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Thursday, January 22, 2009

family fun on a budget

It isn't only adults who get cabin fever - kids suffer from it too. And, more often than not, they contribute to the severity of it for adults.

There's some pretty interesting stuff available this weekend so it might be a good time to get the entire family out of the house. Better yet, a lot of it is pretty inexpensive.

Steamer No. 10 in Albany, located at 500 Western Ave. (at the intersection Madison and Western)is the leading venue for area children's theater. They are currently offering the Robert Lewis Stevenson classic "Treasure Island." With pirates still in the news, the show might work as social studies as well as entertainment. Performances are 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $12. 438-5503 www,

This weekend,the State Museum is having "Museum Invaders Day" Between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday youngsters will be invited on a scavenger hunt, design and draw an invader and using recycled materials even sculpt an invader. During the day a screening featuring the world's most lovable invader "ET" will be shown in the Clark Auditorium. Everything is free. For details call 473-7154 or go to

It might sound high-minded but the Albany Symphony Orchestra family events are a lot of fun for youngsters and adults. Exposing your kids to music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Haydn and Schumann might sound daunting, but when the program is called "Raiders of the Lost Symphony" it becomes a really enjoyable adventure. It's at 3 p.m. Sunday $16. 465-4663 or

If you prefer outdoor activities Saturday is Frost Faire at the Saratoga National Historic Park. Between 1-3 p.m. there will be tubing on the hill, horse-drawn carriage rides, winter nature trails and games. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available by a large bonfire. It's free. For information call 664-9821 ext. 224

Take the kids out for a field trip - they'll enjoy it and it will relax you.


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