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What Is There for Kids and Families to do in Gloversville? Plenty!

When the new splash pad opened earlier this summer at Trail Station Park, it was a welcomed summer activity for Downtown Gloversville. Many people took to social media to note the excitement behind the new free facility. One person wrote that it was good to have because “there’s nothing here for the kids.”

Actually, there are numerous opportunities for youth in this small, walkable city.

Gloversville is home to several organizations geared towards youth sports including Fulton United Soccer, Gloversville Little League and Little Huskies. Depending on the time of year, you can see kids out on the fields learning new skills and playing games.

If organized sports doesn’t interest a child, the Glove Theatre hosts several productions and movies throughout the year for local entertainment. In addition to attending an event, kids can even participate in productions. This past summer, 75 children took to the stage in “Disney’s Frozen Kids.” Another dozen youth took part in the Glove Academy where they wrote, produced, directed and acted in their own performance of “Fairy Tales … Flipped.”

Organized activities not your or your family’s thing? Spend a day on your own schedule at your own pace checking out the museums in the area, including the NYS Baseball Hall of Fame, Fulton County Museum, Glove Theatre Museum, and Karepeles Manuscript Museum. Also take a trip to see art exhibits at the Micropolis Art Gallery inside the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market at 30 N. Main St.

The Dorn Space at 99 N. Main St. hosts concerts throughout the year. Check their schedule to see which ones are family friendly. The Fulton County Regional SPCA, located at, takes volunteers ages 16 and above. For more information, visit Those ages 13 to 15 can participate in the shelter’s internship program and information can be found at

The Gloversville Public Library, located at 58 E. Fulton St., provides a range of programming from a baby club to cooking classes and writing workshops for teens, and anime afternoons for children ages 10 and over. Of course, there are numerous books, videos, and other material that can be checked out. What better way to spend a rainy day than reading a book?

Outdoors more in your wheelhouse? Take a bike ride or walk on the FJ&G Rail Trail. Gloversville is also home to numerous parks with basketball courts located at Elk Street and Darling Field (Darling Field also has tennis courts). Playground equipment is located at Spring Street Park and new pre-K age swings and slides were installed at the Washington Street Park. Fishing is always a fun activity at Wohlfarth’s Pond on South McNab Street where the Gloversville Recreation Commission hosts a spring fishing derby every year.

The Gloversville Recreation Commission is also very active in hosting a plethora of activities. From providing a Summer Day Camp, to hosting outdoor movies in Meyers Park, to organizing Rail Fest and Fall Fest, the organization provides year-round programming in this city.

“There’s nothing for the kids to do.” Maybe that was a typo and it should read, “There’s always something for the kids to do in Gloversville.”


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