Thanks for your support!
Our 2nd Annual KidsGiving event at TreePaad was a huge success!  Thanks to so many loyal readers for coming out and supporting To Love A Child.  I truly appreciate your support and hope you had as much fun as I did! 
SaratogaMama
As you can probably figure out due to my lack of posting, I'm taking a little break from MaltaMama in order to turn SaratogaMama into an even more amazing resource for ALL of us.  It's not just about Saratoga Springs, but all of Saratoga County!  I hope you will join me there and support this new venture. 

MaltaMama
What about MaltaMama? 
Right now, I'm not sure to be honest!  I may redesign the site and bring it back bigger and better, or I may simply phase out and roll MaltaMama into SaratogaMama.  Either way, I know my amazing readers will be supportive.  I can't thank you all enough for sticking with me!  These past two years have been amazing and I couldn't or wouldn't have done it without you, my wonderful readers and friends. 
-Colleen


 
 
KidsGiving 2011
This Friday, Nov. 4th is the 2nd annual KidGiving charity event at TreePaad in Malta.  I am honored to serve on local non-profit To Love A Child; an organization does amazing things in Haiti, Zimbabwe and here in the US.  In addition to providing necessities to underprivileged children and families around the world, we also through some pretty awesome events! 
Friday is our 2nd annual KidsGiving at TreePaad in Malta.  I really hope you will come to this event and show your support for this organization and our community. 

Tickets are $12 per child, $8 for kids 2 and under.  Price includes unlimited play at TreePaad for two hours!  In addition to the normal TreePaad fun, KidsGiving will feature a silent auction, bake sale, pizza, balloon art, face painting, crafts and other games and prizes. 

Tickets available at TreePaad
or by calling To Love a Child at (518) 859-4424
See you on Friday!

 
 
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We went to this Halloween Bash last year at really enjoyed it.  Tons of fun for the kids.  In addition to the obvious trick-or-treating, there are vendors to peruse, games to play and lots of other neat activities.
Admission is only $4 per child, but FREE is even better!

Enter to WIN tickets for up to five children!
You have until noon on Thursday, October 27th to enter. 
Leave a comment here on SaratogaMama and let us know what your favorite Halloween candy is! 


The Children's Guide Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 29th from 11am-2pm
Afrim's in Albany

 
 
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We went to this 'bash' last year and loved it!  An indoor trick-or-treating event with tons of activities for the kids.  Admission is only $4 per child, but free is even better! 

Enter to win tickets by noon on Thursday, October 27th! 
Leave a comment hereon SaratogaMama letting us know what your favorite Halloween candy is!  See you there-

 
 
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Clifton Park Center has a Halloween Costume Contest on Friday from 6pm-9pm.  There will be three age categories and three winners in each.  Winners will receive gift certificates and the grand prize winner will receive free wings for a year at Buffalo Wild Wings.  (like anyone needs that many wings!!)

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Wilton Wildlife Preserve has two family events this weekend.  It the weather is nice, enjoy nature at the beautiful Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park! 

Fall Foliage Hike on Saturday from 10-11am
Art Exploration on Sunday from 10-11:30


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Kids Book Signing at Green Conscience Home & Garden

Also on Saturday is a children's book signing event at Green Conscience in Saratoga.  Event starts at 11am.  Children's book author Ruth Ann Smalley will be signing her latest creation: "Sheila Says We're Weird", which came out last June.

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This Sunday from 1-2pm is a Discovery Day Family Program at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.  The museum is very neat and If you  haven't explored downtown Glens Falls yet, it's worth a trip.  Lots of nice boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. 

Have a great weekend everyone!  See you around-
 
 
Round Lake Library
I'd like you all to meet Sandra Debusmember of the WRLIS Campaign Team for the Round Lake Library.  She is here to share some important information about upcoming budget cuts that could seriously impact the library we all love! 
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Your Library needs you now, more than ever!  The proposed 2012 Town budget cuts $60,000 from the Library funding, a cut of more than 20% over this year’s funding! 

In preparing for 2012, the Library has already slashed expenses to meet expected funding levels.  With $60,000 more to cut, the only option remaining is to eliminate 27 hours of operation, which will be split between the two buildings. This was not a decision that was made easily by the Trustees! 

The Library was thrilled to be able open full time in July 2010, as it helped meet the needs expressed by the users.  It just feels wrong to have to cut them back only eighteen months later!  We are currently open 10-8 weekdays and a few hours on Saturdays, but will now have to cut a day and a few hours from both locations.

We believe that you can help!

If all the Malta moms banded together, we could convince the Town Board to restore the funding.  We need Moms and Dads to attend Board meetings, question Malta political candidates about their support for the library, and write letters to the editors of local newspapers.

