Calendar


 

July 2014

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


Friday, June 27
Meet an Alpaca. 11 a.m. Children age 2 and up, with a caregiver, can meet a Cedarvale Farm Alpaca. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 4-11 p.m.; through June 29. Amusement rides daily; flights of more than two dozen special shape and hot air balloons, weather permitting. Live music acts and arts and crafts fair. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 and under (some attractions additional cost). 703-9620. www.syracuseballoonfest.com.

Shakespeare in the Grass. 5:30 p.m.; through June 29. A performance of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Food and ice cream available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Donations. 476-1835. www.syrsf.org.

Minecraft Mania. 6-7:30 p.m. An evening of Minecraft play, building together or individually. Participants are invited to bring their own laptops as there will be a limited number of accounts and computers at DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Cheer the hometown Minor League Baseball team as they face the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on the grass field. This game followed by fireworks. Alliance Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. $5-$12. Parking: $5. 474-7833. http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t552

 

Saturday, June 28
Ride and Run for the Rescue. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Be active—whether bike riding (2-62 miles) or running (5K)—and raise money for Rescue Mission’s charitable work. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Registration fee/$35-$50. 701-3891.www.ridefortherescue.org.


Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; through June 29. See June 27 listing.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; also June 29. Festival’s activities include picking cherries (sweet and sour); a petting zoo and carnival games; hay rides; and baked goods, ice cream, cheese and crafts for sale. Varick Winery, 5102 Route 89, Romulus. Free admission. 549-8797. www.varickwinery.com.

The Princess and the Pea. 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 the Queen and her staff test the visitor to the castle to determine if she’s a real princess. Children can dress up as fairy tale characters to enhance their fun. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Art on the Farm. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids in kindergarten to grade 3 can listen to a story about growing food on a farm, take part in a nutrition activity and create a collage to take home. Abbott Farms, 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. $15. Register: 289-2706. tours@abbottfarms.com.

Toddlers’ Tango. 11 a.m. Little ones can take part in creative music and dance using props and instruments. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Shakespeare in the Grass. 5:30 p.m.; through June 29. See June 27 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Buffalo Bisons. See June 27 listing.

 

Sunday, June 29
Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. See June 27 listing.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. See June 28 listing.

Shakespeare in the Grass. 2 p.m. See June 27 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Buffalo Bisons. See June 27 listing.

 

Monday, June 30
Summer Reading Kickoff Party. 2 p.m. Kids can enjoy music and face painting with Donna Butterfield and sign up for summer reading programs. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Teen Get Fit Club. 4-5 p.m.; Mondays through Aug. 18. Personal trainer Joseph Labbate leads teens to improve their fitness with personal assessment and goal setting. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442. Preregistration required by email: dmcgregor@onlib.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Buffalo Bisons. See June 27 listing.

 

Tuesday, July 1
Mo Willems Day. 2-3:30 p.m. Kids age 4 and up can do crafts, play games and read stories about such favorite characters as Gerald, Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration recommended: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also July 8, 15, 22 & 29. Kids ages 4-10 can drop in to make a different craft each week. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Family Kickball League. 5-6 p.m.; Tuesdays in July. All members of the family can play kickball on the green space outside the library; wear sneakers and bring a water bottle. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Buffalo Bisons. See June 27 listing.

 

Wednesday, July 2
Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 1:30 p.m.; also July 26 & 30. Search for raspberries and blackberries to pick, then make some ice cream. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/person. $4/parking. Registration required: 638-2519.

Light Trail Photos. 2-3:30 p.m. Kids in grades 1-5 can make light photos in the blacked-out community room; one photo per child. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.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: 308-0277.

