Plattsburgh, New York is full of kid-friendly activities. The better-known activities in Plattsburgh include Plattsburgh City Beach, several state parks and the Blue Trails, as well as a mini-golf course, an international raceway and a golf course. But for those looking for indoor activities for children, there are still plenty of options.
Tip Top Frame Art Center (plattsburghartgallery.com) contains art from both local and national artists. Artwork includes wood turnings, metal sculptures and fusion glass. It is located at the spot of a historical landmark (the former state troopers’ barracks). And, if the kids get antsy, you can stop in the art center's tea shop for a snack. Rockwell Kent Gallery (organizations.plattsburgh.edu) focuses on the artwork of Rockwell Kent, an artist, author and political activist who lived from 1882 to 1972. The gallery contains his paintings, lithographs and woodcuts, many of which focus on a bleak portrait of nature. Rockwell Kent Gallery also has many educational programs for students in kindergarten through high school.
The Champlain Centres (champlaincentre.com) contains over 90 stores, a movie theater and a food court. The mall's Journey Into Reading series provides a story time for children of all ages. The Regal Summer Movie Express program screens G- and PG-rated movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for only $1 (at the time of publication) during the summer. The Antique and Variety Mall (antiqueandvarietymall.com) is an antique dealer and consignment shop. The mall offers antiques, crafts, electronics, clothing, books and collectibles.
The Kent-Delord House Museum (kentdelordhouse.org) is the former home of three generations of the Delord family. The Delords were influential members of the community from 1797 to 1913. Their involvement includes the Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. The museum has nine rooms with period furnishings on display. The Clinton County Historical Museum (clintoncountyhistorical.org) is a multi-gallery museum, which chronicles local history from as far back as the 17th century. The museum is on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, and displays paintings, maps, furniture and decorative arts.
The Corner-Stone Bookshop (cornerstonebookshop.biz) offers three floors filled with just about every imaginable genre of writing. In addition, the store sells music, movies, comic books and magazines. Twice a day, the store holds story telling for children. Little Ones (no website; 220 Margaret St., Plattsburgh; 518-562-2585) is a children’s store that sells toys and clothes. The store offers a large selection of reduced price used toys that are still in a good condition.