Calendar


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Thursday, Dec. 29

Craft and Cocoa. 2 p.m. Draw in chalk like the Impressionists; for children. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

December Daisies. 2 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 can learn how to make a colorful daisy-stitched bracelet. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

 

Friday, Dec. 30

Zoo to You. 2-3 p.m. School-aged children will meet and learn about animals, birds and reptiles from a Rosamond Gifford Zoo educator. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

Mary Poppins. 2 & 8 p.m.; through Jan. 8. In this musical based on the stories of M.L. Travers and the Disney film, a nanny arrives to charm the Banks children and their parents. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $20-$44. 443-3275. syracusestage.org.

The Shimmering Winter Sky. 6-7:30 p.m. Join a naturalist for an evening of star gazing. Bring a flashlight with a red filter. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. 638-2519.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ring in the “noon” year with entertainment, a dance party and a sparkling-juice toast at noon. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults (ages 19-61); $5/over age 62; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the familiar story, in which children can help Beauty teach the Beast to be nicer and have good manners. Audience members are invited to dress up as a prince or princess. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: 449-3823.

 

Sunday, Jan. 1

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Monday, Jan. 2

First Snow Leopard Day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, red wolves and other animals for half price through Feb. 28. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission January and February: $4/adults; $2.50/age 62 & up; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

WeDo Lego Robotics. 4-5:15 p.m. Kids in grades K-1 can work in teams of two to build and program a robot. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also Jan. 9, 23 & 30. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Jan. 17 & 31. Kids ages 3 to 6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org

Homeschool Hang Out. 1-3 p.m. Homeschoolers can get together to watch movies and play games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Coding for Kids. 4-5 p.m.; also Jan. 10, 17 & 24. Students in grades 3-5 can learn programming logic through the visual coding language Scratch. Each week will focus on a different project. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Drop In Craft and Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children ages 4-8 and their families can listen to stories and do crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Board Game Fun. 5:15 p.m.; also Jan. 10, 17, 24 & 31. Kids age 5 and up can learn to play a variety of games, including Apples to Apples, Uno, Scrabble, Stratego and more. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 4

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Jan. 11, 18 & 25. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Preschool Play and Learn. 9:30 a.m.; also Jan. 11, 18 & 25. Kids can hear stories, sing songs, recite rhymes and take part in activities. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also Jan. 11 & 25. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Jan. 18. Teens can hang out, eat snacks, and play a different game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

Thursday, Jan. 5

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children from infants to age 6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music, creating unique lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Jan. 12 & 26. Children can use their imaginations and discover new crafting techniques. For age 5 and up. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. Until 9 p.m.; through Jan. 8. Venture onto Beaver Lake’s 10 miles of trails (if the snow cover is adequate) lit by the moon. Hot chocolate and other refreshments available at the visitor center. Bring a flashlight and a friend for safety. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/hour for snowshoe rental; admission: $4/vehicle, paid as you exit. 638-2519.

 

Friday, Jan. 6

Sing-Along Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can sing along with books and explore musical instruments. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Wii and Game Fun. 3 p.m.; also Jan. 13, 20 & 27. Kids age 5 and up can test their skills on the Nintendo Wii and enjoy board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Knitters’ Corner. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Jan. 13, 20 & 27. Young people ages 13-19 can learn the basics of knitting, using provided supplies. Snacks and beverages available. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. 7 p.m. Explore the woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes with a guide; space limited. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/snowshoe rental; $4/vehicle. Registration required day of hike: 638-2519.

 

Saturday, Jan. 7

Exhibition Opening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With Toys: The Inside Story, visitors can explore the basics of gears, pulleys and circuits while investigating how different toys work. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 p.m. Children can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Rice Creek Ramble. 11 a.m.; also Jan. 14 & 21. People of all ages (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can go on an informative, family-friendly walk. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the tale, in which children can attend the royal ball and try on Cinderella’s slipper. Audience members are invited to dress up in their best finery. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: 449-3823.

