Calendar


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

Friday, May 27

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 7 p.m.; through June 18. Gifford Family Theatre performs a music-filled show that turns classic fairy tales on their heads, based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/adult; $10/child. 445-4200. giffordfamilytheatre.org

Saturday, May 28

North Syracuse Family Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual festival features crafters, music, and games for children, among other activities. Lonergan Park, 524 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Free.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 2 p.m.; through June 18. See May 27 listing.

Turkish Cooking Contest. 6-9 p.m. Taste the best food that the Turkish community has to offer. Turkish Cultural Center Syracuse, 148 Sanders Creek Parkway, East Syracuse. $15/adults; $5/children. women@tccsyracuse.org.

Sunday, May 29

Memorial Day Watchfire. Dusk-8 p.m. Veterans and non-veterans gather for a watchfire ceremony and lighting of a pyre to honor those who have served the nation. Watchfire Park (between Routes 690, 695 & State Fair Boulevard), State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. www.cnyvva103.org/watchfire.html

Monday, May 30

MEMORIAL DAY

Benefit for LaFayette Outreach. 8 a.m.-noon. Silent auction, plant sale, bake sale, ice cream sundaes, kid’s craft area. Proceeds benefit food pantry. Columbian Presbyterian Church, Routes 11 & 20, LaFayette. 677-3293.

Tuesday, May 31

See Ongoing Events

Wednesday, June 1

Early Learners Storytime. 11 a.m.; also June 8, 15, 22 & 29. Children ages 2-4, with accompanying adult, can take part in a storytime featuring rhymes, songs, crafts and more. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. 454-4524. 
salinalibrary.org.

Kids in Motion. 11 a.m.; also June 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16. Children ages 1-5 will have a ball playing with maracas, shaker eggs and more in this video-guided activity. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. 492-1727.

Wagging Wednesdays. 3:30-7 p.m.; also June 22. The Go Team Therapy Dogs visit the library. Visitors of all ages can read with the dogs or just hang out. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. 699-2032. nopl.org

Creation Club Junior. 4 p.m.; also June 15. 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, June 2

Ice Cream Social. 4-8 p.m. Enjoy a strawberry or chocolate sundae at this annual party. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. $1.50/sundae. 699-2032. nopl.org.

Friday, June 3

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; also June 4. Sample foods from area restaurants and wineries and hear live music. A family zone features a bounce house, face painting and magic (until 8 p.m.). Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission; $1/samples. 471-9597. tasteofsyracuse.com

Life with Your New Baby. 11:30 a.m.; every Friday. Support group for pregnant and postpartum mothers and significant others; babies welcome. Topics include baby blues, mother guilt, and anxiety and breastfeeding. Chicks and Hens, Empire Plaza, 3150 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free. 470-7940.

Stinky Cheese Man Storytime. 4:30 p.m. Cast of the Gifford Family Theatre’s production of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales takes part in a special musical storytime. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Saturday, June 4

Rocket Team Challenge. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Rockets designed, built and launched by teams of students in grades 4-12 blast off and compete for awards. Sponsored by the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Skytop Field, South Campus, Syracuse University, Syracuse. Free. 425-9068. most.org

National Trails Day Activities. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Scheduled events include a scavenger hunt, a guided walk on Three Meadow Trail (9 a.m.) and a guided walk about beavers (2 p.m.). Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. 
$4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Paige’s Butterfly Run. 9-11 a.m. Annual event features Caterpillar Crawl, a 40-foot scramble for children age 5 and younger; as well as a 3K walk/run; and a McLane 5K certified and timed race. Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Hanley Federal Building Plaza, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. Free/Caterpillar Crawl; $40-$45/other day-of registrations. 635-0099. paigesbutterflyrun.org

Family Fishing Day. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Kids and adults can learn the basics of freshwater fishing from volunteers and staff; bait, rods and reels provided, but bring a rod if you have one. Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. Free. Registration required: 689-9367.

