Top 5 Day Trips to beat
Cabin Fever Kids Games &
Virtual Show and Tell
Summer Camp Guide 10 Spots for Spring Fun
Welcome to our
Owner/Publisher Chad Beatty Editor-in-Chief Colleen Pierre General Manager Robin Mitchell Creative Director Richard Hale
As the dreary winter fades, we say hello to slushy spring days and stretches of rain sprinkled with sunshine. We bid farewell to fond winter memories- a baby’s first Christmas, a cozy family dinner, the always amazing Saratoga Chowderfest, and a fun-filled February break. Despite many happy winter memories, I think most of us are more than ready to trade parkas for pedicures! And as I look forward to a new season, I’m so excited to introduce the very first edition of SaratogaMama Magazine! For those of you who aren’t familiar with SaratogaMama, let me tell you a little about us. We’re an online resource for families living in Saratoga County. We seek to educate, entertain, inform and connect local families to the people and resources they need. SaratogaMama.com will continue to be an ever-growing online resource but I’m excited to get back to basics and put some great information for parents like you in print. My hope is that you’ll love and use the tips, recipes, crafts and advice you find in the following pages and that you will keep up with us online too! 4 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
With the concept of cabin fever on our mind, and our own kids chomping at the bit, our spring issue was a blast to put together! We took a fun field trip, learned about some fabulous day trips, had a girlfriends crafternoon, got advice on fashion, marriage, kids’ health, green living and home décor, and tried some yummy to-go snacks. The pages of this magazine are filled with voices. Our contributors each bring something unique and different and I know that I personally have learned from them and think you will too. We had a lot of fun putting together this first edition of SaratogaMama Magazine and can’t wait to do it all again.
Happy Reading & HappySpring! Colleen
Colleen Pierre, Editor-in-Chief
Reading with your kids? Don’t miss our cool kids’ section and Virtual Show and Tell! Do you have a fashion, marriage, or kids’ health question you’d like to ask one of our experts? Send them to email@example.com!
Advertising Dianna Firth, Chris Bushee Jim Daley, Cindy Durfey Graphic Design Jessica Kane Eric Havens Editors Jennifer Bloomingdale Andrew Marshall Photographers Mark Bolles Angela Thomas Printing DigitalX-Press Published by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper Five Case Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 tel: (518) 581-2480 fax: (518) 581-2487 SaratogaTODAYNewspaper.com SaratogaMama is brought to you by Saratoga TODAY Newspaper, Saratoga Publishing, LLC. Saratoga Publishing shall make every effort to avoid errors and omissions but disclaims any responsibility should they occur. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written consent of the publisher. Copyright (c) 2013, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper
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Table of Contents
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What We’re Loving Now Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo Spring Design Five Day Trips to Beat Cabin Fever Spring Top Ten Summer Camp Guide Kid-Friendly Cooking Spring Cleaning for Home & Body Ask The Experts
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We’d like to extend a special THANK
YOU to Randall Perry Photography for
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Construction and to G. Willikers for providing all the items on our cover.
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Crafternoon Virtual Field Trip Kid’s Games Virtual Show and Tell One Last Story Events Calendar
Our SaratogaMama Contributors...
Sheree is a loving wife and busy mom to three amazing and energetic kids. She is a work-at-home mom, nurse, blogger and speaker who loves all things related to health. When she’s not traveling or blogging, this self-proclaimed foodie is always plotting her next 30 minute meal to cook and post on her blog, Smart & Sassy Mom. www. smartandsassymom.com saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Jenna Burger is a local Interior Designer, Home Decor Blogger, bargain hunter, and avid DIYer. She shares daily inspiration on her Design Blog, SASinteriors.net, and strives to inspire through do-ityourself projects and simpleto-implement decorating tips. She delivers smart, stylish, and sophisticated design solutions.
Dr. Philip Drum
Dr. Drum specializes in the treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and also works with couples. Dr. Drum resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife Joette together they have five children, all now adults, and three beautiful grandchildren.
Jodie Fitz is the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club and currently travels in a six state region cooking with children to encourage taste testing fun through a handson cooking experience. She is a wife, mother of three and currently authors several monthly columns. You can always find what she’s up to in her kitchen at www. jodiefitz.com. SaratogaMama | Spring 2013 | 7
Sandra Foyt writes about enriching family travel on Albany Kid. Based in Northeast NY, she stars in her own version of “Where’s Waldo?” on road trips across the US and return engagements to the Virgin Islands.
Beth Payer blogs at Olliebop. com, a go-to resource for busy families with tweens and teens. Beth speaks from experience, as Mom to 12-year-old daughter Ella, and 14-year-old son, Hudson. Beth’s philosophy on blogging and parenting rapidly-growing kids is to keep an eye out for the good, amidst the challenges that accompany this fleeting time in life.
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Ilissa has been a life-long Capital District resident. In 2010, after being a nanny and babysitter for over 10 years, she decided to start a business, Binx. Binx brings the parents of the Capital Region the awesome baby products and baby planning services that can’t be found locally. Ilissa is an expert on all things baby. Her husband and her are expecting their first child in the early Fall.
A classic fashionista, Nichole Kristen Rigolosi has been styling and consulting friends and family for the past couple of decades. With a background in sales & marketing as well as certifications in Image Consulting, Fashion Styling & Color Analysis, Nichole is well qualified to help you capture your own personal style and make you look and feel beautiful!
Shelley Justa, MD Julie Nolan Dr. Justa has special interest in women’s and adolescent health. She specializes in Family Medicine, and cares for patients of all ages, including pediatrics and adults.
Kate Towne Sherwin
Kate Towne Sherwin grew up in Saratoga Springs and is so grateful to be able to raise her children here. She and her husband have five boys (ages 1 to 8), and when they’re playing/reading/ sleeping she writes, so she’ll always remember these precious days.
Julie Nolan is a happily married mother of three young girls; Celia, Madelyn and Mae. Julie is currently a preschool teacher and swim coach for the Saratoga Regional YMCA and head coach for the swim team at Maple Avenue Middle School.
Angela Thomas is an Integrative Nurse Coach and a board certified Holistic Nurse. She specializes in health and wellness promotion and has a special interest in stress management and chronic illness. Angela is a mother of five as well as a grandmother of two adorable infants.
Ayshea Wild was born and raised in England. She moved to Portland, Oregon, where she studied Fine Art and English Literature, and taught college composition. She has lived in the Saratoga area since 2011, with her husband and two boys ages 4 and 7. She is a Kilpatrick Family Farm CSA member and a proud supporter of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market.
Jennifer lives in Schuylerville with her husband and her one-year-old son. She is a former teacher currently a stay at home mom and managing editor at SaratogaMama.
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Dianna Firth, Colleen Pierre & Jennifer Bloomingdale
We are ‘mamas on the go’ so we need great products that multitask just like we do. Water that also gives a caffeine boost, skincare products that are safe and effective, planners that are fun, functional and durable enough to go anywhere, and a night out that will not only give you quality time with friends but a crafty, personalized gift you’ll be excited about.
Every Mama Mio product is free of all the nasty stuff like parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, but packed with the good stuff like antioxidants, omegas, vitamins and aloe vera. The line includes everything from facial cleansers and eye serums to stretch mark oil, and cellulite cream; Mama Mio offers safe, effective skincare that’s perfect for all mamas. Stop in to Bella Rouge in Clifton Park Center and learn more about this fabulous line.
We’re What Loving Now SaratogaMama PICKS
Erin Condren Life Planner + Le Pen marker tip pens The planner that pretty much trumps all others is the Erin Condren Life Planner, available at ErinCondren.com. This planner makes getting organized fun with inspirational quotes throughout, bright colors to greet you on every page, and fun stickers to help you mark special occasions or even entertain your child in a pinch. The ultimate mom planner needs the best pens, and PaperDolls of Saratoga carries the fabulous Le Pen fine-tip pens in a rainbow of colors. With kids, life is always colorful, your planner should be too! 10 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
Paint your own Wine Glasses The newest obsession at Saratoga Paint and Sip is painted wine glasses. Grab some girlfriends and make a night of it. For $40 you get two glasses and all the supplies and instructions to create personalized hand-painted wine glasses for yourself or to give. Check their calendar for dates. We’ll let you know when we’re going and you can come along!
Acure Organics Element Caffeinated Water
Before snack, after changing a diaper, cleaning up finger paint, as moms we are constantly washing our hands. Jennifer Zhao owner of Organiworks sold us on this ultrahydrating body lotion from Acure Organics. Packed with awesome ingredients, this lotion smells like a sweet dream and is a steal at just $10. Pick up yours at Organiworks located online, or inside the Artique Co-op in Clifton Park or Colonie Center.
Element Caffeinated Water is purified water with no sugar or calories. With about as much caffeine as a small cup of coffee and the added benefits of theanine which is said to enhance focus, Element tastes just like water, but does a whole lot more. Perfect for busy moms!
Robyn Originals We are loving the Baby Birdy Intense Healing Body Butter. Talk about multitasking...you can rest easy when you use it on your little one’s eczema, cradle cap or dry skin because it’s natural and organic. But why stop there? It doubles as a cuticle cream, moisturizer and healing salve for mamas too. Plus, you can feel great about supporting a local business because it’s made right here by a super cool mom.
Photos courtesy of MarkBolles.com others provided
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Easy to Install Car Seats The Clek Foonf ($449-499, ClekInc.com) has a Rigid-LATCH system for when it’s forward facing, making install a breeze! The Mesa infant seat from UPPA ($279, UppaBaby.com) makes its debut this spring! With a tightness indicator and selfretracting LATCH connectors, it’s a game changer in the car seat market.
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As a baby planner and expecting mama I am constantly surrounded by all things baby. Today’s parents are always looking for ways to simplify their hectic lives. On my website, and in my store, we are always reviewing & sharing the hottest products on the baby & toddler market, check out BinxBaby.com for more info. Photos courtesy of MarkBolles.com
Safe, All Natural Baby Products Tons of mainstream baby products have chemicals in them. Which is why I’m a huge fan of Olive Naturally. It’s a local, mom-owned, natural body products company. One of my favorite products from them is the CLEAN foaming hair and body wash from their Olive My Baby line ($12.95, OliveNaturally.com).
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Insurance Covering Breast Pumps & Rentals Insurance companies are now required to cover the purchase of a breast pump or the rental of one. My preferred pump is the Hygeia Enjoye ($339.99, HygeiaInc.com), and because milk doesn’t circulate into the pump, there are no mold issues.
