Maybe you know some kids that seem to have more stuff than they know what to do with. You want to get them a gift but you don't know what they have, you don't know what they need, and you don't know what the hot new toy is.
Today's holiday gift guide suggestion is something kids can appreciate in December, or in June (and that parents won't have to clean up).
Gift memberships to one of the local children's museums.
The Children's Museum at Saratoga has a fire truck, diner, bank, grocery store, train and all kinds of other stuff to play with.
The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in The Rensselaer Tech Park has exhibits on the Hudson, weather, power, optics, a computer lab, a planetarium and more.
The Schenectady Museum and Planetarium isn't just for kids, they've got all kinds of exhibits and programs kids and adults can appreciate.
Who is it for?
Kids will appreciate it, but parents may appreciate it more -- especially during the holiday breaks. It might also be a good idea for grandparents or aunts and uncles who want to spend more time with the kids. Bonus: if you take them on a couple of museum dates, you can have a little fun too.
Where can you get them?
The Children's Museum at Saratoga- 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga 518-584-5540
The Schenectady Museum and Planetarium - 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady - or online.
Memberships aren't cheap, but if you think they'll get used often, they're a good value.
The Children's Museum memberships start at around $70. CMOST memberships start at $75. The Schenectady Museum has memberships that start at $40. All three museums have different levels of membership that come with different privileges, so be sure to look closely and let the folks you're giving them to know what's available to them.
Photo: The Children's Museum at Saratoga
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