 

Thursday, July 3
Zoo to You. 10 a.m. Live animals visit the library accompanied by an educator from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

 

Friday, July 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY


Manlius July Fourth Celebration. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Traditional events include the Stickley Chair Race (9:30 a.m., in front of Swan Pond); parade (10 a.m.); and fireworks (dusk). Arkie Albanese Ave. and other locations, Manlius. Free. 682-7887. www.manliusvillage.org/recreation.aspx/

Fireworks and Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Catch the Syracuse Chiefs in action against the Pawtucket Red Sox, then see a fireworks display. NBT Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. General admission: free. Parking: $5. 473-4330.

 

Saturday, July 5
The Little Mermaid. 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 save the Little Mermaid and the Prince from the Seawitch’s spell. Children can dress up as fairy tale characters to enhance their fun. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Each week explore a different topic in an interactive show. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. Fireworks follow the game. See June 27 listing.

 

Sunday, July 6
Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in July. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make moving machines. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

 

Monday, July 7
Dan the Snakeman. 6:30 p.m. Learn about snakes and reptiles and their importance to the environment. Space is limited, so arrive early. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

 

Tuesday, July 8
Tinker Tots. 11 a.m.; also July 22. Children ages 3-5 will have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore and invent. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Calling All Princesses. 2-3:30 p.m. Kids ages 4-9 can come dressed up and make their own crowns and wands in addition to enjoying activities and treats. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

Wednesday, July 9
Little Gather. 11 a.m.-noon.; Wednesdays through Aug. 13. Parents with children age 3 and up can see all kinds of entertainment, from magic shows to storytelling, and get a chance to introduce little ones to the museum. The first show focuses on science and math. Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, Corning. Admission: $16/adults; free/19 and under. (800) 732-6845. www.cmog.org.

Make Chalk Rockets. 3-4:30 p.m. Kids in grades 1-5 will make and watch chalk rockets explode outside the library. (Film canister donations needed for the program.) Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Bubblemania. 6:30 p.m. Doug Rougeux tells stories, performs tricks and makes bubbles. Space is limited, so arrive early. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

 

Thursday, July 10
MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 9:30 a.m. Gathering for local kids and moms. Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Free. 395-5009. http://momsclubofcuseeast.webs.com/.

Sharing Nature Summer Camp. 10-11:30 a.m.; Thursdays through July 31. Preschoolers, each accompanied by an adult, can hike, play games and do crafts. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $7/session; $30/5 sessions. Registration required: 638-2519.

Moreland the Magician. 11 a.m. Show blends magic, puppetry, comedy and audience participation. Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay. Free. 468-2441. www.solvaylibrary.org.

 

Friday, July 11
Sharing Nature Summer Camp. 10-11:30 a.m.; Fridays, July 11-Aug. 1. See July 10 listing.

Music with Donna Butterfield. 11 a.m. Enjoy interactive songs and face painting. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. 4-10 p.m.; through July 13. Enjoy aspects of Arabic culture such as traditional dances, a souk full of crafts, pastries and other food. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. 488-0388. www.steliasny.com.

Syracuse Jazz Fest. 5:30-11 p.m.; also July 12. The annual event features performances by young artists Julia Goodwin (5:30 p.m., Friday) and Nick Ziobro (5 p.m., Saturday) sponsored by the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent; headliners Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (9:30 p.m., Friday) and B.B. King and the B.B. King Orchestra (9:30 p.m., Saturday); fireworks (after B.B. King on Saturday); and many other acts. Bring lawn chairs. Onondaga Community College, 4941 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Admission: free. Parking: $5. www.syracusejazzfest.com.

Walk on the Wild Side. 5:30-8:30 p.m. A night filled with animals, crafts for kids, prizes and entertainment, including Amy Robbins from 93Q, raises money for Make-A-Wish Central New York. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/ages 5-12; free/age 4 and under (prices $5 more at door). 435-2121. 475-WISH. cny.wish.org.

