Museums offer school break activities
Museums and arts organizations around the region are offering parents a solution to the “I’m bored” syndrome that strikes some kids, usually sometime after the holiday excitement ends and before school starts up again in January.
In Schenectady, the focus is on the sky and science at miSci (formerly Schenectady Museum) at 15 Nott Terrace Heights. Inside the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, they will be revving up the GOTO Chronos Star Projector for four shows each day from Dec. 26-28. The shows are “ ’Tis the Season at noon and 2 p.m., “Wonderful Sky” at 1 p.m. and “Seasonal Sky Tour” at 3 p.m.
The museum has special holiday hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 26-28, and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 31. The annual train display is up and running and there are hands-on activities for the kids. Admission ranges from $14.50 for adults, to free for members and those with reciprocal memberships.
If puppets, juggling, music or magic are more to your liking, Steamer No. 10 Theatre at 500 Western Avenue in Albany has some of each during its “Vacation Daze” series Dec. 27-30. Performers include Catskill Puppets and Melvin the Magnificent. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the show. For a complete schedule, go to www.steamer10theatre.org.
Also in Albany, the New York State Museum will have free programs starting on Dec. 26 and running through Dec. 30.
On the 26th, activities at the State Museum include a planetarium show, exploring 19th and early 20th century tools and a NanoMedicine demonstration. Other days there will be art projects involving log cabins, Civil War period paper dolls and making art globes. In addition, The Capital Kwanzaa celebration will be held at the Empire State Plaza from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27.
The Saratoga Children’s Theatre will sponsor a Circus Camp from Dec 26-29 at St. Clements School in Saratoga Springs. Participants will be able to learn juggling, tumbling, stilt-walking, magic, acrobatics, clowning and more. Circus camp is taught by veteran Ringling Bros artist Sean Fagan. The fee is $225. For more information, call 580-1782 or register online at www.saratogachildrenstheatre.org/circus-camp-at-sct
For a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, Saratoga Springs is the destination for First Night and the village of Fort Plain is hosting Last Night.
First Night Saratoga kicks off at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 with music, art and family entertainment at locations throughout the city. For maps and other information go to www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight.
Last Night in Fort Plain starts at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. There’s a schedule on the village’s website at www.villageoffortplain.com.