Calendar


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

Friday, Jan. 27

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

 

Saturday, Jan. 28

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday, Jan. 29

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Monday, Jan. 30

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

 

Tuesday, Jan. 31

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

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Preschool Play and Learn. 9:30 a.m.; also Feb. 8, 15 & 22. Kids can hear stories, sing songs, recite rhymes and take part in activities. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Feb. 8 & 15. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 8 & 15. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen Photography Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can use provided equipment to shoot photographs—outside, if the weather permits. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-1900. onlib.org/events/calendar.

Bishop Grimes Open House. 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about programs at the Catholic high school. Bishop Grimes, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. (315) 314-7157.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Feb. 15. Teens can hang out, eat snacks, and play a different game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

Thursday, Feb. 2

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children from infants to age 6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Hazard Chess Club. 5-7 p.m.; also Feb. 16. Play chess or come learn the rules. Game boards and pieces provided. Those under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Feb. 16 & 23. Children can use their imaginations and discover new crafting techniques. For age 5 and up. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. Until 9 p.m.; nightly, through Feb. 5. 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. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Holy Family Open House. 6:30-8 p.m. Learn more about this Catholic school. Holy Family School, 130 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. (315) 487-8515. holyfamilyschoolsyr.org.

 

Friday, Feb. 3

Teen Murder Mystery. 6-8 p.m. Young people in grades 6-12 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: (315) 446-3578.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. 7 p.m.; also Feb. 4. Explore the woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes with a guide; space limited. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/snowshoe rental; $4/vehicle. Registration required day of hike: (315) 638-2519.

 

Saturday, Feb. 4

Bishop Grimes Scholarship/Entrance Exam. 7:45 a.m. Bishop Grimes, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. Preregistration recommended: (315) 314-7157.

Wild Things. 10:30 a.m. A Symphoria concert explores the stories, sights and sounds of animals and other wild things in a program created for children under the age of 6. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under 18. (315) 299-5598, Ext. 1.

Rice Creek Ramble. 11 a.m.; also Feb. 11 & 18. People of all ages (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can go on an informative, family-friendly walk. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.

Ukelele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukelele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Story Quilts of Vanessa Johnson. 2 p.m. Enjoy a storytime for all ages and get a chance to see the story quilts of Vanessa Johnson. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 11, 18 & 25. See an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science each week. This month’s topics include chemistry and fossils. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/seniors; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

 

Sunday, Feb. 5

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in February. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/age 65 & older; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org. (607) 272-0600. 
sciencenter.org.

Kindergarten Open House. 2-4 p.m. Explore options at the independent K-8 school. The New School, 5205 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. (315) 475-6453. newschoolsyracuse.org.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 19. Local high school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/age 65 & older; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

 

Monday, Feb. 6

Black History Month Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can learn about Garrett Morgan, who invented the stop light. Read books, play games and make a stop light-themed snack. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Feb. 13 & 27. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

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

 

Tuesday, Feb. 7

GarageBand 101. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn about GarageBand, including the basics of recording, producing and mixing. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Homeschool Hang Out. 1-3 p.m. Homeschoolers can get together to watch movies and play games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Drop In Craft and Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Feb. 14 & 28. Children ages 4-8 and their families can listen to stories and do crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

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. (315) 446-4890. 
hcschooldewitt.org.

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. Party dresses for girls, business formal or tuxedos for fathers. Art and Home Center, New York State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $60/father & daughter; $25/additional daughter. Reservations required: (315) 464-4416. 
foundationforupstate.org/fdvb.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Teen Storytime. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can hear Linda Sue Park’s “A Long Walk to Water” read aloud. Participants can bring blankets and pillows to get comfortable. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Creation Club Junior. 4 p.m.; also Feb. 22. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn skills for using technology for everything from 3D printing to game design. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

 

Thursday, Feb. 9

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Feb. 16. Middle or high school students can participate in writing workshops that emphasize constructive feedback, brainstorming and support. Writers in all genres, from poetry to nonfiction essays, are welcome. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Friday, Feb. 10

Star Party. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to view a penumbral lunar eclipse, when the moon passes through the earth’s partial shadow and turns a dim brown color. Also see the winter skies through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

 

Saturday, Feb. 11

Book and Bake Sale. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Baked goods, and used books, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles, CDs and more will be for sale. A $2 all-you-can-fit-in-a-bag sale takes place 1:30-3 p.m. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids can see trains running on a large indoor layout and loops on the floor. There’s also a play area. Sponsored by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 Circle Dr. E., Cicero. Free. jmccumbe@twcny.rr.com. cnylsrs.net.