Summer Murder Mystery. 6-7:30 p.m. Kids ages 10-16 can join fellow sleuths and discover who is killed in the library and why. Pizza will be served. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Clifford Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can wear PJs, listen to classic Clifford tales and meet the Big Red Dog himself. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

 

Saturday, July 12
Family Canoe Outing. 9 a.m. A naturalist leads a canoeing tour of the lake for kids in grades 1 through 5 and accompanying adults (maximum of four people per canoe). Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20/family. $4/parking. Registration required: 638-2519.

Gemworld. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; also July 13. The annual show features hands-on education exhibits and demonstrations plus gems, fossils, minerals and more for sale. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. $7/adults; free/under 12 with adult. 672-5328. www.gmss.us.

Smart Play. 10:30 a.m-noon; also July 17. 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.

Numberlys Storytime. 11 a.m. Great for ages 3-7. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Reading with Rover. 11 a.m.-noon. Kids ages 6-10 can read to a dog from Paws of CNY in a 10-minute session. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Garden Railway Open House. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See a large layout with distinctive water features and multiple operating trains; presented by the CNY Large-Scale Railway Society. Robert and Marie Loran, 102 Mohawk Ave., Central Square. Free. 668-9582.

Animal ABCs. Noon. A Rosamond Gifford Zoo staffer gives a presentation that features live animal visitors, animal artifacts and other fun; best for birth to age 5, accompanied by an adult. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through July 13. See July 11 listing.The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See July 5 listing.

Syracuse Jazz Fest. 5-11 p.m. See July 11 listing.

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, July 13
Gemworld. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See July 12 listing.

St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Noon-7 p.m. See July 11 listing.

Penguin Palooza. 5:30-8 p.m. At this party there’ll be entertainment, ice cream and other food tastings, and animal demonstrations. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $15/advance; $17/door (if available). Registration recommended: 435-8511, Ext. 113.

 

Monday, July 14
Calling All Superheroes. 2 p.m. Children ages 5-9 can come dressed as a superhero and make crafts and snacks. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Experiments with Light. 3-4:30 p.m. Kids in grades 6-12 can learn about the differences between a halogen light bulb and an LED, they can look through a camera obscura, and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

 

Tuesday, July 15
The Amazing Honeybee. 1 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can join a hobby beekeeper to learn how bees make honey and more about these amazing insects. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

 

Wednesday, July 16
Valley Field Days. Through July 20. Carnival rides and live music. Meachem Field, West Seneca Turnpike and Midland Avenue, Syracuse. Free admission; various prices for attractions. 492-3530.

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, July 17
Meteorologist Talk. 1:30 p.m. Channel 9 chief meteorologist Dave Longley visits. Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay. Free. 468-2441. www.solvaylibrary.org.

Medieval Times. 6-8:30 p.m. Visit different stations and learn about daily life in medieval Europe. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free admission. 457-0310. lpl.org.

An Adventure in Basic Bike Repair. 2 p.m. Kids age 8 and up can grab a wrench and learn how to keep a bike in good working order. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Valley Field Days. Through July 20. See July 16 listing.

Big Bang Theory Science Party. 7 p.m. Kids age 12 and up can play trivia and other games; do science experiments; and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

 

Friday, July 18
Syracuse Nationals
. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 20. See thousands of hot rods, (pre-1980) classic and custom cars and trucks. (Buy tickets in advance and pay $12 for adults, $6 for kids.) State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $17/adults; $8/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and under. (800) 753-3978. www.rightcoastcars.com.

Alice in Wonderland. 11 a.m. The Hampstead Stage Company presents the classic Lewis Carroll story of Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole. Space is limited, so arrive early. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Valley Field Days. Through July 20. See July 16 listing.

Origami Basics. 7 p.m. Kids age 8 and up can learn folding basics at this meeting of the Origami Club. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Register: 449-2948.

Star Party. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Participants can see the Milky Way and deep space objects through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

 

Saturday, July 19


Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 20. See July 18 listing.

Skate Jam. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Onondaga Lake Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10. Preregistration recommended: 453-6712.

