Winter Mentor-Mentee Activities

Here are some low-cost and free activities for mentors and mentees to enjoy in the coming weeks and months.

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Photo credit: timeout.com

What: Capital Holiday Lights in the Park


Take your Scholar to this beautiful display and grab some hot cocoa to stay warm! The Holiday Lights in the Park feature more than 125 festive displays.


Where: Albany's Washington Park
When: Now through January 2nd, Sundays-Thursdays 6-9pm; Fridays and Saturdays 6-10pm
Cost: $20/car; all proceeds benefit juvenile crime prevention programs through the Police Athletic League 

For more info: http://www.albanycapitalholidaylights.com/

What: Empire “Skate” Plaza

Stay warm outside by ice-skating in the Plaza with your Scholar! Even if you’re an amateur, ice-skating is a great way to get outside in the cold and build lasting memories.

Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany
When: Now through March 12th 11am-8pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Free admission; $4 skate rental for adults

For more info: https://winter.empirestateplaza.org/2016-2017-season-empire-skate-plaza-ice-rink

Year-Round

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Photo credit: wikimedia commons

What: The Corning Tower Observation Deck

Take your Scholar to the center of New York’s state government! Stroll through the plaza, look at the art, and explore the tallest building in New York State outside of New York City. Breathtaking views of Albany, the Plaza, the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and more can be enjoyed.

Where: Erastus Corning Tower, 5 Empire State Plz, Albany, NY

When: 10am-3:45pm Monday-Friday  

Cost: Free 

For more info: http://www.ogs.ny.gov/esp/ct/tours/OBdeck.asp

What: Troy Farmer’s Market  

Enjoy a visit with your mentee to this vibrant market, listen to live music, and taste samples from local farmers and businesses.

Where: The Troy Atrium, 49 4th St., Troy (until April)

When: 9am-2pm, Every Saturday   

Cost: Free 

For more info: https://www.troymarket.org/

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Photo credit: ESAM

What: Empire State Aerosciences Museum

If your Scholar is interested in aviation and science, take them to the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center. The museum has a spectacular collection of restored aircrafts, in addition to interactive exhibits.

Where: 25o Rudy Chase Drive Glenville, NY 12302 (located at the Schenectady County Airport)

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm    

Cost: Admission $8/adults; $5 for youth 6-16

For more info: http://www.esam.org/index.html