Family Event Listings and Other Fun Things To Do with Kids In The Capital Region

by Sandra Foyt on November 18, 2010

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Finding fun things to do with kids in Albany and beyond is easy, but it didn’t used to be that way.

Not that long ago, when we moved to the Capital Region with a toddler, the web wasn’t what it is now. Back then, the only listings of family events were those in the local newspapers, one or two circulars, and coffee shop billboards. Now I’m finding that there are so many great ways to keep up with local listings of things to do with kids, that it’s hard to keep track of it all. So here are my go to sources to find upcoming fun family events.

Family Event Listings

There are a number of websites that do an admirable job of  listing family events in the Capital Region, and many do so much more!

  • Albany Kids – Google calendar and maps list events and places.
  • Albany Mommy – Tips, hints, resources, events, deals, crafts, and giveaways.
  • Capital District Fun – Daily dose of perkiness, seasonal crafts, and weekly events listings.
  • Capital Region Parks Events – Database of events at local NYS parks.
  • Kids Out and About – Originally based in Rochester, Kids Out and About expanded into Albany not too long ago. Already, it has a great easy to navigate calendar and list format, giveaways, and helpful roundups. It also has the popular and fun-to-read, Katie Beltrano of Capital District Fun, at the helm as the local editor.
  • Mamatoga – Events, calendar, reviews, giveaways, online market, and more written by two Saratoga Springs moms.
  • Saratoga Mama – The fabulous Colleen Pierre, aka Malta Mama, recently took over Saratoga Mama. Now it not only has all the great listings all over Saratoga County that you’ve come to expect, but it’s got a great new feature – the ability to add your events.
  • The Children’s Guide – Activities, events, and family resource guide.
  • TU Family Fun – See the week’s events sorted by location.
  • What about today? – Capital District Fun lists all the regularly scheduled events, includes many library activities.

Who am I missing? There are a couple of Capital Region blogs, namely Steve Barnes’ Table Hopping and All Over Albany, that occasionally mention family events, but those events are typically also posted on one or more of the above sites.

| Sandra Foyt inspires lifelong-learners to travel the world. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast NY with two teens, an outdoorsy husband, and a well-indulged Chocolate Lab. Sandra contributes to Being Latino, and her portfolio appears at www.SandraFoyt.com. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Colleen Pierre November 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Thanks for mentioning MaltaMama here! I’m happy to be included among all the other awesome mom bloggers! Love your site by the way.
~Colleen

Sandra Foyt November 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Thank you, I love your site too! It’s very exciting to be able to connect virtually with all these amazing local moms.

Kelly December 1, 2010 at 2:07 am

I didn’t know about Capital Region Parks Events! Nice info.

Colleen Pierre October 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Thank you for including MM as well as SaratogaMama here! A great list. So many helpful resources in this area.
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Jenny Witte October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

You’re missing Mamatoga! It’s the best website for the Saratoga Springs area for Moms and kids, it has restaurant reviews, shop and product reviews, contests and giveaways, an online marketplace where moms can sell or swap kids and mom items, “Sittertoga” where you can find a local babysitter, a book club and tons of other features that you can only find there! Plus they are having a kid friendly “Momster Bash and Benefit” on October 29th at Irish Times in Saratoga where all the proceeds go to the Franklin Community Center and the Children’s Museum at Saratoga. They post new content every day, including a calendar and a really fun blog. It’s written by two local moms and is growing by the day! http://www.mamatoga.com

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