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.


Half-Price Admission Days

Wednesday, January 28 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Thursday, January 29 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Friday, January 30 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday, January 31 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday, February 1 • 12:00pm - 5:00pm Wednesday, February 4 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Thursday, February 5 • 10:00am - 5:00pm Friday, February 6 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

We are changing out our exhibitions and offering discounted admission while we prepare for the opening of Triple Play! Baseball at the Albany Institute.

Enjoy historic textiles, ancient Egyptian artifacts, Hudson River School paintings, and more!

HOLIDAY MONDAY: Presidents' Day

Monday, February 16 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

Visit the Albany Institute of History & Art for free! The whole family will enjoy our new exhibition Triple Play! Baseball at the Albany Institute.

Gallery Talk at 1PM

Free admission

Sponsored by M&T Bank

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.



FAMILY PROGRAM Baseball in Winter Family Day

Sunday, March 29 • 10:00am - 4:30pm

Can’t wait for opening day?

Tour our exhibitions and stop by the studio to make a pennant for your favorite team!

2PM: Be sure to watch baseball poetry and music expert Tim Wiles, former Director of Research at the Baseball Hall of Fame, perform his costumed recitation of the classic "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, followed by a rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game (including the two verses you probably have never heard). Wiles has performed "Casey" thousands of times and wrote a book on Take Me Out to the Ball Game upon its centennial in 2008. He is now Director of the Guilderland Public Library.

Free with museum admission

FAMILY PROGRAM Everybody in the Game

Sunday, April 26 • 12:00pm - 4:30pm

NOON: Screening of A League of Their Own (1992)
2PM: Presentation by author Sue Macy

Tour our exhibitions, stop by the studio to create your own team logo, and hear award-winning author Sue Macy talk about her book "The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League" in which she uncovered the true story behind the movie, A League of Their Own. Copies of Sue's books will be available for purchase and signing in the museum shop.

Free with museum admission