Healthy Toddler Foods The website Weelicious. com is fantastic, as is Catherine McCord’s new cookbook! Tons of tasty & easy to make healthy foods. Cookbook, Weelicious. com, $27.50 Lunchbox by Planet Box, PlanetBox. com $39.95
Gender Reveal Parties I love the idea of having a little party to reveal the gender of your baby! I also love that two local businesses have joined forces to make it a little more fun. Get your ultrasound done at Baby Bumps in Saratoga and they will secretly tell Bettie’s Cakes what you’re having! A cake will be baked with either pink or blue inside! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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Ana’s favorite Vanilla-scented nails
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With three busy kids in the house, “balance” is always a necessity. We work hard, but we also play hard. Our fun-loving five-year-old loves the “playing” part better. Take a peek at what she’s loving right now. Also, check out my balancing skills on my blog, Smart & Sassy Mom.
It’s no surprise that these yummy smelling accessories are a favorite from Claire’s. These vanilla scented nails are just the right size for her tiny little fingers and easy enough for her to apply all by herself - with no mess!
We’re What Loving Now SHEREE’S PICKS
Photos courtesy of MarkBolles.com
iPad mini There’s not much this amazing tablet doesn’t do! Available at Best Buy and other stores, the iPad mini is the perfect companion for doctor’s visits, rainy days and improving her math skills!
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Scratch & Sketch Check out these trendy little art and activity books, that we picked up from Ta-da! at Clifton Park Center. Without using paint colors, markers, or ink, our budding fashionista loves how these Scratch & Sketch books reveal amazing twirly patterns and holographic colors!
Dr. Seuss books These classic books are staples in our home. We were delighted to know that she enjoys reading Dr. Seuss on her own. What’s even more adorable is that she’s now reading them to her little sis!
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Alex and Ani Bracelets
Beth Payer In our tween-aged and teenaged household, we’re loving things that make life more colorful and upbeat, as well as more convenient. These years with older kids can be both fun and challenging, so why not surround ourselves with good stuff to help enjoy the ride? My blog, Olliebop.com, has become known for sharing seasonal shopping guides and clever picks for busy families.
I tend to be one to resist a fad, but when I stepped into Alex and Ani (327 Broadway), I was instantly a fan. Currently the hot gift for tween and teen girls, as well as women everywhere, Alex and Ani’s ecofriendly jewelry offers positive messages and an abundance of choices. The best part about Alex and Ani is that each bracelet has meaning, and together they tell a person’s own special story.
We’re What Loving Now BETH’S PICKS
Ticket Stub Diary Our kids have been saving ticket stubs from movies, plays, and concerts for years. They all go into the Ticket Stub Diary from UncommonGoods.com, and a fun family outing is easily captured. From Wicked, to The Hunger Games, to the Major League Baseball ... it’s all in there.
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The Big Jambox by Jawbone We have found so many uses for our Jambox. One minute it’s cranking tunes from the Pandora station on my phone through a Bluetooth connection, and the next it’s a speakerphone. Or, it might be hard-wired to the laptop to amplify a YouTube video, or taken outside for a party. Whatever we’re doing, the Big Jambox is always easy to use and sounds fantastic.
Hello Wooden Sign I’m a devoted fan of Etsy and hand crafted goods, in general. Our latest find -- which our 12 year old daughter has hanging over her bed -- is this yellow “hello” from the shop, Oh Dier, on Etsy. com. This, and other funky signs may be custom ordered in a wide range of colors. If you’re looking to brighten a room and a mood, look no further than this happy hello!
Dublin Dog No-Stink Collar
Thayers Witch Hazel For the active skin of tweens, teens, or adults, Thayers Witch Hazel comes to the rescue at the end of a busy day. When a full facial cleansing system is simply not in the cards, Thayers and a cotton pad gently removes grime and gets everyone to bed quickly. Our favorite scents are Peach, Lemon, and Rose, all of which are available at Four Seasons Natural Foods (33 Phila Street). saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Pure Illumination Natural Hydrating Lip Therapy Not only does this lip gloss hydrate with natural lanolin, but the packaging is genius. The wand has a built in LED light, and the container has a handy mirror on the side. Useful, with a touch of glamour and recommended by the friendly staff at For Earth’s Sake (120 West Avenue).
The day we discovered this rubber collar at Dawgdom (441A Broadway), our lives as dog owners became easier. Our yellow lab, Ollie, is notorious for rolling in things that he shouldn’t, and the ease of rinsing and drying this collar is life-enhancing. In addition to the practical nature of the no-stink collar, Dublin Dog’s playful designs are sure to suit any dog’s unique stye.
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Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo The second annual Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo will take place on Saturday, April 6th 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is the only event of its kind in the Capital Region; bringing together a wealth of local services, information, and products especially for parentsto-be and families with young children. The event is free, familyfriendly and will be held on the Saratoga Independent School’s scenic campus, located at 459 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The event sponsors are SaratogaMama (Colleen Pierre co-chairs the expo with Paula Tancredi Penman), the private Pre-K to 6th grade Saratoga Independent School and local humanitarian charity To Love a Child.
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To Love a Child will be accepting new or gently used donations to supply a new daycare program in Haiti. The following items will be accepted at the expo: Soft baby carriers, small tables and chairs, sleeping mats, toddler ride-on toys and educational toys such as wooden blocks. During the event, To Love a Child will be holding a bake sale and accepting monetary donations to support this great cause. Get a family portrait at iSmile’s pop-up photography studio, sample locally-made, organic body care products from Robyn Originals, discover new mom fitness classes from Baby Boot Camp, and shop from a variety of other vendors like Barefoot Books, Your Toy Portrait, The
Bundle Store, Sonrise Diapers and many more. The expo features free educational presentations scheduled throughout the day and a free Car Seat Inspection Station courtesy of the Wilton EMS. The Safe Child ID Card Program will be producing SAFE CHILD cards for parents and guardians of children who are one year of age and older from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m John Lefner, Saratoga Independent School’s director of operations said: “We look forward to welcoming Saratogaarea families back this year for this one-stop shopping event and showcasing the local services and products they need.”
FIVE Ideas to Infuse Color into Your Home for Spring By Jenna Burger Photos by MarkBolles.com
Jenna Burger is a local Interior Designer, Home Decor Blogger, bargain hunter, and avid DIYer. She shares daily inspiration on her Design Blog, SASinteriors. net, and strives to inspire through do-it-yourself projects and simpleto-implement decorating tips. She delivers smart, stylish, and sophisticated design solutions and is continually on the search for the next best thing to transform into a high-end look, but for mere pennies.
As spring approaches, it’s time to pack away the heavy throws and dark, rich colored textiles and move towards a direction of lighter textures and vibrant hues. One easy and inexpensive way to transition into the warmer months is to replace or add new pillows. This simple switch-out can change the overall aesthetic and feel of a room in minutes. Switch the velvets & tweeds for cottons & linens
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Succulents are a favorite of mine!
2. Plants, Fresh Flowers, & Succulents Spring is all about new growth. To introduce the start of the new season (and to rid the winter blues), bring the outdoors in by incorporating fresh flowers, succulents, and/or simple greenery. If your garden hasn’t blossomed yet, check out the local farmers market or grocery store for some seasonal favorites. Being surrounded by nature will absolutely bring a smile to your face.
3. Embellish Take something you already own (and are tired or bored of) and embellish it. It can be anything from adding a new fabric on an old chair, to spray painting a picture a new vibrant color. That something old will look new again in no time and for very little cost.
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Giving new life to a simple lamp! A typical lamp can quickly and easily be transformed with a $4 can of spray paint. I spray painted the base a lighter hue with gold accents, then added 2 rows of ribbon in differing colors and widths on the shade. With a few inexpensive embellishments this lamp was completely transformed in one afternoon. See more details at SASinteriors.net saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Real Moms Weigh In... If you could introduce one bold color into your home, what color would it be?
4. Shop Your Home
Shopping my home is at the top of my list of favorite things to do when I’m on a $0 budget. What is involved in shopping your home? Looking around your house for ’things’ that you’re tired of and then moving those ‘things’ someplace else. Whether a pillow, vase, clock, or picture, changing the setting brings new life into anything you already own. And if you’re still bored of it – Embellish!
I’d like to introduce a green color into our home to get some of the outside in. Jignasha Shah
If I could introduce one bold color into my home, that color would be Fuchsia Pink! Yonka Beckem
5. Accessories and Accents
I’m always on the hunt (for a bargain of course)! No matter the time of year, my eyes are always peeled looking for unique seasonal decorating ideas. When shopping for home items for spring, search and choose pieces that are timeless and meaningful. Introduce items into your home that reflect you and your style. Whether it’s a bold yellow side table, a new light, or a fun pillow, let the layers of accents in your home reflect YOU. That will surely make you blossom! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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Day Trips to Beat
Desperately in need of a getaway but short on time and cash?
Cabin Fever By Sandra Foyt, Photos provided
These day trip itineraries – all within 2.5 hours from Saratoga – are just what the doctor ordered.
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1. LAKE PLACID, NY Discover the Adirondacks, one of America’s original vacation destinations, on a day trip to Lake Placid, NY.
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nature in all seasons. Indoors, kids can touch a “glacier,” identify birdcalls, handle curiosities in the Naturalists Cabinet, or laugh out loud at the antics of otters. The Wild Center is 40-minutes from Lake Placid, but oh, what a scenic drive! Use your odometer to follow along on the Lake Placid to Tupper Lake Tour (available at wildcenter.org). Make a day of it with a circular loop from Saratoga to the Wild Center (2 hours, 50 minutes) the Wild Center to Lake Placid (40 minutes,) and Lake Placid to Saratoga (1 hour, 45 minutes). Tip - Check ahead for scheduled otter feedings at The Wild Center, you don’t want to miss this highlight!
Strolling Main Street Look out on stunning Mirror Lake as you stroll Lake Placid’s Main Street in search of nostalgic toy stores, antique shops, or sweet treats from the candy factory at Adirondack Chocolates. 61 Main Street Lake Placid, NY 12946 800-232-4626 adirondackchocolates.com
Dining Waterside Café Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a waterside setting make the convenient café at The Wild Center a welcome stop for lunchtime sandwiches or snacks anytime.