Winter Hibernation Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See the fossil and winter hibernation exhibits; go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; or take part in sledding, crafts, games and other activities. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Suggested donation: $4/adults; $1/under 12; $8/family. (315) 697-2950. greatswampconservancy.org.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Feb. 25. Kids ages 5-12 can read to Cooper, a trained dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.

Gnomeo and Juliet. 1:30 p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a lawn gnome version of Romeo and Juliet. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Irish Hooley. 4-9:30 p.m. School’s event features music, Irish dancing, activities for kids, auctions and raffles. Holy Family School, 130 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. $8/adults; $6/seniors; $3/children; $20/family maximum. (315) 487-8515. 
holyfamilyschoolsyr.org.

Sled for Red Derby. 4-8 p.m. Teams construct cardboard sleds (raising a minimum of $250 in donations) and compete in the derby. A tubing party, with hot chocolate, food, and beer and wine sampling after the competition. Event raises money for ACR Health’s youth prevention and other programs. Four Seasons Gold & Ski Center, 8012 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $15/tubing party admission. (800) 475-2340. ACRHealth.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. The museum also offers quiet areas where participants can sit, relax and regroup. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068. most.org.

 

Sunday, Feb. 12

Sweet Treats. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A variety of animals will receive heart-shaped treats including popsicles made with juice and fruits, meat patties and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $4/adults; $2.50/seniors; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 & younger. (315) 435-8511.

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. (315) 449-9033. mssyr.org.

 

Monday, Feb. 13

Natural Fertility and Family Planning. 6 p.m. Women can learn how to chart their cycles for birth control or to achieve pregnancy. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Owl Night Long. 6 p.m. Learn about the habits of owls, then hike or snowshoe into the woods in search of these nocturnal birds. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $2/program fee; $4/vehicle, admission. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14

VALENTINE’S DAY

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 28. Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Feb. 28. Pregnant women or young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. Call or text: (315) 569-2542 or (518) 441-3690. LiverpoolTeenMOPS@gmail.com.

Stuffed Animal Storytime. 6:30-7 p.m. Children ages 2-5 can wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to a storytime with songs and a craft. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 15

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Thursday, Feb. 16

Terrific Thursdays for Homeschoolers. 11 a.m. In a program for homeschooling students in kindergarten to grade 5, children can explore board games and their educational benefits. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required; list names and ages of those attending: (315) 446-3578.

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can use basic supplies to design and build a tower that twirls. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Annual Auto Expo. 4-9 p.m.; through Feb. 19. See new models and concept cars from the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association in 135,000 square feet of show space. Sunday, Feb. 19, features special activities for families. Convention Center, 500 S. State St., Syracuse. $9/adults; $7/seniors; $3/under 12; free/under 5. (315) 474-1041.

Book Folding for Teens. 4:30 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can learn the art of book folding with provided supplies. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

 

Friday, Feb. 17

Annual Auto Expo. 4-9 p.m.; through Feb. 19. See Feb. 16 listing.

Clifford Visits Pajama Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas and enjoy a storytime with everyone’s favorite big red dog. Don’t forget your camera! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18

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

Annual Auto Expo. Noon-9 p.m.; through Feb. 19. See Feb. 16 listing.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.

Sun Party. 1-3 p.m. Observe the sun through specially filtered telescopes and see what it looks like up close. Also see daytime views of Venus and the moon. (Backup date: Feb. 19.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Telling the Harlem Renaissance. 2 p.m. People age 12 and up can hear the legends, songs, stories and poems of the Harlem Renaissance. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Family Movie Matinee. 2 p.m. See Queen of Katwe, a film based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan girl whose world changes after she is introduced to chess. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

 

Sunday, Feb. 19

Annual Auto Expo. Noon-5 p.m. See Feb. 16 listing.

