Holiday gift guide: children's museum memberships

Children's Museum .jpg

Nothing says happy holidays like exploring earthworms.

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).

What?
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

CMOST -in the Rensselaer Tech Park or online .

The Schenectady Museum and Planetarium - 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady - or online.

How much?
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.

Earlier on AOA:
The 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
More holiday gift ideas


Photo: The Children's Museum at Saratoga

Comments

If I never go to CMOST again it will be too soon.

The planetarium show I saw was a cartoon, that used the space in the worst possible way. It made a token gesture to try and talk about the planets and cram some education into the mindless drivel of the plot. It was the worst material I have ever encountered in a museum ever.

And the rest of their exhibits do not fare much better. The place is small, and too much is broken or in disrepair, especially given its size.

I'd rather be strapped to the couch and forced to watch Thomas the Tank Engine for 16 hours with my eyes pried open than to go back to that wretched "museum."

I was a big fan of the Rensselaer County Junior Museum when I was a kid. Is that place even still around?

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

What's new? Apartments.

It seems like every month or so there's an announcement of some new apartment project around the Capital Region. And, as it turns out, the... (more)

An alternate political reality

Over at Vox, Matthew Yglesias imagines an alternate universe in which Kirsten Gillbrand is the Democratic presidential nominee, not Hillary Clinton -- and KG has... (more)

Suggestions for a tile installer (including one who might not mind an assistant)?

Jessica emails: I'm looking for a tile contractor to do a small kitchen (16x16') and bathroom in Troy. I have the tile picked out, but... (more)

53 different languages

Two bits from an interesting article by Bethany Bump over at the Times Union about an Albany school district summer program aimed at helping immigrant... (more)

The Weebermobile

Cars are so ubiquitous and ingrained in our culture now that it's hard to imagine a time when they were a new technology -- something... (more)

Recent Comments

... If anything, the city could be criticized for NOT influencing the construction or requirements to construct affordable housing into larger market rate projects. Take that one step further - affordable housing requirements on development aren't even considered as part of the city's first comprehensive zoning code overhaul since 1968.

A few bits about a planned new Albany Med building, new residential construction, and other projects around Albany

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jane

The first group of Park South redevelopment apartments are renting -- and there's a Chipotle going in there

...has 24 comments, most recently from Herbert

The oldest house in Saratoga Springs

...has 6 comments, most recently from Ruth Ann Messick

Suggestions for a tile installer (including one who might not mind an assistant)?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Jamie

Capital Region property tax rates

...has 14 comments, most recently from Tony