45 Museum Drive Tupper Lake, NY 12986 (518) 359-7800 wildcenter.org saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Dancing Bears Restaurant A cornerstone of Lake Placid’s Main Street, double-story picture windows ensure that every table looks out on a jaw-dropping view of the Adirondack Mountains. Stay for the casual, family-friendly atmosphere, generous portions, and delicious all-American fare.
historic landmark resort since 1869. Tip – $17 Day Pass rate is waived for Day Meal guests, call (845) 256-2056, as advance reservations are required. Lake Mohonk, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 256-2775 mohonk.com
2. NEW PALTZ, NY
Picturesque Hudson Valley offers a bounty of recreational activities year round; explore seasonal outings on a day trip to New Paltz, NY.
Protecting the Shawangunk Ridge, the Mohonk Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in New York. Begin your day at the Visitor Center where you can get expert advice on what to do while children are entertained at indoor exhibits. Engaging activities include live animals, interactive computers, and a Kid’s Discovery Corner. Outdoors, short, self-guided trails around the Visitor Center are designed to give a quick and easy introduction to the ridge. Gardiner, NY 12525 (845) 255-0919 The Visitor Center is open year-round, free-of-charge, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Tip – Visitor Center trails are free to the public, day fees apply on preserve lands beyond.
Ice Skating at Mohonk House Glide across the ice on Mohonk House’s 9,375-square-foot refrigerated ice rink, surrounded by evergreen trees and a massive 39-foot-tall stone fireplace. A day pass is an affordable way to experience Mohonk House, a national
The Berkshires are known for a rich tradition of arts and culture amidst its beautiful mountains. Sample this cultural heritage in Pittsfield, MA.
Berkshire Museum Make the connection between art, history, and natural science at the Berkshire Museum. The midsize museum offers something for everyone with an eclectic selection of exhibits ranging from ancient artifacts, fossils and dino digs, displays of native wildlife, a wide assortment of aquariums, independent film screenings, and art ranging from the in-house collection of Hudson River paintings to visiting contemporary pieces.
2384 Saranac Ave Lake Placid, NY 12946 (518) 523-3619 highpeaksresort.com
3. PITTSFIELD, MA
Dining Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant Serving classic German food since 1955, family-owned Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant goes all out to stay in character – from an extensive selection of German beers to Dirndlclad waitresses. It’s kid-friendly, and even the children’s menu rises above the usual fare. 3123 U.S. 44 Gardiner, NY 12525 (845) 255-9766 mountainbrauhaus.com
The Gilded Otter Fun for the adults with its onsite brewery, games on big screens, and weekend bands, but welcoming to kids too. Standard American menu offers several tried-and-true favorites; best bet for kids is the brewpub’s own root beer. 3 Main St New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 256-1700 gildedotter.com
Photo provided by Berkshire Museum
Tip – Look for Wally, the 26-foot long, 1,200-pound Stegosaurus so named for the dinosaur’s walnut-sized brain. Standing guard outside the museum since 1997, the fiberglass creature is always a hit with the peanut gallery. 39 South St Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 443-7171 berkshiremuseum.org
Candlepin Bowling at Imperial Bowl A twist on the usual game of bowling, candlepin bowling – a sport that began in Worcester, Massachusetts more than 100 years ago - features smaller balls and narrower pins, which makes the pins harder to SaratogaMama | Spring 2013 | 23
Real Moms Weigh In... How do you keep your kids entertained during long car rids? Movies, songs and we play I Spy. Lots of music!
Kristen Casey We use car only toys and books, Magnadoodle, Disney CD’s and Gel Clings.
Elizabeth’s Restaurant A Pittsfield institution, family-style Elizabeth’s Restaurant serves decadently rich pastas and legendary salads. Watch the owners at work preparing the day’s menu in the downstairs’ open kitchen, or settle down in homey comfort on the upstairs floor. But don’t forget to bring cash or check as they don’t take credit cards.
4. STURBRIDGE, MA
Step back in time for a glimpse of historic America, and experience what life was like in 19th century New England.
On long car rides we listen to the “Peekaboo, I See You” cd from Kindermusik, over and over again. Jenny Baisley
DINING Teo’s Hot Dogs Nothing fancy, super cheap mini-hot dogs are a regional specialty. Two grilled 4-inch franks served with your choice of everything – meat sauce, mustard, and onions – on a soft bun, and a root beer makes for a classic combination. Teo’s Hot Dogs 1410 East St Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 447-9592 24 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
Break up the road trip with a short stop to scamper on and around fanciful sculptures depicting beloved characters such as Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, The Grinch, and The Lorax. Less than 10 minutes off Interstate 90, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden commemorates the birthplace of popular children’s book author, Theodor Seuss Geisel 21 Edwards Street Springfield, Massachusetts catinthehat.org
Old Sturbridge Village offers several eateries with a variety of dining options. Bullard Tavern at Village center provides cafeteria-style dining, while the Village Café carries coffee, baked goods, and lighter fare. Special occasion dining such as Sunday brunch is found at the Oliver Wight Tavern. And plenty of picnic tables are also available for those willing to pack a meal.
knock down. Although lighter balls are easier for kids to handle. Imperial Bowl, Inc 555 Dalton Avenue Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 443-4453 bowlimperial.com
Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Old Sturbridge Village Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, with so much to see and do that it’s hard to fit it all into one day. Over 40 antique buildings including shops, homes, water-powered mills, and a working farm bring to life the rural New England of 1790-1840. Some of the must-see areas are the craft shops, such as the tin shop and blacksmith, where costumed “villagers” demonstrate ancient arts. But you will also want to check the day’s schedule for additional special workshops and demonstrations. Tip- Strollers are available to rent, but with no paved walkways, baby carriers may be preferable. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd Sturbridge, MA 01566 (800) 733-1830 osv.org
Publick House – Historic Tap Room or Ebenezer’s Tavern Yankee hospitality, colonial ambiance, and traditional New England cuisine are sufficient to recommend at least a pit stop at the Publick House. Sit down for a full course meal in the Historic Tap Room, sample the lighter fare menu in Ebenezer’s
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Tavern, or grab a pie, pecan sweet rolls, or a snack for the road at the Bake Shoppe. 277 Main St Sturbridge, MA 01566 (508) 347-3313 publickhouse.com
5. BURLINGTON, VT
Burlington is for dreamers, the young at heart, and the kids who accompany them.
Vermont Teddy Bear Company A very popular tourist attraction in summer, Vermont Teddy Bear factory tours operate year round. Although there is no production on weekends, the 30 minute tour is a fun way to learn what goes in to making plush friends. And while the tour is free, you may be tempted to “make a friend for life” – available for a fee, of course. 6655 Shelburne Road Shelburne, VT. 05482 (802) 985-3001 /(800)829-BEAR vermontteddybear.com
Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour
Penny Cluse Café (breakfast & lunch) Before gorging on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, fill up with the relatively more healthful breakfast or lunch fare at Penny Cluse Café. The freshest ingredients and interesting combinations may explain the restaurant’s popularity, but outstanding Gingerbread Pancakes are a surefire bet. 169 Cherry St Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 651-8834 pennycluse.com
American Flatbread Burlington Hearth Satisfy the family with kid-approved pizza-like wood-fired flatbreads, while savoring “creative farm-to-table toppings” and hand-crafted beer. Go early to avoid long lines at this popular Burlington eatery! 115 St Paul St Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 861-2999 americanflatbread.com Like a mini vacation, a day trip getaway will soon have you shaking the winter blues, and embracing all that the Northeast has to offer.
Find out what goes into the making of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream on a 30 minute tour of the original factory headquarters. The tour is short and sweet, and ends with a taste sample (often of flavors not yet available nationwide.) In the summer, top off the tour Photo by Gordon Miller with outdoor activities, including a visit to the Flavor Graveyard. In winter months, snowshoe tours are available every hour, on the hour. 1281 Waterbury Stowe Rd Waterbury, VT (866) 258-6877, benjerry.co
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Spring has Sprung! Top 10 Family Fun Outdoor Activities By Julie Nolan, Photos provided
1. Letterboxing through Saratoga PLAN
As upstate New Yorkers, we are not afraid of the winter. We bundle up, FARGO-style, and head out to take our children sledding, skating, skiing or snowshoeing. We laugh at a few inches of snow as we drive around in our family sized vehicles, complete with snow tires. We scoff at single digit temperatures as we finally throw on our hats, scarves and gloves. But as we are all aware, the winter can stretch just a tad too long in the North Country. So by the end of March, when the thermometer reaches 50 degrees for at least two days straight, we are ready to strip off our layers, pack away the parkas, and spend some comfortable quality time in the fresh warm air. I have compiled a list of my Top 10 Outdoor Activities to do as a family, while enjoying the blossoming buds and cheerful chirps of those cowardly birds returning from the south.
The origin of letterboxing can be traced back to 1854 England, when a well-known Dartmoor guide named James Perott placed a bottle for visiting cards at Cranmere Pool. Hikers that found this bottle began to leave letters and postcards addressed either to themselves or friends and relatives. The next hiker to come along and find the bottle would collect the cards and post them. This is the simple, primitive version of geocaching. Saratoga PLAN has developed its own spin on the ancient hobby by placing boxes on eleven of its properties or trails. You can find directions to each site, along with clues to find each box on their website at saratogaplan.org/Letterboxing.htm. Inside each box is a notebook and a stamp, where you can leave a message for fellow hikers and stamp your own passport book. This is a great way to introduce your child to hiking and beginner orienteering.
2. Hiking the Fire Mountain Trails There are a number of trails in the Adirondack Park that have fire towers atop the mountains. It is a wonderful sight and an interesting bit of history. People used to climb to the top of these mountains, and then to the top of the tower each day to get a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding forests, mountains, lakes and valleys. All of this was done to protect the beautiful park from devastating fires. Many of these trails are in Saratoga County and are an easy introduction to hiking for young children. For example, Hadley Mountain overlooking the Great Sacandaga Lake to the south, is a wide 2.6 mile round trip hike, with an elevation gain of about 1500 26 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
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feet; perfect for youngsters and beginners. There is also Spruce Mountain, with access in South Corinth, that is a 1.2 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. If you fall in love with these hikes and want more, there is a complete list of Fire Tower trails at cnyhiking.com/ FireTowerChallenge.htm, including a challenge to climb all of the 22 mountains.
3. Shenantaha Creek Park This park located off Eastline Road in Malta holds an array of activities for all ages. Take a beautiful bike ride along the Zim Smith Trail, then relax while your children play on the playground. The Zim Smith Trail is a perfectly paved path, beginning at Shenantaha Park, stretching six miles south into the town of Mechanicville along the old D&H Railroad bed. The Saratoga County Heritage Trail Committee is working to develop this trail throughout the county, connecting it with Saratoga State Park, and eventually Railroad Run. It is a perfect path for jogging, cycling or walking your dog. Many of the spots along the way are great for bird watching, so you could turn your excursion into a nature scavenger hunt, using Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds - Eastern and Central. See how many of the birds your children can identify, while you enjoy the peaceful surroundings. I have also heard that there are three geocaches in the park, so if you’re interested, grab your GPS and get out there!
