Calendar


November 2014

Please note: Mistakes happen. To confirm event details, call the sponsoring organization’s phone number or visit the website.

Friday, Oct. 31

HALLOWEEN

National Fossil Days Exhibit Opening. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; daily, through Dec. 31. Learn about the Mesozoic Era and the Age of Reptiles. Pick up an activity booklet and adopt a fossil to take home. Great Swamp Conservancy Museum of Natural and Local History, 8375 N. Main St. Canastota. Free. 697-2950.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. The American Hockey League team faces the Rochester Americans. War Memorial, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20, plus applicable processing fees. 473-4444.

Saturday, Nov. 1

Craft Fair and Harvest Fun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft vendors; bake sale; and children’s crafts, games and activities. Baldwinsville Christian Academy, 7312 Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville. 638-1069.

NYS Model Train Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Nov. 2. One of the Northeast’s premier model train shows, with more than 100 vendors and over 30 operating layouts. Exhibit Center, State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $8/age 16 & older; free/age 15 and under. 451-6551. www.modeltrainfair.com.

Family Literacy Day Celebration. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Happenings at various locations in the mall—DeWitt Community Library, the food court, Community Wing and JC Penney court—include storytelling, a magician, face painting, learning activities and more. Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 559-4795.

Reading with Rover. 11 a.m.-noon. Children ages 6-11 can read to a dog from Paws of CNY for 10 minutes. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 254-8286.

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Dan Butterworth’s marionettes and shadow puppets perform “Carnival for Halloween.” Children as young as 3 and parents can come for an up-close look at the performance at 10 a.m. for an additional $5. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $10/adults; $6/children. Reserve: 476-0466.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original version of the fairy tale, in which children in the audience help Little Red and Grandma bring the Wolf to trial, then become judge and jury. Children can dress up as fairy tale characters to enhance their fun. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Artful Tales. 1-2 p.m. Children age 3 and up and caregivers can explore the galleries and hear stories that connect picture books and the art in the museum. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. 474-6064. Register: kgriffiths@everson.org.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party. 2 p.m. Celebrate the Nov. 4 release of the latest Wimpy Kid book with crafts, games and snacks. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Every Saturday, see an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science. This month’s topics include plant adaptations, animal architects and the prototype toys. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Sunday, Nov. 2

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS

Squishing of the Squash. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Watch as animals throughout the zoo chomp and stomp pumpkins of various sizes. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

NYS Model Train Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See Nov. 2 listing.

Styles & Sweets for Scholars. 1-3:30 p.m. Benefit features fashions and desserts. Raises funds for Syracuse Zonta Foundation grants, awards and scholarships. Best Western Plus Carrier Circle, 6555 Old Collamer Road S., East Syracuse. $20. Reserve: www.stylesandsweets
forscholars.com.

Day of the Dead Party. 2 p.m. Young people ages 8-18 can celebrate the Dia de los Muertos and learn about this Mexican holiday by enjoying traditional food and making crafts such as sugar skulls. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Lightapalooza. 2 p.m.; also Nov. 16. High school students demonstrate optical illusions, bending light and making sound waves visible. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Monday, Nov. 3

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Nov. 10, 17 & 24. Gentle yoga class. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1940.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

ELECTION DAY

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also Nov. 18 & 25. Kids ages 5-10 can drop in to make a different craft each week. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Teen Time. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Nov. 12, 19 & 26. Children ages 11-17 can do projects and crafts, and play games. Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay. Free. Reservations preferred: 468-2441. www.solvaylibrary.org.

Creation Club Junior. 4-5:30 p.m.; also Nov. 19. School-aged children will learn introductory skills for making their own videos, podcasts and 3D models. This month build bridges, have a strongest bridge challenge and learn about marshmallow engineering. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Pajama Storytime. 6-6:30 p.m. Children ages 2-5, with a caregiver, can wear pajamas, bring a stuffed toy, and hear stories, songs and rhymes suitable for nighttime. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Nov. 19. Kids in grades 7-12 can hang out, play games, eat snacks and create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Ruby Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemomsmingle@gmail.com. www.multiplemomsmingle.com.

Mission Lego. 7 p.m.; also Nov. 12 & 19. Children ages 10-18 work in groups of four to design and program a Lego robot and complete a mission challenge. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 254-8286.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 13 & 20. Preschoolers and caregivers can take part in a program with stories, songs and rhymes. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Yoga Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Nov. 13. Kids ages 6-10 and parents can have a full-body experience that builds early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Hunger Games Discussion. 7 p.m. Fans of the Suzanne Collins series can join a discussion of the books and movies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Reservations required: 449-2948.

Friday, Nov. 7

Friday Crafts. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Nov. 14, 21 & 28. Kids age 5 and older can make crafts (with provided materials) and take them home. Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay. Free. Reservations requested: 468-2441. www.solvaylibrary.org.

