albany.jpg ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany's Hudson 400th Celebration of Discovery features a variety of children's activities and programs, all designed to engage young people on a journey to learn more about New York's Capital City during the Quadricentennial celebration. "Our special website for children and educators,, has some fun activities for children and families, plus information about our special educational programs," said Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors bureau which operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue.  A new activity for children on the website is Historic Henry. At the website, children may download a drawing of Henry Hudson to color, paste on cardboard and cut out. A journal sheet accompanies Henry and the young explorers on four journeys to local attractions such as a park or a museum. The children are asked to fill in the journal, take a photo of Henry at each location, and then bring Henry, his journal sheet and his photographs to the Visitors Center for a prize.  Families can participate at any time in the free Architectural Scavenger Hunt. With details available on the website, the hunt begins at the First Dutch Reformed Church where participants look up at the steeples to find the first item on the hunt. Among the other eight stops on the hunt include McGeary's Restaurant and Quackenbush House. At the end of the hunt, participants return to the Visitors Center to check their answers and to claim a prize.      Children may download a coloring sheet and, when completed, may send it to the Visitors Center where it will be displayed.  The website also has a list of books for young readers to learn more about Albany's history. Continuing on his journeys throughout the Capital Region is the life-sized Henry Hudson Doll, developed by the ACCVB, in partnership with the Upper Hudson Library System. "Where's Henry?" The site encourages children to submit photos of their Henry Hudson sightings and to tell their story on Henry's blog. The Visitors Center also has special programs during School Break Fun week in April including star shows in its Henry Hudson Planetarium on April 15, 17 and 18, and a presentation of the Henry Hudson Puppet show on April 15. The special Hudson 400 school programs (fees vary), under the direction of the Visitors Center's Education Coordinator Carol Ann Margolis are available by reservation by calling Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 518-434-0405. The programs are:
  • Henry Hudson & Friends Historical Puppet Show.
Puppets tell the story of the Hudson River, the Mahicans and Mohawks who lived on its shores, and the historic arrival of Henry Hudson and his crew from Europe in 1609. Suitable for grades Pre-K through Grade One. The show is made possible by Key Bank.
  • Unearthing the Hudson Valley: A 400-Year Story through Archeology.
Students learn about the special tools and techniques used by archeologist to unearth history. The program includes an audio-video presentation of the excavation of Fort Orange and participation in a sample dig (weather permitting). Suitable for Grades 3-8. (This program is made possible by a New York State Legislative Grant sponsored by Assemblyman John McEneney and by Teaching the Hudson Valley, an education initiative of the National Park Service and the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area in partnership with the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and the Hudson River Estuary Program/New York State department of Environmental Conservation.) In addition to the website, more information about the Hudson 400 celebration is available by visiting  or, or calling 518-434-1217.



The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 and/or visit


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CONTACT:  Michele Vennard, President & CEOAlbany County Convention & Visitors Bureau518-434-1217 x300,