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4. Saratoga Battlefield
This is a great place to go with the kiddos. The Visitor’s Center has wonderful kid-friendly displays that kept our children occupied while we bought our tickets. They were able to try on Revolutionary uniforms and really enjoyed pressing the buttons on the large interactive battle map. You can drive through the battlefield, or if you are up for the challenge, this is definitely a worthwhile 10-mile cycling expedition. There are plenty of opportunities to rest, picnic and take in the amazing vistas. The park usually opens to the public in late March and the cost is $5 per car, $3 per cyclist, or a $10 seasonal pass. Visit nps.gov/sara for more information.
5. Ausable Chasm
Only a short drive from Saratoga, Ausable Chasm is a worthy trip with a number of activities ranging in difficulty for the whole family. They have walking tours, rafting, tubing, mountain biking, lantern tours, a repelling adventure tour, cave and waterfall tours and the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. You could spend multiple days there, or pick one or two attractions and make it a day trip. Our family chose to do the Rim Walk Trail, and the whitewater rafting, which was more of a gentle “float” along the river. This was a perfect introduction to rafting for my children. They weren’t afraid and would definitely go again. We went at the end of the summer, when the water is much lower, so if you plan to go in the spring, make sure you call first and ask about the water level. For more information, visit ausablechasm.com.
There are plenty of places to take the children fishing in the Saratoga area. Saratoga Spa State Park usually has their fish release the first or second weekend in April. This is a free event with music, environmental displays, demonstrations and the chance to dip your bucket in Geyser Creek and release some of the fish. Saratogamama. com will have more information about the exact release date and times as we near April. There is also Camp Saratoga Delegan Pond, which is a fishing spot reserved for those under the age of 16 between April 1st and July 1st. They allow an adult to assist and supervise, but this is a great opportunity to introduce casting and reeling to your child, without the fear of disturbing more experienced fishing enthusiasts. For information on Delegan pond, visit townofwilton.com.
7. Congress Park
Don’t feel like traveling too far? Stay local and spend a day in Congress Park. Take a walking tour to explore and learn about the different sculptures, including the Spirit of Life statue, also referred to as the Katrina Trask statue, the Veterans Memorial, and the Renaissance Garden including Saratoga’s favorite “spit and spat” fountain. The park also features the historic carousel, which opens for the weekends in May. The Saratoga Springs Visitor’s Center can provide you with self-guided tours of the park, and other areas of our historic town. On a beautiful day, throw down a blanket and watch the mama ducks leading their babies around the park, into the creek. There are also three springs located in Congress Park. Plan to visit each one and do a taste test of the refreshing natural spring water. If it happens to be a bit chillier, find a reprieve inside the Saratoga History Museum in Canfield Casino. Only $5 for adults and free for children under 12, the museum tells the story of Saratoga Springs from the beginning to modern day. 28 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
8. Court Sports
There are plenty of free tennis courts in and around Saratoga, such as the Spa State Park (near Catherine’s in the Park), Gavin Park and East Side Rec. Or how about trying out the fast-growing phenomenon of Pickleball? Back in 1965, Congressman Joel Pritchard and friends tried to come up with a game that would allow all members of his family to play. The only problem was their dog, Pickles, who kept picking up the balls and running into the bushes. They would have to call out, “Pickles, bring the ball!” It is essentially like tennis with a few adjustments. A smaller court size (just the doubles squares,) a paddleball racket and a whiffle ball, makes this game appropriate for every age and level. Gavin Park, East Side Rec and even Saratoga Springs Rec have pickleball pick-up games (usually for about $3 per player) on different days of the week, usually in the mornings. Check out townofwilton.com or search capital district pickleball for sites all over the area.
9. Whitewater Rafting
Ever have the urge to try Whitewater rafting but fear that it might be just a bit too exciting? Fear not, because Beaverbrook Outfitters offers a two-hour 3 ½ mile stretch along Grade II/III Sacandaga River. With a minimum age of just five, almost everyone can enjoy this beautiful and exciting ride. When you’re ready to step it up, they also have some of the best full-day white water rafting in the Hudson River Gorge, the pinnacle of Eastern Whitewater. Some other great options are tubing, canoeing and kayaking, but they have a higher age limit since you are mostly riding solo. The trips begin the first weekend in April, when a combination of the melting snow and spring rain really fills up the rivers. For more information, visit their website at beaverbrook.net.
10. Pick a Playground
Sometimes as parents, we really just want to relax, while our kids burn off as much energy as they possibly can. There are so many great playgrounds around, try and test them all to see which one becomes you and your child’s favorite. There is East Side Rec, West Side Rec, Geyser Road, Rowland Ave. Park, Gavin Park, Shenantaha Creek Park - whew! There is one more I want to mention - located in Ballston Spa, the Kids’ Creekside Village in Kelley Park is an amazing playground complete with castles, a tire swing, slides, sand toys and more. Visit fansofballstonspa.org for more information.
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Skidmore College offers a variety of programs for children of all ages during the summer months. Camp Northwoods, Skidmore’s day camp for children entering grades 1–6, offers an exciting program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play. Our goal is to provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. The camp’s home base is Falstaff’s Pavilion on the Skidmore College campus, but campers frequent the Williamson Sports Center, Schick Art Gallery, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and Zankel Music Center. The daily enrichment activities led by the qualified staff are supplemented by weekly field trips to recreational and historical sites, and
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visits by special guests. Children will also enjoy arts and crafts, ceramics, games, hiking, and daily swim time. One and two-week sessions are available from June 24–August 9. Skidmore College also offers a wide array of Sports Camps from June through August for children of all ages. Choose from baseball, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. Children learn the concept of teamwork while acquiring the necessary skills for his or her sport of choice. Adults, novice or experienced, can participate in a rowing program offered throughout the spring, summer and fall at the Boat House located on beautiful Fish Creek. All other programs are held on the Skidmore Campus at the Sports and Recreation Center and/or the adjacent fields. For more information, or to register online visit www. skidmore.edu/summer or call the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at (518) 580-5596.
Wilton Recreation offers a full-day summer camp program for children entering grades one through 9. With available pre-camp and post-camp care, working parents can ensure their children are having fun in a safe environment before and after the camp’s regular hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents who register their children for before and/or after camp care can drop off their registered campers after 8 a.m. and can pick them up until 5:30 p.m. Busing is available for Wilton residents who register for regular camp hours. This camp offers a full schedule of daily onsite activities, themed events, and exciting trips for those campers registered for off-site adventures.Daily onsite activities include arts and crafts, sports, playground fun, and other organized group games. This year’s scheduled field trips include: Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, Saratoga County Fair, bowling, white water rafting, and at least two swimming days per week at nearby pools and beaches. The 2013 Summer Camp opens on June 25 and runs until August 9. Registration begins March 11 at Gavin Park, 10 Lewis Drive, Saratoga Springs, New York, and closes June 12. As there are only 300 spaces available, be sure to mark your calendar! Camp registration forms are available at www.townofwilton.com/gavin-park/ or can be picked up at the park office, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any questions, please call (518) 584-9455.
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Saratoga Independent School Anticipation for summer camp at Saratoga Independent School is heating up! Conveniently located on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Independent School is situated on 60 beautiful acres including sports fields, wooded trails, gardens, playgrounds, and a 12,000 square foot modern school building, built in 2004.
program day, and extended day coverage is available. Each week will feature a different exciting theme and the daily activities will include community and character building components. Join us this summer at Saratoga Independent School! For more information, please visit www.siskids.org
Registration for summer programs will begin on Monday, February 25. This summer we will be offering our weekly half day program to children aged 4–6 and full day program for kids aged 7–12! Our highly skilled and experienced team is ready to provide an unforgettable experience for your child. In the half day program, kids will enjoy weekly themed activities centered on the environment, games, science and art. This program is geared for our youngest campers and is led by caring and talented adults who are a part of our school faculty. Wrap-around care and extended day programs will be offered daily. In the full day program, kids will take part in a diverse program featuring sports, arts, nature, music and drama. Enrichment classes will also be available during the
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Camp Chingachgook The Capital District YMCA Provides Safe, Affordable Summer Camp for Your Child!
FREE TOURS! Visit www.CDYMCA.org today for our tour schedule, or call 456.3634.
DAY CAMP FUN! From Albany to Greene County, all Capital District YMCA branches offer fun summer camp options. Children 3 to 16 will find something fun to do, from swimming lessons to play time in the GaGa pit! Best of all, YMCA programs focus on fun activities that build your child’s confidence and self-esteem, while teaching your child the value of teamwork and playing well with others. You child will love spending time with old friends and making new friends!
OUR PREMIER OVERNIGHT CAMP Camp Chingachgook on Lake George offers a oneof-a-kind overnight camp experience for your child. Located on the shores of Lake George in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Camp Chingachgook’s dedicated, top-notch staff and modern yet rustic facilities offer outdoor experiences to last a lifetime.
NEW FOR 2013 • Online registration! Visit www.CDYMCA.org today. • Sibling discounts! • Free before and after-camp care. • Membership is not required. All are welcome!
Your child will love our day camp (for kids 5–10), overnight camp (for kids 7–15), our variety of adventure trip programs (for kids 11 and older), and our Counselorin-Training (CIT) program (for 16 year olds). FREE TOURS! Visit www.LakeGeorgeCamp.org today for our 2013 tour schedule.
Call today for details. (518) 869.3500. Visit us online at www.CDYMCA.org. OUR PREMIER DAY CAMP Located just off Route 155 in Guilderland, YMCA Adventure Camp (formerly Camp Nassau) is our premier regional day camp, with an out-door pool, a pond with paddle boats, a zip line, a rock wall, a covered pavilion, and much more! We have convenient bus routes ready to pick up and drop off your child.
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North Country Horses Gansevoort, New York
Horses, Horses, Horses! That’s what you get at North Country Horses Summer Horsemanship Camp. North Country Horses offers a full day summer camp program for children and young adults 6–16 years of age. Pre and post camp care is available for working parents to ensure that children are in a safe and fun filled environment before and/or after the camp’s regular 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours. The focus is on horses from the first feeding in the morning until it’s time to go home in the afternoon. Campers will enjoy riding time, in both group and individual lessons. They are introduced to all aspects of horse care and handling, and will participate in many other horse related activities and crafts. North County Horse Campers need to be prepared to have fun!
