GE Kids in Free Event
First Night Saratoga, the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the region, is a GE Kids in Free event. One child aged 12 and under will be admitted free with each paid adult. Both Saratoga Arts and GE share the goal of providing a variety of outstanding, family-oriented community events. Since First Night Saratoga is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event, it is a natural fit with GE’s Kids In Free program which offers free admission for kids 12 and under with a paying adult at special events across New York’s Capital Region.
How it works
Detach the coupon on your buttoncard and redeem it on New Year’s Eve at one of the following locations:
Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway, Saratoga)
Saratoga City Center (522 Broadway)
Lake Avenue School (126 Lake Ave) between 6-9pm
Participants receive a wristband that will allow one admission of a child 12 years old and under to all First Night venues.
GE has been sponsoring GE Kids in Free Days at venues across the Capital Region for nearly a decade. Last year more than 7,000 Capital Region youngsters attended a wide array of cultural, educational, and sports events free-of-charge. Details on GE Kids in Free Days can be found at GEKidsinFreeDays.com.
All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some with just kids in mind!
Airborne Jugglers’ amazing juggling is synchronized with lively music, laughter fills the air and you never know what will happen next! Audience volunteers find themselves in the middle of the action and the fun is contagious. The Airborne Jugglers are unforgettable. World-class performers Joe Murray and Susan Kirby have travelled the globe entertaining audiences for over 20 years. Highlights of their professional career include performances in Japan, Europe, The Bahamas, Aruba, and The Cayman Islands. Appearances at: The Kennedy Center, Los Angeles Olympics, Special Olympics World Games and entertaining U.S. Military Troops at home and abroad. www.airbornejugglers.com. Lake Avenue School, Gym #1: 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch, of Salem, NY will bring two docile alpacas to First Night to pet and feed. Owners Lisa and David Proulx will be demonstrating dry felting throughout the night and will have alpaca products to buy such as hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks. They will explain fiber processing from shearing to retail products. Alpacas are very gentle creatures and they hope you’ll stop by to wish them a happy New Year during the evening! www.alpacasofbreezyhillranch.com NBT Bank Parking Lot: 6pm - 12pm
Ballston Spa Film Fest’s Best of Animated Shorts The Ballston Spa Film Festival, Inc. (BSFF) is an independent not-for-profit whose mission is to promote an appreciation of films and filmmaking in the Ballston Spa and Greater Capital District communities. They do this by presenting film festivals in which established, emerging and unknown filmmakers can display their films and by organizing public forums, discussions and workshops regarding films and filmmaking. www.bspafilm.org. Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 6pm - 7:30pm
Brady Rymer Grammy nominated Brady Rymer is one of the top talents in the independent family music scene today. Originally with the RCA Records band From Good Homes, Rymer ventured into family music with the CD Good Morning, Gus in 2000. Since then, he has released five other CDs, including the 2008 Grammy Award nominated Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Rymer’s rootsy, accordion laced pop and rock music regularly wins critical acclaim and national awards. He is a featured performer with the Listen to Your Buds campaign to promote hearing protection with kids. His newest release is Love Me for Who I Am, which won a 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold award and national acclaim. Together with his Little Band that Could, Rymer creates rockin’ live music for kids and families across the country. As National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered noted, “they might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music." Rymer lives on Long Island with his wife and two children. For the latest Brady Rymer news, visit www.bradyrymer.com. Lake Avenue School Gym #2: 7pm & 9pm
Catskill Puppet Theater Since 1979, John Potocnik and Carol Mandigo, co-founders of the Catskill Puppet Theater, have been touring internationally, enchanting young and old with their delightful musical productions! Combining backgrounds in art, music, drama and American folk culture they are one of the nation’s finest touring companies, receiving accolades from such premiere venues as the Calgary, Winnipeg and Ottawa International Children’s Festivals, The New England Puppetry and Family Theater Series, the New York State Museum’s Kid’s Series and hundreds more schools, libraries, fairs and festivals. Join them on an African safari through a delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale. The show features a multitude of masks and puppets ranging from three quarter life-sized to gigantic. www.catskillpuppettheater.com. Lake Avenue School Gym #2: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm
Clowns on Rounds’ Clown Town is a colorful and fun way to bring in the New Year! Join 15 clowns from Electric City Clown Alley and play, laugh, learn and dance. Clowns will be face-painting, balloon sculpturing, uni-cycling, magic making and just clowning around. Dance the night away with the clowns to the children’s music of the Zucchini Brothers. Saratoga Springs City Center Meeting Room #1: 6pm-10pm!
