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Friday, March 25

Tween Craft Day. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can drop in and get creative with do-it-yourself wear-ables and art. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Saturday, March 26

Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. Egg hunt starts at 10 sharp, with eggs hidden near the building; bring your own baskets. Building open 9-11 a.m. with warm fireplaces, refreshments, coloring pages and more. Old Administration Building, Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville. Free. 637-6111.

Easter Eggstravaganza. 10 a.m.-noon. Indoor Easter egg hunt, small petting zoo, crafts, egg decorating, snacks and more. Community Wesleyan Church, 112 Downer St., Baldwinsville. Free. 638-2222.

First of NanoDays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; through April 3 (closed March 27). Learn about nanotechnology with hands-on tabletop demonstrations and activities, including building a model of a carbon nanotube. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Admission: $10/adults; $8/children & seniors. 425-9068.

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.

Butler-Sheehan Irish Dancers. 2 p.m. School-age troupe performs in traditional costume. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Sunday, March 27

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Monday, March 28

Color Mixing Fun. 6 p.m. Children ages 4-12 will mix pigments and experiment with media including shaving cream. Participants can also tint white frosting and enjoy the treat. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Tuesday, March 29

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Wednesday, March 30

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Thursday, March 31

Teen Makin’ Shakes. 3 p.m. Teens can make their own milkshakes. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Friday, April 1

Tigris Shrine Circus. 7 p.m.; through April 3. See acrobats, clowns, animals and more. The show is about two and a half hours long, including a half-hour intermission. An hour before the show and during intermission there will be a bounce house, pony rides, face painting and other entertainment. A benefit for Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Toyota Coliseum, State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $13-$15. 478-0277. TigrisShrineCircus.com.

Saturday, April 2

Spring Book Sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 35,000 items for sale including books for children and teens. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free admission. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Beginning Yoga. 10 a.m., Saturdays; also April 20. All 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.

Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See trains on the permanent layout and running in loops on the floor. Plus, Thomas and Friends trains and a children’s play area. Presented by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Free. Rkane79@gmail.com. cnylsrs.net.

Tigris Shrine Circus. 10 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; through April 3. See April 1 listing.

Saturday Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also April 9, 16, 23 & 30. Kids from infants to age 5, with caregivers, can sing, dance and hear stories. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3797.

Exploring Science. 10:30-11 a.m.; every Saturday in April. 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.

Nature Fools. 11 a.m. Kids can find out how plants and animals protect themselves through mimicry, camouflage and behavior. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/child; $4/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

Drop in Family Games. 1-3 p.m.; also April 23. Come play games for children ages 5-12. Parents, caregivers and preschoolers (who can play with Duplos) also welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

What Pet Should I Get? 1 p.m. Shanna Zeckzer, veterinary technician from Stack Vet Hospital, will talk about the best pets for a family’s lifestyle. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Artful Tales. 1 p.m. Children age 3 and up and caregivers can hear a story that makes a connection between a picture book and art in the museum. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Museum admission: $8/adults; $6/over age 65 & students; free/age 12 & younger. 474-6064.

Sciencenter Showtime: NanoDay. 1-3 p.m. Explore the smallest science in this presentation by Cornell University scientists. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Sunday, April 3

Syracuse Opera Preview. 1 p.m. Principals from Syracuse Opera perform selections from My Fair Lady. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in April. 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.

Tigris Shrine Circus. 1 & 5 p.m. See April 1 listing.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also April 17. 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, April 4

Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also April 11, 18 & 23. Children from birth to age 4, with a caregiver, can sing, dance and get silly at this storytime. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

WeDo Lego Robotics. 4 p.m.; also April 25. Children in grades K-2 will work in teams of two to build and program a robot. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also April 11 & 25. Kids ages 5-10 can drop in to make a different craft at each session. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration preferred: 637-6374.

Yoga for Everyone. 6 p.m.; also April 11, 18 & 25. One-hour class of gentle yoga for all ages. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

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.

Tuesday, April 5

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also April 12, 19 & 26. Children from 1-5 can learn and laugh with a story each week. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Little Muses. 10 a.m.; also April 12, 19 & 26. Children, from infants to age 5, accompanied by caregivers, can sing, dance, read and write. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3797.

Yoga for Families. 10:30-11:15 a.m. 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.

Wednesday, April 6

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10 a.m.; also April 13, 20 & 27. Children ages 2-5 can take part in stories, songs, fingerplays, music and more. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Chicken and Biscuit Supper. 4-7 p.m. Columbian Presbyterian Church, Routes 11 & 20, LaFayette. $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and under. 677-3293.

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, April 7

Storytime with Author. 10:30 a.m. Mylisa Larsen reads How to Put Your Parents to Bed and other stories. Games and a craft, too. For pre-kindergartners. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also April 21. A naturalist reads stories to children ages 3-5 and then leads them on a trail walk. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball Opening Day. 2:05 p.m. Cheer the hometown Minor League Baseball team as they face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on the grass field. Alliance Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. $7-$12/adult; $5-10/age 12 & under, age 62 & older. Parking: $5. 474-7833.

