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  1. My name is Amanda Karlin and my family and I moved to Saratoga County not too long ago. We are part of the United States Navy family and looking forward to becoming a part of yours as well. I have two children ages 4 and 11 months. We all love to get out and meet new people, so this looks like it will be a good place to start.

  2. I am Paula, mother of 1 and still feeling fairly new after 4 years here. Glad you are here too!

  3. Hello, my name is Renee and we just moved here for the Navy. I have a very sweet lil boy named Sonny and we are looking forward to all the beauty Saratoga has to offer :)

  4. Hi! My name is Kara & we just moved here in the Summer. My husband works for Global Foundaries and I would love to meet some moms around here that I can connect with! Amanda I also have a 4 year old & 13 month old!! If anyone would like to contact me I’m on Facebook :) Can’t wait to check out all this great information!

    • Hi Kara! Thanks for the comment and for joining our group on Facebook! I’ll try and facilitate some meetups in the next couple weeks. I know there are tons of newcomers! Welcome to the area!

  5. Hi Everyone! My name is Amanda and I moved here last year with my husband and 17 month old son. Even though I’ve been here a year, I’m still very new the area. Thank you, Saratoga Mama for putting all this information together. It’s such a wonderful reference!

  6. Hi! My name is Ashley Lake. I have a daughter who is almost 18 months. We moved here a few months ago because my husband is in the Navy. I’m still learning things about the area every day. I’m glad I found this site! :)

  7. Hi I’m dawn
    I’ve been back and forth to this area few times ( this my third).. My husband works on the Hudson cleanup project. So were hopefully going to make quite a few more 6-9 mo stays here in this area if it’s possible since we’ve loved saratoga so much…I have Sally who is 4, And Benny who is 3. Were always looking to make friends and have playdates, so many fun places to go and much more fun ( safe and easier also) to go with other mums/ kids!

  8. Hi Everyone ! My name is Krisztina. We are soon moving to the area and right now I am trying to find out some information about school districts, towns in Saratoga/Albany county. We have 4 year old twins and we are hoping to move into a home in a good district. Any information would be very helpful for us.

    • Niskayuna is a great school district, I’ve heard good things about North Colonie as well. We don’t have school age kids though yet, but just my 2 cents! =)

  9. Hello Fellow Mamas!
    I am mother to a 15 month old girl and we are considering moving to Saratoga County.

    I used to live in Albany and am aware of how long those winters can be.

    Can any mamas who have relocated to Saratoga comment on how their adjustment has been? Have you been able to cultivate a support network there? How is it getting out and about with your little ones in the winter? Any info is so appreciated! Thanks!

  10. Hi everyone!
    My name is Nicole and I moved to Clifton Park last summer. Having grown up in the Lake George area I never felt “new” to my new home, but now being a new mom I feel like I am clueless about play groups, play places, and this to do. I am a stay at home mom to a 10 month old girl with a little boy due in January. Looking for any advice and resources as well as anyone who would want to get together.

  11. hi! we are moving to the area in about two months. we have a 6 year old son and an 8 year old girl. do you know of any websites or groups to help acclimate a little older child (and parents) to the area? i’d greatly appreciate any advice!

  12. Hey there! We need a photographer for family portraits and baby’s first bday! I know you had suggestions but don’t know who they were. Thanks!

    • Sheree, we love Stephanie Oster from Moments as Art, Pure Bliss Photography is also great. Both will come to your house or location of choice. For a photography studio, check out Bloom and Bee in Albany. Good luck!

  13. Hello. My name is Sarah and I have a 6 1/2 month old baby girl named Sophia. I was wondering if there are any baby play groups etc. in the area as I would love for Sophia to have some social interaction with other babies/kids. I am a stay at home mom so Sophia isn’t always around other babies. Thanks!!


    • Hi, my name is Aimee I’m fairly new to the area and have a 3 month old daughter. I work from home so it’s hard to meet people, would love to meet some new people and get out and about with my little one!

  14. Living back in saratoga after being gone for 7 years. The navy decided we needed to come back. I gave birth to my oldest son at saratoga hospital, he is now 7 and a half and has two more siblings who are 6 and 5. Looking for kid friendly groups and activities. I stumbled onto this website and have already used it to sign up for my first ever paint class at paint n sip on henry st, which is something I’ve been wanting to do so, needeless to say, I’m quite excited. Hoping to meet some new friends, preferably drama free, the navy brings quite a bit of drama with it and I have no desire for that in my life. Just looking for people who want to get the kids together and enjoy hanging out.