Little Kids Big Trucks. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children of all ages can climb into trucks—including a fire truck and a big rig—and talk to the people who operate them. Lysander Town Park, 8439 Smokey Hollow Road, Baldwinsville. $3/adults; free/under 18. 635-5999.

World Oceans Day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See feeding demonstrations and keeper talks about aquatic residents, and learn how you can help protect the world’s oceans. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511.

Free to Be. 10 a.m.; also June 11, 18 & 25. Early-childhood music and acting class for ages 3-6. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spider Rybaak. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. srybaak@yahoo.com

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also June 18. 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.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, can have fun in this music and movement class. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Reading to Rover. 11 a.m.-noon. Children ages 6-10 can read to and get their pictures taken with a dog from Paws of CNY in a 10-minute session. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 18. See May 27 listing.

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. See 
June 3 listing.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the story of 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.

Oz-Stravaganza Parade. 2 p.m. Costume contest and parade through the center of town, from Sullivan Free Library to Oneida Savings Bank. Kid’s fun runs at 11 a.m. ($10 registration), at Chittenango Fire Department, 417 Genesee St., Chittenango. Other Oz-Stravaganza events on June 3 and 5. Various locations, village of Chittenango. 687-7772 or 333-2286. oz-stravaganza.com

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Learn about a different topic each week, including dry ice, insects, veterinary science, and dog behavior. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Sunday, June 5

AIDS Walk/Run. 8:30 a.m. (registration); 10 a.m. (walk/run). 5K fund-raising walk and 10K timed run, plus food, drinks and prizes. Event benefits ACR Health’s programs. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/minimum funds raised. (800) 475-2430. acrhealth.org/events.

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

Monday, June 6

Little Mermaid Preview. 6 p.m. Cast members from the Redhouse’s production of The Little Mermaid perform selections from the show. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

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, June 7

Yoga for Families. 10:30 a.m.; also June 21. 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. Mats provided; participants must wear socks. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org

Wednesday, June 8

Design for 3D Printing. 4 p.m.; also June 22. Students in grades 3-5 can learn how to use Tinkercad to build a virtual 3D model, and eventually turn the digital model into a physical object. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Thursday, June 9

Art Lab. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 1-6 can explore colors, textures and different mediums while making original words 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.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-9 p.m.; through June 12. Learn about Hellenic culture with festival food, music, dancing, a children’s booth and more. Sample delicious Greek pastries, some of which are only available for the festival, or tour the church. St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Road, DeWitt. Free admission. 446-5222. syracusegreekfest.com.

Spring Concert. 6:30 p.m. The Lyncourt Community Band and the Harmony Katz barbershop chorus perform. St. Daniel school gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free. 432-1005.

Friday, June 10

Shrink Plastic Mobile. 2-3:30 p.m. All ages can create a mobile using shrink plastic, markers and imagination. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Syracuse Polish Festival. 4-10:30 p.m.; through June 12. Live music, dance performances, Miss Polonia and Polish food. New this year: pierogi-eating contest, on Sunday, 2 p.m. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. polishscholarship.org.

Cicero Community Festival. 5-11 p.m.; also June 11. Annual event features live entertainment, a cruise night (Friday); and a kids zone, midway rides, parade (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.) and fireworks Saturday (10:15 p.m.). Behind Sacred Heart Church, 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero. Admission fee (Friday): $3/public; $7/show cars. Saturday: free admission. 622-2249. cicerofestival.com.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-10 p.m.; through June 12. See June 9 listing.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 7 p.m.; through June 18. See May 27 listing.

Star Party. 9-11 p.m. (Backup date: June 11.) Sky watchers of all ages can get a chance to see Saturn, Venus and Jupiter, through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Saturday, June 11

Syracuse Regional Soap Box Derby. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Boys and girls ages 7 to 17 compete to qualify for the International Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. 2100 block of South Geddes Street, at Stolp Avenue, Syracuse. Free for spectators. 382-7629. soapboxderby.org/syracuse.