Frog Catching Party. 10:30-noon; also July 26. Children and parents can learn how to catch and release frogs at Phillips Pond. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/person; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

Science Social. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn about the properties of water and bubbles with free outdoor science demonstrations in the park to the east of the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068.

Garden Railway Open House. Noon-4 p.m. See the 500-square-foot miniature layout of the town of Castlerock, with an airport, pond and flowers; presented by the CNY Large-Scale Railway Society. Carl and Thelma Cramer, 7141 E. Carter Road, Rome. Free. 336-4941.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See July 5 listing.

Valley Field Days. Through July 20. See July 16 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See June 27 listing.

 

Sunday, July 20
Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. See July 18 listing.

Anything That Rolls. 9 a.m. Kids and adults can roll with bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and inline skates—or just walk—during an event that raises money and awareness for children and adults with disabilities, brain injuries and mental health needs. Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/adults; free/age 10 and under. 410-3384.

Valley Field Days. See July 16 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See June 27 listing.

 

Monday, July 21
Grandparent/Grandchildren’s Fishing Days. 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.; Mondays through Fridays, through Aug. 1. Grandparents can enjoy quality time with their grandchildren; prizes awarded for largest fish each session. Bait and poles provided. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $3/child; free/accompanying adult. Register: 689-9367.

Jazz Up Your Lunch. 12:15-1:15 p.m.; also July 23, 24 and 25. The City of Syracuse All-Star Band, a youth jazz ensemble, will perform at various downtown Syracuse park spaces: Hanover Square (7/21), Clinton Square (7/23), across from Columbus Circle (7/24) and Armory Square (7/25). Free. 473-4330.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See June 27 listing.

 

Tuesday, July 22
Local Author Meet and Greet. 6-8 p.m. Learn about Amber Lough and her debut YA book set in Baghdad’s Golden Age. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See June 27 listing.

 

Wednesday, July 23
Birth Circle and Tea Time. 10 a.m.-noon. New mothers with babies can share their birth stories, converse and enjoy light snacks and tea with Sara Oakley. Café at 407, 407 Tulip St., Liverpool. Pay what you can. Reservations appreciated: (406) 570-3549.

Tie Dye on the Lawn. 1-2:30 p.m. Kids from preschool age to teens can bring a clean, cotton item (or pair of socks) to tie dye (no large items!). Tie dye materials are provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Oswego Harborfest. 5-11 p.m.; through July 27. A children’s parade and kid-friendly entertainment; don’t miss the fireworks over the harbor. Free admission. 343-6858. www.oswegoharborfest.com.

Pregnancy Information. 6:30-8 p.m. Members of CNY Doula Connection answer questions at a fun and informative meeting for pregnant women. Lombardi Chiropractic Center, 1116 Upper Lenox Ave., Oneida. Free. 446-3578.

Batman Anniversary Celebration. 7 p.m. Dress as your favorite superhero or villain for this 75th  anniversary celebration. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

 

Thursday, July 24
Fizz, Boom, Amaze. 11 a.m. A MOST (Museum of Science & Technology) educator brings an exciting selection of experiments that fizz, boom and pop. Solvay Public Library, 615 Woods Road, Solvay. Free. 468-2441. www.solvaylibrary.org.

Snackimals. 2 p.m. Children ages 5-9 can make animals from fruits and vegetables, and eat their creations. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Oswego Harborfest. 5-11 p.m.; through July 27. See July 23 listing.

Puppets with Pizzazz. 6:30 p.m. Puppeteer Nancy Sander presents “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.” Space is limited, so arrive early. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Black Light Hike. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Take a night hike through the forest taking an ultraviolet flashlight in search of glowing insects, algae, flowers and fungi. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

 

Friday, July 25
Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 27. Nearly 200 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle in Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyr
acuse.com.

