Monday, Jul 15, 2019

July and August are times when parents and family spend more time than ever with their children. It’s a wonderful time in the Capital District to explore together.


Here are some suggestions about how to stay busy AND get ready for school.


  1. Get out in nature! Children who have direct access to nature are better learners. Exposure to nature also has been shown in studies to reduce stress and increase attention spans.
  1. Read.  Reading out loud with your child is one of the best activities for their brains- and it’s fun!
  1. Head over to Troy - the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology. A visit to CMOST will help you and your child explore, discover and imagine the exciting world of science and technology together. You can also head to Schenectady miSci - The Museum of Science and Innovation-  which is museum and planetarium rolled into one - and there are events all summer.
  2. Check out “Slime Time: Meet Slugs, Snails and Worms” at the NYS Museum on August 3rd- learning about earth critters AND listening to an author read from her children’s book.  
  3. Head to the Aquarium and learn about our underwater friends and sea creatures. Every day at 12 & 4pm there is a daily stingray feeding- little ones love hands-on adventures.
  4. Cool off at the pool or spray pool.  Sometimes, it’s very hot and nothing beats the heat like our local pools.
  5. FREE fun - from movie nights to concerts, and even free theatre and fitness, are all available throughout the region.
  6. Need even more Kid- friendly events? Look no further than:
  7. Sports! Whether you and the kids play catch, Frisbee, mini golf or take in a professional game, like the Tri-City Valley Cats, focus on staying fit and enjoying being healthy/
  8. Look at the summer night sky is free and fun.  Talk about the constellations, the galaxy and space.


The best thing of all is to spend time together and talk - children love to hear your thoughts and experiences.


Bonus Activity:  If you have not signed up yet, enroll your child in Head Start!




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