Do You Want to Meet a Snowman? 5-8 p.m. Meet Olaf and take silly pictures with props; play games; sing songs and make crafts. For children age 8 and under. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place, Three Rivers Plaza, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $12/child. Prepaid tickets required: 695-2211. www.kidzclubfun.com.

Teen Murder Mystery. 6-7:30 p.m. Sleuths ages 10-18 can follow clues and discover who is killed in the library and why. Refreshments served. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Cookie Mouse Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas and join a storytime that features Laura Numeroff’s classic story. Don’t forget your camera! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Norfolk Admirals. See Oct. 31 listing.

Frank Cammuso Talk and Signing. 7:30 p.m. The cartoonist and graphic novelist talks and signs copies of his latest book in the Misadventures of Salem Hyde series. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Saturday, Nov. 8

CNY Bridges Build ’Em & Bust ’Em. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Teams of students in grades four through 12 can build bridges out of balsa wood and see them broken to test the bridges’ strength. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free/student participants. Spectators must pay admission: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and older. 925-9068.

Craft Show Extravaganza. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Craft show, direct sales companies and other attractions, including MaxMan Reptile Rescue, face painters and more. Elbridge Elementary School, 130 E. Main St., Elbridge. Free admission. 558-3408.

Girls Made With Code Party. 10 a.m.-noon. Girls ages 12-18 can learn about how code and computer science touch their lives and how to write a few lines of code. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Sensory Friendly Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children with sensory integration issues or other special needs, accompanied by a caregiver, can take part in a program combining books, songs and activities that promote learning and play at the preschool developmental level. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-5320 or 435-3395.

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Brad Shur’s handmade puppets perform “Robin Hood.” Children as young as 3 and parents can come for an up-close look at the performance at 10 a.m. for an additional $5. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $10/adults; $6/children. Reserve: 476-0466.

National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration. 11 a.m.-4 p.m; also Nov. 9. Take part in revelry in connection with the induction of the 2014 class of toys into the hall (revealed Nov. 6), with special attention on previous inductees the cardboard box and the jigsaw puzzle. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

Dawn Eddy Storytime and Signing. 11:30 a.m. Dawn Eddy reads from her book A Good Knight and an Ordinary Day, about a boy who wants to be a knight. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 1 listing.

Thanksgiving Craft. 1-3 p.m. All ages of kids can make a cute holiday turkey that can serve as a Thanksgiving decoration. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 254-8286.

Funtastic Saturdays. 2-3 p.m.; also Nov. 22. Children age 5 and up can take part in craft projects, storytime and other activities. Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay. Free. Reservations preferred: 468-2441. www.solvaylibrary.org.

Choir Got Talent. 7 p.m. An evening of music, including songs and acts by members of the Syracuse Community Choir children and teen choirs. 601 Allen St., Syracuse. $10. 428-8151.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Norfolk Admirals. See Oct. 31 listing.

Sunday, Nov. 9

Disney Live: Mickey’s Musical Festival. 1, 4 & 7 p.m. Mickey Mouse and friends perform hits from blockbuster movies, remixed to rock, reggae, hip-hop and other jams. Crouse Hinds Theatre, Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $30-$90. 435-2121. www.ticketmaster.com.

National Toy Hall of Fame Celebration. 1-4 p.m. See Nov. 8 listing.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Nov. 23. High school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Monday, Nov. 10

American Girl. 6 p.m.; also Nov. 17. Explore the historical time period of Addy, one of the original American Girls, through crafts, games and food. For ages 8-12. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 254-8286.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

VETERANS DAY

Drop in for Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Children from preschool age to grade 6 with a caregiver can make seasonal crafts; all materials provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 10 a.m. Gathering for local kids and moms. Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Free. 466-6033. http://momsclubofcuseeast.webs.com/.

Veterans Day at Sciencenter. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission for active duty military personnel, veterans and their immediate family members; valid military ID required. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Writing Retreat for Young People. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Young people ages 9 to 18 can talk about how to improve their writing. Potential topics include: three-act structure, how to write faster and character development. Bring questions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Play with Your Food. Noon, 12:30, 1 & 1:30 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can make marshmallow sculptures, do a soda experiment, have fun with cornstarch and create magic pepper. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 254-8286.

Tween Baking. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can prepare no-bake pies. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Nov. 25. Young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. 569-2542.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Lego Brainstorm. 3:30-5 p.m. Students in grades 3-5 can learn about Lego robotic programming and take part in a team mission challenge. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Lights on the Lake Stroll. 5-9 p.m. Special two-mile walking preview of annual wonderland of illuminated holiday scenes at Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, before it opens to vehicles only. Visitors may stroll some or all of the trail. Parking at Griffin Visitor Center, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. $2/donation for adults. 453-6712.

Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can watch anime on the large screen, take part in drawing and trivia contests, and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Nov. 13

Smart Play. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children age 5 and under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Yoga Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m. See Nov. 6 listing.

Lights on the Lake Dog Walk. 5-9 p.m. Dogs are welcome for this special walking preview of annual illuminated holiday wonderland. Refreshments for humans and dogs available for sale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Donations benefit the Humane Association. Parking at Griffin Visitor Center, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. $2/donation. 453-6712.

Friday, Nov. 14

Opening Night Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; through Jan. 4. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections, animated scenes and the memorable grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. 453-6712.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Hershey Bears. See Oct. 31 listing.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. At this month’s meeting of the discussion series for middle school students and parents, Linda Ivany of Syracuse University gives a talk called “What Killed the Dinosaurs and How Do We Know?”. Presented by the Technology Alliance of Central New York. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Reservations requested: jrcafe@tacny.org.

Dino Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In conjunction with the Dinomania exhibit, take part in special activities: Check out dinosaur fossils, dig for a “dinosaur egg” or color dinosaur pages. MOST, 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free/student participants. Admission: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and older. 925-9068.

Wild Bird Feeders and Wintering Birds. 11 a.m.-noon. Learn to make a backyard feeder and how to identify common birds. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/person. Register: 673-1350.

Highland Forest Open House. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Meet the staff, buy season tickets, find out about outdoor clubs or enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides and refreshments. Highland Forest Park, County Road 128, Fabius. Free. 683-5550.

In Another Galaxy Weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; also Nov. 16. Dress as your favorite science fiction character and journey to another universe during this special weekend. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 1 listing.

Dan the Snakeman. 2 p.m. Adults and children can look at, touch and ask questions about a variety of reptiles. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. MOST staffers turn down the noise, turn off the flashing lights and shut off the air compressors so people with sensory issues can enjoy the museum. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Cost: $5. 425-9068, Ext. 2143.

Sunday, Nov. 16

Precious Preemie Fashion Show. 11 a.m. Event celebrates the lives and honors the memories of children born prematurely. Presented by the March of Dimes. Double Tree Hotel, 6301 Route 298, East Syracuse. $15/adults; $7.50/ages 5-12; free/age 4 & under. Reservations required: 463-0700.

MPH Open House. 1-3 p.m. Take a campus tour and see the new buildings. Talk to current students, teachers and administrators about the pre-K through 12th grade school’s academic program. Manlius Pebble Hill School, 5300 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. 446-2452, Ext. 117.

In Another Galaxy Weekend. 1-4 p.m. See Nov. 15 listing.

Montessori Open House. 2-4 p.m. Families can learn about the preschool and elementary school, for ages 3-12, which educates children based on the Montessori philosophy and methods. Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway, Syracuse. 449-9033.

Carrie Lazarus Presents Extraordinary Live. 3 p.m. Young performing artists from Central New York sing, dance and play music. Show raises money for the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent, which gives financial assistance to young CNY performing artists. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $10. 475-7980. https://cnycf.org/extraordinary.

Monday, Nov. 17

Signing Storytime. 10-10:40 a.m. Children ages 2-3 (but siblings are welcome) can learn 6-7 signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Star Party. 8-10 p.m. See the Leonid meteor shower and views of Uranus and Neptune through astronomer Bob Piekiel’s telescopes. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back and watch the meteors. (Backup date: Nov. 18.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/person. Register: 673-1350.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Yoga Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids ages 3-6 and parents can have a full-body experience that builds early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Tween Techtorials. 5-6 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can learn basic code language to help make their own video games, solve logic puzzles and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Drop in for Legos. 2-7 p.m. The library provides Legos (and Duplos for younger kids) for children to build with. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Tinker Tots. 11-11:35 a.m. Children ages 3-6 will have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore and invent. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Friday, Nov. 21

First Day Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Jan. 4. Street scene from the 1800s features more than 40 gingerbread houses made by amateurs and professionals. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/adults; $4/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. 471-0593.

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids ages 18 months-5 years old, with caregivers, can dance with their friends. There will be musical instruments, bubbles and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Art Gone Wild Reception. 6-8 p.m. Art created by animals at the zoo—with trunks, paws, feet, hooves, skin, and more—will be auctioned off to support local zoo keepers. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $5/person; free/age 6 and under. 435-8511.

Saturday, Nov. 22

Sensory Friendly Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children with sensory integration issues or other special needs, accompanied by a caregiver, can take part in a program combining books, songs and activities that promote learning and play at the preschool developmental level. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-5320 or 435-3395.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 1 listing.

