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Cold or Snowy Outside? Check Out These 8 Fun Indoor Activities in the Albany Area

As great as it is to get out and play in the snow, sometimes we're just in the mood for a little warmth and indoor activities. To help you out, we've highlighted 8 excellent ideas for indoor winter fun that you can enjoy in and around Albany, NY.

Create Some Colorful Memories at Painting with a Twist

group of people holding up paintings in a paint and sip studio

Located in Latham, Painting with a Twist is one of the Capital Region's premier paint & sip studios where you and your group can paint a masterpiece over a glass of wine. The studio's public painting classes are all about having fun and discovering your creative side. No experience is needed, supplies are provided, and everyone is welcome to bring their own snacks and favorite beverage to enjoy during the class.

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Try Your Hand at a New Skill or Craft at The Arts Center

person taking a drawing class Note: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing regulations

Editor's Note (11/9/2020): The Arts Center is open and operating under the State of New York Low Risk Arts Guidelines. They are offering both in-person and online classes until further notice.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy is more than just an art gallery. All winter long they offer a wide variety of classes in the arts and beyond, with topics ranging from drawing, fiber arts, and stained glass, to culinary, dance, photography, and more. Learn figure drawing, master the art of salsa dancing, or try knitting for the first time.

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Experience the Thrills of Axe Throwing

group of people holding up axes in front of axe throwing targetsNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing regulations

Have you heard about axe throwing yet? It's one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, and here in the Albany area, you can go axe throwing at Generation Axe in Colonie or Far Shot Axe Throwing in Albany. It's the perfect activity for a date night, team building, or having fun with some friends indoors this winter. Please book your group's axe throwing session ahead of time to make sure Generation Axe and Far Shot can accommodate you.

Unleash Your Inner Monkey at Albany's Indoor Rockgym

rock climbing areaNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing regulations

Editor's Note (11/9/2020): Albany's Indoor Rockgym is open at a limited capacity, and all guests must make a reservation to climb. The caving system and its features are not open at this time.

Test your climbing skills at Albany's Indoor Rockgym, one of the premier rock climbing gyms in the Capital Region. The gym features a variety of climbing walls and structures, an indoor cave system, and even a 60-foot zipline. It's a fun and rewarding indoor activity for kids, teens, and adults (children under 10 years of age must be paired with a parent or adult).

Learn Something New at Museums & Cultural Sites

woman and kid looking at museum exhibitNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing regulations

Editor's Note (11/9/2020): Please note that some museums and cultural sites are still closed or only offering virtual programs until further notice. Check out individual museum websites for the latest details.

School kids everywhere pray for snow days during the winter months, but learning doesn't have to be boring or in a classroom. There are many local museums and cultural sites that offer chances for interactive learning for kids or adults.

Pamper Yourself With a Spa Day

women getting her hair cut

Have a spa day this winter and refresh and rejuvenate. Soothe that parched winter skin and trim dead ends off your mane at one of these spas and wellness providers in the Capital Region.

Sit Back, Relax & See a Movie

movie popcorn boxes

Editor's Note (11/13/2020): Please note that New York State movie theaters are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. However, the Regal Cinemas at Crossgates Mall and Colonie Center are currently closed until further notice.

Whether it's a dinner date or a night out with friends, going to the movies is a great option for indoor fun in Albany. There are awesome movie theaters conveniently located at both Crossgates Mall and Colonie Center.

Get Fit & Feel Good About Your Body

people lifting weightsNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing regulations

Editor's Note (11/9/2020): Please note that while fitness facilities may reopen, there are new social distancing regulations.

Now is the perfect time to tackle that New Year's resolution. Find a fitness activity at a local gym that you enjoy, and stick with it. There are many fitness facilities to choose from, whether you want to gain muscle or lose a few pounds.

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