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OCTOBER 2014


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Saturday, Sept. 27

Liverpool Public Library Book Sale. 9-5 p.m.; also Sept. 28. More than 80,000 books and CDs. Early bird sale, Saturday, 8-9 a.m.; $10 admission. Bag sale, Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Liverpool Elementary School, 910 2nd St., Liverpool. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Dinomania Opening Day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kokoro Exhibits’ realistic animatronic dinosaurs return. First-day activities include a special speaker and a chance to dig for dinosaur eggs your child can keep. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068.

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

Sportsmen’s Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Sept. 28. Festival is an opportunity for those of all ages to try outdoor pursuits such as skeet shooting, turkey calling, archery, fly fishing, canoeing and muzzle loading. Demonstrations by woodsmen and displays of local wildlife art. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $5/vehicle. 638-2519.

Fall Toy Fest. Noon-4 p.m. Bounce house, magician, cider, doughnuts and more. Haba Toy Outlet, 4407 Jordan Road, Skaneateles. Free. 685-6660. www.Facebook.com/HABAOutletStore.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 30 listing.

Make a Banned-Books T-Shirt. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can design and make a T-shirt with the cover of a banned book on it. (Harry Potter and Captain Underpants are included in that number.) Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Early Autumn Paddle. 4 p.m. A naturalist leads an early-evening paddle, with a break on an isolated point to snack on cheese, crackers and cider. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/including canoe rental. Registration required: 638-2519.

Sunday, Sept. 28

National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk. 10:30 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.). Individuals with Down syndrome along with their friends and families promote acceptance and advocacy with a two-mile walk; followed by picnic lunch and festivities. Music by TJ Sacco & the Urban Cowboys. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. T-shirts/$10-$17. Registration required: 682-4289. www.dsaofcny.org.

Liverpool Public Library Book Sale. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See Sept. 27 listing.

Sportsmen’s Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Sept. 27 listing.

Wild Mushroom Festival. 1-4 p.m. Members of the Central New York Mycological Society lead woodland hikes in search of mushrooms (1 & 1:30 p.m.); also, demonstrations on cooking, growing your own mushrooms and making paper from mushrooms. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Monday, Sept. 29

Tinker Tots. 10-10:45 a.m. Children ages 3-5 will have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore and invent. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 30

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Wednesday, Oct. 1

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Oct. 22. 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.

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 2

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Preschoolers and caregivers can take part in a program with stories, songs and rhymes. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Friday, Oct. 3

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Saturday, Oct. 4

GiGi’s Playhouse Run & Dash for Down Syndrome. 8-9:30 a.m. (registration); 9:30 a.m. (Dash for Down Syndrome); 9:45 a.m. (1 mile walk); 10 a.m. (5K run/walk). Events raise money for Gigi’s Playhouse. Saw Mill Creek Pavilion, Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. $20-$35. 288-7529. www.gigisplayhouse.org/syracuse.

Mommy & Me Rummage Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mommy and Me of CNY holds its fall rummage sale, a place to find deals on maternity, infant and children’s items, with prices starting at $1. Liverpool Elks Lodge, 3730 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. Free admission. 558-3480. www.mommynmecny.com.

Miles for Molly Walk. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Walk and dog rescue event, speakers and more—to raise awareness of puppy mills and animal abuse. Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Dr., Cicero. Donations. 885-1082. www.mollyswish.org.

Zombie Walk. 10:30 a.m. In an event for the family, participants can come to the library and get made up, or meet at 11:20 a.m. already made up. The route will be from the library to the Salt Museum, along the Onondaga Lake Shore trail and back to the library for cider and doughnuts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Crabgrass Puppet Theater performs “Pirates, Princes and the Pea.” Children as young as 3 and parents can come for an up-close look at the performance at 10 a.m. for an additional $5. International Mask and Puppet Museum, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $10/adults; $6/children. Reserve: 476-0466.

Lego Castle Adventure Opening Weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; also Oct. 5. A display by the Lego Users of Central New York fills a room. Get a chance to create a paper figure head or see a special performance (Saturday only, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. www.museumof
play.org.

Fundraiser for Salt City Hoops. Noon-4 p.m. Three-point shooting contest and gift baskets for raffle. Benefit for nonprofit youth basketball league. Sharkey’s Bar & Grill, 7240 Oswego Road, Liverpool. $15; free/age 6 and under. 491-1015.

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

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

The Diary of Anne Frank Preview. 2 p.m. See excerpts from the Appleseed Productions version of the play. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Sciencenter Showtime: Naturalist Outreach. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Learn about the life and behavior of animals and plants with a member of Cornell University’s naturalist outreach program. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays. Tinker with provided 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. www.sciencenter.org.

Lego Castle Adventure Opening Weekend. 1-4 p.m. See Oct. 4 listing.

