Calendar


February 2016 Calendar

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

Saturday, Jan. 30

Snow Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy snow-themed carnival games, art projects and more. CNY Arts Center, Cayuga Community College Campus, 11 River Glen Plaza, Fulton. Carnival-game tickets for a nominal fee. 598-2787.

Puzzle Day for Kids. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 6-12 can create a puzzle using a blank puzzle background and markers or paints. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the story of a girl’s escapade down the rabbit hole. Children in the audience can dress as a fairy tale character, become part of the Queen of Hearts’ Royal Court, and help Alice in her adventure. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. 449-3823.

Sunday, Jan. 31

St. Rose of Lima Open House. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Current and prospective families can visit classrooms at the pre-K-grade 6 school. St. Rose of Lima School, 411 S. Main St., North Syracuse. 458-6036. stroseny.org.

Immaculate Conception Open House. Noon-1:30 p.m. Learn about programs at the school, including Spanish starting in kindergarten. Immaculate Conception Elementary School, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville. 637-3961. icschool.org.

St. Margaret’s Open House. Noon-2 p.m. Learn about the programs at the pre-K-grade 6 faith-based school. St. Margaret’s School, 201 Roxboro Road, Mattydale. 455-5791. stmargaret
schoolny.com.

Syracuse Opera Preview. 1 p.m. Douglas Kinney Frost, music director, and selected principals give a preview performance of Puccini’s La Boheme. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Monday, Feb. 1

WeDo Lego Robotics. 4-4:45 p.m. Children in kindergarten through grade 2 will work in teams of two and use a kit to build and program a robot. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6 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.

Yoga for Everyone. 6 p.m.; also Feb. 8, 22 & 29. One-hour class of gentle yoga for all ages. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1944.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Yoga for Families. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; also Feb. 16. Kids ages 3-6 and their parents can take part in a full-body experience that features puppets, stories, songs, yoga poses and breathing exercises. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Feb. 9, 16 & 23. Parents or caregivers can bring a child from 1-5 to enjoy books, songs, dance and fun. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Feb. 10, 17 & 24. Children ages 2-5 can take part in stories, songs, fingerplays, music and more. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Teen Writers Guild. 3:30-5 p.m. Middle or high school students can join others for writing workshops, feedback, brainstorming and support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Creation Club Junior. 4-5:15 p.m. Students 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.

Bishop Grimes Open House. 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about programs at the Catholic high school. Bishop Grimes, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. 314-7157.

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

Teen Geeks Lite. 6-8 p.m. Teens can hang out, play games, eat snacks, and create—video-game free, in this version of Teen Geeks. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Holy Family Open House. 6:30-8 p.m. Take a tour, see student work and meet the community at the nursery-through-grade-6 school. Holy Family School, 130 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. 487-8515.

Astronomy 101. 7-8 p.m.; also Feb. 11. For teens age 12 and up and for adults, a chance to make telescopes, stargaze and learn about the cosmos. On poor-weather days, there will be indoor hands-on activities. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Friday, Feb. 5

This Girl Can. 4-6 p.m.; Fridays, through June 3. Girls can learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with projects such as building circuit boards and an FM radio, and field trips to local attractions. Zonta House, 401 Douglas St., Syracuse. Free. 424-0040.

Star Party. 7-9 p.m. All ages of participants can see the winter skies through telescopes. There’s the potential to see nebulae, Uranus and Jupiter. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: 673-1350.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Bishop Grimes Scholarship/Entrance Exam. 7:45 a.m. Bishop Grimes, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. $15/exam fee. Preregistration recommended: 314-7157.

Book and Bake Sale. 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; 1:30-3 p.m. Baked goods, and used books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs and more will be for sale. A $2 bag sale takes place 1:30-3 p.m. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. 699-2032. www.nopl.org.