We also need everyone to vote YES on the Library ballot proposition on Election Day.  Voting YES lets the people decide instead of the politicians. Be sure to check the back of your ballot for the Library proposition.

For more information on the Library Vote, pick up a copy of our FAQs at the Library or call the election hotline at 518-768-1897. 

To receive the Library newsletter and calendar of events, log on to the website at www.RoundLakeLibrary.org, and click on “newsletter.”

Thanks for supporting Your Library!

 
 
2nd Annual KidsGiving
Many of you attended last year's KidsGiving event at TreePaad and I'm excited for the 2nd annual KidsGiving this year on Friday, November 4th from 6-8pm!

KidsGiving is an amazing event for a number of reasons.
1.  It's an opportunity to teach our kids about children around the world who need our help
2.  It's a fundraiser to support local charity To Love A Child
3.  KidsGiving is a Kids event at a Kids location!  You already know your children will have fun at TreePaad, so why not go and support a good cause? 

Get your tickets!
Tickets include an Unlimited Play Pass for 2 hours!
$12 per child (or participating adult)
$8 (for kids 2 and under)
Includes unlimited play in Fort Ballocity, LazerTag, SpiderZone, Jumpshot and Rock Climbing
Tickets available at TreePaad
or by calling To Love a Child at (518) 859-4424
Credit Cards Accepted


Other Event highlights include:
Crafts, Kid’s Auction, Food and Beverages, Bake Sale, Balloon Art, and Wilton Kiwanis will be on hand with additional games and prizes to promote their “Reading is Fundamental” Program.  I can't wait to see a lot of you there!

 
 
Locust Grove Designs
Is your husband losing his “man room to the nursery?”  Is your little one becoming a big kid but still has a little kid’s room? Is your play room more like a dumping ground with no room to play? 
As you may already know, I recently I worked with Dawn DiLorenzo at Locust Grove Designs to do a virtual makeover on Robby’s room.  I enjoyed working with Dawn and now it's your turn!

Dawn wants to help you give your nursery, kid’s room or play room a little lift!  Today through Friday, November 4th, visit and LIKE Dawn's Locust Grove Designs Facebook page.  Then leave a comment (or even post a picture) on Dawn's wall or on this post and let her know what you would change about your baby’s nursery or kid’s room, or even a playroom.

The winner will be drawn at random and will receive a one-hour internet consultation on redesigning and updating your child's nursery, big-kid room or playroom. If you've ever wanted expert advice on what to do with your space, now is your chance to get it for free!

How to Enter:

- Visit Locust Grove Designs on Facebook and comment on the wall or on this blog post and tell us what you'd change about your nursery, kids room, or playroom.  (you must be a fan of LGD on Facebook to enter)

You will then be automatically entered to win the One-Hour internet Consultation! 
Enter by Friday, November 4th! 

View some before and after pictures of Dawn's work! 
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Big boy room Before & After
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Tiny Tots Early Learning Center
From preschool programs and summer camps to mama-&-me classes, and Parents Night Out events, Tiny Tots Early Learning Center has a huge offering of services!

The school's primary mission is to foster a love of learning in each student. Their programs weave both artistic and practical disciplines into everyday academics.  Students learn to follow their curiosity, to think creatively, and to work both independently and cooperatively with others.

I know several mama's that send their children to preschool at Tiny Tots and they have all wonderful things to say about the programs.  Great news,  there are still open preschool spots in their three class levels, 2/3, 3/4 and 4/5's.  The website is updated with all the availability and program details. 

Preschool room at Tiny Tots
Preschool room at Tiny Tots
The mama-&-me class offerings are great!  Baby-tween is from 9 months-18 months; an often forgotten about age group.  Everything Round serves the 18 month-3 yrs group, and Open Class Enrichment is for ages 2.5-4. This program is like attending preschool with your child!  Great opportunity to help your child prepare and play an active part in their learning.  Find out availability and full class descriptions here.

On Saturday, October 15th, drop your children off from 6-9pm for a Mama Night Out

Tiny Tots Early Learning Center
Exit 8 Plaza- 1536 Crescent Rd.Clifton Park, NY 12065 
(518) 371-2034 

 
 
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This weekend is the semi-annual Encore Kids Consignment Sale at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.  This sale is huge and can be overwhelming.  I always advise hitting the consignment sales without kids if you can!  
Sale Dates:
Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 9am-2pm (many items are half price)

After consigning on Friday evening, head downtown BSpa for First Friday.  Lots of activities around town and stores stay open late.  Bundle up for the last outdoor movie in Wiswall Park - Despicable Me.  

Saturday is an art event at the Saratoga Battlefield that sounds interesting.  That is if your kids enjoy art... mine don't, yet!  
Sunday is the Fall Festival at Grant Cottage.