School Break Survival Guide {Saratoga}

survivalguide The holiday excitement is over but there is still plenty of school break to get through, but have no fear! Our area's original School Break Survival Guide is BACK and better than ever! Have an activity you'd like to see listed here? Send me an email at jenny (at) mamatoga dot com and I will add it to my list! For the full run down on local winter activities, visit the Saratoga Springs Winter Wonderland Guide here for info on ice skating, tubing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and more. Click here for a bunch of fun (and easy) activities to do at home during some down time. xoxo


December 29th

Head to the Winter Wonderland Celebration at the Children's Museum at Saratoga today from 10:30am to 12pm. $2/child, drop-in program. Ages 4+. Celebrate the coming of winter, and decorate cookies, sip hot chocolate, make tie-dye snowflakes and other fun wintry crafts!

The Puppet People Present A Christmas Carol at the Saratoga Springs Public Library today. A Charles Dickens holiday classic, this show features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, and a giant 9-foot parade puppet. This program is for ages five and older. Pick up free tickets at the library. Shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Zorbing?! Check out the newest spot in Saratoga for families at the Soul Center. Zorbing is a recreational activity that involves large "Zorbs' or Zorbing Balls.  There are several styles, each with their own unique traits. There are Hamster Balls which allow you to completely go inside and walk like a hamster on a wheel. There are Water Zorbs that allow you to get inside with your friends or family and walk on water and there are Body Zorbs. Body Zorbs allow you to wear the ball like a book bag and yet it completely covers every part of your body except your lower legs.  This allows you to run, play games, bouce off other players and have a truly amzing time. Find out how to check out this newest activity over break right here. Stay tuned for a full Mamatoga review as well...

Family Film: Frozen (Sing-Along Version) at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library is today from 1 to 2:45pm. For families with children ages 4 and up. Straight from theaters to your library- the Frozen movie- singalong version. Let your inner Elsa, Anna, Kristoff or Olaf out and SING! Rated PG; 102 minutes long. Popcorn and a beverage will be served. Call them at (518) 371-8622 for more info. Located at the Program Room A-B, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road Clifton Park. Admission is free.

Kids in the Kitchen: New Year’s Eve Snacks is at Healthy Living Market and Cafe from 12–2pm. Adults shouldn’t be the only ones eating delicious food on New Year’s Eve! In this fun and interactive class, kids will get into the New Year’s Eve spirit by making some kid-approved, super-tasty, holiday-friendly snacks like some festive popcorn, pizza bites (with or without pepperoni!), chocolate puff pastry twists, and a gooey, bubbly hot cheese and bacon dip!  This class is sure to get your kiddo ready to ring in the new year right alongside you!  This class is great for kids aged 6-12; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $25/child.

10:30am Birds of Winter Walk at the Saratoga Spa State Park Help search for signs of the birds that are brave enough to stick around for the New York winters and learn how they are able to survive until the spring. Open to all ages. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

3pm Hug A Tree and Survive! at the Saratoga Spa State Park The Hug a Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. This program is appropriate for children ages 6 to 12, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The program includes a video and demonstrations. Each child receives a survival pack with their own safety whistle. This program costs $5 per student. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.


December 30th

KEVA & LEGO Building at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library is today from 10-11:30am. Admission is free for this STOP-IN program for families with children in grades K-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Stop in during this open play session and build something as a family with the Library's KEVA planks and/or LEGO materials. Call them at 518-371-8622 for more info.

Have you heard about Flight Trampoline Park in Colonie? This cutting-edge entertainment, fitness and sports facility is unlike anything you have ever experienced. The first of its kind, they are the Ultimate Trampoline Park! Click here to buy tickets to jump!

10:30am Signs of Winter Scavenger Hunt at the Saratoga Spa State Park Join them for a winter story and help search for signs of winter. This program is recommended for children under the age of 5. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

3pm Where Do They Go In Winter? at the Saratoga Spa State Park Learn about the animals that live in Spa Park and how they survive the winter months! Participants will enjoy a fireside lesson before heading out to track our winter wildlife. Snowshoes will be available if there is snow. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Check out this Girls Design a Dress Event today at Miss Scarlett Boutique in Saratoga. Let your daughter be a fashion designer! The girls will be able to pick from over 50 fabrics and trims to create a dress that is their very own. The dresses will be custom made from their creation. The sizes available are 6m to 12yrs. Only $38 for a custom made dress. Plus the girls will enjoy Hot Chocolate and Cookies! (Come anytime between 1pm -3pm). Click here to register.

Food Art for Kids with ASD is today at Healthy Living Market Cafe from 11am–12pm. This is their first session of an exciting partnership between Healthy Living Market and Creative Kids Café that will provide some very special classes for some very special kids! Food art is an exciting way for kids on the autism spectrum to express their creative side through a multi-sensory classroom experience. This sensory-integrative class is designed to encourage kids to be curious about their food and they’ll explore with different scents, textures, and colors, through the various means of baking, painting, and decorating. Please note that they can accommodate any food sensitivities or allergies. This class is great for kids of all ages on the autism spectrum; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $15/child.

wedsDecember 31st

10:30am New Year’s Eve Hike at Saratoga Spa State Park Celebrate the last day of 2014 by spending an hour outdoors on a leisurely walk on nature trails. Open to all ages. This is a free program. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 150 to register.

New Years Party Fun at the Children's Museum at Saratoga today from 1:30-2pm! $2/child, preregistration required, appropriate for ages 4+. Ring in the New Year with fun and festive party hats and noisemakers that kids create themselves! Also today at the museum, for First Night Saratoga, the museum is open until 9pm, free for guests with First Night 2015 buttons. The museum is excited to host The Schuylerville Community Theater, who will celebrate the New Year GROOVY style! Programs begin on the hour at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The museum’s exhibits will NOT be open however. Call them at (518) 584-5540 to register and for more info.

Body Zorbing Party: NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH! at The Soul Arts Center tonight. They will be open from  9pm-12:30am. Players of all ages can attend and families are welcome to stay and ring in the new year together. Families also have the option of dropping all the kids off and going out and choosing your own adventure for the evening. They will be playing several games from Tag to Capture the Flag to Soccor, all while in a huge, safe 'Body Zorb' Ball. While you are not Zorbing, they will have air hockey, ping pong, X-Box Kinect and more. They will also have lots of great food, drinks and desserts to munch on throughout the night (all included in the price). Click here to learn more and to register online.

Please celebrate responsibly, click here to learn more about Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP’s Free Cab Ride Home program.

First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC. As one of the oldest and largest First Night celebrations in the country, the event is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region!  This year, Saratoga Arts brings over seventy regional and touring performing groups to over thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs for this evening of live music, dance, comedy and other performances.  Annually, over 10,000 people ring in the new year with Saratoga Arts and First Night Saratoga! Click here to learn all about it.


January 1st

11am First Day Hike at Saratoga Spa State Park Start off the New Year with a fun, family friendly hike into the Vale of Springs! Participants will get a unique glimpse of the mineral springs’ ice formations and a sneak peek of the new education center plans. Snowshoes will be available to rent and families with small children are encouraged to bring sleds for them to ride on. Please come dressed for cold weather, layers preferred. Hot food and beverages will be provided at the conclusion of the hike. This event is free. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.


January 2nd

Take the kids to the bookstore! Northshire Bookstore will be having a New Years Sale from Jan 2-4! 30% off ALL hardcovers and ALL sidelines. 50% off holiday merchandise. Don't miss it!

Design Matching Girls and Dolls Dress today at Miss Scarlett Boutique. Today the girls will be able to pick from over 50 fabrics and trims to create a dress that is their very own. They will create their own dress and a matching American Girl Doll Dress. The sizes available are 6m to 12yrs. (Come anytime between 5pm-7pm) Click here to register.

Our Wonderful World is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga from 2:30-3:30pm. This program is drop-in and free with admission, appropriate for 5+. Kids will “travel” the world to see how others live in different countries. Make crafts, try on traditional outfits and make music with some instruments you didn’t even know existed! This program is typically only offered to libraries and schools, don't miss it!

AM Preschool Chefs: Wholey Guacamole and Salsa is today at Healthy Living Market and Cafe from 10-11am. Not only is guacamole super-healthy and incredibly yummy, it’s fabulously easy to make!  So easy, in fact, your preschooler will become a master at making guacamole in this one class. Chef Shannon will show your kiddo how to scoop out the avocado and mash it into a beautiful dip. They’ll also practice hand-eye coordination with some knife skills (using a plastic knife, of course) when they make their very own salsa.  Not too hot, but perfect for dipping! This class is great for kids ages 3-5; all kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult admission free). $20/ child. Register here or give them a call at (518) 306 4900. They are also offering an afternoon class with this same theme from 1-2pm, click here to register for that one.

Busy Bees : Baby Toddler Open Playgroup is today at the Children's Museum at Saratoga today from 9:30-10:45am. Free with Museum admission, MUST be birth-24 months. This open play group is designed exclusively for our youngest visitors and their caregivers.