Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I listened to Red Grammer growing up and his album Teaching Peace is something I listen to with my kids now.
Check him out tomorrow night.
According to the Guilderland TowNEws, the event is free (but the 'free' has an asterisk behind it with no follow up info... so I'm not sure what that means)
Thursday - July 2 - 7:30 P.M.
Grammy Nominated Kids' Entertainer!
Sponsored by: Stewart's Shops
(will be moved to Guilderland HS in the case of rain )
I've done this before...it's a great place to get some nice air conditioning when the weather gets warm... IF the weather gets warm. And if your kids can't sit through it, no problem... it's free.
Here is their schedule from their website:
|06/30/2009-07/02/2009||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)|
|Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)|
|07/07/2009-07/09/2009||Space Chimps (G)|
|Firehouse Dog (PG)|
|07/14/2009-07/16/2009||Everyone's Hero (G)|
|07/21/2009-07/23/2009||Horton Hears A Who (G)|
|07/28/2009-07/30/2009||Rugrats: The Movie (G)|
|Nim's Island (PG)|
|08/04/2009-08/06/2009||Charlotte's Web (G)|
|08/11/2009-08/13/2009||Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)|
|Madagascar 2: Escape To Africa (PG)|
|08/18/2009-08/20/2009||Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Veggie Tale Movie (G)|
|Kung Fu Panda (PG)|
|08/25/2009-08/27/2009||The Tale Of Despereaux (G)|
Thanks to Leanne G. for the tip!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
June 27th is the official date (that's this Saturday people... yes, June is almost over) for the Great American Backyard Campout. Check out this site to help you rediscover the finer things the outdoors has to offer (sans mosquitoes and using poison ivy for T.P.)
Helpful hints include:
- how to pitch a tent,
- how to play flashlight tag
- how to hike,
- how to identify insects,
- how to locate a campground if your backyard isn't ideal for this type of thing etc...
My favorite hint is: If you have kids coming, ensure you have enough adults to manage them.
Too true, too true. Our family recently went to Thompson's Lake and there were times I didn't think two adults were enough. In all of my travels I've come to realize that it's always better to have one more adult than child on hand.
I've often heard that your kids will remember these camping trips much more than they will elaborate vacations ...(so glad we recently spent a gajillion dollars on our trip to Disneyworld). So get outside, channel your inner boy/girl scout, and don't forget the s'mores.
(What's your favorite campground in the area?)
Thanks to Laura D. for the tip!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Kids can bring their Dads to CMOST on Father’s Day, and his admission is free!
What better way to celebrate? Despite what he says, he'd much rather do this than experiment on the grill and lie around in a hammock all day.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
If you are a returning consignor or a first time parent, visit their website to start the process of sorting, labeling, tagging, bagging etc.
New consignors can hop on board starting Wednesday, June 24th at 8:00PM.
The actual sale will be held during the week of August 9th.
You can also sign up for volunteer shifts which allows you to get in early and scope out the good stuff before the hordes descend upon the field house.
*Little tip for ya... if you really don't NEED anything, I would highly suggest avoiding the first day. I have only heard nightmarish stories about standing in lines and overall chaos. Go on the half price days and you can usually walk out with some great stuff at 50% off. Plus, you'll never know what you missed.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Consuming Kids - The Commercialization of Childhood
The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio ( )
Co presented by the Honest Weight Food Co-op
and WAMC's Documentary Film Series
Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kidsand Tickets available at thelinda.org or by calling
Trailer: http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=maeXjey_ FGA
Following the film, the discussion will include these panelists:
- Psychology at the College of Saint Rose , Ph.D- Professor of
- - Author, educator, and former director of the Free School
- Robin Voetterl, Ph.D- Professor of Education and Department Chair at Siena College
Thursday, June 11, 2009
1. Friendly’s, various locations
2. Red Robin, Route 9, Latham, and 1 Halfmoon Crossing, Halfmoon
3. Chuck E Cheese, Latham Farms
And this from their site:
Why? Fried foods and ice cream. What more could a kid want? As for parents: an inexpensive menu. The top three this year are a repeat of last year’s winners, showing, if anything, that there’s some stability in the kids’ restaurant field.--------------------------------------------------------------------
Really??? This is the best we've got? I refuse to believe it. C'mon Albany, where do you like to take your kids that is not a major chain? I bet we can come up with some other ideas.
