Stuff to Do: Jan. 21st-27th

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  • There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Saratoga Springs on Monday, click here for more info.
  • On Monday, check out the Saratoga Springs High School NASA Club’s Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on Route 50 from noon to 4pm. There will be an arts and crafts table elementary aged kids to make their own rockets, and a portion of purchases will go towards the club, helping them to buy materials for their current and future projects.
  • At the Children’s Museum at Saratoga celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a Book Signing and Reading at 10am. They will also be having a Mitten Wreath Workshop from 1-2:30pm.
  • There will be Drop in Storytime for children of all ages from 10:15-10:45am at the Crawshaw Story Room. Call 584-7860, press 3 for more information.

TUESDAY:

  • Tuesday for Tots is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga with the theme: Cars from 10am – 12pm and again from 1 – 3pm.
  • At the Saratoga Springs Public Library there is the Special Parent Child Workshop from 9:30-10:30am. Children ages 12-36 months and their parent or caregiver will participate in interactive hands-on learning and play stations. A children’s librarian will lead a circle time with song and movement activities in the Susman Room. Call 584-7860, press 3 for more information.

WEDNESDAY:

  • Library Babies is from 10:30am to 12pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Crawshaw Story Room. This is an informal playgroup for babies under the age of 24 months with their parent or caregiver. Call 584-7860, press 3 for more information.
  • Alphabet Soup is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 10:30-11am and Story Art from 2-2:30pm.

THURSDAY:

  • Drop in Storytime is from 10:15-10:45 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Crawshaw Story Room, this storytime is for children of all ages. Call 584-7860, press 3 for more information.
  • Silly Science is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 10:30-12pm, the theme is fish.
  • Also at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, check out Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? from 7-8:30pm. Denise Warren of Capital District Beginnings will discuss kindergarten preparedness including tips for determining whether your child is ready, how you can make a smooth transition and more. Register in the Children’s Room or by calling 584-7860, opt 3.

FRIDAY:

  • Wiggle & Giggle is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 10-11:30am.

SATURDAY:

  • The 5th Annual Preschool Fair is from at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 10am-12pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our area preschools with over 18 preschools represented! This event is co-sponsored by the SSPL and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. For more information please contact Jennifer Ogrodowski at the SSPL or Anne Maguire at the Waldorf School at 584-7643 ext 16. This program will take place in the Glasby, Susman and Storyhour Room. For more information, check out the Mamatoga Preschool Series & Preschool Fair post.
  • There is a FREE Begin to Spin class for adults from 10:30am – 11:15am at Saratoga Cycling Studio. The 40 minutes that include bike set-up, explanation of the Spinning program and a short ride to get you comfortable on the bike and ready for your first class. While all of our classes are appropriate for beginners, this might help you to get started. FREE! Please sign up online to reserve your bike. For more on Saratoga Cycling Studio click here.
  • Story Art is at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga from 10:30 – 11am.
  • Saturdays through March, check out Saturday Play Days at the National Museum of Dance from 10am-3pm. Kids have exclusive use of the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing (all other exhibits will be closed at this time). Admissions are as follows: supervising adults are free, children 4 & up are $3 each, children 3 & under are free. PlayPass Membership holders also receive unlimited free admission for the visiting child and an accompanying adult.

For a list of what’s going on in Clifton Park, click here.

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Weekend Stuff to Do & MLK Jr. Day Events

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  • Saturdays through March, check out Saturday Play Days at the National Museum of Dance from 10am-3pm. Kids have exclusive use of the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing (all other exhibits will be closed at this time). Admissions are as follows: supervising adults are free, children 4 & up are $3 each, children 3 & under are free. PlayPass Membership holders also receive unlimited free admission for the visiting child and an accompanying adult.
  • Date Night Alert! Check out the fabulous Hattie’s 12th Annual Mardi Gras Benefiting The NYC Ballet At SPAC party happening Saturday, Jan. 19th at Canfield Casino at 6pm. Get all the details on this fantastic fundraiser right here, tickets are available at the door!
  • On Sunday, Jan. 20th from 12-3pm check out The Sunday Club: an informal weekend club for teens on the autism spectrum to get together socially and play board games. Please check their website prior to coming as sometimes dates and times may change. For more info contact them at 584-7680, opt 3.
  • Also on Sunday, take the kids to Sheep Shearing Day with Saratoga PLAN. Get all the details here.
  • There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Saratoga Springs on Monday, click here for more info.
  • On Monday, check out the Saratoga Springs High School NASA Club’s Book Fair at Barnes & Noble on Route 50 from noon to 4pm. There will be an arts and crafts table elementary aged kids to make their own rockets, and a portion of purchases will go towards the club, helping them to buy materials for their current and future projects, get all the info below.