  15. Hello ladies,
    My husband and I are about to relocate to the Saratoga area. He is living in an apartment in Clifton Park until we can sell our house in the Boston area. Just found this site and am so excited to connect. I have 2 boys, ages 8 and 10. Looking forward to our move.

  16. Josephine says:

    Hey ladies! Just moved to the area 2 months ago with my husband and 13 month old daughter! Finding it difficult meeting people! So Im glad to have found this site!

    • Hi Josephine! Welcome to the area and to SaratogaMama! Let us know if we can help in any way. I think you’ll find the people here to be very friendly overall, though it might take a bit of time to meet people. Good luck to you and keep in touch!

  17. Krisztina says:

    Hello. My name is Krisztina and we have just moved to Saratoga Springs last September. We are recently renting a house but luckily we will be moving to our new home in a couple of weeks in Cilfton Park. We love Saratoga but we had to find something closer to my husband’s work. We are looking for somebody who would take over our rent from May 1st. I know there are probably families out there looking for rentals as we just did it last summer. We were pretty desperate since we had to find something fast and at that time there weren’t so many available. If anybody is looking for a home to rent or if you know somebody you can reach me at [email protected] and I am happy to give you more information.
    Thank you so much !

  18. Me and my family just moved here from Arizona (yes on purpose lol) and I was so excited to find your site. Looking forward to experiencing new things! Thanks for doing this.

  19. Hello,
    My husband and I are considering moving to the area. We have two boys, 6 & 9. Our oldest has a severe peanut allergy. Is there any peanut free schools nearby?

  20. Christine says:

    My husband and I are moving from Florida to the area this summer with our 3 boys (5 1/2, 3 1/2 and 4 mos). We will be in the area in a couple of weeks to look for a house and preschools. If anyone has any opinion about North Country Academy, St. Paul Lutheran Church childcare center or the Y in Malta, please let me know. Also, we will be needing a pediatrician. Our current pediatrician’s office has several doctors and locations. They are open 7 days a week with addt’l evening hours. Any info on pediatricians in Saratoga would be helpful.

    • Sara Cummings says:

      North Country Academy is a great Daycare and Pre-School. My daughter went there and I was very happy with her teachers as well as the level of education she obtained :)

  21. Caroline says:

    Hello– my family and I are considering relocating to the Saratoga Springs Area. Does anyone have any referrals for a real estate agent? We would like to purchase a single family home in the Saratoga Springs school district. Thanks.

    • sara Cummings says:


      I am also a Saratoga Mommy as well as a realtor right here in Saratoga. Please feel free to contact me and we can discuss your family and home purchase needs :)

      Sara Cummings

    • Christine says:

      Val Thompson and Kate naughton at Roohan realty on broadway are great.

  22. Hi, just found your website and appreciate the resource. I am a back-to-the area “Saratoga Mama” but my children are grown. We do however, spend a lot of time with our grandkids and I am always looking for fun things to do. Just discovered the multi cultural children’s museum in Glen Falls and our grandson loved it!

  23. Hello,
    I just moved to the Milton area and I am looking for a new daycare between home and work which is in Schenectady. Any suggestions?

    I have a 16 month old girl who loves to play with others. Anyone in the Milton Oaks neighborhood?

  24. Jacqueline says:

    We are relocating to the Saratoga region, and I am just starting to look at homes online. Are there any neighborhoods that are really family friendly? I’d like to find a street with great neighbors who enjoy being outside and being neighborly. Preferably where the kids can be out, without fear of being hit by a car. My kids are 4 and 6; so we’re looking for good schools as well.
    If anyone could suggest certain streets, that would be helpful.

  25. Hi! My family (husband, 14 yr son, 4yr daughter) and I have recently moved to Schylerville and we really need to get our son to an orthodontist for braces. Does anyone have suggestions or experience with a wonderful orthodontist in the area? We have a family history of TMJ, so we want to be sure we have someone with experience and good feedback from others would be super helpful.

  26. Hello… So happy I found your site. My husband and I, with our 2 yr old daughter, are planning a move from Canada to Saratoga in the spring. He is originally from the Clifton Park area and knows Saratoga well. I lived in Toronto my whole life, with a brief time living in NYC. I have come to love Saratoga through our many visits over the years! I will likely check in here more and more as the time comes closer and hope to make some good connections with other moms in the area!

    • Hi Lara!

      I am a New York City transplant and my husband’s family is from Quebec.

