Family Fun Day at North Country Horses Sunday, August 24th

21 Aug

10580198_10203161162722820_3947842877684102255_nIf you haven’t been to one of the great open houses and family fun days at North Country Horses yet, Sunday is your last chance! Join them from 11am-3pm for activities that include demonstrations, Drill Team, Barrel Racing, Jumping, and Pole Bending. Kids will be able to Paint the Pony, learn about grooming and of course Pony Rides will be available. There will be a learn to rope station and lots more! For more information, visit them on facebook here. North Country Horses is located at 438 Clark Road in Gansevoort and you can contact them at (518) 441-5959 for more information. This event is free and open to the public, hope to see you there! 

 

Hudson Crossing Park 10th Annual Cardboard Boat Races 8/9

7 Aug

Hudson Crossing Park is having their 10th Annual Cardboard Boat Races this Saturday, August 9th from 8am-3pm at Fort Hardy Park Beach on Route 29 in Schuylerville. You can either pre-build your boat or build it on site on the day of the races, the on-site registration is from 8-11am and construction can take place from 8am-12pm. All boats, including pre-built, must be on-site by 11am and the 1st race launches at 1pm.

Kids and families can take part in the cardboard boat races together, and there are a bunch of different categories to participate in, including cardboard boats and boats made up of recyclable materials, click here for more information. Click here for a list of materials you can use when building your boat. There are themed races, kids paddle races and much more. Spectators are free and there will be live music!

 

Ballston Spa Ice Cream Social TONIGHT 8/7

7 Aug

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The BSBPA is hosting their annual Ice Cream Social tonight from 6-8pm at Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa! Cost is free and it is open to the public. Enjoy tasty cake, ice cream, coffee and bottled water. Music for the evening is provided by the The Union Fire Company #2 Marching Band, Ballston Spa, made up of volunteers in the fire company, family and friends. Come on our for this sweet, old fashioned family fun!

Saratoga Spa State Park AUGUST Activities for Kids & Families!

4 Aug

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August is the home stretch of the summer, but there are plenty of great outdoor programs at Saratoga Spa State Park designed to get kids and families out of the house and enjoying the outdoors. Here is a list of all the events going on for August, be sure to call ahead, and in case of inclement weather check out their facebook page here where they post updates about cancellations.

  • Tuesday, August 5th, 10am: Mineral Springs Tasting Tour
    Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of their natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.
  • Tuesday, August 5th, 2:30pm: The Animal Kingdom
    During this program children will learn about how animals are classified and the unique characteristics of each group. This program is recommended for children under the age of 10. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Wednesday, August 6th, 3pm: Get To Know the Creatures of Geyser Creek!
    Spend an afternoon in Geyser Creek getting to know the aquatic creatures that call it home! Please wear water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

  • Thursday, August 7th, 11am: Exploring the Outdoors
    Learn about the five senses and use them to explore the great outdoors! This class offers children ages 2-5 the opportunity to safely investigate the natural world through play and sensory awareness. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

    Friday, August 8th, 7pm: Hug A Tree and Survive with S’mores!
    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. Please join in for a campfire with s’mores after the presentation. This program costs $5 per child. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Monday, August 11th, 8:15pm: Full Moon Walk
    Join them for an evening hike where we will observe the full moon and other wonders of the night sky, as well as listen to the nights sounds of the park. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Tuesday, August 12th, 10am: Mineral Springs Tasting Tour
    Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of our natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 11am: Baby and Me Park Tour
    Need to get out of the house for some adult conversation? Pack up the stroller and the kids for a tour of the park! This one hour walking tour will feature stories about the supposed therapeutic qualities of the mineral waters and the historic spa. This tour is free and does not require registration. Meet at the Administration Building.

  • Wednesday, August 13th, 2:30pm: Predator or Prey?
    Join them for an interactive game where kids will learn about the predator/prey relationship and some of the tactics that both predators and prey use to try and outwit each other. This program is suitable for children under the age of 10. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Monday, August 18th, 10:30am: Habitat Hunt Hike
    On this hike children will conduct a search for necessary habitat elements for a variety of animals. They will learn about the basic survival needs of wild animals and how to differentiate between different kinds of habitats. This program is suitable for children under the age of 10. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Tuesday, August 19th, 10am: Mineral Springs Tasting Tour
    Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of their natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

  • Wednesday, August 20th, 3pm-4pm: Tie-Dye Time!
    Join the park naturalist at the Warming Hut between 3pm and 4pm and learn different methods of tie-dying before you tie-dye your very own Spa Park T-shirt! Fee is $5 per shirt. No registration required.