Beginning Yoga. 10 a.m.; also Feb. 13, 20 & 27. People of all ages can learn the basics of yoga breathing, stretching and meditation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Preschool Information Fair. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Representatives from preschools offer information to families. Hands-on crafts for babies, toddlers and preschoolers will be available. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Exploring Science. 10:30 a.m.; every Saturday in February. Parents can engage with toddlers and preschoolers in self-guided, hands-on science activities. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Meet the Orchestra. 10:30 a.m. An hour-long Symphoria concert introduces young people to the orchestra and the instrument families. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; $5/college students with ID; free/under 18. 299-5598, Ext. 201.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 30 listing.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Every Saturday, see an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science. Upcoming topics include: the science of flight; chemical reactions; design and engineering; and the human brain. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Sled for Red Derby. 4-8 p.m. Teams construct cardboard sleds and compete in the derby. A tubing party follows the competition. Event raises money for ACR Health’s programs. Four Seasons Gold & Ski Center, 8012 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $10/adult, party admission; $5/child, party admission; $12/person, tubing after the derby. (800) 475-2340. ACRHealth.org.

Sunday, Feb. 7

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

Montessori Open House. 2-4 p.m. Find out about the school that serves ages 3 through 12 with its preschool and elementary education based on Montessori philosophy and methods. Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway, DeWitt. 449-9033. mssyr.org.

Kindergarten Open House. 2-4 p.m. Explore options at the independent K-6 school. The New School, 5205 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. 475-6453. newschoolsyracuse.org.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 21. 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, Feb. 8

MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Support group for at-home mothers of children of all ages are invited to attend the monthly meeting, with or without their children. Village of Manlius Recreation Building, 6 Stickley Drive, Manlius. Free. 884-5555. www.meetup.com/MOMS-Club-of-
Syracuse-East.

Comfort Measures for Childbirth. 6 p.m. CNY Doula Connection presents the second event devoted to helping pregnant women learn techniques for a comfortable birth. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Light snacks provided. Simpson Family Wellness, 309 Kasson Road, No. 1, Camillus. Free. Registration recommended: 447-4343.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Signing Storytime. 10:30-11:05 a.m.; also Feb. 23. Parents and young children can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Feb. 23. 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, (518) 441-3690 or 412-4054.

Holy Cross School Open House. 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about the school’s pre-K through sixth-grade options. Holy Cross School, 4200 E. Genesee St., DeWitt. 446-4890. hcschooldewitt.org.

Reading Workshop for Parents. 6-7 p.m. Parents of children from birth through pre-K can learn five simple practices to help get their kids ready to read. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Father-Daughter Valentine Ball. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fathers and daughters (age 3 and older) can enjoy a memorable evening, with dancing, magicians, a gift bag, and a light snack of cookies and soft drinks. Space is limited and reservations are required. A benefit for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Art and Home Center, New York State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $50/father & daughter; $15/additional daughter. Reservations required: 464-4416.
foundationforupstate.org

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can watch an anime on the projector screen and then participate in activities, which change each month. Cosplay is welcomed but must be deemed appropriate by library staff. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Annual Auto Expo. 4-9 p.m.; through Feb. 14. See new models and concept cars from the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association in 135,000 square feet of show space. Convention Center, 500 S. State St., Syracuse. $9/adults; $7/seniors; $3/under 12; free/under 5. 474-1041.

Art Masters. 4-4:45 p.m. Children in kindergarten through grade 2 can explore the art of major artists and make their own works inspired by the masters. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Friday, Feb. 12

Annual Auto Expo. 4-9 p.m.; through Feb. 14. See Feb. 11 listing.

Teen Murder Mystery. 6-7:30 p.m. Young people ages 10-18 can join fellow sleuths to discover who is killed in the library and why; a prize goes to the top detective. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Spot Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can wear PJs and hear a story about Eric Hill’s puppy. Then a special guest will join the fun. Don’t forget your camera! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Owl Night Long. 6-8 p.m. Learn about the habits of owls, then snowshoe or hike into the forest and try to see or hear signs of the nocturnal birds. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. Registration required: 638-2519.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Winter Hibernation Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See fossil and winter hibernation exhibits; cook marshmallows over Swedish candles; and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Check out the birds of prey show at 1 p.m. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Suggested donation: $5/adults; free/under 16. 697-2950.

Winter Break at the MOST. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; daily through Feb. 21. During winter break, special hands-on activities (1-3 p.m.), planetarium shows and science demos take place. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Feb. 27. Children ages 6-12 can read to Cooper, a trained dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Annual Auto Expo. Noon-9 p.m.; through Feb. 14. See Feb. 11 listing.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 30 listing.

