2023 September Guide - Capital District Moms

This guide was created to help make the month of September a little bit easier for you!

Places to go Apple Picking (Scroll down for the list)



Come visit the Bailiwick Animal Park in Catskill, NY and get up close and learn all about our animals from cute bunnies to majestic bengal tigers, most of which are rescues. Over 35 exhibits of exotic and domestic animals, playground, picnic area, petting & feeding areas, gift shop, pony rides and horseback riding. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Cash only. ATM on premises.

118 Castle Road, Catskill, NY 12414
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Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-678-5665


The Capital District Reptile Expo returns to the Albany Capital Center on Sunday September 17th!  Each week leading up to it we’ll be giving away tons of VIP bundles, which includes 1 VIP ticket (allowing early access to the Expo at 9am) and a $25 merchandise credit to one of our premier vendors to be used at the Expo! We’ll be doing an incredible FOUR giveaway drawings EACH Sunday and Wednesday!    

Go to our @Capital District Reptile Expo page and enter the giveaway using the pinned post there.  

The Fall CDRE event details and tickets are available here: https://fb.me/e/XTGxNqC7

Sunday, September 17th at the Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207
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Email: [email protected]


Riding lessons are available 7 days a week by appointment. We also offer mommy & me classes, pony club, after school programs, spring break camp, and so much more!

118 Castle Road, Catskill, NY 12414
Follow Catskill Equestrian Center on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-925-0095


As the leaves begin to change color a great way to view the beauty is on a Fall Foliage Adventure Train ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad. With the colors just beginning now is the time to enjoy natures amazing change of seasons. And with Halloween coming up don’t miss a chance to ride our Pumpkin Express Trains that have an added bonus – passengers will be able to select their own pumpkin to take home and decorate. Pumpkins will be spread out at the Pumpkin Patch for passengers to select their favorite one. Our 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. 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. Check our website for Fall Foliage and Pumpkin Express Train schedules. 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.

Westbrook Lane Station in Kingston Plaza, 55 Kingston Plaza Road, Kingston, NY 12401
Follow Catskill Mountain Railroad on Facebook
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Phone #: 845-332-4854
Email: [email protected]


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.

One Crossgates Mall Road, Albany NY 12203
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Phone #: 518-869-3522
Email: [email protected]


Cultivated Parenting hosts free playdates and homeschooling discussion groups for moms with kids under 7. Our playdates involve mini field trips at various locations around the Capital District. We are growing into becoming the supportive answer to homeschooling needs in the area. We are offering homeschool instruction classes and assistance with homeschool paperwork and legals. Come check us out! 

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Email: cultivatedparenting@gmail.com


We are always having events at House of Sport! Contact us for more info!
There’s no better way to celebrate the Fall Season than with a trip to Dick’s House of Sport with fun activities for families and friends inside and outside starting at 9am! on September 30th. Show your inner artist with Pumpkin Decorating (while supplies last), test your golf skills on the giant Inflatable Golf Target and there will be Face Painting 12 noon-2pm …and of course, all the excitement inside.

579 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
Follow DICK’S House of Sport on Facebook and Instagram
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Phone #: 518-213-3478
Email: [email protected]


Offering rolling admissions for Preschool through Grade 12 for the 2023-24 school year!  We invite you to visit and discover why Doane Stuart is one of the Capital Region’s premiere private schools.   Learn more at www.doanestuart.org, email admissions@doanestuart.org, or call 518.465.5222 to speak with an admissions representative today!

199 Washington Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Follow The Doane Stuart School on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-465-5222
Email: [email protected]


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!

1 Quay Street, Albany, NY 12202
Follow Dutch Apple Cruises on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-463-0220
Email: [email protected]


Ellms Family Farm is the Capital Region’s destination for fall family fun featuring over forty safe outdoor activities for kids and adult kids at heart. Ellms Family Farm has over 20 varieties of pumpkins and gourds to choose from. Located in Ballston Spa, Ellms Family Farm is open Wednesday through Friday from 9am-1pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10am-6pm. Plan a day of fall family fun now at ellmsfarms.com!

