Calendar


 

 

April 2014

*Please note: Mistakes happen. To confirm event details, call the sponsoring
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Friday, March 28
Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. The American Hockey League team faces the Adirondack Phantoms. War Memorial, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20, plus applicable processing fees. 473-4444.

MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTOS
Syracuse Chiefs Baseball Opening Day, April 3


Saturday, March 29

CNY Baby Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information and services for new and expecting parents, with more than 75 vendors, a car seat check and entertainment including balloon art and face painting. Presented by Basic Baby. Shoppingtown Mall, 3659 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free admission. 256-0116.

Kidsignment Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop for gently used children’s clothing, toys and gear; sale benefits the Fayetteville Free Library. Across from Rite Aid, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 637-6374.

Sleeping Beauty. 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 Prince save Sleeping Beauty from her jealous sister’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. Learn where insects live, what they eat and how to recognize them. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Binghamton Senators. See March 28 listing.Sunday, March 30
CNY Science and Engineering Fair. 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Students in fourth-12th grades conduct research projects and display their results at the event formerly known as the Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. 425-9068.

Breakfast with the Bunny. 9-10 a.m. & 11 a.m.-noon.; also April 5, 6 & 12. Hop on over to the zoo and enjoy a buffet meal with the bunny, plus face painting and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $16/person (including zoo admission). Reservations required: 435-8511, Ext. 113.

St. Baldrick’s Day. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Participants get their heads shaved for donations toward childhood cancer research. Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant, 301 W. Fayette St., Syracuse. Donations. 424-1974.

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


 

Monday, March 31
See Ongoing Events

 

 

Tuesday, April 1

Creation Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; Part 2 on April 15. Students in grades 6-9 will learn the basic elements and design of video game systems. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 4-10 can drop in to make a paper mask. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.


 

Wednesday, April 2
Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10 a.m.; also April 9, 16, 23 & 30. Stories, songs and fingerplays for preschoolers. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Creation Club Junior. 4-5:30 p.m.; also April 16. Students will use podcasting, the green screen and video cameras to make a book review. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

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, April 3
Syracuse Chiefs Baseball Opening Day. 2 p.m. Cheer the hometown Minor League Baseball team as they face the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on the grass field. Alliance Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. $5-$12. Parking: $5. 474-7833.

From Page to Screen Event. 7 p.m. Dress up in faction clothing and talk about the book and movie Divergent with fellow fans. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.


 

Friday, April 4
Syracuse Chiefs. 2 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. See April 3 listing.

Tigris Shrine Circus. 7 p.m.; also April 5 & 6. See acrobats, clowns, elephants and more. The show lasts about two and a half hours, including a half-hour intermission. A benefit for Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Coliseum, State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $13-$15. 478-0277. www.TigrisShrineCircus.com.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Albany Devils. See March 28 listing.

 

 

Saturday, April 5

 

Artisan and Craft Show. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 50 makers of handcrafts sell their wares. Proceeds help students travel internationally. Elbridge Elementary School, 130 E. Main St., Elbridge. Free admission. 224-1120 or 558-3408.

Family Times Summer Fun and Camp Fair. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can learn about summer camps and programs as well as day-trip destinations, amusement parks, vacation rentals and many more warm-weather opportunities. Visit a petting zoo, slide down a 22-foot bounce slide, or watch demonstrations and entertainment on stage. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. 472-4669.

Teeny Yogini. 10-10:45 a.m. A family yoga class for children ages 2 ½ to 6 and a parent or other special adult. Willow Health and Wellness Center, 3090 Belgium Road, Baldwinsville. $15/adult & child; $20/family. Register: 622-3423.

Tigris Shrine Circus. 10 a.m., 2:30 & 7 p.m.; also April 6. See April 4 listing.

Superheroes Weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; also April 6. Meet Marvel Comics superheroes Thor and Iron Man, and join a how-to-draw session with comic book artists. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath Storytime. 11 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy this storytime with the book by Mo Willems. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Perusing with Pups. 11 a.m.-noon. Kids ages 6-10 can read to a dog from Sunshine Friends in a 10-minute session. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

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.

Classical Guitar for Children. 2-3 p.m. Peter Fletcher will perform and give children a chance to ask questions and try plucking the guitar’s strings. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Explore how energy from the sun can power your home. Sciencenter Showtime, with a different topic each week, takes place Saturdays at 2 p.m. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Chiefs. 2 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. See April 3 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Utica Comets. See March 28 listing.

Classical Guitar for Children, April 5

 

 

 

Sunday, April 6
Tigris Shrine Circus. 1 & 5 p.m. See April 4 listing.

Superheroes Weekend. 1-4 p.m. See April 5 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs. 2 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. See April 3 listing.

Spring Fling. 3-5 p.m. Enjoy a magic show, face painting, crafts and music by Colin Aberdeen and Kambuyu Marimba at this benefit for Jowonio School. Temple Adath Yeshurun, 450 Kimber Road, Syracuse. $5; free/under 2. 445-4010.

