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9 Kid-Friendly Activities in Albany, NY and the Surrounding Region

Looking for fun activities to do with the kids in and around Albany, NY? There are so many great attractions, museums, and hotspots in the Capital Region that are fun for the whole family. Whether it's a rainy afternoon, summer vacation, or family night out, check out these kid-friendly venues your young ones will enjoy!

Discover Year-Round Activities for Children and Families

Go for a Climb at Albany's Indoor Rockgym

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Climbing is fun for all ages, but remember that children under 10 must be paired with a parent/adult. (Editor's Note 6/9/22 - Masks are required by unvaccinated guests.)

Located near Westgate Plaza in Albany, Albany's Indoor Rockgym features a variety of rock climbing walls and structures, an indoor caving system with a half-mile of tunnels, and a 60-foot zipline! Kids will love scaling the walls and exploring the hidden features of their indoor caves.

Skate Around at Rollarama in Schenectady

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Rollarama is a top spot for birthday parties in the Capital Region.

Treat your kids to a blast from the past! Rollarama Skating Center in Schenectady was established in 1957 and remains the go-to place in the Capital Region for indoor roller skating. There is no age restriction, so all are welcome to skate along to the music.

Unleash Your Creativity at The Arts Center of the Capital Region

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Check out The Arts Center's summer camps and find the perfect program.

Expose your kids to the arts! At The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, you can browse their rotating exhibits of fine art or make your own artwork by attending a class. Committed to engaging people in the creative experience, The Arts Center has youth art programs for your children to bring out their creative side as well as weekly events for the whole family. Check their events calendar to see which new exhibits and activities are coming up.

Create a Masterpiece at Canvas, Corks & Forks

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From sunflowers to sunsets, Canvas, Corks & Forks offers a variety of themed classes.

Kids can paint, sip, and eat too! (Well, maybe not the wine!) What makes this paint and sip studio in Schenectady stand out from the crowd is their mouthwatering, all-you-can-eat mac and cheese bar that is prepared fresh before each session. Canvas, Corks & Forks can host Kids Painting Parties with all supplies and goodies provided, and they also offer kid-friendly classes.

Check Out the Hands-On Learning Center at the New York State Museum

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The Discovery Place is a hub for curious young minds. (Editor's Note 6/9/22 - Masks are not required but are highly recommended for visitors and non-staff.)

Did you know? Tucked inside the massive New York State Museum is the Discovery Place, a learning center for the younger visitors, specifically designed for preschoolers to eighth graders. Although children of all ages can enjoy the entire museum, in this area just for them they can put together a giant puzzle of a mastodon skeleton, look at bugs through a microscope, examine fossils, build with blocks, and more.

Brush Up on History at the Underground Railroad Education Center

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Planning a visit to the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence? Guided tours must be reserved in advance. (Editor's Note 6/9/22 - Masks are now required for all visitors to the Myers Residence regardless of vaccination status. Masks are available at The Myers Residence.)

Take a step back in time and discover the often untold history of the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York. The Underground Railroad Education Center in Albany holds photographs, relics, books, and other artifacts dating back to the anti-slavery period to teach visitors of all ages about the fascinating history right in our backyard. Visit their website for information on tours of the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence and history programs.

Experience Seasonal Kid-Friendly Outdoor Activities

Voyage Along the Hudson With Dutch Apple Cruises

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Passengers can enjoy narration about Albany and the Hudson River during their sightseeing cruise.

All ages are welcome on sightseeing tours with Dutch Apple Cruises. Enjoy the sights of the Hudson River from "Albany's Riverboat" for 1 hour and 30 minutes as the ship makes its way to Castleton and back to Albany. Bring your binoculars and have your kids try to spot a bald eagle during the journey.

Find Affordable Family Activities at FunPlex Fun Park

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Your kids will have a blast racing at the Go-Kart Speedway.

Race to the finish on your go-kart, go rock climbing, play miniature golf, and enjoy more activities at FunPlex Fun Park in East Greenbush. This family-focused amusement park has an assortment of attractions that both parents and kids will enjoy. Typically open from April through October, visit FunPlex when the weather's nice for all-day fun.

Explore Snowy Woods at Lapland Lake's Cross-Country Ski Center

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Did you know Lapland Lake offers skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and even ice skating?

Cross-country ski and snowshoe season usually runs from November into April at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, which is tucked away in a unique snow basin in the heart of snow country. Plan a trip to their Cross-Country Ski Center in Northville this winter for a day of skiing or snowshoeing with the whole family. Rentals and day-use passes are available for kids and adults, and lodging guests at the property enjoy free use of the trails.

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