One Plastic Bag: An Earth Day reading at the Creekside Classroom

Children and their families are invited to the Creekside Classroom at Saratoga Spa State Park on Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd from 11 AM - 12 PM) to help end plastic pollution. Plastic is threatening our planet’s survival and together we can change that. Join us for a reading of “One Plastic Bag” a story of how five Gambian women sparked a movement to save their village from the negative effects of plastic waste, followed by a craft showing how we can reuse our own plastic waste as well. This program is free and appropriate for ages 5-9. Registration is required. Please call 518-584-2000 ext. 111 to register. Please bring your plastic (shopping) bags with you for the craft.

Healthy Kids Day is THIS Saturday!

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On Saturday, April 21, the Saratoga Regional YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer.  The event will feature activities such as a family fun run, pool time, games, bounce houses, food trucks, family focused vendors, time on our new adventure course and much more!

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer. 

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen. We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” said Andrew Bobbitt, CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

The SRYMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at their Saratoga Springs branch from 11am-3pm.

For more information, please call 518.583.9622 or visit www.srymca.org.

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Northshire Bookstore Wins 2018 WNBA Pannell Award

Congrats to Mini City favorite Northshire Bookstore! 

The Women’s National Book Association is pleased to announce the 2018 WNBA Pannell Award winners.

General Bookstore Category: NORTHSHIRE BOOKSTORE in Saratoga Springs, NY

Children’s Specialty Bookstore Category: RED BALLOON BOOKSHOP in St. Paul, MN

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Upon hearing the good news, Nancy Scheemaker from Northshire Bookstore exclaimed, “We are deeply honored and so thrilled to be chosen for the WNBA Pannell Award. To be singled out from the prestigious list of nominees this year is all the more extraordinary. I cannot think of a stronger form of encouragement for a young and growing bookstore. We are so grateful and so excited!” Jurors noted that the store is one the most energetic bookstores and lauded its passionate staff and year-round schedule of creative programs and events. 

Holly Weinkauf from Red Balloon Bookshop, upon hearing the news, said “We are thrilled to win the WNBA Pannell Award!  What an incredible honor for our talented and hardworking booksellers, as well as our community that has supported us for 34 years.  We are deeply grateful.” Jurors praised Red Balloon Bookshop for its outstanding service to authors, children, and the community.

This year, dozens of bookstores across 16 different states received enthusiastic nominations from loyal customers, authors, bookstore employees, and publishing professionals. A five-member jury selected the 2018 WNBA Pannell Award recipients. The winning stores will each receive a check for $1,000 and a piece of original art from a children’s book illustrator, to be presented at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

The WNBA Pannell Award jurors for 2018 are:   

  • Brenda Bowen, literary agent, Greenburger Associates 
  • Susan Katz Radin, publisher emeritus, HarperCollins Children’s Books  
  • Emily Romero, senior vice president of marketing, Penguin Young Readers  
  • Roger Sutton, editor in chief, The Horn Book  
  • Lisa Von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota   

  The Pannell Award co-chairs are Susan Knopf, President of Scout Books & Media, and Sally Kim, Marketing Director at Callisto Media.

Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling. Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters.

Saratoga Regional YMCA's Annual Healthy Kids Day®

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On Saturday, April 21, the Saratoga Regional YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer.  The event will feature activities such as a family fun run, pool time, games, bounce houses, food trucks, family focused vendors, time on our new adventure course and much more!

Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,500 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y wants families to focus on helping children imagine what they can accomplish over the summer. 

“When a child is healthy, happy, and supported they can make great things happen. We believe in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find that potential within themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” said Andrew Bobbitt, CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

The SRYMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at their Saratoga Springs branch from 11am-3pm.

For more information, please call 518.583.9622 or visit www.srymca.org.

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STEM Club at The Children's Museum at Saratoga

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On Saturday, Apr 7th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM The Children's Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St Saratoga Springs, is having their STEM Club! Visit The Children’s Museum every Saturday for your weekly exploration of science, technology, engineering and math. Each week offers a new investigation into the world that’s right around you. Free with museum admission

Wait Till It Gets Dark: Exploring Nature at Night

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Meet at Wilton Wildlife & Park (80 Scout Road), and join author George Steele for a short hike and some activities to investigate the mysteries of the night, ending with an owl prowl. For children ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by parent or caregiver. Bring a flashlight or headlamp for the hike back. Copies of "Wait Till it Gets Dark" will be available for purchase. Register in the Children's Room or by calling (518) 584-7860, ext. 305. Children and parents must register. On April 6th from 7:30-9pm.