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On Monday, Jun 25th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM head to the Saratoga Springs Public Library (49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs) for Museum Day! Admission is free.
Upstate and Capital Region museums will visit the Library and provide our patrons with a glimpse of what they do in each of their communities. There will be interactive and hands-on craft activities for children and information provided by each museum regarding their focus, theme, and events. No registration required.
Participating Museums Include:
- Saratoga Automobile Museum
- Grant Cottage
- Adirondack Experience
- Empire State Aerosciences Museum
- Albany Institute of History & Art
- National Museum of Racing
- The Children’s Museum of Saratoga
- FASNY Museum of Firefighting
- The World Awareness Children’s Museum
- Pember Museum of Natural History
- New York State Museum
On Saturday, June 23rd from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm head to The Children's Museum at Saratoga (69 Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs) for their School’s Out for Summer Bash. Free with Admission. The Children’s Museum invites you to an all things summer party to celebrate the end of a successful school year! Come launch paper airplanes, build catapults, and paint with your feet!!
At the Wilton Mall location (Route 50, Saratoga Springs)
On Saturday mornings from June 9-August 4, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will host an old-fashioned story time for children, followed by a hands-on, garden-related activity. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with Faye Mihuta reading picture books on garden topics. Jess Clauser will then lead a garden activity at 10 a.m. This is a free program. Pitney Meadows is located at 223 West Avenue Saratoga Springs.
Horse Explorers is a weekly program held at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and led by the Museum's educators. Each week covers interactive, horse-related topics in art, literacy, science and math. It is recommended for ages 3-6 years old. Children are FREE with paid adult admission and as always FREE for museum members!
June 7 – Horses Get Buggy
June 14 – Shape of Things
June 21 – Industry Partner of the month: Bloodhorse: Be a News Reporter
June 28 – Horse Transport
July 5 – Play Safe
July 12 – Do Horses Have Friends?
July 19 – You be the Jockey
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located at 191 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, click the button below to visit them on facebook for more info:
The folks at Northshire Bookstore are pleased that their weekly new parent meetup will continue on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 through the end of June. Parents & babies from birth to one year are invited to stop by for conversation & to spend time with other new parents. The conversation will be facilitated by Rebecca Rovner, birth & postpartum doula. Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The next meetup will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:30am
Head to The Story Corner at The Children's Museum at Saratoga (69 Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs) on Wednesday, June 13th from 11am to 12pm. Join the museum staff on the front patio* and explore new stories and develop early-literacy skills through multi-sensory activities, projects and crafts.
Program is free with museum admission. This program is best suited for children ages 3 and up.
*program will be indoors during inclement weather
Get ready for pick your own strawberry season! Hand Melon Farm is planning on opening pick your own strawberries next Friday the 15th!
Price is $3.25/lb
Mon- fri 8am- 5 pm
Sat/sun 8 am - 4 pm
Hand Melon Farm is located at 533 Wilbur Ave in Greenwich, visit them on facebook by clicking the button below:
Karner Blue Butterfly Walks at the Old Gick Farm Trail start this Wednesday, Jun 13th at 11am at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, Old Gick Farm Trailhead off of Route 50 in Gansevoort.
Along the walk we will be looking for adult Karner Blue Butterflies that are searching for nectar and mates in the open meadows.
The endangered Karner blue butterfly has two broods every summer. The first brood should emerge late in May and the second in early July. We will be looking for adults that are searching for nectar and mates in the open meadows. The walk will be cancelled if it is raining. The walk last for about an hour. Please park in the lot by the Saratoga Sandplains Sign on Route 50 half a mile north of King Road.
Registration is strongly encouraged.
Dates & Times
Wednesday, May 30th at 11am
Wednesday, May 30th at 4pm
Wednesday, June 6th at 11am
Wednesday, June 6th at 4pm
Wednesday, June 13th at 4pm
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Check out this great Story Time with Maurice Hebert and Megan Tennant at Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, July 14th at 11am.
Author Maurice Hebert and illustrator Megan Tennant will join Northshire Bookstore for a special story time celebrating the release of their latest picture book, "The Kingdom Without Rhyme."
The King has declared that ''it is now a crime at any place and any time to read speak or write anything that rhymes.'' As an overreaction to a strange curse, King Vyrnan places the language of his kingdom in exile. How will the citizens respond? What is the plan to restore their language to its former glory? Are you ready and able to help?
This whimsical text with delightful illustrations involves the reader in an attempt to rescue the language of the kingdom.
Hebert and Tennant are also the team behind the popular picture book "What Would I Do?"
Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Click the button below for more info:
On June 9th, Broadway in Saratoga Springs will be the site of the 51st Annual Flag Day Parade, hosted by the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161. This year’s parade will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and focus on the contributions all Elk Lodges make to their communities.
Area District Lodges have been encouraged to display themes including Veterans, Americanism, Drug Awareness, Youth Activities, Senior Outreach, participation in Food Pantry and Backpack Programs, Scholarship Programs, and the New York State Elks Major Project – Cerebral Palsy.