Valentine’s Crafts. 2 p.m. Make cards and crafts for the holiday. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

A Gospel Music Celebration. 2:30 p.m. A live chorus performs a concert. Audience participation is encouraged. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

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, Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day

Annual Auto Expo. Noon-5 p.m. See Feb. 11 listing.

Monday, Feb. 15

Winter Wonders Week. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; daily through Feb. 19. Various special break-week activities, including snowshoeing, building a snow cave, learning about winter animals and more. All activities are weather dependent. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. $5/hour snowshoe rental. 638-2519.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. 10:15-11:15 a.m.; also Feb. 18. Learn about the program that encourages families to read daily with children from birth to age 5 and beyond. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Roald Dahl Party. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up who like such stories as Matilda and Fantastic Mr. Fox can enjoyed book-related crafts and other activities. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Drop in Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Children ages through grade 6 can enjoy fun seasonal crafts; all materials provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Smartplay. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 6 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. fflib.org.

Cubelets. 2 p.m. Children age 6 and up can build a tiny working robot. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Eric Carle Party. 2 p.m. Kids age 3 and up can take part in a party featuring stories, crafts and activities based on characters in the books of Eric Carle. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Songs and Stories with Donna Butterfield. 2:30 p.m. Donna Butterfield performs, with face painting afterward; for kids ages 4-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Create the White House. 3 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can learn facts about the White House and then make pop-out artwork of the building to take home. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Legos Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Make a cool creation with Legos. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 30 listing.

Lego Build. 2 p.m. Kids can bring their Legos to the library and build with their peers. (A limited number of library Legos and Duplos will be available.) Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Lego Technology Build. 2 p.m. Learn about Lego WeDo to create something out of Legos that requires basic code to make it move. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Cubelets. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can build miniature robots and watch them race around. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 3-8 p.m. Young people, ages 5-12, can learn about science, technology, engineering, art and music through hands-on activities and experiments. Parents and siblings are welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m.-noon. In this session of the series for homeschooling families, kids in grades K-12 will take part in a mixed-media art class taught by Michaeline Gleasman and using charcoal, oil pastels and water colors. 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.

Make Snowflakes. 11 a.m. Kids can make snowflakes with fusible plastic beads; best for age 6 and up. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Bingo. 2 p.m. Kids can enjoy a friendly game of Bingo, with prizes for winners. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Mardi Gras Mask Making. 2-4 p.m. Kids ages 8-16 can make a Mardis Gras mask and learn about the traditional New Orleans event. Free beads for those who sign up. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

The Bubble Man. 2-2:45 p.m. & 6:30-7:15 p.m. Watch a combination of comedy, juggling and gigantic bubbles choreographed to music. NOPL at Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

Make Play Dough. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 use a fun recipe to make their own play dough; all materials provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. Until 9 p.m.; through Feb. 21. 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. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/snowshoe rental; $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Friday, Feb. 19

Paws to Read. 10-11:30 a.m. Children of all ages, accompanied by a caregiver, can drop in and read to a dog from Paws of CNY Inc. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 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.

No-Bake Cooking with Teens. 2-4 p.m. Teens can make treats without an oven. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Make a Button. 2:30 p.m. Young people ages 6-12 can make a pinback button. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoeing. 7 p.m.; also Feb. 20. Explore the woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes with a guide; space limited. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/snowshoe rental; $4/vehicle. Registration required day of hike: 638-2519.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by meteorologist Dave Eichorn about lake effect storms. 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.

Snowflake Bentley. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids ages 4-7, accompanied by a parent or guardian, can look at snowflakes in snowflake catchers, using magnifying glasses. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9/child (parent included). Register: 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Miss Syracuse Girls Storytime. 11 a.m.-noon. The Miss Syracuse girls will read some of their favorite stories and make a craft with the kids at the end. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 30 listing.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoeing. 7 p.m. See Feb. 19 listing.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Teens Paint. 3 p.m. An instructor from Sip of Color teaches a class for young people in grade 5 and up. Participants will focus on Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and use acrylic paints on canvas. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. $20. 637-6374. Preregistration and prepayment required: http://events.sipofcolor.com/.