  • Thursday, August 21st, 10:30am: Insect Investigation
    Children will explore a variety of habitats to learn about the different types of insects that live in each habitat. This program is suitable for children of all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Tuesday, August 26th, 10am: Mineral Springs Tasting Tour
    Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of their natural mineral springs! During this one hour tour, patrons will experience some of the most outstanding architecture, geology and natural history in Saratoga Springs. This program costs $3. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

  • Tuesday, August 26th, 2:30pm: The Habitat Web
    During this program children will explore the web of connections among living and non-living things. This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 10. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per child or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

  • Thursday, August 28th, 7pm: Hug a Tree and Survive with S’mores!
    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. Please join in for a campfire with s’mores after the presentation. This program costs $5 per child. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

WEEKEND Stuff to Do: July 31st-Aug. 3rd

31 Jul

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THURSDAY

  • World Cup Soccer Clinics are happening again today from 5:30 to 6:45pm at Gavin Park in Wilton. Cost is FREE.The clinics are designed for soccer players who are looking for advanced skills training in a fun and encouraging environment. Please register in advance by emailing with your son or daughter’s name and age. Ages: Boys and Girls ages 7-13 Days and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays Clinics 5:30-6:45pm, Pick-up games will take place from 6:30-8pm. Dates: July 29-31, August: 19-21, 26 and 28.
FRIDAY
  • The Ballston Spa Film Festival is taking place this weekend, and this year’s festival will present 38 short films, ranging in length from 1 to 18 minutes each. The films come from young filmmakers, emerging student filmmakers and established (but still emerging) filmmakers. Submissions to this established, local film festival arrive from across the country as well as all over the globe. Many of the films have won awards at other film festivals, while some will be making their world premier at the Ballston Spa Film Festival. Events and activities take place all weekend, click here for the full schedule of events.
  • This is your LAST chance to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform at SPAC, we went on Opening Night and it was such an incredible performance. Do NOT miss the opportunity to see them right here in Saratoga Springs! Click here for tickets but hurry up, they are going fast! Fridays are great to go as a family because of CDPHP Family Night at SPAC, where families can enjoy a pre-show filled with fun activities including chalk contests, sack races, bubbles, balloon animals, free Stewart’s ice cream and more as part of the Family Night series, sponsored by CDPHP. The pre-shows take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on SPAC’s lawn prior to a ballet or orchestra performance. Highlights of this year’s Family Night series feature cameo appearances by Randy the Raccoon, commemorative photos sponsored by Pediatric Dentistry of Glens Falls and Saratoga Photobooth Company, SPAC’s popular “Instrument Petting Zoo,” and Albany Medical Center’s “Children’s Workshops on the Lawn,” which include interactive presentations and demonstrations on classical dance and music led by professional dancers and musicians from the New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Admission to CDPHP’s “Family Night” is free with any performance ticket.
SATURDAY
  • It’s Big Truck Day! The Children’s Museum is holding their always popular family event on Saturday, August 2nd at Maple Avenue Middle School and your little one won’t want to miss it! From 10am-2pm the parking lot is filled with all kinds of trucks, buses, fire engines and more, and the kids get the chance to get in and explore (and yes, even honk the horns, a favorite pastime)! This year highlights include a Hook and Ladder Fire Truck, Monster truck provided by Nemer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Saratoga, “Go Kids” activities, FREE snow cones, Mr. Twisty’s balloons, tattoos and so much more. Want to win free tickets? You have till 5pm to enter today to win, otherwise you can purchase tickets at the event!
  • Saratoga Springs Pop Warner is hosting an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition powered by USA Football today at noon at Beau Kilmer Field, East Side Rec. in Saratoga Springs. Admission is free. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15 and is free. Go to SSPW’s website to pre-register.
  • SmartEarly Learning Center in Clifton Park is having a Summer Block Party this Saturday from 11am-3pm at their location at 39 Old Route 146, Clifton Park, with a Bouncy House, Face Painting, Obstacle Course, Apple Stamping and featuring Amazing Athletes for some sporting fun! This event is free and open to the public, for more information click here.

 

Big Truck Day Ticket Giveaway!

24 Jul

btdThe Children’s Museum at Saratoga’s Big Truck Day is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd at Maple Avenue Middle School and your little one won’t want to miss it! From 10am-2pm the parking lot is filled with all kinds of trucks, buses, fire engines and more, and the kids get the chance to get in and explore (and yes, even honk the horns, a favorite pastime)! This year highlights include a Hook and Ladder Fire Truck, Monster truck provided by Nemer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Saratoga, “Go Kids” activities, FREE snow cones, Mr. Twisty’s balloons, tattoos and so much more.

Proceeds from the event help support the museum’s on going educational programs, and this is our biggest family style fundraiser of the year. Please come out and support the museum, and have a great time doing it! Here on Mamatoga I am giving away THREE Family Ticket Packs for Big Truck Day, with 2 adult and 2 child admissions each. To enter, simply comment below and three winners will be chosen at random on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm and notified via email. Tickets will be available to be picked up the day of the event.

Keep in mind too, there IS a rain date for this event in the case of inclement weather, that rain date would be Saturday, August 9th, same time, same place.

Tickets are available for pre-sale right now too, simply click here for more information and to place your order online.

Kids Concert in the Park Thursday, July 24th

23 Jul
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This Thursday, Jul 24th head to Congress Park for a great family and kid friendly concert with Peter, Paul, and George from 10-11am. Peter, Paul, and George will present community dancing and an eclectic variety of music, and songs from different cultures will be performed, participatory dancing is encouraged! For all ages. The Rain/Heat Location will be in the H. Dutcher Community Room. Free and open to the public.
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