Can you believe it, June is here! That means in just a few short weeks the kids will be out of school and looking for something to do! Here are some activities in the 518 that should keep them busy and happy (parents happy also) during the summer.

Kids love nature and summer is the best time to be outside with your kids. Albany Pine Bush Preserve offers plenty of hands-on activities for free or a small fee. From the Schools out Hike to learning about the Spittle Bug, there is something for everyone. Visit their website at

Warm weather calls for a round of golf, mini golf that is. With close to 20 area mini-golf venues, someone is bound to get a hole in one and talk about it for days on end. Yelp helps you find the best one near you.
And it wouldn't be summer without seeing a concert or show. Plenty of free shows in our area from Albany to Schenectady to Glens Falls, you can find a free show. Here are just a few:

Freedom Park in Scotia includes a wide variety of concerts and shows on various days.
Music Haven Concert Series is on Sunday nights at 7 pm in Schenectady's Central Park and features international music.
Performing Arts at the Common includes concerts on Sunday nights at 7 pm in Clifton Commons in Clifton Park.
There are Free Concerts in Saratoga's Congress Park at 7 pm on Sundays in July and Tuesdays in August.

--There are Free Concerts on Mondays at 7 pm in Rotterdam.
The Town of Schodack has Free Concerts on Tuesdays at 6 pm June through early July.
--Tuesday Nights in the Park at Cook Park in Colonie are on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.
--Made in the Shade of the Egg Concert Series are on Wednesdays at noon in downtown Albany.
Rockin' on the River is on Wednesday nights at 5 pm in Troy.
Capital Concert Series includes reggae, rock, and rhythm & blues on Wednesday nights at 5 or 5:30 pm at Albany's Empire State Plaza.
--The Barker Park Series in Troy offers concerts and shows geared toward kids and families on Thursdays at 11 am.
Kids Out and About website has all the information.

It's hard to believe that summer is almost here so why not be prepared when the kids start to whine "there is nothing to do!" Now you can laugh and smirk and say, 'yes, there is!'

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