YogaKids. 11 a.m. Midge Regier teaches kids age 4 and up how to stay healthy while doing simple yoga poses. Dress comfortably; mats provided. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Oswego Harborfest. 11 a.m.-midnight; through July 27. See July 23 listing.

4-H Youth Country Fair. 4-8 p.m.; through July 27. The fair and Big 6 Picnic feature wagon rides, live entertainment, kids activities, 4-H projects on display, and poultry, rabbit and dog shows, among others. Across from Emerson Park, 6880 E. Lake Road, Auburn. Free admission. Emerson Park  parking fee: $2. 515-9602. www.RememberTheBig6.com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Gwinnett Braves. Fireworks follow the game. See June 27 listing.

 

Saturday, July 26

Syracuse New Times and Family Times Street Painting. 8 a.m. (registration). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (drawing and judging). Rain date: July 27. Artists young and old decorate squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes on Montgomery Street near City Hall in Syracuse. Free: spectators. Participants: $10/age 17 and younger; $20/adults; $25/masters. After July 11, price increases by $5.
Preregistration recommended: 422-7011.
http://www.syracusenew
times.com/street-painting/

4-H Youth Country Fair. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; through July 27. See July 25 listing.

Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 11 a.m.; also July 30. See July 2 listing.

Arise and Ride at the Farm. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cycle 12 or 25 miles, or just take in the festival fun in a benefit for Arise at the Farm, 1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango. $25 per cyclist/advance; $30/day of; $5/farm festival only. 671-2909. www.ariseinc.org.

Cazenovia Library Book Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; also July 27. Thousands of books for kids and adults for sale. Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany St., Cazenovia. 655-9322. www.cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

Think Red, White & Blue. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids in grades 1-6 can craft a journal and use words, pictures and colors to create rhymes, riddles and tongue twisters with poet Sara Tomerlin-Hedger. Abbott Farms, 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. $15. Register by July 23: 289-2706. tours@abbottfarms.com.

Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through July 27. See July 25 listing.

Oswego Harborfest. 11 a.m.-midnight; through July 27. See July 23 listing.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See July 5 listing.

Garden Railway Open House. 1-4 p.m. See a European-themed layout with storybook and cartoon characters; a pirate ship and more. Presented by the CNY Large-Scale Railway Society. Gordon Davis, 315 Viking Place, Liverpool. Free. 451-3199.

Couples Yoga for Birth. 3-5 p.m. Pregnant women and partners can practice yoga with Sara Oakley and experience breathing, relaxation and postures that can help with labor. Lotus Life Yoga Center, 4467 E. Genesee St., DeWitt. $60/couple. Registration required: (406) 570-3549. www.mamabirthyoga.com.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Gwinnett Braves. See June 27 listing.

 

Sunday, July 27
Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See July 25 listing.

Cazenovia Library Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See July 26 listing.

4-H Youth Country Fair. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See July 25 listing.

Oswego Harborfest. Noon-5 p.m.; through July 27. See July 23 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 5 p.m. Vs. Gwinnett Braves. See June 27 listing.

 

Monday, July 28
Vacation Bible School. 9 a.m.-noon; daily through Aug. 1. Kids from kindergarten through grade 6 can participate in the school, which has a spy academy theme. Grace Covenant Church, 5300 Route 31, Clay. Free. Registration required by July 20: 699-1551. www.gracechurch.org.

Parenting Children Course. 9 a.m.-noon; daily through Aug. 1. Course for parents with children from infants to age 10. Child care, course manual and refreshments included. Grace Covenant Church, 5300 Route 31, Clay. $10/5 sessions. Registration required by July 20: 699-1551. www.gracechurch.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. Noon. Vs. Gwinnett Braves. See June 27 listing.

Upward Cheerleading Clinic. 6-9 p.m.; also July 29. For kindergarten through grade 8. Each cheerleader receives a pair of poms and a water bottle. Northside Baptist Church, 7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool. $15. Register: 437-3705 or veronicam711@verizon.net.