      Our daughter will be 2 years old in May. We are the only parents in our circle of friends that live in the United States, so it would be nice to make new connections here as well.

      All the best for your move and a smooth transition!

  27. Hello… My husband and I, with our four year old daughter moved to Clifton Park from Guilderland a month ago…Love the area… Glad to find your website. It will be awesome to connect with ‘neighbors’!

  28. Hi I’m Stella and I have 2 sons who are 8 and 3. We recently moved here from England for my husbands job at knolls so as you can imagine everything is very different. I would love to meet other people! Do you have any playground or activities in the afternoon as my 3 year old goes to nursery in the mornings.

    • Hi Stella!

      My husband worked at Knolls whilst in the military (since retired).

      I’m sure you have become more familiar with the area by now but you might try the Saratoga Children’s Museum and Tiny Tots Tea Room in Clifton Park. A great playground in Gavin Park in Wilton or Shenentaha (spelling may be off) in Malta.

      I’m a business owner and take care of my 22 month old full time, so I am only just now getting into the swing of things myself. I would love to meet other moms in the area and maybe set up play groups for our little ones- especially with the nicer weather on the way.

  29. I am looking to find a primary care physician and a gynecologist in the saratoga springs/wilton area. Any suggestions would be helpful. Any opinion on women’s care on carpenter lane, saratoga springs?

    • A friend goes to Women’s Care on Carpenter Lane and loves it. I will be transferring my records there soon too. Also, Dr. Tanya Lehine in Wilton is fantastic for primary care.

  30. Hi Everyone!

    I am excited to have found this forum and resource! I would love to meet other moms & families in the area who are interested in doing play groups and get togethers with our little ones. We live in Ballston Spa and our daughter will be 2 in May. We are the only parents in our group of friends, but we are hoping to change that :)

  31. Hi Saratoga Moms what a wonderful website! I am the associate head of schools at Saratoga Academy a Pre-K through grade 8 school in Clifton Park and would love to share our school with your moms. Please let me know how to be added to your listing but I would also love to come speak to your members or offer our school as a meeting place when you are in the southern part of the county. I can be reached at the above email or feel free to call me at 649-9524 ext. 2. Thanks so much

  32. Hello! My family looking to move to the area soon. I have three questions if you don’t miid: 1) can you recommend an employment agency so I can look for jobs in the area? I am looking at all the online job sites too but would love to talk to a local employment agency. I work in ecommerce and online marketing. 2) I have two children: my son is 7 and my daughter is 2. I see that there are multiple primary schools. Is there a minimum amount of time that you need to be a resident before he can be accepted? 3) We are looking to rent a house. Is there a real estate agency that can help me with full year rentals?

    Thank you so much.

  33. Hi there, We just moved to the area and I am interested in finding private swim lessons for my kiddo (age 5). We need to get started to safely enjoy the water this summer! Any recommendations in Saratoga or Wilton? Thank you!

  34. sharmistha mohapatra says:

    Hi Saratoga Mama,
    I am Sharmistha. We just recently moved from San Francisco. I was referred to your website by another Mama from a different social networking site I follow. I am really impressed by this website and appreciate what you are doing here. I have been to quite a few places (thanks to my Hubby’s consulting job) I haven’t seen any such websites. I found Spa Christian School and Go Kids for my 3 year old son owing to this website. Thanks a lot!

  35. Megan DiMaio says:

    I’m Megan. We just moved to Saratoga Springs from North Carolina in August and are expecting our first baby in November. Does anyone have suggestions for how to meet other moms of younger babies? A lot of the activities look great but more for toddlers and up.

  36. Hi I’m Meagan. We will be moving up there in January, my husband will now be employed at Global Foundaries in Malta! We found a lovely house in Greenfield Center and I was wondering if you would know anything about that area? Our realtor tells us its very close to saratoga springs where everything is at! Any info would be great! So thankful for your website as I don’t know anyone or anything in that area!! Super helpful!!

  37. I am still very very new here. You have a wonderful list for pediatricians and daycares. Do you have any lists for family medicine or primary care doctors for the parents. Also looking for obstetrics and gynecology. Thank you for your website it has been a great help.

  38. Andrea Masterson says:

    Hi! I am new to the area and moved from Westchester County a few months ago. I have 2 daughters one is 8 and the other is 5 months old. I have decided to be a stay at home mom for the time being and looking for activities and places to take my youngest during the day to get out of the house and meet some new people. Any suggestions?

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