Seneca River Day. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Festivities including classic cars, live music, alpacas and ponies, Tumble Bus play, Anything That Floats contest (4 p.m.), the Great Seneca River Duck Race (7 p.m.), and fireworks (9:30 p.m.). Mercer Park, North Street, Baldwinsville. Free admission; fee for some activities (duck tickets $5 each). baldwinsvillerotary.org.

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also June 12. Experience the mid-1800s, with re-enactors filling the village, period music, children’s games, and a wealth of historical detail. Hamlet of Peterboro, Peterboro Road, Peterboro. $8/adults; $3/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and under. 280-8828. civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 18. See May 27 listing.

Cicero Community Festival. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. See June 10 listing.

Duck Race to End Racism. Noon-4 p.m. Lots of children’s entertainment and games, and a harbor filled with rubber ducks bring attention to cross-cultural understanding. A benefit for the El-Hindi Center for Dialogue. Inner Harbor, Solar and Kirkpatrick streets, Syracuse. Free admission. 449-3552, Ext. 119.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through June 12. See June 9 listing.

Syracuse Polish Festival. Noon-10:30 p.m.; through June 12. See June 10 listing.

Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. MOST staffers turn down the noise, turn off the flashing lights and shut off the air compressors so people with sensory issues can enjoy the museum. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Cost: $5. 425-9068, Ext. 2143.

Sunday, June 12

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See June 11 listing.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. Noon-4 p.m. See June 9 listing.

Syracuse Polish Festival. Noon-5 p.m. See June 10 listing.

Monday, June 13

Birth Information Night. 6 p.m. CNY Doula Connection explains several aspects of the birth process, including delayed cord clamping and planning for the postpartum period. Light snacks provided. Simpson Family Wellness, 309 Kasson Road, No. 1, Camillus. Free. Registration 
recommended: 447-4343.

Tuesday, June 14

First Day Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesdays through Oct. 11. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. 422-8284.

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also June 28. Parents and toddlers 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.

PJ Storytime and Special Guest. 6:30-7 p.m. Author Mylisa Larsen reads from her picture book How to Put Your Parents to Bed. For ages 2-5. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184.

Wednesday, 
June 15

Homeschool Book Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Teen and tween members of the club will read and discuss Lois Lowry’s The Giver; elementary-age students will read and talk about Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310.

Thursday, June 16

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.

Sharpie Tie Dye Socks. 3:30-5 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can bring clean white socks to dye using Sharpies and rubbing alcohol. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

Friday, June 17

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 7 p.m.; through June 18. See May 27 listing.

Saturday, June 18

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by psychology professor Corey Nathan White about the human brain. 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.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. See May 27 listing.

Juneteenth. Noon-10 p.m. Celebration of African-American culture and the end of slavery includes live music, dance troupe performances, a kid’s area, an education center, and more. R&B star Chante Torrane Moore is scheduled to perform. Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse. Free. 863-0808. syracusejuneteenth.org.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. See June 4 listing.

Black Light Hike. 8:30-9:30 p.m. Participants age 5 and up can go on an evening hike through the forest and use a UV flashlight to search for glowing insects, algae, flowers and fungi. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Registration required: 673-1350. 
baltimorewoods.org.

Sunday, June 19

Father’s Day Canoe Tour. 8:30 a.m. Fathers, grandfathers, favorite uncles or even mothers will enjoy this early morning paddle to look for beaver lodges, blue herons, painted turtles and other wildlife. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20/program (including canoe rental); $4/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519.

Father’s Day Strawberry Fest. Noon-4 p.m. Enjoy ice cream, homemade biscuits, whipped cream and strawberries. Fathers accompanied by kids eat free. Take a tour of the 1856 building on your visit. Prices not set at press time. Wilcox Octagon House, 5420 W. Genesee St., Camillus. 488-7800. octagonhouseofcamillus.org.

