Free Kids Concert in the Park: Seth and the Moody Melix 8/6

31 Jul

11705148_618051578333482_8871085186301436367_nThe Saratoga Springs Public Library is presenting a great Concert in Congress Park with Seth and the Moody Melix on Thursday, August 6th from 10-11am. Seth and the Moody Melix entertain family audiences with their catchy original tunes and terrific harmony. Meet them in Congress Park for this summer concert for all ages!

Rain/Heat Location: H. Dutcher Community Room in the Saratoga Springs Public Library

Kids Songwriting Workshop: Saratoga Springs Public Library 7/30

27 Jul

riverjackzThere’s a cool Songwriting Workshop with RiverJack Z at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Thursday, July 30th from 11am to 12:15pm. Participants will join RiverJack Z a.k.a. Jack Zucchini (of the Zucchini Brothers) to learn more about songwriting by writing and recording their own song. Working together, participants will create a musical composition. This is a family program and parents and/or caregivers are required to attend. The library will receive a CD/DVD recording (audio/video) containing the students’ song as well as an online downloadable MP3 version to share with parents.

For ages 6 and up with a parent or caregiver.

Supported in part by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services grant program.

Hampstead Stage Company Presents Robin Hood at the Saratoga Springs Public Library 7/21

16 Jul

Robin-Hood-poster1Hampstead Stage Company Presents Robin Hood on Tuesday, July 21st at the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 10am. This action-packed adaptation of the classic English folktale, chronicling the life and adventures of the infamous outlaw with a heart of gold is filled with brave heroics, bumbling villains, and heartwarming moments.

Free tickets are available in the Children’s Room at the library. For ages 4 and up. For more July events, visit the complete local Mamatoga calendar here.

American Girl Night at SPAC: TONIGHT Weds 7/15

15 Jul

americangirlnightOne of our favorite nights of the summer, “American Girl® Night,” is also one of the most popular events of SPAC’s classical season, will be hosted by SPAC and American Girl Place® on Wed, July  15, at 6pm on the SPAC lawn. The event, which will take place before New York City Ballet’s performance at 8pm, will feature: a “tea party” on the lawn with pink lemonade and both nut-free and gluten-free cookie options donated by Price Chopper; American Girl Place® dolls; crafts; dance demonstrations; and more. The event will feature American Girl®’s “Girl of the Year,” Grace, an aspiring young baker.

Highlights:

·          A Raffle to win one of 10 Grace “Girl of the Year” American Girl dolls

·         Arts & crafts with American Girl Place® of New York City

·         Tea Party on the Lawn sponsored by Price Chopper; featuring nut-free and gluten-free options

·         G. Williker’s Pop-Up Toy Store

·         Photos from Saratoga Photobooth Company

·         Instrument Petting Zoo

This is such a special night at SPAC. Bring a little picnic blanket and some chairs and a special snack and enjoy the ballet after all of the lawn festivities. We go every year and Levy counts down the days. Don’t sweat it if your little one doesn’t have a doll, some girls bring them, some don’t, but you don’t need a doll to have all the fun!

American Girl Night General Lawn admission for children 12 and under is $10.  Proceeds benefit SPAC’s children’s education program, the Vivienne Anderson program, which hosts underprivileged children at New York City Ballet performances each season. Tickets are still available at http://www.spac.org, 518-584-9330, or at the SPAC Box Office.

Kid and Family Friendly July Events at Saratoga Spa State Park

6 Jul

11-scientifically-proven-reasons-you-should-go-outsideSaratoga Spa State Park has released their list of great outdoor activities with fun for the whole family. Scroll down to see all the events and visit their facebook page here to stay in the loop!

Wednesday, July 8th, 10am: Salamander Search
Join them for a hike where kids will search for salamanders and learn about what different types of salamanders are found there and interesting facts about these amphibians. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Friday, July 10th, 10am: Park Pollinators Pursuit
Learn more about the importance of pollinator species and search for some of the ones found in Saratoga Spa State Park. All ages welcome. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Monday, July 13th, 3pm: Fun with Frogs
Learn about the types of frogs that are in the park and how to identify them by their calls. You will be trying to catch some to observe! All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Wednesday, July 15th, 10am: Butterfly Walk
Learn about the butterflies that are found in Saratoga Spa State Park. There will be a butterfly craft at the end for kids. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Thursday, July 16th, 2pm: Tree ID Scavenger Hunt
Get out and enjoy nature and search for a variety of the trees that grow in the area on a relaxed nature hike in Saratoga Spa State 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.

