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This Months Feature Story

Teaching kids about spending, saving and more

By Charles McChesney

To discover the value of a dollar—or several—young people need opportunities to learn about saving, spending, borrowing, and how to balance their needs and wants.


Enchanted Beaver Lake

Credit: Michael Davis Photo (2007)

Enchanted Beaver Lake features more than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria that light the way along two magical trails at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. There’s also face painting, fortune telling and treats. The annual event runs from Thursday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Advance reservations, including parking, are required. Admission is $3 per person; it’s free for kids under 3. Parking costs $5. Call (315) 638-2519 for reservations and information.

For more events in October, take a look at the calendar.






© Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York

Camp Fair 2009

Camp Fair 2009 gave some 50 summer programs, and residential and day camps a chance to talk to families and potential participants and help them make plans for the long vacation.

And while parents perused brochures and asked staffers’ questions, kids got their faces painted, watched performances and sat for caricatures.

Families also entered drawings to win backpacks, donated by EMS, a birthday party at Shades of Orange, tickets to Sesame Street Live! or a free week at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s Zoo Camp. Many visitors earned free DVDs, CDs and books by writing down their favorite advice for new parents (and some of those words of wisdom will appear in Baby Times, Family Times’ annual publication just for expectant and new parents).

The entire extravaganza, the fifth presented by Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York, took place on the commons level of Carousel Center on March 7.

Wacky Chad juggles plungers

Camp Stella Maris


Coco the Clown

Mama Pajama’s Playhouse

Rising Stars

Mike Carter

Always Dancing

Guzman Dance Studio


Jewish Community Center


Chad goes shopping

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