Young Poets’ Spoken Word. 3:30 p.m. Performers under 18 can give a performance (under seven minutes) in spoken word, poetry, slam or another style. Audience members (of all ages) will vote for their favorite poems. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. 435-3636. Performers must register: lgluck@onlib.org.

The Frozen Dome Classic. 7 p.m. The Syracuse Crunch take on the Utica Comets at the Carrier Dome in the first professional hockey game to take place in that stadium. Carrier Dome, 900 Irving Ave., Syracuse. $29.05-$61.90. 473-4444. www.ticketmaster.com.

Sunday, Nov. 23

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Monday, Nov. 24

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Tuesday, Nov. 25

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Wednesday, Nov. 26

Lego Mystery Build. 12:30-1:30 p.m. All ages of kids can bring their own Legos, learn the theme of the day and get building. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Thursday, Nov. 27

THANKSGIVING

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Friday, Nov. 28

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; also Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21. Lakeside village fills with Victorian characters, horse-and-carriage rides, carolers, live music, roasted chestnuts and more merriment inspired by English author Charles Dickens. More than 50 characters, including the author of A Christmas Carol himself, fill the Village of Skaneateles, Route 20. Free. 685-0552.

Clinton Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6:30 p.m. The annual lighting of the 50-foot-plus Norway spruce takes place after an evening of music by the Brownskin Band and an appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Afterward, there’s a City Hall open house with special treats. Downtown Syracuse. Free. 473-4330. www.syracuse.ny.us.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Binghamton Senators. See Oct. 31 listing.

Hairspray. 8 p.m.; through Jan. 4. Musical of the John Waters movie features 1960s-era singing, dancing, big hair, and a spunky message about integration and acceptance. (Some mildly suggestive language.) Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $30-$39/adult; $20/age 12 and under. 443-3275. syracusestage.org.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21. See Nov. 28 listing.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 1 listing.

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5:30-9 p.m. Children, who are invited to wear PJs, can take part in movie-themed activities, including a visit with Santa Claus. Then they can see The Polar Express in the six-story IMAX theater. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $4/person for party, in addition to movie tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-17 and seniors age 65 and up. Reservations recommended: 425-9068, Ext. 2132.

Hairspray. 8 p.m.; through Jan. 4. See Nov. 28 listing.

Sunday, Nov. 30

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21. See Nov. 28 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; Nov. 14-Jan. 4. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections, animated scenes and the memorable grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. 453-6712.

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Nov. 21-Jan. 4. (Closed Nov. 27, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.) Street scene from the 1800s features more than 40 gingerbread houses made by amateurs and professionals. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $5/adults; $4/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. 471-0593.

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. National Fossil Days exhibit, Oct. 31-Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Learn about the Mesozoic Era and the Age of Reptiles. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes (or snowshoes) and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St. Canastota. Free. 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Little Naturalist backpack program allows preschoolers and their families to explore the center through activity-based backpacks available for sign out at the Interpretive Center. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. 472-6343, Ext. 208.

Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children up to age 2. Pre-K Storytime: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for ages 3-6. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. 435-3636.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. 422-8647.

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Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14/adults; free/age 19 and under. (607) 937-5371. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. Free. 471-0593. Interactive exhibit: Work the Weighlock. The Stonecutters: Exhibit reveals the fascinating world of the stonecutters and quarrymen who built the 83 locks and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal.

Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St. Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 donation. 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom.

H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center. W. First St., Oswego. Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7/adult; $3/teen; free/age 12 & under. 342-0480. Exhibits highlight more than 400 years of maritime history. Vessels on display include: New York State Derrick Boat 8 from the Canal System, schooner Ontario and Eleanor D, the last U.S. commercial fishing vessel to work Lake Ontario.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/children and senior citizens; (473-IMAX). Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Through end of November: Dinomania, Kokoro Exhibits’ animatronic dinosaurs on display. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins. Through Nov. 21: Art Gone Wild, an exhibit of art works created by animals, with imprints of trunks, paws, feet, hooves, and even brushes.

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. Eighteen-hole mini-golf course, open through Nov. 30 (weather permitting): $6; free/under 4. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs.

WonderWorks. 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Experience more than 100 hands-on exhibits, compete in a game of lazer-tag and take part in the Canyon Climb Adventure. Suspended 70ft in the air it’s the World’s largest indoor ropes challenge course. General admission: $24.99 (plus tax)/adults $16.99+/children (4-12) and seniors (55 plus);. Add lazer tag: $3+. Add the Canyon Climb: $10+. Canyon Climb only: $14.99+. Sky Tykes only (48 inches tall and under): $7.99+ (Included in general admission for children 48 inches tall and under). Lazer tag only: $6.99+ (replays $2.99+). Children age 3 and under are free. 466-7700. Wonderworksdestiny.com.

 




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