Monday, Oct. 6

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Gentle yoga class. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Oct. 14, 21 and 28. Bring a child, ages 1-5, for books, songs, dance and fun. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Oct. 21. Kids ages 3-6 and parents can have a full-body experience that builds early literacy skills and healthy bodies at the same time. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Nature on Wheels Tours. 1:30-3 p.m.; also Oct. 14. Electric tram takes visitors with mobility limitations on a slow tour through the forest, accompanied by a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/person. Parking: $4/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also Oct. 14, 21 & 28. Kids ages 5-10 can drop in to make a different craft each week. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Star Party: Lunar Eclipse. 4:30-6:30 a.m. See an early-morning eclipse that reaches totality just as the moon sets. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8. Register: 673-1350.

Creation Club Junior. 4-5:30 p.m.; also Oct. 22. School-aged children will learn introductory skills for making their own videos, podcasts and 3D models. This month build bridges, have a strongest bridge challenge and learn about marshmallow engineering. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Bullying Prevention Class. 5:45-6:30 p.m.; also Oct. 15, 22 & 29. Team Sgarlata provides martial arts lessons. Team Sgarlata, Lakeshore Heights Plaza, 6195 Route 31, Cicero. Free. Register: 699-9898.

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

Thursday, Oct. 9

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

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. A naturalist reads stories to children ages 3-5 and leads them on a walk through the forest. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Yoga Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Oct. 23. Kids ages 6-10 and parents can do yoga poses and learn breathing exercises. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Outer Space. 4:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make their own paper plate planets and galaxy play dough. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Friday, Oct. 10

Strengthening Families Conference. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Karol Kumpfer of the University of Utah presents the Strengthening Families Program, which has been found effective in preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. Register: 471-1359. www.cr.prc.org.

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.

Curious George Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas and join a storytime that features everyone’s favorite monkey. Don’t forget your camera! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Saturday, Oct. 11

LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Oct. 12. Entertainment, food court, pie baking contest, scarecrow contest, pony rides, craft sale, apples and cider. Half-mile south of Route 20 on Tully Farms Road, LaFayette. $5/person; free/age 12 and under. www.lafayetteapplefest.org.

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.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 4 listing.

Star Wars Reads Day. 1 p.m. Star Wars fans of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume and take part in a Jedi Training Academy activity, a scavenger/trivia hunt, and more. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Cardboard Challenge Game Day of Play. 2 p.m. Kids can play arcade games recently made out of cardboard by children at the library. Other OCPL branches are also taking part in the day of play; call for details: Betts Branch Library (435-1940); Hazard Branch Library (435-5326); Mundy Branch Library (435-3797); Paine Branch Library (435-5442); Soule Branch Library (435-5320); and White Branch Library (435-3519). Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. 435-3395. Free.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. The American Hockey League team faces the Springfield Falcons in the first home game of the season. War Memorial, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20, plus applicable processing fees. 473-4444.

Owl Prowl. 7-8:30 p.m. Join a naturalist on a walk in search of these magnificent and secretive birds. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual. Register: 673-1350.

Sunday, Oct. 12

LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See Oct. 11 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 5 p.m. Vs. Hartford Wolf Pack. See Oct. 12 listing.

Monday, Oct. 13

COLUMBUS DAY

 

 

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

Spider-Man Stunt Show. 10 a.m.-noon; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Two-hour show features the webslinger doing tricks. There will also be participation in hero training. For age 8 and under. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place, Three Rivers Plaza, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $12/child. Prepaid tickets required: 695-2211. www.kidzclubfun.com.

Columbus Day Activities. 12:30-3 p.m. Live animal talks with a naturalist at 12:30 and 3 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., take a hike with a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can learn interesting facts, take part in a trivia game and design a Hispanic heritage postage stamp to win prizes. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Oct. 28. 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.

Tween Tech Talks. 5-6:30 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can learn about popular, useful technology and how to make it work for them. In this session, they can learn about an audio tool for recording songs and voiceovers, and changing music files. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Autism Activist Talk and Book Signing. 7 p.m. Jesse A. Saperstein talks about and signs copies of his book Getting a Life with Asperger’s: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m. In this session of the series for homeschooling families, kids in grades K-12 will learn about endangered species: why some animals are endangered, what can be done to save them. Animals from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will be introduced. 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.

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

Yoga Time. 6-7 p.m. Caregivers and children age 5 and older can take a class with Heidi Panek of Asauna Yoga. Bring mats or beach towels and a bottle of water. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 254-8286.

Friday, Oct. 17

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.

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 18, 24 & 25. At the Pumpkin Patch, kids up to age 16 can take part in activities or take a tour of the Haunted House. Burnet Park (former ice rink), via Coleridge or Avery Avenue entrances, Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4300.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Springfield Falcons. See Oct. 12 listing.

Howling Hayride. 7-9 p.m.; also Oct. 18, 23, 24 & 25. Enjoy an experience that includes a house of horrors, a maze, cider and a doughnut. Maxwell Park, Badgley Road, East Syracuse. $6.50/advance (before Oct. 18); $8/door; free/age 5 & under. 446-9250, Ext. 9.

Saturday, Oct. 18

The Great Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 19, 25 & 26. A bustling Halloween bash with characters and sets for kids to enjoy in a “kooky not spooky” atmosphere. Costumes encouraged! Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission included with Zoo Boo activities: $8/adult (admission only); $12/age 3 & older; $8/age 2 & younger. 435-8511.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 4 listing.

