2024 May Guide | Capital District Moms

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

Scroll to the bottom of the guide for a list of FREE events/fundraisers happening during the month of May.

Scroll to the bottom to see a list of splash pads that are open.

BAILIWICK ANIMAL PARK

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
Follow Bailiwick Animal Park on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-678-5665
Email: [email protected]

BOTTOMLESS BRICKS

Discover the ultimate destination for LEGO® fans at Bottomless Bricks: a LEGO® resale store that hosts birthday parties and events for all ages. The store offers a treasure trove of new and preowned sets, a huge assortment of collectible Minifigures®, and parts & pieces. They also buy used LEGO®: whether it’s a set, Minifigures or a bin of loose pieces. Visit their website to shop for sets, book a birthday party, check the calendar of events, and read their Buy/ Sell/ Trade policy; or visit their store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

*LEGO® and Minifigure® are trademarks of LEGO® and the LEGO® Group of companies which are not affiliated with Bottomless Bricks.

163 South St #4, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Follow Bottomless Bricks on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 413-344-9259
Email: [email protected]

CAPITAL DISTRICT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC

Are you a parent who feels like you’ve exhausted all options when it comes to your child’s health? Have you tried conventional medicine only to be disappointed by its focus on symptoms alone rather than causes? Or perhaps you’ve tried numerous natural remedies yet still find something lacking? If any of this resonates with you, please know you’re not alone.   

Millions of families share your frustration, seeking answers while feeling trapped in a cycle of doctor visits, therapies, and medications. But what if we told you there’s a really important piece missing from the puzzle? A crucial system in your child’s body that most conventional providers often overlook, but one that holds the key to your child’s health and wellness?

At Capital District Family Chiropractic, we help children and families achieve optimal health!  What makes our office different? We are the only neurologically-focused chiropractic office in the Capital District!  Dr. Rhiannon is the only local chiropractor certified in pediatric and prenatal care through pxdocs.com.  We use iNSIGHT scanning technology to locate and measure stress and tension in the nervous system that can cause behavioral, social, and developmental challenges in kiddos.  Families come to our office to find the root cause of their symptoms such as anxiety, poor digestion, immune system challenges, sleep disturbances, headaches, and more.  Give your family the gift of optimal health by scheduling your nervous system assessments today!

40 Colvin Ave Suite 100, Albany, NY 12206
12 Mountain Ledge Drive Suite 4, Wilton NY 12831
Follow Capital District Family Chiropractic on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-599-0067
Email: [email protected]

CAPITAL DISTRICT REPTILE EXPO

Don’t miss the Capital District Reptile Expo, returning to the Albany Capital Center on Sunday May 19th!

The CDRE is an incredible 82,000 sq. feet of:

-Over 180 vendor tables of exotic pets, enclosures, supplies, and artwork

-Huge hands on education area staffed by zoologists and other experts, with presentations throughout the day

-Family fun area with great music from Fly92, fun activities, and educational items

-Great food & ice cream available

General Admission begins at 10am and is $10 for adults (13+), $5 for Children (6-12), and under 6 are free.

VIP Admission for $25 per adult (ages 13+) and $15 per child (ages 6-12), under age 6 are free.  Each VIP ticket includes admission to the Expo at 9am for an extra hour of early shopping. 

General admission tickets will be sold at the door via cash and credit, but presold tickets will have a dedicated express check-in line at the event for quick and easy entry.

Event details and tickets are available at: https://facebook.com/events/s/capital-district-reptile-expo-/1073651253675258/?

