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September 2015 Calendar

Friday, Aug. 28

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. The fair features thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of rides and countless styles of deep fried food. New York State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 and younger. $3/Thursdays. $1/Sept. 7. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR. www.nysfair.org.

KidsFest. 11 a.m. International klezmer star David Krakauer leads his band of clarinet, accordion, bass and drums in a concert that’s sure to get you dancing. Part of the Skaneateles Festival. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Free. 685-7418. www.skanfest.org.

Saturday, Aug. 29

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the tale, in which children in the audience can dress as a fairy tale character and help the dwarfs save Snow White from the Wicked Queen. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Every Saturday, see an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science. Upcoming topics include: construction machines; synthetic biology; the solar system; and creek animals. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Bats. 7-8:30 p.m. Find out why bats are beneficial creatures with undeserved reputations. For age 5 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: 673-1350. www.baltimorewoods.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7:05 p.m. Cheer on members of the hometown Minor League Baseball team as they face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on the grass field. Fireworks after this game. Alliance Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. $5-$12/adult; $4-10/age 12 & under, age 62 & older. Parking: $5. 474-7833.

Sunday, Aug. 30

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. Noon-6 p.m. Ethnic music, a community hora (2:30 p.m.), children’s activities, and an abundance of kosher foods featuring Middle Eastern and Eastern European favorites. Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free. www.syracusejewishfestival.org.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 1:05 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See Aug. 29 listing.

Monday, Aug. 31

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7:05 p.m. Vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs. See Aug. 29 listing.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Children 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 Sept. 15. 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. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Free to Be. 1-1:30 p.m.; also Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Children ages 3-6 can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

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.

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

Thursday, Sept. 3

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Friday, Sept. 4

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Fun Friday. Noon-4 p.m.; also Sept. 11, 18 & 25. Kids age 8 and under can hear a story, make a craft and get their faces painted. Each week a different theme. Sept. 25, Curious George visits. KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. Admission: $8.95/regular; $12.50/admission & kid’s meal; $19.99/Stuff N Play animal workshop. 695-2211. www.kidzclubfun.com.

Saturday, Sept. 5

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Barnes & Noble Storytime. 11 a.m. In Full Moon at the Napping House, a full moon is keeping everyone awake. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Drop In Family Games. 1- 3 p.m.; also Sept. 26. Kids ages 5-12 can come in and play board games; Duplos available for preschoolers. Parents and caregivers welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 29 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7:05 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Fireworks after this game. See Aug. 29 listing.

Sunday, Sept. 6

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight; through Sept. 7. See Aug. 28 listing.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in September. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7:05 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Fireworks after this game. See Aug. 29 listing.

Monday, Sept. 7

LABOR DAY

New York State Fair. 8 a.m.-midnight. See Aug. 28 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 1:05 p.m. Vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Final game of the season. See Aug. 29 listing.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

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Wednesday, Sept. 9

Read, Sing and Play Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Sept. 16, 23 & 30. Toddlers and preschoolers, along with caregivers, can join in for stories, songs, rhymes and other activities. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Creation Club Junior. 4-5:15 p.m.; also Sept. 23. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn skills for using technology for everything from 3D printing to game design. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. www.fflib.org.

Irish Dance School Open House. 5-6 p.m. Kids age 4 and up can take a free lesson and learn about the program at Johnston School of Irish Dance. Johnston’s Bally Bay, 550 Richmond Ave., Syracuse. Free. clarkcny@yahoo.com.

Teen 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, Sept. 10

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.

Smart Play. 1-1:30 p.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. www.fflib.org.

Friday, Sept. 11

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 18 months to 5 years can dance, play musical instruments and enjoy bubbles. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Music Together Demo Class. 10:30-11 a.m. Infants through kindergartners can sing, dance and play instruments. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Stories and More. 3:30 p.m.; also Sept. 18 & 25. Kids ages 5-12 can hear stories and take part in hands-on activities. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

The Cat in the Hat Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can put on pajamas and hear the Dr. Seuss story The Cat in the Hat, with a guest appearance by the Cat himself. Don’t forget your camera! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Arc Race. 7 a.m. Event features a half-marathon, 5K, 3K (family fun walk) and 1-mile fun run for kids, as well as live music, giveaways and a family fun zone (with a petting zoo). The event raises funds for programs for people with developmental disabilities. Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Geddes. $10-$45/depending on race. 476-7441. www.arcon.org.

National Drive Electric Week Event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dealers and owners of electric vehicles—including a Tesla Roadster, Nissan Leaf and Cadillac ELR—will display them, and experts will answer questions. East lawn of Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. 425-9068.

Golden Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Sept. 13. Arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, super-natural midway for kids, wildlife programs, hay rides, and seasonal foods for sale. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/adult; $1/ages 6-17; free/age 5 & under. 638-2519.

Irish Festival. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. This taste of Ireland features music, dance, culture and kid-friendly activities, such as Irish dancing lessons at noon. (Festival begins Sept. 11, but most kid-friendly activities take place Sept. 12.) Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. 473-4330. www.syracuseirishfestival.com.