 

 

Monday, April 7
Spring Storytime Miniseries. 10:15-11 a.m.; also April 10, 14 & 17. Children ages 2-5 with a caregiver can come in for a puppet show, songs, stories and a craft. (Same program on Thursdays.) Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Secret Science Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also April 21. Students in grades 6-9 read a science fiction book and then do related experiments involving science and technology. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.


 

 

 

Tuesday, April 8
Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. 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, April 9
I’m a Canada Goose. 1-2:30 p.m. Kids ages 3-5, with an adult, will learn about animals by acting out how they behave. There will also be a craft and outdoor activities. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/child; $3/vehicle. Reservations required: 638-2519.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m. 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.


I’m a Canada Goose, April 9

 

Thursday, April 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/.


 

Friday, April 11
My Son Pinocchio Jr. 7 p.m.; also April 12. See Gepetto, the Blue Fairy, Pinocchio and the rest of the cast of kids, ages 5-12, in this Christian School of Performing Arts production. Lincoln Middle School, 1613 James St., Syracuse. $10. 278-7914.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. See March 28 listing.

 

 

Saturday, April 12
Biggest Bake Sale Ever and Easter Basket Sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition to sale of baked goods, Easter baskets for children and pets will also be sold to benefit the Humane Association of CNY. Towne Center at Fayetteville, 102 Towne Drive, Fayetteville. 396-8401.

Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; also April 19. Families and individuals can come for a morning of fishing; bait, rods and reels provided.  Volunteers are on site to help beginners. (Fishing license not required.) Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/person. Registration required: 689-9367.

Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. Onondaga Free Library holds its egg hunt, with candy and prizes. For age 10 and under. Santaro Memorial Park, Velasko Road, Onondaga. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See trains on the permanent layout and running in loops on the floor. Also, Thomas and Friends trains. Presented by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. A raffle benefits the Food Bank of CNY, and donations of non-perishable food items are requested. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Free. 451-3199.

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.

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.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See April 5 listing.

My Son Pinocchio Jr. 1 p.m. See April 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.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Toronto Marlies. See March 28 listing.

 

 

Sunday, April 13
Breakfast with the Bunny. 8 a.m.-noon. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and visit from the Bunny. A benefit for the North Syracuse Family Festival. VFW Post 7290, 105 Maxwell Ave., North Syracuse. $6/adults; $5/seniors; $3/ages 5-12; free/age 4 & under. 458-0375.

Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale. 9 a.m.-noon. Pancake breakfast with sausages, hash browns and more; plus door prizes. St. Daniel’s School gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Breakfast: $6/adults; $5/seniors; $4/ages 6-12; free/under 6. 454-4946.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also April 27. High school students demonstrate chemistry reactions such as disappearing ink and dry ice. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Monday, April 14
PASSOVER BEGINS
American Girl. 6 p.m. Explore the time periods of the different American Girls through crafts, games and food. For ages 8-12. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Syracuse Chiefs. 6 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See April 3 listing.

 

 

Tuesday, April 15
Little Makers. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Read a story about a topic, then make something based on the book. For ages 5-8. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

Syracuse Chiefs. 6 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See April 3 listing.

 

 

Wednesday, April 16
Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can watch and discuss anime and take part in related contests and games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Syracuse Chiefs. 6 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See April 3 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Adirondack Phantoms. See March 28 listing.

 

 

Thursday, April 17
Terrific Thursdays. 11:30 a.m. In this session of the series for homeschooling families, kids in grades K-12 can learn about the water cycle from Adrienne Canino of Onondaga Earth Corps. Additional children in the group can take part in activities in a separate room. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required (including names and ages of all children attending): 446-3578.

Tinkering Trifecta. 6-8 p.m. Children, teens and adults can use provided supplies and tools to explore, experiment and create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Syracuse Chiefs. 6 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See April 3 listing.

 

 

Friday, April 18
Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 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.

Amazing Library Race for Families. 11 a.m. Family teams with 3-5 members complete challenges, vying for prizes for first place and best team name. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-5442.

Syracuse Chiefs. 6 p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See April 3 listing.

 

 

 

Animal Egg-stravaganza, April 19

 

Saturday, April 19
Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk called “The Snowball Earth,” about how the earth nearly froze solid twice, how it warmed up, and how life survived. The talk is geared toward middle school students, who must be 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.

Animal Egg-Stravaganza. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Animals receive egg and egg-shaped items to enjoy. 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.

Super-Natural Egg-Stravaganza. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children up to age 10 can hunt for eggs with natural spots and camouflage colors, then stay to learn the amazing science of eggs. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/child; $3/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

Lunch with the Easter Bunny. Noon-2 p.m. Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog and sides, an Easter goody bag for the kids, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. Presented by the Syracuse Parks Department. American Legion Valley Post No. 1468, 110 Academy St., Syracuse. Free. Reservations required.  Call 473-4330 or send email to bfarmer@syrgov.net with name, number of tickets, phone number and mailing address.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See April 5 listing.

