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

Friday, Sept. 29

Yom Kippur Begins

Drop in Family Storytime. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Children age 5 and under, with caregivers, can share songs, stories and games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Saturday, Sept. 30

Stride to SAVE Lives. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A fun run, children’s activities and run/walk (11 a.m.) help SAVE promote suicide awareness and reduce stigma associated with depression and mental illness. SUNY Oswego, Hewitt Union Ballroom, 7060 Route 104, Oswego. Donations. (952) 946-7998.

Green Apple Day. 10-11 a.m. Make posters to raise environmental awareness, and learn about reducing, reusing and recycling at home. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Lego Club. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can complete Lego building challenges and win prizes. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sunday, Oct. 1

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Monday, Oct. 2

Gaming for Adults with Special Needs. 1:30-3 p.m. Adults with special needs can build communication and social skills while playing Wii and board games. Caregivers must remain in the room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

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.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Read, Sing and Play Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children ages 18 months to 5 years and their families can participate in stories, rhymes, fingerplays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 17 & 31. Kids ages 3-6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Coding for Teens. 4 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 can take part in a four-week series and learn to use the coding language Unity to create a simple game. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Hazard Teen Poetry Society. 5 p.m.; also Oct. 10, 17 & 24. High school senior Chris Costello teaches the fundamentals of poetry, and how to gather ideas and produce new work; for ages 13-19. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Pre-K Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Early readers can practice literacy skills with music, rhymes, movement and stories. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Children ages 2-4 (and siblings), accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs and make crafts. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Baby Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Babies and caregivers can share rhymes, songs, stories and signs in this language-building program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Homeschool Creative Writing Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 can join other teens who are interested in writing fiction or poetry. Bring a notebook or laptop. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Nature on Wheels Tours. 1:30-3 p.m.; also Oct. 11. Electric tram takes visitors with mobility limitations on a slow tour through the forest, accompanied by a naturalist. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/person. Parking: $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 5-10 can learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math with hands-on activities and experiments. Parents and siblings are welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Oct. 18. Teens can hang out, eat snacks, and play a game or do another activity at each week’s session. Board games are played in the first session, and video games in the second. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Words and Music Songwriter Woodshed. 6:30-9 p.m. Songwriters of all ages and skill levels can bring work, and get and give constructive opinions and suggestions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Oct. 5

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

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. A naturalist reads 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.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Oct. 12, 19 & 26. Join fellow teens to write in any of a variety of genres, receive feedback and get support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Friday, Oct. 6

Wii and Game Fun. 3:30 p.m.; also Oct. 13, 20 & 27. Kids age 5 and up can test their skills on the Nintendo Wii and play board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Saturday, Oct. 7

LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Oct. 8. Watch cider being made; buy apples and apple treats; and enjoy entertainment, the midway rides and games, a scarecrow contest, and more. Half-mile south of Route 20 on Tully Farms Road, LaFayette. $5/person; free/age 12 and under.
lafayetteapplefest.org.

Pumpkin Pancakes. 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy pumpkin or regular pancakes, sausage, coffee or juice. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Oct. 14, 21 & 28. Kids can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Toddlers’ Tango. 11 a.m. Children use props and instruments in this movement and music class. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-aged children, especially, will enjoy tales of animals’ wild ways and how humans relate to the natural world; all ages are welcome. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. (315) 312-6677.

Music with the DeSantis Band. 1 p.m. An interactive concert during which kids can meet the band and learn about the instruments. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Ukulele for Beginners. 1-2 p.m. Pat Doherty teaches a class for newcomers to the ukulele. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Fall Fest. 2-5 p.m. Come for music, games, face painting, vendors and more. (Rain date: Oct. 14.) Lakeshore Baptist Church, 6696 Lakeshore Road, Cicero. Free admission. (315) 752-3134.