Tuesday, July 29
Party at the Pond. 1 p.m. Kids and adults can look at the wildlife pond with a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

 

Wednesday, July 30
Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 1:30 p.m. See July 2 listing.



Thursday, July 31
Babysitter’s Training. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Young people ages 11-15 receive training that enables them to care for infants and school-age children. Bring a bag lunch. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. $75. Registration required: 492-1727.

MOST Traveling Science Program. 11 a.m. An educator from the Museum of Science & Technology demonstrates experiments that go fizz, boom and pop. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Nature Maker Space. 2:30 p.m. Using recyclable materials, kids ages 5-12 will make their own bird feeders and bug boxes and go on a nature scavenger hunt. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Top Chef Challenge. 7 p.m. Teens entering grades 6-12 can form teams to compete in a no-cook food-preparation competition. The winning team receives a prize. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Summer Movie Express. Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; July 1-Aug. 27. Regal Entertainment Group offers G- and PG-rated flicks at three area cinemas for $1 admission. Selections include Hotel Transylvania, The Lego Movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Arthur Christmas and more, changing each week. Shoppingtown Mall 14, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt; 449-2001; Destiny USA 19, Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse; 466-5680. Regal Great Northern Mall 10, 4155 Route 31, Clay; 622-8928. www.regmovies.com.

Sterling Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 5-Aug. 17. Visit the recreated Elizabethan village and enjoy the minstrels, jousts, japes and other entertainment provided by actors in costume, on stage and strolling about the 35-acre site. 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. $25.95/adults; $15.95/ages 5-11; free/age 4 and under. (800) 879-4446. www.sterlingfestival.com.

Canoeing & Kayaking. Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 30-June 22. Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; June 22-Sept. 1. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $10/first hour of rental. $4 per vehicle. Call for current conditions: 638-2519.

Onondaga Lake Skate Park. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; daily (weather permitting); through Sept. 2. (Shorter hours after Sept. 2.) The 16,900 square foot skate park is open for BMX, skateboards and inline skates. Helmets and signed waivers are required. Onondaga Lake Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway. $3/session. 453-6712.

Onondaga County Beaches. Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, noon-6 p.m.; June 16-Aug. 17. Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 West Shore Manor, Jamesville (closed June 27-29 for special event). Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $7/vehicle. 435-5252 (Jamesville) or 676-7366 (Oneida). www.onondagacountyparks.com.

Horseback Riding. Daily, except Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 22-Sept. 1. Hour-long guided ride on the trails of Highland Forest, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $30/hour. Reservations required: 289-3775.

Wegmans Tram. Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; May 24-Sept. 1. Schedule subject to change. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $1/person. 453-6712.

Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; June 10-Oct. 7. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.

Fayetteville Farmers Market. Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.; June 5-Oct. 30. Twenty-five vendors selling items such as artisan cheeses, eggs, baked goods, fruits, vegetables and more. Parking lot, Towne Center, Fayetteville. 691-2327.

Yoga for Parents, Action for Kids. 4:45-5:30 p.m.; every Thursday. Kids ages 4-10 can take Samurai Action Class while parents take a yoga class on an adjoining mat space. Aikido of Central New York, 2550 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free/first three classes (thereafter: $99/child for 8 classes, Tuesdays & Thursdays; $20/adult for 4 yoga classes, Thursdays only). Registration required: 449-2332.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Visitors can grab their walking shoes 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. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

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.


DeWitt Community Library. Library offers hundreds of free programs for parents and children. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 446-3578.

Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children who are good walkers. Science Storytime: (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for ages infants to age 5, featuring science stories and activities. 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.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. 451-PARK.

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.

Evening Wildlife Walks. Fridays, 7 p.m.; through July. On guided walks, look for signs of wildlife such as the barred owl, fox or white-tailed deer. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Syracuse Go Club. Every Monday, 7-10 p.m. Wegmans sit-down dining area, 6789 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Club devoted to the ancient Chinese game of Go; players of all ages. Free. 479-9073.

