Top 20 Places to Take Kids in New York's Capital District | Kids Out and About Albany

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Top 20 Places to Take Kids in New York's Capital District

Winners for 2015

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!

1. Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom

New York's most exciting theme park!


2. 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!


3. 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!


4. 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.


5. 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.


6. 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


7. 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.


8. CNY Storm/Pirate All-Star Cheerleading

Competitive All-Star Cheerleading and Dance teams as well as recreational tumbling for ALL ages and Abilities! Pirates offers a variety of classes including Mommy & Me, flexibility, technique, and conditioning and a FREE Special Needs cheerleading team!


9. Saratoga Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is dedicated to creating an interactive community that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery. The Museum is also committed to fostering active parent involvement in children’s learning, to serving as a resource for school districts in the area, and to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all children.


10. 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.


11. 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!


12. Landis Arboretum, Esperance

Large public garden overlooking the Schoharie Valley, developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials from around the world.


13.  Crossings Playground, Colonie

An extraordinary setting including a playground, walking and biking trails, a hedge maze, and pond, and ample facilities for picnics and parties, all in the heart of Colonie.


14. 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.


15. Children's Museum of Science & Technology (SUNY Poly CMOST), Troy  

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is the science center in the Tech Valley most designed for kids and parents to explore and discover science together. It includes exhibits, a planetarium, and a cafe as well as summer camps and events throughout the year. 


16. Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library is classified as a Special District Public Library and is located in Southern Saratoga County in upstate NY.


17. 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.


18. 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.


19. miSci

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.


20. Proctors Theatre

The Capital Region’s destination for BIG Broadway, cutting-edge film, exciting special events, and everything in between.


Winners in Special Categories

In the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.

Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum


New York State Museum


Favorite Nature Center

 Five Rivers Environmental Education Center


Favorite Performing Arts


Proctors Theater


Favorite Indoor Play Center


Flight Trampoline Park


Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)

Indian Ladder Farms


Favorite Place to have Fun Outdoors


Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom

Favorite Professional Sports Team


Tri-City Valleycats (baseball)


Favorite Arts Education Center


Drama Kids of the Capital Region


Favorite Sports Education Center



Cartwheels Gymnastics Center



Favorite Festival

Tulip Festival

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