Creature Feature Spooktacular. 2 p.m. Watch a monster movie, play a game of Clue, make a glove monster craft and have some ghoulish snacks; for ages 13-19. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Learn about the natural world with hands-on activities. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7 p.m. The city’s AHL team takes on the Rochester Americans. War Memorial Arena, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $18-$20. (315) 473-4444. syracusecrunch.com.

Sunday, Oct. 8

LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See Oct. 7 listing.

Wild Mushrooms Festival. 1-4 p.m. Learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms, see a cooking demonstration, discover how to grow mushrooms, and take part in other activities with members of the CNY Mycological Society. Guided hikes at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Monday, Oct. 9

COLUMBUS DAY

Drop In Crafts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Kids can make fun, seasonal crafts in the Children’s Room with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tween Cooking. 2-3:30 p.m. Young people ages 9-12 can make something to eat from a recipe. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Cardboard Challenge. 2 p.m. Make something on the theme “things that go.” Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Doula Speed Dating. 6 p.m. If you are interested in hiring a doula but aren’t sure where to start, at this event you’ll get a chance to spend 15 minutes with each doula. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 24. Children ages 3-6 can learn several signs that correspond to the stories that day. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Oct. 24. 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. (315) 569-2542.

Wednesday, Oct. 11

Homeschool Book Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Homeschoolers age 9 and up can talk about this month’s book, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Anime Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens can come and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Oct. 12

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. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

The Right College and the Right Price. 6:30-7:30 p.m. John Decker of College Assistance Plus talks about finding and affording the right school. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Family Coding. 6:30 p.m.; also Oct. 28. Presentations and games can teach kids and parents to code together. Participants may bring their own devices or use the library’s. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Friday, Oct. 13

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.; also Oct. 27. Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. $3/family. Registration recommended: (315) 622-2843. NYCrossofChrist.org/Tots.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Oct. 21. Children ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Oct. 21 & 28. Explore trails, woods and wetlands with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. Call day of to check trail conditions: (315) 312-6677.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Mike McGrath. 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. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free. mmcgrath2@twcny.com. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Autumnal Fairy Festival. Noon-4 p.m. Meet the fairy queen, explore the enchanted trails, stroll through the labyrinth, and make fairy houses in the gardens. Costumes are encouraged. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $15. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Jeff the Magic Man. Noon. The magician performs new magic, balloon tricks and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an interactive, comic version of the tale, in which children in the audience help Aladdin find the magic lamp and win the princess’ heart. Children are invited to dress as their favorite fairy tale character. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Pirate Dave’s Halloween Magic Show. 2 p.m. Magician David Moreland presents a show filled with magic, balloons, puppets and audience participation. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Dan the Snake Man. 2 p.m. Get a close-up look at various reptiles. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Staff turn down the noise, turn off flashing lights, and shut off air compressors so people with sensory processing challenges can enjoy the museum. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

Sunday, Oct. 15

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 8:30 a.m., registration; 10 a.m., walk. Walk raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 433-5635. cancer.org/stridesonline.

Life on the Erie Canal. 2 p.m. Dennis Heaphy (aka the Tinman), a historic re-enactor, portrays a 19th-century canal boat captain making repairs to his vessel in an interactive presentation. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Monday, Oct. 16

Moms Club of Syracuse East. 10 a.m.-noon. Meet other mothers while the kids play. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents meet and talk about how to best organize your homeschooling plans and life. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Spooky Stories. 6 p.m. Children can wear Halloween costumes or pajamas and hear not-too-scary stories and make a craft. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Homeschool Tech Club. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Homeschoolers in grades 7-12 can learn tools and applications offered by Google, including Docs, Sheets and Slides. Participants must bring their own laptop and know their Google account login and password. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Pokemon Parents Night. 6:30 p.m. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to come and learn how to play with representatives of TCGPlayer, a local business. Participants should bring their own decks. For kids in grade 3 and up. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Thursday, Oct. 19

Hazard Branch Chess Club. 5-7 p.m.; also Oct. 26. People of all ages and abilities can play with others; those age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, Oct. 20

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers, ages 18 months to 5 years, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy musical instruments, bubbles and tunes. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 21, 27 & 28. Children (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) can take part in Halloween games and activities, and visit the Haunted House. Burnet Park, Coleridge Avenue and Burnet Park Drive, Syracuse. Free admission. (315) 473-4330.