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Our 2013 camp dates are the weeks of July 8–12, July 15–19, July 22–26, July 29–August 2, August 5–9, August 12–16 and August 19–23. Sign up early! Spots are limited and filling quickly. More information is available by emailing NorthCountryHorse@Yahoo.com or calling/texting North Country Horses at (518) 441-5959.
Cutting Edge Martial Arts and The Soul Center Cutting Edge Martial Art’s A+ AfterSchool and Summer Camp Program is a year-round child care solution that provides a positive, structured environment for children after school and during the day in the summer. During the school year, we pick children up directly from the local elementary and middle schools with our 30 passenger bus and 15 passenger van. We provide an hour lesson each day that starts with our “Mat Chat,” a ten minute character education lesson, followed by a full 50 minute martial arts class. Once our warm-ups and stretching are completed, we split our class into 2 rooms, based on age and rank, so that students get a more individualized lesson. Once class ends at 5 p.m., parents have a 30-40 minute window to pick up their children while children have the opportunity after class to get their homework started. During the summer, children get all the benefits of our A+ Program, but on a grander scale. We offer eight weeks of full day camps (As well as Winter and Spring Break) and have no minimum or maximum number of days per week or number of weeks that a student can attend. Each week of camp, we have a curriculum of character education lessons, fun games, a Recreation Room with Ping Pong, Fooseball, Air Hockey and more and a one hour martial arts class 4 days a week. We watch a movie in the afternoons twice a week with our high def. projector, have a video game/recreation morning on Fridays and take all our campers on an educational outing on Wednesdays to local museums and a fun and exciting outing every Friday. We also try to find time every couple of weeks to go swimming at the State Park.
have fun learning skills that can be used every day of their lives, and we try to provide memories that will last a lifetime. For many, our summer camps are a wonderful introduction to the martial arts. One of our goals from our inception was to create a center for the development of the mind, body and spirit. Our goals have become a reality in 2013 with the start of The Soul Center: A Center for Fitness, Wellness, Sports and Arts under one roof!!! The Soul Center is now home not only to Cutting Edge Martial Arts, but also Slugger’s Den, an indoor baseball training facility, and CAMP: The Capital Area Music Project, a music studio for group music lessons. We will be offering Piano, Voice, Guitar and Percussion to start. For the first time, campers can opt to add baseball and/or music lessons to their camps this summer!!! For more information visit www.SaratogaMartial Arts.com and www.SoulCenterSaratoga.com or call (518) 587-5501.
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Saratoga Children’s Theatre For kids who have a passion for performing arts, Saratoga Children’s Theatre summer camp is a dream come true. Saratoga Children’s Theatre offers performance camps for ages 4–18 years. At Saratoga Children’s Theatre we hire dedicated professionals that will enhance your child’s awareness for the arts while enjoying a great summer camp experience. Our NEW RISING STARS camp will be for the 4–6 year old children. These stars-to-be will learn to explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement, and arts and crafts. Both fun and educational, we have created our Rising Stars program to provide a warm and nurturing environment, giving campers the opportunity to gain a wonderful introduction to the theatrical arts. Camps are one week 9am-12noon Directed by Kristyn Knapp Rising Stars FEE $120 SCT KIDS Program (7–11 years) will perform Annie KIDS, Aristocats KIDS, Year with Frog and Toad KIDS and Aladdin KIDS Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to
perform in two shows at the end of open to the public. Campers will perform stage at Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-3pm, this is a one week program. KIDS program Directors will be Karey Trimmings and Joel Shapiro. KIDS FEE Prior to March 1 $225, After March 1 $250 SCT JUNIOR program (9-13years) will perform Alice in Wonderland Jr. Directed by Michael Lotano, Dear Edwina Jr. Directed by Erika Hebert, and Honk Jr. Directed by June Coryer. Campers will perform stage at Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-3pm, this is a two week program packed with fun and excitement! JUNIOR FEE Prior to March 1 $450, After March 1 $475 SCT TEEN TROUPE (12–18 years) will be performing at Bernhard Theater, Skidmore College. The TEEN TROUPE will perform 4 shows of Legally Blonde and 4 shows of The Wedding Singer, both shows will be Directed by Michael Lotano, Music Directed by Matt Duclos and Choreographed by Sarah Sutliff. The TEEN TROUPE camps are three weeks, 9am–3pm TEEN TROUP FEE Prior to March 1 $695, After March 1 $745 SCT IDOL CAMP (11–18 years) One week of intense performance experience!! Work on your singing and dancing and get valuable feedback from professional staff and special guests. Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Country, and Classical—all are welcome styles at this camp! Camp day is 9am–3pm, Directed by Michael Lotano IDOL FEE $225 For more information, visit www.saratogachildrens theatre.org or call (518) 580-1782.
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The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Gifted and Talented Resource Center has been offering Gifted and Enrichment programs for over 30 years. This summer we will be offering three camping options. Our Culinary Arts Camp, in its 6th year, offers students the opportunity to become Young Chefs and will learn professional cooking techniques and kitchen management. Among the items prepared, will be traditional homemade specialties, as well as international favorites. The course will also focus on sanitation, basic cooking methods, and having fun with food. We also support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day that came to Saratoga in the summer of 2012. The Culinary Camp is open to students in grades 3–12, with a special week dedicated to students in grades 9–12. The camp is hosted at the F. Donald Myers Education Centers Professional Culinary kitchens. Our Project Chinese Summer Immersion Camps are part of the Language and Cultural Research Center, which focuses on initiatives that increase the language proficiency, language diversity, and cultural awareness of the students in our component districts. Combining the fun of summer camp and enrichment of language immersion, this component is the culmination of the year’s activities. This unique opportunity is offered in Saratoga Springs for three weeks in July. (New students interested in joining Project Chinese are also invited to explore Chinese language and culture via a summer camp experience.) The camp is offered at two locations, The F. Donald Myers Center and the Ballston Spa High School.
Engineering, and Mathematics. In an effort to help build the regional talent pipeline and increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for students without breaking the bank, districts are utilizing the BOCES STEM Academy to build capacity and develop innovative, project-based STEM courses. This is a hands-on camp that offers a project-based learning activity to fully engage students in STEM programs. Course offerings range from Amazing Robotics, Wildlife Wonders, and Mad Science of the Capital District to Chemistry for Kids. The camp will be offered at two locations F. Donald Myers Center and Maple Avenue Middle School. Check our website for complete details and participating schools. For further details please contact: Kim Wegner, Instructional Support Services: Curriculum & Differentiated Instruction at (518) 581-3580 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website: www.wswheboces.org/summercamp
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Photo by Jodie Fitz
Cooking with Jodie Fitz
Here are a couple easy recipes that are perfect in the kitchen and on the go!
Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies This is a great recipe to ‘make and take’ that is ideal for mornings on the run.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
¾ teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup honey
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cinnamon applesauce
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt
1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
2 Tablespoons light olive oil
1 large apple*
1 ¼ cup flour, all-purpose 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
Whether you are heading out for a day trip, to meet up with playgroup friends, or simply running an errand, snacks are typically part of the process. There are fantastic ‘grab and go’ options that you can make ahead of time and a long list of items you can select from the store shelves. If your kids are like mine, offering variety and trying new things has always been part of the process as we keep our palates growing and expanding!
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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash, peel and core the apple. Chop the apple into fine pieces in either a mini chopper or food processor. Whip the egg by hand. Stir in the honey, applesauce, yogurt, olive oil and vanilla extract together. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir the ingredients together well. Pour in the oats and cut apples; stir thoroughly until the oats and apples are evenly distributed. Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, create 12 -18 large cookies on two non-stick baking sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes; until the bottoms are slightly browned. Let cool, store in a storage container and serve for breakfast. This recipe makes 12 - 18 cookies; depending on the size of the scoop used. Breakfast Suggestions: Serve with yogurt or a glass of milk and fruit. Apples: You can use your favorite type of apple in this recipe. I typically make mine with a golden delicious or gala; two of my personal favorites. Flour: Try using half whole wheat and half all purpose.
Trail Mix Treat Making your own trail mix can provide a little no-bake kitchen fun while encouraging children to take healthy bites while snacking on the go.
Melt the ¼ cup dark chocolate morsels for 1 minute in a glass bowl in the microwave. The morsels will not look fully melted until you stir them together.
3 cups of popped popcorn (lightly salted, but no butter)
Drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn and stir until it is fully covered. Add in the nuts and cherries and toss the ingredients together. Or, better yet, put it into a container with a snap shut top and let the kids shake it up. Place the container in the refrigerator and let the chocolate set until you are ready to serve.
1 cup peanuts 1 cup dried cherries ¼ cup dark chocolate morsels
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Spring Cleaning for Home & Body By Angela Thomas, Photos Provided
When it comes to toxins and our health, it is important to think “inside the box.” Think of your home as a closed box filled with the air that you breathe. Toxins from building materials, plastics, cleaning and beauty products can get trapped here. Years ago, an Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) study showed that the highest concentrations of chemical air pollutants were inside our own homes. There are thousands of chemicals floating around in our modern society and although we may not be able to avoid them entirely, there are many simple ways to reduce the levels of exposure and even limit their effects on our bodies.
1. Fresh Air
and Garden in Saratoga Springs explains more:
Skip the air fresheners, as they are the most common cause of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the home. Karen Totino from Green Conscience Home
“VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds which ‘off gases’ at room temperature. Off gassing takes place in almost every item in your house; anything from degreasers, disinfectants, pesticides, glues, paints, cosmetics, air fresheners, carpeting, pressed-wood furniture, vinyl floors, bedding and so much more,” Totino said.
Open your window - even a window opened for a short time on a warm winter day will help detox your home. This is especially important if you have new paint or carpet.
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Green Conscience offers a variety of non-toxic and eco-friendly home improvement products including “green” items designed specifically for your baby’s nursery. Do you dry clean clothing frequently? A common household toxin is perchlorethylene (PERC) and it’s found in conventional dry cleaning. Thankfully, in our area, Cudney’s Cleaners offers Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning. If you
don’t use the cleaners too often, hang your newly cleaned clothing outdoors for a few minutes to air out before putting them in your closet. Buy a plant or even better, buy a few! NASA studies prove that plants can clear toxic chemicals from the air. The top five recommended plants were: Mass cane, Pot mum, Gerber daisy, Striped dracaena and Ficus plants. There are also many high quality air purification systems on the market ranging from table top models to whole house filtration systems.