Ukulele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukulele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; also Jan. 14, 21 & 28. See an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science. This month’s topics include sound, engineering, physics and flight. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Snowshoe Hike and Bonfire. 6 p.m. People of all ages can snowshoe through the woods and fields, then gather at the bonfire and sip hot chocolate. An event for the whole family. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/person. $5/hour for snowshoe rental. Admission: $4/vehicle, paid as you exit. Registration required: 638-2519.

 

Sunday, Jan. 8

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in January. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free admission Jan. 8. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Babywearing-Friendly Country Line Dancing. 4-5:30 p.m. Take a baby-friendly class in line dancing. Beginners welcome. May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $15. Registration recommend: 395-3643. birthbeautifully.com.

 

Monday, Jan. 9

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Jan. 23 & 30. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Prenatal Wellness and Yoga. 6 p.m. Mothers-to-be can find out about nutrition, education, relief of pregnancy discomfort and more. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: 395-3643.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemomsmingle@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Jan. 24. Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Jan. 24. Pregnant women or 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. Call or text: 569-2542 or (518) 441-3690. LiverpoolTeenMOPS@gmail.com.

Stuffed Animal Storytime. 6:30-7 p.m. Children ages 2-5 can wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to a storytime with songs and a craft. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. 458-6184. nopl.org.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Creation Club Junior. 4 p.m.; also Jan. 25. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn skills for using technology for everything from 3D printing to game design. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

 

Thursday, Jan. 12

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can make miniature sculptures out of Starburst candies. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Jan. 19. Middle or high school students can participate in writing workshops that emphasize constructive feedback, brainstorming and support. Writers in all genres, from poetry to nonfiction essays, are welcome. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Hazard Chess Club. 5-7 p.m.; also Jan. 26. Play chess or come learn the rules. Game boards and pieces provided. Those under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

 

Friday, Jan. 13

CNY Scholastic Art Awards. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays; through March 3. (Closed Jan. 16.) See over 1,000 award-winning artworks by CNY junior and senior high school students. Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. For group visits: email s.l.germain@sunyocc.edu or call 498-7212.

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. The museum also offers quiet areas where participants can sit, relax and regroup. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Cost: $5. 425-9068, Ext. 2143.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Jan. 21. Kids ages 5-12 can read to Cooper, a trained dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 7 listing.

Meditation for Beginners. 1-1:45 p.m. Instructor Judy Fancher will give information about simple meditation techniques, including breath, posture and basic principles of awareness. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1940.

Board Game Fun. 2-4 p.m. Children can play on some of the library’s board games or bring their own; for ages 5-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Battle of the Bands. 7 p.m. In the 15th annual competition, high school bands vie for the title of best band (and a cash prize of $200 and recording time at a local studio). Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. $9/admission. 445-2360. jccsyr.org.

 

Sunday, Jan. 15

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Jan. 22. Local 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. sciencenter.org.

 

Monday, Jan. 16

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Take part in hands-on activities and learn about science through exhibits on the human body, geology, nanotechnology and more. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068. most.org.

Martin Luther King Celebration. 2-3 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can make word collages, dream mobiles and more. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. 458-6184. nopl.org.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 17

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Wednesday, Jan. 18

Discovery Club. 4:15-5 p.m. Science enthusiasts can learn facts and conduct science experiments. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

Thursday, Jan. 19

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m.-noon. In a program for homeschooling students in grade 3 and up, children can work with an artist to build a tower out of a surprise material. Hot-glue guns will be used. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required; list names and ages of those attending: 446-3578.

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can work together or independently to design and build a working pencil box with only a few simple materials. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

The Secret Life of Pets. 5 p.m. All ages can enjoy this animated film. Free popcorn. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Xbox in the Evening for Teens. 5-7 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can enjoy gaming on the Xbox One. Pizza and beverages provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

 

Friday, Jan. 20

Winter Craft Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can hear a winter-themed story and make some crafts. Hot cocoa provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 18 months to 5 years can dance, play musical instruments, play with bubbles, and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

 

Saturday, Jan. 21

Vex IX Robotics Competition. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Teams of elementary and middle school students build a robot to solve an engineering challenge. (Snow date: Jan. 22.) Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. Information for prospective participants: 425-9068, Ext. 2163 or pplumley@most.org.