 

Monday, Feb. 20

PRESIDENTS’ DAY

Geek Girl Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Girls can learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with hands-on projects. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

February Break Week at the MOST. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Feb. 24. Take part in hands-on activities and learn about science through exhibits on the human body, geology, nanotechnology and more. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068. most.org.

Winter Wonders Week. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; daily through Feb. 24. Various special break-week activities, including a chance to try snowshoeing (weather permitting, daily at 10 a.m.), build a snow cave (Feb. 24, 10 a.m.), learn about winter animals (daily, 1:30 p.m.); and more. All activities are weather dependent. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. $5/hour snowshoe rental. (315) 638-2519.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8 p.m. Parents of homeschoolers can learn about library databases, apps and other resources to supplement in-home teaching. Bringing a laptop or tablet is recommended. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 21

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

Minecraft Party. 1-2:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can play Minecraft on the Xbox One, make Minecraft crafts and have some themed snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

African Percussion Ensemble. 4 p.m. All ages can enjoy the rhythms of Gahu, Gota and Bagr Bine, performed by the Onondaga Community College African Percussion Ensemble. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

I am Black History. 5:30 p.m. Learn ways to record and celebrate your own history in a session led by Brenda Billins Muhammad. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Play with Legos and take part in other fun family activities. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.

Favorite Books from Famous People. 2 p.m. Listen to some of the favorite stories of Oprah Winfrey, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Beyonce. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Fuze Coding and Maker Club. 2 p.m. Kids ages 11-14 can take part in this introduction to microcomputers, learning to put a computer together. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

Stop-Motion Animation Videos. 2 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can make a short animated video with provided supplies. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-5326.

Drop In Legos. 3-8 p.m. Kids can play with Legos and younger children can put together Duplos. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Cooking and Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Teens can cook and eat grilled cheese sandwiches, then challenge their friends to trivia. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

 

Thursday, Feb. 23

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Infants to age 5 and caregivers can enjoy a session of reading, writing, singing and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Cooking Up Literacy. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-13 can cook one of Michelle Obama’s healthy recipes, Cauliflower Mac n Cheese. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3395.

K’Nex Bridge Building Competition. 2 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can see who can build the longest and most stable bridge. Compete by yourself or with friends. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

 

Friday, Feb. 24

Model Magic Monster Mania. 2 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can make a pet monster out of Model Magic. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Video and iMovie Basics. 2:30-4 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn how to use a Canon DSLR camera and lights, and how to start their own iMovie project. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Mystery Afternoon. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Participants ages 12-18 can solve the Mystery of the Stolen Library Book. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315)435-1900. onlib.org/events/calendar.

 

Saturday, Feb. 25

Mammal Tracking Workshop. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Participants of all ages can learn the basics of tracking and trace identification, then head outside to see what the animals have been up to. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. 11 a.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) with special activities. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-age children (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can hear tales of nature and animals’ wild ways. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.

Wade Live Comedy and Magic. 2-3 p.m. See a show filled with comedy, magic and tons of audience participation. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

Lego Batman Movie Event. 4 p.m. Kids can put their detective skills to the test with themed activities. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 449-2948.

 

Sunday, Feb. 26

Model Train Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Operating train layouts and displays, the whole Thomas the Train gang, 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. (315) 706-7580. 
syracusemodelrr.org.

 

Monday, Feb. 27

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Tuesday, Feb. 28

Pancake Party. 10:30 a.m. For age 2 and up: pancakes, stories and a craft. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578.

Homeschool Craft & Storytime. Noon-1 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 4 to 8 and their families can hear stories and make crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

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

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

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

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

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

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

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350.

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

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

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. 472-6343, Ext. 208.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

ATTRACTIONS

Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $18/adults; free/age 17 and under. (800) 732-6845. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. Free. 471-0593. Interactive exhibit: Work the Weighlock. The Stonecutters: Exhibit reveals the fascinating world of the stonecutters and quarrymen who built the 83 locks and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal.

Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St. Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting Oct. 6, open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Open daily, Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/senior citizens and ages 2-11; (473-IMAX). 425-9068. most.org. Through Jan. 8: Nature’s Machines: Biomechanics. Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more.

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

Strong National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $14; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.

 

 

 

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