2. Glass versus plastic
An important question to ask yourself is “How often do I drink from plastic bottles?” If the answer is everyday, you may want to switch to glass or stainless steel. Many plastic bottles still contain BPA or bisphenol A, a chemical that, according to the EPA, was shown in animal studies to be a reproductive, developmental and systemic toxin. Using the 90/10 rule works well here. When traveling, use convenient plastic, but for daily use, use glass, ceramic or stainless steel. Lifefactory makes a great glass bottle that has a protective silicone sleeve. This same rule applies to food storage. For daily use: glass, ceramic or stainless steel containers are best, especially for wet food items.
3. Soap & Water
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may contain triclosan, which may have endocrine disrupting properties. More studies are needed to prove its safety, but until then plain old soap is still your best bet.
4. Eat your veggies
The Dirty Dozen This lists along with “The Clean Fifteen” can be downloaded at www.ewg.org.
Your mom was right! Increasing your consumption of vegetables (especially those in the Brassica and Allium family) helps your liver remove toxins from your body. The Brassicas include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower to name a few. The Alliums include garlic, onion and shallots.
Apples Celery Sweet bell peppers Peaches Strawberries Blueberries (domestic)
Nectarines Grapes Spinach Lettuce Cucumber Potato Kale Green beans
5. Think organic Try and make some of those vegetable choices organic. Modern farming practices often include the use of pesticides and herbicides. The amount varies depending on the produce. You can limit your consumption of heavily contaminated crops by using Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) handy “Dirty Dozen” list, which now also includes kale and green beans as number 13 & 14.
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Real Moms Weigh In... What are some of your favorite “green” products? I’ve found that baking soda does just a ton of things! I also use a lot of Seventh Generation cleaning products.
Spa, Four Seasons Natural Foods, Healthy Living Market and For Earth’s Sake in Saratoga and Bella Rouge and Organiworks in Clifton Park all carry safe skin and body care lines.
Becky Patnode I’m the head of the Green Team at Caroline Street Elementary School. We collect used sneakers for the organization GreenSneakers who re-soles and reuses them.
8. Clean up your cleaning products
Keep your spring cleaning “green” by purchasing nonsolvent cleaning products. Seventh Generation, Dr. Bronner’s and Ecover are a few of the popular brands available locally. Two of my household cleaning staples are plain old white vinegar for windows and floors and baking soda for sinks and hard to clean pots and pans. EWG has a handy (and downloadable) “Guide to Healthy Cleaning” available on their website to help you choose the best product for your home.
9. Just Breathe
My favorite green product is the 7th Generation Baby Body Wash and Shampoo.
Each day our lungs filter out many toxins from our environment. Deep breathing fully oxygenates our bodies, helping it work more efficiently. It also helps reduce the biggest toxin of our time - stress.
6. Think of the skin you’re in
Our skin is our biggest organ. Many products enter our bodies through the skin. This is especially important because based on a study by the Environmental Working Group, the average adult woman uses 12 body care products each day. Become a label reader and find out what is actually in these products. Some ingredients to avoid are: DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl urea, Imidazolidinyl urea, Ceteareth, Polyethylene glycol, and PEG. An easier solution is to simply choose organic products that are safe and health promoting. Places like Sanctuary 42 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
7. Break a sweat
Toxins residing in the body can be moved through the skin and out of the body by producing sweat. Exercise is a great way to do this, not to mention all the other benefits of regular activity. Just by working up a sweat for 20 minutes, three times a week will be beneficial. Another way to sweat is to spend time in a sauna. Infrared is best and will help you not only sweat out toxins but increase circulation and reduce stress levels. Locally, Sanctuary Spa offers 30 minute sessions for $30. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Top Picks For Spring Sleep Like A Tiger by Mary Logue illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski ages 2-5 $16.99. This beautifully illustrated volume recently won a Caldecot Honor medal and thoroughly deserves it. This gently rendered bedtime tale is poetic and luminous and deserves a place of honor among the most famous of bedtime stories.
Lucky Ducklings - A True Rescue Story by Eva Moore illustrated by Nancy Carpenter ages 3-5 $16.99 is a charming tale depicting an incident that took place in Montauk, Long Island. Mama duck and her brood are strolling through town when a mishap occurs. The resourceful villagers band together for a welcome rescue. With appealing language this is a lovely read aloud for young children.
The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ages 8-12 $16.99. This wonderfully poignant story just won the Newbury Medal for excellence in childrens fiction. Based on the true story of Ivan, a gorilla housed in a strip mall for the world to see. Its simplicity and spare narrative belies the power of this heartwarming, life-affirming story told Ivan’s unforgettable first person narration.
Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed illustrated by Barbara McClintock ages 6-11 $16.99 is a small volume of twenty vignettes on the glory of the varying degrees of ice through the year. A literary landscape of ice and the love ice skating.
A Flower in the Snow by Tracey Corderoy and Sophie Allsopp ages 3-5 $16.99 “Luna and Bear belonged together like peanut butter and jelly! And eveything they did, they did together...”. And so begins this sweetly told best friend story. The gentle and snowy landscape is the perfect backdrop for this tale of unwavering friendship.
The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard, Illustrated by Eric Carle, ages 4-6, $17.99. Originally published in 1988 this newly reissued tale is a delight! With his signature collages Eric Carle captures perfectly this wise and witty story that celebrates the beauty and joy to be found in nature and the underlying wisdom of true friendship.
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Ask a Dad
with Dr. Philip Drum
I often feel like my husband and I are just surviving this period in our lives. Is this ok or should we be working harder to keep the spark alive?
Keeping the spark alive in your marriage is hard work. What makes it so difficult are all the other things that you have to do - work, child care, housework, etc. Making time for each other - for connecting, communication, intimacy - often comes second after your responsibilities and maybe third, after collapsing with exhaustion from all that those responsibilities demand. It can feel like you are both treading water - like survival mode. Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with survival - consider the alternative! - Yet the need and the challenge is to find time - to make time - for each other. So how can you do that? You and your husband might agree to give it some thought, and to
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brainstorm Dr. Philip Drum has practiced as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for over 30 years. He is affiliated with Saratoga Psychological Associates, and has offices in Latham and Saratoga Springs. brainstorm concrete and practical answers to that question - then pick a few to try out. Maybe turn the TV or computers or smartphones off for at least 15 minutes after the last child is in bed, to sit and talk and connect. Maybe set a goal of getting a babysitter and going out together at least once a month. When you find something that works, do not be discouraged if you find it hard to keep making it happen - getting off track is to be expected with all that there is to distract you. But don’t give up - keep going back to what has worked, and looking for new things to help you both keep that spark alive.
...leave each other notes, or text each other during the day to show you’re thinking of each other! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
My girlfriends (who all have kids too) are planning a girls-only weekend getaway. I really want to go, but my husband is against it. I’m trying to be understanding, but it seems almost unreasonable that he won’t let me go! He says it’s not a trust issue, but rather he feels that vacations should be a family affair. What should I do?
Is it really that bad to bring cell phones and laptops to bed? I love playing Words with Friends and he checks his fantasy baseball stats. What’s wrong with that? From Dana in Clifton Park Dear Dana, Marriage, among other things, is a balancing act - balancing the needs of your children, of your relationship and of yourselves. There is nothing inherently wrong with looking at cell phones or laptops when you both finally saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
With everything you need to think of as parents for the care of your children, and as partners for the care of your marriage, there is also a need for time for yourselves, perhaps to pursue a hobby, or stay in touch with friends. Getting a break in the form of a weekend with friends may seem like a luxury, but when it can happen, it may be what you both need, once in a while at least, to recharge your batteries for both parenting and your marriage. The getaway weekend is something you want, and your husband does not - he is entitled to his feelings about it, though I have to say, it would be unreasonable if he were to somehow not “let” you go. You and your husband need to work this out together, in a way you can both accept.
get in bed and have a chance to relax and “zone out” for a bit. You both may need that time for yourselves. Just make sure that is not all you ever do after the kids are finally tucked away - and not all you do in bed! You also need time for each other - time for connection, communication and intimacy.
If the getaway is important to you, and uncomfortable or objectionable to him, what may be needed is a chance to share what you are each thinking, without argument, defensiveness, or interruption - take turns and try to listen to each other. Then take time to think of what can work for both of you - what can help you to enjoy the weekend and him to feel better about it. Maybe he can use some suggestions about how to keep the kids and himself calm and relatively sane over a weekend of solo parenting; maybe he would like you both to plan a family vacation, as something you can both look forward to; maybe your husband needs some time for himself also, which you can agree to support him in doing; or maybe you can agree to give each other one “free” weekend a year. The most important thing, whatever you work out, is to try in good faith to accommodate as much as you can of what you both need - and not make it a power struggle.
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Ask a Doc
with Dr. Justa
what age do temper tantrums generally subside? Any tricks on how to best handle tantrums when they occur? From Kyla in Malta
Dear Kyla, Tantrums occur most commonly in children ages 2-3, and tend to subside as children develop improved language and communication skills and begin to learn limits, around age 3 ½4. They also tend to occur more often when young children are tired and/or hungry and are less able to contain their frustration. The best way parents can handle tantrums is to not engage the behavior, to stay as calm as 46 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
possible and NOT to give in to whatever it is the child is having a tantrum about. If the tantrum occurs in a public place; pick up your child firmly and remove him or her from the place. You would not be the first harried mother to abandon a shopping cart in Price Chopper. If the tantrum occurs at home, make sure your child is safe and proceed about your business; staying calm and in control. If a child throws an object; do not give it back. Once the tantrum settles down the child will usually respond to being held, but while a tantrum is full blown; trying to hold or restrain the child may make it worse. Try to avoid putting young children in stressful situations (i.e. where they have to remain still or quiet or resist tempting toys or snacks) when they are tired and/or hungry or when you are tired or hungry, for that matter! Help children learn words to describe their feelings, or practice silly, mad, sad, etc. faces. As always, do not yell or physically strike your child, and constantly praise desirable behaviors!
Dr. Shelley Justa specializes in Family Medicine, and cares for patients of all ages, including pediatrics and adults. She is affiliated with Clifton Park Family Medicine of Community Care Physicians.