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by Ph.D. candidate Sara Velardi, who will discuss genetically modified organisms. Talks are aimed at middle school students, who must accompanied by an adult. Attendees can visit the exhibits after the presentation. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email: jrcafe@tacny.org.

Winter Living Celebration. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Outdoor activities and demonstrations include cross-country skiing, horsedrawn sleigh rides and winter camping. Indoors there’ll be live music, children’s crafts, nature-related exhibits and refreshments for sale. Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne. Donations. (607) 674-4733.

Pets Movie Day. Noon-4 p.m. See The Secret Life of Pets (noon), followed by Nine Lives (2 p.m.). Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 7 listing.

Pasta Dinner. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Dinners include macaroni with sausage and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and drink. Takeout available. St. Daniel Church gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. $9/adults; $8/senior citizens; $5/age 12 & under. 454-4946.

 

Sunday, Jan. 22

Birth Planning 101. 2-3:30 p.m. Syracuse Doula Chicks offer information on various birth options, writing a birth plan and letting go of expectations. Natur-Tyme, 3160 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 488-6300.

 

Monday, Jan. 23

Sing Along Friends Storytime. 10:15-11 a.m.; also Jan. 30. Children ages 2-5 and caregivers can share songs, stories and rhymes in a program that promotes early literacy skills. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Play with Legos and take part in other fun family activities. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. 458-6184. nopl.org.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 25

Drop In Legos. 3-8 p.m. Visitors can check out the Legos (and Duplos for younger children) in the Children’s Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

Thursday, Jan. 26

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can use transfer paper to customize a pillow, then stuff and sew it. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

 

Friday, Jan. 27

Full STEAM Ahead Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 can hear a story related to science, technology, engineering, art and math—and then do an experiment. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

 

Saturday, Jan. 28

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-age children (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can hear tales of nature and animals’ wild ways. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Dr. King Community Celebration. Noon-4 p.m. Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to civil rights and social justice, with workshops, performances, a maker hall and more. Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-6275. scsdparentuniversity.com.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 7 listing.

Duct Tape Projects. 2-4 p.m. Ages 5-12 can use duct tape to make wallets, bags, phone cases and more. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

 

Sunday, Jan. 29

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Monday, Jan. 30

Stop Motion Animation. 2 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can use objects such as Legos or toy animals to create a short animated movie with an iPad Mini 4. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Homeschool Chess Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Homeschooling children (or their parents) who love or want to learn to play chess can gather in the Sargent Meeting Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Jan. 8; Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Closed Jan. 1.) See a fantastical village of more than 30 houses, boats and more incorporating gingerbread, candy, crackers and other edible items. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. 471-0593.

Horsedrawn Wagon or Sleigh Rides. Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; through Feb. 26. Twenty-minute ride into the woods at Highland Forest. Rides take place weather permitting. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road (off Route 80), Fabius. $6/person; $3/age 5 & under. 683-5550.

Lights on the Lake. Daily, through Jan. 8, 5-10 p.m. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. 453-6712.

Snow Leopard Days. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m, daily; Jan. 2-Feb. 28. Half-price admission at the zoo. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission in January & February: $4/adults; $2.50/age 62 & up; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins.

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/vehicle. 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, 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. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 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.

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.

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.

NOPL at Brewerton Storytimes. Age 2 and older: Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

NOPL at Cicero Library Storytimes. Toddler Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL at Cicero Library, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. 699-2032.

NOPL at North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-11:15 a.m. Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL at North Syracuse Library, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184.

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.

 

 

ATTRACTIONS

Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $18/adults; free/age 17 and under. (800) 732-6845. 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. $8. 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.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting Oct. 6, open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Open daily, Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/senior citizens and ages 2-11; (473-IMAX). 425-9068. most.org. Through Jan. 8: Nature’s Machines: Biomechanics. Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. 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.

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Open Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. 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. Explore the Sciencenter’s interactive exhibits. Fall exhibit From Here to There focuses on how things move on land, sea and air. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Center admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Strong National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $14; 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.

 

 

 

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