This guide was created to help make the month of September a little bit easier for you!
A list of places to go apple picking.
A list of places to buy and/or donate used books.
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ADK TINY TOTS
ADK Tiny Tots is the Adirondacks first ball pit and luxury soft play rental company where we bring the FUN to you! We serve Queensbury, Saratoga, Clifton Park and the surrounding areas. We offer multiple packages that include a wide variety of equipment, sizes and fun! We are open year-round with set ups indoors and out. Packages are designed for children 0-5 years old. A great addition to any birthday party, baby shower, wedding or event!
ALBANY’S INDOOR ROCKGYM
ART IN MIND CREATIVE WELLNESS STUDIO
All ages and abilities can come to explore, create, learn, have fun, and leave the mess behind, in our peaceful and safe environment! Art in Mind Studio offers Open Studio (great family time!), Homeschool Art Programs (all NEW curriculum!), Art Enrichment Classes (all NEW projects!), Art & Craft Club, Chef’s Club, Comics Club, Camps, Private Lessons, Birthday Parties, Private Parties, Paint & Sip classes (family friendly!), Take-home Kits, Workshops for Kids, and more! Check out our website for information, including the calendar page for dates, details, and registration.
Apple season is approaching. . . get your kids excited by bringing them to Bountiful Bread-Schenectady’s fall-themed cookie-decorating class on Saturday, September 17th at our 108 State Street, Schenectady location. Each child receives a giant, apple-shaped sugar cookie, homemade frostings, and a variety of sprinkles to decorate their apple any way they choose. $7/child; accompanying parents receive 10% off their order during the event. Classes offered at 10 AM and 2 PM. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, 9/14. Please visit https://www.bountifulbread.com/seasonal/ to register today.
CAPITAL DISTRICT REPTILE EXPO
The Capital District Reptile Expo is returning to the Albany Capital Center on Sunday September 25th from 10am till 4pm! This fun family event is larger than ever with more than 160 vendor tables where you can learn about and buy reptiles, amphibians, aquatics, small mammals, invertebrates, and all of your supply needs. Everyone will love the Education Area with expert presentations and hands-on animal experiences throughout the day. Ticket presales are available at https://fb.me/e/2kq2TU0A1 or they can be purchased at the door!
CAPITAL DISTRICT YMCA
During Welcoming Week (September 9-18), the Capital District YMCA invites you and your family to explore our 8 locations for FREE! The Capital District YMCA has something for anyone, from pools to early learning centers to childcare while using our facilities. Come explore with us!
CATSKILL MOUNTAIN RAILROAD
Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Trains are fun for adults and children! Take a spectacular journey along the former Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor and see the natural beauty of the Catskills from our railroad’s unique perspective aboard our scenic trains. Join us as we travel through some of the oldest farmlands in the United States where we will cross the Esopus Creek on the restored C9 Bridge and go through the Hurley Flats and then start climbing Hurley Mountain. Our Catskill Flyer and Ice Cream Sunday Trains run thru September 18th and Fall Foliage Adventure Trains start on September 24th. All trains depart from Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza and then return. Rides are about an hour and fifteen minutes long and are approximately 8 miles round trip.
Featuring 150 retail shops……and tons of fun & entertainment for the kiddos….. Crossgates offers something for everyone – all under one roof. Enjoy plenty of stores, restaurants and entertainment venues that you won’t find for miles in any direction like Apple, LEGO, Build a Bear Workshop, 5 Wits, Dave & Buster’s, Apex Entertainment, Get Air, Billy Beez, plus the nation’s top retailers, to experience all that Crossgates has to offer. Whether you’re looking to shop & dine or play & stay, our on-site Tru and Homewood Suites by Hilton dual-branded hotel allows for the best Staycation. Planning your next visit couldn’t be any easier.
Over time, lint and debris accumulate in dryer vents and cause clogs that can lead to a number of dryer vent problems including decreased efficiency. When airflow in a dryer vent is restricted due to clogs, there is an increased risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, wasted energy and time, and excessive wear to clothing, among other negative effects. There are over 15,500 dryer fires each year, and many could have been easily prevented by professional dryer vent cleaning. Dryer Vent Wizard of SE Saratoga & NE Schenectady’s skilled and experienced technicians provide thorough dryer vent cleaning to combat lint accumulation and hazardous clogs.
DUTCH APPLE CRUISES
Dutch Apple Cruises is located in downtown Albany, NY on the scenic and historic Hudson River! We offer sightseeing, sunset & special event cruises, that are open to the public. We also offer private cruise rentals for your next event. Please visit Dutchapplecruises.com for information, schedules & to purchase tickets!