Trickster Tales with Vanessa Johnson. 1 p.m. Kids age 4 and up will enjoy this storytime featuring tales from African and African-American traditions. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Meet Graphic Novelist Chris Giarrusso. 1-3 p.m. Meet the author and artist of Mini Marvels: The Complete Collection and more. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Syracuse Chiefs. 2 p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See April 3 listing.

 

 

Sunday, April 20
EASTER
Syracuse Chiefs. 2 p.m. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See April 3 listing.

 

 

Monday, April 21
Syracuse Chiefs. Noon. Vs. Rochester Red Wings. See April 3 listing.

Life-Sized Candy Land. 2 p.m. In this game for all ages, the children’s room is the game board and participants are the pieces. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

 

 

Tuesday, April 22
EARTH DAY
Reptile Max. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Come see Diane the Reptile Lady, her helpers and their creatures. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Earth Day Celebration. 1-3 p.m. Try sun tea, check out the craft table and visit interactive exhibits that offer information about everyday purchases. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $3. 638-2519.

Nova Making Stuff. 1-2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can make hand-powered fans out of paper and then experiment with different materials and designs to maximize their fans’ effectiveness. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

Earth Day Party. 2 p.m. Kids ages 6-16 can decorate a planter and plant a seed, and assemble a “dirt cake” to take home or eat right away. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Mama Pajama’s Earth Day Show. 6:30 p.m. Children age 3 and up will enjoy this musical story show that celebrates the earth. Wearing pajamas is encouraged. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.


 

Wednesday, April 23
Magic Show. 2 p.m. Ray Cerio, The Wizard of Ahs, performs. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Candy Sushi. 2 p.m. Kids age 9 and up can make candy sushi that looks like the real thing; materials provided. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Cooking Up Literacy. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-13 can take part in a session that combines reading, math, cooking and eating. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-3519.

Birth Basics. 6-7:30 p.m. A fun and informative meeting gives pregnant women a foundation for a great birth experience. Natur-Tyme, 3160 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free. 395-3643 or 263-8749.



Thursday, April 24
Drop In for Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Children from preschoolers to those in grade 6, with a caregiver, can make seasonal crafts with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Willy Wonka Party. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can enjoy themed crafts, activities, candy and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Nova Making Stuff. 1-2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can make a single “eagle toe” out of various materials and test its motion control and strength. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

Photo Editing for Tweens. 4-5 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can bring a photo on a flash drive and learn to edit it using Pixlr, an online photo app. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.
lpl.org.

 

 

Friday, April 25
Lego Ninjago Party. 2 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can take part in a program with crafts, games and snacks. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.


 

Saturday, April 26
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebration. 11 a.m. Commemorate the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s story with a reading and hands-on activity. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 449-2948.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See April 5 listing.

 

 

Sunday, April 27
See Ongoing Events


 

Monday, April 28
See Ongoing Events


 

Tuesday, April 29
See Ongoing Events

 

 

Wednesday, April 30
I’m a Barred Owl. 1-2:30 p.m. Kids ages 3-5, with an adult, will learn about animals by acting out how they behave. There will also be a craft and outdoor activities. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/child; $3/vehicle. Reservations required: 638-2519.

Real Moms of Syracuse. 1-3 p.m. A Syracuse Healthy Start meeting for pregnant women, new moms, babies and toddlers. Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse. Free. 424-0009, Ext. 106.


 

Thursday, May 1
Dinner, Auction and Game Show. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Prevention Network’s annual fundraiser benefits the organization’s programs. Traditions at the Links, 5900 N. Burdick St., East Syracuse. $100/person. Reserve: 471-1359. PreventionNetworkCNY.org.

Syracuse Chiefs. 7 p.m. Vs. Toledo Mud Hens. See April 3 listing.

 

 

Friday, May 2
Syracuse Chiefs. 7 p.m. Vs. Toledo Mud Hens. See April 3 listing.

 

 

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS
KidsArt Exhibit. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-3 p.m.; through April 5. Numerous types of media by nearly 300 budding CNY artists displayed. Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. 691-3550.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Visitors can grab their walking shoes (or snowshoes) and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Open year round. Cross-country skis ($4/day) and snowshoes ($3/day) for rent. 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.

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 and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children who are good walkers. Fabulous 4s and 5s: (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for preschoolers to get skills to prepare for reading. Terrific 2s and 3s: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.) kids can learn letters, sounds and words. 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: $3 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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: $16.99+/children (4-12) and seniors (55+); $24.99+/adults. 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+). Age 3 and under are free. 466-7700. Wonderworksdestiny.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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