My in-laws always reward my child with sugary sweets and treats. How can I help change this behavior? I’ve asked Kim Montelone; our nurse practitioner, who has a lot of pediatric experience and two small children of her own, to take this on. Here is her advice: Grandparents often see it as part of their “right” to spoil their grandchildren. Really what they want is a chance to show these special children how much they are loved. Talking to your in-laws and discussing the current recommendations by your pediatrician to limit the sweets that the children get, may help. Especially if you can offer them some alternative options for special treats they can give. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Some suggestions could include a special story, a coin as a reward, stickers, or some special oneon-one time with Grandma or Grandpa. Softening constructive criticism with a compliment (“the kids really enjoy the time they get to spend with you”) and offering other outlets for their expressions of love and nurturing should make it easier to ask them to back off the sweets.
together. Encourage your toddler to walk on her own more and be carried less, and start expecting her to wait a moment or so when she asks for something; teaching her patience, which will come in handy when the new baby arrives. Arrange for special time with Dad or other family members once the new baby arrives, and try to
carve out some time for you to give undivided attention to your toddler. Encourage close family members to pay extra attention to your toddler and to emphasize the “specialness” of their new role as big sister or brother.
How do you prepare your toddler for the arrival of a new baby? From Ashley in Saratoga Preparing for a new sibling can be an exciting time for a little one, but also a scary time as it makes their position in the family uncertain and changes their whole world. Try to involve your toddler in the process of getting ready for the new baby. Let him help take new outfits out of boxes to be hung up, help set up the room, and learn some lullabies together to sing to the new baby. Do some role playing using a doll to show how you will care for the new baby saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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Ask a Stylist with Nichole Kristen
With spring fast approaching, I am in search of a winter/spring transition coat that can be worn well into April/beginning of May. Any suggestions? Great question! Outerwear can be both a fashion focal point when it’s chilly and a statement piece when the weather starts to warm up! Here are a few options I would recommend that can be found locally: J.Crew “Bow Coat,” $395.
j Shown in fuchsia. Also comes in black, Acorn and cabernet. Although it is a wool/ cashmere blend, it’s lightweight and will come in handy on those cold spring nights in Saratoga! A fun (slightly warmer) change from the traditional spring trench and how can you not love the bow detail?!
Nichole Kristen Rigolosi has a background in sales & marketing and certifications in Image Consulting, Fashion Styling & Color Analysis. Nichole is well qualified to help you capture your own personal style and make you look and feel beautiful! jacket will surely get you from one season to the next in a fashionforward style! I particularly love the zipper detail and the fact that it zips all the way up. Style with a tube scarf and gloves for colder days!
At what point in the year is it okay to break out my open toed shoes or sandals? Yellow Boutique’s “Kut Knobhill Mint Moto Jacket,” $98. The perfect combo of warm and comfortable! Mint is the “it” color for spring this year and this
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I don’t necessarily believe in a specific time when this is “okay.” I know a few fashionistas in NYC that wear them year round, especially during those 50 degree winter days they get to experience more often than us upstate New Yorkers (sigh). My advice is to trust your judgment. If it feels warm enough to sport your
favorite open toed shoes-then go for it! Just don’t forget to get a pedicure! Sandals, on the other hand, are a different story. Save those until the first week of May. Feeling the urge to go out and buy a pair of open-toed shoes now? Check out these local options: Ann Taylor Loft “Selma Buckle
I am 12 weeks pregnant and just starting to need maternity clothes. Where is the best place to shop around here and what styles are in for spring? Although we don’t currently have any locally-owned maternity boutiques in the Capital Region, there are a couple great options in the malls. One is Destination Maternity in Colonie Center. They carry two lines: “A Pea in the Pod” and “Motherhood Maternity.” Both lines are “on trend” with the latest styles and carry designer brands. The main difference: A Pea in the Pod is more high-end, while Motherhood is easier on your wallet. The nice thing about DM is that it gives you options to mix and match. Take a pair of Seven For All Mankind designer jeans from A Pea in the Pod
Wrapped Booties,” $98 For work or play! Macy’s “Vince Camuto Ryssa WedgePump,” (also in black),$89 Clothes Horse “Cailey Silver Madeline shoe,” $59 For those dressier evenings! (splurge) and add a Loved by Heidi Klum top by Motherhood Maternity (save) for a great look. For spring styles, I would stick to chevron and/or striped patterns, bright colors, skinny or boot cut jeans, leggings, blazers and maxi dresses. Also, accessorizing is a must (i.e. light scarf, chunky bangle, statement earrings). A few pieces I would recommend for the spring Mama-To-Be:
French Connection Sleeveless Maxi Dress from A Pea in the Pod, $189.99
H&M Woven Scarf, $12.95
H&M Mama Top, $12.95 and
Seven for All Mankind Skinny Jeans from A Pea in the Pod, $198 H&M “Mama Jeans, $39.95
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Sure doing crafts with the kids can be fun, but we prefer a couple great friends, some coffee and tea, light snacks, good tunes, and a heaping pile of art supplies.
Join us for...
Crafternoon By Colleen Pierre, Photos by MarkBolles.com
Our first two Crafternoon projects are fun, festive, and functional. Need to decorate for a party? Welcome a new baby? Make a playroom pop? Liven up a dull space? You’ll absolutely love creating with our easy step-by-step tutorials. No skill needed! Take a trip to your local craft store, then call a friend or five, and enjoy your very own Crafternoon.
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No-Sew Fabric Banner
Making a fabric banner is a great way to use up your scrap or extra fabric. Buying new fabric? We recommend fat quarters available at Jo-Ann Fabric or Walmart. Fat quarters are precut fabrics ready to buy and measure about 18”x22”, a perfect amount for a banner!
Instead of sewing the fabric to the ribbon we used fabric glue found at any craft store. We jazzed up our Curious George banner by cutting out some of the fabric characters and creating an applique using the fabric glue. You can personalize your banner any way you choose!
Scrap fabric in 3-4 different patterns, 1”-3” ribbon, fabric glue, triangle guide, scissors
Step 1: Determine the length of your
banner and cut ribbon accordingly. Add a few inches to each side if you’d like to bow or drape your ends. I measured the ribbon against my mantle, which was about 60”.
Step 2: Using the triangle guide, cut
fabric triangles. We cut three triangles of each fabric, totaling nine triangles. (odd numbers work best in design)
Step 3: With your ribbon flat, layout your fabric triangles to determine spacing starting with the middle pendant and working out. We left about an inch in between triangles.
Step 4: Using fabric glue, glue
Involve the kids!
You can have the kids help you pick out fabric; older kids can help measure, cut and glue. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
the right side or front of the fabric to the wrong side of the ribbon. We finished our edges by folding the ribbon. Let glue dry then admire your new banner!
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Super Circle Paper Mobile We found similar paper mobiles on Pinterest and thought it would make for a perfect crafternoon project! You can use any colorful paper, but we chose scrapbook paper because of the many shades of color. If you’re doing a mobile for a new baby’s room, use nursery colors or black and white, stimulating baby’s development. We picked up a 2” paper punch at Jo-Ann Fabric and also bought the embroidery hoop and scrapbook paper there as well. We decided to go natural and not paint the embroidery hoop, but you can paint it to match anything. You can also use different shapes and sizes of circles if you’re feeling creative.
Embroidery loop (we used a 10” hoop), colorful paper, 2” paper punch, glue (Tip: for best results, use rubber cement or double sided tape), fishing line, key ring
Step 1: Cut lots of circles (we used
160 circles) using your paper punch and sort by color. Set aside.
Step 2 Cut strings of fishing line varying in length from 12” – 18” and knot them to the embroidery hoop. Ours has 12 hanging strings of fishing line.
Involve the kids!
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Step 3 Starting at the top of one fishing line, glue two different color paper circles sandwiching the fishing line. Repeat spacing your circles about ½” apart down the fishing line. Continue until colorful circles are attached to all your fishing lines.
Step 4: Trim the excess fishing line on the bottom of the strings and at the top by the knots
Step 5 : Tie three long pieces of fishing line from
three points around the embroidery oop to the key ring. Hang from the key ring and admire!
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Virtual Field Trip: World Awareness Children’s Museum Glens Falls
By Colleen Pierre & Jennifer Bloomingdale, Photos by angela thomas We headed north for our first Virtual Field Trip, where we checked out the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls. With our three kids in tow; Robby, 4, Angie, 2, and Ryan, 1, we were able to experience this creative place through their eyes. Located in downtown Glens Falls at 89 Warren Street, the World Awareness Children’s Museum offers a hands-on way to explore different cultures and traditions. You’ll know you’re there when you see the large green “Go!” sign hanging above the door.
Our guides for the day were the Museum Educator Sheileen Landrey and Millie Goble, the museum’s Community and Events Coordinator. The mission of the museum is simple: inspire curiosity and foster an appreciation of cultural diversity in children using tangible and hands-on activities.
“The world is so connected and it’s extremely important for children to understand how to operate in a global world.” -Millie Goble
The museum features eight hands-on international exhibits: Nigerian Marketplace, World Music, World Fashion, Japanese Washitsu, Count Me In, the Globe Theater, the Experience Gallery and Express Yourself Art Studio. The museum also includes artifacts and authentic instruments, toys, games, dolls and many more explorative playthings designed to inspire curiosity in different cultures.
The music room was full of different instruments from around the world, which sat waiting for the kids to play. Robby and Ryan tried most of the instruments but with boys being boys, the two loved the drums the most!
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Japanese Washitsu Room
In keeping with Japanese tradition, we took off our shoes before entering and tried on some Kimonos. As the kids practiced serving tea and sushi, we learned a bit about Japanese culture and customs.
Our next stop was the Experience Gallery, where the kids got to for a “ride” on a Chinese Dragon Boat. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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The World Fashion exhibit featured outfits and shoes from all around the world for the kids to play dress up in. Angie loved her outfit so much that she was unwilling to remove it, so she wore it around for the rest of our visit!
“Kids see themselves in these different outfits, and when they see someone wearing something similar out in the world, they already have a personal connection,” -Sheileen Landrey
The Globe Theater, located in the back of the museum included puppets that followed the ancient Chinese story Journey to the West. This spring, the theater will be home to a world dance-themed exhibit.
Count Me In
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Express Yourself Art Studio
This room is packed with lots of arts and crafts supplies, which are included in your museum admission.
The marketplace included play-food, crates, baskets and a scale. These items allowed the kids to practice choosing food, weighing it and carrying it in a basket balanced on their head. The other side of the exhibit included textiles that portrayed several different methods of textile painting, clothing artifacts and a beading station, which included authentic, beaded necklaces from Nigeria.