Sunday, May 19, 2024 at the Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207
Follow Capital District Reptile Expo on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Email: [email protected]

CATSKILL EQUESTRIAN CENTER

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

CATSKILL MOUNTAIN RAILROAD

Take a ride on the Spring Catskill Flyer starting on April 6th and see the natural beauty of the Catskills from our railroad’s unique perspective aboard Ulster County’s
scenic train. Passengers can enjoy the trip in our coaches or on our open air flat cars for the ultimate views on their ride. Join us as we travel through some of the oldest farmlands in the United States where we will cross the Esopus Creek as we travel through the Hurley Flats and then start the climb up Hurley Mountain. Trains Leave at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are Adults $18.00, Adult Discount (Seniors/Military/Veteran) $17.00, and Children $12.00, Children under 2 ride on the lap free with paid adult fare. An adult must accompany all children. The Catskill Flyer Train rides are approximately 90 minutes long. All trains are round trip from the Westbrook Lane Station located in the Kingston Plaza adjacent to Uptown Kingston’s Historic Stockade District. The Catskill Flyer Spring Train Rides operate every Saturday April 6th through May 25th, 2024.

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

CHAT SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Chat Speech specializes in speech, feeding and myofunctional therapy. Founded by Kate Chatigny, Speech Language Pathologist and Orofacial Myologist, this unique private practice is rooted in Evidences Based Practice with compassionate patient centered care.

Our team proudly provides a functional approach to breathing, eating, speech, and wellness.
Evaluations and Therapy for:
– Tethered Oral Tissues/Pre + Post Frenectomy
– Tongue Thrust
– Speech & Articulation Therapy
– Feeding Therapy for Infants, Toddlers & beyond
– Picky Eating
– Mouth Breathing

 5 Pine West Plaza Suite 501, 285 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12205
Follow Chat Speech on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-417-1460
Email: [email protected]

CROSSGATES

Featuring 180 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 LEGO, Build a Bear Workshop, 5 Wits, Dave & Buster’s, Apex Entertainment, Get Air, Billy Beez & Urban Air and Albany Ninja Lab at Crossgates Commons, 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
Follow Crossgates on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-869-3522
Email: [email protected]

CULTIVATED PARENTING

Cultivated Parenting coordinates playdates, homeschooling discussion groups and more for kids birth through primary school-age. Our playdates involve mini field trips at various locations around the Capital District. We have become the supportive answer to motherhood and homeschooling. Interested in being a location host for our playdates? We are currently accepting collaborations.

Can’t wait to play, see you soon!

Follow CultivatED Parenting on Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Email: cultivatedparenting@gmail.com

DANES SOCCER ACADEMY

You are invited to the Danes Soccer Academy this summer! We provide soccer camps to players of all skill levels, from ages 6 to 14. Young soccer players will enjoy the opportunity to learn from, play with, and interact with UAlbany players & coaches. Our camps are based on skill instruction, competition, & fun games while elevating each participant’s soccer knowledge & passion for the sport.

Follow Danes Soccer Academy on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Email: [email protected]

DOANE STUART SCHOOL

Children in PreK through 8th grade are invited to join us for seven uniquely themed weeks of enriching summer programs!  Registration for SD@DS opened on February 1st.  Email [email protected] for more information.  Now enrolling for the 24-25 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!

**The Doane Stuart School and the Susan Odell Taylor School will merge in the fall of 2025 becoming the Hudson Ridge School (PreK through Grade 12). The dedicated faculty, innovative programs, and outstanding facilities at both locations will continue to offer an exceptional education choice to families throughout the Capital District.**

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: admissions@doanestuart.org

Dryer Vent Wizard of SE Saratoga & NE Schenectady provides professional dryer vent cleaning for residential and business properties in the Capital Region. When your dryer is functioning poorly, it is likely due to a clogged or debris-filled dryer vent line. Lint, debris, and other common sources of dryer vent clogs can not only affect the efficiency of your dryer, but they can also be a serious fire hazard.

Follow Dryer Vent Wizard of SE Saratoga and NE Schenectady on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: (518) 344-0664

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!

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]

GIRL SCOUTS OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK

This year is a new opportunity to forge your own path and discover amazing things about yourself. It’s not too late to join this year, girls in pre-k to 12th grade can join for a year and a half now at https://www.girlscoutsneny.org/ The 2024 Camp Guide is here! Check out all the incredible camp themes we have to offer and prepare for summer 2024, registration now open! This is your summer! https://ow.ly/2jU450Qm0bE

Service Center Locations in Albany, Queensbury, and Plattsburgh.
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

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]

HUDSON BOULDERS

Calling all parents! If you haven’t heard, we’ve mastered the art of turning your little bundles of energy into tired little climbers! Our Kids Pass offers 90 minutes of non-stop climbing fun for just $29.95 per climber. Give yourself a well-deserved break while your kids have a blast and burn off all that energy. It’s a win-win for everyone!