Dan Busha has been a professional chef and an origami paperfolder for 20 years. He has taught classes in Japanese paperfolding--origami--in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Troy and Albany, has participated in Larkfest’s Family Fun Zone for three years and has provided decorations for weddings and birthday parties. He also holds workshops at local libraries several times a year. Dan gives children the opportunity to discover the world of origami and all its beauty for themselves. www.performersandprograms.com/program.cfm?id=5250®ion=5. Empire State College Meeting Room #2: 6pm & 8pm
Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales by Dreamweaver Productions of Pittsburgh PA has been enchanting audiences throughout North America for 15 years. The tale is the telling of the birth of a real live baby dragon. With the support of its loving fairy, the 8-foot dragon hatches from an extraordinary large golden egg. Together, the beautiful fairy and the audience welcome the dragon, then name it, feed it and teach it to talk. The story teaches the moral of not fearing the unknown or those who are different. Afterwards, the children are invited to personally hug the dragon goodnight, providing parents with a wonderful photo opportunity. www.ibelieveinfairies.com/shows/dragon-scales-faerie-tales. Lake Avenue School Auditorium: 8pm 9pm & 10pm
Let’s Get Cookin’ is a fun-filled performance that brings entertainment and comedy to an audience of any size and age. The show uses drama, music, complex rhythms and acrobatics. Children as well as their parents will enjoy watching and maybe even performing! These wacky “Chefs” cook up a good time for all! Lake Avenue School Gym #1: 9pm & 10pm
Saratoga Children’s Theater Singers & Songwriters will be featuring Kaeli Heffner, Molly McCarthy and Sean Conroy. These Singers and Songwriters have performed many times throughout the capital district singing rock, folk, pop and original songs. The artists will be preforming 3-4 songs each. www.saratogachildrenstheatre.org. NYS Military Museum: 6pm & Saratoga Guitar: 6pm - 9pm
Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra is a group of accomplished young musicians performing seasonal and classical music. These middle and high school age musicians come from all over the Saratoga and Capital District regions, and always amaze audiences with their professionalism and awesome range of talent! ssyo.org. The Church of St. Peter: 7pm
Saratoga Youth Symphony is a brand new orchestra of high school students complete with strings, winds, brass and tympani. Come listen to beautiful music performed by talented young musicians and a dashing Italian conductor! www.saratogayouthsymphony.com. The Church of St. Peter: 6pm
Schuylerville Community Theater brings back the fifties with doo-wop Red Riding Hood, her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf and other fairytale friends. Tap your toes to the music and songs as the Evil Queen and Fairy Godmother create a competition for three princes to win over Little Red’s heart. Join the Schuylerville Children’s Theater Program as it brings to life, through song and dance, a magical doo-wop journey to happily ever after. www.scttheater.org. Children’s Museum Community Room: 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
The Zucchini Brothers originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, but now living in a clubhouse in “ZucchiniLand”, are well-renowned for their concerts in schools, theaters and festivals throughout the country, as well as their internationally syndicated weekly radio show “The Zucchini Brothers, Live! at the Clubhouse.” Winners of the NAPPA Gold Award and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Zucchini Brothers have received critical acclaim for their albums. “The Beatles of Kids’ Music” - are what the Zucchini Brothers, Jack, Steve and Sam are often called. “Words of Wisdom Set to Foot-tapping Music” are what the Zucchini Brothers deliver. www.zucchinibrothers.com. Saratoga Springs City Center Meeting Room #2: 7pm, 8pm & 9pm