448 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

468 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Follow Ellms Family Farm on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-884-8168
Email: [email protected]


Empowered Health is a health and wellness coaching practice that helps women (and men) to better understand their body and environment in order to develop daily habits that result in sustainable nutrition, movement, and environmental lifestyle changes. Programs are individualized and focus on continuous in-depth discussion, small changes, habit stacking, increasing self-awareness and internal motivation, and accountability, all of which result in sustainable health changes. In addition to daily wellness, more specific programs for those with Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism are offered. Check out my Instagram page and website to see upcoming walking groups in the area or to sign up for a free health consultation! Empowered Health LLC is run by Allison Clark, a certified health and wellness coach.

Follow Empowered Health on Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 484-222-1770
Email: [email protected] 


Fancy Feet Dance Studio is proud to announce that the Legendary New York City Dance Studio has joined the Troy community! Fancy Feet Dance Studio has a family environment that fosters learning through positive reinforcement and a fun, loving atmosphere. Fancy Feet Dance Studio comes to Troy with a proven track record and 43 years of experience in dance and gymnastics. We are excited and honored to be part of the Troy community and look forward to getting to know our students and our families.

76 North Greenbush Road, Troy, NY 12180
Follow Fancy Feet Dance Studio on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-203-6054
Email: info.fancyfeet.troy@gmail.com


We offer frozen treats made with whole, all natural fruits & vegetables. Designed for little hands, but enjoyable for all ages. Supporting the capital region, you can order online at www.for-everlys.com or come see us at the outdoor Delmar Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9am-1pm.
We make frozen melts and smoothie pops, available in 3 delicious flavors: Apple Kale, Mango Banana, Raspberry Carrot
– Dairy Free
– No added sugars
– No preservatives
– Just wholesome fruits and vegetables

Follow Foreverly’s on Instagram
Click here to visit their website.


This year is a new opportunity to forge your own path and discover amazing things about yourself. Don’t miss your chance to grow, learn, and laugh with new friends by your side! It’s your year of discovery with Girl Scouts! Learn more today at https://www.girlscoutsneny.org/

Albany Service Center, 8 Mountain View Ave, Albany NY, 12205
Plattsburgh Service Center, 13 Latour Avenue, Suite 110, Plattsburgh NY, 12901
Queensbury Service Center, 213 Meadowbrook Rd, Queensbury, NY, 12804
Follow Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.

Phone #: 518-489-8110
Email: customercare@girlscoutsneny.org


Go Kids is a sports and physical activity program for ages 18 months-9 years old.  Go Kids offers children the ability to develop a love for an active lifestyle through an introduction into a variety of sports such as; soccer, football, basketball, tennis, baseball, hockey, and track and field. Additionally, Go Kids offers school break camps and additional classes for school aged children including; LEGO Club, Strong Kids, and Just for Kicks. Go Kids works to meet each child where they are at to instill a love for being active.

Locations in Saratoga and Clifton Park
Follow Go Kids on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-878-6502
Email: [email protected]


Hello! We’re Good to Grow, New England’s only fully dedicated airway, early ortho, and frenectomy pediatric dentistry. We deliver services in a way that is different from other dental practices because our focus is on more than just teeth. We connect the dots between oral health and systemic health to treat preventable ailments that would otherwise affect the child negatively in the long term, such as sleep disordered breathing, chronic infections, speech and eating concerns, tooth decay, and behavioral issues like ADHD/ADD. Children who come to us experience increased air flow, improved sleep and immunity, beautiful smiles, straight teeth, and so much more. Put your child on the path to lifelong health, and schedule an evaluation today.

740 Williams Street, Suite C, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Follow Good to Grow Airway Pediatric Dentistry on Facebook and Instagram
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Phone #: 413-329-3292
Email: [email protected]


Get ready for a day of wholesome family fun at Hidden Camp Farm! Our picturesque farm nestled in the heart of the countryside is gearing up for an exciting Family Day event on the horizon. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 16th as we invite you to join us for a memorable day on the farm. Enjoy a day of horse drawn hay wagon rides, and a chance to get up close and personal with our friendly farm animals. Whether you’re a city dweller or a seasoned farmer, Hidden Camp Farm’s Family Day promises an unforgettable experience for all ages. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones amidst the beauty of nature! Learn more and purchase your tickets here.

378 White Road, Canajoharie, NY 13317
Follow Hidden Camp Farm on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-673-3611
Email: [email protected]


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. Dr. Lozman works alongside her father, Dr. Michael Lozman, to help 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.

