For Families

We’re excited to offer a selection of hands-on programs for families with children of all ages.

Monthly Kids Programs + School Break Programs

Join us for our monthly kids programs and school break programs as we explore different parts of local history and culture. Tickets can be purchased below. For more info, please contact or (518) 887-5073.

Schenectady and the Great Migration
Saturday, 3/18 @ 32 Washington (10:30-12:00)
Join us for an interactive look into the Great Migration and local African American heritage. In the early 1900s, over 1.5 million African-Americans moved from the South up to cities like Schenectady in search of a better life. To discover the Great Migration’s legacy in Schenectady, we’ll take a tour through Schenectady’s historic Stockade District, explore primary source documents, and make a craft to take home.

Kids Spring Break: Day on the Farm
Tuesday,  April 18 – 10 AM to 1 PM (bring lunch) @ Mabee Farm
The original farm to table experience! This hands-on program lets kids try each step in the process of growing and making bread, just like the Mabees in the 18th century! Pre-registration required; please pack lunch!

Kids Spring Break: Animals and World War I
Wednesday, April 19 – 10 AM  @ 32 Washington Ave
Join us as we discover the bond between soldiers and animals in WWI. We’ll explore primary sources, make connections to our furry friends today, and make a craft to take home. There may even be a special visit from our very own Sergeant Rusty Trumpets!

Sow Some Seeds
Saturday, May 20 – 10 AM @ Mabee Farm
As spring finally arrives, join us at the Mabee Farm Historic Site to help plant the gardens and fields. From apples to zucchini, the families that called the site home ate crops that they planted and harvested. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty!

Kids Program: Shear the Sheep!
Saturday, June 24 – 10 AM @ Mabee Farm
Yayah’s getting her hair cut! Help our resident sheep with her annual makeover, and explore how wool animals like Yayah and her friend Goat Girl produced food and clothes for the Mabees. Make a craft to take home.

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American Girl Doll TeasJoin us as we learn about history through the eyes of a character from the American Girl series! At our American Girl Teas we discuss culture from the past, make crafts, and enjoy tea and goodies. For more information on upcoming American Girl Doll Teas, please email


An American Girl Tea with Molly McIntire
April 20th & 21st 2:00pm @ SCHS
Join us for an American Girl Tea with Molly McIntire! We’ll step back in time to explore the homefront during both World Wars while enjoying tea and goodies and making a Victory Garden craft. All dolls are welcome!

Cost: $8.00 each for adults and children

Advance registration required. Sign up below!

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An American Girl Tea with Caroline Abbott
July 27th at 2pm @ Mabee Farm
August 4th at 2pm @ Mabee Farm
Join us as we enjoy the outdoors at Mabee Farm! We will discuss Caroline’s experience growing up on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812 and talk about farm life, traveling by water, and see our own boats in the Mohawk River behind the farm. In our outdoor pavilion we will make a craft and enjoy some iced tea and goodies.

Cost: $8.00 each for adults and children

Advance registration required. Sign up below!

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