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.

Stories and More. 4:30-6:30 p.m.; also April 14. Kids ages 5-12 explore different themes, such as poetry, painting and innovation, with books and projects. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Friday, April 8

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Saturday, April 9

Good Samaritan 5K Run/Walk. 9:30 a.m. Event begins with a kids’ sprint, followed by a 5K. Music and other entertainment, 9 a.m.-noon. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. $25/adults; $10/kids. 378-5915. goodsamaritanrun.org.

Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; also April 16, 23 & 30. Families and individuals can come for a morning of fishing; bait, rods and reels provided. Volunteers are on site to help beginners. (Fishing license not required.) Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/person. Registration required: 689-9367.


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.

Family Times Summer Fun and Camp Fair. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can learn about summer camps and programs as well as day-trip destinations and many more warm-weather opportunities. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. 472-4669. FamilyTimes.biz.

Beginning Robotics. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children ages 6-12 create simple robots out of pre-programmed cubes and Lego building blocks. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also April 23. 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.

Everson Family Day. Noon-3 p.m. Explore the galleries and make art, including: sketching a cityscape with chalk; building an animal/plant hybrid with clay and natural materials; creating a landscape with paint and crayons. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. 474-6064.

Sunday, April 10

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Monday, April 11

Birth Planning. 6 p.m. Certified lactation consultant Sarah O’Rourke discusses breastfeeding with expecting mothers and those with young babies. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. Light snacks provided. Simpson Family Wellness, 309 Kasson Road, No. 1, Camillus. Free. Registration recommended: 447-4343.

Tuesday, April 12

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. Young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. Call or text: 569-2542, (518) 441-3690 or 412-4054.

Wednesday, April 13

Let’s Pretend. 1 p.m.; also April 20. At each session, children ages 3-5 learn about a different animal that lives at Beaver Lake, acting out how the animal behaves. Each program includes a craft and outdoor activities. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville.$5/child; $4/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 2:30-3:30 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.

Wagging Wednesdays. 3:30-5 p.m. The Go Team Therapy Dogs visit the library. Visitors of all ages can read with the dogs or just hang out. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. 699-2032. nopl.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. 457-0310. lpl.org.

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, April 14

Art Lab. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 1-6 can explore colors, textures and different mediums while making original works of art. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Art Masters. 4 p.m. Children in grades K-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.

Aida. 7 p.m.; through April 16. Enslaved Nubian princess Aida becomes romantically entangled with Egyptian captain Radames in this musical written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Fowler High School, 227 Magnolia St., Syracuse. $5/advance; $8/door; free/under age 5. 435-4181. tiny.cc/AidaAtFowler.

Friday, April 15

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

Toddlers’ Tango. 11 a.m. Kids ages 2-5 can sing, dance and play toy musical instruments in this fun class. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578. dewlib.org.

Star Party. 6-9 p.m. (Backup date: April 16.) Get a look at spring skies and the planets Jupiter and Mercury through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: 673-1350.

Aida. 7 p.m.; through April 16. See April 14 listing.

Saturday, April 16

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by engineer Pete Baker on the design and construction of solid waste management and wastewater treatment facilities. 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.

Party for the Planet. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the zoo’s efforts to sustain biodiversity. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

Spring Shopping Event. Noon-5 p.m. Some 30 crafters and direct-sales vendors offer a variety of items at this shopping event to benefit the Syracuse Latin School PTO. Donations of gently worn clothing and shoes are requested for children in Syracuse. Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church, 2112 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free admission. 382-7736.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the story of the mermaid who falls in love with a human. Children in the audience can dress as a fairy tale character and help the Little Mermaid win the Prince’s heart away from the Seawitch. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: 449-3823.

Aida. 7 p.m.; See April 14 listing.

Sunday, April 17

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Monday, April 18

American Girl. 6 p.m. Explore the historical periods of the different American Girls through crafts, games, activities and food; for ages 8-12. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Tuesday, April 19

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Wednesday, April 20

Beginning Yoga. 4 p.m. See April 2 listing.

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.

Thursday, April 21

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.

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m.-noon. In this session of the series for homeschooling families, students in grades K-12 will will learn about the Adirondacks and the animals that live there. 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.

Friday, April 22

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Saturday, April 23

Earth Day Celebration. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Earth day activities and crafts. Featured creature program, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Hike with a naturalist, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Electronics Program. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Kids ages 8-14 can follow instructions and create circuits with the littleBits modular system. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Symphonic Safari. 10:30 a.m. Cartoonist Joe Wos joins Symphoria for a performance with live drawing of animals and the music that was inspired by them. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; $5/college students with ID; free/under 18. 299-5598, Ext. 201.

