I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  We had a blast celebrating with family and friends, but it's good to be back on a 'normal' routine.  There's lots of classes at the Malta Community Center starting up in the next couple weeks.  Here are a few standouts:
Makin Music - A fun, structured music class for kids age 18mo-4yrs.  Meets for 6 Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30.  Starts Jan. 12th.  Cost is $42/resident, $46 non-resident. (we'll be taking this one, BTW)

Toddler Time - A non-structured play time with a short story time, craft and snack. 
Meets for 6 Tuesdays from 9:30-11am.  Starts Jan. 11th.  Cost is $42/resident, $46 non-resident.

Tap/Ballet Combo - A beginners dance class for ages 3-5.  Proper dance attire including ballet/tap shoes required.  Meets for 6 weeks.  Offered on Tuesdays (4:15-5:15) and Thursdays (4:30-5:30 starting January 4th and 6th.   Cost is $53/resident and $58/non-resident. 

Feeling like you'll be in a winter rut?  Sign up for a class or two so at least you have something structured and regular in your week.  Check out the Winter Activities Brochure for all the classes. 

I know it seems like a century away, but this Sunday, December 12th from 1pm-4pm, Malta is having its annual Holiday Party which is a free family event for Malta residents (non-residents are $8/child).  The event will feature holiday crafts, a puppet show, music and a visit from our favorite guy, Santa.  You have to register for this party by Wednesday, December 8th.  Call 518-899-4411 Also, bring a canned good for donation. 

The other fun holiday Malta Community Center event is the Preschool Christmas Party which is on Tuesday, December 14th from 9:30am-11am.  This event is tons of fun for the kids and includes holiday stories, music, craft, snack and a visit from Santa.  Each parent should bring a small wrapped present ($5 value) marked with child's name.  Residents: $8 Non-Residents: $9.  Again, pre-registration required and this party does fill up! 

A couple neat classes are starting this week for the little one's at Malta Community Center.  Having taken them both, I highly recommend!  Tuesdays from 9:30-11am there's Toddler Time (15-36 months), and that starts this week.  Also starting this week is Makin' Music (18mos.-4yrs), Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30.  They both have spots available.  Toddler Time is basically a big gym with tons of toys for the kids to go nuts and play for the first half.  Second half is story time, music and snack.  This is very relaxing and not very structured (in a good way!).  Makin' Music is definitely a more structured environment with group songs, stories, instruments, marching, etc.  It also ends with snack time.  You can't go wrong with either! 
Two new free classes for parents are also starting this week, Tot University and Parents of Pre-Schoolers.  They both start Tuesday and cover lots of interesting topics pertaining to raising children.  Tot is from 11-11:30 and Pre-Schools is from 10-11am.  Only problem is only kids under 1 are able to attend.  I'd love to do the Tot University, but I'm not sure what to do with my tot during that time!  Too bad it wasn't offered in the evening.   

View the Fall Activities Guide for details on all the course offerings and the registration form. 
Malta Community Day is this Saturday, September 11th from 10am-4pm in Downtown Malta.  Where is downtown Malta?  Across from Stewarts in that random gazebo, of course!  I'm half kidding because I am a strong supporter of a 'downtown Malta' having more businesses and things to walk to.  I just don't think we are quite to the point of calling the existing parcel a 'downtown'.  In any case, check out the festivities this Saturday!  The day kicks off with a 5k run at 8:30.  If you want more info on that, check out Malta BPA's site.  A parade down Route 9 will commence at 10am starting at the Malta Community Center and ending downtown at Malta Commons (the gazebo).

The day will feature musical Entertainment, Community Business & Non-Profit Booths, Food Concessions, Bounce Houses, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Games, Balloon Sculptures, Talent Showcase, Scarecrow Decorating Contest, Tae Kwon Do Demonstrations, Rock Climbing Wall and much MORE!  If you go, look for me and say hello!  I will be sporting baby Angie in my Beco carrier while attempting to keep Robby away from playing in traffic on Route 9.  See you there!
Tonight at 7pm, there's a free concert in Congress Park.  The band is E'Town Express and by the looks of their website, this should be one happenin' show! 

And now for Wednesday...
I'm not sure if the Malta Community Center was ever going to add this one to their event calendar, but it's the 12th Annual Family Night at Shenentaha Park on Wednesday, August 4th.  This event is free and runs from 3:30-7pm.  According to the information I have (again, not found on the website) there will be face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, free food, entertainment and more.  This event is sponsored by the Town of Malta and the
Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. (although the supervisors also have a website, this event is again NOT listed on their event calendar.)  UGH! 

