It's hard to believe, but a year has already passed since my first post here on Small-bany.
What did we do to celebrate?
Why, visited some of our favorite places here in Small-bany, of course.
1. We spent the first part of the morning at the Albany Art Room. If you have not had the chance to visit here, it's definitely worth stopping in. For $7/hr, your child can have fun painting, stamping, beading, collage, etc. and basically making a mess (I mean, unleashing their creative energy) in a place made just for that. They also offer classes for children and adults, summer camps, a pottery studio and space for birthday parties, baby showers, and any other kind of celebration.
(*Note: I just learned that if you visit the Art Room during the week of April 20-26, all profits will be donated to 'Make Art 4 Art' to benefit Albany City School's Art Programs.)
2. Stop #2 took us to the Corning Preserve. We had a picnic by the river, enjoyed a bike ride along the path, and took a little pit stop at the playground.
3. After all that exercise, we headed on over to Emack and Bolio's. I wouldn't normally indulge in ice cream twice in two days, but I was feeling festive... and hot. The ice cream here is definitely more pricey, but you get what you pay for...good quality ice cream made with good quality ingredients. May I humbly suggest the 'Deep Purple Cow' (black raspberry ice cream with white and dark chocolate chips and blueberries). While you are here, check out the Mosaic studio, outdoor garden, as well as their schedule for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. It's also a great place to have a birthday party.
This past year has been a lot of fun, and I hope I can continue for another one. I have met some great people, got a chance to write for All Over Albany (thanks, Mary and Greg!), and best of all, I was able to discover some really great places and things to do in the area (the whole point of this little experiment!).
Thank you to everyone who reads this blog and has contributed their ideas and comments. It's been a lot of fun and I really appreciate your support.
Here's to another year of getting out of the house!