HEALING HANDS CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
(formerly known as Kinkaid Family Chiropractic)
Your new baby will be here soon and you’re doing everything right, from check ups to nutrition, but do you know about prenatal Chiropractic Care?! Receiving regular chiropractic treatment is one of the most important and helpful areas of prenatal care. We specialize in prenatal, pediatric and whole family care. We have helped many families navigate their way through the aches and pains of pregnancy and post-partum including back and neck pain, headaches, pelvic pain, sciatica & more. See all of the ways Healing Hands Chiropractic Center can help you and your family.
1873 Western Ave Suite 103, Albany, NY 12203
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Phone #: (518) 869-8000
New patient paperwork is located on the home page of our website. Once we have had a chance to review it, we will call you to schedule your first appointment.
KINDERMUSIK AT SARATOGA SINGS
Powerful Learning through Musical Play for Babies to Pre-K.
Research-based music and movement classes in Saratoga for over 20 years.
Come make music and New Friends! Tuesdays – Saturdays.
Our Fall 2022 Semester begins September 13th.
LITTLE BIRDS SLEEPOVER PARTIES
Dr. Robin Lozman is a lot of things. A doctor. A mother. A competitive equestrian. A volunteer for nonprofits. But one of her greatest passions comes from her work as an orthodontist: transforming her patients’ smiles. At her family practice in Latham, New York, Dr. Lozman specializes in comprehensive orthodontic treatment for children and adults, from early interventions and orthognathic surgery to braces and Invisalign. Over the course of her career, she’s helped people from all walks of life achieve a brighter, healthier and straighter smile, improving their confidence while maintaining a consistently high standard of care. Click here to learn more about Dr. Lozman.
MARCELLA’S APPLIANCE CENTER
Since 1957 Marcella’s Appliance Center has been serving capital region families essential kitchen and laundry appliances they depend on day after day to cook, clean, refrigerate and sanitize. Shop Marcella’s in-store, online or by phone with the area’s best selection of appliances and pricing. Our showrooms are conveniently located in Schenectady and Clifton Park, stop by to speak with an experienced appliance expert today or visit www.marcellasappliance.com to learn more.
Established in 2011 on Long Island, a hot bed for talented lacrosse players, Medusa Lacrosse has expanded upstate into Saratoga. Founded by two sisters, Jackie and Alex Fiore, Division 1 Collegiate alumns of Boston College and Princeton University, Medusa Lacrosse aims to teach young athletes the fundamentals of the game. This fall, Medusa Lacrosse is hosting their fall “Little Laxers” clinic at the East Side Rec in Saratoga, located on Lake Avenue. The clinic is open to both boys and girls ages pre-kindergarten to 5th grade.
To view parent testimonials, find information on necessary equipment, or learn how to register, visit: www.medusalacrosse.com, email Jackie at [email protected], follow their IG @Medusa_Lacrosse_Fieldhockey or Like them on Facebook @Medusa Lacrosse
MYERS BALLET SCHOOL
Myers Ballet School features classical ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and pas de deux classes taught in a creative and enjoyable environment. Myers Ballet is a training ground for both aspiring and accomplished professionals. Myers Ballet is the official school for Northeast Ballet Company which is the resident ballet company of Proctors Theater in Schenectady. Northeast Ballet Company is known for their annual production of “The Nutcracker”, performing for audiences members in the capital region since 1990. Follow the Northeast Ballet Company on Facebook & Instagram. Our annual Nutcracker auditions are Saturday, Sept 17, 2022 at the GE theatre, visit Northeastballet.org for more information.
Play Hollow is a children’s retail and community-play space which values eco-friendly and fair trade practices, celebrates diversity, and offers products and programming that center around loving and taking care of ourselves, each other, and our Earth. We have a collection of bilingual/bicultural books, natural toys and apparel, as well as children’s classes and parent workshops both virtual and in-person to support every stage of the family journey.
SARATOGA CITY BALLET
Saratoga City Ballet, founded in 1994, is dedicated to providing young dancers with professional quality opportunities and instilling in them a lifelong love of ballet and the arts. In addition to classical ballet training, Saratoga City Ballet also offers classes in modern dance and jazz. Registration is now open at www.saratogacityballet.com. Classes start Monday, September 12th. *Studio space is also available for rental for outside organizations. Photo Credit: Ashley Wilbur
SARATOGA CLAY ARTS CENTER
Come have fun and explore the world of clay at Saratoga Clay Arts Center. Kids (and adults too) will learn a wide variety of techniques and learn how to make pottery and sculpture from start to finish through wheel throwing on the potters wheel, handbuilding with coils and slabs, and how to glaze and fire your masterpieces. Family workshops are back, with fun theme-based projects each month for the whole family. Visit www.saratogaclayarts.org to check out our fall classes and workshop schedule, and sign up today.
