Driving with kids from NJ to VT via I87
Unfortunately play area typically equals fast food or, at the very least, a chain. I think any place with an indoor play area (necessary at this time of year) would be fast food. In Clifton Park, I believe exit 9 of the Northway, there is a Friendly's. Kids really like their menu.
Wolf's 1-11 is between exits 2 and 4 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) (there is no exit 3). Located at 111 Wolf Rd, Colonie, it is a restaurant with a children's game room. Check out the web site or Face Book page.
I recently took a couple and their two young daughters, 8 & 10, there and after a bite to eat the children had a wonderful time with Mom in the game room while Dad and I caught up on old times over a couple of beers.