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Sheep Shearing Day at Foster Sheep Farm on Sunday, Jan. 20th

plan5_1969256458_n Join Saratoga PLAN for Shearing Day at Foster Sheep Farm this Sunday! Thanks to the generosity during last year’s “3 Bags Full” Campaign, Saratoga PLAN – along with the Foster Family and local government officials – will announce the permanent conservation of the Foster Sheep Farm as forever farmland this Sunday, January 20th. The official announcement will be at 1pm, but Shearing Day activities will go on all day.

You’re invited to join the Foster Family and watch the shearing of the flock’s 70 ewes from 10am to 4pm. Kids will be allowed to help sort and clean the wool fleeces. Artisans will be demonstrating techniques for spinning yarn, weaving, knitting, and crocheting. Warm up with a bowl of delicious soup and a mug of hot apple cider or cocoa. The yarn shop will be open for purchases and a portion of the day’s sales will be donated to Saratoga PLAN.

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Where:
Foster Sheep Farm
460 West Road
Schulyerville, NY

When:
10am-4pm
PLAN announcement at 1pm

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Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Winter & Spring Programs

It’s not too late to sign up today for Winter programs with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department! Tiny Ballerina, soccer for the 3-5 year old set, Jr Sluggers baseball and much, much more! Click here to register and for more info. Note: Cost is  C- City Resident  S- School Resident  NS- Non School Resident

  • Tiny Ballerina: Jan 11-Feb 22 Dance program for ages 3-6yrs old on Fridays from 1-2pm. Taught by  experienced dance instructor, Nicole Pennamacoor. Registration Form! Fees: C $50   S $70   NS $90   Location: Rec Center
  • Big Kickers & Lil’ Kickers: Jan 11 -Feb 15 Co-sponsored by the Rec. Dept. and First Touch Futbul Academy.  Participants will develop ball handling skills with Coaches Jeff and Stephanie Geller. Fridays 3-5 yrs old from 5-6pm and K-2nd from 6-7pm. Register with firsttouchfutbol.com Location: Rec Center
  • Golf World Clinic: Feb 5 – Mar 5 Improve your swing with local professional, Terry Minsch as he teaches participants proper technique using an indoor practice net. Tuesdays 5:30-7:00pm for ages 9+.  Registration Form! Fees: C $70   S $70   NS $90 Seniors $35  Location: Rec Center
  • Jr Sluggers Baseball: Feb 5 – Mar 12 Get ready for spring baseball from local coach John Hart. Tuesdays 6-8pm for  K- 7th grade Registration Form! Fees: C $70   S $80   NS $90   Location: Rec Center
  • 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament: Feb 23 Join us for our first 18 and over Coed 3 on 3 basketball tournament. For more information contact recreservations@saratoga-springs.org.
  • 123 Go Kids: Jan 7 – Feb 12 Go Kids introduces preschoolers to seven different sports: soccer, tennis, basketball, football, baseball, and track and field. Mondays 10-10:45am for ages 2- 3yrs and 11-11:45am for ages 4-5yrs. Register at http://www.123gokids.com   Location: Rec Center
  • T’ai Chi: weekly. Highly recommended by physicians for older Americans.  T’ai Chi is a low impact physical and mental workout. Wednesdays 10-11am for 18yrs old or older.  Register w/ Gina 692-3357
  • Knitting Workshop: Feb 20 Join them during February vacation week for this one day knitting workshop.  Instructed by Jill Ramos. Co-Sponsored by they City of OCFS. Wednesday 5-6pm for all ages. Fees- FREE   Location: Recreation Center

Spring Programs: Registration starts January 22 at 9am at the Rec Center!
Check out the new and exciting adult programs rolling out this spring along with the very popular youth soccer and girls lacrosse leagues.  Remember to sign up early to ensure a spot on a team.  Registration ends March 29.

