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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


All First Night Saratoga events are family-friendly, but here are some with just kids in mind!


Airborn Comedians are a sure bet to make you laugh, whether balanced atop seven foot unicycles or frantically flinging objects at eachother.  Over the past 15 years, this duo has entertained audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  They juggle a cornucopia of objects including (but not limited to) baseball bats, lawn chairs, children, hats, clubs, balls, rings, electric guitars, machetes, flaming lawn chairs fruits and random objects from the crowd.  Lake Avenue School Gym 2: 6pm, 8pm & 10pm

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!  NBT Bank Parking Lot: 6pm - 12pm

Ballston Spa Film Fest’s Best of Animated Shorts is a showcase by 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.  Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theater: 6pm - 7:30pm

Buckaroo Bindlestiff's Wild West Jamboree brings classica wild west skills like fancy lasso tricks, target bullwhip cracking and a comedy knife throwing act.  The show also includes a “pony” race for youthful audience volunteers, a delightful cowboy sing-along, juggling, a six-gun spinning safety talk and a comedic look at America’s Old West.  Great for the entire family. Lake Avenue School Auditiorium:  6pm - 9pm


Jojo's Fabulous Faces is fun for both children and adults.  We make the magic happen, and that is why we love our job so much! Add a bit of color and sparkle to any occasion. With plenty of experience we are able to create beautiful, unique designs fast, using professional quality paint and glitter designed to be safe on the skin. Locally owned and operated, quality is guaranteed.  Lake Avenue School Cafeteria: 6pm - 11pm

The Mop and Bucket Company is the region’s favorite Improv Comedy Troupe. A long-time First Night Saratoga favorite, MOPCO brings to life your suggestions in story, song and games.  Lake Avenue School, Gym 2: 7pm & 9pm.  Gym 1: 10pm

Pete and Chris Amusements are the northeast’s ONLY 2-man kid’s comedy magic show!  They are a high-energy, frenetic duo who uses lots of kid-friendly slapstick to make sure your kids are chortling for hours after the show!  Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris are two brothers from Connecticut who love to bring the fun... and magic... to you!  Lake Avenue School Gym 1: 6pm & 9pm

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!  The Church of St. Peter: 6pm & 7pm



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. Children’s Museum Community Room: 6pm, 7pm & 8pm

Silent Wings Raptors bring birds of prey up close courtesy of the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York.  Owls, hawks, eagles and falcons; all have remarkable adaptations and skills for survival in the wild and all are breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating to watch!  Admired for their strength, speed and astounding grace raptors are some of the most successful hunters in the animal kingdom. Their fierce independence and tenacity has been the source of admiration for countless generations.  Learn about them, their unique behaviors and the conservation issues that impact them including natural selection and the “human” impact on species survival. Lake Avenue School Cafeteria: 6pm, 8pm, 10pm

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. Lake Avenue School Gym 1: 7pm & 8pm






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