Central New York Tomatofest. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Sept. 13. Join the celebration of tomato season’s end—with crafts for sale, activities for kids in the Family Fun Tent, terrific food, and fresh produce. Proceeds benefit local food pantries. Emerson Park Pavilion on Owasco Lake, Auburn. $3/adults; $1/child, or free with donation of a canned good. 729-1548. www.cnytomatofest.org.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 29 listing.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Golden Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Sept. 12 listing.

Central New York Tomatofest. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See Sept. 12 listing.

Monday, Sept. 14

Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Sept. 21 & 28. Kids from infants to age 4, with parents or caregivers, can rhyme, chime and play drums. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Homebirth Information. 6-7:30 p.m. Meet homebirth midwife Julie Carlson and ask questions. Presented by the CNY Doula Connection. Women’s Info Center, 601 Allen St., Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: www.facebook.com/CNYDoulaConnection. 418-3163.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Coding Club. 4-5 p.m.; also Sept. 29. Students in grades 3-6 can learn code and build websites, games and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kids and their families can recreate a scene from a banned or challenged book using materials provided, in this competition in honor of Banned Books Week. Northern Onondaga Public Library at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Registration required: 458-6184.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Tween Homeschool Book Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Explore selections for kids ages 9-12. September’s book is Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 546-3056. lpl.org.

Teen Geeks XD. 6-8 p.m. Teens can play video games on a large screen and on a smaller display. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m. Children in kindergarten and up can explore the library’s new collection of science, technology and engineering materials, called Discovery to Go. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Tinker Tots. 1-1:30 p.m. Children ages 3-6 will have hands-on opportunities to learn, explore and invent. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Fun With Science. 3-8 p.m. Kids and families can drop in and discover science facts with a hands-on experiment. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Friday, Sept. 18

La Festa Italiana. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; through Sept. 20. Celebrate Italian culture, including food and music, and watch some really good bocce players in the tournament. In front of Syracuse City Hall, Washington and Montgomery streets, Syracuse. Free admission. www.festaitaliana.bizland.com.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk about engineering and the Erie Canal, led by retired engineering professor Samuel Clemence. 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.

Book and Bake Sale. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Used books, games, puzzles, music CDs; and homemade baked goods for sale. Bag ($2) sale starts 1:30 p.m. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. 699-2032.

Girl Scouts Sign Up. 10 a.m.-noon. Girls in kindergarten through grade 12 can stop by the library to speak to a Girl Scouts representative and sign up ($12 annual fee). Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. 435-5326.

Sciencenter Fall Exhibition. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. With the new exhibit, Pattern Wizardry, discover how patterns are the building blocks of the natural and man-made world. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter.org.

Toys Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also Sept. 20. Discover the themed areas—imagine, create, build, move and compete—where visitors can learn about toys beloved by generations in the new exhibit. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. museumofplay.org.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Sept. 26. Kids ages 6-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

La Festa Italiana. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; through Sept. 20. See Sept. 18 listing.

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 Nature Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Fayetteville Festival. Noon-8:30 p.m. Family event includes displays by local organizations; music; bounce houses and other entertainment for kids; and a fireworks show at dusk. Beard Park, South Manlius Street, Fayetteville. Free. 637-9864. www.fayetteville.gov.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 29 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, Sept. 20

Brain Aneurysm Foundation Run/Walk. Registration: 8 a.m.; 9 a.m. 5K run, 1 mile walk, half-mile kids fun run, plus bounce house, games and more to recognize brain aneurysm survivors and remember Doris A. Connor. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $10-$30. RunForDoris.com.

Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Noon-6:30 p.m. The neighborhood also known as Westcott Nation puts on its annual festival, starting with a parade at noon and followed by live music, dancing, crafts for sale, and a chance to learn about local nonprofit organizations. Children’s performances and activities take place at the Petit Branch library on Victoria Place. Westcott Street between Concord and Dell streets, and on side streets, Syracuse. Free. 313-5447. www.westcott
streetfair.org.

La Festa Italiana. Noon-7 p.m. See Sept. 18 listing.

Toys Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening. Noon-5 p.m. See Sept. 19 listing.

Wild Mushroom Festival. 1-4 p.m. Members of the Central New York Mycological Society teach about wild mushrooms, including which are edible and which are poisonous, and lead woodland hikes in search of mushrooms (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.). Also there will be demonstrations on cooking, growing your own mushrooms and crafting with mushrooms. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Monday, Sept. 21

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Tuesday, Sept. 22

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. 569-2542.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Drop In for Legos. 3-8 p.m. Come in and build something with library Legos. Duplos available for preschoolers. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Discovery Club. 4:15-5 p.m. Kids ages 7-12 can discover facts, watch science videos and do experiments. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Cooking and Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Learn to make pancakes and eat them afterward. Groups will compete to make the most impressive pancake dish. Trivia competition following the cooking session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. A naturalist reads two nature-themed stories and then leads a hike whose theme matches the stories; for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. 638-2519.

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Kids age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can use colored sand to make art in a jar to take home. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032.

