Top 20 Places to Take Kids in New York's Capital District
Winners for 2018
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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Capital District YMCA
One of the area's premier nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening the foundations of our community.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come to Landis Arboretum to enjoy our fields and forests, ponds and wildlife. Quest the Woodland Trail with a “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” sheet from the Welcome Center, or walk the Native Plant Trail using QR codes to access an audio tour. Hike the old growth forest Waterfall Trail. Hear great music in our Meeting House. Join us for our spring and fall Plant, Book, and Bake Sales. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the beautiful Schoharie Valley. We’re open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Your leashed pet is welcome to join you!
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!
New York State Museum
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.
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.
Indian Ladder Farms
We are a family owned farm committed to local agriculture and growing the best apples in the area!
Huck Finn's Playland
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.
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.
CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science & Technology)
The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is the Region’s only science center designed specifically for children. In pursuit of our mission, CMOST provides an engaging, child-directed learning environment which enables children to learn and grow through play.
A state of the art barrier free playground for children ages 5 through 12.
The Giggle Lounge
Kids can play, learn, jump, slide, climb, build, create and imagine in The Giggle Lounge's custom imaginative playground. Contains a café and features custom kids birthday parties + balloons, and more! Your little one’s imagination can run wild in a fun, safe, clean, climate-controlled 1500-square-foot indoor imaginative playground. Best for ages 8 and under.
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.
The ultimate indoor play park for heart-pumping, family-friendly fun!