17 Johnson Road, Latham, NY 12110
Follow Lozman Orthodontics on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-785-9441


Get a miPassport to Summer! Whether you’re travelling or having a staycation this summer, consider purchasing a miSci Family Membership. A year-long miSci Family Membership pays for itself after only three museum visits, and it gives discounts at more than 300 museums and science centers nationwide! Visit www.miSci.org to learn more.

15 Museum Drive, Schenectady, NY 12308
Follow miSci on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-382-7890
Email: [email protected]


Meet some new faces while enjoying your morning with the little you care for! Join Stuyvesant Plaza on the 1st Wednesday of each month from August through November for Lattes & Littles, featuring a collection of kid-friendly activities and breakfast at one of your favorite breakfast joints on property. Full schedule listed on our Facebook and Eventbrite pages. Ticketed event for each day: $20 (1 caregiver/1child) or $30 (1 caregiver/2 children)

1475 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Follow Stuyvesant Plaza on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Click here to get a ticket on Eventbrite.
Phone #: 518-813-4959


The Music Studio is now enrolling for its school-year Foundation Program, which begins mid-September. This celebrated program teaches children ages 4 to 8 the fundamentals of music in high-energy small-group classes your child will look forward to every week. Music Studio students build musical skills, confidence, brainpower, and a lifelong love of music. Want to know what class is like? Enroll in a FREE Mini Music class September 7, 9, 10, or 11. Classes for new students begin September 13. 

1237 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205
Follow The Music Studio on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-459-7799
Email: [email protected]


Mothers deserve time to rejuvenate!
The Salt Den is a great place to breathe in health and relaxation for you and the whole family. We offers Holistic Facials, Massage Therapy, Dry Salt Therapy (Halotherapy), Red Light Therapy and Infrared Detoxification.  We have many events going on throughout the month. Family care starts with you, book an appointment now!

654 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110
Follow The Salt Den on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-785-7258
Email: [email protected]


Make your visit to The Wind-Chill Factory at Ballston Spa to enjoy food, ice cream and mini golf all in one place! From fresh hand packed burgers to our ice cream sundaes, our pirate ship playground, weekly Wednesday car shows, and our newly renovated 18-hole mini golf course you are sure to have a fantastic time. For added fun, we have kan jam, cornhole, ladder-ball and more lawn games available on the lawn at no charge. Bring the whole family for an afternoon or evening of food and fun – there’s something for everyone!!  It’s the perfect place for family fun and making special memories.

3 Trieble Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Follow The Wind-Chill Factory & Mini Golf on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone # (518) 885-7888
Email: keely@windchillfactory.com


Take your family on an unforgettable journey as you explore vivid underwater worlds across 45 exhibits. Feel the soft, smooth skin of a stingray as they swim right up to your hand in Stingray Bay. Watch sharks swim overhead while schools of fish surround you in our immersive tunnel tanks. From local favorites to the depths of the ocean, explore our planet’s oceans and rivers all in your own backyard on this self-guided exploration.

93 West Campbell Road, Schenectady, NY 12306
Follow Via Aquarium on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-280-5100
Email: [email protected] 


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

524 Thacher Park Rd, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Follow WildPlay Thacher on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 1-800-668-7771
Email: [email protected]


The Young Actors Guild, now entering their 35th year, is an award-winning theater program that serves children across the Capital District, teaching classes year-round in music, acting, dance, and stagecraft. In addition, every student has a full-scale performance opportunity at the culmination of each semester. The Young Actors Guild works hard to develop character both on and off stage.  They provide an age appropriate environment that is safe for children and allows them to create and not imitate, fostering the growth of their unique individual creativity. 

Registration is now open for their Fall 2023 semester where students will perform in Moana Jr.!

Follow the Young Actors Guild on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: (518) 478-5326
Email: [email protected]


Below is a list of places to go apple picking in the Capital District.

Altamont Orchards – Altamont, NY

Bellinger’s Orchard – Fultonville, NY

Best Berry Farm – East Greenbush, NY

Bowman Orchards – Rexford, NY

DeVoe’s Rainbow Orchards – Halfmoon, NY

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm – Hudson, NY

Hicks Orchard – 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 Orchard – 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


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