Family Days 2013-2014

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 Open

Monday, December 29 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday, December 30 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

The Albany Institute will be open on Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30 (we're normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

Come explore the galleries, make art in the studio, and shop in our Museum Shop!

It's a great way to spend time with friends and family this holiday season.

Mohawk Hudson Regional Closing Celebration! Family Day

Sunday, January 18 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Come be inspired by the artwork of the Mohawk Hudson Regional exhibition & meet the artists of the exhibition!

Visit with the artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional, and view their artwork one last time before the show ends!  Artists from the exhibition will be on hand for presentations throughout the day. We'll discover the mediums, and techniques they use in their work. 

Free with museum admission

Artists Presenting:

12:30PM: Bruce Bundock

1:30PM: Fern Apfel

2:30PM:Grace Bakst Wapner

3:30PM: Oliver Peters

What's Happening Where:

12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 Artist Demonstrations: Demonstrations will start on the second floor in the Mohawk Hudson Regional Exhibition with a short introduction to the artist's work in the show, and then will move down to the museum's art studio for demonstration space.

12:00-4:30 Drop in Art Making: Drop in art making activities will be located in the first floor museum atrium.

Lego Building Challenge 2015

Saturday, February 14 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, February 14 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, February 15 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, February 16 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Monday, February 16 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Baseball Lego® Building Challenge

February 14-16

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission)

Team registration: teams may include as many as, but not more than four people.

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

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Brings friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO ® structures. This year’s theme is Baseball.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and compete for prizes 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 or to register contact Barbara Collins at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to



Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes.


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