Ball at the Hall of Springs to raise money for the William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services Department of Saratoga Hospital. For tickets, email Julie Johnson at julie910johnson@gmail.com. Junior tickets (35 and under) are just $90, Regular tickets are $125.

SUN DEC 7

  • Head to The Children’s Museum at Saratoga for a Snowy Sunday Celebration today from 1-3pm and Alphabet Snow Globes from 2-2:30pm. Click here for more info.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town {Saratoga Springs}

3 Dec

santascottageFor the full Local Holiday Guide including gift guides, event info and so much more, click right here!

{Local} Black Friday Saratoga Springs

26 Nov

10358570_1586518774909910_5127496481789934585_nYou won’t have to go to the big box stores this Black Friday for incredible savings. You’ll find them in the local boutiques and shops in the downtown area of Saratoga Springs!  You don’t have to wait until Small Business Saturday to shop local! On Black Friday, November 28th over 15 stores/restaurants in downtown Saratoga are opening up at 6am and offering progressive savings of 50% from 6 to 7am, 40% from 7 to 8am, 30% from 8 to 9am and 20% throughout the rest of the day.

Businesses on Church Street, Broadway, Phila Street, Caroline Street, Congress Street, Lake Avenue and Henry Street will welcome you in with savings you’ll be happy you woke up early for.  Black Friday Saratoga participating stores will be designated with a window sign, sandwich board and balloons in front of their businesses. The first early morning shoppers who make a purchase in each business will get a complimentary Black Friday Saratoga shopping bag, filled with special offers from local businesses, courtesy of Stewart’s Shops, the Saratoga Regional YMCA, and Network Saratoga.

BLACK FRIDAY PARTICIPANTS

Aggie Mullaney, 454 Broadway
Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway
Halfmoon Cellars, 24 Caroline Street
Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway
iRun LOCAL, 18 Congress Street
Lifestyles of Saratoga, 436 Broadway
Mingle on the Avenue, 30 Lake Avenue
Miss Scarlett Boutique, 19 Phila Street
Park Side Eatery, 42 Phila Street
Piper Boutique, 441 Broadway
Spa Fine Art, 376 Broadway
Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry Street
Saratoga Saddlery, 460 Broadway
Saratoga Sundress, 493 Broadway
A Silver Breeze, 516 Broadway
Spoken Boutique, 27 Church Street
Yellow Boutique, 491 Broadway

If you’d like more information about the Black Friday shopping event, please go to http://www.blackfridaysaratoga.com Wednesday, November 26 or facebook.com/blackfridaysaratoga.

Fall Leaf Arrangement Workshop at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga 11/26

25 Nov

leavesKids are home tomorrow for Thanksgiving break, and you need an activity? Spots are still open for the Fall Leaf Arrangement Workshop on Wednesday, November 26th from 10:30 to 11:15am at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga! This class is free with museum admission but pre-registration is required. Kids will meet in the art room to learn about the life cycle of trees and will create a fun fall decoration by tie-dying leaves that will “grow” on a branch – a perfect addition to your fall decor!  To pre-register please call the museum at (518) 584-5540.  Space is limited!

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