New York State Summer of Fun

Celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of New York State—from lively New York City to the majestic Niagara Falls. Create souvenirs, take fun photos, and learn about the Empire State’s historical museums, picturesque landscapes, and thriving arts and cultural centers.

Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9

Capital-Saratoga

Create a derby hat inspired by the famous Saratoga Race Course and take pictures in the winner's circle. Learn about the mysterious Ankhefenmut, a 3,000 year old mummy on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art, and create a miniature mummy. Learn about the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga and make props for ribbon dancing.

Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16

Erie Canal and Finger Lakes

Commemorate the bicentennial of the historic Erie Canal! Get up close to a mule named Sal, play the spoons, and sing along to tunes inspired by the man-made water channel. Marvel at the mechanics involved in operating the Erie Canal with an interactive demonstration of a model lock with staff from the New York Power Authority. Discover how museums and organizations all over the state celebrate the canal with festivals and exhibits. Take part in changing history by casting your ballot in the historic vote of 1917 that granted women the right to vote. Play with toys that children in the region enjoyed decades ago provided by the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

Saturday & Sunday, July 22 & 23

Central New York

Try your hand at the classic game of stickball—a precursor to baseball—and discover locations in New York State where you can watch the old-fashioned game. Uncover the rich history of baseball, “America’s pastime,” and see how a baseball is made with staff from Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn about minerals found in Herkimer Diamond Mines. Take a picture with a Revolutionary War soldier and uncover the history of Fort Stanwix.

Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30

Thousand Islands Seaway

Embark on a nautical adventure down New York’s Thousand Islands Seaway. Design a skipper’s hat and construct a boat and see if it is sturdy enough to float in water. Learn how to identify fish found along the seaway and see if you can catch one in a pretend fishing activity. Use blocks to recreate Boldt and Singer Castles.

Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6

Greater Niagara and Chautauqua-Allegheny

Climb into a barrel and take a picture as you pretend to go over the mighty Niagara Falls. Create a miniature downhill skier from a clothespin. Discover how important methods of transportation—from waterways and trains to highways and airplanes—play a key role in the region’s industry. Get creative at the build-a-city station.

Saturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13

Catskills and Hudson Valley

Meet Rip Van Winkle and hear about his legendary 20-year nap in the Catskills. Create your own watercolor masterpiece of the Catskill scenery in the spirit of the famous 19th-century Hudson River painters. Saturday only, meet author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld and hear about the history of the elaborate summer resorts of the Catskill Mountains. Get groovy on Sunday! Wear your own tie dye shirt and enjoy music inspired by the famous Woodstock concert.

Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20

Adirondacks

Saturday only, meet and take pictures with the iconic Smokey Bear! For nearly 70 years, this courageous character has helped spread the word about camping safety and forest fire prevention. All weekend long, join in a campfire sing-along, pretend to paddle down a river in a kayak, try on hiking gear, and learn about the best trails and places to boat in the scenic Adirondacks. Discover how nature plays an important role in the Adirondacks region with staff from the Wild Center.

Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27

Long Island and New York City

Close out the New York State Summer of Fun with a weekend celebrating the Big Apple! Watch the Statue of Liberty come to life in a unique photo opportunity and dance in a Broadway-style kick line. Then, be inspired by the beaches of Long Island and craft a lighthouse.

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