For example, Shalimar on Central Ave. They have never charged me for my little kids (2&4) at the lunch buffet I Just called to check and 3 and under are free, but anyone older is full price), the kheer (rice pudding) rocks, and they can be loud and messy without a problem. Another plus is that they don't serve blue soda there, like some people.What do you suggest?
(Not to get totally down on Friendly's though, they are known for their free ice cream give aways and now you can sign up to be their BFF)
Monday, June 8, 2009
- partly to channel my creative energy,
- partly to learn how to ice a cake without getting crumbs everywhere,
- partly because I was lured in by the $15 class fee (just wait till they hit you with the materials list... that's how they get you!),
- but mostly it was an excuse to avoid diaper duty (doody) at home for 2 1/2 hours a week.
blog. Especially this one. Hilarious. It's what I aspire to.
For a full list of classes JoAnn's offers (beading, knitting, pom pom wall hangings) you can check out their schedule. It's crafty.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Visitor parking is free on Saturday and Sundays, right next to Collins Circle. Spread the word, but not too much!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Art on Lark is this weekend and it's going to be fantastic....
From their website:
Art on Lark is a day to celebrate the vibrant and exciting arts scene thatThere will be plenty to do for the kids including a Tie-Dye Booth sponsored by the awesome Albany Art Room. You can bring your own whites, or buy some there and engage in some peace, love, and hippie fun. For a full schedule of the Art of Lark Events look here.
has. While you walk down the sidewalks, enjoy the city's biggest art exhibit while listening to this region's up & coming musicians and watching a daring new dance performance. Lark Street itself will be transformed into a giant visual and performing arts center for the day. Albany
15th Annual Kids' Arts Festival
The 15th Annual Kids' Arts Festival on June 6, 2009 will include over 25 hands-on arts activities for pre-school and school age children, as well as many performances. The festival starts at noon; food and free parking will be available. This fun-filled day is free to attend, and a great way to introduce your little ones to the arts.
Find out more info here. June 6, 2009 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
History and Heritage Day: Road trip!
Drive around Schenectady and see what you can find.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the places that shaped the history of Schenectady County! Pick up a driving map (with points of historic interest) at the Schenectady County Historical Society or at the Chamber of Schenectady County. Activities during the day include live music, French & Indian War re-enactment, artisans, crafters, and more!
Charlton Party in the Park - Drive up to Charlton, NY (north of Schenectady) for a party in the park. Local musicans, wall climbing and a Magician called Evil Dan... hmm.. sounds interesting. Fireworks at dusk.
Enjoy the summer and Get out of the House!
Monday, June 1, 2009
1. A river (the Hudson, specifically)
2. Boats (because of the river)
3. Bridges (also because of the river)
4. Trains (that go over the river on the bridges)
5. A bridge turns around to let big boats pass by. (I'm sure there is a technical name for it, but I haven't brushed up on my Thomas the Tank Engine trivia).
It's like a living, breathing transportation video for kids.
There is a small playground with picnic tables, but we usually skip that and head on up the path towards the riverfront stage (where you can see the Alive at Five shows, which coincidentally start this week) . Here the kids usually like to put on 'musicals' for me and whoever else happens to be sitting in the amphitheater area on their lunch break. It's even more amusing when they drag me into their little shows... (well, less amusing for me, more amusing for those who are watching).
There is also a secret path behind the two ponds that take you along the highway... the kids usually stand there and try to get the trucks to blow their horns by making the ubiquitous 'up and down pulling motion' with their hands. 9 times out of 10 it works and that basically makes their little pre-schooler day.
Other highlights include a giant compass rose embedded into the pavement (for some reason, they love that thing), a model of a prehistoric bony fish, and a huge hill to roll down.
You can also book your duck tours from here. This place is a winner anytime of year...In the winter, we are usually the only people there, but in the spring/summer it is busy during the lunch hour with all the power walkers.
Directions: From Madison Avenue, go under 787 and turn left on Quay street. You'll see signs for the Corning Preserve on the right about a half a mile away.