Friday, July 17th, 2pm: Learn to Geocache
Learn more about geocaching while going for a treasure hunt! All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Monday, July 20th, 3pm: Fun with Frogs
Learn about the types of frogs that are in the park and how to identify them by their calls. You will be trying to catch some to observe! 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, July 21st, 10am: Hemlock Hike
Join them for 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. This is a free program, but registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Tuesday, July 21st, 3:30pm: 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.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 5pm: Roosevelt Spa 80th Anniversary Party
Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the Saratoga Spa! The Roosevelt Bathhouse will be providing tours, light hors-d’oeuvres, water tastings, live music and much more during this festive celebration. For more information please call (886) 410 7242.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 10am: Salamander Search
Join them for a hike and search for salamanders. Kids will learn about what different types of salamanders are found there and interesting facts about these amphibians. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Friday, July 24th, 10:30am: Nature Craft Day
Create a beautiful nature craft that you can hang on your wall. 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, July 28th, 11am: A Taste of History
Savor a taste of history as you saunter through the park and sip from several of the 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, July 29th, 10am: Preschool Naturalists
Preschool Naturalists is a nature class designed for children ages 3 to 5. This hour long program will focus on using all five senses to explore a certain aspect of the outdoor world. Children will also enjoy a nature related story and craft. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Thursday, July 30th, 2pm: Wildflower Walk
Enjoy a relaxing walk around the park while learning about the medicinal qualities, legends, and folklores surrounding the wildflowers that grow there. All ages welcome. This is a free program, but registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

Friday, July 31st, 8:30pm: Full Moon Walk
Join them for an evening hike where you 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.

Letters from a Window in the Sky Performances: July 9th-12th

6 Jul

Screenshot 2015-07-06 14.53.59Creative Place International & National Museum of Dance School of Arts Present LETTERS FROM A WINDOW IN THE SKY: A Tribute to Astrid Lindgren & Pippi written by Mary Jane Hansen and directed by Tereza Andersson at The Riggi Theater in the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.

One particularly miserable day, a young woman befriends a talking duck on a trip to the park. Together they find a mysterious letter which leads them on a fantastic adventure around the world in search of the elusive white elephant. Along the way they encounter various characters from Astrid Lindgren’s most beloved stories. Audience members of all ages will delight in this fun-filled journey through some of the finest children’s literature.

PERFORMANCES
Thurs. & Fri. July 9th & 10th at 1pm
Sat. & Sun. July 11th & 12th* at 2pm

*Special Benefit Performance for the Saratoga County Children’s Committee

Ticket: Adults $15 / Children $10
Available by clicking here or calling 518-584-7780

The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

Family Saturdays this Summer at The Tang

1 Jul

frances-day-chimper2-displayThe Tang Teaching Museum has announced their awesome lineup for the Family Saturdays programs for Summer 2015! The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will present a series of seven Family Saturday programs to accompany the work in their exhibitions this summer, Nicholas Krushenick: Electric Soup; Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before; and Elevator Music 29: Tim Davis — Unphotographable.

Held on Saturdays from July 11th through August 22nd, most programs include a hands-on art activity following a brief tour of one of the exhibitions, with all materials provided. The programs run from 2 to 3:30pm (except where noted) and are free and open to the public. Suitable for children ages 5 and up along with their adult companions.

Reservations are highly encouraged as space is limited and the programs are very popular. You may sign up for each program up to one week in advance. For additional information and reservations, or to be added to their Family Saturday e-mail list, please call the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

July 11: SPECIAL EVENT – 2nd Annual Frances Day!
Noon to 5pm
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to their 2nd Annual Frances Day, a community open house from noon to 5pm, with art, art-making, food, music, and fun in honor of the museum’s namesake. Events include chalk drawing on the sidewalk outside the museum led by Troy artist Ira Marcks (weather permitting); Krushenick Accessories, making wearable art inspired by the paintings by Nicholas Krushenick; Making Art from Books, inspired by the artwork of Arturo Herrera; and a Scavenger Hunt to lead kids of all ages to discover new things all around the museum. Refreshments will be provided. No registration required for this event; children must be accompanied by an adult.

1423164288551painting by Nicholas Krushenick

For a full schedule, click here.

July 18: Decoda Music and YOU!
Decoda Music is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. They create residencies, innovative performances, and engaging projects with partners around the world. While they are at Skidmore for a two-week visit, they will treat visitors to a fun program through music and creative collaboration.

July 25: Frames Without Photos
Look at and listen to Tim Davis’s elevator installation, Unphotographable, then make fancy frames without any photographs inside.

Aug. 1: Baskets of Another Kind
Participants will look at and discuss Cris Bruch’s sculpture, Cradle, and Margaret Curtis’s painting, Pearl Necklace: Icon for Home, then make and decorate baskets inspired by both of these artworks.

Aug. 8: Make Your Own Shopping Bags
Participants will head outside the museum to talk about Jonathan Seliger’s giant shopping bag sculpture, Politeness Counts, and then come back in to decorate their own bags in the style of Nicholas Krushenick’s colorful paintings. (Please bring an umbrella and/or raincoat if it rains that day.)

Aug. 15: Make and Decorate a Book
After viewing and discussing Arturo Herrera’s painted books in Opener 29: Arturo Herrera — Day Before, participants will learn a simple way to make a book, and then decorate the covers in fantastic ways.

Aug. 22: Art and Nature
Participants will look at Joan Snyder’s painting, And Always Searching For Beauty, and talk about how she incorporated herbs, grass and other natural materials into the paint. After the conversation, everyone will take a brief walk outside to gather leaves, grass, and other natural stuff, and then use them in their own artwork, mixing them with other art supplies.

About the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. The Museum is open noon – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday, with extended hours through 7 p.m. on Fridays during the summer, and is closed on Mondays and major holidays. The Museum celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2015. More information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://skidmore.edu/tang.

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