Top 20 Places to Take Kids in New York's Capital District
Winners for 2017
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!
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!
Capital District YMCA
One of the area's premier nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening the foundations of our community.
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.
The Music Studio, Albany
The leading music school in the Capital Region offers a full spectrum of after-school, Saturday, and summer classes. For more than 40 years The Music Studio has been nurturing young musicians, challenging them to achieve excellence, and supporting their musical growth in every way. If you are looking for a place to provide your child with a deep understanding and a lifelong love of music, you will find it at The Music Studio.
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 that includes a unique challenge course and awesome apple cider donuts will create memories and family traditions when you visit Ellms Family Farm. Birthday parties are available on the farm in the fall: book early to ensure a very special celebration.
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!
Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
New York's most exciting theme park!
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.
Experience the wonders of the ocean in your backyard! The Via Aquarium is the capital regions only full scale aquarium. Explore over 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasure as you and your family embark an exciting self-guided tour visiting over 2,000 creatures of the sea.
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.
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.
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!
Liberty Ridge Farm
Nestled on the banks of the Hoosic River in Schaghticoke, NY, Liberty Ridge Farm’s 100 acres offer joy and fun for the whole family. Discoveries include an 11 acre cornfield maze, pumpkin picking, pig racing, cider donuts, shows, and over 20 hands-on activities with plenty of space to accommodate families, friends and groups of any size.
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.
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.
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is a living museum comprising over 450 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands. Five Rivers offers people of all ages a rich variety of guided and self-guided tours. The interpretive programs and guided school lessons promote awareness, knowledge and appreciation of New York State's environment year 'round. With over 10 miles of trails for exploration, Five Rivers fosters discovery, spiritual refreshment and physical fitness through wholesome outdoor recreation.
A state of the art barrier free playground for children ages 5 through 12.
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga
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.
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
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 CenterAdirondack Animal Land
Favorite Performing ArtsProctors Theater
Favorite Indoor Play CenterTreepaad Fun Center
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 CenterCapital District YMCA
Favorite Mini GolfFunplex Fun Park