Star Party. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Using a telescope, look for galaxies and clusters, views of Uranus and Neptune, and possibly meteors from the Orionids. Bring a lawn chair to lie back and watch for meteors. (Backup date: Oct. 21.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Saturday, Oct. 21

Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 22, 28 & 29. The zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Zoo Boo tickets: $8 plus admission: $8/ages 19-61; $5/age 62 and up; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113. rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Superheroes Concert. 10:30 a.m. Kids and parents can enjoy a Symphoria performance with super strength, super speed and super sound. The orchestra’s Instrument Discovery Zone opens at 10 a.m., before all Kids’ series performances. Costumes are encouraged for this concert. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under. (315) 299-5598. ExperienceSymphoria.org.

Halloween Party. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dress in costume and enjoy storytime, a costume parade, crafts and trick-or-treating. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Everson Family Day. Noon-5 p.m. Several activities throughout the day, including making masks and other crafts (noon-3 p.m.); seeing a wheel-throwing demo (12:30-1:30 p.m.); and watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (3 p.m.). Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064. everson.org/FamilyDay.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 14 listing.

College Essay Writing Workshop. 1-2:30 p.m. Molly Voorheis, a Syracuse University writing instructor, teaches participants about the college essay process. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 27 & 28. See Oct. 20 listing.

Autumnal Owl Prowl. 7-8:30 p.m. Adults and children age 8 and up can join a nighttime walk in search of owls. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Sunday, Oct. 22

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Monday, Oct. 23

Anime Club. 4 p.m. Participants will watch episodes of an anime series, talk about manga and comics, share fan art, and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

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Wednesday, Oct. 25

Teen Trading Card Game Night. 6-8 p.m. Young people in grades 7-12 can play trading card games such as Pokemon, YuGiOh and Magic in sessions organized by local company TCGPlayer. There will be some premade decks, or participants can bring their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Thursday, Oct. 26

As the Crow Flies. 10-11:30 a.m. During this program, adults and children age 10 and up can learn about crows and ravens, birds so intelligent they’ve earned the nickname “feathered primates.” Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Homeschool Series. 2 p.m. At this session, students age 10 and up can learn about first aid and disaster preparedness. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Science Experiments. 4 p.m. Kids in grades K-2 can learn about science, technology, engineering and math in this program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Halloween Spooktacular. 4:30 p.m. All ages of participants can dress in costume and enjoy games, crafts, food and more. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. More than 500 jack-o-lanterns and luminaria light the way along two magical trails; also, face painting, fortune telling and treats. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $3/person, free/under age 3; $5/vehicle parking, advance. Advance reservations required: (315) 638-2519.

Pajama Storytime and Craft. 6:30 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas to storytime and have a snack, too. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

The Lion King. 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 12. Musical with music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. $25-$121. ticketmaster.com.

Friday, Oct. 27

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m.; also Oct. 28. See Oct. 20 listing.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. See Oct. 26 listing.

The Lion King. 8 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Pumpkin Carving. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Kids of all ages can drop in to carve and decorate a pumpkin. Pumpkins, decorations and tools provided. There’ll also be cider and doughnuts. Carving will take place outdoors; young children must be accompanied by an adult. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Halloween Fun Days. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 29. Multiple indoor scenes offer non-scary interactive experiences with an environmental twist. There will also be games, crafts, storytime, pinatas and food. Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Admission: $3/age 12 and under; $1/adult. (315) 697-2950. greatswampconservancy.org.