Monday, Feb. 22

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Tuesday, Feb. 23

Storytime. 6 p.m. Children ages 2-5 with a caregiver can come to a special storytime, wearing pajamas and bringing a blanket, pillow or stuffed animal if they wish. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

My Sky Tonight. 10-11 a.m. Class for parents and children ages 3-5 offers astronomy exploration and inquiry, with activities and experiments. Series of three classes also takes place on March 2 & 9. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Single session: $20/parent & child pair. Three classes: $50. Register: 425-9068, Ext. 2143. bjones@most.org.

Discovery Club. 4-5 p.m. Fun facts, science videos and experiments for budding scientists, ages 7-12. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

To Kill a Mockingbird. 7:30 p.m. (preview); through March 26. In this stage version of Harper Lee’s novel, a black man is falsely accused of a crime in a small Alabama town. The book is the subject of 2016’s CNY Reads initiative. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $30-$50/adult; $33-$38/age 40 & under; $18/age 12 & under. 443-3275. syracusestage.org.

Thursday, Feb. 25

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Friday, Feb. 26

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Saturday, Feb. 27

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. 11 a.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) with activities including pinning the tale on Horton and decorating a Cat in the Hat hat. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 30 listing.

Sun Party. 1-3 p.m. (Backup date Feb. 28.) Observe the sun through specially filtered telescopes and see what it looks like up close. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. 673-1350.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Train Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Operating train layouts and displays, and dealers selling train items. Presented by the Syracuse Model Railroad Club. Eastwood American Legion Post 1276, James Street and Nichols Avenue, Syracuse. $4/adult; $2/age 12 and under; $12/family max. 706-7580. syracusemodelrr.org.

Monday, Feb. 29

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ONGOING EVENTS

CNY Scholastic Art Awards. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; through Feb. 26. See more than 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. Schedule group visits: 498-7212. s.l.germain2@sunyocc.edu.

Gentle Yoga. 10:15-11:45 a.m., every Saturday. All levels and ages can take part in this class. Children must be accompanied by adults. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Donations welcome. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

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.

Horsedrawn Hay or Sleigh Rides. Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; through Feb. 28. Twenty-minute ride into the woods at Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road (off Route 80), Fabius. $6/person; $3/age 5 & under. 683-5550.

Snow Leopard Days. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., daily; through Feb. 29. 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.

Try Snowshoeing. Saturdays & Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; through Feb. 28. One-hour clinic includes instruction and a short snowshoe hike. Offered when weather permits. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $5/person; $4 /vehicle for parking. Registration required (day of hike, starting at 8 a.m.): 638-2519.

Cross Country Ski Lessons. Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.; through Feb. 28. One-hour introductory lesson, weather permitting. Highland Forest, 1254 Highland Park Road (off Route 80), Fabius. $25/lesson & equipment rental; $10/lesson only. Reservations required: 683-5550.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Visitors can explore miles of well-groomed trails. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. 697-2950.

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

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. 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.

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.

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: (Wednesdays, 9:30-10 a.m.) for good walkers up to age 3. Sign, Learn, Sign: (Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.) for babies, with instruction in six basic signs to use before children can talk. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

NOPL at North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Daycare Storytime: Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. NOPL at North Syracuse Library, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: 458-6184.

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.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Call for days and times. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. For storytimes, registration preferred for first-time attendees: 492-1727.

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.

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.

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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. Also open Mondays and Tuesdays for national holidays and school break weeks. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/children and senior citizens; (473-IMAX). Make Your World, exhibit of various kinds of miniatures including toothpicks, being built throughout September. 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.

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. Nov. 1-20: Art Gone Wild! Exhibition, featuring works of art created by trunks, paws, feet and even brushes. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins.

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs. Fall Exhibition, starting Sept. 19: Pattern Wizardry, discovering how patterns are the building blocks of the natural and man-made world. Through Nov. 30 (weather permitting): mini-golf ($6); Sciencenter Mini-Golf will be closed for renovations Sept. 8-25. Re-opens Sept. 26 with science obstacles at every one of the 18 holes.

Seward House. 33 South St., Auburn. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10/adults; $9/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.

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: $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.

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. Various admission prices. Children age 3 and under are free. 466-7700. Wonderworksdestiny.com.

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