Malta Fall 2010 Brochure
If you live in Malta you'll probably get one of these in the mail but in case you don't, view the PDF here or just click on the picture of the brochure.

There are the usual kid offerings of yoga, Makin' Music, Toddler Time, and the Halloween and Christmas party.  I've done them all with the exception of yoga and they are great.  New this season is a Dance n Gym class that sounds interesting as well as a Books and Cooks class, both for ages 2.5-5.  In addition, there are two classes for parents only, one for parents of preschoolers and another called Tot University for parents of toddlers.  Read about them in the brochure but they definitely sound intriguing. 

Nothing starts until September, which feels a million years away (although I know it's not).  The good things is most of the classes don't fill up, so don't feel like you have to register immediately.  I've even registered on the day of the first class successfully, although I wouldn't recommend that.  The Halloween and Christmas parties are always a hit, so plan early for those. 

Forgetful like I am?  I will post some reminders a week before some of the interesting classes are starting, as well as any special events that are listed in the brochure.   

Malta Community Center Summer 2010
If you live in Malta you'll probably get one of these in the mail but in case you don't, view the PDF here or just click on the picture of the brochure.

This summer there will be a Summer Preschool Program for kids ages 3-5 running on Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 in July and August.  You don't need to enroll in every Thursday which is nice, and each week is a new theme.  The cost per day is $8 resident $9 non-resident.  Adult is required here, so it's not a drop-off preschool!  That would be really great, huh?  I can think of a million things to do during that hour...

One thing I need to do is find out when the open gym times are because they are not listed in the brochure like they usually are.  I will post them here as soon as I find out.  

There are a few special concerts and a family day that is listed in the book.  I will absolutely post about those special events here at MaltaMama so you won't miss anything!  Registration starts May 3rd.   

JJ Cole blanket I really want!
This Friday, April 16th the Malta Community Center is hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic to welcome the spring.  Children ages 2-5 are invited to bring a teddy bear or other toy and a caregiver.  The picnic goes from 9:45-10:45 and the cost is $10 for residents and $11 for non-residents.  This will probably be a good way to meet some other kiddos in the area in a cute and friendly setting.  You must pre-register by calling the center at 518-899-4411.  You also need to bring a picnic blanket and a picture of the child  I have no idea why though. 

Part II of this post is about the picnic blanket!  I have been eyeing this JJ Cole blanket (shown in photo) on Amazon for so long!  I'm thinking that the TB picnic on Friday is just the excuse I need to place this order.  It gets great reviews and folds up so nicely.  I like that it's got a waterproof side too and seems big enough.  Anyone have a better idea?     

On April 3rd, an Easter Egg Hunt or 'egg-stravaganza' as they're calling it will be held at the Malta Community Center.  Festivities will include crafts, a visit from the Easter Bunny and the egg hunt.  Light refreshments will also be served.  Kids are asked to bring their own easter baskets to collect the eggs. 
Pre-registration is required by Monday, March 29th.  You have a week left, but earlier the better! 
Session I is 9:30-10:30am
Session II is 11am-12pm
both on Saturday, April 3rd. 
Cost is $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents

To register, stop by or call the Malta Community Center at: 518-899-4411
Or print and fax/mail the form found in this Winter/Spring 2010 Brochure

Cafe Malta
I want to preface this post with a couple things…
1)  MaltaMama is not designed to be a complaint forum, despite that this post is actually a complaint
2)  I love the Malta Community Center! 
When I originally saw the information about Café Malta at the Malta Community Center I was very excited!  A coffee-house experience literally in my backyard!  (if you know where my house is, you’d realize that is actually true).  I thought the format was good: feature several local musical acts, some even Malta residents.  They were seeking audition candidates a few weeks ago, and I even posted about it to show my support!  At that time, I really didn’t read up about the details. 
Wouldn’t this have been a great ‘free’ event to offer the public, residents and non-residents who may have never even seen the community center?  Couldn’t you make money by selling oh, I don’t know, COFFEE and various deserts at a ‘coffee-house’?  To my dismay, the community center decided on an admission fee of $6 per person (advance only) and $8 at the door.  I’m not trying to cheap out, but c’mon, for me, hubby, and Robby to go, we’d be paying $18 or $24 if we decided day-of?  Granted the event is not geared toward children, but if the format were more casual, it would be a lot of fun for the kids to go and hear some live music at our (tax-payer funded) Community Center!  I may sound like a hater, but the truth is, I really like the community center!  I just wish that this event was more family-friendly and free. 
I wish the event a lot of success. I’m sure the musical acts have worked hard to prepare, and I hope more people than their immediate families attend.  If you go, please let me know how it is!  
Have a great weekend everyone, see you on Monday!