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 24 & 25. See Oct. 17 listing.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Binghamton Senators. See Oct. 12 listing.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Walk raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Clinton Square, Syracuse. Donations. (800) 227-2345. cancer.org/stridesonline.

March of Dimes March for Babies. 10 a.m. (registration); 11 a.m. (walk). Walk three miles as a team and raise money for local programs that support healthy pregnancies. There will be music, a kid zone with activities and crafts, and a picnic lunch. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Donations. 463-0700.

The Great Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 25 & 26. See Oct. 18 listing.

New School Open House. 2-4 p.m. Learn about the K-8 school’s individualized curriculum, focus on communication, and other features. The New School, 5205 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. 475-6453.

Monday, Oct. 20

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Tuesday, Oct. 21

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Wednesday, Oct. 22

CNY Doula Connection. 6:30 p.m. Pregnant women can bring their questions to this fun and informative meeting with members of CNY Doula Connection. Jen Deshaies from Bluebird Birth & Breastfeeding will talk about preparing for breastfeeding. Cazenovia Library, 100 Albany St., Cazenovia. Free. 395-3643.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 26. More than 400 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria light the way along two magical trails; also, face painting, fortune telling and treats. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $3/person, free/under age 3; $5/vehicle parking, advance; $10/vehicle parking, day of. Advance reservations recommended: 638-2519.

Friday, Oct. 24

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 25. See Oct. 17 listing.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 26. See Oct. 23 listing.

Saturday, Oct. 25

The Great Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 26. See Oct. 18 listing.

Symphoria Halloween Concert. 10:30 a.m. Kids and parents can enjoy a concert called “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night,” with spooky music by the symphony, and stories and narration by local author Bruce Coville. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $4-$15; free/age 18 and under. Reserve: 299-5598.

Halloween Storytime. 11 a.m. Kids can dress in costume, hear Halloween stories, and enjoy activities and treats. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Spooky Science. 11 a.m. Warren Allmon of Ithaca’s Paleontological Research Institution talks about the history of dinosaur art. Also, take part in dinosaur-themed activities. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. 425-9068.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 4 listing.

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m. See Oct. 17 listing.

Dreaming with Dinosaurs Sleepover. 6:30 p.m. Families can spend the night at the museum and enjoy an evening of dinosaur activities such as reconstructing a dinosaur. There will also be an IMAX movie, an evening snack, a continental breakfast on Sunday, and more. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $40/person. Reservations required: 425-9068, Ext. 2132.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 26. See Oct. 23 listing.

Sunday, Oct. 26

The Great Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See Oct. 18 listing.

Spooky Science Halloween Event. Noon-4 p.m. Explore tricked-out exhibits, spooky activities and eerie demonstrations. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: free. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m. See Oct. 23 listing.

Monday, Oct. 27

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Tuesday, Oct. 28

Halloween Fun for Kids. 6 p.m. Children ages 4-10 can listen to Halloween-themed stories, play games, and enjoy some make-your-own refreshments. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

ADHD Conference. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; also Oct. 30. National experts will discuss controversies associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as identification, causes, medications, and child and family supports. Storer Auditorium, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. $70/single day; $120/full conference. Registration required: 382-0541. www.adhd-2014.eventzilla.net.

Lego Brainstorm. 3:30-5 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 will learn basic Lego robotic programming and then form teams to design and program a robot to complete a mission. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Thursday, Oct. 30

ADHD Conference. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See Oct. 29 listing.

Mall-O-Ween. 1-7 p.m. Costumed children can trick-or-treat through the mall, picking up goodies from local vendors. Benefit for The Children’s Consortium. Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $1/child. 427-8454. www.shopping
townmall.com.

Tales for Teens. 6:30 p.m. Kids in grades 7-12 can bring favorite scary stories to read to their peers—or just listen to others’ terrifying tales. There will be candy. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. 435-3636.

Friday, Oct. 31

HALLOWEEN

 

Happy Halloween Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 can get into costume, hear spooky stories, do crafts and eat snacks. Bring a goodie bag for library trick-or-treating! DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Rochester Americans. See Oct. 12 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

Horseback Riding. Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Oct. 26. Hour-long guided ride for age 8 and up on the trails of Highland Forest, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $30/hour. Reservations required: 289-3775.

Springside Farm Fall Activities. Fridays, 1-5 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Corn and grass mazes, ziplines, pedal cars, farm petting area, wagon rides, and more. Handicap and stroller accessible. Springside Farm, 1850 Route 91, Pompey. Admission fee. 683-5860. www.springsidefarm.net.

Beak & Skiff Fall Fun. Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Apple picking, play area and more. Beak & Skiff, 2708 Lords Hill Road, LaFayette. www.beakandskiff.com.

Abbott Farms Fall Festival. Weekends through end of October. Abbott Farms, 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. Admission. 638-7783.

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.

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

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

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Little Naturalist backpack program allows preschoolers and their families to explore the center through activity-based backpacks available for sign out at the Interpretive Center. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 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: (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children up to age 2. Pre-K Storytime: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for ages 3-6. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

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

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

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

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

 




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