195 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
Follow Hudson Boulders on Facebook & Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 838-221-7673
Email: [email protected]

KONA ICE

Hawaiian style shaved ice mobile trucks that bring entertainment to you. We specialize in fun and fundraising! We go to schools, sports events, summer camps, parties, corporate events, festivals, fairs, and more. All of our 30+ delicious flavors are gluten free, fat free, nut free, dairy free, cholesterol free, soy free, no GMO’s, no high fructose corn syrup, no lactose and Kosher certified. We are members of The School Nutrition Association.  We also have dye free and sugar free flavors- something for everyone to enjoy.

Follow Kona Ice of Clifton Park on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-930-2117
Email: [email protected]

LOZMAN ORTHODONTICS

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

MARCELLA’S APPLIANCE CENTER

Since 1957 Marcella’s Appliance Center has been providing appliances that families depend on day after day, with brands and service you can trust. Featuring the capital region’s best selection of kitchen and laundry appliances at the best prices and for all budgets, as well as dedicated delivery and service teams, Marcella’s offers the ultimate appliance experience. Shop in-store, online or by phone. Get started on your dream kitchen at Marcella’s, Schenectady and Clifton Park to speak with an experienced appliance expert today or visit www.marcellasappliance.com to learn more.

SCHENECTADY SHOWROOM
560 Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone #: 518-381-1957

CLIFTON PARK SHOWROOM
Shoppers World, 15 Park Ave, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Phone #: 518-952-7700

Follow Marcella’s Appliance Center on Facebook & Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.

READY SET PLAY

MAY 2024 SPECIAL: $10 child admission on Wednesdays in May

Ready Set Play is a great place to take your children for the day!  With an all day admission pass you can enjoy the playground all day.  Come play with us!

675 Merrill Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Follow Ready Set Play on Facebook & Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 413-344-4228
Email: info@readysetplayberkshires.com

ROBERT C. PARKER SCHOOL

Celebrating 30+ years of progressive education!

Parker’s philosophy puts students at the center of their own learning. Parker teachers focus on constructing authentic experiences that respond to students’ interests and needs while building on academic and social skills. The result is that students get to spend their day engaged in projects and learning that is individualized, meaningful, and connected to the real-world, and all done on an expansive 77 acre campus. 

Programs for PreK 3 and 4 year olds through 8th Grade & Forest Toddlers (18 months- 3 years). 

4254 Route 43, North Greenbush, NY 12198
Follow Robert C. Parker School on Facebook & Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-286-3449
Email: [email protected]

THE MUSIC STUDIO

The Music Studio has been a regional leader in music education since its founding in 1977. We offer short-term classes for children as young as age 2, and an award-winning school-year Foundation Program for children ages 4 to 7. With an exceptional faculty and bright, well-equipped classrooms, we invite students to tap into their natural love of music, challenge them to excel as musicians, and support every step of their musical journey. Find out what makes our program different at themusicstudio.com. Or call 518-459-7799 for more information.

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]

THE SALT DEN

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]

THE SUSAN ODELL TAYLOR SCHOOL

The Susan Odell Taylor School offers an exceptional educational choice to families throughout the Capital Region with children in prekindergarten through 8th grade. Within our community of learners, children are given the opportunity to participate in an engaging educational experience that integrates academic rigor with joyful learning. The Taylor School challenges our students in a nurturing and joyful educational environment that empowers all to succeed as critical thinkers, lifelong learners and citizens of a diverse and changing world. Register for a school day tour today!  Learn more at www.taylorschool.org, email [email protected], or call 518.274.4994 to speak with an admissions representative today!