Spectators will find plenty of entertainment for all ages, with high school and local bands, the legendary favorite Schenectady Pipe Band, musical singing groups, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, Youth Sports groups, local and military organizations, riders on horseback, pony-drawn carriages, and numerous large trucks and military entries. Rounding out the line-up is a very special performance by the 150-member Avant Garde Alumni Drum Corps, including 45 local members who have been working all year for this special appearance. Well-known from the 70’s, Avant Garde was the perennial New York State Champions, capturing the International Drum Corps Championship title 5 years in a row.
Susan Waghorn, Exalted Ruler and Chairperson of this year’s parade, announced Lt. Colonel Nicholas Laiacona, US Army Retired, Vietnam Veteran, as this year’s Honorary Grand Marshal, and Old Timer of the Year, PDDGER Patrick Mansfield as Grand Marshal. In addition, a video of the parade will be shown during the 2018 Elks Grand Lodge Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in July.
The June 9th parade begins on North Broadway at 12 Noon and finishes at Congress Park. For more information, Susan may be contacted at 518-584-2585.
Photography: Deborah McCabe Gerber
On Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM head to The Children's Museum at Saratoga Foran exclusive look at our new summer camp program. Let your little ones imagination soar as they navigate their way through a story book adventure that will take them out of this world! Free with museum admission.
Join Pitney Meadows Community Farm on Saturday mornings from June 9-August 4 for children's time! There will be an old-fashioned story time, followed by a hands-on garden related activity. For example, a jam-making session will be held on July 14 with Diane Whitten. The program begins at 9:30 a.m., with Faye Mihuta reading picture books on garden topics to children, and is followed by a garden activity at 10 a.m. with Jess Clauser.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm is located at 223 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs.
On Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:30am head to Northshire Bookstore at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs for a special story time with author Katy Farber & educators from the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park.
Farber will share her charming new picture book "Salamander Sky" and the wildlife educators will lead children in a themed activity connected to the book.
Every spring in the eastern region of the United States, warmer nights with steady rain bring the migration of thousands of spotted salamanders to ponds and pools, often across busy roads. These crossings are magical, and secretive--most people don't even know they happen. Salamander Sky features a mother and daughter who go out on a rainy night to help the salamanders cross the road safely. This dramatic, full-color, picture book introduces readers to the elusive spotted salamanders and the perilous nighttime journeythey take each spring. Amphibians worldwide desperately need protection. This book is a valuable tool for getting children engaged in conservation.
When I saw this portrait that Jennifer Maher Coleman did of the Mini City Portrait Giveaway winner, I had to share it and I also had to share her story again in case you missed it. Click the button below to read it now, and keep this gorgeous portrait in your mind as you do. Jennifer is currently taking commissions for Father's Day portraits, it's not too late but you HAVE to contact her asap! Reach out at Jennifer@yourtoyportrait.com.
The Annual Wildlife Festival is this Sunday, June 3rd from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park's Camp Saratoga! The annual Wildlife Festival will feature nature walks, pond exploration, live animals, nature crafts, community organizations, fire tower tours, and lots of hands-on fun. The wild blue lupine will be in full bloom and the Karner blue butterflies will be plentiful in the meadows. All activities are offered free to the public. There will be food for sale at the BBQ and a bake sale.
On-going starting at 11:00 am:
Nature Crafts: Fish Printing, Beaded Dragonflies, Coffee Filter Butterflies, Turtle Necklaces, & More!
Pond Life Exploration
Climb up the Cornell Hill Fire Tower
(Children 5 & up can climb the tower with a parent or guardian)
Live Reptiles * Face Painting
Search & Rescue Dogs
Karner Blue Butterfly Nature Walks
Hourly, starting at 11:15 am
Silent Wings: Hawks & Owls
Live Animal Program at 11:30
Earth Day Essay Contest Winners Ceremony at 12:30
Trail Adventures with Naturalist George Steele
BBQ & Bake Sale:
Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, bake sale, and cold drinks will be for sale at the Parade Ground BBQ pit
Local Organizations' Tables
Adirondack Mountain Club Saratoga/Glens Falls Chapter, ADKAction Pollinator Project, Friends of Moreau Lake State Park, Friends of Washington County IBA, Hudson Crossing Park, Into the Woods and Under the Sky 4H, Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue, Lyme Action Network, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Wilton EMS
Program is subject to change and will take place rain or shine
Sponsored by Ballston Spa National Bank, Southern Adirondack Audubon, and the Wilton Rotary
Introduce your child to the art and science of gardening with the Growing Up Green program at The Children's Museum at Saratoga as they prepare their community garden for the season. This program is best suited for children ages 2 and up and will increase your child's awareness of botany, outdoor recreation and nutrition. Growing up Green is free with admission. Let's see who has a green thumb! Fridays from Jun 1 - Jun 29 at 11am. For more info click the button below: