Top 20 Places to Take Kids in New York's Capital District
Winners for 2016
The Capital District is rich in fun events and exciting places. It was hard for our readers to select their favorites from the hundreds of choices! The venues listed below are wildly popular with kids and families in the Capital Region But don’t miss out on ALL the other wonderful places as well! Browse through our site and discover lots more to do!
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FunPlex Fun Park
FunPlex Fun Park has fun for adventure-seekers of all ages: Miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts, bungee trampoline, bumper boats,spider mountain, rock wall, water wars, and more!
Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
New York's most exciting theme park!
Cartwheels Gymnastics Center
Cartwheels Gymnastics Center is committed to enhance the learning, personal growth, and self confidence of every child that walks through our doors. Our passion is to help children feel good about themselves while helping them to appreciate the importance of physical activity.
The New York State Museum, Albany
Widely regarded as THE family-friendly learning center in the Capital District -- not least because entrance to its exhibit halls and most of its family programming are FREE. History and Science blend here, with many permanent and traveling exhibits.
Flight Trampoline Park
Flight is the premier trampoline park in the Albany area! With over 15,000 square feet of trampolines, with launch decks, basketball hoops and airbags this is the perfect place for your next birthday party, group outing or fun day out!
The Music Studio, Albany
The leading music school in the Capital Region offers a full spectrum of after school, Saturday, and summer classes and camps for all ages. These small-group classes inspire a joy in making and understanding music. Sign up today for a more musical summer!
World Class Gymnastics, Latham and Clifton Park
These state-of the-art facilities & fantastic coaching staffs have produced state, regional, and national champions as well as progressively challenging instruction.
TreePaad Fun Center
Malta's premiere Family Fun and Entertainment Spot, featuring age appropriate games, rides, and prizes. Children of all ages, from toddlers to big kids, love Treepaad!
Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont
A pick-your-own fruit farm and market. Gift store, fresh bakery, luncheon cafe. They offer Baby Animal Days in the spring, summer day camps, and farm- and apple-themed field trips. A great place to connect with the land and simple pleasures that make memories.
Adirondack Animal Land, Gloversville
The largest zoo in upstate New York, Adirondack Animal Land has over five hundred animals, plus the only safari in the Northeast. Located just an hour to the northwest of Albany. Feed and pet a giraffe in their new Giraffe Feeding area.
Schenectady Jewish Community Center
For more than 90 years, the JCC has inspired people to live healthier, more active lives, motivated individuals to pursue & expand their interests, & worked with youth to develop skills & build self esteem. Regardless of your age, faith & background, you’re welcome here. So please stop by for a tour of the Schenectady JCC. We look forward to serving you.
Albany Jewish Community Center
Provides a nurturing environment where individuals and families can grow and develop in mind, body and spirit. We serve the spectrum of family life, from infants through seniors, through programs related to education, physical fitness, and communal life. Our core values are rooted in Jewish principles, and we welcome members of the community at large, regardless of their faith or background
Huck Finn's Playland (formerly Hoffman's)
The Capital District's premier authentic amusement park, located in Latham. After the Hoffmans announced their retirement in 2014, the park was saved from extinction and was purchased by Huck Finn's Warehouse, which relocated the facility to the intersection of I90 and Route 787. It re-opened in 2015.
Celebrating, exploring, & inspiring science and technology, past, present and future. Discover hands-on fun at miSci with interactive exhibits, including traveling exhibits from San Francisco's Exploratorium, a planetarium, and more.
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park
The center is open year round with family-friendly activities, exhibits, and programs. Come and visit our turtles, see honeybees at work, observe birds through binoculars, check out our fossils and explore our hands on activities. Walk to the lake and see the beaver lodge or stroll through the woods on our trails. Scenic Thacher Park has hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, and zip lines. When cabin fever strikes, take a snowshoe walk through our winter wonderland!
Capital District YMCA
One of the area's premier nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening the foundations of our community.
Ellms Family Farm
Plan a visit to Ellms Family Farm this Fall! Discover corn maze fun for young and old, pumpkin patches for pick-your-own-pumpkins, and old-fashioned activities for Fall family fun for Saratoga Springs, Albany, Clifton Park and Upstate NY! Wonderful outdoor fun and awesome apple cider donuts create memories and family traditions when you visit Ellms Family Farm.
Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center
Discover the amazing Albany Pine Bush! The Discovery Center transforms this globally unique destination into an exciting adventure through hands-on activities. Admission free (small program fees). Open daily.
My Local Library
Of course, the libraries in the Capital District are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course
6 Adult Courses (12+) offer more than 1.5 miles, 130+ obstacles and 2 giant zip lines. 4 Junior Adult Course (9-11), 1 children's course (ages 7+) and the Squirrels Den Playground make this adventure fun. OPEN THROUGH NOVEMBER. CALL FOR RESERVATIONS.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Nature CenterEmma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park
Favorite Performing ArtsProctors Theater
Favorite Indoor Play CenterFlight Trampoline Park
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Indian Ladder Farms
Favorite Place to have Fun OutdoorsGreat Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
Favorite Professional Sports TeamTri-City Valleycats (baseball)
Favorite Arts Education CenterThe Music Studio
Favorite Sports Education CenterCartwheels Gymnastics Center
Favorite Mini GolfFunplex Fun Park
Favorite FestivalTulip Festival