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Fun Stuff

Adirondack Balloon Flights P.O. Box 65, Glens Falls, 793-6342. www.adirondackballoonflights.com. What better way to view the scenic Adirondack mountains than from above? Gift certificates available.

Albany’s Indoor Rockgym and Caving Gymnasium 4C Vatrano Road, Albany, 459-7625. www.airrock gym.com. When the going gets tough, the tough climb the walls. Private and group instruction offered as well as birthday parties for the willing and the brave.

Adirondack Mountain Club Albany chapter: P.O. Box 2116, Albany, 899-2725. www.adk.org. Just an hour from the Capital Region, the Adirondacks boast some of the best views in the state—perfect when you need a break from the grind of city life. The ADK hosts hikes and outings, meetings and seminars for the outdoorsy set.

Aquilonia Comics 412 Fulton St., Troy, 271-1069. Troy’s comic treasure-trove is home to all the latest comics, graphic novels, movie tie-ins and toys.

Arlene’s Artist Materials 57 Fuller Road, Colonie, 482-8881. An art-supply store that meets the needs of the creative soul.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. www.artscenteronline.org. The center features changing art exhibits, performances and state-of-the-art studios where a multitude of classes in the arts are taught. Drawing, painting, weaving, ceramics, woodworking, dance, jewelry making and much more are regularly featured.

Aunt Katie’s Attic 7052 Amsterdam Road, Scotia, 887-3026. Specialty is vintage kitchen.

Aurora’s Boutique 282 River Street, Troy, 266-1191. Glamorous, vintage cocktail dresses, foxy shoes, purses and jewels.

Central Art Supply 292 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501, www.4centralartsupply.com. Artist-owned and -operated art-supply store. Materials for the student and the professional. Students get 10-percent discount with valid ID.

Color Me Mine Stuyvesant Plaza, 446-0870. A hands-on, paint-your-own pottery studio.

Creative Sparks 42 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2030. Choose, design and paint your own piece of pottery or a mosaic at this hands-on studio.

Deja Vu 145 Wolf Road, Shopper’s Park, Albany, 459-6495. Clothing, candles, body jewelry, posters, smoking accessories and more.

Duanesburg Skydiving Club Routes 7 and 20, Duanesburg, 895-8140. www.duanesburgskydiving.com. Take a flying leap and come in for a safe landing with the club’s expert skydivers and parachute instructors. Take a friend along—group rates available.

Earthworld 537 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2400. www.earthworld comics.com. Albany’s largest comics store—get your fix with tons of back issues, underground comics and toys.

Electric City Comics & Magazines 1704 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 377-1500. The area’s best selection of back issues. Also, new issues and magazines.

First Prize Paintball 245 Morris Road, Colonie, 449-2255. www.first prizepaintball.com. Check out the adult version of hide-and-seek. Private play, open play, tournaments and more. Birthday parties for adventurers of all ages, 10 to 104! Pro shop on site.

Funplex 589 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-2651. www.fun plexfunpark.com. Go-cart racing, bumper boats, batting cages, a climbing wall, and the ever-popular Mystic Lagoon miniature golf course. In between athletic endeavors, enjoy an ice cream cone at Lickety Splits.

Fun Spot 1035 Route 9, Queensbury, 792-8989. Featuring roller-skating, Laser Tron, go-karts and two water slides.

Lake George Kayak Co. Main Street, Bolton Landing, www.lake georgekayak.com, 644-9366. www.lakegeorgekayak.com. Offering sales, rentals, lessons and tours in kayaking and hiking.

Magic Moon 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2488. A metaphysical boutique with candles, incense, books, crystals and more.

Mohawk Valley Skydiving Interstate 890 and Route 5, Glenville, 372-4883. www.mohawkvalley skydiving.com. All you Fear Factor addicts out there can live out your reality-TV dreams at Mohawk Valley Skydiving. Offering tandem and accelerated freefall jumps, videos, photos and skydiving instruction.

Northern Lights Shop 30 Fuller Road, Colonie, 453-3402. A wide selection of traditional hookahs & shisha, acrylic, metal, wood, incense, beaded curtains, tapestries and posters, as well as hand-blown glass items by local artists.

Orion 169 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-4902. A staple of Schenectady’s Jay Street for as long as we can remember. For anyone walking the block, it’s a must-see. Everything from clothing and hand-made silver jewelry to a full line of pipes and smoking accessories.

Outer Zone 82 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 587-8243. www.outer zonesaratoga.com. Laser tag in a two-story arena with music and special targets. Birthday party packages available.

Peaceful Inspirations 384 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, 439-7039. Yoga supplies, drums, books for adults and children, jewelry, fair-trade items and more.

Prism Glass Works 2303 15th St., Troy, 273-8556. Custom hand-blown glass, specializing in tobacco pipes, goblets, marbles, ornaments and sculptures.

Saratoga Beads 80 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-7733. An artist-owned and -operated shop where you can design and make your own jewelry from more than 3,000 different beads.

Saratoga Organics 38 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-2005. Organic and hydroponic gardening supplies. Horticultural lighting and repair. Beneficial insects, organic seeds and natural pesticides.

Saratoga Savoy Center of Dance 7 Wells St., Saratoga Springs, 587-5132. www.saratogasavoy.com. A dance studio specializing in social dancing. Argentine tango, ballroom, lindy hop, swing and more. Special workshops with some of the world’s best dancers.

Shining Star 244 Lark Street, Albany, 465-5520. “Nothing you need, everything you want,” including glass, tapestries, statuettes and incense.

Smoke & Mirrors 221 Lark St., Albany, 434-3236. In addition to a selection of adult games and toys, this shop operates under the slogan, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!”, selling a variety of hookahs, cigars and exotic tobacco products.

Spa City Comics 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7760. Offering new and old comics, anime videos and graphic novels.

Zombie Planet 1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202. Collectible card games, miniature board games, role-playing games and much more.

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