  • Youth Soccer League: Apr 27- Jun 15 Our program is coordinated by the Saratoga Springs High School Varsity Coach, Jeff Geller. Geared toward the recreation player our divisions are formed to ensure payers develop appropriately.  Divisions and schedules are subject to change based on program registrations.

Division 1: U4 – Saturdays Only
Division 2: Pre K – Saturdays Only
Division 3: K/1st grade – Tuesday/Saturdays or Sundays
Division 4: 2nd grades- Tuesday/Saturdays or Sundays
Division 5: 3-4 grades- Tuesday/Saturdays or Sundays
Division 6: 5-6 grades- Wednesday/Saturdays or Sundays
Division 7: 7+ grades- Wednesday/Saturdays or Sundays
Fees: C $50   S $75   NS $100  add child $20, $40, $100
Location: Saratoga Casino and Raceway

  • Girls Lacrosse Leagues: Apr 15 -Jun 8 Taught and coordinated by US Lacrosse Certified Level 1 coach, Cherie Grey.  Self contained lacrosse program; no additional fees or travel. Skills are taught at the appropriate grade levels. Players need to provide a girls lacrosse stick and mouth guard.  Goggles are provided. Saturdays 9-10:30am and Mondays 6-7:30pm. Fees: C $50   S $75   NS $100 Location: North Side Field
  •  Noon Time Basketball Association: Mar 4 – Jun 25 This is a pickup style basketball league for adults. Each player will receive their own reversible jersey. Wednesdays and Fridays 11-2pm for 21yrs old or older. Fees: City Resident $50  Non City Resident $75
  • Walking Club: Feb 25 – On Going. Come “Walk America” with us. This program is designed to walk from Saratoga Springs, New York to Saratoga Springs, California with milestones throughout to keep you motivated.   Participants will receive a monitor to measure their steps each day and bracelets at each milestone. The group meets once a week.  Participant can walk anytime. Meeting Times: Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm. Fees: City Resident $25  Non City Resident $25 *for the Pedometer

Stuff to Do: January 14th-20th

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Room is still available for the Prenatal Yoga Series at Saratoga Springs Yoga. To read more about the series click here.

Wednesday, Jan. 16th is Pint Size Picasso Night at Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio from 6-8pm. Drop your little Monet off for a fun paint night just for kids! Your child will leave with his or her very own masterpiece, no grown ups allowed! For ages 7-12. Class starts at 6pm and ends promptly at 8pm. Please have them wear one of your old t-shirts. Let’s face it, splatter happens! Cost is $28. Register ahead by visiting their site or calling 518-584-8244.

On Thursday, Jan. 17th is Drop in Storytime at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 10:15-10:45 in the Crawshaw Story Room. This storytime is for children of all ages. Parents or caregivers are required to attend. Please see staff in the Community Room to check in for this program as space may be limited. For more info call them at 584-7860, press 3.

Attention parents! There is a FREE yoga class for grown ups at Saratoga Cycling Studio on Thursday, Jan. 17th from 6:45- 7:45pm. Join them for their very first, hour long, off the bike yoga class with Gail. This is great for beginners or experienced clients. Gail will take you step-by-step on a journey for both body and mind. Please sign up through their website to reserve your spot. For more info call them at 518-812-1616.

On Saturday, Jan. 19th at 10am is an Animal Tracking Snowshoe Walk at Camp Saratoga, at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. Admissions is free. Winter is a great time to look for animal tracks.  Take a leisurely walk on the trails of Camp Saratoga North and learn to identify the creatures that have walked before you! If you need to rent snowshoes, they will be available at Parking Lot 1 at Camp Saratoga, free for members or $3/pair for non-members. Preregistration is required for all events at least one business day in advance of the actual event. Contact them at info@wiltonpreserve.org or (518) 450-0321.

Also on Saturday at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a Nature Picture Frames activity at 2pm. Admission is free. Join them for a winter craft! They will be decorating picture frames with sticks, pinecones, leaves, and other natural artifacts. This program is sure to please the kids! Preregistration is required for all events at least one business day in advance of the actual event. Contact them at info@wiltonpreserve.org or (518) 450-0321.

Date Night Alert! Check out the fabulous Hattie’s 12th Annual Mardi Gras Benefiting The NYC Ballet At SPAC party happening this Saturday, Jan. 19th at Canfield Casino. Get all the details on this fantastic fundraiser right here, everyone is welcome!