The Fall at Schuyler Farms brings our premier attraction. The Fall Festival, featuring our 7-acre self-designed corn maze, will have you coming back time and time again to “Get Lost”! There is something to do for everyone. In addition to getting lost in our maize maze, you can pan for real fossils and gemstones in our mining sluice, take a hayride to pick pumpkins, pet and feed our farm animals, grab a bite to eat (including fresh cider donuts!) at the cornfield cafe’, and so much more! If you are really brave you can dare to enter our ‘Field of Screams’ Haunted Maze on select October nights!
SOUTHWOODS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
Here at Southwoods Pediatric Dentistry every effort is made to provide a caring and nurturing environment to ensure your child has a successful dental visit. We nurture them and watch their smiles grow so they go onto a lifetime of good oral health. Dr. Kristina Gallo is a board certified pediatric dentist. You and your child will be seeing Dr. Gallo at each visit and enjoy continuity of care. We know there are many choices when it comes to selecting a provider. Call us… we would love to meet you! 518-242-7800
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Thrilling outdoor adventure awaits just 20 minutes from Albany! Discover 14 Ziplines, 78 Aerial Adventure Games, a 40ft freefall jump and more, located in the heart of Thacher State Park! Activities for all ages 5 and up. Group discounts for birthday parties, field trips, corporate groups and more! Use code CDM15 to save 15% off your entire booking! Pre-book online: wildplay.com/thacher Pre-book by phone: 1-800-616-1325
Below is a list of places to go apple picking.
Altamont Orchards – Altamont, NY
Bellinger’s Orchard – Fultonville, NY
Best Berry Farm – East Greenbush, NY
Boehm Farm – Climax, NY
Bowman Orchards – Rexford, NY
DeVoe’s Rainbow Orchards – Halfmoon, NY
Fix Bros. Fruit Farm – Hudson, NY
Hicks Orchards – Granville, NY
Hopedale Farm – Hudson, NY
Indian Ladder Farms – Altamont, NY
Kristy’s Barn – Schodack, NY
Love Apple Farm – Ghent, NY
Philip Orchards – Claverack, NY
Riverview Orchards – Rexford, NY
Rogers Family Orchard – Johnstown, NY
Samascott Orchards – Kinderhook, NY
Sand Flats Orchards – Fonda, NY
Saratoga Apple – Schuylerville, NY
Stanton’s Feura Farm – Feura Bush, NY
Terrace Mountain Apple Orchard – Schoharie, NY
Windy Hill Orchard-East – Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
Yonder Fruit Farms – Valatie, NY
Below is a list of places to buy and/or donate used books.
THE RED BOOKSHELF
The RED Bookshelf is a non-profit community literacy program. Working with community partners, we provides free children’s books on bright red bookshelves throughout Albany to ensure that all children have access to the benefits of book ownership, regardless of income level. Click here to see a list of locations. There is also a RED Bookshelf at the NEW Children’s Museum at Saratoga.
THE BOOK NOOK
Picture taken in August 2022: The Book Nook at the Crossings
The Book Nook is located in the barn at the Crossings Park in Colonie (near the pond) and is open 9am-1pm every Saturday during the Colonie Farmers’ Market. The Book Nook is run by Friends of the William K.Sanford Library.
Landis Arboretum is a not-for-profit organization supporting a public garden overlooking historic Schoharie Valley near Esperance, New York stretching into Schoharie and Montgomery Counties. Landis Arboretum is holding a Fall Plant Sale with Books & Baked Goods too! on September 10 & 11, 2022 from 10am to 4pm.
GRASSROOT GIVERS – BOOK PROJECT
Grassroot Givers aims to spark a love for books in children and adults across the Capital Region. We accept donations of beautiful, like-new books and put them back into the community through various programs, such as Albany Feed-and-Read and Little Free Library. Since our inception in 2011, we have given out over 500,000 books to Albany Public Schools, Books for Troops, Albany County Headstart and countless other organizations.
THE FRIENDS BOOKS SHOP
The Friends Book Shop is a used book store located on the first floor of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. It is run by the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library and provides significant money for the enhancement of the library and its programs. It carries children’s and adult books, CDs, records, DVDs, and puzzles.
WHITNEY BOOK CORNER
The Whitney Book Corner is a used book store in Schenectady run by the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library. The store is staffed by volunteers and all items in the store were donated. The Whitney Book Corner opened in 2002 and just celebrated their 20th Anniversary! In 2022 the store relocated to 105 Clinton Street in Schenectady.
The Bookseller is a used book store at the Lansingburgh Branch which helps raise funds for the library and distributes unsold books to community organizations. The Bookseller is run by Friends of the Troy Public Library.
A SECOND LOOK BOOKSTORE
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