Energy for Our Future. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can take a self-guided tour of as many as 20 sites in Onondaga County equipped with solar power, geo-thermal or wind turbines. For sites and directions, tinyurl.com/energy-future-map-2016. 637-0331.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See April 16 listing.

Earth Day Celebration. 1-4 p.m. See animal shows and a live performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax; go on a nature walk; and find out about home energy, recycling and more. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Free. 673-1350.

T-Shirt Crafts. 2:30 p.m. Bring an old T-shirt (or the library will supply one) and make something new like a tote bag, bracelet, flowers or toy for your dog; for ages 6-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Sunday, April 24

Favorite Character Bingo. 11 a.m. Kids age 3 and up can identify their favorite children’s book characters in this version of Bingo. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Monday, April 25

Buds and Books. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; daily through April 29. Girls ages 5-8 can read and create all week. A different theme each day. Field trips included with the fee. Girls Inc. at the YWCA, 401 Douglas St., Syracuse. $10/week. Register: 424-0040.

Spring Adventure Week. 10 a.m.; daily through April 29. Featured creature program, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Hike with a naturalist, 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Also a scavenger hunt and children’s crafts every day, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

WeDo Lego Robotics. 1:30 p.m. See April 4 listing.

Reptile Show. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Kids can see live snakes and other reptiles up close. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Dan the Snakeman. 6:30 p.m. Learn about animals from the seven different continents in this presentation for all ages. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Tuesday, April 26

Nature Craft. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 6-12 can go for a short nature walk and make a craft bird’s nest back at the library; those under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m. 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.

Sidewalk Chalk Art. 1-3 p.m. Kids under 18 can draw with chalk on the sidewalk outside the library; chalk provided. Minoa Free Library, 242 N. Main St., Minoa. Free. 656-7401. minoalibrary.org.

Cooking Up Literacy. 2 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can use reading, writing and math skills while working in a group to make a recipe. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Ballon-Powered Race Cars. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Make Lego cars zoom across the floor. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Superheroes Party. 4 p.m. Children age 3 and up can dress up as their favorite superheroes and enjoy crafts, games and snacks. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

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, April 27

MaxMan Reptile Rescue. 10-11 a.m. See lizards, snakes and more; space is limited so arrive early. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Legos for Kids. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids can get creative with Legos. Minoa Free Library, 242 N. Main St., Minoa. Free. 656-7401. minoalibrary.org.

Tech and Teach. Noon-1 p.m. Parents and educators can look at the library’s new Lego WeDo and apps available on iPads. Learn what these activity kits have to offer. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration encouraged: 446-3578.

Super-Natural Egg-Stravaganza. 1-3 p.m. Children up to age 10 can look for hidden eggs, then hear a program about the science of eggs. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/child; $4/vehicle. Registration required; program sells out: 638-2519.

Jeff the Magic Man. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jeff will perform tricks and then teach audience members how to do their own. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Thursday, April 28

Money Mammals. 11 a.m. Kids age 4 and up can become money smart by playing games and doing activities. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Games for Kids. 2-4 p.m. Children can have fun a play a variety of games. Minoa Free Library, 242 N. Main St., Minoa. Free. 656-7401. minoalibrary.org.

Minecraft Party. 2 p.m. Children age 7 and up can meet Minecraft fans and play on their own devices or used a library laptop (number is limited). Crafts and snacks, too! DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

STEAM Session. 2 p.m. Children age 8 and up will learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math at this session with a focus on money. Find out if ketchup can clean pennies and do other fun experiments. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Lava Lamps. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Make a lava lamp with some simple materials and ingredients. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Giant Jenga for Teens. 3 p.m. Teens can challenge their friends to Giant Jenga. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

The Bubbleman. 6:30 p.m. Doug Rougeux does weird and interesting things with bubbles in this show for all ages. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Friday, April 29

Button Maker Creations. 2 p.m. Kids can design and make a button to keep. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Tween Cooking. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can create delicious recipes to try and take home. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wade the Magician. 2-3 p.m. Wade performs exciting magic tricks. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. 458-6184.

K’Nex. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Build a mini-roller coaster out of K’Nex. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Saturday, April 30

Forever Baby Expo. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Families with children from birth to age 4 can find dozens of vendors offering services, support and samples. SRC Arena and Events Center, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free admission. 632-5110. forever-baby.com.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See April 16 listing.

Games Afternoon. 2 p.m. Play board games in the children’s area. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

ONGOING EVENTS

Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) Note that the library will be closed March 25-27 for renovations. 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.

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.

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.

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.

NOPL at Brewerton Storytimes. Age 3 and older: Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. & 1:30-2 p.m. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. (for children age 2 and younger). Toddler Storytimes: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. (for children ages 2-3). Preschool Storytimes: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. (for children ages 3-5). Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. 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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