On Sunday, Jan. 20th from 12-3pm check out The Sunday Club: an informal weekend club for teens on the autism spectrum to get together socially and play board games. Please check their website prior to coming as sometimes dates and times may change. For more info contact them at 584-7680, opt 3.

Here are the activities going on this week at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga this week:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16th: Alphabet Soup from 10:30-11am and Story Art from 2 – 2:30pm.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17th: Silly Science: Oobleck from 10:30am – 12pm.
  • Friday, Jan. 18th: Wiggle & Giggle from 10– 11:30am.
  • Saturday, Jan. 19th: Story Art from 10:30 – 11am.

Saturdays through March, check out Saturday Play Days at the National Museum of Dance from 10am-3pm. Kids have exclusive use of the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing (all other exhibits will be closed at this time). Admissions are as follows: supervising adults are free, children 4 & up are $3 each, children 3 & under are free. PlayPass Membership holders also receive unlimited free admission for the visiting child and an accompanying adult.

Take the family to Sheep Shearing Day at Foster Sheep Farm with Saratoga PLAN, get more details right here!

More events will be added all week, so check back for updates! xoxo

The Greenfield Playground Project

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There is nothing I love more than seeing a group of local parents join together in an effort to improve the lives of their children, and the Greenfield Playground Project is a perfect example. In 1960 a grassroots movement in Greenfield led to the consolidation of the rural school districts to the Saratoga City School District. With this change, a new school was built. The Greenfield Elementary School celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this year.

Twenty five years ago a playground was built, designed after elements from students’ pictures of what they wanted in a playground. The community came together to raise the funds to build the students’ vision. Under the shade of the tall pine and maple trees, and surrounded by gentle rolling hills, the playground has provided decades of enjoyment for the children in the school and the surrounding community. But what made this playground even more special was the determination, compassion and community spirit that so many individuals put forth 25 years ago. It was a great focal point for the school and community for many years, but now has major safety issues, making it potentially dangerous for the kids. Many parts of the playground have been dismantled due to bees and other critters nesting in the half buried tires. The wood frame is splintering and the design makes it difficult for teachers to supervise the children.

The group is faced with a budget of $150,000 which includes the final design of the playground and supervision of installation by Leathers & Associates and materials. Labor will be provided by community volunteers, saving the school more than $200,000. Fundraising for this project is dependent on corporate sponsorship, but will also include typical school fundraising projects and grant writing. The new playground, like the old playground, will be handicapped accessible. Installation is to start and be completed summer of 2013.

Here are some ways YOU can help them achieve their goal:

Volunteer: In the Spring of 2013, hundreds of community volunteers will come together to create something extraordinary.  Sign up today and join the many others that will help to bring the vision to life.

Donate: The Greenfield Playground will only be possible because of generous contributions from people in the community like you. Visit them online or call to discuss your donation.

Tiles & Pickets: A limited number of decorative tiles and engraved pickets are available for purchase and will be permanently built into the design. Visit the website for details.

Tools: They need to borrow tools for the build week and guarantee that your tools will be returned to you in as good or better condition than they were received. That’s a Promise!

Sponsor a Component: The playground components are an integral part of what will make the new Greenfield Playground safe, challenging, unique, and accessible. Sponsoring a component is a great way to contribute to our goal. All component sponsors will receive permanent recognition on the donor wall/tower which will be a permanent fixture of the playground for life.

This Friday is another great way you can help out. On Jan. 11th from 6:30-9pm is the Rock Star Dance Party at Greenfield Elementary to benefit the Greenfield Playground Project. This event is geared towards elementary aged children and will be DJ’d by Greenfield’s own Kid DJ! Entrance is $5 per child and adults are free. They will have raffle prizes and concessions as well, fun for the whole family!

Check out their website here for ways you can help.

Stuff to Do: January 7th-13th

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This week is Take Your Kids to Gore Week, running from Monday, Jan. 7th through Sunday, Jan. 13th. Sons and daughters 19 and under ski, ride, and tube free with full paying parent all week, get more info right here.

