Plenty for kids to do during break from school
CAPITAL REGION There’s no shortage of things to do in the Capital Region for kids home on winter break.
The New York State Museum in Albany kicked off its holiday week of activities Wednesday with a trip back in time to the New York Metropolis Hall and a demonstration on the science being developed at University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Today’s activities include a tour through an inflatable planetarium, a log cabin construction project and a talk about dolls from 150 years ago.
Activities continue through Sunday, with a talk about keeping your brain healthy and a film about landscape photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard. Additionally, the museum until February will have a moon rock on display from the Apollo 17 mission of 1972.
In Saratoga Springs, the Children’s Museum at Saratoga will be tailoring some of its activities during the holiday break for a slightly older crowd. Outreach educator Erica Catalano said the museum normally focuses on kids ages 2 to 7, but until the end of the break, it’s trying to also cater to older elementary schoolchildren.
On Wednesday, the museum had a special Winter Wonderland celebration that let kids tie-dye snowflakes and decorate and eat cookies. It will be closed today because of the weather but will reopen for the rest of the holiday break.
The museum, which requires an admission fee of $6 for non-members, will also be open Monday, prior to the First Night activities it is hosting. It is usually not open Mondays, but Catalano said it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., then reopen for people with First Night buttons at 6 p.m., when it will host two performers.
MiSci, formerly the Schenectady Museum, will also be open during the break with hands-on activities and planetarium shows. From noon to 3 p.m. during the break, miSci will offer educator-led activities in its Science Zone. Children will be challenged with questions and asked to predict results.
Today will offer a Floaters and Stinkers activity, while Friday will focus on Arrows Optical Illusion and Monday features a coin drop experiment.
Additionally, the museum will be hosting an interactive exploration of the anatomical and physiological features of the eye. This exhibit, Seeing, which comes from the San Francisco Exploratorium, will also explain how the eye and brain work as a team.