Friday, Sept. 25

Minecraft Mania. 6-7:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 to 16 can play Minecraft, alone or with others. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Saturday, Sept. 26

A Very Merry Tea Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages 4-8, accompanied by an adult, can dress up and bring a plush toy to enjoy the outdoors, play games and use their imaginations. A light snack will be provided. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Registration required: $9/person. 673-1350. www.baltimorewoods.org.

Sportsmen’s Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Sept. 27. Festival is an opportunity for those of all ages to try outdoor pursuits such as skeet shooting, turkey calling, archery, fly fishing, canoeing, muzzle loading and more. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. Admission: $5/vehicle. 689-9367.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 29 listing.

Drop In Family Games. 1- 3 p.m. See Sept. 5 listing.

The Wild Side of Tea. 2-3 p.m. In a program for those age 8 and up, participants can forage the forest and learn to create wild teas at a nature-inspired tea party. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Registration required: $9/person. 673-1350. www.baltimorewoods.org.

Make Library Card Holders. 2:30 p.m. In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, kids ages 5-12 can design a felt-pocket holder, and enjoy some snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Early Autumn Paddle. 4 p.m.; Saturdays through Oct. 3. A naturalist leads an early-evening paddle, with a break on an isolated point to snack on cheese, crackers and cider. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/including canoe rental. Registration required: 638-2519.

Cirque de la Symphonie. 7:30 p.m. A Symphoria Pops concert features performances by aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $36-$65. 299-5598. www.experiencesymphoria.org.

Sunday, Sept. 27

REaCH 5K Run and Walk. 9:30 a.m. Run or walk to benefit efforts to research and cure hydrocephalus while educating patients who live with the condition. Green Lakes State park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville. $25/early registration; $30/day-of; $10/fun run. www.getentered.com. www.reachorg.org.

National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk. 10:30 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.). Individuals with Down syndrome along with their friends and families promote acceptance and advocacy with a two-mile walk; followed by picnic lunch and festivities. Music by Bill Ali and the Shotgun Trio. T-shirts available for purchase. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 682-4289. www.dsaofcny.org.

Sportsmen’s Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Sept. 26 listing.

Lunar Eclipse Star Party. 8-11 p.m. See the moon covered by the earth’s shadow. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9/person. 673-1350. www.baltimorewoods.org.

Monday, Sept. 28

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Tuesday, Sept. 29

Lego Club. 4-5 p.m. School-aged children can build a Lego creation using some of the library’s thousands of pieces and hundreds of minifigures. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Brewerton, 5437 Library St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

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ONGOING EVENTS

Fayetteville Farmers Market. Thursdays, noon-6 p.m.; through Oct. 15. Numerous vendors selling items such as artisan cheeses, eggs, baked goods, fruits, vegetables and more. Parking lot off Burdick Street, Towne Center, Fayetteville. Email: fayettevillefarmersmarketcny@yahoo.com.

Horseback Riding. Daily except Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Sept. 6. See Highland Forest on an hour-long guided horseback ride. Highland Forest Park, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $35/hour. Reservations required: 289-3775.

Webster Pond Fishing. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (kids); Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon (adults); through Sept. 26. Seasonal fishing sponsored by the Anglers Association of Onondaga. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. $15/adult, season; $10/ages 7-15, season. 727-2922. www.websterpond.org.

Onondaga Lake Skate Park. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; daily (weather permitting); through Sept. 7. The 16,900-square-foot skate park is open for BMX, skateboards and inline skates. Helmets and signed waivers are required. Onondaga Lake Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway. $3/2 ½-hour session. 453-6712.

Canoeing & Kayaking. Weekends, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., through Sept. 7. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., through Sept. 7. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $10/hour of rental. Admission: $4/vehicle. Call for current weather conditions: 638-2519.

Animal Demonstrations. Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Sept. 7. “In the Wings” bird show, penguin feedings, keeper talks, Elephant Encounter and more animal demonstrations. 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.

Salt Museum. Saturdays & Sundays, 1-6 p.m.; through Oct. 11. Learn about the industry that created the city of Syracuse and supplied the nation with salt. See kettles, barrels and other gear used in the process that ended in the 1920s. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Free. 453-6712.

Downtown Syracuse Farmers Market. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Oct. 13. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. 422-8284. www.downtownsyracuse.com.

Rogers Storytime and Hike. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Jenni Larcher leads young children and caregivers in songs, stories, and a walk on the trails. Rain or shine. Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 Route 80, Sherburne. Donations encouraged. (607) 674-4733.

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 Nature Conservancy 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 Nature 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. 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 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. Storytimes: Baby Bop, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 14-Nov. 23; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 9-Nov. 25; for birth through 24 months. Toddler Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 8-Nov. 24; for ages 2-3. Preschool Storytimes, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 10-Nov. 19; for ages 3-5. 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. Cuddletime: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.). 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.

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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Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $18/adults; free/age 17 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.

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 WeighlockThe 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.

Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo. Route 49, three miles west of Rome. $10.95/adults, $7.95/children; $9.95/seniors. 336-1930. Animal presentations of the exotic and native alike. fortrickey.com.

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.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Summer hours include Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Sept. 8. 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.

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.

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 Sept. 7: Strange Matter, exploring the world of materials science. 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.

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. 466-7700. wonderworksonline.com/
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