Pirate Dave’s Halloween Magic Show. 11 a.m. David Moreland, aka “Pirate Dave,” presents a show filled with magic, slapstick and audience participation. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Family Coding. 11 a.m.; also Oct. 12. Presentations and games can teach kids and parents to code together. Participants may bring their own devices or use the library’s. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 14 listing.

Trunk or Treat. 1-3 p.m. Children of all ages can dress in a (non-scary) costume and play games to win candy. Plus: an open house and chili cook-off. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. Free. (315) 622-2843. NYCrossofChrist.org.

Mystery Escape Room. 1-4 p.m. Families can figure out how to get out of a mysterious maze (aka the Carman Community Room). Prizes awarded to the three fastest groups. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Halloween Magic Show. 2:30 p.m. Moreland the Magician puts on a show, after which there’s a party with crafts, games and candy; for ages 5-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Spooktacular. 6-9 p.m. See Oct. 20 listing.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. See Oct. 26 listing.

The Lion King. 8 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

Sunday, Oct. 29

Spooky Science. Noon-4 p.m. Visit the Sciencenter in costume for tricked-out exhibits, spooky activities and eerie demonstrations. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free admission. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Enchanted Beaver Lake. 6-8:30 p.m. See Oct. 26 listing.

The Lion King. 6:30 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

Monday, Oct. 30

Halloween Party. 4 p.m. Children age 2 and up can come in costume, hear spooky stories, make crafts, eat snacks, and go trick-or-treating through the library. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

CNY Ghost Hunters. 7-9 p.m. The local community group discusses paranormal evidence and answers questions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

The Lion King. 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 12. See Oct. 26 listing.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Trunk or Treat. 5-8 p.m. Event takes place in the parking lot; preregistered vehicles hand out candy and small toys from decorated trunks. Children of all ages can dress in costume and “trunk or treat.” New Testament Baptist Church, 1235 Old Stonehouse Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 449-2354. ntbaptistsyracuse.com.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Oct. 10. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.

Horseback Riding. Through Oct. 29: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Highland Forest on an hour-long guided horseback ride. Highland Forest Park, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $35/hour (age 5 and up). Reservations required: (315) 289-3775.

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. (315) 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. (315) 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. (315) 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. (315) 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. (315) 449-2948.

Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville (formerly DeWitt Community Library) Storytimes. Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 18-Dec. 18: Babies & Books. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 19-Dec. 19: Story Play (birth to age 5). Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 20-Dec. 20: Toddler Time (18-36 months). Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 21-Dec. 21: Preschool Storytimes (ages 3-5). Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Fairmount Community Library Storytimes. Little Movers (good walkers ages 1-3): Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Small Steps (unstructured play for ages 0-2 years): Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. Creative Kids (stories and crafts for preschoolers): Mondays, 11:15 a.m., Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 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. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.

NOPL Cicero Library Storytimes. Toddler Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Story Hour: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

NOPL North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ages 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Daycare Storytime: Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 458-6184.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Mother Goose Time (age 2 and under): Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Family Storytimes (age 2 and older): Wednesdays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 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. (315) 435-3636.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. (315) 422-8647.

ATTRACTIONS

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

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. Free. (315) 471-0593. Interactive exhibit: Work the Weighlock. The Stonecutters: Exhibit reveals the fascinating world of the stonecutters and quarrymen who built the 83 locks and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal.

Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St. Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. (315) 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/senior citizens and ages 2-11; (473-IMAX). (315) 425-9068. most.org. 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. Throughout October: Make, a space where children of all ages can build and create.

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. (315) 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. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/seniors; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs. Explore the Sciencenter’s interactive exhibits. Through Sept. 17: Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Mini-Golf course open through Nov. 30, weather permitting. Admission: $7/age 4 and older; free/ages 0-3 with paid adult.

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

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Send information about your family-friendly event to: Family Times calendar, 1415 W. Genesee St., Syracuse; fax to (315) 422-1721; or email to editorial@familytimes.biz.

Include date and time of event, location with numbered street address and town, price, and phone number for publication.

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