Calendar


January 2015

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

Monday, Jan. 5

My Gym Demo. 10-11 a.m. Kids can learn about the local gym program for kids, with a session of basic gymnastics, games, songs and a puppet show. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Full Moon Ski. 6:30-8 p.m. Ski under the light of the full moon. Highland Forest, Route 80, Fabius. $10. 683-5550.

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Jan. 12, 21 & 26. Gentle yoga class. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Jan. 13. Kids ages 1-5 can enjoy books, songs, dance and fun. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Signing Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Jan. 20. Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Jan. 14, 21 & 28. Toddlers and preschool-aged children can hear stories and take part in more fun. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Weekday Snowshoe Jaunt. 1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays. One-hour trek, led by a naturalist, through Beaver Lake’s woods. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/admission; $5/snowshoe rental. 638-2519.

Creative Discovery for Kids. 4:30 p.m.; also Jan. 14, 21 & 28. Seasonal crafts and stories for ages 5-10. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. Registration preferred: 672-3661.

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:
multiplemomsmingle@gmail.com.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Jan. 15, 22 & 29. A lively mix of stories, songs and rhymes for children and their caregivers. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Yoga Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Jan. 22. Kids ages 4-8 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.

Backyard Maple Sugaring. 7 p.m. Rich Finzer, author of Maple on Tap, will talk about the history of, equipment for and preparation necessary in amateur maple sugaring. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Friday, Jan. 9

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Saturday, Jan. 10

A World of Puppets. 11 a.m. Open Hand Theater puppeteers perform “The Stonecutter.” 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.

YogaKids. 11 a.m. Kids can take part in a session that uses yoga practices and poses to build strength, flexibility and balance. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Babywearing Support Class. Noon; also Jan. 24. More experienced babywearers can learn carrying options beyond the basics. Chicks & Hens baby boutique, 3150 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $12/15-minute session. Registration required: 632-6110. www.chicksandhens.com/classroom.

Animal ABCs. Noon. A Rosamond Gifford Zoo educator introduces audience members to live animals, animal artifacts and more. Best for children from birth to age 5, accompanied by a caregiver. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the fairy tale. Children in the audience can dress as a fairy tale character, attend the ball and help with the action of the story. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Maxwell Family Movie. 1 p.m. In this PG-rated sequel to Disney’s airplane movie, Dusty aims to become a firefighter. Popcorn provided. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661.

Gina Damico Talk and Signing. 1 p.m. Author of the Croak series of high school horror stories, whose latest book is Hellhole, talks about and signs her books. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Sprice: An Explosively Good Time. 3 p.m.; also Jan. 11. A Rube Goldberg machine builder creates an enormous chain-reaction structure featuring a variety of materials—and then detonates them. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. The American Hockey League team faces the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. War Memorial, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20, plus applicable processing fees. 473-4444.

Sunday, Jan. 11

Chilly Chili 5K Run/Walk. 1 p.m. A benefit for Cazenovia Children’s House features a run (or walk), followed by a chance to chow down on some hearty chili. Cazenovia Middle School, 31 Emory Ave., Cazenovia. $30/registration (late registration more): www.chillychili.com. 655-KIDS.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Jan. 25. 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.

Sprice: An Explosively Good Time. 2 p.m. See Jan. 10 listing.

Monday, Jan. 12

Circuits and Robots. 4-5:30 p.m.; also Jan. 26. The three-part series provides a project-based introduction to circuits and robotics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Yoga Storytime. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; also Jan. 27. 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.

Fun with Science. 3-8 p.m. Kids in grades kindergarten through 6, and their families, can learn fun facts about fossils, rocks, minerals and more using hands-on science kits. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Jan. 27. 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 Techtorials. 5 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can learn how to make their own video game using Stencyl. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

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, Jan. 15

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.

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m.-noon. In this session of the series for homeschooling families, kids in grades in grade 3 and up will read a script, play a part and have their voices recorded. They’ll learn about digital audio recording, performance and podcasting. 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.

Kids Create: Purple Art. 3:30 p.m. Kids can hear the story Harold and the Purple Crayon and make their own pictures afterward with different shades of purple. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Friday, Jan. 16

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30-11:30 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.