The children explored, learned, played and were engaged throughout the whole tour. We’d recommend a visit for kids ages two and up, but even our one-year old Ryan enjoyed himself. The World Awareness Children’s Museum also offers birthday parties, off-site art exhibits, school programs and a variety of special programs for kids throughout the year. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about their programs, you can reach the museum at (518) 793-2773 or you can find them on the web at www.worldchildrensmuseum. org/. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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Virtual Show and Tell
Abigail DeLor 5th grade at Schuylerville Elementary School
Hadley Carlson Age 4, Montessori School of Schenectady “Hadley made a beautiful butterfly mask to fly around the house in!”
Carter, Age 1 “Carter loves to paint!! This is his latest canvas done with his hands, feet and a brush. He even picked out the colors all by himself. “
Name: Riley Walz 5th grade at Malta Avenue School iPods
The most amazing technology in your hands in your ears
With great display and not much to pay You get to listen to great music
Matthew Cook, Age 5 Wood Road Elementary School “Matt loves drawing dinosaurs”
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Alaura Appell, Age 9 Malta Avenue Elementary “Wampum Belt-Indians made these for trade”
Savanna Hardt, Age 11 Malta Avenue Elementary Self Portrait in Oil Pastels
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One last story
Feeling Feverish By Kate Towne Sherwin
I admit, I always look forward to days when my boys don’t have school. Snow days, Presidents’ Day, Winter Break are all exciting to me—I go to bed the night before with a feeling of lightness, knowing I don’t need to pull myself out of bed in the stilldark coldness of the pre-dawn, knowing I don’t need to scramble to make breakfast, make lunch, check homework, sign tests, lay out clean clothes and underwear and socks, help find shoes and boots and snow pants and gloves, all before the sun’s properly up the next morning. (Yes, I know it would be easier on us all if it was all done the night before, but I’m notoriously unmotivated after 8:00 p.m.) Not only are the mornings slower on days off, but the day itself is full of so many comfy possibilities: staying in our pajamas all day, cuddling under blankets on the couch with a pile of books, making cookies together, eating the cookies with a movie. I may feel a twinge now and again that I should really make them all go outside (daily enforced outside time helped make our summer amazing), but then—the finding of appropriate attire for each boy! The yelling from the yard when one is both covered in slushy mud and freezing! The screaming to go to the bathroom! The dirt and wetness inside the house! It’s much nicer for all of us to just call it an inside day, slow and cozy. We had such a day recently, and it started with such promise. We were all in pajamas! We were draped about on couches and pillows! I popped a bowl of popcorn! The boys were so happy to saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
be home from school—so, so happy. The kind of happiness that can’t be contained much longer than a bit of the morning. The kind of happiness that makes the house feel too small and the people in it too many and you just have to jump on the couch to get out some of this happiness. “Stop jumping on the couch!” I warned, and then went back to potting about the kitchen in my slippers. Until there was wailing, and it turned out that the jumping on the couch had only fueled the energy level of the children, and they had been tumbling and somersaulting through the playroom, knocking each other down and breaking each other’s Lego creations and messing up each other’s cozy spots. “Get up off the floor!” I yelled. “All of you get books and read for a few minutes!” And they did, and I sat at the table with a cup of coffee and looked dreamily out the window. Until, “BAM BAM BAM!!!!!” yelled one of my older boys as he leapt off the couch with the book he just finished reading and ran at top speed for the bookshelf. “Oh yeah! Oh yeah!” yelled another, like a rock star, as he danced wildly in the middle of the room. “Mooooommmmm!” yelled one of the little ones, because the rock star had danced on his book. CRASH! I heard, as the books all fell off the bookshelf, because Mr. BAM BAM! had to have the one underneath all the others in the precarious pile. I was feeling the edges of our cozy day fraying, so I pulled out the Connect Four and Junior Scrabble and called them all to the table for a fun bit of family game playing. (“It’s fun! We’ll have a
great time together!”) We started off well enough, everyone feeling happy, so so happy, and generous. We congratulated each other for winning, we encouraged those who lost, but all that goodwill really only lasted maybe … ten minutes? Connect Four checkers started being dropped on the floor and not found. I was the only one who seemed able to understand the rules of Junior Scrabble. Big boys and little boys started crying because they weren’t winning. That was the end of game time. I tried to let them choose a movie, but they started punching each other because they couldn’t agree, so I ended up choosing it. Then the baby was calling to get up from his nap. It was starting to feel a little gross, us all still being in our pajamas. “BAM BAM BAM!!!!” my son yelled again, and jumped up on the couch. “Oh yeah! Oh yeah!” danced another, right over his brother’s head as he lay on the ground to watch the movie. “Can I have a snack?” whined a third, and when I realized that it wasn’t even lunchtime yet, and I’d used all of my “fun activities” for the day, and I’d already yelled a couple of times, and Daddy wouldn’t be home for another six hours, I started thinking that maybe I would get them dressed to go out in the yard after all. Winter temperatures? Slush and mud? Wind and drizzle? None of it can be as bad as cabin fever in the eight-and-under set. • Kate Towne Sherwin lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their five sons (ages 1 to 8). She can be reached at email@example.com. SaratogaMama | Spring 2013 | 65
Family Friendly Fun Events
Sunday, February 24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Black History Month Celebration at National Museum of Dance The National Museum of Dance’s second Black History Month Celebration will celebrate the influence and impact of African Americans on American contemporary dance. National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway , Saratoga Springs, 518-584-2225, http://www. dancemuseum.org
Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3
Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show 2013 Attendees will enjoy over 100 exhibitors offering diverse products for inside and outside the home. There will be seminars, balloons for the children and a chance to win numerous door prizes and a grand prize 40-inch flat panel digital television. Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518-812-5050
Saturday, March 2
Saturday Play Days at National Museum of Dance is offering Saturday Play Days in the Children’s Wing. The wing will be open for use on Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Supervising adults are free of charge, children 4 and up are $3 each, children under 3 are free. Other Dates: March 9, 16, 23 at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway , Saratoga Springs, 518584-2225, http://www.dancemuseum. org
Wednesday, March 6
Lego Club at Saratoga Springs Public Library Other Dates: March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th Time: 6:30 PM Join us in the H. Dutcher Community Room for Lego Club. Children in grades K-5 are welcome to participate. We will use our imaginations to create buildings, creatures, and other objects. In
Weekly Events at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Tuesday – Tuesday for Tots - 10 am - 12 pm and 1pm—3pm, free with Museum admission. This is a special time for our younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment. Join us anytime between 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, for play dough, crafts, games and friends! Wednesday – Alphabet Soup - 10:30 am - 11:00 am, drop-in, free with Museum admission. Ages 4 - 5 years. Join us for our fun, weekly program, Alphabet Soup! This whole language experience is a great way to reinforce early literacy in preschool letters. - Story Art, free with admission. Reading together is always better, so please join us Wednesdays (at 2:00 pm) for an exciting new story each week. 66 | SaratogaMama | Spring 2013
addition we may have Lego games and “challenges.” Lego Club will meet the first Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, March 6
Family Wellness Workshop at Saratoga Springs Public Library Time: 6:30 PM A group of holistic doctors and other health care professionals will be educating families about wellness issues. Each attendant will receive a free copy of the magazine, “Pathways to Family Wellness.” Register in The Children’s Room or by calling 5847860, option 3.
Thursday - Silly Science - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, drop in, free with Museum admission. Appropriate for ages 4+. Join us for our newest program, Silly Science Friday - Wiggle & Giggle - 10 am - 11:30 am, free with Museum admission. This is a special time for younger children to learn what they can do with their bodies through structured group activities and guided free play. Kids can crawl through tunnels, walk the balance beam, roll bolls, toss bean bags, and make music with all kinds of instruments. Saturday - Story Art, free with admission.
Reading together is always better! We’ll use our imaginations and the story to inspire art projects that explore different media and styles, Saturdays at 10:30 am.
Saturday, March 9
Sunday, March 10, 2013 Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo Learn from the outdoor experts biking, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, triathlon, running and more! Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518-812-5050
Saturday, March 9
Pinocchio at Saratoga Springs Public Library Time: 11:00 AM Based on the children’s literary classic by Carlo Collodi, this whimsical opera is about a young puppet-boy’s adventures. Pick up free tickets in the Children’s Room.
Saturday, March 16
Saturday Family Story time at Saratoga Springs Public Library Time: 11:30 AM Location: CRAWSHAW STORY ROOM Description: Children ages 2–5, with their parent or caregiver. Siblings welcome too! Registration is not necessary for this program. No registration required.
March 16–17 & 23–24, 10 am – 4 pm
Maple Weekend is a fun event for the entire family! New York Maple producers will demonstrate their product and invites you to sugarhouses to try for yourself. www.mapleweekend.com
Debbie and Friends has worked with artists Shari Lewis and Bob McGrath of Sesame Street among others. Her shows are all about making music and having fun! Join Debbie and Friends for this very special April break week concert for children and families. Pick up free tickets in the children’s room beginning Saturday, March 9, 2013.
Saturday, April 6
Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo 9 am – 3 pm. At Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 518-796-9637 The Saratoga Baby and Toddler Expo will include businesses from throughout the Capital Region with information and exhibitor’s booths for everything you need to know about having and caring for a baby or a toddler including birth options, choosing a pediatrician, proper car seat installation, preschool decisions, and how to lose the pregnancy weight. www.saratogababyexpo.com
Sunday, April 28
Superhero Day at Saratoga Springs Public Library Description: Show us your inner superhero! Kids, feel free to dress in your favorite superhero costume (you can make up your own super hero if you want to!). Stop into the library for a drop in activity where you tell us what makes a great superhero, and get a small, but super, goodie in return! For all ages. Registration Required: NO
Saturday, April 27
Saratoga Mom Prom DJ, light fare, A tackiest dress contest and the crowning of a prom queen, Cost is $45 per person, Supports Breast Health Services at Saratoga Hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center, McGregor Links Golf Club, Northern Pines Road in Wilton. For more information, visit www.saratogamomprom.com or call 518-587-5392
Saturday, April 27
Wednesday, April 3
Debbie and Friends Family Concert Times: 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM Location: H. DUTCHER COMMUNITY ROOM Description: Debbie Cavalier of saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Kids’ “Wild Discovery” Walk at Saratoga National Historic Park Start with some great nature-based games, then head onto the trail and be on the lookout for frogs, salamanders, insects, plants, animal tracks, and even “aliens!” Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32 , Stillwater, 518-6649821, www.nps.gov/sara
This is just a sample of the many fun family friendly events in our region. For a complete list of events and activities, visit SaratogaMama.com
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