Family Days

Don't miss these fun-filled family programs, which include lots of museum activities for participants of all ages—art workshops, performances, gallery activities, and more.

Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 23 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Museum Day Live! is an annual nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Visit the event website for more information.

Free Admission Day: Columbus Day

Monday, October 9 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Enjoy free admission to the galleries courtesy of M&T Bank.

Gallery tour offered at 1PM.

 

Lego Building Challenge Fall 2017

Saturday, October 7 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, October 7 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, October 8 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, October 9 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Monday, October 9 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Columbus Day Weekend 2017 Theme: Nature

October 7-9

Building Session Dates and Times:

10/7 Saturday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM 

10/7 Saturday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

10/8 Sunday Afternoon Challenge Session 1:00-3:00 PM

10/9 Monday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM 

10/9 Monday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Online Registration is not available on the date of the event, please call during business hours to register.

Team registration: each team may include one to four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Bring friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO® structures. This year’s theme is Nature. What nature themed structures can you build?  Designs depicting flowers, trees, canyons, mountain ranges, and more are all welcome.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and win awards along with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted. 
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly.  Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478- ext 435 or e-mail to clowes@albanyinstitute.org

If using a mobile device to register please switch your viewing options to full desktop view in order to complete the registration.

 

Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes unless participants otherwise notify The Albany Institute of History & Art.

 

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO® Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.

$5.00

FAMILY PROGRAM Mummy Birthday Party

Sunday, October 29 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Celebrate the 108th anniversary of the arrival of the Albany Institute's mummies!

Children are invited to bring a small doll or stuffed animal to learn about the mummification process by mummifying their toy.  Please note the plaster gauze mummification craft is permanent so bring a toy you would not mind being permanently mummified.  

  • Doll "mummification" from 12-4:30PM
  • Face Painting by artist Tina Rodriguez from 12:30-3PM
  • Ancient Egyptian themed creative movement with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at 1PM
  • Ancient Egyptian Tales with storyteller Nancy Payne at 3PM

Included with museum admission