Saturday, Jan. 17

MOST Exhibit Opening Day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. New traveling exhibit Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss sheds light on the mysteries of the ocean’s depths, including newly discovered life forms, thermal vents and shipwrecks. 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.

Barnes & Noble Storytime. 11 a.m. Kids can hear the book Hug Machine at this week’s storytime. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

MLK Jr. Celebration. Noon-4 p.m. Numerous activities including a workshop on the district’s code of conduct, behavior and support; attorneys providing free legal support; and the kickoff to Family Leadership Academy. Fowler High School, 227 Magnolia St., Syracuse. Free. 435-6275.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 10 listing.

Battle of the Bands. 7 p.m. In the 13th annual competition, high school bands vie for the title of best band (and a cash prize of $200). Presented by the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. The Spot, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $9/admission. 445-2040, Ext. 133.

Sunday, Jan. 18

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Monday, Jan. 19

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Astronomy 101. 7-8:30 p.m.; also Jan. 27. 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

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Thursday, Jan. 22

Tinker Tots. 10:30-11 a.m. Children ages 2-6 will have opportunities to learn, explore and invent. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Friday, Jan. 23

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms. See Jan. 10 listing.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Under the Sea Weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; also Jan. 24. Numerous oceanic activities including a chance to meet the Pout-Pout Fish and hear readings of Pout-Pout Fish and the Big, Big Dark. Kids can also make sea-inspired foam creations or a paper jellyfish, crab or sea turtle. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 10 listing.

Irish Dance Hooley. 5-9 p.m. The Johnston School of Irish Dance holds its annual fundraiser, with dance, session music, food and drink, and a silent auction. American Legion Post 787, 5575 Legionnaire Drive, Cicero. $15/advance; $20/door; $10/student; free/under 5. 699-0786.

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Hartford Wolf Pack. See Jan. 10 listing.

Sunday, Jan. 25

Under the Sea Weekend. 1-4 p.m. See Jan. 24 listing.

Monday, Jan. 26

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Tuesday, Jan. 27

Minecraft and Coding. 4-5:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to code in Forge for Minecraft. Participants must have computer experience. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m. Kids in grades 7-12 can hang out, play games, eat snacks and create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Bedtime Stories. 6:45-7:15 p.m. Children—especially those ages 3-6—can come in pajamas to hear some bedtime stories. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. Until 9 p.m.; through Jan. 31. 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. $5/snowshoe rental; $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Friday, Jan. 30

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

Syracuse Crunch. 7 p.m. Vs. Rochester Americans. See Jan. 10 listing.

Saturday, Jan. 31

College Fair. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Colleges and universities will offer information about their schools, and mini-seminars on financial aid, writing a great college essay and other topics will take place. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Cinderella. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 10 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

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

Cross Country Ski Lessons. Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.; Jan. 4-Feb. 23. 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.

Try Snowshoeing. Sundays, 12:30 p.m.; Jan. 4-March 1. One-hour clinic includes instructions and a short snowshoe hike. Offered when weather permits. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4 per vehicle. Registration required (day of hike, starting at 8 a.m.): 638-2519.

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 per vehicle. 638-2519.

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.

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.

ATTRACTIONS

Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14/adults; free/age 19 and under. (607) 937-5371. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

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.

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.

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.

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. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/children and senior citizens; (473-IMAX). Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m.

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

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins. Half-price admission in January and February,

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.

Strong National Museum of Play. 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.

WonderWorks. 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Experience more than 100 hands-on exhibits, compete in a game of lazer-tag and take part in the Canyon Climb Adventure. Suspended 70ft in the air it’s the World’s largest indoor ropes challenge course. General admission: $24.99 (plus tax)/adults $16.99+/children (4-12) and seniors (55 plus);. Add lazer tag: $3+. Add the Canyon Climb: $10+. Canyon Climb only: $14.99+. Sky Tykes only (48 inches tall and under): $7.99+ (Included in general admission for children 48 inches tall and under). Lazer tag only: $6.99+ (replays $2.99+). Children age 3 and under are free. 466-7700. Wonderworksdestiny.com.




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