 

**The Doane Stuart School and the Susan Odell Taylor School will merge in the fall of 2025 becoming the Hudson Ridge School (PreK through Grade 12). The dedicated faculty, innovative programs, and outstanding facilities at both locations will continue to offer an exceptional education choice to families throughout the Capital District.**

Lower School (PreK – Grade 4) 116 Pinewoods Avenue Troy, NY 12180
Middle School (Grade 5 – Grade 8) 199 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144
 

 

Follow Susan Odell Taylor School on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-274-4994

THE WIND-CHILL FACTORY & MINI GOLF AT BALLSTON SPA

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. 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

VIA AQUARIUM

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] 

WILDPLAY THACHER

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]

WOODLAND HILL MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Woodland Hill Montessori School nurtures a child’s love of learning and sense of social and personal responsibility using the child-centered Montessori philosophy. Limited Openings in their Toddler Afternoon Program 12:00p.m.-2:30pm. Learn more at woodlandhill.org

100 Montessori Place, North Greenbush, NY 12144
Follow Woodland Hill Montessori School on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-283-5400
Email: [email protected]

FREE EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY

I Love My Park Day 2024
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Click here for details.

 

13th Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Big Truck Day – Saratoga Springs, NY
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Click here for details.

 

May the Fourth Costume Contest at Bottomless Bricks
Saturday, May 4, 2024
Click here for details.

 

20th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser – Kettle Corn NYC in the Capital District
Sunday, May 5, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Story Hour at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
Multiple Dates
Click here for details.

 

Nature Night Out at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
Friday, May 10, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Tulip Festival – Washington Park in Albany, NY
Saturday, May 11, 2024 & Sunday, May 12, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Touch-A-Truck Event hosted by National Honor Society at Ballston Spa High School
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Click here for details.


Pinkalicious Story Time Tea Party  (Saratoga Springs Public Library) **Registration required
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Festival – Sundance Farm
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Click here for details.


Moms Climb for FREE at WildPlay Thacher
Sunday, May 12, 2024
Click here for details.


Ilamas at the Library (Saratoga Springs Public Library) **Registration required
Sunday, May 12, 2024
Click here for details.

FREE Day at World Awareness Children’s Museum
Sunday, May 12, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Minifigure Trading Night: Kids Edition at Bottomless Bricks
May 15, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Saint Sophia Greek Festival – Albany, NY
**Kids under 12 are FREE. Admission is $5 per day.
May 17th, May 18th & May 19, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Niska Day – Niskayuna, NY
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Walk and Roll Fest – Delmar, NY
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Waterford Canal Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2024 & Sunday, May 19, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Community Carnival at Union College – Schenectady, NY
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Click here for details.

 

Memorial Day Parade (Village of Delanson)
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Click here for details.

 

2024 Scotia-Glenville Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Click here for details.

 

62th Annual Town of Rotterdam Memorial Day Parade
Thursday, May 23, 2024
Click here for details.

SPLASH PAD ROUNDUP

 

The Town of Niskayuna posted on their Facebook page on 5/21/24 that the Blatnick Park Splash Pad is open.
Click here to see pictures of the splash pad that I took.

 

Town of Halfmoon’s website says that the spray park is now open.
Click here to see pictures of the spray park that I took.

 

The Town of Moreau Recreation Department posted on their Facebook page that the splash pad is open daily from 9am-6pm.

The Lions Splash Pad at Collins Park in Scotia is now open. It will remain open daily (weather permitting) from 10am-7pm.
Click here to see pictures I took of Lions Splash Pad.

Saratoga Springs DPW posted on their Facebook page on May 17th that all 4 splash pads are open for the season.
Click here to see pictures I took of the splash pad at the recreation center in Saratoga.
Click here to see pictures I took of the splash pad at West Side Recreation in Saratoga.
Click here to see pictures I took of the splash pad at East Side Recreation in Saratoga.
Click here to see pictures I took of the splash pad at Veterans Memorial Park on Geyser Road.

 

The City of Albany Department of Recreation posted on their Facebook page on 5/22/24 that spray pads are now open 7 days a week!

 

 

Click here to see pictures of all the splash pads that I have visited in the Capital District. Hopefully more will announce their opening dates soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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