Monday, June 20

SUMMER BEGINS

Tuesday, June 21

Harry Potter Book Club. 6 p.m. Harry Potter fans of all ages can discuss the books and the forthcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November release). June’s book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Wednesday, June 22

Author Storytime. 11 a.m. Mylisa Larsen, author of How to Put Your Parents to Bed, teams up with illustrator Babette Cole for a special storytime for all ages. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. 492-1727.

Drop in Legos. 3-8 p.m. Legos and Duplos available for kids to play with. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Baking and Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Groups will compete to see who can make the most delicious-looking pancake dish, followed by trivia games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, June 23

Leon Festival. 5-10 p.m. A family-friendly festival (halfway to Christmas! “Leon” is “Noel” spelled backward) with games, activities, performances by national recording artists and fireworks. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Free. 
472-9111.

Friday, June 24

Jamesville Balloonfest. 4-11 p.m.; through June 26. Amusement rides daily; flights of more than two dozen special shape and hot air balloons, weather permitting. Live music acts and arts and crafts fair. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. Free admission; some attractions additional cost. General information: 703-9620. syracuseballoonfest.com.

Saturday, June 25

Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; through June 26. See June 24 listing.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; also June 26. Twelfth annual festival’s activities include picking of cherries (sweet and sour); apple chuckin’; live music; and crafts for sale. Varick Winery, 5102 Route 89, Romulus. Free admission. 549-8797. varickwinery.com.

Frog Catching Party. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Look for frogs at Phillips Pond, accompanied by naturalists. For age 3 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Children’s Digital Production Club. Noon-2 p.m. Kids ages 8-16 can learn digital audio recording, performance and podcasting. Each performance will be recorded and made available on the library’s SoundCloud webpage. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Sunday, June 26

Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. See June 24 listing.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. See June 25 listing.

Weedsport Ecumenical VBS. 6-7:30 p.m., registration and program. June 27-30, 9 a.m.-noon, Vacation Bible School. Age 4 and up, with Bible stories, music, crafts, science, snacks and more. United Methodist Church, 2744 E. Brutus St., Weedsport. Free. Registration required. 834-9212. weedsportpresbyterianchurch.org.

Monday, June 27

Teen Get Fit Club. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Teens can join personal trainer Joseph Labbate to improve their fitness level with personal assessment and goal setting. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442. Registration required: dmcgregor@onlib.org.

Tuesday, June 28

Giant Games. 10 a.m.-noon. Children age 6 and up can play giant versions of classic games, coming for one game or staying the whole time. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

Yoga for Beginners. 2 p.m. Kids can learn some basic yoga poses. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Tie-Dye. 2:30-4 p.m. Teens going into grades 6-12 can bring a plain, white cotton T-shirt and turn it into a tie-dye creation. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Wednesday, June 29

Summer Reading Opening Ceremony. 2 p.m. Stan Colella’s all-Star Band performs and there will be lots of Olympic-themed activities and fun. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3797.

Juggling Bubbles on the Lawn. 3-4 p.m. Doug “Bubbleman” Rougeux will perform, and there’ll be face painting and other activities. (If it rains, it will all take place inside.) Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

STEAM Session. 3:30 p.m. Children age 8 and up will learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math while finding out about New York’s official bird, the Eastern Bluebird, and building a bluebird box. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Teen Taco Night. 6:30 p.m. Teens can grab a taco, sign up for summer programs and take part in tech activities. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Thursday, June 30

Jeff the Magic Man. 11 a.m.-noon. Jeff takes kids on a journey through Magical Storyland; a mini magic workshop follows. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

Betts Summer Reading Party. 11 a.m. All ages of kids can enjoy treats from the ice cream bar and sign up for summer reading. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Stamp-a-Bag Craft. 2 p.m. Kids age 3 and up can make a customized bag in which to carry library books and crafts. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Box-Top Maze. 2 p.m. Kids can come to the library and make something. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Sidewalk Art. 2:30 p.m. Kids of all ages can create sidewalk art, play sidewalk games, and eat ice cream sundaes. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. 454-4524.

LittleBits. 5:15 p.m. Tweens and teens can snap together Bits and see what they can do. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

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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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