School's almost out, but that doesn't mean you have to stop learning. And before you let out a collective groan, let me just tell you that I don't mean the homework-essay-class presentation kind of learning. I mean the fun, hands-on, 'Wait, am I learning something, too?' kind of learning.
Albany County offers lessons for every scholar, so whether you're a nature-born naturalist, or an amateur arts critic, we have a study sesh for you. And they're so fun, you won't even realize you're getting smarter while you do them!
Description: Dinosaur lovers and proto-paleontologists can learn how dinosaurs lived over 65 million years ago by observing 10 giant, totally realistic animatronic dinosaurs, moving, roaring and screeching, flying and gliding through their natural environments. Based on the latest research, the creatures in this new exhibit social behavior, and you'll have the opportunity to observe a mother dinosaur tending her young, and even get a chance to see a nest of dinosaur eggs hatch. Stop by the dino dig site, fossil rub station, and finish your education at the Dinosaur Prophecy film at the Suites-Bueche Planetarium, and you'll be ready to posit your own theories about how these mighty beasts once lived. Through September 18.
What I Learned: Science doesn't stop. Scientists are continually gathering new information about the earth, and we continue to be amazed by what we discover.
Art appreciators: Best of SUNYDescription: The annual Best of SUNY exhibits the artwork of 60 talented students from across New York State. See drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, and digitally produced works from students at the very cutting edge of the visual arts field. Enjoy these pieces in the grandeur of the New York State Museum, one of the country's largest state museums. Through October 23.
What I Learned: Student art shows are powerful platforms for students to demonstrate their creativity, but they are also a site for social commentary. See what the future holds, not just for these students, but for the art world.
What I Learned: You'll glimpse the hardships our armed forces endured during the Great War, and gain new appreciation for the sacrifices our soldiers make to this day.
What I Learned: It is astounding what can be captured and communicated in an unspoiled environment. The lesson here is really in the landscape itself, and uncovering all it has to offer the careful observer.