At the Children’s Museum at Saratoga:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8th: Tuesday for Tots: Community Helpers from 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. This is a special time for the youngest visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment. Join them anytime between 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm for play dough, crafts, games, and friends!
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9th: Alphabet Soup from 10:30-11am. Join us for our fun, weekly program, Alphabet Soup!Starting with the letter A, each week we will learn a new letter of the alphabet through crafts, games, stories, songs, and more. This multidimensional language experience is a fun way to reinforce early literacy skills in preschoolers.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9th: Story Art from 2-2:30pm. Reading together is always better, join them for an exciting new story and craft each week.
  •  Thursday, Jan. 10th: Silly Science: Reptiles from 10:30am-12pm. Each week kids explore the different ways science is all around us!
  • Thursday, Jan. 10th: Making Connections: Autism Program from 5-8:30pm. Enjoy games and activities, talk to specialists, and enjoy the night out during this early intervention program. This program is FREE for children with autism (ages 2-10) and their families.
  • Friday, Jan. 11th: Wiggle & Giggle from 10-11:30am. This is a special time for young children to learn what they can do with their bodies through free play. Together, caretakers 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 is a great time to meet new friends and get some exercise!
  • Saturday, Jan. 12th is * Free Admission Day for Artsfest Passholders *
  • Saturday, Jan. 12th: Story Art from 10:30-11am.

At the Saratoga Springs Public Library:

Remember: For the next several weeks, Children’s services, and a selected portion of the Children’s Room collection will temporarily be located on the first floor, in the H. Dutcher Community Room, while the library’s ground floor undergoes renovations.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8th: Teen Room Monthly Birthday Celebration from 3-5pm.One day a month at the library’s Teen Room, they celebrate everyone who has a birthday that month with plenty of snacks & sweets to celebrate with!
  • Thursday, Jan. 10th:  Thursday Night Magic: The Gathering – All Ages from 7-9pm. Looking for another place to play Magic: The Gathering, the most popular trading card game on the planet? Now players of ALL AGES can come to the library and enjoy some fun, casual games of Magic! Format: Modern, please.

At Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8th: Wilton Wildlife’s: Nature’s Homeschoolers (K-4 grade) from 10:30am-12pm at Wilton Wildlife, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort. Cost is $3. This once-a-month series of lessons is designed to supplement homeschool curriculum with nature-based science. Lessons include hands-on activities and information about the plants and animals found in the Saratoga Sand Plains. This month’s lesson will focus on endangered, threatened, and extinct species. Preregistration is required for all events at least one business day in advance of the actual event. If Saratoga Springs School District cancels classes due bad weather, their programs will also be cancelled. For more info contact them at info@wiltonpreserve.org or (518) 450-0321.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10th: Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk at 1pm. Location: Camp Saratoga. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, Jan 9th. Beat the winter blues by getting outside! Learn about the adaptations plants and animals have that help them survive during winter. If you need to rent snowshoes, they will be available at Parking Lot 1 at Camp Saratoga: free for members or $3/pair for non-members.
  • Saturday, Jan. 12th: Nature in Winter Snowshoe Walk at 2pm.

Kids Yoga on Thursday, Jan. 10th from 4:30-5:30pm at One Yoga Saratoga for kids aged 4-9, taught by me! We learn traditional yoga poses, make up some of our own, dance, sing, play and stretch. Cost is $12 per child, a yoga mat is required or can be rented at the studio. Call them at 518-587-YOGA (9642) or visit them here.

On Friday, Jan. 11th from 6:30-9pm is the Rock Star Dance Party at Greenfield Elementary to benefit the Greenfield Playground Project. This event is geared towards elementary aged children and will be DJ’d by Greenfield’s own Kid DJ! Entrance is $5 per child and adults are free. They will have raffle prizes and concessions as well, fun for the whole family!

At the Saratoga Spa State Park: Update from 1/5 Both ice rinks are usuable and open…the Victoria is in a little better shape than the Warming Hut. The cross country skiing trails were groomed Wednesday and are still good. They will regroom next week as long as the snow conditions allow.

Saturdays through March, check out Saturday Play Days at the National Museum of Dance from 10am-3pm. Kids have exclusive use of the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing (all other exhibits will be closed at this time). Admissions are as follows: supervising adults are free, children 4 & up are $3 each, children 3 & under are free. PlayPass Membership holders also receive unlimited free admission for the visiting child and an accompanying adult.