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.

 

 

ATTRACTIONS

Cayuga Agricultural Museum. Route 38A, Emerson Park, Auburn. Free. 253-5611. Antique farm life on display.

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.


Cortland Children’s Museum. 8 Calvert St., O’Heron Newman Hall, SUNY Cortland campus. (607) 753-5525.

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.

Farmers’ Museum. Lake Road, Route 80, Cooperstown. $11/adults; $9.50/seniors; $5/age 7-12; free; age 6 & under. (888) 547-1450.

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo. Route 49, three miles west of Rome. Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9.95/adults, $6.95/children; $8.50/seniors. 336-1930. Animal presentations of the exotic and native alike.

International Boxing Hall of Fame. Thruway Exit 34, Canastota. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4/adults, $3/seniors, $3/youths. Ages 6 and younger free. 697-7095.

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.

International Mask and Puppet Museum. 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. Fridays by appointment. First two Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m.-noon (October-April). 476-0466. Permanent collection includes masks, marionettes, shadow puppets and more.

Jamesville Museum. East Seneca Turnpike, under the steeple in the village center. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Free. 469-1914.

Manlius Historical Society. Office and Research Center at 109 Pleasant St., Manlius. 682-6660. Call for hours. Museum at Smith and Scoville streets, Manlius. Open Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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 Aug. 17: Dr. Entomo’s Amazing Arthropods, an exhibit of insects. 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.

Octagon House. 5420 W. Genesee St., Camillus. Sundays and some holidays, 1-5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment. Free tours. 488-7800. House on the National Register of Historic Places and complete with 1856 kitchen and six stories restored to 1856-1900 style.

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.

Oswego Railroad Museum. 56 W. First St., Oswego. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 p.m. $2/age 12 & older; $1/ages 6-11; free/age 5 & younger. 342-0028.

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.

Salt Museum. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6 p.m.; through Oct. 12. Learn about the industry that supplied the nation with salt until the 1920s. See kettles, wooden barrels and other equipment used in the process. Free. 453-6712.

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

Seward House. 33 South St., Auburn. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $5/students with identification; free/under 6. 252-1283. Designated National Historic Landmark was the home of William Henry Seward, governor of New York, state and US senator, and secretary of state to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and purchaser of Alaska.

Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum. Caton Street, McHarrie Park, Baldwinsville. Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. 638-2452.

Shakowi Cultural Center. Route 46, Oneida. 363-1424. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ongoing: Oneida Culture: The Living Past, highlighting the knowledge of Oneida Nation elders on subjects ranging from corn to early medicine; Oneida Industries, life-size plaster figures engaging in different crafts; The Oneida Art of Basketry.

Sims Store Museum. 5750 Devoe Road, off Route 690 (in Camillus Erie Canal Park), Camillus. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. (May through October). Replica of canal store features exhibits, early photos and maps. Also, narrated canal-boat tours available (Sundays, 1-5 p.m.; $3/adult, $1.50/ages 5-11) as well as biking, hiking, fishing and playground along 7-mile stretch of Erie Canal Park. 488-3409.

Skaneateles Historical Society. The Creamery, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles. Friday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. 685-1360.

Strong National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.

Syracuse Astronomical Society Observatory. Open Friday-Saturday, weather permitting. Strong Road, Tully. Free. 422-4503, 492-9118.

Harriet Tubman Home. South Street Road, Auburn. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, call ahead. 252-2081. Dwelling of the heroine of the Underground Railroad.

Willard Memorial Chapel/Welch Memorial Building. 17 Nelson St., Auburn. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 suggested donation. 252-0339. Historic Victorian buildings featuring mosaic floors, carved oak furniture and the glass work of Louis Tiffany.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park. 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed national holidays. 568-2991. History of the women’s rights movement.

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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